Eurovision 2019 Is Here: Science Fiction Fans, Rejoice!

@15 - That's the spirit!

@17 - I'm going to take this year's round of the Terran event as an excuse to finally bump Space Opera to the top of my TBR pile. 

Announcing the 2019 Locus Awards Finalists

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Read the First Chapter of Jo Walton’s Lent
@3 - I'm 99% sure he also appears in Jo Walton's The Just City, albeit as a relatively minor character, as does Pico della Mirandola and a host of other historical characters.  I can't WAIT for Lent!
Jo Walton’s Reading List: March 2019
Hmm, you know, I re-read the entire Foreigner series a few years back, and all of this is really making me think about going through Alliance/Union again. My only reservation is that my copies are ancient and musty (some bought on Ebay back when some parts of the series were out of print), so now I'm thinking about splurging and getting the entire thing in ebook format... Hmmm.
Star Trek: Discovery Proves Captain Pike Passed One Test Kirk Failed

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The Tao of Sir Terry: Pratchett and Philosophy
I love this piece! Another idea I'd maybe consider part of Pterry's Pteachings is something like "pacifism with a twist" --  trying, as a first attempt, to beat the other party WITHOUT harming them. Or in the words of the great Trollish philosopher Plateau:
"It always a good thing to seek to unnerstand your enemy. You gotta walk a mile in his shoes to unnerstand him, right? Dat way, if he still your enemy, you a mile away and you got his shoes."
Or, for another example maybe, Granny Weatherwax's "headology." Unrelated, but I just have to add: Your quote from Hogfather is one of my very favorite Pratchett quotes. Also, I really miss him. :(
Listen to an Audiobook Excerpt from Cory Doctorow’s Unauthorized Bread
@1 - Radicalized (which contains 4 stories, including this one) will be released in all formats (ebook, audio, and paper) on March 19th.
Killer Flora, Fascinating Fauna: Andre Norton’s Voorloper

@10 - Take a look here. The descriptions of the first three editions on that list mention illustrations.

Pull List: Captain Marvel and Miles Morales: Spider-Man Get Back to Basics

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The 3 Best Cartoons From 2018 (That You Can Stream Right Now)

@14, 15 - Whoa. I don't know which of the two theories mentioned are correct, but they'd both be amazing. I'm going to have to watch this soon. 

13 Stories About Surviving a Nuclear War — At Least Briefly

I'd like to recommend the novella Fade to White by Catherynne M. Valente, included in her collection The Bread We Eat in Dreams. It's something like an alternate history gender dystopia, set in a U.S. that lost (or, more accurately, is still losing) World War II. Large parts of the country have been nuked. Joseph McCarthy is President with Ray Kroc as VP. In order to keep the population numbers up, there’s an institutionalized forced-marriage system, although one that’s very different from what you’d maybe expect. (Hint: dads are encouraged to register for Father’s Day presents to avoid getting duplicate gifts.)

Five Stories That Serve Up Cannibalism

There's a particularly gross cannibalism scene in CONSIDER PHLEBAS by Iain M. Banks. 

Five Novels Dealing With Time Travel

The Company series by the late, great Kage Baker is, warts and all, my favorite time travel epic of all time.

A recent-ish and very original take on time travel is The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Nicole Galland and Neal Stephenson. It's an occasionally hilarious vision of what time travel would look like if a military/government bureaucracy gets a hold of it. It's far from perfect but still a blast to read.

20 Novels Later, The Saga of Recluce is Still Surprising
I've read somewhere between 25 and 30 novels by Modesitt, but only 3 Recluce novels. One of these days I'm going to take a month or two off and just dive in.
We Believe the Women: The Handmaid’s Tale, “Smart Power”

@3 - It's been a while since I've read it, and I may be remembering incorrectly, but I think the novel mentions that the colonies are in Australia. (I really need to re-read the novel at some point.) Gilead probably uses human beings to clean up fallout because in their view "unwomen" are disposable.

I really like how the show has handled Serena over the last few episodes, going from her handling some of Fred's responsibilities when he's injured to being put back in (what Gilead considers to be) her place. I may be naive, but it really feels like the show is slowly working its way toward her having some kind of moral awakening in the future. 

Why Did it Take Me So Long to Read This?

I must confess that I only read The Handmaid's Tale for the first time last year, before watching the (excellent) Hulu TV series. I've re-read it since then, and have Oryx & Crake lined up for my next read.

Amazon Studios to Bring Iain M. Banks’s Culture to the Small Screen

@1 - Probably because it's the first book in the series. I agree, though -- it's one of the weakest entries in what's otherwise my favorite SF series of all time. (And, since you mentioned a re-read: we just started one right here!)

What’s the First Line of the First Book You’re Reading in 2018?

Finally rereading The Book of the New Sun, so ...


It is possible I already had some presentiment of my future.

We Are the Weirdos, Mister: The Craft

I definitely haven't seen this movie half a dozen times. Nope. Not me. *whistles*

War Never Ends: Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee

@10 - Fixed, thank you! (I think I actually reviewed that one here, back when it was just released. Brilliant collection.)

Warbreaker Reread: Chapters 40 and 41

 @2 - I've just added this post to the Warbreaker reread index page. Thanks for the heads-up!

Finding Those Books That Seem Made For Each Other

It's probably a bit obvious, but going through a couple of chapters of The Magicians by Lev Grossman last night to refrsh my memory really made me want to take another stab at the Harry Potter series (which I never read, aside from the first book).

Assassins, Pirates, or Dragons: Where to Start With Robin Hobb

The one item I'd add here is the novella The Willful Princess and the Piebald Prince, which takes place before Assassin's Apprentice and explains the origin of the Piebald Prince legend. I reviewed it here a few years ago. I lost track of this series after the Tawny Man books and have been considering going back to the beginning and rereading the whole thing before tackling the later books. (And FWIW: publication order is my recommendation!)

David Lynch’s Dune is What You Get When You Build a Science Fictional World With No Interest in Science Fiction

@32 - I did something similar, but with Kyle MacLachlan and Blue Velvet. (I saw Dune at age 12, before having read the novel. It was rather confusing.)

BBC to Adapt China Miéville’s The City & the City for Television

Interesting. They could do something really nifty here, visually, e.g. by making people/buildings in the "other" city look blurry or vague.  

Five Books About Achieving Immortality

One of my favorites is TO LIVE FOREVER by Jack Vance. Immortality is achieved through clones and consciousness transference, which isn't that interesting, but the sociological exploration of the effects of immortality (featuring a merit-based class system) is fascinating.

Holy Rewatch Batman! “I’ll Be a Mummy’s Uncle”

@3 - Penguin's Clean Sweep should be on the index page now. Thanks!

Five Books About Trolls

This is a bit of a stretch, but it has the word "troll" in the title (and could be considered a feminist retelling of Beowulf, which you referenced) so I'll throw it in anyway: the story "The Sea Troll's Daughter" by Caitlín R. Kiernan. 

Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: The Graveyard Game, Part 5

As much as I was hoping to get back to this, the reread will unfortunately remain on hiatus for the foreseeable future, for personal reasons that have nothing to do with the books or I'll definitely post here if/when I can get back to this. Meanwhile, I'll check in occasionally to see if there are any questions about the books.

Magic and Other Weird Bollocks: The Hanging Tree by Ben Aaronovitch

I need to get back into this series. I read the first three as they came out (I think I even reviewed some of them, back in the day for another site) but somehow lost track a few years back. 

Composing Music and Orchestrating A Space Opera

@3 - I don't want to speak for the author, but I believe he doesn't identify as female and prefers the pronouns he/his.

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Wrapping Up Assail

@1 - Should be fixed now -- let us know if anything else is off. Thanks!

Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: The Graveyard Game, Part 5

Folks, unfortunately I have to extend the reread's hiatus a bit longer. We'll get started with the first post about The Life of the World to Come in January. Enjoy the holidays and see you in 2017!

Warbreaker Reread: Chapter 7

@4 - Just added the missing tag, thanks for letting us know!

Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: The Graveyard Game, Part 5

@2 - I had to take a short break, but I'm hoping to get the next post up the week after next. Sorry for the delay - life got in the way!

7 Great Binge-Reads for Long Holiday Stretches
I often pick a handful of random books from the Terry Pratchett shelves for the holidays. (Okay, to be fair, mostly random -- I usually make sure Hogfather is one of them.)
Going through the Spin Cycle: Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
@1 - Yes, that's what it was supposed to be. (The 9 should have been an exponent, in superscript. Formatting error!)

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