And here is our weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web, this time in a special Mayday edition:
Speculative fiction in general:
- The New Yorker profiles Gene Wolfe.
- At Black Gate, M. Harold Page remembers Edmond Hamilton.
- Andrew Liptak profiles Douglas Adams.
- Andrew Liptak also takes a look back at science fiction's culture wars.
- The G. discusses political messages in science fiction and fantasy.
- Eleanor Arnason discusses SFF and literary writing.
- Liz Gloyn discusses classical reception and science fiction.
- At Strange Horizons, Joyce Chng, David Anthony Durham, Kari Sperring and Vanessa Rose Phin discuss representing marginalised voices in historical fiction and fantasy.
- KS Augustin talks about diversity in SFF and the fear of writers of getting things wrong.
- Karina Sumner-Smith takes on the fact that some men refuse to read books by women.
- Sherwood Smith discusses women writing space opera.
- Gareth L. Powell explains why he writes space opera.
- Deborah A. Bailey explains why kick-ass heroines and love don't need to be mutually exclusive.
- Judith Tarr talks about fantasy and science fiction and the shifting boundaries between both genres.
- Fantasy Faction discusses fantasy short fiction.
- At the Galaxy Express, Alisha Rai shares her top three post-apocalyptic romances.
- Wood Turtle discusses Muslim Steampunk.
- David Wisehart analyses character arcs in Maleficent.
- Joseph Tavano explains why Padme did not die of a broken heart at the end of Revenge of the Sith.
- Gareth L. Powell explains what Star Wars means to him.
- Shaun Duke shares some lesser known western Cold War related SFF movies.
- Ian Sales shares some lesser known East European Cold War related SFF movies.
- Petra Halbur discusses Daredevil and how to do angsty superheroes right.
- The winners of the 2015 Edgar Awards have been announced.
- The winners of the 2015 EFSF Awards have been announced.
- The winners of the 2015 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards have been announced.
- The finalists for the 2015 Prometheus Awards have been announced.
- Electronic voting for the 2015 Hugo Awards is now open.
- Edward Schubert, Hugo nominee for best editor short form, withdraws himself from consideration.
- At Vox, Todd VanDerWerff has another summary of the Hugo controversy.
- Rjurik Davidson views the Hugo controversy as part of a larger culture war.
- Jim C. Hines points out that the Us vs. Them dichotomy of the Hugo debate is harmful to the genre.
- George R.R. Martin calls out the increasingly violent rhetoric of the Hugo debate.
- George R.R. Martin also about some of the Hugo categories and how to use No Award.
- Shaun Duke complains about the anti-intellectual undertones in this year's Hugo debate.
- Obsidian Wings discusses the variety of literary pleasures in reference to this year's Hugo debate.
- Dana Korra'ti is annoyed that some people seem to want warning labels on books containing LGBT characters and other content they do not approve of.
- Fontfolly considers these remarks in the larger context of prejudice against LGBT people.
- Dana Korra'ti also has a screencap of John Ringo trying and failing to understand what he terms Social Justice Warrior thought on Facebook.
- C.P.D. Harris discusses possible economic motives behind this year's Hugo campaign.
- Marion of Deeds & Words points out that even the cost of a Worldcon supporting membership can be prohibitive for many people.
- Martin Wisse explains how entitlement issues are at the bottom of the Hugo uproar.
- John Scalzi refutes some of the conspiracy theories surrounding the Hugo Awards.
- John Scalzi also points out how silly it is to assume that Redshirts only won a Hugo because of political correctness.
- Eleanor Arnason points out that getting nominated for a Hugo early in one's career is actually quite rare.
- Lyda Morehouse points out that everybody feels unwelcome and left out at Worldcon at times, regardless of politics.
- Jason Sanford wonders whether the puppies are all bark and no bite.
- J. Michael Straczynski calls for cancelling the 2015 Hugos.
- Bob Mayer wonders who gives a shit about the Hugos.
- Eric Flint points out that some of the most popular and bestselling SFF writers working today have never been nominated for a Hugo or Nebula Award, because they write paranormal romance.
- Barth Anderson points out that the champions of conservative SFF have missed an obvious contender: The Walking Dead.
- Adam Troy Castro responds to the Hugo debate with a military SF parody.
- Mike Glyer at File 770 has unearthed the first ever call for Hugo bloc voting during the very first Hugo Awards in 1953.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Dean Wesley Smith discusses the stages of a fiction writer.
- Percival Constantine explains that writers write, while wannabes make excuses.
- Sherry Soule explains that being an indie author is tough.
- Roz Morris shares some tips on plot with Joanna Penn.
- SwoonWorthy Book Covers shares 15 tips for creating awesome book titles.
- Joanna Penn discusses changing book titles and covers.
- Amy Shojai discusses cover shaming sites.
- James L. Sutter talks about writing media tie-ins.
- Chuck Wendig rates self-promotion tactics for writers.
- Paul Weimer interviews Stephanie Saulter.
- Paul Weimer also interviews Michael J. Martinez.
- Larry Ketchersid interviews Brian Catling.
- Nina Allan reviews the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award nominees.
- James Nicholl reviews The Android's Dream by John Scalzi.
- Reading SFF reviews Dust by Hugh Howey.
- Steve Vernon reviews Spooky Stacks, a collection of four horror novellas.
- Elena Linville reviews Cupcakes, Trinkets and Other Deadly Magic by Meghan Ciana Doidge.
- Paul Weimer reviews Of Noble Family by Mary Robinette Kowal.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews the anthology The Dragon Chronicles, edited by Ellen Campbell.
- Paul Levinson reviews episode 1.12 of Outlander.
- Clockwork Phoenix No. 5, an anthology edited by Mike Allen, is looking for funding.
- The comic anthology Broken Frontier is looking for backers.
- Another Dimension Magazine is looking for funding.
- Fangirl, a graphic novel by Tom Stillwell, is looking for funding.
- God is an Iron, a Canadian stage adaptation of Spider Robinson's epoynmous short story, needs some help to finance a performance of the play at Sasquan, the Spokane Worldcon.
- File 770 has a summary of a controversy that errupted at RavenCon in Richmond, VA.
- Robert Dahlen shares his experiences at the Big Wow convention in San José, California.
- Tony Keen reports on the academic conference "The Once and Future Antiquity: Classical Traditions in Science Fiction and Fantasy" held at the Puget Sound University in Washington state.
- Jack Robins, one of the few surviving members of the first ever Worldcon in 1939, recounts his experiences.
Science and technology:
- Has NASA accidentally created a warp field?
- NASA has launched a new project searching for alien life.
- Jeff Bezos' company Blue Origin has launched its spacecraft New Shepard.
- The science behind The Avengers.
Free online fiction:
- "Ambiguity Machines: An Examination" by Vandana Singh at Tor.com
- "Going After Bobo" by Susan Palwick at Clarkesworld.
- Chapter 8 of The Pirate's Grand Plan by K.S. Augustin.
- Chapter 23 of Dragon Physician by Joyce Chng.
- "I Just Called To Say I'm Grounded", part 49 of Musketeer Space by Tansy Rayner-Roberts.
- Chapter 3 of "The Ballad of the Bad Lass", part 85 of The Descendants by Landon Porter.
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