Saturday, August 14, 2010

New and Noteworthy (OMNI, NYT bestsellers, Red Plenty, Stross on Space Cadets, European SF Awards)

In this week's edition:

* The blog Biology in Science Fiction remembers OMNI magazine.

* After posting about Patrick Anderson's Triumph of the Thriller I thought I would take a glance at the New York Times bestseller list for this week with an eye to how the genre stands commercially. Of the top fifteen, nine, including the number one slot (occupied by Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, whose earlier entry in this series, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo also tops the trade and mass-market paperback fiction lists) are thrillers of exactly the kind he described.

Incidentally, three additional books can be labeled fantasy or science fiction-namely Justin Cronin's vampire story The Passage, Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story--about a couple of second-generation Americans living through the Decline and Fall of the United States, and Sean Williams's Star Wars novel The Old Republic: Fatal Alliance.

* More on Francis Spufford's Red Plenty, from The Guardian, Nick Hornby at Salon.com and 21st Century Socialism.

* Charles Stross offers his thoughts on "space cadets"--and doesn't pull any punches in doing it. As one might expect from his earlier writing on the subject of space development (perhaps most notably a post from November last year considering the design of a generation starship), he's unpersuaded by the idea of libertarian space development.

* Last but not least, the European SF Awards Nominations are out.

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