And here is our weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web, this time in another special Hugo Awards debate edition:
Speculative fiction in general:
- Peter Orullian asks whether fantasy should deal with big issues.
- Fantasy Faction discusses worldbuilding and fantastic monsters.
- Kelley Grant shares five epic fantasies with gender equal societies.
- The mysterious British fantasy author K.J. Parker has been revealed to be a pen name of Tom Holt.
- Keith Phipps discusses paranoia in 1970s science fiction movies.
- James Wallace explains why the Terminator franchise should be terminated.
- Katherine Trendacosta and James Whitbrook debate whether Firefly still matters.
- David Perry discusses the histories and myths behind Game of Thrones.
- Leah Schnellbach discusses how important Matt Murdock's Catholicism is to Daredevil.
- The Toast has an entire essay on the sad looking potted plants frequently seen in the background of Star Tek: The Next Generation.
- Brigid Alverson shares a brief history of Ultraman.
- Raych Krueger explains why fanfiction is important.
- The nominations for the 2015 Seiun Awards have been announced.
- The nominees for the 2015 Eisner Awards have been announced.
- The nominations for the Parsec Awards are now open.
- Philip Sandifer offers an extensive summary of the current Hugo Awards debate.
- Eric Flint offers his take on the Hugos and other awards.
- David Gerrold points out that the Hugo controversy has hurt many people.
- Kary English speaks out from the perspective of someone who got tangled up in the Hugo controversy against her will.
- Damien Walter points out that SFF needs industry awards.
- At Teleread, Paul St. John Mackintosh takes a look at Hugo Gernsback, the man the Hugos were named after, and his many failings.
- Shaun Duke has started a survey about the Hugo Awards specifically aimed at Non-US fans.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Bob Mayer talks about traits of successful writers.
- The New Yorker claims to have decoded the formula for literary fame.
- Vincent Zandri discusses plotting versus winging it.
- Camille Laguire discusses extreme outlining.
- Liv Rancourt explains how to achieve emotional intensity in your writing.
- Marissa Lingen discusses the uses of writerly proprioception.
- Robert Ryan shares eight blurb writing tips big publishers don't share.
- David Neth discusses designing your print book interior.
- SwoonWorthy Book Covers shares 3 ways to design series book covers.
- Rachel Cordasco interviews Nicholas Hermann and Ella Chappell.
- Jonathan Bernstein interviews Joss Whedon.
- Aidan Moher interviews Fran Wilde.
- Locus interviews Alyssa Wong.
- Elena Linville reviews Wicked Misery by Tracey Martin.
- Liz Bourke reviews The Mystic Marriage by Heather Rose Jones.
- Kyra Halland reviews Demon Divided by Sharon Stevenson.
- Shaun Duke reviews Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear.
- Paul Weimer reviews The Invisible Library by Genevieve Cogman.
- Gavia Baker-Whitelaw reviews Daredevil.
- Paul Levinson reviews episode 1.11 of Outlander.
- Derek Austin Johnson reviews Ex Machina.
- Sophia McDougall reviews Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews the Writer Emergency Pack.
- The tribute anthology Stories for Chip: A Tribute to Samuel R. Delany is looking for funding.
- The Octavia Project, a summer SFF writing program for teen girls from poor neighbourhoods in Brooklyn, is looking for backers.
- The graphic novel Girl Genius: The Beast of the Rails is looking for funding.
- Apex Magazine is looking for patrons.
- Dreams Eternal Magazine is looking for backers.
- Edgard Refinetti reports about the Odisseia de Literatura Fantástica de Porto Alegre in Porto Alegre, Brazil.
- Justina Ireland points out that special diversity panels are not necessarily the answer.
Science and technology:
- Developers say that a lunar elevator could be built within a decade.
- The Scientific American puts a new spin on space elevators.
- According to the Scientific American, alien supercivilisations are absent from 100000 nearby galaxies.
- The New Yorker looks at preparations for the long and lonely journey to Mars.
- Cryosleep is not just science fiction anymore.
- Science is closing in on dark matter.
Free online fiction:
- "Precious Moments" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
- "There's a Devil Watching Over You" by Marc Turner at Tor.com.
- "The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn" by Usman T. Malik at Tor.com.
- "Sally the Psychic Alligator" by Sunil Patel at Fireside Magazine.
- "Cake Under Fire", part 48 of Musketeer Space by Tansy Rayner Roberts.
Odds and ends:
- Watch a trailer for Batman vs. Superman - Dawn of Justice.
- Watch a clip from Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Watch another clip from Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Watch yet another clip from Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Watch one last clip from Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Watch one more clip from Avengers: Age of Ultron featuring The Vision.
- Watch a trailer for Jurassic World.
- Watch a trailer for Fantastic Four.
- Watch a trailer for The Little Prince.