State of the Blog and Weekend Links: August 13, 2017

So, the big news of the week was the Hugo Awards. I didn’t make it to WorldCon this year; it turns out Helsinki is far away from Cincinnati and expensive to travel to when one is poor. However, I’ve been vicariously enjoying the Con for days, and I did tune in to find out if SF Bluestocking won the award for Best Fanzine. It did not, but Lady Business did, and I honestly don’t think I would be happier if I had won. The ladies at Lady Business are wonderful, and you should be reading their stuff. Hearty congratulations and well-wishes all around.

You can see the full list of winners and nominees at the Hugo Awards website.

If you’d like to geek out a little over the nominating and voting data, be sure to check out the Hugo Administrator’s Reports. I did. Math is fun.

Remember No Man’s Sky? It got a big update this week, with the long-promised multiplayer functionality. I know I’ll be giving the game another look.

Ava DuVernay is adapting Octavia E. Butler’s Dawn for television.

Meanwhile, you can read about Octavia E. Butler’s unfinished plans for her Earthseed series at Electric Literature.

I couldn’t properly articulate all of what I didn’t like about last week’s Game of Thrones, but fortunately Adrienne Keene at Native Appropriations could. She explains what was off about that Western-inspired loot train battle.

Princess General Leia was also a doctor.

Book Riot is giving away 10 copies of N.K. Jemisin’s The Stone Sky until August 17.

At Fantasy Literature, Theodora Goss has 4 Misconceptions About Victorian Women and a giveaway for her novel, The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter.

At Queership, Ada Palmer wrapped up her series on gender in Terra Ignota. (Part 1 | Part 2)

When I read Fran Wilde’s The Jewel and Her Lapidary, my major complaint about it was that it needed to be a longer series or a proper novel. Wish granted: she’s got two novellas coming out next year from Tor.com.

The newest Cooking the Books at The Book Smugglers features Yoon Ha Lee.

A.E. Ash’s novella, Temporary Duty Assignment, is out Tuesday from The Book Smugglers, but you can read a prequel story right now.

Transcendent 2: The Year’s Best Transgender Speculative Fiction, edited by Bogi Takács, is available for pre-order.

At Electric Literature, Anna Sheffer breaks down the epilogue of The Handmaid’s Tale.

At Tor.com, Anise K. Strong makes the case for divorce in fantasy.

“Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience” by Rebecca Roanhorse will break your heart. The whole current issue of Apex MagazineA Celebration of Indigenous American Fantasists, is worth your time.

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