In today’s writing links we have Time magazine’s 10 Best Books of 2011 (with George R.R. Martin’s long awaited ‘A Dance With Dragons’ appearing at the top of the fiction list), some exciting scientific news from CERN, agent success stories along with some new agents on the literary scene, Sf Signal’s review of ‘Them or Us’ and Andrew David’s amazing new sci-fi EP available for download.
I am behind in my reading of the Game of Thrones series, still trudging through the fourth book, but it seems that critics think that Martin’s fifth book was worth the wait as it has received rave reviews and dispelled rumors that Martin spent the hiatus lounging on the beach, going to baseball games and trolling fan message boards (he was unfairly accused of a lot of strange things by eager fans). I’m happy for Martin, but as I make my way deeper into his series, I wonder if he’ll even have enough characters alive to write the sixth book. I though the first book was a blood bath, but the later books put it to shame. Good lord.
Anyways, I hope everyone is geared up to have a relaxing holidays with friends, family, good books and Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa episodes of their favorite TV shows. If people have time to catch up on their reading, I’ll be anxious to hear what they thought were their favorite books of 2011. We’ll probably do a feature on it at the end of the month. Until then, links.
– Time’s Top Ten Books Of 2011 (time)
– Top Ten Ways To Get Your Creative Juices Flowing (lifehacker)
– Sf Signal Reviews David Moody’s ‘Them Or Us’ (sfsignal)
– 50 Simple Ways To Build Your Platform In 5 Minutes A Day (writersdigest)
– The Best Unproduced Science Fiction Screenplays Of 2011 (io9)
– How I Got My Agent: JH Trumble (guidetoliteraryagents)
– The Hobbits Reunite (empire)
– Scientists Closing In On The Higgs Boson aka the God Particle (io9)
– Game of Thrones Season 2 Trailer (comingsoon)
– Andrew David’s Sci-fi EP Is Now Available (andrewdavid)
– Trailer For Luc Besson’s Sci-fi Movie ‘MS One: Maximum Security’ (aintitcool)
– 10 Satirical Novels That Could Teach You To Survive The Future (io9)
– Nebula Awards Interview: Pearl North (sfwa)
– New Agent Alert: Hannah Bowman Of Liza Dawson Associates (writersdigest)