WWWednesday: July 11, 2018

Awards:

The short list for the British Fantasy Awards has been published. Best fantasy novel finalists include: The Age of Assassins by RJ Baker; The Court of Broken Knives by Anna Smith Spark and The Ninth Rain by Jen Williams. Best horror novel finalists are: The Boy on the Bridge by M.R. Carey; The Changeling by Victor LaValle; Relics by Tim Lebbon; The Crow Garden by Alison Littlewood and Behind her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough.

The Prometheus Award for best work exemplifying libertarian ideas was awarded to The Powers of Earth by Travis Corcoran.

Conventions:

Locus provides information on the concerns raised about harassment at Salt Lake City’s FanX Convention, and the current circumstances.

Voting is currently open for WorldCon 2020 and NASFiC 2019. NASFiC is the convention that takes place in the USA whenever WorldCon is held in another country. San Jose hosts WorldCon is 2018, and Dublin, Ireland hosts in 2019. Voting continues through August 11, 2018 for those WorldCon members who have paid the voting fee.

Publishers Weekly insists that San Diego ComiCon (July 18-22, 2018) is still the king.

Books and Writing:

Book covers! We talk about them all the time, right? Chip Kidd talks about book design here. (Note that he is a paper book partisan.) It’s a little over 17 minutes. At about 8 minutes in, the David Sedaris cover may not be safe for work.

Here’s a list of new and upcoming releases in the speculative fiction field.

Tor headlines some of its July releases too.

Atlas Obscura wants to hear from you. What is the best margin note you ever found inside a book?

The Bookshop Band is a group who write and sing songs inspired by books. They have one called “Once Upon a Time,” but this link is them showcasing a song inspired by Hilary Mantel’s Bring Up The Bodies. And here’s their website.

Housekeeping:

My records show that the giveaways are now current through June 28. Back in early May, a few glitches on the site affected the Contact form and I did not get notification from winners. Kat got that fixed, but you could help me out by checking by letting you know if you’ve won, contacted us, and haven’t heard from us. Thank you!

TV and Movies:

The Daily Beast interviews Peyton Reed who directed Ant Man and the Wasp. The director talks at length about bouncing back from The Avengers; Infinity War, sexism and signing a personal idol in one of the roles.

Hannah Johns-Kamen talks about the Spice Girls, her role in Ant Man and the Wasp, and Killjoys.

Ars Technica interviews stage and screen legend Ian McKlellen about advocacy, theater and starring in two blockbuster film franchises.

A favorable review of Rampage.

Obit:

Steve Ditko, the co-creator of Spiderman, passed away last week.

Internet:

John Scalzi gives us a dramatic reading of Alexandra Petri’s opinion piece, written shortly before Scott Pruitt, the former head of the EPA, announced his resignation. Is it science fiction? Is it horror? Is it just Tuesday in the USA? Whatever, I hope you enjoy this.

Vanity Fair takes a look at George Lucas’s museum, which is actually being built (and may even open!) in Los Angeles. Check out that building.

Who wouldn’t want to take a college course entirely about Batman?

Volcano stew! This Azorean chef makes it the old-fashioned way, cooking it in a volcanic steam vent. Sounds pretty tasty.

Gaming:

Google may be the next company to enter the streaming-game business.

Science and Tech:

This is darkly, hilariously funny, a little scary and very sad. Who knew Fake AI was a thing? Companies who advertise “smart systems” are relying on… humans to impersonate AIs. (I don’t think they’re clear on the Turing Test concept.)

I leave you with one more video from The Bookshop Band; “Sanctuary,” a song inspired by Philip Pullman’s book Belle Sauvage.


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MARION DEEDS, with us since March 2011, is retired from a 35-year career with county government, where she met enough interesting characters and heard enough zany stories to inspire at least two trilogies’ worth of fantasy fiction. Currently she spends part of her time working at a local used bookstore. She is an aspiring writer herself and, in the 1990s, had short fiction published in small magazines like Night Terrors, Aberrations, and in the cross-genre anthology The Magic Within. On her blog Deeds & Words, she reviews many types of books and follows developments in food policy and other topics.

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