WWWednesday: December 31, 2014

These are your last links of the year, so drink up! And watch out for those bubbles; keep safe and come back to enjoy more of Fantasy Literature in 2015. Happy New Year!

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

The World Fantasy Award has long been one of my favorite awards; I find more works I want to read from the list of nominees for this award than any other. The 2015 judges have been announced, and it looks like a very fine, multinational panel.

The 2014 Rhysling Anthology WWWednesdayThe winners of the Rhysling Awards for science fiction poetry have been announced.

I’ve been accumulating Iain M. Banks‘s Culture novels, and one of these days I’m going to sit down and read them straight through, one right after the other. The review of those novels that recently appeared in Kirkus only confirms my desire to do so. Now, if only I could find the time. . .

Fantasy Faction has been exploring underground places common to fantasy.  Read here about caves; and here about dungeons, tombs and mazes.

io9 looked at how science fiction subverts stereotypes, using its readers to come up with an enormous number of examples. This is the rare internet discussion in which you should read the comments; they will confirm your faith in humanity rather than destroy it. And there’s science fiction subverting yet another stereotype.

The Mistborn Trilogy WWWednesdayIf you’re fond of Brandon Sanderson‘s writing, you have a treat in store: there will be two Mistborn novels in the coming year.

If you’d like to read some of the best short fiction published in the last year, you have a couple of ways to do it.  Strange Horizons has listed all of its stories published in 2014 in one place, with links to both the printed word and the podcast of each story. Tor.com has also published a list of all of its fiction, with links.

Nick Mamatas, writing in the Los Angeles Review of books, discusses whether H.P. Lovecraft is a terrible writer or merely a difficult one.

Looking for the best books of 2014? The Large-Hearted Boy has links to just about every “best of the year” list you can imagine, and then some.

Movies and Television: 

The Lion King WWWednesdayThe University of Ottawa has done a study of violence in movies for children, especially animated films, and found that there is a very great deal of murder, especially the murder of a main character’s parent.  My generation was forever scarred by the death of Bambi’s mother, and a following generation had its shock with “The Lion King,” but I never realized how very prevalent these themes are.

How should “The Legend of Korra” have actually ended? A few fans have their own ideas.

SF Signal’s Mind Meld feature took a look at the favorite science fiction, fantasy and horror television shows of the year. I was delighted to find that someone besides me is enamored of “Constantine,” and that “Doctor Who” gets a shout-out from Paul Cornell, who used to write for the series.  And if we prefer to look forward, Suvudu has an intriguing list of new SF/F/H shows that will be coming in 2015.

Full Fathom Five WWWednesdayIs “Die Hard” really a fairy tale? Author Max Gladstone makes the case.

Internet Stuff:

Just look at these fabulous costumes! People have the most amazing imaginations.

Writer Kate Bernheimer and architect Andrew Bernheimer curated a series in which architects created spaces that represent fairy tales. I love the “Library of Babel,” which is a place I’d love to be lost in for a millennium or two.

Margaret Kareva has photographed fairy tales come to life. They are elegant, beautiful and occasionally frightening.


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TERRY WEYNA, on our staff since December 2010, would rather be reading than doing almost anything else. She reads all day long as an insurance coverage attorney, and in all her spare time as a reviewer, critic and writer. Terry lives in Northern California with her husband, professor emeritus and writer Fred White, two rambunctious cats, and an enormous library.

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