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.
- Stormlight Archives fan Val C Alston created his own Shardblade and gave it Brandon Sanderson on his Words of Radiance tour.
- Watch a great conversation between Cory Doctorow and William Campbell Powell, the author of Expiration Day, about overcoming your fear of change.
- John Scalzi has announced a new novella, “Unlocked,” a prequel story to his upcoming novel Lock In.
- Check out some of Robert Jordan’s notes from the Wheel of Time.
- Congratulations to Mary Robinette Kowal, whose Without a Summer wins RT Reviews Best Fantasy Novel!
- Last but not least, this week’s Throwback Thursday post features the inimitable Elizabeth Bear, who gives great advice, as always.
And, just to make Friday that much sweeter, here’s a list of sweepstakes and sales we have going on!
- Women of Genre Sweepstakes (Ends 4/30)
- Goodreads Sweepstakes: Artemis Awakening by Jane Lindskold (Ends 4/23)
- Goodreads Sweepstakes: The Boost by Stephen Baker (Ends 4/24)
- Goodreads Sweepstakes: The Merchant Emperor by Elizabeth Haydon (Ends 5/7)
- Goodreads Sweepstakes: Land of Shadows by Rachel Howzell Hall (Ends 5/13)
- Goodreads Sweepstakes: California Bones by Greg Van Eekhout (Ends 5/14)
- Goodreads Sweepstakes: Earth Awakens by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (Ends 5/15)
- Goodreads Sweepstakes: Flight of the Golden Harpy by Susan Klaus (Ends 5/16)