Magical Words Link Roundup 3-20-2017


Climate Fiction, or Cli-Fi, is a growing branch of science-fiction literature that deals with the effects of climate change on human society. Looking to dive in? Here are few suggestions to get you started.

Fantasy Literature is wondering what place in a fantasy/sci-fi setting you’d pick to go to for some blissful, rejuvenating solitude. Not necessarily the place you’d most like to go, not necessarily the most beautiful or most exciting, but the place where “peace comes dropping slow,” the place you’d choose to get away from the hurly-burly of the world.

Mary Doria Russell says, “Technically, novelists can make up anything they please, but getting things right is important to me, particularly when writing historical novels.”

Kim Harrison talks about being in the zone.

If you find yourself the protagonist of a science fiction or fantasy series, besieged by dark magics or insane AIs, you’d better hope you’re lucky. Sometimes a good dose of luck is the only thing standing between you and certain death.

Justina Ireland says, “I do want to talk about two things that have been on my mind since reading reviews: racism in fantasy and redemptive arcs for actively racist characters. Because I think it’s important for authors going forward to understand why and how an author ends up with books that attempt to deconstruct ideas of power but then fail miserably.”

47 Tucanae X9 is a star system located almost 15,000 light years away. Scientists have been studying it for years—since 1989—but this week they found something shocking: the system’s star is incredibly close to a black hole and orbits it at an extraordinary speed.

Two of the world’s greatest comic book writers are wizards. No, seriously. Their work has not only changed comics forever, it has spilled over into literature and especially film. But here’s the kicker – they despise each other.


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