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.
- There was a total solar eclipse earlier this week! Sadly, it was only visible from Australia. Luckily, NASA and National Geographic, among others, have us covered for images.
- Sir Terry Pratchett, the insanely prolific author behind the Discworld series, has decided to pass his world on to his daughter when he dies. May the Discworld live forever, trundling endlessly through space on the back of a giant turtle.
- Have you seen the first two episodes of BSG: Blood & Chrome? You should! The next webisodes will be available at some point today, if they aren’t already. Great way to waste some time this afternoon!
- Oxford Dictionaries has named a U.S. and U.K. word of the year. Any guesses? Well, the American Word of the Year is. . . GIF. (I know, right?) And the British Word of the Year is. . . omnishambles. Interesting.
- And last, but definitely not least, our sister site Tor.com is looking to hire an in-house publishing liaison. Follow the link for details of the position.
The Tor/Forge newsletter went out this week! Check out these fascinating articles from our authors:
- How Many Syllables Was That Again, or “Can I Buy a Vowel?” by Melissa Ann Singer, Senior Editor
- Living in a Real Teenage Dystopia: The Classroom by Isamu Fukui
- The Care and Feeding of a Villain by Joseph Nassise
- On Taking Risks and Being Dead by Sharon Lynn Fisher
And, just to make Friday that much sweeter, here’s a list of sweepstakes and sales we have going on!
- Goodreads First Reads: Forge of Darkness by Steven Erikson (Ends 11/18)
- November #TorChat Sweepstakes (Ends 11/21)
- A Memory of Light Backpack Sweepstakes (Ends 11/21)
- Goodreads First Reads: The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (Ends 11/27)
- Goodreads First Reads: River Road by Suzanne Johnson (Ends 11/27)
- Goodreads First Reads: All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen (Ends 11/27)
- Goodreads First Reads: The Inexplicables by Cherie Priest (Ends 11/27)
- Goodreads First Reads: The Rise of Ransom City by Felix Gilman (Ends 11/27)
- Steampunk Collection Sweepstakes (Ends 11/30)