Weekend Links: April 2, 2016 (Belated)

For once, the belated weekend links are not due to anything remotely my own fault. Yesterday we had about a ten-hour power outage due to high winds here in Cincinnati. It was actually nice just listening to the wind howl without any electronic noises, but only for the first couple of hours. It was less fun driving around town trying to find a place to eat that had electricity (though it was a good excuse for Thai food, in the end) and it turns out that reading from a Nook screen in total darkness only exacerbates an allergy-induced sinus headache. By about 10 pm, I gave up hoping that the power would come back on and just called it an early night, which turned out to be wise since it didn’t come back on until about 2:30 am.

Needless to say, no power and no internet is not conducive to being very productive. Today has been better, but I’m still, frankly, a little exhausted from my big Up and Coming read through, and this weekend just hasn’t been as relaxing/recharging as I’d hoped it would be. That said, I’ve got some interesting things in the works over the next few weeks, and I hope to be making some announcements in the near-ish future.

Due to the very busy week of non-internet reading, this is another lighter week for links, but I did still manage to find a few neat things to share.

The Powerpuff Girls reboot starts tomorrow, but in the meantime you can Powerpuff Yourself.

Man at Arms: Reforged did Xena’s Chakrams:

Party Over Here’s mansplaining hotline is a legitimately great idea:

The Fanwankers talked about Problematic Faves.

There’s a great piece at Mythcreants about Unreliable Narrators.

On Starships and Dragonwings has some tips for How to Use Biology Terms in Your Speculative Fiction.

Ken Liu’s piece on the differences between writing short and long fiction is a must-read.

In April’s Clarkesworld, Jason Heller writes about Hawkwind’s Space Rock Journey throughout Science Fiction and Fantasy.

At LitHub, Africa Has Always Been Sci-Fi: On Nnedi Okorafor and a New Generation of Afrofuturists.

Matt Ruff and Victor LaValle Take on Lovecraft and Race over at the B&N Review blog.

The winner of the 2015 BSFA Award is Aliette de Bodard’s The House of Shattered Wings.

The 2016 Aurora Awards finalists have been announced.

As have the winners and honor list for this year’s Tiptree Awards.

SF Signal’s April Cover Gallery for new releases is up. What are you most looking forward to this month?

 

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