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SF Tidbits for 8/29/07

  • Amazon blog interviews Matt Ruff, author of Bad Monkeys. (Also: Matt Ruff has been added to the list of sf/f authors who blog.)
  • Here’s a video of Terry Brooks talking about The Elves of Cintra, second book in the Genesis of Shannara trilogy. There’s also a written interview.
  • At SciFi Wire, John Joseph Adams profiles Margo Lanagan, author of Red Spikes.
  • From The Globe and Mail: China loves Robert J. Sawyer, author of Rollback.
  • SFF World interviews Scott Lynch, author of Red Seas under Red Skies. “I like to have it both ways — beauty and grandeur and mystery piled on top of a grounded sense of the muck and hardships of actual life, especially in this sort of archaic age.”
  • As per Publisher’s Weekly, science fiction author/editor Charles N. Brown (co-founder and editor of Locus magazine) won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 23rd L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards. [via Jonathan Strahan]
  • Matt Cheney rounds up all the linkity goodness to be had on Christopher Barzak Day.
  • Wyrdsmiths looks at Why Books Fail.
  • Blue Moon Rising points us to the fantastic (and amusing) artwork of Michael Dashow.
  • Science fiction writer and environmental consultant Nina Munteanu looks at the possible dystopian outcomes regarding the unethical use of AI in her post Cyborgs & Evolution.
  • Elvis has left the filming… Bruce Campbell will not be part of Bubba Nosferatu, sequel to Bubba Ho-Tep.

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SF Tidbits for 8/24/07

  • The website for Jeff Somers‘ book The Electric Church is now live. It has a feel that’s true to the book, so head on over and find “salvation through eternity”. Or don’t bother…the brain-stealing cyborgs will eventually find you… [via Orbit]
  • Playstation, in conjunction with The Manchester International Festival, has posted short videos based on fiction by Jeff VanderMeer, Nicholas Royle, and Steve Aylett.
  • The Agony Column has the scoop on Tachyon’s reprint of Harlan Ellison’s Shatterday. Check out the back cover for a marketing pitch that only Harlan Ellison could write.
  • Also from The Agony Column: an audio-interview with Peter F. Hamilton.
  • At SciFi Wire, John Joseph Adams profiles Gene Wolfe, author of Soldier of Sidon.
  • UKSF Book News interviews Adam Roberts (Splinter). “It’s main theme, I think, is about the different ways in which worlds end, and the different kinds of worlds that are subject to that style of catastrophic asteroid-strike dinosaur-killing disaster.”
  • Neth Space has 5 Question for Chris Roberson.
  • Amazon.com Wire’s Blog podcast-interviews William Gibson (Spook Country). To skip straight to Gibson’s interview, just click his photo.
  • Gail Martin has posted a book trailer (in wmv or via YouTube) for her book, The Summoner.
  • Real science: Bldg Blog summarizes a subscriber-only New Scientist article about Acoustic Planetology.
  • Here’s a collection of Powerpoint slides examining Biology in SciFi movies.
  • Free fiction watch: Subterranean Press has posted the beginnings of the Fall 2007 issue of Subterranean Online, with the full contents being posted through the next few months. Contributors include Caitlín Kiernan, Joe R. Lansdale, Mike Resnick, Patrick Rothfuss, John Scalzi, Lewis Shiner, Charles de Lint, Elizabeth Bear, David Prill, and Livia Llewellyn.
  • Film Threat lists 50 Reasons Why Return of the Jedi Sucks.

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SF Tidbits for 8/15/07

SF Tidbits for 8/14/07

  • SF Author Sean Williams (Saturn Returns, The Hanging Mountains) weighs in on Mundane SF. [via Pyr-o-Mania]
  • At SciFi Wire, John Joseph Adams profiles Timothy Zahn, author of Dragon and Judge, the fifth book in his young-adult Dragonback series.
  • ActuSF interviews Vernor Vinge. “I think technological acceleration could fail in two rather different ways: (1) Some things may turn out to be much more difficult than we think. Technological trend curves are not laws of nature, (2)Physical disasters (human-made and/or natural) could intervene. As long as we are trapped on Earth, all our hopes are at risk.” [via Velcro-City Tourist Board]
  • Joe Clark is annotating William Gibson’s Pattern Recognition. Is it me, or is this a strange choice from his canon of work?
  • Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker profiles Philip K. Dick. “Of all American writers, none have got the genre-hack-to-hidden-genius treatment quite so fully as Philip K. Dick, the California-raised and based science-fiction writer who, beginning in the nineteen-fifties, wrote thirty-six speed-fuelled novels, went crazy in the early seventies, and died in 1982, only fifty-three.” [via Locus Online]
  • Free fiction (in PDF) at Concatenation: “Reality Check” by David Brin.
  • Robin Hobb humorously argues that blogging will suck away all your writing time. Justine Larbalestier respectfully disagrees.
  • Michael Swanwick has been added to the list of sf/f authors who blog. [via Locus Online]
  • Now casting: Lost Boys 2. Coreys Haim and Feldman will be appearing. Did anyone ever doubt they would be? [via SFX]
  • REMINDER: Chat with authors and artists! Felix at the #comments blog reminds us that this week is Sci-Fi Week at XFire.
  • A.R. Yngve has posted YouTube videos featuring Tim Powers giving a talk about writing. Marginal video quality, but good audio.

SF Tidbits for 8/13/07

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SF Tidbits for 8/8/07

  • Silicon.com interviews William Gibson, who has given up writing about the future. “The trouble is there are enough crazy factors and wild cards on the table now that I can’t convince myself of where a future might be in 10 to 15 years.” [via Tai-Chi Policy]
  • Reuters also has a William Gibson interview: “Personally I think that contemporary reality is sufficiently science fiction for me. Some critics are already maintaining that science fiction is a sort of historical category and it is not possible any more.”
  • Premiere.com has an interview with special effects legend Ray Harryhausen and author Ray Bradbury.
  • CBC interviews Robert J. Sawyer. “My purpose is to shake up complacency, to get people thinking, to talk about issues–abortion, evolution vs. creationism, capital punishment, the genetic revolution, unequal access to health care, you name it. Note that I’m not writing to preach: it’s honestly irrelevant what I think about those issues. What I do is contrive scenarios in which those issues go from being abstract to concrete, so that we can get at the underlying ethics and philosophy.”
  • Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist interviews Daniel Abraham. (A Betrayal in Winter).
  • The Reduced Shakespeare Company Podcast episode for August 3 features an interview with Jasper Fforde. [via Michael A. Burstein]
  • Amazon has an audio-interview (WMA format) with Joss Whedon.
  • Fantasy Book Critic has an excerpt from Joe Haldeman’s The Accidental Time Machine .
  • Awards news: The British Fantasy Society has announced the short-listed nominees for this year’s BFS Awards, for work published or created during 2006. [via UKSFBookNews]
  • Free fiction: “The Right’s Tough” by Robert J. Sawyer, originally published in the Visions of Liberty anthology. [via Robert J. Sawyer]
  • The film adaptation of Jumper, a young adult novel by Steven Gould, has a website. [via Cinematical]
  • SciFi Scanner lists Five Implausible Sci-Fi Robots. Spot on regarding the AT-ATs.

SF Tidbits for 8/7/07

  • The Colorado Springs Gazette profiles Kevin J. Anderson, author of Slan Hunter, sequel to the A.E. van Vogt book Slan.
  • David Louis Edelman has finished writing MultiReal, the sequel to InfoQuake.
  • SciFi Weekly interviews Neil Gaiman.
  • At Strange Horizons, Adam Roberts reviews Doctor Who Season 3 (with some spoilers for U.S. fans). “Not only is Doctor Who a kids’ show, its great glory inheres in that fact.” [via Big Dumb Object and Nicholas Whyte]
  • Also at Strange Horizons, free fiction from Tim Pratt: “Artifice and Intelligence“.
  • At SciFi Wire, John Joseph Adams profiles Matthew Jarpe, author of Radio Freefall.
  • At the newly-redesigned site SF Novelists, Tobias Buckell asks: “Is the novel dead?” — “The exact form of the novel may change, but the act of writing words in order to create an experience in a reader’s head offers an advantage in fiction you won’t find in movies: the ability to live in someone else’s mind for the duration of a story.”
  • Heavy Reading: The Mathematics Behind Quantum Computing in two parts. [via arsTechnica]
  • Real science: Scientists have discovered a new way of levitating tiny objects – paving the way for future applications in nanotechnology. Cool. Now where’s my jetpack?
  • Deadstock author Jeffrey Thomas is “always a bridesmaid and never a bride”.
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