WWW: October 3, 2012

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American Library Association

It is Banned Book Week, and the ALA has a history of the most challenged books of the last century. I don’t know what’s worse, people banning books or people banning books because they don’t understand them. Apparently people thought 1984 promoted communism.

Kirkus releases their latest column in a series about understanding science fiction terminology, complete with annotations recommending excellent books that deal with each concept.

Watch this great interview and author introduction with Cherie Priest on Sword and Laser.

David Brin reads the first chapter of his new novel, Existence, in this video.

SF Signal hosted a great interview with Patrick Rothfuss.

Fantasy magazine Black Gate announced that they will start publishing adventure fantasy stories on their website for free every Sunday.

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsJoin fantasy and science fiction greats Alan Dean FosterPatricia C. WredeBarbara HamblyEllen Datlow and John Jakes as they discuss their definitions of the difference between science fiction and fantasy.

A new Hobbit scrollable banner has been released, this time to help you learn the names of all the dwarves. If you missed the first banner, click here.

Audible is hosting Shock-tober. Each week this month, new monsters will pop up in their sale, with 40+ of your favorite books added each week for $6.95, starting with vampires. Sale ends October 31, 11:59 PM ET (US).

Here’s the latest word from Phoenix Pick about their free book of the month.
Our October book is Charles Sheffields marvelous collection, Georgia on My Mind and Other Places. The coupon code for October is 9991264 and will be good from October 2nd through October 31st. Link, as usual, from our online catalogue page at http://www.PPickings.com  The collection includes the Nebula and Hugo winning title novelette.

Please note that we have offered the novelette alone as a free give-away, but never before the complete collection.

DESCRIPTION OF BOOK

A collection of some of the finest short stories pennedby a master of hard science fiction, this anthology includes Charles Sheffield’s highly acclaimed novelette, Georgia On My Mind.

Georgia On My Mind won both the Hugo and Nebula when originally published in 1993. The accompanying stories were written by the author between 1987 and 1994.

“Sheffield, a physicist, proves to be one of the most imaginative, exciting talents to appear on the SF scene in recent years.”—Publishers Weekly

What do you think of the above links? What great things have you seen on the internet this week?


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RUTH ARNELL (on FanLit's staff January 2009 — August 2013) earned a Ph.D. in political science and is a college professor in Idaho. From a young age she has maxed out her library card the way some people do credit cards. Ruth started reading fantasy with A Wrinkle in Time and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe — books that still occupy an honored spot on her bookshelf today. Ruth and her husband have a young son, but their house is actually presided over by a flame-point Siamese who answers, sometimes, to the name of Griffon.

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  1. Sarah /

    Thanks. I think I’d pick different books for some of the Kirkus recommends, but that’s because they didn’t mention my favorites. And I love Patricia Wrede’s cat.

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