Boutique publisher Zombies Need Brains (or ZNB) have funded their third Kickstarter for a trio of anthologies with themes of Robots, Water, and Death. Contributors include Seanan McGuire, L.E. Modesitt Jr., Fran Wilde, and Jim C. Hines–and they are accepting submissions for each.
Over in the UK, the Royal Mail has issued a set of gorgeous stamps to honor Agatha Christie–it’s been 100 years since she finished writing her very first book, and these stamps are the perfect sort of celebration….
They are tiny mysteries.
After the success of the 2015 Good Omens radio play and 2013’s Neverwhere, BBC Radio is in the process of adapting Neil Gaiman’s Stardust… and another Neverwhere-ish special feature.
The first trailers for Luke Cage have given us a vague peek into what’s coming, but the final look is here to set the board. Ready to play some chess?
Would you like a guide to making intricate fantasy world maps that will take you about ten minutes? Would you like that tutorial to include all-caps directions and lots of cursing?
I sure did.
Brooklyn-based artist Olalekan Jeyifous has created an incredible vision of the future with an image series that portrays a new vision of Lagos, Nigeria in one possible evolution of its architecture and spaces. And what’s more, this project was inspired by two great authors–Nnedi Okorafor and China Miéville.
While X-Men: Apocalypse was filming, leaked set photos featured a few of Xavier’s finest getting into trouble at the local mall. Unfortunately, the final cut excluded this particular gem (aside from sequence’s end, where the teens emerge from a showing of Return of the Jedi). But xmenladies on Tumblr have now shared the scene in all its glory.
Bryan Fuller is treating us to more hints again for Star Trek: Discovery. Interestingly, this little tidbit might contradict his earlier hints. (He lied to us? *gasp*)
When Star Trek gets goofy it gets really, really goofy, usually when it feels the need to deflate after an extended period of high drama or haughtiness. Because I’ve been having fun with Star Trek all day, here’s a list of some of my favorite moments where the show just…kind of loses its mind.
It’s obvious to us now that Starfleet ships are not fueled by antimatter but rather, coffee.
Be it a raktajino (Klingon coffee) or just coffee–black–a surprising number of Starfleet’s finest can’t seem to function without pounding back a pint of the dark stuff before considering yet again whether to fire Chakotay.
In our eyes, Captain Janeway is the golden standard-bearer of coffee consumption in the 24th century, but she’s simply reinforcing a long tradition of Star Trek characters subsisting on coffee coffee COFFEE. Without further introduction, we present a stately walk through Starfleet’s love of the bean.
“Infinite diversity in infinite combinations.” That is one of Star Trek’s most prominent mottos (even if it was ultimately created out of a desire to sell merchandise). That is what the spirit of Trek is meant to embody. The wonder of the universe wrapped up in a statement of inspiration and acceptance, a promise to pursue that which we do not understand; to embrace it with optimism and open minds.
They are captivating words that Star Trek has worked hard to advocate, with varying results. But if Trek intends to be relevant long into the 21st century, those words could use re-examination. Showrunner Bryan Fuller has promised a return to this idea, this motto, in his new show Star Trek: Discovery, and some vague (but heartening) promises have been made in that direction. Still, the question stands: in this day and age, how can Star Trek renew its commitment to infinite diversity? What should this bright, shining future show us fifty years after its inception?
As summer winds down and students troop off to school, we found ourselves thinking about the many different types of learning in SFF. One of the most fun aspects of genre is that writers who choose to tell coming-of-age stories and campus stories have so many more options than writers of realistic fiction—where your litfic author has to choose between, say, high school and college, or public, private, and parochial school, a genre author’s options are a lot cooler. Hey, how about if your teenage protagonist learns how to fly when he becomes a goose? That can totally happen in SFF! Want to send your characters to boarding school? Why not make it a magical boarding school? A summer internship in an office can make for lackluster reading, but what if you up the stakes by apprenticing your character to aliens… who are fighting a battle to save the universe?
Best of all, these narrative choices allow the characters to learn in a variety of different ways! We’ve gathered some of our favorites into a loosely organized roll call below—let us know which ways of learning are your favorites!
Kirsten Beyer and Nicholas Meyer were on hand to give fans some insight into Star Trek: Discovery! What did they have to say about the impending show? Take a peek below….
Mark Hamill happily shaved off his beard on Twitter and Facebook as the filming of Episode VIII came to a close. (What is it with actors publicly shaving off their facial hair now?) And in the process of doing so, he might have just assured us that he’s returning for Episode IX?
Does your backyard look a little empty these days? Have you been staring vacantly at the sun, trying to think of a fun family/friend project for everyone to get excited over? Do you have access to a 3D printer?
Then clearly, your next project should be building a Stargate.
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