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Samurai Jack Announces Premiere Date for Season Five!

We learned that Samurai Jack was returning to Adult Swim back in 2015, but now we finally have a premiere date! The hapless time-traveling samurai will slash his way into a new season on March 11th at 11:30 pm.

For those of you who missed the show, it follows the adventures of a noble prince who is sent into a dystopian future and must defeat the demon Aku to change history, all while helping the oppressed along the way and trying to get back to his own time. The show originally ran from 2001-2004, but was pulled before the resolution of Jack’s storyline. After attempts at a movie proved unsuccessful, creator Genndy Tartakovsky came to Adult Swim, who agreed to pick the show up. The new season will be 10 episodes long, and will be the final hurrah for Jack.

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Sir Ian McKellen Marches with a Friend

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.

Here Comes the General!

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.

This Morning in Publishing: January 20, 2017

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!

In this morning’s publishing roundup: the winners of your favorite book ‘ships, the (figurative) offspring of Frankenstein, and 100+ new books to add to your TBR pile.

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The Morning in Publishing: January 19, 2017

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!

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Stranger Things Season 2 Cast Photo Reveals That Steve’s Hair is Still Magnificent

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.

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Barack Obama on The Three-Body Problem and Other Meaningful Books

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.”

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Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti is WIRED Book Club’s Pick for January

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.

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This Morning in Publishing: January 13, 2017

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.

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Stubby Takes Home Another Stabby!

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.

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