SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, AND MORE . . .
“Steven Moffat has decided that his “timey wimey” as showrunner of Doctor Who has come to an end and he will step down as the show’s lead writer and executive producer after six series at the helm, RadioTimes.com can reveal.
“Moffatt will hand over the keys to the TARDIS at the end of the next series in 2017 to Broadchurch writer and Doctor Who fan Chris Chibnall.”
2) Too bad, I like Capaldi. “Peter Capaldi is Leaving Doctor Who This Christmas” by Emily Asher-Perrin
“As all good Who fans know, the coming and going of the Doctor is built into the fabric of the fandom. There was rapid speculation as to whether or not Peter Capaldi would stay on as the Twelfth Doctor following Steven Moffat’s departure as showrunner, and the answer is finally here: Peter Capaldi will bow out in Christmas 2017.”
3) Looking for a fantasy book to read? “Fiction Affliction: February Releases in Fantasy”
“Omnibuses (omnibi?), retellings, series-enders and more make up this month’s 33 fantastical new reads. Victoria Aveyard brings the Red Queen series to a close; Jacqueline Carey transforms The Tempest into the story of Miranda and Caliban; Chuck Wendig returns to his Miriam Black series. V.E. Schwab winds up the Shades of Magic with A Conjuring of Light, S. Jae-Jones introduces her Goblin King, and this little author you might have heard of puts his spin on Norse Mythology.”
4) “This Blade Runner Fan Film Looks Absolutely Gorgeous” by James Whitbrook
“Even fan films get lavish trailers these days—but this trailer for Slice of Life, set within the world of Blade Runner, is almost lavish enough to make us think it was coming straight from Blade Runner 2049.
“Directed by Luka Hrgović, Slice of Life follows a drug dealer turned good and a mysterious cop in the gritty future of Blade Runner’s Los Angeles, but while we don’t get anything much from this trailer in terms of plot, it more than makes up for it with the painstaking recreation of the original movie’s aesthetic.”
5) I agree!! “The Expanse is the best show on TV that no one is watching: Don’t pass on this one” by Eric Watson
“But with a solid cast, near-future speculative setting and a fantastic book series, no one comes close to achieving the level of sci-fi greatness on television of Syfy’s The Expanse . Here’s why you need to be watching when season two arrives on Feb. 1.”
“For just over 50 years, Star Trek has been the science fiction property by which all other mainstream sci-fi is judged. Even Star Wars arguably wouldn’t have been possible had the bedrock for adventure-driven sci-fi not been established by Trek in the first place. Sporting political idealism and diverse, progressive choices throughout all of its iterations, Star Trek means more to its fans than simply being a goofy old sci-fi show. So, now, the fannish pressure is on for the the next version of Trek: the upcoming show Star Trek: Discovery. Since its announcement, Trekkies and causal fans alike have been clamoring for any shred of data about the next installment of a sci-fi phenomenon that has lived long and prospered for much longer than anyone expected.”
7) “The 100 and The Expanse: The Return of Great Sci-Fi Series” by Nick Evens
“Mark your calendars because February 1st is a great day for sci-fi fans as it sees the return of two shows that have elevated the genre and the expectations of what their respective networks can achieve. I’m talking about CW’s The 100 and Syfy’s The Expanse.”
8) “Battlestar Galactica Predicted the End of the Republic” by Graham Templeton
“For most people, the feeling that we’re at the end of an era is terrifying, but that creeping suspicion is what gives Dr. Eva Cherniavsky job security. A professor and researcher at the University of Washington, Cherniavsky is an expert on post-colonial theory and specifically on the flaws within modern societies that might lead to collapse. Her new book, Neocitizenship: Political Culture After Democracy, is an alarming look into a future in which the neoliberal democratic system has fallen apart. It is also a book about Battlestar Galactica because, as Cherniavsky points out, that show was all about what happens when the systems and identities a culture was built on fall away.”
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9) “Square Enix Is Making a Live-Action TV Series Based on Final Fantasy XIV” by Brittany Vincent
“The series is making its debut on April 16 on the Japanese station MBS and on April 18 on the channel TBS. The show will be the very first live-action work from Final Fantasy, according to Square Enix, and it’s called Final Fantasy XIV: Hikari no Otosan. The show follows an older father who’s over 60 and his son as both of them have fun playing Final Fantasy XIV together. Both men enjoy each other’s company and learning about the other while playing, though both hold an important secret.”
10) “Six Exciting Science Fiction Books Releasing in February 2017” by Pranay Parab
“If you love reading science fiction, this is the right place to be. February 2017 has some super exciting book releases lined up, starting with Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology that’s due to release on February 7. Other books releasing this month we’re looking forward to include far future space operas, and even a Star Wars novel. Here are the most exciting SF books releasing in February 2017. Some of these books are already listed on Amazon India, but others are only up for pre-order on Amazon US. However, books ordered on Amazon US can also be delivered to India.”
11) If you are looking for some smiles, try this: “Will Save The Galaxy For Food by Yahtzee Croshaw” by Stuart Conover
“What happens to a space fairing pilot when the heydays of the space race are over as technology has surpassed the need one who made his living in an industry that no longer exists? Yahtzee Croshaw looks to tell us just that in Will Save The Galaxy For Food by introducing us to Jacques McKeown who is a galaxy famous pilot and hate figure. Well, we’re actually introduced to someone who has agreed to masquerade as him in order to be able to make some money when he can’t find a job.”
12) “Marvel and ABC Have Found Their Cloak and Dagger” by James Whitbrook
“Deadline is reporting, with confirmation from ABC and Marvel, that Joseph and Holt will headline the new show—which has already been ordered straight-to-series at Freeform—as Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen respectively.”
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