Morning Coffee – 29 January 2016

24649043296_59cddf676c_bHere are eleven stories to read this morning.

  1. Amber, a plugin to prevent linkrot, is now available for download (Nieman Journalism Lab)
  2. At Authors United Event, a Call to Bust Amazon 'Monopoly' (PW)
  3. 10 Women Who Changed Sci-Fi (BBC)
  4. Flirting With New Readers in The Philippines: Wattpad Presents (Publishing Perspectives)
  5. The Haves and the Have-Nots:  Surviving Writer Envy (Writers Unboxed)
  6. How to Keep Writing When No One Gives a Sh*t (KWL blog)
  7. The loss of libraries is another surefire way to entrench inequality (The Guardian)
  8. Jim Henson’s Violent Wilkins Coffee Commercials (1957-1961) (Open Culture)
  9. Reading Fast and Slow – Observing Book Readers in Their Natural Habitat (Digital Book World)
  10. Using Kindle Scout as Part of a Book Launch Campaign (Jane Friedman)
  11. Wherein I complain about Pearson’s storage of passwords in plaintext and footnote my snark (Meta Interchange)


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2 Comments on Morning Coffee – 29 January 2016

  1. About that horribly short-sighted BBC piece:

    Go here instead.

    Read the Toni Weisskopf piece instead.
    Then explore the website.
    Maybe buy the book…
    “So one wonders who is really devaluing the work of women. Perhaps it is those who imply that the women who are successful in SF today need some sort of special consideration. Or is it simply that these people have not bothered studying the history of the field they are talking about? I finally begin to understand the purpose of those lists of names in epic poetry and the Bible: these people existed, they were there. It is my hope that Kris’s anthology will do something towards balancing the scales and prove a resource for anyone who loves great SF and cares about historical accuracy.”

    I’m in the latter camp: I love the field *and* I care about its history.

  2. That BBC list is incredibly bad. They left a huge gap in years – we have Shelley and then it jumps straight to Le Guin and the 60s, ignoring practically 2 generation of sci-fi writers.

    I really don’t know how an article talking about influential female sci-fi writers can miss Andre Norton, or all woman writing between Shelly and the 1960s, for that matter. BBC, you can do better than this.

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