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One of my favorites reviewed at

Neal Stephenson’s Cryptonomicon - Characters and cryptography at


Hilarious review of Transformers:ROTF

Michael Bay Finally Made An Art Movie - Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen at io9



Impressive links post

At Bibliophile Stalker - post.

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Battlestar Galactica, done.

If you are a sci-fi watcher at all, this is the one that matters:

The bloggers over at discuss the finale and we can join in.

At SciFi wire: David Eick discussed Battlestar Galactica's legacy and looks ahead to Caprica.


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Hugo nominations are out!

The full list of Hugo Nominations at the next WorldCon's site.
I'm pleased to see the guys I have been following teh most in recent years are all nominated for Best Novel:
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
Saturn’s Children by Charles Stross
Zoe’s Tale by John Scalzi

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10 Greatest Science Fiction TV Show Endings Ever

I can't pass up a good list.
Makes me want to dig out some DVD's,
redo my Netflix cue, and download a
few torrents article at io9.

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A new reading list

2009 Nebula Awards Nominees

We're geeks and we're proud

Syfy. Talk about killing the goose that laid the golden egg, "Sci Fi is coming off the best year in its history. In primetime it ranked 13th in total viewers among ad-supported cable networks in 2008. It’s a top-10 network in both adults 18 to 49 (up 4%) and adults 25 to 54 (up 6%)." So to capitalize on this growth they are going to "build off of that to build a broader, more open and accessible and relatable and human-friendly brand.” In other words, they are going to turn away from what has made them successful and become like every other channel.
Of course, truthfully, most of what the SciFi Channel has done outside of Battlestar Galactica has been pretty mediocre. So I can't really complain if they have new and hopefully better shows and with BSG ending they are going to have to come up with something new quickly. Nonetheless running away from who you are and what made you successful a frakking mistake - Sci Fi Channel Aims to Shed Geeky Image With New Name - TVWeek.


THE List

The list of everything we should have read this past year: Locus Online: 2008 Recommended Reading List


The 5 Geekiest Sci-Fi Movies at Sundance 2009

Sci-Fi at Sundance 2009 - Popular Mechanics


"Best of" Begins

The Bookgasm blog provides us with a fine list:
5 Best Sci-Fi Books of 2008.

They also have a great website desription:
"BOOKGASM, the site dedicated to READING MATERIAL TO GET EXCITED ABOUT. That includes all kinds of genre fiction, from horror and sci-fi to mystery and suspense. It also includes graphic novels, trashy paperbacks, cheap magazines and other things that much of America pretends to be ashamed of, for no good reason."


Doctorow Audio

I have listened to sevral stories and a couple of novels from BoinBoing's Cory Doctorow's site:, he has podcasted many of his stories and a couple of novels, including After the Siege, Eastern Standard Tribe, and True Names.

Similar Short Stories

On Monday morning (while on the elliptical) I listened to two short stories about which I knew nothing. Oddly they both turned out to be about young women trying to break out of the restrictions of a small isolated community. I enjoyed them both quite a bit - When the Gentlemen Go By written by Margaret Ronald from Clarkesworld Magazine and Waiting for the Zephyr by Tobias Buckell from Telltale Weekly. I was telling CRL about it and she told me it was in the Wastelands Anthology. which is on my reading list.


Listening at

The stories that has on their website have been impressive. Some of my favorite new authors - Stross, Scalzi, Doctorow, all have quality stories there. I've downloaded the mp3s and listened to them while on the elliptical torture device. It's been a perfect way to lose track of time while getting my exercise.


I'm Listening

EscapePod has been a great source of SpecFic audio for me to listen to - especially while exercising. I searched mp3's for Hugo stories and ended up there. They have short stories from the last couple of Hugo years, in addition to their weekly stories. They're on a break, but the archive (down left column) is well worth a look.


Irresistable list

21 Horrible Sci-Fi Futures


A lively Sci-Fi debate spans the interwebs

Blogger Ian Sales started it by saying that we shouldn't be awed by Golden Age sci-fi, that a lot of it is bad writing, and that we shouldn't introduce people to sci-fi by telling them to read the old stuff. The Crotchety Old Fan took exception, and then Futurismic took up Sales argument, calling on anyone to name some classic sci-fi that they would actually recommend. Author/Blogger Neil Williamson chimed in, and io9 widened awareness of the debate - with comments galore across the board. Just what the internet is good for - enjoy the philosophical fisticuffs.


Can't...Stop...My...Self: Sci-Fi Movie List

The 10 Most Prophetic Sci-Fi Movies Ever in Popular Mechanics


A TV Killer?

io9 reports on a new website - The that will have some serious specfic on demand: Angel, Babylon 5, Firefly, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Smallville, Roswell and Veronica Mars. In addition they'll have more mundane fare: from Friends to In Living Color. It appears that the site will be basically be a video-on-demand network not unlike It will launch Aug. 27. Signed up for the beta.

The 2008 Hugos


One of our favorites, John Scalzi, won a Hugo!

I read Old man's War and I'm reading Ghost Brigades. Listened to his After the Coup from (set in that 'world'). There's a novelette, The Sagan Diary, and a 4th novel, Zoe's Tale.

He won the Campbell as best new sci-fi writer of 2005.

Both Old Man's War & The Last Colony were nominated for the Hugo.

Scalzi won the 2007 Hugo last night as 'Best Fan Writer' for his work about sci-fi at his blog and at and at

He's suddenly at the forefront of new sci-fi writers.


A continuum of sorts:

Science Fiction Buzz
Science Fiction Buzz Blog


Spec Fic for all the senses

Well mainly just hearing. Been listening to specfic mp3's while exercising, and this place, SFFaudio, will be invaluable.



Tons of good links this weekend at SciFi Wire and io9 (particularly on page two).


We Love a Sci-FI List

From, so feel free to didpute:
Top 50 science fiction television shows of all time


It has become a monster.
This news search is amazing: google.


Does scifi ever hinder science?

It's clear that science fiction often encourages scientists and tech developers in particular (flip-phone, anyone?). But does it ever hinder? I truly wish Capricorn One had never been made. An discussion on this question by Annalee Newitz

A Con I Would Go To

"Readercon is, depending on your point of view, either an annual literary conference (except it's infinitely more fun than that) or an annual science fiction convention (except we've stripped away virtually everything except talking about and buying books)."

Classic Specfic Question

Science Versus Magic -- Is There a Difference in the World of Fiction? at io9.


One of our favorite things - a list of things sci-fi

An examination of what should be in the tv sci-fi canon - The Canon | Columns | SCI FI Weekly


JPK in Asimov's

"On the Net: Afraid of the Darknet " by James Patrick Kelly

What I'm Reading:

Listening To:

Recent Favorite:
Halting State by Charles Stross

Specfic Reviewer Blogroll
7 Foot Shelves
The Accidental Bard
A Boy Goes on a Journey
A Dribble Of Ink
A Hoyden's Look at Literature
Adventures in Reading
The Agony Column
Andromeda Spaceways
The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.
Ask Daphne
Australia Specfic In Focus
Author 2 Author

Barbara Martin
Bees (and Books) on the Knob
Bibliophile Stalker
The Billion Light-Year Bookshelf
Bitten by Books
The Black Library Blog
Blog, Jvstin Style
Blood of the Muse
The Book Bind
The Book Smugglers
The Book Swede
Breeni Books

Cheaper Ironies [pro columnist]
Cheryl's Musings
Critical Mass
The Crotchety Old Fan

Damien G. Walter
Danger Gal
Dark Wolf Fantasy Reviews
Darque Reviews
Dave Brendon's Fantasy and Sci-Fi Weblog
Dear Author
The Deckled Edge
Dragons, Heroes and Wizards
The Discriminating Fangirl
Dusk Before the Dawn

Enter the Octopus
Eve's Alexandria

Fantastic Reviews
Fantastic Reviews Blog
Fantasy Book Critic
Fantasy Cafe
Fantasy Debut
Fantasy Book Reviews and News
Fantasy and Sci-fi Lovin' Blog
Feminist SF - The Blog!
The Fix
The Foghorn Review
Frances Writes
From a Sci-Fi Standpoint
Fruitless Recursion

The Galaxy Express
The Gamer Rat
Genre Reviews
Graeme's Fantasy Book Review
Grasping for the Wind
The Green Man Review

Highlander's Book Reviews
The Hub Magazine
Hyperpat's Hyper Day

Ink and Keys

Jumpdrives and Cantrips

Lair of the Undead Rat
League of Reluctant Adults
Literary Escapism

Michele Lee's Book Love
The Mistress of Ancient Revelry
MIT Science Fiction Society
Monster Librarian
More Words, Deeper Hole
Mostly Harmless Books
My Favourite Books

Neth Space
The New Book Review

OF Blog of the Fallen
The Old Bat's Belfry
Outside of a Dog

Pat's Fantasy Hotlist
Piaw's Blog
Post-Weird Thoughts
Publisher's Weekly

Realms of Speculative Fiction
Reading the Leaves
Reviewer X
The Road Not Taken
Rob's Blog o' Stuff
Robots and Vamps

Sandstorm Reviews
Sci Fi Wire
Sci-Fi Fan Letter
Sci-Fi Songs [Musical Reviews]
The Sequential Rat
Severian's Fantastic Worlds
SF Diplomat
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SF Site
SFF World's Book Reviews
Silver Reviews
Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
Speculative Fiction
Speculative Fiction Junkie
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The Specusphere
Spiral Galaxy Reviews
Spontaneous Derivation
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Stella Matutina
The Sudden Curve
The Sword Review

Tangent Online
Tehani Wessely
Temple Library Reviews [also a publisher]
True Science Fiction

Urban Fantasy Land

Vast and Cool and Unsympathetic
Variety SF

Walker of Worlds
Wands and Worlds
The Wertzone
With Intent to Commit Horror
WJ Fantasy Reviews
The World in a Satin Bag

Young Adult Science Fiction

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