Damon Lindelof’s Watchmen Series is Coming to HBO Next Year!

HBO is adding superheroes to its roster of bratty dragons and robot cowboys: the latest adaptation of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal comic Watchmen has officially received a series order! And…it’s premiering next year? And the cast is enormous?

Click through for all the details we’ve got so far!

According to EW, the show will hit the network some time in 2019, along with Game of Thrones‘ final season and the long-awaited return of True Detective. There still aren’t many details on the show, which will be headed up by Damon Lindelof, but we do know that they’re keeping the basic premise of a society that treats once-legal superheroes as outlaws. HBO has also announced a giant cast, including Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Don Johnson, Tim Blake Nelson, Louis Gossett Jr., Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Adelaide Clemens, Andrew Howard, Tom Mison, Frances Fisher, Jacob Ming-Trent, Sara Vickers, Dylan Schombing, Lily Rose Smith and Adelynn Spoon…. but they haven’t specified who is ...

The Greatest Dads in Science Fiction, Fantasy, and the Universe

Parents tend to get shortchanged in dramatic genre stories, but that just makes the inspiring ones all the more noticeable! So today, the Tor.com office is recalling its favorite dads (and others who fill that role) in science fiction, fantasy, and anywhere! You know who they are. They’re the guys who stuck around to serve as inspiration and support to their (often heroic) children… and who managed to survive the dramatic whims of their creators!

 

Benjamin Sisko (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine opens with Benjamin Sisko fighting for his family amongst the backdrop of the adventures of Captain Picard and the Enterprise crew, and over the course of seven years and a war that spans the galaxy, the show never loses sight of what is truly important to Captain Sisko: his family, and his son Jake.

“That was something else you ...

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NPR Picks The 100 Greatest Horror Stories of All Time

NPR has done us a great service! In honor of the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, they asked all of us who love being scared to nominate their favorite horror tales, and assembled a fantastic panel of judges to select the 100 most terrifying. Their picks include everything from classics like Dracula, The Haunting of Hill House, and the aforementioned Frankenstein, to more morden scary stories like Let the Right One In, The Ballad of Black Tom, and Experimental Film. We’re especially excited to see a number of friends-of-Tor in this chilling compilation, including Sarah Monette, Victor LaValle, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Nalo Hopkinson, Kai Ashante Wilson, and Ann and Jeff VanderMeer.

Think you can get through all 100 by Halloween?

The choices were divided into categories so you can find your flavor of horror with ease: “Foundational Horror” includes classic tales from Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” ...

The Wheel of Time Showrunner Rafe Judkins: “I Plan to Lean Heavily Into The Concept of Reincarnation.”

The Wheel of Time

For the past several weeks, Rafe Judkins, showrunner of Amazon Studios’ The Wheel of Time television series, has instituted #WoTWednesday on social media: He’ll share peeks at scripts (just the episode titles, alas) or his marked-up copies of Robert Jordan’s books, as he and the writing staff embark on the epic undertaking of adapting this beloved fantasy series for the small screen.

This week, Judkins was in Fiji, and so for #WoTWednesday he talked about eastern religions and philosophies, most notably reincarnation.

[Note: Mild spoilers ahead for Book 6.]

In an Instagram post at the Sri Siva Subramaniya Temple in Nadi, Fiji, Judkins got to thinking:

For #WoTWednesday this week, since I’m in Fiji where 30% of the population is Hindu (and the 10 dollar coin is actually a mandala of the Kalachakra or “Wheel of Time”) I thought I’d talk a little about the philosophy of the ...

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This Harry Potter Crossover Fic Will Destroy You (In A Good Way)

Author Burgandi Rakoska snared our hearts today when we discovered this Tumblr post about post-school Harry Potter figuring out adult life after being a Chosen One. The unlikely friendship that he forms with a familiar older woman will undoubtedly bring a tear (or two) to the eye.

Prepare to have feelings:

Harry Potter/Narnia xover fic Burgandi Rakoska

Harry Potter/Narnia xover fic Burgandi Rakoska

Obviously fantasy enthusiasts and authors have long circled back on the raw deal bestowed upon Susan Pevensie at the end of the Narnia series, but there’s something particularly moving about Susan and a young Harry getting to bond over how they’re treated in their respective realms. The level of scrutiny that both of them faced as children is deeply painful to witness as readers. The thought that they could offer each other some measure of comfort in that connection is a little like balm on a wound.

Check out the rest of Rakoska’s Tumblr and take a peek at ...

Star Trek: Discovery Casts Spock for Season 2

Leonard Nimoy as Mr. Spock, Ethan Peck

Star Trek: Discovery has cast its Spock! Ethan Peck will be joining the cast in the iconic role of the USS Enterprise‘s half-human, half-Vulcan science officer. Peck, the grandson of legendary actor Gregory Peck, has previously appeared in ABC Family’s series 10 Things I Hate About You and CW Seed’s I Ship It.

Star Trek: Discovery, which takes place earlier than the original Star Trek, hinted that Spock might be making an appearance when the Discovery came across the Enterprise in its travels. Apparently, Spock will still be chief science officer, but under Captain Christopher Pike, who will be played by Anson Mount. Of course, Spock’s family is already tied to Discovery, as his foster sister Michael Burnham is one of the main characters of the show, so it will be interesting to see how their relationship plays out across the second season of the series.

Showrunner Alex ...

Mark Hamill, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, and More: Amazing Photos from 40 Years of Forbidden Planet

Famed comics and geek retailer Forbidden Planet is turning 40! On August 11, the iconic British comics shop and event space will celebrate the big day with a party featuring prizes, cake and more. Possibly even better? They’ve released a lovely treasure trove of photos from the store’s history, featuring special (adorable) appearances by a young Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Mark Hamill, Douglas Adams, and more!

If you’re going to be in London, you can find the official party business here. But if you can’t make the trip, never fear! You can also download a free archive of forty years of Forbidden Planet signings, book events, and general celebration.

We’re excited to share a sampling of their photo archive below. All photos care of Forbidden Planet (London) Ltd. (Click any image to enlarge.)

 

Douglas Adams
(Denmark Street, August 1982)

Angela Carter
(Denmark Street, September 1984)

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(Denmark ...

New “Deleted” Wheel of Time Novella to Appear in Unfettered III in 2019

The Wheel of Time

When Shawn Speakman and Grim Oak Press released the first Unfettered anthology in 2013, the epic fantasy collection included “River of Souls,” a deleted scene from Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson’s A Memory of Light. However, “River of Souls” was one of two scenes left on the proverbial cutting room floor during the revisions process. “The second, I assumed, would never see the light of day,” Sanderson wrote on his official website today before announcing that the second deleted scene will appear in Unfettered III in early 2019.

The as-yet-untitled deleted scene involves Perrin traveling into the Ways. Sanderson writes:

I’ve long been fond of this sequence, and it was quite difficult to cut from the book. (In the anthology itself, I’ll explain why we eventually decided that the sequence needed to go.) I do have to warn you that—unlike River of Souls, which we ...

AMC Developing Animated Sci-Fi Series Pantheon Based on Ken Liu’s Short Stories

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Since 2002, author and translator Ken Liu has published over 100 science fiction and fantasy short stories. Now, at least some of them will form the basis for Pantheon, a new animated science fiction series in development at AMC.

Using its scripts-to-series model rather than going the traditional television route of shooting a pilot, the network creates a writers room to develop a series itself, then decides whether or not to pick up the series. According to Deadline, in addition to creating the writers room, AMC has also commissioned a five-minute animated presentation for consideration.

Craig Silverstein, who served as executive producer and writer on Nikita and Terra Nova, will oversee the project as showrunner. Liu shared the news on Twitter, with the caveat that it was early in the development process but exciting nonetheless:

When ...

Sir Patrick Stewart Will Return as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in New Star Trek Series

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The rumored reboot of Star Trek: The Next Generation that was first hinted at in June has been confirmed as a brand-new Star Trek television series starring Sir Patrick Stewart, reprising his role as Captain Jean-Luc Picard. Instead of rebooting TNG, the series will take place 20 years after the events of Star Trek: Nemesis and will tell (according to a tweet from the official Star Trek account) “the story of the next chapter of Picard’s life.”

The announcement came from a number of sources, including Stewart himself, who crashed William Shatner’s panel at the Star Trek Las ...

Claire and Jamie Brave the New World in the First Outlander Season 4 Trailer

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Starz has released the first trailer for Outlander season 4, which sees time traveling nurse Claire and her Highlander husband Jamie trying to start anew in the New World. But trouble follows these two—or perhaps they’re fated to run into all manner of conflict no matter what country or continent they step onto, from woods filled with thieves to a potential warning from… the future!

The 13-episode season is based on Drums of Autumn, the fourth book in Diana Gabaldon’s series, and (according to the official synopsis, which doesn’t say much) “continues the romantic adventures of Claire (Caitriona Balfe) and Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) in America.” No sooner have they landed at River Run, the home of Jamie’s strong-willed aunt Jocasta (Maria Doyle Kennedy, a.k.a. Mrs. S from Orphan Black!) than they find themselves embroiled in local conflicts.

Watch the trailer:

Outlander returns this November ...

The X-Men Are Coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Disney & Fox Approve Sale

X-Men and Marvel Cinematic Universe

Shareholders have approved Disney’s purchase of 21st Century Fox. According to Deadline, “the whole procedure took maybe 10 minutes” with 99% of the shareholders for both companies approving the acquisition of Fox assets.

The press release states that the acquisition will bring Disney the film and TV studio assets held by 21st Century Fox, along with cable networks FX and National Geographic. Disney will also gain Fox’s 30% stake in Hulu, which raises questions as to the future of Disney’s planned 2019 streaming service.

Via Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger, “We’re incredibly pleased that shareholders of both companies have granted approval for us to move forward, and are confident in our ability to create significant long-term value through this acquisition of Fox’s premier assets.”

Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige have not yet released any statement regarding intentions to integrate the X-Men/Deadpool/Fantastic Four and Marvel cinematic universes. However, ...

Maria Dahvana Headley on Defeating Writers Block, Monsters

Maria Dahvana Headley took to reddit for a rollicking AMA full of monsters, women who are emphatically NOT monsters, and some terrific writing advice.

Check out the highlights below!

Headley’s latest novel is The Mere Wife (check out our very positive review here) which updates Beowulf by bringing it into the suburbs and looking at the roles of warriors and monsters in today’s society. Most of all, it focuses on the women in the story—Willa Herot, the most fabulous of the glittering housewives of the Herot Hall gated community, and Dana Owen, a military veteran suffering from severe PTSD who’s just trying to raise her boy, Gren, in peace.

You can see where this is going.

 

So…why Beowulf?

What’s your attraction to Beowulf? What in it begs for reinterpretation, and what is that you consider its heart? (JoshuaACNewman)

Maria Dahvana Headley: It was always Grendel’s ...

HBO Developing Jane Goldman’s Game of Thrones Prequel Spinoff

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At the Television Critics Association’s (TCA) summer press tour, HBO president Casey Bloys provided an update on the Game of Thrones spinoffs in the works: The network has decided to move forward with a pilot from A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin and Jane Goldman (Kingsman: The Golden CircleStardust), while the other four pilots appear to be on hold indefinitely.

While The Verge had previously reported that HBO had ordered Goldman’s pilot, the TCA update better clarifies the fates of the other four pilots, from Max Borenstein, Brian Helgeland, Carly Wray, and Bryan Cogman. One tweet described the other projects as “half dead/half on-hold”; according to The Hollywood Reporter, Bloys said, “Beyond that, no plans to make other ones.” HBO is currently starting the search for a director and a casting director, with the pilot expected to go into production ...

Rebecca Roanhorse on Which Aspects of Diné Culture Are Featured in Trail of Lightning

Rebecca Roanhorse Reddit AMA Trail of Lightning

When the cover for Rebecca Roanhorse’s debut novel Trail of Lightning was first revealed, the Nebula Award-winning author emphasized how she hadn’t wanted Dinétah monster hunter Maggie Hoskie to be depicted in “the typical trappings non-Natives associate with Native Americans” such as feathers or braids. Yet she still wanted Maggie to be recognizably Navajo, which is why she wears traditional Navajo women’s moccasins alongside her leather jacket and knife.

A similar discussion came out of Roanhorse’s recent Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) on r/fantasy, in which the author of the award-winning short story “Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™” explained which aspects of Diné culture she incorporated as Easter eggs, and which were off-limits. It makes for fascinating insights into an already engaging novel that kicks off a new rural fantasy series.

Redditor TerribleReturn asked:

I still haven’t read Trail of Lightning yet, but reading the interviews you’ve done ...

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15 Rituals The Tor.com Office Has Developed

Tor.com has existed on the internet for 10 years. And when you work in an office and you also work on the internet, where one day gives you a week’s worth of events to react to, you develop a lot of shorthands and rituals to get through the day.

Some of these rituals are straightforward, like our Friday/Monday morning watercooler-style breakdowns about the latest blockbuster, with everyone hashing out what they liked and didn’t like. (Chris hated Infinity War, for example, sparking off a Tor.com Infinity War War.) Some of these rituals are specific to the people here, like the weird voices we use to irritate/amuse one another when we’re feeling low on energy. And then there are the internet-specific rituals: Videos and in-jokes and events we keep coming back to time and again because…well, we’ve never figured out the “because”.

Here are some of ...

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Check Out the New Trailer for Syfy’s Sci-Fi/Horror Hybrid, Nightflyers!

The new trailer for Nightflyers, Syfy’s adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s science fiction/horror novella, was unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con! And it looks just as creepy as we were hoping.

Nightflyers follows a group of scientists who head off into space to make contact with aliens…but most likely make contact with UTTER HORROR instead. The cast includes Gretchen Mol (Life on MarsBoardwalk Empire) as Dr. Agatha Matheson, Eoin Macken (Merlin) as Karl D’Branin, David Ajala (Jupiter Ascending, Falling Water) as Roy Eris, and Jodie Turner-Smith (The Last Ship) as Melantha Jhirl.

Check out the trailer below!

Nightflyers is set to premiere on Syfy in late 2018 or early 2019!

 

“F— Batman”: The First Titans Trailer is Insane…ly Bad

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The DC Universe streaming platform has revealed the first trailer for its ~dark and ~gritty series Titans, and it’s… basically the equivalent of a rebellious teenager acting out, against the backdrop of music that keeps repeating DARKNESS DARKNESS DARKNESS over and over. Or is that MADNESS? We can’t tell, because we can’t stop laughing watching it.

Never mind that there was an excellent Teen Titans animated series way back when. Nah, what we need instead is Dick Grayson (Brenton Thwaites), detective by day and masked vigilante by night. If him moodily throwing an R-shaped shuriken isn’t enough to let audiences know that he’s rejected being the Boy Wonder, then they’ll be sure to get the message with his growly response to baddies looking for the Caped Crusasder: “Fuck Batman.” Oooh, someone’s tough.

The series also looks surprisingly gory:

The official synopsis from DC Universe is pretty bare:

Titans ...

Nnedi Okorafor is Penning A Comic About Black Panther’s Sister, Shuri!

Shuri comic, Leonardo Romano

While we might have to wait a while before we get to see Shuri on screen again, Marvel has a plan to keep the princess of Wakanda where she belongs—in the spotlight, that is. She’s getting her very own comic!

According to Bustle, there will be a Shuri comic series starting in October of 2018. The story will be written by Nnedi Okorafor, with art by Leonardo Romero. Here is Marvel’s synopsis:

Shuri is happiest in a lab, surrounded by gadgets of her own creation. She’d rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them. But a nation without a leader is a vulnerable one — and Shuri may have to choose between Wakanda’s welfare and her own.

The story will follow Shuri after her brother T’Challa disappears on a mission, and Wakanda looks to the princess for leadership as their next-in-line to the throne. Okorafor is already familiar with this ...

Check Out the UK Cover for Brandon Sanderson’s Upcoming Novel Skyward

We’re excited to share the evocative UK cover for Skyward, Brandon Sanderson’s new YA science fiction novel! The novel follows the story of a girl and her starfighter as they traverse a future in which humans and aliens are locked in war.

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 ...