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August 25, 2012

Shorties (Science Fiction Inspired by Rush Lyrics, A List of Bizarro Fiction, and more)

Science fiction author Kevin J. Anderson talks to the Globe and Mail about how Rush lyrics have influenced his writing.

Even if the best-selling science-fiction author hadn’t just finished a steampunk epic based on the band’s latest album, odds are that Anderson would be thinking of Rush anyway. "Rush always has inspired a lot of my writing," he says. When he wrote his first novel, Resurrection, Inc., in 1988, he was thinking of Grace Under Pressure, which had come out four years earlier. "As I was writing that book, Grace Under Pressure was a focal point for me, and I intentionally tried to make sure that all of the lyrics from the album showed up in some disguised fashion in the book," he says. "Every song from Grace Under Pressure – at least in my head – inspired chapters and scenes and characters."

Flavorwire shares a beginner's guide to bizarro fiction.

The San Francisco Chronicle profiles Amelia Roskin-Frazee, a teen whose Make It Safe Project provides books with LGBT themes to schools and shelters.

"Kids look up to books," says Amelia, a student at San Francisco's Lick-Wilmerding High School. "They see (literature) as stories that they can believe in, characters that they can identify with. When there are no books with LGBT characters, it gives LGBT (and questioning) kids the message that it's not normal, that nobody else is like them, that something is wrong with them. And that's a really dangerous thing."

Beck's new album, available only as an illustrated book of sheet music, is mow available for pre-order at McSweeney's.

Author Nathan Englander shares his first concert experience at Riff Raf.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer interviews author Emma Donoghue.

DC9 at Night lists 5 ways to deal with a budding music snob.

Maria Semple talks to Morning Edition about her new novel, Where'd You Go, Bernadette.

Paste recommends 10 West Virgina bands you should be listening to now.

The Huffington Post lists color palettes inspired by literature as a promotion for the new book Pantone: 35 Inspirational Color Palettes.

Amazon MP3 has over 1,000 digital albums on sale for $5.

Amazon MP3 offers over 400 albums for sale for $2.99.

Also on sale at Amazon MP3 for $3.99: 37 children's music albums.

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also at Largehearted Boy:

previous Shorties posts (daily news and links from the worlds of music, books, and pop culture)

100 Online Sources for Free and Legal Music Downloads
Atomic Books Comics Preview (the week's best new comics & graphic novels)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (the week's best new books)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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