Netflix Releases Trailer and Premiere Date for Black Mirror Season 5


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After last fall’s interactive special Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, it was unclear if Netflix’s dystopian series would return soon for a fifth season, or if Bandersnatch, with all its branching paths, counted as enough material for a season on its own. Today, Netflix made clear that there will be a new season of Charlie Brooker’s cautionary tales—”three new stories about the future that we should have seen coming”—and it’s coming soon, in the first week of June.

It’s a shorter season than usual, to be sure, but each episode seems to have a fascinating lead: Anthony Mackie, seemingly happily married yet tempted by some sort of dating app; Andrew Scott, driven to desperation by the constant bleep-blooping (his words) of people tethered to their phones at all times; and Miley Cyrus, as some worldwide phenomenon who must have her own dangerous relationship to technology.

There’s also a young ...

What Reward Do Superheroes Deserve?


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The first time the Avengers save the world, all they want is a drink. And to try that schwarma place.

But over the following years, as each subsequent appeal to save the world consistently raises the stakes, it prompts the question: If Earth keeps calling on the Avengers, what reward could possibly balance out those increasingly heightened risks? Are superheroes entitled to any recompense beyond the gratitude of the survivors? Grappling as it does with the duty to try versus the temptation of walking away from the fight, Avengers: Endgame also examines what, if anything, superheroes are owed.

What even constitutes a reward for the person who has all the power, all the training, all the courage to be capable of saving the world? It’s redemption, like Natasha’s attempts to wipe clean the red in her ledger. In Clint’s case, it’s a secret family and a safe house off the ...

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8 Instances of SFF Hyper-Worldbuilding That Truly Go Above and Beyond


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Authors build elaborate worlds through everything from carefully-chosen foods to amateur map-making to breathtakingly detailed wikis, their attention to detail a signal that these are worlds worthy of getting lost in. Often these are specific moments in the text, or a helpful hand-drawn atlas bookending the epic adventure, or a bonus feature that’s just a click away. But some storytellers go the extra mile, embedding worldbuilding details into their texts as a sort of “found footage”—fictional childhood stories, comic books, or newspaper clippings that appear as excerpts throughout the larger work, and sometimes spill out into the real world.

Crack a book, cross a bridge, hop a spaceship, and check out these eight stories that are wonderfully extra when it comes to worldbuilding, creating children’s stories that can hold up to the classics, spinning off into picture books drawn from your nightmares, or even spawning entirely new real-world book franchises. ...

The 100 May Be Bonkers As Hell, But It Has Some of the Best Worldbuilding on TV


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In 2149, on the future-Earth of The 100, mutated gorillas and two-faced deer give Annihilation a run for its money. Middle-aged adults defer to teenagers/20-something kids in typical dystopian fashion, treating them as prophets or healers or Chosen One leaders. Leather corsets are casual fashion choices. One of the series’ most dramatic deaths was filmed so over-the-top, with some overlay/split-screen effect, that I can’t help but laugh every time they reference it in the “previously on” section. Everything about this show is extra AF.

But it’s this commitment to the biggest possible choices that lets you know that you’re in good hands when it comes to The 100’s worldbuilding. The people who decided it makes perfect sense for the show’s doctor to perform impromptu surgery in a leather harness are the same ones who drop Easter eggs into the opening credits, who build layer upon layer of story ...

4 Great Post-Harry Potter Works (That Aren’t Harry Potter)


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I still remember finishing Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in the middle of the night in summer 2007, crying as I turned the final page, mostly out of the catharsis of a solid series ending. Harry’s seven years at Hogwarts—which I spent about seven years experiencing in real time, between reading and waiting for the books from 2000 to 2007—is a compelling chapter of the larger wizarding world of J.K. Rowling. And while the series has since spun into a multimedia franchise, exploring both the past in the Fantastic Beasts movies and the future in Cursed Child, I’ve never felt the same connection to the expanded universe as I did to the original novels. But as someone who grew up writing fanfiction for a variety of fandoms—including, yes, 100-word Harry Potter drabbles—I feel that the real successors of Rowling’s incredible imagination are the variety of responses from ...

Y: The Last Man Showrunners Part Ways with FX Amid Creative Differences


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Two months after Y, the television adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s Y: The Last Man, was given a series order by FX, showrunners Michael Green and Aïda Mashaka Croal have announced that they will not be moving forward with the series. The series will remain at FX, with the network beginning the search for a new showrunner.

Last night, Croal (Luke Cage) and Green (American GodsBlade Runner 2049) released a statement over Twitter thanking their cast and crew for their hard work and expressing their sadness that the series “in its current form” would not be moving forward:

The wording of the statement made it sound as if FX might have reversed the series order. However, Entertainment Weekly confirmed with the network that it was ...

Almost Every SFF/Horror/Comic Book Adaptation in the Works!


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Thanks to major properties like Game of Thrones and Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, we’ve entered a golden age of sci-fi and fantasy properties being developed for film and television. It seems that nearly every network and studio has snatched up the rights to old and new classics, with a bevy of projects in production or premiering in the coming months. To keep you on top of the latest news, we’ve updated our master list of every SFF adaptation currently in the works, from American Gods to Y: The Last Man.

Check out this list and get your DVRs and Netflix queues ready, because you’re going to be wonderfully busy for the foreseeable future.

 

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Empress Mark Millar adaptation Netflix
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The Grace of Kings adaptation DMG Entertainment
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The Hike adaptation Drew Magary
Hold Back the Stars Katie Khan movie adaptation John Boyega Letitia Wright
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The Hunger Alma Katsu adaptation
Hyperion adaptation
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Injection adaptation Warren Ellis
Interview With the Vampire movie adaptation Josh Boone
The Invisibles adaptation
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Judge Dredd TV adaptation
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The Last Girl TV adaptation Joe Hart Amazon Studios
The Last Policeman adaptation
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The Lies of Locke Lamora TV adaptation Scott Lynch
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Logan's Run movie adaptation
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Luna: New Moon adaptation
MaddAddam adaptation Margaret Atwood
The Magic Order Mark Millar Netflix adaptation
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The Monolith graphic novel adaptation Lionsgate
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My Best Friend's Exorcism adaptation Grady Hendrix
My Boyfriend is a Bear adaptation
Needle in a Timestack adaptation Robert SIlverberg
Neuromancer adaptation Fox
New Gods Jack Kirby movie adaptation DC Extended Universe Ava DuVernay
Feed Mira Grant movie adaptation
October Daye optioned film adaptation Seanan McGuire
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The One adaptation John Marrs Netflix
The Outsider adaptation Stephen King
The Paper Magician adaptation
The Peripheral adaptation William Gibson
The Phantom Tollbooth adaptation
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Pinocchio adaptation Guillermo del Toro Gris Grimly illustrations
The Prince and the Dressmaker Jen Wang adaptation
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The Queen of the Tearling adaptation Emma Watson
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Red Sonja adaptation
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Riftwar Saga adaptation
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Rolling in the Deep Mira Grant
The Ruin of Kings Jenn Lyons
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Sand adaptation Hugh Howey Syfy
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Shadow and Bone adaptation Leigh Bardugo
Shadowman adaptation
The Shambling Guide to New York City movie adaptation Mur Lafferty
The Shining Girls Lauren Beukes movie adaptation
Ship Breaker adaptation Paolo Bacigalupi Paul Haggis
The Sirens of Titan adaptation Kurt Vonnegut
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Sleeping Beauties Stephen King Owen King adaptation
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Spawn adaptation Jamie Foxx
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The Stand TV adaptation
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Supergirl movie adaptation
Superior adaptation Mark Millar
The Talisman adaptation Stephen King Peter Straub Josh Boone
The Telling Ursula K. Le Guin adaptation
Temeraire TV adaptation Peter Jackson Naomi Novik
Sleeping Giants adaptation Sylvain Neuvel
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These Broken Stars Amie Kaufman Megan Spooner adaptation
This Savage Song film adaptation
Time Salvager adaptation
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Watchdog adaptation Will McIntosh
Way Down Dark adaptation
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We Are All Completely Fine adaptation Daryl Gregory
We Have Always Lived in the Castle adaptation Sebastian Stan
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7 Space Operas and Adventures to Read If You Loved A Memory Called Empire


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With its epic scope, worldbuilding that reaches centuries into the past and future, and relatably human moments in the midst of it all, Arkady Martine’s A Memory Called Empire joins the canon of unforgettable space opera that reveals new truths to readers here on Earth. For all of its standout elements, there’s also a comforting familiarity in certain details: the protagonist resisting her assimilation into empire (paging Baru Cormorant), the use of futuristic pop culture to better understand foreign people (hello, Murderbot), or even imperial affinity for a double-A (Teixcalaan, meet Radchaai).

Whether you’ve had the chance to devour Martine’s novel and are looking to stay in that mindset, or you’re just filling out the space opera section of your bookshelf, these seven books are perfect companions for A Memory Called Empire!

 

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6 Badass Female Time Travelers Who Get the Job Done


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There is no single archetype of the female time traveler. She may be a young newlywed on her honeymoon, or a septuagenarian acting as a secret government weapon. She is black, or white, or from a future less concerned with skin color (but concerned with plenty otherwise). She is a writer, a river rehabilitator, a veteran of a World War. And no two travelers make the same passage through time and space: each of these intricate tales are brought about by everything from futuristic machinery to nanotechnology to magical stones.

Join us under the cut to meet six timestream-hopping women who have left their mark on history!

Note: We’re limiting this list to lady time travelers found in the pages of books—between the Doctor, River Song, Missy, and a delightfully long role-call of companions, we wouldn’t have the time or space for anyone else!

 

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My Sci-Fi/Fantasy OTPs Are All Beta Couples


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I’ve written tens of thousands of words of fanfiction for various fandoms, and I’ve always found myself drawn not to the main romantic leads, but to the secondary Beta Couples. While the main pairings were doing the eternal dance of unresolved sexual tension will-they-won’t-they, the supporting characters would partner up with an incredible amount of ease. Sometimes they’d even wind up married or have kids before the main couple had even kissed! How I Met Your Mother has a great scene that visualizes this: while the main characters aimlessly make jokes about Canada, a couple in the background meets, gets married, gets pregnant, watches their kid graduate college, and grows old together.

In a nutshell, that’s the Beta Couple. Just add in Cylon copies, flash-forwards, Reaver fights, and straight-up magic when this archetype shows up in science fiction and fantasy.

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How To Tell If You’re Crushing on a Book


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“It’s OK to Have a Crush on a Fictional Character!” proclaims one of the headlines that comes up after googling the notion of a “book crush.” A bit overenthusiastic in its reassurance, but I should hope so, considering the adoring supporting evidence for the Mr. Darcys and Christian Greys and Peeta Mellarks (and, dare I say, at least on my timeline, the Gideon Navs) of the literary universe. But that’s not exactly what I’m talking about here.

Have you ever developed a crush… on a book itself? Was the experience of reading itself enough to make you giggly, lightheaded, short of breath, flushed, self-conscious but also delighted? Feeling like you’d tapped in to some story that felt impossibly tailored for you, hitting all your narrative buttons? That you then denied all “psh! it can’t be!” even as you tried to play it off like you weren’t hanging ...

The LEGO Movie 2 “Grows Up,” But Did It Need To?


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You can only do The Sixth Sense once. You can’t duplicate The Usual Suspects. Making a sequel to a movie with an excellent, world-recontextualizing twist necessarily means that the follow-up will lack that element of surprise, and have to make up for it in another, usually much more meta, way. The twist of 2014’s The LEGO Movie came as such a shock because audiences had gone into what they believed was a kids’ movie and were bopping in their seats to the surprisingly infectious “Everything is Awesome,” thinking the animation was the most complex thing about the film. To reveal that all of it—Emmet, Wyldstyle/Lucy, President Business, the Kragle, the Special—were orchestrated by a real-world kid working out his frustrations with his absent perfectionist father was akin to looking at the bottom of the coffee mug and seeing “Kobayashi” stamped on the porcelain.

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5 Requests I Have for Megan Whalen Turner’s Return of The Thief


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So, so, so. After discovering that there was more than one sequel to The Thief about a decade after every other Megan Whalen Turner fan, I’ve gotten caught up on The Queen’s Thief series by devouring A Conspiracy of Kings (a weekend spent on the couch occasionally putting down the book to exclaim “ugh how is it so GOOD”) and Thick as Thieves (tearing up at my desk over the final pages). I was emotionally wrung out but also in the perfect headspace to pick up the sixth (and final, alas) book in this consistently brilliant and heartbreaking series.

Unfortunately, Return of The Thief just moved its publication date from March 2019 to summer 2020; however, considering the average five-year wait between installments, this delay is but a short wait to weather. Anyone who has been astounded by the twists and revelations in the past five volumes would agree ...

Y: The Last Man TV Adaptation Will Premiere in 2020


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Y: The Last Man TV adaptation FX premiere 2020 Yorick

After ordering a pilot last year, FX has finally given a series pickup to Y, the television adaptation of Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra’s funny, grim, heartbreaking comic book series. Running from 2002-2007, the Vertigo Comics series followed Yorick Brown, the last surviving cisgender man on Earth following a plague that wipes out every organism with a Y chromosome (aside from his monkey buddy Ampersand), and the surviving women chasing him down for a dozen different reasons related to the survival of the human race.

Michael Green (American Gods, Logan, Blade Runner 2049) and Aïda Mashaka Croal (Luke Cage) will serve as showrunners and executive producers; Vaughan will also be an EP, helping to develop the adaptation from one serialized medium to another. The pickup was announced at the Television Critics Association’s winter tour today, with the added news that the series is expected ...

Outlander Season Finale: Who Are the “Men of Worth” in Season 4?


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After last year’s Outlander finale, which literally shipwrecked Claire and Jamie onto the shores of America, I was expecting a bigger cliffhanger ending to this season—that the letter the redcoats delivered to Jamie at River Run would be conscripting the poor Scot to fight on their side in the American Revolution. Then I remembered that it was only 1770, and that the next big war was a few years (or, I’m going to assume, one season) away. Instead, the season 4 finale, filled with resolutions both neat and messy, ends on Jamie getting a much more pressing, one-on-one assignment that reemphasizes this season’s enduring question: Can a good man do a bad thing and remain a “Man of Worth”?

Spoilers for Outlander season 4.

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HBO Announces Game of Thrones Prequel Series Cast and Director SJ Clarkson


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SJ Clarkson, who directed the pilot for Marvel and Netflix’s Jessica Jones as well as two episodes of The Defenders, will direct the as-yet-untitled Game of Thrones prequel series from Jane Goldman and George R.R. Martin. Taking place thousands of years before HBO’s epic fantasy television series, the prequel will chronicle Westeros’ descent from the Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. Clarkson will direct the pilot, which will star Naomi Watts as “a charismatic socialite hiding a dark secret,” as well as bevy of other characters announced today. Among the new cast members are a familiar face from The Chronicles of Narnia; a new face from Star Wars: Episode IX; and more.

According to Entertainment Weekly, Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: Episode IXLady Macbeth) and Denise Gough (Angels in AmericaColette) will play the next two largest roles ...

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch Is Its Own Perfect Example of the Illusion of Free Will


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Black Mirror: Bandersnatch review Netflix interactive Choose Your Own Adventure

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch is without a doubt the series’ most ambitious experiment in storytelling—and that’s saying a lot, since last season kicked off with an entire Galaxy Quest-esque episode. With Bandersnatch, Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones abandon virtual realities for branching realities, putting control of the rumored 300+ minutes of footage into the hands of their audience. Through dozens of decision trees (which look just like the logo from “White Bear”), passive viewers become active players, deciding everything from what cassette troubled programmer Stefan (Dunkirk’s Fionn Whitehead) listens to on the bus to how to answer his increasingly existential pleas as his fate unspools.

It’s an intrepid move on the part not only of the creators but also Netflix itself, as one of the streaming service’s primary jokes is its tendency to prod viewers into confirming that, yes, they are still watching Friends 20 episodes in....

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Why I’m Obsessed with the Outlander Theme Song(s)


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Sing me a song of a lass that is gone
Say, could that lass be I?

The first time I saw the opening lyrics to Outlander’s theme song posted on a friend’s Facebook post, I thought it sounded ridiculous, way too on-the-nose to start every episode by acknowledging the series’ premise. YES WE GET IT CLAIRE YOU DISAPPEARED.

That was before I actually listened to it, and watched the title sequence—and then, like Claire at Craigh na Dun, I fell hard. Now, I forbid my husband from fast-forwarding through the credits every time we watch… and considering that we binged a season at a time to get caught up in a matter of weeks, that means I’ve got it well memorized. But why do I find this particular TV opening so compelling?

The answer, I think, is that it presses all of my nerd buttons: it’s a remix of ...

Evil Rites of Passage: Runaways Season 2 Premiere “Gimmie Shelter”


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The first scene in Runaways’ season 2 premiere not only is a great little nod to Spaceballs, but also sets the thematic tone for the sophomore season of Marvel and Hulu’s children-of-supervillains series: the members of Pride rush to the police station, believing that their children have been apprehended after missing only 24 hours… only to walk in on a group of lookalikes who are complete strangers. “Those aren’t our kids,” Geoffrey Wilder snaps, as if it should be so easy for the cops to recognize their children—but the truth is that nobody knows who the Runaways really are, not even the Runaways themselves.

Season 1 established the adolescent rite of passage of learning that your parents are not only imperfect, but actually evil, but the Runaways haven’t automatically become one big happy family. Learning the truth about their parents was one thing; this season, they have ...

We Soldier On: Checking In With Outlander, “Down the Rabbit Hole”


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Outlander 407 "Down the Rabbit Hole" television review Brianna time travel

At about the halfway point of any given Outlander season, our heroes usually wind up in a completely different country—sailing from Scotland to France, or shipwrecked in America by way of Jamaica. The stakes change, the theme song gets a cool new spin, and the latter half of the season is drastically altered.

But after three years, you gotta shake things up a bit. So it’s no surprise that the midpoint of Outlander season 4 is less concerned with changing the where so much as the when… and in doing so, creating not one, but two new sassenachs.

Spoilers for Outlander 4×07 “Down the Rabbit Hole”

That’s right, Brianna and Roger both make it through the stones! I have to say, when I started this series, I had no idea time travel would consist of round trips and almost be treated with the same ease as a transcontinental ...

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