Having been away on hols all week, I haven’t really thought this SF Sunday through. I did read at least halfway through my collected stories from James Tiptree Jr though (and caught up with the latest Torchwood eps), so does that count? I’m also rather impressed by this replica raygun, available from Rayguns ‘R’ Us (of course).
Luckily, other people have still been thinking and writing about SF while I have been slacking off. I missed a good thread on women and sci-fi a few weeks ago from Legal Eagle on Skepticlawyer, where a link in comments led me to this satirical gem from John C Wright on WHAT IS SCIENCE FICTION? The final, complete and exhaustive definition! (definitely worth reading in its entirety for the pulp-covers alone).
So, three questions:
- Anyone else read any good stuff online about SF lately?
- Which classic SF authors have you always meant to catch up on but never quite managed? (Or only just managed recently?)
- Which new(ish) SF authors have you recently discovered and would recommend?
I always used to use the Marion Zimmer Bradley edited anthologies, Sword and Sorceress, to discover new fantasy authors who wouldn’t annoy me by only writing plastic caricatures of women. Many of the authors whose short stories featured in those anthologies went on to publish full novels (and series of novels) that have become staples of the genre, although I am no longer quite as keen on fantasy as I used to be – I’m not discovering much fantasy that seems new any more (is there someone I really should be reading?). I never found a similar equivalent filtering anthology for hard SF, sadly. Is there such a thing?
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