Fridays are for linkspam! Enjoy! Or, er, not since most of these aren’t fun reads. I’ve got a couple of light hearted ones at the end.
- At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic Sadly, this is over with now. (via Fran Wilde)
- What Conventions Are and Aren’t A wonderful analysis by Rose Fox on conventions as businesses and what they can do to attract and keep customers–and the customers they lose by privileging harassers over people who have been harassed.
- ‘Prepare to Die’: Not Your Average Superhero Story. Worse. Delightfully negative review of a book that sounds truly appalling. I do enjoy a good negative review and this one fits the bill.
- Things People Need to Understand, issue 223.2 Yet another great post on an important issue by N.K. Jemisin.
- Things Get Mean When Everyone’s a Critic
- Heinlein and Racism Excerpts from Heinlein’s unsent letter to F.M. Busby in 1964. Brain bleach required, especially if you decide to read the whole thing (I did and I still feel dirty).
- Readers are the Victims of Bad Author Behavior Chuck Wendig talks about how sockpuppeting authors and purchased reviews hurt readers.
- We Don’t Do That Anymore An examination of Isaac Asimov’s notorious butt-pinching behavior at conventions and how great strides have been made in fandom–but we still have a hell of a long way to go.
- Things You Should Know About the Fallout Genevieve Valentine talks about what’s happened in the two months since she was harassed at Readercon and went public.
- Double Trouble: Two Racists for the Price of One “What do you do when you’re a person of color (POC) planning an anthology inspired by the work of not one, but two racist writers?”
- The Other One Culture, gaming, and sexism.
- Worldcon 2012: Fragments I especially like the part about revisiting old reviews–I feel much the same about my older work. There are books that I reviewed that I have no recollection of reading–and yet, I know that I did because there are reviews of them.
- Crap People Say About Sexual Harassment Jim C. Hines summarizes a lot of gross stuff people say online.
Here’s a couple of less serious links: