SciFi Sandwich: 8/10/20

The tastiest SF and Fantasy news to cross your plate

Welcome back SF & Fantasy gobblers. We have more news for you. We’ll have more news for eons to come, as it seems SF & Fantasy has taken an eager, well-rooted stance in our modern culture. People love it. And for good reason. SF & Fantasy has all the fixings you crave and we aim to satisfy your appetite with regular, in-depth updates. Enjoy!

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Octavia E. Butler’s Wild Seed Coming to Amazon

“Amazon is developing an Octavia Butler novel as a drama series. The project comes to the streaming service courtesy of Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, whose JuVee Production has a first-look deal there.

They will be developing Wild Seed, the first of Butler’s Patternist sci-fi series. The project will be written by author Nnedi Okorafor and Kenyan filmmaker and Rafiki helmer Wanuri Kahiu.

Wild Seed is a love (and hate) story of two African immortals who travel the ages from pre-Colonial West Africa to the far, far future. Doro, a killer who uses his power to breed people like livestock, encounters Anyanwu, a healer who forces him to reassess his millennia of cruel behavior: for centuries, their personal battles change the course of our world as they struggle against the backdrop of time — master versus slave, man versus woman, killer versus healer.”

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Extra tidbit: Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death is in the works at HBO in partnership with George R. R. Martin.

The Great Canon Debate

Have you seen posts and comments pop up around this argument for the “Science Fiction Canon?” A canon (not “cannon” as Amazing Stories points out here) is the sort-of-agreed-upon collection of the original, inspirational works of a genre. In the case of SF & Fantasy, it would include works by Ray Bradbury, Robert Heinlein, Frank Herbert, and others. These are the classic foundation for modern Science Fiction and Fantasy and should be ready and seriously considered by all real fans of the genre.

At least, that’s what some people think. Others are more apt to say it’s far less important to keep up on what was written 50-100 years ago (during a time when industry favored white males) than it is to stay up to date with what your peers are churning out today–stuff that is arguably more likely to affect present society.

Read more about it in this article by Amazing Stories.

Bertram’s Goes Bankrupt

Wholesaler Bertram’s has gone bankrupt, laying off 460 employees and liquidating almost 293,000 books. They state falling demand due to ebooks and also the effects of COVID19 causing closed libraries and bookstores. Source.

Macmillan Promises Diversity

In an article by Locus Magazine, Macmillan president Don Weisberg is quoted:

“Creating true systemic change that is successful and sustainable is difficult and will require company-wide effort. We have a lot to do, and we need to be more focused and determined to make this happen quickly.” They cited a need for “more diversity in the titles we publish, more committed positioning and marketing of these titles, more hir­ing and promotion of diverse staff, more inclusivity in the decision-making process, and more open dialogue throughout the organization.” They say the new structure “fundamentally changes the group of people at the table where key decisions are made concerning our company strategy and priorities.”

Tickets Went on Sale Today for Shannara Con

Shannara Con

Today ticket sales opened for the all-virtual Shannara Convention. The Con is a celebration of Terry Brook’s last installment of the series. The final book comes out on October 20th, 2020 and is titled The Last Druid. The con will be held on October 23rd. Get tickets and info here.

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Our Opinions Are Correct

Out Opinions Are Correct

If you want to really delve into the genre, try Our Opinions are Correct, a Hugo Award-winning podcast by Charlie Jane Anders and AnnaLee Newitz. It’s a biweekly audio subscription about the real meaning of Science Fiction. Twitter Link.

Rereading Ursula Le Guin

Tor often does these “rereads” of famous authors. It’s a chance to explore works that may have fallen off the radar but have no less impact on readers. In this case, Tor is looking at The Word for World is Forest. This lovely essay traces over the time period Le Guin wrote in and how it influenced her books. Check this one out. You won’t be disappointed.

How to Travel When You Can’t Travel

The Guardian put up this article by Andy Hazel on seeing the world (or, other worlds) when you’re confined to your home. The article all by itself is a great read on how travel broadens our minds and just because we’re all quarantining doesn’t mean we have to put restrict the part of us that yearns for exploration. While this Hazel writes about video games, the same can be said about books.

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Need a flash fiction boost? Read the short called Beam by Japanese author Ao Omae, translated by Emily Balistrieri on Electric Literature.

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Tyrant Baru Cormorant Seth Dickinson
The Tyrant Baru Cormorant by Seth Dickinson; Tom Doherty; 8/11/20
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The Skeleton Melodies by Clint Smith; Hippocampus Press, 8/14/20
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 Driftwood by Marie Brennan; Tachyon Press, 8/14/20

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Take a Look at the Five and Ten by Connie Willis

Connie Willis

Subterranean Press has announced a limited printing of Connie Willis’ novella titled Take a Look at the Five and Ten. Production will be limited to 1500 copies and is currently up for pre-order to be released in November. It’s only $40 so if you’re a die-hard Willis fan, get your pages while they’re hot.

Win a Free Copy of Ink and Sigil by Kevin Hearne

Ink and Sigil Kevin Hearne

Kevin Hearne has a new tale coming out–a spin-off of his Iron Druid Chronicles. The book is about Al MacBharrais, who can can cast spells with magically enchanted ink and uses his gifts to protect our world from rogue minions of various pantheons.

When his latest apprentice, Gordie, turns up dead in his Glasgow flat, Al is forced to play detective – while avoiding actual detectives who are wondering why death seems to always follow Al. Investigating his apprentice’s death will take him through Scotland’s magical underworld, and he’ll need the help of a mischievous hobgoblin if he’s to survive.

Pat’s Fantasy Hotlist has a free copy they’re giving away so if you want to enter, click here. The book comes out on August 25th.

New Alix E. Harrow Title

The Once and Future Witches Alix E Harrow

The author of The Ten Thousand Doors of January has released her next title. It’s called The Once and Future Witches and will be available on October 15th. Read the early review by The Fantasy Hive here.

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