I know, I know, I’m totally late to the Wind-Up Girl party, but I just finished reading it, and of course I adored it, and even though these links are a few years old at this point I wanted to share them: io9’s great reader-written Q&A with Paolo Bacigalupi, the Guardian’s review of it, and Adventures in Sci-Fi Publishing’s interview with Paolo, in which he says, among other brilliant things, “the world would be better if people didn’t exist.”
Oh, and speaking of SF Signal and Hugos, SF SIGNAL WON A HUGO. Which made me really happy, cuz I think they’re amazing.
AND they do a great weekly roundup of free SFFH, which has some exciting stuff in it this week, like every week.
Some gorgeous Chinese graphic design from the 1920’s and 1930’s, excitingly influenced by the Russians and the Germans, and very sci-fi.
Oh, and speaking of Soviets and science fiction, here’s a rival roundup of Soviet 70’s space magazine covers (World SF blog).
Singularity & Co. has a list of September recommendations, current and retro.
A date has been set for the American Godzilla movie, and it’s SO! FAR! AWAY!!! [May 16, 2014!!]
Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross read from their new book, The Rapture of the Nerds, at MakerBot in Brooklyn. My dumb ass got there so late I had to stand on the sidewalk and could barely hear anything, but you, gentle reader, can just watch this great video.
Not SFF at all, but the New Yorker’s excellent blog Photo Booth has a great piece up called “Total War: A New Look at Combat Photography” which perfectly captures the fascinating mix of erotics, horror, machismo, heroism, and fear that make the genre so compelling… and so fruitful, for me, for thinking about fiction.