The Rumpus Sunday Book Blog Roundup

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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 twice been listed as notable in The Best American Essays and has been nominated for The Pushcart Prize by several publications, including Guernica. He was the founding Sunday editor at The Rumpus and is the current nonfiction editor at The Nervous Breakdown. He’s been awarded fellowships and residencies by Ucross, Lambda Literary, Jentel, Ragdale, and elsewhere, and he teaches at the UCLA-Extension Writer’s Program and Antioch University, where he received his MFA. More from this author →