SF Tidbits for 3/31/09
- Interviews & Profiles:
- National Review Online podcast-interviews Gene Wolfe (The Best of Gene Wolfe) and asks the impossible question “Which story is your favorite?” Awwwk-ward! Better discussion around the short story market.[via Fred K.]
- @SciFi Scanner: R.W. Goodwin, Director of Alien Trespass.
- At Tor.com: Irene Gallo profiles artists Shaun Tan
- At Tor.com: John Joseph Adams profiles Amber Benson, author of Death’s Daughter.
- @Blogging the Muse: Janny Wurts.
- @Adventures in SciFi Publishing: John Klima, editor of Electric Velocipede.
- @Joseph Mallozzi’s blog: Amanda Tapping.
- Brandon Sanderson explains how the last book of the Wheel of Time series became a booksplit trilogy. [via John Scalzi ]
- Mike Brotherton tells us that the New Champion of real science in Movies is …[wait for it]…Dustin Hoffman.
- Does blogging work as publicity for writers? Louise Marley asks: “Is there anyone out there–any reader of this little blog–who has read one of my novels or stories because of the blog?”
- Authors, including J. K. Rowling and Ken Follett, are not happy with the free books at Scribd.
- Google & the Future of Books: “…those of us who are responsible for research libraries have a clear view of a common goal: we want to open up our collections and make them available to readers everywhere. How to get there?” [via Locus Online]
- Here is Ursula K. Le Guin’s 1994 afterword for The left Hand of Darkness, called The Gender of Pronouns: “What a very dry, dull matter, of no conceivable importance to anyone but grammarians and pedants! How I wish it were so! But The Left Hand of Darkness is haunted and bedeviled by the gender of its pronouns, a wild, fierce, and intractable tribe.”
- PS Publishing withdraws from the BFS Best Small Press award eligibility and acts as sponsor. Bravo for a bold and generous decision!
- Changing of the Guard: SF/F author Eugie Foster has stepped down as editor of The Fix. That job will be taken over by Marshall Payne. [via Jason Sanford]
- Seed magazine looks at The Multiverse Problem: “Faced with a dearth of empirical evidence, both scientific and spiritual imaginations are freer than usual to run wild. For these reasons, it’s perhaps only natural that there is tension as scientists and religious believers try to bring the edges of our universe into focus.”
- Project Rooftop periodically holds contests to “redesign” superheroes. Past events include Vampirella, Superman, Iron Man, The Rocketeer, Wonder Woman, Batman, and Robin.
- Self-explanatory links from SuperPunch:
- @io9: 20 of the Best Physicians in Science Fiction.
- @Best Fantasy Books: The Top 10 Children’s Fantasy Books.
- @Topless Robot: The 10 Awesomest Obscure ’80s Fantasy Movie Heroes.
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