Sunday, April 1, 2012

New and Noteworthy (Amazon Kindle, Stross on Santorum, Heat Wave)

In today's edition:

* io9 asks "Could the Amazon Kindle Revitalize Science Fiction?" As the article notes, the Kindle bestseller list is full of authors publishing with small presses, or on an indie basis, who have never turned up in Locus. (In case you're wondering, it seems that the biotech thriller Wired was the biggest selling Kindle science fiction novel of 2011 – a fact not mentioned in io9's piece.)

* As those who've read Charles Stross's Accelerando may remember, his novel had Rick Santorum as President of the United States. Naturally, Stross offers his thoughts on Santorum's recent attempt to make that a reality (ostensibly, anyway, as Stross is left wondering if his campaign isn't in fact "some kind of weird Hunter-Thompson-esque situationist art-terror parody thing."

* Dan Nosowitz at Popular Science on North America's 2012 heat wave – which has been "almost like science fiction."

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