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-A few Harbinger reviews: Falcata Times, Gillian Polack, the Outhousers. And a less enthusiastic, though still very interesting one over at Solar Bridge. Money quote: “De Bodard is dangerously addictive.” Can I put that on my website?

-Orson Scott Card interview over at Goodreads

-Shweta Narayan’s excellent “Eyes of Carven Emerald” from Clockwork Phoenix 3 is online at SFSignal. I love her approach to steampunk (think Hindu/Muslim), and her narrative structures are always interesting. Here, a tale of Alexandros’ conquests is interleaved with excerpts from a fairy tale set in India. Check it out!

-Via the World SF blog: The Rough Guide to Modern Malaysian Science Fiction and Fantasy. Fascinating read.

-Reposting a fascinating comment by Dylan Fox on ebook issues (which came either from John Scalzi or Paul Cornell, we’re not sure): publishers think that readers buy hardbacks for early availability, so they priced early release ebooks the same as hardbacks or higher. Whereas readers tend to buy hardbacks “because they look good and last longer, they’re more tactile and look better on our shelves, which are the exact qualities that ebooks lack”. Interesting…

-And, talking about ebooks…. Six e-book trends to watch for in 2011. Some interesting stuff in there.

Jeff Vandermeer on short fiction anthology Leviathan 5: “This anthology, the latest in the World Fantasy Award winning and PKD award finalist series, will focus on weird fiction and fantasy from newer writers, probably defined as writers with two or fewer books published in English. We are going to do something fairly unprecedented in the history of genre and have between 15 and 20 associate/foreign language editors in other countries so that many writers who do not write in English would be able to submit. Up to 30,000 words of the 100,000 words might be fiction newly translated for Leviathan 5.”. I’ve ranted enough about the prevalence of English language on the SF scene, and this seems like a great way to showcase a more diverse set of writers to the English-speaking crowd. More at the link–including various ways to help out the project.


  1. Well, it’s entirely possible I got to Paul Cornell’s blog from Scalzi’s…

    I’m not sure I like the idea of monetizing ebooks at all. I’m already fed up with ads invading YouTube videos, but I’m prepared to put up with because I didn’t pay for them. If I pay for a book, I don’t want ads! Is there no space those damned ads won’t invade?

  2. There should be readily available programmes that you can download to stop ads (just like the ones that stop pop-up ads on websites).

    Any programmers here? There’s a job for you.

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