Award-winning photographer Lauren Zurchin has created a fantasy photography calendar with fourteen world-famous authors: Holly Black, Gail Carriger, Cassandra Clare, Tessa Gratton, Lauren Kate, Gregory Maguire, Brandon Mull, Lauren Oliver, Christopher Paolini, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Maggie Stiefvater, Tad Williams, and Brenna Yovanoff.
Each month features a photograph of a different author (or authors, in one case) dressed in custom costumes made by Lauren, and placed in unique locations with one-of-a-kind props. The overall effect is sometimes dark, sometimes ethereal, sometimes whimsical, and completely fantasy.
VIDEO: Watch Patrick Rothfuss, Peter Brett, Jacqueline Carey and Robert Redick Talk About Fantasy Sex
That is…fantasy authors Patrick Rothfuss, Peter Brett, Jacqueline Carey and Robert Redick talks about writing sex scenes in fantasy stories in this Geek and Sundry video.
What did you think I meant?
Video after the jump…
As previously mentioned, fantasy author Patrick Rothfuss is lending his time and talents to support Heifer International, a global development nonprofit working to end hunger and poverty and protect the planet. Through his Worldbuilders Foundation, Pat hopes to raise $500,000 for Heifer during his current fundraiser, which ends
next Friday, January 18 January 21. To that end, over the course of the fundraiser, he is providing donors and fans the chance to make a cameo appearance in an upcoming book, play Dungeons & Dragons with him and other authors, or spend a spring weekend with him and his staff at Heifer Ranch.
Details can be found in the following press release.
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In the latest Sword & Laser videocast, Veronica and Tom sit down with author Patrick Rothfuss to talk about writing fantasy, The Name of the Wind and Wise Man’s Fear.
Worldbuilders, a non-profit organization founded by Patrick Rothfuss, is raising money for their cause by offering a 2013 Fantasy Pin-Up Calendar. All proceeds from the sale of the calendar will go to Worldbuilders in support of Heifer International.
If you could get a new Wheel Of Time short by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson, new stories from Shannara, Word/Void, Riyria, Demon Cycle, Vault of Heaven, Temeraire, Broken Empire, and more all in one collection, what would you say?
Well, if you haven’t heard of Shawn Speakman, perhaps you’ve heard of his website: The Signed Page where he makes available signed copies of new releases for fans who can’t make it to events where their favorite author appears in person. Or maybe you know him from Suvudu.com, the Random House speculative fiction blog where he’s a regular contributor or from the websites he runs for authors like Terry Brooks and Naomi Novik.
What you may not know is that Shawn suffers from Hodgkins lymphoma. Diagnosed in 2011 and without health insurance, his treatment has left him with thousands in medical bills. Faced with filing bankruptcy, Shawn sought another way out. A way he could make it through without dealing with the 10 year nightmare a filing would bring. Then his friend Terry Brooks offered him a short story Shawn could sell to help alleviate those bills and an idea came to his head. What if he did an anthology from some of the many author friends he’d made over the past few years from both Suvudu, The Signed Page and his other activities?
[Do you have an idea for a future Mind Meld? Let us know!]
Last week I attended my son’s high school’s open house. In the English Literature class we were informed that the kids had started reading the Arthur Miller play The Crucible which the kids would enjoy because, in the teacher’s words, “It’s got witches and adultery.” Many SF/F stories have those elements (if not in the same form) but, of course, there is nary a SF/F book on the agenda for the year. And in any case, stories can be interesting to teenagers without either or both.
Here’s what they said…
My list is by no means extensive or complete, but I thought of stories that contained elements of North American–Mexican, Appalachian–folklore, or that discussed current events and issues–struggles with religion in everyday life, culture clashes and war, discrimination–in ways that weren’t preachy.
Elizabeth Moon: “Knight of Other Days” — one of my favorite stories by Moon. When I first read it, I got the sense of a subtle Twilight Zone/Outer Limits-type tale, grounded in the setting of a Texas border town. The blend of history, mystery, influence of Mexican culture, and legend of the Knights Templar combine to form a multi-layered tale.
Terry Pratchett: Small Gods, Jingo, Feet of Clay — religion, culture clash/war, discrimination, set in a world different enough from ours to qualify as fantasy yet similar enough to equate to everyday life, news headlines. One of Pratchett’s many writing gifts.
Manly Wade Wellman: John the Balladeer tales, esp “Vandy, Vandy” — the Southern/Appalachian folklore, and the sense of how events in history can take on a fantasy spin when some details are scrambled and others are associated with magical intervention. And in “Vandy, Vandy,” there’s a witch! Well, a warlock. And a King, of sorts.
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BRIEF SYNOPSIS: The world turns with danger at the background, while Kvothe tries to escapes a painful past in anonymity. A twisting of fate reveals his tale and thus the story truly begins as we go back. Back to when Kvothe was a child of rare ability, growing up in a traveling troupe of performers, learning his craft. His future was before him, showing nothing but the greatest promise, living in the brightest of light. But horror unfolds, and a mythical evil takes him down a path of deep despair. When he surfaces from the darkness, the ladder before him is now ridden with splinters and razor sharp edges that threaten to cut and bleed him with every rung. He rises high and he rises fast, climbing despite the pain, battling the obstacles of everyday and of his self.
PROS: Beautiful and engaging prose; witty characters; emotive.
CONS: Incomplete — I want more…oh, wait, that’s kind of a good thing; main plot is pushed to the background; somewhat slow to start.
BOTTOM LINE: Kvothe is an incredible character, wondrous to behold. While the book may not ensnare you immediately, Rothfuss weaves you into the story slowly, until you find yourself trapped by steel bands of style, substance and wit.
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.
- @Book View Cafe: Ursula K. Le Guin on Literary Bests: “I don’t believe there are three ‘best’ works of American or any other fiction of the last sixty years — or ten ‘best,’ or a hundred. Maybe a couple of thousand?”
- Patrick at Stomping on Yeti continues his profiles of Tomorrow’s Big Genre Stars, this time with Chris Roberson.
- Suvudu has parts 3 and 4 of a video interview with Patrick Rothfuss (Wise Man’s Fear).
- Neil Clarke: Save the Semiprozine Part 2 and Part 3.
- Abigail Nussbaum on io9, conflicts of interest, and banning: “You can’t review your own sponsor and expect to be taken seriously as a news source, though of course it remains an open question whether that is a state that io9 has ever aspired to.” Ouch! [via Niall Harrison and Graham Sleight]
- Clive Thompson on the Future of Reading in a Digital World: “Books are the last bastion of the old business model–the only major medium that still hasn’t embraced the digital age.”
- Nacho Vigalondo (director of the awesome Timecrimes) is working on a new Sci-Fi video game comedy called Gangland.
- Geekend asks: What are your Low-budget science-fiction film favorites?
- John Scalzi looks at SciFi’s Baddest Computers.
- Mary Robinette Kowal goes back to the future with Fantasy’s Top Ten Time-Traveling Devices.
- Jerry Bruckheimer buys rights to IDW’s graphic novel World War Robot.
- Topless Robot lists The 10 Lamest Star Trek Villains. Good call on the Probe from Star Trek IV.
- Movie Crunch lists 12 Children’s Movies That Adults Love. A sort of counter-list to my own 7 Sci-Fi Movies For Parents to Share with Their Kids.
- Interviews & Profiles:
- @The Teeming Brain: Nick Mamatas (You Might Sleep).
- @Suvudu: a video interview with Patrick Rothfuss (Wise Man’s Fear).
- @The Nebula Awards website: Gwyneth Jones (Spirit).
- Edward Willett interviews Robert J. Sawyer.
- @Ghost in the Machine: Janny Wurts.
- @Clarkesworld Magazine: An Mind Meld with Editors Lou Anders, Philip Athans, Victoria Blake, Paula Guran, Gabrielle Harbowy, James Lowder, John Jarrold, Susan J. Morris, Darren Nash, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Chris Schluep, Simon Spanton, Deb Taber, and Jacob Weisman.
- The Guradian responds to Adam Roberts’ Hugo rant: When democracy fails: the Hugo SF awards.
- At Omnivoracious, guest Mark Chadbourn (author of the Age of Misrule series) blogs about Real-World Roots of Fantasy.
- Clarkesworld’s Neil Clarke talks about Saving the Semiprozine Hugo.
- Torie Atkinson talks about Reader’s Block
- Del Rey Books will publish Pride and Prejudice And Zombies: The Graphic Novel, based on the New York Times bestselling book by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith.
- Angry Robot signs two new authors: Guy Adams (The World House; Restoration) and Gav Thorpe (The Crown of the Blood). [NOTE: Guy and Gav have been added to the list of sf/f authors who blog.]
- Speaking of Angry Robot, their publicist Lee Harris talks about The Year Of The eBook over at the SFX blog.
- Dork Tower vs. the new SyFy Channel.
- Two words: Stormtrooper zombie.
- Entertainment Weekly lists 23 Sci-Fi Characters You Want on Your Buddy List.