WWWednesday: September 10, 2014

On this day in 2008, the Large Hadron Collider was powered up in Geneva, Switzerland, and proton beams circulated in the main ring.

Art by Elisabetta Trevisan

Art by Elisabetta Trevisan

Writing, Editing, and Publishing:

Geoff Mak conducts a wonderful interview with Karen Russell, one of my favorite fabulist/slipstream authors; they discuss her favorite authors and myths.

Io9 has a great article on the Islamic roots of science fiction. Not only were they way ahead of Western Europe in science and math, but they also have what sounds like a really cool speculative fiction tradition that predates Frankenstein. More to read!

Okay, this is just awesome. Margaret Atwood is working on a new novel, but none of us will ever read it (well, unless my plans for robot consciousness work!). It isn’t going to be published for 100 years. It’s part of a new project, the Future Library, which sounds incredible.

A new SONG OF ICE AND FIRE book is coming out, but it’s not the one we’re waiting for. It’s George R.R. Martin’s compendium of Westerosi history, titled The World of Ice and Fire, and despite the fact that we all want George to write faster, this sounds pretty cool. I love me some backstory, especially when there’s pictures!

Sad news: Subterranean Magazine has just published its final issue, bringing to a close one of the best sources for SFF short fiction.

Ursula K. LeGuin will be awarded an Honorary National Book Award at the ceremonies in November. Neil Gaiman will present it to her.

And finally, some very sad news. Graham Joyce has passed away, after a battle with lymphoma. Locus Magazine carries an obituary for him here, and our very own Terry Weyna had this to say:

“It was always exciting to get a new Graham Joyce book, because you knew you were getting something really new, something completely different from everything else he’d ever written, and different from anything anyone else had ever written.  In fact, you were likely to get something completely unidentifiable — many of his books crossed genres between science fiction, fantasy, horror and mainstream fiction, mashing them up into something fascinating.  He has been taken from us far, far too soon.”

Art by Elisabetta Trevisan

Art by Elisabetta Trevisan

Movies and Television:

A new live-action Peter Pan is coming to the small screen this fall. Allison Williams of GIRLS (and news anchor Brian Williams’ daughter) will continue the tradition of women who have played the spritely boy. Check out some of the first photos of Williams as Pan.

A new animated film, Hullabaloo, is being funded by IndieGoGo. It’s described as Disney-meets-steampunk, and the concept art is beautiful. Check it out.

Bill Murray was interviewed recently and asked who his top choices would be for a female Ghostbusters cast. I like his picks, especially Kristen Wiig.

Internet Stuff:

Here’s a Pinterest board of 90’s fantasy book covers. Yep, this recalls my teenage years scouring the racks of used book stores.

What does a black hole do when it dies? Well, it doesn’t really die.

Slate published this article about alien languages, specifically discussing why, in science fiction, aliens seem to have so few languages while we here on earth have thousands?

Artist Feature:

Elisabetta Trevisan has been one of my favorite artists ever since I stumbled across a pack of tarot cards that she designed. Something about the colors and shapes she uses evokes stained glass, while the figures are very classical. I chose these three paintings today because I’m writing something about the sea, and these are my background for inspiration.

Art by Elisabetta Trevisan

Art by Elisabetta Trevisan

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KATE LECHLER, on our staff from May 2014 to January 2017, resides in Oxford, MS, where she divides her time between teaching early British literature at the University of Mississippi, writing fiction, and throwing the tennis ball for her insatiable terrier, Sam. She loves speculative fiction because of what it tells us about our past, present, and future. She particularly enjoys re-imagined fairy tales and myths, fabulism, magical realism, urban fantasy, and the New Weird. Just as in real life, she has no time for melodramatic protagonists with no sense of humor. The movie she quotes most often is Jurassic Park, and the TV show she obsessively re-watches (much to the chagrin of her husband) is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Her personal blog is The Rediscovered Country and she tweets @katelechler.

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  1. I’m loving the look of Hullabaloo so far. I hope they get it funded!

    I really like the Elizabetta Trevisan works as well. I get the feeling that I’ll see more and more the longer I study them.

  2. I love this artist. Before I finished reading I was going to ask you if she did stained glass, because it evokes that for me too. Lovely stuff.

    I only heard about the Future Library last Friday. I haven’t clicked through to the article yet, but the guy who was telling me about it said that the agreement is that the stories will be printed hardcopy, and that a grove of trees was planted to provide the paper. That may be fantasy, but I hope it’s true!

  3. Oh, and there are the trees in the first paragraph!

    I think the spec-fic action/mystery adventure, 100 years in the future, searching for the library, practically writes itself.

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