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1  General Category / General Board / Science fiction author Brian Aldiss dies aged 92
 on: Aug 27th, 2017, 9:11am 
Started by Webbie | Post by Webbie
Science fiction author Brian Aldiss dies aged 92

The prolific writer behind more than 80 books and editor of 40 anthologies died at his Oxford home after celebrating his birthday

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/aug/21/science-fiction-author-brian-aldis...  - More here


2  General Category / General Board / Two Minute Reviews
 on: Aug 15th, 2017, 9:31pm 
Started by Webbie | Post by Webbie
TWO MINUTE REVIEWS: 11/22/63--THE SERIAL
  I spent this weekend binge watching the Hulu serialization of Stephen King's 11/22/63. I did so with some trepidation because Hollywood frequently botches King's work (Cujo; Christine; and--most recently and unforgivably--The Gunslinger). My trepidation persisted as the lengthy serial progressed and screen writers--infinitely less talented than King--apparently made changes to one of the Master's best stories.

  Now, before I go on, I must say that I think 11/22/63 King's 2nd best, stand-alone, long work. It trails only The Stand and that by less than a whisker. It is one of the few--the very few--stories that have moved me to tears. I've read the text often, listened to the audio book three times, and, now, have watched the broadcast on DVD. My verdict: despite the differences, good bordering on very good.

  Anyone who's read the book will spot the differences almost at once. Several subplots have been altered and a few jettisoned entirely. Many of the subtle touches that King uses to humanize his characters and touchstone his episodes have vanished. I'm sure that much of that meddling stemmed from the need to keep length manageable. I would have preferred it if the producers had used trilogy, Lord of the Rings treatment for this piece, but the serialization approach was, I guess, more cost effective.

  I grouse and wish it were different, but when I consider the piece without direct comparison to the book, I must give it fairly high marks. James Franco is likable and convincing as Jake Epping/Amberson. Sarah Gadon brings her fresh beauty and surprising acting chops to her turn as Jake's beloved Sadie. George MacKay performance is strong--if totally non-book--as Bill Turcotte and Daniel Webber is appropriately creepy and surprisingly sympathetic in his role of Lee Harvey Oswald. Supporting players are more than adequate and, despite several unexplained holes in the screenplay, the piece plays well. It holds the viewer's attention throughout its several hour length and rarely fails to engage.

  The book's better--much better--but this serialization ain't bad. It certainly surpasses the cinematic crud of The Tommyknockers or (G_d forbid) Maximum Overdrive. If you've read the book, watch this with an open mind. For that approach, I rate it 2 1/2 smiles Smiley Smiley :-. If you haven't read the book, watch this first. For that approach, I give it 3  :-) Smiley Smiley.



Gary A. Markette

3  General Category / Front Page Stories / Re: The Change by Chris Dean
 on: Aug 15th, 2017, 9:29pm 
Started by ahmedakhan | Post by Webbie
He sure can pick them. Smiley

4  General Category / General Board / Escape Velocity
 on: Jun 2nd, 2017, 2:08pm 
Started by Webbie | Post by Webbie
Sounds like it might be fun:

Annual sci-fi convention Escape Velocity!

FAQS:
•      What is this convention? Escape Velocity is a 3-day event that's a mix of comic con and science festival, with science fiction as a common thread. We’ll have cutting edge tech on the exhibit floor, hands-on science and art activities for kids, and panel on literature, video gaming, pop culture, and hard science. We’ll also have a film festival and custom sci-fi escape rooms. In addition to Cas Anvar, we’ve already announced author Joe Haldeman and musician Thomas Dolby as special guests.
•      Dates? September 1-3, 2017, Labor Day weekend.
•      Where is the Museum of Science Fiction? Right now we are virtual, currently in the process of scoping out a location in the DC metro area where we can establish a permanent facility. In the meantime, we participate in a number of community events and host the Escape Velocity convention.
•      How big is this convention? Last year, we had over 2500 attendees, which we thought was great considering it was our first year and it was July 4th weekend! This year, we expect upwards of 4000.
•      Where is the convention? It will be held at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, on the Red line near Dupont Circle and the National Zoo.
•      What’s the cost? A regular 3 day pass is $50 for adults, without the promo code. There are discounted rates for youth 11-16 and kids 10 and under are free. We do have some specialty items, like a Cas Anvar Experience ticket and the sci-fi escape rooms, that do have additional costs.
•      Promo Code: You can give the promo code METRO20 to your followers as an added benefit of supporting your business. It's good for 20% off standard entry to the convention, but does not include specialty tickets. If you continue to share the Museum’s posts about Escape Velocity, keep sharing the promo code as well. We’ll do the same for you – if you’ve got something special you’d like us to boost, just reach out via facebook message – we have almost 16,000 followers.
•      Are you still accepting vendors? Yes! Please message or email for more information.
•      Do you have flyers or a poster I can put up in my shop? Yes, we do! We can mail some out or drop them by, please send us your address.
•      Websites: escapevelocity.events, and museumofsciencefiction.org
•      What if I have more questions? You can reach out to us on facebook or by email at tickets@museumofsciencefiction.org.
•      What if I want to become a member? You can join as Ground Crew for as little as $100, which is also tax deductible! You can also donate memorabilia. The more donations we can get, the faster we can get the museum built! Please check out our members page to join: http://www.museumofsciencefiction.org/join/

5  General Category / General Board / Better writing? It's free...
 on: May 18th, 2017, 4:32am 
Started by Webbie | Post by Webbie
Here is a freebie for all,

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6  General Category / Front Page Stories / The Change by Chris Dean
 on: Apr 23rd, 2017, 11:23pm 
Started by ahmedakhan | Post by ahmedakhan
Gary has another winner here. Hard SF, good characters and good, minimalistic writing.

7  General Category / General Board / Happy Easter 2017!!!
 on: Apr 15th, 2017, 1:55pm 
Started by ente per ente | Post by ente per ente

8  General Category / General Board / Re: WSFA Small Press Award 2017
 on: Jan 12th, 2017, 1:02pm 
Started by Webbie | Post by Jeangoldstrom
Thanks for this info, Webbie. I know CapClave is a really big deal, though I have never been fortunate enough to attend. But this sounds like a good idea to send them something on the part of WhP -- thanks.

-- Jean

9  General Category / General Board / WSFA Small Press Award 2017
 on: Jan 11th, 2017, 12:42am 
Started by Webbie | Post by Webbie
Quote:
The Washington (DC) Science Fiction Association (WSFA) is pleased to announce that the submission period for the 2017 WSFA Small Press Award is now open and will close on April 2, 2017.

The WSFA Small Press Award honors the efforts of small press publishers in providing a critical venue for short fiction in the area of speculative fiction. The award showcases the best original short fiction published by small presses in the previous year (2016). An unusual feature of the selection process is that all voting is done with the identity of the author (and publisher) hidden so that the final choice is based solely on the quality of the story.

The winner is chosen by the members of the Washington Science Fiction Association and presented at their annual convention, Capclave, held this year on October 6-8 in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Submissions should be sent to admin@wsfasmallpressaward.org

See our webpage http://wsfasmallpressaward.org/The_Rules.php for details.


Cathy Green
for WSFA Small Press Award Committee
Award Sponsored by Washington Science Fiction Association and
Capclave -- Where Reading is not Extinct
http://www.capclave.org
http://www.wsfasmallpressaward.org



Authors may self submit - please see the rules first

10  General Category / Front Page Stories / The Real Deal - by Darrel Duckworth
 on: Jan 7th, 2017, 10:32am 
Started by ahmedakhan | Post by ahmedakhan
I promised on another thread that I am going to inflict some feedback on anotherealm readers regarding some 2016 stories. So here is my first 2-bits worth.

Gary needs to be congratulated on a strong start to 2016. "The Real Deal" was a very enjoyable story on several counts:
1. "Deal with the devil" stories abound but this story managed to find a new angle.
2. The dialogue, particularly of the she-devil, is crackling good.
3. Characteristics of a loser are succinctly presented.
4. I love stories that are good but short, and this one fits the bill perfectly.