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SF predicting the present: novel anticipated Detroit water crisis

Paul Di Filippo describes Ben Parzybok's new novel, Sherwood Nation: "The book is obviously as headline-friendly as the Ferguson riots, inequality debates, Occupy protests and climate change reports; but there's also a Joseph Conrad-Grahame Greene-Shakespeare style concern with the nature of power, the roles that are thrust upon us, and the limits of friendship and love."

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Free Di Filippo story inspired ancient Italian city of Matera


Author Paul Di Filippo did a residency for Matera, a legendary, ancient Italian city and wrote "Chasing the Queen of Sassi" based on his experience of the region.

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Kickstarting a fund to translate and publish Chinese sf in English


Neil Clarke from the Hugo-winning Clarkesworld writes, "Clarkesworld Magazine has entered into an agreement with Storycom International in China to locate, translate, and publish Chinese science fiction stories in every issue."

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The Red Volume: benefit anthology of stories by Clarion SF/F workshop grads

Lara Elena Donnelly writes, "The Clarion class of 2012--known as the Awkward Robots--want to tell you a story. Or, more precisely, 17 stories. About post-singularity dreamscapes, gentrified haunted houses, and redcaps in the trenches at Verdun."

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Science fiction's Islamic roots


From Ibn Tufail's 12th century Hayy Ibn Yaqzan to Rokeya Sakhawat Hussain's 1905 feminist masterpiece Sultana's Dream, the Islamic world produced some of the earliest proto-sf, which IO9's Charlie Jane Anders rounds up in an excellent post.

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William Gibson reads Neuromancer

It's from the original audio edition of his seminal 1984 novel, which is sadly no longer available, though it's easy enough to find bootlegs online.

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Madeline Ashby's Hieroglyph story: "By the Time We Get To Arizona"


The Hieroglyph anthology was created by Neal Stephenson, challenging sf writers to imagine futures where ambitious technological projects improved the human condition.

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Steven Gould's "Exo," a Jumper novel by way of Heinlein's "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel"

Steven Gould’s 1993 YA novel Jumper was a spectacular success (even if the film “adaptation” stank on ice), and each of the (all-too-infrequent) sequels have raised both the stakes and the bar for a must-read series. But with Exo, published today, Gould takes his game into orbit — literally.

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High-school English study guide for Homeland, the sequel to Little Brother

Neil Anderson from the Association from Media Literacy (which has a great-sounding upcoming conference) has produced an excellent study guide for my novel Homeland (the sequel to Little Brother) -- Anderson's guide encourages critical thinking about politics, literary technique, technology, privacy, surveillance, and history.

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Excerpt from Cory's story "The Man Who Sold the Moon"


Medium have published an excerpt from "The Man Who Sold the Moon, my 36,000 word novella in Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions for a Better Future, a project to inspire optimism and ambition about the future and technology that Neal Stephenson kicked off (see also What Will it Take to Get Us Back to the Moon?).

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Video: Philip K. Dick on our simulated reality (1977)

In this 1977 video, surrealist science fiction author Philip K. Dick suggests we are living in a computer simulation.

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What will it take to get us back to the Moon?

It took 40 years for us to get back to the surface of the Moon. The adventures of China’s late Jade Rabbit rover ended an absence that would have been unthinkable to families clustered around their TV sets in the 1960s, watching the incredible achievements of the Apollo Program. Where did we get off track? Jekan Thanga from ASU’s School of Earth and Space Exploration, explains the science and politics behind Cory Doctorow’s new novella, “The Man Who Sold the Moon.”

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The Other Half of the Sky: praise-winning space opera with strong women heroes

Laura Mixon (AKA Morgan Locke) writes, "Check out The Other Half of the Sky, a 2013 anthology of original short stories edited by PhD biologist and author Athena Andreadis, co-edited by Kay Holt of Crossed Genres. It has come out of left field to take science fiction by storm. My own take: I loved this book. Readers hungry for women heroes will gobble up these exciting, original space opera tales with a spoon."

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Nerdy shirts, skirts and dresses from Frockasaurus


Etsy's Frockasaurus makes great, pop-culture-inspired clothes for men and women, such as the Men's Star Trek Book shirt and Men's Batman Comics shirt; Hobbit Cover skirt; Legend of Zelda dress; and the Lord of the Rings skirt.

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Lisa Tuttle on the Starshipsofa podcast

Tony C Smith writes, You can listen to the 1974 John W. Campbell Award winning Lisa Tuttle on this week's StarShipSofa (MP3) -- Tuttle is an American-born science fiction, fantasy, and horror author who's published more than a dozen novels, seven short story collections, and several non-fiction titles."

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Support Sun Ra's "Space Is The Place" 40th anniversary!

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It's the 40th anniversary of Sun Ra's science fiction epic film Space Is The Place and to celebrate, Grammy-nominated DIY musicologist David Katznelson/Harte Recordings launched a PledgeMusic campaign to fund a limited hardcover book containing a DVD of the movie, the soundtrack, and a ton of bonus material! Far fucking out.

sun-ra-space-is-the-place-soundtrackThe other bonus material will include:

· New DVD commentary on the film from Producer Jim Newman
· Essays from Screenplay writer Josh Smith and Director John Coney
· A book introduction by Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips
· An interview with Ray Johnson (who played THE OVERSEER)
· Dozens of never before seen photos taken both on and off set during the making of the movie

There will be 3000 copies made of this epic celebration of one of the most intriguing space-films-made-by-a-spaceman. Through PledgeMusic you can order early and have the opportunity of also getting some choice, limited edition items made specifically for this release including a reproduction of the original movie poster, a Space Is The Place tee-shirt, high-end issue of the Space Is The Place soundtrack on vinyl, and the ability to have your name as a pledger, duly noted in the book.

Sun Ra: "Space Is The Place" 40th Anniversary on PledgeMusic

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Tech Review's annual science fiction issue, edited by Bruce Sterling, featuring William Gibson


The summer annual features stories "inspired by the real-life breakthroughs covered in the pages of MIT Technology Review," including "Petard," my story about hacktivism; and "Death Cookie/Easy Ice," an excerpt from William Gibson's forthcoming (and stone brilliant) futuristic novel The Peripheral.

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The Getaway God: latest Sandman Slim is a hard-boiled, supernatural treasure

Richard Kadrey has returned to the world of Sandman Slim with The Getaway God, a hard-boiled, down-and-dirty supernatural end of the world novel that demonstrates that even if the world is ending, Kadrey’s capacity to spin gripping, hilarious, grisly adventures has no end in sight. Cory Doctorow reviews the latest installments in one of modern horror’s greatest series.

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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.

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