This Week’s Writing Links: BBC’s ‘Neverwhere’ Radio Show

neverwhere-regular-assThis week’s writing links feature Lev Grossman talking about the ‘Magicians’ trilogy, a free download of the first part of the BBC’s radio show adaption of Neil Gaiman’s ‘Neverwhere’, the debut novel of Owen King (Joe Hill’s brother and Stephen King’s youngest son), a teaser for the upcoming ‘Riddick’ movie and a Bioshock Infinite Video Review, just cause.

There are a slew of writing and sci-fi links this week, but I’d like to take note of Owen King’s debut novel ‘Double Feature.’ With the release of his novel (which received a solid ‘B’ review from the AV Club), King is officially marking his entry into the family trade. Owen, in a similar but not as extreme measure as his brother Joe, chose not to publicize his family heritage on the press release for novel. Although I have yet to get around to reading Joe Hill or Owen King’s books, I think it is admirable that they are trying to forge their own paths without riding on the coattails of their father’s accomplishments. By all accounts, Joe Hill’s books have been really solid so far and it sounds like Owen is off to a good start too. I wish them the best of luck.

Also, as seen in the photo above, the BBC has put together a radio show adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s ‘Neverwhere‘ featuring voice work from Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class) and Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones). The first entry will be available to download for free up until March 29, which will mark the release of the second part of the radio show, so make sure to grab it now while it is up. I quite enjoyed the first part. It is topnotch.



– Lev Grossman Speaks About The Magicians Trilogy (flavorwire)

– AV Club Reviews Owen King’s ‘Double Feature’ (avclub)

– Download The First Episode of The BBC’s ‘Neverwhere’ Radio Show (io9)

– Brian K. Vaughan’s ‘The Private Eye’: A Bold Move For Digital Comics (avclub)

– Max Sebald’s Writing Tips (weebly)

– Is There A Part For The Rock In The New Star Wars Universe? (comingsoon)

– William Callahan of Waxman Leavell Literary Seeks New Clients (writersdigest)

– How I Got My Agent Julie Kibler (guidetoliteraryagents)

– Sci-fi, Fantasy and Horror News For The Week (sfsignal)

– Hugh Howey’s Wool Omnibus Review (timothycward)

– Famous Authors As Teenagers (flavorwire)

– How To Develop Any Idea Into A Great Story (writersdigest)

– ‘Riddick’ Teaser Debuts (comingsoon)

– Adam Sessler’s ‘Bioshock’ Infinite Video Review (youtube)

Sci-fi Trailer Roundup

oblivion-poster-tom-cruiseJust to keep people appraised of the sci-fi movies that will be hitting theaters this year, I’ve assembled some of the trailers for the genre’s most anticipated films. There are a few high profile films left out of this roundup, including Snowpiercer, Riddick, Ender’s Game, Gravity and Elysium, but that’s because they don’t have trailers at the moment and there’s nothing I can do about that short of sweding the trailers for them. So, for now, these are the trailers for the heavy hitters of sci-fi in 2013.

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This Week’s Writing Links

DoctorSleep2This Week’s Writing links feature Stephen King’s sequel to ‘The Shining’, 10 must reads for March, a matchbook version of Fahrenheit 451 and a list of Sci-fi writers who were awesome inventors too.

After 30 years, Stephen King is finally returning to the universe of ‘The Shining’ with his new novel ‘Doctor Sleep’. Read more about the release over on Sf Signal’s page, but for now, here is what we know about it from the posted synopsis:

On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless—mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the “steam” that children with the “shining” produce when they are slowly tortured to death.Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant “shining” power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes “Doctor Sleep.”

Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

Make sure to keep an eye out for ‘Doctor Sleep’ when it releases September 2013. Until then, here are some links!


– Stephen King’s Shining Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’ Coming in September 2013 (sfsignal)

– Matchbook Version of Fahrenheit 451 (imgur)

– 5 Sci-fi Writers Who Were Awesome Inventors Too (inktank)

– 10 Must Reads For March (flavorwire)

– 7 Things I’ve Learned So Far By Douglas Brunt (writersdigest)

– AV Club Reviews Karen Lord’s ‘The Best of All Possible Worlds’ (avclub)

– Joe Wright To Direct Adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s ‘The Ocean at The End of the Lane’? (avclub)

– The Best Places To Be If You Love Books (buzzfeed)