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Friday, October 9, 2009

Me Live In Wheeling: SF and Fantasy

Come to the North Suburban Library System HQ on Tuesday 10/13 from 1-4 pm to see me present "Aliens and Dragons @ Your Library: Meeting Readers' Science Fiction and Fantasy Needs."

I have a brand new, presentation planned. I have also been having lots of fun preparing it since I personally love these genres.

Here are some of the resources I will be highlighting during the presentation.

Becky’s Favorite Overall Speculative Fiction Resource:

Fantastic Fiction: http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/

Becky’s Favorite Science Fiction Resources

Print

Strictly Science Fiction: A Guide to Reading Interests by Diana Tixier Herald and Bonnie Kunzel (LU, 2002)

The Year’s Best Science Fiction edited by Gardner Dozois (2009 is the 26th edition)

Web

Locus Magazine in print and online: www.locusmag.com

Portal to just about every conceivable SF link is here: http://www.locusmag.com/Links/Portal.html

Also, every February, Locus Magazine publishes its recommended reading list for the previous year. Here is the current list. http://www.locusmag.com/2009/2008RecommendedReading.html

Older lists can be explored through their website

io9, an online Science Fiction Magazine: www.io9.com

“io9 is addicted to science fiction because it's the storytelling branch of prophesy. We'll be writing obsessively about scifi in every format: books, movies, TV, Web, comics, games, art, music, and fashion.”

SyFy Channel (formerly the SciFi Network): http://www.syfy.com/

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America: http://www.sfwa.org/

SFF World: http://www.sffworld.com/

SF Site, The Homepage for Science Fiction and Fantasy: http://www.sfsite.com/

Also the host site for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction

NoveList’s “Getting Up to Speed in Science Fiction” article (right hand frame under genre outlines)

Don’t forget to check Author Homepages. Lots of links and info for fans.


Becky’s Favorite Fantasy Resources

Print

Fluent in Fantasy: The Next Generation by Diana Tixier Herald (LU, 2007)

The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling (annual publication)

Read On…Fantasy Fiction: Reading Lists for Every Taste by Neil Hollands (LU, 2007)

Web

Realms of Fantasy (print magazine): http://www.rofmagazine.com/ (right now it is under contruction, but I hope it comes back better than it was before)

Recommended Fantasy Author List: http://www.sff.net/people/Amy.Sheldon/listcont.htm

Locus Magazine in print and online: www.locusmag.com

Also, every February, Locus Magazine publishes its recommended reading list for the previous year. Here is the current list. http://www.locusmag.com/2009/2008RecommendedReading.html

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America: http://www.sfwa.org/

The Fantasy 100: http://home.austarnet.com.au/petersykes/fantasy100/lists_books.html

NoveList’s “Getting Up to Speed in Fantasy” article (right hand frame under genre outlines)

Fantasy is a genre that uses the power of the Internet to its fullest. Author websites are very useful here. To sample the wide range of offereings, try www.raymondfeistbooks.com, http://elvandar.com, or www.temeraire.org (Novik) or http://www.neilgaiman.com/

Some authors go even further. Jasper Fforde adds special features to his books on the Internet: http://www.jasperfforde.com/


The talk will focus more on why people like SF or Fantasy and what else they may enjoy. I will be spending a good deal of time talking about specific authors and trends too.

There are a few spaces still available to see the full 3 hour talk. Click here to sign up.

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