Interviews & Profiles
- The Mary Sue interviews Liana Brooks, author of The Day Before.
- My Bookish Ways interviews Jeremy Robinson, author of MirrorWorld.
- Psychologist Mary Aiken, soon to be played by Patricia Arquette in a new TV series about cybercrime, fears that technology could be leading us rapidly to a dystopian future.
- The Qwillery interviews Joanne M. Harris, author of The Gospel of Loki.
- SFF World interviews C.D. Verhoff, author of Avant Nation.
- Mars astronauts will suffer ‘significant’ brain damage: “This is not positive news for astronauts deployed on a two- to three-year round trip to Mars..”
- NASA claims to have tested a “reactionless” space drive, and if true, it means BIG changes on the horizon. The basic principle is: put lots of microwaves into the right shaped chamber, and thrust appears. Electricity to motion in free space? Much skepticism. But nearly a year and much more testing later – the story is getting weirder. This means it might be possible to travel to Mars in just 70 days, making a round trip feasible for the first time. Turns out real life is progressing faster than fiction predicted. Let’s just watch out for unintended consequences.
- Neil Gaiman is partnering with the website Biblio.com to support BiblioWorks, a non-profit that helps build libraries for impoverished communities in rural Bolivia. As if you needed another reason to buy his stuff.
Events & Event News
- CLOCKWORK PHOENIX 5: more stories of beauty and strangeness – A new volume in our celebrated anthology series devoted to offbeat cross-genre fiction.
- Hard Wyred – An epic new sci-fi/cyberpunk comic series featuring trench coat wielding gunmen, corporate scheming, and… a giant baby?
- 24 reasons Avengers & Masters of the Universe are the same movie.
- Analysis of the Avengers: Age of Ultron ending. (Spoilers)
- The Avengers is Really That Good. In this episode of his new YouTube series, Bob Chipman examines how and why the first film has already earned “instant classic” status.
- The Avengers: Age Of Ultron’s unseen antagonist is Man Of Steel.
- The Black Widow Conundrum: “Marvel accidentally made a great female superhero, and now they have no clue what to do with her.”
- The Comic Book Origins of Avengers: Age of Ultron’s New Characters.
- How ILM Completely Overhauled the Hulk for Age of Ultron.
- How Marvel is using television to dominate pop culture.
- Hulk and Ang Lee’s everyday superheroes.
- Jeremy Renner sings moving tribute to underrated Hawkeye. Renner sings a tribute to his Avengers character to the tune of a song by Ed Sheeran.
- Joss Whedon: From Buffy beginnings to Avengers domination.
- Joss Whedon’s doomed struggle: “Age of Ultron” and superhero cinema’s decadent phase. Writer for Salon asks if the superhero movie has reached “a decadent plateau, a long-term steady state of self-nourishing bigness and reverberant meaninglessness.”
- Joss Whedon on which of his projects gets the most fan attention. There’s other interesting bits and pieces to be had in this Metro interview.
- Mark Ruffalo asks, “Where are the Black Widow products?”
- Nearly losing sanity in a 28-hour Marvel Marathon.
- Pixar’s Inside Out characters watch Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer.
- Rewatch Agents of SHIELD’s single-take Skye fight scene.
- Scarlett Johansson on SNL – the Black Widow movie trailer.
- Ultron’s roots: we’ve been worried about robot uprisings for 200 years. Vox claims.
- What it’s like to actually watch 27 straight hours of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Blast endures an epic viewing marathon so we don’t have to. Vox has a similar article.
- 9 Books to Read If You’re Obsessed With Daredevil and you’ve watched all of it.
- 9 incredible low-budget science fiction movies: Moon, Monsters, Primer.
- 10 Characters We Need To See In Season Two Of Daredevil.
- 10 Cult Movies Everyone Should See.
- B&N Bestsellers in Science Fiction & Fantasy: April 2015.
- Five Books Where the Girl Saves the Boy.
- The Future Envisioned at Museum of Science Fiction.
- The Guardian Issues a Progress Report on Female Writers in Genre Fiction.
- The Implications of Artificial Intelligence: On Alex Garland’s Ex Machina.
- These Imaginative Worlds Will Forever Change How You Think About Africa.
- James Marsters Reveals Joss Whedon’s Writing Process.
- Liked the Hunger Games? Add these 5 dystopic novels to your list.
- Orphan Black Reveals A Major Secret About Its Two Sets Of Clones.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens – full cast guide.
- Tired of Steampunk? Try Silkpunk on for Size.
- Why are we obsessed with robots?
- Avengers Age of Ultron – Speed Painting – Bunny Girl speed paints Ultron.
- Original drawings depicting iconic Martians from HG Wells’s sci-fi masterpiece The War of the Worlds are on sale for £350,000.
More Fun Stuff
- Genetic Literacy Project looks ahead to the coming era of motherless births.
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens Covers the Latest Issue of Vanity Fair.
- Watch a trailer for the Aussie-made sci-fi flick INFINI.
- Watch a trailer for the psychological thriller Every Secret Thing.
- Watch a trailer for The Visit.