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 event: Places may still be available for the H.G. Wells conference in Woking, UK:
https://anticipations2016.wordpress.com/2016/05/26/programme/

Magazine: The Galaxy’s Edge George R. R. Martin special edition is available! Featuring an interview and a previously unpublished story:
http://www.galaxysedge.com/

Science: An AI ‘re-created’ the cult SF classic film Blade Runner, and the results were quite astounding:
http://www.vox.com/2016/6/1/11787262/blade-runner-neural-network-encoding

Classic SF: This Hodderscape article offers a bitesize review of a Robert Heinlein classic:
http://www.hodderscape.co.uk/throwback-thursday-moon-harsh-mistress/

Book covers: A gallery of 39 vintage Ray Bradbury book covers:
http://flavorwire.com/578974/30-vintage-ray-bradbury-book-covers

Crowd funding: A fundraiser on Kickstarter to keep Kurt Vonnegut’s legacy alive and preserve The Kurt Vonnegut Museum library in Indiana (USA).
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1949966329/a-permanent-home-for-kurt-vonneguts-legacy?sf46816494=1

Podcast story: This story is pure fun. It’s so good I named my cat ‘Floon’ after it.
http://escapepod.org/2014/02/14/ep435-made-cats/

Science Fiction studies: Many lists like these can be found on university websites. For anyone who is new to the world of science fiction theory, these guides and encyclopedias would be a good place to start: 
http://guides.library.cornell.edu/c.php?g=31642&p=200576

Twitter page: Mini SF + F stories the size of a tweet, posted as much as 3-4 times per day. Can be quite inspiring, especially when you have writer’s block:
https://twitter.com/MicroSFF

Writing tips: Roberta Osbourne’s tips on how to keep track of invented language in your creative writing work. There is also a great list of sources below the article to check out:
http://www.stormthecastle.com/mainpages/for_writers/using-invented-language-in-your-novel.htm

Organization: Living in Canada? Or just interested in Canadian SF writers? Check out the National Association of Speculative Fiction professionals. Even non-writers can check out the fiction excerpts and find new authors:
http://www.sfcanada.org/

SF + Diversity: This fusion article explores a very interesting idea: the subject of ‘black time travel’:
http://fusion.net/story/303608/time-travel-while-black/

Opinion piece: John DeNardo’s work at Kirkus reviews is always top quality, and this piece on media tie-ins is no exception:
https://www.kirkusreviews.com/features/defense-media-tie-ins-part-1/

Special edition: The folio society recently came out with this fabulous edition of Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey:
http://www.foliosociety.com/book/SDY/2001-space-odyssey

SF + our world: Neil Levy, deputy director of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics and professor of philosophy at Macquarie University, Sydney examines the ethics of sending out a real generation starship:
https://aeon.co/ideas/would-it-be-immoral-to-send-out-a-generation-starship

New in SF criticism: I cannot wait to get my copy of this important book written by Chris Pak. It is the first comprehensive study of climate change in SF:
https://global.oup.com/academic/product/terraforming-9781781382844?cc=us&lang=en&

An essay on rejection: Kim Liao of Literary Hub writes on adjusting your perspective and setting goals when submitting:
http://lithub.com/why-you-should-aim-for-100-rejections-a-year/