I sort of assume everyone knows about this by now, but I haven’t actually mentioned it here yet: if you’re not following Jonathan Strahan’s podcast discussions with Gary Wolfe, you should be: wide-ranging, informed discussions about all aspects of the sf and fantasy field. You can subscribe via iTunes (search for “Notes from Coode Street”), or here are the links to the posts for the episodes so far — one, two, three, four, five, six, seven (with Amelia Beamer), eight (with Jeremy Lassen), nine — which have some interesting follow-up comments in most cases.
Night Shade Books have been pulling shennanigans, as summarized here, with their response here and a follow-up from one of the authors involved here; SFWA has put them on probation
Jose Saramago has died; there’s a nice overview of his concerns at the Guardian blog, and you can read the Paris Review interview with him here. See also Ursula Le Guin’s review of Seeing. I’m still hoping, perhaps unrealistically, to write up my thoughts on that book in the near future.