And here is our weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web, this time with some discussion about Terminator: Genisys as well as yet more Hugo debate.
Speculative fiction in general:
- Diana Biller shares an essential Cyberpunk reading list.
- Karen Burnham discusses space and space travel in modern science fiction.
- Sam Thielman takes a look at far right fringe science fiction and its links to the Charleston shooting.
- Oliver Johnson looks back on the work of Robert A. Heinlein.
- David Axe shares his issues with Robert A. Heinlein's Farnham's Freehold.
- Molly Lynch shares 10 influential pulp novels that have stood the test of time, including several SFF novels.
- Jonathan Wolfe discusses Cuban science fiction.
- Alexandra Erin discusses Katherine Addison's novel The Goblin Emperor and responds to complaints that it's not really fantasy and not really a novel.
- Gail Z. Martin discusses her problems with the term "Mary Sue".
- Alisha T. Raydan points out that if Hollywood won't do superheroines justice, then maybe YA fiction could.
- Brian Gallagher explains why a post-nuclear war world would look nothing like Mad Max.
- Matthew Gould revisits the British nuclear war drama Threads.
- Don Kaye remembers the movie Rollerball for its 40th anniversary.
- Keith Phipps remembers a trio of largely forgotten Star Wars wannabes from 1978.
- Janey Tracey shares some early reactions to Marvel's Ant-Man.
Thoughts on Terminator Genisys:
- Sara Stewart calls Terminator Genisys a waste of time travel.
- Scott Mendelsohn believes that Terminator Genisys makes Terminator Salvation look like Terminator 2: Judgement Day by comparison.
- Nicholas Barber believes that Terminator Genisys should be the end of time travel movies in general.
- Henry Barnes believes that the Terminator franchise has lost its lustre.
- Crystal Bell believes that Terminator Genisys is the saviour the franchise needs.
- Tony Hicks thinks that Terminator Genisys is fun, though nowhere near the original.
- Derek Austin Johnson calls Terminator Genisys nostalgic but nonsensical.
- James Cameron actually liked Terminator Genisys.
- The winners of the 2015 Locus Awards have been announced.
- Adrian Ling points out that the Locus Awards were dominated by women this year.
- The winners of the 2015 Rhysling Awards have been announced.
- The candidates for the 2015 Elgin Awards have been announced.
- The winners of the 2015 Seiun Awards for science fiction translated into Japanese have been announced.
- The nominees for the 2015 Deutscher Phantastik Preis have been announced.
- The nominees for the 2015 ENnie RPG awards have been announced.
- The 2015 World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Awards have been awarded to Ramsey Campbell and Sheri S. Tepper.
- Hugo nominee Kary English has an open letter to puppies and everybody else.
- Jon F. Zeigler offers his assessment of the Hugo dispute.
- Aditya Mani Jha shares a summary of the Hugo controversy.
- Abigail Nussbaum shares a round-up of the latest developments in the Hugo debate.
- Charlie Jane Anders shares eight books that will help people understand the current Hugo controversy.
- Steve Davidson shares some ideas about what fans and pros can do to prevent slates and bloc voting in the future.
- Subversive Reader wonders what's next for the Hugos.
- Martin Wisse points out that you cannot change the Hugos without understanding their history.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Bennett R. Coles talks about getting started in science fiction self-publishing.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch tells writers not to worry about writing for the ages and including dated references, because readers are smart.
- John McPhee discusses writing and frames of reference.
- Chuck Wendig shares the secret of making readers care about your characters.
- Marie Brennan shares five things fantasy writers can learn from Dorothy Dunnett.
- C.P.D. Harris discusses the use of religion in his Domains of the Chosen series.
- Hugh Howey explains why writing short fiction still makes sense even given the changes to Kindle Unlimited.
- Kari Sperring and Marie Brennan discuss revisions.
- Jaym Gates discusses the process of arranging anthologies.
- S.B. James posts the third part of her series about creatting epubs with Sigil.
- Hugh Howey talks about iconic cover art.
- David Neth discusses uploading your book for preorder at different retailers.
- Max Pfeffer interviews S.A. Hunt
- Clara Moskovitz interviews James S.A. Corey a.k.a. Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.
- Mark Yon interviews Julian May.
- Elena Linville reviews Dark Star by Oliver Langmead.
- Floyd Looney reviews Fleet by John M. Davis.
- Judy Goodwin reviews Line of Descent by James Derry.
- Paul Weimer reviews Elizabeth Willey's Argylle series.
- Rachel Neumeier reviews various Hugo nominees.
- The Secret Loves of Geek Girls, an all-women comic/text anthology of true stories about love romance and sex with new cartoons by Margaret Atwood, is looking for funding.
- French artist Willow is looking for backers for the book edition of her comic Le Voyage de Terre.
- Writers Lev and India Valentin need some help with medical and living expenses.
- Cheryl Morgan reports about her experiences at Archipelacon in Mariehamn, Finland. (Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4)
- Thomas Arnfelt also reports about Archipelacon.
- Will Shetterly shares his experiences at 4th Street Fantasy convention in Minneapolis, MN.
- John Wiswell shares a bibliography for various 4th Street Fantasy panels.
- Kal Spriggs talks about his experiences at Libertycon 28 in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
- Doug Dandridge also shares his experiences at Libertycon.
Science and technology:
- A SpaceX Falcon 9 unmanned transport vessel on a resupply mission to the International Space Station explodes after take-off.
- NASA is planning to use holographic glasses aboard the International Space Station. Unfortunately, the first two pairs were aboard the SpaceX Falcon transporter which exploded.
- Robot Myon is introduced to human emotions via opera.
- A bunch of tiny robots will help to crack dark energy.
- According to British academic Dr. Stuart Armstrong, threats from artificial intelligence are not just science fiction.
- How would the religions of the world react to the singularity?
- Why contemporary CGI special effects look less convincing than the more primitive effects of the 1990s and early 2000s.
Free online fiction:
- "A New Home" by Floyd Looney.
- "Star" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
- "At the End of Babel" by Michael Livingston at Tor.com.
- "Cold Hands, Red Cloak", part 58 of Musketeer Space by Tansy Rayner Roberts.
- Chapter 2 of "Descendants... in Space", part 87 of The Descendants by Landon Porter.
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