Welcome to the week in review! Every Friday, we comb through the links and images we found and shared this week, and pull the very best for this post. Consider it concentrated genre goodness from all around the web.
- Banned Book Week is coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean we should start ignoring censorship. Check out the resources at the Banned Books Week website. Plus, check out the fun Banned Books Week posts at Tor.com.
- MIT and Harvard have made a real life lightsaber. I want one. Immediately. I promise not to point it at my eyes first thing.
- Crimespree Magazine has the exclusive premiere of the cover art of Blood Always Tells by Hilary Davidson!
- Over at the Institute of Art and Ideas, Cory Doctorow recently gave a talk: The Internet is Not a Waffle Iron Connected to a Fax Machine.
- Want to see a bit more of the Formics from Ender’s Game? Check out the new TV spot! Not long until November 1st now…
- Looking for recommendations of female science fiction and fantasy authors? Bookworm Blues blogger Sarah has a list of some great ones, plus there are even more recommendations in the comments!
- Over at Tor.com, The Cure author Douglas E. Richards has taken a two part look at science fiction’s greatest movie villains, asking whether or not they’re psychopaths. It’s a great, fun read. Check out Part One and Part Two.
- And finally, the full video of Flight From Shadow, a fan-made short film set in the world of The Wheel of Time, has arrived!
The Tor/Forge newsletter went out this week! Check out these fascinating articles from our authors:
- A Conversation Between Steven Brust and Skyler White
- Every Fairy Tale Needs a Good Old-Fashioned Villain by V. E. Schwab
And, just to make Friday that much sweeter, here’s a list of sweepstakes and sales we have going on!
- Goodreads Sweepstakes: Two Serpents Rise by Max Gladstone (Ends 10/2)
- eBook Sale: Passion Play by Beth Bernobich is on sale for $2.99 (Ends 10/4)
- Goodreads Sweepstakes: The Eldritch Conspiracy by Cat Adams (Ends 10/8)
- Goodreads Sweepstakes: George Noory’s Late Night Snacks by George Noory (Ends 10/9)
- Goodreads Sweepstakes: Revelations by J. A. Souders (Ends 10/10)
- Goodreads Sweepstakes: Fiddlehead by Cherie Priest (Ends 10/16)
- Goodreads Sweepstakes: Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl by David Barnett (Ends 10/25)