Interviews & Profiles
- Author R.J. Palacio discusses How One Unkind Moment Gave Way To Wonder. [via Alexandre Maki]
- The Exploding Spaceship interviews 23 Years on Fire author Joel Shepherd.
- Frankie Y Bailey, author of The Red Queen Dies, talks to My Bookish Ways about writing a mystery novel featuring heroines who wouldn’t describe themselves as “spunky.”
- Kim Howard Johnson discusses his Time Authority series with SFF World, explaining how Douglas Adams and Monty Python have influenced his writing.
- Joe R. Lansdale Interview: The Thicket and Beyond!
- John Clute profiles Frederik Pohl, an author famed for the sharp and precise satire of his writing
- Joss Whedon Talks Casting James Spader as Ultron
- Literary Escapism talks with Ramez Naam about his Nexus Saga and his recent release, Crux.
- Locus Online has posted an excerpt of its interview with Jack Skillingstead, author of Harbinger
- My Shelf Confessions sits down with Arctic Fire author Paul Byers.
- SFSite interviews Jack McDevitt, who has been publishing award-winning science fiction since 1981 and has been nominated for the Nebula Award sixteen times.
- Working for the Mandroid interviews Sherry Thomas, author of The Burning Sky
- 10-Book Deal for Terry Pratchett.
- J.K. Rowling to make screenwriting debut with Harry Potter spin-off.
- Peter David Writes Next Book for Amazon, Not Self-Publishing, Due to Low Sales
- Voyager becomes the First Man-Made Object To Leave Solar System. NASA Quotes ‘Star Trek’ As Voyager 1 Enters the Interstellar Frontier.
Events & Event News
- Here’s the schedule for the Graphic Novels and Science Fiction pavilion at the National Book Festival on Sunday, September 22nd.
- NewFilmmakers Los Angeles is holding a series of short film screenings September 21st
- The Altered States of America – an illustrated map of the United States populated with the legendary events and characters from popular science-fiction, horror and fantasy.
- Dead Ringer – a beautifully illustrated hard-boiled mystery comic series set in Chicago during one of the worst winter storms in the city’s history.
- The Fall: action platform meets traditional adventure game in this single-player Asimov-inspired sci-fi game by Vancouver based developer Over The Moon.
- NightWorld – a 4-issue comic that offers haunted romance, hellish humor, metaphysical fisticuffs and B-movie psychodrama at its best.
- Review: Paul Di Filippo reviews Transcendental by James Gunn
- 5 convincing varieties of alien in cinema
- 7 Upcoming Films That Prove Sci-Fi Is Back in a Huge Way
- The autumn edition of Science Fact & Science Fiction Concatenation is now up with a large seasonal news page, a few book reviews, and three convention reports from Russia, Spain and the Ukraine.
- Doctor Who: the 10 best Dalek stories
- The Five Worst Speculative Fiction Tropes in Gaming
- Free Books That Inspired Roald Dahl
- The Future, Darkly: author Barry Malzberg’s failed but brilliant attempts to win literary glory.
- The greatest villains in literature, as chosen by National Book Festival authors.
- How Shakespeare Would End Breaking Bad
- How ultraviolent video games and ultraviolent films differ
- Intelligent Machines to Space Colonies: 5 Sci-Fi Visions of the Future
- It’s time for science fiction to face up to discrimination.
- Philip Pullman: illegal downloading is ‘moral squalor’: Bestselling author says web piracy is akin to ‘reaching into someone’s pocket and taking their wallet.’
- Policy Mic looks back at 8 Innovations That Completely Changed the Way We Play Video Games, while Den of Geek considers 25 Sci-Fi Games That Changed The Way We Play.
- Publisher’s Weekly names the 11 Most Evil Characters in Books
- Rising Above the Failure of Imagination. Last week, the #DiversityinSFF hashtag gained momentum on Twitter and spawned a necessary conversation both on Twitter and beyond about race, gender, sexuality and class—or, more succinctly put, difference—in the literature the Science Fiction & Fantasy (SFF) community produces.
- Rivalry keeps Google from evil: Competition keeps Google doing good because there’s a perceived advantage to it, argues author and activist Cory Doctorow
- Science-fiction’s Golden Age writers left a fantastic legacy. From gaming to films, sci-fi is loved by millions, and has diversified for our times – can other literary genres claim that?
- The Washington Post examines The 20 stages of reading. [via Alexandre Maki]
- Why I keep buying print books
Science and Technology
- 10 Companies Creating Our Science Fiction Future (That Aren’t Google)
- How Fiction Influences Science, According to Google Creative Lab’s Robert Wong
- Jurassic Park will be fossilised in fiction: Scientists say it is ‘highly unlikely’ ancient DNA can be taken from insects in amber. [more] Scientists: destroying your fantasies since Galileo.
- NSA Command Room Modeled After Star Trek Enterprise Bridge. Okay, now I am concerned.
- Terrible news. In the upcoming dark sci-fi future, you will be responsible for providing your own evil robot overlord: Intel says open source 3D printed robots are coming.
- Check out these handcrafted Doctor Who Chess Sets
- This Continuum VFX reel demonstrates the secret to creating the Vancouver of 2077
- The hardest part of creating a Doctor Who Quilt? All those fine lines in the Gallifreyan.
- Ken Condal built this amazing orrery (a mechanical model of the solar system) all by himself. He milled the parts himself using a CNC machine. Check out these videos of the orrery in operation and a time lapse of the build process.
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