Tuesday, June 19, 2012

New and Noteworthy (Ray Bradbury, Allen Steele, Rapture of the Nerds, Eureka)

In today's edition:

* Airlock Alpha on the death of science fiction grandmaster Ray Bradbury. This is, of course, just one of many remembrances of the author. Among other pieces I found of interest are a pair of items in last week's Space Review (Star Trek producer Andre Bormanis' tribute, and aerospace engineer Jim Kanuf's more personal remembrance), and from quite a different perspective, two more at the WSWS (where Christine Schofelt and Hector Cordon offer their take on his career, and Nebula nominee Steven Brust also offers his own thoughts).

* Also at the Space Review: political scientist John Hickman interviews Allen Steele.

* Cory Doctorow presents an excerpt from his and Charles Stross' upcoming novel, Rapture of the Nerds – which, as those familiar with that phrase might guess, is a "comic novel of the Singularity."

* Michael Hinman on the cancellation of Eureka. (Going by cocreator Jamie Paglia's remarks, this seems to indeed have been a matter of money-grubbing executives wondering "Why not more reality TV instead?")

The Space Show, June 8
The Neoliberal Singularity
New and Noteworthy (Ridley Scott, Charles Stross, Sanctuary Canceled)
New and Noteworthy (Awards News, Hollywood)
New and Noteworthy (Indie Publishing, Galactica, Eureka)
New and Noteworthy (Airships, Star Trek and NASA, a Defense of Superhero Movies)
New and Noteworthy (Reinventing SFTV Shows, NASA and Star Trek, Genre Awards Shows, the Cinematic Experience)
Eureka: Season Five

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