Welcome to the week in review! Every Friday, we comb through the links and images we found and shared this week, and pull the very best for this post. Consider it concentrated genre goodness from all around the web.
- We’ve always known the blogger behind Cake Wrecks was wonderfully geeky, but this is just fantastic: a collection of truly strange and messed up Darth Vader cakes!
- Over on Wired.com, there’s a collection of fun self-portraits from the Mars Curiosity rover. Also, NASA has officially named the rover’s landing site: Bradbury Landing. How perfect!
- Happy birthday, Kenny Baker (aka R2-D2)!
- There’s no such thing as inertia in space: io9 has a list of 10 myths about space travel from science fiction.
- You can read the first five chapters of Steven Erikson’s new novel Forge of Darkness on Tor.com!
- Speaking of Steven Erikson…he’s going on tour in the US in September! Check out the dates and locations to see if he’ll be near you.
- I would love to have one of these beautiful blown glass retro-style rockets.
- The Science of Allomancy series continues on Tor.com. This time, Lee Falin looks at iron and steel.
- A long, but incredibly interesting (and scary), look at the coming civil war over general purpose computing, from Cory Doctorow.
- Tor Publisher Tom Doherty remembers his friend Harry Harrison. RIP, Mr. Harrison. You’ll be greatly missed.
And, just to make Friday that much sweeter, here’s a list of sweepstakes and sales we have going on!
- Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson (Ends 8/28)
- The Great Hunt by Robert Jordan (Ends 8/29)
- Cory Doctorow Collection Sweepstakes (Ends 9/4)
- The Dragon Reborn by Robert Jordan (Ends 9/5)
- The Other Woman by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Ends 9/7)
- Ironskin by Tina Connolly (Ends 9/13)
- Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone (Ends 9/13)
- Merge/Disciple: Two Short Novels from Crosstown to Oblivion by Walter Mosley (Ends 9/14)
- Pirate Cinema by Cory Doctorow (Ends 9/14)
- Earthseed by Pamela Sargent (Ends 9/20)
- The Eye of the World: Graphic Novel, Volume 1 by Robert Jordan (Ends 9/21)