Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Interview: Vernor Vinge on Science Fiction

Vernor Vinge (author of A Fire Upon The Deep and (coming in October) The Children of the Sky) talks about his influences, his novels and the coming singularity...


Saturday, August 27, 2011

Book Trailer: The Black Prism

Book Trailer for The Black Prism directed by Leo Kei Angelos

This looks more like a film trailer than a book trailer. It's an amazing video, and it's certainly done its job. Now, I'm itching to get my hands on a copy of The Black Prism.

Friday, August 26, 2011

How to Open a New Book

Of course, post-2010, this can all be reduced to "Turn on your reader, double click on the desired title." But hey, there was an old school way of doing things, too.

Infographic: Anatomy of a Librarian

Surprisingly, they're not all old ladies...
No statistics available on how many slay Vampires on the side.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Music Video: I Wanna Be A Magician

You might know Parry Gripp (previously) as one of the nerf herders behind the Buffy theme song or the writer of dozens of obnoxiously catchy fake jingles. But did you know that he's also magic? Today, in honor of the release of Lev Grossman's The Magician King (review contains spoilers Grossman's The Magicians), Gripp has released "I Wanna Be a Magician," a Magicians fan song. If you like it, you should also check out the Nerf Herder song "Mr. Spock" and Galactic Perry's Learning Starship, a parody of children's educational television.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Interview: George Martin

An hour long interview with George Martin streamed from Google on July 28, 2011. He says the Three Stooges are in book one if you're sharp enough to spot them. And some of the religions briefly mentioned in the series are shout-outs to other writers.

Friday, August 5, 2011


"All literature consists of whatever the writer thinks is cool. The reader will like the book to the degree that he agrees with the writer about what's cool."
- Steven Brust, author of The Book of Jherege