Fantasy

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.

Chapter 2 of A Gathering Storm

 Hey good news fellow TWoT fans!! Tor has just made available the audio for Chapter 2 of A Gathering Storm. Click here to sign in or register and listen to it for free!!! 

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.

Preview Chapter One of A Memory of Light!

 I just read that Tor is going to release A Memory of Light a week early, October 27, 2009.  You can also preview chapter one here. Here's to hoping it ties up all those loose ends!

What Are You Reading This Month?

Hey, I'm done with all the series I had on the table, now I'm looking for something new to dig into.  What are you reading this month? What would you recommend? Have you discovered any new authors?  Feel free to post a reply, and let me know what you're liking!

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)

Stardust

I watched Stardust the other night, and it was just charming. Based on the Neil Gaiman book, it has a stellar cast of Claire Danes, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Robert De Niro.  De Niro was outstanding as captain of a ship that collects lightening. Don't let first impressions deceive you!!!

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