SF&F News & Links
Forbidden Planet International previews the very cool-looking new entry in the Penguin Modern Classics line, A Science Fiction Omnibus, edited by Brian Aldiss.
Today’s Harry Potter hoopla: The New York Times reports on Harry-themed conferences, parties and festivals taking place this summer.
Also working the HP beat: The Washington Post has an article about avoiding spoilers for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with lots of anecdotes about people deliberately spoiling the last book. It’s hard out there for a muggle…
Del Rey’s latest e-mail newsletter announces a giveaway – they want to send thirty advance copies of Terry Brooks’s new novel, The Elves of Cintra, to ordinary readers for their early review. You can get full details at that link, or sign up for the newsletter yourself. [via Fantasy Book Critic]
SF Signal reprints the list of 17 Must-Have Science Fiction books from a 1949 issue of The Arkham Sampler.
L.E. Modesitt, Jr. thinks about cover art, and whether changing it will bring in new (or even just different) readers.
Niall Harrison of Torque Control reports on a Readercon panel discussion that made a distinction between “advocacy-based” (showing a future the author wants to help make happen, or to warn against) and “recognition-based” (showing a future the writer thinks we’re going to get no matter what) science fiction.
Adventures in SciFi Publishing’s fifteenth podcast has just been released; it contains an interview with Paul Levinson about SF in the academic world, and a reading by Tad Williams from his new novel Shadowplay.
The Time Traveler Show has brought forth its nineteenth podcast, featuring a reading of Mack Reynolds’s story “Slow Djinn.”