Interviews & Profiles
- Adventures in SciFi Publishing talks with John Dodds, author of Dead Boyfriends.
- Diabolic Plots interviews Anatoly Belivosky, author of “KULTURKAMPF.”
- Flickering Myth interviews Kurtis Wiebe and Tyler Jenkins, author of Peter Panzerfaust.
- Ginger Nuts of Horror interviews William Tooker, author of Echoes of the Fall.
- Mcnallyrobinson interviews Jeff VanderMeer, author of Acceptance.
- My Bookish Ways interviews Bishop O’Connell, author of Stolen: An American Faerie Tale.
- Nicky Peacock interviews Shane McKenzie, author of Fairy.
- Publishers Weekly interviews Hugh Howey, author of Dust.
- The Qwillery interviews Sarah Creech, author of Season of the Dragonflies.
- Reddit recently hosted an AMA for R.A. Salvatore, author of Rise of the King.
- The comedy sci-fi novel Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede, will be a movie.
- The Mythopoeic Society announced the winners of the 2014 Mythopoeic Awards at Mythcon 45, August 10, 2014, at Wheaton College in Norton MA.
Events & Event News
- The Center for Future Consciousness in Grand Rapids, MI, is hosting workshop Science Fiction: The Mythology of the Future, 19-21 September
- Walter Mosley & Paul di Filippo will hold a NYRSF reading Tuesday, September 9 at 7:00pm in EDT at 388 Atlantic Ave Brooklyn, NY 11217
- Accessing the Future – a SF anthology exploring disability & the intersectionality of race, class, gender & sexuality co-edited by Kathryn Allan and Djibril al-Ayad, to be published by Futurefire.net
- Psionics – Inspired by “Akira” and “Firestarter,” Psionics is a DicePunk System Tabletop RPG about troubled youth with tremendous psychic powers!
- Book Review: LA Times reviews Lev Grossman’s The Magician’s Land: “Maybe, this masterful close suggests, both real and fantasy worlds have space for heroes and magic.”
- 10 Guardians of the Galaxy Members Who Could (or SHOULD) be in the Sequel
- 30 Doctor Who Episodes That Will Make You A Whovian In No Time, beginning with the episode with the absolute least Doctor Who screen time of any episode in the series.
- Do We Have Any Technology Better Than in Star Trek?
- Eight Essential Science Fiction Detective Mash-Ups, suggested by Tor.com.
- Flying in New Directions: Anne McCaffrey’s Literary Impact
- George RR Martin: Fans have correctly predicted the ending to A Song of Ice and Fire
- George Takei: William Shatner Was The ‘Problem Uncle’ In The Star Trek Family
- The Giver is the latest in a wave of dystopian stories that have washed over America in recent years. From this summer’s Purge sequel and Under the Dome to the latest Hunger Games movie (due out in November), people can’t get enough of these apocalyptic fantasies, in which seemingly perfect worlds turn horrific. Why have we become the United States of Dystopia?
- In praise of… science-fiction fandom. Sci-fi fans inhabit a world that, with the writers they most admire, they have built for themselves yet share with the rest of us.
- How Alien Isolation Is Going All In On Authentic Sci-Fi Horror
- RA Lafferty – the secret sci-fi genius more than ready for a comeback. A reissue of the US science fiction writer RA Lafferty’s stories sold out rapidly this year, and his fans, including Neil Gaiman, hope to see his novels reprinted.
- The Ultra Thin Man author Patrick Swenson on His Pop Culture Influences
- When Did Nerds Become So Intolerant? [via Paul Di Filippo]
- Why archaeologists make better futurists than science-fiction writers.
- Art of Science Competition Reveals the Hidden Beauty of the Microcosm
- This Is A Guinea Pig Wearing Leather Steampunk Wings. It’s art because I say so.
More Fun Stuff
- Ariana Grande’s new “Break Free” music video is a trippy sci-fi romp. After you watch it, check to see how many sci-fi movie references you caught.
- Do You Know The Hugo Awards? How much of a sci fi nerd are you, really?
- In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Dungeon & Dragons, Audible are offering The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories for free for forty (40) days. Ends September 20th, 2014.
- Infographic: 50 Years of Visionary Sci-Fi Computer Interfaces
- Infographic: The Most Expensive Movie Props
- Issues #3 and #4 of Big Sky, exclusively about the first and second series of the Gollancz SF MASTERWORKS list, are at last available for free download as PDFs
- Meet MonsterMind, the NSA Bot That Could Wage Cyberwar Autonomously. MonsterMind, because the government has officially surrendered the battle to make weapon systems sound benevolent. Somewhere, James Cameron is facepalming himself over his preciously-named “Skynet.”
- Read an excerpt from Assail by Ian C. Esslemont at Civilian Reader.
- Sean Bean Doesn’t Know How Not to Die Onscreen in This Spoof
- Soon We’ll All Be Having Sex With Robots, Maybe says Scientist. You need to get out of the house and meet a nice girl, shouts scientists’ mother down stairs.