Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.69: An SF Starter Pack and an SF Game

Renay joins us from Fangirl Happy Hour to advise me and Whiskey Jenny about what SF to start with. She has ten recommendations and they are all (we’re confident) gold. You can listen to the podcast in the embedded player below or download the file directly here to take with you on the go.

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What We’re Reading

The Weather of the Future, Heidi Cullen
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, Cynthia Barnett
City on Fire, Garth Risk Hallberg
The Shining, Stephen King
Death: An Oral History, Casey Jarman
Gotham Academy, Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl

the logo on the shirt I’m going to buy, in the fullness of time:

coexistSFF Starter Pack

World War Z, Max Brooks
Old Man’s War, John Scalzi
Zoo City, Lauren Beukes
The Girl Thing Who Went Out for Sushi, Pat Cadigan
Spin, Robert Charles Wilson
The Killing Moon, N. K. Jemisin
Binti, Nnedi Okorafor
Mars Evacuees, Sophia McDougall
Larklight, Philip Reeve and David Wyatt
Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear

What We Read for This Week

The Girl Thing Who Went Out for Sushi, Pat Cadigan
“The Screwfly Solution,” James Tiptree Jr.

What We’re Reading Next Time

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Douglas Adams

You can find Renay at Lady Business, Fangirl Happy Hour, and on Twitter. Get at me on Twitter, email the podcast, and friend me (Gin Jenny) and Whiskey Jenny on Goodreads. Or if you wish, you can find us on iTunes (and if you enjoy the podcast, give us a good rating! We appreciate it very very much).

Honestly Some Joy in Link Format: A Links Round-Up

I decided to take a break from having sad links and only have happy links. So you can look forward to some gay Sulu, bonkers Oscar Wilde adjacence, and Catullus telling people to go fuck themselves (he does that so well).

Bahahaha Constance Holland (nee Lloyd; formerly Wilde) has a fake gravestone at a cemetery in Spain. OF COURSE SHE DOES God I love Oscar Wilde stories.

American literature needs indie publishers, says The Atlantic. They don’t exactly go deep on the point that indie presses are an avenue for publishing more marginalized voices, so if y’all have a recent article that gets to that point, link me and I’ll add it!

The wonderful and attrrrrrractive John Cho on gay Sulu and his concerns about same. What a cool guy John Cho seems like.

Speaking of Star Trek, CBS/Paramount recently released new, draconian guidelines for Star Trek fan films; KJ of Lady Business goes in on why these are terrible.

I cherished Natalie Portman and Jonathan Safran Foer’s unbearable fake email exchange, of course. The Millions has uncovered a correspondence between Portman and Cormac McCarthy — what a treasure — and Jezebel shared the emails of two of its own staff people as well. What a great, not at all not-real, trend.

Daisy Dunn loves Catullus. And just — y’all, I just love Catullus so much. Okay that’s all I have to say. I really love Catullus.

First-time authors Yaa Gyasi and Hua Hsu interview each other about book ideas and racist grade school teachers.

The fab Elizabeth Minkel breaks down what’s so silly about those peril-peril-fan-entitlement articles, over at The New Statesman.

Have a wonderful weekend, you beautiful people! There is a tiny tiny papillon puppy in my neighborhood, and I plan to lurk the neighborhood pretending to be hunting for Pokemons but actually in hopes of catching a glimpse of this tiny preposterous puppy.