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SF Tidbits for 10/29/07

SF Tidbits for 10/28/07

  • Here’s a 70-minute video of Charles Stross reading Halting State from a recent appearance in San Francisco.
  • The Dead Robots’ Society podcast-interviews A. Lee Martinez (In the Company of Ogres).
  • New/Updated at ManyBooks.net: “With No Strings Attached” by Gordon Randall Garrett, “No Great Magic” by Fritz Leiber and “Subversive” by Mack Reynolds.
  • More free fiction: Free Speculative Fiction Online has a whole slew of new additions from James Blish, Algis Budrys, Greg Egan, Eric Flint & Dave Freer, Jeffrey Ford, Theodora Goss, Harry Harrison, Jay Lake, Claude Lalumière, Jack McDevitt, Alan E. Nourse, Mike Resnick, John Ringo & Linda Evans, Chris Roberson, Bruce Sterling, Lavie Tidhar and Stanley G. Weinbaum.
  • Entertainment Weekly #962 lists Reaper and The Bionic Woman as two of 5 new shows to watch. They also list Heroes and one of 4 shows worth fixing. (Speaking of EW and Heroes, they’ve posted a dead-on review of Heroes season 2.
  • Yes But No But Yes asks “Where Are They Now?” in regards to the warriors from the Road Warrior films. My favorite: Bruce Spence…the Gyro Captain who became Tion Medon in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

SF Tidbits for 10/27/07

SF Tidbits for 10/26/07

  • Orbit Books has posted the first chapter of Devices and Desires by K.J. Parker.
  • At SciFi Wire, John Joseph Adams profiles Kristine Smith, author of Endgame, the latest and final book in the series that began with Code of Conduct.
  • Stanislaw Lem calls Philip K. Dick A Visionary Among the Charlatans: “…fans are attracted by the worst in Dick–the typical dash of American SF, reaching to the stars, and the headlong pace of action moving from one surprise to the next–but they hold it against him that, instead of unraveling puzzles, he leaves the reader at the end on the battlefield, enveloped in the aura of a mystery as grotesque as it is strange.”
  • Locus Online has excerpts from Locus magazine’s October Issue interviews with Bruce Sterling (“These days I’m like a gypsy scholar figure.”) and Walter Jon Williams (“SF has changed dramatically in the last half-century.”)
  • The Guardian Book Blog has an appreciation of J.G. Ballard. “To put it simply: Ballard understands that modernity has left us to our own basal needs – and we’re not coping too well.”
  • Jed Hartman is talking about anti-technological sf. “I’m sometimes surprised by how often sf stories are all about the evils of technology, and how much better unmodified humans are than technologically aided humans.”
  • Anyone else getting stoked over the new I Am Legend trailer? I loved the book and although this seems to differ greatly from that, the core concept is there. And it looks cool.
  • New at ThinkGeek: Battling Remote Control Daleks!
  • Star Wars humor: Optical Popitude points us to a deleted dinner scene from The Empire Strikes Back.

SF Tidbits for 10/25/07

  • SFX interviews Andy Remic (War Machine). “War Machine is a sizzling rollercoaster of a novel with a gratuitous excess of violence, sex, dark humour and exotic aliens all wrapped up in a high-octane cling-film plot concerning an elite military unit illegally reformed who must battle across alien planets to discover justice, truth and revenge.”
  • Amazon Daily has part 1 of a talks with hot, new fantasy authors Joe Abercrombie (The Blade Itself), Karen Miller (The Innocent Mage and The Awakened Mage), Brian Ruckley (Winterbirth), and Brandon Sanderson (The Final Empire and Well of Ascension). “There is so much of this genre that hasn’t been explored yet, and it’s thrilling to be part of the new wave of fantasy writers.”
  • James Patrick Kelly is podcasting his novel Look Into the Sun. Here’s Part 32.
  • New/Updated at Gutenberg: “Sodom and Gomorrah, Texas” by R.A. Lafferty and “The Creature from Cleveland Depths” by Fritz Leiber.
  • New/Updated at ManyBooks.net: “The Big Bounce” by Walter Tevis.
  • John C. Wright offers us the first chapter of Null-A Continuum.
  • Bloginhood covers VCon32/Canvention27, where the Aurora Awards were handed out.
  • SciFiChick lists 13 Lame Superpowers.
  • Bad news for Pete: The remake of Barbarella, has been shelved. [via Fimoculous]
  • Good news for Pete: Tricia Helfer posts some images from Spike TV’s 2007 Scream Awards. Check her out hangin’ with The Shat

SF Tidbits for 10/24/07

SF Tidbits for 10/23/07

SF Tidbits for 10/22/07

SF Tidbits for 10/21/07

SF Tidbits for 10/20/07

  • Locus Online has posted Graham Sleight’s Yesterday’s Tomorrows column from the April 2007 issue of Locus magazine which looks at the work of Cordwainer Smith. “Smith was extraordinarily uninterested in what the future might actually be like, but he was devoted to creating narratives that recreated the things that mattered to him.”
  • Adventures in Scifi Publishing podcasts Tim Pratt, author of Blood Engines.
  • At SciFi Wire, John Joseph Adams profiles C.J. Ryan, author of Burdens of Empire.
  • Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist interviews Katherine Kurtz, author of King Kelson’s Bride. “It’s astonishing to me that so many aspiring writers think they have to write a trilogy.”
  • Ben Jeapes shows off the cover of of hos book Time’s Chariot.
  • In response to George Mann’s Marrying Authors to their Market: A Genre Perspective, post, Lou Anders shows off a gaggle of cool covers in his post The Big Book Cover Post: Wizards & Spaceships.
  • Free fiction: Nina Munteanu has posted her story “Angel’s Promises“, which she describes as “a love story set in a time when AI and humans have settled on an uneasy truce of cooperation.”
  • Free science fiction movies for the watching over can be found at BMovies.com. [via MonkyFilter]
  • Matthew Sanborn Smith confesses his love of Caveman.
  • Top5 Lists The Top 6 Cases on Sci-Fi Court TV: “Robinson Family vs. Smith: Dr. Zachary Smith charged with Unlawful Exploitation and Inappropriate Contact with a Minor, Robot Tampering and general ninny-ness.”
  • Here’s a video of William Shatner responding to talk of his cameo in the upcoming Star Trek reboot: INTERVIEWER: “You’re supposed to be dead.” SHATNER: “Yeah, but it’s science fiction.”

SF Tidbits for 10/19/07

SF Tidbits for 10/18/07

SF Tidbits for 10/17/07

  • The Frankensteinia blog tracks Frankenstein and “all things related in the arts, media and popular culture.” [via Gravity Lens]
  • At SciFi Wire, John Joseph Adams profiles Tim Lebbon, author of Dusk.
  • Forbes briefly interviews sf author Robert J. Sawyer in his capacity as futurist. “A futurist’s goal is usually to predict the future, but a science-fiction writer’s goal is often to prevent the future, by depicting a plausible but undesirable scenario with enough credibility that society decides to make a course-correction.”
  • Leveraging a recent USA Today article, Cinerati takes a deeper look at Conan the Barbarian.
  • Event: Fantastic Fiction at KGB reading series (hosted by Ellen Datlow and Gavin J. Grant) present Lucius Shepard and Matthew Cheney on Wednesday November 21, 7pm at KGB Bar in New York.
  • Baen’s Universe Volume 2 number Number 3 (October 2007) is now available for download.
  • Boston.com looks at fan fiction. “…a stigma clings to fan fiction that is similar to the one that taints the science fiction/fantasy genre.”
  • IMAX theater showings of I Am Legend will include a 7-minute clip of The Dark Knight, the next Batman movie.
  • According to the New York Times, Elves Are Out and Aliens are In. At last in video games. “…2007 has been dominated by perhaps the deepest lineup of science fiction games ever.”

SF Tidbits for 10/16/07

SF Tidbits for 10/15/07

  • The UK SF Book News Network talks to Tim Lebbon, author of the British Fantasy Award-winning novel, Dusk. “I always had quite a strong idea of what I wanted to write about, and also a determination that creatures and other ‘created’ things would come out of my own head, not be nicked from other books. There are no orcs, elves or dragons in Dusk because someone else made them up.”
  • Over at NPR, Rick Kleffel audio-interviews Austin Grossman (Soon I will Be Invincible). [via Locus Online]
  • Edward Champion jumps in the Death-of-the-Short-Story waters with his post Whither the Short Story?
  • Mark Chadbourn says Richard Dawkins Is Killing SF. “…the quality of SF is arguably at an all-time high, a new golden age of speculative fiction. I can name several authors whose books will undoubtedly be read in decades to come, and I’m sure you can name many more. Fantasy – and I’m stating this as charitably as I can – has not produced so many quality works.”
  • S. M. Duke discusses The Literary Nazis (or Why the Literary Academia Hates SF). (Short version: science, simplicity and lack of thought, failure, they just don’t get it and they’re hypocrites.)
  • New/Updated at Gutenberg: Greylorn by Keith Laumer.
  • New at ManyBooks.net: “The Stoker and the Stars” by Algis Budrys, “Gravity’s Angel” by Tom Maddox and “Toy Shop” by Harry Harrison.
  • The Daily Record interviews Christopher Eccleston. “I think a younger audience is much more exacting than adults actually… they’re much fiercer in their attachment once they’ve taken you to your heart, but they have better detectors than us.” [via Outpost Gallifrey]
  • AfterEllen lists The Top 11 Lesbian/Bi Moments in Sci Fi and Fantasy. They are mostly from TV…not that there’s anything wrong with that.
  • George Lucas is (surprise, surprise) looking for a few good writers to work on his Star Wars television show.
  • It had to happen: Star Wars zombies!
  • Cory Doctorow apologizes to Ursula K. Le Guin after he posted Le Guin’s short comic piece “On Serious Literature” in its entirety without her permission.

SF Tidbits for 10/14/07

  • Dark Roasted Blend interviews Jeff VanderMeer (Shriek: An Afterword) and also includes some very weird but wonderful illustrations. “I think a really good writer doesn’t show you your reflection in the mirror–a really good writer puts you in an alien place with strange people and either makes them familiar, makes you realize they’re no different than you, or blows the back of your skull away by not allowing you to escape someone else’s reality.”
  • The SFWA has reprinted a letter from Ursula K. Le Guin which takes issue with Cory Doctorow’s posting of Le Guin’s short comic piece “On Serious Literature”.
  • S. M. Duke shares a journal entry for a literature class that addresses the SF-as-Literature/Books-are-Dying perennials: “I think the problem isn’t that the novel is dying, because in reality, it’s not, but rather that the rigid and sometimes rather close-minded idea of what constitutes as true literature is no longer something that any significant majority of people are interested in.”
  • TGPO lists The 3 Worst Science Fiction Movie Inventions. (Short version: Computer interface without instructions, Talking Computers, and The Ray Gun/Laser Rifle/Blaster/Phaser.)
  • Ben Bova asks: What if phenomena aren’t really natural? “Are there some questions, some problems, to which we will never be able to find an answer, no matter how hard we strive, because the matter is beyond our powers of comprehension?”
  • The most recent episode of Boing Boing TV is an homage to Blade Runner.
  • BBC’s 7th Dimension is re-airing an audio version William Gibson’s Burning Chrome on October 18th. [via SFF Audio]

SF Tidbits for 10/13/07

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