Interviews & Profiles
- Angela Slatter interviews Michael Marshall Smith, author of The Spectral Book of Horror.
- Beauty in Ruins interviews Peter Emshwiller, author of The Host.
- Civilian Reader interviews Erika Johansen, author of The Queen of the Tearling.
- The Credits interviews David Cronenberg, director of The Nest.
- Fantasy Book Critic interviews Rachel Aaron, author of Nice Dragons Finish Last.
- Fantasy & Science Fiction interviews Paul M. Berger, author of “Subduction.”
- Functional Nerds interviews Jill Archer, author of Fiery Edge of Steel.
- Independent interviews Andy Serkis, who portrays Caesar in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
- Nightmare Magazine interviews Mari Ness, author of”Death and Death Again
- Omni Reboot interviews Ben Bova, former editor of the original Omni magazine.
- Rising Shadow interviews Betsy Dornbusch, editor of the spec-fi magazine Electric Spec.
- SciFiNow interviews Gail Simone, author of Secret Six.
- Speculating Canada interviews Diane Walton, managing editor of On Spec magazines.
- Apple could fork over $400M to settle e-books price-fixing suit
- Grim Oak Press has announced The Line-up for Neverland’s Shadow
- Jurassic London has announced the forthcoming The Near Now, an anthology of near future SF
- Marvel’s new Captain America will be African-American
- NASA says discovering alien life in next 20 years is “within reach”
Events & Event News
- Lou Anders will appear at the Barnes & Noble in Birmingham to read and sign Thrones & Bones.
- Loncon 3 will host the 2014 Hugo Awards presentation August 17th at ExCeL.
- As part of the Fantastic Fiction free reading series, Ellen Datlow and Matthew Kressel present Karen Heuler (Glorious Plague) & Veronica Schanoes (the Shirley Jackson Award-winning “Burning Girls”) Wednesday August 20th, 7pm at KGB Bar in NYC.
- MST3K’s Tom Servo Earrings for All! – exact scale replicas of Tom Servo of MST3K fame!
- Race to Earth 2: The Strategic Space Board Game – Blast off on the race to reach Earth 2 in this easy to learn and strategic space themed board game for 2-6 players.
- Book Review: Bookworm Blues reviews The Master of Whitestorm by Janny Wurts
- Book Review: Thinking about Books reviews The Steampunk Trilogy by Paul Di Filippo
- Movie Review: Elysium Is An Underrated Sci-Fi Thriller & Overrated Political Manifesto
- Movie Review: Omni Reboot calls Planet of the Apes the best sci-fi film since Inception, in fact, best reboot ever. But who shaves the barber, I wonder, as I notice that Omni bills itself as a reboot.
- 5 Inspirations for The Fog of Forgetting by G. A. Morgan
- 9 Comic-Con Surprises Sure to Happen
- 10 Fictional Objects We Wish Were Real, at least six of which are not Lightsaber-related.
- 10 Great 1950s Sci-Fi Movies You May Have Never Heard Of
- Bookstores can’t die if new ones keep being born
- Nicola Griffith reflects upon the topic of Gods and genre. [via Paul Di Filippo]
- Gender, Orphan Black & The Meta Of Meta: “We think of men as antiheroes, as capable of occupying an intense and fascinating moral grey area; of being able to fall, and rise, and fall again, but still be worthy of love on some fundamental level, because if it was the world and its failings that broke them, then we surely must owe them some sympathy. But women aren’t allowed to be broken by the world; or if we are, it’s the breaking that makes us villains.”
- How Buffy The Vampire Slayer predicted Joss Whedon’s Marvel work. Den of Geek examines parallels between Marvel mythology and Buffy.
- The Independent offers some Thoughts on Genre
- Mitch Benn, star of Radio 4′s The Now Show, discusses On Suspending Disbelief on SFx.
- Pay attention: Everyone Should Be Losing Their Minds Over Orphan Black.
- Planet of the Apes: A Timeline and an Explanation
- Second J.R.R. Tolkien biopic explores his friendship with the creator of Narnia [via Paul Di Filippo]
- SyFy’s 12 Monkeys will burst forth from a completely different barrel than Gilliam’s film.
- Tech Evolution: The Wild Ambition of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
- Top 10 Superheroine Movies That Need a Reboot
- Underappreciated Masterpieces: J. G. Ballard’s High Rise.
- While the New Republic praises Orphan Black for its portrayal of the Female Gaze and avoidance of the usual male orientated titillation: “As a show chiefly concerned with the ways women’s bodies are commodified and controlled, “Orphan Black” is careful not to view its female characters with that same hungry eye. This is a triumph: On so many shows, the camera works at cross-purposes to the high-minded themes. “Game of Thrones” depicts women and girls straining against a world that abuses and sexualizes their bodies—then it glamorizes and fetishizes that abuse. “True Detective” criticizes men who violate girls, then lovingly reduces women to bouncing breasts or artfully posed corpses.” The topic was previously covered by Btchflcks: The Male/Female Gaze on BBC America’s First Season of Orphan Black.
- Who is Marvel’s angry, metal Avengers: Age of Ultron madman — and why does he hate you?
- Good news, Everyone! Alexey Zakharov has wowed the internet by rendering the opening sequence of the television series Futurama in 3D in all its glory.
- Incredible Halo Artwork by Colin Morella
More Fun Stuff
- 8 Official Photos from AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON
- Batman Iceberg Wages War Against Climate Change
- Finally, this mash-up of Blade Runner and Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid is the greatest noir in history.
- If Lucy Was About Other Completely Wrong Misconceptions.
- JIBO: The World’s First Family Robot: The promotional video suggests that you regard Jibo as somewhere between an appliance and a family member. He is shown standing in for an absent relative at Thanksgiving dinner; tucking in a child and reading to her; letting an older woman know that someone will pick her up soon to go grocery shopping. Jibo is projected to ship in Winter of 2015, at a retail cost of $500.
- Listen to an excerpt from the audiobook of Ecko Burning by Danie Ware at SFx.
- Watch a television spot for Gotham
- Watch a trailer for Samuel L. Jackson’s Action Thriller KITE