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3 April 2017

SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY, AND MORE . . .

FANTASY

1) “Your Guide To Sci-Fi And Fantasy TV Premieres And Returns In April” by John J. Joex

“We are now into the Spring season and April kicks off with quite a number of new and returning sci-fi and fantasy shows. Below are the shows currently scheduled, with some more that could join the list as the season moves forward. You can see the full Spring schedule here.”

2) American Gods Renewed For Season 2 Ahead Of Series Premiere” by Joseph Schmidt

American Gods second season order was first reported by SpoilerTV, and since corroborated by Omega Underground who point to a listing on production site MyEntertainmentWorld. . . . American Gods is set to premiere the first of eight episodes Sunday, April 30 on Starz.”

3) “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2’s Kurt Russell Explains How Chris Pratt Is Fulfilling His Legacy” by Germain Lussier

Poster of Guardian's of the Galaxy 2

Baby Groot: See #11

“Within about three minutes of watching Chris, as soon as he kicked one of those lemmings, I went, ‘Okay. That’s cool.’” Russell said. “That’s my kinda guy. I know where that kind of goof comes from.”

4) Fun for the kids and the adults who like kid stuff. “DWA Books New Fantasy Series From How To Train Your Dragon Author Cressida Cowell” by Patrick Hipes

“The first installment of The Wizards Of Once will be released through Hodder Children’s Books in the UK; and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers in the U.S. The series is set in a world of magic where wizards and warriors collide in a thrilling and enchanting adventure. According to its U.S. publisher, the series centers on Xar, a 12-year-old wizard prince without magic, and Wish, a 12-year-old warrior princess with a magical object in a world where magic is reviled and illegal. When they collide in the wildwood on the trail of a deadly (and thought to be extinct) witch, it’s the start of a grand adventure that just might change the fabric of their world.”

SCIENCE FICTION

5) “The Scientist Who Keeps Science Fiction Real” by Ryan Britt

“’I’d drifted away from science fiction for a long time, for about ten years. I had found it boring on TV. I didn’t like what I was seeing,’ he says, and he characterized the kind of programming he’d been offered to write as ‘goofy and childish.’

“That changed when the SyFy network came to him with The Expanse, which impressed him with its realism and adherence to real space science the series strives to achieve. ‘I hadn’t seen anything like this before,’ he says. This season, Shankar wrote the episode titled ‘Paradigm Shift,’ which revealed how the inventor of the futuristic Epstein Drive figured out how to propel spaceships at tremendous speeds, and it did so with patient plausibility.”

6) “Move Over Sci-Fi—Here comes Climate Fiction” by Cat Sparks

“Climate fiction (Cli Fi) is the literature of our planet in transformation. Focusing specifically on human-created climate change, it allows readers to imagine and experience its complexity. Extrapolated from scientific data rather than pure imagination, climate fiction draws attention to the physical, political, and socio-economic changes that will no doubt be required to mitigate and adapt to the ever-increasing threat of global warming, such as reorientation of economies, government intervention, and changes to mass consumption practices.”

7) “Space Opera Fiction Isn’t Just Back. It’s Better Than Ever” by Charlie Jane Abders

“Publishers love space operas for an obvious reason. (It rhymes with schmook schmales.) It’s not so obvious why so many authors find themselves drawn to writing them. Many, like Chambers, grew up on Star Trek, Carl Sagan, and Ursula Le Guin. And for writers like Scalzi, the form provides entire star systems to play with, plus the ability to create whole new cultures totally unconnected to today’s Earth. . . . With a book set 1,500 years from now, Scalzi says, ‘I can make up anything I want.’”

8) Ignore the title, it’s a good review of the SciFi film Jezebel and interview with Anne Hathaway. “Consider the Hathaway” by Rich Juzwiak

BOOKS, COMICS, AWARDS, ETC

9) “Charles Soule Lays Out His Astonishing Mutant Landscape” by John Weisse

“Charles Soule: It’s a mix of characters who I really wanted to write and characters who hadn’t been seen in a bit, or both! I wanted a bunch of people I knew I could write well, but who also had lots of history with each other. All of these people have been “bad guys” at one point or another – checkered pasts all around. Many of them have dated each other, or have been in love triangles… it’s just a feast of drama, and the soap opera stuff is part of what makes the X-Men great. It’s fun to write all these folks, especially in a really focused story like I’m telling in Astonishing. The book has a specific point, story and end goal… which you’ll see soon enough!”

10) “All the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in April”



“April blows in with a pretty exciting lineup of fantasy releases, from a new, standalone Brian Staveley to a collection of Tanith Lee’s twisted fairy tales. Marie Brennan brings her Lady Trent series to a close, Ruthanna Emrys debuts Winter Tide, Mark Lawrence introduces his Red Sister, and Claire North hangs out with Death—or rather, Charlie, the guy who visits before Death.”

11) “We’d Rather Find This Chocolate Baby Groot in Our Easter Baskets Instead of a Bunny” by Andrew Liszewski

“‘Tis the season to consume chocolate effigies of bunnies, chicks, and gigantic eggs. But given the choice, we’d much rather rifle through all that fake plastic grass in our Easter baskets to discover this incredibly detailed solid chocolate Baby Groot. Although, we’d be too impressed to devour it.”

12) “Sci-fi thriller The Power picked for Baileys prize shortlist” by Mark Brown

Image of The Power by Naomi Alderman

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