SF Tidbits for 12/30/08
- Interviews & Profiles:
- Sci-Fi-London has a video interview with Neal Asher Interview (Shadow of the Scorpion).
- Enter the Octopus interviews Jeffrey Thomas (Deadstock and Blue War).
- @Bibliophile Stalker: Shaun Farrell and Sam Wynns of Adventures in SciFi Publishing.
- SciFi Wire profiles Elizabeth Bear (All the Windwracked Stars).
- Free Fiction [courtesy of QuasarDragon]:
- @Fantasy Magazine: “Keepity Keep” by Carole Lanham.
- @Manybooks: “The Beginning” by Henry Hasse (1961).
- @Hub: “The Watchers at the Window” by Marie Faye Prior.
- Audio Fiction:
- One for the writers: Odyssey SF/F Writing Workshop has a podcast of Nancy Kress talking about writing stories as a sequence of scenes.
- Charles Stross tells us why SF and fantasy novels are the length they are: “If you want to bulk up an SF or fantasy novel, the easy (and lazy) way to do it is to add viewpoint characters and plot threads, small stories interleaved within the larger story that shed light on it.”
- Ray Bradbury has written “My Mars“, the foreward for a recent issue of National Geographic that also features way-cool accompanying art by Michael Whelan. [via Futurismic]
- Visions of Paradise chronicles seven waves of science fiction since H. G. Wells. James Wallace Harris wonders about the next new wave.
- Charles Tan contemplates a year of Jeffrey Ford.
- Joshua Palmatier (The Vacant Throne), Diana Pharaoh Francis (The Black Ship), Elizabeth Bear (Whiskey and Water), and Jim C. Hines (The Stepsister Scheme) are teaming and giving away copies of their latest book releases.
- Speaking of whom, Joshua Palmatier has been added to the list of sf/f authors who blog.
- Heather from The Galaxy Express is guest-blogging at Book Smugglers and presents her 2008 Retrospective: Birth of a Science Fiction Romance Community
- Jesse @ SFFAudio tells us that fantasy/mystery author James Powell‘s latest story (“Clowntown Pyjamas”) is in the February 2009 issue of Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine and is set in a world where everyone is a clown.
- Event update: there is a venue change for the Edgar Allan Poe 200th Birthday Celebration and reading.
- Watchmen. Litigation. Delay. Sigh.
- Science magazine names The Top 10 breakthroughs of 2008
- There’s a handful of Best-of-the-Year lists (right when they should – at the end of the year – not in November. I’m looking at you, Amazon!):
- Abe Books lists their Most Expensive Sales of Science Fiction & Fantasy Books in 2008.
- @Cracked.com: The 8 Most Misguided Sci-Fi Versions Of 2008.>
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