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11 Sitcoms With Delightfully Nerdy Characters

While plenty of sitcoms have nerdy premises, there has been something of a renaissance recently in comedies that showcase geeks as characters—and not simply as cruel stereotypes. And they also offer a much broader scope of nerdery, from con-goers to fanfic writers to tabletop game-builders! Here are a bunch of our favorites, in case you need to add a few more giggles to your evening viewing.

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The 2017 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees have been Announced

The nominees for the 2017 Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced! We’re pleased and honored that three Publishing titles, Stephen Graham Jones’ Mapping the Interior, Margaret Killjoy’s The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion and Tade Thompson’s The Murders of Molly Southbourne, were included in the novella category. Victor LaValle, author of The Ballad of Black Tom, was also nominated for The Changeling in the Novel category. Congratulations to all the nominees!

The Shirley Jackson Awards were established to recognize excellence in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and dark fantasy. They honor the legacy of Shirley Jackson, author of seminal works including The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. The awards are voted on by a jury of writers, editors, critics, and academics, and the awards will be presented on Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Readercon 29 in Quincy, Massachusetts.

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Watch the First Teaser for Shane Black’s The Predator

Is it us, or do the Predator casts wind up more and more random with each movie? The latest installment features Sterling K. Brown (Black PantherThis Is Us), Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), and Jacob Tremblay (Room), among others. Then again, who wouldn’t want the chance to work with Shane Black? The director’s “explosive reinvention” has the Predators genetically engineered to wreak havoc on Earth, and the only person standing in their way is… a disgruntled science teacher. Hell yes.

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Listen to LeVar Burton Read Charlie Jane Anders’ Story “As Good As New”

For the San Francisco stop on his LeVar Burton Reads LIVE! tour, LeVar Burton read a story by local author Charlie Jane Anders: “As Good As New,” originally published on and collected with some of her other short fiction in Six Months, Three Days, Five Others. “As Good As New” is a new wrinkle on the old story of three wishes, set after the end of the world.

Typical for Burton’s podcast, the former Reading Rainbow host infuses his reading with engaging inflections and varying voices, plus the added dimension of musical accompaniment by keyboardist Anthony Ferraro of Astronauts, etc. The extra appeal of the live show is that Anders herself took the stage after the story concluded to talk about her inspiration to write a new take on the three wishes story, not making her characters the butt of a joke, and almost flunking out of first grade.

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Podraces, Porgs, and Prop Replicas: Our Favorite Star Wars Stuff

Star Wars is kind of a big deal. We’re not sure you noticed.

Truth is, Star Wars has become such a cultural juggernaut that you can find it pretty much anywhere at all times. It’s not just a thing to celebrate on May the 4th—if anything, May 4th is just an opportunity to jump around and shout about something that we already spend an abundance of time jumping around and shouting about. But because Star Wars is so omnipresent, some of the stuff we love about it is… weird. And random. Or maybe a little awkward.

So without further ado, we bring you a list of our favorite Star Wars stuff. Any old stuff. The strange and the non sequitur and the arcane.

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It Takes Two in the New Trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp

As has become abundantly clear, Scott Lang a.k.a. Ant-Man could use a buddy when fighting crime. Enter the Wasp, or Hope van Dyne, who takes all of dad Hank Pym’s tech and kicks it up a notch—with wings, no less. Marvel Studios has released the latest trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp, which will explore this new team-up and likely fill in the blanks as to what these two were up to during Avengers: Infinity War.

The cool: Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), their enemy from the Quantum Realm, who can pass through walls. The funny: the return of scene-stealer Michael Peña as Scott’s buddy Luis. The cheesy: the use of “It Takes Two”—what are we, a Guardians of the Galaxy movie?

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New George R. R. Martin Book Fire & Blood Arrives November 20th

George R. R. Martin’s latest tale of Westeros, Fire and Blood, will be released on November 20, 2018, and is available for pre-order nowFire and Blood: 300 Years Before A Game of Thrones (A Targaryen History) will look back at some of the history that led to the events of A Song of Ice and Fire, focusing on the intrigue and tragedy of the Targaryen family. The book is a continuation of a much shorter piece in 2014’s illustrated in-world history The World of Ice & Fire, that was written by Martin and collaborators Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson.

F&B promises the “full tapestry” of the Targaryen’s history, and includes the origin of the three dragon eggs that changed the course Daenerys’ life.

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The Symbiote is the Star of the New Venom Trailer

Poor Eddie Brock can’t catch a break in the new Venom trailer: All he’s trying to do is expose all the corruption, only to get infected by the very symbiote—the key to evolution—that he’s investigating. While depicted as a villain in the prior Spider-Man movies, this Venom is being presented as more sympathetic: Embrace your inner antihero, this trailer says, while the synopsis describes Venom as a “lethal protector.”

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Characters Who SHOULD Meet in Avengers: Infinity War, But Probably Won’t

Avengers: Infinity War is almost upon us, and it promises to be an explosive experience where a full decade worth of characters and stories collide in roughly two-and-a-half hours of majesty. But despite everything that this film is trying to be, there are at least a few things it can’t be. And no matter how many characters are stuffed into this cinematic turducken, we know we won’t get to see every single one of them.

Which is sad, really. Because there are so many MCU characters we want to put in a room together. Here are just a few perfect, headcanon meetings that are unlikely to grace us on the silver screen this week.

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