Confronting Lovecraft's racism


Award-winning horror writer David Nickle has been repeatedly frustrated in his attempts to have a frank and serious discussion of HP Lovecraft's undeniable racism; people want to hand-wave it as being a product of Lovecraft's times, but it is inseparable from Lovecraft's fiction.

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Glimpses: amazing audiobook of one of the all-time-great rock-n-roll novels

Cory Doctorow rates Lewis Shiner’s haunting Glimpses as one of the all-time great rock-n-roll novels, right up there with George RR Martin’s stupendous Armageddon Rag. It’s now available as an audiobook, and he’s delighted.

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Henry Kuttner: long-lost works of a Lovecraft acolyte

Kuttner met his wife, the writer CL Moore, through a mutual correspondence with HP Lovecraft; when he died, she became his literary executor, then married a non-writer who ordered her to stop writing, and insisted that she suppress future publication of Kuttner's work -- but now you can get 14 of his books as ebooks.

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On writing fantasy: it's Narnia business


Lev Grossman, author of The Magician's Land, recalls the journey that took him from a Harvard and Yale-prescribed life of reading classics to writing fantasy novels, and how much it liberated him.

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Crowdfunding a print edition of Holdfast science fiction magazine

Laurel writes, "Holdfast magazine (a free, online speculative fiction magazine) has launched a fundraising campaign for our first-ever print anthology."

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A future dictator's guide to disrupting protests

Watching the small-town cops of Ferguson play GI Joe with their Army-surplus machine-guns is scary enough — but what happens when the tech-smarts of Google trickles down to the Barney Fifes of America? Tom Craver speculates on tomorrow’s dissent-suppression tactics, and offers some countermeasures.

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Gregory Benford on Philip K. Dick

SF author/physicist Gregory Benford reminisces about his friend Philip K. Dick:

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Neal Stephenson and Cory speaking at Seattle's Town Hall, Oct 26


We're getting together to talk about Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future , a project that Stephenson kicked off -- I've got a story in it called "The Man Who Sold the Moon."

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Canada's On Spec magazine crowdfunding after grant is cut

On Spec, Canada's leading science fiction magazine, faces closure after its Canada Council grant was abruptly, unfairly cancelled. They're raising funds to keep going.

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Hooray! The next Neal Stephenson novel has been announced

It's called Seveneves and comes out in April 14, 2015. (Thanks, Ilya!) (Image: Max Photography for GDC Online, CC-BY)

UC Riverside's world-class science fiction library under threat

Science fiction author Nalo Hopkinson, a professor at UC Riverside, sounds the alarm about a change in management at the Eaton Science Fiction Collection, the largest public science fiction and fantasy in the world.

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Dragoncon mashup mix: 1:15 of nerdy, brilliant, illegal tunes

Mashup demigod djBC writes, "Pimpdaddysupreme (PDS Mix), myself and Jabulani (Bootie Boston) will be spinning the opening night rave at Dragon Con this year. Here's a collection of mashups- an online 'mixtape' if you will- for Dragon Con! Of particular interest to folks are the 'United States of The Jedi' and 'We No Speak Cantina' tracks, but you might enjoy the simple pleasures of the Paul Frees voice over from the Haunted Mansion ride plopped on the instrumental sections of Bauhaus's 'Bela Lugosi's Dead.'"

Oh god, this is brilliant.

Bootie Dragon Con

Nerd-cushions from vintage kids' sheets

Etsy seller AlienCoutureUK creates wonderful, nostalgic nerd-cushions out of recycled vintage children's sheets: Marvel superheroes, Pacman, Fett/Vader, R2-D2 and ET.

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Alien landscape in a melted picnic table


Miguel writes, "I found a picnic table in a park with a melted section... and I took a trip to a distant planet... I believe Spaceman Spiff would be proud."

Alien Planet (Thanks, Miguel!)

MANLY: high weird animation from Adventure Time's Jesse Moynihan

Zack Smith writes, "Adventure Time writer/storyboard artist Jesse Moynihan, who also does the webcomic Forming [ed: see previous review], has teamed with his brother Justin Moynihan to do MANLY, a bizarro animated short about the daughter of a space god who has to rescue her brother Skinny Ripped and destroy another god.

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