Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Sci-Fi Round-Up: September 2, 2015

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Bull Spec interviews Kim Harrison, author of The Drafter.

Mary Sue interviews Jeffrey Cranor and Joseph Fink of Welcome to Night Vale.

My Bookish Ways interviews David Liss, author of Randoms.

Omnivoracious interviews Kim Harrison, author of The Drafter.

The Outhousers interviews Kelly Bender, author of Starburn.

Philly Weekly interviews Fran Wilde, author of Updraft.

Redditors held an AMA for Ernie Cline, author of Armada.

Reddit recently held an AMA for Kim Harrison, author of The Drafter. interviews Ari Marmell, author of Hallow Point.

SFFWorld interviews Andy Remic, author of The Dragon Engine.

SFFWorld interviews Paolo Bacigalupi, author of The Water Knife.


TV Review: Mr. Robot Telegraphed Its Punches And Knocked Us Out Anyway.

5 Ways Star Trek’s Federation Was An Evil Empire.

7 Reasons Why Mr. Robot Is Better Than Every Other Show This Summer.

9 Space Operas to Read While You Wait for Ancillary Mercy.

10 Things You May Not Know About the Doctor Who episode “The Doctor’s Wife.”

Blouin News asks Is Mr. Robot A realistic hacker show? To answer the question definitively, Wired offers A Peek Inside Mr. Robot’s Toolbox.

Conceptual Fiction peeks behind the veil of The Most Secretive Woman in the History of Science Fiction, profiled at as well.

Doctor Who rescued me from an airless literary world.

From Cthulhu to Christ: Why H. P. Lovecraft’s Cosmic Despair Is Still Worth Reading.

Given that Ray Bradbury’s novella “The Fireman” (which would eventually become Fahrenheit 451) was written in response to the McCarthy HUAC hearings, it might not be a surprise to learn that the FBI kept a file on him. The contents of that file have been released under the FOIA, and shows that the FBI apparently held a dim view of science fiction, since it could “frighten the people into a state of paralysis or psychological incompetence bordering on hysteria which would make it very possible to conduct a Third World War in which the American people would seriously believe could not be won…” [Via BoingBoing via MetaFilter]

How Did a Show Like Mr. Robot End Up on USA when it clearly belongs on SyFy?

How Mr. Robot Hacks TV’s Empathy Machine.

Is E.T. a Jedi? No, E.T. Is Not a Jedi, but it’s a great headcannon.

The Martian author Andy Weir is putting the science back in science fiction.

Motherboard on Space Elevators Are Totally Possible (If Someone Will Just Pay for It).

OMNI Reboot on 10 Of The Best Star Wars Books For The Dark Side.

Patrick Rothfuss shares a few thoughts on the late author Terry Pratchett.

The real NASA-approved science behind The Martian!

The science and fiction behind Blade Runner, according to RawStory.

Science and Hollywood: When The Martian Met the Earthlings.

Scientists Confident Artificially Intelligent Machines Can Be Programmed To Be Lenient Slave Masters. Huzzah!

Space Samurai vs Space Nazis. If it were on SyFy it would bomb, but chances are, you’ll be standing on line to get a ticket soon enough.

Target has recently launched a website called Share the Force, to collect memories from Star Wars lovers all around the globe. The website stores each unique memory in vast 3D virtual “galaxies” named after Star Wars characters. The vast collection of memories will later be archived for Lucasfilm.

Vigilante Computer Geeks Reign In The Addictive Mr. Robot.

What Bradbury’s FBI File Teaches Us About Sci-Fi’s Latest Controversies.

Why Mr. Robot is one of the best shows on TV.

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