Interviews & Profiles
- Ben Burtt, sound designer of the Star Wars films, details how he created the sound design of the original trilogy in this vintage interview.
- Dark Horse’s Scott Allie talks about Buffy Season 10. “There was a point in the Season 10 summit when Joss broke into a rendition of the Friends theme song…”
- Game of Thrones exclusive: George R.R. Martin talks Arya, the Hound
- Gingernuts of Horror interviews Untold author William J. Grabowski.
- I Smell Sheep interviews D.N. Simmons, author of Good Intentions
- The MacGuffin is often a maligned element of storytelling. Most of the time, when you hear it mentioned, you are meant to tread carefully, if not avoid the trope. However, at ConFusion 2014, Ben asked a few authors how you can use a MacGuffin well. These are the responses from Brad Beaulieu, Howard Tayler, John Scalzi, Laura Resnick, Michael R. Underwood, Myke Cole and Peter V. Brett. Of course, what would be a One Question episode without Dave Robison?
- Nicky Peacock interviews Jonathan D Allen, author of Pathways of the Dead.
- Nicky Peacock interviews Nicole Cushing, author of I Am the New God.
- RoboCop Director José Padilha Fights for Smarter Stories in Hollywood.
- The Qwillery interviews with D. L. McDermott, author of Cold Iron
- Bloomsbury buys last three Throne of Glass novels by Sarah J Maas.
- The New Zealand Prime Minister publicly denies being a lizard person
Events & Event News
- Martha Wells will be at ConDFW in the Dallas area next weekend. Here is her panel schedule.
- Mary Robinette Kowal has posted a schedule of events, including her appearance at Capricon.
- Stina Leicht will also appear on several panels at ConDFW in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
- SCI-FEST – The 1st Annual Los Angeles Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival. For more information about Sci-Fest, please visit Sci-Fest’s website.
- Streets of Shadows – a new fiction anthology combining the genres of noir crime and urban fantasy, edited by the team behind the DARK FAITH anthologies.
- Review: The Little Red Reviewer reviews Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer
- Review: The Little Red Reviewer reviews The Bowl of Heaven by Gregory Benford and Larry Niven
- Review: The Speculator reviews Definitely Maybe by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky
- 12 Movies To Watch After You’ve Seen the RoboCop Remake
- 15 Books Famous Authors Give Five Stars on Goodreads
- Are New York Publishers Still Relevant?
- Are you a literalist when it comes to the fantastic? Is ambiguity OK?
- Authors supporting our troops: Book drive for soldiers
- BAFTAs 2014: Gravity Best British Film win sparks online debate
- The Best Ways to Say “I Love You,” Fantasy-Style
- Chuck Wendig plays a round of Self-Publishing Truism Bingo
- Dear Readers: A Letter from G. T. Almasi
- Don’t Worry, Whedonites, a DR. HORRIBLE Sequel Will Happen… you know, the same week as Martin releases the last Song of Ice and Fire book and Fox announces a new season of Firefly.
- Edward Willett has a New Saturday Feature: the weekly book giveaway.
- Edward Willett’s latest column for the Saskatchewan Writers Guild‘s magazine Freelance: The Space-Time Continuum: Reality in Fantasy.
- Five reasons why you need a professional editor for your novel
- From the fold of the British Genre Fiction Focus comes the British Genre Fiction Hitlist: your bi-weekly breakdown of the most notable new releases out of the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.
- Hammer of Angels author G.T. Almasi imagines how he’d fit in his own novels.
- How would humanity change if we knew aliens existed?
- Is Almost Human on the Verge of Cancellation?
- Katie considers Gender in Genre and the relative lack of good trans* characters in genre fiction over of Jim C. Hines’ blog.
- Let’s Pretend It’s the 1950s Again over at Amazing Stories.
- Rachel Swirsky’s Novelette and Short Story Recommendations for 2013.
- Science fiction: A failing genre? TeleRead examines at the facts.
- Used Bookstores: A Lifelong Love Affair: “Keep your Amazon vs. Barnes & Noble battles, your paltry 20% off discounts that spawn countless internet think pieces about the fate of the publishing industry: I’m a used bookstore type.”
- Why AIs Won’t Ascend in the Blink of an Eye – Some Math [via Paul Di Filippo]
- Why Writers Are the Worst Procrastinators “Over the years, I developed a theory about why writers are such procrastinators: We were too good in English class.”
- Will Star Wars Be Your Valentine This Year?
- Women aren’t just destroying science fiction, but other genres too
- The Coruscant Tapestry: Aled Lewis hand stitched this thirty foot long, thirteen-inch tall cross-stitch tapestry depicting the entire storyline of the Star Wars saga from Episode 1 through Episode 6.
- In case you missed them, The Geek Art Gallery posted a long line of Fandom Valentines Friday.
More Fun Stuff
- Boars, Gore, and Swords is hosted by stand-up comedians Ivan Hernandez and Red Scott. In each episode they break down HBO’s Game of Thrones and George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. They also talk about movies, TV, science fiction, fantasy, and lots of other things. NSFW.
- Cover Reveal for Queen of Zombie Hearts by Gena Showalter
- Legendary comics icon Stan Lee stopped by the Marvel offices on a recent trip to New York.
- Game of Thrones tour: Digital Spy goes Beyond The Wall in Iceland
- Official Answer to: Why was Lando wearing Han’s Clothes
- Walk signals are malfunctioning all over town. Sound innocent enough? Not in Night Vale.
- Watch the trailer for the series premiere of Penny Dreadful.