WWWednesday: January 9th, 2013

I are dunecatDid you know that you can nominate and vote for the winners of the Hugo Award? You can!

And while you’re at it, please vote for Fantasy Literature at the Preditors & Editors Poll for Best Review Site. Thank you!

Tor collected some of the best of the short fiction published on their website this year and collected them into one free DRM-free ebook.

Maurice Sendak’s last interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air, animated. Make sure you have tissues available.

io9 just names their links so well I don’t even need to talk about them: http://io9.com/5972411/10-book-series-so-addictive-you-never-want-them-to-end

and http://io9.com/5973778/the-ultimate-guide-to-2013s-science-fiction-and-fantasy-tv  and can I just bounce up and down a bit and squee over S.H.I.E.L.D.? And more Doctor Who! And Stephen King’s Under the Dome is getting turned into a TV series, and SyFy is airing Continuum and I might just have to get cable again.

and finally http://io9.com/5973120/jk-rowling-may-+-may-+-be-writing-a-doctor-who-story and I’m pretty sure I just heard all the fangirls’ heads explode from the crossover squeeing causing a breach in the space time continuum.

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Tor/Forge is giving away a Memory of Light backpack stuffed full of goodies. Check out the details here.

Kate Elliott on fiction kinks versus fiction boners. It turns out I’m an emotional reader (surprise surprise). Despite the terminology, that link is actually safe for work.

Read an excerpt of Brandon Sanderson’s The Rithmatistdue out in May. I may have to steal this one from Bill.

You may wonder how a two-dimensional drawing could possibly be a threat. Here’s the answer: Wild Chalklings scurry across the ground like scorpions or land piranhas, and bite chunks out of your feet. At which point you fall to the ground and they swarm you. Enough said.

The Rithmatist is about a 14-year-old kid named Joel who wants desperately to be a Rithmatist. But he wasn’t Chosen, so he doesn’t have the ability to bring chalklings or Rithmatic lines to life. All he can do is watch as The Rithmatist students at Armedius Academy learn the mystical art that he would give anything to practice. Then Rithmatist students start disappearing, kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving only trails of blood. Joel’s professor asks him to help investigate—putting Joel and his friend Melody on the trail of a discovery that could change Rithmatics—and their world—forever….

Okay, people, so what have you seen around the internet in the last week?

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RUTH ARNELL (on FanLit's staff January 2009 — August 2013) earned a Ph.D. in political science and is a college professor in Idaho. From a young age she has maxed out her library card the way some people do credit cards. Ruth started reading fantasy with A Wrinkle in Time and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe — books that still occupy an honored spot on her bookshelf today. Ruth and her husband have a young son, but their house is actually presided over by a flame-point Siamese who answers, sometimes, to the name of Griffon.

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  1. Bill is now warning TOR to send out fake Rithmatist copies as decoys and asking they parachute his real copy in by airship or use quantum transportation

  2. But if you use quantum transportation, doesn’t mean there is at least one possible world in which I get the real copy of Rithmatist?

  3. @ Ruth:
    May depend on how closely you watch. ;)

  4. I love the kitty sandworm!

  5. So at first I thought, “Doctor Who at Hogwarts? Oh, Good Lord!” Then I imagined the Doctor teaming up with the surviving Weasley twin (with the joke shop) and suddenly it wasn’t so unlikely after all…

    • I think one of the Weasley twins getting to be the next Doctor might be interesting. At least then the Doctor will be ginger.

  6. And I think for me A Madness of Angels was exactly the immersive experience Kate Elliot is talking about.

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