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Thu, November 17th, 2011
Book Trailer Thursday: Guest Post: The Hunger Games
Posted by: Courtney Jones

So, I’ve been away for a while. Now that Sarah Hunter is doing a fine job taking over the awards beat, I’ve had a little more time to nurse my growing Hunger Games addiction. Annie Bostrom has been kind enough to let me share my rabid anticipation of the film and fill in for this […]


Mon, November 7th, 2011
Reading the Screen: Cowboys & Aliens (Screen to Book)
Posted by: David Pitt

After there was Cowboys & Aliens the movie — well, not after: at roughly the same time — there was Cowboys & Aliens the novel, published by Tor and written by Joan D. Vinge. Novelizations, books written from screenplays, can be pretty awful (I have a few things to say about them over here), but this […]


Wed, August 31st, 2011
Keir’s Reading Resolution: The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Posted by: Keir Graff

In a few hours, I’ll be out the door and on my way to a four-month sabbatical leave. Before I go, I’m pleased to report that I managed to knock off another title from my New Year’s resolution reading list. As Likely Stories and REaD ALERT readers know, earlier this year I decided to get […]


Tue, August 16th, 2011
Reading the Screen: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Posted by: David Pitt

It’s come to my attention that David Fincher, director of such excellent films as The Social Network, Zodiac, and Se7en, is going to be making a movie out of Jules Verne’s 1870 novel 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. This won’t be the first movie, of course. In fact it won’t be the fifth. There  have […]


Tue, August 2nd, 2011
Reading the Screen: Bag of Bones
Posted by: David Pitt

According to this article at the Hollywood Reporter’s website, A&E is going to air a four-part miniseries based on Stephen King’s 1998 novel Bag of Bones, to be directed by King veteran Mick Garris (The Stand, Desperation, Riding the Bullet, the quite bad television version of The Shining). Pierce Brosnan, my third favorite James Bond, […]


Tue, June 28th, 2011
2011 Locus Award Winners
Posted by: Courtney Jones

The 2011 Locus award winners have been announced: Science Fiction Novel Blackout/All Clear, by Connie Willis Fantasy Novel Kraken, by China Miéville First Novel The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms, by N.K. Jemisin Young Adult Novel Ship Breaker, by Paolo Bacigalupi Novella The Lifecycle of Software Objects, by Ted Chiang Anthology Warriors, edited by George R.R. Martin […]


Thu, June 9th, 2011
Reading the Screen: A Carrie Remake?
Posted by: David Pitt

You might have read that Carrie, Brian De Palma’s excellent 1976 movie based on Stephen King’s first novel, is being remade…or rebooted…resomethinged, anyway. (See this Hollywood Reporter story, for example.) Do we need it? Sure, De Palma’s movie isn’t exactly 100% faithful to the book, but it’s chilling and memorable. It also has the best […]


Fri, May 20th, 2011
Awards Round Up: Locus, Christopher, Independent Publisher Awards
Posted by: Courtney Jones

There are five contenders in the Fantasy novel category for the 2011 Locus Awards presented by the  Locus Science Fiction Foundation: Under Heaven, by Guy Gavriel Kay Kraken, by China Miéville Who Fears Death, by Nnedi Okorafor The Fuller Memorandum, by Charles Stross The Sorcerer’s House, by Gene Wolfe Winners in fifteen categories, including science […]


Wed, May 18th, 2011
Keir’s Reading Resolution: Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
Posted by: Keir Graff

My new year’s resolution was to read more widely, even wildly; I asked REaD ALERT subscribers what I should read and received many strong suggestions. From these suggestions I created a short list. Given my reviewing duties at Booklist, I was sure it had to be a short list, and I was right; it wasn’t until my […]


Tue, May 17th, 2011
Writers of the Future Winners
Posted by: Courtney Jones

Most of the awards we post here on Likely Stories are for book-length works of fiction and nonfiction—and most of the winners are not first-time authors. But there are some contests for beginners, too. The L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future contest is designed to give an early-career boost to aspiring sf authors […]





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