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Cora's Geek News: 20 March 2017

20 March 2017

SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, AND MORE . . .

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FANTASY

1) WARNING: if you are looking forward to seeing this film without any input, skip this article. It’s got spoilers a plenty and some harsh criticism of the film. “Disney’s Live-Action Beauty and the Beast Makes Their Most Odious Villain More Terrifying Than Ever” by Emily Asher-Perrin

“Beauty and the Beast is one of the biggest jewels in Disney’s animated crown, full of memorable songs, gorgeous imagery, and a lovely yet simple tale as old as time. (What, I had to. You’ll have to catch me to stop me.) It also has the distinction of being the only animated film ever nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. So the question is: aside from making oodles of cash, what could this live action reimagining bring to the table?”

2) Seems more like horror to me, but hey. “New fantasy series Midnight, Texas due to land soon” by Kirsten Howard

Midnight, Texas, which is based on [Charlaine] Harris’ most recent fantasy trilogy, is due to air quite soon. We don’t know the exact date yet, as it’s slated to be a mid-season show. These shows can often be last-minute replacements for failing or cancelled outings – often referred to as “parasite” shows – but that doesn’t always mean they’re inferior. Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Happy Days, Moonlighting and Grey’s Anatomy were all mid-season replacements, and last time we checked they all did quite well for themselves.”

3) Here’s a deal for you! “Download Brandon Sanderson’s The Way of Kings for Free on March 23rd and 24th”

“This free ebook download will only be available for 48 hours. You can only download the file between 12:00 AM ET, March 23 and 12:00 AM ET, March 25. Bookmark this page: Download THE WAY OF KINGS by Brandon Sanderson” NOTE: the page will be blank until the 23rd.

4) American Gods trailer arrives with Neil Gaiman’s typical brilliant timing” by Michael Cavna

“Gaiman’s fantasy novel is a tale of immigrant culture vs. society’s modern instruments. Old gods and ancient mythological creatures were brought to a new land by earlier generations. But they are fighting for relevance in a world of “bubbly new glittery gods” — physical forms that represent our obsessions with celebrity and media, as well as the Internet and other fresh technology. Their presence depends upon our belief and devotion.”

5) This article is fun and give a peek into what goes into a book cover. I just got the book cover for my novella, which will hopefully be out at the end of this month, so I’m interested in the process. “Look what goes into making a Michael Whelan book cover” by Chaim Gartenberg

“Michael Whelan is one of the best science fiction and fantasy artists in the business. Over his 40-year career, he’s won 15 Hugo Awards, and been inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. His art has become iconic, with an instantly recognizable style marked by bright, saturated colors and swirling skies. He’s especially known as a covers artist for books including Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, and Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson’s A Memory of Light. (Also, in a fun bit of trivia, he did the album artwork for Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell II: Back into Hell.)”

SCIENCE FICTION

6) “Isaac Asimov’s three laws of robotics need a massive overhaul to safeguard humanity, experts warn” by Mark Robert Anderson

“These developments are rapidly leading to a time when robots of all kinds will become prevalent in almost all aspects of society, and human-robot interactions will rise significantly. . . .Asimov’s laws are still mentioned as a template for guiding our development of robots.”

7) I’d like to see The Foundation Trilogy come to the small screen. “The Trump-like terror lurking in a science-fiction classic” by Chris Taylor

Asimov’s Fountain Trilogy

“The Foundation Trilogy is a grand galactic epic. Think: science fiction’s answer to Lord of the Rings. Indeed (and to Asimov’s surprise), it once beat out Tolkein’s trilogy, in a one-time Hugo Award contest for best speculative fiction series of all time. George Lucas was clearly inspired by Asimov’s Galactic Empire. And Jonathan Nolan has plans to adapt it for HBO once he’s done with Westworld.”

PUBLISHING, BOOKS, COMICS, AWARDS, ETC

8) Here’s a Humble Bundle for all you fantasy lovers. “Humble Book Bundle: Women of Science Fiction & Fantasy”

9) “This Young Adult Author Is Pushing Back Against Whitewashing in the Publishing Industry” by Katelyn Harrop

“As a black woman writing a black female main character in a scifi novel, seeing my character whitewashed on the cover felt-like-erasure:”

The book covers

“On Tuesday, Sci-fi author Nnedi Okorafor spoke out against whitewashing in the publishing industry through a series of tweets regarding the cover of her 2007 young adult novel, The Shadow Speaker.”

10) “11 Empowering Young Adult Fantasy Heroines That Will Inspire You In 2017” by Kerri Jarema

“We’ve scoured our TBR piles for the fantasy books of the year with the most awesome female main characters and chosen 11 of the most-anticipated releases. We’ve got everything from matchmakers to pirates, princesses to queens, soldiers to explorers. All of these women come from totally different worlds and their stories start in totally different places, but there is one crucial thing they all have in common: They fight for what they want and they don’t let anything stand in their way — not war, not magic, not curses, not kidnapping, nor anything else that’s thrown at them. If you could use a little shot of femme ferocity in your life, you’re definitely going to want to add these books to your list.”

11) “Four thrilling new titles take teens on fantasy rides” by Brian Truitt

“With these four new young-adult tales featuring fantastical elements, teens can travel to new worlds and explore familiar emotions.”

12) “The best recent science fiction, fantasy and horror novels – reviews roundup” by Eric Brown

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