- Interviews & Profiles:
- @Tor.com: What Young Adult Lit is and isn’t.
- Writing advice: Kristine Kathryn Rusch’s Freelancer’s Survival Guide – Setbacks Part 2.
- AMC’s Alex Zalben is making his comic book debut this week with Hulk Team-Up #1. [via SciFi Scanner]
- Here’s a promising new superhero web comic: Kisenja.
- Atomic Fez announces publication of:
- Topless Robot deciphers NBC Marketing fluff which shows that NBC Admits Heroes Has Been Sucking. Tell me about it.
- Head on over to the awesome Drivers and Sundry to see George Lucas’s student film, Freiheit.
- Over at Wired, Michael Peck offers A Military Analysis of District 9.
- At AMC, John Scalzi Ranks Star Trek’s Directors.
- Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page & Liv Tyler to star in Super, a superhero comedy written and directed by James Gunn.
- SCI FI Wire lists 6 things people really hate about our beloved District 9. @AMC’s Future of Classic: 6 Great Movies That Are 6th in a Series.
- Mike Brotherton lists The 10 Best “Silly” Science Fiction Movies.
- @ScifiSquad: The Top 10 African-American Sci-Fi Characters.
- @AMC: Mary Robinette Kowal lists Fantasy Films’ Greatest Quest Partners.
Everyone loves a good bad guy, so we asked this week’s panelists the following:
Read on to see the responses…
For me the best bad guy (aside from Tolkien’s Morgoth and Sauron) is Tanith Lee’s ‘Azhrarn the Beautiful, Prince of Demons, Master of Night, one of five Lords of Darkness.’ While reading Lee’s Flat Earth series you can’t help loving him and hating him simultaneously. He can be totally despicable, yet frequently you find yourself on his side. Such ambiguity is refreshingly intriguing!
- With all the hoopla over The Mammoth Book of Mindblowing SF edited by Mike Ashley, did you ever wonder if it was good? Strange Horizons has Graham Sleight’s take.
- Interviews and Profiles:
- Damien G. Walter launches the The ‘Zine Link-up Meme.
- Futurismic asks: Is patronage the answer for Profitable post-web publishing? [via Big Dumb Object]
- Author James Bradley has a wonderfully in-depth review of The Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham: “Yet this disinterest is of a piece with the novel’s desire to unsettle not by transporting the reader to a world unknown to them, but by taking the world they know and exposing the assumptions at its core. Indeed despite the common criticism of Wyndham’s novels, that they are too polite, too bourgeois, too English (Brian Aldiss famously described them as ‘cosy catastrophes’) his visions of a ruined world do not suffer because of their muted ordinariness; rather they are unsettling precisely because of that ordinariness.” [via SciFi Scanner]
- Joseph Mallozzi reviews Heroes Die by Matthew Woodring Stover.
- Joe Abercrombie likes District 9.
- Mark Charan Newton shows off the Benjamin Carre cover of his next book City of Ruin.
- EVENT: Forbidden Planet hosts a signing by Iain Banks (Transition) at the Forbidden Planet Megastore, 179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London, WC2H 8JR, on Saturday 3rd October 1 – 2pm.
- Jim C. Hines lists 20 Neil Gaiman Facts.
- Today’s Moment of Geeky Zen: Jonathan Coulton serenades Wil Wheaton at PAX 2009.