Have a Happy New Year, folks!
Archive for December, 2010
- Cynthia Leitich Smith interviews Greg van Eekhout.
- Jennifer Konieczny interviews Eliza Chan.
- Suvudu Take Five with Clay and Susan Griffith.
- Africa Channel on Nnedi Okorafor (video).
- Jason Sizemore interviews Lavie
- Locus Digital Subscriptions are Here!
- Kindle Books Can Now Be Loaned.
Ellison’s typewriter for sale – asking price: $40,000.
- Paul Smith on his Favorite Books for 2010.
- Nathan Bergey on Blowing Up Planets.
- Cheryl Morgan on Publishing Follow-Up.
- Colin Moulder-McComb on Gaming & Writing.
- Brit Mandelo on Queering SFF: Icarus, the Magazine of Gay Speculative Fiction.
- Suvudu on Three Crackpot Scientific Theories and the Awesome Movies they Inspired.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch on The Business Rusch: Midlist Writers (Changing Times Part Eleven).
- Juliette Wade on Too cool to be normal.
- Janice Hardy on First and a Lor More Than Ten: Opening Lines and Pages.
- Adam Callaway on A
Look Back at Short Fiction in 2010.
- Lawrence Person on His
Acquisition of a First Edition of George Orwell’s 1984.
- Kevin Maher geeks
out about Genre busters.
- Tansy Rayner Roberts on A
Modern Woman’s Guide to Classic Who: The 5th Doctor Years.
- Rich Horton on Clarkesworld
- Scott A. Cupp on Moon
of Three Ringsby Andre Norton.
- @CreativeFan: 60
Breathtaking Post Apocalypse Artworks.
- @CoolVibe: “Cybertron” by
- @CoolVibe: “UFO
Sighting” by Steve Burg.
More Fun Stuff
SF Signal readers, your sf story knowledge is legendary to the point where we get specific request for you to name stories with remembered plots but forgotten titles. Like this one from Ian Watson via Marty Halpern…
Do any of you out there know the title to this story?
I’m trying to find the title and author of a story, but I only have a few details: the story is possibly from 30-plus years ago, possibly written by a woman. In the story lots of people all have the same wonderful dream, so they write it down as fiction and mail it to a magazine, which suddenly receives all these wonderful, moving, beautiful, and identical tales.
Anything come to mind?
Can you name this story?
- Mark Baumgarten profiles Ted Chiang.
- Locus interviews Vandana Singh.
- Angela Slatter interviews Lavie Tidhar.
- Space Dog Podcast has an
Isaac Asimov Speech “Utopian Change”.
- Flickering Myth profiles Darren
Aronofsky (Part 2).
- Cat Rambo on Five Fantasy Books You’ve Never Heard Of.
- Sam Adams on How Hollywood guts children’s classics.
- Cheryl Morgan on Jim Hines on Ebook Marketing.
- Theodora Goss on Writing My Column.
- Sheila Finch on Sex, Skin and Secret Messages.
- Altered Fluid on Speculative Fiction.
- Juliette Wade on When do you walk away? And how do you know when to come back?
- Janice Hardy on The Frankendraft: Putting Life Back Into Overly Revised Novels.
- Jason Sanford on You Are a Stupid, Ignorant Writer–and Your Story Just Paid the Price.
- Rich Horton on Summary:
- Clay and Susan Griffith ask Why
Are There No New Ideas?
- Ethan Gilsdorf on Steampunk:
The new Goth.
Unstoppable is like Tom Godwin’s “The Cold Equations”.
- Jo Walton on Hugo Nominees:
- Nancy Kress on Premise
- S. P. Miskowski on Zombies,
Vampires, Werewolves & Weirdos: Horror Anthologies of 2010.
- LA Times on Future
of reading: Book publishers see their role as gatekeepers shrink.
- @CoolVibe: “Razer
Space Station” by Maxim Revin.
- @CG GAllery: “Catalyst
– Aventale” by Liiga Smilshkalne.
Stout’s Star Wars Trilogy Posters.
Show: Doctor Who
Episode Title: A Christmas carol
Air Date: December 25th, 2010
Network: BBC America
It’s up to the Doctor to save Rory, Amy and four thousand other souls in this extremely clever story based on Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol”.
Warning: Spoilers ahead…
As I’m compiling my end-of-the-year post, it occurs to me that there we a lot of really enjoyable books published this year. And next year is shaping up to be equally full of good reads.
So a quickie question in the slow week before 2011: What SF/F/H Books Are You Looking Forward to in the New Year?
Empire Strikes Backto be preserved by US Library.
- Now posted: StarShipSofa
Aural Delights No 169 Meta Show.
- Aqueduct Press launches The Cascadia Subduction Zone: A Literary Quarterly.
- Mario Vargas Llosa on In Praise of Reading and Fiction.
- Cheryl Morgan on A Hugo For YA Books?
- S.G. Browne on Fated and Greek Gods.
- Julaybib on Islamic Fiction – here we go again!
- Russ Pitts on Taking Risks in Writing.
- Cacy Duncan on Necessary Delusions.
- Stroppy Author on How to speak publisher – A is for Amends.
- Janice Hardy on Moping in the Middle: Dealing With Saggy Middles.
- John Scalzi on Seven
Studios That Reaped Infinite Rewards From Sci-Fi.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch on November
2010 Recommended Reading List.
- Adam Roberts on Poul
Anderson’s Trader to the Stars.
- Matthew R. Bradley on Richard
Matheson–Storyteller: The Twilight Years, Part I.
- Lawrence M. Schoen on Linguistic
- John Picacio on Illustrating Michael Moorcock’s Elric: Sword and Roses.
- @CoolVibe: “Future
War” by Steve Burg.
More Fun Stuff
If there could ever be an anomaly among the varied selection of stories in any given science fiction magazine where every story is above average, then issue #231 of Interzone is it. Each and every story in this issue is full of wondrous ideas that are tightly wrapped up in stories that are thought-provoking and/or contemplative. And every one of them is quite good – better than randomness would dictate.
Chalk that up to fine editing and great fiction. In this “Jason Sanford” issue, the author offers no less than 3 excellent stories that sit comfortably aside other worthy offerings from Matthew Cook and Aliette de Bodard. Although all of the stories in this issue were excellent, it was Sanford’s “Peacemaker, Peacemaker, Little Bo Peep” that stands out even more, offering a shocking premise of protected vs. protector that was immensely enjoyable.
The issue of Interzone includes its regular staple of book and film reviews, news bits, plus an illuminating interview with Jason Sanford himself. These non-fiction articles are bonus gravy for the meaty fiction in this issue, reviews of which follow the jump…
Falling Skies is the new summer series from TNT that has Steven Spielberg as its executive producer (which could mean anything, but in this mostly, probably for name appeal). Falling Skies, as the name sort of implies, is the story of an alien invasion of Earth. From the official site:
Falling Skies opens in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. In the six months since the initial invasion, the few survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers work to protect the people in their care while also engaging in an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force.
I like a good alien invasion story as much as the next person. Footfall is one of my favorites and wouldn’t that make a great mini series (hello Orion starship!)? Falling Skies is much closer to Footfall, and thus more interesting to me, than the other alien invasion show currently on TV. I’m talking about the dull, limp and lifeless V.
Apparently the trailer for Falling Skies was making the rounds at move theaters over the Christmas break. I didn’t see it when we went to see Tron, but thanks to the magic of the Internet, we can bring it you:
- Dan Goodman interviews Ian Tregillis.
- Joe R. Lansdale’s “Christmas with the Dead” to be Made into a Film.
- Amazon says many iPad/tablet owners also buying Kindles.
- James at Big Dumb Object has started his annual Dumbies Awards.
- Jim C. Hines on Experiments with E-books.
- Alex Pham on Book publishers see their role as gatekeepers shrink.
- Ekaterina Sedia on Her Novel the House of Discarded Dreams.
- Megan Messinger on Backpacking Through Fantasyland.
- Janice Hardy on Pondering the Prologue.
- Martyn Daniels asks Can Authors Now Do It Digitally Themselves? [via 40kBooks]
- John Scalzi on Some Things I’d Like to Do.
- The Website at the End of the Universe on Why SyFy forsook sci-fi.
- Chris Greenland on How To Get Into Doctor Who In One or Two Easy Steps.
- Taranaich on The Alleged Conan Formula.
- Charlie Jane Anders lists Best and Worst Science Fiction/Fantasy Movies of 2010.
- Philip Ruppel lists 5 E-Book Trends That Will Change the Future of Publishing.
- Jason Cranford Teague lists Top 10 Things Science Fiction Promised Us That Didn’t Happen in 2010.
- Cracked.com lists 6 Eerily Specific Inventions Predicted in Science Fiction. [via Science Fiction Brewed Fresh Daily]
- @CoolVibe: “Sci-fi wallpaper of the week #28” by Stefan Hürlemann.
- @CoolVibe: “Starcraft 2” by DevinedKiLLa.
- @IT’S ART: First Contact : Challenge Results.
More Fun Stuff
Daily Science Fiction has announced its January 2011 line-up of stories:
- 1/3/11: “Wrath of the Porcelain Gods” by Nicky Drayden
- 1/4/11: “Rx” by Jacquelyn Bartel
- 1/5/11: “A is for Arthur” by Tim Pratt, Jenn Reese, Heather Shaw, & Greg van Eekhout
- 1/6/11: “Waiting for Raymond” by Eric James Stone
- 1/7/11: “Bit Storm” by Lancer Kind
- 1/10/11: “The Junk Artist” by Lavie Tidhar
- 1/11/11: “Bit by Bit” by Karina Fabian
- 1/12/11: “B is for Banyan Tree” by Tim Pratt, Jenn Reese, Heather Shaw, & Greg van Eekhout
- 1/13/11: “Late Homework” by James Van Pelt
- 1/14/11: “A Song Never Tasted” by Barbara A. Barnett
- 1/17/11: “The Voynich Variations” by Edoardo Albert
- 1/18/11: “Family Photo” by Elena Gleason
- 1/19/11: “C is for Crate” by Tim Pratt, Jenn Reese, Heather Shaw, & Greg van Eekhout
- 1/20/11: “Automatic Selection” by Victoria Podmajersky
- 1/21/11: “Standing Next to Heaven” by Terra LeMay
- 1/24/11: “Not with a Bang” by Michelle Ann King
- 1/25/11: “The Navigator” by Christian Roberts
- 1/26/11: “D is for De Gustibus” by Tim Pratt, Jenn Reese, Heather Shaw, & Greg van Eekhout
- 1/27/11: “…And a Bottle of Rum” by Melissa Mead
- 1/28/11: “On Paper Wings” by Vicky Chen
- 1/31/11: “Jade Dragon” by Shelly Li
- Adventures in SciFi Publishing interviews Tracy Hickman (podcast).
- Locus interviews Robert V.S. Redick.
- Professor Crazy interviews Danielle Ackley-McPhail.
- ThrillerCast interviews Trent Jamieson (podcast).
- Jonathan Strahan’s Boxing Day Super Mega Podcast.
- Forces of Geek interviews Kenneth
- SyFy channel is running their
annual Twilight Zone Marathons on New Year’s Eve (8am/7c) and New
Year’s Day (6am/5c).
- Missions Unknown on What’s your most memorable holiday-themed sf, fantasy or horror?
- Finlo Rohrer on Futurology: The tricky art of knowing what will happen next.
- Paul McAuley on Serendipity.
- Tansy Rayner Roberts A
Modern Woman’s Guide to Classic Doctor Who: Introduction.
- Jo Walton on Hugo Nominees:
- Larry Ketchersid reviews The
Monsters (Doc Savage #7).
- @CG Gallery: “Hope” by wuwei.
More Fun Stuff
- @AmazonUK: The Penelopiad: The Myth of Penelope and Odysseus by Margaret Atwood [via MobileRead]
- @BleedingCool: The comic Warlord Of Mars #1 by by Arvid Nelson, Stephen Sadowski and Lui Antonio, based on the stories by Edgar Rice Burroughs
- Glimpses by Lewis Shiner.
- @Author’s website: “Stille Nacht” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
- @The World SF Blog: “Magique” by Lynne Jamneck
- @Strange Horizons: “Salsa Nocturna” by Daniel José Older
- @Weird Tales: “Secretario” by Catherynne M. Valente
- @Lightspeed Magazine: “Jenny’s Sick” by David Tallerman
- @Way of the Wizard: “So Deep That the Bottom Could Not Be Seen” by Genevieve Valentine
- @Strange Horizons: “In the Late December” by Greg van Eekhout
- @Mythic Delirium: “Cemetery Monologues” by Caitlyn Paxson (Poem)
- @StarShipSofa: “The Emperor of Mars” by Allen Steele
- @Pseudopod: “Sweet Little Memory” by Antony Mann, Read by Ben Phillips
- @Pseudopod: “Oral Tradition” by Angel Leigh McCoy, Read by Ben Phillips
- @Transmissions From Beyond: “Viva Las Vegas” by Ray Cluley
- @Dark Fiction Magazine: Twelve Days Anthology.
- @PodCastle: “The Christmas Mummy” by Heather Shaw & Tim Pratt, Read by Rish Outfield
- @Escape Pod: “Christmas Wedding” by Vylar Kaftan, read by Mur Lafferty
- @Pseudopod: “Flash on the Borderlands V“, fiction by A. Nathaniel Jones and Marie Brennan, narrated by Ben Phillips
Here’s an amusing spoof of the 1986 fantasy film Labyrinth starring Amanda Palmer (as the Jennifer Connelly’s Sarah character), Neil Gaiman (as David Bowie’s Jareth), and a sock puppet.
I think this speaks for itself.
[via Topless Robot]
Superman and Santa race around the world to see who’s fastest.
A couple of weeks ago I ran across this list of gifts for bookworms. In it are the usual ebook readers and accessories but one thing caught my attention: the $500 pair of Sennheiser headphones. Firstly, $500? I’m assuming most people don’t have the extra cash to drop on this pair, especially considering most people can’t really tell the difference between an expensive set of headphones and cheaper sets. Secondly, I don’t listen to music, or anything else, while reading. There was a time back in the day when I could read, or do homework, while the radio or the TV was on in the background but those days are long gone. Today I find I can’t concentrate with anything on in the background. Music, especially with words, is very distracting and podcasts are right out, as is TV.
I’m guessing I’m in the minority here as the idea of headphones as a gift for readers clearly warranted an entry in the list. So I’m asking all of you, do you listen to music while reading? If so, what kind do you listen to?