Tuesday, June 7, 2011

FB Report: Lots of Links on Speculative Fiction -- 5/31//11

Announcing a change in posting policy. This column will be posted monthly or when the number of Facebook postings are numerous enough to demand a biweekly posting. I am job-hunting; wish me luck.

My apologies for not posting since the middle of April. I have been busy with family matters since the death of my mother in April.

This posting overlaps the one in April and the upcoming one in June. That way I know nothing was missed.

Note: in this posting are links to several interesting book lists, including this one:

Reading For the Future
This website is for students and instructors alike. As the name indicates, this website addresses possible future societies, primarily through literary works by George Orwell and Aldous Huxley. Brave New World and 1984 propose frightening scenarios for the future. Brave New World Revi

Reading For the Future A new exhibition dedicated to science fiction has opened at the British Library in London. Out Of This World aims to challenge visitors' perceptions of the genre and explore its relationship with science. Books on show at the exhibition, which is open to the public from May 20 until September 25, include a first edition of Thomas More's Utopia and Luigi Serafini's encyclopaedia of an imaginary world Codex Seraphinius
Sci-Fi... but not as you know it
Science fiction author China Mieville takes a tour of a new exhibition at the British Library which aims to challenge visitors' perceptions of the genre.

Reading For the Future This is a commercial for a Nook, but it pretty much sums up the way we all feel about reading.
NOOK Color "Read Forever™" Anthem
The new "Read Forever™" campaign from Barnes & Noble is a celebration of reading. The campaign evokes the emotions inspired by a great read and showcases the...

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Washington bid for 2015 Worldcon
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The Seattle Westercon Organizing Committee (SWOC) is announcing a bid to host the 73rd World Science Fiction Convention in Spokane, Washington in the summer of 2015...

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Re-Reading the Okal Rel Saga Blog
Recruiting for a promo project "Re-Reading the Okal Rel Saga". I'll start with Courtesan Prince. Decided I'll go with the project if I get ten volunteers to assist by posting a summary/comments on a chapter, and will recruit for maximum of one per chapter...
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By: Lynda Williams

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Jane Yolen's letter to the LA School administrator firing children's librarians to replace them with volunteers and kiosks: dist
Letter to the administrator in charge of firing LA school librarians who had the Board of Ed's lawyers take the librarians into the school basement and asked them to prove they were teachers with such questions as "Do you take attendance?". Dear Mr....

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Please distribute:
Jane Yolen's Letter to the LA School Admin who fired Librarians and replaced them with Volunteers and Kiosks
Podkayne Fries ?"This content is currently unavailable".
May 27
Reading For the Future durnit - hold on
May 27
Reading For the Future there - copy paste works wonders
May 27

Reading For the Future via Lynda Williams, who mentions the coming revolution in publishing and reading.~Valerie C.
Riding the Avalanche by Ursula K. Le Guin « NorthWest Book Lovers
Just a couple of years ago I wrote that I thought the next big step in publishing would be print-on-demand. My prophecy failure rate continues to be perfect. We’re going direct to e-publication. And we’re going there very fast, in great disorder, riding an electronic avalanche.

Reading For the Future For anyone who missed the winner announcement. Congrats all!
2011 Nebula Award Winners!
The 2011 Nebula Award Winners

Reading For the Future From March, but still an interesting read. Some of the authors she discusses are in our lists of books for YA and oft discussed by our group.~Valerie C.
Late Night Rant on YA Sci-fi and the Labeling Of | Phoebe North
Phoebe North's review and writing blog, specializing in young adult science fiction and fantasy.

Reading For the Future Tonight at 8! Get those DVRs set!
Living in a Parallel Universe | National Geographic Channel
Parallel universes, strange hidden worlds, where an alternative reality exists have haunted science fiction for decades. Parallel universes sound like a myth, but a surprising number of leading scientists believe they are real. National Geographic delves into the mysterious science of other universe

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The stars of modern SF pick the best science fiction | Books | The Guardian
To celebrate the opening of the British Library's science fiction exhibition Out of this World, we asked leading SF writers to choose their favourite novel or author in the genre

Reading For the Future ArtOrder is a blog for and about the fantasy and sci-fi illustration community that is committed to mentoring, artistic improvement, and career enhancement. They recently issued the "Eowyn and the Nazgul" Challenge, offering people in the ArtOrder community a chance to interpret the scene their way, in any medium they choose, after reading the passage from the book. The 160 submissions can be seen through the link.
“Eowyn and the Nazgul” Challenge Line-up
The “Eowyn and the Nazgul” challenge was a daunting and huge challenge.We have a ton of judges (Dan Dos Santos, Jesper Ejsing, Eric Fortune, Justin Gerard, Donato Giancola, Arnie Fenner, Greg Manchess, John Jude Palencar, Matt Stewart,Petar Meseldzija,Greg Hildebrandt, & John Howe) that will be wand

Reading For the Future Another great discussion; be sure to read the comments: http://davidbrin.wordpress.com/2011/04/08/the-difference-between-science-fiction-and-fantasy/ ~Valerie C.

Reading For the Future I cannot get the page to work as it usually does. See the link repeated below? I could not load it as a link, but does anyone know anything about the site? It seems to have some interesting but dated info. ~Valerie C.
Comments: (With the required link)
Reading For the Future This link: http://www.pataphysics.net.au/mysf_project/mysf_project_blog/?cat=11&paged=2 ~Valerie C.
May 13
Reading For the Future Cie, I had to do all kinds of workarounds. Rediculous. Or however you spell it. I assume by today things are fixed.~Valerie C.
May 13

Reading For the Future I saw an ad yesterday for a company looking for a freelance SF writer/cartoonist to author and sketch scenarios to go with various products to be advertised. People are paying attention to the genre.~Valerie C.

Reading For the Future Carl E. Mungan and John D. Emery from the U.S. Naval Academy have posted a physics education article, published in the May 2011 issue of The Physics Teacher
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Comments: (with clarification. Thanks, Laura.)
Laura Swift Lind the link leads to a pdf that uses physics to demonstrate that it really would be possible to roll a ship like the Black Pearl over by running back and forth. you do need loose cannons, though
May 2
Reading For the Future I bet that's the only time you've used that sentence!
May 2
Laura Swift Lind ?:-) it was appropriate, & just had to be used
May 2

Reading For the Future Visit the Yahoo Group rff for discussions on reading and teaching SF; Come join the fun.~Valerie C.
rff : Talking Reading for the Future
rff: Talking Reading for the Future

Reading For the Future On this page, you will find resources and recordings from this program.
FableCroft » Swancon EduStream
On Friday 22 April 2011, as part of Swancon Thirty Six | Natcon Fifty, we ran an education-oriented professional development stream on “The Science in Science Fiction”. We looked at how Science, English and other subjects can incorporate speculative fiction into the curriculum in a valid and valuabl...

Reading For the Future Getting the public involved--and encouraging numerous ways to make the issues of designing DNA and biological molecules more familiar to the public. I always say the SF and Soaps helped us deal with test-tube babies, surrogate mothers, and gay marriage. Now artificial biology can benefit, too. ~ Valerie C.
Bio:Fiction Filmfestival about Synthetic Biology | Mladiinfo
The organisers of the Bio:Fiction Filmfestival are inviting filmmakers to share their cinematic visions of a future biotech society and take part in an international short fiction, documentary and animation film-competiton.

Reading For the Future Here you can get links to the podcast for your blog or website; registration for the Renovation teacher workshop, and a bit more info on it all.~Valerie C.
Reading for the Future Reflections: Preparing for Renovation: A Podcast of "Angela's Wisdom"

Reading For the Future here you can listen to the podcast of "Angela's Wisdom."
AboutSF | Saving the world through Science Fiction
AboutSF is a resource center for speculative literature, science fiction, and education. We are a joint project of the University of Kansas, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, and the Science Fiction Research Association, with generous support from Tor Books, The Heinlein Prize Tru

Reading For the Future Looking for something entirely different, I came across this. For younger kids, possibly half are SF. The Table of Contents, listing all lessons and books covered, are available for preview.
Teaching Physical Science through Children's Literature
Integrate science and language arts while emphasizing the process skills common to both areas. * Inspired by favorite stories * 20 complete lessons * Connects science and language arts * Reproducible pages * National Science Education Standards ...

Reading For the Future Valerie interviewed Angela, whose short story will be used at Renovation 2011 and is now on podcast.~Valerie C.
Reading for the Future Reflections: Interview with Angela Lott, Co-author "Angela's Wisdom"

Reading For the Future I happened to be looking through www.aboutsf.com and came across this great link. It covers everything from Anti-matter to Venus.
ASP: Science Fiction Stories with Good Astronomy & Physics
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific is an international nonprofit scientific and educational organization founded in 1889 that works to increase understanding and appreciation of astronomy.
Richard Buboltz Something new for my reading list! Thanks!!
April 24

Reading For the Future 
Teaching SF at Worldcon
Want to build an alien or explore science fiction in the classroom? Renovation, the 69th Worldcon, today announced "Teaching SF", a workshop for teachers, librarians and parents on how to use science fiction as a teaching tool....
Rahul Talakanti Hi,Good morning,i am Rahul ,from INDIA.
i Like science Fiction & Fantasy very much. i Believe Aliens.
i Believe our Rebirth is also on other planets as Aliens; in that planets Alien Life span is 1,000years,or 10,000years,or 100,000years; in t...
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April 23

Reading For the Future This came to me via Lynda Williams. Can you imagine it?
eReaders will transform the developing world – in and outside the classroom « Educational Technolog
If Worldreader’s experience so far is any guide, e-readers are set to transform the developing world, both in – and outside the classroom. But this change won’t be driven by e-readers by themselves – it will be driven by human curiosity, ever-increasing connectivity, enlightened self-interest, and

Reading For the Future Thank you Laura Swift Lind
Experimental Biology 2011: The Biochemistry of Lewis Carroll | Neurotic Physiology
?[Alice:] ‘How would you like to live in Looking-glass House, Kitty? I wonder if they’d give you milk in there? Perhaps Looking-glass milk isn’t good to drink—’
Laura Swift Lind You're welcome
April 14

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