Umberto Eco has a new book, "Confessions of a Young Novelist" out and Salon has reviewed it. He might be the most famous author I have followed somewhat but have never read. I should do something about that.
From Boingboing comes another Science Fiction writing contest. This one looks to write an Asimov-style story about a robot and what it might feel. The contest is described in full here.
Some time ago, I wrote about another recent request for submissions. This was for Machines of Death 2. I am using all my creativiti, but I can find to hook or start to such a story.