Science Fiction Thursday everyone, and I can definitively say that our long national nightmare is over. The new Dresden Files landed Monday, and the audiobook Tuesday, just in time for a road trip I’m taking Thursday. So if you are desperately watching the clock this afternoon until you can go home and continue reading, it might help for you to remember that I’m somewhere on the interstate, with the AC cranked, strawberry milkshake in hand, and listening to James Marsters read the book to me. Or I’m dead in a ditch after my engine block detonates from all the simultaneous bad feelings that just thundered towards me like karmic smart bombs.
What else have we got today? Well, a lost recording has surfaced of JRR Tolkien speaking in 1958 at something called “Hobbit Dinner” (which I hope was indicative of the subject matter rather than the oddly shaped roast). The recording was discovered in 1993 by a fellow named René van Rossenberg, which I assume is derived from the medieval Dutch for “jerk who finds cool stuff in an attic and then puts it in his own attic instead of telling anybody”. A tidbit is below:
Well I’m glad they gave us those subtitles, because for all my ears can tell, it’s the White Album playing backwards telling me to steal all the credit from Clarence. But I already do that every single day, so it’s a moot subliminal command.
On the heels of the overwhelming success (or at least popularity on the Internet alongside cats doing funny things and being terrified of most site’s comments threads) of Sharknado, SyFy is not only airing a sequel, but devoting an entire week to Sharknado programming. This will include essentially every SyFy original that had a shark somewhere in it. And a lot of filler. Ladies and gentlemen, the network that brought us Farscape and Battlestar Galactica is reaching new pinnacles of quality entertainment. The week kicks off Saturday, July 26th, and will feature Sharknado 2: The Second One (it was named by fans online, who apparently went with ironic literalism with their inspiration). The cameos by Al Roker and Matt Lauer will make or break the film.
Finally, all is not Jim Butcher when it comes to print fiction. Tor (one of the larger publishers of science fiction, if you don’t pay attention to the logos on the spines of your paperbacks) was kind enough to have a blog post listing a bunch of science fiction novels coming out this month. It’s not just those published by Tor, so take a look if you need some new robots or space opera in your life. The highlight to me is the new Alastair Reynolds. Kevin J Anderson also has a new one. Feel free to mention if you’ll be picking that up, it’s always fun to see if the IP address banning tool still works.
List is here
Steven Lloyd Wilson is a hopeless romantic and the last scion of Norse warriors and the forbidden elder gods. His novel, ramblings, and assorted fictions coalesce at www.burningviolin.com. You can email him here and order his novel here.