WWW: September 5, 2012

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1. I know, like you need a reason, but September 7th is National Buy a Book Day, so “go out and buy a book, any book from anywhere to support the authors, publishers, and booksellers we all appreciate.”

2. The Hugo Awards were announced Sunday night, and as I mentioned last week, were livestreamed so everyone could watch them. That is, until robots killed the livestream. Congratulations to the winners, whether we got to see your acceptance speech or not.

3. Author Hugh Howey pointed out this article about a small Brooklyn bookstore that is saving out of print sci-fi novels by turning them into e-books. While you’re at the Arstechnica website, check out this article on the best apps f0r reading your comics on an iPad.

4. Tor released an excerpt of Chapter 11 from Memory of Light, the last installment in Robert Jordan’s WHEEL OF TIME saga being finished by Brandon Sanderson.

5. Patrick Rothfuss hosted the second installment of The Story Board last night, talking about developing characters, with Amber Benson, Bradley Beaulieu, and Mary Robinette-Kowal on the panel. This is a must-see series for anyone who wants to write, as well as just fascinating insight into the writing process. Terry Brooks shows up for the end of the panel to give his thoughts. This series is scheduled for the first Tuesday of every month on Geek & Sundry.

6. Phoenix Pick’s free ebook for September is A. A. Attanasio’s In Other Worlds.  This is the second book in the highly acclaimed RADIX TETRAD though it stands alone and is NOT a sequel. The coupon code for September (good from now through September 30th) is 9991484 and the link, as usual, is to the online catalogue at www.PPickings.com.

7. The New York Times ran a fascinating article about the role of paying for positive book reviews. Here at FanLit we are not compensated in any way for the reviews we write. We do regularly get review copies for free from publishers, but we are never paid for our work. This is a labor of love.

8. Here’s a great article that interviewed some of the great authors in SFF about their biggest setbacks as writers and how they overcame them. 

9. And finally, I want to pass along this email we got from “the coordinator of the Library of Congress’ “What If . . . Science Fiction & Fantasy Forum,” which is under the umbrella organization of the Library of Congress Professional Association (LCPA).” They are looking for authors, illustrators, and critics to speak in Washington, D.C.

Hi, my name is Helen Hester-Ossa, and I’m the coordinator of the Library of Congress’ “What If . . . Science Fiction & Fantasy Forum,” which is under the umbrella organization of the Library of Congress Professional Association (LCPA).

As the coordinator of the LCPA “What If” forum, I would be delighted if you would let me know of any published writers or artists who might want to speak at the Library of Congress lunchtime program who are located in the Washington, DC/Virginia/Maryland area, or who are going to be here (on a book tour, perhaps, or vacation).

The authors/artists could bring books (art, whatever) to sell and have a book signing. We’d also give the speaker a personal tour of the Library of Congress, viewing exhibits of the speaker’s choice, as well as take the speaker out to lunch as our “thank you” for speaking to LOC staff. (As an extra, added bonus, I could even get the speaker a parking space in the Library parking garage! Wow!) Some of our previous guests have been Patrick Rothfuss, Lois McMaster Bujold, R.A. Salvatore, Greg Bear, Ursula K. LeGuin, Kevin Hearne, Chloe Neill, and recently, Diana Peterfreund.

So, please consider this an open invitation to science fiction/fantasy authors/artists/pundits in case they are ever in the Washington, DC/Virginia/Maryland area and would like to speak at the Library of Congress.

If you are interested, contact Helen Hester-Ossa at hhes@loc.gov for further information.

So what interesting things have you seen on the internet this week? Leave your links and comments below.

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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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