The Muslimness of Dune: A Close Reading of “Appendix II: The Religion of Dune”

It is common knowledge that Frank Herbert’s classic Dune novels are chock-full of Islamic and MENA (Middle Eastern and North African) references.  However, as a Muslim reader, I have long maintained that the Muslim influences go deeper than many may have realized. I am of the theory that if one is Muslim, or otherwise intimately aware of Muslim traditions, that person’s experience of Dune differs vastly from any other reader’s encounter with the saga.

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Fifteen Classic SFF Works By Three Extremely Prolific Authors

There are several ways in which authors can provide the public with ample reading material. One is, of course, to compose individual books of great length (like these, for example). Another is simply to write a lot of books. (…No, even more than that!) Of course, not every prolific author writes books worth reading. Allow me to suggest three prolific authors (now deceased) who often (but not always) wrote books worth reading. For each of these three authors, I’ve chosen five works that I think are well worth reading.

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Why I Love Haunted Honeymoon, Gene Wilder’s Underrated Horror-Comedy

Have you got a favorite movie that was either a total bomb at the box office or no one else seems to have ever seen? I’ve got a few, but given the fact that Halloween is nigh, I’d like to talk briefly about one item high on my list right now: the woefully unsung Haunted Honeymoon, which seldom gets mentioned whenever Gene Wilder himself does. This is my Young Frankenstein, my Willy Wonka. And by that I mean a movie starring Gene Wilder that’s close to my heart. I assume we all have one.

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The Trailer for Shudder’s Horror Noire Showcases Six Stories of Black Horror

Horror television network Shudder has a new anthology film coming out later this month: Horror Noire, which features six stories of Black horror from a powerhouse stable of writers: Tananarive Due, Steven Barnes, Victor LaValle, Shernold Edwards, Al Letson and Ezra C. Daniels.

The film is set to debut on October 28th, and just got its first trailer.

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The Universe Simply Can’t Seem to Kill Bruce Willis in the Trailer for Apex

We could talk about how Apex, a Bruce Willis movie that seems to have come out of nowhere, combines elements from more movies than I can count on both hands, including but not limited to Logan’s RunHunger GamesThe Hunt, and every movie in which a criminal/hero is being hunted by a criminal/hero. Or we could talk about everything else in this trailer, which looks like a made-for-TV movie that Bruce Willis just stumbled into on his way home some random night. Why is he here? Why is Damien Darhk here? Why is Neal McDonough just so good at this kind of totally pointless egotistical bad guy role?

Why does Bruce Willis say he’s, and I quote, “bacon and eggs on Sunday morning”?

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Managing My Ever-Expanding TBR Stack

After reading Molly Templeton’s two recent pieces on the To Be Read conundrum, I got to thinking about how my own queue is structured. Like many of you, my TBR is in constant fluctuation. I add more to it than I remove. At this point I would have to turn reading into a full time job in order to get through them all, and it would still take me literal years.

To help me prioritize my list, I thought I’d pull together the ten books I’m most eager to read off my TBR. I don’t have any big reasons for not having read them yet, other than a lack of time and *gestures vaguely at the panini*. Will I actually get to them in the near future? I certainly hope so. Until then, they’ll keep glaring at me from my bookshelves.

What’s at the top of your To Be Read queue?

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Five Stories in Which Changing the Laws of Physics Leads to Bigger Problems

 The laws of physics are forever confounding perfectly reasonable schemes. Whether riding gracefully on the running board of a racing car, adroitly handling semi-molten glass, or gliding lightly down from a roof to the embrace of the sidewalk whilst borne up by what intuition said was a sufficiently large bath towel, the laws of physics are forever barging in to insist that, no, things do not work that way.

What if the laws of physics were altered? Surely then matters would work out to our satisfaction. Right? Right??? Or perhaps not, as these five stories reveal…

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Being a Saint Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be: Margaret Rogerson’s Vespertine

Because of Vespertine, I finally watched Venom. I was halfway through the novel when I saw that Margaret Rogerson (An Enchantment of Ravens) had described her new YA fantasy as “medieval Venom starring a nun and a ghost,” and naturally I needed the full context for this darkly charming comparison.

This description is not wrong. But unlike Eddie Brock, Artemisia of Naimes isn’t a hot mess before she meets the being that takes up residence in her body. She’s a teenage girl with the Sight, the ability to see spirits, which no longer pass on to death without help. She wants nothing more than to stay in Naimes, working as a Grey Sister, socializing as little as possible, spending her time dealing with the dead.

Fate—or the Lady—has other plans. 

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Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Homestead”

“Homestead”
Written by Raf Green
Directed by LeVar Burton
Season 7, Episode 23
Production episode 269
Original air date: May 9, 2001
Stardate: 54868.6

Captain’s log. Neelix is hosting a party to celebrate the 315th anniversary of First Contact Day. He even gets Tuvok to say the words that the first Vulcan who landed on Earth said: “Live long and prosper.” However both he and Janeway fail to get Tuvok to dance, though Neelix promises that he will get Tuvok to dance before they reach Earth.

[I’m not a fighter, I’m just a cook.]

Series: Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch

We’ll Get a Second Serving of Hawkeye for Thanksgiving

This lil’ teaser is titled “Change of Plans,” which is a cute way to nod at what Marvel did here: Hawkeye, which begins on November 24th, is now getting a two-episode premiere. Assuming the show doesn’t skip any weeks, that has Hawkeye‘s six episodes wrapping up just in time for Christmas—with a little break before Disney+ is breathing down our necks again about The Book of Boba Fett.

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