THE SEM10TIC STANDARD

Speculative Fiction. Art. The In-between.

Comm Drone: Content round-up

Our Comm Drones give you a short and sweet list of neat things you might have overlooked during the week.

Academic news: Glyn Morgan, co-editor of Vector: The Critical Journal, of the British Science Fiction Association, announces a call for papers on his blog The Gutterbound Stargazer seeking articles for a special edition on science fiction and music:
http://glyn-morgan.blogspot.com/2016/04/call-for-papers-vector-special-issue.html

Award: A brand new award for short speculative fiction has been created in honour of Eugie Foster, and will be presented for the first time at Dragoncon 2016!
http://www.eugiefoster.com/eugieaward

Cover Reveal: John Scalzi’s new book The Collapsing Empire was announced on Tor.com along with it’s striking cover art:
http://www.tor.com/2016/05/24/announcing-john-scalzi-the-collapsing-empire/

Event: Only a week to go until Awesome Con in Washington D.C. and tickets are still available! Literary guests include the acclaimed SF writer Timothy Zahn:
http://www.awesome-con.com/

Comic Review: William Gibson’s first ever original comic is reviewed by Toussaint Egan at Paste magazine. An enjoyable review that gets to the heart of why Gibson’s style and Butch Guice’s art make for an intriguing harmony:
https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/2016/05/archangel.html

Top ten of the week: Matthe Funk from Blastr discusses the best adaptions of novels into graphic novels, including some classic science fiction novels such as Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury:
http://www.blastr.com/2016-5-25/too-many-pictures-10-cant-miss-graphic-novel-adaptations-books

Podcast: The May edition of Clarkesworld features ‘Left Behind,’ a story by Cat Rambo and read by Kate Baker. A gracefully tragic tale that looks at the psyche in ways that only science fiction can:
http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/audio_05_16/

Author discussion: Don Dellilo's work has been categorized as postmodern, science fiction, literary fiction, and above all, speculative fiction. Jon Baskin of The Nation looks at DeLillo’s novel Zero K in this in-depth analysis of his work:
http://www.thenation.com/article/don-delillos-american-dream/

From the archive: Arguments on what the first truly science fictional novel is aside, the BBC put together this fantastic interactive time line of the history of science fiction:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/timelines/zp7dwmn