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SF Tidbits for 1/23/08

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SF Tidbits for 1/20/08

  • The World in the Satin Bag interviews Karen Miller, author of The Awakened Mage: “…in writing fantasy I get to play with the best of both worlds – larger than life events and themes, a splash of magic, and a chance to explore humanity from a slightly skewed perspective.”
  • Clive Thompson on Why Sci-Fi Is the Last Bastion of Philosophical Writing: “If you want to read books that tackle profound philosophical questions, then the best — and perhaps only — place to turn these days is sci-fi. Science fiction is the last great literature of ideas.”
  • William Shunn’s “Not of This Fold” is the latest preliminary Nebula nominee to be posted online. (See also: More free Nebula nominees online.)
  • Thanks to the upcoming BSFA Awards, Niall Harrison has book covers on his mind.
  • The latest issue of Science Fiction Concatenation has been posted.
  • Screen Grabs lists of The Top Ten Action Heroes Who Deserve A Comeback includes Snake Plissken (Escape from New York) and “Dutch” Schaefer (Predator).

SF Tidbits for 1/19/08

SF Tidbits for 1/18/08

  • Over at Omnivoracious, Jeff VanderMeer interviews Michael Moorcock, author of The Metatemporal Detective. “I’m easily bored. For that reason I usually don’t read much genre fiction. I like fiction which precedes genre or when it has begun to parody or otherwise question the tropes.”
  • io9 interviews Kathleen Ann Goonan, author of Queen City Jazz: “…for me, nanotech has been a metaphor for the power of thought, and for the power of language. This may sound odd, but it seems that the more we understand matter and the more we are able to manipulate it and to make decisions about how and why to do so, the better we understand ourselves.”
  • More free Nebula Nominated fiction: The list of Preliminary Nominees for the 2007 Nebula Awards has been updated with more links to free online versions of short fiction nominees.
  • Brenda Munday Gifford has posted a free (PDF) eBook Before the Charon Covenant, a prequel to The Charon Covenant.
  • Paizo publishing announced the 2008 release schedule for their science fiction novel imprint, Planet Stories. Titles include Northwest of Earth: the Complete Northwest Smith by C. L. Moore, Almuric by Robert E. Howard, Lord of the Spiders by Michael Moorcock, The Samarkand Solution by Gary Gygax, The Ginger Star by Leigh Brackett, Masters of the Pit by Michael Moorcock, Infernal Sorceress by Gary Gygax, Worlds of Their Own edited by James Lowder (featuring fiction by R.A. Salvatore, Michael A. Stackpole, Ed Greenwood, Elaine Cunningham, and others), Swordsman of Mars by Otis Adelbert Kline.
  • Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute salutes The Power of “Superheroes” Imagery in Fashion with a gala benefit on May 5th that “will reveal how the superhero serves as the ultimate metaphor for fashion and its ability to empower and transform the human body”. [sent in from Peter from Living The Limnal]
  • The American Film Institute plans to pick the top 10 movies in 10 genres, including science fiction. Among the scifi nominees are The Matrix and the 1953 version of The War of the Worlds. The results will be revealed on a CBS special in June.
  • At SciFi Scanner, Harold Goldberg shows off his Talking Iron Giant Bank. Envy, thy taste is bitter!
  • Oh, the pain! Gravity Lens leads us to this alphabetical list of Dr. Smith’s Monikers for the Robot. “Sleek, sophisticated, charming companion” has a whole different tone when you’re an adult, if you know what I mean. As does “my male nurse.”

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SF Tidbits for 1/9/08

  • At SciFi Wire, John Joseph Adams profiles Chris Roberson, author of The Dragon’s Nine Sons and Three Unbroken.
  • io9 interviews Charles Stross (Halting State): “Fiction, confabulation, story-telling — is, when you get down to it, usually used as an entertainment medium, and also as a mechanism for showing us about other ways of thinking, and if you try to preach a political message you usually end up with something that’s not very entertaining (if not outright annoying to a lot of your readers).”
  • S.M. Duke interviews Jennifer Rahn (The Longevity Thesis): “Now I live in perpetual angst, hoping that Joan D. Vinge will publish something new. Honestly, the woman writes literary crack.”
  • Paul McAuley asks: “Has SF lost its grip on the future?” as he wonders about science fiction’s retreat from classic tropes.
  • Matt Mitchell explains The Difference Between SciFi and Fantasy: “When the science of something is explained plausibly, within the laws of physics it is SciFi.

    When the science of something is not explained, it is fantasy.”

  • Jeff VanderMeer has Sarah Monette talking about Catastrophe. “…twist endings are something we grow out of, both as readers and as writers.”
  • At Intergalactic Medicine Show, Carol Pinchefsky asks: Is There Nepotism in Science Fiction? “Because of this ultra-socialization in the genre, editors tend to buy stories and novels from people that they often already know, at least tangentially.” [via Futurismic]
  • Free Fiction:
    • Edward Willett has posted the first two chapters of his upcoming SF novel Marseguro (due out from DAW Books February 5) online.
    • The January 2008 issue of Apex Online has been posted.
    • Orbit is giving away a copy of Iain Banks’ latest Culture novel, Matter.
    • Illusion On-Demand has launched Transmitter, a new online sci-fi anthology magazine.
    • Elizabeth Bear has the skinny on Shadow Unit, a “website for a serial drama in internet form”, some free, some by reasonably-priced subscription. Staff writers include Emma Bull, Will Shetterly, Sarah Monette and Ms. Bear herself.
  • Subterranean press is showing off their cool cover of Snow Crash, a Neal Stephenson limited edition reprint due in the Fall. [via Big Dumb Object]
  • Fascinating: SciFi Scanner tells us that there will be three Spock characters in the new Star Trek movie.
  • Mike Brotherton (Star Dragon, Spider Star) lists Top 10 Science-Based Sci-Fi Movies.

SF Tidbits for 1/8/08

  • Focus on Science Fiction and Fantasy interviews John Hemry (a.k.a. Jack Campbell), author of The Lost Fleet novels. “I think SF has a good future as long as it doesn’t take itself too seriously. By that I mean it has to remain focused on telling the story, rather than trying to be Literary.”
  • At SciFi Wire, John Joseph Adams profiles Hal Duncan (Vellum).
  • Fast Forward podcast-interviews Tobias Buckell (Ragamuffin).
  • John Scalzi reveals the spoilery ending of Zoe’s Tale. Or not.
  • The Guardian asks: “Why do critics still sneer at sci-fi?” and looks at The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester: “Science fiction writers are dismissed by the mainstream, but for mind-expanding ideas and sheer narrative excitement the genre is hard to beat.”
  • Strange Horizons takes a look back at 2007 with contributions from Graham Sleight, Paul Raven, Nader Elhefnawy, Victoria Hoyle, Paul Kincaid, Richard Larson, Laura Blackwell, Iain Clark, L. Timmel Duchamp, Martin Lewis, Tony Keen, Lisa Goldstein, Gwyneth Jones, Michael Levy, Jonathan McCalmont, Abigail Nussbaum, Nicola Clarke, Donna Royston, David Soyka, Adam Roberts and Tim Phipps.
  • Becca Bacon Martin of The Morning News paper in Arkansas finds wisdom in the words of Robert A. Heinlein.
  • Now posted: David Langford’s Ansible 246 for January 2008.
  • Great White Snark offers this list of Top 5 Celebrities Likely to be Mistaken for Zombies. Of course, any such list that does not include Iggy Pop and every member of the Rolling Stones is highly suspect…

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