It started with today's Daily Dose e-mail from Flavorpill, which via io9.com, featured a link to Kyle Cassidy's photo series "Where I Write." In this project, Cassidy takes a look at science fiction and fantasy
writers in their native habitats. His subjects include titans such as Frederik Pohl, Piers Anthony and Ben Bova.
While visiting Bova's site, I stumble across a link to an essay he wrote on tor.com about the 40th anniversary of the moon landing. Alas, when I click, I get the dreaded 404 article-not-found error. But the site, which I am unfamiliar with, is intriguing - the tagline is "Science Fiction. Fantasy. The Universe. And related subjects."
I pass up a post called "Buzz Aldrin is so GANGSTA" (so true!) to click on a tribute to one of my favorite sci fi authors, Octavia Butler. She passed away in 2006, and on July 22nd she would have been "62 and awesome," as described by writer Nisi Shawl. In the piece, Shawl talks about Butler's charismatic personality and her commitment to the increased representation of people of color in the fantastic genres. Butler's "Xenogenesis" series is still one of the most thrilling, sensual pieces of sci fi writing I've ever read.
And with that, my 15 minutes are up...