Interviews & Profiles
- The Dark is Rising author Susan Cooper on Harry Potter and studying with Lewis and Tolkien
- Fantasy Book Critic has posted a mini-interview with Michael J. Sullivan of the Riyria Revelations.
- Layers of Thought chats with Douglas Lain who just published the magical realist novel Billy Moon.
- Margaret Atwood talks to Bookworm about Maddaddam.
- Mary and Bryan Talbot discuss their work at the Edinburgh International Book Festival
- Meet The Man Behind the Podcasts, our very own Patrick Hester
- My Bookish Ways interviews Jeff Somers, author of Chum
- Notes from Coode Street has a live interview with Malcolm Edwards and David G. Hartwell recorded at LoneStarCon 3. In a freewheeling discussion, these two enormously experienced and respected giants of the science fiction publishing industry discuss contemporary publishing, editing, and their deep and abiding love for science fiction.
- The Qwillery interviews Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice.
- Sci-Fi Fan Letter interviews Samantha Shannon of The Bone Season
- Susan Wingate hosts Kay Kenyon, author of A Thousand Perfect Things.
- Tangent offers this classic Frederik Pohl interview from Summer 1977.
- Urban Fantasy Investigations chats with Elliott James author of Charming
- Ann “A.C.” Crispin died of cancer yesterday. Crispin was a well known advocate for writers who leaves behind a rich legacy of science fiction. (Bleeding Cool, Tor)
- THE EXPANSE optioned for television
- Stargate is coming back to the big screen as a rebooted trilogy
- Orbit currently has its short fiction on sale for 99 cents.
Events & Event News
- The EMP Museum is now accepting entries for the ninth-annual 2014 Science Fiction + Fantasy Short Film Festival. The late deadline for submissions of original science fiction and fantasy short films is September 15, 2013.
- KAIJU RISING: Age of Monsters Anthology is an anthology of 19 stories focused around the theme of strange creatures in the vein of Pacific Rim, Godzilla, and Cloverfield from Larry Correia, James Lovegrove, Peter Clines, and many, many more.
- RARRR!! Monster-Building, City-Crushing Card Game – Build terrifying monsters and send them out to pulverize cities in this raucous card game from APE Games, makers of Kill the Overlord! In RARRR!!, players build monsters (kaiju), each with its own set of terrifying powers. Then they battle each other until only one monster remains to rampage through the city! Cities are worth victory points, and the player with the most points at the end of the game wins! Strategy is required in every aspect of the game.
- Review: Anna Mundow reviews “Evil Eye” by Joyce Carol Oates for Barnes and Noble.
- The £189m Library of Birmingham: Official is now the largest public library in Europe.
- 4 Signs That Your Manuscript Isn’t Ready
- 5 Movie Monsters We Want To See Riddick Fight
- 6 Reasons IKEA Is the Ideal Setting for a Zombie Movie
- 7 Things You Didn’t Know About Margaret Atwood
- The 10 Most Unbelievable Alien Races in Science Fiction
- 10 Things Emerging Writers Need To Learn
- The amazing world of high-end book publishing
- Announcing the LIGHTSPEED “Women Destroying Science Fiction” Special Issue!
- At Library of Congress, changes are afoot in technology as well as in physical space.
- The Bullies of Goodreads
- Claire Hoskings at Polygon on six lessons for creating believable female characters using Gone Home to highlight each point.
- A creative’s work is never done, and what it means for us.
- Fantasy Faction discusses Writing Groups in two parts.
- Female Superheroes Who Beat Their Male Predecessors
- Frederik Pohl & C.M. Kornbluth, Space Merchants
- From Old School to Battle School: Fictional Schools We Wish Existed
- How I Spent my Summer Vacation by Bruce Bethke
- It’s time for science fiction to face up to discrimination: Why are most SF authors straight, white western men? Science fiction writers can’t ignore the diversity that exists on planet Earth.
- A Life Uncelebrated, a Death Unannounced: Mary Kornbluth, 1920-2007
- Luke McMillan goes into great detail about how to quantify for designers what has been a very wishy washy explanations for a critical element of play: game feel. Raph Koster then defends it on his own site against some of the commenters miss the fact that tools don’t stifle art.
- Nate Barham looks at the violence in Bioshock Infinite, particularly in the opening and how it misses the mark in the one place it’s supposed to have a transgressive impact.
- Nathan Bransford looks back at Bestselling Novels by Year
- The Netflix for books is here, it’s mobile, and it makes Amazon look old. For $9.95 a month, you get unlimited access to the 100,000 titles from a range of publishers, including HarperCollins and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
- Over at the Rumpus, Rob Roberge ponders whether we as a society are losing our taste for complexity in fiction. He riffs off of an argument author Jane Smiley made that if society is largely governed by affluent men whose reading of fiction is declining, we are on track for becoming a more selfish and less empathetic culture.
- Riddick demonstrates how NOT to resurrect a great antihero
- Small Press vs. Self-Publishing
- The Weirdest Sleeping Habits From Fiction
- What’s the worst ‘ship in science fiction and fantasy?
- Why do people write science fiction?
Science and Technology
- How 3-D Printing Body Parts Will Revolutionize Medicine
- I, robot: An Israeli researcher on whether machines can be human
- iRobot CEO Colin Angle on the shortcomings of humanoid robots
- Robots Will Win Our Hearts Before They Destroy Us All
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