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A bit of book news …

Courtesy of The Guardian

After delving into the paranormal for years as The X-Files’ resident sceptic Dr Dana Scully, actor Gillian Anderson is set to create her own science-fictional universe – but this time in print.

 Anderson has been signed up by American publisher Simon & Schuster to pen the EarthEnd Saga series, together with co-writer Jeff Rovin. The first novel in her series, A Vision of Fire, will focus on a child psychiatrist who treats children traumatised by war or natural disasters, and who comes across a “uniquely troubled” young girl.

I’m thinking this could be a discussion at our book group meetings, about who in SF-F television and movies that we think could pen some interesting books.  

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I wasn’t sure if everyone knew that Wil Wheaton reads the audiobook version of Redshirts.   He does, and it’s quite good.   I found this online, from a reading in Burbank, CA:

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Since we’re discussing Redshirts by John Scalzi this month, I thought I’d mention that the book won the Hugo Award for best novel in 2013.  I know there are those of you who are completely unsurprised by this.   

John Scalzi posted his thoughts about it on his blog (click on the link for the entire post).  Here’s a bit from that post:

* Maybe some people can be cool about winning the Best Novel Hugo, but those people are so not me. When Paul Cornell announced Redshirts as the winner, I pumped my fist like a total dork, kissed my wife, got hugged by what seemed like every person between me and the stage, and then honestly I don’t remember all that much until I was suddenly at the lectern, holding the heaviest Hugo ever (seriously, it is twelve pounds), and then setting it down and trying to remember that now I had to give an acceptance speech. Which I had not written out because I figured if I won I would remember who to thank and what I wanted to say. In retrospect, this was not my smartest idea.

Les sent me a closeup photo of the award, which I’m including here:

hugo for redshirts

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Which means you can expect a handful of posts all about John Scalzi.  Because he’s special enough to warrant his very own category for our group’s blog, you know.

Les forwarded me this photo — I think it’s a good way to begin, don’t you?    And just a reminder — we are discussing Redshirts on Wednesday, January 29th.

scalzi-Jan 14

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Since we’ll be discussing The Night Circus this coming Wednesday, I thought I’d post some additional information, for anyone who might be interested.

The review from NPR — and the review from The New York Times

And Author Magazine has an interview with the author on YouTube.      Erin Morgenstern does have a website, and also a blog, if you’d like to see what she’s up to these days.

 

 

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Farewell, Frederik Pohl

I’m determined to get better about posting obituaries for authors …..

I was forwarded this, so posting — “One of the leading lights of the science fiction world, editor and author Frederik Pohl, passed away this weekend after a career that defined the genre for decades.”

In an interview with Vice, Pohl said:

You can’t really predict the future. All you can do is invent it. You can do things that may have an effect on what the future will be, but you can’t say which is going to happen unless you know who’s inventing things and who’s making things happen. We would not have landed a man on the moon in 1969 if John Kennedy hadn’t decided to do it. It’s because he invented that event that it took place. It probably would’ve happened sooner or later under some other circumstances, but that’s why it happened. Same with atomic energy. So you can see how future events take place but what you can’t do is know who’s going to do something that will change it. You can’t really say what’s going to happen, but you can show a spectrum of possibilities.

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In anticipation of our discussion tomorrow night about David Brin’s Existence, I thought I’d provide a few links and info —

GeekWire has a “10 questions” with David Brin — and here’s the first question:

1) What is right with science fiction today?

David Brin

Brin: SF has so flooded into popular culture and beyond that it’s becoming a staple of discussion in politics and philosophy and daily life. The New Yorker just ran a “science fiction issue” featuring works by some of our literary lights, a few of whom spent decades denying they ever wrote sci-fi. People appear to have realized, at last, that we’re in the 21st century. Time to buy that silvery spandex outfit, I guess.

Another good thing, the sheer number of brilliant young writers coming down the pike. They can turn a phrase with the very best in any genre, in any era, and there are so many of them! Liberated by new technology to explore innovative storytelling methods, like novels with embedded media or animated storyboards.

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You can also find all sorts of information about the book (and David Brin) on his own site; you can not only read what’s there, but you can also view vids of David Brin reading different chapters from the book.

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