Here is our weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web:
Speculative fiction in general:
- At Bookpunks, Nicolette Stewart talks about gender, feminism and German science fiction.
- C.P.D. Harris explains why the digital age has made a new golden age of fantasy series possible.
- Vox attempts to explain why science fiction matters.
- Blastr shares 12 modern science fiction staples with very old origins.
- James Harbeck tackles the curious speech patterns of Yoda.
- Cora Buhlert talks about German pulp fiction series and their similarities to indie publishing.
- Ursula K. Le Guin was awarded the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.
- Glen A. Larson, creator of speculative TV shows such as Battlestar Galactica, The Six Million Dollar Man, Knight Rider and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (as well as the non-speculative Magnum PI, The Fall Guy and Qincy ME) died aged 77.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Daniel R. Marvello talks about worldbuilding for a weird western series.
- Robert Dahlen introduces his character Michiko the Monkey Queen.
- K.L.Phelps fills in a gap in his Kat Parker series and explains what happened in Vegas.
- Kameron Hurley explains how working as a corporate copywriter has made her a better novelist.
- Lynnette Labelle discusses the problem of buried dialogue.
- Kevin Hardman discusses the real strength of indie authors.
- Lindsay Buroker, Joseph Lallo and Jeffrey M. Poole have launched the Science Fiction and Fantasy Marketing Podcast.
- At Write Publish Now, Neal Martin talks about the best social media sites for authors.
- Jennifer Meltzer shares some tips for utilizing Goodreads as an author.
- Laura Miller interviews Ursula K. Le Guin.
- Confessions of a Book Geek interviews Ian Sales.
- Amazing Stories interviews translator José Luís Hereyra Collante.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Defiance by Lucas Bale.
- Elena Linville reviews Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn.
- Thea James reviews Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes.
- Book Riot reviews the audio book version of John Scalzi's Lock In and particularly notes that the narrator's gender remains undefined throughout the novel.
- Sever Bronny reviews Wired for Story by Lisa Cron.
- Cora Buhlert reviews the 2014 TV adaptation of Flowers in the Attic.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
- Kyoko M. discusses her problems with the second season of Sleepy Hollow.
- Tobias Buckell is looking for funding for a collection of short stories set in his Xenowealth universe.
- A Robot, a Cyborg and a Martian Walk into a Space Bar, an anthology of humorous science fiction edited by J. Alan Erwine, is looking for backers.
- David Levine shares his experiences at the 2014 World Fantasy Convention in Arlington, Virginia.
- Jane Frank also shares her impressions of the 2014 World Fantasy Convention.
- Regina Kanyu Wang reports about the 2014 Chinese Nebula Awards ceremony and the related convention in Beijing.
Science and technology:
- DHL has launched the first commercial parcel drone, which is supposed to deliver medication and other vital goods to the German North Sea island of Juist.
- Genetically engineered gardens might one day replace airport security checkpoints.
- At iO9, Esther Inglis-Arkell talks about the surprising relationship between acoustics and cave art.
- Wired attempts a scientific explanation why no one except Thor can lift Mjolnir. Meanwhile, Emily Asher-Perrin attempts a more psychological explanation for the Mjolnir dilemma.
- Skating legend Tony Hawk testdrives a real life hoverboard.
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