To celebrate the publication of Cloudbound earlier this week, Fran Wilde popped over to Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog to talk—as many authors do on Kowal’s blog—about “her favorite bit.” But whereas the sequel to Updraft shares its predecessor’s stunning worldbuilding, which naturally leads to conversation about the man-made wings and creative echolocation its flying characters employ, Wilde wanted to discuss an aspect of the story she doesn’t get a lot of questions about: the neurological and physical disabilities that describe, but do not define, several of the characters in the Bone Universe.
Author Dan Wells shared some exciting news earlier this week: The feature film adaptation of his novel I Am Not a Serial Killer received the Méliès d’Argent prize, or the Silver Méliès Award, at the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival. Not only is that an honor in and of itself, but all films that receive the Méliès d’Argent are eligible to win the Méliès d’Or, the most renowned prize for the best European fantastic film.
“The Dispatcher is a deceptively complex world,” actor—and audiobook narrator—Zachary Quinto says in a recent video released by Audible to promote The Dispatcher, their forthcoming sci-fi thriller novella from John Scalzi. “It presents itself in one way, and then as you get into it, it reveals much more depth and much more complexity among these characters and what motivates them. I feel like it’s one of those worlds that you can get lost in, and while you think you know what’s happening, I feel like it takes you to exciting and unexpected territory. It does it with characters that are colorful and dynamic, and certainly a lot of fun to play.”
Audible has released a two-minute excerpt from the novella, which will be available October 4.
With the Minecraft movie hitting theaters in 2019, it’s no surprise that the insanely popular video game has sparked another tie-in: books! Mojang, publisher of Minecraft, announced Minecraft: The Island, the first novel inspired by this iconic world: “Think cuboid Robinson Crusoe, but madder: a hero stranded in an unfamiliar land, with unfamiliar rules, learning to survive against tremendous odds.” Max Brooks, author of the acclaimed oral history of the zombie war World War Z, will write the novel, which will be published by Del Rey.
“Mr. Scamander, do you know anything about the wizarding community in America? We don’t like things loose.”
The Ellen Show has premiered the first look at the full trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, treating us to a tour through 1920s New York City and the suitcase full of magical creatures that cause a ruckus throughout the Big Apple: hatching eggs in the bank, mysterious energy in Times Square, dark magic flowing through the subway. Moreso than the other glimpses of the film, we see these and other classic locales, giving us more a sense of the city into which Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) stumbles with his Pandora’s box of beasts.
“Maybe, who am I to judge?” Mads Mikkelsen’s fabulous-looking villain Kaecilius snarks at the end of this minute-long Doctor Strange teaser. It’s the first bit of humor—awkward, at that—we’ve seen from the movie, and perhaps a good sign that the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe won’t take itself too seriously.
In what I can only hope is a self-aware move, every character on Supergirl seems starstruck (superstruck?) by Kara Danvers’ cousin—both as Superman at the DEO and as Clark Kent at CatCo. I’m talking, falling over themselves like they’ve been hit with kryptonite. Tyler Hoechlin’s take on the Man of Steel must be just that charming, based on this new trailer tweeted by The CW.
Paramount Pictures has released a set of five new teasers for Ghost in the Shell, its adaptation of the manga of the same name. At 10 seconds each, the teasers are shorter than any of these sentences, but they at least give you a feel for the world. In addition, it’s our first look at Scarlett Johansson in action.
The MacArthur Foundation, which “celebrates and inspires the creative potential of individuals” by awarding “genius grants” to artists, scientists, and other influential people, has announced its 2016 MacArthur Fellows. Among the 23 honorees (a list which includes a physicist, bioengineer, sculptor, poet, playwright, and more) is graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang, recognized for his work in creating diverse characters and finding innovative ways to teach coding and other skills through his art and writing.
While the first trailer for the forthcoming NASA biopic Hidden Figures takes a wide look at how three black female mathematicians launched John Glenn into space, the second trailer tightens its scope, reintroducing you to Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe).
For those wondering to what extent Margaret Atwood would be involved in Hulu’s adaptation of her dystopian novel The Handmaid’s Tale, she’s apparently been to the set—and not just as a consulting producer, but also to shoot a cameo! The other day Atwood tweeted:
— Margaret E. Atwood (@MargaretAtwood) September 17, 2016
Once someone finally claims the Iron Throne on Game of Thrones, get ready for a throne of a different material: Hulu is developing the epic fantasy television series Queen of Shadows, based on Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass series (and named for the fourth installment). Kira Snyder—writer/producer on The 100 and now for Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale—will write the pilot, in which assassin Celaena Sardothien must fight 23 challengers to win her freedom… to be the champion of a tyrannical king. Anna Foerster (Outlander, Underworld: Blood Wars) is set to direct the potential pilot.
Don’t get too worked up, because this is only a nine-second teaser for the official Passengers trailer dropping sometime tomorrow. But Sony Pictures packs a lot into a handful of seconds: Morse code, a rad-looking generation ship, interstellar romance between Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence, and… crashing into the sun?
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