It’s been 50 years since the Apollo 11 mission sent Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the moon, fulfilling the dreams of many star-gazing scientists and civilians alike. The New York Times ran coverage this Sunday honoring the historical event, and sci-fi authors Mary Robinette Kowal and Ken Liu contributed columns reflecting on space travel and its place in shaping American culture and history, past, present, and future.
It’s almost time for the wonderfully chaotic weekend that is San Diego Comic Con! Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro, it’s always helpful to have a guide of sorts to help navigate the panel circuit. If you trust in Tor.com’s taste, check out our recommendations for these literary panels at San Diego Comic Con, featuring pop culture favorites, topics on the future of science fiction and fantasy, and in-depth conversations with some of the SFF’s leading authors of today!
Of course you should also stop by Tor Books at Booth #2701 on the show floor for a ton of giveaways and programs—check out our schedule here, and head below to fill your dance card with tons of great book discussions!
What can readers expect next from the winners of the 2019 Locus Awards?
Since 1971, the Locus Awards have honored notable authors and their works, highlighting promising new voices in science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and commemorating authors whose legacies have defined the entire field of speculative fiction. Chosen by readers, the list of Locus nominees and winners also communicates the stories that excited us in the previous year, and it looks like there’s a lot yet to come from this year’s roster of Locus winners!
History hides the best monsters.
Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the latest movie iteration starring the classic kaiju, which also re-introduces multiple enemies from Godzillas past, including Mothra and Ghidorah.
It’s common knowledge that Godzilla was created as an artistic response to the atomic bombs used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki—the bomb awakens Godzilla in the original film, and the radiation makes the creature more powerful. But what about Godzilla’s fellow world-stompers?
What fantasy books and authors are we talking about the most?
Reddit User einsiboy, creator of the TopRedditBooks site, recently posted a list of the Top 100 Fantasy Books discussed on Reddit in the past year. The information is compiled from 2018 – 2019, based on comments in the subreddit r/books, and uses number of mentions plus comment scores to balance out the data.
Like the monster that he is, Frankenstein seems to be revived every few years or so.
The latest iteration of Mary Shelley’s gothic story comes in the form of a Netflix mockumentary, starring Stranger Things’s David Harbour in a dual role as a fictionalized version of himself and his father.
The Millions has just posted an excerpt from author Nnedia Okorafor’s latest graphic novel!
LaGuardia by Nnedi Okorafor finds the Hugo award-winning author weaving extraterrestrial travel with political elements as a veiled allegory tackling the United States’ immigration policies. Tana Ford and James Devlin are the artists for the book.
Set in the future, LaGuardia follows pregnant Nigerian-American doctor Future Nwafor Chukwuebuka who is en route from Lagos to New York and assisting a plant-like alien in fleeing from violence. Next up: smuggling the refugee through LaGuardia’s Interplanetary Airport.
One of the first casualties of the Fox-Disney studio merger has been revealed. And it is…absolutely gorgeous. [Update: The video has been pulled, but there are additional art materials below.]
Mouse Guard, the movie adaptation of the Eisner-winning comic series by David Petersen has been cancelled, according to Entertainment Weekly.
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