People with established careers are terrible sources of advice on how to break into their chosen field. When I was a baby writer, I attended numerous panels about getting established, where writers a generation or two older than me explained how to charm John W Campbell into buying a story for Astounding Stories. This was not useful advice. Not only had Campbell died six days before I was born, but he was also a fascist.
I have two careers, one in tech and the other in SF, a peanut-butter-and-chocolate combo that’s got a long history in the field, and I am often asked how to break into both fields. I know an awful lot about how to sell a story to Gardner Dozois, who stopped editing Asimov’s sixteen years ago and died two years ago, but I know nothing about pitching contemporary SF editors.
Head below for the full list of science fiction titles heading your way in October!
Keep track of all the new SFF releases here. You can also find horror titles scheduled for 2020 here. All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher. Note: Release dates are subject to change.
WEEK ONE (October 6)
The Ministry for the Future—Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
The Ministry for the Future is a masterpiece of the imagination, using fictional eyewitness accounts to tell the story of how climate change will affect us all. Its setting is not a desolate, postapocalyptic world, but a future that is almost upon us—and in which we might just overcome the extraordinary challenges we face. It is a novel both immediate and impactful, desperate and hopeful in equal measure, and it is one of the most powerful and original books on climate change ever
The festival takes place from October 30-31, 2020.
The Philip K. Dick European Science Fiction Film Festival has announced the full lineup for its seventh annual season celebrating the legacy of novelist Philip K. Dick. The two-day live event held at the L’Hybride theater in Lille, France will showcase films with a variety of themes including scientific and technological advancements, extraordinary events, and dystopian worlds from October 30-31, 2020.
With a history of bringing independent science fiction film to Europe, the festival is proud to return to a city known for its creative achievements. “Lille has a rich culture deeply influenced by its appreciation for history and the arts, including science fiction writing,” said Daniel Abella, the founder and director of the event. “We are thrilled to screen films created by the most cutting-edge filmmakers who explore in detail the symbiosis between humanity and technology.” Screenings begin on Friday, October
Hillary Ries Shekinah Ma makes her authorial debut with ‘Frequency,’ a cosmic fairytale that doubles as a call to action
NELSON, British Columbia, Sept. 28, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — As the new decade unfolds and brings with it a plethora of unexpected challenges, many people are desperate to make sense out of what is happening and why.
In “Frequency: The Hour of Power Has Come,” author and spiritual visionary Hillary Ries Shekinah Ma provides answers to those on their quest toward enlightenment. A science fiction fantasy set in the year 2030 when all of humanity has been chipped and inserted into the Matrix and remains under constant surveillance, the book serves as a mirror of the current world and offers much-needed context to events that have recently occurred.
“Frequency” follows Sophia Star Water and her band of soul rebels, The Apocalypsos, who use their extraordinary music and spoken word talents
Ron Cobb, the artist and movie production designer known for his work on the spaceship in “Alien,” the DeLorean in “Back to the Future,” and some tipsy aliens in “Star Wars,” died on Monday in Sydney, Australia.
He was 83. His death was confirmed by his wife, Robin Love. The cause was Lewy body dementia.
Mr. Cobb, a self-taught designer who worked largely behind the scenes, advanced an aesthetic that still influences the spaceships and time machines of today’s science fiction films: futuristic, yet retro; modular, but boundless; and bursting with meticulous detail.
“He was hugely influential to myself and many of my peers in the business,” said François Audouy, the production designer behind the 2019 movie “Ford v Ferrari” and the forthcoming “Ghostbusters: Afterlife.”
“His drawings were so infused with logic and realism,” Mr. Audouy said. “It just felt like his spaceships could take off at any moment.”