1. Trascriptase, a site of sci-fi goodness from folks who decided the bullshit at Helix was not acceptable. N. K. Jemisin’s thoughts on race and the sci-fi community are pure gold and pretty much reflect how I feel about it.
2. While picking up another set of Orphan’s Tales to hook up friends with, I picked up a copy of Spectra Pulse, which has a short story by Valente “The Harpooner at the Bottom of the World”, which is completely awesome and delicious reading. It’s always interesting to see how well an author transitions between short stories and long ones, and Valente is great. I’ll have to snag more of her books.
3. Orson Scott Card goes CRAYZAY about Gay Marriage, which clearly threatens our nation, much more than war, financial crisis, oil crisis, or food crisis, or you know, loss of our civil rights (“The freedoms we sacrificed to protect!”). TheophileEscargot breaks down this kind of crazy in the most clear, lucid manner. Also relevant: Songmaster