Wednesday Linkdump – January 26th, 2011

I’m fairly certain the technical name of the cold I’m suffering from is “the Creeping Death”, so I use that as my excuse for publishing today’s linkdump a little late. I also think “The Creeping Death” sounds like a cool Hitchcock story, or a terrible 1960s alien invasion flick. Either way, if it inspires a story, use it!

Here are links for today.

Brandon’s links:

  • Mind Meld – The Future of Publishing: SF Signal has a regular column where they get opinions from some of the more well known authors and publishers on some question relating to Science Fiction. This article focuses on where publishing is going. Interesting read.
  • Author Spotlight – Orson Scott Card: I’m a big fan of Card, I love the Ender series, I love much of his other works as well, and he’s got a great little book of advice, encouragement, and direction for writing Science Fiction. This article really made me think about the concept of how a Science Fiction story can include things that don’t necessarily “fit” with a Christian world view, and still in the end say something very true about life, about the world, and about humanity. Much in the same way Tolkien’s world included things that don’t exist in our world, yet said much that is true about our world.
  • How Much Do You Need to Describe Your Characters: Some writers will blast you at the start of their narrative with a detailed description of the main character. Others will never give you any clues as to what the person looks like. What’s best? This article might help you decide what works for you.
  • 15 Most Powerful Sci-Fi Robots: A fun list of robots from film and television.
  • How Islam Nurtured Science Fiction: I found this article very intriguing, because it lends a lot of credence to something I’ve touched on in the past – that Science Fiction and Christianity are very compatible. See, the contention on the part of some is that Science Fiction and Religion don’t fit. Here is an example of how Science Fiction and Islam flow together very well. Can’t the same be done with Christianity? The article will give you some things to think about, and might teach you a little more about Islam as well.
  • Fantasy in Films: An interesting observation on the top ten movies of 2010. If all of them have some kind of Science Fiction or Fantasy element, what does that say about what our society is looking for in entertainment?

Luke’s links:

  • Natural Lighting with Carbon Dioxide: Once again, I have a bunch of links that show real science and modern happenings that could easily lead to some fun science fiction stories. What if we used pollution itself as fuel? Not as far-fetched as you might think.
  • Tatooine is Closer than You Think: We might have two suns for a few weeks, coming up. That could lead to some interesting thoughts. On a side note, some have posited that the star the magi followed to find Jesus was actually a supernova.
  • Brain-Controlled Wheel Chairs: It’s true! Using EEG technology, scientists have developed a wheelchair that responds to thought. It’s still in the opening stages, but science fiction might be reality closer than we had imagined…
  • Voyager and the Will to Explore: This is an excellent article outlining the Voyager project, and what it means for space travel. Will we ever send more probes out simply to explore? What does it mean that instruments made to function for a short period of time are still functioning, past the goal?
  • Living Mammoths in our Lifetime: Sometimes science mimics science fiction. I just watched Jurassic Park last week, and then I read this.
  • The Ruins of Detroit: This isn’t science, but it is modern. It looks more like the bombed-out remains of a post-apocalyptic world. Check this out, marvel that it is happening now, and let your imagination tell a story.
  • Portal 2 News: More news on a game that only a few of us here at Seeking the New Earth are excited about.
  • My Hope is Found: In your use of talents, is it clear where your talents come from? In the past, Brandon mentioned (well) that all things are done for the glory of God. It heartens me to hear a fairly popular recording artist be not simply “Christian” in a “Go, God!” sense, but actually laying out a song that is fairly deep theologically. If you are a writer, could a person scour your writings and discover your faith?


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