How “The Hunger Games” might look as a comic
Now that Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy has come to a close, could we get a graphic novel adaptation? Cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks gives us a taste of what a comic Hunger Games might look like.
Hicks, who created the comic Zombies Calling and most recently illustrated the summer camp horror Brain Camp, created this fan comic of the opening pages of The Hunger Games. We even get to see Katniss Everdeen stare down Prim’s ugly cat Buttercup.
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PW to Review Self-Pubbers
Whatever ugly charges critics may level at traditional publishing, it’s hard to deny that when it comes to branding established authors and elevating new ones, the Establishment reigns supreme. You can talk all you want about the viral validation that the Internet bestows on self-published books, the good old book industry is still the place where literary reputations are made, And that’s because literary agents, reviewers and book critics for high circulation magazines and newspapers, Big Six publishers and big-name editors remain the taste makers of our literary culture. (You can read all about it in Gatekeepers.)
For this reason, self-published authors have been unable to gain respectful attention in the marketplace, get noticed by Big Publishing and catapulted into fame and fortune and distribution in bookstores. That frustrating circumstance is about to change. Publishers Weekly has announced a new program called PW Select dedicated to reviewing self-published books and bringing the best ones (“most deserving of a critical assessment”) to the attention of traditional publishers and the public.
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A Generation’s Intellectual Father: The Life and Legacy of Science Fiction Giant Robert A. Heinlein
I haven’t read that much nonfiction relating to science fiction/fantasy in the last few years but the releases that I have tackled have been nothing short of astonishing—specifically James Tiptree, Jr.: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon by Julie Phillips; Frederik Pohl’s Chasing Science; and Beyond Human: Living with Robots and Cyborgs by Gregory Benford and Elisabeth Malartre.
I can now add to that list William H. Patterson, Jr.’s recently released Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1 (1907-1949): Learning Curve.
When I heard that Tor Books would be releasing the first volume of an authorized biography of Robert A. Heinlein this summer, I was intrigued but not exactly thrilled—I’ve read accounts of Heinlein’s life in the past (Robert A. Heinlein: America as Science Fiction and Robert A. Heinlein: A Reader’s Companion) so I didn’t know if this new biography would just be rehashing old information. But Heinlein’s writing had a huge influence on me growing up so I decided to pick up the meaty 624-page biography and give it a try…
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