July, 2008
Tue Jul 15Why I Re-Read
Sat Jul 19A Deepness in the Sky, the Tragical History of Pham Nuwen
Tue Jul 22The Singularity Problem and Non-Problem
Fri Jul 25Random Acts of Senseless Violence: Why isn't it a classic of the field?
Sat Jul 26From Herring to Marmalade: the perfect plot of Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency
Sun Jul 27Total Immersion: Heinlein's Citizen of the Galaxy
Sun Jul 27That's just scenery: what do we mean by “mainstream”?
Tue Jul 29Individual and Irreverent: Eric Frank Russell
Wed Jul 30Re-reading long series
Thu Jul 31What you have to do for me to write about your book here
August, 2008
Fri Aug 1 At the edge of humanity: Amy Thomson's Virtual Girl
Fri Aug 1 Separating SF and fantasy
Sat Aug 2 A treat to re-read: Barbara Hambly's Stranger at the Wedding
Mon Aug 4 The Fermi Paradox: OK, where are they, then?
Tue Aug 5 The Dystopic Earths of Heinlein's Juveniles
Thu Aug 7 Aliens and Power: C.J. Cherryh's Atevi Books
Fri Aug 8 Worldcon: Conversation
Tue Aug 12Clearsighted utopia: Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed
Thu Aug 14Happiness, Meaning and Significance: Karl Schroeder's Lady of Mazes
Thu Aug 14Has Queen Amalasuntha Been Assassinated Yet? L. Sprague de Camp's Lest Darkness Fall
Sat Aug 16Just Irresistible: Dodie Smith's I Capture the Castle
Sun Aug 17Heterotopian Choices: Samuel R. Delany's Triton
Wed Aug 20The Weirdest Book in the World
Thu Aug 21Judging a book by the cover: Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos series
Tue Aug 26New SF Ideas from Rudy Rucker
Fri Aug 29Spellbinding Storytelling Patterns: Steven Brust's Vlad Taltos series
Fri Aug 29My love-hate relationship with fantasy
September, 2008
Fri Sep 5 More Cold Equations: Sylvia Engdahl's Heritage of the Star
Fri Sep 5 Fantasy List
Mon Sep 8 Don't get too attached to this decade: George R.R. Martin's The Armageddon Rag
Tue Sep 9 The Poetry of Deep Time: Arthur C. Clarke's Against the Fall of Night
Fri Sep 12Clarke reimagined in hot pink: Tanith Lee's Biting the Sun
Sat Sep 13Something rich and strange: Candas Jane Dorsey's Black Wine
Sat Sep 13A Chance to Show Off: the first line game
Tue Sep 16To trace impunity: Greg Egan's Permutation City
Thu Sep 18Black and white and read a million times: Jerry Pournelle, Janissaries
Tue Sep 23Alien anthropology and a ton of fun: Eleanor Arnason's Ring of Swords
Fri Sep 26Entertaining asides and vistas of glorious revelation: Some general cool things Neal Stephenson does
Tue Sep 30Bloat: threat or menace?
October, 2008
Wed Oct 1 The hero with a thousand extra lives: Terry Pratchett's Only You Can Save Mankind
Mon Oct 6 Political agency and changing the world
Wed Oct 8 College as magic garden: Why Pamela Dean's Tam Lin is a book you'll either love or hate
Sat Oct 11Making the future work: Maureen McHugh's China Mountain Zhang
Tue Oct 14Growing up tomorrow: Cory Doctorow's Little Brother
Fri Oct 17The numinous underpinnings of fantasy: Bujold's Paladin of Souls
Mon Oct 20Centaur songs and scientific revolutions: Walter Jon Williams' Knight Moves
Wed Oct 22Sentimental Adventures in Time: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Sun Oct 26What stops you from buying a book?
Mon Oct 27Telepathy and Tribulation: John Wyndham's The Chrysalids
Thu Oct 30Not only science fiction, but more science fictional than anything else: Rosemary Kirstein's Steerswoman books
Fri Oct 31Halloween Special: Why I hate horror.
November, 2008
Mon Nov 3 What to read to take your mind off the US election.
Thu Nov 6 Of course science fiction did it first...
Mon Nov 10Love, Blood and Rhetoric: Ellen Kushner's Swordspoint
Tue Nov 11Duels and Dialogue and Depth: Ellen Kushner's The Privilege of the Sword
Wed Nov 12Flawed but magnificent: Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman's The Fall of the Kings
Thu Nov 13Fantasy of Manners
Fri Nov 14Beyond America: The Future of the Rest of the Planet
Mon Nov 17Anathem: what does it gain from not being our world?
Tue Nov 18Who Killed Ariane Emory? C.J. Cherryh's Cyteen
Tue Nov 25Hard Boiled Regency: Madeleine Robins Point of Honor
Sun Nov 30A happy ending depends on when you stop: Heavy Time, Hellburner and C.J. Cherryh's Alliance-Union universe
December, 2008
Mon Dec 1 Knights Who Say “Fuck”: Swearing in Genre Fiction
Wed Dec 3 Same date, same time, different place: Holiday meetup in Montreal
Wed Dec 3 “Earth is one world”: C.J. Cherryh's Downbelow Station
Tue Dec 9 Space is wide and good friends are too few: Cherryh's Merchanter novels
Wed Dec 10A need to deal wounds: Rape of men in Cherryh's Union-Alliance novels
Fri Dec 12A break with the bell-ringers: Dorothy Sayers Nine Tailors
Fri Dec 19They don't just want a bright kid, they want her back: C.J. Cherryh's Cyteen
Sun Dec 21How to talk to writers
Thu Dec 25Christmas Books
January, 2009
Fri Jan 2Donald E. Westlake 1933-2008
Fri Jan 2Western Fantasy: Lois McMaster Bujold's Sharing Knife books
Sun Jan 4New News from Reseune: C.J. Cherryh's Regenesis
Tue Jan 13Dynamite alternate history: Jenny Davidson's The Explosionist
Sun Jan 18Colonial Fantasy: Robin McKinley's The Blue Sword
Wed Jan 21Fighting dragons and depression: Robin McKinley's The Hero and the Crown
Thu Jan 22My Perfect Anthology
Sat Jan 24Fairytale Rape: Robin McKinley's Deerskin
Mon Jan 26Why do I pick up the books I do?
Wed Jan 28Near future and far future: Robert Charles Wilson's Spin
Wed Jan 28Real world reading for fantasy writers
Thu Jan 29“Give me back the Berlin Wall”: Ken MacLeod's The Sky Road
February, 2009
Mon Feb 2Who's human anyway? Who's free? Octavia Butler's Pattern series
Thu Feb 5“My Star Trek novel”: Octavia Butler's Survivor
Fri Feb 6Escape to Other Worlds with Science Fiction (fiction)
Mon Feb 9A wish for something different at the frontier
Tue Feb 10What a pity she couldn't have single-handedly invented science fiction! George Eliot's Middlemarch
Tue Feb meetup at Tor Party at Boskone this Saturday
Wed Feb 18The beauty of lists: Angelica Gorodischer's Kalpa Imperial
Thu Feb 19Like pop rocks for the brain: Samuel R. Delany's Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand
Fri Feb 20Seeing Patterns Everywhere: Elizabeth Moon's The Speed of Dark
Mon Feb 23Tussling with Tolkien: Lois McMaster Bujold's The Sharing Knife: Horizon
Wed Feb 25Philip Jose Farmer, 1918-2009
Thu Feb 26Is there any such thing as the Great World Novel?
Fri Feb 27The weight of time to come: Ursula Le Guin's Lavinia
March, 2009
Thu Mar 5Over the hump: Robert A. Heinlein's Starship Troopers
Fri Mar 6The Apocalypso that we Deserve: Janni Lee Simner's Bones of Faerie
Mon Mar 9Between Two Worlds: S.P. Somtow's Jasmine Nights
Wed Mar 11Sapience and responsibility: H. Beam Piper's Fuzzy books
Fri Mar 13As neat as it gets: Tim Powers's The Anubis Gates
Mon Mar 16Now cheer me up again: Paolo Bacigalupi's Pump Six and Other Stories
Tue Mar 17I think I'll go for a walk and think about aliens: Clifford Simak's Way Station
Wed Mar 18Lots of reasons to love these: Daniel Abraham's Long Price books
Thu Mar 19Someone has come to free the LLL: Samuel Delany's Empire Star
Fri Mar 20These things are there: A.S. Byatt's Possession
Mon Mar 23Humorous Humanist Armageddon: Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman's Good Omens
Tue Mar 24Maori Fantasy: Keri Hulme's The Bone People
Thu Mar 26Better to have loved and lost? Series that go downhill.
Thu Mar 26A brilliant standalone book: John Barnes's A Million Open Doors
Fri Mar 27A fun kind of chaos: Connie Willis's Bellwether
Mon Mar 30The interesting question of thalience: Karl Schroeder's Ventus
Tue Mar 31Weeping for her enemies: Lois McMaster Bujold's Shards of Honor
April, 2009
Wed Apr 1Forward Momentum: Lois McMaster Bujold's The Warrior's Apprentice
Wed Apr 1More questions than answers: Robert A. Heinlein's The Stone Pillow
Wed Apr 1Quarrels and Quarterstaffs: Shakespeare's Robin of Sherwood on DVD
Thu Apr 2Quest for Ovaries: Lois McMaster Bujold's Ethan of Athos
Fri Apr 3Why he must not fail: Lois McMaster Bujold's The Borders of Infinity
Sun Apr 5What have you done with your baby brother? Lois McMaster Bujold's Brothers in Arms
Mon Apr 6Hard on his superiors: Lois McMaster Bujold's The Vor Game
Mon Apr 6So, what sort of series do you like?
Tue Apr 7One birth, one death, and all the acts of pain and will between: Lois McMaster Bujold's Barrayar
Thu Apr 9All true wealth is biological: Lois McMaster Bujold's Mirror Dance
Fri Apr 10Luck is something you make for yourself: Lois McMaster Bujold's Cetaganda
Mon Apr 13This is my old identity, actually: Lois McMaster Bujold's Memory
Tue Apr 14But I'm Vor: Lois McMaster Bujold's Komarr
Wed Apr 15She's getting away! Lois McMaster Bujold's A Civil Campaign
Wed Apr 15Just my job: Lois McMaster Bujold's Diplomatic Immunity
Fri Apr 17Choose again, and change: Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga
Sun Apr 19Every day is a gift: Lois McMaster Bujold's Winterfair Gifts
Mon Apr 20Interview with Lois McMaster Bujold about writing the Vorkosigan Saga
Tue Apr 21Time travel and slavery: Octavia Butler's Kindred
Wed Apr 22America the Beautiful: Terry Bisson's Fire on the Mountain
Fri Apr 24As you wish, so be it: John Brunner's The Compleat Traveller in Black
Mon Apr 27A Chance to Show Off Thread 2: The Quotable Line Game
Mon Apr 27Susan Palwick's Shelter
Wed Apr 29A new island of stability: Ursula Le Guin's Annals of the Western Shore
Thu Apr 30A Conversation with Sherwood Smith
May, 2009
Mon May 4Pioneer Fantasy: Patricia Wrede's Thirteenth Child
Tue May 5The upspoken and the unspeakable: Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go
Wed May 6A different kind of alternative: John Brunner's The Infinitive of Go
Thu May 7Missing the Late Roman Empire? Gillian Bradshaw's The Beacon at Alexandria
Fri May 8Alien immersion course: M.A. Foster's The Gameplayers of Zan
Mon May 11A new Atevi book: C.J. Cherryh's Conspirator
Mon May 11Is Alternate History SF?
Thu May 14Daily life and no Europeans: Kim Stanley Robinson's The Years of Rice and Salt
Fri May 15Disturbingly brilliant: Susan Palwick's The Fate of Mice
Fri May 15Where do you find out about new books?
Sat May 16Magic, family, uncertainty: Lisa Goldstein's Tourists
Mon May 18Devil's Advocate: Anthony Burgess's Earthly Powers
Tue May 19Brothers and destroyers: Sarah Monette's Melusine
Thu May 21“Ain't we both monsters?”: Sarah Monette's The Virtu
Fri May 22I'm sure we can find a map: Sarah Monette's The Mirador
Mon May 25Labyrinths inside your head: Sarah Monette's Corambis
Tue May 26Aliens, spaceships, and fun: Walter Jon Williams's Dread Empire's Fall
Tue May 26Is the right book winning the Hugo?
Wed May 27Better to travel hopefully: Dan Simmons's Hyperion
Fri May 29Reading between the mythlines: Ian McDonald's King of Morning, Queen of Day
Sun May 31Scintillations of a sensory syrynx: Samuel Delany's Nova
June, 2009
Mon Jun 1You may not know it, but you want to read this: Francis Spufford's Backroom Boys: The Secret Return of the British Boffin
Tue Jun 2The addiction of time travel: Daphne Du Maurier's The House on the Strand
Wed Jun 3Something old, something new?
Wed Jun 3Advertising dystopia: Frederik Pohl and C.M. Kornbluth's The Space Merchants
Thu Jun 4Faster Than Light at any speed
Sun Jun 7Being clever with mythology: John James's Votan and Not For All the Gold in Ireland
Mon Jun 8Gender and glaciers: Ursula Le Guin's The Left Hand of Darkness
Wed Jun 10Licensed to sell weasels and jade earrings: The short stories of Lord Dunsany
Thu Jun 11The Net of a Million Lies: Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep
Fri Jun 12The other woman: Margaret Atwood's The Robber Bride
Sun Jun 14The worst book I love: Robert Heinlein's Friday
Tue Jun 16India's superheroes: Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children
Wed Jun 17Clocks and stars and magic: Melissa Scott and Lisa A. Barnett's Point of Hopes
Thu Jun 18Starman Jones, or how Robert A. Heinlein did plot on a good day
Fri Jun 19Packing books for a trip
Mon Jun 22A funny book with a lot of death in it: Iain Banks's The Crow Road
Tue Jun 23More dimensions than you'd expect: Samuel Delany's Babel 17
Fri Jun 26Characters and cryptography: Neal Stephenson's Cryptonomicon
Mon Jun 29Not so urban fantasy: Nina Kiriki Hoffman's The Silent Strength of Stones
July, 2009
Wed Jul 1Blue collar magic: Sean Stewart's Mockingbird
Thu Jul 2The future of the Third World: Geoff Ryman's Air
Mon Jul 6Dying Inside Robert Silverberg
Tue Jul 7Bad, but good: David Feintuch's Midshipman's Hope
Thu Jul 9“The servants of what we have to do”: Daniel Abraham's A Shadow in Summer
Mon Jul 13More betrayals in winter than I could shake a stick at: Daniel Abraham's A Betrayal in Winter
Wed Jul 15Helen Wright's A Matter of Oaths available for free download
Thu Jul 16Ambiguity in Fantasy
Thu Jul 16Not sure he's wrong: Daniel Abraham's An Autumn War
Mon Jul 20On July 20th, 1969... by Jo Walton
Wed Jul 22What do you hope for in a book?
Fri Jul 24Alien stars: John Brunner's The Crucible of Time
Mon Jul 27Fantasy and the Numinous
Mon Jul 27Silent, upon a peak, in Darien: Daniel Abraham's The Price of Spring
Wed Jul 29History, language, identity, gender: Elisabeth Vonarburg's The Maerlande Chronicles
Thu Jul 30Subtly twisted history: John M. Ford's The Dragon Waiting
Fri Jul 31What is historical fantasy?
August, 2009
Mon Aug 32009 Hugo Best Novel Nominee Spotlight: Little Brother, by Cory Doctorow
Thu Aug 6The most expensive plumbers in the galaxy: Lois McMaster Bujold's Falling Free
Fri Aug 72009 Hugo Best Novel Nominee Spotlight: Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
Fri Aug 7Murder in deep time: Vernor Vinge's Marooned in Realtime
Mon Aug 10Infinite ideas: Robert Reed's Down the Bright Way
Thu Aug 13Rogue in the ambient: C.J. Cherryh's Rider books
Sun Aug 16Growing Up for Real: Alexei Panshin's Rite of Passage
Tue Aug 18A very long poem: Alan Garner's Red Shift
Thu Aug 20Bridging the divide between hard and soft SF: Karl Schroeder's Permanence
Fri Aug 21Planet, colony, home: Maureen McHugh's Mission Child
Sun Aug 23Goodbye, Dortmunder: Donald Westlake's Get Real
Tue Aug 25Sea battles and grand emotion: David Weber's Off Armageddon Reef
Wed Aug 26We are not amused: My love/hate relationship with funny fiction
Thu Aug 27Beautiful, poetic, and experimental: Roger Zelazny's Doorways in the Sand
Fri Aug 28Martial art fantasy: C.J. Cherryh's The Paladin
Mon Aug 31Hollywood and science fiction: Terry Bisson's Voyage to the Red Planet
September, 2009
Tue Sep 1“Like the tidal flood beneath the lunar sway”: Lloyd Biggle, Jr.'s The Still, Small Voice of Trumpets
Wed Sep 2The wisdom of the apes: Peter Dickinson's Eva
Thu Sep 3The last three books you bought
Fri Sep 4No one left to speak when they came for me: Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale
Tue Sep 8Waking the Dragon: George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire
Wed Sep 9Stick them with the pointy end: George R.R. Martin's A Game of Thrones
Thu Sep 10No true knights: George R.R. Martin's A Clash of Kings
Mon Sep 14Weddings more dangerous than battles: George R.R. Martin's A Storm of Swords
Thu Sep 17No ice, no fire: George R.R. Martin's A Feast for Crows
Fri Sep 18Who killed Jon Arryn? George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire
Sun Sep 20Self-naming and death-hastening: Joan Slonczewski's A Door Into Ocean
Mon Sep 21Happy Birthday H.G. Wells
Mon Sep 21Face or vase? Marge Piercy's Woman on the Edge of Time
Tue Sep 22Out of Control: Octavia Butler's Bloodchild and Other Stories
Wed Sep 23Effective dreaming: Ursula K. Le Guin's The Lathe of Heaven
Thu Sep 24A girl and a house: the gothic novel
Sun Sep 27Invisible man and organ banks: Larry Niven's A Gift From Earth
Mon Sep 28Review: Walter Jon Williams' This Is Not A Game
Tue Sep 29Spaceships and starshards and workaday life: Samuel Delany's short fiction
Wed Sep 30The best aliens ever: C.J. Cherryh's The Pride of Chanur
October, 2009
Mon Oct 5Treachery to species: C.J. Cherryh's Chanur Trilogy
Wed Oct 7No Pitching of the Preciousness: C.J. Cherryh's Chanur's Legacy
Fri Oct 9Lonely and special: Zenna Henderson's Ingathering
Mon Oct 12Princesses and cats: Kij Johnson's Fudoki
Tue Oct 13A way the world ends: John Wyndham's The Kraken Wakes
Wed Oct 14Who reads cosy catastrophes?
Tue Oct 20Stalinism vs champagne at the opera: Constantine Fitzgibbon's When the Kissing Had To Stop
Thu Oct 22The future of the Commonwealth: Nevil Shute's In the Wet
Fri Oct 23Aunts in Space: Elizabeth Moon's Serrano series
Mon Oct 26The Identical Twin Paradox: Robert A. Heinlein's Time For the Stars
Tue Oct 27Art and life and fairytales: Steven Brust's The Sun the Moon and the Stars
Wed Oct 28No catastrophes here: William Tenn's Of Men and Monsters
November, 2009
Mon Nov 2Mosaics and charioteers: Guy Gavriel Kay's Sarantine Mosaic
Tue Nov 3So good your head explodes every time: Ted Chiang's Stories of Your Life and Others
Wed Nov 4Like a red-figure vase: Steven Brust's Agyar
Thu Nov 5Sketching on the way to battle: Caroline Stevermer's When the King Comes Home
Fri Nov 6Competence is really attractive: H. Beam Piper's Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen
Mon Nov 9Fantasy disguised as science fiction disguised as fantasy: Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light
Wed Nov 11Twists of the Godgame: John Fowles's The Magus
Thu Nov 12Like swords, but awesomer: Made up words in science fiction and fantasy
Fri Nov 13A charming history of Science Fiction and Fandom: Frederik Pohl's The Way the Future Was
Sun Nov 15What is it with coffee?
Mon Nov 16Playing the angles on a world: Steven Brust's Dragaera
Tue Nov 17“Jhereg feeds on others' kills”: Steven Brust's Jhereg
Thu Nov 19Noodles, self-help groups and airplane parts: things to avoid when making up fantasy names
Sat Nov 21Yendi coils and strikes unseen: Steven Brust's Yendi
Mon Nov 23A coachman's tale: Steven Brust's Brokedown Palace
Mon Nov 23Barbara Hambly sequel stories to download for $5
Tue Nov 24“Frightened teckla hides in grass”: Steven Brust's Teckla
Wed Nov 25“How can you tell?”: Steven Brust's Taltos
Thu Nov 26“Phoenix rise from ashes grey”: Steven Brust's Phoenix
Fri Nov 27I have been asking for nothing else for an hour: Steven Brust's The Phoenix Guards
Mon Nov 30“Athyra rules minds' interplay”: Steven Brust's Athyra
Mon Nov 30Robert Holdstock 1948-2009
December, 2009
Wed Dec 2“What, is there more?”: Steven Brust's Five Hundred Years After
Thu Dec 3“Orca circles, hard and lean”: Steven Brust's Orca
Fri Dec 4“Haughty dragon yearns to slay”: Steven Brust's Dragon
Tue Dec 8“Issola strikes from courtly bow”: Steven Brust's Issola
Wed Dec 9What has gone before?
Mon Dec 14“The time about which I have the honor to write”: Steven Brust's The Viscount of Adrilankha
Tue Dec 15Foolproof Holiday Gift Books
Tue Dec 15“Dzur stalks and blends with night”: Steven Brust's Dzur
Thu Dec 17“Jhegaala shifts as moments pass”: Steven Brust's Jhegaala
Fri Dec 18“Quiet iorich won't forget”: Steven Brust's Iorich
Mon Dec 21Magical Realist Mars: Ian McDonald's Desolation Road
Wed Dec 23What books do you buy to give to other people?
Sat Dec 26Quakers in Space: Molly Gloss's The Dazzle of Day
Mon Dec 28“Tonight will be bad, and tomorrow will be beyond all imagining”: Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising
Tue Dec 29Sensible grown-ups and the battle of Waterloo: Georgette Heyer's A Civil Contract
Wed Dec 30There is now...
Thu Dec 31Imprisoned Intelligence: Thomas M. Disch's Camp Concentration
January, 2010
Fri Jan 1Water, love, and meetings: Kim Stanley Robinson's Pacific Edge
Wed Jan 6“Locked in our separate skulls”: Raphael Carter's The Fortunate Fall
Thu Jan 7The whole notion of autobiography: Samuel Delany's The Motion of Light in Water
Fri Jan 8Saving both worlds: Katherine Blake (Dorothy Heydt)'s The Interior Life
Mon Jan 11Yearning for the unattainable: James Tiptree, Jr.'s short stories
Tue Jan 12Lovely and undemanding: Patrick Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind
Wed Jan 13Unravelling the universe: Ken Macleod's Cosmonaut Keep
Thu Jan 14Neglected Books and Authors
Sat Jan 16Kage Baker is very ill
Mon Jan 18SF reading protocols
Tue Jan 19Philip K. Dick Award nominees announced
Wed Jan 20A conversation with Steven Brust about writing the Dragaera books
Wed Jan 20A Real Princess: Peter Dickinson's King and Joker
Thu Jan 21Celtic in a good way: Lisa Tuttle's The Mysteries
Fri Jan 22Neglected Books: the list
Sun Jan 24Gateway drugs: what books are good for introducing non-SF readers to SF?
Mon Jan 25The tea, the statue, the dragon and you: R.A. MacAvoy's Tea With the Black Dragon
Wed Jan 27“Bright the hawk's flight in the empty sky”: Ursula Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea
Thu Jan 28Let her be eaten!: Ursula Le Guin's The Tombs of Atuan
Fri Jan 29Only in Silence the Word: Ursula Le Guin's The Farthest Shore
February, 2010
Mon Feb 1A woman on Gont: Ursula Le Guin's Tehanu
Tue Feb 2“What everyone knows is true turns out to be what some people used to think”: Ursula Le Guin's Tales from Earthsea
Wed Feb 3Revising death and dragons: Ursula K. Le Guin's The Other Wind
Fri Feb 5History informs the present: Anthony Price's Audley series
Mon Feb 8Time travellers changing history: Harry Turtledove's The Guns of the South
Wed Feb 8William Tenn 1920-2010
Wed Feb 10Incredibly readable: Robert Heinlein's The Door Into Summer
Thu Feb 18Light and Clever and Magical: Lawrence Watt Evans Ethshar Books
Fri Feb 19Boskone Panel: The Heroine's Journey
Sun Feb 21Where are the positive futures?
Mon Feb 22Growing up in a space dystopia: John Barnes's Orbital Resonance
Tue Feb 23Nasty, but brilliant: John Barnes's Kaleidoscope Century
Wed Feb 24Culture clash on the borders of genres: Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series
Fri Feb 26“In my own time and season”: Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Shattered Chain and Thendara House
Sun Feb 28Mervyn Jones 1922-2010
Sun Feb 28The joy of an unfinished series
March, 2010
Mon Mar 1Telepathy and polyamory: Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Forbidden Tower
Wed Mar 3“Where did he belong?”: Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Bloody Sun
Thu Mar 4No weapon that leaves the hand: Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Heritage of Hastur
Fri Mar 5A heroine's journey: Marion Zimmer Bradley's Hawkmistress
Tue Mar 9Fantasy and the need to remake our origin stories
Wed Mar 10“Everyone talks like Shakespeare”: Pamela Dean's Secret Country trilogy
Thu Mar 11Re-living your own life: Ken Grimwood's Replay
Fri Mar 12Painting Saturn's Ring red: John Varley's 1970s Eight Worlds stories
Mon Mar 15Why reviewers don't often say “This sucks”.
Tue Mar 16In Sheep's Clothing: Why Fantasy and SF might be disguised as each other
Wed Mar 17Grimmer than grim: C.J. Cherryh, The Chronicles of Morgaine
Sun Mar 21Honour to your holdfast, honour to your teyn: George R.R. Martin's Dying of the Light
Mon Mar 22What do you think you should do?: Keith Roberts's Molly Zero
Fri Mar 26The mind, the heart, sex, class, feminism, true love, intrigue, not your everyday ho hum detective story: Dorothy Sayers's Gaudy Night
Sat Mar 27Epistolary fantasy that will make you smile: Patricia Wrede and Caroline Stevermer's Sorcery and Cecelia
Tue Mar 30Three short Hainish novels: Ursula Le Guin's Rocannon's World, Planet of Exile and City of Illusions
Wed Mar 31Amazingly solid world: John M. Ford's The Princes of the Air
April, 2010
Thu Apr 1On reflection, not very dangerous: Harlan Ellison's The Last Dangerous Visions
Fri Apr 2Why do I re-read things I don't like?
Sat Apr 3“Yakking about who's civilized and who's not”: H. Beam Piper's Space Viking
Tue Apr 6Unusual dystopia: Sumner Locke Elliott's Going
Wed Apr 7Julian the Apostate on a Gunboat: Robert Charles Wilson's Julian Comstock
Thu Apr 8New perspectives on humanity: Molly Gloss's Wild Life
Fri Apr 9The next best thing to being there: Plato's Republic
Sun Apr 11Feast or famine?
Tue Apr 13Formations and transformations: Samuel Delany's Dhalgren
Wed Apr 14Review: Bellona, Destroyer of Cities, the play of Samuel Delany's Dhalgren
Mon Apr 19OK, where do I start with that? A.OK, where do I start with that?
Wed Apr 21The possibility of knowing yourself: Geoff Ryman's Lust
Fri Apr 23Total immersion in 1950s India: Vikram Seth's A Suitable Boy
Sun Apr 25OK, where do I start with that? B.OK, where do I start with that?
Wed Apr 28Ok, where do I start with that?OK, where do I start with that?
May, 2010
Mon May 3OK, where do I start with that? C.OK, where do I start with that?
Wed May 5Alone among aliens: C.J. Cherryh's Foreigner
Thu May 6Burning bridges and making alliances: C.J. Cherryh's Invader
Mon May 10OK, where do I start with that? D.OK, where do I start with that?
Wed May 12By no means unlikely: C.J. Cherryh's Inheritor
Thu May 13Sweets, spacestations and intrigue: C.J. Cherryh's Precursor
Fri May 14“Actually, you're the alien”: C.J. Cherryh's Defender
Sun May 16OK, where do I start with that? E.OK, where do I start with that?
Wed May 19How many sides are there in this?: C.J. Cherryh's Explorer
Sun May 23OK, where do I start with that? F.OK, where do I start with that?
Wed May 26Breakfast in the ruins: C.J. Cherryh's Destroyer
Fri May 28Taking it all back: C.J. Cherryh's Pretender
Sun May 30OK, where do I start with that? G.OK, where do I start with that?
June, 2010
Tue Jun 1One is ever so glad to be rescued: C.J. Cherryh's Deliverer
Thu Jun 3You are also an exile: C.J. Cherryh's Conspirator
Fri Jun 4“Not much changes on the street, only the faces.” George Alec Effinger's When Gravity Fails
Sun Jun 6OK, where do I start with that? H.OK, where do I start with that?
Mon Jun 7Humans are crazy that way: C.J. Cherryh's Deceiver
Tue Jun 8History inside-out: Howard Waldrop's Them Bones
Thu Jun 10I'd love this book if I didn't loathe the protagonist: Harry Turtledove and Judith Tarr's Household Gods
Sun Jun 13OK, where do I start with that? I and J.OK, where do I start with that?
Wed Jun 16Screwball comedy time travel: John Kessel's Corrupting Dr. Nice
Fri Jun 18Original, weird, charming: Parke Godwin's Waiting for the Galactic Bus
Sun Jun 20OK, where do I start with that? K.OK, where do I start with that?
Tue Jun 22It wouldn't look right: M.J. Engh's Rainbow Man
Thu Jun 24Academic Time Travel: Connie Willis' To Say Nothing of the Dog
Sun Jun 27OK, where do I start with that? L.OK, where do I start with that?
July, 2010
Thu Jul 1The Society of Time: John Brunner's Times Without Number
Sun Jul 4OK, where do I start with that? M.OK, where do I start with that?
Mon Jul 5Five Short Stories with Useless Time Travel
Tue Jul 6Homeless and Magical: Megan Lindholm's Wizard of the Pigeons
Thu Jul 8Time Control: Isaac Asimov's The End of Eternity
Fri Jul 9A man and a house: Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger
Sun Jul 11OK, where do I start with that? N.OK, where do I start with that?
Mon Jul 12Texan Ghost Fantasy: Sean Stewart's Perfect Circle
Thu Jul 15The fantasy geography of America: Terry Bisson's Talking Man
Fri Jul 16Immigrant Fantasy: Susan Palwick's The Necessary Beggar
Sun Jul 18OK, where do I start with that? O.OK, where do I start with that?
Wed Jul 21Sex and Urban Planning: Samuel R. Delany's Times Square Red, Times Square Blue
Thu Jul 22Parliamentary Democracy with Martians: Robert Heinlein's Double Star
Fri Jul 23The language of stones: Terry Windling's The Wood Wife
Sun Jul 25OK, where do I start with this? P.OK, where do I start with that?
Mon Jul 26A novel in sonnets: Vikram Seth's The Golden Gate
Thu Jul 29A great castle made of sea: Why hasn't Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell been more influential?
August, 2010
Sun Aug 1OK, where do I start with this? R.OK, where do I start with that?
Tue Aug 3Suppose you are contemplating an island: Jill Paton Walsh's Knowledge of Angels
Wed Aug 4The best spacestation novel not written by Cherryh: Walter Jon Williams' Angel Station
Thu Aug 5Real world engineering: Nevil Shute's No Highway
Fri Aug 6Provencal Fantasy: Guy Gavriel Kay's A Song for Arbonne
Sun Aug 8OK, where do I start with that? S.OK, where do I start with that?
Mon Aug 9Aliens, Steppe Nomads, and just the right amount of romance: Kate Elliott's Jaran
Wed Aug 11“Out far, and onward yet!” Heinlein's future history stories of the thirties and forties
Thu Aug 12Growing up alien: Michael Coney's Hello Summer, Goodbye
Thu Aug 12Patterson Heinlein biography: Not to be trusted on details
Thu Aug 12The right kind of girl
Sun Aug 15OK, where do I start with that? T.OK, where do I start with that?
Mon Aug 16A brief thought about why Heinlein discussions frequently become acrimonious
Tue Aug 17Pulp adventure and nothing wrong with that: Robert Heinlein's Methuselah's Children
Wed Aug 18First Juvenile: Robert A. Heinlein's Rocket Ship Galileo
Thu Aug 19Gulp or sip: How do you read?
Sun Aug 22OK, where do I start with that? U and V.OK, where do I start with that?
Thu Aug 26Weather War: Marjorie Bradley Kellogg's Lear's Daughters
Sun Aug 29OK, where do I start with that? WOK, where do I start with that?
Mon Aug 30Annapolis in space: Robert A. Heinlein's Space Cadet
Mon Aug 30The Sir Julius Vogel Awards 2010
Tue Aug 31Masks and moons: Melissa Scott's The Kindly Ones
September, 2010
Thu Sep 2“A number of humans and a number of baboons”: Robert M. Sapolsky's A Primate's Memoir
Fri Sep 3Manners and escapes: Sherwood Smith's Crown Duel
Sat Sep 4Ditmar Awards 2010
Sun Sep 5OK, where do I start with that? X,Y,Z.OK, where do I start with that?
Tue Sep 7How do you find these things?
Tue Sep 7Really good fun: Poul Anderson's The High Crusade
Wed Sep 8Do you skim?
Wed Sep 8Quincentennial: Arthur C. Clarke's Imperial Earth
Thu Sep 9Double Identity
Fri Sep 10A pit in Dothan: Josephine Tey's Brat Farrar
Sun Sep 12“You're not the devil by any chance?” Daphne Du Maurier's The Scapegoat
Tue Sep 14E.C. Tubb 1919-2010
Tue Sep 14Eve dreaming of Adam: Mary Stewart's The Ivy Tree
Wed Sep 15Two young ladies: Joan Aiken's Deception
Thu Sep 16Ridiculously honourable: Anthony Hope's The Prisoner of Zenda
Fri Sep 17Zenda reimagined with sex: George MacDonald Fraser's Royal Flash
Tue Sep 21A merrier world: J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit
Wed Sep 22Two Beauties, Two Beasts: Robin McKinley's Beauty and Rose Daughter
Thu Sep 23A cup or a comb or a song: Ellen Kushner's Thomas the Rhymer
Mon Sep 27Monuments from the future: Robert Charles Wilson's The Chronoliths
Mon Sep 27Pondering humanity: Theodore Sturgeon's The Dreaming Jewels
Tue Sep 28The Suck Fairy
Wed Sep 29A future that never came: Arthur C. Clarke's A Fall of Moondust
October, 2010
Fri Oct 1“The ghost of revolution still prowls the Paris streets”: Lisa Goldstein's The Dream Years
Mon Oct 4“Not a moment to be lost”: Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey-Maturin seriesAubrey-Maturin reread
Mon Oct 4“It could not have fallen more happily”: Patrick O'Brian's Master and CommanderAubrey-Maturin reread
Tue Oct 5Trains on the moon: John M. Ford's Growing Up Weightless
Wed Oct 6Next-door to Fairyland: Hope Mirrlees Lud-in-the-Mist
Thu Oct 7Slow glass seen from all around: Bob Shaw's Other Days, Other Eyes
Mon Oct 11Out of his element: Patrick O'Brian's Post CaptainAubrey-Maturin reread
Tue Oct 12Post apocalyptic gender-bending: James Alan Gardner's Commitment Hour
Thu Oct 14Future Classics: Best science fiction by women written 2001-2010
Fri Oct 15A self-aware computer and a revolution on the moon: Robert A. Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Mon Oct 18Jack, you have debauched my sloth! Patrick O'Brian's H.M.S. SurpriseAubrey-Maturin reread
Wed Oct 20Classic Science Fiction Tearjerkers
Wed Oct 20Rabbit realism and folklore: Richard Adams's Watership Down
Fri Oct 22Telepaths, murder and typographical tricks: Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man
Sun Oct 24Hugo Nominees: IntroductionRevisiting the Hugos
Sun Oct 24Hugo Nominees: 1953Revisiting the Hugos
Mon Oct 25Showing away: Patrick O'Brian's The Mauritius CommandAubrey-Maturin reread
Thu Oct 28Alien Proxemics: Janet Kagan's Hellspark
Sun Oct 31Hugo Nominees: 1955Revisiting the Hugos
November, 2010
Mon Nov 1The voyage of the world: Patrick O'Brian's Desolation IslandAubrey-Maturin reread
Tue Nov 2“A particular story, or moral, or scenario”: Why Science Fiction May Not be a Genre
Thu Nov 4Overloading the senses: Samuel Delany's Nova
Sun Nov 7Hugo Nominees: 1956Revisiting the Hugos
Mon Nov 8The American navy was the staple diet of conversation: Patrick O'Brian's The Fortune of WarAubrey-Maturin reread
Wed Nov 10“He isn't like anything, he's the original.” Some thoughts on Lois McMaster Bujold's Aral Vorkosigan
Sun Nov 14Hugo Nominees: 1957Revisiting the Hugos
Mon Nov 15I know you mean it kindly, Stephen: Patrick O'Brian's The Surgeon's MateAubrey-Maturin reread
Tue Nov 16Time present and time past: Connie Willis's Blackout/All Clear
Wed Nov 17“Hyperactive git”: Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan
Fri Nov 19Faith and lies: Two fascinating novels about nuns
Sun Nov 21Hugo Nominees: 1958Revisiting the Hugos
Mon Nov 22Parenthesis: Patrick O'Brian's The Ionian MissionAubrey-Maturin reread
Wed Nov 24SFContario Party Game: Fannish Fortune Cookies
Sun Nov 28Hugo Nominees: 1959Revisiting the Hugos
Mon Nov 29Ain't I elegant? Patrick O'Brian's Treason's HarbourAubrey-Maturin reread
Mon Nov 29Aliens and Jesuits: James Blish's A Case of Conscience
December, 2010
Wed Dec 1Innocent Bystander: Some thoughts on Lois McMaster Bujold's Ivan Vorpatril
Thu Dec 2SFContario Panel: The family trees of fantasy
Fri Dec 3Ever outward: Robert A. Heinlein's Have Space Suit, Will Travel
Sun Dec 5Hugo Nominees: 1960Revisiting the Hugos
Mon Dec 6Around the Horn: Patrick O'Brian's The Far Side of the WorldAubrey-Maturin reread
Tue Dec 7Dark ages and doubt: Walter M. Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz
Thu Dec 9Knotwork and custom: R.A. MacAvoy's The Book of Kells
Fri Dec 10Smug messiah: Robert A. Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land
Sun Dec 12Hugo Nominees: 1961Revisiting the Hugos
Mon Dec 13Rode his luck to death: Patrick O'Brian's The Reverse of the MedalAubrey-Maturin reread
Wed Dec 15A girl on a haunted spaceship: C.J. Cherryh's Merchanter's Luck
Fri Dec 17Worth waiting for: Patrick Rothfuss's The Wise Man's Fear
Sun Dec 19Hugo Nominees: 1962Revisiting the Hugos
Mon Dec 20He was a stranger: Patrick O'Brian's The Letter of MarqueAubrey-Maturin reread
Wed Dec 22Not born to be a heroine: Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey
Sun Dec 26Hugo Nominees: 1963Revisiting the Hugos
Wed Dec 29God is a spaceship: Sharon Shinn's Archangel
Fri Dec 31Swiftly goes the swordplay: Poul Anderson's The Broken Sword
January, 2011
Sun Jan 2Hugo Nominees: 1964Revisiting the Hugos
Mon Jan 3Shaken down so well: Patrick O'Brian's The Thirteen Gun SaluteAubrey-Maturin reread
Wed Jan 5Plays and Plato: Mary Renault's The Mask of Apollo
Fri Jan 7Aliens, vengeance, complications: C.J. Cherryh's Serpent's Reach
Sun Jan 9Hugo Nominees: 1965Revisiting the Hugos
Mon Jan 10From the mizentop: Patrick O'Brian's The Nutmeg of ConsolationAubrey-Maturin reread
Tue Jan 11So High, So Low, So Many Things to Know: Vernor Vinge's A Deepness in the Sky
Wed Jan 12In league with the future: Frank Herbert's Dune
Thu Jan 13500 posts by me right here on
Fri Jan 14Wisecracking, aliens, and hot places: Roger Zelazny's This Immortal (“And Call Me Conrad”)
Sun Jan 16Hugo Nominees: 1966Revisiting the Hugos
Mon Jan 17She is under your protection: Patrick O'Brian's Clarissa Oakes (AKA: The Truelove)Aubrey-Maturin reread
Tue Jan 18Among Others (Excerpt)Excerpts
Wed Jan 19Philip K. Dick Award Nominees, 2011
Fri Jan 21Religious Science Fiction
Sun Jan 23Hugo Nominees: 1967Revisiting the Hugos
Mon Jan 24I still have hopes: Patrick O'Brian's The Wine Dark SeaAubrey-Maturin reread
Wed Jan 26Don't mess with magic: Barbara Hambly's The Ladies of Mandrigyn
Sun Jan 30Hugo Nominees: 1968Revisiting the Hugos
Mon Jan 31The chief argosy of your command: Patrick O'Brian's The CommodoreAubrey-Maturin reread
February, 2011
Tue Feb 1Telepathy and Healing: John Brunner's The Whole Man (aka Telepathist)
Thu Feb 3Relativity, sociology, and a sweet love story: Joe Haldeman's The Forever War
Fri Feb 4Charming, quirky, delightful: Sarah Caudwell's Hilary Tamar mysteries
Sun Feb 6Hugo Nominees: 1969Revisiting the Hugos
Mon Feb 7How happy I am to see you: Patrick O'Brian's The Yellow AdmiralAubrey-Maturin reread
Wed Feb 9Absentee aliens: Frederik Pohl's Gateway
Thu Feb 10Small wars and bigger wars: C.J. Cherryh's Rimrunners
Sun Feb 13Hugo Nominees: 1970Revisiting the Hugos
Mon Feb 14A chill fell upon Stephen's heart: Patrick O'Brian's The Hundred DaysAubrey-Maturin reread
Wed Feb 16Who is alien? C.J. Cherryh's Cuckoo's Egg
Fri Feb 18Ghosts and second chances: Jennifer Crusie's Maybe This Time
Sun Feb 20Hugo Nominees: 1971Revisiting the Hugos
Mon Feb 21A fine clear deck: Patrick O'Brian's Blue at the MizzenAubrey-Maturin reread
Fri Feb 25The work of disenchantment never ends: Kim Stanley Robinson's Icehenge
Sun Feb 27Hugo Nominees: 1972Revisiting the Hugos
Mon Feb 28Forever Bailing: Patrick O'Brian's last unfinished novel and the end of the Aubrey-Maturin seriesAubrey-Maturin reread
March, 2011
Tue Mar 1The Road to Tinue: Spoiler Review of Patrick Rothfuss's The Wise Man's Fear
Wed Mar 2Best SFF Novels of the Decade: An Appreciation of Anathem
Thu Mar 3One man against a whole planet: Eric Frank Russell's Wasp
Fri Mar 4Glimpses: Ursula K. Le Guin's Searoad
Sun Mar 6Hugo Nominees: 1973Revisiting the Hugos
Tue Mar 8Great aliens, rubber humans: Isaac Asimov's The Gods Themselves
Sun Mar 13Hugo Nominees: 1974Revisiting the Hugos
Mon Mar 14Gods and kingdoms: Lois McMaster Bujold's The Curse of Chalion
Thu Mar 17Sleeping under the wagon: More spoilers for Patrick Rothfuss's The Wise Man's Fear
Sun Mar 20Hugo Nominees: 1975Revisiting the Hugos
Mon Mar 21Middle aged saint: Lois McMaster Bujold's The Paladin of Souls
Fri Mar 25Animal souls: Lois McMaster Bujold's The Hallowed Hunt
Fri Mar 25Not quite Jerusalem: Geoff Ryman's 253
Sun Mar 27Hugo Nominees: 1976Revisiting the Hugos
April, 2011
Fri Apr 1Shakespeare's King: Some thoughts on Henry V, Part 2
Sun Apr 3Hugo Nominees: 1977Revisiting the Hugos
Tue Apr 5Come and see the violence inherent in the system!
Sun Apr 10Hugo Nominees: 1978Revisiting the Hugos
Mon Apr 11Where does dystopia fit as a genre?Dystopia Week
Wed Apr 13Wei, Christ, Marx and Wood, made us humble, made us good: Ira Levin's This Perfect DayDystopia Week
Sun Apr 17Hugo Nominees: 1979Revisiting the Hugos
Tue Apr 19Fantasy for grown-ups: Daniel Abraham's Long Price Quartet
Thu Apr 21The Patrick Rothfuss Reread: IntroductionRothfuss Reread
Thu Apr 21Rothfuss Reread: The Name of the Wind, Part 1: The Cut-Flower SoundRothfuss Reread
Fri Apr 22Engineering and Sri Lanka: Arthur C. Clarke's The Fountains of Paradise
Sun Apr 24Hugo Nominees: 1980Revisiting the Hugos
Sun Apr 24When We Were Robots in Egypt (poem)
Tue Apr 26Spaceships, art, and life: Elizabeth Lynn's A Different Light
Thu Apr 28Rothfuss Reread: The Name of the Wind, Part 2: You Went Looking For a Myth and Found a ManRothfuss Reread
May, 2011
Sun May 1Hugo Nominees: 1981Revisiting the Hugos
Mon May 2Sunlit clouds beyond the iron grating: Thomas M. Disch's On Wings of Song
Wed May 4Time travel and the bewilderment of childhood: Penelope Farmer's Charlotte Sometimes
Thu May 5Rothfuss Reread: The Name of the Wind, Part 3: Beware of FollyRothfuss Reread
Sun May 8Hugo Nominees: 1982Revisiting the Hugos
Thu May 12Rothfuss Reread: The Name of the Wind, Part 4: Entirely the Wrong Sort of SongsRothfuss Reread
Sun May 15Hugo Nominees: 1983Revisiting the Hugos
Thu May 19Rothfuss Reread: The Name of the Wind, Part 5: Too Much Truth Confuses the FactsRothfuss Reread
Sun May 22Hugo Nominees: 1984Revisiting the Hugos
Tue May 24Surpassing humanity: Walter Jon Williams Aristoi
Thu May 26Rothfuss Reread: The Name of the Wind, Part 6: Going SomewhereRothfuss Reread
Fri May 27Pass the slide rule: Robert Heinlein's The Rolling Stones
Sun May 29Hugo Nominees: 1985Revisiting the Hugos
June, 2011
Thu Jun 2Rothfuss Reread: The Name of the Wind, Part 7: My Sympathetic RepresentationRothfuss Reread
Sun Jun 5Hugo Nominees: 1986Revisiting the Hugos
Thu Jun 9Rothfuss Reread: The Name of the Wind, Part 8: Your Hand Held the FireRothfuss Reread
Thu Jun 9Child markers and adulthood in Robert A. Heinlein's juveniles
Sun Jun 12Hugo Nominees: 1987Revisiting the Hugos
Mon Jun 13I refuse to die wearing provincial trousers: Doris Egan's Ivory books
Thu Jun 16Rothfuss Reread: The Name of the Wind, Part 9: Not That I Would Encourage That Sort of Reckless BehaviourRothfuss Reread
Fri Jun 17A Boy and His Martian: Robert Heinlein's Red Planet
Sun Jun 19Hugo Nominees: 1988Revisiting the Hugos
Wed Jun 22Reading all of it at once, or reading all of them at once
Thu Jun 23Rothfuss Reread: The Name of the Wind, Part 10: Like Wheat Before a Sickle-bladeRothfuss Reread
Fri Jun 24Quakers, aliens, sex: Judith Moffett's Pennterra
Sun Jun 26Hugo Nominees: 1989Revisiting the Hugos
Tue Jun 28How Robert A. Heinlein wrote about making dinner: some thoughts on Farmer in the Sky
Thu Jun 30Rothfuss Reread: The Name of the Wind, Part 11: Every Tale Has Deep Roots SomewhereRothfuss Reread
July, 2011
Sun Jul 3Hugo Nominees: 1990Revisiting the Hugos
Wed Jul 6Heinlein's Worst Novel
Thu Jul 7Winter is Almost Upon Us: George R.R. Martin's A Dance With Dragons (Spoiler-Free)
Thu Jul 7Rothfuss Reread: The Name of the Wind, Part 12: I Know What it is to Have SecretsRothfuss Reread
Fri Jul 8Tampering with Historical Destiny: Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy
Sun Jul 10Hugo Nominees: 1991Revisiting the Hugos
Wed Jul 13The dove descending: Time as God in Connie Willis's Time Travel universe
Thu Jul 14Rothfuss Reread: The Name of the Wind, Part 13: We're Going to Have to Kill ItRothfuss Reread
Fri Jul 15Linguistics, Aliens, Dystopia: Suzette Haden Elgin's Native Tongue
Sun Jul 17Hugo Nominees: 1992Revisiting the Hugos
Tue Jul 19Snappy dialogue, intrigue, interstellar shenanigans: Jane Emerson (Doris Egan)'s City of Diamond
Thu Jul 21Rothfuss Reread: The Name of the Wind, Part 14: Like a ThunderclapRothfuss Reread
Fri Jul 22On the Other Side of the Wall: Neil Gaiman's Stardust
Sun Jul 24Hugo Nominees: 1993Revisiting the Hugos
Thu Jul 28Rothfuss Reread: The Name of the Wind, Part 15: Yes, No, Maybe, Elsewhere, SoonRothfuss Reread
Sun Jul 31Hugo Nominees: 1994Revisiting the Hugos
August, 2011
Tue Aug 2Living with our history: Marge Piercy's Vida
Thu Aug 4Rothfuss Reread: The Name of the Wind, Speculative Summary, Part 1: “Inside edges. Holes.” Speculations on Imaginary GeographyRothfuss Reread
Sun Aug 7Hugo Nominees: 1995Revisiting the Hugos
Mon Aug 8Designing people and societies: C.J. Cherryh's Cyteen
Tue Aug 9Two Empires, One Guild: Helen Wright's A Matter of Oaths
Thu Aug 11Rothfuss Reread: The Name of the Wind, Speculative Summary, Part 2: “A girl standing nearby” Speculations on DennaRothfuss Reread
Fri Aug 12THE “Don't Miss” Volume?
Sun Aug 14Hugo Nominees: 1996Revisiting the Hugos
Thu Aug 18Rothfuss Reread: The Name of the Wind, Speculative Summary, Part 3: “Fire, Thunder, Broken Tree.” Speculations on KvotheRothfuss Reread
Thu Aug 18Art, Duels, Necromancy: The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellini
Sun Aug 21Hugo Nominees: 1997Revisiting the Hugos
Tue Aug 23In Order to Save It: M.J. Engh's Arslan
Thu Aug 25Rothfuss Reread: Speculative Summary, Part 4: Kingkiller Chronicles, huh? Speculations on KingsRothfuss Reread
Sun Aug 28Hugo Nominees: 1998Revisiting the Hugos
September, 2011
Thu Sep 1Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 1: Deep and Wide as Autumn's EndingRothfuss Reread
Fri Sep 2Much and More: A Spoiler Review of George R.R. Martin's A Dance With Dragons
Sun Sep 4Hugo Nominees: 1999Revisiting the Hugos
Wed Sep 7“Man's more like to change than die”: C.J. Cherryh's Forty Thousand in Gehenna
Thu Sep 8Firsts in Fantasy: Ultimate evil and banking in Daniel Abraham's The Dragon's Path
Thu Sep 8Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 2: So Sharp He Can Hardly Help But Cut HimselfRothfuss Reread
Sun Sep 11Hugo Nominees: 2000Revisiting the Hugos
Tue Sep 13Persecuted Wizards: Barbara Hambly's The Rainbow Abyss
Thu Sep 15Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 3: Or Something Like ThatRothfuss Reread
Sun Sep 18Hugo Nominees: ConclusionRevisiting the Hugos
Tue Sep 20Alert With Delight: Nina Kiriki Hoffman's “Haunted House” Books
Wed Sep 21“All right, one quest. But never another!” Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep
Thu Sep 22Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 4: Well Over The HillRothfuss Reread
Tue Sep 27Transformative in This as Everything Else: Walter Jon Williams's Metropolitan and City on Fire
Wed Sep 28A Finite Future: Vernor Vinge's A Deepness in the Sky
Thu Sep 29Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 5: A Special Kind of StupidRothfuss Reread
October, 2011
Tue Oct 4“Bright the hawk's flight in the empty sky”: Ursula Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea
Wed Oct 5New News From Tines World: Vernor Vinge's Children of the Sky
Thu Oct 6Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 6: Tangled UpRothfuss Reread
Tue Oct 11Let Her be Eaten!: Ursula K. Le Guin's The Tombs of Atuan
Thu Oct 13The Lens of History: Donald Kingsbury's Psychohistorical Crisis
Thu Oct 13Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 7: The Next Three MovesRothfuss Reread
Tue Oct 18Only in Silence the Word: Ursula Le Guin's The Farthest Shore
Thu Oct 20Cheating Death in SFF
Thu Oct 20Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 8: The World Needs People Like YouRothfuss Reread
Fri Oct 21“Do you want to share?” Diane Duane's The Door into Fire
Sun Oct 23Why Do I Hate Heists in Genre?
Tue Oct 25A Woman on Gont: Ursula K. Le Guin's Tehanu
Thu Oct 27Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 9: Giving You a GiftRothfuss Reread
November, 2011
Tue Nov 1“What Everyone Knows is True Turns Out to be What Some People Used to Think”: Ursula Le Guin's Tales from Earthsea
Wed Nov 2Rescuing Children in Wartime: Nevil Shute's Pied Piper
Thu Nov 3Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 10: Watching Stories Being BornRothfuss Reread
Tue Nov 8Revising death and dragons: Ursula K. Le Guin's The Other Wind
Wed Nov 9Stories and Secrets: Pamela Dean's The Secret Country
Thu Nov 10Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 11: A Freely Given GiftRothfuss Reread
Mon Nov 14Beware of stobor!: Robert A. Heinlein's Tunnel in the Sky
Thu Nov 17Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 12: A Beautiful GameRothfuss Reread
Fri Nov 18Like Being There: Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall
Wed Nov 23Primal and Mythic: Geoff Ryman's The Warrior Who Carried Life
Tue Nov 29Expanding the possibilities of fantasy: Pamela Dean's The Dubious Hills
December, 2011
Thu Dec 1Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 13: It was IdyllicRothfuss Reread
Wed Dec 7Reaching Out: Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed
Thu Dec 8Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 14: Secrets of the HeartRothfuss Reread
Tue Dec 13Quiet Martians: Edgar Pangborn's A Mirror for Observers
Wed Dec 14Dealing Underwater: Maureen McHugh's Half the Day is Night
Thu Dec 15Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 15: Defending CivilizationRothfuss Reread
Thu Dec 22Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 16: Urging Toward the TruthRothfuss Reread
Thu Dec 29Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 17: All the Stories in the WorldRothfuss Reread
January, 2012
Wed Jan 4Perfect Mystery: Peter Dickinson's Perfect Gallows
Thu Jan 5Rothfuss Reread: Speculative Summary Part 5: “Lackless likes her riddle raveling”: Speculations on LacklessesRothfuss Reread
Thu Jan 12More like this, please: James S.A. Corey's Leviathan Wakes
Thu Jan 12Rothfuss Reread: Speculative Summary Part 6: “Expect disaster every seven years” Speculations on KoteRothfuss Reread
Wed Jan 18A Soldier Like My Mother. Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga
Thu Jan 19Rothfuss Reread: Speculative Summary Part 7: “There isn't anything worse than the Ctheah!” Speculations on the CtheahRothfuss Reread
Tue Jan 24Pre-existing Universe, Very Original Story: John M. Ford's The Final Reflection
Thu Jan 26Rothfuss Reread: Speculative Summary Part 8: “I have a patron” Speculations on Master AshRothfuss Reread
Tue Jan 31A Trip to Greenland and a Dream of Vikings: Nevil Shute's An Old Captivity
February, 2012
Thu Feb 2Re-living Your Own Life: Ken Grimwood's Replay
Thu Feb 2Rothfuss Reread: Speculative Summary Part 9: “That sparked the entire Creation War” Speculations on the Creation WarRothfuss Reread
Mon Feb 6John Christopher, 1922-2012
Thu Feb 9Charming Fantasy: Sharon Shinn's Summers at Castle Auburn
Thu Feb 9Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 18: Die Or Go MadRothfuss Reread
Wed Feb 15Mutants, Treachery, Honour: John Christopher's Prince in Waiting trilogy
Thu Feb 16Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 19: All Their Choices Will Be The Wrong OnesRothfuss Reread
Tue Feb 21When Tripods Walked the Earth: John Christopher's Tripods Trilogy
Thu Feb 23Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 20: You Wouldn't Have a HopeRothfuss Reread
Tue Feb 28Aliens in Belfast: Ian McDonald's Sacrifice of Fools
March, 2012
Thu Mar 1Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 21: A Deep WellRothfuss Reread
Mon Mar 5Scientific Language: H. Beam Piper's “Omnilingual”
Wed Mar 7Heroes Who Fail
Thu Mar 8Rothfuss Reread: TimelineRothfuss Reread
Fri Mar 9How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Romance
Thu Mar 15Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 22: When Words Fail UsRothfuss Reread
Sat Mar 17M.A.R. Barker 1929-2012
Tue Mar 20“It Won't Do, You Know!” Georgette Heyer's Cotillion
Thu Mar 22Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 23: A Real PersonRothfuss Reread
Fri Mar 23Spies and Fairy Tales: Anthony Price's Tomorrow's Ghost
Mon Mar 26The Highest of Fantasy: Yves Meynard's Chrysanthe
Thu Mar 29Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 24: Hell Breaking LooseRothfuss Reread
April, 2012
Sun Apr 1All Of Us Are In The Gutter: Review of Oscar!
Thu Apr 5Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 25: I Forgot Who I WasRothfuss Reread
Fri Apr 6Small Scale Fantasy: Mary Robinette Kowal's Shades of Milk and Honey
Sun Apr 8Nemi (poem)National Poetry Month
Wed Apr 11Flying Talking Horses, Yay!: Robin McKinley's Pegasus
Thu Apr 12Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 26: You're alive!Rothfuss Reread
Mon Apr 16Walter Jon Williams's Aristoi Now Available as an Ebook
Mon Apr 16The Best Science Fiction Ideas in any Non-Fiction Ever: David Graeber's Debt: The First Five Thousand Years
Wed Apr 18Sons and Decisions: Sheri S. Tepper's The Gate to Women's Country
Thu Apr 19Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 27: Kvothe the ArcaneRothfuss Reread
Wed Apr 25Here's Some More: Long Series, Novels and Chunks
Thu Apr 26Rothfuss Reread: Admissions Questions for Pat?Rothfuss Reread
May, 2012
Thu May 3Rothfuss Reread: The Wise Man's Fear, Part 28: I Hate Not Understanding a ThingRothfuss Reread
Thu May 10Rothfuss Reread: Speculative Summary 10: The Road To NewarreRothfuss Reread
Fri May 11What is living for? Poul Anderson's The Corridors of Time
Thu May 17Rothfuss Reread: Pat Answers the Admissions QuestionsRothfuss Reread
Mon May 21Among Others (Excerpt)Excerpts
Tue May 22All Aliens: Alison Sinclair's Legacies
Thu May 31A Good Life: Samuel R. Delany's Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders
June, 2012
Fri Jun 1Titles from Poetry: Blake vs Marvell
Mon Jun 4Growing Up: Sean Stewart's Nobody's Son
Thu Jun 7General Lee's Dreams: Connie Willis's Lincoln's Dreams
Thu Jun 14Time Travel and the Black Death: Connie Willis's Doomsday Book
Tue Jun 19The Wonders of Wonderland
Thu Jun 21Rothfuss Reread: Speculative Summary 11: Te Rhintae?Rothfuss Reread
Mon Jun 25Three Short Novels by Connie Willis (Uncharted Territory, Remake, Bellwether)
Wed Jun 27The Very Breath of Bronze Age Greece: Mary Renault's The King Must Die
Fri Jun 29Kangaroo Rex: Janet Kagan's Mirabile
July, 2012
Tue Jul 3Winter is Almost Upon Us: George R.R. Martin's A Dance With Dragons
Wed Jul 11More Than Alien: Larry Niven's Protector
Wed Jul 18Have We Lost The Future?
Thu Jun 19Rothfuss Reread: Speculative Summary 12: Tinker, TannerRothfuss Reread
Tue Jul 24Myths of the Spaceways: Poul Anderson's World Without Stars
Thu Jul 26Messages From Beyond Death: Connie Willis's Passage
Tue Jul 31Wow! Wait, What? Wow!: Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End
August, 2012
Thu Aug 2The Glorious, Terrible, Strange USSR: Francis Spufford's Red Plenty
Fri Aug 10Homely, Solid, Magical: Nina Kiriki Hoffman's Permeable Borders
Tue Aug 14Industrial Revolution Magic: Barbara Hambly's Darkmage Books
Wed Aug 15Anthropological SF: Eleanor Arnason's A Woman of the Iron People
Thu Aug 23Some Thoughts on Anthropological Science Fiction as a Sub-Genre
Wed Aug 29Romans and Aliens: R. M. Meluch's Tour of the Merrimack books
Thu Aug 30Rothfuss Re-read: Speculative Summary 13: The Way He Knew His Own HandsRothfuss Reread
September, 2012
Wed Sep 5The Book You Don't Know You're Looking For
Thu Sep 20Where are We Going and Why? Alison Sinclair's Cavalcade
Fri Sep 21Death, Gods, and Repartee: Roz Kaveney's Rituals
Thu Sep 27Rothfuss Re-read: Speculative Summary 14: This Far WestRothfuss Reread
Fri Sep 28A Blank Slate in a Complex Fantasy Landscape: C.J. Cherryh's Fortress in the Eye of Time
October, 2012
Fri Oct 5Oops, Wrong Spacedrive! Poul Anderson's The Long Way Home
Fri Oct 12Magic and Negotiation: C.J. Cherryh's Fortress Sequels
Thu Oct 18Rothfuss Re-read: Speculative Summary 15: Stick by the MaerRothfuss Reread
Sun Oct 28Something Else Like... IntroductionSomething Else Like...
Sun Oct 28Something Else Like... HeinleinSomething Else Like...
Tue Oct 30Baked Goods and Curses: Nina Kiriki Hoffman's A Fistful of Sky
November, 2012
Sun Nov 4Something Else Like... Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan SagaSomething Else Like...
Sun Nov 11Something Else Like... Roger ZelaznySomething Else Like...
Thu Nov 29Rothfuss Re-read: Speculative Summary 16: You May Have Heard of MeRothfuss Reread
December, 2012
Tue Dec 4The Ivan Book: Lois McMaster Bujold's Captain Vorpatril's Alliance
Thu Dec 6The One With The Magic Teapot and the Seasons: Victoria Walker's Winter of Enchantment
Fri Dec 7Those Two Imposters: How Aral and Miles Vorkosigan Deal With Triumph and Disaster
Mon Dec 10Sleeping Beauty: Robin McKinley's Spindle's End
Fri Dec 14Not Saving the World? How Does That Even Work?
Mon Dec 17eDiscover... Agyar by Steven Brust
Fri Dec 21The Last Gigot in England: Elizabeth Gaskell's Cranford
January, 2013
Wed Jan 9Boy Visits Space Station: Arthur C. Clarke's Islands In The Sky
Thu Jan 10Rothfuss Re-read: Speculative Summary 17: A Break in the LineRothfuss Reread
Tue Jan 15Is There a Right Age to Read a Book?
Thu Jan 17Rothfuss Re-read: Speculative Summary 18: A Good CloakRothfuss Reread
February, 2013
Wed Feb 13Magical Goldsmithing: Lois McMaster Bujold's The Spirit Ring
Thu Feb 14Rothfuss Re-read: Speculative Summary 19: Each Woman Is Like An InstrumentRothfuss Reread
Tue Feb 19How Can This Be So Gripping? Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time
Thu Feb 21What's Reading For?
March, 2013
Fri Mar 8What's Reading For Part 2: Books Do Furnish a Mind
Mon Mar 11Mermaid Science Fiction: Kit Whitfield's In Great Waters
Mon Mar 25A Lifetime Burning In Every Moment: Rumer Godden's A Fugue In Time
April, 2013
Mon Apr 1ON THIS DAY: There's Not Been Enough of Samuel R. Delany
Thu Apr 4The Net Before the Net: John Brunner's The Shockwave Rider
Fri Apr 5Fantasy, Reading, and Escapism
Fri Apr 12Australian Fantasy: Justine Larbalestier's Magic or Madness
May, 2013
Thu May 23Rothfuss Reread: Speculative Summary 20: Watching his MasterRothfuss Reread
Fri May 24Three Short Stories With Stranded Time Travellers
June, 2013
Fri Jun 7Superheroes and Life Going On: Susan Palwick's Mending the Moon
Thu Jun 20Eight Books From the Last Decade That Made Me Excited About SF
Fri Jun 28Eight Books From the Last Decade that Made Me Excited About Fantasy
September, 2013
Mon Sep 2 On learning of the death of Frederik Pohl
December, 2013
Fri Dec 27Is There a Right Age to Read a Book?
Sun Dec 29Have We Lost The Future?
January, 2014
Wed Jan 1The Book You Don't Know You're Looking ForWhat Makes This Book So Great
Thu Jan 16Rothfuss Reread: Making a Mask for Patrick RothfussRothfuss Reread
Mon Jan 20A great castle made of sea: Why hasn't Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell been more influential?What Makes This Book So Great
Tue Jan 21Waking the Dragon: George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and FireWhat Makes This Book So Great
Wed Jan 22Knights Who Say “Fuck”: Swearing in Genre FictionWhat Makes This Book So Great
Thu Jan 23Like pop rocks for the brain: Samuel R. Delany's Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of SandWhat Makes This Book So Great
Fri Jan 24So, What Sort of Series Do You Like?What Makes This Book So Great
February, 2014
Thu Feb 13Rothfuss Reread: Speculative Summary 21: The Thing in the Lackless BoxRothfuss Reread
March, 2014
Thu Mar 6A Library In Your Pocket: How Having an E-reader Has Changed My Reading Habits
April, 2014
Tue Apr 1There's Not Been Enough of Samuel R. Delany
Thu Apr 3Rothfuss Reread: Making a Mask for Patrick Rothfuss, Part 2Rothfuss Reread
Sun Apr 6Hades and Persephone (Poem)Poetry
Wed Apr 9My Real Children (Excerpt)Excerpts
May, 2014
Thu May 1Rothfuss Reread: What Can We Learn From the Name of the Wind Playing Cards? (Part 1)Rothfuss Reread
Thu May 8Rothfuss Reread: What Can We Learn From The Name of the Wind Playing Cards? (Part 2)Rothfuss Reread
Wed May 14“The Litany of Earth” and a New Generation Doing Wonderful Things
Thu May 15Rothfuss Reread: What Can We Learn From The Name of the Wind Playing Cards? (Part 3)Rothfuss Reread
Sat May 17Mary Stewart, 1916-2014: An Appreciation
June, 2014
Thu Jun 5A Day in the Life of Bast: Patrick Rothfuss's “The Lightning Tree”
August, 2014
Tue Aug 12Sleeper (Original Story)
September, 2014
Thu Sep 18Love as Contest in the Work of Mary Renault
Thu Sep 25After Paris: Meta, Irony, Narrative, Frames, and The Princess Bride
Fri Sep 26Awesome Aliens: Jim Cambias's A Darkling Sea
December, 2014
Mon Dec 15The Just City (Excerpt)Excerpts
Mon Dec 29A Library In Your Pocket: How Having an E-reader Has Changed My Reading Habits
January, 2015
Mon Jan 19Eight Books From the Last Decade that Made Me Excited About SF
Mon Jan 19Eight Books From the Last Decade that Made Me Excited About Fantasy
March, 2015
Thu Mar 12Sir Terry Pratchett, 1948-2015, a Reminiscence
Thu Mar 19Rothfuss Reread: The Slow Regard of Silent Things Part 1: A Seemly PlaceRothfuss Reread
April, 2015
Wed Apr 1There's Not Been Enough of Samuel R. DelanyOn This Day
Wed Apr 1Shakespeare's King: Some Thoughts on Henry V, Part 2Shakespeare On Tor.Com
Mon Apr 20Alike in Dignity: Feuding Houses in Romeo and JulietShakespeare On Tor.Com
June, 2015
Thu Jun 4The Philosopher Kings (Excerpt)Excerpts
December, 2015
Thu Dec 24Meta, Irony, Narrative, Frames, and The Princess Bride
May, 2016
Tue May 10A Future Worth Having: Ada Palmer's Too Like the Lightning
June, 2016
Mon Jun 6Necessity (Excerpt)Excerpts
August, 2016
Mon Aug 15Thessaly: The Original Inspiration
Mon Aug 22Thessaly: The Platonic Inspiration
Mon Aug 29Thessaly: The Baroque Inspiration
Tue Aug 30Next Year’s Words: Science Fiction, Innovation, and Continuity
November, 2016
Mon Nov 7Near Future and Far Future: Robert Charles Wilson's Spin
December, 2016
Fri Dec 30The Tremendous Continuity of Science Fiction in Conversation With Itself
March, 2017
Wed Mar 8The Jump Rope RhymeNevertheless She Persisted
April, 2017
Wed Apr 19A Burden SharedFiction
May, 2017
Tue May 23Why is Genre Fiction Obsessed with Belisarius?
Thu May 11Complicated Simplicity: Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep
September, 2017
Thu Sep 7A Moment in a Life: Ursula K. Le Guin's “The Day Before the Revolution”
Tue Sep 19The Merry World of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit
October, 2017
Thu Oct 12Revisiting the Recently Rediscovered 1956 Hugo Awards Ballot
Mon Oct 16The Power of Princesses: Robin McKinley's The Door in the Hedge
Thu Oct 19Pastoral Apocalypse: Leigh Brackett's The Long Tomorrow
December, 2017
Fri Dec 1Shared History: Revisiting Long Book Series
January, 2018
Wed Jan 24Bright the Hawk's Flight on the Empty Sky: Ursula K. Le Guin
Tue Jan 30SleeperFiction
March, 2018
Wed Mar 21Ada Palmer's Too Like the Lightning Is A Future Worth Having