Weekend Links: August 7, 2016

This week has been more or less normal, which is nice. I haven’t been quite as productive as I’d like to have been, but I did manage to churn out reviews for a couple of movies I’ve seen recently, and I read all of the Saga trade paperbacks that I ordered a few weeks ago (how have I never checked out that comic before?). It’s also been nice enough to go outside a little, and I caught a few new Pokemon. Finally, I’m also working on quitting energy drinks and getting back in the habits of eating healthy and exercising that I was doing so well at before I broke my foot last year. This all kind of sucks because I love Red Bull and hate exercise and healthy eating, but the truth is that I do feel better and get more done when I take better care of myself.

It’s also been a somewhat slow week for me in internet-ing, mostly because of the reading and being out of doors, but I did find a few things of interest to share.

First of all, I know I shared it last week already, but if you haven’t read it yet Fireside Fiction’s Special Report on #BlackSpecFic is absolutely required reading.

As is Emma Newman’s guest post at The Mary Sue, where she talks about why feminism in fantasy is so important.

Also at the Mary Sue this week was a wonderful interview with author Becky Chambers, who is every bit as lovely as you would expect after reading her novel, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.

N.K. Jemisin was interviewed for this month’s Clarkesworld, which has done nothing but whet my anticipation for The Obelisk Gate, the second book in her Broken Earth trilogy.

If you only listen to one thing from this week, be sure to check out Margaret Atwood on Midnight in Karachi.

Book Riot offered some much-deserved praise for antiheroines.

At Mythcreants, they picked apart six bad arguments against social justice in speculative fiction.

Fandom Following finally posted the third part of their breakdown of the rampant and virulent sexism in Game of Thrones’ sixth season.

There were two bits of GRRM news this week: first, the announcement of a special 20th anniversary edition of Game of Thrones, then the news that Wildcards has been optioned for television.


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