Interviews & Profiles
- My Bookish Ways interviews Jamie Mason, author of Three Graves Full.
- Open Democracy interviews Walidah Imarisha, co-editor of a new anthology of radical science fiction called Octavia’s Brood.
- Reddit recently held an AMA for Margaret Atwood, author of Stone Mattress: Nine Tales. Tor.com has the highlights.
- Sandusky Register interviews Ken Liu, translator of The Three-Body Problem.
- Sciencefiction interviews Nancy Holder, author of Beauty And The Beast: Vendetta.
- Sciencefiction interviews Richard Hatch, star of “Loadout: Going In Hot.”
- WESA interviews Thomas Sweterlitsch, author of Tomorrow and Tomorrow.
- Yahoo! Movies interviews Oscar Isaac, who says The Force Awakens Theories are “Far Off-Base.”
- Sequart Organization and Respect! Films are proud to announce the DVD release of their latest documentary, She Makes Comics, a film spanning the history of women in comics as creators, fans, and everything in between. She Makes Comics tells the little-known story of women in comics, highlighting the contributions they have made to the medium since the turn of the 20th century. It features interviews with such prominent figures as historian Trina Robbins, underground comics creator Joyce Farmer, former DC Comics publisher Jenette Kahn, DC / Vertigo founder Karen Berger, Elfquest creator Wendi Pini, Captain Marvel writer Kelly Sue DeConnick, and dozens of others.
Events & Event News
- Dysprosium, the 66th Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention, to be held over the 2015 Easter weekend (April 3 – 6) at the Park Inn Heathrow, is pleased to announce that Professor Elemental will be performing live on Friday April 3rd. This is in addition to an evening concert by Guest of Honour Seanan McGuire supported by Talis Kimberley and her band on April 4th, and the Masquerade Ball on April 5th. Entry to all of them is included in a membership to Dysprosium.
- A new web site for the 2015 World Fantasy Convention has just been opened.
- The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival is returning to New York City for its third annual event from January 15-18, 2015 and has announced three exciting new films added to its lineup on 1/17/15 at The Producer’s Club. The new films are Christopher P. Garetano’s documentary Montauk Chronicles (2014), Chris Alexander’s Queen of Blood (2014) and Christian Carroll’s Suicide or Lulu and Me In A World Made For Two (2014). That evening will also host the panel Perils and Profits: Independent Filmmaking In The 21st Century led by several directors and producers.
- Steampunk Menagerie in 28mm – Clockwork Apes, Steam Crabs, Mechanical Gorillas and more for gamers and collectors.
- Tales of the Weird Wild West – The Great Unknown and the Wild Frontier collide in The Weird Wild West with stories by @JonathanMaberry, @GailZMartin, and more.
- 8 box office flops in 2014 (that were actually pretty good)
- 15 things the Library of America didn’t need to tell me about Vonnegut’s allusions.
- Charles Stross asks: Short stories, what are they good for? [via Paul Di Filippo]
- GeekTyrant shares 10 Fun Facts about Spaceballs
- GFR asks What Happened At The End Of Burton’s Planet Of The Apes?
- How Syfy’s 12 Monkeys Series Will Differ From The Movie
- The HuffPo on 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Jurassic Park
- I Think Die Hard Might be a Fairy Tale says Max Gladstone.
- io9 picks The Best Science Fiction And Fantasy Books Of 2014
- Move over HP Lovecraft, fantasy writers of colour are coming through: Non-white readers and writers are falling in love with speculative fiction in increasing numbers – which is why we need to remove its racist figurehead.
- Motherboard looks ahead to The Black Mirror Technology that Will Soon Be Real
- Terry Pratchett on Neil Gaiman: “I met Neil in 1985, when The Colour of Magic had just come out. It was my first ever interview as an author. Neil was making a living as a freelance journalist and had the pale features of someone who had sat through the review showings of altogether too many bad movies in order to live off the freebie cold chicken legs they served at the receptions afterwards” [via Paul Di Filippo]
- The Top Five Laws of Time, according to SciFi Bloggers.
- Tor.com reminds us of January Releases in Science Fiction.
- Wired asks Is Exodus: Gods and Kings the Worst Ridley Scott Movie Ever? Prometheus victims laugh hysterically in response.
- Wired picks The 10 Best TV Shows of 2014
- Why Do We Want More MST3K ?
- The Evolution of the Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver in One Image
- How the World Map in Brian Staveley’s Fantasy Series Was Made
- “Palpatine’s Kitchen” Comic by Quad Force Five
More Fun Stuff
- Decorate Next Year’s Christmas Tree With Spock’s Painful Death by Radiation
- The European Space Agency (ESA) has released a compilation of breathtaking time-lapse videos of Earth taken by German astronaut Alexander Gerst during his time aboard the International Space Station (ISS). The videos highlight incredible views of auroras, cities at night, and even segments of the exterior of the ISS.
- How Humanity Will Conquer Space Without Rockets
- How well do you really know sci-fi and fantasy in 2014?
- On-Set: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope is an ongoing exhibit at the British Film Institute Southbank running through January 4, 2015 that features assorted ephemera from the making of the first Star Wars film, including a number of candid Polaroid photos taken on-set. The shots, owned by crew member Ann Skinner, feature a number of characters cut from the film as well as lead actors in unexpected situations.
- Read the short story “Faster Now” by Paul Di Filippo at Motherboard.
- The Robots Are Coming, the Robots Are Here
- Take a “Shelfie” to Get a Free eBook Version of Any Print Book You Own: “Want an eBook version of a book that you own in print? Check out bitlit, a new app that will help connect you with an eBook if you can prove that you own the print edition.”