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Orson Scott Card and the appeal of Ender’s Game
discussed yet again. (Via Ypulse.) I still say more people should read John Kessel’s excellent, provocative analysis of its appeal, and the problem with the underlying morality in the book. Or, alternately, just read John’s collection and skip Card altogether. William Gibson is coming to our local bookstore in support of the paperback release of Spook Country next week. The
local books columnist has a post about it, including some interview snippets wherein he recommends books by Junot Diaz and Charles Stross. I like this: Gibson says he only wants to read "science fiction that couldn’t have been written 10 years ago."
Niall Harrison thoughtfully reviews Dave Schwartz’s Superpowers — just out in the U.K, and soon in the U.S. My recent interview with Dave is here. Justine Musk has a great quote about writers from Brian McDonald’s Last Call at Elaine’s,
but I’ll send you there to read it. See also: Her recent post about meeting Coldplay and selling another book; her blog is always a fun read.
Justine says don’t hate the famous. I don’t even care about the famous. I reserve my hatred for evil politicos, and my affection (mostly) for people I know.
Sarah Rees Brennan has a great, hilarious post about finding the science fiction she could grok, and requesting suggestions for more like that.
The lost rivers of London.
Colleen on a shady-seeming new paid book blog tour site.