State of the Blog and Weekend Links: June 25, 2017

Welp. It’s been a long week, with a lot to worry about, both personally and generally, and that’s had an impact on my productivity. I only got out one Gormenghast post, but it’s a good one, and I’ve been working on some housekeeping stuff to prepare for my next seasonal reading list, though I haven’t posted it yet. Expect it this coming week, though, as well as a wrap-up post about my Spring Reading List. There’s so much great stuff coming out over the next few months, and I’m super excited to get into it.

That said, some great stuff came out this week as well. Beth Ditto has a solo album, and it’s good. The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss was released on Tuesday, and I’m trying very hard to rush through the next several books on my TBR so I can get to it. GLOW hit Netflix on Friday, and I tried to watch the first episode today–which quickly turned into watching the first FOUR episodes before I could tear myself away to finish writing this post. Everything in the world might feel like it’s being destroyed these days, but at least there are plenty of incredible things to read and watch and listen to while civilization burns.

The Locus Award winners were announced last night.

Speaking of incredible things to read, Uncanny Magazine is gearing up for their Year Four Kickstarter in July–and it’s going to include a special People with Disabilities Destroy Science Fiction issue. Guest Editory Nicolette Barischoff is currently accepting essay pitches.

Octavia E. Butler’s birthday was on Friday, and Book Riot celebrated with a day filled with posts about Butler and her influence on SFF.

The Book Smugglers kicked off a new feature, Cooking the Books, in partnership with Aliette de Bodard and Fran Wilde’s podcast of the same name. This month they talk with Malka Older.

Sarah Gailey’s “On Feasting” at the B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog is a must-read, especially if you like food and fantasy.

Big Ideas of note this week include those by Theodora Goss and Linda Nagata.

Nagata also popped in to Terrible Minds to write about five things she learned writing The Last Good Man. I hadn’t planned on reading this book, not being much into military sci-fi, but it’s quickly crawled up my TBR this week, and it’s on my list of titles I’d like to finish by the end of June.

Robyn Bennis’s The Guns Above was one of my favorite books in May, and she also did an excellent five things she learned post at Terrible Minds this week.

Nicky Drayden was interviewed at Outer Places.

If you’re in the mood for something free to read, I loved the “The White-Throated Transmigrant” by E. Lily Yu at Tor.com this week.

Star Trek Discovery has an official premiere date: September 24. I cannot wait.

Finally, there’s a new trailer for season 7 of Game of Thrones, and I hate myself for getting so excited for this trash. HBO’s posters and other promo material for this show are lazy and boring, but they do know how to put together an exciting trailer.

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