What We Know About Max Gladstone’s Next Book: Six Feet Over

Six Feet Over Max Gladstone title B&N Blog broke the news earlier this week: Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence is moving from Tor Books to the Tor.com Publishing imprint! The news came on the crest of a wave of new information following the recent release of Gladstone’s novel Four Roads Cross; information that charts out the future of this epic-sized fantasy series. The sixth novel in the Craft Sequence is titled Six Feet Over, and will be published by Tor.com Publishing. But what else do we know?  

Release Date

Unconfirmed, but probably July 2017. With the exception of Two Serpents Rise, a new Craft Sequence book has come out every July since 2013. Internally, Tor.com Publishing can report that Gladstone is on track to deliver Six Feet Over in time to continue that tradition.  

What Part of the World Will We Visit in Six Feet Over?

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Watch the Beautiful New Star Wars: Rogue One Trailer

Star Wars Rogue One Jyn Erso A new, more detailed trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story has arrived and it brings an epic scope to this side tale of the Star Wars universe. Take a look. Man these new Star Wars films are pretty. Some of those shots are utterly breathtaking. Also, can we all agree on “Mean-3PO” as a nickname for Alan Tudyk’s droid character? Rogue One arrives on December 16.

Star Trek: Discovery is Set Just Before The Original Series

Star Trek Discovery Star Trek: Discovery show runner Bryan Fuller dropped into the yearly Television Critics Association panel on Wednesday evening and revealed a lot of new details about the forthcoming show, set to debut in January 2017, including that the show will be set only 10 years before the voyages of Kirk and Spock’s Enterprise. Other admissions from Fuller:
  • Star Trek: Discovery‘s lead character is NOT the ship’s captain! Instead, the focus will be on the perspective from a lieutenant commander. They have not cast this lead character yet, but Fuller confirmed that they will be female and non-white. Deadline has more info: “The story that’s fascinating for me is that we’ve seen six series from captain’s point of view and to see one from another point of view gives us a richer context.” The full cast will number around 6 to 8.
  • Robots and aliens will be more ...

Help Decide Which Characters Will Be in GRRM’s Wild Cards TV Show

Wild Cards Aces High by Michael Komarck George R. R. Martin recently posted a big, big update on the production of his next big TV series: Wild Cards! The show now has a production company, a show runner, and a rough timeline, but most interestingly of all, George R. R. Martin is soliciting suggestions for which characters YOU, the readers, would like to see first in the show! For those unfamiliar with Wild Cards, here’s the pitch:
The shared world of the Wild Cards diverged from our own on September 15, 1946 when an alien virus was released in the skies over Manhattan, and spread across an unsuspecting Earth. Of those infected, 90% died horribly, drawing the black queen, 9% were twisted and deformed into jokers, while a lucky 1% became blessed with extraordinary and unpredictable powers and became aces. The world was never the same.

Begun in 1986, the Wild Cards world unfolds in numbered anthologies, ...

What Order Should You Read The Craft Sequence In?

Max Gladstone Craft Sequence covers Max Gladstone’s fantasy series the Craft Sequence was written and published out of order (scandal!) with Book 3 coming first, followed by Book 2, then Book 5, and so on. Although Gladstone’s books converge into a fantasy series, every book is itself a standalone story taking place in the same world, and a reader can start the series with any book and still get a full experience. With the first five volumes of the Craft Sequence now out on book shelves, readers can choose their own chronological or anti-chronological voyage through the series. So what order should a reader approach the Craft Sequence in? Note: This article is spoiler-free, but the comments section probably isn’t. Proceed with care! The July 26, 2016 publication of Four Roads Cross created an unbroken five-book run through the Craft Sequence, allowing readers to start with Book 1 and continue through to Book 5, following ...

The Vulture Confirmed as Spider-Man: Homecoming Villain

Spider-Man Homecoming Marvel Comics let fly some awesome concept art for Spider-Man: Homecoming after this year’s SDCC panel that confirms the Vulture as the villain for Tom Holland’s first major outing as the amazing web-slinger! Presumably Michael Keaton, cast earlier this year, will be filling the Vulture’s many-taloned shoes. Additionally, the Marvel Studios SDCC panel took a moment to fly the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming out to San Diego for the evening! Take a look [via]: Spider-Man Homecoming cast Finally, a cast that actually looks like they’re from Queens! These little rascals, from left to right, are: Tom “Hey everyone” Holland, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Jacob Batalon, and Zendaya.

Star-Lord’s Father Revealed in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 SDCC Panel

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 And the answer is WEIRD and just raises more questions. Are you ready to know? BIG SPOILERS AHEAD. But first, some bits and pieces about the movie that James Gunn and the cast revealed during the Marvel Studios panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con:
  • After Xandar, Star-Lord is now famous and trying to dodge the attention.
  • Groot is now intellectually a child and learning anew how to face the cosmos.
  • Drax is still learning what metaphors are.
  • Yondu is a little more forgiving.
  • Gamora is the only one who can get the Guardians to stop fighting each other, which they do a lot.
  • Nebula has hair in the sequel, which Karen Gillan likes because now she doesn’t look like “a really long baby”.
  • “Come a Little Bit Closer” by Jay and the Americans is one of the songs on the second mix tape.
  • As is “The Chain” by Fleetwood ...
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Black Panther Movie Adds Full Cast of Warriors

Danai Gurira Marvel Studios released a tidal wave of new information about its upcoming Phase 3 films, kicking off with some exciting casting announcements for 2018’s Black Panther. Danai Gurira, best known as Michonne from The Walking Dead, has joined the cast as Okoye, the head of the Dora Milaje. Lupita Nyong’o was also confirmed as Okoye’s protege Nakia. In the comics lore, the Okoye are warrior bodyguards for their country’s chosen Black Panther:
An ancient tribal tradition, the Dora Milaje were assembled as potential queens for an unmarried king, maintaining the peace in Wakanda by ensuring that every tribe has the opportunity to put forward one of their daughters for the crown.

Marvel movie fans got a brief experience with the Dora Milaje in Captain America: Civil War, when an unnamed woman accompanying T’Challa requested in no uncertain times that Black Widow move out of her king’s way. Sounds ...

Ghost Rider Will Appear in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 4

Agents of SHIELD Ghost Rider The Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. panel at SDCC didn’t have any new footage to share, but they did have a big reveal for the audience: The upcoming season will feature Ghost Rider! The motorcycle-riding spirit of vengeance has been hinted at in casting notices and, ah, the sides of trains, and now Marvel’s television arm has officially confirmed the presence of everyone’s favorite flaming skull. Considering how crazy the show got over the course of its third season, Ghost Rider should be a comfortable addition to the continuing calamities of Coulson and company. (Wordplay!)

Some Offbeat Panels to Check Out at San Diego Comic Con

neil-degrasse-tyson-painting This year’s San Diego Comic Con will bring the usual barrage of updates on our favorite sci-fi/fantasy movies and TV shows, but even if you can’t get into Hall H there’s still a lot of REALLY weird new stuff to check out. Below is a short list of off-the-beaten-path panels to keep in mind while you wander the convention center! All times are in PST and are taken from the SDCC schedule portal.  

Thursday, July 21

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – 1:00 PM, Hall H

This is in Hall H so it’s not EXACTLY off the beaten path, and yet no one seems to be talking about this film:

Special operatives Valerian and Laureline embark on a mission to the breathtaking intergalactic city of Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis made up of thousands of species from all corners of the universe. Alpha’s 17 million inhabitants have converged over time, ...

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Captain America Didn’t “Accidentally” Meet Sam in Winter Soldier

Falcon running Winter Soldier It’s easy to ‘ship the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Cap and Falcon. They’ve shared too much screentime, and too many shy lopsided grins, to dissuade fans who’d rather consider them a couple. Over on Tumblr sashayed has just blown that ‘ship wide open. What started out as an idle curiousness over Cap’s running route in the beginning of Winter Soldier suddenly reveals: Steve Rogers had to purposefully be following Sam in order to meet him as many times as he does! As internet theories go, this one is a lot of fun, going from tongue-in-cheek to eye-widening realization:

In the 2014 superhero movie “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” we see the characters of Steve Wilson and Sam Rogers encounter each other at four locations on Washington D.C.’s National Mall. Steve Rogers passes known love interest Sam Wilson, FIRST, running southeast on the inlet bridge at the lower edge of the ...

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Sashayed Cap Falcon running theory Tumblr
Sashayed Cap Falcon running theory Tumblr

Figuring Out What the “Speed of Plot” is in Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones speed of plot Dami Lee To hear the internet tell it, the recent sixth season of Game of Thrones was more exciting than the show has been since the Red Wedding. One of the methods the show used to obtain that momentum was by cutting out the length of each character’s journey through, around, and outside of Westeros. If Character A needed to travel hundreds of miles to go see Character B, for instance, then they’d be there in their next scene. In essence, Game of Thrones’ sixth season eschewed the geography of A Song of Ice and Fire in favor of having the characters travel at the speed of plot. The Verge recently combined the character’s journeys in season 6 into a handy map, then rated the believability of each plotline on a scale of 1 to 10. They judge Brienne’s plotline as the most “actually possible” with everyone else falling into the realm of, well, fantasy. They ...

Independence Day: Resurgence is Just Happy to Be Back, You Guys

Independence Day Resurgence Okun Brent Spiner One of the very first classes I took in high school was a required English comp course, one that every student, including myself, was dreading. To break the ice on that nervous, greasy-eyed day in late 1996, the teacher asked each of us what movie we had most enjoyed seeing over the summer. Most of us answered: Independence Day. Sure, it was loud and simplistic, but we had never before seen entire cities being wiped out, never been able to conceptualize massive and realistic alien craft, never had to consider being confronted with such an inescapable threat until that movie came out. I answered Independence Day, as well, of course. Not so much because of the spectacle, but because I loved imagining where the story could go after the ending. What would humanity do with all that new technology? Would we be able to live in harmony with the surviving aliens? ...

Can Daenerys Fly to Westeros on Her Dragons?

awesome-drogon It’s a question that has stood since the publication of A Game of Thrones in 1996: Could Daenerys fly to Westeros on her dragons? In the book and TV series, Drogon, Rhaegal, and Viserion are all grown up now. Dany has used Drogon as her steed at least once in the books (and several times in the show). So what’s to stop her from just flying over to Westeros and burninating the countryside? Honestly? Nothing. But also…kind of everything. Physical barriers are the most immediate roadblock to Dany’s flight. Just how narrow is the Narrow Sea between Westeros and Essos? How long can Drogon fly without landing? How fast can he go? How fast can he go if he’s carrying Dany? And what speed can Dany withstand while riding unprotected on top of a dragon? The speed of a dragon is the hardest variable to pin down in this list. ...
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Other Ghostbusters Songs Just as Weird as the New Ghostbusters Song

Ghostbusters theme song video Oh hey look the band Fall Out Boy did a cover of the classic Ghostbusters theme song and. nobodylikes. it. And that’s fine! That’s basically the reaction you’re supposed to have when anyone other than Ray Parker, Jr. does that song. Because, listen, that song is WEIRD. It’s a meme come to life. It’s a singularity. It’s a portal to another dimension full of even stranger versions of itself. Be ready to believe me. Just look at the dance-art that the original Ghostbusters song brings out of us. This is what the original Ghostbusters song makes us do. THIS IS ITS BEST SELF AND THIS IS WHAT IT MAKES US DO. (Note: This is literally how I dance at weddings.)   Something about Ray Parker, Jr’s song screams “I must be TOPPED!” Which gives us this week’s attempt from Fall Out Boy:   But also–and shame on us ...