Choose your own adventure in the Fiction Unbound news of the week:
- A most incredible story from the world of publishing: writer John Scalzi struck a deal with Tor publishing for 13 book over the next decade. THIRTEEN! io9 covered this story, and on his Whatever blog, John Scalzi has an enlightening post about how this deal fits into his writerly career plan, as well as a funny self interview.
- Helen Oyeyemi, author of Boy, Snow, Bird, interviewed Kelly Link for the Los Angeles Review of Books. Oyeyemi gets the goods on Link’s writing process for her latest short story collection, Get in Trouble. It turns out Italo Calvino was partially right; while it didn’t quite take 10 years or 12 servants, it did take the rental of a country house. For the long route, Kelly Link recommends Angela Carter’s short story The Lady of the House of Love. Interested in staying down the rabbit hole forever? You can subscribe to Electric Lit’s Recommended Reading and get their picks delivered to your inbox.
- Also on Electric Lit, an interview with Mat Johnson for the release of his latest novel, Loving Day. Mat Johnson talks about finding the right form for a story, the insufficiency of language to discuss race, publishing and marketing odd category books, Twitter, and fatherhood. This is how the rabbit hole works, click on one thing, fall down another.
- Over on Science Daily’s Weird World section, there is the story of a roadmap to bring us closer to brain computer interfaces, BCI. For the short course read the SD article. If you’re in for the long haul, check out the full Roadmap by the Graz University of Technology. This Roadmap features news relevant for gamers, lovers of cyborgs, and most importantly, for people with communication and mobility disabilities.
- One of the darkest rabbit holes on the internet is the directory of US Patents. It appears that you can patent just about anything. Check out this patented device for curing hiccups, all you have to do is raise the metal cup to your lips and electrify your face. The perfect gift for the guy or gal who has everything who gets a nasty case of the hiccups. Even weirder, this is a fairly newfangled device, the patent was issued in 2006! Maybe this one isn't so literary related, but you never know what might inspire the next big thing.
That's it for today's Down the Rabbit Hole. May your journey be long and enlightened.
Read Similar Stories
The ambitious cosplay of devoted fans, contrasted to the quiet insecurities of blockbuster writers.
We believe in supporting the local SF/F scene, which includes keeping up with the latest speculative fiction put out by a new Colorado publishing house, Hex Publishers.
Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" turns 100! Run your antennae over these links for articles and events in celebration of a haunting masterpiece.
Margaret Atwood is a prolific writer. Today she releases a new novel, earlier in the year she released a book of short stories, and she contributed another story to an anthology of "cli-fi."
The old political saw that controvery builds engagement proves true regarding this year's Hugo Awards. Voting by members for the finalists far surpassed last year's totals, and we think the high participation is a testament to the vitality and engagement of the SFF community.
A carefully cultivated waste of time.
The list for the 2015 Man Booker Prize in Fiction was announced today, and we've rounded up the nominees writing in the realms of speculative fiction.
Make your moments of distraction more satisfying with this week's rabbit hole of speculative news, interviews and fiction.
Jeff VanderMeer and others win big for literary horror.
Set the book down for an hour and visit one of these speculative happenings in Metro Denver this summer.
Longtime fans of Neil Gaiman's AMERICAN GODS will soon get to see Shadow, Mr. Wednesday and the rest of the immigrant pantheon as the team of Bryan Fuller (HANNIBAL) and Michael Green (HEROES, THE RIVER) write and produce the story for a new Starz TV series.
The BBC mini-series based on Susanna Clarke's first novel, Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, premiers on 6-13 in America. The alternate history fantasy tells of two rival magicians in Napoleonic England.
A Twisting Warren of Speculative Fiction News
The Internet thinks Simon Pegg is worried science fiction and genre stories are responsible for the dumbing down of society. But is he really? Fiction Unbound thinks not.
The roiling debate over PEN's decision to honor Charlie Hebdo, with some commentary on free self-expression from speculative classics.
The 2015 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction was awarded to All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (Scribner). The Pulitzer announcement blurb: "...an imaginative and intricate novel inspired by the horrors of World War II and written in short elegant chapters that explore human nature and the contradictory power of technology."
Like most interested parties, the Unbound Writers fear that working on another HBO mini-series will further delay George R. R. Martin's publication of the much-anticipated The Winds of Winter, the 6th book of the Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series.
Today, Fiction Unbound joins the literary world in mourning the passing of one of its giants, best-selling author of the Discworld series, Sir Terry Pratchett. In his words: "It is said that your life flashes before you eyes just before you die. That is true, it's called Life." -The Last Continent.
Ursula K. Le Guin calls out Kazuo Ishiguro's genre anxiety around his just-released novel, The Buried Giant--which is #TotallyNotFantasy
A new collection of recently re-discovered fairy tales compiled by Franz Xaver von Schönwerth has been translated by Maria Tatar and published by Penguin. Prepare to have the evil step-mother trope trampled on with an iron dancing shoe, worn by a man with golden locks.
io9 has released a month-by-month guide to new sci-fi and fantasy books coming out in 2015.
Announced on February 20, 2015, the Nebula Awards nominees are chosen by SFWA. Check out the list.