Here is our weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web, this week with Iron Fist, The Beauty and the Beast, Get Out, Life, bias and harrassment in speculative fiction, musical episodes of SFF TV shows, tributes to Bernie Wrightson as well as the usual mix of awards news, writing advice, interviews, reviews, awards news, con reports, crowdfunding projects, science articles and free online fiction.
Speculative fiction in general:
- Jeff Somers shares ten cameos by real authors in SFF novels.
- Meghan Ball shares the ten unluckiest characters in science fiction and fantasy.
- Sarah Gailey shares ten SFF books that will remind you what joy feels like.
- Lish McBride shares fun SFF comfort reads.
- An anonymous group using the pseudonym Lev Bronstein discusses bias against black authors in speculative fiction, while criticising the earlier Fireside report on the same subject.
- Mike Glyer reports on the debate about bias in speculative fiction.
- Mike Glyer also reports about a controversy surround The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi and an unauthorised parody thereof.
- Camestros Felapton reads Corrosion, the alleged parody in question, so you don't have to.
- Tobias Carroll discusses recent Lovecraft retellings.
- Anne M. Pillsworth and Ruthanna Emrys share their appreciation for Black God's Kiss by C.L. Moore.
- Cat Rambo revisits the Doc Savage novel The Sargasso Ogre by Kenneth Robeson a.k.a. Lester Dent.
- Sharon Hsu shares her appreciation for the character of Cho Chang in the Harry Potter series.
- Sarah Gailey tackles the trope of the woman in white in visual science fiction and fantasy.
- Bob Mondello reports about the phenomenon of eerily similar films that came out within months or weeks of each other.
- Maury Brown shares 19 truths about harrassment, missing stairs and safety in LARP communities.
- Fic Fest Fiasco reports about writer Julie Lonewolf who killed herself following severe harrassment on Twitter and elsewhere in a three-part post with many screenshots of the harrassment incidents.
Tributes to Bernie Wrightson:
- Horror and comics artist Bernie Wrightson has died aged 69.
- Bernie Wrightson's widow Liz shares an obituary of her late husband.
- Michael Cavna shares his appreciation for the works of Bernie Wrightson.
Comments on Iron Fist:
- Adam Gabbatt declares that Netflix and Marvel stumble with the uninteresting origin story of Iron Fist.
- James Whitbrook calls the Iron Fist series Marvel and Netflix's first real failure.
- Keith DeCandido attests Iron Fist a confusing lack of action.
- Huw Fullerton calls Iron Fist a second rate Daredevil that matches the low expectations.
- Ben Child declares that Iron Fist is an example of cultural appropriation that belongs in the past.
- Iron Fist star Finn Jones has his own theories regarding the bad reviews for Iron Fist.
- Alex Cranz offers a summary of Iron Fist for those who don't want to watch it.
Comments on The Beauty and the Beast:
- A.O. Scott declares that The Beauty and the Beast revels in joy and enchantment.
- Peter Bradshaw calls The Beauty and the Beast a sugar rush romance.
- Shani Siver calls The Beauty and the Beast a magical movie everybody should enjoy.
- Zoe Williams asks whether The Beauty and the Beast is a feminist movie or a fraud.
- Emily Asher-Perrin declares that The Beauty and the Beast makes villain Gaston more terrifying than ever before.
Comments on Get Out:
- Frank Bruni analyses the political dimensions of Get Out.
- NPR interviews Jordan Peele, director of the horror film Get Out.
Comments on Life:
- Germain Lussier calls Life an attempt to make a modern and realistic version of Alien.
- Evan Narcisse calls the movie Life the next great leap forward for science fiction horror.
- The winners of the 2017 This Is Horror Awards have been announced.
- The recipients of the HWA's 2016 Lifetime Achievement Awards have been announced.
- The winners of the 2017 Jim Baen Memorial Short Story Contest have been announced.
- The shortlist for the 2016 Australian Shadows Awards have been announced.
- Shaun Duke shares the longlist for his personal 2017 WISB Awards.
- The recipient of the 2017 Kevin O'Donnell Jr. Award has been announced.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Chuck Wendig shares what makes a real writer.
- Steven Brust talks about fantasy writing and titles of nobility.
- Justina Ireland shares some tips for handling racism in fantasy settings.
- Cora Buhlert talks about cultural taste differences and how they influence her fiction.
- Aidan Doyle shares a writer's guide to Twine.
- C.S. Boyack talks about author branding.
- Andrew Liptak interviews John Scalzi.
- Patrick St. Denis interviews Myke Cole.
- The Qwillery interviews Renee Macalino Rutledge.
- Teri Polen interviews Staci Troilo.
- Brigid Alverson interviews Erica Friedman.
- Ana Marie Cox interviews Brianna Wu.
- Ceridwen Christensen reviews Star's End by Cassandra Rose Clark.
- Corrina Lawson reviews The Collapsing Empire by John Scalzi.
- Ross Johnson reviews Flames of Rebellion by Jay Allan.
- Jim Mcleod and Tony Jones reviews Chalk by Paul Cornell.
- Sam Reader reviews Witchy Eye by D.J. Butler.
- Bookstore Babe reviews The Black Witch by Laurie Forest.
- Alex Brown reviews The Wanderers by Meg Howrey.
- Nicole Hill reviews Relics by Tim Lebbon.
- James Davis Nicoll reviews The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins.
- Ardi Alspach reviews Phantom Pains by Mishell Baker.
- Niall Alexander reviews Luna: Wolf Moon by Ian McDonald.
- David Hebblethwaite reviews The Gradual by Christopher Priest.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Ararat by Christopher Golden.
- Lieze Neven reviews The Case of the Green-Dressed Ghost by Lucy Banks.
- Sam Reader reviews The Holver Alley Crew by Marshall Ryan Maresca.
- Romance blogger LimeCello just had surgery and could use some help with medical and living expenses.
- Mike Glyer reports about the 2017 LA Vintage Paperback Show in Glendale, California.
- Ellen Datlow shares some photos of a reading at the KGB Bar in Manhattan, New York, featuring Nova Ren Suma and Kiini Ibura Salaam.
- Lucy A. Snyder shares some grievances about MARCon in Columbus, Ohio.
- Westercon is looking for host cities willing to bid.
Science and technology:
- Ipsita Agarwal reports about the Indian women scientists who sent a rocket to Mars for less than it cost to make the movie The Martian.
- NASA is planning to land on the Jupiter moon Europa.
Free online fiction:
- "Excerpts from a Film (1942 - 1987)" by A.C. Wise at Tor.com.
- "Death Every Seventy-Two Minutes" by Adam Troy Castro in Lightspeed.
- "With Cardamom I'll Bind Their Lips" by Beth Cato in Uncanny Magazine.
- "Mr. Thursday" by Emily St. John Mandel in Slate.
- "Auspicium Melioris Aevi" by J.Y. Yang in Uncanny Magazine.
- "La Peau Verte" by Caitlin R. Kiernan in Lightspeed.
- "Ecdysis" by Julianna Baggott at Tor.com.
- "Lord of the Dance" by T.S. Paul.
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