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The Bram Stoker Award final ballot was recently announced, reminding me why horror as a genre is so much fun, so in that spirit, I asked our panel these questions:

Q: What first piqued your interest in horror, and why do you enjoy writing in the genre? What direction do you see the genre taking in the future, and who are a few of your favorite horror writers, books, or stories?

Here’s what they had to say…

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SF/F fans love to talk about their favorite books being adapted for film. But what about television? Are there books better suited for a television series? We asked this week’s panelists (inspired by a suggestion from James Wallace Harris)…

Q: What SF/F book would make a great television series? How would you adapt it for the small screen?

Here’s what they said…

Nancy Kress
Nancy Kress is the author of over 20 books of SF, fantasy, and writing advice. Her latest is Steal Across the Sky. Her fiction has won three Nebulas, a Hugo, a Sturgeon, and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

My choice for a TV miniseries would be More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon. Since the book is already divided into three distinct sections, it could be presented as three two-hour episodes. It focuses on character rather than on special effects, which is good for the small screen. Finally — it’s a wonderful story.

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“Best of the Year” lists start appearing as early as November, so we are perhaps a little late in asking folks around the community:

Q: What were the best genre-related books, movies and/or shows you consumed in 2009?

[Also added was this note: They don't have to have been released in 2009. Feel free to choose any combination of genres (science fiction/fantasy/horror) and media (books/movies/shows) you wish to include.]

Read on to see their sometimes-surprising favorites…

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Kaaron Warren

[Interviewer's Note: This is a series of interviews featuring the contributors of The Apex Book of World SF edited by Lavie Tidhar. It'll run every Monday to Friday until I run out of interviews. Two of these interviews will be reprinted in Apex Magazine but the rest are exclusive to SF Signal.]

Kaaron Warren’s novel Slights was published by Angry Robot Books in August and she has two more novels coming out, in February and later in 2010, from the same publisher. There’s also her Ishtar novella from Gilgamesh Press and a story in Datlow and Mamatas’ Haunted Legends anthology. She’s won Aurealis and Ditmar awards and is currently based in Fiji. She can be found at kaaronwarren.livejournal(for your day-to-day travel talk and fun stuff) and at kaaronwarren.wordpress.com (for interviews, reviews and writerly talk).


Q: Hi! Thanks for agreeing to do the interview. First off, how would you describe your writing? Is it fantasy, horror, science fiction, or something else?

Thanks for asking me. I do think I write a mixture of all of those things, with a dose of the real, if slightly off-kilter, world thrown in.

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