In this spell-binding tale, a Pakistani storyteller captivates a group of wide-eyed tourists with a nesting doll of interlocked stories about a trickster and a hidden city ruled by the Queen of Red Midnight.
Today, we’re exactly one week out from Election Day here in the U.S. Whether you’re voting by mail, in person, or absentee ballot, your vote is so incredibly important, and we’re asking you to please do everything you can to make it count—and encourage everyone you know to do the same!
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I myself have no problem with lengthy periods of enforced isolation. There are so many things to do: alphabetizing the house spiders, teaching cats to dance, talking with my knives… Still, not everyone deals with isolation well. If that’s you, you might derive some consolation from reading (or watching, or listening to) stories of folks who are even worse off than you are.
Torddotcom Publishing is thrilled to announce that Lindsey Hall and Ruoxi Chen have acquired World English rights to The Way Spring Arrives and Other Stories, a new anthology of Chinese science fiction and fantasy, written, edited, and translated by women and nonbinary creators, from Regina Kanyu Wang, Zhang Yiwen, and Emily Xueni Jin at Storycom. The collection will be available in hardcover and ebook in Spring 2022.
Although Star Trek: Discovery season 3 is already beaming into our homes in the present, we just got some major hints as to what lies in the show’s future. RadioTimes has listed all the episode titles and release dates for the rest of the season, and while seeing all this information is exciting all by itself, there was one title that stood out in particular…
Ginger Snaps may be coming to television, and with a star-studded production team at the wheel. Deadline reports that Sid Gentle Films (Killing Eve) and Copperheart Entertainment (who produced the Ginger Snaps films) are working together on a series adaptation of the trio of cult horror films. Anna Ssemuyaba is set to write the series, and John Fawcett, who directed the original film and was co-creator of Orphan Black, is the executive producer.
Those of you as obsessed with Orphan Black as I am will immediately see an intriguing connection: that series’ star, Tatiana Maslany, was in Ginger Snaps 2: Unleashed. There’s no reason to assume she would appear in the Ginger Snaps series, if and when it makes it to screens, but listen—we all need dreams.
Star Wars was widely hailed as a space western. So Roger Corman, with his talent for the obvious, decided to remake it by adding 90% more Westernness. George Lucas, in making his film, borrowed some scenes and visuals from John Ford’s The Searchers. Corman, in 1980’s Battle Beyond the Stars, ripped off the plot of The Magnificent Seven wholesale—a theft which was all the more brazen since The Magnificent Seven was already a shameless imitation of Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai.
Once again, peasants threatened by ruthless marauders seek help from a ragged band of underdog mercenaries… but this time in space, with the swords-replaced-by guns replaced, one final time, by futuristic energy weapons.
This essay is a sequel to Charlie Jane Ander’s essay, “Never Say You Can’t Survive: When Is It Okay To Write About Someone Else’s Culture or Experience?” (published October 6, 2020)
And Gladly Wolde I Lerne
I teach an average of 70 writing classes a year—overseas, online, in local library meeting rooms. Most of these classes cover ways of representing characters with significant demographic differences from the author, their editor, the intended audience, historical perceptions of the subject, and so on. I study this sort of thing, and I love sharing what I find out, and I love to keep on learning as I teach. The question-and-answer sessions ending classes are marvelously informative.
One lesson I’ve gotten from repeatedly hearing student questions is that authors who care about inclusive representation in fiction are often deeply concerned about messing it up. We think we can do too little in pursuit of “Writing the Other.” We think we can do too much. We think we can hurt people by unknowingly perpetuating racial stereotypes, religious stereotypes, and all the rest of the tedious clichés unimaginative authors avail themselves of. All of this is true, and all of these dangers are avoidable with work.
Prepare your ears for a world of ghosts, zombies, serial killers, and many more dark characters! Nightfire is thrilled to present season 2 of Come Join Us by the Fire, featuring 27 horror short stories that are sure to make you scream—available for free exclusively on Google Play Books. There’s something for every listener, so come join us by the fire and hear tales not to tell against the dark… but to embrace it.
We finally know when American Gods will return for its third season: Neil Gaiman announced this morning that the season will debut on January 10th on Starz, noting that this season feels especially timely, and that they’ll continue to “explore what ‘America’ means to its people and to talk about immigrants—about the very different people who came to this remarkable land and brought their gods with them.”
Would you like to watch a gorgeous and elegant four-minute animated video depicting the tales of the beloved Murderbot? You would. Or at least you certainly should: this animatic, set to Tegan and Sara’s “I’m Not Your Hero,” is enough to make any fan of Martha Wells’ Murderbot Diaries yearn for a whole animated Murderbot series.
It also contains spoilers for the books up through Network Effect, so proceed with caution!
Welcome back to Reading the Wheel of Time! This week covers Chapters 11 and 12, to which I have a mixed reaction. But I love Siuan and I’m desperately curious about what’s become of the Aes Sedai that fled the White Tower, so any step towards finding them is a win in my book. As it is in Siuan’s. But before we get into that, let us commence the recapping.
Series: Reading The Wheel of Time
In 1985 New Line Cinema produced A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, taking a risky angle on the slasher that starred a ‘final boy’ possessed by the titular movie-monster. However, the gay subtext of the movie contributed to a negative public reception and the film tanked. More unfortunately, lead actor Mark Patton was gay… but wasn’t out at the time the film was released, so the role that was supposed to launch his career contributed to its end. He disappeared from Hollywood. Then fast forward to last year, when directors Roman Chimienti and Tyler Jensen along with Patton himself released Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street – a documentary exploring those buried tensions in the film within the context of ‘80s media, the slasher genre, and horror fandom at large.
I kept hearing about the documentary on the queer podcasts I follow, and that whetted my appetite. Obviously I’d missed a part of gay horror history, and that just wouldn’t do. So, for spooky month, I decided to tackle a double-feature of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge (1985) and Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street (2019)—for the education, for the culture!—but had an unexpectedly emotional experience in the process.
A scientist stationed in the arctic embarks on a desperate mission: make contact with the crew of a spaceship, to warn them about the deteriorated state of the planet. That’s the premise of a new film from George Clooney, The Midnight Sky, which Netflix is set to debut on December 23rd.