SF/F/H Link Post for 2013-08-07
Interviews & Profiles
- 10 Questions With Countdown City author Ben H. Winters
- Adventures in SciFi Publishing interviews Larry Correia, author of the upcoming Epic Fantasy, Noir, Alternate History novel, Warbound: Book Three of the Grimnoir Chronicles.
- The Functional Nerds podcast welcomes back Jeff Patterson of Don’t Tweet Where you Eat.
- Greatest Harrison Ford Interview Of All Time? See For Yourself! Ford talks Ender’s Game with MTV.
- How Elysium’s 4K DI Integrated Editorial and VFX: Colorist Andrea Chlebak on Managing Naturalistic Looks for this summer’s visual effect heavy film.
- Marie Lu of Legend discusses torturing her characters
- Matt Damon On ‘Elysium,’ Turning Down ‘Avatar,’ And The State Of Hollywood Today
- SFFWorld interviews David J. Peterson, language creator for Game of Thrones
- Sleeps With Monsters: Kari Sperring of The Grass King’s Concubine Answers Five Questions
- VentureBeat interviews Farchad Bidgolirad about how video game giant Ubisoft will dive into movies with an Assassin’s Creed film
- William Sutton, author of Lawless & The Devil of Euston Square, sits down with My Bookish Ways.
- Neil Gaiman says a black actor was offered Doctor Who but said no
- Wattpad Usage is in the Ballpark of US Public Libraries
- Hugo Award-winning Editor Lou Anders sells 1st novel — THRONES AND BONES: FROSTBORN, a middle-grade fantasy inspired by Norse folklore — to Crown Booksis for August 2014 release.
- Heart of the Original is crowdfunded book about the professed desire for originality. It covers a breadth of topics, including why almost any situation is improved by a berserking hen, why obvious outcomes are declared unexpected or ‘unthinkable,’ why history is allowed to repeat, and whether humanity wants to survive.
- Jurassic Park: The Musical: 3D is a brilliantly lo-fi attempt to recreate the majesty of Steven Spielberg’s classic movie with home-made dinosaur costumes.
- Rob Hansen’s 1984 Trans-Atlantic Fan Fund report has been on-line for several years, but he only recently added photos to it.
- Sean Galloway’s Baston’s 7 is a sci-fi superhero comic book steeped in Japanese otaku culture. Set in an alternate universe where Earth is being torn apart by an unspecified event, the story introduces Dr Bastion, a benevolent scientist who aims to repair his beloved planet.
- 5 Things in Video Games With Absolutely Horrifying Origins
- 15 books set for late 2013/early 2014 film adaptations
- 27 Mind-Blowing Statistics About Fictional Universes
- A.E. Van Vogt and the Fix-Up Novel
- The Best Women In Video Games Are The Ones We Create Ourselves
- Corporate America murdered geek culture: Disney, Sony and Warner Brothers have made fanboys of us all. Creator-owned media may be our only salvation
- The Depressing, Disappointing Maleness of Doctor Who’s New Time Lord
- How is Jurassic Park A Commentary on Capitalism? Let the Idea Channel explain.
- How Many Video Game Homages Can You Spot in the New ‘Ender’s Game’ Trailer?
- In ‘Elysium,’ A Cosmic Divide For Rich And Poor
- Lit2Go offers a wonderful, generous and free selection of authors, collections and books online. While most of the titles are classics, there are quite a range of Genres available.
- My Bookish Ways reviews Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
- New issues of The Drink Tank fanzine and Science Fiction San Francisco [PDF] are now online.
- Sam Barsanti of Gamelogical looks at the much derided final act of the original Bioshock and says that instead of a mistake, it in fact drives home one of the game’s most important themes, that of choice or the lack of one.
- Star Wars toys made me who I am: In praise of action figures from a long time ago (1978)
- Top 5 Inspirations For Why I Write Science Fiction
- Why you really can’t make a videogame of Aliens
- Writer, science fiction fan, and all-around geek Christopher J Garcia has launched a new podcast called Leaf & Let Die, where he and his guests drink tea as they discuss James Bond, Science Fiction, Fandom, and other geeky stuff.
Science & Technology
- From science fiction to fact? “I, Robot” and real robotics.
- How Close Are We to Elysium -Style Exosuits?
- How video games are becoming the internet’s next Turing test
- Meet Cygan, the 1950s robot up for auction
- 1970s Space Station Concept Art that Inspired ELYSIUM
- John Berkey specializes in paintings of Space Stations that would be at home on a Heinlein cover.
- Previously Unpublished Illustrations From the Harry Potter Series from artist Mary GrandPré
More Fun Stuff
- If you enjoy “ZomComs” like Shaun of the Dead and Warm Bodies, you should check out the trailer for Cockneys vs Zombies. While it doesn’t boast any big name stars, the premise of a group of seniors blasting their way out of a London over-run with Zombies is a fun new genre twist.
- On Geek Culture or Postmodern Geekdom as Simulated Ethnicity.
- Read excerpts from Douglas Rushkoff’s Present Shock: Chapter 1 — Narrative Collapse, Chapter 2—Digiphrenia, Chapter 3 — Fractalnoia, Chapter 4 — Apocalypto, Chapter 5 — Overwinding.
- Read a preview of Bruce Sterling’s introduction to “Texas Over Rayguns.”
- Watch as Doctor Who gets the anime treatment on YouTube for Geek Week.
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