Should SF/F writers be readers of the genre? That's a question that's doing the rounds on Speculative Horizons, and Mysterious Outposts. There's a disccustion on SF Site's Forums too. My take is that while it's not essential, it certainly increases the chances of a new writer, in 2008, getting published—because they know the market place, and they know where to fit in. Things ain't the same as ten years ago; editors and agents are always looking to sell books in the current climate. Publishing is a business, after all, whether we like that term or not.
Meanwhile, Gabe at Mysterious Outposts ruffles a few more feathers by shining the spotlight on the state of reviews on the blogosphere. Check it out, it's pretty interesting.
Finally, SF Diplomat does ten rounds with John Scalzi, over the shiny new Tor.com website, which I have to say looks rather splendid.