Interviews & Profiles
- The Bucks County Courier Times interviews Sarah J. Maas, author of Throne of Glass.
- Diabolical Plots interviews Mur Lafferty, author of The Shambling Guide to New York City.
- Ginger Nuts of Horror interviews William Holloway, author of Lucky’s Girl.
- Mental Floss interviews Daniel Radcliffe, star of Horns.
- My Bookish Ways interviews Stefan Bachmann, author of The Whatnot.
- Pop Mythology interviews Edward James Olmos, who portrayed Adama in Battlestar Galactica.
- The Qwillery interviews Lauren Oliver, author of Rooms.
- Reddit recently hosted an AMA for David Mitchell, author of The Bone Clocks.
- Wired interviews Terry Gilliam, author of The Zero Theorem.
Events & Event News
- Celebrate Banned Books Week 2014 with this list of events organized by state to check out the events taking place in your area. You should also check out the featured events page for information on other events from the sponsors of Banned Books Week.
- Gillian Anderson will appear at the Mysterious Galaxy Books in San Diego, California on Tuesday October 14th, 2014 at 7:00 pm to sign A Vision of Fire!
- R.A. Salvatore will appear at Mysterious Galaxy Books in San Diego, California on Wednesday October 15th, 2014 at 5:00 pm to sign Rise of the King!
- Cosmic Rally – a new card game that combines strategy and speed.
- Ruse: A Steampunk Storytelling Card Game – a murder has been committed in the Victorian Steampunk city of St. Sebastian. You have made the short list of Police suspects and the only way to retain your freedom is to prove that one of the others on the list is, in fact, the culprit.
Banned Book Week (September 21-27)
Each year since 1982, the American Library Association has commemorated Banned Books Week. The week, beginning on September 21 and ending September 27th, is intended to “celebrate the freedom to read…the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”
- 7 Reasons to Celebrate Banned Books Week
- 14 Insane Book-Banning Stories That Remind Us How Uncool the Establishment Can Be
- Banned Books Week: Remembering the potential cost of censorship
- Bone author Jeff Smith speaks out ahead of US Banned Books Week
- Captain Underpants tops list of most challenged books in 2013, according to CNN.
- Celebrate your right to read whatever you want — even if ‘underpants’ is in the title
- Censorship: It’s Real And A Real Threat
- Censorship in Libraries and Classrooms: Myths and Realities
- Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is proud to release its first-ever Banned Books Week Handbook! Boasting a cover by Jeff Smith, whose Bone series is one of America’s most frequently challenged books, the CBLDF Banned Books Week Handbook is a free resource that gives you the scoop about what comics are banned, how to report and fight censorship, and how to make a celebration of Banned Books Week in your community!
- The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund reminds us of 22 Banned and Challenged Comics
- EW runs down 10 essential banned and challenged graphic novels
- Hartford Library To Mark Banned Books Week With Look At Comic-Book Scare
- Here is the list of the top 10 “most challenged” books in 2013. The list was complied by the ALA
- In honor of Banned Books Week, a censor’s guide to children’s literature.
- Infographic: Banned Books By The Numbers
- The Metro takes a look at Baffling banned books
- Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin and “Weird Al” Yankovic Read Banned Comics
- Book Review: Skiffyandfanty say Soft is a particularly ironic description for Soft Apocalypses, the new collection of short fiction by Lucy A. Snyder.
- 8 September 11th Allegories That Science Fiction Just Got Wrong
- 10 … No, 14 Ways Marvel MOVIES Changed Marvel COMICS
- 13 unfilmed Stephen King stories that need to make it to the screen, as chosen by Blastr
- 20 Great Dystopian Movies: The Shadow of Perfection
- Alfred Bester’s The Stars My Destination Is Early Cyberpunk And Classic Sci-fiAt Its Best
- Andrew Porter responds to Why Is Our Sci-Fi So Glum About A.I.? Saying “You’re mainly talking about movies—not written SF, which has explored machine intelligence for nearly a hundred years. You show your ignorance by not being aware of the literally thousands of stories which explore this area. Also, movies are sometimes based on written SF, and are operate under different criteria than written fiction does. The primary consideration is often cost—and the adaptation of a brilliant fiction about A.I. is under the often uncaring direction of the film industry, which, once it owns the rights to such a fiction, can and will do everything to dumb it down for the presumed millions of consumers who might want to watch a film, not about the intellectual ideas raised by the original fiction, but about evil robots bent on destroying the world.”
- FilmInquiry talks About The (Second) Space Film Renaissance
- Giant Freakin Robot complains that Guardians Of The Galaxy Didn’t Use A Ton Of Cool Stuff
- It’s OK to admit that H.P. Lovecraft was racist: Fans have to find a more mature way to cope with the ugly sides of the authors they love.
- MTV remember 80s Sci-Fi Movies that Got The Future Very, Very Wrong
- A Star Trek writer revisits his 20-year old vision of a futuristic, tech-ruined San Francisco
- VICE finally admits that Time-Travel Movies Are Garbage
- We are Groot: Guardians of the Galaxy and our power and connection with each other.
- Where did Storm go?: Representing Race and Gender in Superhero films.
- Young adult fiction is loved because it speaks to us all – unlike adult stories: Young adult fiction’s sci-fi metaphors are the best guide we have to the bleak and broken realities of adult life
More Fun Stuff
- The 6 Stages Of Reading The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, minus the “rage at the movie” stage.
- Analyzing Endurance: Someone has taken the time to write an impressively thorough shot-by-shot, all-science-and-no-fiction analysis of the spacecraft from the Inerstellar trailer.
- I breathed a sigh of relief this morning when the story “Scientists Invent an Ethical Robot” scrolled up my newreader. Until I spotted a second story right behind it titled “Will robotkind be our undoing? Ethical droids programmed to save ‘humans’ end up KILLING more than half of them.” I ask you, does killing only half the number of humans really qualify our robots as ethical?
- Just when you were starting to think that Earth was the nice neighborhood: Astrophysicists Identify The “Habitable” Regions Of The Entire Universe
- The Physics of the Death Star: How to destroy an Alderaan-sized planet.
- The Skiffy and Fanty show has posted a discussion of BBC3’s In the Flesh from LonCon3.
- Star Wars Ordered a ‘DroneShield’ to Prevent Leaks On Set …
- Watch a trailer for the television series “Hello, Amy“