Wednesday News: Locus Awards, Inkitt, Anne Frank VR movie, and Judy Blume on Tumblr
2016 Locus Awards Finalists – Interesting to compare these lists to the Hugos. The Locus Awards will be announced next month (June 24-26) in a ceremony emceed by Connie Willis. A full listing of nominees can be found at the Locus Magazine link above.
SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL
- The Water Knife, Paolo Bacigalupi (Borzoi; Orbit UK)
- Ancillary Mercy, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
- Aurora, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
- Seveneves, Neal Stephenson (Morrow)
- A Borrowed Man, Gene Wolfe (Tor)
Can a computer identify a bestselling book? – Combining algorithms and data analysis, Inkitt is allegedly “not just crowd-sourcing the sorting of the slush pile, they’re analyzing how the crowd does it,” and then working with authors and publishers to make deals for books deemed sellable by the service. How swell that publishers now have even more tools to stay numbers-driven.
At inkitt.com, writers can post their original works and receive feedback from readers. Readers have free access to thousands of those new pieces across myriad genres. But how they read those works is being watched: Inkitt’s algorithms reportedly track readers’ behavior patterns.
Using those patterns, Inkitt claims it can identify potential hits and bestsellers. (“Read and fall in love with novels before they go mainstream,” the site promises.) Inkitt then partners with traditional publishing houses to release the books. The first book identified in this manner will be Erin Swan’s “Bright Star,” a young adult novel scheduled to be published by Tor Books next summer, according to Digital Publishing News. – Minnesota Public Radio
Anne Frank’s story to be told in new virtual reality film – Jonah Hirsch and Danny Abrahms are working on Anne, a virtual reality film based on Anne Frank’s life during hiding, which is being touted as a novel way to present such an important historical event to younger generations.
“VR to me is this new, amazing tool that can allow viewers to connect with people and events like never before,” Abrahms adds. “I wanted to create a VR experience that connected viewers with arguably the most significant event in human history (World War II / The Holocaust) and I couldn’t think of a better way to explore this subject matter than through the story of Anne Frank.” – Entertainment Weekly
Judy Blume talks Tumblr, possible new book – At the prodding of her publisher, Judy Blume (who is rocking her 70s!) has opened a Tumblr account — judyblumeofficial.tumblr.com — and is using it to connect with readers in a more immediate way. Although she’s not sure how long she’s keep it up, right now she’s using it to talk about the upcoming paperback edition of her recent book In the Unlikely Event.
“I certainly plan on staying with it all summer, and maybe longer,” she said. “When I started tweeting I didn’t know if I would like it. I didn’t know much about it, but it just got to be fun. I’ve got friends I never met and I imagine it will be something like that with Tumblr. I hope so. It’s a way to have a relationship with your readers that used to come only when they wrote you.” – Yahoo! News