We’ve talked before about “gateway” science fiction; that is, accessible science fiction that you would recommend to people who do not normally read it. I was in a used bookstore this weekend – What, you don’t spend your weekends trolling used bookstores? – and found an anthology of gateway short stories: Science Fiction for People Who Hate Science Fiction edited by Terry Carr.
Here’s the list of stories that Carr thought would be good introductions to sf:
- “The Star” by Arthur C. Clarke (1955)
- “A Sound of Thunder by Ray Bradbury (1952)
- “The Year of the Jackpot” by Robert A. Heinlein (1952)
- “The Man with English” by H. L. Gold (1953)
- “In Hiding [Timothy Paul]” by Wilmar H. Shiras (1948)
- “Not with a Bang” by Damon Knight (1950)
- “Love Called This Thing” by Avram Davidson & Laura Goforth (1959)
- “The Weapon” by Fredric Brown (1951)
- “What’s It Like Out There?” by Edmond Hamilton (1952)
Carr’s book appeared in 1968. I wonder what a more current list would look like?
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Taking a cue from Scott’s posts on the pilots for Bionic Woman and Journeyman, I thought I’d avail myself of Amazon’s Unbox service and download the pilot for Chuck.
I won’t really comment on the service itself, other than to say it was really slow, and the UI could use some work to make it easier to use, but it gets the job done and I got the free preview.
Chuck is the story of one Chuck Bartowski, who works for the Nerd Herd at the local Buy More store. He receives an email from his old college roommate that just so happens to contain all the information that both the NSA and CIA have gathered on terrorist activities worldwide. Soon he is being chased by a ruthless NSA assassin John Casey, played by Jayne, err, Adam Baldwin and by CIA operative Sarah Walker (Yvonne Strahovski).
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The maker of the Rendezvous with Rama student film wasn’t the only one inspired by the science fiction classic. Here’s Eric Bruneton’s 3-dimensional fly-through of a Rama-like object. Also, check out his website for some higher resolution images from this animation.
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REVIEW SUMMARY: Trying to put my finger on the magic ingredients that go into a good fantasy story.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Ten short fantasy stories aimed at the young adult reader.
PROS: Interesting premises; touches on numerous themes.
CONS: Odd language used at times, which slowed reading; some stories simply not that engaging.
BOTTOM LINE: Red Spikes offers a variety of themes that should appeal to fans of fantasy.
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Starting today, I’ve got a temporary guest-blogging gig over at SciFi Scanner. That’s the science fiction blog at AMC TV‘s website.
I’ll be bringing my vast knowledge of supermodels – er…I mean, science fiction – to the movie watching masses. My postings will most likely be more frequent over there for the next several days, so if you need a bigger dose of me – and who doesn’t? – then stop by and check it out!
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Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.
Which of these new Fall TV shows are you most anticipating?
Like a boob, I left off Moonlight, which Kevin brought to my attention which much name-calling. One of these days, I’ll get poll building figured out. As it is, though, nearly 40% of respondents found nothing to get excited about. That does not sound promising for the new shows.
Comments this week:
“Isn’t Journeyman about time travel? Nuff said. :-D” – Rich
“None sound too exciting. ‘Dancing With the Stars’ may win by default.” – Richard Novak
Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll on the remake of Tron!
James Oliver Rigney, Jr., who wrote under the pen name of Robert Jordan, has passed away.
From Andrew Wheeler:
According to a post this evening on his blog, bestselling fantasy author Robert Jordan died this afternoon at his home in Charleston, South Carolina after a long battle with a form of cancer. He had been diagnosed with primary amyloidosis with cardiomyopathy in March of 2006 and had received several rounds of chemotherapy treatment at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota for his condition.
Jordan was best known for the still-unfinished “Wheel of Time” series: eleven novels and a prequel had been published before his illness. The status of the projected final novel, A Memory of Light, is unknown at this time. Jordan had also written a number of well-received “Conan” novels and a number of historical novels under the name Reagan O’Neill.
Official Robert Jordan website
Robert Jordan’s Wikipedia entry
Internet Speculative Fiction Database listing for Robert Jordan
Frazetta: Painting With Fire is a 2003 documentary on one of the genre’s most influential artists. As per the YouTube description: “This is the trailer for a documentary film on the life and art of legendary fantasy artist Frank Frazetta…More info can be found at www.cinemachine.net”
For more Frazetta info, see:
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George R.R. Martin has announced that he and Gardner Dozois have put together a Jack Vance tribute anthology called Songs of the Dying Earth.
From GRRM’s news page:
I’m thrilled to be able to announce that we have just sold Songs of the Dying Earth, a tribute anthology dedicated to the genius of Jack Vance featuring brand new stories from twenty-one of today’s leading fantasists, set against the sinking lands and swollen red sun of Vance’s Dying Earth, a universe that ranks with Tolkien’s Middle Earth and Howard’s Hyborian Age among fantasy aficionados.
We’ve assembled an all-star lineup of contributors for the book, we think. Songs of the Dying Earth will feature original stories from Dan Simmons, Robert Silverberg, Michael Moorcock, Tanith Lee, Elizabeth Hand, John C. Wright, Glen Cook, Jeff Vandermeer, Neil Gaiman, Paula Volsky, Tad Williams, Howard Waldrop, Michael Shea, Mike Resnick, and a host of other terrific writers and hardcore Jack Vance junkies, some of whom offered us their firstborn children for the chance to be a part of this project. And yes, I plan on doing a story for the book myself (after I finish A Dance With Dragons). Jack Vance and his representatives have been so kind as to give us permission to use Jack’s characters as well, so longtime fans can expect to appearances from Cugel the Clever, Chun the Unavoidable, T’sain and T’sais, and other favorites.
Tor will be publishing the trade editions in the United States, and HarperCollins Voyager in the United Kingdom. In addition, Subterranean Press will produce two special editions for the collector’s market — a deluxe illustrated hardcover of 1500 copies, and an even-more-deluxe signed, numbered, limited, illustrated, slipcased edition of 500 copies. The numbered edition will be signed by both editors, all the participating writers, and Jack Vance himself. And I’m delighted to be able to announce that both Subterranean editions will include extensive interior illustration by the award-winning artist Charles Vess. A Dutch edition is also in the works, and we expect many more foreign editions; Jack Vance has fans and readers all over the world.
A project this big can’t be put together overnight, of course. Look for Songs of the Dying Earth some time in 2009.