SF Tidbits for 8/7/07

  • The Colorado Springs Gazette profiles Kevin J. Anderson, author of Slan Hunter, sequel to the A.E. van Vogt book Slan.
  • David Louis Edelman has finished writing MultiReal, the sequel to InfoQuake.
  • SciFi Weekly interviews Neil Gaiman.
  • At Strange Horizons, Adam Roberts reviews Doctor Who Season 3 (with some spoilers for U.S. fans). “Not only is Doctor Who a kids’ show, its great glory inheres in that fact.” [via Big Dumb Object and Nicholas Whyte]
  • Also at Strange Horizons, free fiction from Tim Pratt: “Artifice and Intelligence“.
  • At SciFi Wire, John Joseph Adams profiles Matthew Jarpe, author of Radio Freefall.
  • At the newly-redesigned site SF Novelists, Tobias Buckell asks: “Is the novel dead?” — “The exact form of the novel may change, but the act of writing words in order to create an experience in a reader’s head offers an advantage in fiction you won’t find in movies: the ability to live in someone else’s mind for the duration of a story.”
  • Heavy Reading: The Mathematics Behind Quantum Computing in two parts. [via arsTechnica]
  • Real science: Scientists have discovered a new way of levitating tiny objects – paving the way for future applications in nanotechnology. Cool. Now where’s my jetpack?
  • Deadstock author Jeffrey Thomas is “always a bridesmaid and never a bride”.

4 thoughts on “SF Tidbits for 8/7/07”

  1. “The exact form of the novel may change, but the act of writing words in order to create an experience in a reader’s head offers an advantage in fiction you won’t find in movies: the ability to live in someone else’s mind for the duration of a story.”

    Gee where else can I experience that except for a novel???

    Oh ya…a short story.

    Is the Novel dead?

    God I hope so.

    99% of them are simple short stories with a bunch of useless crap thrown in to bilk readers.

  2. Sadly, John, you’ll have to wait with the jetpacks

    Joshua, while there certainly are more than a few novels that could have been improved by being cut down to a short story, I think it’s far, even very far, from being the majority.

  3. Joshua, while there certainly are more than a few novels that could have been improved by being cut down to a short story, I think it’s far, even very far, from being the majority.

    Ok…but how about simply cut down? I mean my god, the Risen Empire and the Killing of Worlds were 2 books each over 300 pages long…Jonathan strange and Mr Norrell was 800+ and i am still uncertain if anything happened at all in that book.

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