SF Tidbits for 9/8/07
- At SciFi Wire, John Joseph Adams profiles Karl Schroeder, author of Queen of Candesce.
- MobileRead lists 10 Reasons Why Paper Books Suck.
- New SF/F Titles at ManyBooks.net: “Beyond the Vanishing Point” by Raymond King Cummings, “The Hunters” by William Douglas Morrison, and “Cubs of the Wolf” by Raymond F. Jones.
- Jonathan McCalmont wonders why he should care about women writers in science fiction. [via Sean Wallace]
- Here’s a work-in-progress list of Women eligible for 2008 SF Awards.
- Suite101 offers these tidbits for sf/f writers: The Dos and Don’ts of Battle Scenes (“Don’t. Please, oh please do not give your readers a dry, blow-by-blow account of the action. This approach is boring.”) and How To Write Character Backstory (“If you are a writer and have never gamed, it would be worth your while to check out how a character sheet is made and use some version of it in your character files.”).
- Chris Roberson continues his series of posts on dead proposals with this one for the Marvel Ultimate universe. “…all I wanted to do was write a Nick Fury, Agent of SHIELD story, which is readily apparent to anyone who reads the pitch. This is a spy story in superhero drag, and the bad-ass ‘Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury’ is the pivot around which the plot turns.”
- Mister Roy provides a fascinating and very detailed account on his thought process used when purchasing a genre book, in this case Winterbirth by Brian Ruckley. [via Brian Ruckley, who also points us to an excerpt for Winterbirth]
- Here is Daneel Lynn’s essay for a Science Fiction Studies class: How to Understand Science Fiction in a Science Fiction Reader’s Way?. I love the quote from Edward James’s Science Fiction of the 20th Century (1994): “it is ultimately the [determined, not the occasional or accidental] reader who decides what belongs the genre [science fiction]‘”.
- Mike Brotherton points us to two galleries of crappy science fiction & fantasy book covers: The Best (Worst) Fantasy & Science Fiction Book Covers by Cracked magazine (or are they still doing that “mazagine” bit?) and this gallery Punk Rock Penguin.
- Neatorama shows how you get a monster in the mail.
- MonkeyFilter points us to this longish-but-cool article on the pre-digital era effects used in Star Wars and Close Encounters.
- Spiderman Tobey Maguire is interested in producing a film version of Robotech. [via SFX]
- SciFi Scanner has the scoop on Thomas Edison’s Frankenstein.
- Collider has the poster for Family Guy‘s take on Star Wars. [via TheForce.net]
Filed under: Tidbits
Like this post? Subscribe to my RSS feed and get loads more!