Friday finds

A gobbet of Gorey, a soupcon of Searles, a scattering of Scarfe — Tim Burton’s influences are all there in the drawings on display in the  exhibition now on view at the Museum of Modern Art. The accompanying film series on the lurid beauty of monsters looks pretty cool, too.

Medieval engineering principles at work along Maryland roadways.

The pleasures of paperbacks, particularly for an SF fan.

That Publisher’s Weekly cover, and why it’s so contemptible.

Cliches are cliches, even when they’re imported from Sweden.

Wanna download a free Joe Ledger story? Of course you do.

Granta editor cries: Deliver us from e-mail!

Frederik Pohl gives you the history of Astounding, particularly its years under the illustrious (and controversial) editor John W. Campbell Jr.

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