Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Sci-Fi Round-Up: May 13, 2015

Hotel Lagrange by Tohad

Interview: Adventures in Scifi Publishing interviews Fonda Lee, author of Zeroboxer.

Interview: Lawrence M. Schoen interviews Stephanie Saulter, author of Regeneration.

Interview: The Mary Sue interviews Brooke Johnson, author of The Brass Giant.

Interview: Midnight in Karachi interviews Emily St. John Mandel, author of Station Eleven.

Interview: Notes from Coode Street interviews Paolo Bacigalupi, author of The Water Knife.

Interview: Orbit Books interviews Kim Stanley Robinson, author of AURORA.

Interview: The Qwillery interviews Eli K. P. William, author of Cash Crash Jubilee.

Interview: interviews Nicole Kornher-Stace, author of Archivist Wasp.

Interview: UCLA English professor Ursula Heise chats about sci-fi in downtown L.A.’s famed Bradbury Building, setting of scenes from such popular films as Blade Runner.

News: Syfy Will Adapt Brave New World as a Miniseries. Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television is producing, so maybe there’s hope.

7 Devices From Star Wars Scientists Are Actually Building Right Now

The 10 Best Moms in Science Fiction and Fantasy.

10 Crackpot Story Theories for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

10 Science Fiction Writers Predict How Our World Will Change In The Next 10 Years.

Andrew Liptak considers John Wyndham and the Global Expansion of Science Fiction

The Arthur C. Clarke Award judges explain why they chose Station Eleven as this year’s recipient. And Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi discusses which of the book’s characters are more or less able to adapt to a technology-less world.

Cahiers’ Editor on Why J.J. Abrams Deserves the Auteur Treatment.

Cixin Liu and John Scalzi Honor China at This Year’s BookExpo America.

Does Biology Need to Be Destiny in the Work of Joss Whedon?

Download the Complete Works of H.P. Lovecraft for Nook and Kindle free.

Everything You Need To Know About Netflix’s New Show “Sense8.”

The Fifth Element is Still the Sexiest Sci-Fi Summer Movie Ever.

Here’s One Brilliant Recipe For A Story That Will Kick Anyone’s Ass

Homo in Machina: Ethics of the AI Soul.

How the Internet made Star Wars Day bigger than ever

HuffPo picks The Top 10 Science-Themed Movies From The Past 10 Years.

Listen to an 1977 recording of an audience watching Star Wars for the first time.

Look Upon Our Terrifying Future in Cash Crash Jubilee.

The Martian author is less optimistic about getting to Mars than NASA.

Netflix’s Sens8 Is A Sci-Fi Exploration Of Individuality And Identity.

The New Yorker considers questions surrounding Women in Science Fiction.

The New Yorker examines The History Lurking Behind Orphan Black.

The Playlist picks The 25 Best Sci-Fi Films Of The Century So Far.

Rachael Acks about the plight of next year’s Hugo nominators looking for worthy candidates in a field in which at least 4201 new novels in English were published in 2014. Considering this, does it actually matter that one group of fans voted a slate of their friends unto the Hugos shortlist, when the huge mass of science fiction published each year means worthwhile candidates remain unconsidered anyway? If you’re confused too, you might try hittign up the Hugo recommendation Livejournal.

Science Could Start Orphan Black Right Now says The Nerdist.

This is Why Obi-Wan Lied to Luke Skywalker About His Father.

Why are YA books about politics always dystopian?

Who Could Create Personal Robots Better than Apple?

Why you shouldn’t let the super-intelligent machines in Ex Machina and The Avengers freak you out. TL:DR Today’s robots aren’t nearly smart enough to extinguish us… yet.

Winding Back the Clock on The Windup Girl.

Your cyberpunk games are dangerous: How roleplaying games and fantasy fiction confounded the FBI, confronted the law, and led to a more open web.

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