Here is our weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web:
Speculative fiction in general:
- C.P.D Harris has a great post on paradigm shifts and system changes and how they are portrayed in the fantasy genre.
- N.P. Martin explains why he chose to write in the urban fantasy genre.
- Erin Lindsey talks about sex and explosions and the key to a great action romance.
- K.V. Johansen discusses epic fantasy influences on her work.
- Chinelo Onwualu has a powerful essay on the unbearable solitude of being an African fan girl.
- The BBC takes a tongue in cheek look at what we can learn from science fiction films.
- The Space Reviews remembers Star Trek and its impact on society on the eve of its 50th anniversary.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Tade Thompson has a great post about the depiction of otherness in science fiction and fantasy.
- Elena Linville discusses how becoming a writer has changed the way she reads.
- Dean Wesley Smith talks about writing at pulp speed.
- Cora Buhlert responds to Dean Wesley Smith and checks how her own writing speed holds up.
- David Neth talks about finding inspiration.
- Jessica Rydill introduces her character Annat.
- Nadine Ducca shares some cool name generators.
- Jane Friedman talks about online platform building for writers and offers some examples.
- Derek Murphy shares six mistakes that many author websites make.
- Book Reader Magazine interviews Sever Bronny.
- Noah K. Mullette-Gillman interviews Chuck Dixon, Daniel Arenson and Elita Daniels.
- K.J. Bryen interviews A.E. Williams.
- Spectrum Books interviews Craig Hansen.
- SF Signal interviews award winning comic writer Frederick Peeters.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Orbs by Nicholas Sansbury Smith.
- Elena Linville reviews Undercity by Catherine Asaro.
- Judy Goodwin reviews Insomnia by Stephen King.
- S. Lee Benedict discusses the latest episode of The Walking Dead (with spoilers).
- Lisa Bolekaja reviews the TV show Misfits.
- Tim Lehnerer reviews These Are The Damned from 1963.
- Christopher Priest expresses his displeasure with the works of Christopher Nolan, including the Dark Knight trilogy and the adaptation of Priest's own The Prestige.
- At The Dissolve, Keith Phipps analyses the 1984 film Gremlins and it's influences.
- The Atlantic reviews the Hugo-winning comic series Saga.
- Six by Six, a series of six collections by six authors of six stories each, is looking for funding. The authors included are Bradley P. Beaulieu, Martha Wells, Will McIntosh, Tina Connolly, Stephen Gaskell and Brenda Cooper.
- The Little Red Reviewer shares her impressions of Grand Rapids ComicCon.
- Read Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's guest of honour speech at PhilCon.
- SF Signal interviews Bears Forte, organiser of the Other Worlds Austin science fiction film festival.
Science and technology:
- The New Horizons space probe will be awakened from hibernation for its fly-by of Pluto, which was still officially considered a planet, when the probe was launched.
- The launch of NASA's Orion spacecraft has been postponed due to weather problems.
- io9 shares some photos taken by astronaut Alexander Gerst, a crewmember aboard the ISS, during his first spacewalk.
- Tests have revealed that DNA can survive spaceflight on the outside of a spacecraft at least for short periods of time.
- For the first time ever, an earthbased telescope has observed an exoplanet, a so-called super-Earth.
- ThyssenKrupp has developed rope/cableless elevators using maglev technology.
- The Guardian tackles the subject of artificial intelligence and asks how smart we want our machines to be.
- Thirty new spider species have been discovered in a rain forest in China.
Odds and ends:
- Watch the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. At io9, there's also a shot by shot dissection of the trailer.
- Within hours of the trailer debuting, the internet was full of reactions to the new lightsabre design shown. Dorkly has collected some of the best.
- This infographic attempts to explain what exactly happened in Interstellar.
- Another infographic explains what is inside Batman's utility belt.
- Watch this fake trailer for a late 1970s Avengers film. To my shame, I know where most of the footage comes from.