Women’s Marches were held all over the world this weekend, which naturally led to a cavalcade of creative signs, including some shared by Mark Hamill and Lois Lane author Gwenda Bond. But our favorite may have been this eloquent statement from Sir Ian McKellen, who attended the march in London. As he says in his attached note, he found the sign after he had already marched, but we’re glad he shared the experience with his BFF, Sir Patrick Stewart.
We love this timely tribute to General/Princess Leia Organa: Diplomat. Leader. Freedom Fighter.
Designed by Mississippi artist Hayley Gilmore and donated for people to use at the Women’s March on Washington and its sister marches around the country and around the world on Saturday, the poster is available to download here—although you may have to try a few times, as the poster seems to be in high demand. Gilmore notes that the piece is intended to be “a tribute to the life and legacy of Carrie Fisher” and to serve as a source of inspiration and insight to those who will be participating in the march:
“On Saturday, women across the nation will be attending the Women’s March on Washington as well as marches in many sister states. The mission of the march is to send a bold message to our new government on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.”
We think Fisher would be proud.
Tommy Arnold shared this stunning cover for Subterranean Press’ special illustrated edition of Reaper’s Gale (book seven of the Malazan Book of the Fallen). Check out the full illustration on Arnold’s Facebook!
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Roar of Steve shared this lovely tableau on Tumblr, and oh man. #DeepInThort. We may need a minute. Or a lot of minutes.
And look at Li’l Mjolnir!
These corgi YA book covers are fruits of a fun little competition that Eric Smith created as a result of social media silliness around his adorable pup. The whole story is quite lovely, in fact, and you should read all about it over on his blog.
Today we are having some ’90s nostalgia thoughts, looking at readers from all over the world, and talking about stage adaptations!
Here’s the cast of Stranger Things at their first table read! Plus, note new cast members Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery acting as bookends to the Season One cast. Collider shared the image along with the highlights of an interview in which the Duffer Brothers promise a bigger, “darker” season, and Noah Schnapp, who plays Will Byers, promises that he’ll have a lot more to do going forward.
Are you excited? Cause we’re excited.
Redditor LBJack happened upon an awe-strikingly serendipitous Goodreads screen capture here…but then, anything is possible in our improbable universe. Also probable? We have some fantastic publishing links just waiting for you to read them!
Dangerous Minds shared this perfect image of Bob Ross soothing his soul by painting the cover of the First Edition of the Advanced Dungeons and Dragons’ Player’s Handbook.
Barack Obama, avid reader of science fiction and fantasy during his two terms as president, recently sat down with the New York Times’ chief book critic Michiko Kakutani to discuss the impact that books have had on him throughout his lifetime. It started at a young age, he explained: “I loved reading when I was a kid, partly because I was traveling so much, and there were times where I’d be displaced, I’d be the outsider. […] And so the idea of having these worlds that were portable, that were yours, that you could enter into, was appealing to me.”
We didn’t think there was a way to make the women of Hidden Figures even more radiant, but artist Stella Blu has the answer: She painted these stunning watercolor portraits of Janelle Monáe, Taraji P. Henson, and Octavia Spencer in-character as the black female mathematicians who got John Glenn into orbit.
The WIRED Book Club is back after the holidays! The intrepid book clubbers, whose impressive reading list runs the gamut from contrasting Sex Criminals with Bitch Planet to devouring Jeff VanderMeer’s entire Southern Reach Trilogy in one month, have decided to ease into 2017 with a novella: Binti, Nnedi Okorafor’s Hugo and Nebula Award-winning tale about the first Himba woman chosen to attend the prestigious Oomza University far from Earth, and the alien Meduse she encounters along the way.
Daliyah Marie Arana is only four years old, but she’s already read over 1,000 books. She got to shadow Carla Hayden as an honorary Librarian of Congress for the day! It’s hard not to be awed by this tiny prodigy, and the Washington Post seems to agree.
Today we are also awed by the power of laughter, Terry Pratchett, and POVs from inanimate objects. You should probably look below for explanation.
Reddit’s r/fantasy has announced the winners of the 2016 Best of r/Fantasy Stabby Awards, and we are delighted to announce that Tor.com has won Best Fantasy Site! We are honored to be held in such high regard by such a thoughtful and engaged community of readers and fans. We’re also ready to reenact the “you have my sword” bit from The Fellowship of the Ring, only with Stabbys.
The Seven Deadly Sins of Christianity have been used in countless stories across mediums for good reason; they’re just really fun to play around with. Whether giving audiences a fascinating insight into human nature or providing reliable antagonism, writers have mined this crew for centuries.
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