Carl Sagan held to task decades later
Russia’s “Nauka” Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) successfully connected with the International Space Station on Thursday, July 29. Not long after, however, the flight control team noticed the module’s thrusters were unexpectedly firing, temporarily pushing the station out of orientation. Source: The ISS is Now Stable After Docked Russian Module Unexpectedly Fired Thrusters – Review Geek
Mary Robinette Kowal is the new chair of the 79th World Science Fiction Convention. The decision was made by BWAWA, the Baltimore-Washington Area Worldcon Association, which is the host organization for this year’s Worldcon. Mary Robinette Kowal is a former President of SFWA, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and a four-time Hugo […]
Hugh Howey of Wool fame has decided to form the Self-Published Science Fiction Competition (SPSFC). The contest is modeled after Mark Lawrence’s Self-Published Fantasy Blog-Off, which just na… Source: Hugh Howey Launches Self-Published Science Fiction Competition | File 770
Steve is doing well at the hospital, will probably be discharged into a local extended-stay inn until he’s cleared for travel home. In the meantime, if you write for the website here, please feel free to tell me (Kermit@amazingstories.com) if I need to publish your stories. Again, this is purely a temporary adjustment. No need […]
Andy Weir, author of The Martian, brings you a thrilling science fiction novel, Project Hail Mary. A lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this incredible new science-based thriller from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Artemis. Weir is a lifelong space nerd, devoted hobbyist, and connoisseur of astronomy, physics, orbital […]
Just got off of the phone with Steve and he sounds good! He had the drainage tubes removed from his chest Saturday and that went well. Today he’s going to get to go for a walk and possibly they’ll remove the foley catheter. (ouch ouch ouch) Tomorrow he expects to be downgraded from Intensive Care. […]
Ever wonder what a fine art-themed episode of The Simpsons would be like? One Ontario, Canada-based artist has, and they’ve shared their vision through funny mash-ups between famous paintings and Simpsons characters. Known simply as @fine_art_simpsons on Instagram, the artist replaces historic figures in fine art paintings with beloved characters like Homer Simpson, Ned Flanders, Edna Krabappel, and Milhouse […]
You’ve never heard of him, but your favorite writers have, and his mad-drunk prose will knock you sideways. Source: Who Is R. A. Lafferty? And Is He the Best Sci-Fi Writer Ever? | WIRED
Analog Science Fiction and Fact today announced the Analog Award for Emerging Black Voices, a short story competition that will be judged by a diverse committee of sf professionals with the winner appearing in the magazine. Finalists and the winning author will be announced at and in partnership with the Annual City Tech Symposium on Science Fiction. Here are […]
Plan 9 from Outer Space may not be the worst movie ever made, but TCM’s table read with Dana Gould and Janet Varney elevates it to new depths. Source: How TCM Resurrects Plan 9 from Outer Space for Ghoulish Table Read | Den of Geek
Outland, the 1981 Sean Connery sci-fi thriller reboot of High Noon, is the rare remake that succeeds by departing from the original. Just ignore the exploding heads. Source: Why Sean Connery’s Outland Is a Perfect Remake
I got the call a few hours ago (didn’t know what it was and it went to voicemail) and just listened to it. Steve’s doctor said all went well and he’s doing fine in recovery!
We are currently on pins and needles, awaiting David Tennant as Phileas Fogg in the forthcoming Around the World in 80 Days TV series, an ad Source: David Tennant to Lend His Voice to ‘The Amazing Maurice’ Animated Movie | Anglophenia | BBC America
Finalists have been announced for the 2021 Premios Kelvin 505 Awards, presented by the Celsius 232 festival and honoring the best science fiction, fantasy, or horror novels published in Spain. Mejo… Source: 2021 Premios Kelvin Finalists – Locus Online
London’s Royal Opera House has announced its upcoming post-COVID performance season, which will apparently include a new adaptation of Jim Henson’s classic fantasy film The Dark Crystal… Source: See THE DARK CRYSTAL as a ballet next year in London | Boing Boing
Judge Socrates P. Manoukian has denied San Francisco Science Fiction Convention Inc.’s motion for summary judgment in the defamation lawsuit brought against them by Jon Del Arroz. SFSFC (Worl… Source: Del Arroz Suit Will Go To Trial; Court Rejects Worldcon 76’s Motion for Summary Judgment | File 770
Trapped in Chicago, our intrepid publisher and writer, Steve Davidson, is undergoing heart surgery in a few days! I’ve chatted with him daily and he’s doing well and as grumpy as usual. Love and best wishes!
The #DisneyMustPay Joint Task Force has reported its progress towards its goal that all WritersMustBePaid.org. Alan Dean Foster, James Kahn, and Donald F. Glut, the novelization authors… Source: #DisneyMustPay Task Force Updates | File 770
Our Leerless Feeder, Steve Davidson, has come down ill and won’t be making his usual Sunday posts. Everyone wish him well instead, and call your mothers!
A clever idea doesn’t pass muster – but offers good opportunities for hand-waving in a story
NASA is “committed” to landing the first woman and the “next man” on the moon by 2024 as part of the Artemis program (next stop Mars!). And as part of that program, unveile… Source: NASA unveiled a new spacesuit that’s flexible enough for dancing / Boing Boing
Amazing Stories wants Science Fiction. But what ‘is’ Science Fiction?
B&N’s buyer shares his picks for October
A theoretical paper has now become cause for serious study after observations of gravity waves provides proof that it may be possible to travel faster than light
This will wake you up!
Something enormous has happened in the past forty years: girls are finally reading stories about dragons and space travel. Source: Finding Science Fiction and Fantasy for Female Readers
Supermassive? Try ULTRAmassive for this black hole that’s at least 40 Billion times the mass of our sun
This super-Earth was just far onto the too hot side of the Goldilocks zone, supporting the theory that close orbiters can have their atmospheres blown off by their suns