SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-02-05
Interviews & Profiles
- Amazon Asks interviews Pierce Brown, author of Red Rising
- Author Jessica Barber talks with Lightspeed Magazine about “Coma Kings”
- Book View Cafe interviews Mary Anne Mohanraj, author of Bodies in Motion.
- Douglas Wolk and Ulises Farinas talk about bringing the justice of Judge Dredd to the West Coast…
- The Functional Nerds Podcast welcomes Adam Christopher, author of: Empire State, Seven Wonders, The Age Atomic and the new Hang Wire.
- Jack Gleeson (King Joffrey) of “Game of Thrones” answers questions at University College Dublin.
- My Bookish Ways has a brief Q&A with Kerry Schafer, author of Wakeworld
- Rick Riordan, best-selling author of the Percy Jackson young-adult series who last year left Texas for the Boston area, is at work on books based in his new hometown.
- Suvudu interviews Joe Schreiber, author of Lockdown: Star Wars
- Trevor Hogg chats with Chris Dingess, author of “Manifest Destiny,” about comic books.
- The Virtual Memories Show sits down with Paul Gravett to talk about his new book, Comics Art (Yale University Press), the new exhibition he’s curating for the British Library, Comics Unmasked: Art & Anarchy in the UK, the history of comics and his history within it, and the way virtually every lifelong comics reader’s home winds up resembling an episode of Hoarders. [via Paul Di Filippo]
- Adam Christopher announces a new three-book deal with Tor!
- American Gods is now being developed for TV by Freemantle Media
- BVC Welcomes Mary Anne Mohanraj
- World Fantasy Awards 2014 Judges Names
Events & Event News
- Fight for the Future Tour with Marie Lu, Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner, and Margaret Stohl.
- Meet the Author: Discussion Panel and Book Signing at the Los Angeles Public Library
- The online version of the 43rd annual Locus Awards ballot for 2013 works is now live.
- Orbit has posted a calendar of its February Book Events
- You can get a letter from Marie Brennan’s Lady Trent, written with an actual dip pen and cursive handwriting, sealed with wax, and sent directly to your mailbox.
- On the Backs of Gods by Adam Roeger – A brand new PnP game based in a world inhabited by gigantic creatures, and the people who live on their backs.
- Tufa Tales Appalachian Fae – Help Tuatha Dea record and create this musical tribute featuring all new music to Alex Bledsoe’s fantasy trilogy of the Appalachian fairy folk, “The Tufa”.
- Review: Rob’s Blog o’ Stuff reviews Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon
- Review: Stainless Steel Droppings reviews Hang Wire by Adam Christopher
- Review: BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow praises Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
- Amazing Stories begs Hollywood Stop the Remake Madness
- Author Gail Carriger of The Parasol Protectorate Series shares some of her favorite story tropes.
- Blues and Greens: In a regular column for SF Gateway, multi-award-winning, SFWA Grandmaster Robert Silverberg offers his thoughts on science fiction, literature and the world at large.
- Charles Stross on How I Stopped Worrying And Learned To Love Focus Groups
- “A couple of weeks ago, the science fiction writer Hugh Howey wrote a pair of pugnacious “Here’s what I would do” posts on how to reform “Big 5″ trade publishing. Most of his suggestions are fist-pumping common sense to industry observers: [...] “GIVE READERS WHAT THEY WANT.” [However, Howey makes] one presumption that seems like a real doozy: Knowing that a large portion of book sales are still in paper, Howey assumes the continued existence of bookstores.”
- Female Protagonists, Bridget Jones, and Marguerite de Valois
- Finding religion in one of the worst Star Trek movies.
- Group Participation: Good Advice You’ve Gotten on the Craft of Writing
- How HarperCollins’s Chief Digital Officer Uses Big Data To Make Publishing More Profitable
- Hugh C. Howey confesses I Suck at Writing
- In defense of the Book: the “aroma of old paperback stock that has to be earned, not made”
- Jeff VanderMeer asks What’s Your Favorite “Weird Nature” Story?
- Joe Abercrombie talks about Second Drafts
- John L. Monk contemplates The superiority of eBooks over paper books
- The Kindle Daily Post suggests some Underrated SF&F
- Of Physical Laws and Fictional Characters
- Over at the Kindle Daily Post, Shannon Mayer discusses Bringing Urban Fantasy to Life
- As part of Worldbuilders 2013, Elizabeth Bear and Scott Lynch review The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug, for roughly an hour and a half. Alcohol is involved.
- Philip K. Dick Theorizes The Matrix in 1977, Declares We’re in “A Computer-Programmed Reality”
- Public Libraries Show Why Sharing Culture Should Never Have Been Banned in the First Place
- Russell Blake explains How to sell loads of books
- Scott Westerfeld On Rewriting & Growing Up
- SFx has a post about The Arthur C Clarke Award Judges
- Slushy Glut Slog: Why The Self-Publishing Shit Volcano Is A Problem
- So How Does It End? Humans have always been fascinated with stories about the end of the world. Almost every culture and religion has some myth dealing with the death of Earth. The natural question that follows “Where did the world come from?” is “how does it die?”
- The Truth About Rejection Newbie Writers Won’t Admit
- Utopia: Crunching the Numbers: When it comes to climate change there are grounds for hope.
- We Are a Cosmic Accident: Alan Lightman on Dark Energy, the Multiverse, and Why We Exist
- We need more characters who touch the alien, but keep their humanity
- What Makes a Good Speculative Fiction Book Cover?
- When Virtual Meets Reality: As Oscar Wilde once wrote, “Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.” This adage holds true for many of life’s aspects, but I believe especially so for science fiction, and now for virtual reality more so than ever.
- Why and how bookstores can benefit from Google Street View
- Women Who Write Lovecraft: Here’s a handy list of Women Who Write Lovecraft. The reasons behind this: an editor said there are very few women who write Lovecraft.
- The Star Wars Alphabet Poster is now available for sale at ThinkGeek.
- They Even Made A Rancor: Star Wars Character Ring
- X-Men And Batman Characters Dressed As Hipsters
More Fun Stuff
- Edward Lazellari shares funny cartoons he drew in his college days.
- Every single transformation from the Hasbro Cinematic Transformers Film Trilogy
- HBO released a trailer for the upcoming Game of Thrones special, “Ice and Fire: A Foreshadowing“. Plus there’s casting news that means we’ll likely see some more plotlines this season.
- Learn About the Making of Wheel of Time Fan Film: “Flight From Shadow” at Tor.com
- Read “E-Book Lazarus,” an excerpt from What to Read (and Not): Essays and Reviews
- Read an excerpt of Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer at Weird Fiction Review.
- Read an excerpt of Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson at Fantasy Hotlist.
- Read an excerpt of Nil, the debut novel from Lynne Matson at Tor.com.
- Read an excerpt of Three Princes by Ramona Wheeler at The Qwillery.
- Read the short story “Space Ballet” by Judith Moffett at Tor.com
- Real Life Technology Predicted by Star Trek
- Three Ways to Destroy the Universe: Everybody dies. The universe too? Well, probably. What are the current theories about the end of everything? And how creepy exactly are these theories?
- Watch the Official Trailer for Captain America The Winter Soldier
- Watch the Official Trailer for Divergent
- Watch the Official Trailer for Odd Thomas
- Watch Master Swordsmith Tony Swatton forge Elric’s Spear from Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood
- What’s The Brightest Thing In the Universe?
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