SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-07-29
Interviews & Profiles
- Hayley Atwell, who portrays Peggy Carter on Marvel’s Agent Carter.
- Lawrence M. Schoen interviews Harry Connolly, author of Bad Little Girls Die Horrible Deaths.
- Nicky Peacock interviews Jane Tara, author of Forecast.
- My Bookish Ways interviews Nick Harkaway, author of The Gone-Away World.
- The Qwillery interviews Stephanie Feldman, author of The Angel of Losses.
- The Scorecard Review interviews Mike Cahill, director of I, Origins.
- Suvudu interviews Lev Grossman, author of The Magician’s Land.
- Urban Fantasy Investigations interviews Becca C. Smith & F.M. Sherrill, author of Black Moon.
- Women24 interviews Melissa Delport, author of The Legacy.
- Mike Allen has just made a bunch of his books available free free on Kindle through the 31st of this month, including the poetry collection, Hungry Constellations, the sf novelette Stolen Souls; the dark fantasy tales She Who Runs and Sleepless, Burning Life, and The Black Fire Concerto.
- The Sandman Movie In Pre-Production And No More Signings For Neil Gaiman
- Slowly but surely, we’re getting clues about what to expect in Star Wars Episode VII. The crew have added the Irish island of Skellig Michael to their list of filming locations, which also includes Abu Dhabi and Iceland. A World Heritage site, it’s known for its abandoned monastery… a hangout for the Jedi, perhaps?
Events & Event News
- Borderlands events in August include Glen Hirshberg, Katherine Kerr, Kelli Stanley, Brent Weeks
- Star Trek: Axanar – an independent Star Trek film which proves that a feature-quality Star Trek film can be made on a small budget. Star Trek: Axanar tells the story of the battle of the same, the final battle of the infamous Four Years War that happens 20 years before the adventures revealed in TOS. It revolves around Starfleet Captain Garth of Izar, and his efforts to outfit a brutal Klingon commander. Read more about the project at the PC & Tech Authority.
- Movie Review: This summer’s Transformers 4 have seen its fair share of negativity, considering it’s a master class in economics and its predecessor is Michael Bay’s first art movie.
- 5 Takeaways from Comic-Con’s Game of Thrones Panel
- 6 Horrifying Facts About Star Trek: The Next Generation Uniforms
- A couple makes perilous journey in Dan Lepucki’s chilling dystopian novel California.
- Den of Geek points out all of A Song Of Ice And Fire’s geeky in-jokes
- Here’s an excellent feminist sci-fi primer, in case you’re looking for one.
- The Hollywood Reporter explains Why It Took 20 Years for the The Giver adaptation to Hit Theaters
- The IEEE discusses Convergent Risk, Social Futurism, and the Wave of Change (Part 2)
- Is It Better To Be A Blank Slate Or To Have Some Character? In a recent blog post, Mark Lawrence commented on the trade offs of creating a blank slate versus an idiosyncratic character.
- Kevin Smith’s Star Wars: Episode VII Talk Reminds You How Much You Love Movies
- The Most Intriguing Actors, Writers, and Directors at Comic-Con This Year
- Movies Based on Videogames Suck. Do They Have To? asks Recode.
- Self-Published Authors Make A Living — And Sometimes A Fortune. Emphasis on “sometimes.”
- Sherlock Holmes as Cyborg and the Future of Retail at Utopia or Dystopia
- Tatiana Maslany Cares More About Orphan Black Fans Than Emmys
- The Twithead with the Dragon Tattoo: “Anne McCaffrey tried to kill me once. […] Barreling through the bowels of the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, I kept my head on a swivel as I threaded my way through a glut of scowling Klingons and beaming superheroes, past cardboard robots and buxom cat-girls, around wide-eyed convention virgins with their fanny packs and camera bags and sprawling paper programs. It’s important to keep one’s head at a science fiction convention—in trying to look at everything, one ultimately sees very little.”
- WatchMojo.com counts down the Top 10 Trailers Better Than the Movie
- Why Do E-Books Cost What They Do?
- The Museum of Science Fiction in Washington DC presents a gallery of artwork from Omni Magazine
- Propaganda Posters From The Dawn Of Star Wars ‘ Galactic Empire
More Fun Stuff
- Asteroid’s ‘bad timing’ killed off dinosaurs, new evidence shows
- Diary of an atomic bomb technician: “I will not be responsible for my actions if you keep me here …”
- Jason Blum—producer of Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister, The Purge, The Bay, and Oculus—participated in an interesting interview at SXSW Film 2014 about his model of producing high-quality low-budget horror films for wide release. The video is almost an hour long, but worth watching if you’re interested in contemporary mainstream horror.
- NASA Advocates for Mars Mission to a Packed Room at Comic-Con
- Oculus Is Awesome for Games, But It’s the Future of Movies
- Read an excerpt from Our Lady of the Streets by Tom Pollock at Civilian Reader.
- Read an excerpt from The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey at BiblioFiend.
- Scientists at the United States Geological Survey have cobbled together an incredibly detailed geologic map of Mars out of the data gathered about the planet since the time of the Viking orbiters in the 1970s. The map “provides a framework for continued scientific investigation” on the planet. The New York Times has more on the map and its uses.
- UConn makes 3-D replicas of antique instrument parts. Captain Picard thrilled someone can finally replicate him a new head joint for his Ressikan flute.
- Watch the Fox Panel at Comic Con discuss Maze Runner.
- Watch a trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay starring Jennifer Lawrence.
- Watch a trailer for Alien Isolation featuring the original film’s cast.
- Watch a trailer for Another Me starring Game of Thrones‘ Sophie Turner.
- Watch the first trailer for the new science fiction film Air.
- Watch the first trailer for “digital feature” Halo: Nightfall. Set between the events of Halo 4 and Halo 5: Guardians, it focuses on new character Jameson Locke, whose Naval Intelligence team are “caught in a horrific terrorist attack while investigating terrorist activity…”
- What Google Cars Can Learn From Killer Robots is exactly the opposite of what you’d guess – how to kill as few people as possible. OR SO THEY WOULD HAVE US BELIEVE.
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