• Award news: The winners of the Sidewise Awards for Alternate History are Charles Stross for The Family Trade, The Hidden Family, and The Clan Corporate (Tor 2004-2006) and Gardner Dozois for “Counterfactual” from The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, June 2006. [via James Nicoll]
  • StarWars.com has a new subsite dedicated to The Clone Wars. [via TheForce.net]
  • Author Karen Miller has a three-part interview with Lois McMaster Bujold. “Tolkien and Pratchett are two other writers who, notably, have come the long way around to get home: the landscapes of Tolkien’s own late 19th Century childhood informing aspects of his tales, Pratchett most recently with the Chalk, home turf of Tiffany Aching and himself. And not just home ground: it’s the lost place, the refuge of distant memory.”
  • Only interviews William Gibson (Spook Country). “I think that I’m pretty much a complete urban life-form at this point. The distinction between being urban and not being urban has more to do with bandwidth than where you live. Your little kids in Omaha with their bedrooms are totally urban creatures, but there’s no city outside their window.”
  • Marissa Lingen talks about what she wants from science fiction. “I would like more upbeat-cool futures we could get to from here. [...] FTL all you want, but don’t pretend that we have a working space program at the moment or, y’know, in my lifetime.”

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