Finalists for The Sidewise Award, given to works of alternate history and named after Murray Leinster’s 1934 story “Sidewise in Time”, have been announced:
- Robert Conroy for 1862 (Presidio Press)
- Paul Park for The Tourmaline (Tor Books)
- Charles Stross for The Family Trade, The Hidden Family, and The Clan Corporate (Tor Books)
- Harry Turtledove for The Disunited States of America (Tor Books)
- Jo Walton for Farthing (Tor Books)
- Stephen Baxter for “The Pacific Mystery” (The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction edited by Mike Ashley, Carroll & Graf)
- Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff for “O, Pioneer” Paradox 8
- Gardner Dozois for “Counterfactual” (F&SF, June 2006)
- Chris Floyd for “History Lesson” (Moscow Times, February 22, 2006)
- Martin Gidron for “Palestina” (Interzone June 2006)
- Brian Stableford for “The Plurality of Worlds,” (Asimov’s August 2006)
- Andrew Tisbert for “The Meteor of the War” (Paradox 9)
See also: Past winners.
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- John Joseph Adams profiles Robert Sawyer, author of the new book Rollback and Robert Reed, author of two Hugo-nominated stories, “A Billion Eves” and “Eight Episodes“.
- Podcast fiction, Part 1: Beam Me up podcasts the H.G. Wells story “The Crystal Egg“.
- Orson Scott Card talks to IGN about the Ender’s Game film.
- John Marco has been added to the list of sf/f authors who blog.
- Podcast fiction, Part 2: Beam Me up podcasts the Jay Lake story “The Angle of My Dreams“.
- I cringe whenever I see a book with a cracked binding. Imagine my horror when I saw the artwork of Georgia Russell who creates sculptures out of books. Cool looking stuff, but those poor books! [via Fun Forever]
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The University of Delaware Library offers an online exhibit From Verne to Vonnegut: A Century of Science Fiction.
There are several “rooms” to explore…
Early work opens with Sir Thomas More’s Utopia from 1516 and showcases books by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (The Last Man, her first major work after Frankenstein), Edgar Allan Poe (Tales of the Grotesque and Arabesque), Jules Verne (From the Earth to the Moon), H.G. Wells (Tales of Space and Time).
The Magazines room briefly covers Hugo Gernsback’s Amazing Stories, Astounding Science Fiction, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Galaxy Science Fiction, and If.
Other rooms showcase other types of books. The Aliens and Others room shows samples relating to robots, martians and first contact. The Other Voices room profiles works by women, African American authors and books the deal with gender issues. Dystopias shoes the obvious, but also Alternate Histories and Disasters. There’s also a Curator’s Choice room offering exhibit curator Iris Snyder’s best picks of the genre (standalone and series).
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Over the years, I’ve refined the kinds of things we post about. Generally speaking, I avoid rumor posts and such minutia as casting calls, box office tallies, DVD releases, etc. I mean, do we really need to write a post every time George Lucas farts?
So it is with some trepidation that I submit this casting rumor about Kate Beckinsale being tied to a remake of Barbarella. But I owe Pete a favor. Pete’s infatuation with Kate Beckinsale (some would call it a borderline stalking obsession) is legendary in these parts. Or those parts, if you know what I mean.
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- SciFi Weekly interviews Michael Flynn, author of the Hugo-nominated Eifelheim.
- ForeverGeek tells us that Spider-Man, The Musical is coming – For Serious. To quote Tim, “Is nothing sacred?”
- Check out this big-a$$ Vader-head hot air balloon. [via BoingBoing]
- Farkers photoshop this Battlestar Galactica scene with D’anna Biers and the Cylons.
- Adventures in Scifi Publishing interviews Kim Harrison, author of For a Few Demons More.
- James Patrick Kelly is podcasting his novel Look Into the Sun. Here’s Part 10.
- William Shunn begins podcasting his Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated novella “Inclination“.
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Hugo and Nebula Award winning author Greg Bear has been writing professionally for forty years. His works range from memorable short fiction, like “Blood Music” and “Hardfought”, to novels like Eon, The Forge of God and Darwin’s Radio. His latest novel is a a near-future thriller called Quantico, available from Vanguard Press. (See SF Signal review.) SF Signal had the opportunity to talk to Greg via email about the Quantico, Eon and making books available online for free.
SF Signal: Hi, Greg. What prompted you to write Quantico? How did you get the idea, and did that idea change as you were writing it?
Greg Bear: A visit to the FBI Academy to attend a conference on the future of crime and criminal investigation gave me a chance to speak with agents and law enforcement officers from around the country. It was a fascinating and sobering experience–these people have some of the most difficult jobs on the planet, are under constant scrutiny, and without them, we’d be in very serious trouble indeed. The stresses these responsibilities produce, in a time of political change and terrible threat, seemed to me perfect for a new kind of thriller–a near-future, hardcore look at where we might end up if we keep making strategic screw-ups, and continue to misuse and abuse our front-line defenders, be they military personnel or law enforcers.
SFS: Was there any backlash from the book?
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The Spring 2007 issue of Subterranean Press Magazine has been posted online with the following offerings:
- Audio: “Rude Mechanicals” by Kage Baker
- Column: Bears Examine #2 by Elizabeth Bear
- Column: Me and Lucifer by Mike Resnick
- Fiction: “A Plain Tale from Our Hills” by Bruce Sterling
- Fiction: “A Season of Broken Dolls” by Caitlin R. Kiernan
- Fiction: “Deadman’s Road” by Joe R. Lansdale
- Fiction: “Eating Crow” by Neal Barrett, Jr.
- Fiction: “The Leopard’s Paw” by Jay Lake
- Review: Nebula Awards Showcase 2007 edited by Mike Resnick
- Review: The Last Mimzy by Henry Kuttner
- Review: The Best of the Best Volume 2, 20 Years of The Best Short Science Fiction Novels
- Review: Harlan Ellison’s Dream Corridor Volume 2
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Artist and Professor Jamie Bishop, son of SF author Michael Bishop, was among the victims of the recent Virginia Tech tragedy.
- See posts by Paul Di Filippo, Jason Erik Lundberg, Matthew Cheney
- Update Tuesday morning: Roanoke Times has this article…”He talked about changing the world with art”
- Bishop’s website, memory39, with a portfolio of artwork
- Paul Di Filippo posts an excerpt from Michael Bishop’s essay “A Reverie for Mister Ray” about reading Ray Bradbury to his then 9-year-old son Jamie
- Golden Gryphon has posted the wraparound cover by Jamie Bishop to Michael Bishop’s 2003 collection Brighten to Incandescence.
[via Locus Online]
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- Time magazine’s Lev Grossman looks at the “new” Tolkien novel The Children of Húrin
- At Subterranean Press, Mike Resnick talks about his creation, Lucifer Jones.
- SF Diplomat answers a couple of remarks about genre reviewing.
- Tower.com interviews John Scalzi, author of The Last Colony.
- Douglas E. Cohen interviews Jay Lake about editing. [via SFBC Blog]
- The Sci Phi Show podcast-interviews Cory Doctorow.
- In the article Swords vs. lightsabers, Kristin Thompson notes that the current popularity of fantasy films was once the held by sci-fi cinema.
- Jamie Rubin examines why he writes science fiction. “Nearly 15 years have passed and I am still writing science fiction and I am proud of it.”
- The Space Review continues profiling the life of a grandmaster. Read Heinlein’s Ghost, Part 1 and Part 2.
- The Oxford University Press blog looks at Expletives & Profanity in Science Fiction (an excerpt from Brave New Words: The Oxford Dictionary of Science Fiction edited by Jeff Prucher).
- Chris Roberson has The Airship Link-o-the-Week: Zeppy the pedal-powered airship. I’ll put this one list of things I want, right after my jetpack.
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(Note: The impetus for creating this post hit my while I was reading this over on Lou Anders’ blog, right around the section talking about Michael Chabon and the Oprah Book Club).
As we are all aware, July 21st, 2007 is P-Day (Potter Day) for the book publishing industry. At 12:01 AM, the newest, and last, Harry Potter book will be made available for sale. Undoubtedly there will be many book stores staying open, or opening there doors, to allow fans to purchase the book as soon as humanly possible. Now we, as science fiction fans, could sit back and grumble at how a ‘kids’ book, and fantasy at that!, is getting all the attention while SF gets the short shrift. Or, we can do something positive about it. Just think of all the people who read Harry Potter who haven’t tried anything else fantasy or science fiction related, or maybe they’ve read something in the field but didn’t like it. In either case, Harry Potter has a tremendously huge number of readers who maybe willing to try something different. We, as fans, have a huge opportunity to try to reach out to the Harry Potter readers and introduce them to other worthwhile reads available in Fantasy and Science Fiction. Thus, I bring you:
This program is our attempt to raise the awareness of non-genre readers about the many good books they are missing if they only read Harry Potter and nothing else. It will work like this. On this site, I’d like to see us come up with a list of books that might appeal to Harry Potter readers. There will be six categories: (SF) 12 and Under, (SF)Young Adult, (SF) Adult, (F)12 and Under, (F)Young Adult, and (F) Adult. I ask that you list up to three books in each category. About two weeks or so before the release of the last Potter book, the results will be tabulated and the result will be a PDF file listing the top 3 books in each category suitable for printing on a 4×6″ index card. Something along the lines of: “You like the wonders of Harry Potter, you may like to read some of the following books…” This will be open to discussion as well.
You can then, if you so choose, print these out and take them to your local bookstore to hand out to those people waiting in line. There will also be a link on the card pointing back to this post showing that there are a lot more choices than just the ones presented on the card. I think this is a good time for us in the SF community to actually do something to spread the word about the Science Fiction and Fantasy community. I’ll create a permanent link on the right hand side of the main page pointing back to this post, and I’ll try to have weekly, if not more often, reminders about the program. To kick things off, here are my choices:
12 AND UNDER: Larklight by Philip Reeve, City of Ember by by Jeanne DuPrau
YOUNG ADULT: Mortal Engines, Tanglewreck by Jeanette Winterson
ADULT: Old Man’s War/Ghost Brigades by John Scalzi
12 AND UNDER: Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer, Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton
YOUNG ADULT: Here There Be Dragons by by James A. Owen
ADULT: A Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin
I’m not expecting to change the minds of the adults, but I bet we can reach some of the kids, who, after all, we will need if SF is to gain new readers.
Also, if you do go out, take a camera and send us your pics. We’ll find a place to host them so we can all see the magic in action!
Now, have at it!
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REVIEW SUMMARY: My first foray in Martin’s well-regarded fantasy series.
BRIEF SYNOPSIS: A squire named Dunk carries on the tradition of his dead master and enters a jousting tournament to begin his career as a knight.
PROS: Exceptional storytelling; excellent pencil work and coloring.
CONS: Too many characters, houses and relationships to keep track of.
BOTTOM LINE: A fine introduction to A Song of Ice and Fire.
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- Cormac McCarthy, whose novel The Road was recently chosen by Oprah Winfrey for her book club, has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. A special citation went to Ray Bradbury for his distinguished, prolific and deeply influential career as an unmatched author of science fiction and fantasy.
- New site discovery: Fanboy.com! Check out this recent post of an excerpt from The Science Fiction Book: An Illustrated History, Why There is No Sex in Science Fiction.
- Stan Nicholls received a lifetime achievement award.
- SFX interviews Alastair Reynolds.
- The Sci Phi Show Outcast #37 has a podcast interview with Kim Stanley Robinson.
- Today marks the 10th anniversary of Locus Online, run by Mark Kelly.
- Graham Sleight’s “Yesterday’s Tomorrows” column from Locus Magazine looks at classic works by Frederik Pohl & C.M. Kornbluth.
- GalleyCat has a poll similar to ours this week: Free Books on the Download?
- SFF Audio points us to the Zombie Astronaut website (love the name) who, in turn, points us to two audio versions of Fritz Leiber’s classic short story “A Pail Of Air“.
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- John Clute reviews Four Novels of the 1960s by Philip K. Dick.
- Monday YouTube, Part 1, shows us that sometimes music and sci-fi don’t mix: “Future Brain” by Den Harrow. “Future brain you great computer, it’s insane to program everybody’s love.” [via Mind Hacks. Thanks, JP, he added sarcastically]
- BoingBoing points us to Well-Told Tales podcasts. The good news, they have sci-fi stories. The bad news, that category does not have an archive so you can access them easily.
- A group of soldiers in Iraq are putting together an RPG convention, and they are desperately in need of materials.
- John C. Wright has doubts about the upcoming Iron Man movie.
- The Brisbane Courier Mail talks to Jonathan Strahan, Marianne de Pierres and others about space opera.
- Nancy Kress speech: Women in American Sci Fi, a transcription of the guest of honour speech held at ConFuse 93.
- Monday YouTube, Part2: The Powerpuff Girls vs. Lex Luthor and the Legion of Doom.
- Technovelgy interviews Greg Bear, author of Quantico.
- SciFi Weekly interviews Christopher Moore.
- Karl Schroeder shows us some visualizations of the Virga town wheels from his book Sun of Suns.
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Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.
People seem to object to the SFX “Best Movie Ever” poll. What do you think is the best sci-fi film?
|(156 total votes)|
I voted other, but I was undecided between The Day the Earth Stood Still and Gattacca.
Lots of comments this week:
“I realize Serenity may not be the most hugely popular choice, but I like that it gave me powerful characterization and great dialog as well as really gorgeous special effects. And the opening scene where we first see the ship is gorgeous.” – Pete Tzinski
“Metropolis Metropolis Metropolis!!!! This movie is the birth of true Sci-Fi flicks. All other Sci-Fi movies need to lick Metropolis’s’s’ses boots for paving the way for them.” – Trent
“Event Horizon” – James
“Fritz Lang’s ‘Metropolis’ Chilling in its vision. yet hopeful in the spirit of triumph shown. The robots/androids are still among the best, paving the way for Asimov and Data. Blessings” – Richard Novak
“The Day the Earth Stood Still, because it’s solid science fiction and thoughtful social commentary as well as a darn good story.” – Alexandra
“My vote goes to DARK CITY directed by Alex Proyas.” – John C. Wright
“I voted other. My personal fav is “The Abyss”. It’s a great first contact movie; it’s jut too bad it did not take place in outer space.” – Kristin
Be sure to vote in this week’s poll about giving away books for free! (This is actually a revived poll…these days we’re getting about 5 times the response and it’s suddenly topical again, so what the hey.)
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A: You get the 1979 train wreck that is Star Crash!
I cannot believe this is the first time I’m finding this out. I’ve struggled for years (years!) over ways to integrate mentions of David Hasselhoff into my science fiction blogging. (Tim and JP can attest to this.) Then, as if in answer to my prayers, along comes a post from Look at This that shows me the way.
What makes this even better is that the movie – and I use that term loosely – stars Marjoe Gortner. For the reason why this is the icing on this particular cake, see my previous moment of surrealism with crazy-eyed Marjoe Gortner.
Here’s a video clip from the movie. Sure, the Hoff has a long way to go before he exhibits the consummate acting skills he portrayed in “Jump In My Car“, but I think you’ll agree that the seeds are there even then.
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White Night by Jim Butcher
Bottom Line: After nine Dresden books, Butcher’s supernatural Chicago holds little mystique, only endless rules and relationships explained ad nauseam in his hero’s irksome inner monologue.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
Bottom Line: This fast-moving, vivid, and unpretentious debut roots its coming-of-age fantasy in convincing mythology.
Season of the Witch by Natasha Mostert
Bottom Line: Mostert creates a taut, sexy thriller from disparate sci-fi and fantasy ingredients.
Zig Zag by José Carlos Somoza
Bottom Line: Zig Zag could’ve been a bad Chrichton tech-thriller knockoff, but the Spanish author displays an unhurried style and a refreshing appreciation for advanced science.
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