Lists and articles
We are experiencing a list and award drought. Book buying sales might suffer, and the quality of the Websday post might decline, but we persevere! First, here’s a single, lonely list to tide you over: The zaniest alternate histories ever published, compiled by iO9. They’ll always make a list in our hour of need.
We’re also a little lite on articles, but here’s a really juicy one from SF Signal asking the provocative question: What’s wrong with epic fantasy? Other than, I assume, racial exclusion, problematic gender portrayals, obsessive Tolkein-ism, and an infestation of dragons.
At the opposite end of high fantasy, we’ve got high space. NASA is apparently partnering with Tor to produce fact-based science fiction. Which sounds a tad dull, but apparently it involves real live novelists getting to talk to real live scientists and brainstorm. I am reader of science fiction, and I support this message.
Flavorwire also offers us a look at the experience of Tweeting while literary—or, the unfortunate effects of seeing every single one of Stephen King’s first reactions to world news. I sometimes suspect we need that curtain between us and the Wizard.
Writing and publishing news
So much juicy news stuff! A surprising amount of it is about television (the live-action book), so bear with me:
- G. Willow Wilson’s Ms. Marvel is available for the buying and has gone into a second printing. Three cheers for the sale-ability of diversity.
- The lovably creepy 1990s comic book Preacher will be adapted for TV by AMC. It involves Seth Rogen, apparently.
- Scalzi’s Redshirts is also being adapted for the great silver screen.
- And there’s a trailer for a new science fiction movie involving—wait for it—artificial intelligence that turns against its masters to take over the world. Except I kind of want to see it.
- If you’re not a comic book writer or a screenplay-maker, Jim C. Hines offers his advice on the great traditional versus self-publishing divide.
Also limited in the pretty stuff category.
- Here’s all of special effects Oscar history in five minutes. It’s basically a short love letter from science fiction to the rest of the media industry, which says: “You’re welcome.”
- Harry Potter is getting a whole new set of covers, and I might love them.
- I can also offer these adorable books acting out their own stories.