Blog name: SciFiChick.com
Blog URL: http://scifichick.com
Your name: Angela aka “TheSciFiChick”
Let’s start with your origin story - how long have you been blogging about Sci-Fi & Fantasy, books in particular, and why did you start?
This coming February, SciFiChick.com (in its current form) will be 11 years old. It’s probably closer to 15 years that I’ve been doing this. I started with a Blogspot a couple years before that. I started out in the early 2000’s wanting a place to talk about scifi books and movies, which then “blogs” were just for online personal journaling. I didn’t want to talk about myself. I wanted to talk about my interests with others – at that time, I didn’t know many people who were into geek culture. It hadn’t become popular yet. So, I decided to start talking about/reviewing favorite books, movies, and tv shows – hoping to reach out to other geeks and stir discussion. When authors and publishers began sending me books to review, I decided to expand the look and feel to a real website. Looking back, it all happened fairly quickly. I can’t believe I’ve been doing this for so many years!
Are there particular subgenres that you prefer or find more interesting at the moment? Are there any trends that you are excited to see come or go?
I enjoy quite a few subgenres. My favorites are space operas, time travel, scifi noir/mystery, and alien first contact stories. None of these have gone through the popularity wave such as steampunk, vampires, werewolves, zombies, post-apocalyptic, etc. I would love to see harder scifi get more popular. I don’t want any subgenre to disappear completely – they all have their place, and I love variety.
When it comes to the Sci-Fi & Fantasy genre, there seems to be more of a cohesive multimedia element that involves not just talking about books, but also movies, TV, and video games. Do you think the exceptionally vivid imagery and the inclusion of extraordinary characters & worlds brings these different platforms together, and are there other reasons for this inclusion?
And comics/graphic novels! Yes, the multimedia marketing is genius. It makes a story appeal to a wider audience, and makes it more immersive. I think it works because of the interesting world-building, vivid imagery, escapism, and use of imagination – some of the best things about scifi and fantasy.
Can you describe the Sci-Fi & Fantasy community? Is there anything unique amongst those contributing to and interested in this genre that perhaps isn’t a characteristic of other literary and entertainment communities?
The scifi/fantasy community is passionate. Whether they love or hate a story, they will let you know why – and especially when it comes to a beloved series. There are no other fans quite like Star Trek, Star Wars, Firefly, Dr Who, Harry Potter, etc. etc. Once an actor gets on one of these popular shows or films, they will have a guaranteed fanbase for life. The popularity of scifi/fantasy conventions has boomed in the last few years, and adding “pop culture” to the mix means there’s something for everyone.
Which upcoming book(s) on NetGalley are you the most excited about reading and recommending to your followers? And are there any covers on NetGalley that you’re loving?
Excited About Reading: Dark Heart of Magic by Jennifer Estep (I enjoy anything by Estep, and this is a new YA series I’m enjoying). Lightless by C.A. Higgins (The description of Gravity meats Alien made this a must-read for me.)
Loving the covers of: Lumiere by Jacqueline E. Garlick and An Apprentice to Elves by Elizabeth Bear, Sarah Monette
Your favorite character in a book or series:
Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation
Your favorite Sci-Fi & Fantasy event you’ve attended:
Comic Con in San Diego was like mecca for us geeks. But getting to go on set of Warehouse 13 and Being Human, before their cancellations, was incredible.
Your favorite book-to-movie/TV adaption:
The Harry Potter series! The first movie is what got me hooked on the books.
And to finish off our interview, if you could have coffee (…or something stiffer) with any author, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?
I’d love to have coffee with CS Lewis.
Thanks so much for spending some time with us and answering our questions Angela!
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*Interviewed by Tarah Theoret