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SF Tidbits for 10/18/07

  • J.K. Rowling opens up about Christian imagery in Harry Potter. [via Claw of the Conciliator]
  • Fantasy Book Critic interviews J.V. Jones, author of A Sword from Red Ice. “For me, the only thing worth writing about is people and their personal conflicts.”
  • Effective January 1, 2008, Jeff VanderMeer’s Ministry of Whimsy Press will come out of hibernation as an imprint of Wyrm Publishing. VanderMeer will work as a creative consultant and publicist for the Ministry’s books.
  • James Patrick Kelly is podcasting his novel Look Into the Sun. Here’s Part 31.
  • Guardian Book Blog explains why real-life encounters with authors fall flat. “I don’t think it’s fair to condemn writers who aren’t utterly warm and loving when coping with fans: the skill sets associated with sitting in a room on your own writing a book and being a celebrity don’t have a lot of overlap, do they?”
  • The BBC lists 10 ways to get you to read a book.
  • New/Updated at Gutenberg: “Second Sight” by Alan E. Nourse.
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2 Comments on SF Tidbits for 10/18/07

  1. joshua corning // October 18, 2007 at 2:17 am //

    “I don’t think it’s fair to condemn writers who aren’t utterly warm and loving when coping with fans: the skill sets associated with sitting in a room on your own writing a book and being a celebrity don’t have a lot of overlap, do they?”

    I think there is a lot of truth here.

    As fans perhaps we should not pursue meeting these people in person. In fact i would propose that the best way for fan/writer interaction would be blogs. It is in an element a writer should feel somewhat comfortable in and where their skill set is most appropriate.

    Of course there is something to be said about simply leaving the poor misanthropic bastards alone so they can focus on producing what we enjoy about them in the first place.

  2. “Guardian Book Blog explains why real-life encounters with authors fall flat. ”

    Not all fall flat. I’ve met Gene Wolfe in real life, and he is a perfectly entertaining, charming, witty and wise man, more comprehensible to me than his books. I’ve met Connie Willis, and in real life, she is much funnier than anything in her books.

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