Here's this weekend's links of interest, out a day early since tomorrow is a holiday for us U.S. folks.
I plan to spend the weekend in reflection, grateful for living in one of the best countries on the face of the planet. This is, of course, the celebration of our Independence Day, so such reflections are both timely and appropriate.
When I'm done with that, I'll be writing, reading, swimming, drinking, biking, and getting some work done around the house. Blogging will likely remain suspended this weekend as I really want to spend my writing time working on my book, the progress of which is going well. Blogging is important, of course, but the key is finding a happy medium between it and "real" work.
Have a good one!
Bald People Rule The Scifi World
Here's the first picture of Richard Woolsey wearing his new uniform on Stargate Atlantis. The nature of the medical emergency is our flutters of excitement at seeing Robert Picardo in his snappy new threads. But Woolsey has some serious shoes to fill — bald authority figures (both good and evil) have reigned over science fiction forever. And Jean-Luc Picard isn't even the coolest bald leader in science fiction. Click through for a gallery of our favorite baldies.
Literary Agent Sues Sites for Ruining Her Reputation
Literary agent Barbara Bauer is suing 19 bloggers and websites, including Wikipedia, YouTube and AbsoluteWrite.com, claiming they are ruining her reputation, the New Jersey Star-Ledger reported yesterday. Online critics call Bauer one of publishing’s “20 Worst Literary Agents,” claiming she charges clients high fees for little work, and is a “scam agent.” Bauer did not return PW’s calls for comment.
The Truth About Microscopic Black Holes and the Utter Destruction of Earth
Science fiction is rife with tales of experiments that run out of control and blow up the planet or exterminate all life or something. Maybe that's why two U.S. researchers sued the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), trying to get an injunction that would prevent them from building their Large Hadron Collider. Their reason? Concern that it would create an apocalyptic mini-black hole here on Earth.
Streamlined Cars Blaze at 120 mph in 1930s Future City
Here's a brief, animated glimpse of a future city where torpedo cars rocket along on elevated highways.
Tentacles and Cosmic SF: The Art of Lovecraft
Tentacular horrors, unnamable evils, and quests to the edges of alien-landscapes-on-earth like Antarctica were just some of the beautifully bizarre features of H.P. Lovecraft’s weird fiction.
Terry Goodkind Moves to Putnam for Three-Book Deal
After a long career with Tor, bestselling fantasy writer Terry Goodkind is moving to Putnam. Ivan Held, president of G. P. Putnam’s Sons, acquired U.S. hardcover and paperback rights in a joint venture with Berkley Books. Putnam will publish the novels—which will be mainstream fiction, not fantasy—in hardcover; Berkley will publish the paperbacks.
The Book Review’s Booty
Every once in a while, when we’re pulling the endless books and press releases from publishers out of envelopes, out plops a little item of some sort. In fact, of every sort. From tennis balls to whoopee cushions, we’ve seen it all.