Monday, April 18, 2011

New and Noteworthy (Strange Horizons, Charles Stross, McAuley on Generic SF)

In today's edition:

* Recently in Strange Horizons, a number of noteworthy reviews, including pieces by Matthew Jones on the creative unraveling of the now-defunct Caprica, David McWilliam on Charles Stross's third Laundry novel, The Fuller Memorandum, Graham Sleight on one of the less expected media tie-in novels of recent years, Michael Moorcock's Doctor Who: The Coming of the Terraphiles, Dan Hartland on Alisa Krasnostein's Australian suburbia-themed anthology Sprawl, Niall Harrison on The Best of Kim Stanley Robinson, Adam Roberts on Battle: Los Angeles (which seems more entertaining than he found the movie to be), Alvaro Zinos-Amaro on Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories 3 and Martin Lewis on Moon director Duncan Jones's latest movie, Source Code.

* The aforementioned Charles Stross's response to the media circus surrounding the upcoming royal wedding, appropriately titled "Make It Stop!" (I'm a whole ocean away, but I heartily agree with that sentiment.) Also of interest: Stross's earlier post on what the Fukushima crisis may mean for those sweltering in Tokyo this coming summer.

* And finally, Paul McAuley's amusing take on "How to Write a Generic SF Novel," to which he has since penned a follow-up on the uses of cliche.

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