Lou Anders reveals the table of contents for his upcoming anthology Fast Forward 2.
- “Catherine Drew” by Paul Cornell
- “Cyto Couture” by Kay Kenyon
- “The Sun Also Explodes” by Chris Nakashima-Brown
- “The Kindness of Strangers” by Nancy Kress
- “Alone With An Inconvenient Companion” by Jack Skillingstead
- “True Names” by Cory Doctorow & Benjamin Rosenbaum
- “Molly’s Kids” by Jack McDevitt
- “Adventure” by Paul McAuley
- “Not Quite Alone in the Dream Quarter” by Mike Resnick & Pat Cadigan
- “An Eligible Boy” by Ian McDonald
- “SeniorSource” by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
- “Migration” by Karl Schroeder and Tobias S. Buckell
- “Long Eyes” by Jeff Carlson
- “The Gambler” by Paolo Bacigalupi
There’s also Lou’s introduction/essay, The Age of Accelerating Returns.
This is just a friendly reminder that the cast of Battlestar Galactica will be appearing on The Late Show with David Letterman tonight. They will be presenting the nightly Top 10 list.
See original post.
Here’s Orson Scott Card’s response to last week’s Mind Meld on young adult sf/f fiction, which was received after the post was published:
Q: It seems that more and more, fiction marketed as “Young Adult” deals with mature themes. Has it crossed a line? Is young adult sf/f is too explicit?
Orson Scott Card
Orson Scott Card
is the author of the novels Ender’s Game
, Ender’s Shadow
, and Speaker for the Dead
, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools. Card also writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street
, Lost Boys
), biblical novels (Stone Tables
, Rachel and Leah
), the American frontier fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker
(beginning with Seventh Son
), poetry (An Open Book
), and many plays and scripts.
It seems to me that if YA writers want to write about adult stuff, they should change category. Nothing stops young readers from following them into the adult shelves. When the YA label is placed on a book, it’s a promise to parents, teachers, and librarians that certain standards are being adhered to.
This is not a trivial matter. There is genuine damage to some young readers from being exposed too early to sexual or overly violent material. Other young readers seem to be unharmed. But the writer is in no position to judge the maturity of each reader. That is up to parents, teachers, and librarians – and part of the information they use is the YA label.
When you put out a book with “adult” content under a YA label, you’re not a hero of artistic liberty, you’re a liar and a cheat. You want to keep getting the same income by pretending your writing belongs in a category that you have left behind.
There is often a compulsion to seek out the written works of recently departed authors, as if reading their work can hopefully, in some small way, keep them with us a little bit longer. To that end, I’ve rounded up a few links to some online stories of Sir Arthur C. Clarke. If you don’t own any of his work, you should. See why through these links…
FREE WRITTEN FICTION
FREE AUDIO FICTION
IN HIS OWN WORDS
Finally, here is the man himself, reflecting on his life on his 90th birthday in December 2007:
“I am sometimes asked how I would like to be remembered. I’ve had a diverse career as a writer, underwater explorer, space promoter and science popularizer. Of all these, I want to be remembered most as a writer – one who entertained readers and, hopefully, stretched their imaginations as well.”
“Overhead…the stars are going out”
Best Science Fiction Stories, Free Speculative Fiction Online, Living the Limnal, Free SF Reader, and Laughing Squid]
SF legend Arthur C. Clarke has passed away at the age of 90.
Legendary British science fiction writer Sir Arthur C Clarke has died in Sri Lanka at the age of 90.
He came to fame when his story was made into the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, by director Stanley Kubrick in 1968.
Once called “the first dweller in the electronic cottage”, his vision captured the popular imagination.
Sir Arthur, who was born in Minehead, Somerset, and was a radar specialist for the RAF in World War II, become a full-time writer in the 1940s.
- His Wikipedia entry
- Google’s Books by Arthur C. Clarke
- IMDB entry
- A list of Arthur C. Clarke quotes.
- Reactions from around the web: Paul Levinson, Pat Cadigan, Matt Cheney, Bob Eggleton, Niall Harrison, Jonathan Strahan, Lou Anders, Walter Jon Williams, Jeff VanderMeer, Steven Barnes, Charles Stross, Boin Boing, Texas Best Grok, Engadget, The NY Times, The LA Times, CNN, USA Today, and Time magazine.
[sent in via via Fred and Pawel]
Neatorama points us to this PDF file of 100 Best Last Lines from Novels as per The American Book Review.
I’ve culled some last lines from some of the genre-ish novels listed. Can you match the last line with the book’s title?
- Are there any questions?
- He loved Big Brother.
- He was soon borne away by the waves and lost in darkness and distance.
- Lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after-time, be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood; and how she would gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago; and how joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days.
- Now everybody –
- One bird said to Billy Pilgrim, “Poo-tee-weet?”
- 1984 by George Orwell (1949)
- Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865)
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818)
- Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Punchon (1973)
- Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut (1969)
- The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (1986)
In 2018, a daring bank robbery takes place at Hyak Associates. However, this is no ordinary robbery, being executed by a band of marauding orcs with a dragon as backup in the online game world of Avalon Four. The robbery was supposed to be impossible as the data exists in multiple locations, each checking the others to ensure integrity. That it happens at all leads to some serious questions about the network underlying the future Earth.
Edinburgh constable Sue Smith is called on to investigate and must join forces with Elain Barnaby, a forensic accountant, and Jack Reed, an unemployed game programmer to figure out what happened and what is going on behind the scenes.
While at first glance Halting State may sound like a modern day take on Dreampark, the action doesn’t take place in a game, but in the ‘real’ world. Having said that, Halting State is a darn good read, especially if you are a techie or an online game player.
io9 is stirring the pot again…this time by listing 5 Reasons To Stop Reading Science Fiction.
- SF is now real life.
- It’s been colonized by mainstream literature authors like Cormac McCarthy.
- It’s turned into pure fantasy.
- The fanbase is ancient.
- Rackspace is shrinking.
The first few commenters give reasons why sf is neither “obsolete” nor “pointless” nor “dead” as the post proclaims.
io9’s sensationalism aside, the article does little to connect individual statements with factual data about reading habits and sales. But then again, these arguments are attributed to “a gang of critics”. What’s the point of…oh yeah…Sensationalism = Page Hits + Ad Dollars!
See also: David Louis Edelman’s response to this perennial battle cry.
REVIEW SUMMARY: A memorable, one-sitting read.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A fact-based graphic novel about the first animal sent into space.
PROS: Great basis for a story; the fact-based details and meaty character portrayals enhanced the reading experience; artwork lends itself to the mood of the story.
CONS: The launch scene laid on the sentimentality a little too thick.
BOTTOM LINE: An affecting story that is sure to have lingering effects after reading it.
Just a quick reminder to you all that we are still running our contest to give away 10 DVD copies (to 10 people, not all at once) of the Sci Fi Channel movie Sands of Oblivion, starring Adam Baldwin, Morena Baccarin, and George Kennedy.
Send an email to:
contest at sfsignal dot com (do the email replacement thing)
for your chance to win. This offer good only in the U.S. and Canada. Go ahead, send us an email. What have you got to lose? Remember the SF Signal motto: “If it’s free, it’s for me!”
[NOTE: I am subbing for JP this week on the Tube Bits. Can you guess at which point JP will regret he ever asked? – John]
- SCI FI Weekly reviews the Battlestar Galactica soundtrack from season 3 and gives it a “B+”. Or, as Tim would say: “B+ as in Boomer plus me!”
- The Ghost of Doctor Who Past: Online Doctor Who magazine & fan site Kasterbourous points us to this Telegraph article which offers insight into some of the original ideas being battered about in 1963 concerning the Doctor Who series – things like an invisible TARDIS. The Telegraph also offers up this list of Little-known Doctor Who facts like “the ethereal theme tune was the first in the world to be made up entirely from electronic sounds.”
- The Ghost of Doctor Who Future: According to BBC Audiobooks, TV’s latest Doctor, David Tennant, will read their latest audio-exclusive release Doctor Who: Pest Control, available only on CD and for download on the May 8, 2008. [via Outpost Gallifrey]
- The SciFi Channel has a YouTube channel for its classic documentaries. It opened about six weeks ago and so far contains 5 videos of their Curse of the Blair Witch documentary. Someone wake me up when they take us behind the scenes at ECW…not!
- SCI FI Wire finds some information on the film adaptation of Land of the Lost, starring Wil Ferrell as Rick Marshall and Anna Friel (Pushing Daisies) as a grown-up Holly.
- The Hollywood Reporter looks at TV series on the bubble for fall, those awaiting a renew or cancel notice. Prospects are good for Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and Knight Rider, but doubtful for Jericho and Reaper. This is great news for Michael Knight. I wonder how David Hasselhoff feels right now….?
Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.
Have you ever started reading a book series somewhere in the middle?
Comments this week:
“30 some years ago, I started reading the Travis McGee mystery/detective novel series by John D. McDonald in mid-series. The books I was reading kept referring to an injury that had happened to Travis earlier. So… I went back and found the first book in the series: The Deep Blue Goodbye – and in that book they refer to the injury as happening earlier! Well…what the heck. I went to used book stores and found all the earlier novels, and read all of the Travis McGee novels.” – Morjana
“The last time I can remember doing it on purpose was because I received an ARC of one of Kristine Smith’s novels (Endgame) I had not read any of her novels previously but I didn’t want to read the entire Jani Kilian series as prelude to this one.” – Paul
“No, just like how I won’t start watching a TV series without seeing the pilot episode. I also won’t watch an episode if I’ve missed the first few minutes.” – Chris Johnston
“I have to go and start at the beginning as I’ve recently done with John Ringo’s Posleen books.” – platyjoe
“Most book series aren’t set up very well for someone to start in the middle. But one writer who gets around this problem is Mike Resnick. He’s written some trilogies in his time, but every book is written in such a way that it contains a comlete stand-alone story, and can be enjoyed independent of the other books in the series. (By the way, I assumed here that you weren’t including series like those that focus on one character, say a detective, but have little continuity outside of that…)” – Michael A. Burstein
Be sure to visit our front page and vote in this week’s poll about inappropriate subject matter in young adult fiction!
All you need to know about this episode can be summed up in one word: hookers. You want more? OK: Space hookers.
And a bad guy who rides around in a really cheesy hovercraft.