SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-03-31
Interviews & Profiles
- Christopher Nolan on His Star Wars Influence and Interstellar
- CBR interviews Vincenzo Ferriero and Ray Chou, authors of Skies of Fire.
- I Smell Sheep interviews Robin Covington, author of Sex and the Single Vamp.
- Jake Gyllenhaal: Movies are like dreams — “I’m thrilled by the open ends and questions” The star of Enemy on playing a double role, ambiguous endings and acting opposite a tennis ball
- Karl Schroeder, author of Lockstep explains Why Lawyers Will Start Becoming Obsolete This Year, as they are replaced with computerized systems, just like in his book.
- The North Kitsap interviews Randy Henderson, author of the short story “Memories Bleed Beneath the Mask” from the 30th volume of the Writers of the Future anthology.
- SFFWorld interviews Dawn Husted, author of SAFE.
- The Talks at Google program hosted Patrick Rothfuss in the Cambridge, MA
- Helix Renewed for Second Season by Syfy
- DAW Books has announced the coming release of The Slow Regard of Silent Things, an all-new novella from Patrick Rothfus, as part of the Kingkiller Chronicle.
- Harry Potter spin-off “will be a film trilogy”… until one of them gets split in half. [via Paul Di Filippo]
Events & Event News
- Acme Theatre to Present SCI-FEST, Hollywood’s First Annual Science Fiction One-Act Play Festival
- Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK, the UK’s largest ever exhibition of comics, will be held May 2 – August 19 at the PACCAR Gallery
- Seanan McGuire will be hosting a panel entitled “Beyond the Genre in Genre Fiction” ay Emerald City Comic-Con on Friday morning at 11:40am.
- Tickets are now on sale for the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle, Washington, June 27-29, 2014.
- Apex Theropod Deck-Building Game – Choose your apex dinosaur, hunt prey, evolve your genetics, grow stronger, fight bosses, and dominate your friends.
- Tracker: A Post Nuclear Disaster – Collect artefacts, complete missions or hunt other players. A competitive board game that doesn’t end if you die.
- Review: Over at Barnes and Noble, Paul Di Filippo reviews Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun
- Review: Sciencefiction.com reviews Noah: I suggest a more accurate title for this epic drama from director Darren Aronofsky: Transformers: Revenge of the Righteous.
- 5 Things I want from a Science Fiction Romance, not one of which is a sparkling vampire.
- 7 Things We Learned from Divergent’s Press Conference
- 11 Things You Learn When Your Book Is Turned Into A TV Show
- 21 YA novels that pack a serious genre punch
- 33 SF/F Books Coming Out In April 2014 That You Need To Read
- Anonymity, Transparency, and Online Book Reviewing
- Ars Technica Picks Their Least Favourite ST:TNG Episodes
- Don’t Blame Sci-Fi for Hollywood’s Race Problem: Flavorwire responds to The Atlantics’s piece, “Star Wars and the 4 Ways Science Fiction Handles Race“
- BuzzFeed counts down the top Lies That Sci-Fi Movies Have Taught Us About Space
- Cahiers du Buffy: TV Criticism vs Film Criticism. New Yorker critic employs Buffy as a platform to describe the co-evolution of film and TV criticism.
- Divergent: From the Page to the Screen
- English teacher Scott Reintgen discusses how he teaches his students to write antagonists. It’s a pretty good read, so if you’re afflicted with the desire to write, you should check it out.
- The Glorious Incoherence of Divergent: The disjointed world of the series doesn’t make for a great movie, but it embraces the idea that, in YA fiction, it’s up to the audience to fill in the blanks.
- The Guardian asks What are the great sentences in genre fiction? Discuss amongst yourselves.
- The Huffington Posts considers the Dawn of the Multi-Genre Mash-Up
- Hurts So Good: Why We Love YA Dystopias
- Inside the greatest sci-fi film never made: Before Star Wars and Alien, there was Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune. Nobody took the risk, but with a riveting mix of interviews and gorgeous animated storyboards, Jodorowsky’s Dune makes the case that the film changed the world anyway — its influence popping up in everything from Star Wars to Raiders of the Lost Ark.
- Is it the beginning of the end for the comic book movie renaissance?
- Let’s Overanalyze This Excerpt From the Next ‘Game of Thrones’ Book
- The Lord of the Rings vs. Game of Thrones: Tolkien’s epic fantasy seems downright naive compared to George R.R. Martin’s post-Cold War political parable
- Sam Mendes’s 25 Rules for Directors
- Screen Robot reviews Firefly: Six reasons it should return (and one reason it shouldn’t)
- The Singularity Is Further Than It Appears
- Tattoos Speak Louder Than Words: SFF Characters with Ink
- Watch the new web series The Gable 5 from Machinima
- Where do our ideas go? Creativity inspired by SF&F writing
- Why Divergent Is a Better Movie Than The Hunger Games
- YA Films By The Numbers – From HP To Divergent
- Art attack: How idea for Belladrum’s 50ft woman grew
- The Fantastic and Gothic Art of David Palumbo
- Laurent Durieux has released a limited edition print for “Journey to the Center of the Earth“
- There’s nothing like a Darth Vader mail box to keep your mail carrier in line.
More Fun Stuff
- 11 one-season sci-fi TV wonders you can watch right now on Netflix
- Ars Technia is reporting that DARPA wants drones that work like Ender’s Game AND that the Navy will deploy first ship with laser weapon this summer, leaving me feeling like [via Paul Di Filippo]
- Avengers: Age of Ultron hasn’t even started shooting yet in South Korea, and Joss Whedon is already apologizing to the people of Seoul for blowing up their fair city.
- Check out this Asimov easter egg in Wolfram Alpha.
- Does late Dungeons & Dragons creator Gary Gygax deserve a statue?
- Failure To Launch: How New Mexico Is Paying For Richard Branson’s Space Tourism Fantasy
- The first issue of SciFi Max magazine by artist turned editor Peter Saga has launched. The new magazine is brimming over with science fiction artwork, comics, RP resources, and short stories.[via Scifi Ideas]
- Here’s a helpful diagram mapping out which Young Adult series re-tell which classic stories.
- Read an excerpt of The Clockwork Dagger by Beth Cato at Tor.com.
- Read an excerpt of Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige at Epic Reads.
- Read an excerpt of Scatter, Adapt, and Remember by Annalee Newitz at Tor.com.
- Time travelers, take note. Science proves T. rex’s wimpy arms were actually terrifying.
- U.S. States Most And Least Likely To Survive The Zombie Apocalypse
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