And here is our weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web.
Speculative fiction in general:
- Usman T. Malik talks about the importance of science fiction, fantasy and the imagination.
- Renay talks about the weight of genre history and what it takes to be an SF fan.
- Dana Stevens and Leslie Jamison wonder whether genre labels matter anymore.
- Jessica E. Subject talks about reinventing the alien for science fiction romance.
- Nicola Griffith shares an open letter to Alice Sheldon a.k.a. James Tiptree Jr.
- At the SF Signal Mind Meld, several authors share their favourite science fiction mysteries/detective novels.
- Frederic Jameson looks back on Neuromancer for its 30th anniversary.
- Zen Cho discusses Malaysian Cyberpunk.
- Judy Heflin talks about Chinese science fiction.
- James Blaylock talks about writing Steampunk.
- Gail Z. Martin talks about Steampunk beyond Victorian England.
- J.A. McLachlan wonders whether ethics and science fiction are asking similar questions.
- Victor Milán wonders why dinosaurs are so enduringly popular.
- Laura Miller praises Kelly Link.
- John Dugdale wonders about the appeal of fairytales and myths.
- Paul Tremblay discusses the politics of horror.
- K. Tempest Bradford challenges everybody to support and signal-boost marginalised voices.
- Michael Nordine takes a look at the first Ethiopian science fiction film.
- Marc Sollinger points out that we are living in the science fiction future of Star Trek and Blade Runner.
- Ryan Lambie takes a look at the soft reboots of Mad Max, Jurassic World and Terminator.
- Patrick Bromley insists that Sarah Connor is the heart and soul of the Terminator franchise.
- Disney and Lucasfilm have announced that they will be making a Star Wars spin-off film about the adventures of a young Han Solo to premiere in 2018.
- Graeme McMillan shares the history behind the influential French SF comic Valerian.
- Michael Cipley and Brooks Barnes take an inside look at the corporation that runs San Diego Comic-Con.
- The nominees for the 2015 World Fantasy Awards have been announced.
- The nominees for the 2015 Utopiales Awards have been announced.
- Doctor Science explains how Hugo voting works.
- Mike Resnick takes a look back at the history of WorldCon and points out that uproars and bitter fights are nothing new.
- David Gerrold has had enough of slate-mongering and boycotts and namecalling and the fact that the entire genre has been plunged into a war and wishes to go back to just talking about science fiction.
- Malcolm Cross points out that there is no such thing as unpolitical SFF and has never been.
- Bob R. Milne laments how the Hugo uproar has made him reconsider reading certain authors.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- P.J. Manney shares five tips for writing science fiction, while keeping non-fans engaged.
- Rayne Hall explains the appeal of flawed heroes.
- Peter Clines talks about technobabble.
- Tony Foti shares some tips for designing futuristic clothes.
- S.B. James discusses what it means to be an indie writer.
- Mercia McMahon weighs in on the recent changes to e-book subscription services Scribd and Kindle Unlimited.
- Katie Cross talks about increasing her sales at Kobo.
- Elizabeth Ann West discusses why authors should consider selling e-books direct to readers.
- Martyn V. Halm talks about dealing with negative reviews.
- E.P. Beaumont reviews Heart of Fire by J. Damask and 25 Ways to Kill a Werewolf by Jo Thomas.
- Rachel Cordasco reviews Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson.
- Mark Gardner reviews The Siege of Praetor by David Kristoph.
- Bookworm Blues reviews The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor.
- John De Nardo reviews Yesterday's Kin by Nancy Kress.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews The Dark Man by Desmond Doane.
- Michael Patrick Hicks also reviews The Harvest by Chuck Wendig.
- Mark Oshiro interview David Gerrold.
- Aidan Moher interviews James L. Sutter.
- Mark Gardner interviews David Kristoph.
- Deborah Stanish interviews E. Lily Yu.
- Sandra Odell interviews Carrie Vaughn.
- Speculative Relationships Volume 2, a science fiction romance comic by Tyrell Cannon, is looking for funding.
- Strange Monsters, a CD compilation of music and poetry by Bonnie Stufflebeam and Peter Brewer, is looking for backers.
- E.P. Beaumont shares a few impressions from CONvergence in Bloomington, MN.
- Arianne Tex Thompson also discusses her experiences at CONvergence.
- Martha Wells also shares a brief report as well as some photos of CONvergence.
- Mike Willmoth and Lisa Hayes share some impressions and videos from Westercon 68 in San Diego, CA.
- Damon Sasser talks about the 2015 Howard Days celebrating Robert E. Howard in Cross Plains, Texas.
Science and technology:
- A researcher has built an organic computer using four wired together rat brains.
- The New Horizons probe has confirmed that Pluto is red.
Free online fiction:
- "Tarshis, Queen of the Mountain", "First Encounter" and "Texas 2121" by Floyd Looney.
- "Fanged" by Silvia Moreno-Garcia.
- "Grandma's Tricks" by Margrét Helgadóttir at In-flight Magazine.
- "Islands of the Coast of Capitola, 1978" by David Herter at Tor.com.
- "After the Fall", chapter 1 of Lee-Lack's Gold by Andrew Ashling.
- "The House of Athos", part 59 of Musketeer Space by Tansy Rayner Roberts.
- Chapter 3 of "Descendants... in Space", part 87 of The Descendants by Landon Porter.
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