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SF Tidbits for 1/18/08

  • Over at Omnivoracious, Jeff VanderMeer interviews Michael Moorcock, author of The Metatemporal Detective. “I’m easily bored. For that reason I usually don’t read much genre fiction. I like fiction which precedes genre or when it has begun to parody or otherwise question the tropes.”
  • io9 interviews Kathleen Ann Goonan, author of Queen City Jazz: “…for me, nanotech has been a metaphor for the power of thought, and for the power of language. This may sound odd, but it seems that the more we understand matter and the more we are able to manipulate it and to make decisions about how and why to do so, the better we understand ourselves.”
  • More free Nebula Nominated fiction: The list of Preliminary Nominees for the 2007 Nebula Awards has been updated with more links to free online versions of short fiction nominees.
  • Brenda Munday Gifford has posted a free (PDF) eBook Before the Charon Covenant, a prequel to The Charon Covenant.
  • Paizo publishing announced the 2008 release schedule for their science fiction novel imprint, Planet Stories. Titles include Northwest of Earth: the Complete Northwest Smith by C. L. Moore, Almuric by Robert E. Howard, Lord of the Spiders by Michael Moorcock, The Samarkand Solution by Gary Gygax, The Ginger Star by Leigh Brackett, Masters of the Pit by Michael Moorcock, Infernal Sorceress by Gary Gygax, Worlds of Their Own edited by James Lowder (featuring fiction by R.A. Salvatore, Michael A. Stackpole, Ed Greenwood, Elaine Cunningham, and others), Swordsman of Mars by Otis Adelbert Kline.
  • Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute salutes The Power of “Superheroes” Imagery in Fashion with a gala benefit on May 5th that “will reveal how the superhero serves as the ultimate metaphor for fashion and its ability to empower and transform the human body”. [sent in from Peter from Living The Limnal]
  • The American Film Institute plans to pick the top 10 movies in 10 genres, including science fiction. Among the scifi nominees are The Matrix and the 1953 version of The War of the Worlds. The results will be revealed on a CBS special in June.
  • At SciFi Scanner, Harold Goldberg shows off his Talking Iron Giant Bank. Envy, thy taste is bitter!
  • Oh, the pain! Gravity Lens leads us to this alphabetical list of Dr. Smith’s Monikers for the Robot. “Sleek, sophisticated, charming companion” has a whole different tone when you’re an adult, if you know what I mean. As does “my male nurse.”
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1 Comment on SF Tidbits for 1/18/08

  1. The American Film Institute plans to pick the top 10 movies in 10 genres, including science fiction. Among the scifi nominees are The Matrix and the 1953 version of The War of the Worlds. The results will be revealed on a CBS special in June.

    Non SF aside. If Courtroom dramas (one of the genres, bizarrely enough) doesn’t pick Twelve Angry Men as its no 1, I wouldn’t trust the list, or any of the other lists for that matter.

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