As compiled by Cora Buhlert: her weekly round-up of links progressive, entertaining and above all Speculative Fiction related:
And here is our weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web, this week with commentary on Marvel’s Ant-Man as well as your regular dose of Hugo discussion and yet more reports from San Diego ComicCon.
Speculative fiction in general:
- Portland Monthly profiles Ursula K. LeGuin.
- Jake Rossen discusses Harlan Ellison’s habit to write in bookstore windows.
- Cecilia D’Anastasio takes a look at the earliest science fiction.
- Jeff VanderMeer wonders whether science fiction can answer the question “Are we alone in the universe?”
- Jared Shurin points out that the western isn’t dead.
- Aliette de Bodard talks about chosen ones, specialness and the narrative of the one.
- Chuck Wendig replies to a reader who is angry about the inclusion of a gay character in Wendig’s Heartland trilogy.
- David B. Coe a.k.a. D.B. Jackson talks about community and genre.
- Liz Bourke talks about all-white and all-male recommended reading lists and conversations founded on false assumptions.
- Liz Janssen discusses the uses of displeasure using Hogg by Samuel R. Delany as an example.
- Pat Cadigan offers praise for translators.
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