WWW: May 9, 2012

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsIn the coming weeks, if you find something interesting you think everyone should read, drop me a line via the contact form and let me know, or just post it below. Let’s get started:

1) Maurice Sendak Dies at 83: Maurice Sendak’s work had a tremendous impact on my childhood. I was still surprised by my reaction to this news. I feel like a little like a piece of my childhood is no longer accessible. I have a 6 month old daughter and I have just begun to read her books like Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are. I’m not sure if I’m reading them for her benefit or mine. Since she is only 6 months old, I suspect I know the answer. Mr. Sendak, the world will miss you; we’ve all grown up a bit more at your passing. I will take heart at the thought that your amazing worlds will likely live on in the imagination of children for a very long time.

2) Science Fiction Society’s massive library is out of this world: A nifty article on what is likely the most complete collection of SciFi works on the planet.

3) An Unsavory Character from a Daymare: Some insight into the creation of an Ursula LeGuin’s character from her book The Dispossessed.

4) Stephen King’s 62 Books, Ranked: While certainly not of Asimovian proportions, Stephen King’s output of 62 books — so far! — is still prodigious. Naturally, some are better than others. I can’t say I agree with much in these rankings, but they’re fun to read.

5) Locus Award Nominees Announced: The nominees for the 2012 Locus Award have been announced. Interestingly, the lists differ substantially from the nomination lists for the Nebula, the Hugo, the Shirley Jackson Award, or any other awards list that’s come out so far. Who do you pick for the winners?

6) iVerse to Launch Digital Comics Library Service: Digital Comics coming soon to a library near you: At San Diego’s ComicCon in July, iVerse will unveil its new digital comics library service. Patrons of subscribing public and school libraries will be able to download or stream comics on any digital device. iVerse reports that comics publishers are excited about the program.

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JUSTIN BLAZIER (on FanLit's staff since September 2009) is a Cyber-Security Analyst/Network Engineer located in Northern Kentucky. Like many fantasy enthusiasts, Justin cut his teeth on authors like Tolkien, Anthony, and Lewis. Due to lack of space, his small public library would often give him their donated SFF books. When he is not reading books he is likely playing board games or Tabletop RPGs. Justin lives in a quiet neighborhood with his wife, their daughter, and Norman the dog.

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