Friday, July 30, 2010

Wednesday, July 28, 2010


The first time I read an excellent work, it is to me just as if I gained a new friend; and when I read over a book I have perused before, it resembles the meeting of an old one.
— James Goldsmith

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Link Round-Up: July 27, 2010


Thursday, July 22, 2010

Link Round-Up: July 22, 2010


Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Link Round-Up: July 21, 2010



Books. They are lined up on shelves or stacked on a table. There they are wrapped up in there jackets, lines of neat print on nicely bound pages. They look like such orderly, static things. Then you, the reader come along. You open the book jacket, and it can be like opening the gates to an unknown city, or opening the lid of a treasure chest. You read the first word and you’re off on a journey of exploration and discovery.
— David Almond

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Link Round-Up: July 20, 2010


Library Parodies Old Spice Guy Ads

Brigham Young University's Harold B. Lee Library has just created the internet's most popular library promotional video.

In a 50 second spot, a university student channels the Old Spice guy, urging students to start using the library to study. Inside five days of its release, the video earned over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

The New Spice Blog has behind-the-scene photos from the production and crew credits.

Awards: 2009 Sky Awards Announced

The results of the 2009 Sky Awards, presented on July 18, 2010 at a ceremony in Beijing, China, have been announced. Sky Awards are given to science fiction and fantasy stories published in Mainland China in the previous calender year.
  • Best Fiction Long Form in 2009: Once upon a Time in Shanghai, JIANG Nan (Volumes Publishing Company)
  • Best Fiction Short Form in 2009: “Dark Room”, HAN Song (New Realms of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Jun 2009)
  • Most Popular Translated Fiction in 2009: The Girl Who Leapt through Time, Yasutaka Tsutsui, trans. by DING Dingchong (from The Girl Who Leapt through Time, Shanghai Translation Publishing House)
  • Special Contribution Award: Odyssey of China Fantasy – a SF/F magazine

Visit the Official Sky Awards Website.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Link Round-Up: July 19, 2010

Interview: Functional Nerds interview Hugo winner Mike Resnick.

Interview: Geek Syndicate interviews Karen Miller, author of The Reluctant Mage.

Interview: Notes from Coode Street speaks with Gary K. Wolfe.

Interview: Suvudu On Air interviews Scott Sigler, author of Ancestor. [Podcast]

Interview: Ted Chiang talks about the future of publishing at ReaderCon.

Review: The Great Geek Manual plugs Ripley's Believe It or Not: Enter if You Dare.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Books are the most wonderful friends in the world. When you meet them and pick them up, they are always ready to give you a few ideas. When you put them down, they never get mad; when you take them up again, they seem to enrich you all the more.

Life Is Worth Living: First and Second Series by Fulton J. Sheen

Friday, July 2, 2010

Print: Bride of Frankenstein

Bride of Frankenstein posters by Martin Ansin on sale at Mondo

Cover Art: New H.G. Wells Covers

Spine Publishing, a new publishing house that has a unique interest in reviving classical literature for modern audiences, is rolling out a new line of H.G Wells books designed by Faceout Books.