Infodumps, POV, and sensibility: Can you avoid them and write better?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
November 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

This is a piece of early morning caffeine-fueled speculation, stemming from the superb Academic Exercises by K.J. Parker, which varies its richly detailed invented-world fantasy stories with actual (scholarly?) digressions on the history of arms and armor, etc. To my mind, this takes the principle [...]

R.I.P. Frederik Pohl: Science fiction's veteran iconoclast

By Paul St John Mackintosh
September 5, 2013 // 4 Comments

Frederik George Pohl, Jr. (Nov. 26, 1919 – Sept. 2, 2013) was almost a living artifact of a bygone era in science fiction, as well as one of the genre’s most fertile and perennially refreshed talents. Born in the immediate aftermath of World War I, he died in the epoch of Google Glass and [...]

Book Review: 'The Dragon Masters' by Jack Vance

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 31, 2013 // 0 Comments

Thanks to Jack Vance, my early teens were haunted by dragonish monstrosities with such names as Termagants, Striding Murderers, Juggers, and Blue Horrors. These weren’t drawn from a young adult story, but from one of Vance’s most concentrated, intensely imagined and effective evocations [...]

London Bookstore Sets 'Cli-Fi' Table For Climate Books

By Dan Bloom
August 26, 2013 // 6 Comments

During the sweltering British summer of 2013, Foyles bookstore in London did something that was a long time coming: It set up a dedicated ”cli-fi” table with a simple yet eye-catching sign promoting fiction and non-fiction books with climate themes. Among the books seen on the table in [...]

Want 4,000 pages of free science fiction, no pirating required?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
July 18, 2013 // 3 Comments

In honor of its fifth anniversary, is offering a free e-book of all the original fiction published on its site in one handy edition. All you have to do is register with the site (painless), and you can download it. It’s DRM-free (here’s looking at you, Joanna) and available in [...]

Weekend Roundup: Digital rights protection and the future of writing

By Dan Eldridge
June 30, 2013 // 2 Comments

3 Reasons Why Facebook Can’t Replace Your Author Website (Jane Friedman) I’ve occasionally been asked by authors at conferences: Why not just use Facebook? Isn’t that where everyone is spending their time already? Why would people visit my site? Why bother with all the effort of [...]

Iain Banks on E-Books: The legacy of a great Scot

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 11, 2013 // 1 Comment

Myriad tributes have flooded cyberspace since Iain M. Banks, one of Scotland’s greatest modern writers, finally succumbed in his heroic losing battle against cancer. I want to spotlight one small aspect of all the work and life he crammed into his 59 years: his perspective on e-books and the [...]

An open letter to Jim Milliot at Publishers Weekly

By Dan Bloom
June 11, 2013 // 12 Comments

Dear Jim, When I wrote to you the other day by email with a brief note asking if Publishers Weekly might want to link to the recent news on NPR and at the Christian Science Monitor in the U.S., and in The Guardian and the Financial Times in London, about a new literary genre called [...]

The Guardian weighs in on TeleRead's 'cli-fi' claim

By Dan Eldridge
June 1, 2013 // 13 Comments

Just in case you missed it, we ran a post last Tuesday, May 28, by Dan Bloom, a freelance journalist based in Taiwan who’s also an occasional TeleRead contributor. Bloom’s post centered around a relatively recent literary term—’cli-fi,’ short for ‘climate [...]

Thanks to TeleRead and NPR, 'Cli-fi' is now an official literary term

By Dan Bloom
May 28, 2013 // 9 Comments

A little more than a year ago, I wrote a piece for TeleRead that was headlined, ‘‘Cli-fi ebook to launch on Earth Day in April.” The article was about a cli-fi novel by Tulsa writer Jim Laughter titled Polar City Red. In the year since his novel hit the book-ordering sites, it [...]

Locus Awards 2013 Ballot Announced

By Joanna Cabot
May 9, 2013 // 0 Comments

From Boing Boing comes news of this year’s Locus nominees, shared there because one of its editors, Cory Doctorow, is nominated. I am not a huge SF reader, so most of these have stayed off my radar. But if you go for that stuff, enjoy this list of good books! SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL • The [...]

Ray Bradbury's books are finally going digital

By Susan Lulgjuraj
April 15, 2013 // 0 Comments

For many years, author Ray Bradbury didn’t want his books digitized. But he finally relented before his death in 2011, and allowed arguably his most famous book, Fahrenheit 451, to become an e-book. But fans of Bradbury—old and those yet to be made—will be happy to hear that several of his [...]

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