Posts tagged ‘Guardian’

Friday Fast Forward Rewind

Being a mash-up of recently read web-based writings.

  • Damien G Walter writes about fantasy with literary leanings for The Guardian.
  • This SF Signal article discusses the division between realism and fantasy in literature.
  • C J Cherryh gives advice to writers at The Night Bazaar.
  • Mark Charan Newton talks about creating a transgender character on his blog.
  • Another Guardian article, this one by Sam Leith, lists ten alternative realities.
  • And further SF Signal piece looks at fantastika’s sense of wonder.
What did you think of these links? What interesting fantasy-related articles or posts have you read recently? Post below for the edification of all.

Angry genre writers strike back (with a strongly worded letter)

In response to the BBC’s under-representation of sf, fantasy and horror in their recent World Book Night coverage, author and founder of SF Crowsnest Stephen Hunt, has organised a letter signed by 85 genre luminaries, including Iain M Banks, Steven Erikson, Ramsey Campbell, Neil Asher and Charles Stross.

See this Guardian piece for more, or the Telegraph has a full list of the signatories. (Both articles carry photos of Iain Banks – who the hell knows what Stephen Hunt looks like?)

Stephen Hunt’s blog has his original rant on the subject, which contains a link to and an exhortation to join the Facebook page Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror is not a corrupting foreign influence.

And if you wish to read about this further, there’s an extensive post on SF Crowsnest showing a BBC response and the full text of Hunt’s letter.

From Guardian Books

There are three articles of interest to fantasy readers on the Guardian Books website: an interview with George R R Martin, another interview with GRRM and a piece about an upcoming documentary on assisted suicide by Terry Pratchett.

Martin talks about his experiences in the last few years writing A Feast for Crows and A Dance with Dragons, commenting on the anger of fans who want him to spend every waking moment working on A Song of Ice and Fire.

The Pratchett documentary will show an assisted suicide, and was made as an exploration of something that the Discworld author (and Alzheimer’s sufferer) may choose for the end of his own life.