And here is our weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web, this time in a special awards debate edition:
Speculative fiction in general:
- At SF Signal, several writers, critics and fans remember Terry Pratchett and Leonard Nimoy.
- At the Guardian, John Mullan talks about Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin and the triumph of fantasy fiction.
- io9 wonders why fantasy versus science fiction has to be an either/or question.
- Guy Gavriel Kay announces his latest novel Children of Earth and Sky.
- Cat Rambo points out that diversity is not a straightjacket.
- Betsy Dornbush talks about worldbuilding and racism in her Seven Eyes series.
- At the Fantasy Book Café, Rachel Hartman talks about the gender system in her books.
- Helen Lowe shares her appreciation of Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson.
- Ken Liu talks about Silkpunk and a new aesthetic.
- Laxmi Hariharan wonders why dystopian YA is so dominated by western settings and characters.
- The Edmonton Journal remembers 17th century proto science fiction writer Margaret Cavendish.
- Arianne Tex Thompson talks about language barriers and translators in SFF.
- Jeff Somers talks about writing and constructed languages.
- Doug Molitor talks about time travel logic.
- At The Verge, Bryan Bishop remembers the 1980s science fiction TV show Max Headroom.
- The Atlantic explains why Atlanta is so popular among directors of dystopian SF movies.
- At Tor.com, Theresa Delucci discusses what to look for in season 5 of Game of Thrones.
- At Amazing Stories, Nina Munteanu explains why she has had enough of Game of Thrones.
- K.L. Phelps remembers The Empire Strikes Back.
- Voting for the David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy opens April 10.
- The British Fantasy Society's annual short story competition is open.
- The winners of the 2015 Philip K. Dick Award have been announced.
- The winners of the James Tiptree Award for 2014 have also been announced.
- The winners of the 2015 BSFA Awards have been announced.
- The winners of the 2015 Ditmar Awards have been announced.
- The nominees for the Arthur C. Clarke Awards have been announced.
- The nominees for the 2015 Hugo Awards have been announced to great controversy.
- File 770 has a round-up of reactions to the Hugo Awards announcements.
- George R.R. Martin weighs in on the Hugo Awards, their history and the current controversy.
- Should you be a Hugo voter and wish to vote "No award" in one or more categories, Kevin Standalee has a handy guide how to do that.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Michael Galloway discusses thumbnail novels as a method of idea generation.
- Dean Wesley Smith talks about writing into the dark.
- Thomas Watson talks about blazing trails.
- Elena Linville talks about the things we do for research.
- Kay Kenyon explains why you might need a writing conference.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch talks about downturns in writing careers and how writers can prepare for them.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch also talks about the freelance scramble.
- J.M. Ney-Grimm talks about what happens after the manuscript is complete.
- Alexis Radcliff shares 5 tips for creating your own bookcovers.
- Sylvia Frost shares some tips for book cover typography.
- Juliet McKenna talks about her adventures in the European Parliament trying to get the new VAT rules changed.
- Den of Geek interviews Ursula LeGuin.
- Bibliotropic interviews Ken Liu.
- Kyra Halland interviews K.K. Gould.
- Kyra Halland also interviews J.L. McFadden.
- Elena Linville reviews The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley.
- Paul Weimer reviews The Grace of Kings by Ken Liu.
- Rachel Cordasco reviews The Old Axolotl: Hardware Dreams by Jacek Dukaj.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Brother Frankenstein by Michael Bunker.
- Michael Patrick Hicks also reviews Anatomy of Evil by Brian Pinkerton.
- Paul Levinson reviews episode 1.12 of Twelve Monkeys.
- The writing team of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller is looking for supporters.
- Broken Saviours, a comic book series by Todd Mitchell, is looking for backers.
- Club Jade shares some tips about remaining respectful while photographing cosplayers at conventions.
- At Black Gate, Sean McLaghlan shares his experiences at Dysprosium, i.e. Eastercon 66 in Heathrow.
Science and technology:
- The Scientific American believes that intelligent robots must uphold human rights.
- Live Science wonders how to raise a moral robot.
- Can NASA send a manned mission to Mars by the 2030s? And what will this mean for the funding of the Internation Space Station?
- Aliens will probably be quite big, a new study claims.
Free online fiction:
- "The Skin Mechanic" by Edward Cox at the Gollancz blog.
- "Playing with Reality" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
- "Dovecote Red", part 46 of Musketeer Space by Tansy Rayner Roberts.
- Chapter 1 of "The Ballad of the Bad Lass", part 85 of The Descendants by Landon Porter.
Odds and ends:
- Watch a trailer for Pixels.
- Watch a trailer for the remake of Poltergeist.
- Watch a TV trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Watch another TV trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Watch a "Behind the scenes" featurette for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Watch a trailer for the new SyFy Channel series Killjoys.
- A stunning street art tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett has appeared in London.