Interviews & Profiles
- Andy Serkis talks about his movie adaptation of Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season.
- Chris Willrich discusses his debut novel, The Scroll of Years, with A Fantasy Reader.
- DC Women Kicking Ass has an interview with Mike Madrid, author of the new book Divas, Dames and Daredevils: Lost Heroines Of Golden Age Comics.
- Fantasy Realm: Mina Khan on Wildfire, A Paranormal Mystery
- J.J. Abrams apologizes for overusing lens flare: ‘I know it’s too much’
- Mary Robinette Kowal chats with Alethea Kontis about her new novel, Hero.
- My Bookish Ways interviews Lynn Cullen, author of Mrs. Poe.
- Q&A with Andy Serkis on adapting Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season & Orwell’s Animal Farm.
- The Qwillery interviews Steve Bein of Year of the Dragon, second novel in The Fated Blades.
- Sandra Bullock Calls ‘Gravity’ Her ‘Best Life Decision’
- SFX interviews Christopher Brosnahan, who has just released his first novella, POV.
- Suvudu interviews R.A. Salvatore, author of The Companions.
- Tad Williams discusses Happy Hour in Hell as part of the Authors at Google series.
- Bruce C. Murray, 81, a planetary geologist who led NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the late 1970s, died August 29th of Alzheimer’s Disease in Oceanside, California. With Carl Sagan and aerospace engineer Louis Friedman, he founded The Planetary Society, which now has 100,000 members.
- The Clarkesworld App is now available.
Events & Event News
- October 26-27: Texas Book Festival.
- November 1-30 : National Novel Writing Month Pep Talkers include Lev Grossman, Malinda Lo, Marie Lu, Patrick Rothfuss, Catherynne M. Valente, Jeff VanderMeeran more.
- Acadia: A New Sci-Fi Novel from James Erwin, author of the critically acclaimed Rome, Sweet Rome! Acadia takes place a century in the future. It’s a story about the beginning of space colonization, the rise of artificial intelligence, and a dozen other revolutions bearing fruit.
- Crudrat – Gail Carriger has partnered with ArtisticWhispers Productions to debut a full cast audiobook production of her new Y.A. science fiction adventure, Crudrat. It will feature an original score, cinematic sound design, and award-winning veteran voices.
- Golem Arcana – a digitally-enhanced miniatures game that combines miniatures with mobile technology to deliver a tabletop game that’s easy to learn and fast to play! By integrating your touchscreen phone or tablet into the tabletop experience, Golem Arcana removes the busywork associated with miniatures games. Record-keeping is automatic. Important game information is all quickly searchable at your fingertips. Instant feedback is provided for movements and attacks.
- Tales of Mr. Rhee Hardcover Graphic Novel – Meet Mr. Rhee! The cryptic and tortured main character of TALES OF MR. RHEE and his story that unfolds in this collection of thirteen chilling short pulp-noir horror-infused stories.
- 9 reasons why Sherlock would make a terrible boyfriend
- 21 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books for GEEK’s Monthly Book Drop
- Casting the Endless From Sandman
- The Disquieting Guest: Sequels from Stony or Fertile Ground
- Evolution of The Darwin Elevator‘s North American cover.
- The Formula That’s Ruining Teen Movies
- A Hammer with an Edge: Swords in Fantasy Literature
- The hole in the middle: 16 shows whose lead characters are their least interesting
- How I Sold My Comic Books (and Why)
- I know that you never loved me. I know that you never cared at all.
- In case any of you missed it, Brandon Sanderson himself responded to the Reddit thread “Is Sanderson being hyped too much?” He evidently found the Penny Arcade strip pretty awesome.
- io9 looks back at the 10 Silliest Rules of Time Travel from Science Fiction.
- Life in the Future: SFWA Grandmaster Robert Silverberg offers his thoughts on science fiction.
- Pep Talks are inspirational letters written by well-known authors during NaNoWriMo. This year’s pep talkers include Jeff VanderMeer, Cat Valente, and Lev Grossman.
- Peru makes book writing into a spectator sport and invites aspiring writers into combat
- Russell T. Davies Created a Secret Origin for the 12th Doctor
- The Sound of Thunder (On Young Adult SF/F)
- Speculative Fiction Writing Wroundup for 10/2/2013
- Stuff names its picks for the 25 best fantasy games ever.
- Superheroes Rule but Comics Fight for Respect
- Top 5 “Go-To” Dystopian Themes
- Ursula K. Le Guin Encourages Stealing, Went to High School With Philip K. Dick
- Wandering Spirits: Traveling Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein
- What Stanley Kubrick got wrong about “The Shining”
- Why Batman and Superman Don’t Connect With Me: “[…] I have never been able to connect with characters, particularly Superman and Batman, because I am a gay black man that grew up in a predominantly black suburb. […] these characters fight for a status quo I just can’t support anymore.”
Science and Technology
- How to make a Jedi lightsaber: You will need a vacuum chamber, various lasers, some rubidium atoms and a firm grasp of quantum nonlinear optics
- Isaac Asimov’s 1964 Predictions About 2014 Are Frighteningly Accurate
- Straight Out Of Sci-Fi: Cyberpunk Author Plans Tallest Skyscraper Ever
More Fun Stuff
- “All great science fiction must have a basis in science fact“
- Read an excerpt of Anatomy of Steampunk by Katherine Gleason
- Read an excerpt of The Republic Of Thieves by Scott Lynch
- Watch Flux Pavilion’s “The Scientist” Played on solid state musical Tesla coils and robotic drum kit.