Richard Kadrey’s Original Screenplay Dark West Has Been Optioned

There’s already a Sandman Slim movie in the works, but now author Richard Kadrey has another film on the way. The Wrap reports that his original screenplay Dark West has been optioned by Winterlight Pictures, to become a film directed by Kiah Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead), who will also write another draft of the script.

Kadrey also plans to turn Dark West into a graphic novel.

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Germany’s Grim Inc. Sounds Charming, But Can We Please Have Dead Like Me Back

Variety reports that two German production companies are teaming up on Grim Inc. a “dark supernatural comedy series” that puts a corporate twist on a concept that’ll be familiar to Bryan Fuller fans: the idea that the Grim Reaper has some help doing his job.

It’s unclear if Grim Inc. will make it to the US, thought it wouldn’t be a surprise to see it turn up on Netflix. I’d watch it. But if we’re talking about shows involving employing people as reapers? Let’s talk about how we need more Dead Like Me, the first series Fuller created. Bring back George Lass!

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Play the Plot: Tabletop Games To Pair With Your Favorite Fantasy

A group of friends lean in; it’s the final battle, the end of an epic campaign, years in the making. The only thing that stands between them and the ultimate triumph of good over evil is the roll of a single die…

Well, that’s how Dungeons and Dragons does it, anyway. But genre games are as varied as genre fiction, and most don’t require the time or monetary investment that a thick, rules-heavy D&D campaign often asks for. The stories told around the table (or over Zoom!) with your adventuring party can rival the great works of fiction, and have been oft-cited as sources of inspiration. But with the advent of experimental lyric games, journaling prompts, and new systems for mechanics—including using tarot cards, betting structures, or even a Jenga tower—genre tabletop games have never been more diverse or more exciting.

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Sarah Gailey’s The Echo Wife Will Be Adapted for Film

After what Deadline calls “a competitive situation,” the production company Annapurna (Her, Booksmart) has optioned the rights to bestselling author (and contributor) Sarah Gailey’s novel The Echo Wife. Gailey will co-executive produce the film, though there’s no word yet on who will be writing it.

The Echo Wife is the story of Evelyn Caldwell, a brilliant scientist whose ex-husband steals her research—and creates a clone of his ex-wife.

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Jo Walton’s Reading List: February 2021

February was another locked down month with a curfew in Quebec, and I was at home going nowhere. It snowed a lot. I saw a total of three other human beings in the whole month. The prevailing mood of this pandemic for many of us is “other people have it worse, but this sure sucks.” I read a perfectly reasonable seventeen books, and many of them were really excellent, which is always cheering.

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In the Shadows of Space: Sylvain Neuvel’s A History of What Comes Next

What makes for a good shadow history? There’s a fine line between this and an alternate history, after all—in the latter, historical events themselves are altered, while in the former, the events take place as-is but the motivations behind them are different. A History of What Comes Next is Sylvain Neuvel’s own take on the sub-genre; that its subtitle is “A Take Them to the Stars Novel” suggests that more are on their way. Based on this introduction to the premise and setting, Neuvel is off to a good start, with a compelling setup during a fascinating moment in history—and plenty of questions to answer along the way.

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Arkady Martine Examines the Costs of Empire in A Desolation Called Peace

In Arkady Martine’s Hugo Award-winning debut novel, A Memory Called Empire, ambassador Mahit Dzmare investigated the mystery of her missing predecessor, becoming embroiled in several national conflicts within the Teixcalaan empire.

As the sequel A Desolation Called Peace begins, Mahit doesn’t know if she’s made the right choices…

[Spoilers follow for A Memory Called Empire]

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Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Bliss”

Written by Bill Prady and Robert J. Doherty
Directed by Cliff Bole
Season 5, Episode 14
Production episode 209
Original air date: February 10, 1999
Stardate: 52542.3

Captain’s log. A small one-person ship, commanded by an alien named Qatai, flies straight into a maelstrom, with Qatai taunting the maelstrom.

Tuvok and Kim report that sensors have picked up a wormhole, one that leads directly to Sector 001. Janeway is skeptical to say the least, but she orders a probe sent in.

[I’m a doctor, not a dragon-slayer…]

Series: Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch

Sequels and Standalones: New Young Adult SFF for March and April 2021

This is quite the spring! We’ve got a nice mix of pandemic-delayed sequels, unseasonably creepy standalones, and energizing new series. Not a whole lot by way of science fiction, but there’s a decent batch of horror and dark fantasy to spice up the stacks and stacks of fantasy fiction. It’s all good, as far as I’m concerned. Now if only I had time to actually read all of these…

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Spinning New Tales: Splinter of the Mind’s Eye by Alan Dean Foster and Han Solo at Star’s End by Brian Daley

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 Star Wars movies are notable for spinning off into a wide variety of other media and related products, including TV shows, books, comic strips, comic books, radio dramas, toys, housewares, and other products. Since the series was largely modeled on the old Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers serials, this is no surprise, as both of those properties were also adapted into a variety of formats and merchandise, something George Lucas certainly noticed and emulated. Today, I’m going to look at two of the first Star Wars tie-in books, Splinter of the Mind’s Eye and Han Solo at Stars’ End. These books, both excellent adventure stories, represent two very different approaches to media tie-in fiction

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