And here is our weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web:
Speculative fiction in general:
- Andrew Liptak tackles the history of serialised fiction in science fiction and fantasy.
- At SF Signal, Corrina Lawson talks about reading Lois McMaster Bujold.
- Jaime Lee Moyer talks about the realities of being a woman who writes science fiction and fantasy.
- S.L. Huang talks about unlikable women protagonists in speculative fiction.
- At the Guardian, Damien Walter wonders whether science fiction is a 21st century religion.
- Steve Davidson wonders whether it's possible to "fix" the Hugo Awards and concludes that while it may be possible to buy a nomination with sufficient cash, it's next to impossible to buy a win.
- C.P.D. Harris talks about corruption and pollution in modern fantasy.
- Claire Ryan takes on the swordmaster trope in fantasy.
- Cora Buhlert presents the "Is my book a romance?" flowchart.
- At The Atlantic, Ta-Nehisi Coates explains what the marriage of Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man and Mary Jane means to him.
- At The Toast, Sulagna Misra points out that Captain America's rather progressive attitudes are actually historically accurate.
- Emily Asher-Perrin attempts to explain why Obi Wan keeps lying to Luke Skywalker.
- Gene Bathurst offers a reappraisal of the original Planet of the Apes movies.
- Noel Murray revisits the Back to the Future series thirty years on.
- At Psychology Today, Robin S. Rosenberg tackles the psychology of Wolverine.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch talks discoverability on the Author Biz podcast.
- Jeff Somers talks about mixing genres.
- Charley Daveler discusses why originality isn't everything and indeed may not even be as original as the author thinks.
- At Terrible Minds, Myke Cole points out that there is nothing new under the sun.
- Elle Chambers talks about self-publishing short stories.
- F.W. Flouisa shares her condensed hero's journey, which is particularly suitable for short stories.
- Marina Finlayson introduces her character Garth.
- Kali Amanda Browne talks about writing as therapy and vocation.
- Nadine Matheson talks about the remainings vestiges of the anti-selfpublishing stigma.
- Steve Vernon discusses the cost of self-publishing.
- Dean Wesley Smith shares his top ten reasons why he would never publish traditionally again.
- Kyra Halland interviews J.R. Boles.
- Justin Sloan interviews Claire Frank.
- Sever Bronny interviews Chris Fox.
- Noah K. Mullette-Gillman interviews Katrina Sisowath and Craig Hansen.
- Nicky Peacock interviews Gigi Pandian.
- Liz Bourke interviews Jo Walton.
- Scott Edelman interviews Samuel R. Delany.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Afterburn by Tim Curran.
- Judy Goodwin reviews Gilded by Christina Farley.
- Elena Linville reviews Written in Red by Anne Bishop.
- Thomas Watson reviews The Wanderer by Fritz Leiber, winner of the 1965 Hugo Award for best novel.
- Keith Allison reviews L. Neil Smith's Lando Calrissian novels from the early 1980s.
- Paul Levinson reviews episode 2.2 of Helix.
- Toolbox, a graphic novel by Kyle Gnepper and Kristen Gudsnuk, is looking for backers.
- Season 2 of Spectral Transmissions, an anthology series of short films created by faculty and students of SUNY Oswego Cinema and Screen Studies department, is looking for funding.
- Writer and US veteran Michael Buckley is stuck in the Philippines and needs help to get back to the US.
- Uncanny Magazine hosts a roundtable on how to improve Worldcon.
- Andrea Johnson reports on ConFusion in Dearborn, Michigan.
- Bakersfield Now reports on the Bak Anime convention in Bakersfield, California.
Science and technology:
- NASA is planning to use autonomous helicopter drones to further explore Mars.
- Cady Vance discusses the Jupiter moon Europa.
- Kristen V. Braun attempts to explain why artificial intelligence always seems so far away.
- Jeanne Carstensen explains why the singularity is greatly exaggerated.
- At io9, George Dvorsky explains how to create a virtual body for an uploaded mind.
- Check out this new wind power generator which looks like a tree sculpture.
- Take a look inside the Airbus A300-600ST Beluga, the massive cargo plane which transports airplane parts (and occasionally satellites, rocket parts and other spacecraft) between the various Airbus factories.
- Watch Lars Andersen's amazing feats of archery, based on historical models.
Free online fiction:
- Part 1 of Phoenix with a Purpose by Joyce Chng.
- "The Lonely Heart" by Aliette de Bodard in Lightspeed.
- "Dead Man's Hand" by Christie Yant.
- "The Fox" by Malinda Lo.
- "Damascus Interrupted" by Lou Antonelli.
- "Changeling" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
- "Covenant" by Elizabeth Bear in Slate.
- "Scarecrow" by Alyssa Wong at Tor.com.
- "The Sound of Useless Wings" by Cecil Castellucci at Tor.com.
- Chapter 6 of The Dragon of Ankoll Keep by K.S. Augustin.
- "Sexting the Enemy", part 36 of Musketeer Space by Tansy Rayner Roberts.
- Chapter 4 of "Avalon Rises", part 83 of The Descendants by Landon Porter.
Odds and ends:
- Dressing up as Captain America to fight stereotypes and prejudice.
- Someone has covered up islamophobic ads on busses in San Francisco with images of superheroine Kamala Khan a.k.a. Ms. Marvel (who just happens to be Muslim) speaking out against racism.
- Watch a trailer for upcoming episodes of Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- Watch a trailer for the upcoming Fantastic Four movie.
- Watch a trailer for Jupiter Ascending.
- Watch a trailer for the new TV series The Returned.
- Watch a trailer for the movie The Lazarus Effect.