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"...Jackson, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Ving Rhames, Tim Roth, Amanda Plummer, Maria De Medeiros, Eric Stoltz, Rosanna Arquette, Christopher Walken and Bruce Willis. Screw pulp fiction..."
"...That's the title of a unique project which bridges the fields of literature and musical composition. Taking its name from a Germanic notation in music – "sehr rasch" means the tempo should be "very quick" – this cross-disciplinary collaboration has a couple of local composers creating new pieces of chamber music based on newly commissioned works of flash fiction, those really short short stories that clock in at under a thousand words each...."
"...My name is Clay, and my short film at Fantastic Fest this year is the one about erotic Harry Potter fan fiction...."
"...Something, anything, to keep a civil distance between Them and Me. It's rare that a film can enact a spiritual change of this magnitude in a reviewer, but Plump Fiction, with its audacious inanity and harrowing lack of smarts, accomplishes the trick in spades..."
"...Pop stars and plane crashes, cultists and zombies: If these are a few of your favorite things, you're in luck. This weekend, the fourth annual New Fiction Confab is bringing a quintet of contemporary authors to town whose recent works include all of the above and more...."
"...Alternating between color footage and the genius interplay of startlingly lovely sequences of Stanton singing and playing harmonica in granular black-and-white, Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction perfectly captures the essence of the man. Richard Linklater has said that there once was a god who walked the Earth named Warren Oates..."
"...While science fiction has become one of the major tentpoles holding up the Hollywood system, it’s not all lasers and aliens when it comes to making a quality sci-fi flick...."
"...In fact, the only reason Harold is still alive is that Eiffel is suffering from an epic case of writer’s block and can’t figure out the best way to off him. A good movie but not a great one, Stranger Than Fiction is reminiscent of the films of Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) but lacks that writer’s conceptual rigor and imaginative power..."
"...Many a writer will swear by the effectiveness of a nice glass of vino in loosing the creative juices, which makes House Wine the perfect venue for American Short Fiction's upcoming craft talk...."
"...American Short Fiction editor Jill Meyers recently dropped us a line about what's happening in ASF's near future, and goodness, it's a full slate...."
"...Indeed there was, and had been for years. Brown's arrival coincided with the 20th anniversary of ArmadilloCon, the homegrown annual sci-fi convention that was not just a celebration of the more fantastic genres of literature and one hell of a fannish good time, but somewhere aspiring writers of science fiction, fantasy, and horror could meet and polish their craft via workshops led by their fellow writers from the local scene..."
"..."We're living in science fiction," people like to say...."
"...Below is a consideration of fiction, writing, and the writer. Next week in "Page Two" we'll run another chunk of the interview...."
"...Mary and O'Neil: Fictionby Justin Cronin The Dial Press, 246 pp., $21.95..."
"...That is, you can learn such a thing from Nisi Shawl’s novel Everfair – which the author will be presenting as part of the latest iteration of Fantastical Fictions...."
"...2, which is HAAM Day. It's called Young Adult Fiction, but it could be called Modern Torch..."
"...Looking for a short fiction fix? Look no further than the aptly titled American Short Fiction , with a fresh issue on stands now...."
"...In an interview with the Chronicle two years ago (see "Truth and Inconsequences," Sept. 22, 2006), Chuck Klosterman revealed his next book would be a piece of fiction, stating, "I often use my life as a literary device, and the problem with that is as my life changes, what I want to write about has to change." Klosterman's best known as a critic with a healthy number of pop-culture-obsessed books and magazine columns under his belt..."
"...Roberts is a music-business and music legend who has been Young's longtime manager. I'm aiming at trying to talk about art and commerce, love and subsistence, life and fiction not as distinct entities, but rather the effort is to erase boundaries, because any specific categorization is a self-indulgent fiction..."
"...Yeah, how’s that for a cat’s name? And of course the man responsible for thus burdening a character’s pet is our old friend Paul Myron Anthony Linebarger – aka novelist Felix C. Forrest – aka the godson of Sun Yat-Sen – aka the Father of Modern Psychological Warfare – aka the under-celebrated science-fiction genius Cordwainer Smith..."
"...Maybe the periodical is really just an opinion publication which should be clearly noted in "News" sections. Inquiring minds want to know: Fact or fiction?!..."
"...If the title has you thinking you've finally found a Jane Austen-esque comedy of manners for that die-hard member of Team Jacob in your life, please note this disclaimer: The debut novel by ATX dramatist Kirk Lynn contains zero Regency romance, few manners, and the amount of literal lycanthropy – the whole full-moon fang-sprouting and fur-erupting of horror film and fiction – is left to the reader's imagination...."
"...The inaugural Other Worlds Austin film festival, which is dedicated to the presentation of science-fiction filmmaking, takes place Thursday, Dec. 4, through Saturday, Dec..."
"...When the near-future eco-drama The Well screens at the Other Worlds Austin science-fiction film festival, it will be a homecoming of sorts. After all, if it wasn't for Texas-shot All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, writer Jacob Forman and director Tom Hammock would never have made their debut feature..."
"...RT: Right. I didn't have a real good conception of what the boundaries of young adult fiction were..."
"...But make no mistake: This book cuts bone-deep with a creeping kind of terror. There are horrors here common to end-times fiction – flora and fauna extinction, a gravity sickness that strikes indiscriminately – but it's the more philosophical ramifications of "The Slowing" that rattle the nerves: the transience of hard fact in a world that changes overnight, every night; the tribalism that sours one neighbor against another; and the series of lasts – "It was the last time I ever tasted a grape," Julia recalls without fanfare – that are inevitable but still a shock to the system..."
"...As if Rihani had a crystal ball, Khalid's motives and actions are reminiscent of the Occupy movement, the Egyptian revolt, and other recent global events of political and social awakening. Rihani provides an ingenious glimpse of both progressive beliefs and hesitancy toward change in this cerebral and poignant work of fiction..."
"... Again: It was as if the author had decided, Well, okay, I put enough work into the first novel, and never mind reveling in the depths of character, let's just streamline this one so it requires less effort for me to write and for the average reader to consume. Sad, y'know? [ Listen: If we wanted to read Teflon-coated Lite fiction, we'd already be doing that (we already do do that, occasionally) with the wide variety of options available and constantly renewed everywhere else..."
"...It's an event largely overlooked in biographies but one that Pipkin argues was a driving force for a great man struggling to find direction in life. But what starts as a pulse-quickening work of historical fiction takes a turn to follow various characters affected by the fire...."
"...Ritter's internal monologue starts off sounding like a cop written by someone who knows law enforcement only from reading high-end and pulp detective fiction. When it works, it's witty, culturally rich, and brutal in a seedy way..."
"...In May 2006, The New York Times polled a number of the country's prominent writers and editors in a survey to find the single best work of American fiction of the past 25 years. Of 22 works cited, six were written by Philip Roth..."
"...My assignment was to find a science-fiction wine. Wow! This was going to be tough..."
"...Welcome to the future as predicted by the cinema of sci-fi. What we used to call science fiction, way back in the good old days of Red Scare daze of Manchurian candidate psychenauts and Ray Harryhausen's stop-motion obliteration of Washington D.C., via flying saucer, is mutating rapidly into everyday "fact," and, woe unto us, most of it is darker and more ominous than an Imperial Stormtrooper's eyes..."
"...This grand old man of British science fiction and part-time Bastrop resident was the editor of New Worlds, the important late-1960s/early-1970s journal that helped start the careers of J.G. Ballard, Brian Aldiss, Norman Spinrad, Kate Wilhelm, etc...."
"...Savvy publishing house marketing executives seem to be willing to mine the "foodie" niche for all it's worth, including everything from a standard romance novel with a restaurant setting to culinary erotica to a thinly disguised roman à clef by a successful New York restaurateur. While novelists such as Pat Conroy and James Lee Burke have long used food to establish a flavorful sense of place in their work, more and more fiction writers are bringing food to the forefront..."