»The great thing about writing is that you can write about anything. Twain and Dickens crossed genre all the time. It’s a natural thing.«
Amy Goldschlager in conversation with Walter Mosley about his latests novel Little Green and his SF novellas Stepping Stone and Love Machine. Read the portrait and interview at Kirkus Reviews.
»One could argue that this is Sawyer’s way of appropriating the tone of classic noir – of Raymond Chandler or Carroll John Daly or Dashiell Hammett, whose novel The Maltese Falcon provides an explicit template for Red Planet Blues.«
Editor Jared Bland about the novel Red Planet Blues by Robert J. Sawyer. Read the review at The Globe and Mail.
»Mir geht es offiziell sehr schlecht.«
Der Spiegel berichtet über die Mitteilung des schottischen Autors Iain Banks, in der er am Donnerstag seine unheilbare Krebserkrankung bekanntgegeben hat.
»But while there are many great living novelists, there is only one, at least who I know of, who realised you could do literature and sci-fi at the same time.«
A Blogpost by Telegraph’s assistant comment editor Tom Chivers about Iain Banks. For years, Iain M. Banks has done for sci-fi what George RR Martin did for fantasy, Mr. Chivers says. His articel at The Telegraph.
»If you’re new to the SF work, start with the half-backwards mercenary thriller Use of Weapons or the shady imperial strategies of The Player of Games, but, middle initial or not, you won’t go far wrong. Both of Banks are brilliant, and British writing will be far less incisive and fun when he stops.«
Following Iain Banks‘s announcement that he has inoperable cancer, Tim Martin looks back at the novelist’s mind-expanding oeuvre. His essay at The Telegraph.
»So, in a way, Bedlam is that dreaded thing, a computer game tie-in – information I’ve deliberately held back until now, because I didn’t want to put you off.«
Reviewer Sam Jordison takes an electrifying journey from Jet Set Willy to the very nature of existence with the new book Bedlam by Christopher Brookmyre. His review at The Guardian.
»The science fiction world had shifted, had rolled inexorably on, powered by one of those great stories which – like the great science that underpins it – can make the planet move under your feet.«
The struggle between science and superstition in Isaac Asimov‘s classic short story Nightfall rings as true today as it did 70 years ago, Richard Lea says. His essay at guardian.co.uk.
»Why start here? That is the most obvious question prompted by these two handsome volumes from the Library of America. They represent the LoA’s first attempt to argue for a canon of science fiction, but they start in the middle, in the 1950s. American science fiction began — at least as a self-conscious written tradition — when Hugo Gernsback founded Amazing Stories magazine in 1926 and filled it with what we now think of as pulp sf.«
Graham Sleight about the collection American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s , edited by Gary K. Wolfe. His review at washingtonpost.com.