Victo Ngai is a Los Angeles based illustrator from Hong Kong, graduated from Rhode Island School of Design. “Victo” is not a boy nor a typo, but a nickname derived from Victoria – a leftover from the British colonization.
Ngai’s work appears in advertising, packaging, magazines, books, newspapers and animation, her clients include The New York Times, The New Yorker, Apple, Prophecy Wines, Johnnie Walker, American Express, Lufthansa Airline, General ...Read MoreRead more
The Silicon Valley gospel of “disruption” has descended into caricature, but, at its core, there are some sound tactics buried beneath the self-serving bullshit. A lot of our systems and institutions are corrupt, bloated, and infested with cream-skimming rentiers who add nothing and take so much.
Take taxis: there is nothing good about the idea that cab drivers and cab passengers meet each other by random chance, with the drivers ...Read MoreRead more
Nnedi Okorafor was named Person of the Year at the 2018 African Diaspora Awards, presented December 1, 2018 during an awards ceremony hosted by the Society for Africans in Diaspora held at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library.
This and more like it in the January 2019 issue of Locus.
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This list of 2018 speculative titles in translation was compiled by Rachel Cordasco, who founded and runs site sfintranslation.com as well as the SF in Translation Award which can be voted on here until March 1, 2019. Corrections may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
SF IN TRANSLATION OUT IN 2018
Total books/collections/anthologies: 79 Top 3 languages: Japanese (19%) French (16.5%) Spanish (8.9%)
Top 3 publishers: Black Coat Press (13.9%) Haikasoru (6.3%) ...Read MoreRead more
Forbidden Planet in London hosted a multi-author signing for The Mammoth Book of Halloween Stories and The Mammoth Book of Vampire Stories by Women (both edited by Stephen Jones) on October 27, 2018.
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I’ve never worried about the future over some Terminator scenario, although I will admit that the Boston Dynamics dog creeps me out. My concerns about the future my son will inhabit are a bit more mundane, mostly on the technological labour market disruptions.
AI and robotics are poised to drastically reduce a number of labour market needs in the next 10-30 years. Everything from car and truck drivers, to airplane ...Read MoreRead more
Rebecca Marie Chambers was born in 1985 in Southern California and grew up outside Los Angeles before relocating at 18 to study theater at the University of San Francisco. She worked in theater for years before becoming a freelance writer, and spent time in Iceland and Scotland before returning to California, where she lives now with her wife, Berglaug Asmundardottir.
Chambers crowdfunded her debut novel The Long Way to a ...Read MoreRead more
Since 2014, Brazil has been plunged into a political and economic crisis triggered by unprecedented levels of corruption, plots against the democratic order, and numerous state acts of budget recklessness. Book-buying habits were affected, of course, but during the current slow economic recovery the book selling market was hurt again when major bookstore chain Saraiva decided to hold payments to publishers.
Saraiva has been Brazil’s biggest bookstore chain since 2008, ...Read MoreRead more
Despite the earlier revolting Cannibal Holocaust in 1980, The Blair Witch Project firmly established found footage as a film genre in1999. The shaky-cam unreliable narrator film about three students who disappeared in a Pennsylvania forest opened the door for the immensely popular Paranormal Activity franchise. Seeing events unfold on a second internal screen somehow made them feel more real to the viewer. The horror we felt while watching was predicated ...Read MoreRead more
KIM STANLEY ROBINSON was born March 23, 1952 in Waukegan IL, and grew up in Orange County CA. He earned a BA in literature from UC San Diego in 1974, a master’s in English from Boston University in 1975, and a PhD in literature from UC San Diego in 1982. He went to Clarion in 1975. His doctoral thesis was revised and published as The Novels of Philip K. Dick ...Read MoreRead more
The 44th World Fantasy Convention was held November 1-4, 2018 in the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel in windy and rainy Baltimore MD. Guests of honor were Kaaron Warren, Scott Edelman, Tom Kidd, and Michael J. Walsh, with special guest Aliette de Bodard, and toastmaster Linda D. Addison. Life Achievement Awards winners were Charles de Lint and Elizabeth Wollheim.
Attendance was up from the prior year, with 757 warm bodies and ...Read MoreRead more
This is the time of year when I’m astounded at how many of my peers have made the event rounds at various conventions and festivals this year and still had time to, you know, write books. And pay bills.
The vast majority of events in my career – and certainly every event early in my career – were and are self-funded. Even when I was invited as a participant to ...Read MoreRead more
The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle is home to “Worlds Beyond Here: The Expanding Universe of APA Science Fiction”, on view October 12, 2018 – September 15, 2019. Hugo Award winning managing editor of Uncanny, Michi Trota, who wrote the text for the exhibit, said, “This exhibit means a great deal to me because much of my own journey in learning to understand what ...Read MoreRead more
Genrepalooza was held October 10, 2018 at The 1905 Lounge in HGU Hotel in New York. Advertised as ‘‘a mingle & mixer that brings genres together,’’ the event was co-hosted by the Authors Guild, Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Horror Writers Association, and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. For more information, see the official announcement.
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Television series Game of Thrones, based on George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire, won nine Emmy Awards on September 17, 2018, including Outstanding Drama Series and Peter Dinklage’s award for Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Drama Series. Martin attended the red carpet event in Hollywood with Nnedi Okorafor. For the complete list of Awards see the Emmy’s site.
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Israel, I am informed, seems to be having an SF moment. Or, from the unexpectedly enthusiastic early reviews of the anthology I co-edited with Emanuel Lottem, Zion’s Fiction: A Treasury of Israeli Speculative Literature, SF may be having an Israel moment.
As well it should. After all, the Jewish State drew inspiration from a knock-off of Edward Bellamy’s late 19th-century utopian romance, Looking Backward, 2000-1887, notably, Zionist ideologue ...Read MoreRead more
The 2018 Neukom Institute Literary Arts Awards were presented October 1, 2018 at Dartmouth College, with winners Lavie Tidhar, Corinne Duyvis, and Juan Martinez in attendance, along with judge Maria Dahvana Headley and award creator Dan Rockmore, director of the Neukom Institute. The $5,000 award is open to submissions until December 31, 2018.
For more information, see the Neukom website.
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The first anniversary of the Galactic Philadelphia reading series was held October 9, 2018 at the Irish Pub in Philadelphia PA, with readers Laura Anne Gilman and Lawrence M. Schoen. Sally Wiener Grotta curated the evening, and SFWA sponsors the series.
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Andrew Robert Duncan was born September 21, 1964 in Columbia SC. He earned a BA in journalism from the University of South Carolina in 1986, and worked as a reporter and editor for seven years. He entered North Carolina State University’s graduate English program, studying under John Kessel and earning his MA in 1995. He attended Clarion West in 1994, and received his MFA in fiction from the University of ...Read MoreRead more
Estcon 2018 was another wonderful summer event, held in the same location, Udu Farm in Estonia. Estcon is possibly the only science fiction convention in the world held primarily in the open air. The farm offers a camping area and two large farmhouses with multiple bedrooms as well as two dozen “camping huts,” each fitted with three beds, a small refrigerator, and a covered area with picnic bench and grill ...Read MoreRead more
The internet operates on a revolutionary principle, underpinned by a revolutionary principle, overlaid by a revolutionary principle. Is it, therefore, revolutionary?
The revolutionary principle the internet runs on is this: the “end-to-end” principle, which states that any person using the internet can communicate with any other person on the internet without getting any third party’s permission. If you want to connect to my webserver, you simply connect to it: you ...Read MoreRead more
One of the perils of themed conventions, as most conventions in Israel are, is that the program might be one-dimensional. For a convention like ICon, which is aimed at large and diverse audiences, it can be particularly problematic. Avoiding this requires choosing the right theme combined with hard work of the programing team, and the ICon team did a great job this year. The theme, “Love,” meant that the possibilities ...Read MoreRead more
The 1000 Years of Fandom project launched at Worldcon 76. The pictorial project, run by FANAC.org, was started by Mark Olson, who photographed groups of new and longtime fans, all holding signs listing how many years they’ve been involved in fandom. Two of the photos exceeded 1,000 years of fannish activity, and in all the project photographed 6,707 years of fandom. Fans are encouraged to participate by sending photos of ...Read MoreRead more
Kate Elliott is the pen name for Alis A. Rasmussen, born July 27, 1958 in Des Moines IA. She studied at University College of North Wales – Bangor and at Mills College in Oakland CA, graduating with a BA in English in 1980. In 1985 she married Jay Silverstein; they have three children. Elliott has lived in Hawaii for the past 16 years.
Debut novel The Labyrinth Gate appeared as ...Read MoreRead more
SF in SF hosted Sheila Finch and David D. Levine at the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco on September 16, 2018. Coordinated by Rina Weisman and moderated by Terry Bisson, the event featured readings and signings by both guests, a Q&A session, a full bar, and ample time to mingle. Books were available for purchase thanks to Borderlands Books; Tachyon Publications sponsored the event. For more information on SF ...Read MoreRead more
Worldcon 76 received 2,828 valid ballots, down from 3,319 at Worldcon 75. Some 40% of eligible members voted, up from 32%. There were 1,813 valid nominating ballots, down from 2,464.
The procedure for counting nominations was the same as last year, using the system known as E Pluribus Hugo, or EPH. The rather complicated point system gives a single point to each voter’s ballot, dividing that point among the nominees. ...Read MoreRead more
Worldcon 76, the 76th World Science Fiction Convention, took place August 16-20, 2018 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose CA. Guests of honor were Spider Robinson, John Picacio, and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro; Frank Hayes as music guest of honor, Pierre and Sandy Pettinger as fan guests of honor, Edgar Pangborn as ghost of honor, and Bob Wilkins as gHost of honor. There were 5,440 attending members, including kids-in-tow ...Read MoreRead more
Nora K. Jemisin was born September 19, 1972 in Iowa City IA, and grew up spending summers in New York City and the rest of the year in Mobile AL. She studied psychology at Tulane in New Orleans, and went to grad school to study counseling at the University of Maryland-College Park. After spending ten years in Massachusetts, she moved to New York City, where she has lived ever since. ...Read MoreRead more
Dragon Con 2018 was held August 30 – September 3, 2018 across five hotels in downtown Atlanta GA. There were roughly 80,0000 attendees, about the same as the 2017 event. Steven Barnes was the literary guest of honor, and Brom was the art show guest of honor. The scores of guests included numerous actors from genre films and television, screenwriters, video game creators, editors, and writers. SF writers on programming ...Read MoreRead more
The tenth Hexagon Retreat was held in July 2018 in Crozet VA.
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