Shakespeare and Science Fiction

Today is the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

Shakespeare’s plays have been borrowed by or provided inspiration to science fiction and fantasy authors and movie and television creators.

One of the most obvious ‘borrowings’ is “Forbidden Planet”, the 1950s retelling of Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”. There are many other examples, with long running franchises such as “Star Trek” using many characters and ideas and often direct quotes, for example in “Star Trek V”.

Its not just Shakespeare’s works that are used. The author has been used as a character in stories, for example “Doctor Who” and the “Blackadder” time travel special.

Do you have a Shakespeare influenced science fiction or fantasy story, comic, movie, tv show etc? Please leave a comment and let us know

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Happy World Book Day

April 23rd is World Book Day. A day to celebrate books and reading.

Are you reading a book today?

Have you a science fiction, fantasy etc book you would recommend as a good read?

A good place to start is the Hugo Award winners and nominees for best novel. In 2013 they were –

Winner
Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas, John Scalzi (Tor)

Nominees
Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance, Lois McMaster Bujold (Baen)
2312, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit)
Throne of the Crescent Moon, Saladin Ahmed (DAW)
Blackout, Mira Grant (Orbit)

Hugo Awards Winners Announced

The 2013 Hugo (World Science Fiction) Awards and the John Campbell Award have been announced.

The awards were announced and presented at Lonestar 3, the World SF Convention, in Texas and broadcast online. A full list of the winners can be found on Lonestar’s website.

Some of the winners are:

Best Novel – Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas by John Scalzi (Tor)

Best Novella – “The Emperor’s Soul” by Brandon Sanderson (Tachyon Publications)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Long Form) – The Avengers,
Screenplay & Directed by Joss Whedon (Marvel Studios, Disney, Paramount)

Best Dramatic Presentation (Short Form) – Game of Thrones episode “Blackwater”.
Written by George R.R. Martin, Directed by Neil Marshall. Created by David Benioff and D.B. Weiss (HBO)