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Starz Reveals American Gods Poster and Premiere Date

We finally have a premiere date for Starz’s American Gods, the television adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel from showrunner Bryan Fuller! Entertainment Weekly announced today that American Gods will premiere on Sunday, April 30. Starz also released a cool new poster for us to feast our eyes on, featuring Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle), Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane), and a very significant buffalo.

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Neko Mads-sume!

Twitterer Ruben Ferdinand brought this epoch-defining moment to our attention “Hideo Kojima just retweeted photoshops of Mads Mikkelsen with cat ears.”

Yes we would like to collect all the photoshops of Mads Mikkelsen in cat-ears. That seems like the correct use of our time, and a game that should be created post-haste.

And can we please talk about that wiener dog shirt? And how weirdly natural it is to see the extra set of kitty ears hovering just above Mads’ regular, human-type ears? Like, that shouldn’t look so natural, should it? And yet, there it is. He looks, as always, perfect.

Belle Sings of Her Provincial Life in a New Clip from Beauty and the Beast!

The live-action Beauty and the Beast has just kicked off their press tour with a lovely Parisian photo, plus a new clip from the film! The film’s stars, Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Josh Gad, and Luke Evans, joined director Bill Condon and composer Alan Menken in front of the Eiffel Tower to celebrate the film’s French origins.

The filmmakers have also released a new clip from Beauty and the Beast, so if you’d like to hear Belle lamenting her provincial life, watch the full clip below.

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Try A Short Fiction Tasting Flight with Nerds of a Feather’s Monthly Round!

Is one of your reading goals for 2017 to read more short fiction, but you’re stymied as to where to start? The Monthly Round has just what you need! This recurring feature from the group blog nerds of a feather, flock together has been running since 2014, each month offering up a “tasting flight” of speculative short story/novella/novelette recommendations. Like the content they recommend, these tastes are short and sweet—and they take the theme seriously, giving real thought to the “notes” and “pairings” (with real-life drinks) of each.

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5 SFF Love Stories About Overcoming a Language Barrier

Communicating with an alien species, reteaching concepts like the meaning of “I” and “you,” making a friend—there are countless selfish and selfless motivations for overcoming a language barrier. But in the five examples below, from a Shakespeare retelling to an interstellar war story that’s equal parts sci-fi and fantasy, these characters discover that building common ground through language creates its own surprising intimacy.

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Nigerian Production Company Fiery Film Options Nnedi Okorafor’s Short Story “Hello, Moto”

Binti: Home author Nnedi Okorafor recently shared some exciting news via Facebook: Her science-meets-witchcraft short story “Hello, Moto” has been optioned by Fiery Film, a Nigerian film/TV company/studio based in Lagos and Owerri. The 2011 tale, about a woman who discovers that there is a witchcraft in science and a science in witchcraft when she creates wigs for her friends that gives them incredible powers, is the next project for filmmaker C.J. “Fiery” Obasi, known for the horror/thriller film OJUJU and the gangster thriller O-Town. Obasi recently completed the shoot for his new short film Bruja.

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This Morning in Publishing: February 17, 2017

This beautiful caffeinated illustration is part of a project by Mahmoud El Sayed, who has been manipulating Arabic words into illustrations of their meanings. As it is morning, we thought the picture of coffee suited us rather well, but there are many more over on Bored Panda, including koalas and watermelons!

Today we’re talking about Marvel’s “Generations,” fictional novelists, and musicals made from books!

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The Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction Seeks to Encourage and Honor Pakistani SFF

The Salam Award for Imaginative Fiction, announced this week, seeks to encourage the pursuit of science fiction and imaginative writing in Pakistan. Organized by Pakistani speculative fiction authors Tehseen Baweja and Usman T. Malik (The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn), the award is named for Pakistan’s only Nobel Prize winner, theoretical physicist Dr. Abdus Salam; it will be given to aspiring speculative fiction writers of Pakistani origin, regardless of sexual orientation, creed, or caste.

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Geek Week Presents: N. K. Jemisin, Daniel Jose Older, and More at Housing Works!

Next week marks the annual Geek Week at Housing Works Bookstore and Cafe in New York, and in addition to deals on their SFF, vinyl, and comics inventory, you’ll also find a sweet lineup of events to attend!

It all kicks off Monday, February 20th at 7pm with a panel on speculative literature and political unrest titled Beyond Orwell. Five authors discuss the role of speculative literature in times of political unrest, past, present, and future. The panel will feature Daniel José Older (Shadowshaper), N. K. Jemisin (The Fifth Season, The Obelisk Gate), Justina Ireland (Promise of Shadows), Helen Phillips (The Beautiful Bureaucrat, Some Possible Solutions), and Berit Anderson (Scout.ai). Drinks will be available for purchase and all proceeds go toward Housing Works’ charitable mission.

You can RSVP at their Facebook event!

This Morning in Publishing: February 16, 2017

The city of South Pasadena, CA, has declared March 2 to be Ray Bradbury Day! According to File 770, there will be a ceremony held at the fire station, plus a reading from the play adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 and a screening of the movie, as well as a dedication of a mural in honor of the author.

If this morning’s publishing roundup were a bookmobile, it would include on its shelves quite the humble bundle, conversations between SF and STEM, and more!

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On National Hippo Day, Sci-Fi Author Reminds Us Why We Don’t Just Eat All the Hippos

An important U.S. civics lesson: Your voice matters. It’s why Americans don’t eat hippos.

Author and Tor.com contributor Sarah Gailey took to Twitter today on National Hippo Day (*cannot contain excitement that this is a real thing*) to explain to us why the United States almost became a purveyor of fine hippo meats back at the start of the 20th century. Observe how the great national dream goes up in smoke:

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