Realm Announces Slate of Original Projects, Including a Reimagined Captain Nemo

Realm—the fiction and podcast outlet formerly known as Serial Box—has just announced a slate of projects that includes new stories from horror icon John Carpenter, and a second season for the network’s Orphan Black continuation (with star Tatiana Maslany set to return), and a new iteration of Jules Verne’s famous oceanic captain.

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18 of Our Favorite Books on Writing

Are you a writer? Do you like learning about the creative process, either for your own projects, or just cause you think it’s interesting? This post is about to make your day. As I’m sure you know, there is a booming industry of books on the art and craft of writing, from all sort of different authors, who cover all sorts of different angles. A new addition to the genre is soon to hit shelves, Charlie Jane Anders’ Never Say You Can’t Survive, originally a column. By way of celebration of Anders’ book, I’ve rounded up 18 of my favorite craft books.

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How Can You Run When the Stars Are Everywhere? Revealing Sylvain Neuvel’s Until the Last of Me

The First Rule is the most important: “Always run, never fight.”

We’re thrilled to reveal the cover of Until the Last of Me, a Take Them to the Stars novel by Sylvain Neuvel. Set a generation after the events of A History of What Comes Next, Until the Last of Me arrives March 2022 with Tordotcom Publishing.

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The Problem(s) of Susan

C.S. Lewis failed. He failed to clearly say what he was trying to say. He failed his readers. He failed Susan.

When I read The Last Battle as a kid, and got to the moment when Susan was “no longer a friend of Narnia” I was shocked. Well, I thought, there are still some pages left to go. I’m sure she’ll be back before the end. But she wasn’t. And all of her siblings and friends, her cousin, even her parents, were romping along through New Narnia without ever mentioning her again.

It felt strange, and dismissive, and horrible. Much of the end of the book is about catching up with old friends, with cameos and reunions with beloved companions from previous books, even those who were dead—Reepicheep and Fletch and Puddleglum and Caspian—and yet somehow Susan never gets a moment. We don’t even peek in on her back on Earth, and no one thinks to ask, “Is Sue alright?”

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Series: The Great C.S. Lewis Reread

How to Pay Attention: Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi

Sometimes you get a book that reminds you how to live. Susanna Clarke’s Piranesi can be interpreted in many ways, but  so far, in the trudge through the Dead Marshes that is 2021, I’ve found it most helpful to think of it as an instruction manual.

The main character (who is called Piranesi even though he’s pretty sure his name is not Piranesi) is a perfect metaphor for our time. He lives in near-total isolation, in a House that is, as far as he knows, the entire World. Twice a week he spends a single hour with “The Other”, a man about twenty years his senior. Piranesi’s understanding is that he’s assisting the Other with an ongoing experiment, but his understanding is also that he has always lived in the House, and that he is somehow about 30 years old, but he also only seems to remember about five years of his life.

His understanding might be a little off.

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Blood in the Thread

Nothing tears two women apart like the men who want and take indiscriminately. In this retelling of “The Crane Wife”, a makeup artist and her actress lover struggle to stay together as the glitz and glamour of old Hollywood transforms into a cruel and manipulative beast that threatens to pluck them apart.

Content warning: This story contains fictional depictions of domestic violence.

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A24’s The Green Knight Gets a Stunning Trailer and Release Date

Last year, A24 released a first look at its upcoming adaptation of the Arthurian story Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Green Knight, and its had us salivating for it ever since.

The COVID-19 pandemic scuttled the film’s intended release, but now it looks as though we won’t have to wait too much longer. A24 released a new trailer for the project, as well as a release date: July 30th.

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No Ordinary Murder Mystery: A Master of Djinn by P. Djèlí Clark

P. Djèlí Clark has been one of my auto-buy authors for a few years now, so when I heard he was putting out a full-length novel (finally!), I jumped at the chance to review it. Of all his works, his Dead Djinn series is my favorite. I’m a sucker for urban fantasy mysteries, and especially drawn to those with locales, leads, and legends who aren’t white and Western/European/British. Happily for me, A Master of Djinn did not disappoint.

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Five SF Novels That Take the Long View of History

There are a fair number of SF novels that focus not on individual characters but on the society of which they are a part. Often the novels do so by focusing on the development of those cultures over time. Societies evolve; individuals come and go like mayflies. There’s a narrative, but not the sort of narrative we usually expect to enjoy.

You might think that it would be hard to make such books interesting. (I don’t think that anyone has ever described The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire as a cracking thrill ride: “Could not put it down!”) The following five novels show that it is possible to write interesting works that take the long view.

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Watch the First Trailer for Apple’s Adaptation of Stephen King’s Lisey’s Story

There’s a new Stephen King adaptation on the way, this time coming from Apple’s streaming service, Apple TV Plus: Lisey’s Story. The psychological thriller follows a woman whose famed novelist husband has recently died, as she is haunted by her past and a dangerous stalker.

Earlier today, Apple released a first look at the limited series, which stars Julianne Moore as Lisey Landon and Clive Owen as her husband, Scott.

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