Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.
Who was the best villain on the 1960’s Batman television show (or the 1966 film)?
Some comments this week…
“A tough question, but I do think that Egghead, King Tut, the John Astin Riddler and the Lee Meriwether Catwoman are definitely ‘second tier’. Since they have such a complex relationship, for me its really a tossup between the Kitt and Newmar Catwomans (Catwomen?)” – Jvstin
“Julie Newmar for the win! But there were so MANY good villians, it’s hard to choose. Otto Premiger as MR. Freeze, Liberace as the pianast and his evil twin, Roddy McDowall as the bookworm, Art Carney as The Archer, the list goes on and on. How they got these people to get onto such a oddball show was a mystery, but I’m glas they did.” – Keith
“For me it was the Joker, though I hated the Penguin the most.” – General X
Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about the 2008 Summer movie you are most anticipating!
The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America has announced the Nebula Award winners for 2007:
NOVEL: The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon
NOVELLA: “Fountain of Age” by Nancy Kress
NOVELETTE: “The Merchant and the Alchemist’s Gate” by Ted Chiang
SHORT STORY: “Always” by Karen Joy Fowler
SCRIPT: Pan’s Labyrinth by Guillermo del Toro
Andre Norton Award: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
Michael Moorcock was also presented with The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.
See also: This year’s nominees.
See also: SF Signal’s review of the short fiction nominees.
See also: Past Winners
It seems fitting that to balance out Nebula Weekend, which honors the best, we should remember this particular bit of footage from Bollywood, which…well…see for yourself…
[via Topless Robot]
Another reader writes in with a story description looking for a title. Do any of our readers out there know the title of this story? It’s not much to go on. Consider it a challenge of your science fictional prowess!
I trying to find out if anyone remembers a SF book that I read 15 or 20 years ago, about a sun that becomes aware that it’s intelligent and ponders it’s existence and finally reaches out to other suns and communicates with them.
- Scott C.
Can you name this story?
Just a quick reminder to everyone, our Alien Nation: Ultimate Movie Collection giveaway contest is still running. If you want a chance to win a copy of all of the Alien Nation TV movies, send an email, along with your mailing address to:
contest AT sfsignal DOT com
The contest ends at 11:59:59PM CT on Sunday, April 27th (this Sunday), so get to emailing! We had a glut of entries the first, but a trickle since then. Enter if you dare!
SF/F publisher Tor continues to provide free online versions of books for you pleasure. This week, it’s Sun of Suns by Karl Schroeder, a very good read and a whole lot of fun. (See SF Signal review)
More freebies from Tor this week: two brand new desktop wallpapers by Julie Bell and Boris Vallejo.
Get them all now — they’re only available for one week only!
And don’t forget to sign to be notified about the free books (in various formats) and wallpapers.
[via Geekend‘s Jay Garmon, who we welcome back! Jay…email me!]
I’m planning a day trip to Austin on Saturday to attend Nebula Weekend. I’m hoping to finally meet some folks who I know only through email. Those of you who are attending: you have been warned!
I doubt I’ll be taking my computer and live-blogging it, but I will be able to access Twitter from my phone. To that end, there will be a “Twittering the Nebulas” widget on the left sidebar of the homepage during the event. I’m not sure yet if I’ll be staying for the awards ceremony. Tune in to see what juicy tidbits of information I send through the Aether!
The 2008 Locus Award Finalists has been announced:
- The Accidental Time Machine by Joe Haldeman (Ace)
- Brasyl by Ian McDonald (Pyr) [See SF Signal review]
- Halting State by Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK) [See SF Signal review]
- Spook Country by William Gibson (Putnam; Viking UK)
- The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon (HarperCollins)
- Endless Things by John Crowley (Small Beer Press; Overlook)
- Making Money by Terry Pratchett (Doubleday UK; HarperCollins)
- Pirate Freedom by Gene Wolfe (Tor) [See SF Signal review]
- Territory by Emma Bull (Tor)
- Ysabel by Guy Gavriel Kay (Viking Canada; Roc)
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- Extras by Scott Westerfeld (Simon Pulse; Simon & Schuster UK)
- The H-Bomb Girl by Stephen Baxter (Faber & Faber)
- Magic’s Child by Justine Larbalestier (Razorbill)
- Powers by Ursula K. Le Guin (Harcourt; Gollancz)
- Un Lun Dun by China Miéville (Ballantine Del Rey; Macmillan UK)
- City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (Simon & Schuster/McElderry)
- Flora Segunda by Ysabeau S. Wilce (Harcourt)
- Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill (Morrow; Gollancz)
- The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss (DAW; Gollancz)
- One for Sorrow by Christopher Barzak (Bantam Spectra)
- The Best of Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet edited by Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant (Ballantine Del Rey)
- The Coyote Road edited by Ellen Datlow & Terri Windling. (Viking)
- The New Space Opera edited by Gardner Dozois & Jonathan Strahan(Eos)
- The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror 2007: Twentieth Annual Collection edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link & Gavin J. Grant(St. Martin’s)
- The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-Fourth Annual Collection edited by Gardner Dozois (St. Martin’s) [See SF Signal review]
Locus Online has the full list of nominees.
See also: Past winners.
If you’re in the Austin, Texas area Friday night (tomorrow) and want to some books signed by a slew of authors, head on down to the Omni Hotel:
From the press release:
Dozens of science fiction and fantasy authors will turn out for a mass autographing session Friday, April 25 from 5:30-8 p.m., kicking off the 2008 Nebula Awards Weekend in Austin by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, Inc.
The mass autographing session sponsored by Book People will be held in the third floor Longhorn Room of the Omni Austin Hotel Downtown, located at San Jacinto and 8th Street. The session is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase, but those seeking signatures are free to bring their own from home.
Authors scheduled to take part in the mass autographing session include 2007 Damon Knight Grand Master honoree Michael Moorcock, Nebula Award Nominees Nancy Kress, Joe Haldeman and Jack McDevitt as well as such notable authors as Joe R. Lansdale, Steven Gould, Walter Jon Williams and Connie Willis. A complete list of participating authors can be found at http://www.sfwa.org/awards/2008/autographing.html.
Judging by the amount of books we receive here at SF Signal (see 2008’s list right here), science fiction publishing in doing quite well. Trying to keep up with the flood of new books by well known authors is hard enough, what if you want to find something new and interesting? How do you find that ‘underrated’ author whose books you have to read? Well, you ask for help! Which is what we did for this week’s Mind Meld.
Q: Which author, living or otherwise, do you believe deserves more recognition than they currently receive and why?
spends his days smearing pigment onto pieces of wood, in between playing air guitar and drinking coffee. He has been a professional at this for 3 years, picking up a Spectrum Gold Award and a Conflux #3 Award. His book The Mystery of Eilean Mor
with Gary Crew was selected as a notable book by the CBC, shortlisted for the Aurealis Award and won the 2006 Crichton award.
I would nominate a few authors, first Stanislaw Lem, who I don’t think has had enough exposure in the West, his seminal book Solaris has apparently never had a translation he was happy with. Other works of his, such as His Master’s Voice rank up there with the best the west has had to offer, and offer a fresh perspective to the usual flawed notions of ‘moral and societal advancement through the pursuit scientific knowledge’ that permeates much of the genre. His later works push the boundaries of what constitutes science fiction like nothing else I’ve seen, dispensing with plot and focusing entirely on ideas, in books like One Human Minute, or A Perfect Vacuum, which consist of a series of reviews of non existent books.
Also I would nominate Olaf Stapledon, writing before the genre was truly formed, but with works like Starmaker and Last and First Men had a scope that has rarely been equaled in all the successive years.
These two are both pretty well known I’d guess, but I can’t help thinking more exposure could only be a good thing.
Watch the latest SciFi Dept. as Kevin Maher almost beats Lou Ferrigno at arm wrestling. You would think he would have had better luck bribing him with hot dogs…
Small Beer Press has made Maureen F. McHugh’s Mothers & Other Monsters available as a free download via a Creative Commons License.
Here’s the table of contents:
- “Ancestor Money”
- “In the Air”
- “The Cost to Be Wise”
- “The Lincoln Train”
- “Interview: On Any Given Day”
- “Laika Comes Back Safe”
- “Eight-Legged Story”
- “The Beast”
- “Frankenstein’s Daughter”
- The Evil Stepmother: An Essay
- Author Interview
- Talking Points
I read the novel Nekropolis and enjoyed it. I also recently learned of her story “Laika Comes Back Safe” through a reader comment when I reviewed the graphic novel Laika a few weeks back – this is my chance to read it. Yours too!