Cory Doctorow joins us to discuss his new book, Little Brother. We also delve into Homeland Security’s pitfalls, and how people can use technology to change the world. Then we introduce the Out of the Slush segment, featuring Greg Van Eekhout.
Publishing News: President Bush proposes to cut funding for Reading is Fundamental.
Bonus News Story: Thanks to Autumn for this book review!
Science fiction can be an almost overwhelming pocket of reading. Hundreds of writers creating thousands of worlds for us to immerse ourselves in is a wonderful thing, to be sure, but some of us occasionally find ourselves in need of a guide. Since I don’t have the spending cash to have my own personal anthology editor on staff, I use the Nebula series as my resource instead. The index to volume eight sounds like a perfect writers’ roundtable – Arthur C. Clark, Frederik Pohl, Harlan Ellison, gene Wolfe, Robert Silverberg and Poul Anderson, all edited by Isaac Asimov.
Each year, after the Nebula Awards are announced, a volume is created featuring both winners and nominees. That alone would make these worthwhile collections, but they are enhanced with essays about the year in film, memoriae for those authors who have died and introductions and essays by an always-fantastic editor. They also feature something I didn’t even know existed until I picked up these books – the Rhysling poetry awards, which may be the ultimate in literary geek culture.
I read all the way through the 70s, 80s and 90s over the last few months, and it was a treasure trove. Isaac Asimov, the grandfather of this corner of the cosmos, edited the series for years, and his introductions are just as good as they stories they preface. Other editors include James Morrow, Michael Bishop, Pamela Sargent, George Zebroski and Marta Randall, each one a leader in their field.
For every year that I read, I not only enjoyed the works by writers that I already liked, but I also ended up with a list of authors that I had never heard of or that I wanted to know more about. Specifically, I was surprised by how many authors who I had thought of as being traditional novelists had a secret stash of phenomenal short fiction; especially welcome to those of us who have to cram our reading in wherever we can find the time.
These books are a wonderful addition to the reading list of any sci-fi fan – short form or long, new reader or old, no one will walk away from these books without at least a few stories making an impression.
– Interview with Cory Doctorow
– Shaun explains the unique circumstances behind interviewing Cory.
– Out of the Slush debuts with Greg Van Eekhout. Is that a cool bumper, or what? Greg is pretty cool, too.
– Feedback about Borders and Barnes and Noble.
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