Monday, November 1, 2010

FB Report.: Lots of Links on Speculative Fiction -- 10/31/10

FB Report...10/31/10

To get a richer feel for the Facebook experience in advancing the mission of RFF, I have broadened my search for pertinent links to include a few friends.

And don't forget that the different items are altered for this blog post. Refer to the original Facebook site to see the unmodified version.

David Brin, "Science fiction can infect children with the dangerous mental habit of imagining things different than they are."
Contrary Brin
An occasional online journal to handle discussions generated by "The David Brin Site" ( ) Courteous argument is welcome...

I asked several people who commented on this question if they could be quoted. They said yes. Some of their comments are to be included in an article later.

David Brin, "From memristors to artificial cells to the semantic web. Fifty ideas to change science forever: Cast your vote for which will most profoundly affect our future:"
Competition: 50 ideas to change science forever - 22 October 2010 - New Scientist
Which of the 50 ideas presented this week and last do you think is most likely to change the face of science? Tell us, and you could win a tablet PC

David Brin, "It’s not quite Star Wars, but science fiction is changing the modern battlefield: with the advent of spy saucers, big dogs, stealth ships, nuke proof tanks, airborne lighsaber, and a flying humvee."
» WTF Weapons, From Spy Saucers to Flying Lightsabers
Admiral Gary Roughead, the Navy's top officer, is all about practicality these days. In a document he issued to his sailors earlier this week, he vowed that when it came to military gadgets, the Navy would "only develop those capabilities we need, not just want." In these tough economic times, Rough...

Reading For the Future, "Thanks to Cat Rambo (one of my favorite Escape Artist authors) for bringing this to my attention. National Novel Writing Month is a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30."
National Novel Writing Month
Thirty days and nights of literary abandon

David Brin, "For a bit of humor: an ordinary day obeying the laws of physics, like it or not"
Unpopular Science -
One man's unhappy encounters with the laws of physics.

This post above reminded me of David Brin's book The Practice Effect, which I recommend as suitable for YA.~Valerie C.

David Brin shared a link.
Stories vs. Statistics -
How do the worlds of storytelling and scientific probability differ? A mathematician counts the ways.
Said David Brin, "A mathematician weighs in on the contrasts between stories and statistics. Stories tend to focus on atypical individuals, peculiar circumstances, random occurrences… and the occasional improbable coincidence (or even a deux ex machina). And yet the author tries to populate stories with realistic details and true-to-life characters – to help the reader suspend disbelief."

Reading For the Future, "#1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 9 are Speculative Fiction (and sound very interesting...)"~Cie
Top Ten Teen Reads | At Your Library
Every year,as part of Teen Read Week, teens from all over the country vote for their favorite book published during the previous year. The winner from this year's ballots? Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins.

Vonda McIntyre' "I got interviewed at IO9 the other day.,(IO9's native URLs are very long and sometimes give away the punch line.)Vonda N McIntyre When I was in England in 1979, my British pb publisher showed me the cover (see thumbnail below) and I swear my heart nearly stopped. It's actually kind of pretty in a design sort of way, but I'm not squeamish about snakes and I still would not like them crawling over my face. I forget how many copies the book sold, but not nearly as many as they hoped, and I can't say I blame book-buyers.
Feminism, astronauts, and riding sidesaddle: Talking to Dreamsnake's Vonda McIntyre
It's Dreamsnake weekend for Blogging the Hugos! Today, an interview with author Vonda McIntyre about writing 1979's Hugo-winning novel, how much things have changed for women in SF, and how she hopes you don't notice the trick she pulled.

Kevin J. Anderson Signed and presented a book to His Highness Sheikh Mohammed al-Qassimi today, was surrounded by a mob of paparazzi
 via Twitter  @TheKJA on Twitter
 [10/26/10] [reported on Facebook as part of the link below]
Kevin J. Anderson, "I presented him with THE MAP OF ALL THINGS last spring at the BEA, through an intermediary, which is why he invited me to come to Sharjah. This time, because he is a big supporter of the arts, we gave him a signed copy of the Writers of the Future 25 Year anniversary book.

From William Wood, "What's better than a 4-hour-long director's cut of Avatar? How 'bout two more of 'em. Gad.
James Cameron’s Next Movies: Avatar 2 and 3
James Cameron will take moviegoers back to Pandora in a pair of Avatar sequels that he promises will deliver the same visual and emotional impact of the original sci-fi smash.

Reading For the Future, "Ink Plots is at SVA’s Visual Arts Gallery (601 West 26 Street, 15th floor, New York City) though November 6."~Cie
GeekMom » Blog Archive » Ink Plots: The Tradition of the Graphic Novel
If you’re a fan of graphic novels, or even if you’re just curious about the format, there’s a great show running right now at my alma mater, School of Visual Art. Ink Plots: The Tradition of the Graphic Novel shares the work of artists influential in the creation of the genre who just so happen to b
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REading for the Future, "Lynda Williams said I should share this poem of mine with you. Books are Masochists They call out Krysia Anderson"

Reading For the Future, "This author of YA fantasy-horror puts book lists of children's and YA books, with abstracts and reviews, on her website."~Valerie C.
Children's and YA Science Fiction Novels for Children and Young Adults
bibliography of fantasy and science fiction books for kids and teenagers

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