Interviews & Profiles
- A Backwards Story interviews Amalie Howard, author of Waterfell.
- Ginger Nuts of Horror interviews Glen Hirshberg, author of Motherless Child.
- Henry L. Herz interviews Kevin Hearne, author of Shattered.
- My Bookish Ways interviews Lucy A. Snyder, author of Soft Apocalypses.
- Reddit recently held an AMA for Brent Weeks, author of The Way of Shadows.
- Science Book a Day interviews Greg Bear, author of Darwin’s Radio.
- Time interviews Hank Azaria, voice talent behind The Simpsons. [via Paul Di Filippo]
- Vulture interviews Margaret Atwood, author of MaddAddam, about the HBO Adaptation.
Events & Event News
- Author Junot Diaz will appear at Skylight Books in Los Angeles on Friday September 19th at 7:30 PM for a reading and signing of This is How you Lose Her.
- Programming for Wizard World Chicago Comic Con 2014 Includes Bruce Campbell, David Boreanaz
- Holdfast Magazine Anthology – an online magazine featuring speculative fiction and essays, and it’s looking to print its first anthology. For £8, they’re offering backers a digital copy of the anthology. For a £13 pledge, they’re offering a hard copy.
- The Kawaii Steampunk Android TCG – a 2-player deck-building game where you calibrate your androids to dispatch the Competition. Players will enter this sci-fi, steam-punky world, and play the game by taking control of androids.
- Book Review: Paul Di Filippo weighs in on John Varley’s Dark Lightning
- Alternative Capes: BookRiot suggests Superhero Stories You Need To Read
- An argument for the importance of death in YA fiction, by Rupert Wallis.
- Critics hail Peter Capaldi’s Doctor Who debut
- Damien Walter presents 21 of the best British sci-fi writers of 2014 you haven’t heard of.
- The Doctor Is In (He’s Aged): Peter Capaldi Goes From Doctor Who Fan to Its Star
- Doctor Who season 8: Deep Breath – was Peter Capaldi’s Doctor debut a hit or miss?
- Doctor Who season 8, episode 1: Five unanswered questions from Deep Breath
- Dorkly looks back at 6 Movie Mysteries That Were Only Revealed In Novelizations.
- The End Of The World As We Know It: On The Last Policeman Series [via Paul Di Filippo]
- Enter No. 12, Quiet and Dangerous: Peter Capaldi Makes His Debut as Doctor Who
- Ghost Stories for Grown-Ups: Robert Aickman was a master of the creepy and the strange.
- Girls Ruin Everything: Kelly Jensen discusses the ways we treat successful women writers.
- Hannah Gomez wrote this really thought-provoking post over on the Lee & Low blog asking where all of the people of color in dystopian novels have gone.
- How Wes Ball designed the perfect maze for The Maze Runner
- I haven’t had the chance to play with this a whole lot, so I’ve got no idea how deep it goes, but this database is all about genre fiction by women.
- Jeff VanderMeer reflects on connections between personal experience and written SF/fantasy, including those in his own work as well as that of Angela Carter, Lev Grossman, Ann Leckie, Lauren Beukes, and Nnedi Okorafor.
- Lori Lee writes about diversity in YA fantasy, and why it matters.
- This post by Molly Backes begging for people to stop complaining about Harry Potter — and by extension, children’s and young adult literature more broadly — is excellent.
- Someone else has noticed the problems with the asteroid field in The Empire Strikes Back.
- The Spirit of Invention: Advanced Materials Inspired by Isaac Asimov
- Why death is so important in YA novels
- Why great comics don’t always make great movies
- You have demons in your subconscious? In a fantasy world those demons can get out, where you can grapple with them face to face. The story I was telling was impossible, and I believed in it more than I believed in the 10,000 entirely reasonable, plausible things I’d written before. Lev Grossman, author of the Magicians series of books, on how he found his voice as a fantasy novelist.
- A Bladerunner redesign by Maciej Drabik
- Interplanetary Travel Posters by Steve Thomas and some informative Solar System Infographics.
- Sci-Fi Art: “Pistol” by James Chung
- The truth about the upcoming D&D game
More Fun Stuff
- Doctor Who‘s surprise appearance from a familiar face sent the internet into meltdown
- Fox Reacts to Guardians of the Galaxy in this web comic.
- George Lucas blew up the galaxy, but I still remember it: The best of the now-derelict Star Wars expanded universe in one timeline [via Paul Di Filippo]
- Patrick Lin discusses ethics, responsibility and liability related to safety programming in self-driving cars: Robot Cars With Adjustable Ethics Settings.
- Scientist claims discovery of plankton on the ISS is proof that life on Earth came from outer space