Posts tagged "science fiction"
“Yesterday, Loncon 3 was flung unpleasantly into the spotlight when the organisers announced on Twitter that none other than Jonathan Ross would be hosting the Hugo awards, prompting an instantaneous and largely negative response from the SFF community. Big names like Charles Stross and Seanan McGuire, among others, expressed their serious concerns, as did other congoers, and while there were those who also tweeted in support of Wossy – who was, at one point, responding to individual critics – it wasn’t long before he stepped down. Meanwhile, former con organiser Farah Mendlesohn resigned over Ross being given the gig in the first place, citing days of struggle on her behalf with fellow chairs who reportedly refused to discuss Ross’s history of inappropriate behaviour, particularly towards women.
"I have some thoughts about this…"
The most concise and reasoned summary/opinion on the recent Jonathan Ross/Hugo Awards debacle.
Minimalist book covers for Robert Heinlein’s The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and Stranger in a Strange Land, by Riley Roberts.
"Science-fiction artist MATT HOWARTH brings you a graphic novel of two star-crossed adventurers braving the dangers of the Myriad Song.
“Myriad Quest will be a self-contained, 48-page graphic novel written and drawn by Matt Howarth and produced by Sanguine Games, makers of the Myriad Song role-playing game. With your support, we’ll be producing the book in both print and electronic versions…”
Beautiful SubGenius Matt Howarth is making new comics. Give him your pennies.
(via MYRIAD QUEST - A Tale of the Myriad Song by Jason Holmgren — Kickstarter)
Actual Tyrell building (at Museum of the Moving Image)
“A Field in England is a 17th century mind-job that is relentless in its decision to force you to figure shit out for yourself. No hand-holding, just a couple of Englishmen stuck in the middle of a very dark mushroom trip. Or are they? We spoke with director Ben Wheatley all about his terrifying period-piece acid trip and he told us he was inspired by Primer…”
"The tower, which was not supposed to be there, plunges into the earth in a place just before the black pine forest begins to give way to swamp and then the reeds and wind-gnarled trees of the marsh flats. Beyond the marsh flats and the natural canals lies the ocean and, a little farther down the coast, a derelict lighthouse. All of this part of the country had been abandoned for decades, for reasons that are not easy to relate. Our expedition was the first to enter Area X for more than two years, and much of our predecessors’ equipment had rusted, their tents and sheds little more than husks. Looking out over that untroubled landscape, I do not believe any of us could yet see the threat.."
R. Crumb Illustrates Philip K. Dick’s Hallucinatory Spiritual Experience
"A lot of the greatest science fiction and fantasy books are not for newbies. They can be daunting for new readers, because they assume you’ve already read a lot of science fiction and fantasy. But what are the best "entry level" science fiction and fantasy books? We asked some top editors and writers, and here are their picks…"
"Painted in 1978 by Colin Hay using gouache and airbrush ink, The Star Dwellers was first used as the cover for a reprint of James Blish’s 1961 novel (hence the title)… The ship is typical of Hay’s work at the time; although small in scale it is rendered in much the same fashion as many of the planet-sized behemoths that frequent his paintings, its jutting angular surfaces are plastered with all manner of multi-coloured inlets, panels and graphical symbols. The ship’s lifeless crew seem to be tethered to their sepulchral machine, destined to spend eternity drifting slowly through space, suspended in their moment of expiration. This macabre scene forms a striking silhouette against a vibrant yellow airbrushed sun…"
(via The Model Shop Part 1: Star Dwellers sculpture by Grant Louden interview (with Dan McPharlin) - Sci-Fi-O-Rama)