Saturday, July 16, 2011

Facebook Report: Lots of Links to Speculative Fiction -- 7/16/11

Summer has everyone busy and few actually posting to Facebook. There have been some interesting conversations at David Brin's pages and Robert Sawyer has been busy with tours, conventions and such. However, I did not keep a sharp enough eye out so did not get to grab them. Visit Facebook and search for your favorite authors to see what they are doing. There are dozens of SF authors posting frequently.   ~Valerie C.

Reading For the Future Today is the birth date of our own Jim Gunn, American science fiction author, editor, scholar, and anthologist.
In his honor we are posting a link to AboutSF.
For more about James Gunn, please see
John C. Tibbetts donates rare interview materials to CSSF/AboutSF | AboutSF
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
William Wood I wish Gunn's multi-volume "The Road to Science Fiction" would be Kindlized. I'd love to have a portable version of that collection!
Mary Rose James Gunn is a marvel and a HUGE influence on the field. He is such a modest man that he will never admit it, but he has jump-started the careers of many and inspired countless more.
Reading For the Future Reading For the Future I mentioned William's comment to J. Gunn via the RFF group on Yahoo! He replied, "Good idea! I'll suggest it to Scarecrow Press. Jim"~Valerie C.

Reading For the Future Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988)
Just a reminder - Heinlein Juveniles
Heinlein Society - Official Robert Anson Heinlein Estate Endorsed Website
The Heinlein Society is endorsed by the Robert Heinlein and Virginia Heinlein Prize Trust, and exists to preserve and pay forward the legacy of author Robert Anson Heinlein.

Reading For the Future Andy Love sent this comment via the RFF Yahoo Group: "The old notion that science strips the world of wonder and joy rears its head in the NYT and is slapped down here (see link below). (I'm the Andrew in the comments quoting Poul Anderson, Isaac Asimov [who was quoting someone else], and XKCD, all in science's defense)." ~Valerie C.
Does it Spoil Anything to Know How the Tricks Are Done? : EvolutionBlog
Writing in The New York Times, Tim Kreider wonders if the immediate availability of information has robbed us of the romance of not knowing: Instant accessibility leaves us oddly disappointed, bored, endlessly craving more. I've often had the experience of...
Ellen Albistegui DuBois All of the poets quoted are Romantic. The Romantic movement, a response to the burgeoning industrial revolution and a rebellion against Classicism and the Enlightenment, has always seen logic as something less human than instinct. This id...
Reading For the Future Agreed, Ellen - which is why I chose not to post this ~Cie

Reading For the Future satire –noun
1. the use of irony, sarcasm, ridicule, or the like, in exposing, denouncing, or deriding vice, folly, etc.
parody –noun,
1. a humorous or satirical imitation of a serious piece of literature or writing: his hilarious parody of Hamlet's soliloquy.
Are the genres of science-fiction and fantasy i... -
The question was raised recently in #scifichat on Twitter, whether the science fiction and fantasy genres were compatible with humor and satire. I have included the definitions of satire, parody and humor below.

Michael O'Brien I've read a lot of funny science-fiction, but I suspect it will be more difficult to write in future because there may not be the shared cultural background that makes it easy to share humour.

Reading For the Future NPR wants to know OUR favorites!
The Best Science Fiction, Fantasy Books? You Tell Us : NPR
To help you chart any fantastic voyages you might take this vacation season, NPR Books is focusing our annual summer readers' poll on science fiction and fantasy. Share your favorite titles: Your votes will decide the titles that make our top-100 list of the best "SF/F" titles ever written.