The Harry Potter movie machine is winding down with the last two pics due this fall and next spring. Yes, you’ll have to wait several months between parts to see how it ends. Or you could read the book. Oh who am I kidding, you all ready know how it ends, you just want to see it on the big screen. But in 3D?
Archive for June, 2010
It’s time for another Book Cover Smackdown, where you (yes, you!) get to play art critic and pick your favorite cover. Here are the contenders…
Your Mission (should you choose to accept it): Tell us which cover you like best…and why.
Books shown here:
- Surface Detail by Iain M. Banks (Artist: Unknown) [Orbit]
- Dark Space by Marianne de Pierres (Artist: Unknown) [Night Shade Books]
- Ivory (French Reprint) by Mike Resnick (Artist: Unknown) [Gallimard]
NOTE: Bigger, better cover art images are available by clicking the images or title links.
The winners of our giveaway of The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan have been randomly picked, notified, and possibly rubbed in garlic. They are:
- Fred C. from Carle Place, NY
- Nadia B.. from Lincoln, NE
- Shaun D.. from Gainesville, FL
- Brad L.. from Louisville, KY
- Todd L.. from Olathe, KS
Thanks to everyone who entered.
- Tehani Wessely interviews Sarah Beth Durst.
- Suvudu interviews the Lunch Lady.
- John Scalzi’s The Big Idea: Larry Doyle.
- Damien G. Walter on Who reads urban fantasy?
- Jan Swafford on Why e-books will never replace books.
- Deborah J. Ross on The Writing Life: Warm-ups.
- Rachelle Gardner on Queries: Really Not That Complicated.
- Jana DeLeon on Wearing the Pants.
- Mark Charan Newton on Show Don’t Tell, And Other Myths.
If you saw and loved the anime classic Space Battleship Yamato (Starblazers in the US) you will probably salivate over this trailer for the live-action movie adaptation. Some of the CGI shots look awesome and I want to see this movie so very, very much. The trailer may be in Japanese, but the eye candy is pure awesome. The synopsis for those not in the know:
Set in 2220, the pic will depict the evacuation of 300 million people from Earth to avoid certain death from an expanding black hole. The Yamato, a space battleship, is leading the rescue fleet when it is attacked by an alien force.
[H/T Quiet Earth]
I saw this link over at Daring Fireball and felt that there was a time in my childhood where I would like an AT-AT from Kenner. Enjoy…
JP says: So cute and what a nice surprise at the end!
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Two stories (set in the Warhammer 40K Horus Heresy timeline) about brother Imperial Primachs and their dealings with Imperial loyalty.
PROS: World building expands my understanding of this universe; good vocal performance by Danny Webb; meaty subtext and exciting fight sequences in “Dark King”.
CONS: “Lightning Tower” is way too heavily weighted on world building at the expense of plot.
BOTTOM LINE: Good backgrounder for the Horus Heresy series of stories
Alkaline Trio is a punk rock band (according to Wikipedia) from Illinois, which explains why I’ve never heard of them. However, their single “Help Me” is incredibly catchy and the video for is pure steampunk goodness. You’ve got a supercharged steam-driven locomotive with a giant cowcatcher driven by a dastardly villain with a damsel in distress (Kat Von D) tied to said cowcatcher and a band of heroes with such cool devices as a monowheel, a jetpack and an airship. The graphics may be somewhat unimpressive but they certainly add to the comic book hero feeling of the story. I can’t stop listening/watching.
“Birth of an Alien Nation” is the pilot episode for a new series of Internet science fiction called Alien in the Land of Bejesus. Author of the series, Sue Lange, will be publishing the series in the fall at Book View Café, but in the meantime, she’s offering a free sneak peak at her personal blog, Singularity Watch. In the coming months, new episodes will be periodically posted at Singularity Watch, which covers the convergence of technology and culture and is the perfect venue for this new satire which pits a lone alien against its technological world of Bejesus. Short and sprinkled with humor, the episodes are perfect for a quick Internet read.
More of Sue Lange’s free Internet fiction can be found at Book View Café. Her print published work (Tritcheon Hash, 2003, Metropolis Ink, and We, Robots, 2007, Aqueduct Press), can be found at Amazon. Her ebooks are available in the Kindle, Smashwords, and Kobobooks stores.
- John Ottinger III interviews Jon
Slatter interviews Kirstyn
- The Shirley Jackson Awards interviews Nick
Payne on Word
Repetition and Sundry.
- Marilynn Byerly on What
Kind of Publisher to Choose, Traditional and Small Press.
Valente on Adventures
- Shawn Speakman on When
the Muse Slaps You.
- Matt Staggs on Questions
About Twilight and Gender Dynamics Raised in New Book.
Gardner on It’s
About What’s Selling.
- Aliette de Bodard on Traduttore,
Traditore: translations, languages and cultures.
Charan Newton on You
Think SFF Debuts Have It Tough.
- Brigid Kemmerer on Alpha,
Beta, Cappa… Oh, Hell, I Was Never in a Sorority.
Just a heads-up…Blog posting may be light over the next couple of weeks while I am on vacation.
Christopher Nolan’s latest movie, Inception, looks to be one of the bigger events of the summer and now 10 lucky SF Signal reader’s will be able to see it before it opens! The screening is scheduled for July 13th at 7pm at a theater in New York (full details will be emailed to the winners) so if you live in/near NY or can get there, this contest is for you.
Here’s how to enter for your chance to win:
- Send an email to ‘contest at sfsignal dot com‘. (That’s us).
- In the subject line enter ‘Inception‘. Please include your full name and email address.
- Only people able to attend the screening in New York should enter as this does not include travel expenses, just the tickets. You must be able to be at the theater by 6:30pm.
- Only one entry per person allowed, but each winner will receive 2 tickets.
- The giveaway will end Wednesday, July 7th 2010 (8:00 PM U.S Central time). The winners will be selected at random, notified and announced shortly thereafter.
Subterranean Press has posted the Table of Contents for the upcoming collection Hard-Luck Diggings: The Early Jack Vance by Jack Vance, edited by Terry Dowling and Jonathan Strahan. (Dust jacket by Tom Kidd):
- “Hard-Luck Diggings”” (1948)
- “The Temple of Han” (1951)
- “The Masquerade on Dicantropus” (1951)
- “Abercrombie Station” (1952)
- “Three-Legged Joe” (1953)
- “DP!” (1953)
- “Shape-Up” (1953)
- “Sjambak” (1953)
- “The Absent-Minded Professor” (1954)
- “When the Five Moons Rise” (1954)
- “The Devil on Salvation Bluff” (1955)
- “Where Hesperus Falls” (1956)
- “The Phantom Milkman” (1956)
- “Dodkin’s Job” (1959)
- Hour of the Wolf interviews Mary
- BBC interviews Neil
- BBC Radio 4 interviews Neil Gaiman (starts
at 20:00) (audio).
- Carnegie Medal Winner Announcement and
Winner’s acceptance speech (Neil
- Art Anima interviews Mario
- The Outer Alliance interviews Sacchi Green.
Agony Column interviews Jennifer
- Matt Staggs interviews Andrew
- Jonathan Strahan chats with Gary
K. Wolfe and Jeremy Lassen(podcast).
Wessely on Judging
a book by its cover.
- Telegraph on Neil
Gaiman says closing libraries would be ‘a terrible mistake’.
L.C. Jones on Dressing
Up Like a Girl: Two Guys Talk about Writing the Other.
Marmell on When
World’s Don’t Collide.
- Sherwood Smith on Writers
on Writing: Writers and Time.
- Nnedi Okorafor on The Witch
- Richard Dansky on I
Got Your Writer’s Block Right Here.
- Juliette Wade on How
Linguistics Can Help You, Part 1: Articulatory Phonetics.
Hardy on Study Hall.
- Lawrence Person has posted ApolloCon 2010 Pictures.
Locus Online has posted the The 2010 Locus Awards winners which were announced at the annual Science Fiction Awards Weekend, held June 25-27, 2010 in Seattle, WA.
- BEST SF NOVEL: Boneshaker, Cherie Priest (Tor)
- BEST FANTASY NOVEL: The City & The City, China Miéville (Del Rey; Macmillan UK)
- BEST FIRST NOVEL: The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi (Night Shade)
- BEST YOUNG ADULT BOOK: Leviathan, Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)
- BEST NOVELLA: The Women of Nell Gwynne’s, Kage Baker (Subterranean)
- BEST NOVELETTE: “By Moonlight”, Peter S. Beagle (We Never Talk About My Brother)
- BEST SHORT STORY: “An Invocation of Incuriosity”, Neil Gaiman (Songs of the Dying Earth)
- BEST ANTHOLOGY: The New Space Opera 2, Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan, eds. (Eos; HarperCollins Australia)
- BEST COLLECTION: The Best of Gene Wolfe, Gene Wolfe (Tor); as The Very Best of Gene Wolfe (PS)
- BEST NON-FICTION BOOK/ART BOOK: Cheek by Jowl, Ursula K. Le Guin (Aqueduct)
- BEST ARTIST: Michael Whelan
- BEST EDITOR: Ellen Datlow
- BEST MAGAZINE: The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction
- BEST BOOK PUBLISHER: Tor
Congratulations to all the winners!
In space, no one can hear you blog, especially when your blog has been hacked, like we were yesterday morning.
Unfortunately, I was unable to get to it until later that night as I was attending ApolloCon and having lots of fun meeting up with some familiar faces including SF Signal Irregulars Karen Burnham and Scott Cupp; Lou Antonelli, author of Fantastic Texas; Bill Crider (mystery writer and proprietor of Bill Crider’s Pop Culture Magazine); fantasy writer Stina Leicht; A. Lee Martinez, author of Divine Misfortune (everyone who follows him on Twitter gets a free Chrysler Cordoba!); and Locus reviewer and avid book collector Lawrence Person.
And, true to my biblioholic ways, I “treated” myself to a book purchase in the dealers’ room: The John W. Campbell Letters, Volume 1, which promises to be a name-dropping orgy of sf goodness.
Sadly, I was only able to attend on Saturday — too bad, I always have fun at ApolloCon!
- @Subterranean Online: Return: An Innkeeper’s World Story” by Peter S. Beagle
- @RealmsOfFantasy: “Rare Firsts” By Paul Di Filippo
- @Shareable.net: “The Exterminators Want Ad” by Bruce Sterling
- @Strange Horizons: “How to Make Friends in Seventh Grade” by Nick Poniatowski
- The June 2010 issue of Afterburn SF has stories by Timothy Miller, A.L. Sirois.
- The latest Port Iris Magazine is posted.
- @Lightspeed Magazine: “Amaryllis” by Carrie Vaughn
- @Nature: “A science-fiction fantasy” by Paul Di Filippo
- @Electric Velocipede:
- “Thy Rocks and Rills” by Robert E. Gilbert
- “The Huddlers” by William Campbell Gault
- “Circle of Flight” by Richard Stockham
- “The Cosmic Deflector” by Stanton Arthur Coblentz
- “Home is Where You Left It” by Stephen Marlowe
- “Cue for Quiet” by Thomas L. Sherred
- “The Merchants of Venus” by A.H. Phelps
- “The Victor” by Bryce Walton
- “Quest of the Golden Ape” by Randall Garrett
- @LibriVox: “Red Nails” by Robert E. Howard [via SFFaudio]
- @The Dunesteef: audio fiction by Rick Kennett and Kevin David Anderson.
- @Craphound: I Love Paree” by Cory Doctorow (Part 1)
- @EscapePod: “Bride Of Frankenstein” by Mike Resnick [via SFFaudio]
- @Pseudopod: Oil of Dog By Ambrose Bierce
- Marty Halpern is serializing the stories from the anthology Is Anybody Out There? which he co-edited with Nice Gevers: “Residue” by Michael Arsenault
- @Chain Story: “A Short Flight from a Tall Tree” by Jason M. Hardy
- Kat And Mouse: Guns For Hire: With Cat-like Tread” – Part One
- @Black Gate: “The Weird of Ironspell” by John R. Fultz (conclusion)
See the original post for the ridiculously easy details on how to enter.
- Fantasy Magazine interviews Jason Sizemore.
- BBC interviews Ray Harryhausen. [via Cultural Gutter]
- Upcoming: George Takei talks about American prison camps and the Starship Enterprise on Sirius Satellite Radio’s Howard Stern show.
- Follow the Locus Awards Ceremony Live, beginning 2 p.m. PDT, Saturday 26 June 2010. [via Science Fiction Awards Watch]
- A Public Service Announcement from Cthulhu.
- Saturn Award Winners.
- Speculative Literature Foundation Names Older Writers Grant Winner: Mario Milosevic.
- Found: Coldest Known Failed Stars.
- C.J. Cherryh on What it takes to prep an e-book.
- Suvudu on 25 Years of Spectra: A Clash of Kings (1999) by George R.R. Martin and Dune: House Atreides (1999) by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.
- Frederik Pohl on Russians, Jews and Isaac.
- Topless Robot lists The 12 Greatest Moments from the Justice League Cartoon.
- Marc Bernardin lists 13 of science fiction’s baddest convicts.
- Sci Fi Wire has gone list-crazy:
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