The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup


Good morning, world. This week, the blogs are full of fun. Many of them had wondrous posts having to do with lovable, humorous, classic sci-fi authors like Vonnegut and Bradbury and Adams. It was a week made for me.

Also, apologies in advance for the sparse posts today. School calls.

The LA Times reconsiders Vonnegut, in a good way. (via)

Boys are zombies and girls are vampires. Except for gay boys, who are like vampires, and that’s why girls like them. Got that? (via)

At the Millions, how the Nobel Prize is a glorious moment for small presses.

At TOR, Ray Bradbury talks about meeting “Mr. Electrico” and what made him start writing. This is really great.

NASA tweet-quoted (did I make a word?) Douglas Adams’s lovable doomed sperm whale before its missile hit the moon. “And what’s this thing coming toward me very fast? So big and flat and round … it needs a big wide sounding name like ‘Ow’, ‘Ownge’, ‘Round’, ‘Ground’! … That’s it! Ground! Ha! I wonder if it’ll be friends with me?”

And finally, illustrations of what the world would look like in the year 2000 from the year 1910, now including carshoes and winged firefighters! This might be the best blog ever. (via)

Seth Fischer's writing has appeared in Best Sex Writing 2013, Buzzfeed, PankGuernica, Lunch Ticket, Gertrude, and elsewhere. His Rumpus piece "Notes from a Unicorn" was listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2013. He will be a 2014 Lambda Literary Emerging Voicing Fellow and was a 2013 Jentel Arts Residency Program Fellow. He also teaches at Antioch University Los Angeles and Writing Workshops Los Angeles. Find more writing of his writing at, or reach him @sethfischer. More from this author →