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Listen to Brian Staveley’s Short Story “The Last Abbot of Ashk’lan”

Back in 2015, Brian Staveley published his debut novel, The Emperor’s Blades, an epic fantasy about an emperor’s three children who have to figure out how to take over after his untimely death.

With its release, Staveley wrote a short tie-in story called “The Last Abbot of Ashk’lan,” about one of the characters that we met briefly, and now you can listen to the story, thanks to Brilliance Audio.

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MGM Is Revamping Blacula

When Amazon announced that it was acquiring MGM last month, it said that it would be working to “reimagine and develop that IP” that the studio already has. Lots has been made of the fact that MGM is responsible for properties like James Bond and Stargate, but it has many other films in its library as well.

Case in point: the 1972 film Blacula and its sequels. According to Variety, the studio is looking to revamp the franchise with a “modern reimagining” that will take place after 1973’s Scream Blacula Scream.

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Mars Is the Wild West in the First Trailer for Settlers

Science fiction has utilized the idea of space being the next frontier, and in his feature debut, Settlers, Wyatt Rockefeller turns the Red Planet into a hostile one.

IFC Films released the first trailer for Settlers last week, and it shows off the plight of a family trying to survive on their remote homestead, only to run into some significant problems when bandits arrive.

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Jennifer Lopez Will Defend Humanity From an Apocalyptic AI in Netflix’s Atlas

Jennifer Lopez has lined up her next movie, just a week after signing an overall deal with Netflix: Atlas, a science fiction thriller in which an artificial intelligence has determined that the best way to eliminate war is to eliminate humanity.

According to Deadline, Lopez will produce the film, which will be helmed by San Andreas / Rampage director Brad Peyton.

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Orbit Will Publish Two-Volume Companion to Iain M. Banks’ Culture Series

Back in 2018, Orbit Books announced that it would publish a companion book to Iain M. Banks’ acclaimed Culture space opera series, The Culture: Notes and Drawings. The book was originally due out in 2019, but had been delayed in the years since.

Now, Orbit has shed some light on the fate of the project: It will be published as a two volume set, one called The Culture: The Drawings, a book showcasing Banks’ Culture artwork, which will feature the late author’s notes and companion material from his friend and fellow author, Ken MacLeod.

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Netflix Releases First Glimpse of The Witcher Season 2

The Witcher is coming. To help close out its #GeekedWeek, Netflix has shown off an ever-so-short teaser of the upcoming second season of the fantasy TV series.

The streaming service also announced that it’s partnering with CD PROJEKT RED to host a one-day virtual WitcherCon, which is set to take place next month—where we’ll presumably get a longer glimpse at the upcoming season.

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Apple Has Renewed Jason Momoa’s See, Season 2 Gets Summer Release

When Apple launched its streaming video service Apple TV+, it did so with a limited library of original content, including a post-apocalyptic series starring Jason Momoa called See.

Just ahead of its debut in 2019, Apple announced that it had renewed the series for a second season, and last night, dropped a release date and trailer for it, along with word that the series would return for a third season.

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Dave Hutchinson’s Near-Future Spy Series Fractured Europe Is Getting a TV Adaptation

A Europe fractured into countless tiny nations amidst a series of economic downturns and deadly flu outbreaks. That’s the premise of a new project from the team behind Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy—an adaptation of Dave Hutchinson’s near-future spy thriller series, the Fractured Europe Sequence.

According to Deadline, Studiocanal is teaming up with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy director Tomas Alfredson and writer Peter Straughan to adapt Huchinson’s novels for television.

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You Can Now Read Mythic Quest‘s Faux Nebula Award-Winning Story, Tears of the Anaren

Apple’s series Mythic Quest took a trip back in time in its latest episode, providing a bit of backstory for the show’s head writer, a washed-up science fiction author named C.W. Longbottom, and the story that made his career: Tears of the Anaren (pronounced Tares with an exaggerated, trilled R in Anaren).

And now, you can read it for free on Apple Books as an eBook and as an audiobook.

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Season 2 of Netflix’s Locke & Key Debuts in October

Back in 2020, Netflix debuted its live-action adaptation of Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez’s comic series Locke & Key, following the exploits of the Locke family as they return to their ancestral home of Matheson, Massachusetts (Lovecraft, Maine in the comics) after their father, Randall Locke, is brutally murdered.

The series took some liberties with the original comics, and shortly after its debut, was renewed for a second season. Now, Netflix has revealed that that next season will debut in October.

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