Robert McCrum, This is the future, and it glows like ET On screen and in print, it has been a year of mixed messages for the book trade. But one reading at least says the future is bright
O'Reilly: Cyber Monday In celebration of Cyber Monday, we've extended our Deal of the Day to our entire catalog of ebooks
Jeffrey carver, Free Downloads Ending. Wait—What? The theory that free downloads drive _sales _of books, which apparently works for some writers, does not seem to have clicked for me.
Seth Godin, The label has no assets, just desire Twenty years ago, self-publishing a record was difficult and expensive. A big label could get you shelf space at Tower easily, you couldn't. A big label could pay for a recording session with available capital, but it was difficult for you to find the money or take the risk. A big label could reach the dozens of music reviewers, and do it with credibility. Hard for you to do that yourself. Now?
Diane Duane: "All fiction -even science fiction- is a subset of fantasy" There is a rule for fantasy writers: The more truth you mix in with a lie, the stronger it gets.
Jane_ Friedman, 3 Lessons in Publishing I’m Thankful For (That Writers Should Know About) _Wordsmithing takes you only so far; at some point, you write to sell.
Dark Worlds, The Scale of the Fantastic | @SFSignal_ What I do like about Rabkin’s scale is it helps me to identify or codify some types of fiction that don’t fall neatly into genres (which we must remember were invented by publishers as a marketing tool, not academics)._
Justine Musk, How to put heart & soul into your story structure I think what explanations of story structure often fail to get at is the story beneath the story, which is also its emotional heart. And its guts and brains and soul. This is where the story works out its overall meaning
Books | Reviews
Nick Fagge, Women writers at war over fake reviews on Amazon | @rienafaire The story involves subterfuge, jealousy and dirty tricks in the world of literature
Aidan Moher, Angry Robot Books is opening an online short fiction store. My thoughts I _do like the idea of a make-your-own-anthology style bundle and hopefully the small cost means we’ll see eBooks created with proper care and attention to aesthetics, something still lacking in much of the ePublishing world._
E-Reads, _Nine Overlooked SciFi Classics, and E-Reads Has Two of Them _‘From _The War of the Worlds to 1984,’ we read in_ The Washington Post, “some science fiction goes down in history. What about the brilliant books that got away?"
The World of 40k
Mickey Blue Eyes reviews "The Parthenopean Scalpel" by Bruce Sterling «Great work, Maestro!»
Paul Di Filippo on Pynchon and research Pynchon definitely set the gold standard prior to the internet for maximalist, insanely erudite fiction.
Livia Blackburne, From Word to Brain I'm happy to announce that my essay From Word to Brain will be coming out with 40K books...
Luca Conti, Il futuro dei mondi virtuali è tutt’altro che segnato Credere che Second Life sia morta e sepolta e che i mondi virtuali siano stati soltanto una bolla mediatica significa non averne compreso la portata.
Liviaf recensice "Il Panchinaro" di Mike Resnick & Lezli Robyn Il finale agrodolce parla di cose "di grande importanza per i ragazzi molto giovani, e per gli uomini molto vecchi", ma commuove anche noi..