Today’s show: Predicting the present with Cory Doctorow
September 25, 2009
— Sci-Fi London
Midi Clear spot: Predicting the present with Cory Doctorow
In a one off half hour show on Resonance FM, Alex Fitch talks to writer Cory Doctorow about his work, focussing on his novel Little Brother and short story collection Over Clocked.
Alex and Cory also talk about the latter’s interest in technology and disseminating information plus the kinds of science fiction that interested him as a developing writer from George Orwell to William Gibson.
The podcast includes Jessica Fostekew‘s reading of his short story Printcrime….
Links: More info about Cory’s work can be found at his website www.craphound.com
Also read his essays and technology links at www.boingboing.net
Read PrintCrime online at www.craphound.com/overclocked
Check out Jess’ CV online at www.comedycv.co.uk/jessicafostekew
Visit Joi Ito’s website who photographed Cory Doctorow (shared under a Creative Commons CC-BY licence)
SF / comics news:
London comic book signings…
Bryan Talbot: promoting his new graphic novel – “Grandville”, on Sunday 27th September, 2pm – 4pm at Orbital Comics, off Charing Cross Road.
Joe Sacco: a rare opportunity to get graphic novels such as the award-winning Palestine, Safe Area Goražde, The Fixer, and War’s End signed by the man himself so don’t miss it! Gosh! comics, Great Russel Street, opposite The British Museum on Wednesday the 30th of September from 5 to 7pm
We Are Words + Pictures Market Stall
We Are Words + Pictures are pleased to announce that their first stall date will be Sunday 27th September in Brick Lane’s new Tea Rooms market, just around the corner from the old Truman Brewery. Comics by Julia Scheele, Matthew Sheret and others + original artwork by Tom Humberstone
More info at www.wearewordsandpictures.com
The Spider Moon on stage
Experience a whole new landscape of vibrant colour, breathtaking adventure and thrilling animation in a show to live on in the memory…The world premiere of Kate Brown’s adventure created for The DFC and now taking the journey of Bekka to an all new level in a heroic epic of discovery, magic and conflict set as an entire world moves towards doomsday.
The Spider Moon celebrates Playbox Theatre’s 10 years at The Dream Factory in Warwick, West Midlands.
Friday 25th September / Saturday 26th September, Thursday 1st October, Friday 2nd October, Saturday 3rd October
Tickets: £10.50, £7.50 concessions
More info: http://www.playboxtheatre.com
The Embassy of Japan’s annual manga-writing competition, open to anyone 14 years of age or over.
also: Comica/Ctrl.Alt.Shift: Comic Design Competition
Win the chance to create a unique comic in collaboration with musician and writer Lightspeed Champion. More info…
Deadline for both competitions: September 25, 2009
plus: The Observer / Jonathan Cape / Comica Graphic Short Story Prize 2009
Are you an aspiring graphic novelist? Do you have an original story to tell? Win £1,000 and have your story printed in The Observer.
Deadline: 19th October 2009
also: This year’s Queer press grant is open until October 1st, 2009
Prism comics awards a significant Queer Press Grant to assist in the publication and promotion of LGBT comics. The grant is funded by donors who are either creators who want to help others just starting out, or fans who want to see more LGBT creators get published.
The submissions are judged for a variety of elements. First and foremost is the quality of the work itself; the level of the illustration and writing, the use of cartooning techniques such as panels, lettering, and page layout, and the thematic depth and ability to develop character and plot, for example, all play significantly in the decision. Also under consideration, however, are financial need, the thoroughness of the business plan, and the presentation of the grant proposal. A well-written proposal with no grammatical or spelling errors, for example, can provide the crucial few points to break an artistic stalemate.
The work can be in black and white or in color, and in comic strip, comic book, or webcomic format.
More info here…