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Molly Templeton

Free Tor EDU Event Series Aims to Demystify Publishing

Starting in May, Tom Doherty Associates—the parent company of Tor, Forge, Tor Teen, Starscape, Nightfire, and Tordotcom Publishing—will present Tor EDU, a free virtual event series designed to familiarize people with the publishing industry in general and with the specifics of working in genre fiction.

Tor EDU will act as a virtual primer on what every facet of the industry entails. Every three months, a new panel of experts will discuss a different aspect of the business and answer audience questions with an eye towards making involvement in the literary ecosystem more accessible to all.

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Orphan Black: The Next Chapter Is Now a Free Podcast

Last week, the serial storytelling platform Serial Box became Realm, and with that change came the news that some of their series would be available as free podcasts. Now, you can listen to Orphan Black: The Next Chapter on your choice of streaming platforms. The Next Chapter is the official continuation of the BBC America show’s story, narrated by its star, the unbelievably talented Tatiana Maslany.

In The Next Chapter, Maslany is back playing all the sestras—Sarah, Alison, Cosima, Helena, and more—in a story set eight years after the events of the TV show. Everything changes (of course) when they find there are even more clones than they ever suspected.

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An Adaptation of Ian Rogers’ Every House Is Haunted Is Coming to Netflix

Spider-Man director Sam Raimi is among the producers of Every House Is Haunted, a movie adaptation of one of the stories from Ian Rogers’ collection of the same name. The specific tale, “The House on Ashley Avenue,” concerns an insurance investigator who doesn’t believe that a couple’s death was caused by a haunted house—but the things he sees (and the input of a psychic) challenge his certainty.

Deadline reports that there were several bids on the film, and Netflix was the winner.

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Worldcon 2021 Moves to December

For the first time ever, Worldcon—the annual World Science Fiction Convention—will take place not in August, but in December. DisCon III, as this year’s event is known, will be held December 15 through 19 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC.

Notably, this means that the winners of the Hugo Awards will not be announced until December. Finalists will still be announced on April 13th, but an update on the con website notes that there will be shifts in the voting timeline.

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Being a Superhero Is Super Hard in the Trailer for Jupiter’s Legacy

Some trailers tease an intriguing narrative or premise, or introduce fascinating characters, and some spell everything out for you. The trailer for Netflix’s Jupiter’s Legacy—based on the comic by Mark Millar (Kick-Ass) and Frank Quitely—is definitely the latter. It’s hard to be a superhero! People die! You don’t get enough credit sometimes!

And maybe it’s even harder to be a superhero’s kid, especially when your dad just flat-out tells you that you have to be “the ideal.”

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Of Course Paddington Should Be In Every Movie

Is this not what the internet is for? Reddit user JaytheChou has taken on a noble project, the focus of which is clear in their post topics: “I photoshop Paddington into another movie every day until I forget.” JaytheChou has not forgotten for 28 days now, rendering appropriately scaled Paddington a bystander in the battle between ape and lizard; having him join the Justice League; giving Chewie a lil’ buddy at a certain award ceremony (an honor far greater than any medal); and adding another member to the WandaVision fam.

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A 30-Year-Old Soviet Adaptation of The Fellowship of the Ring Is Available for Your Viewing Pleasure

This is not Peter Jackson’s Fellowship of the Ring. A 1991 Russian-language adaptation of JRR Tolkien’s book recently surfaced on YouTube, and it’s—to put it mildly—a hoot.

The Guardian reports that the 1991 film, called Khraniteli, was a made-for-TV movie that’s believed to be the only LOTR adaptation made in the Soviet Union. It boasts a score by Andrei Romanov of the band Akvarium, which lends a distinctive low-budget-music-video vibe to the opening scenes of badly costumed men pushing their way through spindly trees.

Supposedly, Khraniteli only aired once. People knew the film existed, but there was no way to watch it until it appeared, in two parts, online last week.

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Now We Know What Captain Janeway Is Doing on Star Trek: Prodigy

Last fall at NYCC it was announced that Kate Mulgrew would return to the role of Captain Kathryn Janeway in Star Trek: Prodigy, an animated show about a group of teens on an abandoned spaceship. What wasn’t exactly clear was how Janeway would fit into this premise. Earlier this year a few more details came out: the teens are “lawless” and all different alien species, and the show will have 10 episodes in its first season.

As part of today’s First Contact Day virtual celebrations, Paramount+ released a first look at Prodigy‘s Janeway, and explained her relationship to these mysterious teens—the show is set in the year 2383, in the Delta Quadrant, and Janeway is the ship’s built-in emergency training hologram.

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Nichelle Nichols Documentary Woman In Motion Is Coming to Paramount+

At today’s virtual First Contact Day celebration, Paramount+ announced that Woman In Motion: Nichelle Nichols, Star Trek and the Remaking of NASA is headed to the streaming service. Director Todd Thompson’s film explores how Nichols went from playing Lt. Uhura on Star Trek to genuinely changing the real-life space program and the world with her campaign to bring diversity to NASA.

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SFWA Stands With Asian Diaspora Communities, Offering Statement and Support Plan

On Friday, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) released a statement in support of Asian diaspora communities in the U.S. and around the world. Responding to the increased number of anti-Asian hate crimes in the last year, the organization said, “We condemn the anti-Asian racist hate and violence that has targeted some of the most vulnerable among us, including women, seniors, disabled people, sex workers, queer folks, low-income workers, and immigrants. These attacks are influenced by narratives put forth by elected officials, public figures, and by the stories that we tell. SFWA is committed to creating a safer, more equitable industry in SF/F for Asian and Asian American creators, and other marginalized communities.”

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Loki Has Better Things to Do Than Fix The World in the New Loki Trailer

If you want to go into Loki with no knowledge and no expectations, you may not want to watch this trailer. It spells out what happened when Loki grabbed the Tesseract, what’s needed from him now, and, well, how little he cares about what the puny clowns at the Time Variance Authority want from him.

But if you want to enjoy Loki’s reaction to a very suspicious cat; a rather optimistic Owen Wilson; and Gugu Mbatha-Raw looking as if she’s absolutely not going to take any of Loki’s blathering and ego seriously, this is the trailer for you.

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Ava DuVernay’s New Gods and James Wan’s The Trench Aren’t Happening

Well, this is a bummer: Warner Bros. and DC Films have taken Ava DuVernay’s New Gods and James Wan’s The Trench off their development slate. The news comes with the tiniest sliver of hope; the Hollywood Reporter quotes a statement that ends, “The projects will remain in their skillful hands if they were to move forward in the future.” But that’s a big “if.”

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John Woo Is Producing an Adaptation of Stan Lee and Sharad Devarajan’s Monkey Master

An unreleased Stan Lee comic is headed to the screen: Variety reports that John Woo is producing a film adaptation of Monkey Master, a series created by Lee and Graphic India co-founder and CEO Sharad Devarajan. Monkey Master is a “loose riff” on the tale of the Monkey King, a character in the oft-adapted classic Chinese novel Journey to the West. It tells the story of an archeologist named Li Yong, whose discovery of an ancient prophecy about the Monkey King leads him across the world and transforms him into a superhero.

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Serial Box Is Now Realm—And Expanding to Free Podcasts

Say farewell to the delicious punny name: Serial Box has rebranded as Realm, a name which “better communicates our focus on the content, that we deliver stories that are truly a portal to another world,” CEO and co-founder Molly Barton told Variety.

Along with the rebrand, Realm is launching a new format for listening to its shows. Select series will now be available as free, ad-supported podcasts, available across a range of podcast platforms. Their Orphan Black series, “Orphan Black: The Next Chapter,” written by Malka Older and narrated by the show’s star, Tatiana Maslany, is one of those series.

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