SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, AND MORE . . .
TOR.COM’S BOOK CLUB
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1) “Jeff Goldblum Looks Just as Weird as You Hoped in More New Thor: Ragnarok Photos” by Germain Lussier
“So, in addition to International Women’s Day, Marvel has also decided [to release its trailer for] Thor: Ragnarok. Earlier, Entertainment Weekly posted our first look at the film and now they’ve revealed even more photos, including the much, much anticipated first look at Jeff Goldblum’s cosmic lover of competition, the Grandmaster.”
2) “Thor Loses More Than Just His Hammer in the First Trailer for Thor: Ragnarok” by James Whitbrook
“Thor’s latest villain—Hela, the Goddess of Death—is already proving to be his biggest rival yet in our first look at the next Thor movie. Mjolnir is gone, Asgard is sundered, and most shockingly of all: the God of Thunder’s been given a haircut.”
3) “Piers Anthony’s Xanth novels in development for film and TV” by Matthew Jackson
“Xanth refers to the fictional fantasy realm in which all of the often loosely connected novels in the series take place. It is populated by all manner of classic fantasy creatures, but also by humans, all imbued (if not, they get exiled) with a unique magical ability called a “talent.” Some of these talents grow so powerful that their holders become full-fledged magicians, creating some of the most important characters in Xanth. Like the Discworld novels of the late, great Sir Terry Pratchett, the Xanth books are known for merging many fantasy conceits with comedy, though Xanth is not as critically revered, as recent re-evaluations of the series have shown.”
4) I love book covers, so I found this interview fun. “Art of SFF: Richard Anderson’s Broad, Luminous Worlds” by Aidan Moher
“Welcome to Art of SFF—a new column covering the best and brightest science fiction and fantasy artists. From newcomers to legends, Art of SFF pulls back the curtain to introduce you to the people behind your favourite book covers, films, and video games, and SFF-influenced art of all kinds. This month, we chat with the prolific Richard Anderson.”
Visit his website for more of his art.
6) A little silly but fun. Sometimes we just need a little fashion distraction. “Fashion is the Key to Discovering Whether or Not Rey is the Next Chosen Skywalker” by Stubby the Rocket
“It appears that the question about whether or not Rey is truly a member of the Skywalker line has been settled… through a careful look at fashion choices?”
7) “Star Wars Episode IX Will Reportedly Feature Previously Shot Footage of Carrie Fisher” by Germain Lussier
“The loss of Carrie Fisher was a huge blow to those who loved her, both on- and off-screen. Inevitably, it also raised questions about the future of her iconic Star Wars character. We’ve known for awhile that she’d already completed work on The Last Jedi before she died. Now we’re hearing that plans may already in place for her to make a posthumous appearance in the upcoming ninth film in the Star Wars saga.”
8) “We Have Some Real Details About What’s Coming in Doctor Who’s Tenth Season” by James Whitbooks
“Speaking as part of a series of previews in the latest issue of Doctor Who Magazine, Moffat revealed the episode titles for the first 10 episodes of the season:”
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9) I’ve been a lover of dystopian novel and stories since I was a kid. “These dystopian science fiction stories show us all the ways the world can end” by Everdeen Mason
“The charged political climate has sparked renewed interest in dystopias like “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “1984.” Three new science fiction books capture our taste for storylines involving societal or environmental collapse in a future that has begun to feel perhaps not so distant.”
“In celebration of Star Wars’ 40th anniversary, Del Rey is going to shine the spotlight on those unsung weirdos, heroes, and villains with a unique, new anthology. Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, coming October 2017, will bring together more than 40 authors for 40 stories. Each will be told from the perspective of background characters of A New Hope — from X-wing pilots who helped Luke destroy the Death Star to the stormtroopers who never quite could find the droids they were looking for.”
11) These “what to watch while waiting for Game of Thrones” lists seem never ending, but there are a couple of interesting possibilities here. “Small Council: What shows should you watch as you wait for Game of Thrones season 7?”
“We still have months to go before Game of Thrones returns to our TV screens. In the meantime, what other shows can fill the gap? We give you some of our picks here. Tell us yours below!”
12) Okay, I’m throwing this in because I seem to have a “list of” thing going on here. Personally, I’m getting rather tired of remakes and sequels. I want some new ideas and new stories. But a couple of these might be fun to revisit on Netflix or Amazon. “8 Amazing Sci-Fi Movies that Never Got a Sequel” by Kyle Anderson
“Later this year, something that many of us never thought would happen is happening: a sequel to Blade Runner is coming out. It took 35 years and multiple director’s cuts of the original movie, but Blade Runner 2049 will finally hit theaters in October. For years, Blade Runner was the best sci-fi movie never to have a sequel, and that got me thinking about all those other movies that belong to the ever-dwindling list of science fiction flicks that never got a follow-up. Below are my eight favorites (your star mileage may vary).”
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