And here is our weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web, this time with yet more Hugo debate as well as plenty of discussion of Mad Max: Fury Road.
Speculative fiction in general:
- John Bardinelli discusses Dune by Frank Herbert on the occasion of its 50th anniversary.
- Staving Darkness discusses her experiences reading classic science fiction as a teenaged girl.
- Andrew Kane shares five great Steampunk stories that aren't actually Steampunk.
- Robert Irwin shares his appreciation for The Once and Future King by T.H. White.
- Noah Berlatsky asks if there can be a black fantasy hero.
- Natalie Zutter discusses the "We Need Diverse Books" campaign.
- Shveta Thakrar discusses Hinduism in YA fiction.
- Margaret Fortune discusses the crossover effect of speculative YA fiction.
- Margaret Fortune also reevaluates The Neverending Story by Michael Ende.
- Jo Zebedee asks whether SFF should have a funny bone.
- Neil Clarke shares the results of a survey on the influences of SFF short fiction writers.
- Nathan Ballingrud discusses horror and the small press.
- M. Harold Page offers a defence of traditional fantasy.
- Ursula K. LeGuin is angry at Amazon.
- Damien Walter wonders why the mainstream media still won't take geek culture seriously.
- Karl-Johan Noren discusses the changing nature of SFF fandom.
- Peter Orullian discusses the intersection of music and fantasy.
- George R.R. Martin responds to those who cricitise the sexual violence and treatment of women in Game of Thrones.
- The Book Smugglers share their appreciation for the movie Willow.
- Landon Porter explains why he feels that superheroes should not kill.
- Robert J. Sawyer discusses the sexism of Star Trek: The Motion Picture.
- David Mack responds to those who criticise him for including a lesbian relationship between a Vulcan and a Klingon spy in a Star Trek tie-in novel.
- Larry Taylor wonders if it is time to terminate the Terminator franchise.
- Tasha Robinson points out that the future has always looked bleak on film in spite of Tomorrowland.
- Landon Palmer discusses the hidden brilliance of the Wachowski siblings.
Tributes to Tanith Lee:
- Timmi Duchamp shares her appreciation of the late Tanith Lee.
- Anne Groell shares her appreciation for Tanith Lee.
- Catherine Lundoff offers some advice where to start reading Tanith Lee.
- John O'Neill shares some of his favourite Tanith Lee novels.
- The finalists for the 2015 David Gemmell Legend Awards have been announced and voting has opened.
- The shortlist for the 2015 Mythopoeic Awards has been announced.
- The winners of the 27th annual Lambda Literary Awards have been announced.
- The longlist for the 2015 Sunburst Awards has been announced.
- The winners of the 2015 Prix Imaginales have been announced.
- The finalists for the 2015 Manly Wade Wellman Award have been announced.
- The winners of the 2015 Bill Finger Award have been announced.
- The nominees for the 2015 Russ Manning Award have been announced.
- The winners of the 2015 Audie Awards for best audio book have been announced.
- The nominees for the 2014 Cóyotl Awards have been announced.
- The Carl Brandon Society has awarded the 2015 Writing Excuses Scholarship to Shveta Thakrar.
- Fantasy Fraction discusses the pros and cons behind several major SFF awards.
- An SF Signal Mind Meld asks what genre awards are good for anyway.
- Samatha Noll explains why the Hugo debate matters for philosophers of science.
- Adam Troy Castro explains what he considers the most infuriating thing about the Hugo debate.
- Camestros Felapton has some statistics on Hugo winners.
- Camestros Felapton also points out some inconsistencies in the beliefs of the Sad and Rabid Puppies as well as the reflection of those inconsistencies in the works they nominated.
- Alexandra Erin points out that the Sad Puppies seem to underestimate the scope of the SFF field and also responds to some Sad Puppy claims.
- Rich Horton has a proposal to improve the Hugos.
- Caitlin at Devourer of Words explains why she is voting for the Hugos this year.
Discussion about Mad Max: Fury Road:
- The Skiffy and Fanty Show discuss Mad Max: Fury Road.
- Genevieve Valentine discusses the feminine desert of Mad Max: Fury Road.
- John Wiswell discusses the treatment of special needs in Mad Max: Fury Road.
- Derek Austin Jones compares Mad Max: Fury Road to the novel Archangel by Marguerite Reed.
- Ian Failes discusses the visual effects of Mad Max: Fury Road.
- Vashi Nedomansky discusses the editing of Mad Max: Fury Road.
- Every killer car in Mad Max: Fury Road explained.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Paulo Coelho shares some advice for writers.
- Alastair Reynolds discusses changing and growing as a writer.
- Elena Linville points out that the more you write, the better you get.
- E.R. Baine explains why she writes.
- Cal Moriarty discusses creating great characters.
- Damien Walter talks about the big and the small story.
- David Hair discusses juggling YA and adult fantasy writing.
- Chris Winkle shares seven worldbuilding sins.
- James L. Sutter explains what roleplaying can teach writers.
- David Neth attempts to answer the question when a book is good enough.
- Kenda Montgomery talks about book cover design.
- Stuart J. Whitmore discusses promoting your books via Project Wonderful.
- Jan Edwards interviews Freda Warrington.
- Alyssa Rosenberg interviews John Scalzi.
- Helen Oyeyemi interviews Kelly Link.
- Rachel Cordasco interviews Peter Clines.
- Ch'kara Silverwolf interviews M.S. Fowle.
- Floyd Looney reviews Mindguard by Andrei Cherascu.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews A Shroud of Night and Tears by Lucas Bale.
- Brad K. Horner reviews Flight of the Kikayon by K.E. James a.k.a. Kary English.
- Elena Linville reviews Radiant by Karina Sumner-Smith.
- Ceridwen Christensen reviews Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie.
- Steven Shaviro reviews Elysium by Jennifer Marie Brissett.
- James Nicoll reviews the collected editorials of John W. Campbell.
- Kim Newman reviews the movie San Andreas.
- Silicon Heart, a graphic novel by Sam Roads and Kat Nicholson, is looking for funding.
- Adam Nimoy, son of Leonard Nimoy, needs help to fund a documentary about his father.
- Natalie Luhrs is reading and livetweeting The War in Heaven by Theodore Beale a.k.a. Vox Day for charity.
- Janelle Asselin reports on a "Women in Comics" panel at Denver ComicCon that did not include any women.
- Brian Olsen shares his experiences at Book Con 2015 in New York City.
- Charles Payseur shares his experiences at Wiscon in Madison, Wisconsin.
Science and technology:
- The Solar Impulse plane will cross the Pacific powered only by the sun.
- Sally Ride had to explain female hygiene to male NASA scientists.
- Adding an iron fish to a cookpot can help to treat anaemia.
Free online fiction:
- "The Warriors, the Mothers, the Drowned" by Kay Chronister in Beneath Ceaseless Skies.
- "Die, Susan, Die" by Susan Jane Bigelow at io9.
- "In Libres" by Elizabeth Bear in Uncanny Magazine.
- "Marcie's Waffles Are the Best in Town" by Sunil Patel in Flash Fiction Online.
- "Trigger" by Courtney Alameda at Tor.com
- "Nutty Nuggets" by Will McLean.
- "Alice" by Floyd Looney.
- "Mission to Valour", part 54 of Musketeer Space by Tansy Rayner Roberts.
- Chapter 3 of "Those Not Forgotten", part 86 of The Descendants by Landon Porter.
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