Here we are once again in the middle of the week — I do love Wednesdays! And this Wednesday for me signifies just a couple more days in work before a well-earned vacation. Don’t worry, I have something slightly different planned for the WWW post during my absence which will be scheduled to go up regular as clockwork *grin*
1) 200 SFX Features
Over here in the UK we have a magazine called SFX (I’m pretty sure it is delivered to foreign climes as well!) and it covers all manner of genre topics. They are celebrating the 200th issue with a nice little feature on their website: showcasing a number of their articles, pictures, interviews, reviews in a potluck fashion. Should give you plenty to read!
2) Genre Diversity
Mark Charan Newton is up to his old tricks — he has posted on his blog about those review sites that are tackling some of the older works of speculative fiction, and how this diversity is good for the genre. The comments are particularly illuminating.
3) National Buy A Book Day
I urge you all — if you never ever click through to any of the other links I provide each week, please click on this one. Philip Athans speaks passionately about the bookselling industry and the fact that it finds itself in dire straits. He invites every one of us to go out on 7th September and buy a full-priced book from a bricks and mortar store to keep alive the industry that provides each and every one of us so much entertainment.
5) Twitter for Authors
An odd link, this one. I know that only a few of our readers will be authors, but I think these handy posts about using Twitter might be useful for anyone who wants to engage more with other readers.
6) Favourite SF/F Settings
7) Forbes Highest Paid Authors
For all those would-be writers out there, these numbers might make you think more seriously about whipping that manuscript into shape – the names on this list of highest paid authors are the exception rather than the rule though!
Although we often complain that genre fiction is not recognised by the literary prizes, we do have such a large number of awards that are dedicated to speculative fiction. Here we have the list of the World Fantasy award Nominees. Have you read any of those nominated?
9) 10 Reasons Why Transformers is PURE awesome!
You’ll have to forgive me this one *grin*. I am a massive fan of the Transformers animated movie (none of this live action rubbish!) and it turns out that James from Speculative Horizons is just as much of a fanboy, giving 10 reasons for why the movie is so awesome!
10) Untapped Audience for SF Magazines
That’s all folks! I’ll be sunning myself on a beach next Wednesday, so do think of me jealously!