Interviews & Profiles
- BOOK RIOT interviews Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak.
- The Chicago Suntimes interviews Johnny Depp, star of Transcendence.
- Fearnet interviews Nnedi Okorafor, author of Kabu Kabu, discussing her horror influences.
- Flickering Myth interviews Michael Wilkinson, costume designer for Batman vs Superman.
- HollywoodStreams offers soundbites from the cast of Transcendence.
- I Smell Sheep interviews Tawdra Kandle, author of Breathless.
- Kidlit, Fantasy & Sci-Fi interviews Aaron Becker, Caldecott Honor-winning author of JOURNEY.
- Kidlit, Fantasy & Sci-Fi interviews Janet Edwards, author of Earth Girl.
- Neontommy recaps the discussion with Veronica Roth, author of Divergent, from the LA Times Festival of Books. Roth defends her genre, arguing that YA Novels Aren’t Frivolous Teen Fiction.
- My Bookish Ways interviews Cameron Salisbury, Managing Editor of Apex Magazine.
- My Bookish Ways interviews Cassandra Rose Clarke, author of The Wizard’s Promise.
- My Bookish Ways interviews Michael J Sullivan, author of Hollow World.
- Reddit recently held an AMA for Peter V. Brett, author of the Demon Cycle.
- Speculate! interviews Garth Nix and Sean Williams, authors of Troubletwisters.
- Chloë Moretz has been cast in the lead role of the movie adaptation of the highly hyped Young Adult apocalyptic novel The 5th Wave. For an actress who thinks that the YA label diminishes the value of a book, she sure seems to like being in the movie adaptations.
- Stories wanted for charity Doctor Who anthology
Events & Event News
- BALTICON is Maryland’s Regional Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, happening Mermorial Day weekend, May 23rd-26th. Balticon features over 900 Hours of Multi-Track Programming. [Flyer]
- LAST LIFE – a sci-fi noir adventure game in which you investigate your own murder.
- UNVEILED – A Sequel to the urban fantasy novel WILD CARD. The second book in the C# series follows Catherine Sharp through a Las Vegas inhabited by satyrs, mages, gods and more.
- Review: Metal Hurlant Chronicles is classic sci-fi (with the beauty and charm removed)
- Review: You’ve never seen sci-fi like the “brazenly original” Under the Skin.
- 7 Reasons Why Marvel Superhero Movies Are Really Boring
- 8 Robots Who Learned How To Love… Badly
- Annie Neugebauer asks What Is Speculative Fiction?
- Better than sci-fi: 7 computers of the future, as chosen by Blastr.
- Dystopian lit lights the way to better future: “dystopias externalize the turmoil that’s already taking place in adolescent minds, hearts, and bodies,” Stevens writes. “The social, interpersonal, and biological phenomena that define teenage life — competition and jealousy, anxiety about exclusion and belonging, shifting alliances, first crushes, wet dreams — are codified and, in some way, dignified by their transmutation into fiction.”
- Five Reasons Why You Should Read the Divergent Series
- Five Slightly More Plausible Dystopias We’d Love to See in YA Novels
- For National Poetry Month, Adam Roberts considers “Science Fiction as Poetry.” “Science Fiction is not what you think it is; it’s not even what most practitioners and critics of science fiction think it is. Science fiction is a poetry; not figuratively speaking, but actually.” Then, enjoy some Scifaiku.
- Hong Kong will be destroyed after 33 years is a near-future sci-fi short film about a fictional meteor that is headed for Hong Kong and expected to impact in 2047, but the public at large does nothing to address this impending doom. It might seem like an innocuous enough film, but China thought there was more to the story than that, and State Council Information Office requested that websites immediately remove video, text, etc. that advocates the short sci-fi film about Hong Kongers “saving themselves” titled Hong Kong Will Be Destroyed in 33 Years. The Diplomat has a bit more information about the film’s not entirely coincidental use of the year 2047, the year in which China’s Special Administrative Region (SAR) agreement with Hong Kong is set to expire, possibly bringing an end to one country, two systems.
- Matthew Mather, author of Atopia Chronicles, offers a look at the inspiration behind his novel.
- I love stand alone novels, confesses Gail Carriger.
- Michael J. Sullivan on why he is jumping from Fantasy to Sci-Fi
- Over at LitReactor, Dean Fetzer asks Is Sci-fi a “Closed Shop”?
- What is the Future of Bookstores? 25 Influential Authors Weigh In.
- Why futurologists are always wrong – and why we should be sceptical of techno-utopians. From predicting AI within 20 years to mass-starvation in the 1970s, those who foretell the future often come close to doomsday preachers. [via Paul Di Filippo]
- Why We’re Quitting Alfonso Cuarón’s Believe
- Writer Unboxed asks “Should You Read About Writing?,” when I think the question we should really be asking ourselves is should we be writing about reading about writing? After all, we wouldn’t want to find ourselves reading about readers putting writers out of the blogging business, would we? The SFSignal Staff certainly doesn’t think so.
- 27 Incredible Sci-fi & Fantasy Artworks
- Boston Is Getting An Amazingly Cool Edgar Allan Poe Statue
- You can now purchase Han Solo in Carbonite Rugs from ThinkGeek.
More Fun Stuff
- Ever wonder what it would be like to become a book? Where would you be in the library? Which Dewey Decimal number would you be given? Take this quiz to find out!
- These Fully Operational Death Star Cupcakes are yet another reason to join the Dark Side.
- The Next Captain America is YOU! Find out how science can create real super-soldiers with enhanced strength, unbreakable bones and inexhaustible endurance.
- Read an excerpt of The Skull Throne by Peter V. Brett at the author’s website.
- Read an excerpt of Troll Mountain: Episode Two by Matthew Reilly at Tor.com.
- Watch a Transcendence featurette exploring the promise of A.I.
- Watch seven new clips from Transcendence, starring Johnny Depp and Morgann Freeman.
- Watch the opening scene of X-Men: Days of Future Past.