In this new linklog series, we’ll be bringing some of the week’s more interesting speculative fiction news to you. No promises on an exhaustive list, we’ll just try our best to pick out some of the more engaging and relevant pieces. Stay tuned for it on Sundays.
In honour of John Steinbeck’s birthday (27/02/1902-20/12/1962), today’s post is about the ongoing legacy of the Arthurian stories, as well as the men and women who have reimagined and retold Arthurian legends. Steinback’s own retelling was published posthumously in the 1976 novel ‘The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights‘.
-The BBC discusses the history of the legends and where its past and future lie
-A serialisation of The Once and Future King, performed by well known writer and presenter Brian Sibley, and produced by the BBC
This week, we bring you a post inspired by Chinese New Year – recommendations for some of the best Asian-inspired fantasy and science fiction around. Some we suspect will be familiar, some will be brand new, and some will take you by surprise. Gong Xi Fa Cai!
-Reviews along with a list of some Wuxia and Oriental fantasy
-A discussion by The Guardian of three of the best recent Asian fantasy series
-An exhaustive list of fantasy titles from all over the world, sorted by culture or nation
–Wall Street Journal interviews Cixin Liu, author of China’s newest best-selling science fiction book ‘The Three-Body Problem’
Bonus fact: Did you know Chinese New Year festivities actually last for 15 days?