Interviews & Profiles
- Adventures in SciFi Publishing interviews Greg van Eekhout, author of California Bones.
- Adventures in SciFi Publishing interviews Kim Vandevort, author of Outcast.
- The Functional Nerds interviews Alyx (A.M.) Dellamonica, author of Child of a Hidden Sea.
- The Functional Nerds interviews Django Wexler, author of The Shadow Throne.
- Hero Complex interviews Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples, author of Saga. “I think we’ve grown up in a sort of culture where a lot of our storytelling is controlled by a big corporation – that means we can’t let these characters die, we have to keep them alive. And that’s just a terrible way for fiction to approach things.”
- Lightspeed Magazine interviews Karl Schroeder, author of Lockstep.
- Murverse Annex interviews Gail Carriger of The Curious Case of the Werewolf That Wasn’t.
- My Bookish Ways interviews Arianne “Tex” Thompson, author of One Night in Sixes.
- Nicky Peacock interviews Micah Persell, author of Of Eternal Life.
- Reading & Writing podcast interviews Nate Kenyon, author of DAY ONE.
- 2014 Parsec Awards finalists have been announced!
- Sub Ops Ten: Ten Things About Submission Opportunities
- Tides of Possibility SciFi anthology publisher collecting submissions for the fantasy anthology
- War Stories, the newest military science fiction anthology from Apex, is now open for pre-orders!
Events & Event News
- Gabe Hardman, Corrina Bechko, Christian Gossett, Barbara Kesel, Brian Wood, and Garry Brown sign at The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach, CA to give the Star Wars Expanded Universe a final farewell on Saturday, August 23rd from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. RSVP on Facebook!
- Uncanny Magazine Year One – Three-time Hugo Award-winner Lynne M. Thomas (Apex Magazine, Chicks Dig Time Lords, Glitter & Mayhem) and three-time Hugo Award nominee Michael Damian Thomas (Apex Magazine, Queers Dig Time Lords, Glitter & Mayhem) are launching a new professional online SF/F magazine: Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction & Fantasy. Each issue will contain new and classic speculative fiction, fiction podcasts, poetry, essays, art, and interviews.
- 411Mania tries its hand at picking the Top 8 Spaceship Crews in honor of Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Adventures in SciFi Publishing runs down this week’s Sci-Fi Book Releases
- Amazing Stories Magazine discusses Warp-drive and Exoplanets.
- The Ambush at Sheridan Springs: How Gary Gygax Lost Control of Dungeons & Dragons
- Nicola Griffith exhorts readers to Keep the money in the family.
- Defining Steampunk with Authors Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris
- Dispatches From The Future: Ten of the brightest minds in science fiction imagine how we will live—on Earth and beyond—in the decades and centuries to come.
- The Imaginative Conservative imagines If Dostoevsky Had Written Science Fiction
- io9 has assembled an excellent list of Essential Star Trek Novels That Even Non-Trekkers Should Read, but they leave out the excellent Q-in-Law by Peter David, the funniest Trek novel, IMO.
- Mike Brotherton blogged about religious people talking about aliens over at Amazing Stories last week, after creationist Ken Ham suggested NASA stop looking for aliens because they’re going to Hell. Not to discount Mr. Ham’s opinion, but Brotherton thinks we should keep looking anyway. And let me remind you that NASA thinks we’ll be successful relatively soon.
- Of Meat Hooks and Desire: a guest post by Max Gladstone at Brian Staveley’s blog.
- Playing Dungeons and Dragons a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey
- Post-Binary Gender in SF: Written on the Body by Jeanette Winterson
- Popular Mechanics asks Could We Ever Build an Artificial World? In their cosmic megastructures series, PM explores some of the key engineering and design challenges in constructing gigantic structures for use by humankind in space. Strangely, there’s no discussion as to the pros and cons of exhaust ports. Personally, I’d come down on the Con side.
- Science fiction authors pick their top science fiction movies
- Some sci-fi writers want fewer killer robots and more vision for the future. I suspect that these writers may be in cahoots with out future robot overlords.
- Strange Horizons assembles a symposium on The State of British SF and Fantasy.
- Swordplay and Beer Drinking; The Trouble with Mastery
- The U.K. Metro give us a list of their top five Ninth Doctor stories. Always a tight debate when you’re only working with thirteen episodes to choose from, but it’s still an interesting one.
- Where’s the Diversity, Hollywood? Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blockbusters are Overwhelmingly White, Male
- “Why is Rue a Little Black Girl?” – The Problem of Innocence in the Dark Fantastic
- Why Marvel’s New Darth Vader Comic Could Be The Most Interesting Star Wars Comic Ever
- William Gibson: the man who saw tomorrow: Neuromancer, 30 years old this month, leapt into cyberspace almost before it existed
More Fun Stuff
- Boing Boing linked to an attempt to apply the Bechdel Test to Comic-Con itself!
- Download (At Least) Three Cheers for Cause and Effect from We are the Walking Dead.
- These incredible 3D holograms make Star Wars sci-fi tech a reality
- MoviePilot examines The scientific secret behind Batman’s hidden identity.
- Now You Can Read Lev Grossman’s Annotations on The Magician King.
- Popular Science has released Dispatches from the Future, an iPad-only special edition available on iTunes, featuring original sci-fi and a graphic novelization of Asimov’s classic story “Nightfall.”
- WalesOnline asked various celebrities, including Matthew Rhys of The Americans, where and when in the universe they’d like the Doctor to take them.
- Watch a trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
- Watch a book trailer for The Magician’s Land by Lev Grossman
- Watch a Stephen Colbert’s SDCC Super-Fan Hobbit Speech in Full
- Why don’t Republicans like Neil DeGrasse Tyson