- Still behind on e-mail, but all will be answered by tomorrow night. I promise!
- Pop Matters has a good little interview with John Green: I would also argue, and no one agrees with me on this but I will argue it anyway, that not all YA novels are about teenagers. For instance, I think that Vonnegut was the greatest YA novelist of his century other than maybe Salinger, and Vonnegut never wrote about (or showed the least interest in) teenagers in any literal way. But the ideas of his books, and his stylistic choices, and his voice—all tailor-made for teen readers.
- Meanwhile the other Green brother, Hank, gets the Seven Impossible Things treatment.
- Maureen McHugh on The Road as Not Science Fiction: I found myself wondering things I don’t think I should have been wondering about. All the animal life, birds, everything, is dead. As is all plant life. Bugs? I find myself thinking. Are there no flies? If something killed off all the animals and the plants, how come people are still alive? Was it radiation? But this is Not Science Fiction, and that’s one of the things that Not Science Fiction does. It is unabashed about not building a consistent world.
- Gavin has a request for booksellers: Stock LCRW! Its world domination is imminent!
- La Gringa is running a giveaway contest for David Anthony Durham’s well-received Acacia (in honor of his new kitten). (I’m hoping to have an interview with him within the next month too.)
And while you’re over there, help her out with some financial troubles and get a short short.(The universe came through — no help now needed!)
- Giant squid alert! (Via Ysa.)