SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-02-21
Interviews & Profiles
- Abigail Gibbs, author of The Dark Heroine, discusses her Autumn Rose Blog Tour.
- A Few Questions With Tom Hammock and Megan Hutchinson, Creators of Aurora Grimeon
- Kiersten White on the Dramatic Deities in The Chaos of Stars
- My Bookish Ways interviews DL McDermott, author of Cold Iron
- Nicky Peacock interviews with Madeline Pryce, author of Dark Innocence
- Publisher’s Weekly Talks With Daniel Suarez, who imagines a future where a shadowy government bureaucracy represses technological innovations in his newest release, Influx.
- The Qwillery has an interview with Elizabeth Blackwell, author of While Beauty Slept
- Rambling On interview with J.M. Lofficier, author of The BlackCoats.
- Reddit is hosting an AMA for Helene Wecker, author of The Golem and the Jinni.
- Tor has re-posted an old interview with David Weber about last year’s Like a Mighty Army.
- Vice has posted an interview with Richard Garfield, Creator of Magic: The Gathering
Events & Event News
- Check out this Flickr gallery of photos from the latest Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series event featuring Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel.
- Comicpalooza will be held in Houston, TX, this Memorial Day Weekend. John Scalzi will be a guest.
- HawaiiCon is scheduled for September 12, 13, and 14, 2014 at the Hapuna Beach Prince Resort. Check out clips of the con on Youtube.
- Memorial service to be held for Doris Lessing
- Neil Gaiman announces U.S. dates for his music and storytelling show.
- Angels and Automatons – a steampunk anthology that chronicles the rise and fiery destruction of a town on New Zealand’s West Coast.
- The SETI Anthology – All three science fiction novels in the SETI trilogy will be published in a new single volume, this spring 2014.
- Review: My Bookish Ways reviews Conquest by John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard
- Review: My Bookish Ways reviews Parasite by Mira Grant
- 6 Things Any Writer Can Do To Make Science Fiction and Fantasy Better
- African Samurai and Bloody Swords: What You Didn’t Know About Japan’s Famous Warrior Class
- The Amazon Warehouse Problem: “I am constantly sassing about Amazon. I’m very uncomfortable with the fact that they’ve built a business upon convincing the general public that they are “overpaying” at a bookstore, that a hardcover is supposed to be fifteen dollars…”
- Anne Rice Defends Authors from Online Bullying
- For the Love: Writers frequently warn one another against working for free, “for exposure”, or “for the love”. Writing is a business, and writers should get paid. To that end, SFWA recently announced an increase in their “pro rates” from 5¢/wd to 6¢/wd, hoping to encourage speculative fiction publishers and magazines to pay writers more.
- Dan Wells: “The “Writing Advice” post that I’m just going to point people to from now on“
- Haralambi Markov: I’ve Been Thinking About Writing Advice
- Hugh Howey and the Indie Author Revolt [via Paul Di Filippo]
- In praise of procrastination for writers
- io9 discusses The Worst Blunders People Make in Inventing Fictional Alien Worlds
- More Pie, Please! exclaims Hugh Howey “I am not in competition with any other author. My competition is with all the things non-readers are doing. I want more readers. I’m selfish like that.”
- Maggie Stiefvater offers A Perfunctory Guide to Writers Looking for Publishers.
- PBS Digital Studios considers Science Fiction As Science Fact on It’s Okay To Be Smart.
- The PBS Idea Channel asks What is Fiction, using War of the Worlds to illustrate their point.
- Pride and Prejudice, War, and Dragons by Anne Leonard is this week’s guest post at FBC.
- Project Gutenberg’s Self-Pub Portal is Going Strong
- The Radiolab podcast has a great piece recently entitled “Brown Box,” in which reporter Mac McClelland “travels into the belly of the beast that is the internet retail system and what she finds takes her breath away and makes her weak in the knees (in the worst way).”
- Ramez Naam argues that, in Publishing, We’re All On the Same Side. [via Paul Di Filippo]
- Rhiannon Held: Five Things I Learned Writing Reflected
- ‘Rocket Raccoon’ Creator’s Plight Draws Attention After ‘Guardians’ Trailer Debuts. As the Marvel teaser wows audiences, fans ask that Bill Mantlo, the writer responsible for the movie’s much-hyped savage space raccoon, not be forgotten.
- The Skiffy and Fanty Show discuss Business Time – Impatience, Rapid Release, and Saturation
- Terror on a Deadline: Remembering Richard Matheson
- Watch the Divergent extended trailer.
- Waterstones fail to recognise female fantasy authors
- What do Die Hard and Fairy Tales have in common.
- Why Guardians of the Galaxy Is the Riskiest Marvel Film Since Iron Man
- Why It’s a Good Thing the SFWA Meltdown Is as Ugly
- Wright’s Writing Corner offers a Guest Post from Best-selling Author Michael J. Sullivan
- The ABC’s of pop culture by Jeff Victor is finally complete.
- Middle Earth Travel Posters by Allen Brockbank
- The Starbucks Ring of Power
More Fun Stuff
- Agent of S.T.Y.L.E. – Marvel’s Many Captain Marvels!
- All things considered, Luke Skywalker’s Adoption really was a rotten idea.
- The closest Leonard Nimoy Ever Came to Star Wars was this Return of the Jedi Documentary.
- Economic study suggests we’re heading for a Blade Runner future, and not the flying car part.
- First Concept Art for Paramount’s Star Trek Theme Park
- Infographic: visually presenting Kurt Vonnegut’s theories about archetypal stories.
- io9 explains An experiment that might let us control events millions of years ago.
- I would love to stay in this Transformers-Themed Hotel Room, but judging by the sheer amount of Michael Bay merchandise in the photo, I’m pretty sure it would explode.
- Learn to make your very own Iron Man arc reactor.
- Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown is a documentary about author Howard Philips Lovecraft’s life. And this particular documentary is a great introduction to the force behind some of the most influential horror writings in the 20th century.
- Space Elevators Are ‘Possible’ Says New Study
- Vin Diesel teases The Last Witch Hunter Pre-Production Art
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