Link Roundup 8-5-13

It’s been a couple of weeks since our last link roundup! Here’s a few things that caught my eye around the interwebs recently:

Coffee and Sunshine
Coffee might bring the sunshine! (Photo credit: Frank Gruber)

Science

Toilet technology is getting a bump as scientists work to perfect a loo that can be sterilized by solar-powered steam. This is a big, big deal for those parts of the world that still lack sanitary facilities.

Research says both good and bad things about drinking coffee, but I’m all for looking at the positive. It might not do much for your hypertension, but coffee drinkers have a decreased risk of suicide compared to their decaffeinated peers. I’d love to hear what happens when you deprive those coffee drinkers from their beverage in the mornings though!

Writing

Tor has released a FREE speculative fiction anthology e-book of 151 stories published over the last 5 years. The list of authors is top-notch, but Tor is only leaving up the download for a few more days, so grab it NOW!

Speaking of lists of great authors, check out this list of 100 Great Science Fiction Stories written by women since the inception of the genre, busting the myth once and for all that women haven’t always been into sci-fi. A lot of these stories are also available online for free, so check it out if you’re looking to brush up your reader creds.

Also from I09, a discussion of the 7 Deadly Sins of Worldbuilding. I have personally broken at least four of these in my longer pieces of fiction. How about you?

Self-promotion without being a jerk, particularly relevant to writers, bloggers, and other creatives. I love his tips because he recognizes the whole awkward “I don’t want to annoy people” wall that keeps so many of us creatives from telling the world that we might have something it would enjoy seeing. 🙂

Podcasts I Liked

Drabblecast #83: “Floating Over Time” – My archive-crawl landed me on a tearjerker this time. A story about two lives in conjunction set against the size of the universe and the desperate need in each of us for someone to hear our story. Warning: it’ll make you cry in public. Take precautions.

Drabblecast #91: “Gifting Bliss” – another poignant episode, but also funny. This story is a parody/tribute to Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain in a fictionalized setting. It explores the symbiotic and often parasitic relationship between a creative person and his fans. Norm Sherman wrote a ton of original music for this episode, which takes a great story to a whole new level. If you’re not into podcasts yet, this one would be a great place to start.

Escape Pod #405: “Vestigial Girl” – Medical microfiction alert! This one’s got a speech-language pathology theme that warms the cockles of my SLP heart. It’s the story of a toddler who just wants to communicate with her parents, and takes it upon herself to perform surgery on her own throat to make it happen.

What’s happening on your blogs right now? See anything interesting around the interwebs this week?

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