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Join Us For Trivia Night! Tor.com Presents: Nerd Trivia for Nerds

Join us on Wednesday November 11th from 7-9pm EDT for a night of nerdy trivia!

Tor.com is hosting our first ever trivia night, and we want you to be a part of it. We’ll be asking general nerd questions, covering everything from Dune to Disney, so it’s time to show off your expertise and put all those hours of Lord of the Rings marathons to good use—not, of course, that they aren’t useful otherwise. We are always in full support of your LOTR rewatches.

We’ll be joined by some special guests, including Sarah Gailey, Christopher Paolini, P. Djèlí Clark, A.K. Larkwood, and Mark Oshiro! 

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Celebrating the Working-Class Warriors of SFF

Fantasy stories tend to focus on the sword-wielding heroes and wise queens, an arrogant princeling or two, dashing superheroes, gruff wizards, maybe the odd monster who’s misunderstood by the humans at the base of the mountain. But none of those archetypes would get very far in their adventures if not for the shop clerks, cooks, nurses, and janitors who actually keep society chugging along—even in a fantasy realm.

With this in mind, we have assembled an appreciation post dedicated to some of our beloved under-sung working-class characters in SFF. Join us in the proletarian utopia of the comments to add your favorites!

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Nic Cage Will Voice Vern in Amazon’s Adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s Highfire

Nic Cage’s oeuvre just keeps getting more and more Nic Cage-ian. With the exception of The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent—a twisted Being John Malkovich-meets-Misery hybrid wherein the actor plays a struggling version of himself (!) who must recreate his most iconic cinematic moments (!!) to survive an obsessed super-fan, played by Pedro Pascal (!!!)—Cage’s latest project seems to be the most him one yet. Deadline reports that he’ll be starring in and executive producing Amazon’s forthcoming adaptation of Eoin Colfer’s Highfire, in which he’ll voice a “vodka-drinking, Flashdance-loving dragon who lives an isolated existence in the bayous of Louisiana” and teams up with a teenage mob courier pursued by a corrupt cop.

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Shamier Anderson and Sam Neill Lead Cast of Apple TV+’s Sci-Fi Drama Invasion

Apple TV+’s upcoming sci-fi series Invasion (not to be confused with the network’s forthcoming Isaac Asimov adaptation Foundation) is back in business. On Thursday, Deadline reported that the show resumed production last week, and also unveiled part of a cast-list led by Shamier Anderson (Wynonna Earp) and Sam Neill (Event Horizon).

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The Powerpuff Girls Are Getting a Live-Action Series Featuring Them as “Disillusioned Twentysomethings”

The Powerpuff Girls are getting The Umbrella Academy treatmentVariety reports that a live-action series featuring the titular trio as “disillusioned twentysomethings who resent having lost their childhood to crime fighting” is in the works—at The CW, naturally, and featuring none other than Diablo Cody as one of the writers and executive producers.

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Vanity Fair Shares First Look at Netflix’s The Haunting of Bly Manor

Season 2 of The Haunting of Hill House may look a lot sunnier than the first, but it appears to be just as scary. Based on Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw and entitled The Haunting of Bly Manor, the Netflix anthology series’ sophomore season shared a first look with Vanity Fair on Monday, with director Mike Flanagan teasing changes to the novella, Jamesian Easter eggs, new characters, clues hidden in plain sight, and more. Here’s everything we learned!

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Here Are All of Book Your Summer Live!’s Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Horror Events

Penguin Random House’s Book Your Summer Live! is well underway. In between August 21 and 22, the virtual book festival features readings, giveaways, panels, and other events from a whole host of authors and editors including Jim Butcher, Kat Cho, Laurell K. Hamilton, Micaiah Johnson, Alma Katsu, Naomi Novik, Nnedi Okorafor, Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, and many more! Check out all the sci-fi, fantasy, and horror events below!

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William Jackson Harper Will Narrate Marvel’s Black Panther: Sins of the King for Serial Box

Fans of The Good Place may have said a tearful good-bye to Chidi and co. in January, but we’ll be seeing (or rather hearing) William Jackson Harper very soon. Serial Box has announced that the newly Emmy-nominated actor will be narrating its next Marvel story, Marvel’s Black Panther: Sins of the King. 

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Olivia Wilde Will Direct a Secret Marvel Movie (That’s Probably Spider-Woman)

Olivia Wilde is joining the Spider-Verse! On Wednesday, Deadline reported that the actor-director has signed on to “direct and develop” a “secret Marvel film project revolving around a female character in the universe” for Sony Pictures, and she quote-tweeted the news story shortly thereafter with a spider emoji.

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Rachel Weisz Will Play Jeremy Irons’ Characters In Amazon’s Dead Ringers Remake

At last, a remake to get excited about: Collider reports that David Cronenberg‘s Dead Ringers is getting a series adaptation over at Amazon, with Jeremy Irons’ characters to be played by none other than Rachel Weisz.

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Tenet Will Begin Early Access Screenings On August 31

For a while, it seemed like every day brought news of a different release date for Christopher Nolan’s Tenet, but Warner Bros. has finally appeared to settle on a premiere: Deadline reports that Warner Bros. is having early access screenings from August 31 through September 2 in “select cities” across the U.S.—that is, those where cinemas are actually open.

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The First Trailer for Paragon Features Fairies, Cultists, and Danny Trejo

Danny Trejo as the Grim Reaper? Sign us the hell up! SYFY Wire has released the first trailer for sci-fi/horror/fantasy/action series Paragon: The Shadow Wars, which stars the actor and frequent Robert Rodriguez collaborator as a gun-toting, staff-wielding soul-collector in a world full of cultists, fairies, portals, demons, anomalies, and skin-tight gothic streetwear.

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Get the Details On Seanan McGuire’s Cat D&D Campaign in Her Twitter AMA!

Seanan McGuire is the Hugo Award-, Nebula Award-, Locus Award-, and Campbell Award-winning author of Middlegame, the Wayward Children series, the October Daye series, and many other works. Under the name Mira Grant, she has published the Newsflesh series, the Parasitology series, the Drowning Deep series, and Alien: EchoSeasonal Fearsthe sequel to Middlegame, comes out from Tordotcom Publishing in Spring 2022.

This week, she did a Twitter AMA, hosted by Tordotcom Publishing, where she answered all your questions about her cats, her cats’ D&D classes, book recommendations, favorite passages, favorite characters, favorite character names, inspirations, mentoring, the future of the Indexing series, the future of the Rolling Deep series, the future of the Wayward Children series, and much, much more. Here are the highlights!

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