Game of Thrones Series Finale Discussion Thread

How ready are we for the last episode of Game of Thrones ever?

I’m still processing my feelings about last week’s episode, so I’m a bit conflicted. Like, I’m wearing my Lady Olenna T-shirt and I made lemoncakes, but I’m also thinking about fear of female power, corrupt rulers, and men who fail upward. It was really hard not to dwell on these aspects of the show, over the course of this very long week.

On a scale of Dexter (the worst) to Six Feet Under (still the gold standard,) where will Game of Thrones rank on the series finale continuum?

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Series: HBO’s Game of Thrones

Announcing the 2018 Nebula Awards Winners

Presented in May 2019, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the 2018 Nebula Awards winners, as well as the winners for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The winners were announced at SFWA’s 54th annual Nebula Conference in Los Angeles, CA, which takes place from Thursday, May 16th through Sunday, May 19th at the Marriott Warner Center in Woodland Hills, CA.

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Subliminal Visions and Secret Manuscripts: Masande Ntshanga’s Triangulum

Sometimes it can help to begin with the text behind the text. Masande Ntshanga’s Triangulum is a surreal puzzle box of a novel, presented as a series of found documents spanning both the recent past and the near future—but its first few lines come via a quartet of epigraphs, encompassing everything from the fiction of Kōbō Abe to the history of South Africa. Triangulum doesn’t lack for ambition and, as it gathers momentum, it conveys a sense of approaching dread, of events both historical and metaphysical approaching some horrific end point. This is a paranoid novel about the end of the world; this is also a novel about the power and ambiguity of apocalyptic narratives.

Triangulum opens in 2043, with a Foreword by Dr. Naomi Buthelezi. An acclaimed writer (with Hugo and Nebula wins to her credit), she is recruited by her colleague at the University of Cape Town, Dr. Hessler, for her assistance in reviewing a series of anonymous manuscripts suggesting that the world will end in 2050. This wouldn’t necessarily be something that merits an investigation, except that, in Hessler’s words, “[i]t predicted the present.” A bombing has taken place, one which created a trianglular symbol that features prominently in the manuscript.

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Now is the Time to Choose a Side in the New His Dark Materials Trailer

HBO keeps teasing that His Dark Materials, its television adaptation of Philip Pullman’s trilogy, is “coming soon”—but if they keep releasing trailers like this, then they’re gonna have to hurry up and give us a release date. The latest teaser is tense and excellent, with glimpses of Iorek Byrnison, the Silver Guillotine (!), and Ruth Wilson acting wonderfully creepy as Mrs. Coulter.

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Blaise of No Glory — Modesty Blaise and My Name is Modesty

British writer Peter O’Donnell created the Modesty Blaise comic strip in 1963, in part out of a desire to see a female hero who is just as capable as any of the male heroes that led most popular fiction of the day. Teaming with artist Jim Holdaway, the strip was extremely popular in Europe and around the world—pretty much everywhere except the United States. It ran until 2001.

The character was popular enough to spawn spinoffs, including a movie in 1966, an attempt at a TV series, and a 2004 movie, not to mention a series of books. None of the screen versions quite hit the mark, though…

[“I am the villain of the piece. I have to condemn you.” “But I am the heroine. Don’t I get away?”]

Series: 4-Color to 35-Millimeter: The Great Superhero Movie Rewatch

Here’s What It Felt Like to See The Phantom Menace For the First Time

The supposed fan backlash to Star Wars: The Phantom Menace in 1999 is as legendary today as it is mysterious. Unlike cultural events that are documented in real time in 2019, the real zeitgeist reaction to The Phantom Menace is tricker to pinpoint. But, I remember. I was there. And unlike now, there wasn’t an immediate consensus formed on the internet. Instead, 17-year-old kids like me had to search their feelings about The Phantom Menace without an echo chamber. 

In 1999, I thought the film was excellent. Disturbing, but excellent. And now, exactly 20 years later, after having held a variety of differing opinions in-between, I think my first reaction was the right one: The Phantom Menace is great because it is a deeply weird movie. It shocked me and rattled me to my core. Here’s why that mattered.

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It’s the Little Things: A Brightness Long Ago by Guy Gavriel Kay

We all know how the story of the chosen one goes. We all know of fellowships formed around unlikely heroes who come from nothing but become something like legends when they declare against the darkness. We all know that the fate of the land, or the larger world, or perhaps the entire galaxy, hangs in the balance in this tradition of fiction. A Brightness Long Ago isn’t about any of that. Instead, it’s interested in what we don’t know—in the little things that happen to the little people, in particular.

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“I’m Not About to Let a Man Take Credit for a Woman’s Work”: Watch the First Batwoman Trailer

The CW has released the first trailer for Batwoman, and we… are kinda really into it? It looks super-dramatic in a way that we wouldn’t be surprised if it veered into soap opera territory at some point, and it does lean on the catchphrases. But also there’s something so badass about a queer superhero reshaping Bruce Wayne’s batsuit to fit her own purposes so that there is no doubt about who is saving Gotham in Batman’s absence.

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Revealing The Shadows Between Us, a New Fantasy from Tricia Levenseller

Eighteen-year-old Alessandra Stathos, the second daughter of a minor nobleman, makes a plan to seduce, marry, and kill the king, then rule the world… and only love can stop her.

We’re excited to share the cover and preview an excerpt from The Shadows Between Us, a new fantasy from Tricia Levenseller—publishing February 2020 with Feiwel & Friends.

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Cataracts, Blindness, and Evocations of Horror

In the fourth episode of the second half of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 1, Ros (during a flash forward helpfully provided by a tarot reader) has been cured of her blindness through surgery. She is so grateful, and so glad to no longer be a blind person, that she decides to give back.

She decides to volunteer at a “home for the blind.” (More on this later, I promise)

She arrives in a small room to find a preteen wearing a stark white blindfold. Presumably, this is where the blind people are kept. (Again, more on this later.)

It’s during this scene (which we’ll come back to later) that she utters my least favorite question, which I hear on average at least once a week.

“I’m so sorry. Can I ask…? Did it happen suddenly? I hope you don’t mind me talking about this, but how did you go blind?”

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We Finally Have a First Look at the New Star Trek Picard Show

Star Trek fans finally have their first look at the return of Jean-Luc Picard, courtesy of this week’s CBS television upfront presentations.

CBS revealed the title to the show–simply: Star Trek: Picard. Along with a logo that, interestingly, utilizes the Star Trek title font associated with The Original Series, Star Trek: Discovery, and Kirk’s era, instead of the Next Generation era that Picard hails from.

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