I don’t really buy Ernest Hemingway’s statement that success as a writer requires being better than the dead writers who proceed you. Author Fonda Lee has another take: in terms of bookstore shelf space, she and similar rising writers are squeezed out of shelf space by dead guys such as Robert Jordan and JRR Tolkien (the comments on Jim Hines’ post are good too). Which ties into this post too.
Rick Riordan on how Hollywood mishandled the Percy Jackson series.
A solution for getting unstuck: five more (pages/minutes/chapters/whatever)
The Houston Chronicle investigated veteran reporter Mike Ward’s work for possible false quotes. They searched for 275 people quoted in his work and 122 could not be found.
I haven’t seen Alita: Battle Angel, but this review still seems to make good points about writing to set up a franchise vs. writing a movie.
Just how much did the late Stan Lee co-create for Marvel? Spoiler: lots.
Author Amber Royer discusses action scenes and SF worldbuilding
How filmmakers used to fake newsreel footage.
Some years back, undercover TV reporters went to work for Food Lion and filmed staff changing expiration-date labeling. There was a huge hue and cry declaring that the reporters had acted unethically and reporters must never be allowed to expose corporate misdeeds again (okay, not how they phrased it). This discussion of Al Jazeera posing as a gun rights group to expose both Australian politicians and the NRA argues there are times subterfuge is justified. I’m in agreement.
Deadspin argues that Netflix isn’t changing the world of broadcast TV, it’s become interchangeable with it.
A history of Harvey Comics, speculating about its effect on child readers. Below, the map of Harveyland.
A short history of the word retcon.
Positive and negative goals for characters
Oracle claims its Java API is copyrighted, and Google’s been violating copyright. Google says it’s fair use. The tech industry sides with Google.
Copyright issues are among the reason a French court has invalidated Google’s terms of service for Google+.
An Irish sandwich chain, Supermac, convinced an EU court to invalidate McDonald’s Big Mac trademark in the European Union.
#SFWApro. Cover by Jack Kirby, all rights to images remain with current holders.