SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, AND MORE . . .
1) “Tropes, trolls and Trump: the fantasy writer who inspired George RR Martin” by David Barnett
“In the 1980s, the genre’s bad reputation was well-earned: three decades after the publication of The Lord of the Rings, fantasy still trod well-worn and thinly veiled medieval European paths. Fictional worlds were typically populated by elves and dwarves, orcs and goblins, questing heroes and two-dimensional female characters (if there were any at all). Like Martin, Williams was once disenchanted: having had his mind blown by The Lord of the Rings when he was 11 years old, he spent years devouring all the fantasy books he could find – and was left wanting. “I was looking for originality and what I was getting was warmed-over rehashes of Tolkien,” he says. ‘Eventually, it occurred to me: I can do better than this.’”
2) I read the books years ago and enjoyed this series. Glad it’s coming back. If you missed the first season, it’s on Netflix. “The Shannara Chronicles season 2 release date, cast, latest news: New season rumored to premiere in the summer of 2017″ by Gerthrode Tan Mabilog
“MTV has yet to announce the premiere of the second installment of its groundbreaking fantasy TV series The Shannara Chronicles, which made its debut in January of 2016. The renewal of season 2 was announced in October last year after the first season gathered good ratings and reviews from critics and viewers alike. There are speculations that the network might release season 2 in the summer this year.”
3) I’m excited about this. Good Omens is one of my all time favorite books, and with Gaiman writing the series, I have high hopes. “Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens limited series greenlit by Amazon: Neil Gaiman wrote all six episodes” by Andrew Liptak
“The novel was originally published in 1990, and was written by Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, also known for the Discworld series. According to Variety, Gaiman wrote all six episodes for the show, and will serve as showrunner. The show is expected to stream in 2018. The comedic fantasy novel takes place in 2018 with the coming of the End Times, and follows an Angel, Aziraphale, and a demon, Crowley, who are trying to track down the Antichrist.”
4) “Superheroes with Substance: Dreadnought by April Daniels” by Liz Bourke
“This book, guys. This book. I’ve said before—I keep saying—I’m not normally a fan of superhero narratives, and then I find an exception that grabs me by the throat and makes me love it.
“Dreadnought is one of those exceptions. April Daniels is a debut author, but this is a very accomplished debut, one that bids fair to open a promising career. Dreadnought builds a world that strongly resembles our own, except for the presence of superheroes, and casually drops in little nuggets of worldbuilding: why the US government doesn’t control American superheroes, why superheroes don’t police the government, political differences among superpowered individuals (or individuals with “special abilities”) and the spectrum of “capes” from white through grey to black. It’s the kind of worldbuilding that many superhero stories pass lightly over, but its presence in Dreadnought makes the world feel substantial, makes the world feel real, and allows me to enter fully into caring about the characters that inhabit it.”
5) For Brandon Sanderson fans: “MGM Nabs Brandon Sanderson’s Sci-Fi Novella ‘Snapshot’” by Justin Kroll
“The short story [novella] follows a detective assigned to Snapshot Duty, a recreation of a specific day and time. In the future, law enforcement uses the day as a way to solve crimes — i.e. find the location of a criminal’s dumped weapon or uncover what really happened in a domestic dispute. It’s drudgery, until the day a police officer investigates the memory of a call that was never logged, and he makes a horrifying discovery.”
6) Yep, I’m a sucker for time travel. “Travelers: why you should watch Netflix’s new time travel show”
“One show that seems to have slipped under the radar, however, is Travelers, a twelve-part Canadian series that first premiered in October 2016 before Netflix picked it up at the end of the year. Headed up by Will & Grace’s Eric McCormack, Travelers might not have anything particularly ground-breaking to add to the genre, but it’s a fun, absorbing series while it lasts.”
7) “The Terminator Will Be Back Thanks to James Cameron and Tim Miller” by Germain Lussier
“According to Deadline, Cameron is working with Miller, who would direct “a reboot and conclusion of one of cinema’s great science fiction tales.” Current rights holder David Ellison—whose company co-financed Terminator Genisys—is involved in the process, ‘bankrolling an exploratory effort that includes engaging some top-flight science fiction authors to find the movie creatively.’”
8) I’ve had Ready Player One on my to read list for years. I’d better read it! “10 epic sci-fi novels you should read before they become blockbusters”
“Sci-fi literature has long been fertile ground for Hollywood, and with some of the cinema’s most popular projects beginning as novels or short stories that made the leap from page to screen, it’s easy to get ahead of the curve when it comes to sci-fi movies. In that vein, we’ve compiled a list of some of the sci-fi stories that currently have big-screen adaptations in various stages of development, so you can get an early peek at the next big things hitting theaters.”
BOOKS, COMICS, AWARDS, ETC
9) “The Top 10 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books I Can’t Wait to Read in 2017” by Joel Cunningham
10) “20 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books with a Message of Social Justice” by Joel Cunningham
“From The Time Machine to Kirk and Uhura‘s unprecedented kiss, speculative fiction has often concerned itself with breaking barriers and exploring issues of race, inequality, and injustice. The fantastical elements of genre, from alien beings to magical ones, allow writers to confront controversial issues in metaphor, granting them a subversive power that often goes unheralded. On this, the day we celebrate the birth of Martin Luther King, Jr., let us consider 20 novels that incorporate themes of social justice into stories that still deliver the goods—compelling plots, characters you’ll fall in love with, ideas that will expand your mind. Let’s imagine a day when the utopian ideals of Star Trek are more than just the stuff of science fiction.”
11) For those of you interested in older Science fiction and fantasy, here’s the “2017 Prometheus Hall of Fame Award Finalists”
“Works of SF or fantasy first published or broadcast more than five years ago are eligible. Finalists were selected from 14 works nominated by members of the LFS, and a committee of judges selected finalists.”
“Some of the masters and masterpieces of science fiction are being honored with induction into the Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture.”
13) “Batman And Wonder Woman Lead The Justice League In New Photo” by Joseph Schmidt
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