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In which we hit and run the Locus Recommended Reading List, tackle e-books and piracy, and delve into the knotty issue of religion in science fiction.

News Locus Recommended Reading List - hot off the press!

Philip K Dick shortlist: http://www.sfawardswatch.com/?p=3857

First annual Geek Girl Con in Seattle http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/01/first-annual-geek-girl-con-coming-in-october

Cloud-delivered ebooks from Readings/SPUNC http://spunc.com.au/splog/post/readings-and-spunc-launch-new-ebookstore/#comments Comments: http://www.benjaminsolah.com/blog/?p=3012 Response to comments on the internet about the Cloud Publishing http://blog.booki.sh/blog/post/it-s-nice-of-you-to-say-but-we-re-probably-not-the-horsemen-of-the-apocalypse “we proudly declare that we stream your ebooks — you don’t have to download them. You can of course download your Booki.sh books for offline access on most devices — you just can’t read them in anything other than Booki.sh.” SPUNC Response: “Digital publishing presents us with a massive opportunity that has heretofore been unavailable. Namely this: that a publisher can have a book distributed wherever they want, at the click of a button”

Discussion of ebook piracy As Jim Hines found out http://jimhines.livejournal.com/551156.html the world is not the USA and the rest of the world does not experience publishing nor this ebook revolution apace with the USA. (Hines’ original post http://www.jimchines.com/2011/01/arguing-book-piracy/) Charles Tan http://charles-tan.blogspot.com/2011/01/essay-ebook-piracy-and-copyright-in.html Karen Healey: I was wrong and I’m sorry http://karenhealey.livejournal.com/918268.html

Weird Tales revamp http://weirdtalesmagazine.com/ Launching new website; editor-in-chief Ann VanderMeer and publisher John Betancourt have raised the pay rate to 5 cents per word; and implemented a new submissions portal for potential contributors. In addition to the announcement late last year of the all female editorial team, for the first time in 88 years of Ann VanderMeer, Paula Guran and Mary Robinette Kowal.

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Pet Subject The place of religion in science fiction.

Modern religions, made up religions, machine religions... or no religions? What place can/does/should religion play in sf?

Jo Walton on religion in SF! http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/01/religious-science-fiction

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