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Interesting Writings for a Finally Warm Saturday

This is actually a short one:

1) The Borders Blog fake duels of words between authors is fast becoming one of my favorite things. (More on that in a later post.) Here’s one between fantasy authors Sam Sykes and Ari Marmell:

http://bordersblog.com/scifi/category/sam-sykes-ari-marmell/

2) McSweeney’s writer James Warner takes us into the future of book publishing:

http://www.mcsweeneys.net/2011/3/24warner.html – James Warner

3) An issue that authors, publishers, fans and bloggers need to keep in mind:

http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/print/20110404/46703-the-misinformation-age-what-happens-when-a-headline-goes-viral.html

4) A rather depressing article about the difficulties small presses face in the online market and in general:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/booksblog/2011/apr/07/amazon-profits-small-publisher-losses

 

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Interesting Writings on a…Seriously? More snow? The leaves are changing for fall in Australia already.

1) Justine Larbalestier makes what is a rare online appearance for her these days to explain to writers why they should love their bad reviews, not go around bullying reviewers and making themselves look silly in:

http://justinelarbalestier.com/blog/2011/03/06/i-love-bad-reviews/

2) Borders has a fun thing on their blog where they have authors duel each other in conversations. Joe Abercrombie has participated in several of these to great effect. He’s currently hamming it up with fellow author Anton Strout about D&D and many other things. Go check it out:

http://bordersblog.com/scifi/2011/03/01/joe-abercrombie-and-anton-strout/neutral-evil/

3) Salon’s aviation expert points out the mindscrew of clean water and electronics in the Third World and what that means for the whole world:

http://www.salon.com/news/air_travel/index.html?story=/tech/col/smith/2011/03/09/clean_water_third_world_electronics

4) The talented author N.K. Jemisin talks about the job of the writer regarding reader expectations:

http://nkjemisin.com/2011/03/my-job-is-to-break-your-heart

5) Marty Halpern talks about the perpetual zombie meme of SF dying:

http://martyhalpern.blogspot.com/2011/03/earl-kemps-who-killed-science-fiction.html

6) Paul di Filippo looks at the zombie meme in a different way:

http://bnreview.barnesandnoble.com/t5/The-Speculator/Beyond-the-Horizon-21st-Century-SF/ba-p/3847

7) Author Stephen Hunt declares that the BBC in the UK really needs to stop sometimes putting up the imaginary wall between university professors who are writing contemporary drama and university professors who are writing science fiction and fantasy, or at least if you’re going to have the imaginary wall, don’t leave out SFF when you’re trashing genres on your programs:

http://www.sfcrowsnest.com/articles/news/2011/One-Genre-to-bring-them-all-and-in-the-darkness-bind-them-15938.php

8 ) Publisher Lou Anders once again tries to explain that it does take work and cost to make decent e-books for retail sale. It will fall on deaf ears but like Hunt’s war on the BBC, we must try now and again to instill some sense:

http://louanders.blogspot.com/2011/03/just-for-record.html

9) In the wake of the death of children’s author Brian Jacques, teacher and writer John Ottinger tells a lovely story about the magic that is books and why it is important to let kids read whatever they want, that art is broader than your philosophy, Horatio. Jacques’ books will be doing this sort of thing for decades to come:

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2011/03/brian-jacques-and-the-boy-who-wouldnt-read

10) Literary agent Rachelle Gardner continues her thankless task of trying to explain to writers how publishing actually works:

http://cba-ramblings.blogspot.com/2011/03/myth-busting-part-1.html

11) Author Cat Valente deals with the idea that all art in any form in the electrosphere should just be one price, the price we used to charge for things in 1968:

http://yuki-onna.livejournal.com/636473.html

12) Chuck Wendig suggests that investing in authors is a good thing for everybody:

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2011/03/21/the-care-and-feeding-of-your-favorite-authors/

13) The Crotchety Old Fan, getting crotchety about the disdain given to some sorts of older SF, comes up with a great idea: call it all Rocketpunk! I’m on board:

http://www.rimworlds.com/thecrotchetyoldfan/2011/03/the-new-sf-sub-genre-is-here


Yes, I had a lot of them saved up. More reading for you!


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Interesting Writings for the Last Bit of September

1) Excellent SFF writer A. Lee Martinez points out that screaming “The Internet will destroy your brains!” has no more meaning than when people shouted it about other forms of media:

http://www.aleemartinez.com/in-defense-of-the-internet/blog/23092010/

2) Excellent SFF writer Patricia Wrede delivers interesting insights into fiction writers on her blog:

http://pcwrede.com/blog/

3) The Borders blog has been very busy lately. First off, excellent SFF writers Brandon Sanderson and Brent Weeks have a semi-satiric and semi-serious discussion about mostly alternate world (epic) fantasy:

http://bordersblog.com/scifi/category/brandon-sanderson-and-brent-weeks/

4) Second at the Borders blog, excellent SFFH editors Lou Anders of Pyr Books, Ginjer Buchanan of Berkley Ace, and Jeremy Lassen of Night Shade Books have a wonderful discussion about the symbiotic realities of fiction publishing and being SFFH editors:

http://bordersblog.com/scifi/2010/09/28/lou-anders-ginjer-buchanan-and-jeremy-lassen/on-the-nature-of-rivals-and-the-rising-tide/

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