Nnedi Okorafor’s First Nonfiction Book, Broken Places & Outer Spaces, Coming in 2019

Nnedi Okorafor recently took to Facebook to announce her first nonfiction book! In Broken Places & Outer Spaces, the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author of the Binti trilogy and Akata Witch will look back at how travels in her her youth and a traumatic incident during her teen years shaped her creative life—particularly her love of science fiction and the fantastic.

From publisher Simon & Schuster:

Nnedi Okorafor was never supposed to be paralyzed. A college track star and budding entomologist, Nnedi’s lifelong battle with scoliosis was just a bump in her plan—something a simple operation would easily correct. But when Nnedi wakes from the surgery to find she can’t move her legs, her entire sense of self begins to waver. Confined to a hospital bed for months, unusual things begin to happen. Psychedelic bugs crawl her hospital walls; strange dreams visit her nightly. Nnedi begins to put these ...

V.E. Schwab’s Out-of-Print Debut Novel The Near Witch Gets Reissued

Seven years ago, Victoria Schwab’s first novel, The Near Witch, was published by Disney/Hyperion. Within two years, the book was out of print, and became what the author known now as V.E. Schwab describes as “a strange and vaguely mythic story, one readers heard of, but couldn’t find.” Now, Titan Books is reviving that mythic story by reissuing The Near Witch with a haunting new cover and a new introduction by Schwab.

Described as “part fairytale, part love story” in the official announcement on Entertainment WeeklyThe Near Witch is a positively witchy tale about disappearing children and the strangeness of strangers. The official synopsis:

The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children.

If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company.

There are no strangers in the town of Near.

These are ...

Watch the First Teaser for Disney’s Live-Action Aladdin

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Disney smartly stuck mostly to visuals for the first teaser for Aladdin, Guy Ritchie’s live-action update to the animated classic: there’s Iago flying over Agrabah, out to the sinister Cave of Wonders. Add in the soaring “Arabian Nights” score and the voice of the cave, and it’s definitely plucking some nostalgic heartstrings.

It would have been nice to see Will Smith as the Genie, one of the biggest question marks of the adaptation, seeing as Robin Williams’ performance is so iconically linked to the Disney animated film. But it’s likely that they’re saving that for the first complete trailer, which will presumably also feature some of the musical numbers: In addition to new updates of the original songs from composer Alan Menken and lyricists Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, there will also be two new songs written by Menken and La La Land songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul.

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New Glass Trailer Assembles a Superhero Showdown

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Mr. Glass is up to his old tricks in the latest trailer for Glass, M. Night Shyamalan’s supervillain sequel to Unbreakable and Split. The first teaser introduced the setting: an asylum, presided over by a doctor (Sarah Paulson) who believes that the three men believe that they possess superpowers. Now, we find out how Glass will use the asylum, and the doctor’s treatments, to his nefarious advantage.

The trailer also brings in Glass and David Dunn’s (Bruce Willis) respective families—Glass’ mother is especially entertaining, as the one person who will never underestimate her brilliant son.

The official synopsis, from Universal Pictures:

From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya ...

Netflix Casts Yennefer, Ciri, and the Rest of The Witcher Characters

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A month after announcing that Henry Cavill would portray Geralt of Rivia in The Witcher TV series, Netflix has revealed the rest of the cast in its adaptation of Andrzej Sapkowski’s fantasy series. Via tweet and press release, the streaming service shared headshots and descriptors for the characters, including the pivotal roles of “enigmatic sorceress” Yennefer (Anya Chalotra) and Ciri, Princess of Cintra (Freya Allan).

Netflix describes the characters in the press release:

The pivotal role of Ciri, Princess of Cintra, will be played by Freya Allan (The War of the Worlds, Into The Badlands). Other characters from the court at Cintra include Queen Calanthe (Jodhi May, Game of Thrones, Genius), and her husband, the knight Eist (Björn Hlynur Haraldsson, Fortitude), along with the druid Mousesack (Adam Levy, Knightfall, Snatch).

The sorceress Yennefer will be played by Anya Chalotra (The ABC Murders, ...

Lena Dunham and Nnedi Okorafor Talk Binti, the First #KeepIt100LD Book Club Pick

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Lean Dunham’s “Books Under 100 Pages Book Club,” #KeepIt100LD, kicked off this September with a clear favorite of ours—Nnedi Okorafor’s novella Binti! Dunham took to Twitter for a chat with Okorafor about Binti’s influences, and her own favorite book that comes in at under 100 pages.

Read the whole conversation below!

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The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy Took to the Stage at NYCC!

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Writers of The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018 anthology came to New York Comic Con to talk about the state of genre fiction today. Fans heard from Charlie Jane Anders, Maria Dahvana Headley, Matthew Kressel, and Carmen Maria Machado, along with guest editor N. K. Jemisin and series editor John Joseph Adams!

Jemisin apparently had to keep away from short fiction for a while before diving into the anthology selections, so that she could come into them blind when reading. Each author on the panel got the chance to talk about their fiction that was selected for the anthology and what inspired these particular stories.

At one point an audience member asked about Star Trek-esque stories, the escapist fare that show us a better future, and Jemisin had some thoughts to that effect:

“The expectation that fiction will [provide escapism] in times of strife is an expectation that ...

Check Out All the Awesome Cosplay We Spotted at NYCC!

New York Comic-Con has come and gone, and as always there was a ton of great cosplay on display from fans of everything from Star Wars to Animal Crossing—and of course every possible version of Deadpool.

 

We love the classic line-up above of Star Wars aliens, including Bossk, Firgin Dan, Admiral Ackbar, Greedo, and Nien Nunb. And this K-2SO is so impressive, but we have no idea how this cosplayer managed to navigate the show floor on those stilts!

 

This Hobgoblin came with his own working hoverboard:

Cosplay by @igor_pie_face / Photo: Marian Whalen

 

And Doctor Strange brought a demon friend along!

Photo: Sarah Tolf

 

This Hela made her own horn-crown not with magic, but with wire hangers and EVA foam:

Cosplay: Julia from PA / Photo: Ruoxi Chen

 

What’s a comic convention without Deadpool? This one brought his own Hello Kitty ...

Get Your First Glimpse of Spock in Newest Star Trek: Discovery Trailer!

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The latest trailer for Star Trek: Discovery premiered at New York Comic Con! Take a peek…

Get ready to hear about the “red angel”…

Looks like we’re going to learn a lot about Captain Pike’s command style alongside the rest of the adventures. Season 2 of Star Trek: Discovery will premiere on CBS All Access on January 17, 2019!

Watch the Wonderfully Meta Teaser for DC Universe’s Harley Quinn Animated Series

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At the world premiere of Titans at New York Comic-Con, Warner Bros. Television shared some exciting news about other upcoming projects for new streaming service DC Universe. Among them is the animated series Harley Quinn, which looks to be a delightful take on single Harley Quinn (The Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco) breaking up with the Joker and striking out with her bestie/soulmate Poison Ivy (Lake Bell) in her quest to become the “queenpin” of Gotham.

Warner Bros. shared the cheeky first teaser, featuring a Harley who may be behind bars in Arkham, but has no problem breaking the fourth wall to rag on both the DC Cinematic Universe and the Deadpool cartoon that failed to materialize. And by her side is the wonderfully droll Ivy:

Here’s how THR describes the series:

The project, described as an adult animated action-comedy, follows Harley as she breaks things off ...

“Darkness Only Responds to Darkness”: Watch the Daredevil Season 3 Trailer

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Wilson Fisk is out of prison, and he’s… good? And he’s saying the real villain is… Daredevil? It’s very The Dark Knight—Daredevil being the hero New York City deserves, but not the one it needs right now. Except… who is this other guy?

After several enigmatic teasers quoting Bible verses, now we’ve got the first full-length trailer for Daredevil season 3. Watch and judge for yourself who’s on the side of darkness or light:

The official synopsis, via Netflix:

Missing for months, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) reemerges a broken man, putting into question his future as both vigilante Daredevil and lawyer Matthew Murdock. But when his archenemy Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) is released from prison, Matt must choose between hiding from the world, or embracing his destiny as a hero.

Daredevil season 3 premieres October 19 on Netflix.

Jon Favreau’s Star Wars Series Will be The Mandalorian (And No, Not That One)

Jon Favreau’s long-discussed Star  Wars series finally has a name, and, presumably, a main character! The actor/director shared the name and a little bit of plot on Instagram on Wednesday night: it will be called The Mandalorian.

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Favreau shared a familiar yellow scrawl on his Instagram:

There have been no cast announcements yet, but The Mandalorian is set to air on Disney’s streaming service—which still doesn’t have a name?—where it will join shows like the proposed Loki and Scarlet Witch standalone series, along with all the huge tracts of film in the Disney/Marvel/Star Wars vaults.

So if this show isn’t following the adventures of the Fetts (and the trials and tribulations they face as they attempt to finance their vehicles) who is this mysterious Mandalorian? What new stories will unfold in the murky time after the fall of the Empire?

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Netflix Developing The Chronicles of Narnia as TV Series and Films

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In 2016, the Mark Gordon Company, Entertainment One, and The C.S. Lewis Company announced a revival of the Chronicles of Narnia films, intending to start over with The Silver Chair as separate from the prior novels adapted for the big screen by Walt Disney Pictures (2005’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; 2008’s Prince Caspian; and 2010’s Voyage of the Dawn Treader). Now, the latest announcement comes from Netflix, which is partnering with The C.S. Lewis Company to develop all seven Narnia books into either movies or television series.

“It is wonderful to know that folks from all over are looking forward to seeing more of Narnia, and that the advances in production and distribution technology have made it possible for us to make Narnian adventures come to life all over the world,” said Douglas Gresham, Lewis’ stepson, in the official announcement. ...

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Trailer Looks Like Ridiculous Witchy Fun

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We were already excited for Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the darkly cheeky update to the story of half-witch, half-mortal Sabrina Spellman. But then we saw the first full-length trailer, and can it please be Halloween already?

Or we’ll just transport ourselves to Greendale, where every day is like Halloween and Sabrina must decide whether to give up her creepy and magical witch life, or her high-school friendships and sweetly scared boyfriend Harvey. We know, from previous series Sabrina the Teenage Witch and the overall premise, that somehow she must find a way to balance both—but the fun is in finding out how.

Everything about this trailer is great, from Miranda Otto’s dry delivery and Michelle Gomez’s “let’s not be catty bitches” to the music choices and wonderfully creepy imagery of Sabrina clawing her way free from her destiny:

The official synopsis, from Netflix:

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina tells ...

Hulu’s Holiday Horror Anthology Series Into the Dark Teases a Hitman Halloween in The Body Trailer

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Hulu has released the first trailer for Into the Dark, its horror anthology series with Blumhouse Productions (Get OutHappy Death DayThe Purge) tackling one holiday-themed horror story a month. It’s like Hallmark, except instead of mistaken identities and happily-ever-afters over Halloween/Valentine’s Day/Mother’s Day, it’s slashers and Final Girls. They wisely chose Halloween for the first installment: The Body follows a professional hitman who finds the perfect cover at a Halloween party.

The official synopsis, from Hulu:

On Halloween, a sophisticated hitman with a cynical view on modern society finds his work made more difficult when he has to transport a body in one night, but everyone is enamored by what they think is his killer costume.

Barry it ain’t, but The Body does seem to be leaning toward tongue-in-cheek riffs on horror tropes and dramatic irony… and who knows, maybe the hitman isn’t ...

Wheel of Time Picked Up By Amazon, First Season to Focus On Moiraine

Amazon has ordered Robert Jordan’s fantasy epic The Wheel of Time to series, with Sony Pictures TV to co-produce, and Rafe Judkins serving as showrunner.

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Amazon has ordered the series, and gave the following information about the story:

Set in a sprawling world where magic exists but can only be used by women, the story follows Moiraine, a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization the Aes Sedai, as she embarks on a dangerous journey with five young men and women. Moiraine’s interest in these five lies in the fact that she believes one of them might be the reincarnation of an incredibly powerful individual who prophecies say will either save humanity or destroy it.

This suggests that the first season might be centered on Moiraine’s point of view, as a television series is less likely to switch perspectives per-episode in the way the ...

“We Can Fix the World They Broke”: Watch the Marvel’s Runaways Season 2 Teaser

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The first season of Marvel and Hulu’s Runaways took its time building out the events of the first issue of the Marvel Comics series—that is, taking 10 episodes for the children of the villainous Pride to actually, you know, run away from their superpowered and if not evil, then at least very morally ambiguous, parents. By building out the story between when Alex, Nico, and their friends discovered their parents’ secrets and when they went on the run, the series has laid plenty of narrative groundwork for season 2. Judging from the first teaser, that means delving into their inherited superpowers and deciding whether or not they can ever return home.

The season 1 finale ended with the kids framed for Destiny’s death, but they don’t seem as concerned with that in the first teaser. The fun short is mostly concerned with the Runaways discovering their new hideout—a swanky abandoned ...

Spider-Ham is Here to Steal Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Ordinarily, dozens of spiders pouring into one small space would be a bad thing, but in the latest trailer for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse it is the best possible scenario. When Kingpin tries out a new inter-dimensional portal, Miles Morales meets Peter Parker for the first time. He figures they’ll swap some web-slinging tips and call it a day—but then Spideys from all different multiverses show up (including Peni Parker and Spider-Man Noir!) and it becomes clear that they’ll have to stop Kingpin before his new toy destroys the fabric of reality.

Or, worse—crushes Brooklyn.

Check out the adorable trailer below!

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Phil Lord and Chris Miller produced the film, based on Lord’s script, with Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman directing. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swings into ...

Black Mirror Season 5 Will Feature a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Episode

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Netflix has been fairly quiet about the forthcoming fifth season of Black Mirrorbut a shred of news has come out via Bloomberg, as part of a larger piece about the streaming service experimenting with interactive episodes and movies. According to Bloomberg’s report, Netflix is preparing a slate of programs—including children’s animated series, Black Mirror, and two video-game adaptations—in which the viewer gets to choose where the plot of a given program goes based on a series of branching options. At least one of these will be released by the end of the year… and it could very well be Black Mirror, as Bloomberg reports that season 5 will premiere sometime in December.

This makes sense, as season 4 premiered on December 29 of last year; Netflix could be gearing up for another end-of-year drop of at least six new episodes, one of which will be interactive. ...

The (Non-SFF) Television We’re Currently Obsessed With

It should come as no surprise that those of us at Tor.com are pretty heavily steeped in genre television, from decades-spanning classics Doctor Who and Star Trek or nostalgia favorites The X-Files and Battlestar Galactica, to modern epic Game of Thrones and experimental serial Black Mirror. But sometimes we like to put aside the monsters and the time travel for shows a little more grounded in reality. With that in mind, we wanted to share some of current non-SFF obsessions—let us know your picks in the comments!

 

Black Sails

When the internet lets you know that there’s a television show about queer anti-colonialist pirates, starring some of the most beautiful humans on earth, you should probably get right on watching that show. Some people will hear the words “prequel to Treasure Island” and cringe, but don’t let it throw you off! Black Sails is its own story, ...

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