From The Guardian:
2012 has been a year of transition for science fiction and fantasy literature. SF’s reputation as home of the Bearded White Male hides a more interesting story. SF is the literature of geeks, and today, geeks run the world. Geek culture isn’t infiltrating the mainstream: it is the mainstream. And geeks come in all ages, genders and backgrounds.
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Space is SF’s new black
Once upon a time our imagination populated outer space with exotic alien civilisations, and the space race inspired thousands of SF novels through the 60s and 70s. But when exploration revealed nothing but a barren solar system and infinite vacuum, space fell somewhat out of fashion, even within SF. Now, though, the discovery of Earth-like exoplanets, the Curiosity rover touchdown and the media sensation of Felix Baumgartner’s space jump are exciting people about space again. Surfing the zeitgeist of space is James Smythe’s The Explorer, a thriller of deep-space exploration with overtones of the best 70s space-based SF. Ian Sales’ Adrift on the Sea of Rains is one of the most outstanding self-published books of the year, and a homage to the golden age of SF writing and the Apollo space programme.
All hail the Kindle serial
Serial fiction has been threatening a resurgence for as long as people have been publishing on the internet. But 2013 may be the year it happens – and John Scalzi may be the writer to kick off the revolution. Along with publisher Tor books, Scalzi is planning to serialise the next novel in his hugely popular Old Man’s War series via the Amazon Kindle platform. The Human Division begins serialisation this month with new instalments each week, but has already entered the Kindle bestsellers list. The Kindle seems like a natural platform for serial fiction, so expect to see hundreds of other authors and publishers following suit if Scalzi’s experiment is a success.
Link to the rest at The Guardian