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Science Fiction Picture Books for the Youngest Readers

Cosmo_and_the_Robot__Brian_Pinkney__9780688159412__Amazon_com__Books Science fiction books supercharged my imagination as a kid. Everything from Star Wars storybooks to Ray Bradbury radio adaptations to The Black Hole – Read Along Book and Record inspired my childhood attempts at telling stories.

I want my 4-year-old daughter to have the same kind of experience, so I turned to the brilliant Goodreads “Science Fiction Picture Books List” for inspiration. It was created by Amanda R. Von Der Lohe who studied children’s literature at Hollins University—writing a scholarly paper about science fiction picture books.

I caught up with Von Der Lohe recently, and she had a simple message for GalleyCat readers: “Authors, illustrators and publishers, please please please please please include more girls in science fiction picture books. Parents, read science fiction with your daughters.”

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Ray Bradbury’s House is For Sale

bradburyhouseSci-fi fans with some money to spend will be excited to learn that legendary author Ray Bradbury‘s former house is for sale. The charming three bedroom, single family home at 10265 Cheviot Drive in Los Angeles is listed at $1,495,000.

Here is more about the house from the listing:

For more than half a century it was home to Ray Bradbury, one of the most celebrated, beloved authors of our time. This charming traditional features a grand living room with soaring vaulted ceilings, classic brick fireplace, large bay window allowing soft California light to flood in across original hardwood floors and custom built-ins; formal dining room for proper entertaining with detailed crown moldings, expertly crafted wainscoting and wood shuttered windows; 3 generously sized en-suite guest bedrooms; maid’s quarters on the main floor; expansive grounds with a large front yard as well as backyard to retreat to the outdoors in a secluded environment and a surprisingly spacious basement where he chose to write daily. A beautiful property with an important cultural provenance, come see where so many great works of fiction were conceived.”

Bradbury passed away two years ago at the age of 91. (Via The Los Angeles Times).

Seth Grahame-Smith to Pen Sequel for ‘Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter’

b654623d4f61f9d76598d08bc4106d72Writer Seth Grahame-Smith has been working on a sequel to the 2010 hit title, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire HunterDeadline reports that Grand Central Publishing, an imprint at Hachette Book Group USA, plans to publish the finished book in January 2015.

The first book served as the basis for a popular movie adaptation that came out in June 2012. For that film, Grahame-Smith (pictured, via) collaborated with X-Men movie screenwriter Simon Kinberg to pen the script.

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How Rick Springfield Lost & Found His Signed Stephen King Book

Back in the summer of 1981, rock star Rick Springfield met Stephen King–getting his first edition of Danse Macabre personally inscribed by one of his favorite writers.

The horror novelist signed the book and referenced Springfield’s previous work as an actor: “To Rick Springfield. I don’t watch General Hospital but I love your music! Stephen King 6/6/81.”

Somehow, Springfield managed to lose that lovely bit of literary history, and thought it was gone forever. Until he landed a book deal with Stephen King’s publisher. We caught up with Springfield and he retold the whole crazy story…

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Saturday Evening Post Hosts Great American Fiction Contest

The Saturday Evening Post has launched the 2014 Great American Fiction Contest. One winner will receive $500 in prize money and publication in both the January/February 2014 edition of the magazine as well as the website.

Five other writers will be selected as runners-up; they will also be published on the website and collect $100 each.

Only previously unpublished writers are eligible to enter. Each written piece must contain 1,500-5,000 words. Those who enter will have to pay a $10 entry fee. A deadline has been set for 11:59 p.m. EST on July 1, 2013. Follow this link to read all the rules and learn all the details about this contest.

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Ray Bradbury Classics Finally Coming as eBooks

16 classic Ray Bradbury books are coming to digital booksellers for the very first time.

We’ve posted the complete release schedule below, but the list of new eBook releases includes beloved books like Dandelion Wine, Something Wicked This Way Comes and The Illustrated Man.

William Morrow, the longtime publisher of the late, award-winning writer and cultural icon Ray Bradbury, announces the release of 16 of Bradbury’s classic backlist titles in ebook format for the very first time. An additional seven titles will be released in e-book format over the next several months. Alexandra Bradbury, the great author’s daughter, had this comment in the release:

The entire Bradbury family is excited to know that Dad’s work will finally be available to all readers: traditional print readers and the new generation of digital readers … We’re especially pleased that digital editions of Bradbury books will be available through libraries as well as e-retailers, as Ray Bradbury was an ardent supporter of our great public library system.

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Fahrenheit 451 Design Includes Match & Striking Paper

Combining a matchbook and a classic novel, designer Elizabeth Perez created a thought-provoking edition of Ray Bradbury‘s Fahrenheit 451 for the Austin Creative Department.

Her design made the front page of Reddit, earning more than 400,000 views in a couple days. What do you think? Here’s more from the designer:

Fahrenheit 451 is a novel about a dystopian future where books are outlawed and firemen burn any house that contains them. The story is about supressing ideas, and about how television destroys interest in reading literature. I wanted to spread the book-burning message to the book itself. The book’s spine is screen-printed with a matchbook striking paper suface, so the book itself can be burned.

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Fahrenheit 451 Cover Design Contest Winner Revealed

Matthew Owen has won the  Fahrenheit 451 cover design contest from Simon & Schuster and the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom.

The winning cover (embedded above) was revealed at the ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Owen, who hails from Little Rock, AR, created a cover that beat out more than 360 submissions. Both the Simon & Schuster staff and the Bradbury estate participated in judging the entries.

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How R.L. Stine Discovered Ray Bradbury

In the video embedded above, the great R.L. Stine explains how he discovered Ray Bradbury for the first time as a kid lost in the library.

The experience would spawn a life-long love of literature and help launch a long writing career. It’s a story that will warm the hearts of all the librarians and aspiring writers in the audience. You never know how a book can change somebody’s life.

Check it out: “Fabled scary author R.L. Stine recounts the time his mother dropped him off at the local library in his home town of Bexley, Ohio. As a child who only read comics, R.L. staggered around the shelves in confusion, bitter that the library didn’t stock his beloved reading material. A kindly librarian spotted his plight and approached, changing his life forever.”

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Stephen King Gives Screenwriting Advice

Novelist Stephen King spent an hour answering questions from writing students faculty and visitors  in at UMass Lowell recently. One of his best answers focused on the art of screenplay writing.

We’ve embedded the complete video above (scriptwriting advice at the 17:00 mark), an inspiring and useful collection of advice from the master novelist. We’ve transcribed his thoughts about movie writing below, getting a glimpse into King’s early writing career.

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