In the "should have done this a long time ago" department, I'm going to start offering up a semi-regular link salad digest. These are links to articles, books, lectures, and other cool stuff that I've run across in the course of my ill-fated attempt to grok the universe. They also tend to feed my creative churn, both in fine details (i.e. research) and in gross grist (i.e. ideas). Whether for that reason or because of the "cool stuff" factor, I hope you'll find things you enjoy here.
This week's Link Salad contains elements of science, sex, publishing market reports, book reviews, and is garnished with interesting cultural tidbits. Here you go:
The Mammoth Book of Steampunk is now open to Submissions and Recommendations. So if you know any stories (cough-Cold Duty--cough) you think should go in there, now's the time to go mention them--they're looking for reprints until Oct 31. They'll be looking for original stories after that.
Matthew Leiber Buchman is doing a blog series, detailing how he sold a four-book series (including doing all the negotiation) without the help of an agent--not because he didn't want to, but because he couldn't get anyone to take a freebie commission. Astounding story -- and VERY useful information for those of you who, like me, are currently churning through the New York and London markets. Find it here (link to the second post in the series, about the query that sold).
Icarus Magazine, a semipro gay SFF market, is now open again. Details here.
Economist Robin Hanson is "shaken to the core" by Sex at Dawn. His review is very provocative and interesting in its own right and has convinced me to put this book on my reading list.
How would you like to travel to Mars in less than ten days? For those of you who thought the fast space travel in Predestination bordered on the silly, check out the new designs for the deuterium-fusion pulse drive which will do just that.
And for the truly radical (and speculative) in physics, check out this proposal for synthesizing degenerate matter made my head hurt so good.
Clay Shirty explains why he thinks that we are not yet tapping our ultimate resource: Cognitive Surplus.
Clarissa Thorn, professional sex educator and kink activist, talks in depth about the demonization of male sexuality.
In a paper which has implications for writers in characterization, as well as far-reaching implications for politics, psychology, and business ethics, The Harvard Business Review goes against the current cultural tide by talking about how powerlessness creates a self-perpetuating cycle of corruption and collapse.
Ethics philosopher Jonathan Harris tackles a BIG taboo Cannibalism!
From Blake Charlton, a very good overview (and fairly dispassionate) of the different attitudes and concerns of people about Health Care Reform (explains what the policy is, talks about why people don't like it. As someone who is marginally irritated with the law, I found this very fair and well done): click here