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SF Tidbits for 12/10/07

SF Tidbits for 12/09/07

  • A couple of years ago, we mentioned Monster Island, David Wellington’s novel (posted in blog format) set in Manhattan, one month after New York has been overrun by zombies. According to Shock Till You Drop, Monster Island is headed for the big screen.
  • The Fix Online interviews with Ellen Datlow. “I think the boundaries between the three fantastic fiction genres–sf, fantasy, and horror–have always been porous. Think of “fantasy” as the umbrella and sf/f/h as the spokes comprising that umbrella.”
  • Intergalactic Medicine Show interviews Robert J. Sawyer. “If hard SF is losing its market share, surely the only possible solution is BETTER SF to bring those readers back.”
  • Elizabeth Bear is a short story writer at heart.
  • James Killus has inherited a lot of unpublished work of sf author Edgar Pangborn, author of Davy and A Mirror for Observers.
  • William Shatner will receive the Jules Verne Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by Patrick Stewart on behalf of a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving the natural bio-diversity of the planet. Here is some backstage video from the opening of the festival where the award will be presented.
  • Sentient Developments explains the problem with 99.9 % of so-called ‘solutions’ to the Fermi Paradox: “Sure everyone has a convenient answer to the Fermi Paradox, but nearly all of them fail the non-exclusivity test.”
  • New free fiction at ManyBooks.net: “Blessed Are the Meek” by G.C. Edmondson and “The Bramble Bush” by Gordon Randall Garrett.

SF Tidbits for 12/08/07

SF Tidbits for 12/07/07

SF Tidbits for 12/06/07

  • Bob Eggleton continues his renditions of the classics with this awesome cover art for Heinlein’s The Man Who Sold The Moon.
  • Over at UKSF Book News, Andy Remic talks about the…unbelievable…process of writing his novel War Machine.
  • New free fiction at ManyBooks.net: “A Martian Odyssey” by Stanley G. Weinbaum.
  • Karen Miller interviews Trudi Canavan, author of The Black Magician trilogy and the Age of the Five trilogy. “There has been this chunky mega-book series phenomenon, which I don’t like as a reader. I prefer to wait until the last book of a series is available before I start reading the first one, and I must admit my interest in the Jordan and Martin mega-epics has waned from waiting so long to start them.” [via Eos Book Blog]
  • Author Bruce McAllister writes in to tell us that his first novel, Humanity Prime, is being reissued by Wildside Press. Originally published in 1971–and based on McAllister’s first published story, “The Faces Outside”– Humanity Prime is the story of a telepathic aquatic race of humans faced with annihilation on a distant planet thousands of years from now.
  • From a press release: “A signed copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and a rare hand-numbered signed limited edition of Margaret Atwood’s poetry collection, The Door, will be the eye-catching headline items in an AbeBooks.com’s online charity auction taking place between December 6 and 11.”
  • Here’s the trailer for Prince Caspian, the second installment of The Chronicles of Narnia. [via SciFi Chick]
  • Drivers and Sundry collates a bunch of genre-related short films.
  • Good news…I think…Riff Trax is doing the Star Wars Holiday Special. [via E.E. Knight]
  • Warning to expectant fathers: The purchase of the book Baby Sci-Fi Names will be something she’ll bring up for years to come. “From Anakin to Zardoz” indeed…

SF Tidbits for 12/05/07

  • Holy Dark Knight teaser poster, Batman!
  • Apparently, the ending of I am Legend, based on the totally awesome Richard Matheson book, needed to be changed. Sigh…
  • Physics World interviews sf author (and former physicist) Alastair Reynolds. “I think the most important attribute for a science-fiction writer is to be fascinated by science – in all its manifestations. It’s not necessary to be able to understand all the details, but just to be inspired and stimulated.”
  • Amazon Blog interviews Steven Erikson, author of the Malazan series. “There is something mercenary in writers, something that others might view with faint disgust, and that is the terrible desire to feed off one’s own circumstances, using genuine emotions (including suffering) to infuse a fictional tale that is, at its core, meaningless.”
  • At SciFi Wire, John Joseph Adams profiles Matthew Hughes, author of The Commons, and Cherie Priest, author of Not Flesh Nor Feathers (read the first chapter!).
  • Artists Bob Eggleton shows us some artwork for Stanislaw Lem’s Solaris.
  • SFF Audio reports that Michael Enright of CBC Radio One did a revealing half-hour special on the life and work of C.S. Lewis. (Podcast link.)
  • Free audio fiction: The Time Traveler Show podcast #21 features readings of three stories: “Prone” by Mack Reynolds, “An Incident on Route 12″ by James H. Schmitz, and “Will You Wait?: by Alfred Bester.
  • Which Geek are you? A Trek Geek? A Jedi Geek? Pick from this Flickr photo set of 56 Geeks.
  • Are you reading Brewster Rockit: Space Guy yet? The latest strip shows the ultimate usage of the TARDIS.

SF Tidbits for 12/04/07

  • The latest Tor newsletter features the story behind Philip K. Dick’s previously unpublished novel, Voices From the Street, by the book’s Editor, David G. Hartwell, who says: “Over the next two decades, the posthumous film career of Philip K. Dick really took off and is still flying. And Vintage published everything, in the end, but the mainstream novels. So I have been able to fulfill one of my last personal goals by publishing trade editions of some of the mainstream novels at Tor, and indeed bringing the last unpublished one, Voices from the Street, out for the first time ever.” (Tor has an book excerpt.)
  • The Tor newsletter also interviews Richard Matheson, author of I Am Legend. “Yes, Stephen King has said that I Am Legend was one of his main influences – it got him thinking the way he does…”
  • Green Man Review looks back at 20 years of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror anthology.
  • Solaris publishing sent a press release announcing publication of a new anthology from Nick Gevers: Extraordinary Engines: The Definitive Steampunk Anthology.
  • In a new ShatnerVision video, William Shatner talks about his writing, specifically his Star Trek: Academy book series he co-wrote with Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens. [via Trek Today]
  • IllusionTV interviews Laurell K. Hamilton, author of the Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series.
  • New at ManyBooks.net: “The Circle of Zero” by Stanley G. Weinbaum, “Summit” by D.M. Reynolds, and “Old Man” by Daniel Keys Moran.
  • Matthew Jarpe talks about sequelitis and how, no, Radio Freefall won’t have a sequel despite its ending.
  • Remember those old science fiction books that had cigarette advertisements in them? Here’s a New York Times article that talks about them. [via BookNinja]
  • Blog@Nesarama has video of Al Roker visiting the set of The Dark Knight and interviewinmg stars Christian Bale (Batman/Bruce Wayne), Aaron Eckhart (Harvey Dent/Two Face) and Director Christopher Nolan.
  • SciFi Catholic rounds up a bushel of Golden Compass links.
  • SFX interviews George Takei (Star Trek, Heroes). “[Gene Rodenberry’s] philosophy was that television is a rich, wonderful medium that was being wasted. It can be certainly entertaining but it can also be informative.”
  • Cynical-C points us to this damn, dirty Planet of the Apes Timeline.

SF Tidbits for 12/03/07

SF Tidbits for 12/02/07

SF Tidbits for 12/01/07

SF Tidbits for 11/30/07

SF Tidbits for 11/29/07

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SF Tidbits for 11/27/07

SF Tidbits for 11/26/07

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.”
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