A classic. Obviously spawned from minds affected by mushrooms, but a classic nonetheless.
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Late-breaking news! Harlan Ellison is not a science fiction writer!
So says the man himself in this audio interview with @Studio 360. Ellison (Dreams with Sharp Teeth) says he has “never written science fiction” but has “occasionally used some of the furniture from that genre”.
The deadline, June 1st 2009, is approaching faster than a vampire bat!
Head on over to the original post to see the ridiculously easy entry details.
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Pixar’s Up has just hit theaters this weekend and the reviews are stellar and I’ve seen a couple that say Up is Pixar’s best film yet. Wow. But what does Pixar choose to follow Up with? Toy Story 3! The teaser below doesn’t explain anything about story, but it sure is heavy on the characters.
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Torchwood: Children of Earth is premiering on BBC America this July and they’ve just released a trailer for the show. Children of Earth is a story told over 5 nights and and re-joins Captain Jack, Gwen Cooper and Ianto Jones as they face a threat to the human race.
It certainly has a creepy, Children of the Corn vibe to it but it looks interesting. Perhaps I’ll need to go watch the first season of Torchwood.
Here’s a new batch of Free Fiction and Stuff [courtesy of QuasarDragon]:
Careful, Captain Kirk…your Freud is showing. Not that there’s anything wrong with that….
AT Cnet, Gordon Haff tells us Why e-books aren’t cheaper:
We’ve all heard the rant. With e-books, there’s no paper, printing, transportation, and so forth. So why should an e-book still cost $9.99 (typical for Kindle) or even more?
The idea of e-books being cheaper makes a lot of intuitive sense. If everything you physically hold in your hand and everything it took to deliver that physical good to your hand can be converted to a few megabytes worth of electrons, surely the cost of the book must be dramatically lower than a typical hardcover–and the price should reflect that fact.
The problem is that the costs aren’t nearly as much lower as you might believe.
…if you want the same level of professional preparation and promotion associated with a typical printed book–the $9.99 e-book price that a lot of people grumble about is probably pretty near the floor.
I wonder what the sweet spot is for eBooks. I’m not knowledgeable in the economics of books sales, but as a consumer I can’t help thinking that cheaper means more sales and thus more profit.
Some books are perfectly good but ultimately predictable. When you’ve been reading for a long time, more and more books fall into that category. We ask writers and critics of today what books still make you sit up and take notice.
Christopher Barzak is the author of the Crawford Award winning novel One for Sorrow, and most recently The Love We Share Without Knowing. His short stories have appeared in a variety of venues, including The Years Best Fantasy and Horror, LCRW, Strange Horizons, Interfictions, and Asimov’s Science Fiction. He teaches fiction writing at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, Ohio.
The last sf/f book that really surprised me was Paul Park’s A Princess of Roumania. I read it in 2005, when it appeared. Some friends sent a copy of it to me in Japan as a gift. I’d heard good things already about it, but when I first started reading it, I wondered if it wasn’t perhaps only just hype, because for a good portion of the first few chapters it seems as if it was going to be any other YA teens get transported to another chintzy world novel. Then the story began to unfold in such a way that what kind of book you thought you were reading wasn’t actually that at all, but its inverse, a narrative that made the world you inhabit outside the reading of a book the fantasy, and the one inside the book reality. An alternate Roumania in which magic exists, and a political system that felt all too believable and beautifully contrived at the same time. In the foreground of this astonishing backdrop were these wonderful characters, too, some incredibly good, and others, like the Baroness, deliciously insane and evil. Reading this book took me back to my early days of reading fantasy novels, when I hadn’t read so many to grow bored yet by the vast amount of repetitive and derivative fantasy novels that flood bookstore shelves each year. In many ways, this novel is a very traditional fantasy with a few twists of the tale I hadn’t seen before, but it’s the uniqueness of the world and especially its characters that made me feel like I was finally reading an original fantasy novel again, for the first time in years.
Ellen Datlow has posted the table of contents of her upcoming best-of anthology Best Horror of the Year #1, along with the original source publication: