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Places. Be it distant cities, or even beyond Earth entirely, strange, unusual and beautiful places can inspire creativity and ideas for stories and novels.
Everyone thinks of New Zealand as beautiful and green, but there are places that are far different. They did film Mordor in New Zealand too!
The desert plateau right in the middle of the North Island of New Zealand is a pretty bleak, but it is full of secret rivers, volcanoes some dark and dreary, some topped by snow. Wild horses can still be found racing across the plains there. There are skree slopes that if you don’t keep running down, you’d get buried in. In other words it is beautiful and frightening…just the place for me.
It’s a place made for adventure…and consequently the final showdown in my last book of the Order, Harbinger.
Here’s the book description:
Paksenarrion–Paks, for short–refuses her father’s orders to marry the pig farmer down the road and is off to join the army. And so her adventure begins–the adventure that transforms her into a hero remembered in songs, chosen by the gods to restore a lost ruler to his throne.
- Interviews & Profiles:
- Fantasy Book Critic interviews Gary Gibson (Nova War).
- The Future Awaits interviews Tobias Buckell.
- Tor Editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden on ebooks, Star Trek fanfic, and the future of publishing. [via Tor.com]
- In the Australian paper The Age, Scott Westerfeld and China Miéville are quoted on the public image of science fiction. [via Bibliophile Stalker]
- @Paraoddity: Catherine Asaro. [via Saving my Sanity]
- SF Universe interviews Wil Wheaton.
- Authors reviewing authors:
- Jeff VanderMeer presents an overview of Steampunk at FilmFocus.
- @SF Gospel, Gabriel McKee is wondering Where’s the love for Defying Gravity? So, where is it, huh?
- Jason Sanford asks: Is the term SciFi still derogatory?
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch offers another installment of her Freelancer’s Survival Guide with Patience.
- From LifeHacker: Owners of Sony eReaders, users of the Stanza iPhone book reader, and anyone else with a device that reads the ePub format can now grab more than 1 million works from Google Books’ archives.
- Here’s a mesmerizing visualization of time travel plots in various films and TV programs. [via Information Is Beautiful]
- More chart fun: Here’s a nice poster of Jocks vs. Nerds at the Box Office by the folks over at MovieFill. Short version; Nerds rule the box office. [via Screen Rant]
- The Stargate Universe trailer hits theaters today before Halloween II and The Final Destination 3D. Hands up if you’re tempted to leave after the trailer…
- Howard Waldrop & Lawrence Person Review District 9.
- The Prisoner is coming out in a sexy Blu-ray edition.
- Rob Zombie will remake The Blob.
- Real Science: Suicidal planet seems on death spiral into star. [via BBT Magazine]
- Website: Moonbase Central is an offbeat chronicle of the past, present and future of lunar exploration.
- Here’s 20 Outstanding Examples of Sci-Fi and Fantasy Origami. Is it me, or does the Jedi look the Scarecrow from the Batman comics?
- James Long lists his own 7 Essential Second-Step Fantasies.
- Cinematical lists The 10 Greatest Sci-Fi Deaths Ever.
- Mary Robinette Kowal lists Fantasy’s Ten Best Treks.
- Interviews & Profiles:
- SFX interviews Margo Lanagan.
- Elizabeth Moon answers reader questions at Joseph Mallozzi’s blog.
- The Steussy Ranch has the transcript of New York Times columnist Paul Krugman’s chat with Charles Stross at Anticipation. [via fabiofernandes]
- Joe Abercrombie has a guest-post at Omnivoracious.
- Temple Library Reviews interviews Ken of Neth Space.
- Jason Sanford is seeking input on online SF/F/H magazines.
- Brandon Bell look at The Short Fiction Singularity… [via M-Brane]
- Jeff Somers is giving away free copies of his books The Electric Church and The Digital Plague. Head over for a chance to win.
- What? The giveaway-a-holics want more? Check out this list of current book giveaways.
- The National post tells us how fantasy took over science fiction: “It began, as so many stories do, with time travel…”
- Here’s an article on The Art of Becoming a Book Collector.
- Jeffrey A. Carver dishes on the back story behind his first Star Rigger novel, Seas of Ernathe
- In SFWA News (Have you checked out their redesigned website?):
- The 2009 SFWA business meeting is scheduled for the World Fantasy Convention.
- The Andre Norton Award jury is seeking candidate submissions.
- Angry Robot has signed Aliette de Bodard & Lavie Tidhar: Aliette will write Servants of the Underworld, an alternate-world fantasy/crime novel, and 2 other books set in the same world; Lavie will write the steampunk adventure The Bookman and its sequels.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch‘s Freelancer’s Survival Guide is now available on one handy page.
- Table of contents for Fantasy Worldbuilding Questions by Patricia C. Wrede.
- Jeff Somers has launched a website to support his new Avery Cates book, The Eternal Prison. The website features an old-school, Zork-like text-adventure.
- John Birmingham is thinking about writing small iPhone novels.
- Joseph Mallozzi reviews his book club selection this month, Elizabeth Moon’s The Speed of Dark.
- Guardian Books Blog says: Enough with the vampire fiction!
- Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson are on tour to promote their new book new book, The Winds of Dune. Love that cover.
- @Listverse: 15 Fascinating Lesser-Known Science Facts, like “The cracking sound of a whip is actually a sonic boom.” Wuh-pah!
- @AMC: 5 Comic Book Artist Movies Even Freakier Than Superman’s Shuster.