In today's edition:
* Gawker's Max Read on the accents in Game of Thrones (which has recently concluded its third season).
* As Jonathan McCalmont notes over at Ruthless Culture, Speculative Fiction 2012, a round-up of the best online nonfiction writing about the genre, is out. As might be guessed by those who followed the portion of the blogosphere devoted to science fiction, the debate kick-started by Paul Kincaid's September 2012 review essay about three year's best anthologies for the L.A. Review of Books has a place in it, with Kincaid's piece included, as well as Jonathan McCalmont's response "Cowardice, Laziness and Irony: How Science Fiction Lost the Future."
* Ken MacLeod's remembrance of Iain Banks in The Guardian.
* Also in The Guardian, Cory Doctorow on the recent revelations about the NSA's Prism program.
New and Noteworthy (Iain Banks, Age of Zeus, The Jennifer Morgue)
My Posts on Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire
Paul Kincaid's September 2012 Review