Acting With Daemons is Like 3D Chess: The Cast of His Dark Materials at SDCC!

The cast, writer, and producer of His Dark Materials were at San Diego Comic-Con to talk about the upcoming show after dropping their second trailer, and were happy to answer questions ranging from fun times on set to daemon actors to their love of Pullman’s books in Hall H. Here are a few highlights! (Hint: season two has already been ordered!)

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Farscape Creators Looking Into TV Revival Options

Farscape‘s 20th anniversary panel at San Diego Comic Con was packed to the brim with fans who miss the show. It’s always been beloved, but in recent years there have been more rumors about its potential revival. Everyone seems to be on board, actors and creators included, so what’s the problem?

Well, we might not be waiting too much longer…

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Leigh Bardugo and Erin Morgenstern Reveal New Details About Shadow and Bone TV Show, The Starless Sea at SDCC Panel

Sci-fi and fantasy authors Leigh Bardugo, author of The Ninth House, and Erin Morgenstern, author of The Night Circus, revealed new details about their upcoming books and TV shows on Thursday afternoon at SDCC ’19.

The two authors also discussed world-building, writing tips, and the inspiration for their latest works in this panel, moderated by NPR Books Editor Petra Mayer.

But first, a surprise for Bardugo!

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Three Self-Submitted Game of Thrones Cast Members Received Emmy Noms

When your premium cable network neglects to submit you for consideration in the Emmys, just submit yourself! Or, at least, that’s the lesson learned by Alfie Allen, Gwendoline Christie, and Carice van Houten, who found themselves with a nomination each after sending in their own names (and a $225 entry fee, according to The Hollywood Reporter).

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Remembering the Moon Landing: Michael Collins’ Carrying the Fire

There have been many accounts written about the American Apollo Program, which succeeded in placing men (Commander Neil Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin) on the moon for the first time July 20, 1969. My favourite account is Michael Collins’ 1974 Carrying the Fire: An Astronaut’s Journeys. Collins was the Command Module Pilot. While the Lunar Lander descended to the Moon’s surface, it was Collins’ task to remain with the Command Module in Lunar orbit. Collins is therefore a man who has been within a hundred miles of the Moon without ever touching down on the surface of that world.

Rather than making any attempt at a dispassionate, neutral history of the Apollo Program, Collins provides a very personal account, a Collins-eye view of the American path to the moon. It’s not a short process, which is why it takes 360 pages before Collins and his more well-known companions find themselves strapped into the largest, most powerful man-rated rocket to have been launched as of that date. Before that…

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Sci-Fi and Fantasy Writers on What it Was Like to Watch the Moon Landing

In 2009, Tor.com celebrated the 40th anniversary of humans first setting foot on the moon by inviting authors, artists, critics, and fans in the science fiction community to share with us what they were doing that day, and to tell us how it informed their relationship with science fiction.

Now, as the 50th anniversary of the moon landing nears on July 20, 2019—and as Tor.com itself turns 11 years old—we present these recollections in the form of an oral history.

The excerpted remembrances below were originally created in 2009 and the full articles can be found here.

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Better, Stronger, Faster: Cobra by Timothy Zahn

In this bi-weekly series reviewing classic science fiction and fantasy books, Alan Brown looks at the front lines and frontiers of the field: books about soldiers and spacers, scientists and engineers, explorers and adventurers. Stories full of what Shakespeare used to refer to as “alarums and excursions”: battles, chases, clashes, and the stuff of excitement.

The idea of enhancing human abilities has been part of science fiction since the earliest days of the pulps. All manner of supermen, cyborgs, mutants and others have been presented to readers over the years—after all, who doesn’t sometimes dream about what it would be like to be faster or more powerful? One might have thought that, by the 1980s, the topic would have been done to death, with nothing new to be said… but a young author named Timothy Zahn came up with a story of mechanically enhanced warriors called Cobras that brought something novel and different to the concept.

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