All the Lore We’ve Learned so Far From HBO’s Watchmen Site

Damon Lindelof’s semi-authorized prestige TV sequel to Alan Moore’s Watchmen premiered on HBO this past Sunday, to rave reviews and just a wee bit of confusion. You see, HBO’s Watchmen takes place in an alternate-reality 2019, one in which Robert Redford has been president for nearly 30 years, the internet has been banned, black Americans have received reparations in the form of a lifetime tax exemption, and a long-dead Rorschach is the face of a new white supremacist group called the Seventh Kavalry.

And that’s just to start with. Obviously, a lot else has happened in the world of Watchmen since the events of the graphic novel, which was set in 1985. Luckily, HBO has set up a website to fill in some of the blanks. Of course, they’re not gonna make it easy. As with the Delos theme park sites HBO hosted for Westworld, all the lore comes in the form of found documents stuffed with Easter Eggs. Only four documents have been released so far, and we’re assuming more will be unveiled with each episode. This week, we’ve gone through them all for you, so here’s all the lore we learned!

Spoilers, obviously, abound. 

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Marvel Television’s Jeph Loeb is Stepping Down as a New Phase of the MCU Dawns

Variety is reporting that Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb is expected to step down from his role at the studio “in the coming weeks,” after nearly a decade on the job, where he oversaw numerous TV projects, from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to Runaways, that brought the company’s superheroes to life on a weekly basis.

The move comes after Disney elevated Kevin Feige to Marvel’s Chief Officer, where he’ll be in charge of not just the company’s film studio, but all of its television, animation, and comics. That wasn’t a huge surprise, given the success that he’s had overseeing Marvel Studios, elevating the brand to produce some of the biggest blockbusters in cinematic history.

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Lee Pace and Jared Harris Will Star in Apple’s Adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation

Apple’s upcoming adaptation of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy has found its leads! Variety has reported that Lee Pace (The Hobbit, Halt and Catch Fire) will star as “Brother Day, the current Emperor of the Galaxy,” while Jared Harris (Mad Men, The Terror) will play Hari Sheldon, “a mathematical genius who predicts the demise of the empire.”

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Sci-Fi & Fantasy Indie Bookseller Picks: Books Are Magic in Brooklyn, NY

I didn’t read in high school.

I hear this a lot from beleaguered parents who come into my bright little bookstore: my kid doesn’t like to read. I don’t know what happened—they used to love reading, and now they’re 14 and they stopped and I don’t know how to make them start again. It must be hard, I think, to be a parent and to walk into a store that has BOOKS ARE MAGIC emblazoned in pink and black and white on the wall outside, and tell one of its employees that your kid doesn’t like to read anymore. That maybe they never did. But I’ve always been glad that these parents come to me, because I tell them all the same thing: hey, that’s alright. I didn’t read when I was 14 either.

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Beyond Frankenstein: 7 Contemporary Monster Books Written by Women

October is upon us and the monsters have been very patient all year. Now it’s time to crack open some books and let them out. Stories like Mary Shelley’s monstrous masterpiece Frankenstein and Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire are always wonderful Halloween reads, but why not try out one of these modern books written by female authors? Here are seven fantastically creepy monster books written by (or edited by) women to frighten up your season.

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Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse Delivers on Tense Psychological Horror

Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse is not an easy movie to write about. Compared to The Witch, which was a much more straight-ahead horror film, The Lighthouse is even more atmospheric, and moves at an even slower pace. It’s not exactly spoil-able, as very little happens in the film, and yet I don’t want to say too much as this is more of an experience than a movie, and the more you know the more the experience might be tainted.

I will say that Eggers has once again given us a film that looks at how humanity tries to impose order on Nature, and how Nature tends to buck that imposition right the hell off. In this case he’s pitting two men against The Sea, rather than one family against The Wilderness, but he has created a gripping, utterly singular cinematic experience. Just with fewer goats this time.

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Announcing The Blacktongue Thief, Christopher Buehlman’s Fantasy Debut

Tor Books is thrilled to announce The Blacktongue Thief, the first in a three-book fantasy series with author Christopher Buehlman. Buehlman is the author of the horror novels The Lesser Dead and The Necromancer’s House.

The Blacktongue Thief is the story of an indebted thief, a veteran knight, a witch-in-training, and a blind rescue cat who must journey together through a world still scarred from a brutal, decades-long war with goblins.

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Reading The Wheel of Time: Egwene Questions the Fish and the Bird in Robert Jordan’s The Shadow Rising (Part 7)

Welcome back to our read of The Shadow Rising! This week, (Week 7!) we’re covering Chapters 7 and 8, in which Egwene tries to learn more about saidin, Elayne and Rand talk romantic feelings, and Mat is presented with an new option besides staying or running. And also the High Lords are annoying but that’s to be expected.

[In which the birds try to teach the fish. Or is it the other way around?]

Series: Reading The Wheel of Time

See Your Friends “One Last Time” in the Final Trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

This is it—the final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the final film of the Skywalker Saga, has premiered. The new trilogy knits the Original and Prequel Trilogies together in fascinating and moving ways, and now we’ll finally get to see how it all ends.

Watch it!

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