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George R.R. Martin and Apple Release Interactive Edition of A Game of Thrones

The Guardian is reporting that George R.R. Martin is taking a new step in expanding the world of the Seven Kingdoms, partnering with Apple to release an enhanced digital edition of A Game of Thrones. The new edition of the book, released today, release marks the 20th anniversary of the book’s publication, and will feature plenty of extras for fans of Martin’s worldbuilding.

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A Girl and Her Dragon

Artist Leesha Hannigan often delves into fantasy realms in her work, but we especially love this touching image of a girl holding her dragon. The piece, titled “The Quiet of a Beating Heart”, calls up a lot of questions in one simple image: is the dragon hurt? Has he been in a fight? Or is he blood-spattered from feeding? What are the herbs the girl is carrying? Does this girl have the Official Dream Job of DRAGON VETERINARIAN? And if so, does she need an apprentice?

We promise not to tickle them while they’re sleeping.

Artist Takes Tourists for a Ride with the Staten Island Ferry Octopus Disaster Memorial

It was close to 4am on the quiet morning of November 22, 1963 when the Steam Ferry Cornelius G. Kolff vanished without a trace. On its way with nearly 400 hundred people, mostly on their way to work, the disappearance of the Cornelius G. Kolff remains both one of New York’s most horrific maritime tragedies and perhaps its most intriguing mystery. Eye witness accounts describe “large tentacles” which “pulled” the ferry beneath the surface only a short distance from its destination at Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan. Nobody on board survived and only small pieces of wreckage have been found…strangely with large “suction cup-shaped” marks on them.

Gothamist discovered an important, overlooked piece of New York history today: the Staten Island Ferry Disaster, in which the fearsome seas around Manhattan unleashed the kraken on the unsuspecting steam ferry Cornelius G. Kolff. Thankfully, there’s now a proper memorial museum and statue to commemorate the tragedy… created by artist Joe Reginella and eaten up by gullible tourists.

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This Week in Publishing: Worldcon 75 Guests of Honor and Discovering Your Patronus

This week in science fiction/fantasy (and related subjects) publishing news… All the covers! We’re talking three Neil Gaiman book covers by Robert E. McGinnis, all in different styles; a special edition of Kushiel’s Dart; and John Scalzi’s The Dispatcher. Plus, you can finally find out what your Patronus is (and see if it matches J.K. Rowling’s) while reading up on Worldcon 75’s Guests of Honor and the MacArthur Foundation’s “genius grant” recipients.

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“I’m an island hipster,” author John Scalzi lamented on Twitter after posting a photo of himself wearing an Aloha shirt and riding a Hawaiian fixie. “In retrospect, it was inevitable.” But what he probably didn’t anticipate was the internet’s love of a Photoshoppable picture. In true FTFY (“fixed that for you”) fashion, Twitter user @hentosz revealed that Scalzi is so much more—a rescuer of stranded botanists, for one! Maybe if we look in the night sky tonight, we’ll see a particular silhouette against the moon…

Is It Halloween Yet? It Has to be Halloween by Now

We’re halfway through September, which means almost all the way to October, which means it’s almost time to spend thirty-one days celebrating The Best Holiday Ever so we’re just going to start now OK? Hello Giggles apparently agrees with us, because they’ve found some adorably creepy Halloween wreaths…wait, Halloween wreaths are a thing?

There’s another part of our house we can Halloweenify???

Well, we know what we’re doing this weekend. In the meantime, gaze upon Jack Skellington in wreath format, and click through for a Special Bonus Wreath!

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Zita the Spacegirl is Coming to the Movies!

We’re getting a Zita The Spacegirl movie! Fox Animation has acquired the Ben Hatke trilogy, which will be adapted by screenwriters Morgan Jurgenson and Alex Ankeles.  Jurgenson and Ankeles’ have previously written Hyperdrive, Subdivision, and Dead Run, plus Jurgenson was the writer of fantastic cult comedy/horror Tucker & Dale Vs. Evil. We don’t have a release date or casting news yet, but Darlene Caamano Loquet will shepherd the story into a feature film.

Zita becomes a hero when her best friend is kidnapped by an alien cult She must fight giant chickens, navigate planets heading for doom, and tangle with a mysterious stranger who follows her on her quests. We can’t wait to see her adventures on film!

[via Deadline!]

Marvel and espnW Teamed Up to Turn Women in Sports Into Superheroes

Last year, espnW did something special for their second annual IMPACT25 list–a group of 25 female athletes and influencers that broke boundaries and inspired–they combined forces with Marvel Comics and had the entire group drawn up like the superheroes they are. The results are every bit as stunning as you would expect them to be, starting with the unmatchable Serena Williams as a hero named Super Galactic Slam by Elizabeth Torque.

More of these gorgeous covers below!

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Fan Creates the Ultimate Introduction to the Fantasy World of Malazan

Getting into the Malazan Book of the Fallen fantasy series is supposed to be hard.

Those days are done.

Imgurian kurtist04’s recently compiled a simple yet comprehensive megapost introduction to Malazan that explains the world, its gods, its magic, the main characters, the political powers in play, and more. The rundown, supplemented with fan art from over the years, is a perfect introduction to Steven Erikson and Ian Cameron Esslemont’s fantasy series.

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There Are No Gods, Only…Spock? What Was Star Trek: Planet of the Titans?

Edward Gross and Mark A. Altman’s The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years, out now from Thomas Dunne Books, is the unauthorized, uncensored and unbelievable true story behind the making of a pop culture phenomenon; a no-holds-barred oral history of five decades of Star Trek, told by the people who were there.

In the below excerpt, learn about Star Trek: Planet of the Titans, one of many attempts at a relaunch through the beloved feature films.

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Where to Start with SFF Podcasts

So, you want to hear a story?

Fiction podcasting has been alive and well for over a decade, with plenty that cater specifically to genre fiction staples—everything from epic fantasy to superheroes to space opera, and back again! But with so many to choose from, it may be difficult to find a good entry point to the world of podcast fiction. Luckily, award-winning authors and long-time podcasters KT Bryski and Tee Morris have put together a handy infographic that collects fifty productions spanning the early years of podcasting, all of them sharing works of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. Head below for the full (and very large) graphic, plus check out Tee Morris’ more in depth look at select fiction podcasts from Mur Lafferty, Scott Sigler, Phil Rossi, Tracy Hickman, and Mercedes Lackey!

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