Books & Pieces: weekly roundup
World Weaver Press presents our weekly quick roundup of news and factoids, articles and more that struck our fancy, tickled our interest, and had us scratching our heads. For readers, writers, and genre fans of any form.
Celebrities as Disney Characters. Photographer Annie Leibovitz continues her Disney Dream Portrait series capturing celebrities as colorful Disney characters. Our favorite is definitely Russel Brand as Captain Hook. This gallery of the latest installment of the series brings Olivia Wilde and Alec Baldwin as the Evil Queen and Magic Mirror from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Julienne Moore and Michael Phelps in a scene from The Little Mermaid, and so many more.
The book tour begins on Tuesday! The official Shards of History blog tour starts on Tuesday with our exclusive release of Chapter One from the novel. See the list of blog stops leading up to publication day on August 21. And check back for an announcement of the remainder of the Shards of History blog tour our check out info about the novel now.
Get ready for ghosts! Announced this week, Specter Spectacular: 13 Ghostly Tales will be released September 25 — just in time for your Halloween reading pleasure or any dark night when you find yourself alone … or perhaps not as alone as you think you are.
If I could save time in a bottle … Earlier this year, the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest cracked open a twenty-five year-old time capsule full of predictions written by science fiction writers of what the year 2012 would look like. Some are a little off in left field:
“Probate and copyright law will be entirely restructured by 2012 because people will be frozen at death, and there will be electronic means of consulting them. Many attorneys will specialise in advocacy for the dead.” – TIM POWERS
“A computer will win the Campbell & Hubbard Awards.” – JERRY POURNELLE
Some are interestingly close to our present reality:
“In 2012 Americans will see the collapse of Imperial America, the Pax Americana, as having ended with our loss of national will and national selflessness in the 1970s. Worldwide economic collapse will have cost America its dominant world role; but it will not result in Russian hegemony; their economy is too dependent on the world economy to maintain an irresistible military force.” – ORSON SCOTT CARD
“There will have been no nuclear war, and the threat of such a war will have been removed by the mutual nuclear disarmament of the major powers. SDI, Reagan’s ill advised Star Wars program will have come to nothing.” – SHELDON GLASHOW
And some we really should have gotten around to by now but haven’t:
“Bases on the moon, an expedition to Mars…all done.” – GREGORY BENFORD
We’ve got Mars Fever! Late Sunday night, NASA landed the rover Curiosity on the surface of Mars. We watched news from Mission Control streamed live on the internet (and we heard it was running on the jumbotron in Time Square too!). If you missed it and want the short, edited, music-in-the-background version, it’s online to view at your leisure. Since then we’ve been following Curiosity on Twitter, @MarsCuriosity, and watching daily press conferences. We’ve not yet gone so far as to build a Lego model, but it’s a near thing. We’ve seen plenty of not-so-funny jokes, but this one* is likely the best of the actually-funny ones:
*Note: given the depiction of the rover, we think this isn’t a 2012 comic but an older one.
But if you’re looking for alien lifeforms, some scientists say what you really need to do is go to Saturn’s moons.
Posted on August 11, 2012, in Books + Pieces, World Weaver Press and tagged anthology, book news, Books + Pieces, ghosts, nasa science news, new, Shards of History, Specter Spectacular, speculative fiction, World Weaver Press. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.