Interviews & Profiles
- The Compulsive Reader interviews Justin Isis, author of Welcome to the Arms Race.
- Happy Indulgence interviews Brett Michael Orr, author of The Bureau of Time.
- Infoshop News interviews Adrienne Maree Brown, of Octavia’s Brood.
- Notes from Coode Street interviews Elizabeth Bear and Scott Lynch, authors of Shoggoths in Bloom.
- 2015 BSFA Awards Longlists has been Announced.
- NASA’s new Planetary Defense Coordination Office sounds cooler than it actually is.
- Season five will likely be the final season of Person of Interest, according to J.J. Abrams, who’s mourning the loss of what the good story that might have been told in season 6.
- Star Wars Fans Petition to Replace Colin Trevorrow with George Lucas for Episode IX.
Events & Event News
- The Doctor Who spinoff Class is coming to BBC America in 2016.
- Reframing Science Fiction is a one-day conference in Canterbury, UK March 21.
- Report on the 2015 Swedish national SF Convention from SF2 Concatenation.
- The Dark Verse, Vol. 1 (Second Edition) – Hardcover reprint of an award-winning collection of 26 short stories of occult, metaphysical, and fantastical horror.
- Get the Quantum Mechanic eBook Series into Print! – The Quantum Mechanic books are a successful series of sci-fi novels with 5 star reviews at every major ebook retailer.
- Orion SciFi Battles and Bots – By Darkraven Europe – Reserve these limited edition SciFi battle sounds for your table top games by the sound experts at Darkraven Europe now!
- Book Review: Paul Di Filippo reviews Eleanor by Jason Gurley.
- Book trends in 2016: Paper is popular, science fiction rises, long-form nonfiction dips.
- Caleb Hutchins gets deep, positing that The Force Awakens is an allegory for the generational experience of millennials — and that spells big things for the next films.
- Firefly’s ten most memorable moments.
- Greydanus discusses Star Wars’ relationship to ancient Gnosticism: “Seen as a whole, the original trilogy is the story of how evil is undone, neither by heroic violence, mystical power, nor Buddhist detachment, but by love: specifically, by filial piety, paternal attachment and moral conversion.”
- How Star Wars Is Trying to Rule China’s Tough Box Office.
- J.J. Abrams: “Preposterous and Wrong” That Rey is Being Excluded from Merch.
- Joss Whedon’s six biggest Marvel legacies. Comic Book Resources lists his contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
- Max Gladstone and A Year of Reading Differently.
- Programmer turne author predicts robots could outnumber humans as early as 2040.
- ScreenRant picks the 10 Least Successful Science Fiction TV Spinoffs
- Star Wars: Could You Know Who Still Be Alive?
- Star Wars Episode 7: the three biggest unanswered questions from The Force Awakens.
- Steven D. Greydanus (who gave The Force Awakens a “B” in his review) wonders if the myth and magic of Star Wars is over. “The ‘Star Wars’ franchise will go on to nine episodes, or twelve, or however many Disney feels like making, and of course there will be more cartoons, novels and other expanded world-building. It may be, though, that the mythic power of the original trilogy will never be touched — that henceforth ‘Star Wars’ will merely be nostalgic space opera.”
- This Forgotten Star Wars Character Could Have a Huge Impact on Episode VIII.
- Want more Star Wars? Here’s what to read, according to Polygon.
- The Water Knife’s Dystopian Future Is Terrifyingly Plausible says Adequate Man.
- What is The Shannara Chronicles and what is it doing on MTV?
- Who is Boba Fett? What we can Learn from the Prequels – Noelle Stevenson (of Nimona and Lumberjanes awesome sauce) breaks down her own theory.
- Why Game of Thrones and Jessica Jones owe Buffy Season 5 a debt. Inverse says Buffy laid the groundwork for today’s genre TV.
- Amazing Star Wars shadow art will awaken your wonder.
- A Force Awakens / Calvin and Hobbes Mash-Up? Yes, please.
- The truth about Rey’s Father and Kylo Ren’s Mom.
- Sculpture of tentacle emerging from sewer turning some heads in Uptown Village
More Fun Stuff
- CES 2016: Everything Star Wars From This Year’s Show.
- Dad discovers baby stops crying when Darth Vader’s theme from Star Wars plays.
- Fear is the forecast in this pilot episode of Red Weather, a horror web series pitch from creator Jordan Downey. Simply put, it’s The Twilight Zone in under 5 minutes.
- Read the short story “EPHEMERON” by Graham Edwards at the author’s website.
- This spat between Emo Kylo Ren and Very Lonely Luke is what the net was made for.
- What we have learned here is that we would need Pluto, not Ceres to finally crush Texas, but the moon would be overkill.