WWW: August 3, 2011

I’m standing in for Justin today. Apparently there was a Bigfoot sighting in Multnomah County, Oregon, so he’s loaded up the guns and ammo and is on his way. Personally, I think he’s gone to shop at Powell’s and just doesn’t want to admit it. Anyway, just a few things of interest (to me, at least) recently. If you’ve got anything else for SFF readers, please put it in the comments.

  1. Sadly, L.A. Banks passed away yesterday after a struggle with cancer. The announcement is at her website. To learn more about what Ms. Banks was like, read this touching blog post that Cherie Priest wrote about her several weeks ago.

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    L.A. Banks

  2. Tia Nevitt talks about how writing character-driven fantasy requires baring your soul. Specifically she’s focusing on the emotion of envy.
  3. Phoenix Pick’s free SFF e-book of the month is James P. Hogan’s The Multiplex Man.
  4. Alex Bledsoe, in his cape and long underwear, analyzes two NYT reviews and laments the “shafting of the genre.”
  5. Our own Stefan Raets discusses the Hugo-nominated novellas and novelettes at Tor.com.

If Bigfoot doesn’t get him, Justin will be back next week…

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KAT HOOPER, who started this site in June 2007, earned a Ph.D. in neuroscience and psychology at Indiana University (Bloomington) and now teaches and conducts brain research at the University of North Florida. When she reads fiction, she wants to encounter new ideas and lots of imagination. She wants to view the world in a different way. She wants to have her mind blown. She loves beautiful language and has no patience for dull prose, vapid romance, or cheesy dialogue. She prefers complex characterization, intriguing plots, and plenty of action. Favorite authors are Jack Vance, Robin Hobb, Kage Baker, William Gibson, Gene Wolfe, Richard Matheson, and C.S. Lewis.

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  1. R.I.P. LA Banks–her books were unique and her passion for them was obvious.

    As for Bigfoot, I think I remember Justin saying he wore size 14 shoes…I think maybe he is secretly Bigfoot. ;)

  2. I liked the Alex Beldsoe column very much!

  3. Very sad to hear about L.A. Banks’ passing. I’ve never read any of the author’s novels, but it seems like she was very prolific and popular. I’m sure she will be missed…

  4. I appreciate you covering for me, but you can leave my ancestral heritage out of it. We prefer the term Sasquatch.

  5. Allan /

    Hey guys. I was just wodering if anyone had any idea or news about J V Jones. Love her stuff but she has been incognito for a long long time now. Is she OK? Is she still writing?

  6. Justin- you picked the wrong time to look for Sasquatch. Word has it he got so disgusted with the all the politicians in Washington DC squabbling about the budget.. he packed-up and moved to Amsterdam..He’s probably getting stoned in the red district as we speak. :)

  7. Allan- I’m a huge JV Jones fan. I love her Sword of Shadows series. I haven’t heard anything that makes me worry. I checked her website and I see she hasn’t updated her Journal since Jan., but I’ve been following her books since late 90’s and it’s not uncommon to not hear anything from her for months at a time if not a year or so.
    I do see on the message board of her site that she does updates on Twitter. I don’t Twitter, but word is she thinks books 5 Endlords will be done in 2012.

  8. Allan /

    Hey Greg, thanks for the reply. Thats awesome news. I dont do twitter either. cant wait to see what she is going to do with the series. It is one of the few that I have absolutely no idea as to how things are going to turn out. she oozes awesome!

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