Even though today is a public holiday (here in Germany at any rate), we here at the Speculative Fiction Showcase are committed to bring you our weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web:
Speculative fiction in general:
- New York Magazine remembers the most feminist moments in science fiction history.
- At SF Signal, Steven Gould has a great post about reality, verisimilitude, imagination and exclusion.
- Shaun Duke points out that repeating ideas and concepts from science fiction's past does not mean that science fiction (and scientific progress) are stagnating, especially since we do not actually have these things yet.
- Ted Gioia looks back on the New Wave.
- Edward Willett explains how "space opera" changed from a perjorative term to the name for a specific subgenre of science fiction.
- The Science Fiction Theatre Company tackles the subject of women in science fiction and wonders why both women writers and female characters have to prove time and again that they have a right to exist in the genre.
- At the Galaxy Express, Heather Massey gushes about the skilled and talented heroines of science fiction romance.
- At the Spacefreighters Lounge, Pauline Baird Jones and Laurie A. Green talk about the appeal of pilots in romantic science fiction.
- C.P.D. Harris talks about revolutions and rebellions and modern fantasy.
- Cora Buhlert responds to C.P.D. Harris.
- At Patty Jansen's blog, Donna Hanson talks about grimdark fantasy.
- Janet Cannon discusses rings as a metaphor in fantasy.
- SFWA vice president Cat Rambo explains why she believes that SFWA should admit self-published writers.
- Writer Eugie K. Foster died, aged only 42.
Writing and marketing:
- Tricia Sullivan has a wonderful post about what writers have in common with whales.
- Kameron Hurley explains how the most important thing about telling stories is making people care.
- At LitReactor, Susan Defreitas lists 5 things that literary writers can learn from science fiction writers.
- Uvi Pozansky talks about using modern language in historical settings.
- Heidi Garrett talks about using different languages and dialects in your writing.
- Steve Vernon shares some tips for writing dialogue with bonus Keanu Reeves clips.
- Sherry Soule talks about using deep point-of-view.
- At Clarkesworld Magazine, Daniel Abraham tries to figure out what the common writing advice "Write what you know" really means.
- Robin Rivera has some tips for writing minor characters.
- Stacy Claflin talks about her character Macy Mercer.
- Jessica Rydill introduces her character Yuda Vasilyevich.
- William Meikle talks about how nightmares influence his writing.
- Jennifer Ellis has some tips for writing faster, while maintaining quality.
- At The Independent Author, David Neth tackles the quality versus quantity question.
- Horror writer J.T. Williams talks about binge writing.
- Domino Finn discusses the self-publishing myth that speed rules.
- Cora Buhlert talks about taking the eight hour e-book challenge.
- Horror writer Z. Rider talks about things she's not good at, but has to do anyway to indie publish.
- William Meikle shares his Kindle success stories.
- Adam Poe points out that it's never too late to start a writing career.
- Patty Jansen explains why she does not care about pirates.
- Edward M. Grant discusses useful Createspace formatting features in Libre Office.
- Stacy Claflin shares her top Pinterest tips for writers.
- Joanna Penn interviews David Gaughran.
- Smashwords interviews Cora Buhlert.
- The Horror Writers Podcast interviews Joe Hart.
- Elena Linville reviews Evernight by Kristen Callihan.
- Judy Goodwin reviews The Radiant Seas by Catherine Asaro.
- At Bull Spec, Angela Blackwell reviews the short fiction collection Returning My Sister's Face by the late Eugie Foster.
- J.S. Collyer reviews Convergence by Michael Patrick Hicks.
- Great Book Escapes reviews Consumption by Michael Patrick Hicks.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews the horror novel The Deep by Nick Cutter.
- Cora Buhlert shares her thoughts on the Doctor Who episode "Time Heist".
- Paul Levison reviews "The Other Side", episode 1.8 of Outlander.
- R. Doug Wicker reviews and compares the TV and film versions of The Equalizer.
- The Skiffy and Fanty Show shares some genre short films from Africa.
- Clarkesworld Magazine is running a kickstarter to raise funds to translate Chinese science fiction into English.
- The Bard's Tale Anthology is looking for backers.
- Every Day Fiction is looking for patrons.
- Fetch: An Odyssey, a graphic novel about a young girl trying to rescue her dog from the clutches of Zeus, created by seven-year-old Evie Dunn, is looking for funding.
- A writer and single mom suffering from MS needs help with her medical and living expenses.
- Mark Finn offers his impressions of MondoCon 1, held in Austin, Texas.
- Lou Anders shares his impressions of the Tweens Read Festival in Houston, Texas.
- Jamie Lynn Blaschke has a report on Alamo City Comicon.
- Becca Price reports on the Clinton Fall Festival.
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