WWW: March 30, 2011

Thanks for stopping by for another World Wide Wednesday. It’s been kind of a slow news week in fantasy. It’s been difficult finding anything worthwhile. The internet is full of Game of Thrones screens and trailers. I’m getting kind of sick of it actually. I’m looking forward to the show, but enough with the “OMG!! look Eddard Stark has different boots in this scene WTFBBQ!!!” Oh well, if in the coming weeks you find something interesting you think everyone should read, drop me a line via the contact form and let me know, or just post it below. Let’s get started:

Diana Wynne Jones

1) Diana Wynne Jones, Children’s Author, Dies at 76: As the author of beloved works like Howl’s Moving Castle, she will be missed. We’ve reviewed much of her work and hope you’ll try it if you’re not familiar with it already.

2) Douglas Adams’ lost Doctor Who story is becoming a book : Very cool. I will be sure to keep an eye on this. As both an Adams and Who fan, I find this irresistible.

3) fantasy and science fiction book reviews Nebula Awards voting ends today: This year’s selection is amazing. I’m pulling for N.K Jemisin and The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms.

4) 7 Excerpts from J.K. Rowling books that were never written: Excerpts from books she should have written.

5) Japan’s fantasy films act as a buffer against the reality of the natural world: How fantasy is helping the Japanese cope with disaster.

fantasy and science fiction book reviews6) Self-published author acts like a moron: This is the reason why a lot of review sites refuse to touch self-published works. It’s a shame really, ’cause I’m quite certain there are tons of great independent authors out there.

7) A science fiction, fantasy and horror auction in aid of the Red Cross Japanese Tsunami Appeal: A good idea and a very worthy cause.



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JUSTIN BLAZIER (on FanLit's staff since September 2009) is a Cyber-Security Analyst/Network Engineer located in Northern Kentucky. Like many fantasy enthusiasts, Justin cut his teeth on authors like Tolkien, Anthony, and Lewis. Due to lack of space, his small public library would often give him their donated SFF books. When he is not reading books he is likely playing board games or Tabletop RPGs. Justin lives in a quiet neighborhood with his wife, their daughter, and Norman the dog.

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  1. I’m with you on Game of Thrones, Justin. I’ve seen enough trailers now, thank you. I kinda want it all to go away until he’s done with the final book.

  2. I didn’t even check on the “author acts like an moron” because I assume it can only be The Greek Seaman. Okay, I’ll check. Yep, that’s who it is. Good lord! By her second Amazon review, I was giggling helplessly–but you’re right, this just makes it harder for writers everywhere, especially those who want to self-publish.

  3. How funny was the self published author acting like a moron. I think she has really impressed the entire community and done wonders for her career. (much sarcasm intended)

    Also was wondering if anybody had read Stephen Lawheads new book the skin map? Loved the King Raven Trilogy but have heard mixed things about this one.

  4. speaking of Thane of Groans, I mean Game of Thrones, does anyone know if Dish Network will let me subscribe to HBO for only 10 weeks (or whatever it is)?

  5. ok, I answered my own question. For Dish Network subscribers who don’t have HBO, you can add HBO for $16/month. It will be available within 5 minutes, so you can wait until April 17. After the show is over, you can remove it. There is a fee of $5 for removal of a channel only if it’s within 30 days of subscription (and no fee for new customers, I think).

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