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16 January 2017

SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, AND MORE . . .

FANTASY

1) “Here Are 5 Book-to-Television Series to Watch for in 2017” by Joanne Paquin

“From the fantasy world of “Unfortunate Events” to the eerily realistic “Handmaid’s Tale,” these series will rivet viewers just as much as they did readers.”

2) This one is fun. “The Films of Tim Burton All Occur in the Same Fictional Universe” by Emily Asher-Perrin

“Tim Burton—a director often noted for his visual vernacular, his love of the macabre, and his dedication to heroic outcasts. A director who creates worlds where the mundane and the fantastically strange collide messily, often resulting in magic or terror. There is a certain flair, a flavor to Burton films that easily set them apart from the work of other directors and the majority of mainstream cinema.

“But could it be more than that? Could these films actually exist in the same world—could all of them apply? And would that finally explain why every character looks like Johnny Depp?”

3) “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events review – fabulous steampunk fun” by Sam Wollaston

“‘I would advise all our viewers to turn away immediately and watch something more pleasant instead,’ . . . That’s just the start of the faithfulness. Plot, postmodern suburban steampunkery, black comedy, jokes, vocabulary explanations (no, loco parentis does not mean you have mad parents), themes of grief and abandonment, the wisdom of children compared to grownups who have been corrupted by society, the joy of reading and learning and libraries (save them!). Check, check, check – all are excellently here, present and correct.”

SCIENCE FICTION

4) “Here’s What Sci-Fi Can Teach Us About Fascism” by Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy

“‘There’s a kind of rhetorical trick that goes on in science fiction, and in fascism, that kind of says, ‘Don’t really worry about what this means for the guy next door,” Sterling says. ‘That it’s so cool and amazing that you should just surrender yourself to the rapture of its fantastic-ness.'”

5) In my opinion, the Expanse is the best and most interesting SciFi on TV. “Authors of The Expanse Preview Syfy’s Season 2″ by Sarah Lewin

“The show’s second season expands the scope of the first, its creators have said. There are more complicated interactions among the three main solar system factions: Earth, Mars and groups in the Asteroid Belt (mainly the Outer Planets Alliance being the main one)as well as deeper interactions among the crew of the Rocinante. And that scope will also come with an increase in length — there are 13 episodes this season, compared to last season’s 10 — and physical space.”

6) This might be good: “AMC Teaming With James Cameron On Docu-Series About The History Of Sci-Fi” by Ross A. Lincoln

“Comprised of six one-hour episodes, James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction will debut on AMC in 2018. Each episode will see Cameron introducing one of the “Big Questions” humanity has grappled with through history, delving into Science Fiction’s past to look at how the genre’s films, TV shows, books, and video games were born, and where the genre, and humanity, might be headed. Throughout, Cameron and his contemporaries debate the merits, meanings, and impacts of the films and novels that influenced them.”

7) In case you were wondering: “Lucasfilm addresses rumors of digitally recreating Leia in future Star Wars movies” by Andrew Sims

“’Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family. She was our princess, our general, and more importantly, our friend. We are still hurting from her loss. We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honor everything she gave to Star Wars.’”

8) If you are an Arthur C. Clarke fan, this is an interesting read. “Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C. [Clarke], the odd couple of science fiction”

“At first his factual books, such as The Exploration of Space (1951), were more successful than his fiction. He was soon able to support himself by his writing, becoming a leading expert on rocketry and space travel, ready whenever the media needed a piece about space exploration. He even advised the creators of the running story Dan Dare, Pilot of the Future, which appeared in my favourite comic, the Eagle, and whose images prefigured those of 2001: a Space Odyssey.”

9) “How NBC’s Timeless Gets Time Travel Right” by Trent Moore

“These ambitious, sci-fi event series can be notoriously hard to get right. Ever since Lost took the world by storm, networks have been trying to replicate its success. A quick glance at the failed blockbusters that have littered the schedule in the years since (shows like Terra Nova, The Event, and the aforementioned Revolution come to mind) are proof that it’s not easy to turn these ambitious ideas into workable television. One big reason Timeless works so well: The series doesn’t get lost in the MacGuffin of it all. It focuses on the way time travel affects its characters—not the other way around.”

BOOKS, COMICS, AWARDS, ETC

10) How many of these have you read? I haven’t read two of them, and I don’t see any reason to pretend I have read them. “5 sci-fi/fantasy novels everyone pretends to have read (but actually should)” by Jeremy K. Brown

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“If all you know about cyberpunk is The Matrix, then you owe it to yourself to read this book and see where the term actually came from! Gibson put the genre on the map with this 1984 book that was light years ahead of its time, giving life to the concept of “cyberspace,” (a word actually coined by Gibson himself), creating an entire hacker culture and giving rise to legions of imitators. Plus, it has one of the best opening lines of any sci-fi book ever!”

11) “Your First Look Inside Neil Gaiman’s American Gods Adaptation From P Craig Russell” by Rich Johnston

“Here’s your first look inside Neil Gaiman’s American Gods #1 by P Craig Russell and Scott Hampton from Dark Horse Comics.”

Related article: “Neil Gaiman’s American Gods Comic From Dark Horse Will Not Be Sold In The UK” by Rich Johnston

12) “How Diversity Writing Programs Can Help Sci-Fi Live Up to Its Ideals” by Joshua Sky

“Hollywood has been struggling lately with the reality that many projects in film and TV remain predominantly white and male, both in front of the camera and behind it. Yet the industry is clearly attempting to make inroads, offering diversity writing programs for novice writers that are amongst the most sought-after and competitive routes to breaking into the business. While open to candidates of all backgrounds, the programs are widely known within the industry to be seeking diverse applicants to promote inclusion in writer’s rooms.”

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