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New sf commentary site: io9

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Annalee Newitz, Charlie Anders, and a cast of several have been running a blog called io9 for the past few months. It's all about science fiction, with an emphasis on media, camp, real-world science and sf-related news, polls, and general fun.

In case you're not sure where to start, Annalee's latest posting is a helpful roundup of the past week's material: Autism Pills, Madness, and the Tallest Giant Monster. How many sf stories have appeared in the New Yorker? Can you cut Superman with a lightsaber? What architect has designed a two-mile-high eco-tower? What does a gothic cathedral look like when illuminated with multicolored neon animations? Why are Australian criminals building Daleks? Is Kate Moss really a robot? To find out, just click on over to io9.

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That list of SF stories that have appeared in The New Yorker is interesting. Some of the stories included are clearly what we could call fantasy ("Sea Oak," for example); io9 also omits items published in the magazine under the heading "Shouts and Murmurs," although those of us in the field would consider many of them to be SF short-shorts. I remember a short piece called "Wings Ahoy!" by Bruce McCall; it was a kind of Waldropian alternate history, consisting of reminiscences of the era of giant seaplanes. One person told an anecdote of a seaplane being unable to take off because the passengers were carrying too much pocket change, intended for use in the arcade of vending machines on the plane.

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