And here is our weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web, this time with yet more Hugo debate and way too many genre deaths.
Speculative fiction in general:
- Tansy Rayner Roberts talks about female fantasy writers and the politics of influence.
- Liz Bourke discusses how we talk about strong female characters.
- Alyx Dellamonica asks for the SFF community to discuss and celebrate things they love rather than engage in the latest flame wars.
- Michael Patrick Hicks talks about social justice warrior pride.
- Peter S. Beagle shares his memories of the late Sir Christopher Lee.
- Mike Glyer remembers the late Wolfgang Jeschke.
- Foz Meadows points out that Jupiter Ascending is basically just a regendered version of The Matrix.
- Darren Franich points out that Steven Spielberg movies are pretty much a genre of their own these days, except that Steven Spielberg isn't making them anymore.
- Tasha Robinson discusses the sexual and gender undertones of the Alien movies.
- No Award discusses the cultural appropriation issues of Mad Max: Fury Road.
- Smart Bitches, Trashy Books discuss the depiction or not of rape in Game of Thrones, Outlander and Mad Max: Fury Road.
- Chuck Wendig explains why he is done with Game of Thrones.
- Eric Deggans believes that those who criticise the amount of violence and sex in Game of Thrones are missing the point.
- Alexander Freed attempts to explain the lack of originality in science fiction and fantasy game settings.
- The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North has won the 2015 John W. Campbell Memorial Award.
- "The Man Who Sold the Moon" by Cory Doctorow has won the 2015 Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award.
- The Bees by Laline Paull has won the 2015 Orion Award in the fiction category.
- The finalists for the 2015 Chesley Awards have been announced.
- The winners of the 2015 Kurt-Laßwitz Prize have been announced.
- The winners of the 2015 Prix Futuriales have been announced.
- Kathy Sanders has won the 2015 Costumers' Life Achievement Award.
- The administrators of the Aurealis Awards have announced the Sarah Douglass Book Series Award.
- Gray Rinehart, one of the Hugo nominees in the best novelette category, weighs in on the Hugo controversy and his experiences.
- M.D. Lachlan responds to the now infamous "Nutty Nuggets" post.
- Andrew Hickey attempts to draw some lessons from the puppy campaigns.
- Shawn Struck shares his thoughts on the whole Hugo controversy.
- Jim C. Hines sums up the Tor mess.
- Brenna Clarke Gray shares her view on the Tor controversy as a female geek.
- Kari Sperring weighs in on the Tor controversy.
- J.A. Micheline also weighs in on the Tor controversy.
- Hugo nominee Laura J. Mixon weighs in on the Tor controversy.
- Natalie Luhrs discusses the escalation of the Tor controversy and offers a list of Tor authors to read.
- Laura Tegan Gjoovac attempts to explain the persecution complex that some of the Sad Puppies seem to have.
- Saumya Arya Haas views the Hugo controvery in the context of the greater struggle for more diversity in the genre.
- A.W. Hendry points out that the Hugo controversy is taking away focus and energy from more important real world issues.
- Martin Wisse responds to A.W. Hendry.
- Matthew M. Foster wonders how and if the Hugo controversy will end.
- The G. shares his final words on the Hugo wank.
- Bookworm Blues calls for a ceasefire and asks people to get back to discussing books they love.
- Eric Flint comes to the conclusion that awards don't matter much anyway.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Kit Reed shares how she learned to write.
- Kali Amanda Browne discusses the difficulties of fictionalising true experiences.
- Kameron Hurley wonders whether the ease of self-publishing is a good thing for young writers.
- A. Lee Martinez discusses consistency and worldbuilding, using The Flintstones as an example.
- Elena Linville explains why 20/20 hindsight is a good thing for editing.
- Freebooksy shares the secret to marketing your series.
- Rachel Aaron a.k.a. Rachel Bach discusses the price of a novel and why it's not what you think.
- Ruth Nestvold discusses e-book pricing for indie authors.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch talks about gaming the system and why it rarely works.
- Diana Biller interviews Charlaine Harris.
- Adam Morgan interviews Sarah Lotz.
- Sam Riedel interviews Beth Cato.
- S.W. Fairbrother interviews Rae Lori.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews The Z Chronicles, an anthology of speculative fiction edited by Ellen Campbell.
- Lis Carey reviews Flight of the Kikayon by Kary English.
- Lis Carey also reviews Murder World: Kaiju Dawn by Jason Cordova and Eric S. Brown.
- Lis Carey also reviews The Stars Came Back by Rolf Nelson.
- Elena Linville reviews Jabberwocky by Theodore Singer.
- Rich Rosell reviews The Red: First Light by Linda Nagata.
- James Nicoll reviews The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction by Justine Larbalastier.
- Paul Levinson reviews the season 5 finale of Game of Thrones.
- A film based on Nalo Hopkinson's novel Brown Girl in the Ring is looking for funding.
- The Superheroes in Colour blog is looking for supporters.
- Writer Keith DeCandido and his family find themselves in financial difficulties and could use some help.
- Steve Saus shares his experiences at Penguincon in Troy, Michigan.
- L.S. Taylor shares some notes on a panel at ConCarolinas in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Science and technology:
- A 15-year-old British intern has discovered a new extrasolar planet.
- Space X is planning to build the Hyperloop transport tube proposed by Elon Musk.
- Engineers have stumbled onto a new method of laser-based spacecraft propulsion.
- Annalee Newitz discusses space elevators.
Free online fiction:
- "Champion's Rise" by A. Lee Martinez.
- "Songbirds" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
- "Gas", chapter 3, and "Eve", chapter 4 of Lonely Space by Floyd Looney.
- "Two Kinds of Winter", part 56 of Musketeer Space by Tansy Rayner Roberts.
- Chapter 5 of "Those Not Forgotten", part 86 of The Descendants by Landon Porter.
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