Netflix Is Adapting Raymond Villareal’s A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising

Netflix has tapped Bumblebee and Kubo and the Two Strings director Travis Knight to helm an adaptation of Raymond A. Villareal’s 2018 novel, A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising.

According to Deadlinethe film will shorten that title to Uprising. It will be produced by Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen of 21 Laps, the company that produced Stranger Things for the streaming service.

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Understanding Horses: Living in the World

A frequent subject of my Morning Manure Meditations—the hour of the morning when I feed horses and clean stalls and finish waking up because Not A Morning Person Here—is the way horses live so completely in this physical world. I’ve written about it before, but it keeps showing me new faces of itself, or illuminating older ones.

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Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “The Voyager Conspiracy”

“The Voyager Conspiracy
Written by Joe Menosky
Directed by Terry Windell
Season 6, Episode 9
Production episode 229
Original air date: November 24, 1999
Stardate: 53329

Captain’s log. Naomi goes to Cargo Bay 2 to fetch Seven for their weekly kadis-kot game, but Seven is too busy upgrading. She’s putting a cortical processing unit into her alcove, which will enable her to download data from Voyager’s computer directly into her brain meats. Naomi wants to watch, but Seven kicks her out because she’s a big stinky.

[Good morning Kathryn—all systems operational, the crew’s in good health, and by the way, is it true you’ve been lying to us for five years?]

Series: Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch

The Nevers Finale Explodes Its Entire Premise With an Old Trick

Over a decade ago, Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse incredibly recontextualized its first season with “Epitaph One,” a dystopian flash-forward revealing a glimpse of the bleak future that came about from uploading new personalities into pliant Dolls. It was a wonderfully ambitious narrative risk that paid off even in the short-lived series. But now history is repeating itself in The Nevers, the latest Whedonverse offering that was already struggling to set up its own magic trick, grasping for a prestige worthy of its characters’ supernatural turns. Instead, the Part One finale “True” recycles Dollhouse’s trick, radically changing the series’ premise in a way that distracts from, rather than amplifies, the Touched.

Major spoilers for The Nevers season One.

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Trailer for Sweet Tooth Teases Its Post-Apocalyptic Conflicts

While the first teaser for Sweet Tooth was all feelings and atmosphere, the full trailer for Netflix’s upcoming comics adaptation sets up the plot of this post-apocalyptic fairy tale. “Once upon a time,” Will Forte’s narration begins, “bad people ruled the earth. They were greedy and self-destructive, so nature made everyone sick.”

It is just me or does this hit a little close to home?

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Peter Jackson’s The Fellowship of the Ring Turned Tolkien into a Pop Culture Behemoth

“How do you know about Gandalf?” Sam Wilson asks Bucky Barnes in the second episode of the Disney+ series The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, after Bucky mocks Sam for talking about fighting wizards. Bucky snaps back that he read The Hobbit when it was first published in 1937. It’s a fun character moment, one that sparked some debate on social media about whether or not a guy like Bucky Barnes would have read a kid’s book, but what’s interesting to me about the scene is the source of Sam’s confusion. Why would he assume Bucky, a contemporary of J.R.R. Tolkien, wouldn’t know about Gandalf? It’s because Sam thinks of The Lord of the Rings as a 21st-century cultural phenomenon, one that a man out of time like Bucky would need to catch up on.

And the thing is, Sam’s not wrong…

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Hasbro’s Snakes Eyes Film Promises Plenty of Ninja Action

In recent years, toymaker Hasbro has been working on flipping its various toy and entertainment brands into bigger film franchises.

We’ve endured years of the Transformers franchise already, but in addition to projects like a new Dungeons & Dragons movie, there’s a G.I. Joe origin movie coming—and Paramount Pictures just unveiled a first look with a new teaser trailer.

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Guided Through History With Thought and Care: Underground Railroad

Barry Jenkins’ new Amazon Prime miniseries, Underground Railroad, is a tour-de-force. At once gut-wrenching and awe-inspiring, I wrapped up the show convinced that we don’t even need television awards shows in 2022 because this cast and crew deserve all the accolades. This is one of those works of art that could be taught in film school for technical skills, acting school for craft, and high schools and colleges for history lessons. It is exquisite on every level.

[Some spoilers ahead]

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Five SFF Books That Showcase Siblings at Their Core

Where do all the siblings go? One of my earliest book memories was of Ida in Maurice Sendak’s Outside Over There taking matters into her own hands to rescue her baby sister, who has been replaced with a changeling (and, in the movies, the well-named Sarah similarly setting off to save her little brother from the clutches of the Goblin King). The Pevensies ruled Narnia together. Meg Murry and her brother Charles Wallace traveled the universe to get their father back in A Wrinkle in Time, their brothers Sandy and Dennys traveled back to biblical times, and all sorts of other adventures befell their family, as well as the other assorted O’Keefes and Austins and their acquaintances. And I adored William Sleator’s Singularity, in which teenage Harry figured out a way to get out from under the shadow of his twin.

All of that drove home what I knew from my own experience: siblings could be maddening, but they were important.

[Here are 5 SFF books built around a rich, gooey, sibling core.]

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Lee Mandelo’s New Novella Feed Them Silence Dives Into the World of Wolves

Tordotcom is thrilled to announce the acquisition of World English rights for Feed Them Silence, one of two upcoming novellas by author Lee Mandelo and Editor Carl Engle-Laird from Tara Gilbert at the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency.

Feed Them Silence begs the question: what does it mean to “be-in-kind” with nonhuman animals? Dr. Sean Kell-Luden uses a neurological interface to translate a subject-wolf’s perception for human consumption, but as her relationship with the subject becomes complicated, she puts her research and her marriage at risk.

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The Real Life Heroines of the Early Gothic

If you think of early Gothic women writers, your mind probably leaps to Mary Shelley. She does tend to get all of the attention: her own books, her own films, cameos in Doctor Who… you can’t help but be happy that a woman writer is getting the attention she deserves.

It’s clear why Mary Shelley’s become a Gothic pinup. You don’t get much more Goth than sex on your mother’s grave and keeping your husband’s heart in a drawer. And that’s not to mention the fact that she came up with one of the most famous Gothic novels of all time. It doesn’t hurt that she did it in a ghost story competition with Lord Byron and Percy Shelley where she showed them exactly where they could stick their monstrous egos.

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