New Jessica Jones Trailer Has More Luke Cage and Kilgrave

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“You are a hard-drinking, short-fused, mess of a woman.” Yep, that’s the Luke Cage/Jessica Jones romance we love from Alias, in the latest trailer for Marvel and Netflix’s Jessica Jones.

Rather than spoil more plot details, the new trailer adds to the dimensions we’ve already seen in past trailers: Jessica’s reliance on whiskey to cope with her work, not to mention screwing the darkness away with Luke Cage. But then he gets caught up in Kilgrave’s vendetta against Jessica, carried out by human victims across the city. This series is already presenting so many cool shots: The cops with their guns pointing at each other, the moment in the subway, Jessica stalking Kilgrave through the hotel…

“I could kill you right here and right now.” “But you won’t, because you don’t know what will happen when I die.” Shudder.

Jessica Jones premieres on Netflix on November 20.

Every SFF Adaptation Coming to Television and Movie Theaters!

Name of the Wind TV adaptation

Thanks to 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. We’ve compiled a master list of every SFF adaptation currently in the works, from American Gods to Y: The Last Man. And surprising no one, prolific writers Neil Gaiman and John Scalzi each have a number of projects in varying stages of development.

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



Good Omens by Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman

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 Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett co-wrote this comedy about the angel Aziraphale and the ...

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Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older
Little Brother
Lock In adaptation
Luna: New Moon adaptation
John Scalzi Redshirts
Robopocalypse adaptation
Ghost Brigades adaptation
His Dark Materials TV adaptation
Horrorstor TV pilot Fox Grady Hendrix
J. Michael Straczynski adapt Red Mars Kim Stanley Robinson Spike TV
American Gods TV show
Midnight Texas adaptation
Trigger Warning Neil Gaiman
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Skin Trade adaptation George R.R. Martin
The Forever War Joe Haldeman Warner Bros Channing Tatum
The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss
Time Salvager adaptation
Uprooted Naomi Novik
Childhood's End Syfy
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Lucifer SFF adaptations Fox
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Syfy The Expanse
The Magicians trailer Syfy
The Man in the High Castle trailer
The Shannara Chronicles MTV behind the scenes photos

Margaret Atwood Witnesses the Visual Legacy of The Handmaid’s Tale

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A sweet moment from this weekend’s Book Riot Live: Guest speaker Margaret Atwood got to see The Handmaid’s Tale tattoo chain, a collaboration among Book Riot, Litographs, and Random House. Litographs took the text of the first two chapters of Atwood’s classic dystopian novel, broke it into 350 lines or phrases, then distributed the temporary tattoos to volunteers at Book Riot Live. Each person photographed their arms or necks or other body parts, with the end result being a photo series of the text as written across 350 bodies. (Photo via Book Riot’s Twitter.)

Here’s another shot of the tattoo chain, from Book Riot’s Rebecca Schinsky:

The Handmaid's Tale tattoo chain Book Riot Live

Atwood touched upon The Handmaid’s Tale during the Writing What You Don’t Know panel, in which she was in conversation with N.K. Jemisin:

For The Handmaid’s Tale, the rule was that I wouldn’t put anything into it that people had not done ...

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John Joseph Adams to Launch New SFF Book Line for HMH

John Joseph Adams Books HMH SFF line

Earlier this year, John Joseph Adams—editor of LightspeedNightmare, and countless anthologies—curated the first edition of The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Today, HMH announced that Adams will be editor-at-large of John Joseph Adams Books, a new line at the publishing house that will curate science fiction and fantasy titles.

Bruce Nichols, senior VP and publisher at HMH explained in a press release the publisher’s decision to have Adams launch their new SFF line:

After working with John as the series editor for [Best American Stories], we realized he is the perfect person to help us curate a focused, high-quality fiction list.

The first three titles from John Joseph Adams Books will be simultaneous hardcover and paperback editions of three Hugh Howey novels: ShiftDust, and Beacon 23. All three will be available in February 2016. Adams discussed his excitement in exploring ...

Supergirl Tackles That Pesky Question About Secret Identities

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After watching the decent and surprisingly feminist Supergirl pilot, our office had one pressing question: How can Kara Danvers expect people to not realize she’s Supergirl? Her first few heists are vigorously documented in the press and on social media, and one of the major plots of the second episode was Kara’s boss Cat Grant demanding a one-on-one interview with Supergirl. A secret identity can only last you so long, right?

Spoilers for Supergirl 1×02 “Stronger Together.”

I was pleased to discover that the Supergirl writers came up with exactly the same answer that I gave Chris Lough when we were debating this issue in the offices. In the episode, it’s James Olsen—who Cat is putting the pressure on to set up this “girl talk” interview—who gently breaks it to Kara that Cat will never suspect her:

James: She will look Supergirl right in the face, and she ...

Supergirl Stronger Together review
Supergirl Stronger Together review

Supergirl is a Metaphor for Being a Modern Woman


As pilots go, CBS’ Supergirl is about what you would expect: The 42-minute episode is basically an expanded version of the three-minute preview we saw months ago. At the time, io9 claimed that sequences of Kara Danvers running through National City in twee sweaters, quailing before her bitchy boss, and grinning dumbly at cute boys resembled the Black Widow chick lit parody that Saturday Night Live had released just weeks prior. But Supergirl is very aware of the preconceived notions stacked up against it, as evidenced by the meta conversation between Kara (Melissa Benoist) and the fearsome Cat Grant (Callista Flockhart) about the latter branding the former:

Kara: “If we call her Supergirl, something less than what she is, doesn’t that make us antifeminist?”

Cat: “What do you think is so bad about ‘girl’? I’m a girl, and your boss, and powerful, and rich, and hot, and smart. So, ...

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Last Song Before Night is Written Like One of Its Own Epic Songs

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In the land of Eivar, music and magic were once woven together inextricably. But when a small contingent of the Seers—poets who performed enchantments through song—turned to forbidden blood-magic, Davyd the Dreamweaver was forced to strip all Seers and poets of their magic: “A word was a word, no more.” Yet generations later, poems and their words retain nearly the same power as spells: Empires are built and undermined by poets who often wield more influence than even their royal sponsors. Ilana C. Myer’s debut novel Last Song Before Night tracks a group of young poets and their muses (their loves and enemies) as they unwittingly play into a prophecy to bring the magic back to Eivar.

The very words that Last Song Before Night venerates, protects, and unearths in turn shape the structure of the book itself. The narrative arcs and the characters adopt the style of the words they describe—that is, the ...