SF/F/H Link Post for 2014-08-13
Interviews & Profiles
- Beauty in Ruins interviews Matt Drabble, author of The Traveling Man.
- io9 interviews Jeff Bridges, star of The Giver.
- Literary Escapism interviews Maggie Shayne, author of Twilight Guardians.
- My Bookish Ways interviews Rod Duncan, author of The Bullet-Catcher’s Daughter.
- My Bookish Ways interviews Brent Hayward, author of Head Full of Mountains.
- The Qwillery interviews Dixie Lyle, author of To Die Fur,.
- The Qwillery interviews Thomas Sweterlitsch, author of Tomorrow and Tomorrow.
- Sitwritebleed interviews Gail Martin, author of Deadly Curiosities.
- Honoring Ray Bradbury is the goal of one Waukegan group
- Outlander set a ratings record for Starz and, defying stereotype, the audience was 45% male.
Events & Event News
- All 29 Marvel and DC Movie Release Dates Mapped Out Through 2020
- Under the Dog – An anime science fiction action thriller that will explore what it means to live and die well, testing the limits of all we hold dear
- Arz: Seventh Circle – a novel set in a space based science fiction setting following the adventures of Captain Sjelby Lochart. For a sample of the short stories check out the stories page. For a sample of the novel check out the blog.
- Robot – Short Film – A war veteran living in hiding is haunted by recurring visits from a Robot.
- Book Review: The AudioBookaneers review the space opera Cibola Burn by James S.A. Corey
- Book Review: Patrick Hester takes a look at a graphic novel based on the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon, Outlander: The Exile.
- Are Doctor Who’s Whispermen related to the Trickster?
- Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin at the Edinburgh International Literary Festival that his teachers said sci-fi would rot his mind. “When I was 12 or 13, I had teachers take away science fiction books by [Robert A.] Heinlein and [Isaac] Asimov and say: ‘You’re a smart kid, you get good grades. Why are you reading this trash? They rot your mind. You should be reading Silas Marner.'” I like to imagine he eventually wrote those teachers into his books so they could die terribly.
- In a slightly weird for CNN.com, James Patterson imagines what he would do if he were Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos: “I, Jeff Bezos, am not so carried away with this success that I am going to lose sight of scale or sanity. Sure, I have ushered in the age of Internet commerce, but, no, I am not now hanging around just to collect my financial reward, or even to bask in the public recognition. You see, I, Jeff Bezos, am actually trying to make this a better world.”
- In Science Fiction, We Are Never Home. Steve Erickson on where technology leads to exile.
- Indie Kickstarter-funded sci-fi short HENRi features classic visual effects and storytelling – with a twist. As detailed in Cinefex magazine (issue 134), the film itself utilizes a mixture of the old and the new — combining live-action sequences with puppetry, quarter-scale miniatures, and modern CGI. Speaking with Wired, the film’s director said: “The goal was to seamlessly integrate these different techniques to create the world. My philosophy is that effects are merely a tool to help the story, and that in mind, we used pretty much every trick in the book.” The film also stars genre legend Keir Dullea, of 2001: A Space Odyssey. In a making-of video for the film, Dullea says, “Having done 2001, [HENRi] was a wonderful homage to Stanley Kubrick and that film.” The short is now available for free viewing online at Hulu.
- io9 suggests 10 Classic Young Adult Novels That Would Make Amazing Movies, including the excellent The Girl Who Owned a City, the first dystopian novel I ever read.
- Is 30 superhero movies in 6 years too much of a good thing? Nope.
- Lev Grossman explains how not to write your first novel (mostly, don’t move to rural Maine).
- Lev Grossman writes about Narnia and the appeal of fantasy novels: “I bristle whenever fantasy is characterized as escapism. It’s not a very accurate way to describe it; in fact, I think fantasy is a powerful tool for coming to an understanding of oneself. The magic trick here, the sleight of hand, is that when you pass through the portal, you re-encounter in the fantasy world the problems you thought you left behind in the real world.”
- Modern Technology Did Not Kill Spy Films Because They Aren’t About the Technology
- Party Like It’s 1999: Japanese Retrofuturism and Chrono Trigger
- One Perfect Shot: Star Trek the Original Series’ “The Corbomite Maneuver.”
- Quests for Fire: Neanderthals and Science Fiction
- Robin Williams’ iconic Mork has some unlikely connections to Star Wars and Star Trek
- Sci-Phi: HiddenCity remembers Isaac Asimov’s West Philly Years
- Star Trek Writer David Mack’s Defense of Diversity in Sci-Fi Is Damn Near Perfect
- This Is What Happened When One Trekker Complained About “Illogical” Homosexual Relationships
- What Made Guardians of the Galaxy So Darn Good?
- You’ve Got to Hide Your Feelings Away: Why We Buy Into Emotional Dystopias.
- Mind-Bending French Posters For Cult Scifi And Horror Movies
- You, Too, Can Grow a Dancing Groot in Your Backyard
More Fun Stuff
- 101 Better Titles for Terminator: Genisys
- First Robotics Company Joins Campaign to Stop Killer Robots
- I’m pretty sure this twitter account is how sexting works in Night Vale. Warning: Hilariously NSFW
- Jewel Staite: “There is nothing cuter than mini Browncoats. Nothing.” She posts a picture of young Firefly cosplayers to her Instagram page.
- Morgan Freeman And The Science Channel Bring You The Next Space Race
- Read an excerpt from The Bunker by Joshua Fialkov and Joe Infurnari at BoingBoing.
- Read an excerpt from A Vision of Fire by Gillian Anderson at CNet.
- While Peter Capaldi has begun his promotional world tour as the Twelfth Doctor with Youtube streaming upcoming appearances live on its official channel, artist and fan Stephen Byrne has imagined the very much unofficial Twelfth Doctor’s Animated Adventures.
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