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How Hello, Rain Builds on the Magic of Nnedi Okorafor’s “Hello, Moto”

When you think of the scientist-witches who draw power from magically enhanced wigs in Nnedi Okorafor’s “Hello, Moto,” maybe you think of the arresting illustration by Jillian Tamaki that accompanies the Binti author’s short story: a Nigerian woman with a wig sparking off green magic at the ends, the hair crackling with power. But from the first images from director C.J. Obasi’s adaptation Hello, Rain, those colors are even more vibrant, the visuals even more striking; protagonist Rain and her fellow scientist-witches are literally bathed in the magic that raises them up but then tempts them to steal energy from others until they don’t even resemble humans. It’s markedly different from Okorafor’s text yet still taps into the same ideas.

In a recent interview with Shadow and Act, Obasi discusses his adaptation of Okorafor’s brief but evocative story, describing the creative liberties he took while staying true to the core of the story: “There’s a heart and a charm to Nnedi’s stories, and I don’t wanna lose that.” He also delves into what the short film has in common with Black Panther, both telling alternative African stories that he hopes will become more mainstream.

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“There’s More Here Than You’re Willing to See”: Watch the Altered Carbon Trailer

With just a handful of weeks until the premiere of Altered Carbon, Netflix has released a full trailer for its adaptation of Richard K. Morgan’s cyberpunk noir novel. In the trailer, soldier-turned-revolutionary Takeshi Kovacs is resurrected against his will, to solve the murder of a rich man, in a future where humans can transfer their consciousness between bodies, or “sleeves,” in order to attain immortality.

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Raymond E. Feist’s New Epic Fantasy Series The Firemane Saga to Begin in 2018

After spending more than 30 years (and 30 books) in the Riftwar Universe, Raymond E. Feist is exploring an entirely new epic fantasy world: Garn, home to the Greater Realms of Tembria. The Firemane Saga, “an electrifying tale of two young men whose choices will determine a world’s destiny,” kicks off when four of the formerly peaceful kingdoms betray the fifth: Ithrace, or the Kingdom of Flames. Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi has revealed the cover for King of Ashes, the first installment in Feist’s brand-new epic fantasy series.

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How Fantasy Candy Kingdoms Have Evolved Over 200 Years

Fantasy fiction has a sweet tooth. It seems that worlds full of magic and mayhem need sugar to keep their denizens powered through endless winters, strange adventures, and harrowing school years. We’ve assembled a brief chronology of sugary tales (eschewing video games for the time being. The Mario games alone could fill a book with candy worlds) containing our favorite (and often very magical) cakes, cookies, and candies—from an edible cottage set deep in the woods, to the enchanted sweets hidden in the robes of our favorite Headmaster…

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Black Widow Standalone Movie Reportedly Moving Forward with Writer Jac Schaeffer

A Black Widow standalone movie, long desired by fans but seemingly not a high priority for Marvel Entertainment, might finally be gaining momentum. According to a report from Variety, Marvel Studios has signed on screenwriter Jac Schaeffer (TiMERNasty Women) to bring Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) her own long-awaited solo adventure.

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The Wertzone Offers a Glance at The Wheel of Time That Never Was

In 2013, fans of Robert Jordan’s epic Wheel of Time series finally got to see Rhys al’Thor send Sa’khan back to his home planet…

…wait a minute.

That’s not right, obviously, but in the 1980s there was a window of time where that could have been the planned climax of The Wheel of Time. Over at The Wertzone, Adam Whitehead has put together a really fun could-have-been history on the genesis of The Wheel of Time, compiled from Jordan’s early drafts of The Eye of the World and initial pitches for the series. The series underwent massive and repeated change on its way to becoming the epic we know and love. Aliens! A volcano city! A lost fourth ta’varen! It’s pretty wild. Check it out at the link above.

 

19 Chilly Winter Books to Read by a Roaring Fire

After yesterday’s “bomb cyclone” ravaged the east coast, many of you may be taking a welcomed snow day, settling down beneath the blankets with a mug of something hot and a good book or three. Some prefer to escape in fantasies of deserts and warmth, but we’re doubling down this season with a list of wintry reads featuring frozen tundras, majestic ice castles, and at least one magical wardrobe…

Bundle up and read on, and please let us know if we missed your favorites in the comments!

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Boost Your Immune System with These 10 SFF Medical Thrillers

One of the best things about science fiction and fantasy is the malleability of genre: practically anything can be combined to make a fun and credible subgenre. One of our favorites is the SFF-tinged medical thriller. After all, the only thing more frightening than a runaway virus is a runaway virus from space… or maybe a runaway virus that’s actually vampirism?

Yeah, that’s definitely scarier.

We’ve rounded up ten examples of medical sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, but we’re sure we missed some classics, so let us know your favorites in the comments!

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Celebrate Retrofuturism with the Sci-Fi Art of the ’70s

As we prepare to step tentatively out into 2018, we find ourselves looking back to the weird, wonderful, and sometimes fantastical future of the 1970s. Specifically, the future that is being archived, tweeted, and tumbled by 70s Sci-Fi Art! The twitter feed highlights original art, movie stills, and even architectural designs from (or sometimes inspired by) the 1970s, and we love every single one of them.

Join us for a journey through the Future-Past, starting with a look at the suburbs of our great moon colony…

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SFF Movies and TV We’re Looking Forward to in 2018

While 2017 was certainly a banner year for movies and television—it brought us Wonder WomanAmerican Gods, and Spider-Man: Homecoming, to start—we would argue that 2018 is looking even brighter. J.J. Abrams adds another mysterious chapter to the Cloverfield saga, Philip K. Dick gets an anthology series, and the Incredibles finally get back into their supersuits. Between Annihilation and A Wrinkle in Time alone, next year will be truly mind-expanding.

We were surprised at how long this list was, from the aforementioned big movies to the return of such beloved series as The Good PlaceStar Trek: DiscoveryThe Handmaid’s Tale, and much more. We’ve got a lot to look forward to next year.

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Our Favorite Non-Holiday Films to Watch Over the Holidays

There are plenty of holiday films that we adore, favorites that we screen every year to great applause (or groans) from family and friends. But don’t we all have a few films or TV shows that we associate with the holidays, despite them having nothing to do with the season?

Here are a few of our go-tos while we’re holed up with cocoa, gingerbread, and mulled wine.

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Explore The Stormlight Archive in VR and 7 Other Updates from State of the Sanderson 2017

Yesterday, on his 42nd birthday (an auspicious age in science fiction), Brandon Sanderson released his annual State of the Sanderson update. Looking back on 2017 (EdgedancerOathbringer! Skyward!) and ahead all the way to 2020, Sanderson provides a comprehensive update on his various projects. Fans will have a lot to look forward to, from various books being outlined, written, and/or published in 2018 to the opportunity to explore the Shattered Plains in virtual reality. Read on for key tidbits!

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