Wednesday, January 19, 2011

FB Report: Lots of Links on Speculative Fiction -- 1/19/11

We have a busy page at Facebook. Here are the week' stats.

fb page stats for 17jan11
203 monthly active users (+0 since last week)
302 people like this (-3 since last week)
30 wall posts or comments this week (+20 since last week)
55 visits this week (+0 since last week)

From Other Walls

This might be a bit outdated, but the museum is perpetual!~Valerie C.
via Cie McCullough
Join author Jane Yolen and illustrators Jane Dyer, Barry Moser, Ruth Sanderson and Bruce Degen as they discuss the interplay of words and pictures in the process of creating a picture book. Hear firsthand how the whole emerges greater than the sum of its parts.
1:00 pm panel discussion
2:00 pm book signings
2:30 pm Jane Yolen takes you on a gallery tour of her art collection.See More
Home - The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is the first full-scale museum in this country devoted to national and international picture book art.

via Lynda Williams
Writers - input welcome on the Writer's Craft blog.
Clarion Blog
Writers are often asked to explain how their favorite authors have influenced their work over the years. But how about what we are reading today? Does it percolate into what we write tomorrow?

From the Wall of Reading For the Future

Reading For the Future News from Nichelle Nichols Communications Page:
Tonight on PBS at 8pm - Gene Roddenberry, Rod Serling, & Irwin Allen.
Great way to introduce the Golden Age of SF
Season Two Preview, Pioneers of Television, PBS Video
PIONEERS OF TELEVISION returns with new stories of the visionaries who shaped the medium.

Reading For the Future Just in case you have not heard the nominations yet.
Philip K. Dick Award
The judges of the 2010 Philip K. Dick Award and the Philadelphia SF Society, along with the Philip K. Dick Trust, are pleased to announce seven nominated works that comprise the final ballot for the award:

Reading For the Future From Tim Pratt: 'Damn, this video makes me want to write hopeful science fiction.'
NASA - The Frontier Is Everywhere
FULL CREDIT goes to Michael Marantz for his brilliant original: AND OF COURSE to Carl Sagan. I made an entire page of credits and forgot to cite The Pale Blue Dot. Total brain fart on my part. I miss the man dearly. NASA -

Reading For the Future Valerie C. via Julie Czerneda
Tesseracts 15 update is now available at
Julie Czerneda Official Site
Julie Czerneda's Official Site,Science Fiction and Fantasy Author and Editor, Information on her Work, Stories, and Educator Materials

Reading For the Future I complained to the site that they were not putting out enough hard sci fi. Rome wrote back for suggestions. I mentioned my interest in YA and YA suitable books. Rome gave me the name of 3 currently available. I invite him to view this page and help with our book list. See comment below.
Science Fiction Book Club

The Science Fiction Book Club is one of the best-known resources for science fiction and fantasy books. Our goal is to provide our community of book-lovers with a carefully edited selection of science fiction and fantasy titles all at a significant cost savings. W...e believe in providing our members with the best of the best including original anthologies available only to our members.

Reading For the Future commented:
My dialog with Rome included this comment about YA and YA suitable sci fi:
"Science Fiction Book Club Thanks for the great feedback, Valerie - its helpful for me to keep improving SFBC. I'll keep an eye out for more hard sf and some of the t...itles/authors you ment...ion. In the meantime, you might want to check out CHAOS WALKING by Patrick Ness - it's a 2-in-1 omnibus of a YA trilogy - and the third book, MONSTERS OF MEN. Both are available through the club and are very good reads for both YA and adults. Another one is NOMANSLAND. -Rome" ~Valerie c.See More
Saturday at 5:07am
Reading For the Future commented:
If anyone has read these books, do let us know what you think of them! Shall we add them to our book list? ~Valerie C.
Saturday at 5:08am

Reading For the Future Something for writers, and readers, to watch for: pirated eBooks.
little bits of everything - Don't Steal Books
So, this morning, a reader tweeted sarahtales that she had illegally downloaded The Demon's Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan's first book, because the e-format she wanted wasn't available in her region. (The paper book was.) She then didn't understand why Brennan was upset. ...She claimed she was making a s...

Eric Warren commented:
just another reason that technology and easy access is not always we go again!
January 14 at 10:22am

Reading For the Future commented:
Actually, I am quite upset at a friend's comment to my own posting of this:
'What if I already own the book? Could I then feel like the pirated ebook is more like a backup of something that I have already purchased and to which I have user r...ights? I have transferred video cassettes to DVD without guilt if there is no DVD available, but don't do that if I could buy a legitimate copy. If I buy the book and there is no ebook available, I would probably feel ok doing this, but if there was an ebook option? This is actually something that I have been thinking about a great deal lately.'See More
January 14 at 3:32pm

Eric Warren commented:
stealing is stealing...period...there is no way to justify 'pirating' or downloading anything without permission or purchase other than greed and wanting something for free...authors, artists, publishers have rights...they create and produce the product, it is not anyone's to want it, buy it...if you cannot afford it, that's why there are libraries! haven't we been through this before with illegal music downloading? people need to stop trying to justify a crime...
January 14 at 5:42pm

Reading For the Future ?'H.P. Lovecraft was the forefather of modern horror fiction having inspired such writers as Stephen King, Robert Bloch and Neil Gaiman But what led an Old World, xenophobic gentleman to create one of literature’s most far-reaching mythologies? What attracts even the minds of the 21st century to these stories of unspeakable abominations and cosmic gods?'
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown - Watch the Documentary Film for Free
Lovecraft: Fear of the Unknown - The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is Fear of the Unknown.. Watch free documentaries. Share documentary films.

(I apologize if these 3 below are duplicates from the last posting.)

Reading For the Future This also comes from SFBC; they expect the show to pay tribute to all of our beloved authors and classic novels as well as films.~Valerie
Ridley Scott pays tribute to "Prophets of Science Fiction"
For a guy who felt that science fiction was dead a few years ago, Ridley Scott seems to have renewed his interest in the genre of late. He's producing a show for the Science channel paying tribute to scifi's creators.

Reading For the Future I offer this because the SFBC made this announcement with the posting:
"Congratulations to Paolo Bacigalupi, whose YA novel, SHIP BREAKER, has won the American Library Association's Michael L Printz award for literary excellence in Young Adult literature- a well deserved achievement! -Rome" `Valerie
Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi, Science Fiction Book Club® -
Author: Paolo Bacigalupi, Publisher: Hachette Book Group USA, Price: $11.99 with Science Fiction Book Club® Membership, Length: 336 pages -

Reading For the Future This came to my wall via Lynda Williams. ~Valerie
BBC Book Nerd Challenge
Have you read more than 6 of these books? The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books listed here. Instructions: Copy this into your NOTES. Bold those books you've read in their entirety, italicize the ones you started but didn't finish or read an excerpt....By:Lynda Williams

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