The Roci will Fly Again! The Expanse Picked Up by Amazon

Break out the celebratory lasagna—The Expanse has been saved! The show will move over to Amazon’s streaming service after its third season ends on Syfy. Jeff Bezos made the announcement himself last night, after a panel at the National Space Society’s International Space Development Conference, which featured three of the show’s stars, Steven Strait, Wes Chatham, and Cas Anvar, along with showrunner Naren Shankar.

Anvar, who has been especially vocal in the #SaveTheExpanse campaign, filmed the announcement and posted it on Twitter.

The Expanse premiered on Syfy in 2015, in a slightly unusual deal that gave Syfy only first run rights, with Amazon securing the streaming rights. As the show was expensive to produce, and received fairly low ratings, Syfy finally decided to drop it despite its status as one of the best examples of true SF on television right now. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bezos, a ...

Boba Fett Standalone Star Wars Movie in the Works

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucasfilm’s next standalone film will center on fan favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett. It’s long been rumored, but THR reports that Logan writer/director James Mangold will co-write the film with Simon Kinberg (who served as an executive producer on Star Wars: Rebels).

No word yet on what the plot would be, whether it would be a prequel or sequel to the original trilogy. The last time we saw Boba Fett in the linear canon timeline was The Clone Wars, but of course fans have long wondered how he got out of the Sarlacc Pit in Return of the Jedi. In fact, the Legends universe collection Tales from Jabba’s Palace has a story about exactly that, and would be a great place to begin looking for inspiration. Boba Fett was a mainstay of the Legends ’verse, and we have a lot of ...

The 12 Most Gratuitous Robot Deaths in Sci-Fi

Sometimes it feels like robots only exist to be abused, you know? We love them and the window they provide on the human condition, but science fiction is usually pretty mean to them overall. It loves to torment robots (and when we say “robots” we’re really talking about any form of android or A.I. or sentient toaster or what-have-you) with the constant threat of obsolescence or deactivation or destruction. And some of these deaths are just plain gratuitous, leaving us betrayed, bewildered, and otherwise bereaved.

Here are the worst of them.

 

Data, Star Trek: Nemesis

Type of “Robot”: Android

Why Death Was Gratuitous: Look, Nemesis was supposed to be the big bow-out for the Next Gen cast, but it just didn’t work that well. The plot was fuzzy, the villain weirdly contrived, and nothing about the film seemed to truly embody the tone or themes that Next Gen ...

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Warner Bros. Animation to Adapt George R.R. Martin’s The Ice Dragon

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The favorite bedtime story of the denizens of the world of Ice and Fire is coming to the big screen! Deadline reports that Warner Bros. Animation Group is adapting The Ice Dragon, George R.R. Martin’s children’s book about a girl and her ice dragon.

Martin will serve as a producer, with Game of Thrones producer Vince Gerardis serving as executive producer.

The Ice Dragon was originally published in 1980 as a children’s fantasy novella, then reworked and rereleased in 2007 and most recently in 2014 from Tor Teen, the latter with new illustrations by Luis Royo. More about the story:

In the world of A Song of Ice and Fire the ice dragon was a creature of legend and fear, for no man had ever tamed one. When it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land. But Adara was not afraid. ...

Seanan McGuire is Sending Kitty Pryde to Summer Camp!

X-Men Gold Annual #2

This one-off tale of the young teen Kitty Pryde will appear in X-Men Gold Annual #2, out on August 1st. “Like so many of us, I started reading the X-Men before I was old enough to have been a student at Xavier’s Academy,” says Wayward Children series author Seanan McGuire. “Kitty Pryde was my hero for most of my childhood. She was smart, she was curious, she got to be an X-Man and go to space and have a dragon for a friend—she was basically everything I wanted to be.”

Seanan is…understandably x-cited:

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HBO’s “Remixed” Watchmen TV Adaptation Will Be Set in the Present

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Damon Lindelof, showrunner for HBO’s forthcoming TV adaptation of Watchmen, recently posted a five-page open letter to fans of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ 1986 graphic novel. The letter, posted on the Lost and The Leftovers creator’s Instagram, provided both an update on the series’ development and reassurance that this would not be a straight adaptation but would rather “remix” the source material. The Old and New Testament were mentioned as well, but suffice to say, this will be an entirely original story—and it will be contemporary.

In a little homage to Dr. Manhattan’s origin story in the novel, Lindelof jumps around in time—explaining his particular connection to the book through his late father, himself a big fan; and how he has been considering an adaptation since shortly after Zack Snyder’s 2009 movie adaptation opened in theaters. He acknowledges Moore’s wish that Watchmen not be adapted and addresses ...

11 Sitcoms With Delightfully Nerdy Characters

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While plenty of sitcoms have nerdy premises, there has been something of a renaissance recently in comedies that showcase geeks as characters—and not simply as cruel stereotypes. And they also offer a much broader scope of nerdery, from con-goers to fanfic writers to tabletop game-builders! Here are a bunch of our favorites, in case you need to add a few more giggles to your evening viewing.

 

Bob’s Burgers

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Every awkward preteen girl who gets a little bit too excited about something she loves while also harboring R-rated daydreams should meet Tina Belcher. Bob and Linda’s oldest child is blissfully unaware of what sets her apart from her peers at school, but that must be what makes it so easy for her to delight in fictional worlds. One minute she’s unabashedly playing in her room with her Equestranauts action figures and begging her dad to bring her to a convention, ...

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A New Space Opera Trilogy is Coming From James S.A. Corey!

Orbit Books has announced that following the end of The Expanse series, James S.A. Corey has been signed for a new space opera trilogy!

The Verge reports that Orbit Books has signed Corey–who is actually the writing duo of Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck–for a new trilogy of books that will not be set in the Expanse universe.

In the press release for the new series, Franck explained that where The Expanse took it’s cues from works like Alien and The Stars My Destination, the upcoming trilogy will be an “exploration of the high concept science fiction that followed [The Golden Age of science fiction], with books like Dune and Hyperion and The Left Hand of Darkness.”

According to Abraham, “It’s big spectacle far future space opera, while never losing our focus on the complexity of human nature in these strange new settings.”

The first ...

Syfy Spaces The Expanse; Show May Find New Network

We might lose another one to The Churn—Syfy has cancelled The Expanse. While the current season, its third, will be broadcast to the end, this means that the show may not get to dig into the rest of the James S.A. Corey series.

Chris McCumber, President of Entertainment Networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, spoke about the cancellation saying: “The Expanse transported us across the solar system for three brilliant seasons of television… everyone at Syfy is a massive fan of the series, and this was an incredibly difficult decision. We want to sincerely thank The Expanse’s amazing cast, crew and all the dedicated creatives who helped bring James S.A. Corey’s story to life. And to the series’ loyal fans, we thank you most of all.”

The Expanse was co-created and written by Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby, and stars Steven Strait, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Dominique Tipper, Cas Anvar, ...

Check Out the Cover for Brandon Sanderson’s New Novel Skyward

io9 has revealed the cover for Skyward, Brandon Sanderson’s new YA science fiction novel that turns the “a boy and his dragon” trope into “a girl and her starfighter” in a future where humanity is at war with aliens.

From the catalog copy:

Spensa’s world has been under attack for hundreds of years. An alien race called the Krell leads onslaught after onslaught from the sky in a never-ending campaign to destroy humankind. Humanity’s only defense is to take to their ships and combat the Krell. Pilots are the heroes of what’s left of the human race.

Becoming a pilot has always been Spensa’s dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring above the earth and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with that of her father—a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa’s chances of ...

The 2017 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees have been Announced

The nominees for the 2017 Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced! We’re pleased and honored that three Tor.com Publishing titles, Stephen Graham Jones’ Mapping the Interior, Margaret Killjoy’s The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion and Tade Thompson’s The Murders of Molly Southbourne, were included in the novella category. Victor LaValle, author of The Ballad of Black Tom, was also nominated for The Changeling in the Novel category. Congratulations to all the nominees!

The Shirley Jackson Awards were established to recognize excellence in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and dark fantasy. They honor the legacy of Shirley Jackson, author of seminal works including The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. The awards are voted on by a jury of writers, editors, critics, and academics, and the awards will be presented on Sunday, July 15, 2018, at Readercon 29 in Quincy, Massachusetts.

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Watch the First Teaser for Shane Black’s The Predator

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Is it us, or do the Predator casts wind up more and more random with each movie? The latest installment features Sterling K. Brown (Black PantherThis Is Us), Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale), Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse), and Jacob Tremblay (Room), among others. Then again, who wouldn’t want the chance to work with Shane Black? The director’s “explosive reinvention” has the Predators genetically engineered to wreak havoc on Earth, and the only person standing in their way is… a disgruntled science teacher. Hell yes.

Also known as Predator 4, the film is expected to take place between 1990’s Predator 2 and 2010’s Predators. Check out the first teaser:

The official synopsis, from 20th Century Fox:

From the outer reaches of space to the small-town streets of suburbia, the hunt comes home in Shane Black’s explosive reinvention of the Predator ...

Listen to LeVar Burton Read Charlie Jane Anders’ Story “As Good As New”

For the San Francisco stop on his LeVar Burton Reads LIVE! tour, LeVar Burton read a story by local author Charlie Jane Anders: “As Good As New,” originally published on Tor.com and collected with some of her other short fiction in Six Months, Three Days, Five Others. “As Good As New” is a new wrinkle on the old story of three wishes, set after the end of the world.

Typical for Burton’s podcast, the former Reading Rainbow host infuses his reading with engaging inflections and varying voices, plus the added dimension of musical accompaniment by keyboardist Anthony Ferraro of Astronauts, etc. The extra appeal of the live show is that Anders herself took the stage after the story concluded to talk about her inspiration to write a new take on the three wishes story, not making her characters the butt of a joke, and almost flunking out ...

Luke Cage is Misty Knight’s Sidekick in Season 2 Trailer

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Okay, he knows it’s his show, he makes a real nice meta joke about it. But Misty’s new arm is awesome.

What’s in store for Luke Cage season two? Someone who might be able to break the unbreakable man…

Luke Cage season two will be available on Netflix on June 22nd.

Podraces, Porgs, and Prop Replicas: Our Favorite Star Wars Stuff

Star Wars is kind of a big deal. We’re not sure you noticed.

Truth is, Star Wars has become such a cultural juggernaut that you can find it pretty much anywhere at all times. It’s not just a thing to celebrate on May the 4th—if anything, May 4th is just an opportunity to jump around and shout about something that we already spend an abundance of time jumping around and shouting about. But because Star Wars is so omnipresent, some of the stuff we love about it is… weird. And random. Or maybe a little awkward.

So without further ado, we bring you a list of our favorite Star Wars stuff. Any old stuff. The strange and the non sequitur and the arcane.

 

Lightsaber Props and Sabine Wren’s Graffiti Art

Sabine Wren and her glorious TIE Fighter

One of my greatest Christmases was the year I asked my parents for Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber, specifically. That sparked ...

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It Takes Two in the New Trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp

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As has become abundantly clear, Scott Lang a.k.a. Ant-Man could use a buddy when fighting crime. Enter the Wasp, or Hope van Dyne, who takes all of dad Hank Pym’s tech and kicks it up a notch—with wings, no less. Marvel Studios has released the latest trailer for Ant-Man and the Wasp, which will explore this new team-up and likely fill in the blanks as to what these two were up to during Avengers: Infinity War.

The cool: Ghost (Hannah John-Kamen), their enemy from the Quantum Realm, who can pass through walls. The funny: the return of scene-stealer Michael Peña as Scott’s buddy Luis. The cheesy: the use of “It Takes Two”—what are we, a Guardians of the Galaxy movie?

The official synopsis, from Marvel:

From the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes Ant-Man and the Wasp, a new chapter featuring heroes with the astonishing ability to shrink. ...

Lucasfilm Announces Star Wars Resistance Animated TV Series

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With Star Wars: Rebels having ended earlier this year, Lucasfilm has announced a new animated series that will explore another “untold moment” of the Star Wars universe: Star Wars Resistance, the “anime-inspired” prequel of sorts to The Force Awakens.

Dave Filoni, who wrote for Star Wars: The Clone Wars and created Star Wars: Rebels, will helm the new series. According to Lucasfilm’s description, the series follows “Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.” But there will also be familiar faces (and, er, shapes) in the form of BB-8, Poe Dameron (voiced by Oscar Isaac), and Captain Phasma (ditto Gwendoline Christie)! Not to mention the ace pilots recruited alongside Kazuda to join the ranks of General Leia’s growing Resistance.

“The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest ...

Lucasfilm Announces Star Wars Resistance Animated TV Series

Star Wars Resistance Lucasfilm animated series

With Star Wars: Rebels having ended earlier this year, Lucasfilm has announced a new animated series that will explore another “untold moment” of the Star Wars universe: Star Wars Resistance, the “anime-inspired” prequel of sorts to The Force Awakens.

Dave Filoni, who wrote for Star Wars: The Clone Wars and created Star Wars: Rebels, will helm the new series. According to Lucasfilm’s description, the series follows “Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.” But there will also be familiar faces (and, er, shapes) in the form of BB-8, Poe Dameron (voiced by Oscar Isaac), and Captain Phasma (ditto Gwendoline Christie)! Not to mention the ace pilots recruited alongside Kazuda to join the ranks of General Leia’s growing Resistance.

“The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest ...

Lucasfilm Announces Star Wars Resistance Animated TV Series

Star Wars Resistance Lucasfilm animated series

With Star Wars: Rebels having ended earlier this year, Lucasfilm has announced a new animated series that will explore another “untold moment” of the Star Wars universe: Star Wars Resistance, the “anime-inspired” prequel of sorts to The Force Awakens.

Dave Filoni, who wrote for Star Wars: The Clone Wars and created Star Wars: Rebels, will helm the new series. According to Lucasfilm’s description, the series follows “Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.” But there will also be familiar faces (and, er, shapes) in the form of BB-8, Poe Dameron (voiced by Oscar Isaac), and Captain Phasma (ditto Gwendoline Christie)! Not to mention the ace pilots recruited alongside Kazuda to join the ranks of General Leia’s growing Resistance.

“The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest ...

Charlie Jane Anders to Be Special Guest for LeVar Burton Reads Live!

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LeVar Burton is taking his podcast on the road! LeVar Burton Reads is currently on tour, with the next stop San Francisco on April 29. There, the former Reading Rainbow host-turned-podcaster will welcome special guest Charlie Jane Anders, author of All the Birds in the Sky and the forthcoming The City in the Middle of the Night, to read and discuss one of her science fiction short stories.

Burton tweeted about the event last week:

The live show will take place Sunday, April 29, at 8 p.m. (doors 7:30) at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, CA. Tickets available here.

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