SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-04-04
Interviews & Profiles
- Alan Dean Foster On Early Days of Movie Novelization Business and His Alien Reissue
- Amazing Stories interviews Sabrina Chase, author of The Last Mage Guardian.
- The Functional Nerds interview Brian Staveley, author of The Emperor’s Blades.
- Gingernuts of Horror interviews Christopher Irvin, author of Federales.
- Gingernuts of Horror interviews Paul Melhuish, author of Babel.
- The Guardian interviews Kate Winslet about her role in Divergent. Winslet tells Catherine Shoard why her character – a ‘female Hitler’ – should be commended for sticking to her beliefs. “There’s a lot to be said for having conviction.” (Though I seriously doubt Winslet would have given the sound bite had she known her role would be likened to Hitler.)
- Literary Escapism interviews Brian Herbert and Kevin Anderson, author of Mentats of Dune.
- Litreactor interviews Douglas Coupland, author of Worst. Person. Ever..
- Locus interviews Daryl Gregory, author of Afterparty.
- My Bookish Ways interviews Marie Brennan, author of The Tropic of Serpents.
- Publishers Weekly interviews Max Brooks, author of Zombie Survival Guide.
- The Qwillery interviews Christopher Irvin, author of Federales.
- The Reading and Writing Podcast interviews Kat Richardson, author of Possession.
- SFx interviews David Ramirez, author of The Forever Watch, a murder story set on a giant ship in which humanity is traveling to a distant star.
- This is Horror interviews Brendan Deneen, author of The Ninth Circle.
- Urban Fantasy Investigations interviews Alex Hughes, author of Marked.
- Urban Fantasy Investigations interviews Debbie Viguié, author of Circle of Blood.
- Big Bang Theory teaming up with Lucasfilm for Star Wars Day-centric episode
- DAW Books has acquired The Last King of Osten Ard, a sequel trilogy to Tad Williams’ New York Times bestselling Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy.
- Defenders Of Space – a hybrid tower defense/shooter where you must defend our universe from the 8-BIT dimensional invaders, arcade style.
- Tom Sparks and the Quakes of Ruin – a 3D diesel-punk action-adventure game full of crazy weapons, exciting combat and exploration of mysterious underground worlds.
- The Sand Storm – a secret sci-fi film shot in China, starring Ai Weiwei. When the air is toxic and your lead actor is under surveillance, you make a SHORT film and you shoot it FAST.
- All Aboard: Which Sci-Fi Space Arks Are Worth Booking Passage?
- Author Alex Bledsoe muses on tears, rain, and Blade Runner.
- Bill Clinton Hopes An Alien Invasion Would Bring Humans Together. What does he know?
- Deciphering The Hidden Messages In “Game Of Thrones” Costumes
- Every review of Black Widow in Captain America is wrong
- From So Say We All, Smart Pop Books offers this essay on The Mirror Frakked: Reflections on BSG.
- The Guardian’s Stuart Heritage explains “Why I just don’t believe in The Big Bang Theory” following the announcement that the series has been greenlit for three more seasons. The column is just the latest in a long series of rants from the internet’s geek community characterizing the series as extremely unfunny, often derogatory “Nerd Blackface.” Of course, others disagree. (As well as no small number of people who simply take offense at the misuse of the term “blackface.”
- How many of these 54 genre shows will live to see another season?
- How Many People Do We Need To Live Among The Stars? Popular Mechanics reports that scientists have determined how many people it’d take to colonize another star system. However, the report fails to account for die-off due to alien incursions. Have these people never seen a sci-fi film?
- The IEET reports on the Scary, Thought-provoking, Futurist Prank by Singularity 1 on 1 in which Socatres ran a story titled “ByoLogyc CEO Chet Getram on the BRX Virus Outbreak” for April Fools.
- The IEET reflects upon The Danger of Using Science as a God Killing Machine
- New York Times embraces ‘mushrooming’ genre of cli-fi
- On Marketing Sci-Fi Romance: One Author’s Experience by Deborah A. Bailey
- Outerplaces suggests 6 Sci-Fi Shows That Need The Lego Treatment
- PBS asks How Many Dimensions Does the Universe Really Have? I’m not sure if they mean with or without those glasses they hand out at the movies, though.
- Person of Interest Is Making Political Science Fiction Relevant Again
- Ray Kurzweil on Rationality and the Moral Considerability of Intelligent Machines
- Revolution star explains that shocking death. (Spoilers)
- Screen Robot reflects on the Philosophy of mind in Memento
- Should anyone have to explain being a ‘larper’? Only to your girlfriend. [via Paul Di Filippo]
- The Story behind The Wave Trilogy by Aidan Harte – The Age of Miracles
- Tor.com rounds up April’s Genre-Benders, Science Fiction, and Urban Fantasy.
- Tracy Hickman Has Sobering News for Aspiring Writers
- Your guide to 13 Game of Thrones fan theories.
- Each morning, The Geek Art Gallery posts a gallery of gob-smackingly gorgeous digital paintings from some of the internet’s most promising concept artists, including A.J. Trahan, Björn Börkur Eiríksson, Park Jong Wong, Stephan Martiniere, and more.
- NASA is asking the public to help choose a design for its next generation of Spacesuits. Vote now!
More Fun Stuff
- Deus Ex, one of gaming’s most beloved franchises, has had the fan film treatment courtesy of Moe Charif (who also plays main character Adam Jensen in the short) and the guys at Machinima. The film, based on Deus Ex: Human Revolution, has some amazing visuals.
- Operation Fourth Story: Over the next two weeks (April 3rd to April 17th), Apex Publications is going to be showcasing Apex Magazine and its short fiction on the Apex blog and across the web. Every day they’ll have guest posts from authors, editors, and bloggers about the importance of short fiction. Several bloggers will be reviewing issues of Apex Magazine, and there will be guest posts and interviews with the Apex Magazine crew popping up everywhere.
- Read an excerpt of American Craftsmen by Tom Doyle at Tor.com.
- Read an excerpt of Christopher Priest’s The Adjacent at io9.
- Read an excerpt of The Memory Garden by Mary Rickert at Tor.com.
- Read an excerpt of The Taking by Kimberly Derting at Tor.com.
- Watch a Bizarre Version of Jurassic Park Without the CGI
- Watch the first trailer for the sci-fi horror short film Entity.
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