Dystopias, the Diversiverse, and Death (a links round-up)

It’s the Friday after podcast day, which means another links round-up!

Don’t forget that A More Diverse Universe is going on now! Head over to Aarti’s blog to see all the amazing POC authors people are discovering and rediscovering this month!

More awesome discoveries by science: Scientists have found the most complete dinosaur skeleton yet, and they have named it THE DREADNOUGHT. I hope it’s not too late to incorporate it into Jurassic World. The tail alone is thirty feet long. This is awesome. Science is the best.


The wonderful and brilliant Jenny Diski has inoperable cancer. Stupid universe. In other sad news, much-acclaimed fantasy writer Graham Joyce died last week of also cancer.

Here is a history of the “Can This Marriage Be Saved” column from the Ladies’ Home Journal. I love that column, but okay, yes, its history is not the greatest. Yikes, guys. It is like if Roger Goodell were masterminding a marriage advice column.

Speaking of which, the National Football League has been making me alternately furious and miserable this whole past fortnight! “Fuck you Roger Goodell” is far from a new sentiment for me, but man, he’s really pushing for Worst Human Person this year. Alyssa Rosenberg is typically cogent about how they should behave.

Emily Asher-Perrin’s Harry Potter reread continues to be pretty much the best thing ever. Yesterday’s recap produced this:

I really feel like Hogwarts has probably not changed any school rules (outside of not torturing students in detention) in a few hundred years. Like, what is the Board of Governors even for? Pretty sure that other than Lucius Malfoy strutting around and getting in people’s faces (back when he was a member), they probably just get together to drink sherry, talk shit on various Ministry policies, and reminisce about when they used to be students. In fact, I guarantee you that this is exactly what the Board does. . . . Can I be on the Board?

How not to respond to a bad review. Basically, just don’t respond to it. Keep your feelings to yourself, and everyone will like you better. I absolutely promise.

Ten lessons from real-life revolutions that fictional dystopias ignore, from the good people at io9.

My favorite thing The Toast has produced in this past fortnight: How to Tell if You’re in a MFA Workshop Story. I like “You saw something horrifying at the circus.”

Last but not least, the lovely Lory of Emerald City Review has come up with an idea that it’s weird to me nobody came up with before: Witch Week! From Halloween (31 October) to Guy Fawkes Day (5 November), we’ll be spotlighting a fantasy author — this year, it’ll be the wonderful and inimitable Diana Wynne Jones, who coined the term “Witch Week” in her book Witch Week. There will be guest posts (one by me!) and giveaways, and you should get excited.

  • Heather

    That Dreadnought is fucking awesome.

    I loved that article of real-life revolutions. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read a dystopia and thought, “I don’t think it would really go like this….” lol

    Dianna Wynne Jones FTW!!! I am SO excited.

    • Gin Jenny

      Hahahaha, me too about the dystopias, although I recognize that it would be very difficult to write about a revolution as it would actually happen.

  • Oh no! I had not heard about Diski. How very sad. I did hear about dreadnought which is totally awesome. And witch week! What fun!

    • Gin Jenny

      I know! I love her writing, and I was crushed. 🙁

  • Dude. Witch Week is such an awesome idea.

    • Gin Jenny

      Isn’t it? I’m excited!

  • I do not know Jenny Diski, but I am sorry she has cancer. Cancer sucks. The rest of your links were VERY INTERESTING. Also, the Dreadnought is an excellent name. Well done, Unknown Scientists!

    • Gin Jenny

      I strive for the interestingest of links, darling Mumsy!


    I love dinosaurs like a nine year old boy. Maybe I should be a paleontologist when I grow up?

    • Gin Jenny

      Of course you should! Then you could make awesome pictures of what a dreadnought would look like standing next to a human. So, so wee.

  • “It is like if Roger Goodell were masterminding a marriage advice column.”

    This is a horrifying thought! He is just the worst right now… I’m channeling all of my general football angst at him since he is in charge of this nonsense. Thanks for linking to the Alyssa Rosenberg piece — I’ve really enjoyed everything she has been writing on these issues.

    • Gin Jenny

      Me too. I love most of what she writes on all topics, so it’s no surprise she’s good on football. Rotten Roger Goodell. I’m so frustrated that the news cycle has kind of moved on from him now, which tends to make me think he’s not going to get fired as he deserves. >:(

  • Lu

    The Dreadnought is pretty much the coolest thing I’ve read all week. DINOSAURS. I’m so absurdly excited for Jurassic World.

    • Gin Jenny

      Hahaha, me too. It looks awesome.

  • Lu

    I just went and watched the video on Dreadnought and AMAZINNNNG.

  • Lory @ Emerald City Book Review

    So excited for Witch Week! I’m getting out all my books to reread now.

    • Gin Jenny

      Yayyyyyyy me too!

  • Aw, Jenny Diski. 🙁