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Links on the early shift, this week. As ever, we welcome your suggestions for inclusion.
- If you're not following the LA Review of Books, you probably should be; recent coverage of genre interest includes Neil Easterbrook on Mieville's Embassytown, Brian Finney on David Mitchell and Brooks Landon on What I Didn't See by Karen Joy Fowler
- Aliette de Bodard on the prevalence of US tropes
- An interview with China Mieville: "I think young people use language as a weapon all the time."
- At Torque Control, Nic Clarke has posted the first installment of a discussion of Life by Gwyneth Jones
- You've probably seen Sady Doyle's post about A Song of Ice and Fire by now; Alyssa Rosenberg counters. Elsewhere, Doyle writes about this year's Doctor Who
- Jeremiah Tolbert's reminiscences from Worldcon
- The SF Encyclopedia (third edition coming soon to an internet near you) has a blog
- Martin Lewis is reading Jetse de Vries' anthology of "optimistic near-future sf", Shine, and blogging every story
- I haven't had a chance to listen to Cat Women of the Moon yet, but Shana Worthen has and has posted a list of the books mentioned
- Chesya Burke interviews Karen Lord
- Graham Sleight's latest Yesterday's Tomorrows is all about JG Ballard
- Rose Fox has an open letter to the Lambda Literary Foundation following changes to the Lambda Literary Awards
- A syllabus for teaching "new minority authors in SF/F" prepared by Mary Anne Mohanraj
- At Tor.com, Jo Walton discusses Arslan by MJ Engh; see also other discussions of the novel from earlier this year by Abigail Nussbaum and Martin Lewis
- Charles Stross asks for suggestions of recent important books, and then modifies his criteria in a follow-up post
- And finally, you really should be following the Waterstone's Oxford Street West Twitter feed, because they tell stories, of which my personal favourite is either The Bookshop of Babel, or this: "The bright-eyed amongst you will notice that it used to be a weather machine. Until Borders closed, all bookshops had a weather machine."