SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-05-12
Interviews & Profiles
- BuzzFeed interviews Kathryn Alexandre, the stand-in for Tatiana Maslany, star of Orphan Black.
- Doctor Who TV interviews Cecelia Ahern, author of the latest Time Trips story, The Bog Warrior.
- The Guardian interviews Billie Piper, who portrays Brona Croft on Penny Dreadful.
- Metro Times interviews Saladin Ahmed, author of Throne of the Crescent Moon.
- My Bookish Ways interviews Roy Kesey, author of The New Black.
- Nicky Peacock interviews Craig Saunders, author of Deadlift.
- The Qwillery interviews Tom Doyle, author of American Craftsmen.
- SFF World interviews Stephen Hunt, author of In Dark Service.
- Hollywood Sci-Fi Museum beams into reality in 2015: Sci-fi superfan Huston Huddleston plans to open a massive museum dedicated to sci-fi artifacts from film and television. Check out concept art.
Events & Event News
- In response to the huge success of the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign, BookCon has added a new panel featuring members of the campaign! You can also catch our lady Veronica Roth moderating a panel with guests Alaya Dawn Johnson, Marie Lu, and Danielle Paige.
- The winners for the 21st edition of the Spectrum Fantastic Art Annual were announced this evening at the grand Midway theatre in Kansas City, at Spectrum Live.
- Evolution – a dynamic game of survival. Create the most successful species and adapt.
- Void Opus- A Space Opera Board Game – A space opera adventure board game for 2 – 4 players set in a universe rife with space pirates and an interstellar inquisition.
- Book Review: The Deseret News reviews The Haven by Carol Lynch Williams
- Book Review: PopMatters reviews The Martian by Andy Weir
- Movie Review: Salon calls the Jesse Eisenberg film The Double a gripping dystopian satire.
- 9 Fictional Mothers We Wish Had Eaten Their Young, as chosen by Topless Robot.
- Almost Human: terminated after one series but still worth watching. What is your favourite one-season wonder? Which shows were overlooked by TV bosses but lapped up by audiences?
- Arabic sci-fi and other literary revolutions: Once a tiny minority in Arabic literature, science fiction, is getting a boost as the International Prize for Arabic Fiction (IPAF) turns seven years old.
- The BBC needs a science fiction lesson: The BBC’s new series about the history of sci-fi forgets something important: The best sci-fi show ever.
- But What Would the End of Humanity Mean for Me? Preeminent scientists are warning about serious threats to human life in the not-distant future, including climate change and super-intelligent computers. Most people don’t care. Reality, meet dystopia.
- Could Disney finally give us the remastered, unedited Star Wars we want? Nope. A new column from Ars explores why having the negatives and money is not enough.
- CNN Opinion explains How Star Wars ruined sci-fi.
- Den of Geek examines The dire future warnings of recent sci-fi films.
- Five questions we want answered on the Agents Of SHIELD season finale.
- Five Reasons You Should Be Watching Continuum, this year’s sleeper hit.
- Foz Meadows has retracted an earlier claim that sci fi is getting too PC.
- In A Changing Climate, Science Fiction Starts To Feel Real.
- Is DC finished? They’re coming out fighting. The signs haven’t been good for DC, but its decades-long rivalry with Marvel suggests the fight’s far from over.
- John Green tells Cosmo why you can’t get too old for YA novels: “[W]e love stories about teenagers, because although they can be cynical about many things, they aren’t cynical about love, hope, and the stuff that really matters, like the future.”
- Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD shaped up to be an incredible show… eventually.
- Michio Kaku lectures on science fiction becoming science fact as part of the Ubben Lecture Series..
- Minorities and Mainstream Reading: “I’m not trying to imply that all cultural stories are heavy (though South Asian fiction tends to skew that way), just that sometimes I want to read about someone like me, rather than just someone who’s only of the same culture or background.”
- Science fiction or science fact? At Duke University, professors explore literature and physics.
- Smart Pop Books presents “Dollhouse’s Future History Machines” from Inside Joss’ Dollhouse.
- Transcendence looks at the implications of artificial intelligence – but are we taking AI serious?
- What’s happening with science fiction in Arabic? asks Your Middle East.
- Why Carnage and Kraven are the Villains SPIDER-MAN Needs
- Will DC Comics TV and Movies Connect? IGN Conversations discuss.
- “Assemble” watercolor portrait series by Blule
- Holodeck Cross Stitch: “What happens on the holodeck stays on the holodeck.”
- Kelly Richardson’s Beautiful Futuristic Landscapes Hide A Dark Secret
More Fun Stuff
- The elderly fear their future robot friends will corrupt children.
- Infographic: The Value Of Jabba The Hutt’s Palace
- LiveScience explains How to Build a Gamma-Ray Laser with Antimatter
- Read an excerpt of The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough at Suvudu.
- Scientists just built a working tractor beam that relies on sound waves.
- The US military begins research into moral, ethical robots, to stave off Skynet-like apocalypse as two professors prepare to debate the efficacy and necessity of killer robots before the UN Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons. The point may be moot, however, as NextGov exhorts us all Don’t Be Afraid of Robots—Be Afraid of Becoming One.
- Watch the first trailer for Constantine series. Looks fantastic, but it’s on NBC, so I call it a push.
- Watch the latest TV spot for Edge of Tomorrow Tom Cruise.
- Watch the new Red Band trailer for Snowpiercer at Science Fiction.com.
- Watch the trailer for Japanese film The Secret Children at Japan Times.
- We may never teach robots about love, but what about ethics? Do androids dream of electric Kant?
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