State of the Blog and Weekend Links: November 12, 2017

Well, this has been a week. I’ve been cutting back on caffeine, which has left me tired for a lot of the time, and it’s been further exhausting to see the ongoing, steady stream of sexual harassment, abuse and rape accusations coming out of, seemingly, everywhere. It’s important and valuable and I truly hope that some real. lasting, sustainable change comes from all this public sharing of stories, but it’s still depressing. Too much of the public outrage is hypocritical and feels performative, and it’s not enough to oust a handful of badly behaved men; institutional reform is necessary, and proposals for that are thin on the ground.

We’ll see. I haven’t lost hope yet. I’m just running low on energy.

I didn’t write nearly as much as I’d hoped this week, though I’m not unhappy with what I did accomplish. It took longer than expected to write about last week’s Star Trek: Discovery, and the double episode of The Shannara Chronicles ended up taking an extra day as well. I’m currently most of the way through a post reviewing October’s novellas, though, so expect that tomorrow or Tuesday.

Speaking of Star Trek, Popular Mechanics asked 8 sci-fi writers what Trek show they would write if they had the chance.

Dark Matter Zine is building a list of SFF books with disability representation.

It looks like we’re getting another Star Wars trilogy and a live-action television show. I kind of hate how excited I am about this, but also I am still not going to pay for Disney’s streaming service.

The Wertzone has the scoop on all the SFF projects currently in development for film and television. has collected some of their best non-fiction posts of the year.

In other news, we’re getting two novellas by P. Djeli Clark!

I talk so much about The Shannara Chronicles that KJ at Lady Business watched it.

There’s a fantastic profile of Ken Liu in the South China Morning Post.

There’s a new Ashok K. Banker story over at Lightspeed: “A Vortal in Midtown.” And an Author Spotlight.

Fonda Lee wrote about the Big Idea in her new novel Jade City.

Lee also wrote about worldbuilding at the B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog.

If you’re in the mood to be mad, check out how the Amazons’ costumes have changed between Wonder Woman and Justice League.

If you want to be happy, just keep scrolling down for the first look at the 13th Doctor in costume. I’m not sure about those pants, but I do like the homages to previous Doctors in this style.


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