Archive for April, 2012
INTERVIEW: Mike Resnick & Brad R. Torgersen Talk About Writing and Collaboration [Plus: ‘Space Battles’ Story Excerpt!]
Mike Resnick is, according to Locus, the all-time leading award winner, living or dead, for short science fiction. He is the winner of five Hugos, a Nebula, and other major awards in the United States, France, Spain, Japan, Croatia and Poland. and has been short-listed for major awards in England, Italy and Australia. He is the author of 68 novels, over 250 stories, and 2 screenplays, and is the editor of 41 anthologies. His work has been translated into 25 languages. He is the Guest of Honor at the 2012 Worldcon and can be found online as @ResnickMike on Twitter or at www.mikeresnick.com.
Brad Torgersen is a full-time healthcare tech geek by day, and United States Army Reserve Warrant Officer on weekends. He is a Writers of the Future winner, as well as a contributing author for Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show, and Analog Science Fiction and Fact magazine—the latter awarding him the “AnLab” readers’ choice prize for best novelette, 2010. Presently, Torgersen is a Campbell nominee for Best New Science Fiction writer, Hugo nominee, for his novelette, “Ray of Light,” and also a Nebula nominee, for the same novelette. “Guard Dog” is the first of several collaborations with Mike Resnick. Brad can be found online at bradrtorgersen.wordpress.com.
Their collaboration in the anthology Space Battles, “Guard Dog”, is the moving tale of a Watchfleet sentinel named Chang, who leads a lonely life of extended, dream-filled sleeps in between frenetic, life-or-death battles. The Sortu had almost defeated humanity and the lives of everyone, including his wife and son, depend on men like him. Then, called to battle again, he finds himself up against the last opponent he’d ever expected…
BTS: Where’d your interest in SFF come from?
Mike Resnick: Edgar Rice Burroughs’ Mars books and Groff Conklin’s anthologies, both around 1950.
Brad Torgersen: My earliest memories of science fiction and fantasy – though I did not recognize what science fiction or fantasy were at the time – were of television programs from the late 70s and the very early 1980s. The original Battlestar Galactica, the original Star Trek, as well as Japanese animation imports like Battle of the Planets, otherwise known in Japan as Gatchaman. I was an eager viewer, and when I ultimately went off to see Star Wars on the big screen, I fell in love with the larger-than-life characters, other-worldly settings, and the spectacle of special effects combined with the tantalizing promise of what technology could offer.
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In episode 121 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks a panel of guests and SF Signal Irregulars:
Q: Which movies are you looking forward to seeing this summer?
This week’s panel:
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A short and sweet film about an astronaut’s lonely wife…
[via Cartoon Brew]
- Nicola Griffith interviews Brit Mandelo (part 3).
- Neil Gaiman interviews Stephen King.
- The Agony Column SF in SF Panel Discussion Moderated by Terry Bisson and Interviews with Rudy Rucker, K. W. Jeter, and Jay Lake. Interviews with Rudy Rucker, K.W. Jeter, Jay Lake.
- Jim C. Hines interviews Brad Torgersen.
- Bibliomancy interviews Quentin S. Crisp.
- Adventures in SciFi Publishing interviews D.T. Conklin and Lane Diamond.
- HiLobrow profiles Jack Williamson.
- The Horror Zine interviews David Brin.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson interviews Wil Wheaton, Kristen Schaal and Paul F. Tompkins. (podcast)
- Bram Stoker Awards Event 2013 to incorporate The World Horror Convention.
- Calgary Comic Con Forced To Turn Thousands Away.
- Adrift on the Sea of Rains by Ian Sales is now available on Kindle.
Daily Science Fiction has announced its May 2012 line-up of free stories:
- May 1: “Seven Losses of Na Re” by Rose Lemberg
- May 2: “Clem” by Cassandra Rose Clarke
- May 3: “An Old Acquaintance” by K.G. Jewell
- May 4: “Dancing in the Dark” by Stephanie Burgis
- May 7: “One Childhood of Many” by Andrew S. Fuller
- May 8: “The Rush of the Wind and the Roar of the Engines, and the Call of the Open Road” by Lavie Tidhar
- May 9: “The Tome of Tourmaline” by Ken Liu
- May 10: “Wrong World” by Steve J. Myers
- May 11: “Great White Ship” by Lou Antonelli
- May 14: “The Call” by Erin M. Hartshorn
- May 15: “Dragoman” by Helen Jackson
- May 16: “Monsters Big and Small” by Jakob Drud
- May 17: “Hoist with an Ark to the Stars” by David Glen Larson
- May 18: “The Vault” by Leslie Claire Walker
- May 21: “Fantasies” by Jasmine Fahmy
- May 22: “The Numbers” by Timothy Moore
- May 23: “Wishes” by Patricia Ash
- May 24: “Pocket” by Elizabeth Creith
- May 25: “Ballad of a Hot Air Balloon-Headed Girl” by Douglas F. Warrick
- May 28: “Endgame” by Thomas Canfield
- May 29: “Brief Interviews with Therianthropes” by Alec Austin and Marissa Kristine Lingen
- May 30: “The Girl She Truly Was” by Lauren K. Moody
- May 31: “Sapience and Maternal Instincts” by Krystal Claxton
Additionally, the stories from May 2012 will appear in a Kindle edition available on Amazon.
I have oddly fond memories of this animated treatment of Tolkien’s classic. Ralph Bakshi’s presentation may be a truncation of the trilogy, but for its day, the animation was fantastic. Watch and see for yourself…
[via Kevin Maher]
Perhaps not as hypnotic as the video of all 56 Episodes of Star Trek at the same time from earlier this week, but noneteless…this video of every single Ferengi Rule of Acquisition (in order!) from Deep Space Nine is still captivating…
- Chicago Tribune (Alexia Elejalde-Ruiz) interviews Anne Rice.
- Empire Online interviews George R. R. Martin. [via Largehearted Boy]
- MTV Geek interviews Felicia Day.
- TechCrunch interviews John Robb.
- Bryan Thomas Schmidt interviews Anthony R. Cardno.
- New Notes from Coode Street with Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe.
- Call for Submissions: Years Best Dark Fantasy & Horror: 2013.
- Call for Submissions: 2012 Blood Iris Anthology.
- on Science fiction no more: The perfect city is under construction. [via Paul Di Filippo]
Prime Books has posted the table of contents for their upcoming anthology edited by Paula Guran: Extreme Zombies:
It’s too late! The living dead have already taken over the world. Your brains have been devoured. Nothing is left but spasms of ravenous need—an obscene hunger for even more zombie fiction. Forget the metaphors and the mildly scary. You want shock, you want grue, you want disturbing, gut-wrenching, skull-crunching zombie stories that take you over the edge and go splat. You want the bloody best of the ultimate undead. You have no choice…you…must…have…Extreme Zombies!
Here’s the toc…
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From a press release…
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Here’s Robert Jackson Bennett baring his all for his soon-to-never-be-released novel A Sexual Experience: The Robert Jackson Bennett Story.
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- @Buzzy Mag: “The Quick And The Dead” by Brian K. Lowe [Paranormal Mystery]
- @Daily Science Fiction: “A Special Day” by Shannon Fay [Modern Fantasy]
- @Daily Science Fiction: “Undone” by Greg Porter [Monsters]
- @Daily Science Fiction: “Mad Cats and Englishmen” by Laura Anne Gilman [Medieval Fantasy]
- @Eschatology: “An Unfortunate Metaphor” by Nishant Paul [Horror]
- @Nature: “Perchance to bleam” by Ronald D. Ferguson [Science Fiction]
- @Ray Gun Revival: “The Slavers of Ruhn” by Rob Mancebo [Science Fiction]
- @Short-Story.me: “The Ultimate Lift” by Paul Anobile [Science Fiction]
- @Short-Story.me: “Survivor” by Philip Leibfried [Horror]
- @Tor: “Prophet” by Jennifer Bosworth [Contemporary Fantasy]
- @Weirdyear: “Saturnian Lead” by Jacqueline Doyle [Flash Fiction]
- @Yesteryear: “The Creature” by Madeline Dyer [Fantasy]
- Autostraddle interviews Brit Mandelo.
- Nicola Griffith interviews Brit Mandelo.
- Rhizome interviews Jonathan Lethem.
- AboutSF (John Tibbetts) interviews T.E.D. Klein.
- Guardian Books podcast features Dacre Stoker, Elizabeth Miller, Christopher Frayling, Kevin Jackson, Marcus Sedgewick, Kim Newman.
- Disney Picks Up Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book.
- Baen Books Welcomes Tor/Forge to the DRM-free Ebook Fold. [via File 770]
- Leonard Nimoy Welcome Space Shuttle Enterprise to New York (w/ Video). [via David K.M. Klaus]
- Grant Morrison Says Batman Is Gay.
- Disney announces June 5 DVD/Blu-ray Release Date for John Carter.
- As part of the Fantastic Fiction free reading series, Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present Karen Heuler (The Made-up Man) & Victor LaValle (The Devil in Silver) Wednesday May 16th, 7pm at KGB Bar in NYC.
Paolo Bacigalupi‘s new novel The Drowned Cities (a companion to Ship Breaker) comes out next week. Here is the book description:
Soldier boys emerged from the darkness. Guns gleamed dully. Bullet bandoliers and scars draped their bare chests. Ugly brands scored their faces. She knew why these soldier boys had come. She knew what they sought, and she knew, too, that if they found it, her best friend would surely die.
In a dark future America where violence, terror, and grief touch everyone, young refugees Mahlia and Mouse have managed to leave behind the war-torn lands of the Drowned Cities by escaping into the jungle outskirts. But when they discover a wounded half-man–a bioengineered war beast named Tool–who is being hunted by a vengeful band of soldiers, their fragile existence quickly collapses. One is taken prisoner by merciless soldier boys, and the other is faced with an impossible decision: Risk everything to save a friend, or flee to a place where freedom might finally be possible.
This thrilling companion to Paolo Bacigalupi’s highly acclaimed Ship Breaker is a haunting and powerful story of loyalty, survival, and heart-pounding adventure.
Author A.S. King had the chance to talk with Paolo about The Drowned Cities…