Thursday, November 8, 2012

New and Noteworthy (Misconceptions About Science, Penguin-Random House Merger, Mortal Kombat)

In today's edition:

* Hugo, Nebula and Campbell nominee (and Tangent Online veteran) Aliette de Bodard has a post up at the Science Fiction Writers of America web site about common misconceptions in pop images of scientific R & D, like the scientist who creates a major new invention alone in their lab in a few days or weeks and then field-tests it with everything working out, and the scientist "who knows everything about every field." (As it happens, Stargate's Samantha Carter is mentioned more than once, and for good reason as anyone who has seen the show will recall.)

* The Author's Guild has released a statement to its members on the Penguin-Random House merger. The position taken by Guild President Scott Turow is that this is yet another movement in the direction of an ever more thoroughly monopolized publishing business - and that "the merger merits close scrutiny from antitrust officials at the Justice Department or the FTC."

* At Josh Harrison looks back with fondness at the first Mortal Kombat movie.

New and Noteworthy (Special Bond Edition)
New and Noteworthy (Blood & Chrome, Star Wars Episode VII, Strong AI)
New and Noteworthy (SF Debate, Strange Horizons Fund Drive, io9 Back Up, National Talk About Something Else Day)
Robert Heinlein's Friday - Probably Not Coming to a Theater Near You
New and Noteworthy (Japanese Science Fiction, the Publishing Business)
New and Noteworthy (Unfilmable SF Movies, Spy Movies, Futurism)
Cory Doctorow On Summer Blockbusters

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