Magical Words Link Roundup 2-28-2017

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Author A J Hartley is appearing tomorrow night at Park Road Books of Charlotte NC to sign copies of his new book, Cathedrals of Glass. If you’re in the area, come on out!

Monica Valentinelli presents an overview of the role of writers in game production.

Speaking of games, Dia Lacina suggests what we talk about when we don’t talk about Natives.

Shadow Clarke juror Jonathan McCalmont was asked to write an introduction that laid out some of his thoughts about science fiction and how he perceived the Arthur C. Clarke Award.

You thought the Oscars boo-boo the other night was unprecedented? As in so many other aspects of life, geeks did it first, and more spectacularly.

A recent discovery of a Tatooine-like star system 1,000 light-years away, reported in the journal Nature on Monday raises hopes that the universe of Star Wars is not just limited to science fiction.

Barnes & Noble asked several authors to tell them about a book, or books, that flipped SF/F/H on its head, approaching a common trope from such a fresh perspective they couldn’t stop thinking about it.

New York City is massive, varied, vibrant, beautiful and ugly, and when you’re on the streets of Manhattan as a wide-eyed tourist, you can feel the city thrumming around you. Perhaps this is part of the reason why authors continue to treat the city so harshly in their fiction: no writer wants to be outdone by reality.

The shortest month of the year is coming to a close, and with it, the country’s yearly celebration of Black History Month. But the end of February need not ― and should not ― be the end of learning about the history of black people.

Even now that the Harry Potter movies are all done and the cast has moved on, they continue to be adorable together.

History’s forgotten children’s books prove that at the end of the day, a lot of people want to either scare kids to death or see pictures of dead and dying children in literature.

He’ll always be Hudson to me. Game over.

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