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message 1: by Rob, Roberator (new)

Rob (robzak) | 5267 comments Mod
This is the place to share all the latest SFF news you think your fellow members will be interested in for 2019.


message 2: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4913 comments A whole bunch of classics entered the public domain on January 1st.

P.G. Wodehouse, Agatha. Bristle, Joseph Conrad, Rudyard Kipling, etc.: http://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/29/bo...


message 3: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4913 comments $100,000 worth of comic books stolen from a Vegas storage unit, including the entire 66-year run of Spider-man: http://abc7chicago.com/$100000-worth...


message 4: by Dara (new)

Dara (cmdrdara) | 2253 comments The internet has thoughts a bout today's Pottermore fact. "Hogwarts didn't always have bathrooms. Before adopting Muggle plumbing methods in the eighteenth century, witches and wizards simply relieved themselves wherever they stood, and vanished the evidence. #NationalTriviaDay" (Twitter)

Tor and
Pajiba: Pajiba have pretty funny takes on it.

And yes, my first Quick Burn for 2019 is about poos. Starting the year off on great note.


message 5: by John (Taloni) (new)

John (Taloni) Taloni (JohnTaloni) | 2618 comments Of course! How else would Mr. Hanky have come to life?


message 6: by Tassie Dave, S&L Historian (new)

Tassie Dave | 2338 comments Mod
Dara wrote: "And yes, my first Quick Burn for 2019 is about poos. Starting the year off on great note.."

It can only go downhill from here ;-)


message 7: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4913 comments Tassie Dave wrote: "Dara wrote: "And yes, my first Quick Burn for 2019 is about poos. Starting the year off on great note.."

It can only go downhill from here ;-)"


I see what you did there. Now vanish it.


message 8: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Murrell | 81 comments Dara wrote: "The internet has thoughts a bout today's Pottermore fact. "Hogwarts didn't always have bathrooms. Before adopting Muggle plumbing methods in the eighteenth century, witches and wizards simply relie..."

So that's the secret to Vapoorize! Christopher Walken and Jack Black are wizards.


message 9: by Dara (new)

Dara (cmdrdara) | 2253 comments Nnedi Okorafor spoke to Vulture about Garfield, Wakanda, and her newest comic, LaGuardia.


message 10: by Stephen (new)

Stephen Richter (StephenofLongBeach) | 923 comments George R.R. Martin was on " Finding Your Roots" PBS program and had his world turned upside down. Since it is PBS there is a chance you can see it a multiple times and multiple days as PBS likes to rerun stuff all the time, but it really did shake George .


message 11: by Dara (last edited Jan 09, 2019 09:45PM) (new)

Dara (cmdrdara) | 2253 comments SFWA Announces Newest Damon Knight Grand Master – William Gibson


"The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) is pleased to announce that William Gibson has been named the 35th Damon Knight Grand Master for his contributions to the literature of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award recognizes “lifetime achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy.” Gibson joins the Grand Master ranks alongside such legends as C. J. Cherryh, Peter S. Beagle, Ursula K. Le Guin, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and Joe Haldeman. The award will be presented at the 54th Annual Nebula Conference and Awards Ceremony in Woodland Hills, CA, May 16th-19th, 2019."



message 12: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4913 comments Stephen wrote: "George R.R. Martin was on " Finding Your Roots" PBS program and had his world turned upside down. Since it is PBS there is a chance you can see it a multiple times and multiple days..."

to;dr - Turns out he’s House Targaryen, not House Stark.


message 13: by Dara (new)

Dara (cmdrdara) | 2253 comments Plot twist: he’s a White Walker.


message 14: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4913 comments Stephen wrote: "George R.R. Martin was on " Finding Your Roots" PBS program and had his world turned upside down. Since it is PBS there is a chance you can see it a multiple times and multiple days..."

BTW: here’s the episode in question: http://www.pbs.org/video/grandparent...

It is pretty amazing, especially the Andy Samberg section, but I was not at all surprised about GRRM’s ancestry. I’ve always thought that’s what his background was.


Ruth (tilltab) Ashworth | 1406 comments Well, now I'm curious. Any chance someone can summarise for the not Americans?


message 16: by Shad (new)

Shad (splante) | 293 comments The latest Imaginary Worlds podcast has an interview with Madeline Miller, the author of former club pick Circe. She discusses Circe and The Song of Achilles.


message 17: by AndrewP (new)

AndrewP (AndrewCa) | 2184 comments Just noticed that there is now a release date for Tad Williams Empire of Grass. May 7th 2019, have to add that one to my pre-order list.


message 18: by Dara (new)

Dara (cmdrdara) | 2253 comments Hugo nominations are now open. http://boingboing.net/2019/01/10/dub...


message 19: by Iain (new)

Iain Bertram (Iain_Bertram) | 605 comments Shad wrote: "The latest Imaginary Worlds podcast has an interview with Madeline Miller, the author of former club pick Circe. She discusses Circe and [book:The Song of Achilles|1..."

It’s a damn fine interview as well.


message 20: by Dara (last edited Jan 10, 2019 10:11PM) (new)

Dara (cmdrdara) | 2253 comments Medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel writes about "Siamese twin" books on his blog, including one that opens 6 different ways. They're almost like the Frankienstein's monsters of books but serve a cool function.

"They are like Siamese twins in that they present two different entities joint at their backs: each part has one board for itself, while a third is shared between the two. Their contents show why this was done: you will often find two complementary devotional works in them, such as a prayerbook and a Psalter, or the Bible’s Old and New Testament. Reading the one text you can flip the 'book' to consult the other."


He also says, "In the 20th century this type of binding enjoyed a revival with the Double Ace books, which featured two short science fiction stories." The post has some pretty cool images of the books.


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message 22: by Mark (new)

Mark (mmtz) | 1027 comments Dara wrote: "SFWA Announces Newest Damon Knight Grand Master – William Gibson

"The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA, Inc.) is pleased to announce that William Gibson has been named the 35t..."


Thanks for the heads up. The S&L Grand Masters page has been updated.

http://swordandlaser.wikia.com/wiki/...


message 23: by Louie (new)

Louie (RMutt1914) | 671 comments Rob wrote: "Netflix is making a show based on Shadow and Bone / Six of Crows"

Adapted by Eric Heisserer (Arrival) no less.


message 24: by Conal (new)

Conal (ConalO) | 15 comments Dennis E. Taylor announces Bobiverse sequel to be duology.

http://dennisetaylor.org/2019/01/06/o...


message 25: by John (Taloni) (new)

John (Taloni) Taloni (JohnTaloni) | 2618 comments More Bobiverse! *Does one-man "stadium wave" at desk*


message 26: by Phillip (new)

Phillip Murrell | 81 comments Conal wrote: "Dennis E. Taylor announces Bobiverse sequel to be duology.

http://dennisetaylor.org/2019/01/06/o..."


Great news.


message 27: by Mark (last edited Jan 12, 2019 04:34AM) (new)

Mark (mmtz) | 1027 comments We need more lists like this. Granted, it's a short list, but two of the five books are S+L picks, and there's beer!

Speculative Fiction on Tap: Winter Books, Winter Beer
http://bookriot.com/2019/01/08/specu...


message 28: by Aaron (new)

Aaron | 219 comments Stephen wrote: "George R.R. Martin was on " Finding Your Roots" PBS program and had his world turned upside down."
Ruth (tilltab) Ashworth wrote: "Well, now I'm curious. Any chance someone can summarise for the not Americans?"

The very brief summary is (view spoiler)


message 29: by Dara (new)

Dara (cmdrdara) | 2253 comments The nominees for the Philip K. Dick aware were announced. Via Tor, "The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States during the previous calendar year."

Nominees are:
Time Was by Ian McDonald (can't find a link for the book)
The Body Library by Jeff Noon
84K by Claire North
Alien Virus Love Disaster: Stories by Abbey Mei Otis
Theory of Bastards by Audrey Schulman
Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories by Vandana Singh


message 30: by Dara (new)

Dara (cmdrdara) | 2253 comments Cory Doctorow has a new book coming out, Radicalized. It's a collection of 4 novellas - "A timely book comprised of four SF novellas connected by social, technological, and economic visions of today and what America could be in the near, near future."

Tor: http://www.tor.com/2019/01/16/book-a...


message 31: by Joanna (new)

Joanna (Spriggana) | 17 comments can't find a link for the book
Searching by ISBN/ASIN works: Time Was


message 32: by Stephen (last edited Jan 16, 2019 09:55PM) (new)

Stephen Richter (StephenofLongBeach) | 923 comments Scott Lynch's Gentleman's Bastards has been optioned by Phoenix Pictures. Now before you get to excited image if a movie was the flu. Scott has just sneezed. Not every sneeze turns into the flu. So Here to hoping Scott gets the flu.


message 33: by Trike (new)

Trike | 4913 comments Stephen wrote: "Scott Lynch's Gentleman's Bastards has been optioned by Phoenix Pictures. Now before you get to excited image if a movie was the flu. Scott has just sneezed. Not every sneeze turns into the flu. So Here to hoping Scott gets the flu..."

So by extension, if you want this to become a long-running TV series then you hope... Scott gets pneumonia and dies? Dude. Harshest analogy ever.


message 34: by David (new)

David (farrakut) | 751 comments I think Scott said that this was also the 3rd time it's been optioned, so I'm not holding out hope.


message 35: by Silvana (new)

Silvana (silvaubrey) | 992 comments Yeah, third time sneezing is no big deal. I love that analogy. Now I will remember it every time something is optioned. *tips hat


message 36: by Silvana (new)

Silvana (silvaubrey) | 992 comments Dara wrote: "The nominees for the Philip K. Dick aware were announced. Via Tor, "The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction pub..."

One of these should be a Laser pick!

Time Was, 84k and Alien Virus Love Disaster (what a title) look really interesting.


message 37: by Stephen (last edited Jan 17, 2019 08:29PM) (new)

Stephen Richter (StephenofLongBeach) | 923 comments Gee, Trike, I think it is a great analogy. Hear me out. Okay you sneezed, but now your feeling achy and a bit out of sorts because fundamental investing has been lined up. Next a screenwriter has been hired and your stomach is queasy. Someone else has your baby!! Next a Director has been attached to the project and you have diarrhea. You are , you know what, yourself. This is really going to happen.!!! Most likely. Next, a cast has been announced, principle shooting is scheduled and locations secured. Then your first attempt to create excitement for the project, say a short clip of the main actor in full makeup as the character, is released. And you are throwing up.
Also if the powers that be decide to make a TV series, I may feel like I died and gone to heaven.


message 38: by Dara (new)

Dara (cmdrdara) | 2253 comments Robert Jordan has a new book coming out this fall called "Warrior of the Altaii". Tor says:

"Warrior of the Altaii is a fascinating formative work by The Wheel of Time creator, offering an abundance of the epic themes that Jordan would continue to develop in The Wheel of Time itself. A standalone fantasy story told with implacable momentum, readers new to Robert Jordan will find Warrior of the Altaii an easy gateway to the author’s artistry."


The new novel will be released in the fall of this year.

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