WWWednesday: February 12, 2014

fantasy and science fiction book reviews

Lists and articles

We are experiencing a list and award drought. Book buying sales might suffer, and the quality of the Websday post might decline, but we persevere! First, here’s a single, lonely list to tide you over: The zaniest alternate histories ever published, compiled by iO9. They’ll always make a list in our hour of need.

We’re also a little lite on articles, but here’s a really juicy one from SF Signal asking the provocative question: What’s wrong with epic fantasy? Other than, I assume, racial exclusion, problematic gender portrayals, obsessive Tolkein-ism, and an infestation of dragons.

At the opposite end of high fantasy, we’ve got high space. NASA is apparently partnering with Tor to produce fact-based science fiction. Which sounds a tad dull, but apparently it involves real live novelists getting to talk to real live scientists and brainstorm. I am reader of science fiction, and I support this message.

Flavorwire also offers us a look at the experience of Tweeting while literary—or, the unfortunate effects of seeing every single one of Stephen King’s first reactions to world news. I sometimes suspect we need that curtain between us and the Wizard.

Writing and publishing news

So much juicy news stuff! A surprising amount of it is about television (the live-action book), so bear with me:

 Pretty things

Also limited in the pretty stuff category.  

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ALIX E. HARROW, who retired from our blog in 2014, is a part-time historian with a full-time desk job, a lot of opinions, and excessive library fines. Her short fiction has appeared in Shimmer, Strange Horizons, Tor.com, Apex, and other venues. She won a Hugo Award for her fiction in 2019. Alix and her husband live in Kentucky under the cheerful tyranny of their kids and pets. Find her at @AlixEHarrow on Twitter. Some of her favorite authors include Neil Gaiman, Ursula LeGuin, Lois McMaster Bujold, and Susanna Clarke.

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  1. Alix, thank goodness that in this period of shortages you did not choose the “We will serve World Wide Wednesday only upon request” stratagem! Thank you!

  2. In companionship with Jim Hines’ post, here is a fun one from Dave Freer http://madgeniusclub.com/2014/02/11/the-gates-have-been-opened-and-the-walls-are-crumbling/

    Fun article on ‘what is wrong with epic fantasy’.

    I approve of the new HP covers too.

  3. The HP covers borrow heavily from the movies, I think. They have very much the feel of “Amulet” and I love them for that. (I don’t mind that they evoke the movies, either.)

  4. April /

    Just popping in to announce that the new Harry Potter covers you mention here are now for sale over at Nucleus Gallery…http://www.gallerynucleus.com/

    And no, I don’t work there. I cruise through there at least once a month because they have some seriously awesome sff art to drool over.

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