It’s either running or standing still with the observation of kindred spirits: for weeks I notice nothing, then I see three (UPDATE: nay, five) in a single day.
Here’s what caught my eye:
- Bruce Sterling, in Beyond the Beyond, names 18 challenges for contemporary literature. I’ll highlight number 10 (which IMHO links to my previous musings on relevant SF):
10. Contemporary literature not confronting issues of general urgency; dominant best-sellers are in former niche genres such as fantasies, romances and teen books.
- Expanded Horizons: a webzine that has the inclusion of non-western, and non WASP-male viewpoints as it’s mission;
- The website of Haikasoru, the new Japanese SF line of VIZ media, has some very interesting observations by Nick Mamatas, to quote:
I will now give a definitive answer despite my lack of expertise (yay Internet!)—Japanese SF is fresher and more enthusiastic than American SF.
Japanese SF, especially the near-future material, is somewhat more interested in expressing hopes for international cooperation than is American SF.
- Dresden Codak: a webcomic (infrequently updated) by Aaron Diaz stuffed to the brim with nerdy goodness like physics, philosophy, robot girls, impending singularities and more. Hard to resist a heroine (Kimiko) who is — in a game called Dungeons and Discourse — an ‘8th level positivist’ who casts ‘techno-utopianism’ — and whose mother — in part 21 of Hob — tells her the following:
(Mother) “Are you excited about going to America?”
(Young Kimiko) “No. Why do we have to leave?”
(Mother) “Oh, I think we just scared the wrong kind of people.”
(Young Kimiko) “Who?”
(Mother) “People who lack vision. They only see the obvious. They see the sun go down, but they don’t see it rise.”
- The Don’t Look Back comic of Dicebox aside. Patrick Farley‘s on a (rock’n’)roll here with a dizzying crossover of 70s psychedelica & SF, space guitars with nothing but captains, freaks & uptights, prog & Prague, the green sun & choiciest choices. As infrequently updated as Dresden Codak, unfortunately, but at least as much fun. Unlike Hob, it hasn’t reached the end yet, and I’m eagerly awaiting more from this Apocalyptic Utopian.