Magical Words Link Roundup 4-6-2017


This was the first set of Hugo finalists to come out since the set of rules changes voted in at the WSFS meeting in 2016 which attempted to address the ongoing system gaming by the so-called “Rabid Puppies” and “Sad Puppies.”

In most professions, performing a task dozens of times before you get it right is not something to brag about.

If you’re going to use real people in your fiction, make it easy on yourself and be sure they’re dead.

What do your characters do when faced with adversity or an imminent threat? How do they recover from one of life’s knock-out punches?

Gray Rinehart says, “It’s been a long time since I made a video, and even longer since I attempted a series, but now seemed like as good a time as any!”

It’s a bit embarrassing, actually, occasionally. The woman opposite wants me to come and talk to her school about creative writing. My ex-boss wants a signed copy of my book. Me: ‘Um… are you sure? It’s … um …. A lot of people die, yeah?’

At 10:49pm Western Australian time on February 2 this year, cosmic gamma rays hit the Nasa satellite, Swift, orbiting the Earth.

The Atlanta, GA based convention AnachroCon might be more aptly named “AnarchoCon” these days. Earlier this week the convention’s chair and legal counsel Sarah Avraham stepped down in what sounds like an extremely complicated situation.

GR Matthews says, “I’ve been running role playing campaigns for many years now. I think the first one I did was for my school friends when I was around fourteen, or fifteen. It was a Warhammer Fantasy Role play campaign I think, or D&D, I can’t quite remember. What I do remember though, is that I barely did any preparation.”

John B. McLemore, the main character in S-Town, the new podcast from Serial and This American Life, dedicates his life to many things — restoring antique clocks, climate change, fostering dogs — but it’s the labyrinthine hedge maze he built on his property in Woodstock, Alabama, that has the internet up in arms.

We love our fandoms. For those on the outside looking in, it may be their impulse to discount our devotion as superficial or childish. That’s because they don’t understand or see how nerdom has effected us.

Since the phrase ‘cyberpunk’ was first coined in 1983 by author Bruce Bethke, the subgenre’s appeal hasn’t waned. Today, cyberpunk stories are told across all kinds of media, from comics to video games to movies.

Spotting the Northern Lights anywhere in the United States (except for Alaska and the Upper Midwest) would probably be one of most notable experiences in an American space fan’s life. Now imagine if it was China or Japan a thousand years ago and you didn’t know what caused these light shows. Odds are, you’d freak out a little bit… and write about it.

Myke Cole’s Shadow Ops novels are coming to gaming tables! Nocturnal Media will team up with the military fantasy author to create a miniature-based strategy board game.

A new Harry Potter theory is attempting to make us question everything we thought we knew about the movies and books.

We’ve hit a plateau when it comes to television. There’s no show out there really pushing the boundaries or being innovative, and, as a result, we’re stuck with the same tropes and tactics — likely until we’re all rotting husks stuck to our couches.

Prior to the 19th century there was little distinction between lunatic asylums, as the primitive mental-health facilities were known, poorhouses, and jails.

“I am a gamer. I followed the call of Cthulhu and ran in the shadows with hackers and shamans. I traversed the ancient lands of Greyhawk, Faerun, and Eberron with companions new and old. I swung from an airship and buckled swash over London for the Kerberos Club. I threw dice and flipped cards and ground men into dust playing table-top wargames.

I don’t do that anymore.”


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