Here is our weekly round-up of interesting links about indie speculative fiction from around the web:
Speculative fiction in general:
- Damien Walter writes about the space opera renaissance at the Guardian.
- British SF writer Ian Sales wonders whether science fiction has lost the plot.
- Jason Sanford wonders whether science fiction is a worldview rather than a genre and offers a list of possible science fiction worldviews.
- Justin Landon wonders whether the Internet is killing the series.
- Kevin Hardman talks about the best paranormal novels you've probably never heard of. That said, I've heard of all of these novels and series, but them I read a lot of urban fantasy.
- S.C. Green talks about her favourite dark Steampunk novels. Some excellent suggestions there.
- Landon Porter rants about comic book retcons with particular reference to recent Marvel Universe retcons.
- Canadian fantasy writer C.P.D. Harris talks about current debates about diversity and sexism in the gaming and general geek community.
- Filipino writer Charles Tan talks about the importance of the online speculative fiction community, particularly for writers from beyond the US/UK.
Writing, publishing and marketing:
- At Café Otherworld, paranormal romance writer Stacy Claflin talks about spinning new tales with old ideas.
- Talking of old and new ideas, paranormal romance writer Dana Michelle Burnett wonders whether reptile shapeshifters might be the hot new thing in paranormal romance.
- Thai fantasy writer Benjanun Sriduangkaew talks about interconnections and retelling myths.
- Debora Geary says good-bye to her world of Witch Central.
- Fantasy writer Kirsten S. Walker talks about writing LGBTQ characters.
- Dutch thriller writer Martyn V. Halm talks about the importance of verisimilitude in fiction.
- Horror writer Steve Vernon explains how to write - with bunnies. He also shares a simple writing trick.
- Science fiction writer S.A. Mulraney talks about where he gets his ideas from.
- Jeffrey Aaron Miller talks about how he came up with the names in his new fantasy novel Garden of Dust and Thorns.
- Cora Buhlert talks about taking the eight hour fiction challenge.
- David Gaughran has a great post about starting from zero and building your readership.
- Neal Martin shares three ways for writers to toughen up and kick negativity in the backside.
- Malle Vallik writes about creating and maintaining your author brand. This is mainly aimed at romance writers (hence advice like "Not too many naked men on your website"), but several points apply to every writer.
- Indies Umlimited offers an overview of Wordpress plug-ins for authors.
- Kas Thomas takes on the myth that serif typefaces are more readable than san serif typefaces.
- Adrian Faulkner talks about a new timeline software and its usefulness for writers.
- German fantasy writer Thomas Diehl writes about the impact of the upcoming VAT law changes in the EU on indie writers selling books from their site and small sellers in general.
- New Writer Podcast interviews fantasy writer Jamie Maltman.
- Jan Edwards interviews horror and retro pulp writer Kim Newman.
- Michael Brookes interviews the mother/daughter writing team H.L. Carpenter.
- Judy Goodwin interviews C.E. Martin, author of pulpy horror adventure stories.
- Judy Goodwin also interviews the Speculative Fiction Showcase's own Cora Buhlert.
Book and movie reviews:
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews the horror novella Elderwood Manor by Christopher Fulbright and Angeline Hawkes.
- Kyra Halland reviews All Fall Down by Christine Pope and Hal Spacejock by Simon Haynes.
- Kirsten S. Walker reviews The Dead Game by Susanne Leist.
- Pauline M. Ross reviews the science fiction short story collection Echoes and Memories by Tristan Gregory.
- Therin Knite reviews Cockroaches by Jo Nesbø.
- Landon Porter reviews "The Silent Gun", the first episode of the 1966 TV series Green Hornet, starring Van Williams and Bruce Lee (yes, that Bruce Lee).
- Cora Buhlert has a round-up of reactions to Guardians of the Galaxy from Germany.
- At the Los Angeles Review of Books, Martin Petto offers a postmortem of LonCon3 and the Hugo Awards.
- Singaporean writer J.Y. Yang discusses the diversity issue at LonCon3 and Nine Worlds.
- Liz Bourke, Irish critic and nominee for the best fanwriter Hugo, also offers her impressions of LonCon3 and Nine Worlds.
- Fran Wilde offfers a LonCon recap with lots of photos.
- Steampunk author Gail Carriger offers a recap of LonCon3 and Nine Worlds.
- Aishwarya Subramanian also offers a recap of LonCon3 and Nine Worlds.
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