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They’re made of meat!

Kameron Hurley writes in a Q&A on Reddit: You don’t see as much of this obsession with gore and chopping off limbs and selling wombs in my work prior to the year I started dying. It all hinges on that, on that sudden knowledge and

For the benefit of American readers…

An American visited England and his Facebook post went viral: The reason they drive on the left is because all their cars are built backwards You can read the rest here.  As someone living in England, he’s 99% accurate. He’s wrong about Bose speakers, but only rich people

On the subject of dogs piloting jetpacks…

Because I’ve got to beta test a Twine story this evening… I leave you with some deep thinking on the  topic of whether dogs can – and should – pilot their own jetpacks. Here is a video of a jetpack/wingsuit being piloted over Dubai. I

The Two Cultures of Hugo short stories

Lela E. Buis argues that hard SF writers are in danger of extinction, even in their traditional home of Analog magazine. She says: Does staying within the confines of science really limit creativity? Cixin Liu has refuted this one. He’s written something very creative within the

One block of pulped tree…

This package arrived in the post a few days ago. It’s the July/August 2015 back issue of the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and – by having the IQ of a toast rack – I’d managed to order a paper copy. If you’re an international reader of short SF&F

Your life will be graded

Vox Day* links to a discussion of Peeple, a new app that will let you rate other human beings. He writes: Congratulations, world. Now everyone online will discover what my life has been like since 2001. And to be honest, it’s really not a big deal

Hugo Award nominees by nationality, and Read for the Day…

Lynn E. O’Connacht has done a fascinating analysis of the nationalities of Hugo Award nominees. I thought they were biased towards America, but this is the first time I’ve seen data. According to Lynn, 82.2% of Best Novel nominees since 1959 have come from the US. Only 12.4% have

Do the Hugo Awards have a short fiction problem?

At least one person complained that the Sad/Rabid Puppy nominees kept award-worthy short stories off the 2015 Hugo ballot… So I was curious. Was this true? Were these stories better than the stuff I’d read? An experiment was in order. I’ve now read the nominees on io9’s Puppy-free

Where the fires met the sea

Basalt columns, Giant’s Causeway… Legend has it that Irish giant Finn MacCool built these spectacular stone pillars, but they were actually created by rivers of molten rock some 50-60 million years ago. Today, the Giant’s Causeway and surrounding coast is a World Heritage Site. Click here to read more about the

Footprints in the sand…

I don’t have time to post, but couldn’t help sharing this sweet family photo…