Top Story: Tips for Writers or Don't Try This At Home
Here's an interesting tip for writers from Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos - a hugely popular online shoe store in the USA, which currently means very little to UK readers. When he was writing his best-selling book Delivering Happiness, he ate coffee beans drenched in vodka to help him write faster. He finished the book in two weeks. Possibly file under Don't Try This At Home ?
Flash Fiction Competition - NOW BEING JUDGED
Calling all Flash Fiction Writers... the annual Urban Fantasist SCI-FI-LONDON 48 Hour Flash Fiction Challenge is now being judged.
Formal Stuff: The judges this year are Charles Christian of Urban Fantasist (that's me) author Simon Guerrier SCI-FI-LONDON literary editor Robert Grant. The winner will be announced on Thursday 1 May (which is midway through this year's SCI-FI-LONDON Film Festival, 24 April - 4 May). If you want to learn more about the other 48 Hour Challenges or the Festival generally visit http://www.sci-fi-london.com/festival/2014 AND look out for #SFL14 #SFL48hr hashtags on Twitter at @ChristianUncut (that's also me) and @scifilondon
The Chronicles Rolling News
Interesting data for crime writers... a graphic showing global "homicide mechanisms" aka choice of murder weapons. It would seem it was Colonel Mustard who dunnit in the library with poison or a candlestick but only if he was living in the UK.
Secret Cargo: A great read - I am looking forward to the sequel!
The Bookseller magazine had an interesting leader column last week talking about disruption within the publishing industry however it overlooks one key factor: namely that disruption comes not from the industry but from the customers.
More great news from Brian Sammons and Glynn Owen Barrass who have been heading up a crowd-sourcing project to fund World War War Cthulhu - a collection of Lovecraft war stories with illustrations.
Meanwhile in Westeros, a new challenger for The Iron Throne emerges. A Game of Thrones spoiler? Or is it?
It's that time again when I rally the troops to submit science fiction poetry for the BSFA Focus magazine.
Here's a neat infographic depicting top selling authors as stacks of books. And "yes" Enid Blyton still outsells Dan Brown.
So I'm conducting the Q&A session with Sir Tim Berners-Lee at a tech show in London on Tuesday and I ask him "If you could go back to the early days of the World Wide Web and redesign just one thing, what would it be?"
This is priceless... Fortune magazine has published its list of people it deems to be the "World's 50 Greatest Leaders". The compilers of the list say "In an era that feels starved for leadership, we've found men and women who will inspire you." Or not!
Astronomers at Durham University have created a simulated 3D fly-through of the Universe, using the Galaxy And Mass Assembly (GAMA) galaxy catalogue. It shows the real positions and images of the galaxies that have been mapped so far.
The official poster and main image for this year's SCI-FI-LONDON festival science fiction and fantastic film has just been published. We like the Where WHAT IF meets WTF slogan.
It is nearly ten years since the original Sin City moving came out in 2005. Now Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez are back with a sequel Sin City: A Dame to Kill For with Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke returning.
Here's a great site we found featuring artist Dave Pollot who takes old prints of classical paintings - in this case Constable's The Hay Wain - and then adds a suitably sci-fi/fantasy image in a comedic way.
Mind the Gap at the Crossrail Apocalypse - leave your Shattered Dreams at the Barbican - and avoid the Roundabout of Doom aka Old Street!
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