And, speaking of birthdays, happy birthday to savageseraph and doctorwho42! May you both have wonderful days and fantastic years to come.
Happy first birthday, also, to Aural Delights, the little sibling of the audio science fiction magazine StarShipSofa!
I have two new links to recommend:
* A new online magazine of weird fiction has just made its debute. Arkham Tales offers "100 pages of the best weird fiction on the market," free for your reading pleasure!
* There's also a new website, Book View Cafe, that boasts stellar contributors such as Ursula K. Le Guin and Vonda N. McIntyre, among others. The site is a consortium of over twenty professional authors with extensive publishing credits in the print world. Every day, new content available nowhere else will be served up on Book View Cafe: short stories, flash fiction, poetry, episodes of serialized novels, and maybe even a podcast now and then. The corresponding blog is available via LJ as bookviewcafe.
And a quote for the day:
Science fiction is the holy fool of literature. It can say what it likes and get away with an examination of truly radical and subversive ideas because no one takes it seriously. When it's at its best, we're generally in trouble. Science fiction flourished during the social and economic upheavals of the 1930s, during the Cold War, and during the Iron Age of the 1980s. It should be flourishing now, damn it, but too many people who used to hang out with it have wandered off into some kind of fluffy make-believe world or other. Real science fiction doesn't make stuff up. It turns reality up to eleven. It takes stuff from contemporary weather—stuff no one else has bothered or dared to question—and uses it to make an end run on reality. It not only shows us what could happen if things carry on the way they are, but it pushes what's going on to the extremes of absurdity. That's not its job: that's its nature. And what's happened to science fiction lately, it isn't natural. It's pale and lank and kind of out of focus. It needs to straighten up and fly right. It needs to reconnect with the world's weather, and get medieval on reality's ass.
- Paul McAuley, as quoted in Fast Forward 2, edited by Lou Anders