Editor Jonathan Strahan has posted the table of contents for next year’s anthology The Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Of The Year Volume 1 (the year being 2006), published by Night Shade.
- “How To Talk To Girls At Parties” by Neil Gaiman
- “El Regalo” by Peter S. Beagle
- “I, Row-Boat” by Cory Doctorow
- “In The House Of The Seven Librarians” by Ellen Klages
- “Another Word For Map Is Faith” by Christopher Rowe
- “Under Hell, Over Heaven” by Margo Lanagan
- “Incarnation Day” by Walter Jon Williams
- “The Night Whiskey” by Jeffrey Ford
- “A Siege Of Cranes” by Benjamin Rosenbaum
- “Halfway House” by Frances Hardinge
- “The Bible Repairman” by Tim Powers
- “Yellow Card Man” by Paolo Bacigalupi
- “Pol Pot’s Beautiful Daughter (Fantasy)” by Geoff Ryman
- “The American Dead” by Jay Lake
- “The Cartesian Theater” by Robert Charles Wilson
- “Journey Into The Kingdom” by M Rickert
- “Eight Episodes” by Robert Reed
- “The Wizards Of Perfil” by Kelly Link
- “The Saffron Gatherers” by Elizabeth Hand
- “D.A.” by Connie Willis
- “Femaville 29″ by Paul Di Filippo
- “Sob In The Silence” by Gene Wolfe
- “The House Beyond Your Sky” by Benjamin Rosenbaum
- “The Djinn’s Wife” by Ian McDonald
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Next Tuesday will see the 50th anniversary re-release of the 1956 sc-fi classic Forbidden Planet.
The Two-Disc 50th Anniversary Special Edition features additional scenes, lost footage, three documentaries and two follow-up vehicles starring Robby the Robot (The Invisible Boy and The Thin Man TV series episode “Robot Client”).
Hardcore fans can also opt for the Ultimate Collector’s Edition, which additionally includes vintage memorabilia (looks like postcards), a tin DVD package (“collectible packaging” in market-speak), a mail-in offer for a reproduction of an original Forbidden Planet theatrical poster and, best of all, a Robby the Robot replica!
[This post brought to you by the WhatToGetJohnForTheHolidays Committee]
In what has to be one of the most hyped premieres for a movie trailer, the Spider-Man movie blog announced that the newest (not even the first) “full-length, two-and-a-half minute trailer” for Spider-Man 3 will premiere tonight at 10 PM (ET) on TV and online at several outlets (CBS, Comedy Central, MTV, BET, Logo, MTV2, Spike TV and VH1).
Check back later for the link…
UPDATE: iFilm has the trailer.
Ah, November. The welcome chill in the air, the picturesque landscapes…and the Best Books of 2006 lists.
Publishers Weekly has posted their Best Books of 2006. Here are the titles in SF/Fantasy/Horror category:
- The Armies of Memory by John Barnes (Tor)
- Pretender by C.J. Cherryh (DAW)
- The Empire of Ice Cream by Jeffrey Ford (Golden Gryphon)
- Dark Harvest by Norman Partridge (Cemetery Dance)
- No Present Like Time by Steph Swainston (Eos)
David Drake created an Amazon list of Jim Baen’s Top 10 Science Fiction Books which Jim discussed with David shortly before Jim’s death. [via Isegoria]
- Foundation by Isaac Asimov
- Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
- A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
- Dune by Frank Herbert
- Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague deCamp
- Against the Fall of Night by Arthur C. Clarke
- Citizen of the Galaxy by Robert A. Heinlein
- The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
- A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
The latest Time Traveler Show features Isaac Asimov giving a fascinating and fun 1974 talk titled “Utopian Change” in which he discusses science fiction, technological change and the birth of sf.
Some choice quotes:
On sf: “The only relevant literature of our time is science fiction.”
On critics: “They can observe, study and analyze but they can’t do it themselves.”
On sf: “This is the importance of science fiction — that it considers possible futures by taking into account possible changes in technology and their consequences and gives some thought to how to meet the consequences.”
On futurists: “It seems to me that all futurists are either science fiction writers, science fiction readers, ex-science fiction writers and ex-science fiction readers. You show me a futurist who’s never read any science fiction and I’ll show you a person who’s so uninterested in the future that he [couldn't] really decide anything about it.”
Jonathan Strahan has posted the table of contents the upcoming anthology he edited with Gardner Dozois, The New Space Opera:
- “Verthandi’s Ring” by Ian McDonald
- “Saving Tiamaat” by Gwyneth Jones
- “Hatch” by Robert Reed
- “Winning Peace” by Paul J. McAuley
- “Glory” by Greg Egan
- “Maelstrom” by Kage Baker
- “Blessed By An Angel” by Peter F. Hamilton
- “Who’s Afraid of Wolf 359?” by Ken Macleod
- “The Valley of the Gardens” by Tony Daniel
- “Dividing the Sustain” by James Patrick Kelly
- “Minla’s Flowers” by Alastair Reynolds
- “Splinters of Glass” by Mary Rosenblum
- “Remembrance” by Stephen Baxter
- “The Emperor and the Maula” by Robert Silverberg
- “The Worm Turns” by Gregory Benford
- “Send Them Flowers” by Walter Jon Williams
- “Art of War” by Nancy Kress
- “Muse of Fire” by Dan Simmons
Mmmmm….juicy. I wonder how it will compare to the recent Hartwell/Cramer-edited The Space Opera Renaissance?
Andrew Ainsworth, the man who helped to design the Star Wars Stormtrooper, is being sued by George Lucas over his replica costumes.
Lucas, who has made an estimated $3.5 billion fortune from his series of sci-fi films and related merchandise, sued his former designer when he discovered that Mr Ainsworth was reproducing costumes of Stormtroopers — the distinctive foot soldiers used by the evil Empire to crush rebel forces.
Mr Ainsworth told The Times that he would contest the action because he believed that he held the intellectual rights to the design. Andrew Hobson, a solicitor who has discussed the deposition with Mr Ainsworth but will not be acting for him on the case, said that he had seen no evidence that Ainsworth had surrendered his design rights. “In the absence of an agreement to the contrary, the designer is the first owner of the copyright,” he said.
By JP Frantz
| Monday, November 6th, 2006 at
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: Zima Blue is a collection of 10 short stories not set in Alastair Reynolds’ Revelation Space universe.
PROS: All of the stories were excellent and thought-provoking, great hard SF ideas, interesting new universes.
CONS: Some of the characters were a bit weak.
BOTTOM LINE: This is a must read for all fans of Reynolds.
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Wired offers their Top 20 Sci-Fi Flicks ranked using three factors: “a film’s power to enthrall and excite (Adrenaline), how well it presents a scenario for the future (Vision), and whether the science behind the fiction holds up (Precision)”.
- Blade Runner
- The Matrix
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- A Clockwork Orange
- The Boys From Brazil
- Jurassic Park
- Star Wars
- The Road Warrior
- The Terminator
- Soylent Green
- Planet Of The Apes
- The Day The Earth Stood Still
Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.
Which of the following is the coolest setting in TV/movie sf?
This week’s poll drew one comment…
“Geez! Again! Where’s the Stargate universe? And 5th Element!?” – Tim M.
Be sure to vote in this week’s poll on your favorite character from Heroes!
The winners of the 2006 World Fantasy Award have been announced:
- Novel: Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami
- Novella: “Voluntary Committal” by Joe Hill
- Short Fiction: “CommComm” by George Saunders
- Anthology: The Fair Folk edited by Marvin Kaye
- Collection: The Keyhole Opera by Bruce Holland Rogers
- Artist: James Jean
- Special Award: Professional: Sean Wallace (for Prime Books)
- Special Award: Non-Professional: David Howe and Stephen Walker (for Telos Books)
- Lifetime Achievement: Stephen Fabian
- Lifetime Achievement: John Crowley
[via SFBC Blog]
The Meet the Author website specializes in videos of authors talking about their books. This week, they have posted not one, not two, but three videos of Scott Westerfeld. Scott talks about three of his books: Parasite Positive, The Last Days, and Midnighters.
Westerfeld gained my immediate admiration after I read his awesome Succession sequence, made up of The Risen Empire and The Killing of Worlds. I followed that up with Midnighters, another enjoyable book.