Looking for ideas for the geek on your Christmas List? Are you a geek looking for ideas about what to ask for? Nuketown has you covered (albiet, a bit late in the shopping cycle but hey, there's still nearly two weeks until Christmas).
Two quick notes: 1) all of the items on this list link to Amazon.com; Nuketown gets a small (very small) affiliate credit if you buy something. 2) Some of these recommendations are based on review copies of games I've received. These are noted with a [RC] designation.
My long-time friend Nathan E. Lilly's got a dissertation on the space western up on Strange Horizons entitled "The Emancipation of Bat Durston, or: 'I'm from Iowa, I Only Work in Outer Space'". He looks at the origins of the subgenre, its intersections with space opera, and its influence on the larger science fiction field.
It's a lengthy piece, so you roll yourself a smoke, pour a shot of whiskey, and kick back in your favorite share for a informative read.
I'm off to a good start on my Summer 2009 Reading List, having made a considerable dent it during my early summer vacation by reading Alistair Reynolds' Redemption Ark, Peter F. Hamilton's The Dreaming Void and finally finishing the audio version of Patrick O'Brain's The Far Side of the World.
It's almost summer again, which means it's time for me to start assembling that long-running Nuketown tradition: the Summer Reading List. (check out Radio Active #50 for my 2007 reading list, and Radio Active #69 for my 2008 one).
The reading list is my chance to catch up on stuff I missed during the rest of the year, as well as to read some books I've meant to get, but never did. This time around, I'm sticking mostly to science fiction in general and space opera in particular. I've got a few books already lined up, but I'm looking for suggestions: send me yours by posting a comment or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'd also love to know what's on your summer reading list, so post those books as well!
My column about science fiction folks worth following on Twitter is up on SciFiWire.com. It's a pretty expansive list, with 18 people in the main story, and another five that didn't make the active list, but were still worth noting. This pretty big project -- you wouldn't think it would be, Twitter being Twitter -- but it takes a goodly amount of time to find, follow and read this amount of Twitter feeds (actually, there were more than this during the research phase).
The latest SF Site reviews Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait by K.A. Bedford, The Empress of Mars by Kage Baker, The Horror Stories of Robert E. Howard by Robert E. Howard, The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy edited by Ellen Datlow, The Caryatids by Bruce Sterling and Incandescence by Greg Egan.
On the coliums side of the zine, the SF Site's Best Read of the Year: 2008 as well as the SF Site's Readers' Choice: Best Read of the Year: 2008. There's also a review of Coraline, new Babylon 5.1 TV reviews by Rick Norwood and the Nexus Graphica column by Rick Klaw and Mark L. William.