Attention Hunger Games fans! (You know who you are!)
Amy H. Sturgis writes in to tell us about a cool video lecture she’s giving on September 1st, 2012: The Hunger Games and the SF Tradition. Hosted by Starship Sofa, the live video lecture takes an in-depth look at both the book and film version of The Hunger Games in the context of science fiction.
In association with the Mythgard Institute, Professor Amy H. Sturgis will be teaching the course Science Fiction, Part I – From Modern Beginnings through the Golden Age (1818-1966), described thusly:
What does it mean to be human? Are we alone? What wonders or terrors will tomorrow hold? Join award-winning scholar Dr. Amy H. Sturgis as she explores the ways in which the literature of science fiction over time has asked the question: “What if?” This course will consider the development of the genre from “proto-SF” writings through the Golden Age, with an eye toward how the great works and movements within science fiction both reflect the concerns and attitudes of their time and imagine beyond them. Discover why author Ray Bradbury called science fiction “the most important literature in the history of the world.”
- Interviews and Profiles:
- Paul Levinson interviews Robert J. Sawyer about FlashForward in his latest Light On Light Through podcast.
- At Joseph Mallozzi’s blog, Matthew Woodring Stover answers readers’ questions.
- Guests this week on the Sofanauts are: Jeff VanderMeer, Jeremy Tolbert, and Amy H. Sturgis.
- @Sci-Fi Fan Letter: John Ringo.
- io9 interviews Paolo Bacigalupi, author of The Windup Girl.
- The Guardian tells us that Kim Stanley Robinson accuses the Booker prize judges of ignorance, referring to the article in New Scientists in which KSR says: “…it seems to me that three or four of the last 10 Booker prizes should have gone to science fiction novels the juries hadn’t read.”
- Shaun Tan and Diana Wynne Jones are finalists for the Astrid Lindgren Children’s Literature Award. [via File 770]
- Jeff VanderMeer offers a John Clute Translation Guide.
- Omnivoracious looks at the first lines of J.G. Ballard.
- At The World in the Satin Bag, S.M. Duke post part 5 of his article series Punking Everything in SF/F: The (Closer) Past (Cyberpunk C).
- SCI FI Wire explores Cool video: The best TRON references from pop culture.
- On his blog mispeled, Luke Bergeron is running a 5-part series of posts on Self-Publishing, E-books, and Legitimacy. “The traditional publishing system has become a vile backwater of internal handshaking, intensely gated communities, and lottery-styled odds.” [via TeleRead]
- SFX lists SF and Fantasy’s 20 Most Irritating Characters.
- The Library of America is selling the boxed set of The Philip K. Dick Collection edited by Jonathan Lethem. It contains 13 novels in 3 volumes.
- Episode #22 of Sofanauts features Amy H. Sturgis, Damien G Walter, and Larry Santoro.
- Read an excerpt of Child of Fire by Harry Connolly.
- Brom’s Ode to Peter Pan.
- Science fiction breaks free from fantasy. Renowned physicist Dr Michio Kaku says that the world of science fiction may be closer to reality than fantasy.
- A Reader’s Manifesto: “Whatever happens, the old American scorn for pretension is bound to reassert itself someday, and dear God, let it be soon. In the meantime, I’ll be reading the kinds of books that Cormac McCarthy doesn’t understand.” [via John Ottinger III]
- For those who wish to support reading, Reading is Fundamental is currently running two campaigns:
- Damien G. Walter says: We Need a “Support our ‘Zines Day”. That day is October 1st.
- More charts from Ian Randal Strock: Attendance at the World Science Fiction Convention.
- @Tor.com: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Fiction, Part 1.
- Reason’s why other Texas cities are better than Houston for cool stuff: Your best chance to see Doctor “S” Battles the Sex Crazed Reefer Zombies on the big screen is Saturday, August 29, at the Alamo Drafthouse Westlakes as part of the San Antonio Horrific Film Fest.
- Eureka gets renewed.
- The Cloverfield Sequel Viral Marketing Begins.
- Here’s a video of “Ace of Spade”s by Motörhead featuring Mad Max clips. Right on. [via Poe TV]
- Doctor Who‘s Greatest Moments: The Companions.
- io9 lists The Top 100 Science Fiction/Fantasy Shows Of All Time.
- GeekDad lists 5 Geeky Stories We Wish Had Been Written, But Weren’t. [via Futurismic]
- @Omnivoracious: Brian Francis Slattery’s Top 10 Books That Don’t Get Enough Respect
- Top 10 Most Expensive Trilogies Sold by AbeBooks. The Foundation Trilogy tops the list at $5,000.