Once more, it’s time to visit a few of the things I’ve spotted on-line recently.
Neil Gaiman, author of American Gods which is about to become an American TV series, and David Mitchell, author of The Bone Clocks, met for the first time in London recently. Their conversation is recorded here.
Is Arthur C. Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama the best science fiction novel ever? I’ve seen that being argued recently, but whatever your opinion this two-part discussion of the book at Strange Horizons (here and here) may change your mind.
One of the most exciting things about science fiction right now is that it is no longer just an Anglo-American literature. Critic Mark Bould has been promoting science fiction from Africa, and his latest update is here, with lots of intriguing titles to look out for.
Finally, utopia is a science fiction idea that had a major effect on political thinking (or vice versa), and there’s a fascinating discussion here that takes us back to Mary Shelley (author of Frankenstein) and her father William Godwin.
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.