Here is our weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web:
Speculative fiction in general:
- James Wallace Harris attempts to classify science fictional ideas.
- Karina Sumner-Smith wonders why there aren't more friendships between women in SF and fantasy.
- At SF Signal, Tina Connolly also talks about female friendships in speculative fiction.
- At Boing Boing, Laurie Penny talks about social justice warriors and the new culture wars.
- Marie Lu discusses how female SFF writers have been ignored for far too long.
- Chesya Burke talks about the horror genre's misogyny and harassment problem.
- Stephen Carter points out that the problem with recent science fiction TV shows are the unbelievable characters.
Writing, publishing and marketing:
- At Donna Maree Hanson's blog, Patty Jansen discusses why she writes non-anglo characters in science fiction.
- At the SFR Brigade, Rachel Leigh Smith talks about the warrior hero.
- Steampunk author SB James offers an introduction to her character, Ethan Phillip Stanhope.
- Steve Vernon talks about cutting your characters down to size.
- Michael R. Underwood talks about first person narration in the urban fantasy genre.
- Justin McLachlan shares 25 fantasy writing prompts.
- Steve Vernon attempts to answer the question whether it's possible for an indie writer to make 3000 USD per month.
- Michael Brookes interviews J.D. Brink.
- Juliette Wade interviews Jennifer Marie Brissett.
- Judy Goodwin interviews Carol Davis.
- Judy Goodwin also interviews Marilyn Peake.
- Buddy Gott interviews Noah Mullette-Gillman.
- S. Elliot Brandis reviews Consumption by Michael Patrick Hicks.
- Judy Goodwin reviews The Dark Tower VII by Stephen King.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Factory Town by Jon Bassoff.
- Michael Patrick Hicks also reviews Surrogate by David Bernstein.
- Robert Jackson Bennett explains why he hates Gone Girl.
- Cath Murphy is also troubled by the success of Gone Girl and what it says about our society.
- Cora Buhlert responds to Robert Jackson Bennett and points out problematic tendencies in David Fincher's oeuvre over the years.
- Cora Buhlert also responds to Cath Murphy.
- Strange Horizons is running its annual fund drive.
- nEvermore, an Edgar Allan Poe inspired short fiction anthology edited by Nancy Kilpatrick and Caro Soles, is looking for backers.
- Imaginer Vol. 2, which collects artwork by Clive Barker, is looking for funding.
- Zion's Fiction, an anthology of Israeli fantasy and SF edited by Sheldon Teitelbaum and Dr. Emanuel Lottem, is looking for backers.
- Natania and Michael Barron need help to send their son Liam to a school tailored to the special needs of autistic kids.
- Laird Barron discusses his New York Comic Con adventure.
- Lou Anders also discusses his New York Comic Con experiences.
- Brian Olsen has a three part report about New York Comic Con. Part 2 and part 3 are here.
- Adi Robertson also talks about New York Comic Con and likens it to a cosplay prison planet.
- At SF Signal, Rick Klaw shares his experiences of Austin Comic Con a.k.a. Wizard World Texas.
- S.A. Mulraney offers some observations about the Belmar BookCon.