science fiction

Sadder Puppies: Chinese SF novel wins 2015 Hugo

By David Rothman
August 23, 2015 // 8 Comments

Hugo Awards judges have resisted the the Sad Puppies movement, which allegedly gamed the nomination process for one of science fiction’s most respected competitions. In a ceremony last night in Spokane, Washington, the judges refused to give out awards in such categories as Best Novella and Best [...]

Are e-books good for us as primates?

By David Rothman
August 20, 2015 // 0 Comments

Kim Stanley Robinson, the science fiction writer, once gave an interview in which he called for human activities to be more primate-friendly. Enough with technology disrupting our routines! So here’s a question. Do e-books or p-books better satisfy our needs and desires as primates? Before I [...]

Hugo nominations closing does not end Puppies Hugo controversy

By Chris Meadows
August 12, 2015 // 4 Comments

The Puppies Hugo controversy really is the gift that keeps on giving. Even though the nominations closed at the end of July, the arguments continue. While we wait for the awards to be announced at this year’s WorldCon, Sasquan, held August 19 to 23 in Spokane, Washington, there is still plenty to [...]

‘I’m John Scalzi and This is How I Work.’ Now, how do YOU work, when writing?

By David Rothman
August 8, 2015 // 0 Comments

I’ve already spilled my secret. I write in a recliner—with a reassuringly clicky keyboard on my lap—and use a large-screen TV as a monitor. Works for me. Same for a large desk. John Scalzi, the Hugo-winning SF novelist, takes the opposite tack in the desk department. "My desk is [...]

Pop culture has rediscovered geeks—how terrible

By Chris Meadows
August 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

You know, sometimes it feels like geeks just can’t win. Even when they do win. The Seattle Times has a piece looking at the current resurgence of geek nostalgia culture, as typified by movies like Pixels and books like Armada. Geeks have won, Todd Martens writes, and now pop culture is pandering [...]

‘Dune, 50 years on: how a science fiction novel changed the world’

By David Rothman
July 4, 2015 // 1 Comment

Planet hacking—in the era of climate change? Who knows? But when it comes to eco issues in sci-fi, Frank Herbert went there fifty years ago with the publication of Dune. A new Guardian article reflects on the importance of the book. Excerpt: “Though Dune won the Nebula and Hugo [...]

The Martian: An accidental self-publishing success story

By Chris Meadows
June 17, 2015 // 7 Comments

A new science fiction movie by a well-known director is on the horizon. Matt Damon plays an astronaut, stranded alone on a planet inimical to human life. It also features Jessica Chastain. While you might be experiencing some Interstellar déjà vu, I’m actually talking about Andy Weir’s [...]

Kristine Kathryn Rusch on the SF generation gap

By Chris Meadows
June 12, 2015 // 4 Comments

Kristine Kathryn Rusch is compiling an anthology for Baen of classic SF stories by women, and as part of the project has started a website about women in science fiction. Along the way, one of her readers wrote to her about Andre Norton, bringing up an important point—over the last couple decades [...]

Why the Hugos are broken, and who’s breaking them now

By Chris Meadows
April 23, 2015 // 15 Comments

The Hugo Puppies affair proceeds apace. As it will for at least the rest of this year, and probably the next as well. Everyone is having their say, and some excellent things have been written about the whole matter lately. I’ll get to those in a moment. The Internet Breaks the Hugos Whether [...]

Michael Moorcock to debut first novel in almost ten years – about Michael Moorcock

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Victor Gollancz, the renowned UK science fiction and general literature publishing imprint, has just announced the acquisition of the UK rights for The Whispering Swarm, the first novel from the pen of fantasy/weird-fiction legend Michael Moorcock in almost ten years. And its subject appears to be [...]

Keep it short, says Tor, in paean to the novella

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 16, 2015 // 3 Comments

Tor.com, the Macmillan imprint enjoying almost unequaled status in science fiction circles, has just announced its Inaugural Novella List, dedicated to producing shorter long fiction, with the first titles due to appear in September 2015. Tor’s announcement reads:  Last summer Tor.com [...]

Lightspeed supports Queers Destroy Science Fiction

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

One of the latest crowdfunding projects in anthology publishing has just totally destroyed its funding goal. With nine days still on the clock at the time of writing, Lightspeed Magazine presents Queers Destroy Science Fiction has reached $34,866 pledged of the $5,000 goal in its Kickstarter [...]

Ray Bradbury’s home demolished, but home office to be recreated in Indianapolis

By Chris Meadows
January 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

The late Ray Bradbury’s house of over fifty years is being torn down. It was purchased in June 2013 for $1.8 million, and the demolition permit was issued December 30th. Apparently the “starchitect” who bought the property wasn’t a fan. It’s a real pity that the house couldn’t have been [...]

Starlog available online via Internet Archive

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 22, 2014 // 1 Comment

Starlog, the very significant and much-missed science fiction magazine that ran from 1976 to 2009, has now been made available in full courtesy of the Magazine Rack section of the Internet Archive, which has put the entire run of issues up online, from its Star Trek-inspired inception to its [...]

Denmark funds research into trolls

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 12, 2014 // 0 Comments

I’m fortunate enough to be published by a Danish publisher – and stories like this one make me realize how apt this is, and how lucky I am. For a Danish official research fund, the Danish Council for Independent Research (Det Frie Forskningsråd – DFF) has reportedly decided to [...]

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