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SFF Authors Share How Star Wars Inspired Them “A Long Time Ago”

“[L]et’s be honest: we never had Star Wars,” Amberlough author Lara Elena Donnelly writes on Unbound Worlds. “We had all the ephemera that unfurled from the ineffable magic of those first three films. Star Wars was—and remains—critically important in nerdy millennial circles. It’s a touchstone by which we immediately recognize our people. It’s a way of connecting with older generations, including our parents, and newbie nerds like our younger siblings, our students, and our children. But it was never ours.”

Until, that is, she saw The Force Awakens in theaters two years ago.

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Netflix Reveals New The Punisher Trailer and Premiere Date

“You have nothing but a war inside you.” The latest trailer for Marvel and Netflix’s The Punisher is full of people saying gems like this to Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal), including “Now the only person you’re punishing is yourself.” It may also be the final trailer, as Netflix has finally announced when the series will premiere—in just under a month from now.

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“Ringwraith” Remains Best Halloween Costume

As we hurtle toward Halloween, or, as we like to call it, THE GREATEST DAY OF THE YEAR, we were reminded of what may be the greatest Halloween costume in recent memory. All you need is a Nazgûl outfit, a black horse, and an ability to ask after the whereabout of “Baggins” and the “Shire” in a creepy voice. The original costume was created by thespooklock (who has since deleted their Tumblr presence) and as you can see, it’s terrifying. Especially when viewed through that fabulous German Expressionist angle.

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Come Listen To Infomocracy‘s Musical Genre of The Future, Gronkytonk!

What does the term “gronkytonk” make you think of? Perhaps rowdy country western music, say, the Blues Brothers trying their best to fit in at Bob’s Country Bunker? You’re only slightly off—gronkytonk is the preferred music in Malka Older’s Infomocracy, and while Older was inspired by a video of Rob “Gronk” Gronkowski expressing himself through the medium of dance during a Superbowl Parade, a group of musicians has now taken the phrase and run with it, creating a dazzling musical genre of the future, today!

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It’s Judgment Day in the Final Stranger Things Season 2 Trailer

There’s a lot going on in the final trailer for the second season of Netflix’s Stranger Things: Will has graduated from coughing up slugs to seeing something giant, monstrous, and very much not in his head; Eleven is channeling Ellen Ripley with her hair and “heeere’s Johnny!”; and all the boys look to be taking a visit, Goonies-style, to the Upside Down.

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X-Men Meets All the Horror Tropes in The New Mutants Trailer

“This isn’t a hospital, it’s a haunted house” about sums up The New Mutants: It’s about a bunch of kids being experimented on held hostage treated at an ominous asylum by a doctor who’s a little too calm about what’s happening. Except that in addition to these kids’ powers, which according to their caretaker are too dangerous to be trusted, there are also faces in the walls. And someone wearing a creepy smiley-face mask. Just as haunted houses contain many rooms full of different scares, so too does this new X-Men movie appear to have horror tropes and archetypes in spades.

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This World Needs Prince as a Hogwarts Professor

Artist Seth Gorden found a picture of Prince wearing an unassuming  sweater and glasses, and unlike most people, who would have said “What a nice picture of Prince!” he said, “Huh. Prince would make an excellent Hogwarts professor.” And thus thus this image came to pass.

This obviously leads to questions. Did Prince graduate from Ilvermorny? Which House is he sorted into? Does he play transcendent Quidditch half-time shows? Would he ever let the Dementors bring him down? Is everything in his office purple, or just the super important stuff?

At least we finally know who taught sex ed at Hogwarts…

Meet the Scientist Witches from the Short Film Adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s “Hello, Moto”

We were three women. Three friends. We had goals, hopes and dreams. We had careers. Two of us had boyfriends. We owned houses. We all had love. Then I made these… wigs. I gave them to my two friends. The three of us put them on. The wigs were supposed to make things better. But something went wrong. Like the nation we were trying to improve, we became backward. Instead of giving, we took.

Nigerian production company Fiery Film has released the first image from Hello, Rain, its short film adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s Afrofuturist short story (from which the above selection is taken) “Hello, Moto.”

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Our Final 4 Theories On Who Rey’s Parents Are

We all have a theory about who Rey’s parents are. But will any of them end up being correct?

Following the reveal of the latest trailer for Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, we decided to see where our geek-laden office stood on the question of Rey’s mysterious parentage. The answers are informed by a wide range of perspectives: Some of us looked at it as a marketing question, some of us saw it as a mythology question, and some of us…well, take a look. Nothing goes where you think it’s gonna go!

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Watch the First Trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising!

The kaiju have evolved in the first trailer for Pacific Rim: Uprising, but good thing Stacker Pentecost’s son is here to cancel the apocalypse again! Just like his dad, Jake Pentecost (John Boyega) narrates this rematch, full of jaegers hurling crazy weapons and wielding laser swords. He doesn’t have an instantly-memorable catchphrase like ol’ Stacker, but give him time.

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Kazuo Ishiguro Awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature

The Swedish Academy has awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize in Literature to British author Kazuo Ishiguro, whose “novels of great emotional force” shift between literary fiction, science fiction, and horror—sometimes in one book, as in his dystopian coming-of-age tale Never Let Me Go. The Noble Prize is awarded based on body of work; the Academy praised Ishiguro’s for “uncover[ing] the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”

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Nnedi Okorafor to Write New Black Panther Storyline for Marvel Comics

Following Ta-Nehisi Coates and Roxane Gay’s Black Panther series for Marvel Comics, Binti: The Night Masquerade author Nnedi Okorafor is the latest author to explore Wakanda in a new storyline. Black Panther: Long Live the King is a biweekly series set in the world that Coates has built up since he began writing for the superhero in 2016 and “will follow T’Challa as he desperately tries to defend his home from a terrifying new threat,” according to Nerdist.

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Jon Hamm Joins Good Omens in Expanded Role as the Archangel Gabriel

Amazon Studios announced today that Jon Hamm will join the television adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel Good Omens as the Archangel Gabriel, the primary messenger of God. For those who remember Gabriel as but a minor figure in the book, Gaiman added some interesting intel: The role has been expanded, pulling plot points from the Good Omens sequel that never saw the light of day.

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Snow Crash, Ringworld, and Lazarus All in Development for Amazon Prime

Three SFF classics might be hitting a screen near you—Snow Crash, Ringworld, and Lazarus are all being developed for television! That’s right, next year you’ll be able to watch an adaptation of Neal Stephenson’s blinking neon warning about the dangers of capitalism…on Amazon Prime. If they go to series, the shows will join the streaming services already-impressive offerings, which include the stellar adaptations of The Man in the High Castle and The Tick, as well as the upcoming anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams.

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