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World Fantasy Convention 2009: San Jose, CA

This year the World Fantasy Convention honors the 200th Anniversary of Edgar Allen Poe's Birth.  Don't know what World Fantasy Convention is?  As stated on their website:

The World Fantasy Convention is a professional networking event that regularly attracts several hundred of the top authors in the field every year. Editors, agents, critics and PR professionals make up the bulk of the rest of the attendees....  The convention is also home to the World Fantasy Awards, one of the world's top awards for speculative fiction. These are presented at a gala banquet on the Sunday afternoon.

Top SF Reads for September 2009

Around Harris County Public Library system, these were the top ten reads of Science Ficton / Fantasy.

There and Back Again

The Lord of the RingsSure, September 22 this year was the Autumnal Equinox, but it is also known as the birthdays for Bilbo and Frodo Baggins, by Shire reckoning.  It is also this time of year that I inevitably pull down The Lord of the Rings from the shelf and start the adventure anew.  Now, yes, "There and Back Again" actually refers to

Judge the book by its cover?

Crown of ShadowsYou know what your reading mentors said, whether that was a teacher, parent, friend, or other - "Don't judge a book by its cover."  We do it though.  Hey, I'll admit I do it.  Give me a catchy cover, and I'm likely going to pick up the book if I've never heard of the author before.  Well, in the realm of SF, fancy covers and their creators have a life of their own.  Iconic images of Stephen King's Gunslinger or Michael Moorcock's Elric were crafted by artist Michael Whelan.  What about Bob Eggleton's dramatic draconic images for Harry Turtledove's alternate history World War II series?  Artists that resonate in the SF community, Todd Lockwood, Shaun Tan, Jody A.

Addicted to the BBC

From comedy to costumed dramas, the BBC has an exemplary catalog of fantastic film. BBC mysteries are some of my particular favorites (okay, after the 1995 BBC version of Pride and Prejudice) with such series as Inspector Lynley Mysteries and

Scope of Speculative Fiction

Extraordinary EnginesSpeculative Fiction (SciFi/Fantasy) has often taken the possible and impossible to explore new worlds or our world in alternate times or histories. Within that larger genre are many subgenres. Amy Goldschlager (Avon/EOS) provided an explanation of several of the different subgenres in 1997. You can read her listing here.

2009 Hugo Award Winners

Presented at: Anticipation, Montréal, Quebec, August 6-10, 2009
    * Best Novel: The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins; Bloomsbury UK)
    * Best Novella: The Erdmann Nexus, Nancy Kress (Asimov's Oct/Nov 2008)
    * Best Novelette: Shoggoths in Bloom, Elizabeth Bear (Asimov's Mar 2008)
    * Best Short Story: "Exhalation", Ted Chiang (Eclipse Two)

Traipsing through Sherwood Forest

Adventures of Robin HoodWith the latest Robin Hood movie in production starring Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett, and being rather a Robin Hood groupie, I recall the time when the Kevin Costner Robin Hood came out and a local TV station where I lived at the time ran a poll asking people who their favorite Robin Hood was: Errol Flynn or Kevin Costner.  Of course, they left out plenty of other Robin Hoods as well.  Wh

Who is on the horizon in SF?

Let's indulge our own Science Fiction future sight and see if we can predict the rising stars of Speculative Fiction (Science Fiction/Fantasy). 

WorldCon 2009: Anticipation in Montréal

Every year the fandom of Science Fiction gathers together to share their enthusiasm for the genre.  Each year is a different city, and this year takes us to Montréal for Anticipation, August 6-10.  Fans, authors, artists, publishers, filmmakers, and more enjoy convention days devoted to the genre of speculative fiction.  The Hugo Awards as well as the John W.

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