SF Tidbits for 9/13/07

  • Mike Brotherton shows off the cool cover for Spider Star.
  • Matt Jarpe recalls Radio Freefall‘s 20 year odyssey from Brain to Bookshelf.
  • Gardner Dozois and George R.R. Martin are co-editing Songs of the Dying Earth, an anthology of stories set in Jack Vance’s Dying Earth universe. [via SF Canada via Matt Hughes]
  • Tor has part 1 of a lunch with Larry Niven podcast.
  • Jay Lake is now podcasting.
  • Over at The Guardian, sf writer Adam Roberts explains how something got lost along the way in the translation of Jules Verne’s works. Roberts’ novel, Splinter, is based on Verne’s Hector Servadac (a.k.a. Off on a Comet). Roberts proposes that we “agitate for a mass-translation of the whole of Verne into English, perhaps for e-publication – to make his whole body of work available to English speakers as it actually is.” Meanwhile, the Guardian also profiles Verne’s lesser-known novels.
  • EcoGeek interviews Karl Schroeder, author of Queen of Candesce. “…you shouldn’t distinguish the idea of technological innovation from the idea of social activism. The two are inextricably linked, but technology has the greater power to effect social change because we have essentially no societal mechanisms in place to refuse new technologies.”
  • Neth Space interviews Brian Ruckley, author of Winterbirth. “If read backwards, very slowly and with just the right accent, certain sections of it are liable to summon the Great Old Ones from the vastly deeps or wherever they’re hanging out at the moment.”
  • Fantasy Book Critic interviews David Gunn, author of Death’s Head. “One thing is changing. Combat’s going commercial. War’s gone back to being the business it always was. Only these day’s you’re not a mercenary, you’re a contractor and you’re sub-contracted through a holding company and your ultimate employer has complete deniability.”
  • Crazy on Tap is looking for recommendations on science fiction books about cloning.
  • Real Science: Physicist Stephen Wolfram likes hunting for the fundamental laws of physics. “There’s not just our own physical universe to think about, but the whole universe of possible universes.” [via Kathryn Cramer]
  • Rod Rodenberry is “concerned” about the Trek prequel. Sez junior: “…I would have kept Enterprise on for a couple more seasons because it was doing better. But then after that was over I probably would have let the franchise rest for 5, 10 and maybe even 15 years because there’s enough Star Trek in circulation to go round and round. ” [via SyFy Portal]
  • New at ThinkGeek: Star Trek Retro Action Figures! Klingons before they wore prosthetics!

3 thoughts on “SF Tidbits for 9/13/07”

  1. I like to play a little game called ‘if I had a billion dollars’ (with a nod to the Barenaked Ladies’ song). If I did, I’d drop $200 million on Bussard (I’m sure he’d enjoy that); $200 million on kickstarting a vertical farming industry, the same on ocean iron-fertilization studies, another chunk on developing an agrichar infrastructure, and the rest on various projects that can’t get funding because they have a low probability of success, but massive payoff if they do work. –Which is precisely where our investment should be flowing right now, because we don’t have time for incremental development to solve the climate crisis. We need miracles, and those don’t come from slow, safe R&D projects–such as ITER.

    There is a reason why idiots don’t have a billion dollars….Shroeder’s interview pretty much spells it out.

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