1. It’s a concept novel. It’s the only novel I’ve ever written that has a plot, which is thrilling. I don’t know if I can do it. Those books are incredibly hard to write.

    — Zadie Smith on her upcoming science-fiction novel in the London Evening Standard. Yes, you read that correctly, and her quote made me laugh. I have never found her one for plot, and that has been her strength and weakness, IMO. (via cloudunbound)

  2. lyndztanica:

    Not every library is filled with just books.  >:3  Since my dayjob is an archival library… I guess now is a good time to say we have one of the largest science fiction collections in the country.  And George R.R. Martin’s personal papers.  

    Which means sometimes we get warhammers, longswords, obsidian knives, etc.

    Holy. Moly.

  3. Perhaps crossovers are just what Doctor Who ordered to perpetuate speculative fiction’s readership.

    — Kristi Chadwick in the article “Hungry for SF” in the Aug 12 issue of Library Journal (via straddlingtheborderline)

  4. gideongordongraves:

Your LJ webcast producer knows what you like.
But seriously, check out our webcasts.

GPOLJ.

    gideongordongraves:

    Your LJ webcast producer knows what you like.

    But seriously, check out our webcasts.

    GPOLJ.

  5. A Litquake Tumblr: Junot Diaz on Ray Bradbury I was speaking of him only yesterday. I was... →

    litquake:

    Junot Diaz on Ray Bradbury

    I was speaking of him only yesterday. I was with someone from the American Association of Publishers, my interlocutor and I were talking about how much we loved his work. She mentioned that she had actually visited his home, and I could only mutter, in awe, “He has the greatest mind.” No coincidence or presentiment involved in this little conversation. The truth is, for me, and for a whole generation of readers, I’m sure, Bradbury is never far from mind. He was simply too important, too indelible, his imagination too uncanny, his impact on the culture too sustained and profound. Even though he considered himself primarily a fantasist, he (and a few other key writers) snapped science fiction out of its adolescent fugue and helped introduce the genre to a broader audience. He was also the original transmedia franchise, as his fiction was read, performed onstage, and viewed on screens. A prescient lyrical writer with an abiding hatred for intolerance, Bradbury influenced generations of readers and many of our most famous dreamers, from Stephen King to Steven Spielberg.

  6. Yes, they are.

    Yes, they are.

  7. From Tor, Art History Through Sci Fi-Colored Glasses:

Pastiche? Mash-up? The best form of flattery? Whatever you want to call it, artists have enjoyed riffing on historical paintings for ages. For some, it’s a fun way to learn and explore issues of color, composition, and application of paint by intimately copying from a master. For others, it’s a means to tap into the feelings and emotions already assoctiated with the original image, (for humour or drama.)

    From Tor, Art History Through Sci Fi-Colored Glasses:

    Pastiche? Mash-up? The best form of flattery? Whatever you want to call it, artists have enjoyed riffing on historical paintings for ages. For some, it’s a fun way to learn and explore issues of color, composition, and application of paint by intimately copying from a master. For others, it’s a means to tap into the feelings and emotions already assoctiated with the original image, (for humour or drama.)

  8. mswyrr:

    Writer Jim C. Hines “Striking a Pose (Women and Fantasy Covers)

  9. Some selections from our Best of Sci Fi/Fantasy list! George R.R. Martin linked to us on his Livejournal (his mood? happy) and then we got a ton of hits. Thanks George R.R. Martin!

    Some selections from our Best of Sci Fi/Fantasy list! George R.R. Martin linked to us on his Livejournal (his mood? happy) and then we got a ton of hits. Thanks George R.R. Martin!