Interviews & Profiles
- The Barnes & Noble Review interviews Jeff VanderMeer, author of Annihilation.
- The Barnes & Noble Review interviews David Mitchell, author of The Bone Clocks.
- Maggie’s Blog interviews Jacques L. Condor, author of Zombies: More recent Dead.
- My Bookish Ways interviews Caragh O’Brien, author of The Vault of Dreamers.
- Nature interviews Neal Stephenson, contributor to Hieroglyph.
- The Qwillery interviews Faith Hunter, author of Broken Soul.
- The Qwillery interviews Gregory Sherl, author of The Future for Curious People.
- Talks at Google interviews John Scalzi, author of Lock In.
- Tor.com interviews Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven.
- Alan Moore has finished first draft of 1 million+ word novel, Jerusalem
- Guinness awards world’s record to man for having the largest Doctor Who collection. Obviously, his mom’s basement is bigger on the inside.
- Patrick Rothfuss has recorded the narration for the audiobook of Slow Regard of Silent Things
- Survey Shows Millennials Read Just As Much Or More Than Older Adults.
Events & Event News
- Bruce Campbell will appear at the Wilbur Theatre in Boston on Saturday November 1st at 7:00 PM to host a special screening of The Evil Dead!
- The creators and contributors to the internationally acclaimed documentary Doc of the Dead along with the innovative authors of the zombie genre from Permuted Press will hold a twelve hour long series of live chat sessions on September 24th from 10am to 10pm. Read more on Facebook.
- MystiCon is back at the Holiday Inn Tanglewood in Roanoke, VA February 27 – March 1, 2015.
- XKCD creator Randall Munroe, on tour to promote his book What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, will speak at the Aero in Santa Monica on Sunday, September 14.
- Apocalypse: Galactic Arena – In this fast paced tactical battle boardgame, one fight lasts 15 minutes but no two fights are the same!
- Capsule – a Stop-Motion Sci-Fi Short Film. Sometimes the greatest names don’t appear in history books. In the cold emptiness of space, one man’s legacy will live forever.
- Clarkesworld: Chinese Science Fiction Translation Project – Clarkesworld magazine wants to translate and publish a Chinese science fiction story in each issue. Help us kick off our first year.
- Pathologic – a town devoured by plague. An enemy you can’t kill. You can’t save everyone.
- Amazing Stories reflects upon the The Steampunkery of H.G. Wells.
- Amazon’s formula for literary success is, as far as I can deduce: Write as many books as you can, and then sell them cheaply and in bulk. Even though none of my books has sold more than 15,000-ish copies, Amazon continues to pay me to write them. The idea is that eventually one of my efforts will hit, and then the backlist will rise. I’m a writer, and my experience with this supposedly evil corporate behemoth has been fantastic.
- The AudioBookaneers offers this September Whispersync Deal Roundup.
- Dystopia Is the New Western: Doomsday Preppers, Walking Dead, and Our Obsession With the End
- Five Underrated Doctor Who Companions (And One Scoundrel)
- Ghostbusting Lovecraft: Ghostbusters is the best comedy ever made about the limits of the Lovecraftian worldview. Kinda like how Star Wars is a universe populated by sentient bees.
- Here’s Why Orphan Black Is The Most Amazing Show Ever.
- io9 asks Why Is It So Hard To Predict The Technology Of The Future?
- io9 discusses The Paradoxes That Define Our Relationship With Science Fiction.
- Is the library dead? The answer is complicated, which probably translates to “no.”
- Life And Work Lessons From Joss Whedon’s Biography
- Lyn Miller-Lachmann talks about two YA titles — one out now and one coming out this fall — and the ways that writers and artists respond to social justice.
- Read Them Now, Watch Them Later: Upcoming Science Fiction and Fantasy Adaptations
- Rich in Color pulled together a reading list of social justice and activism in YA lit.
- Read this High School Freshman’s Heartwarming Essay On The Importance Of Hermione.
- Rude mechanicals: “robots don’t take your job. The boss who values cost-cutting does. I’m less concerned about unholstered androids than a society that will build infrastructure for driverless cars. A bomb-carrying drone is no more or less human than the system that allows it to exist. The worst things that robots do don’t stem from the inherent monstrosity of the non-human world, but from a human pondering their annual bonus.”
- Vikram Chandra on the Beautiful, Hideous, and Dangerous Codes That Shape Our World.
- Why Indie Bookstores Are on the Rise Again: Borders and B&N tried to compete with Amazon, and failed. Independent stores can’t even try—nor do they have to.
- Kirkus Reviews (John DeNardo) on Read Them Now, Watch Them Later: Upcoming Science Fiction and Fantasy Adaptations.
- This collection of Doctor Who short stories has some gorgeous covers
- Rocket & Groot drawn in the style of Calvin and Hobbes
More Fun Stuff
- Download Chasing Queen Sassi by Paul Filippo in multiple formats from the author’s website.
- New ‘soft robot’ walks through snow, is undamaged by flames and can be run over by a car without being stopped. It’s almost like they don’t make scientists watch The Terminator anymore
- Read an excerpt from The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp at Tor.com.
- Read an excerpt from Mortal Gods by Kendare Blake at Tor.com.
- Read an excerpt from Silverblind by Tina Connolly at Tor.com.
- Read an excerpt from Channel Blue by Jay Martel at Tor.com.
- Watch The Verse, a Firefly fan film from Loot Crate that lands awful close to the mark.
- Why Does The Universe Exist?