Well, so this was a week that happened. It started off okay, and my daughter’s thirteenth birthday was on Wednesday. Nailed it on the present front this year, so that was great. Sadly, the rest of the week hasn’t been so good. On Thursday, Prince died, which was a bummer. Then, yesterday morning, my mom called to let me know that both of their fifteen-year-old dogs had gotten to the point of declining health where it was time to put them to sleep. We went to say our goodbyes yesterday afternoon, then my daughter went to her dad’s parents’ for the weekend, and I came home and drank a bottle of very cheap wine. It’s just been that kind of week.
Today has been somewhat better, all things considered, and I did manage to get things together enough this week to put up a poll regarding my next Let’s Read! project, which will be starting on–this is the plan, anyway–Tuesday, May 3rd. Right now it’s looking like it’s going to be Dune by Frank Herbert, but there’s still plenty of time to vote.
I haven’t done as much internet reading this week as I normally do, but I did read a few things I really liked.
Obviously, everything posted at Fandom Following is worth reading pretty much every week, but this week’s posts on the recent spate of lesbian deaths on television and on consent in Game of Thrones should definitely not be missed.
LitHub published two pieces of particular interest to SFF readers:
- How Science Fiction Redefines Who We Are and What We’re Becoming
- On the Literature of Cyborgs, Robots and Other Automata
Black Gate’s Sci-ficionados: Our Insatiable Hunger for Stories and What it Means for the Human Race is a must-read.
At Tor.com, there’s a look at the place of Queen and Freddie Mercury in SFF.
As part of Fantasy Book Cafe’s Women in SFF Month, Rachel Cotterill writes about Idealism and Realism of Representation in SFF.
Cabbages and Kings talked about Women in Ken Liu’s Grace of Kings.
I haven’t done it yet, but Feminist Fiction has convinced me that I ought to check out Critical Role.
Mythcreants lists Five Signs Your Story is Racist.
N.K. Jemisin addresses the damned if you do/don’t fallacy.