Sunday Links, February 2, 2014

SamatarSofia Samatar, the author of A Stranger in Olondria, has won the Crawford Memorial Award for best first fantasy novel, presented by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts.

The finalists for the British Science Fiction Association Awards have been announced. The list this year goes beyond the usual white male complement, which strikes me as being enormously healthy for the field.

floraThe Newbery and Caldecott winners have been announced.

The 2014 Michael L. Printz Award winners for the best young adult fiction of the year have been announced.

The Arthur C. Clarke Award is coming, and a record number of submissions have been made to the prize committee. There’s a good year’s worth of reading in this stack, but the judges only have a few months to come up with a short list.

comicGraphic novels are getting more and more respect. Omnivoracious makes note of highly anticipated graphic novels, including that the grand old man of comics, Alan Moore, has a banner year ahead.

There are a huge number of science fiction, fantasy and horror being published in February 2014. How do I pick only 10 titles — my average monthly intake — to read out of this embarrassment of riches? Tor offers a more curated list for fantasy readers, and My Bookish Ways has its own choices.

the sunThere’s a football game on today, right? Yeah, not a fan. Kirkus suggests ten ways not to watch the Super Bowl, with something to suit every taste.

If you don’t usually read SF, have all my links to science fiction articles, lists and sites caused you to wonder whether maybe you ought to give genre fiction a try? io9 has some suggestions on good entry points to the genres. The suggestions that make me giggle are those that refer to novels you may not have known were considered science fiction by us genre readers. Give it a try; you might find you like it.

haldemanIt’s a gimmick, but it’s one that works: writers write their writing advice on their hands. I was particularly taken by Joe Haldeman’s advice NOT to write what you know. Take a look and see what he means by that.

Being a book lover carries with it a lot of advantages. Best of all is that reading makes your brain work better. Or is the best thing that you’re never bored? Or maybe — well, take a look at the list and think about how reading makes you happy. Then take a look at this list of conundrums faced by readers. Just picking out what to read next can induce a terrible fit of indecision — but I think it’s worth it.

catcherTest yourself! Guess the novel based on its first sentence. I got 14 out of 17 right, which identifies me as an English major, but I have no idea which ones I missed. The test needs a key!

If that test isn’t sufficiently persuasive, try these identifiers of English majors. Yes, in fact, I am still waiting for my letter telling me I’ve been accepted at Hogwarts.


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