Interviews & Profiles
- Examiner.com interviews Karl Beer, author of CRIK.
- The Guardian profiles Joss Whedon. “I don’t want to be done creating new universes.”
- James Spader talks about working on Avengers, says a lot of nice things about Joss.
- Mark Hamill feared angry geek mobs if he rejected ‘Star Wars’ return. And this, children, is why we form geek mobs – so that our heroes will fear us.
- Neil deGrasse Tyson talks about what may be the first late-night science talk show, which he’ll be hosting on the National Geographic Channel.
- The Qwillery interviews Kelley Grant, author of Desert Rising.
- SFFWorld interviews Susan Boulton, author of Oracle.
- Star Wars: Rogue One Will Be About Stealing the Death Star Plans. I’m guessing that a lot of Bothans are about to get the George R.R. Martin treatment.
- WikiLeaks uncovers a bombshell: Doctor Who will be a major motion picture despite the wishes of everyone involved with Doctor Who
Events & Event News
- Artist Blair Shedd will appear at Friendly Neighborhood Comics in Bellingham, MA on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 from noon till 6:00 pm to sign the first issue of DOCTOR WHO featuring the Ninth Doctor! RSVP on Facebook
- Jonathan Case and Jeff Jensen appear at the University Book Store in Seattle on Sunday May 3, 2015 at 3:00 PM to sign Before Tomorrowland!
- The Blü Normal – When an eight-year-old girl on the autistic spectrum, stumbles across an ancient relic, she is teleported to an alternate universe. She soon realizes the grass is not always greener on the other side of the spectrum, but it might be too late…
- Dreams Eternal Magazine – a bi monthly speculative fiction ezine dedicated to the indie writer of the century. We include short stories, flash fiction, poetry, and interviews of different small press and indie writers alike.
- Girl Genius Graphic Novel: a New Journey Begins! – This one is for Girl Genius: The Beast of the Rails, the latest in the Girl Genius series of graphic novels. Beast of the Rails is the first book of the Second Journey of Agatha Heterodyne–and begins a whole new story arc. If you’re new to the series, this is an excellent place to jump in!
- 5 Films that had a better Theatrical Cut tThan Director’s Cut
- 8 Possible Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Spin-Offs Marvel Should Seriously Consider
- 10 reasons we’re surprisingly excited by the new Fantastic Four trailer
- 13 Big Reveals From the New Jurassic World Trailer
- Capricorn One and other movies brought 1970s paranoia into science fiction
- Diversity panels at book conferences may not be achieving the desired goal, says Justina Ireland. “Diversity panels make conference organizers feel like they’re doing their part to further diversity, but all they really do is further ghettoize diverse authors and marginalized voices because the audience for those panels are the people who are ALREADY LISTENING. And that is the problem.”
- Does Firefly Still Matter? Point/Counterpoint in which two io9 writers debate the show. Spoiler alert: one of them is WRONG. Brown coats forever!
- GamesRadar picks the Top 50 sci-fi spaceships, beginning with the Geonosis Solar Sailer.
- io9 looks back at The sad plant life of Star Trek TNG, The 10 Best Star Trek Cold Openings, and The 10 Best Star Trek Episode Endings.
- Neil Clarke shares the Top Ten Most Common Short Story Names.
- Orphan Black Puts the Greater Good Above Its Clones
- A previously unknown 3-page passage, cut from A Wrinkle in Time, has been found by Madeline L’Engle’s granddaughter, and published by the Wall Street Journal. It provides strong insight into the political thought regarding conformity and security in the book.
- Science Comes Second in Crichton’s Next says Smart Pop Books.
- Series, or stand alone? Author Alex J. Cavanuagh weighs the pros and cons.
- Some comments on the Hugos and other SF awards from Eric Flint
- Some Sad Puppy Data Analysis from Nathaniel Givens
- Tumblr Fandom Doesn’t Owe You Sales: The Fans Who Are Ruining Everything
- Tumblr’s Rachel Fershleiser talks to the Los Angeles Times about books, nail art, and how Tumblr is connecting readers and authors. The Times calls Tumblr “an essential online literary ecosystem,” which may be the nicest thing I’ve ever heard any say about Tumblr.
- What do authors really think of their publishers? Check out this survey of what more than 800 traditionally-published authors think of the firms that published them. Results? If you’re disappointed by your publisher’s marketing skills and/or strategy, you are not alone. A quarter of respondents felt that their books “weren’t really marketed at all.”
- Why Obi Wan is the Worst Jedi Ever
- Doctor Who fan pays amazing tribute with 34,000 domino salute
- Ivona Posavi PŠak creates beautiful pendants featuring H. R. Giger’s Aliens.
More Fun Stuff
- Astronaut posts awesome Star Trek selfie from space. Trekkies immediately take to social media to criticize choice of undershirt, incorrect stitching on hem of tunic
- Cosmos And Culture 13.7 asks Can The Earth Be Conscious?
- Jurassic World poster should step away from the glass
- Library of Congress Launches New Online Poetry Archive, Featuring 75 Years of Classic Poetry Readings, including Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, and Kurt Vonnegut.
- NASA: “What a nice little Mars mission you have there. *Cracks Knuckles* It would be a shame if anything happened to it.”
- Excerpt: The Silver Witch by Paula Brackston
- “Scientific wonderland” expected as spacecraft approaches Pluto, but if my frequent trips to Disney World have taught me anything, it’s that, when we get there, it’s going to be all high prices and long lines.
- Six times Sesame Street made you laugh out loud with a book parody.
- This Star Wars super fan created his own working BB-8 droid
- Watch The Making of Star Wars As Told by C-3PO & R2-D2, the First-Ever Star Wars Doc.
- You’ll never believe what Neil deGrasse Tyson said about clickbait headlines!