Far From Any Star: 5 Stories About Rogue Worlds

It’s been weeks since you last socialized (in the flesh) with anyone outside your household…or with anyone, if you live alone. Loneliness is tough. But things could be worse: you could be a rogue world, ejected from your home system billions of years ago. You could be a pitiful world formed far from any star. Such worlds are commonplace in our galaxy. They are not quite so common in science fiction. Still, a few of them feature in books that you may have read…

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It’s Time to Scare the Muppets in Disney’s Muppets Haunted Mansion

Is this the beginning of the Haunted Mansion Ride Cinematic Universe? This fall, the Muppets meet the Mansion in a Halloween crossover special with the straightforward title Muppets Haunted Mansion. The announcement of this “terrifying tale of total scariness” (per Gonzo) is part of Disney’s Halfway to Halloween promotion, which should involve a few more “shriek peeks” today and tomorrow.

Disney bought the Muppets in 2004, and the entire run of the original Muppet Show is available on Disney+. Under Disney, there have been two Muppet movies, a brief attempt to revitalize a new Muppet Show, a reboot of Muppet Babies, and the streaming series Muppets Now.

And now the Muppets are going to the Haunted Mansion.

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Adam Silvera Will Adapt His Novel They Both Die at the End as a TV Series

Adam Silvera’s They Both Die at the End, originally published in 2017, is currently sitting at the top of the New York Times YA paperback bestsellers list—and now it’s on its way to a screen near you. Deadline reports that Entertainment One acquired rights to the book, and that the adaptation will be written by Silvera and produced by Drew Comins of Creative Engine Entertainment.

The same studio/producer team is also developing Silvera’s debut novel More Happy Than Not as a series for HBO.

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Announcing a New Collection of Gene Wolfe Short Stories

Today Claire Eddy, Executive Editor at Tor/Forge Books announced a newly acquired short story collection from the late Gene Wolfe via Vaughne Hansen of The Virginia Kidd Agency Inc in a major book deal for World English Rights.

This new collection showcases the amazing breadth of Wolfe’s imagination, with fanciful tales ranging from science fiction, fantasy, and horror. “It’s like a window into Gene’s inner playground,” says Claire Eddy. “As Gene Wolfe’s last editor, I am so pleased to be able to bring out a new collection of Gene’s short stories, most of which have been unavailable to anyone who doesn’t happen to have access to archive copies of old magazines or limited print-run special editions. To have a new collection of brilliant tales from one of the true greats of not only SFF but American literature is a great privilege indeed.”

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“Some Have Greatness Thrust Upon Them”: Heidi Heilig’s On This Unworthy Scaffold

At the end of the second book in Heidi Heilig’s Shadow Players trilogy, the Aquitans were stripped of control of their former colony of Chakrana. The people oppressed by colonial rule should be reveling in their sudden freedom, but with the murderous necromancer Le Trépas using blood magic to manipulate the living and the dead, things are about to get much worse. Le Roi Fou, the “mad king” of Aquitan, is not happy about losing a big source of his income and will take whatever exploited resources he can grab, even when those resources are people. Raik, the Boy King, would rather be a puppet than give up his throne, even to his brother. Camreon the Tiger has the stronger claim to the throne, but his time with the rebels puts him at odds with not just his brother but with many of his people as well. Le Trépas sits at the center of this growing hurricane, fueling the winds with his ego and obsession with power.

Jetta, her undead brother Akra, her lover Leo, Leo’s half-sister Theodora, and their friends are the only people who have a chance at stopping Le Trépas, dethroning Raik, and stabilizing Chakrana. But success seems to stretch farther and farther away from them. Leaving the rest of the crew to deal with the Boy King and the undead Aquitans Le Trépas is using to fan the flames of chaos, Jetta and Theodora head to the heart of Aquitan in search of answers and aid. They find both, but not in the ways they expect. Will Jetta trade her kingdom for a king’s stage or will she sacrifice everything she loves to stop a genocidal despot?

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A Tangled Thread: Jennifer Saint’s Ariadne

When was the first time you learned the story of Ariadne, the girl who helped Theseus defeat the Minotaur and escape the labyrinth of Crete? For me, it was in the mythology section of an ancient textbook, passed down by a teacher grandmother. When I was too young I read a tattered copy of June Rachuy Brindel’s Ariadne and desperately wanted to understand it. (I absolutely did not, and remember it only like scraps of a dream.)

We rarely hear about what happened to Ariadne after the labyrinth. There are varying stories, and more than one ending for the daughter of Minos and Pasiphae. But you don’t really need to know any of them to understand Jennifer Saint’s debut novel, Ariadne. Packed with myth and tales of misbehaving gods, it is—for better and for worse—a detailed filling-out of the ways Ariadne and her fellow women suffer at the hands of the ancient, mythological patriarchy.

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Like Home Alone But With Superheroes: Owen Wilson Will Star in Secret Headquarters

So there’s this kid, and it turns out there’s a superhero headquarters under his house. When bad guys attack—as they always do—he and his friends have to defend the superhero hideout.

Okay, so they’re not home alone, exactly, but the vibe is similar. Secret Headquarters is the next film from Project Power directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman, and Deadline reports that Owen Wilson has just signed on to star in the “high concept family action movie.” Jerry Bruckheimer is producing the film, so you know the “action” part of that description is certainly accurate.

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Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Riddles”

Written by André Bormanis and Robert Doherty
Directed by Roxann Dawson
Season 6, Episode 6
Production episode 227
Original air date: November 3, 1999
Stardate: 53263.2

Captain’s log. Neelix and Tuvok are returning from a diplomatic mission with the Kesat in the Delta Flyer. Neelix’s attempts to engage Tuvok in conversation or games or something fall on uninterested pointy ears. When Tuvok finally agrees to a riddle, Neelix tells a joke with a bad pun for a punchline, at which point Tuvok retreats to the aft section to get away from him.

[I want to be able to have fun!]

Series: Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch

Poppy War Author R.F. Kuang Announces New Novel, Babel

Rebecca Kuang has earned considerable acclaim since her debut novel, The Poppy War: She earned the Compton Crook Award in 2019, and has since earned nominations for the Hugo, Nebula, World Fantasy, and BFA awards.

Her next is set to come out in 2022: Babel, or The Necessity of Violence: An Arcane History of the Oxford Translators’ Revolution, which she describes as The Secret History meets Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell.

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Eight Unusual SFF Librarians Who (Probably) Won’t Shush You

We’re all familiar with the stereotypical conception of the librarian as a person—often a woman—of a certain age carrying a massive pile of books, eyeing you with suspicion over reading glasses before sternly shushing you. Nowadays there’s not as much need for shushing, as libraries are much louder and livelier than they used to be—budget cuts have spurred interest in community programming, and public computers combined with printers have raised the volume on average. It’s more likely that a librarian will give you the stink eye you for not being careful with your coffee while sitting at a computer.

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