Once again, a linkfest for the ages!
Ray Bradbury’s death, some weeks back, drew quite a lot of beautiful eulogies. Among those who remembered him and his contributions to literature: Sarah A. Hoyt, Neil Gaiman, Hog’s Head regular Katherine Sas, Catholic writer Jimmy Akin, and President Obama. Also, RiaNovosti put together an infographic of Bradbury predictions that have been fulfilled.
In fantasy fiction:
- Over at Kirkus Reviews, fans of N.K. Jemisin list their top ten recommended fantasy novels by female authors. Harry Potter didn’t make it on, but I suspect the list stuck mostly to epic fantasy.
- At the Fantasy Faction site, Eric Christensen submits his ideas as to why fantasy is currently so popular.
- Cap’n Carrot, at Dad’s Big Plan, enters his choices for the top ten live-action fairy tale movies.
- Feast of Fiction, this week, will teach you how to make your own Turkish Delight. No more having to get it from the White Witch.
- Wired’s Top Ten Dads in Science Fiction and Fantasy. Three cheers for Arthur Weasley making the list! And Geppetto! Wired also has a list of Top Ten Minor Characters in Geek Fiction, and my own favorite pick from that list–Flitwick aside–was Valerie from The Princess Bride. “I’m not a witch, I’m your wife! And after what you just said, I’m not even sure I want to be that anymore!” Total scene-stealing moment.
- SFX has a list of the 50 worst sci-fi and fantasy films for which there was no excuse. I think there was no excuse for not condensing said list onto two or three pages, but that’s just me.
- ToplessRobot’s Jason F.C. Clarke puts forward Ten High-Risk Sci-Fi and Fantasy Careers, for those looking for work in difficult economic times. Applicants must be willing to do some pretty dangerous stuff, and in some cases, should be able to recognize paranormal creatures on sight.
In science fiction:
- Daedalus Howell’s Top Ten Dystopian Sci-Fi Films of the 1970s.
- Blastr has a post on Christopher Lee, whom most Pub members may know best as Saruman from Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings adaptations (either that, or Count Dooku from Star Wars.)
- The Guardian has a photo essay on the ten best screen aliens.
- Flavorwire’s 15 Fictional Spacecrafts We’d Like to Call Home.
- Apparently two of the Kardashians’ younger sisters are working on a science fiction novel “along the lines of The Hunger Games.” I know next to nothing about the Kardashians, other than that they’re popular choices for tabloid cover photos, but I do know that comparing your book to a popular work almost guarantees reader disappointment. Here’s hoping they can write something better than a knock-off.
In General Literature:
- LitReactor’s Sarah Pitre picks ten YA novels that ought to be made into movies. Of those, at least The Scorpio Races and Divergent have been optioned for film.
- Flavorwire lists the top ten weirdest children’s book authors of all time. In this case, I believe “weird” is meant in a complimentary way.
- Cracked has a list of “5 Celebrities Who Got Famous by Being Obsessed Fanboys,” which list includes… drumroll… Evanna Lynch. Not a fanboy, but she definitely deserved to get the role she got.
In Things that are Just Plain Awesome:
- Cosplayers lipsyncing to Bon Jovi’s It’s My Life. I WANT IN.
- The top ten most quotable movies for geeks, other than Star Wars, as put forth by Jay Barish at ToplessRobot.
- For those of us who love to write, here’s the great master C.S. Lewis’ tips.
- io9 introduces us to Amy Mebberson’s “Pocket Princesses”, little cartoon interactions between various Disney princesses. Downright cute.
- The award for Downright Amazing goes to photographer Ryan Astamendi for his real-life Disney Princess photos, here aggregated by Geekologie.
- Queen Elizabeth II has named a litter of puppies after Harry Potter characters. I knew I liked her.
In the… odd, very odd… you can now perfume your Kindle to make it smell like a real book. But when will we be able to easily flip open any story to any place we like, Kindle? Because then, you’ll have a better chance of competing with the hard copies.
And in all things Harry Potter:
- Fanpop’s periodic table of HP characters.
- Dan Radcliffe plays a drunk in a music video for a favorite band of his. Video and story at the link.
- You can now get all seven books through the Kindle Lending Library, if you’re an Amazon Prime member.
- If you live in the UK, you can win a family holiday to the Universal Orlando Wizarding World of Harry Potter resort by proving you’re the UK’s biggest Harry Potter fan. Mr. Pond, I think you should try for it.
- Port Jefferson High School is cooler than your high school… they had a Harry Potter-themed prom this year. Win.
Thanks to George, Arabella, and Carrie-Ann for many of these links!