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Gideon, Harrow, and Mr Bones’ Wild Ride: Tamsyn Muir on Writing, Necromancy, and Fanfic

Tamsyn Muir is the Locus Award-winning and Nebula Award-nominated author of Gideon the Ninth, book one in The Locked Tomb trilogy. Harrow the Ninth, the hotly anticipated sequel published earlier this week. To celebrate, the author dropped by r/Fantasy for an AMA, where she talked necromancy (obviously), favorite sentences, favorite weapons, Draco in Leather Pants, fanfic hopes, jokes and memes left on the cutting room floor, the Final Fantasy fandom, the Homestuck fandom, Alecto the Ninth, and much, much more.

We kept this highlights reel below SPOILER-FREE, so you’ll have to visit the AMA yourself if you want all the fun SPOILER-Y stuff!

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Guillermo del Toro’s Tales of Arcadia Series Is Getting a Trollhunters Movie

We’re getting a Trollhunters movie! Coinciding with the release of Tales of Arcadia season 3, WizardsCollider reports that Guillermo del Toro’s anthology series will live on with an “epic-sized feature film” on Netflix entitled Trollhunters: Rise of the Titans, featuring characters from all three installments.

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Diana M. Pho Announces the #Edits4BlackSFF Project, Which Offers Free Editorial Services to Black Speculative Writers

Three-time Hugo Award-nominated editor Diana M. Pho has announced a new project dedicated to helping Black speculative fiction novelists get traditionally published. Entitled #Edits4BlackSFF, the project will select nine finalists for a free query letter review and 10-page line edit of their manuscript(s), with the winner receiving both a free developmental edit and consideration for representation from a pool of 8 literary agents.

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FIYAH Announces Creation of Ignyte Awards As Part of the First FIYAHCON

FIYAH, the Magazine of Black Speculative Fiction, has announced the creation of the very first Ignyte Awards. Awarded in conjunction with the inaugural FIYAHCON, the awards “seek to celebrate the vibrancy of the current and future landscapes of science fiction, fantasy, and horror by recognizing incredible feats in storytelling and outstanding efforts toward inclusivity of the genre.”

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Star*Line Magazine Wants Speculative Poetry from Black Authors for Historic Issue

Star*Line issue 43.4 will exclusive feature Black voices, and the magazine wants your work! This week, the Science Fiction & Fantasy Poetry Association‘s flagship publication put out a call for submissions for its historic October issue, seeking science fiction, fantasy, and horror poetry from Black writers.

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The Huntington Announces Octavia E. Butler Fellowship

The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens—home to Octavia E. Butler’s literary archive—has announced a fellowship named after the late science fiction giant, Locus reports. Open to scholars working with the author’s “ideas and issues” from “a variety of disciplinary perspectives,” the fellowship will award $50,000 to the winning fellow for a residency of nine to twelve months.

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John Boyega and Darren Criss to Lead Sci-Fi Thriller Podcast There Be Monsters

Since the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic shut down TV and film productions worldwide, with casts and crews only just beginning to return, creatives have turned to audio productions to tell their stories. There’s Big Finish’s line of Doctor Who radio plays, as well as Audible’s massive Sandman adaptation, just to name a few. Joining the mix is a new 10-part podcast from iHeartRadio starring John Boyega and Darren Criss, Deadline reports, which completed production during quarantine by sending each cast member a “Studio in a Box.” Entitled There Be Monsters, the narrative is a sci-fi thriller about tech companies that sounds like Ex Machina meets Limitless, with a side of Cronenbergian body horror.

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Worldcon 2022 Will Take Place in Chicago

The 80th World Science Fiction Convention will officially take place in Chicago, Illinois. The city overwhelmingly won the site selection poll with a count of 517 total votes, beating out Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, which garnered 33. This means Worldcon attendees in 2022 will gather at the Hyatt Regency for Chicon 8, featuring guests of honor including author Charles de Lint and artist Floyd Norman, as well as toastmasters Charlie Jane Anders and Annalee Newitz.

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Ron Howard Says Scripts for the Willow Sequel Series Are “Going Great”

Here’s a bit of news to brighten up your Thursday morning: the Willow sequel is making progress. Speaking to Andy Cohen during his Radio Andy show on SiriusXM, director Ron Howard provided a small but invigorating update on the series, intended for Disney+. 

“I was in a 2 hour story meeting last night,” Howard said during the interview. “The writer Jon Kasdan is leading the charge. They have a great group of writers, and it’s in very active development. And the scripts are going great…There’s no greenlight there yet, but I’m very optimistic about it. I love [Kasdan’s] take on it.”

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Jordan Peele and Issa Rae to Adapt Leyna Krow’s Short Story Sinkhole

The countdown has begun for Lovecraft Country’s HBO premiere in August, but we already know what to expect next from Jordan Peele and his production company Monkeypaw. Deadline reports that the Oscar winner will be teaming up with Insecure creator Issa Rae and Universal Pictures to turn writer Leyna Krow’s short story “Sinkhole” into a feature film of the same name.

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The Latest From Tor Books, Tor Teen, Publishing, and Nightfire at SDCC!

Calling all book lovers! There are plenty of new tomes coming this year and the next from Tor, Tor Teen, Nightfire, and Publishing. The SFF & Horror Dream Team—Tor & Tor Teen Publicity Manager Saraciea Fennell, Tor & Forge Senior Publicist Desirae May Friesen, Nightfire Marketing Manager Jordan Hanley, and Tor Books Senior Marketing Manager Renata Sweeney—united at San Diego Comic-Con 2020, where they hyped up the line-up with friendly banter, at-home cosplay, and some very saucy AO3 tags.

The new releases include stand-alone novels and novellas from the likes of S.L. Huang, Nnedi Okorafor, V.E. Schwab, P. Djèlí Clark, Christopher Paolini, and Sarah Gailey, as well as hotly anticipated installments in hit series such as Harrow the Ninth, book 2 of Tamsyn Muir’s Locked Tomb Trilogy, Rhythm of War, book 4 in Brandon Sanderson’s The Stormlight Archive, and A Desolation of Peace, book 2 of Arkady Martine’s Teixcalaan series. Check out the sampler below!

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