Fiction: 'The Lost City of Osiris - A Tale of Western Adventure' by Carol Borden
"Redefining genre" by E.L. Tettensor

Everywhere Else (& Katy Perry)

Our irregular round-up of interesting (if not particularly timely) reading from around the webbernets. Plus, what our contributors have been doing in other, less kitschy places.

Because, let's be honest, this is easily the best thing that's happened in the past two weeks. Also, the most science fictional. #hugoforkaty

Great piece from Genevieve Valentine for the AV Club on the power of 'shipping: 

The degree to which a pairing directs a show, however, depends as much on ’shipping as on canon, for watching a show and ’shipping are two different beasts. Those who watch a show and absorb the canon presented to them, either care for it or don’t, and largely consider the matter closed: They deal with the show as it comes. For ’shippers, watching the show isn’t passive, but active: The actual outcome of any given relationship is only one factor to be taken into consideration, and if actual events disappoint, they’ll happily imagine otherwise.

Sobek can river dance. Seriously, if you click one link, this should be the one. I can't stop laughing.

Investor's Business Daily profiles Ian Ballantine, the man who founded three publishing houses and "turned serious science fiction into a literary genre". Terrific history of the SF paperback.

A new Joey Hi-Fi cover is always cause for celebration, especially when it is for Nnedi Okorafor.

David Maybury is the commissioning editor of Scholastic UK, one of the most important people in children's publishing and... apparently pretty good at air hockey. 

Rather vintage article on the O'Reilly site on the predictions of William Gibson's Neuromancer - made all the more interesting because the article is from 2004, and even more of this stuff has come about:

[Gibson] used the concept of servitude to the electronic lifestyle prominently. Today, electronic dependency is the norm. Just think about how much you surf the web, how many people you know who’ve had pacemakers, prosthetic limbs, laser vision correction, or intra-ocular lenses, and how much time you’ve spent synchronizing your Palm or reloading your corrupted hard drives over the years - do you ever feel like a slave to all your gadgets? It’s ironic that Neuromancer, written exclusively on a typewriter in the early eighties, used all of these paradigms, not merely as flashy sci-fi predictions, but as essential plot devices.

Leaked Twitter memo shows that they know how crap they are at handling abuse: "We lose core user after core user by not addressing simple trolling issues that they face every day."

Hey, DC is changing everything again. This article from Kotaku runs down the what and why. Or, better yet, read Jon's review of Crisis on Infinite Earths, which gives you all the background you might need.

Pornokitsch People Elsewhere

Molly Tanzer's Vermilion is available for pre-order as a special signed copy + ebook bundle!

Mahvesh Murad reviews Margaret Atwood's Stone Mattress for Dawn -- "She seems like the classic fairy tale grandmother, with her twinkly eyes and wise words. And she is. But she’s also much more. She’s also the wolf."

Also, here's Mahvesh on Neil Gaiman's Trigger Warning.

And, here she is with Robert "The Good Shabti" Sharp, on the latest episode of Midnight in Karachi.

Latest episode of the One Comic Podcast is up - Bex, Jon and Jared all tackle Jim Woodring's Frank. Possibly the best episode yet? Certainly the most, uh, revealing.

Bex's Smiler's Fair picks up a rather stonking review in the Independent: "It’s a little bit Tolkien, a little bit Philip Pullman, a little bit Neil Gaiman."

John J. Johnston is introducing a reading of The Glass Ball Game at the Petrie Museum on 24 February. Tickets here.

Anne, on the "Wit and Wisdom of Hans Gruber".  

Jared, over on Scy-Fy, as part of a series of blogger interviews.

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