Interviews & Profiles
- The Book Plank interviews Lawrence M. Schoen, author of Barsk.
- Electric Lit interviews Jim Shepard, author of The Book of Aron.
- Lightspeed Magazine interviews JY Yang, author of “Secondhand Bodies.”
- Neil deGrasse Tyson tells Conan that Star Wars fans were ‘prickly’ over his critiques.
- The Qwillery interviews Peter McLean, author of Drake.
- SFFWorld interviews David Perlmutter, author of Orthicon.
- These Are the Actor You’re Looking For interviews Ahmed Best, who voiced Jar Jar Binks.
- Announcing Unsung Signals: New digital line for mid-length writing.
- Author A.R. Morlan, author of The Amulet (1991) and Dark Journey (1991), was found dead at home in Ladysmith, WI on January 6, 2016 in an apparent suicide. Nightmare Zine recently posted an interview with the author.
- The nominees for the 2016 Philip K. Dick Award have been announced. The award is given for the best paperback original sf book of the year by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust.
- Scientists struggle to stay grounded after possible gravitational wave signal.
- The Washington Science Fiction Association has established a literary award to honor the work done by small presses in promoting and preserving science fiction. The award, now in its tenth year, is given annually for short fiction works (17,500 words or fewer) of imaginative literature (e.g., science fiction, fantasy, horror, speculative fiction or like literature) published by a small press. Stories may be nominated by SF authors and small press publishers. Deadline for nominations is March 31, 2016.
Events & Event News
- Join Books Inc. in Berkeley for Geek Night on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 7:00 PM with lifelong gamer and gaming enthusiast Michael Witwer discussing his comprehensive biography, Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons.
- The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival has announced the special appearance of Golden Globe Award winner Joanna Cassidy (Buffalo Bill, Six Feet Under, Odd Mom Out) via Skype at the event’s opening reception on Wednesday, January 13 at Lovecraft Bar NYC. The Blade Runner actress will discuss the backstory of her festival world premiere film What Might Have Been: Snake Dance and its origins dating back to her well-remembered role of “Zhora” in Ridley Scott’s masterpiece 1982 film. The festival returns January 14-17, 2016 at Village East Cinema.
- Writer Gregg Hurwitz, author of Orphan X, will appear at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore in Scottsdale, AZ on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM!
- Battlefront Eva Chapter 1 – A Sci-Fi/Fantasy Epic about Interplanetary Warfare.
- Project Resurgence: A New Oldschool cRPG – An episodic single-player computer RPG inspired by the classics of the late 90s, set in a world fusing dark fantasy and dieselpunk.
- TV Review: The 5th Wave sets emotional story within alien invasion.
- TV Review: Attention to Detail Is Making The Expanse the Best New Sci-Fi in Years.
- TV Review: Colony = Lots Questions + But No Answer To “Why Should I Watch?”
- TV Review: Colony pulls too many punches on USA.
- TV Review: Is USA’s Colony Worth Your Time? Not if You Haven’t Seen The Expanse.
- Aliens Is Really A War Movie, according to The Federalist.
- Aliens Occupy Los Angeles in Colony: USA Network’s science-fiction drama series Colony offers an Orwellian view of Los Angeles, where residents splinter into factions.
- Colony: Dystopian show portrays all too familiar repression.
- Could We Colonize Ceres Like in SyFy’s The Expanse?
- David Bowie: In memory of a sci-fi entertainment giant.
- David Bowie Made The World a Safer Place for the Alien in Us All.
- Dictatorship beats democracy—what China’s moviegoers are learning from Star Wars.
- The Dystopian Books That Put A Fresh Spin On The Old Genre.
- Everything We Know About Future Star Wars Movies.
- The First Order Are The (Anti)-Heroes Of The Force Awakens says The Federalist. On the one side, we have state-sponsored terrorists. On the other, we have the First Order.
- Harvest of Tomorrows: Science Fiction and Fantasy in 2016.
- How Colony Explores Life in an Occupied Los Angeles.
- How David Bowie Helped Shape Science Fiction as We Know It: From “Space Oddity” to “Lazarus,” Bowie gave voice to the anxiety of science fiction.
- Robert Kilpatrick on The Feminine Future: Early Science Fiction by Women Writers.
- Science fiction: Breaking the God Partition.
- Star Wars 7: is Supreme Leader Snoke Darth Vader? And four other big questions.
- Why David Bowie Was a Geek Icon, according to Vulture.
- Even more The Force Awakens / Calvin and Hobbes Mash-Ups by Brian Kesinger.
- Gaiman, Amano Once Reimagined David Bowie as a Sci-Fi Hero in Short Story.
- “Home Song” by Justin Currie is a beautiful web comic by way of poster created for a “Make a Wish Foundation” charity event with the theme “music as a form of therapy.”
- Mass Effect Tarot Cards by Ukraine-based Alteya.
- Star Wars Original Trilogy Pixel Art by Tel Aviv, Israel-based Gustavo Viselner.
- “Strife on Mars” by Rory Phillips envisions A Fictional Japanese space opera with David Bowie as a mecha pilot fighting Kaiju on Mars.
More Fun Stuff
- Concept Art: See How Star Wars Land Will Change Disneyland.
- The Expanse is Coming to a 3D Printer Near You.
- This Star Wars fan theory may have ruined Poe Dameron for everyone.
- Watch the fan film “Ash vs Lobo and The DC Dead,” in which Evil Dead and DC collide.