Williams talks about the University of Kansas in Lawrence, how James Gunn runs an SF study, and some of the authors who took the classes. Silverberg posted about the Patagonian Giants. Peter Heck reviews Bloodshot by Cherie Priest, King of the North by Elizabeth Moon, Weight of Stone by Laura Anne Bilman, Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold, and DEEP FUTURE: The Next 100,000 Years of Life on Earth by Curt Stager.
Connie Willis is finally back with a novella on Christmas, the secular part, not the religious part. Her story is called All About Emily and what we learn about Emily is indeed very interesting.
I also enjoyed:
Surf by Suzanne Palmer (with whom I used to post back and forth on Usenet) -- an individual helps keep space aliens from being killed by us.
Strawberry Birdies by Pamela Sargent -- is a bit like Mary Poppins, but more modern and stfnal.