The Last Linkfinder

I was hoping to get something vaguely substantial written this week, but I have unfortunately been clobbered by a bout of plague. So here are some links, instead.

  • A conversation about The Road between Henry Farrell and China Mieville.
  • Guardian review of Tricia Sullivan’s latest novel, Sound Mind; on the one hand, it has one of those teeth-grinding introductions about how Sullivan “may be nearing escape velocity” from genre, but on the other hand, it sounds like Patrick Ness has read and appreciated plenty of Sullivan’s other novels.
  • Gary K. Wolfe reviews Resplendent by Stephen Baxter and Galactic North by Alastair Reynolds. I’ve finally got around to reading the original novella in Resplendent, “The Siege of Earth”, and it’s just as brilliant as Wolfe says it is.
  • The Velcro City review of Blindsight
  • On reviewing long and/or hyped books.
  • Locus Online will be compiling lists of books by editor; along with the wiki of editors, this should make nominating for the Hugos in an informed fashion easier.
  • Oscar nominations are out. No nod in “best adapted screenplay” for either The Prestige or A Scanner Darkly? Bah, I say, bah.
  • And finally, Tony wants feedback about potentially changing the start time of BSFA London meetings.
  • EDIT: I KNEW IT: Did 24 go too far? “The key question is whether the drama is a bit of absurd science fiction, or the projection of a not-so-distant future, not in its particulars, but in its awful core depiction.” (OK, the article is a right-wing rant, but still. I knew 24 was turning into sf, and there’s no better confirmation than someone feeling the need to deny that it’s sf. Spoilers if you haven’t seen the first four episodes of season six.)
  • FURTHER EDIT: Ann and Jeff Vandermeer’s New Weird anthology, coming in 2008. And whatever else might be said about this project, I do like that cover.

5 thoughts on “The Last Linkfinder

  1. I can honestly say I never thought I would see a Hugh Hewitt quote on this blog…

    I think the Sullivan review is very positive. After the Guardian sacked Jon Courtenay Grimwood and stopped the dedicated SF page I worried that caoverage would disappear or at best be confined to Eric Brown dismal reviews in the paperback section. So it is very pleasing to see what is essentially a fan review (although not a Fan review) appear in its main pages.

    Yes, the New Weird cover is very nice. Who are The Insect Lab though?

  2. I can honestly say I never thought I would see a Hugh Hewitt quote on this blog…

    Hey, I take my vindication where I can find it.

    I think the Sullivan review is very positive.

    I do too, mostly — particularly since Sound Mind seems to have come out as a mass-market original, not even a trade paperback. I just think the intro is trying a bit hard.

    Who are The Insect Lab though?

    Apparently, it “is an artist operated studio that customizes real insects with antique watch parts and electronic components.” So now you know.

  3. The Insect Lab people turn out to have been heavily influenced by work like Mieville’s. So we thought it would be nice to use them.


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