Here is our weekly round-up of interesting links about indie speculative fiction from around the web:
Speculative fiction in general:
- At iO9, Charlie Jane Anders lists ten space empires that make economic sense.
- Foz Meadows has a great post about hypocrisy, race and literary gentrification.
- The Skiffy and Fanty Show talks about the game Monopoly and appropriation.
- Michael La Ronn discusses what it means to be a black author.
- Kyoko M. discusses how the success of shows like Scandal, Sleepy Hollow and Agents of SHIELD with women of colour in lead roles has opened the doors to more diversity in American TV shows.
- The Book Smugglers host a roundtable on diverse mythological creatures.
- Patty Jansen discusses female protagonists in YA fantasy and why their story so often seems to be over, once the romance subplot is resolved.
- C. Gockel wonders why well endowed women are so rarely described realistically in speculative fiction.
- Camille LaGuire talks about excavating a genre.
Writing and marketing:
- Marina Finlayson's 11-year-old son offers three writing tips.
- M.T. McGuire discusses what makes a good villain.
- There must be something in the air, because C.P.D. Harris also discusses evil in fantasy.
- Jeffrey Aaron Miller explains why he wrote the Mary of the Aether series and discusses what he learned writing the series.
- Steve Vernon talks about how to find the strength to keep on writing.
- Adam Poe attempts to answer the question "Should I write a book?"
- Patty Jansen explains why self-publishers should not think like publishers.
- S.A. Mulraney talks about finding errors in your published work.
- Alain Gomez talks about being tortured by novels.
- Ruth Nestvold offers some tips for uploading your books to Google Play.
- Kali Amanda Browne discusses using Pinterest as a writing tool.
- Michael Brookes interviews Marilyn Peake.
- Judy Goodwin interviews R.J. Crayton.
- Stacy Claflin interviews Jamie Maltman.
- Debra L. Martin and David W. Small interview S.M. McEachern.
- The Horror Writers Podcast interviews Scott Nicholson.
- The Daily Beast interviews Cary Elwes who shares some behind the scenes nuggets from the making of The Princess Bride.
Book and movies reviews:
- Elena Linville reviews We Are All Completely Fine by Daryl Gregory.
- Julie Ann Dawson reviews the delightfully titled Dear Luke, We Need to Talk, Darth.
- Stacy Claflin reviews Book Cover Design Secrets You Can Use to Sell More Books.
- Z. Rider reviews the horror film The Tortured.
- Indie writer superstar H.M. Ward is running a kickstarter to produce an instant video series based on her bestselling series The Arrangement.
- Rose Robbins, indie writer, musician and single mother of five, needs help.
- The SFF anthology Temporarily Out Of Order, edited by Joshua Palmatier and Patricia Bray, is looking for backers.
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