Here is our weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web:
Speculative fiction in general:
- Theodora Goss talks about the heroine's journey.
- Kyra Halland looks at westerns with a speculative twist.
- Dana Michelle Burnett shares seven things your didn't know about vampires.
- Kyoko M. shares her 18 most hateable movie villains.
- Robert Ryan finds similarities between The Hunger Games and epic fantasy.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Joe Vasicek attempts to answer the eternal question what readers want.
- Jolie Du Pré introduces her character Jennifer Benton.
- Alexandra Sokoloff talks about the three act, eight sequence structure.
- At Rocking Self-Publishing, Stacy Claflin talks about making the time to write.
- Philip Harris explains why he builds and formats his e-books by hand.
- Therin Knite reviews The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken.
- Elena Linville reviews Of Bone and Thunder by Chris Evans.
- Elena Linville also reviews The Undying by Ethan Reid.
- R.S. McCoy reviews Skid Row 'Bots by H. Lynn Keith.
- SF Signal reviews Dust by Hugh Howey.
- Digital Spy reviews Logan's Run from 1976.
- Judy Goodwin interviews W.C. Hoffmann.
- S. Elliot Brandis interviews Michael Patrick Hicks.
- Pretty Hot interviews Kyoko M.
- Michael Brookes interviews Jim Vuksic.
- Kai Strand interviews Jax Spenser.
- The anthology Not Our Kind: Tales of (Not) Belonging, edited by Nayad Monroe, is looking for backers.
- Plasma Frequency Magazine needs some help to upgrade its pay rate from semi-pro to pro status.
- Latino/a Rising, an anthology of short fiction by Hispanic authors, is looking for funding.
- Daniel Wallock needs some help to make his books available for free.
- Myke Cole shares his New York Comic Con experiences.
- Andrea Johnson reports about Context27, held in Columbus, Ohio.
Science and technology:
- A mysterious unmanned US space plane returns to Earth after two years on a top secret mission.
- The Week wonders whether the rise of the machines poses a threat to humanity.
- Nine technologies that will soon be inside us.
- At The Guardian, Nicola Davis points out six ways in which robots will change the way we live.
- NASA is experimenting with origami-like folding solar panels.
Odds and ends:
- The Manatee Avengers, Earth's Mightiest Manatees.
- If you prefer your Avengers human (or Asgardian) rather than Manatees, the first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron has been revealed. There's also a shot by shot breakdown here.
- Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars finally acquires a first name.
- Jessica Doyle shares psychedelic book covers, many of them science fiction and fantasy.