The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien Is Getting an Expanded Edition

The first edition of The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien came out in 1981 and included 354 letters from Tolkien, edited by his biographer, Humphrey Carpenter, and his son, Christopher. At the time, the two wanted to include more correspondence, but weren’t able to because of publishing restrictions. Over forty years later, times have changed, and HarperCollins will be releasing an expanded edition of Letters later this year.

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No Live Organism Can Continue For Long: Arkady Martine’s “Rose/House”

Welcome back to Reading the Weird, in which we get girl cooties all over weird fiction, cosmic horror, and Lovecraftiana—from its historical roots through its most recent branches.

This week, we cover Arkady Martine’s Rose/House novella, just released this year by Subterranean Press. Spoilers ahead—but we highly recommend grabbing the ebook and reading it yourself first!

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Series: Reading the Weird

Jenna Ortega Says Second Season of Wednesday Will “Lean Into The Horror”

Netflix’s Wednesday, the show centered on the titular member of the Addams Family, was a surprise hit for the streaming platform. It was no surprise then, that it got renewed for a second season. What that new season will entail remains a mystery. In a recent interview, however, Wednesday actor Jenna Ortega (pictured above) hinted at what we might see in the upcoming episodes.

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Celebrating the Books That Queered Us

Books are gateways.

You know this.

Gateways, as a structure or a concept, can aid in many things: They can hold things in; keep things out; serve as intermediary places between thoughts and ideas; hold space for newness to develop; invite us somewhere unexpected; keep things safe.

We pretend to forget this because knowing that books are gateways imbues them with no small amount of power. But that knowledge doesn’t go away.

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Seven SFF Short Stories Featuring Students and Scholarship

Until I read the Stormlight Archive books, I didn’t realize how much I needed stories centered on historians and their apprentices, and engineers and their laboratories. I cherished every scene in the books in which Shallan and Jasnah discussed the nature of scholarship and Navani guided the scientists working for her kingdom. I read and reread every note they made, the details of every book they read, every idea they researched, longing to join them.

Soon, I was hunting for similar books and short stories by other authors. Here are seven of my favorite short fiction pieces featuring students and scholarship, research and exams—and one visit to the principal’s office.

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The Mystery of Good Omens 2 Is Finally Revealed

Until now, teases for the second season of Good Omens have been quite vague. Where will the series—based on the novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett—go as it veers off the page? A surprising mystery! That could mean literally anything.

Hands up: Who predicted that it would involve the archangel Gabriel (Jon Hamm) having totally forgotten who he is, and turning to Aziraphale for help?

And that maybe this will lead to some kind of war?

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Alex White’s Salvagers Series Could Be an Epic, High-Flying Sci-Fi Film Trilogy

Hello, fellow readers! I write to you today still feeling caught up in that “I’ve just finished a series” lull. You know the one—it’s an emotional state where you feel at once happy about how much you loved spending time in a fictional world and very  sad that it’s over. Such is my mental disposition after turning the final page of Alex White’s Salvagers series, which includes three wonderfully titled books: A Big Ship at the Edge of the Universe, A Bad Deal for the Whole Galaxy, and The Worst of All Possible Worlds.

What better way to revel in that post-series feeling than to write about how ripe Salvagers is for possible adaptation? Let’s get to it.

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A Fourteen-Year-Old Created One of Across the Spider-Verse’s Most Adorable Scenes

Across the Spider-Verse has premiered to great critical and general audience acclaim (as well as killing it at the box office). The sequel to Into the Spider-Verse, produced by Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, took years to make and, without getting into spoilers, provides an assault to the senses, as it takes you to myriad Spider-Verses full of myriad Spider-People. It turns out that one of those scenes, and arguably the most adorable one at that, was created by a person who has yet to graduate high school.

Very mild spoilers for Across the Spider-Verse lie ahead!

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Must Read Short Speculative Fiction: May 2023

This month is a nice mix of authors I’ve read many times before and new-to-me authors. My ten favorite short science fiction, fantasy, and horror stories that I read in May cover stories of finding hope in what feels like the ruins of your life, stories of terror and brutality, and stories that twist and turn like a deer trail in the misty woods.

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