The Freewrite is a simple machine. It has one button, a full keyboard, and a tiny e-ink screen that can barely update fast enough to keep up with the average typing speed. The device is built for one thing: writing stories and syncing them to the cloud.
Photographer Cambridge Jones got a bunch of authors to dress as their favorite characters. Above are Terry Jones as Rupert the Bear and Terry Pratchett as Just William. This project begs the question: If you had the chance, what character from your childhood would you dress up as?
"When there were people of color in these books, they were in the background, or they died quickly, or any number of other stereotypes. For the most part, they just weren't there. And in Octavia Butler's works, they not only were there, they were prominent; they were protagonists. The world looked like the world…
There's no shortage of vacant real estate in Detroit, which has seen a quarter of its population flee since 2000—it's estimated that over 78,000 buildings are sitting abandoned. But there are plenty of efforts to bring a new wave of young creatives to town, like this plan to fix up homes and give them to writers for…
Ayn Rand is a divisive figure in literature and political thought, and her life story helps us understand a great deal about her philosophy. Cartoonist Darryl Cunningham delivers a brief biography of Rand, from her childhood on.
"On Journalism #2 Typewriter" is a typewriter installation that honors journalists who been killed worldwide between 1992 and present day, by writing generatively constructed stories about about them based on their published work and the existing data of their lives (via the Committee to Protect Journalists).
As you should already know by now, today is Change Your Password Day. Maybe you're overwhelmed. Maybe you need ideas. Well, what do the pros do? Your very own Gizmodo writers use the very best (and very worst) techniques.
Sometimes it seems like science fiction, and especially fantasy, are genres that lend themselves exclusively to trilogies and long-running series. But some of the greatest writers in speculative fiction have only written standalone novels, not series or trilogies.
Leslie Esdaile Banks, who died yesterday, should be an inspiration to writers everywhere — she successfully moved between the genres of fantasy, paranormal romance, crime fiction, African American fiction, and women's fiction, among others. And she also helped bring diversity to the worlds of fantasy and paranormal…
A one-in-200 chance that an interstellar drive will be developed soon? Gene Wolfe thinks it's possible. The author discussed that and much, much more in an interview about his new novel, Home Fires.
We're in awe of this video about a talking bear who's writing a novel that's "science fiction, crossed with chick-lit, crossed with literary fiction," and expects to be a bestselling author within a couple months. Step four: profit! [via Suvudu]
Over at Shelfari, they're discussing "the worst books of the good authors" in science fiction. Including lone clunkers by Asimov, Heinlein and Niven. What are your least favorite books by your favorite authors? [Shelfari]
It's Dreamsnake weekend for Blogging the Hugos! Today, an interview with author Vonda McIntyre about writing 1979's Hugo-winning novel, how much things have changed for women in SF, and how she hopes you don't notice the trick she pulled.
Powerhouse writing team Orci and Kurtzman aren't done with Fox's TV line-up just yet. The Fringe duo signed a deal with Fox promising three more years of NEW mind-warping TV. Our pitch: a Walter Bishop origins series, Acid Dreams. [THR]
Edgar Allan Poe's original funeral was a disaster — it was never announced publicly, almost nobody attended, and a trainwreck destroyed his tombstone before it could be placed. So on his 200th birthday, he's getting a do-over.
Thank goodness the Huntington Library's Curator of Literary Manuscripts, Sue Hodson, recognized Octavia's Butler's brilliance when she first met her. Hodson pursued Butler doggedly, and finally Butler agreed to give her papers to the Huntington after her death.
Steven Gettis' website Hey Oscar Wilde! It's Clobberin' Time!!! collects artists' portraits of great writers from a variety of genres, creating diverse images of authors from William Gibson and Arthur C. Clarke to Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore.