Today, May the Fourth, is celebrated worldwide as Star Wars Day. Check out he links below for a galaxy of info about the films, the characters and everything imaginable about the world’s most successful epic space opera franchise.
Acclaimed British author Terry Pratchett has died aged 66, eight years after being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. A giant of Fantasy Literature his legacy will be felt for decades to come. A snapshot of his career from BBC article below.
Check out this bunch of great Terry Pratchett links below:
Check out the link below to a fantastic short film inspired by and featuring the writings of the prophetic English writer H.G. Wells. Wells famously predicted all sorts of machinery, technology and events that have since come to fruition. His books include, The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, The Island of Doctor Moreau and many, many others.
For more info on one of the most influential writers of the last few centuries check out the links below:
Speculative Fiction Database. Huge collection of links to visionary authors.
Article about how many of Wells’ predictions have come to pass.
Was excited by this Infographic illustrating the American author Kurt Vonnegut’s theory on the Shapes of Stories.
“What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.”
This week’s Website of the Week is The Internet Speculative Fiction Database. ISFDB.org is a comprehensive database of information about authors writing what has been termed “Speculative Fiction”. Wikipedia defines this as “an umbrella term encompassing the more fantastical fiction genres, specifically science fiction, fantasy, horror, weird fiction, supernatural fiction, superhero fiction, utopian and dystopian fiction, apocalyptic and
post-apocalyptic fiction, and alternate history in literature as well as related static, motion, and virtual arts”.
The site is a real treasure trove of information on some of the most interesting and influential writers in the history of fiction.
Renowned Scottish author Iain Banks has died aged 59 after a short battle with Cancer. Read the news story here. The prolific author of many genre bending novels was famous for his darkly comic sense of humour, even using the grim news to make a late joke at death’s expense. With news that his time was nearly up, the previously divorced Banks asked his girlfriend Adele Hartley if she would “do me the honour of becoming my widow”. Author of 27 published novels, Banks enjoyed parallel writing careers; firstly as Iain Banks, writing grimly compelling realist fiction and also as Iain M. Banks, where his high techno fantasy novels introduced the SF community to “The Culture”.
His final novel, The Quarry was rushed forward into print just weeks before his death. It tells the story of a 40 something man who is losing his battle with cancer and the relationship with his teenage son who cares for him.
Listopia: Check out this incredible selection of reading lists from Goodreads. This excellent site allows readers to explore the world of books and share their opinions with others anywhere! Find your interest, choose a list and get lost in the incredible array of books on offer.
This list from ABE Books of their 50 Best Sci-Fi Novels of all time will be sure to divide opinion. Check out the full list here. How many of the books have you read?
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley was born on this day in 1797. Best known as the author of Frankenstein, arguably the world’s first Science-Fiction novel, she was the daughter of the English intellectuals William Godwin and Mary Wollstonecraft and wife to the romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Her influence on literature, particularly the later period of Gothic literature and popular culture through her most famous novel can hardly be overestimated. For more gothic literature resources visit the gothic page on our Reading page.