Thursday, April 15, 2021

Speculative Fiction Links of the Week for April 16, 2021


It's time for the latest weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web, this week with the 2021 Hugo Awards, the many iterations of Star Trek, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general, Godzilla vs. Kong, The Nevers, Tunder Force, Them, The Banishing, season 2 of For All Mankind and much more.

Speculative fiction in general:
Film and TV:
Comments on Star Trek in general:
Comments on The Falcon and the Winter Soldier and the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general (spoilers)
Comments on The Nevers:

Comments on Godzilla vs. Kong and its protagonists in general: 
Comments on Thunder Force:
Comments on Them
Comments on season 2 of For All Mankind:
Comments on The Banishing:
Writing, publishing and promotion:



Classics reviews:

Con and event reports:
Science and technology:

Free online fiction:

Trailers and videos: 

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Cora Goes to Flights of Foundry

Flights of Foundry banner

I promise you that the detailed analysis of the 2021 Hugo finalists is coming, but for now I want to focus on a completely different convention.

Because this weekend, April 17 and 18, 2021, I will be at Flights of Foundry, a virtual SFF convention for people all around the world to enjoy. Registration is free, though donations are encouraged.

You can find me on the following panels:

Sunday, April 18 • 17:00 - 17:50 CET: Making Your Reader Hungry: Food in SFF

For a long time, speculative fiction rarely engaged with food. Over on the science fiction side of the fence, protagonists lived on food pills or ordered "Tea, Earl Grey, hot" from the replicator, while fantasy characters subsisted on the ubiquitous stew and quaffed tankards of ale. However, this has changed in recent times and now detailed food descriptions are a lot more common in SFF. Nor are we just seeing only stereotypical western and American food anymore, but also dishes from non-western cuisines and food traditions. This panel will discuss how food is portrayed in science fiction and fantasy and how this parallels real world developments, whether it's meal replacement products like the unfortunately named Soylent or trends like pandemic baking.

Moderator: Cora Buhlert
Panelists: Nibedita Sen, Shweta Adhyam, Georgina Kamsika

Sunday, April 18 • 21:00 - 21:50: Romance in SFF

Romance has been a part of speculative fiction since its earliest days, even though SFF and romance are often viewed as polar opposites. Nowadays, SFF romance is a broad and varied field, encompassing anything from fantasy and paranormal romance via time travel romance to science fiction and post-apocalyptic romance. But even though speculative romance is popular and very successful, it is often ignored by the SFF community. This panel will give you an overview of the spectrum of SFF romance and discuss why speculative romance still doesn't get the respect it deserves. And of course, we'll also offer you reading recommendations.

Moderator: Cora Buhlert
Panelists: Jeffe Kennedy, Grace Draven, Cassie Hart, Elle Ire

Sunday, April 18 • 22:00 - 22:50 CET: The Unique Challenges of Speculative Translation

Translation is always challenging, but translating the weird, fantastic, and out of the world elements of speculative fiction presents its own special test of skill. This panel will discuss the trade-offs, linguistic tricks, and techniques these translators have utilized when working with speculative material.

Moderator: Fabio Fernandes
Panelists: Janna Ruth, Julia Meitov Hersey, Marina Berlin, Cora Buhlert

So what are you waiting for? Register and join us at Flights of Foundry.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Cora is a Hugo Finalist Again!

Hugo Award Logo

As you probably know, the finalists for the 2021 Hugo Awards have just been announced. You can watch the announcement video on the DisCon III YouTube channel. I always link to the announcement (and to any other SFF award announcement I can find) in the weekly link round-up, but I normally don't write about the Hugos here at the Speculative Fiction Showcase.

However, this time around I want to make an exception. Because if you take a look at the finalists for the 2021 Hugo Award for Best Fan Writer, you will find – among most excellent company – my name.

Yes, I'm a Hugo finalist for Best Fan Writer again!

I've known about this for about three weeks now (for those who don't know, the Hugo coordinators contact you beforehand to ask if you want to accept the nomination). Indeed, I got the mail from DisCon III about three hours after I posted my Open Letter to the 2021 Hugo Finalists on this blog.

It's a great honour to be a Hugo finalist for the second time and I want to thank everybody who nominated me. I'm also in the excellent company of Paul Weimer, Alasdair Stuart, Jason Sanford, Charles Payseur and Elsa Sjunneson, all of whom are great fan writers.

Unfortunately, DisCon III recently moved their dates to the fourth advent weekend, which is way too close to the holidays for me to attend, even if the German and US government will let me travel. So sadly, I will lose out on my chance to attend the Hugo ceremony in person as well as the reception beforehand and the Hugo Losers' Party afterwards again. That said, I got the full Hugo finalist experience in Dublin in 2019 as the designated accepter for Galactic Journey. But I'm still sad I can't go, though on the plus side I don't have to buy a new evening gown.

I also have a request. Like all Hugo finalists, I will be asked to put together a selection of writings for the Hugo voters packet. And that's why I need your help. Which 2020 articles, essays or reviews of mine should go into the Hugo Voters packet? There is a full list here, so let me know in the comments which ones you think should go into the packet. You can still download my 2020 Hugo Voter Packet for free here BTW.

How can you vote for the 2021 Hugos? I guess pretty much everybody here knows how it works, but for those who don't, it's quite simple. If you buy a supporting membership for DisCon III, the 2021 Worldcon, you can vote for the Hugo Awards as well as vote to select the location of the 2023 Worldcon. You also receive all of the convention publications and get access to the Hugo Voters' packet, which contains most of the nominated works either in part or as a whole. If you buy a virtual membership, you can also attend the virtual panels and other events online. If you want to attend in person, you'll need an attending membership.

I'll do a detailed analysis of the 2021 Hugo ballot on my personal blog, which will also be linked  in Friday's link round-up. But for now, I just want to say thank you for nominating me.