On the Lovecraftian Mode
- Gord Sellar on why he writes lovecraftian fiction. Elizabeth Bear
on the same question. I. N. J. Culbard on adapting Lovecraft
Infographic shows you how award-winning science fiction is born
- From Jeff Vandermeer (and collaborators) Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction
How, against all odds, Time Bandits got made.
Somehow in the face of a universe that seems dead set against it Terry Gilliam continues making movies today, the latest being Zero Theorem
, by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples , has swept the Eisners
, taking home awards for Best Continuing Series, Best New Series and Best Writer. Here's why you should be reading it.
"If Shirley Jackson’s intent was to symbolize into complete mystification, and at the same time be gratuitously disagreeable, she certainly succeeded" - The New Yorker takes a look at the over 300 letters in reaction to The Lottery
The LA Times Hero Complex looks at diversity in SF and Fantasy fiction
Is Science Fiction promoting pseuodoscience?
Is it not really better than fantasy?
Is it exhausted and dying, per Paul Kincaid (part 1
, part 2
), a sort of genre-writing version of completing a list of The Nine Billion Names of God
? Does physics-bothering
unrepentant space case
Alistair Reynolds have a compass pointing the way forwards
It's The Princess Bride's 25th anniversary
! Little known facts about it.
Fred Savage remembers
. Why it's Jonathan Haynes's favorite film
. And don't worry, there's no remake
in the works.
What I wrote was unquestionably fiction — was fantasy. Among Others has magic and fairies. But I was writing fantasy about a science fiction reader who had a lot of the same things happen to her that happened to me. It’s set at the end of 1979 and the beginning of 1980, and it’s about a fifteen year old just when I was fifteen, and from a family like mine and in the time and place and context where I was. I was using a lot of my own experience and memories. But this is Mori, not me, and she lives in a world where magic is real.
Jo Walton, who as editor for tor.com revisisted the Hugos 1953-2000
, now has one of her own, taking home the 2012 Best Novel Award
for Among Others
. Other winners include Kij Johnson
for her Novella The Man who Bridged the Mist
(excerpt) and io9 regular Charlie Jane Anders
for her novellete Six Months, Three Days
. The Best Graphic Story award went to the webcomic Digger
by Ursula Vernon
. E Lily Yu took home the Bets New Writer award (technically not a Hugo) and was also nominated for her short story The Cartographer Wasps and the Anarchist Bees
. A couple of TV shows you have heard of also got awards. Links to many of the nominated stories here
In need of a regular dose of audio short fiction, whether it's horror
, or pulp fantasy
? Welcome to the District of Wonders
, a collection of podcasts spun off from the award winning StarShipSofa
"First of all, we almost had no battle at all. For budgetary reasons we came very, very close to having all the action take place off-screen, the way plays have handled battle scenes for a few thousand years."
- How the epic battle at the heart of the latest episode of Game of Thrones, Blackwater
, written by George R. R. Martin and directed by Neil Marshall
, came to be. Mentor relationships in Game of Thrones (and Mad Men)
. The National's Lannister song
. And, perhaps sriking closest of all to the central themes of the show, Jezebel plays Game of Thrones: Marry, Fuck, Kill
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown
- A 90 minute documentary on HP Lovecraft with contributions by Neil Gaiman, John Carpenter and Guillermo Del Toro.
- To mark the publication of a book of tribute stories
writer and editor Richard Bradley
has been blogging about the author's 60 year writing career- covering I Am Legend
, and The Incredible Shrinking Man
, not to mention Somewhere in Time
(full index here
). Of course Matheson is probably most famous for his contributions to the Twilight Zone, being one of it's three major writers and scripting Nightmare at 20,000 feet
An Illustrated History of Games Workshop and Fighting Fantasy - Jackson and Livingstone
- audio, sans illustrations. The story of how Steve Jackson (not that Steve Jackson
) and Ian Livingstone kickstarted tabletop roleplaying in the UK and founded a gaming behemoth
that is very different today.
discusses Amazons top 10 SF/Fantasy books of the year, which he selected in consultation with Amazon editors : Part 1
, Part 2
LARP - what is it?
- a comprehensive guide in comicbook form.
Good Show Sir
- a blog of the worst science fiction and fantasy book covers from the deepest depths of second hand bookstores around the world.
explores the infinite wonder and beauty of the Urban fantasy book cover
(youtube, bad music) (via
The New York Times profiles Jack Vance
(but fails to mention Vancian Magic
. (Curse you Dungeons & Dragons 4th edition!)
Why Conan the barbarian
isn't just some big dumb-dumb.