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MIND MELD: The Books That Should Be Films & Fancasting Who Should Star in Them

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We all have fave books that we’d love to see on the big (or little) screen, so I asked this week’s panelists this question:

Q: Got a favorite book (or books) that you’d like to see on the big screen? Tell me which one and fancast it with ANYONE you want, past and present

Here’s what they had to say…

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MIND MELD: Books That Would Make Awesome Video Games

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The first author I ever talked to was John Scalzi. I emailed him after reading The Ghost Brigades to tell him how much I loved the series and hoped to one day see it adapted as a video game. I may never get to play as a green-skinned Colonial Defense Forces soldier, wielding the versatile MP-35 and fighting a variety of aliens – but Scalzi is developing a First Person Shooter called Morning Star, with Industrial Toys (a studio formed by Alex Seropian of Bungie fame). As an avid reader and gamer there are plenty of books I’d love to see transformed into games – a real time strategy game based off of John Ringo’s Legacy of Aldenata series, Richard Kadrey’s Sandman Slim as an action-adventure hack n’ slash title à la Devil May Cry, or a crazy colorful role playing game set in the world of James Maxey’s Greatshadow. But enough about the books I want to see transformed into video games, let’s ask some professionals for their opinions!

We asked this week’s panelists…

Q: What books do you think would make awesome games? What game mechanics might they feature?

Here’s what they said…

Scott Lynch
Born in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1978, Scott Lynch is the author of the Gentleman Bastard sequence of fantasy crime novels, which began with The Lies of Locke Lamora and continues with Red Seas Under Red Skies and the forthcoming The Republic of Thieves. His work has been published in more than fifteen languages and twenty countries, and he was a World Fantasy Award finalist in the Best Novel category in 2007. Scott currently lives in Wisconsin and has been a volunteer firefighter since 2005.

This is possibly the nerdiest question I’ve been asked in a while, and I’ll do my best to avoid restraint in my answers.
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SFFWRTCHT: A Chat with E.C. Myers, Author of the Parallel World Novels “Fair Coin” and “Quantum Coin”

E.C. Myers is the product of German and Korean parents, and was raised in Yonkers by his mother and by the public library. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts from Columbia which he put to no use as a technical writer, former software development, and women’s programming developer for TV. Currently a writer for a Children’s hospital development department, he spends way too much time gaming and on the internet. His debut young adult science fiction novel, Fair Coin (Pyr, 2012), received rave reviews and is a current finalist for the Andre Norton Award. His second novel, Quantum Coin, was released last October. He’s a graduate of Clarion West and member of Altered Fluid, a NY writing group. His short fiction has appeared in Fantasy Magazine, Andromeda Spaceways Inflight Magazine, and Shimmer, amongst other venues. His romantic short story featuring horny zombies, “In the Closet”, received Honorable Mention in The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror 2008. His nostalgic short story about horny cavemen, “My Father’s Eyes”, got an Honorable Mention in The Best Horror of the Year: Volume 3. Horny characters are thus key to his success. Myers was also a finalist in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest. He is an avid Star Trek fan who blogs about it at The View Screen. Myers can be found online at ecmyers.net, on twitter as @ECMyers, and on Facebook.


SFFWRTCHT: I couldn’t put your book down. But first things first: where’d your interest in science fiction and fantasy come from?

E.C. Myers: Thank you! That’s always a wonderful compliment to receive. Probably from cartoons I watched as a kid, like He-Man and Thundercats. And the first science fiction novel I read, Interstellar Pig by William Sleator.
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MIND MELD: Rebranding Fiction as Young Adult

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This week we asked about rebranding adult novels as YA:

Q: What genre novels would benefit from a re-branding as Young Adult? Which YA novels should not be branded as such?
This is what they had to say…
Gail Carriger
Gail Carriger is a New York Times Bestselling author writes to cope with being raised in obscurity by an expatriate Brit and an incurable curmudgeon. She survived her early years by reading most of her local library and memorizing Greek battles. Her YA book Etiquette & Espionage, the first in the Finishing School series, releases Feb. 5, 2013.

I’d like to hope they already have been rebranded, but two of my favorites are part of larger series. Mercedes Lackey’s Arrows of the Queen trilogy is possibly the most YA of her early Valdemar books. And Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonsong trilogy is a great introduction to the Pern universe. I’d like to see both reissued with updated cover art, in hardback, for a YA audience.

I’d also add two books that are the first in their respective series but stand well enough alone as YA. Mary H. Herbert’s Dark Horse, and Cherry Wilder’s A Princess of the Chameln both include one of my favorite plot points: a girl disguising herself as a boy.

Last, I think The Forgotten Beasts of Eld would make a great rebranded YA book. Although the protagonist isn’t technically young enough, she has an isolated innocence that makes her seem young. Also Patricia McKillip’s writing style is so atmospheric, like a fairy tale, I think younger readers would really appreciate her style.

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BOOK REVIEW: Quantum Coin by E.C. Myers

REVIEW SUMMARY: Back to the Future meets Three’s Company in this heart warming science fiction thrill ride.

MY RATING:

BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Ephraim thought his troubles with the multiverse were over. That is, until he has an unexpected reunion with a close friend from another dimension. Now Eph and his friends in this reality and the next must work together if they are to prevent the multiverse from hitting ‘reset.’

MY REVIEW:
PROS: Lovable characters, theoretical science, youthful energy, and complex relationships.
CONS:  Loose ends tie up a little too neatly.
BOTTOM LINE: Not just a great YA novel, Quantum Coin is a great science fiction novel in general. There is an abundance of heart and science to go around.

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