Here is our weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web:
Speculative fiction in general:
- Gail Z. Martin talks about the resurgence of the short story due to e-books and crowdfunding making them viable again.
- Fangirl Blog talks about darkness in storytelling.
- The Atlantic talks about the current explosion of science fiction by women writers.
- At A Dribble of Ink, Max Gladstone talks about anti-fantasy and uses The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell as an example.
- Clarkesworld Magazine has a fascinating article by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro about drugs in science fiction and fantasy from the 1960s till today.
- At Precious Monsters, Jessica Robinson talks about zombies.
- At Forbes, Scott Mendelson attempts to explain why Stargate was a massive success back in 1994.
- Kyoko M. posts the third and final part of her series about the top 18 most hateable villains.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Landon Porter introduces his character Ru Brakar.
- Jacey Bedford shares five things she learned writing her latest novel Empire of Dust.
- At Amazing Stories, Nina Munteanu gives some tips for deciding on story length.
- At Write Publish Now!, Neal Martin shares some tips about how to make sure to finish the first draft of your novel.
- Elena Linville talks about locking your inner editor in the basement.
- Chuck Wendig shares a scampering peregrination of NaNoWriMo writing tips.
- Chuck Wendig also talks about the breadcrumbs at the beginning of the story.
- Cora Buhlert shares some tricks for writing short mysteries fast.
- Molly Crabapple shares her rules for creative artists.
- Mona Hanna talks about writing for love.
- The results of the October eight-hour fiction challenge are in.
- K. Matthew talks about the tricky topic of taxes for self-employed authors in the US.
- Judy Goodwin interviews Edward M. Grant.
- The Awesome Gang interviews Andrei Cherascu.
- Twinja Book Reviews interviews Thelonious Legend.
- Victoria Jeffrey interviews Patrick McEvoy, the artist of the World War Kaiju graphic novel.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews the anthology The Telepath Chronicles.
- Jim Hines reviews Zero Sum Game by S.L. Huang.
- Ruth Nestvold reviews Supercharge Your Kindle Sales by Nick Stephenson.
- Judy Goodwin reviews The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss.
- Elena Linville reviews The Younger Gods by Michael R. Underwood.
- At Tor.com, Jake Hinkson reviews the classic SF short film La Jetée.
- Cora Buhlert shares her impressions of the TV show Constantine.
Crowdfunding and good causes:
- Several indie authors who are also military veterans are pledging to donate 100 percent of a certain book's royalties on Veteran's Day (i.e. November 11) to military/veteran charities. Lots of thrillers and memoirs, but also some speculative fiction.
- Brian McClellan recounts his experiences at the Buckeye Book Fair in Wooster, Ohio, and discusses the economics of book fairs in general.
Science and technology:
- It's certainly a bad week for private spaceflight. Shortly after the Antares rocket explosion, Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo crashed during a test flight, killing one pilot and severely injuring the other.
- At BoingBoing, Michael Franti explains why he believes in space exploration.
- Gizmodo talks about 10 cool science fiction technologies that are invading our reality.
- Gizmodo also offers a look at ESA's plans for a permanent moon base.
- C. Michael Wells shares some personal experiences with sleep paralysis.
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