Interviews & Profiles
- The Book Beard’s Blog interviews Nik Vincent and Dan Abnett, author of Fiefdom.
- Comingsoon.net interviews Phillip Noyce, director of The Giver.
- Diabolical Plots interviews Jennifer Rush, author of Altered.
- The Globe and Mail interviews Jeff VanderMeer, author of Acceptance, out in September.
- The Japan Times interviews Hiroshi Sakurazaka, author of All You Need is Kill.
- My Bookish Ways interviews Mary Kubica, author of The Good Girl.
- The Qwillery interviews Jamie Schultz, author of Premonitions.
- Salon interviews Lois Lowry, author of The Giver.
- The Telegraph interviews Tanya Byrne, author of Follow Me Down.
- Tor.com interviews Anna Kashina, author of Blades of the Old Empire.
- WIRED interviews James S. A. Corey, author of Leviathan Wakes.
- The 2013 Shirley Jackson Award winners have been announced!
- Public gets to vote on names for exoplanets
Events & Event News
- Henry Herz will be moderating a fantasy/science fiction literature panel from 11 am to noon on July 24 at San Diego Comic-Con in room 5AB. The panel participants are award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors Dr. David Brin, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, Jason Hough, Marie Lu, and Jonathan Maberry. The authors will be signing their books afterward in AA09 from 12:30-1:30 pm.
- The Longitude Punk’d steampunk exhibit will be held until January 4th 2015 at the National Maritime Museum at the Royal Observatory Greenwich.
- Enclave Publishing Fall Releases – help a Christian sci-fi publisher fund five new books.
- Taurin Tales– a shared world anthology featuring some of the top names in small press sci-fi.
- Book Review: Paul Di Filippo calls Academic Exercises by K.J. Parker insouciant, mocking, wry, unpredictable and polished, without any of the cliches of High Fantasy.
- Movie Review: CultureMap calls Coherence a fascinating and brilliant sci-fi trip
- Movie Review: The Onion reviews Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
- The 10 most unexpected creatures to take over the world in sci-fi films, as chosen by Blastr.
- 15 Thought-Provoking Sci-fi Films That Are Worth Your Time
- Amazing Stories plays the Planets Name Game
- Being a Digital Wallflower: How Not to Succeed on the Internet
- Beyond The Planet Of The Apes: Six Seventies Sci-Fi Movies Worth Remaking
- BuzzFeed attempts a Definitive Ranking Of The Planet Of The Apes Movies
- DC Cinematic Universe: In search for Justice
- Doctor Who TV discusses Where Doctor Who Could Improve and How
- Everything You Never Knew About The Making of Last Starfighter
- Fantasy Faction shines a Spotlight on Two Hundred and Twenty-One Baker Streets
- How sci-fi and Spielberg brought Halle Berry back to small screen in Extant
- Hugo Dramatic Long Form Review 2014
- Human vs. Alien Films: Sound on Sight picks The Must-Sees
- In an interview during the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Sunday, Daniel Cerone, executive producer of NBC’s Constantine, has revealed that there are no plans for John Constantine to be bisexual in the upcoming series. While Constantine’s sexuality may come as a surprise for many casual DC fans, it has been a more-or-less stated fact throughout his canon. Many LGBTQ comics readers consider Constantine to be an important and iconic bisexual character and were hoping for a better result. However, in a last minute twist, it turns out that the Constantine character changes are specifically designed to offer a Stronger Female Lead.
- Jeff VanderMeer talks about connections between Of Mice and Men and A Stranger in a Strange Land
- A Long Overdue Nod to SciFi and Fantasy’s Best Librarians
- My Hopes for Ben Affleck, DC’s Next Batman (other than simply not sucking.)
- The New York Times has a fascinating article by Ethan Gilsdorf on how the tabletop role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons has influenced a generation of writers. Among others, the article mentions Junot Díaz and Sharyn McCrumb and screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire.
- Playing Dungeons and Dragons a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey with Steven M. Long
- Science Fiction Picture Books for the Youngest Readers [via Paul Di Filippo]
- The Telegraph explains Why YA needs heroines beyond Katniss Everdeen
- TV Station Claims Star Trek Is An Important Part Of Community Programming
- Wait, What? Constantine Character Changes Are Specifically to Have a Stronger Female Lead?
- Why is writing a book so darn time consuming? Other than the frequent Facebook checks.
- Beautiful Star Wars & Superhero Watercolors by Clémentine Campardou
- The Geek Art Gallery has posted a gallery of the art of Kait Kybar and Ryan Gitter
- If you’re in NYC and you have a strong stomach, you should visit the Morbid Anatomy Museum
- William Puck creates Lord of the Rings-inspired notices and hangs them in the New York Subway.
More Fun Stuff
- Boba Fett’s first-ever appearance was a county fair in 1978!
- Cover Reveal: Kill Baxter by Charlie Human, South African Edition
- Facts About Luc Besson’s 1997 Sci-Fi Action Film The Fifth Element That You May Not Have Known
- Fun and informative Tweets from @MarsCuriosity: “Rolling over dunes. The science must flow.“
- Japanese ‘Cosplay’ craze becoming popular in London. [via Paul Di Filippo]
- Massive Behind-The-Scenes Photo Gallery From Ridley Scott’s Alien
- Over the course of a weekend, DashCon 2014 descended into chaos. [via Paul Di Filippo]
- Read an excerpt from The Children of Old Leech by Jeffrey Thomas at Word Horde.
- Read an excerpt from Frostborn by Lou Anders at Scribd.
- Read an excerpt from We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory at Tor.com.
- This Hexapod Robot looks like something Aeon Flux might have thrown at her pursuers.
- This Is What DARPA Thinks the Future of War Will Look Like
- Watch a trailer for Doctor Who Season 8