SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-04-14
Interviews & Profiles
- Bustle interviews Ann Brashares, author of The Here and Now on the Stigma of YA Lit.
- Daniel Ottalini interviews James Calbraith, author of The Shadow of Black Wings.
- Ginger Nuts of Horror interviews Tamara Thorne and Alistair Cross, author of Grandma’s Rack.
- IGN interviews Jeph Loeb and Jeffrey Bell, producers of SHIELD about where the show goes next.
- My Bookish Ways interviews Micheal R. Underwood, author of Attack the Geek.
- Parajunkee interviews Kristi Helvig, author of Burn Out.
- Reddit recently held an AMA for Peter Dinklage, the actor who plays Tyrion from Game of Thrones.
- Reddit recently held an AMA for James Cameron, director of Avatar, Terminator, and Aliens.
- The Scorecard Review interviews Jonathan Glazer, director of Under the Skin.
- WIRED interviews Elizabeth Bear, author of Eternal Sky trilogy. 8 Years Later, she offers an apologizes to George R. R. Martin over SFWA dispute.
Events & Event News
- Rutgers University–Camden will host an interdisciplinary conference, “Buffy to Batgirl: Women and Gender in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Comics,” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3. The conference will focus on Women and Gender in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Comics.
- Geek Theater – a unique anthology of science fiction and fantasy plays written by today’s top authors and playwrights. This publication will make these plays accessible to theater groups, schools, actors/actresses, critics, and readers who love discovering new science fiction.
- Utopiates Audio Drama – In the near future, science is able to distill human personalities into a drug-form. Called utopiates—a merging of the words utopia and opiate—these drugs allow users to swap personalities with the “mental imprints” of other people. Every user has his or her own reasons for seeking chemical escape, but all soon learn the high price of “soul swapping.”
- Review: Is Under the Skin the Best SciFi Film We’ve Ever Seen? HuffPo makes the argument.
- Review: When Smartphones Attack: Alena Graedon’s “dazzling but unsatisfying debut novel” The Word Exchange explores the ramifications of outsourcing our language to our devices.
- The Astronomical Society of the Pacific has compiled an extensive list of Science Fiction Stories with Good Astronomy & Physics, organized by science topic.
- Can Alfonso Cuarón rise above Gravity with his TV series Believe?
- The Celebrity Cafe suggests the Top 10 YA books that should be adapted into movies.
- Climate change is The hottest thing in science fiction, according to Grist.
- Deseret News on Why science-fiction movies abound with religious themes, citing Man of Steel.
- The Dissolve reflects upon “The phantom Lucas.”
- Entertainment Weekly ranks the best Superhero Movie End-Credits Scenes.
- George R.R. Martin is donating his writings to Texas A&M , where they are stored at the “Wall.”
- The internet isn’t harming our love of deep reading, it’s cultivating it: Lengthy pieces of writing are increasingly found on the very internet that pessimists blame for turning us into skim readers.
- MoviePilot recalls 10 Of The Most Selflessly Heroic Acts In Sci-Fi Movies!
- The New York Times on Our Young-Adult Dystopia: “I sometimes wonder what Dante or Milton or any of those guys would make of the modern appetite for the young-adult epic. It wasn’t always a lucrative thing, writing grand, sweeping, fantastical stories, you know. It was a job for nose-to-the-grindstone, writing-for-the-ages types, and worldly rewards were low. Milton died in penury, blind and obscure; Dante met his maker in literal exile. Would they look with envy upon their celebrated and moneyed modern analogues — your J. K. Rowlings, your Suzanne Collinses?” Caitlin White of Bustle responds, claiming that the article Misses a Few Key Points.
- The Problem with Sansa Stark: In Defense of One of the Most Hated Characters in GoT.
- The Science Channel on The Top 10 Reasons We Love Sci-fi, Even Though It’s Cheesy
- ScienceFicition.com has compiled a list of The Five Sci-Fi Films You Must Share With Your Teen
- Science (Fiction), Technology, Engineering, and Math? “Can examining science fiction, also known as speculative fiction, teach students something valuable, and maybe even game-changing, about science? It’s a fair question when you consider that true scientific findings are ultimately based on empirical evidence, not on speculation, although speculation is a driving force[...]“
- Science fiction needs to reflect that the future is queer: Most science fiction still sticks to straight story lines. It’s time the genre explored fluid gender identity and LGBT themes.
- Spear’s Magazine asks which would be the Worst literary dystopia to live in?
- The Toronto Film Scene praises the kitschiest of films in its article on The cult of science fiction.
- The Toronto Film Scene reminisces over The films that made us love science fiction.
- What the popularity of YA dystopian stories reveals about teens
- Where’s the African-American Harry Potter or the Mexican Katniss?
- Why Sansa Stark Is the Strongest Character on Game of Thrones
- 20 Years of Mind-Bending Art From Omni, the Best Sci-Fi Mag of Our Time
- Future 52: Fifty-two weeks, fifty-two creators, fifty-two creations of Hoverboards, Robots, Starships, Wearables, and Energy Weapons.
- These Galactic Murals are street art astronomical photos Galaxies and Nebula.
- Marco Cancellieri recreated Winterfell in a 288 by 576 stud Lego diorama.
More Fun Stuff
- Astronauts Will Grow Their Own Food For The First Time Ever
- Keeping Robots In Line With The Law: laws grapple with robots, with no easy answers.
- Watch CodeHackerz, a student film that parodies Hollywood’s worst hacker clichés.
- Watch Trickster, an amazing Matrix fan film.
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