Just noticed all the sites we’ve got bookmarked, and realised we must be overdue for another set of links.
The theme this time around is global sf (when is it not?), so let’s start with sf by black authors. The release of posters for the forthcoming Marvel movie of Black Panther prompted this post itemising sf and fantasy made for black people by black people. It’s an interesting list, particularly books like Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord, and Everfair by Nisi Shawl, though you and I know there’s a great deal more black sf out there.
One of the exciting new generation of black sf writers is Tade Thompson, whose second novel, Rosewater, has just won the inaugural Nommo Award, is here interviewed about his latest work, The Murders of Molly Southbourne.
And then there’s Minister Faust, whose latest novel, The Alchemists of Kush, is one of the works mentioned in this radio programme about how indigenous and black artists are using science fiction to imagine a better future.
And thinking of indigenous sf, the latest novel by Louise Erdrich, Future Home of the Living God, is a dystopian vision that is already drawing comparisons with Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. So it is only appropriate that Atwood should interview Erdrich here.
If we’re looking for a truly global writer, how about Lavie Tidhar, an Israeli who has spent years living in the South Pacific and who is now resident in the UK. In this interview he talks about the classic science fiction that influenced his award-winning novel, Central Station.
Tidhar’s current work in progress has a character who resembles the pulp sf writer and founder of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, and coincidentally here’s an interesting article about Hubbard’s career.
The big names of science fiction have been out in force recently. Here’s Ursula K. Le Guin, in a long interview at the Los Angeles Review of Books, talking about the work that has been collected in the Library of America, including The Complete Orsinia and the two volumes of Hainish Tales which include her multi-award-winning masterpieces, The Left Hand of Darkness and The Dispossessed.
Then there’s Gene Wolfe, the subject of this interesting article about the way he begins his stories, including The Shadow of the Torturer, the first part of his monumental Book of the New Sun. The essay also suggests places to start reading Wolfe, proposing two alternatives, both of which we would definitely endorse, The Fifth Head of Cerberus and Peace.
Kim Stanley Robinson, who seems to have been everywhere since his latest novel, New York 2140, was published, here talks about the Anthropocene and global warming.
There’s a rather briefer but revealing interview with M. John Harrison at the Times Literary Supplement, following the publication of his latest collection, You Should Come With Me Now.
Somewhat less brief, if equally revealing, is this profile of Nick Harkaway in which he talks about technology, surveillance, and having John Le Carre for a father. Not forgetting, of course, his latest and biggest novel, Gnomon.
And for a change of pace, here’s an interview with the space artist and illustrator, David A. Hardy, whose work has adorned the covers of a host of sf novels and magazines.
Here’s the story of the part Larry Niven, author of Ringworld and Jerry Pournelle, his co-author on The Mote in God’s Eye, were involved in Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defence Initiative, also known as Star Wars.
Finally, here’s a neat segue to our longer than usual list of science links. Adam Roberts reviews a trio of books about time, including Time Travel by James Gleick. And here’s an article that talks about the possibilities of time travel by bending time.
In science, the big new has been Oumuamua, the object from interstellar space that has visited us recently and reminded just about everybody of Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous With Rama. Articles about it are everywhere, from early sightings, to first thoughts about where it came from, to the discovery of what it looks like, finally to what it says about interstellar space.
In other science news:
- NASA has just released more than 2,000 stunning images of Mars
- But at the same time it looks as if there wasn’t flowing water on Mars
- NASA also released some superb photographs of Jupiter
- Scientists have discovered a giant world, but it may not be a planet
- And they’ve also found a potentially habitable world just 11 light years away
- China is now leading the search for extraterrestrial intelligence
- There’s a zombie star that has survived multiple supernovae
- Black holes may be a way to an entire new universe
- A quantum experiment has confirmed that reality is what you choose it to be
- If you’re looking for ultrafast broadband, the answer may be twisted light
From Nebula and Hugo Award–nominated Carolyn Ives Gilman comes Dark Orbit, a compelling novel featuring alien contact, mystery, and murder.
Reports of a strange, new habitable planet have reached the Twenty Planets of human civilization. When a team of scientists is assembled to investigate this world, exoethnologist Sara Callicot is recruited to keep an eye on an unstable crewmate.