SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-02-03
Interviews & Profiles
- CEO Eric Stromberg tells CNET How the ‘Netflix of books’ won over the publishing industry.
- In Pandemic, Humanity’s Biggest Threats are Killer Mutants and Anti-Vaxxers. Scott Sigler explains.
- I Smell Sheep interviews urban fantasy author Kerry Schafer of Between and Wakeworld.
- The Library of Erana interviews Terry W. Ervin II, author of Flank Hawk and Blood Sword.
- Liza Groen Trombi and the Locus Recommended Reading List.
- My Bookish Ways interviews Jason Sizemore,the founder and editor of Apex Magazine
- Nicky Peacock interviews Pauline Gruber of The Girl and the Raven.
- On January 15, Lightspeed Magazine launched a daring plan: an all-women double issue, to appear online and in e-subscription. To fund the project, guest editor Christie Yant and her team launched a Kickstarter campaign, which she discusses on GeekMom.
- Percy Jackson author Rick Riordan on moving to Boston
- The Skiffy and Fanty Show interviews Myke Cole of Shadow Ops: Breach Zone.
- Stepan Chapman, author of the Philip K. Dick Award winning The Troika, died on January 27.
- Lemony Snicket launches prize for librarians ‘who have faced adversity’ Children’s author, who has himself been ‘falsely accused of crimes’ wants to honour those who have stood up to pressure from would-be book banners
- Terry Brooks confirms that an end for Shannara isn’t the end for the long-running series
Events & Event News
- Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop Is Accepting Application for 2014
- The Month of Letters begins! Would you like a letter from Jane, Lady Vincent or Sir David Vincent?
- Draco Magi – A new strategic card game by Robert Burke & Richard Launius. Can you rise to power by proving your dragon mastery?
- Women Destroy Science Fiction – a special issue of the Hugo Award-nominated magazine LIGHTSPEED entirely written—and edited—by women.
- Review: Dave Thompson reviews Tim Powers’ Hide Me Among the Graves
- Review: The Spaces Between: Spike Jonze’s HER and Love in the Time of Machines
- 10 Movies to Watch After Seeing Groundhog Day For the Billionth Time
- The 100 Greatest Science Fiction or Fantasy Novels of All Time, according to This Recording.
- Announcing the 2014 Campbellian Anthology: The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer has been recognizing amazing writers since 1974. A massive anthology featuring 111 Campbell winners and nominees is now available as a drm free download. Limited time offer.
- Another Word: Debts by Daniel Abraham
- At 40 Years Old, Dungeons & Dragons Still Matters: Ethan Gilsdorf looks back on four decades of pen-and-paper role-playing tradition.
- Beautiful Void: The Importance of Implied Narrative
- Before J.J. Abrams: Read About The Star Trek Reboot That Almost Was
- Bookish remembers Isabel Allende’s ‘Ripper’ and 5 Other Books Inspired by Video Games
- Celebrating 40 Years of Dungeons & Dragons
- Dark Hearts & Brilliant Patches of Honor: A Tribute to Manly Wade Wellman
- The extended setting of the Harry Potter series has proved to be fertile soil for some seriously epic fan fiction and worldbuilding, especially since the release of Pottermore, the official companion site to the series. Some of these fan fiction projects include explorations on wizarding fashion, headcanons such as Muslims culture at Hogwarts, magical education (including other magical schools), future Hogwarts generations, and, of course, fantastic beasts. Some of them, like Field Notes from the Department of Mysteries, make for great writing prompts.
- European Dragons: From the North and East
- Fate of Girl Genius omnibus at Tor causes friction between the Foglios and Patrick Nielsen Hayden
- February 2014 New Releases: Science Fiction and Fantasy
- Finding Your Voice (no, not that voice, the other voice)
- Hugh Howey explains that Most Books Don’t Sell
- Iconic Fantasy Game Dungeons & Dragons Turns Forty
- In an interview conducted by Emma Watson appearing on the front page of yesterday’s Sunday Times, Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling admits that she regrets Ron and Hermione’s relationship and that “Hermione should have wed Harry.” Basically, the internet (or at least, Tumblr) explodes and a Shipping War, long thought settled by the Treaty of Deathly Hallows erupted anew. Maybe she should have killed Ron after all. After all, Ron doesn’t come off that well in the movies. (Seriously, though, avoid Tumblr for the next week unless you want to experience firsthand what a million fan girls shouting “I told you so” in gifs looks like up close.)
- Locus Magazine has published its annual Recommended Reading list for 2013
- Most Common Writing Mistakes: Stories That Begin Too Early
- Philip K. Dick’s Paranoid Science Fiction Has Largely Become Our Everyday Reality
- Surprise! I Have No Idea Your Book is Coming Out
- This Definitive Voyager torpedo inventory log is not nearly so entertaining as the raving it provokes when posted in nerd forums.
- What We Really Want From a Television Version of Barbarella
- Why I’ll Never Love My Kindle
- Worldbuilding: It’s More Than a Pretty Map
- Fans cry sexism over Black Widow’s Photoshop makeover
- “Fire and Blood” by Michael-C-Hayes
- How Typography Set 2001: A Space Odyssey in the Sci-Fi Future
- Lady Trek! You guessed it: it’s a Star Trek crew made entirely of women!
- “Steampunk Aphrodite” by PxelSlayer
- This TARDIS Tattoo shames every other fan who’s ever call themselves “hardcore”
More Fun Stuff
- “After posting my little memoir about working on Dune, a lot of people asked to see more of the pre-production art. I have a couple of hundred images, far more than I could post here, so I decided on a selection that showed how the look of the movie evolved from conception“
- IEbook Friendly has created this infographic celebrating 40 years of eBooks!
- The Key of Hell: An Enlightenment Sorcery Manual
- Kia’s Super Bowl Ad Unleashes the Power of ‘The Matrix‘
- Mark Hamill Provides 10 Reasons To Enter Make-A-Wish Meet George Lucas Contest
- Meet the real-life Simpsons kids in a 1969 film made by Matt Groening’s father, Homer
- NASA wants to make water on the Moon. Lunar residents fear Starbucks not far behind.
- The Shortest Science Paper Ever Published Had No Words, and Was Utterly Brilliant
- Read an excerpt of Empress of the Sun by Ian McDonald at My Bookish Ways
- Watch an extended celebration deleted scene from Thor: The Dark World
- Watch Four New Clips From Snowpiercer
- Watch Neil Gaiman read Dr Seuss’s children’s classic Green Eggs and Ham in a video produced to celebrate $500,000 in donations to Patrick Rothfuss’s Wordbuilders fundraiser, which is raising money for Project Heifer, a charity that helps farmers around the world with livestock and training.
- Welcome to Night Vale episode 40 is here! In The Deft Bowman, the Telephone Service finally fixes the only telephone booth in town, and a submarine arrives from faraway Nulogorsk.
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