Magical Words Link Roundup 3-14-2017


To help promote its dystopian thriller The Man in the High Castle, Amazon is touting a new radio stream called Resistance Radio on Twitter and at South by Southwest. The stream is full of melancholy ‘60s-era music and political monologues condemning Nazis and fascism.

Writing a series is a balancing act between giving your readers what they want, and giving them something new. We’ve all read those series that have gone on too long, and we can tell the authors are just going through the motions.

Dystopias have recently achieved full-spectrum dominance. Kids are drawn to such stories ― The Giver, Hunger Games ― like Goths to piercings. TV shows about zombie apocalypses, pandemics, and technology run amok inspire binge watching.

Released 30 years ago today, Evil Dead II is still the funniest horror movie ever made…and it has influenced countless splat-stick films that matched gore an laughs in equal measure.

Matt Hepburn thinks about global pandemics a lot. As the program manager behind DARPA’s new Pandemic Prevention Platform, when he looks at the way the world responded to Zika, the H1N1 flu, and the recent Ebola outbreak, he sees room for improvement.

Disaster films can be good fun, and Geostorm looks like it might be a decent one.

Fantasy Firsts is offering the chance to win several fantastic titles on Goodreads!

If few people give much thought to dictionaries themselves, then they give almost no thought to how those dictionaries came to be, or who created them.

The Odyssey Residential Writing Workshop for fantasy, science fiction and horror writers is now taking applications.

Whether humanity is finally felled by a zombie apocalypse, a nuclear disaster, or a
Day-After-Tomorrow-type situation, we’re all going to need some hard-core survival skills to weather society’s collapse.

Galadriel is, in many ways, an iconic Lord of the Rings character. Even in movies and books filled with memorable moments, hers really stand out, in part because they hint at a rich history and secret strength that we only ever glimpse.

The John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer is presented annually at WorldCon to an outstanding author whose first professional work of science fiction or fantasy was published within the previous two years. This year’s eligible winners are all collected in the Event Horizon anthology, and you can download it for free until July 15, 2017.

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