Interviews & Profiles
- Audible.com has a Q&A with John Scalzi, who discusses his career and new book, “Lock In.”
- Buffy and Merlin Anthony Head star talks about playing a centaur in Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters
- The Civilian Reader interviews Toby Venables of Knight of Shadows
- The League of Extraordinary Writers has an interview with the authors of the young adult novel These Broken Stars, Meagan Spooner and Amie Kaufman.
- Ming-Na Wen: Why S.H.I.E.L.D. is the ‘toughest show I’ve ever had to do’
- My Bookish Ways JB Lynn, author of Nearly Departed
- Neil Gaiman and Amanda Palmer: an audience with geek royalty
- Nicky Peacock interviews Laura Lam, author of Shadowplay.
Events & Event News
- The Confusion science fiction convention will be held in Detroit in January. The guest list includes Tobias Buckell, Cherie Priest, and Lucy A. Snyder.
- The New York Public Library (NYPL) has organized an event called “Charles Dickens & A Christmas Carol with Neil Gaiman and Molly Oldfield.” The event will take place on Saturday, December 15th inside the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
- Imaginary Drugs – An immortal celebrity assassin. Doomed love in space. An adorable but twisted ritual sacrifice. Your comics await!
- Red: A Cyberpunk Fairytale Volume 1 – A sci-fi version of Little Red Riding Hood. Red, a member of a private security firm, must fight to survive in a violent world.
- 9 Fairy Tales For Adults That Are WAY Better Than Disney
- 9 Signs You Might Be Living in a YA Novel, courtesy of Barnes and Noble.
- 95% of Americans find libraries ‘important’
- Amazing Stories editor Steve Davidson offers an explanation and apology and reaffirms his commitment to diversity and stand against bigotry.
- Are Libraries Essential? Mixed Message in Latest Pew Survey
- The Art & Science of World Building: The Tools You Need to Make a Believable World
- A.V. Club picks the best mainstream and superhero comics of 2013
- Dangerous Women tops Bookish’s list of the best sci-fi and fantasy books of 2013.
- Do the Amazing Spider-Man Movies Need Peter Parker?
- Ed Wood’s Plan 9 From Outer Space: Worst Movie Ever Made or Ultimate Cult Flick?
- Elizabeth Bear: A Shining Light in the Genre
- From the Ghetto to Literary Old Town: Exploring Shakespeare’s Magic
- Galatica’s Gods: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Cylon God
- Great Gift Books for the Sci-Fi and Fantasy Fan In Your Life, suggested by Barnes and Noble.
- The Huffington Post on The Meaning of Libraries.
- Is There Such A Thing As Too Much Star Wars?
- Kenya sci-fi series imagines European immigrants fleeing to Africa: TV show set in 2062 presents Africa as an oasis which desperate Europeans are risking their lives to reach
- Movie moguls do battle over The Hobbit’s olden hoard.
- The New York Times considers the issue of Heroines at the Box Office
- Omnivoracious suggests YA Books to Read in 2014
- Research sheds new light on why paper still has an edge over e-readers.
- The Secret of Writing Great Science Fiction from great science fiction writers.
- Spiders, Bear Men, Bowmen, and Crises of Elvish Conscience: Tor.com imagines What We Might See in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, like kids who can’t wait for Christmas.
- Understanding Tolkien’s work hinges upon the horror of the Somme. Ninety years ago, Allied commanders launched the World War I offensive lastingly remembered as the Battle of the Somme.
- When Can You Call Yourself A Writer?
- Why do writers publish? What do they make? Social science findings from Digital Book World
- Why people’s problems with a female Doctor Who are wrong, wrong, wrong
- Kirkus Reviews (John DeNardo) offers Gift Ideas for the Science Fiction and Fantasy Fans on Your Holiday Shopping List.
Science and Technology
- 6-year-old tries to save NASA: A 6-year-old who dreams of being an astronaut for NASA has taken matters into his own hands by starting an online petition to try and save NASA.
- Congressional hearings on extraterrestrial life
- Tolkien gesture – scientist maps climate of Lord of the Rings: Mount Doom is like LA and the Shire like Lincolnshire, so says a climate model based on author’s famously detailed maps
- Scientific America explains Why Life Does Not Really Exist
- Worried about robots? You should be. Artificial intelligence superior to our own is, by some estimates, only thirty years away. What could possibly go wrong? The answer: everything.
- How to Make a Fantasy World Map
- In the new Itty Bitty Orphan Black Webcomic, Helena’s always scarfing down everyone’s food, Delphine’s being a goody two-shoes tattle tale, and Cosima is just straight up delinquent. And all of them are each other! What’s Principal Leekie to do?!?
More Fun Stuff
- The 13 Most Indisputable Fan Theories Of 2013
- Infographic: The Secret Wealth of Smaug the Dragon
- Watch a Teaser for Doctor Who’s Christmas Special
- Sword & Laser Podcast – #154 – A Natural History of Dragons.
- YouTuber and undeniable genius Paradise Decay has created the “trench run” from Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope in Minecraft, brick by exacting brick. None of it is random, either. Paradise Decay matched the original as close as humanly possible.