And here is our weekly round-up of interesting links about speculative fiction from around the web:
Speculative fiction in general:
- At Nerds of a Feather, Ian Sales, Aliette de Bodard and Paul Kincaid attempt to define science fiction.
- Some folks have used George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire as the basis for a business manual.
- Neil Gaiman remembers Douglas Adams.
- Jason Sanford remembers the late Eugie Foster and her stories.
- At Uncanny Magazine, Jim C. Hines points out that politics have always been a part of science fiction, because all fiction is political.
- Martin Wisse remembers various women writing science fiction in the 1970s and beyond who are now largely forgotten.
- Brenda Cooper talks about women, diversity and science fiction.
- Mercedes M. Yardley reponds to some unkind remarks about the appearance of female horror writers and points out that things like this are why we need a Women in Horror month.
- Lucy Baker discusses the depiction of birth in Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan saga.
- At NPR, Alaya Dawn Johnson talks about the challenges facing black science fiction writers.
- Lauren Natale shares 6 SFF novels with protagonists of colour that aren't by Octavia Butler.
- S.L. Huang wonders why so few speculative fiction protagonists seem to belong to more than one marginalised group.
- At Strange Horizons, Renay discusses the challenges of putting together a non-fiction anthology.
- At Amazing Stories, R.K. Troughton talks about great villains.
- The AV Club discusses the curious hybrid subgenre of science fantasy.
- At the Guardian, Kazuo Ishiguro explains why he has turned to Arthurian fantasy.
- Neil Gaiman reviews the book in question The Buried Giant for the New York Times.
- At the Book View Café, Ursula K. LeGuin comments on Kazuo Ishiguro's turn to Arthurian fantasy.
- At Tor.com, Leah Schnelbach ranks 1980s fantasy movies.
- At Vice, Oscar Raymundo remembers the 1980s Mexican speculative TV show La Hora Marcada, which launched the careers of Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón and many other Mexican filmmakers.
- Den of Geek wonders why Christopher Nolan continues to be snubbed at the Oscars.
- Playboy takes a look back at the first season of Agent Carter.
- The Daily Dot insists that Agent Carter deserves a second season.
- At BoingBoing, Lisa Granshaw introduces Marvel's Inhumans.
- Selina Kyle a.k.a. Catwoman has officially come out as bisexual.
Tributes to Leonard Nimoy:
- The New York Times has an obituary for Leonard Nimoy.
- At the Guardian, Jordan Hoffman remembers what Mr. Spock meant to him.
- At City Lab, Kriston Capps explains why we still need to learn from Spock's utopianism.
- The Washington Post discusses the Jewish roots of Leonard Nimoy and the Vulcan salute.
- Today shares the reactions of various scientists, actors and writers to Leonard Nimoy's death.
- Strange Horizons has a round-up of tributes to Leonard Nimoy.
- CBC News points out that Leonard Nimoy's legacy reaches far beyond science fiction.
- At the Independent, Matthew James points out that Spock shows him that it was okay to be the weird kid.
- At Tor.com, Emily Asher-Perrin explains what Spock meant to the geeky 12-year-old girl she was.
- At NPR, Eric Deggans discusses how Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock taught the world that acceptance is highly logical.
- At CNet, Bonnie Burton explains how Leonard Nimoy helped her prosper.
- At BlackGate, Thomas Parker shares how Leonard Nimoy's Mr. Spock saved his life.
- Rosemary Kirstein remembers that she was always Spock when planing Star Trek as a child.
- At nerds of a feather, Vance K. points out that for him, Leonard Nimoy was Star Trek.
- At The AV Club, Caroline Siede points out that Leonard Nimoy was Star Trek's greatest ambassador.
- Kali Amanda Browne shares her appreciation for Mr. Spock and Leonard Nimoy.
- Jeffrey M. Carver explains what Spock meant to him.
- Paul Levinson remembers Leonard Nimoy and reviews the latest episode of Vikings.
- At Topless Robot, Rob Brickens shares the 10 awesomest things Leonard Nimoy has done that have nothing to do with Star Trek.
- The finalists for the 2015 Aurealis Awards have been announced.
- The finalists for the 27th annual Lambda Literary Awards have been announced.
- The nominations for the 41st annual Saturn Awards have been announced.
- SFWA has named Larry Niven the 2014 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master.
Writing, publishing and promotion:
- Becca Mills discusses her experience with a fraudulent DCMA takedown notice.
- David Gaughran shares Barnes & Noble's dirty little secret, namely the fact that they have partnered with the notorious Author Solutions.
- Michael J. Martinez takes on the myth of the starving, tortured writer.
- Debra Purdy Kong shares five things writers should shed.
- Jamie Todd Rubin shares five things he wishes he could tell his 20-year-old self.
- Chuck Wendig discusses the importance of having your own space to write.
- At the Book View Café, Sherwood Smith discusses bricolage and how to make fictional worlds feel lived in.
- At Tor.com, Kate Elliott has a great article about writing women characters as human beings.
- Elena Linville explains why all good characters should have scars.
- Cora Buhlert introduces her character Richard Blakemore.
- J.L. Williams interviews his character Slatnichor.
- Kameron Hurley talks about effective book titles.
- Owen Adams shares five tips for writing a first draft.
- Guido Henkel shares three indie author mistakes that could cost you dearly.
- Kristine Kathryn Rusch talks about get-by writers.
- Stuart J. Whitmore shares six facts about ISBNs for self-publishers.
- Kali Amanda Browne talks about managing a book Facebook page.
- Ethan Jones interviews Heather Ray Bax.
- Michael Brookes interviews R.L. Henry.
- The Writers Emporium interviews D.M. Cain.
- Ginger Nuts of Horror interview Ian Jarvis.
- Lytherus interviews Aric Carter.
- My Bookish Ways interviews Leanna Renee Hieber.
- Dead End Follies interviews Vincenzo Bilof.
- Scott Edelman interviewed Thomas M. Disch (in 1984).
- Jared Shurin reviews The Bloodbound by Erin Lindsey.
- Michael Patrick Hicks reviews Extinction Edge by Nicholas Sansbury Smith.
- Tommy Muncie reviews Convergence by Michael Patrick Hicks.
- A.K. Hinchy reviews the anthology No Way Home, edited by Alex Roddie and Lucas Bale.
- David Wailing also reviews No Way Home.
- Judy Goodwin reviews Fallen Down World by K.E. Douglas.
- Pauline M. Ross reviews Forging Divinity by Andrew Rowe.
- T.A. Pratt is looking for funding for Queen of Nothing, a new novel in his Marla Mason series.
- Matthew Gronke is looking for backers for his cyberpunk novel Quantum Mann.
- Genius Loci, an anthology of short fiction about spirits of a certain place edited by Jaym Gates, is looking for backers.
- Littlest Lovecraft: The Shadow over Innsmouth, an illustrated and rhyming adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's eponymous story, is looking for funding.
- Comic artist Ben Templesmith is looking for backers for his graphic novel version of H.P. Lovecraft's Dagon.
- Unstuck in Time, a documentary film about the life of Kurt Vonnegut by Robert Weide, is looking for backers.
- Mosaic Stock, a stock photo company focussed on providing stock with diverse models for writers who have problems finding suitable stock photos, is looking for funding.
- Walter Jon Williams shares his experiences at Boskone in Boston.
- Rosemary Kirstein also shares her report on the snowbound Boskone convention.
Science and technology:
- Wired explains the science behind the dress whose colour had the Internet divided.
- Lockheed Martin has tested a prototype laser weapon.
- A galactic "missing link" which sheds light on early galaxy formation has been found.
Free online fiction:
- "A Death" by Stephen King in The New Yorker.
- "The Wizard Did It" by A. Lee Martinez.
- "Voyeuristic Tendencies" by Kristine Kathryn Rusch.
- "Driving the Arquebus", chapter 41 of Musketeer Space by Tansy Rayner Roberts.
- Chapter 4 of "Darkness Falling", part 84 of The Descendants by Landon Porter.
Odds and ends:
- Watch the new trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron.
- Take a look at this cool Godzilla themed hotel in Japan.
- And here is a Batman themed hotel room in Taiwan.
- These Star Trek cookies are almost too cute to eat.
- Draw your own Nebula (no, not the award) online.