We’ve already covered first science fiction books, now it’s time to flip the coin with this week’s panelists. So we asked them:
Check below to see their responses. And tell us what book got you hooked!
Brandon was chosen to complete Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. That book, The Gathering Storm will be available in October 2009 and can be sampled on Tor.com.
The first fantasy I was ever given was Tolkien. For many, perhaps, that would be the end of the story. But I wasn’t a terribly good reader at the time, and though I read and enjoyed the The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings was like a big brick wall. I slammed right into it and couldn’t get past the barrow scene.
And so, I figured fantasy was boring stuff and went back to video games. (Atari 2600–state of the art.)
The real breakthrough came when I hit 8th grade. A teacher assigned me to do a book report, and I tried with all my conniving little heart to get her to let me do mine on one of the Three Investigators novels (which I’d enjoyed reading in second or third grade.) The result of this little power struggle was me, sullenly slinking to the back of the room where she kept her cart of books, bearing the instructions that I HAD to pick one of those to read.
And there, sitting in full Michael-Whelan-Covered-Glory, was Dragonsbane by Barbara Hambly. I think angels might have sung (though it was probably the school choir class next door.) Anyway, that was beginning of the end for me. I LOVED that book; and right next to it in the card catalogue at school was a listing for Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey.
Eddings, Melanie Rawn, and Williams came next. I was thoroughly a fantasy super-geek by the time 1990 rolled around, and Eye of The World was published.
- Interviews & Profiles:
- GalleyCat asks; What’s Urban Fantasy? What’s Paranormal Romance?
- Free excerpt: Underland Press has posted a lengthy excerpt of Jeff VanderMeer’s Finch. [via Jeff VanderMeer, who also eveals other cool Finch extras…]
- Jo Walton’s love/hate relationship with funny fiction: “I hate things that are trying to be funny, rather than letting the humour bubble up from underneath.”
- Joseph Mallozzi’s October Book of the Month Club Selection is…Open Your Eyes, by Paul Jessup (which I happened to like.)
- Jim C. Hines tells us The Hugo Awards are shaped that way for a reason.
- Reactions to recent Gender discussions from S.M. Duke and OF Blog of the Fallen.
- Super Punch shares H.R. Giger’s ads for Pioneer.
- Summer Glau is better than my girlfriend.
- At AMC, John Scalzi will undoubtedly ignite even more nerdgassing over his new article, Epic SciFi Design FAILs – Star Trek Edition.
- @Rotten Tomatoes: Respectable Horror Sequels
- @io9: The Science Fiction Sitcoms That Never Were.
- @SCI FI Wire: 12 weird sci-fi statues you can buy for your garden.
- @BestScienceFictionStories: 5 Great Science Fiction Stories that Contain Talking Animals.
- The controversy over Justine Larbalestier’s cover for Liar results in a new cover. [via Bibliophile Stalker]
- RainTaxi interviews Catherynne M. Valente.
- Fantasy Book Critic interviews: Jennifer Fallon.
- As of today, urban fantasy author, Seanan McGuire (Rosemary and Rue), joins Book View Cafe.
- For the next two weeks Karen Miller will be guest-posting at the Babel Clash blog. [via Orbit]
- Adam Roberts wants you to pick the best cover for Jack Vance’s Lyonesse. [via Pyr-o-mania]
- John Clute reviews George Zebrowski’s Empties. [via Locus Online]
- Omnivoracious looks at a few Young Adult titles.
- There’s an interesting discussion going on at Asimov’s forums about SF Masterpieces Ruined by the Ending.
- Norilana Books has acquired the Jane Austen mashup Mansfield Mark and Mummies by by Jane Austen and Vera Nazarian.
- Locus Online has posted the contents of the August 2009 issue, which features the obituary of the Magazines longtime Editor-in-Chief, Charles N. Brown.
- File 770 #156 has been posted at eFanzines.
- @TeleRead: Why print books are like zombies.
- John Anealio posts his latest Sci-Fi Song regarding the recent flap over George R.R. Martin getting fan backlash over his Game of Thrones delays.
- John Scalzi talks about the chances of this year’s Hugo nominees making it to the big screen.
- Terry Gilliam wants to adapt Philip K. Dick’s The World Jones Made.
- Can someone explain to me why Ridley Scott, the man who said SciFi film is dead, is not only directing an Alien prequel, but no an adaptation of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World? What, is he done with Monopoly already?
- Wikipedia features this handy List of science fiction film and television series by lengths.
- Geekend asks: Which characters do you want to see in the Star Trek sequel? I think seeing Chief Wiggum would be cool, but only if it could realistically explained by a wormhole to another dimension where people are yellow.
- Mary Robinette Kowal lists Iconic Fantasy Weapons. Bouns points for including Jackie Chan. (Oh-oh-oh-oh-oh-oh.)
- In response to the table of contents of The Mammoth book of Mindblowing SF, Marooned has posted the TOC for the imaginary The Mammoth e-Book of Mindblowing Mars SF.