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SF Tidbits for 11/24/07

  • Entertainment Weekly throws fan questions at George R.R. Martin. “I think I speak for virtually all fantasy and science-fiction writers that it’s a constant annoyance for anyone who works in these fields, that whenever a great piece of work is produced, you get reviewers saying, ‘Oh, this isn’t science fiction, it’s too good.'” [via John Joseph Adams]
  • IMAX has a short online video featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the next Batman movie, The Dark Knight.
  • Time talks with Stephen King.
  • The December edition of the Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series, hosted by Ellen Datlow and Gavin J. Grant, features Naomi Novik (the Temeraire series) and Christopher Barzak (One for Sorrow). Also: See photos from past KGB events.
  • The List Universe lists Top 10 Errors in Science Fiction Movies.
  • Firefly‘s Jewel Staite gets a website. And it has a photo gallery page. And we all give thanks. [via Whedonesque]

SF Tidbits for 11/22/07

  • Free fiction: The Worm Ouroboros by E.R. Eddison (1922), “A Wind is Rising” by Robert Sheckley (1957, writing as Finn O’Donnevan) and “Viewpoint” by Randall Garrett (1960). [via Quasar Dragon ]
  • SciFi Scanner has an Ultimate Blade Runner Fan Quiz. First person with all the correct answers wins…(no, not the recent suitcase-version of Blade Runner)….Close Encounters of the Third Kind (30th Anniversary Ultimate Edition).
  • Tor Podcasts latest episode is part 1 of the Blogging in SF panel from WorldCon.
  • Vector magazine interviews Richard K. Morgan. (Altered Carbon and Thirteen. “…there’s a lot of eloquent bollocks talked about what literature is (or should be) for, and I don’t have much patience with any of it.”
  • Seibertron interviews Alan Dean Foster. “…I developed quite a reputation as an adaptation writer. I do two or three a year, if it’s something that seems interesting. And I turn some down, sometimes I do spin-off books, too. But don’t do those often because, I didn’t really want to write about Han Solo’s second cousin in Correlia.”
  • The Alcove has a video-interview with Paul Levinson about the state and future of old and new media.
  • The Reelz Channel blog lists The 10 Most Unfortunate Movie Titles Ever. Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, Blade Runner, Zathura and Serenity make the list.

SF Tidbits for 11/21/07

  • SFFWorld interviews George R.R. Martin. Here’s GRRM on his steamboat vampire book, Fevre Dream: “The vampire thing just seemed to go with steamboats. There’s something very nineteenth century about both of them. Sort of the dark romanticism.”
  • There is a lot of talk going on ’round the Blogosphere about short fiction lately and I’ve been unable to keep up. Fortunately, Lou Anders is around to offer up a nice summary, and toss in his own informed 2 cents.
  • Sean Williams shows off the covers for his upcoming young adult books The Changeling, The Dust Devils and The Scarecrow.
  • The American Family Association is “is alerting Christians to the potential dangers of The Golden Compass.” [via Better Living Through Science Fiction]
  • Jayme Lynn Blaschke reviews Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium at RevolutionSF. “…Natalie Portman, the geeks’ heartthrob who can be awe-inspiring in one movie and abysmal the next, manages to pull off both in the same role.”
  • A Dribble of Ink offers a two-part interview with various science fiction bloggers (Chris the Book Swede, Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review, The Fantasy Review, Neth Space, Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist, Rob’s Blog o’ Stuff, SciFiChick, Fantasy Book Critic and La Gringa from The Swivet).
  • One for the ladies: Fantasy & Sci-Fi Lovin’ Blog lists The Sexiest Sci-Fi Men Alive.
  • One for the guys who can’t get the ladies: Here’s a list of 645 works of mathematical fiction. [via Grow-a-Brain]
  • Shameless Plug of the Week Thinly Disguised as Trivia: Did you know Joan Collins had a science fiction connection before Star Trek? Check out the Classic Comedy Giants Do SciFi post I guest-blogged over at SciFi Scanner for the scoop.

SF Tidbits for 11/20/07

SF Tidbits for 11/19/07

  • Free classic reads: “Unwise Child” Randall Garrett (1962) at ManyBooks.net. Also, Quasar Dragon points us to The Time Axis by Henry Kuttner (1948)and Stowaway to Mars by John Wyndham (1936).
  • Brian Aldiss discusses global warming and environment in Our Science Fiction Fate in the Guardian: “Science fiction writers find difficulty in dealing with the global threat, never mind recycling. There has always been a journalistic flavour to science fiction.”
  • The San Francisco Chronicle‘s Michael Berry names the best SF books of the year: The Sons of Heaven by Kage Baker, One for Sorrow by Christopher Barzak, Territory by Emma Bull, 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill, Un Lun Dun by China Mieville, Empire of Ivory by Naomi Novik, The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Bad Monkeys by Matt Ruff, The Terror by Dan Simmons, and Halting State by Charles Stross. [via Locus Online]
  • The Kansas City Star‘s Top 100 books of the year includes SF titles: The Guild of Xenolinguists by Sheila Finch, The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman, Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer, Halting State by Charles Stross, and Ha’penny by Jo Walton. [via Locus Online]
  • By way of Amazon List, Lou Anders offers us a sneak peek at Pyr’s 2008 Spring-Summer Season.
  • Geekerati podcast interviews Tim Minear (Angel, Buffy, Firefly) about the ongoing WGA strike.
  • The CBC’s November 16th episode of Sounds Like Canada featured a smackdown between Star Wars and Star Trek. Robert J. Sawyer speaks for Star Trek. [Podcast link via Bloginhood]
  • The latest issue of Newsweek features the cover story The Future of Reading which talks about Amazon’s recently-announced eBook reader, Kindle and the future of paper books. “Microsoft’s Bill Hill has a riff where he runs through the energy-wasting, resource-draining process of how we make books now. We chop down trees, transport them to plants, mash them into pulp, move the pulp to another factory to press into sheets, ship the sheets to a plant to put dirty marks on them, then cut the sheets and bind them and ship the thing around the world. ‘Do you really believe that we’ll be doing that in 50 years?’ he asks.”

SF Tidbits for 11/18/07

  • Here’s a 1982 interview with John Sladek by David Langford. “To my mind, the best SF addresses itself to problems of the here and now, or even to problems which have never been solved and never will be solved — I’m thinking of Philip K. Dick’s work here, dealing with questions of reality…”
  • Jay Tomio lists his Best Reads of 2007.
  • This holiday, bake your own Dalek Cupcake Army. [via Evil Mad Scientists Laboratories]
  • Something Awful offers more Photoshop chuckles with Anagrammed Video Games Part 2.
  • The List Universe lists Top 10 Dragons. How Puff the Magic Dragon (#1) beats out Smaug (#4) is beyond me…

SF Tidbits for 11/17/07

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SF Tidbits for 11/15/07

  • SciFi Chick interviews Eric Brown, author of Helix and the upcoming Kéthani. “I write – I like to think – SF for people who don’t read much SF. It’s character-driven, eventful, economical – certainly not hard SF, which I don’t care for. I’m not bothered about explanations of science and technology in SF, nor about predictions; I like to empathise with human beings, and a good story.”
  • Fantasy Book Critic interviews Joel Shepherd, author of Killswitch. “I think the trend of human progress has been generally to the positive, with some nasty hiccups, and I don’t expect that to change. I also think some of the attraction of dystopian worlds is that a lot of writers either aren’t interested in politics, or can’t see a way to use it excitingly in their plots. Dystopian worlds usually preclude politics as we understand it…so it’s a bit of a cop out.”
  • SFFWorld interviews Hal Duncan (Vellum and Ink). “I’m Scottish, so socialism is in my blood.”
  • Cinematical interviews the Producers and Directors of the Futurama movie. “Ultimately, Futurama relies on a fair amount of sci-fi conventions. From the beginning, we knew space, the ships, and the battles had to look awesome — or suffer the fans’ wrath.”
  • Comic book publishers Dabel Brothers Publishing (The Hedge Knight) is teaming up with Del Rey to distribute graphic-novel editions of the Dabel Brothers’ comics. The first three projects to be announced are full-color comic adaptations of Jim Butcher’s The Dresden Files, Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, and Wild Cards, edited by George R.R. Martin.
  • Ellen Datlow writes in to tell us that The Horror Writers Association supports the Writers Guild of America strike.
  • Daniel Keys Moran has been added to the list of sf/f authors who blog. See also: his free fiction. [via Fred K.]
  • PS Publishing has extended their 50% Discount Sale through December 31st 2007.
  • SF Diplomat looks at Mundane Vs. Hard SF. “Mudane SF is [fueled] by the aspects of science that are all about empirical adequacy. It’s about only saying things that are strictly likely to be true. Hard SF, on the other hand, is [fueled] by the parts of the scientific process that are all about the beauty of a scientific concept. Hard SF is about picking up a scientific idea and playing with it purely for the pleasure of thinking about the universe in that way.”
  • Blue Sun Corp (heh-heh) lists its Top Ten Science Fiction Novels using the criteria of good ideas, good characters and good writing.
  • Jay G. at Geekend asks: When did Star Trek jump the shark?
  • Genre characters overwhelm this list of Top 10 Evil Movie Villains.
  • SciFi Scanner lists some Sci-Fi Geek Pick Up Lines. “Why don’t we head to my bedroom, peel back my Star Wars sheets, and discover what a true Jedi can do with his light saber?” I’m thinking the clincher to that line would be if this velvet painting of Admiral Ackbar was hanging on the wall of the bedroom in the geek’s mother’s basement.

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