The Ruin Of Kings has been Optioned for a Fantasy Television Series By Annapurna TV


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Deadline has reported that Jenn Lyons’ epic fantasy The Ruin of Kings has been optioned by Annapurna TV, for development as a fantasy series. The book is Lyons’ debut, and the first installment in the five-book series A Chorus of Dragons.

The Ruin Of Kings follows the story of Khirin, a young thief who discovers he may be the son of a prince and involved in a complex prophecy where he is more valuable alive than dead:

When destiny calls, there’s no fighting back.

Kihrin grew up in the slums of Quur, a thief and a minstrel’s son raised on tales of long-lost princes and magnificent quests. When he is claimed against his will as the missing son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds himself at the mercy of his new family’s ruthless power plays and political ambitions.

Practically a prisoner, Kihrin discovers that being a long-lost prince ...

Watch the First Teaser for Disney’s Frozen 2


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Frozen 2 teaser Elsa Anna Olaf Sven Kristoff

The first time we see Elsa after nearly six years (!), she’s facing off against… the ocean? It’s unclear whether she’s trying to see if her powers extend to freezing rushing water, or if she’s confronting old fears about the shipwreck that killed her and Anna’s parents, but either way it’s a fascinating way to set up the sequel to Disney’s hit animated film.

There’s no official synopsis from Disney yet, but the teaser tells us plenty: Elsa (Idina Menzel), Anna (Kristen Bell), Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), Sven, and Olaf (Josh Gad) are venturing outside of Arendelle—more specifically, to the forest. There are new characters voiced by Sterling K. Brown and Evan Rachel Wood (the latter it looks like we get a glimpse of), presumably new songs, and clearly new outfits. Watch the teaser:

Frozen 2 comes to theaters November 22.

Read the First Five Chapters of Seanan McGuire’s Middlegame!


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Can’t wait until May 7th to get your first peek at Seanan McGuire’s new book, Middlegame? We’ve got just the ticket…

Head on over to Tor.com Publishing for a FREE download of the first five chapters right now! Want to know more? Here’s a handy synopsis:

Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.

Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.

Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet.

Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the twins to the highest power, to ...

Check Out the First Trailer for this Summer’s J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic, Tolkien


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The life of J.R.R. Tolkien was as tumultuous as his books: orphaned at young age, marked by World War I, fighting to woo the woman he loved despite the disapproval of his guardians, and finally unspooling an entire fantasy world and multiple languages while teaching at Oxford. Now this story will get a star-studded cinematic treatment in a new biopic, Tolkien, with Nicholas Hoult as the author himself, Lily Collins as Tolkien’s ladylove (and inspiration for Lúthien Tinúviel) Edith Bratt, and Colm Meaney as the young Tolkien’s guardian and parish priest, Father Francis Morgan.

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Tolkien will simply walk into theaters on May 10, 2019!

6 SFF Characters That Tend Towards Lawful Good


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We love a Lawful Good warrior in fiction—those who believe in the inherent goodness of others, and in the ability of laws to impart fairness and equality. They typically find a place in law enforcement, though in science fiction and fantasy that can mean anything from an ancient order of mystic knights to a specialized branch of the Ministry of Alchemy. Their devotion to rules and order may elicit eye rolls or exasperated sighs from more roguish-types, but we’ve got a lot of respect for characters that try to uphold a code. Well, within reason, anyway… We’re highlighting a few of our favorite by-the-book advocates in genre fiction—add your own picks in the comments!

 

Captain Carrot—Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett

If there was ever a way to make a stickler for rules and regulations lovable, Terry Pratchett certainly found it in Captain Carrot Ironfoundersson of ...

Suggest Some Epic Instrumentals to Help Brandon Sanderson With Stormlight Archive Book 4!


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Brandon Sanderson instagram Stormlight Book 4 update

Heads up, Brandon Sanderson fans! The epic fantasy author has posted an update on the start of work on the highly-anticipated fourth book in his Stormlight Archive series (now tentatively titled The Rhythm of War, as per the author’s latest update) and the challenge ahead is quite daunting.

Thankfully, you can help!

From Sanderson’s Stormlight Book 4 Update over on /r/Stormlight_Archive:

Writing a Stormlight book is not an easy or quick process. To finish on time, I’ll need to do 40k words a month every month this year–which is a tall order. (My average is around 30k a month, though, so it’s not impossible.)

That sounds like a lot of intense focus and work. But you can help:

What songs in specific (songs are better than artists, as I try to keep my playlists varied with only a couple of songs from any one given artist) do ...

Here’s Your First Look at Will Smith as the Genie in the New Live-Action Aladdin Teaser


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Disney live-action Aladdin Will Smith Genie blue

Well, they’ve done it. It was only a matter of time before Disney showed us just what Will Smith’s Genie looks like in the live-action Aladdin remake—not the Entertainment Weekly cover, but Genie in all his blue glory. But rather than remind us of Robin Williams’ take on the classic character, Smith’s got much more of a Tobias Fünke vibe. It’s… something.

Agrabah looks epic; the “Prince Ali” number looks delightful; but when it comes to the characters, the jury’s still out. Also, what is up with Jafar’s line reading—where’s the campiness? Rub the lamp and watch the teaser for yourself:

The official synopsis, from Walt Disney Studios:

A thrilling and vibrant live-action adaptation of Disney’s animated classic, Aladdin is the exciting tale of the charming street rat Aladdin, the courageous and self-determined Princess Jasmine and the Genie who may be the key to their future. Directed by Guy Ritchie, who ...

Michael B. Jordan to Produce Movie Adaptation of Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf


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Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James

Black Panther star Michael B. Jordan has signed on to adapt Marlon James’ epic fantasy novel Black Leopard, Red Wolf for Warner Bros. Jordan will produce with his company Outlier Society, which co-produced the HBO adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 in which Jordan starred.

Described as an African Game of Thrones, James’ novel follows a mercenary named Tracker following his nose through fantastical Africa in search of a missing boy and, even more crucial, the truth behind the boy’s disappearance.

More on the novel, the first installment in the Dark Star trilogy:

Tracker is known far and wide for his skills as a hunter: “He has a nose,” people say. Engaged to track down a mysterious boy who disappeared three years earlier, Tracker breaks his own rule of always working alone when he finds himself part of a group that comes together to search for the boy. The band is ...

7 Fantasies Told from Multiple Points of View


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One of our favorite techniques in writing is the use of multiple close points of view. While it has an exalted history in fantasy—Tolkien jumped all over Middle-earth in The Lord of the Rings—what we’re especially excited about now is the way authors use the style to craft a much more personal story, by taking us into deep into the minds of many different characters. Multiple points-of-view allow a writer to show us the depth and breadth of their world, to explore class disparity and racial oppression, to tell different sides of a love story or a battle.

We’ve picked a few of our favorite recent examples—tell us yours in the comments!

 

A Song of Ice and Fire by George R. R. Martin

As Song of Ice and Fire may be the most popular current version of this story telling style, as the chapters shift ...

5 Sci-Fi, Fantasy, and Dystopian Tests That Aren’t What They Seem


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Whether a story takes place in a dystopian near-future, a far future somewhere in the stars beyond Earth, or a fantasy world that is both the distant past and distant future of our planet, people like to subject one another to tests. Even more than that, people—Wise Ones, mentors, faction leaders—enjoy making those tests be about something completely different than what they’re supposedly testing for. All the better to get a genuine reaction out of the person being tested, and making for a compelling story about the prizes that lay beyond these trials, and the real sacrifices it takes to reach them. Read on for five exams, measured in everything from 25 questions to infinite droplets of water, that are covers for the true tests of character.

Some spoilers for certain titles, though not for anything that’s new—that’d be like giving away the answers before you take the test, and ...

Steal the Stars and Children of Blood and Bone Among SFF Finalists for the 2019 Audie Awards


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Steal the Stars Audie Awards finalists best audio drama 2019

The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has announced the finalists for the 2019 Audie Awards, “the premier awards program in the United States recognizing distinction in audiobooks and spoken-word entertainment.” We are delighted that Macmillan Audio and Macmillan Podcasts have been honored for a number of titles across categories, including Tomi Adeyemi’s Children of Blood and Bone (in Audiobook of the Year and Young Adult), Michael Moreci’s Black Star Renegades (in Science Fiction), and Tor Labs and Gideon Media’s science fiction audio drama Steal the Stars (in Audio Drama)!

Other SFF finalists include John Scalzi’s Head On, Naomi Novik’s Spinning Silver, Andy Weir’s Artemis, and more. The 2019 Audie Awards will be held on March 4 in New York City, hosted by Queer Eye star and Naturally Tan author Tan France. Below, the complete list of finalists:

Audiobook of the Year

  • An American Marriage by Tayari ...

The Twilight Zone is Here to Disrupt Your Super Bowl


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WHAT IS REALITY JORDAN PEELE? (ahem) A new trailer for Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone reboot just premiered during the Super Bowl, and we both love and fear it.

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Between this and Us, we’re calling it: Jordan Peele has won the Super Bowl. We are so excited it’s outweighing the fear.

The Twilight Zone hits CBS All Access on April 1st!

Higher, Further, Faster: Watch the Latest Captain Marvel TV Spot


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Captain Marvel Super Bowl trailer higher further faster

We just can’t get enough of Brie Larson rising up with fury in her eyes and in her fists to fight the latest challenge.

Watch the Super Bowl TV spot, which includes cameos from Lashana Lynch, Jude Law, and of course de-aged Samuel L. Jackson:

Captain Marvel comes to theaters March 8.

Watch Yourself in the Disturbing New Trailer for Jordan Peele’s Us


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Us Super Bowl TV spot Watch Yourself Jordan Peele Lupita Nyong'o

Do you believe in coincidences? Or things lining up in ways they’re not supposed to? Lupita Nyong’o does in the latest teaser for Us, Jordan Peele’s doppelgänger-loaded follow-up to Us, but those instincts don’t seem to do her any good before all the double vision. So, all they can do is watch themselves.

Watch the new TV spot, which aired during the Super Bowl:

If you’d like more of a sense of what to expect beyond this fascinating teaser, here’s the official synopsis from Universal Pictures:

After sending shockwaves across contemporary culture and setting a new standard for provocative, socially-conscious horror films with his directorial debut, Get Out, Academy Award®-winning visionary Jordan Peele returns with another original nightmare that he has written, directed and produced.

Set in present day along the iconic Northern California coastline, Us, from Monkeypaw Productions, stars Oscar® winner Lupita Nyong’o as Adelaide ...

New Avengers: Endgame TV Spot Answers One of Our Post-Snap Questions


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Avengers: Endgame Super Bowl trailer Steve support group where do we go now that they're gone

One of our office quibbles with the first trailer for Avengers: Endgame was that we had no idea how the rest of the world aside from the Avengers were reacting to Thanos’ snap. Now, the Super Bowl TV spot has answered at least one question, in the form of a support group for everyone left behind. Including Steve! OK, we’re crying and it’s not even the end of the first quarter.

Watch the TV spot, which asks the question Where Do We Go, Now That They’re Gone? WHERE INDEED:

Avengers: Endgame comes to theaters April 26, 2019.

Give Your D&D Characters Strange Diseases With This Brand New Supplement!


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The Malady Workshop

Keeping track of a character’s health in Dungeons & Dragons has always been important in regard to keeping said character alive. But the real world doesn’t come at you with hit points and healing potions most of the time. You know what your party needs?

Communicable diseases.

Thankfully, a group of medical students who love tabletop gaming thought about this, and decided to cut the world a break. They’ve created a supplement called The Malady Workshop, which will help your Dungeon Master come up any number of horrible ailments for you and your pals to deal with as you battle unicorns and flirt with orcs. From the Dungeon Masters Guild:

Inspired by the vast array of diseases, and the medieval myths that once surrounded them, we embarked on a mission; to enrich other worlds with fantastical diseases.

Enrichment! What a great idea. And there are both mundane and ...

The Wheel of Time TV Series to Start Production in Fall 2019


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The Wheel of Time

The Wheel of Time, Amazon Studios’ forthcoming television adaptation of Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series, will go into production starting in September 2019, according to the trade publication Production WeeklyWheel of Time fan site The Daily Trolloc acquired a sample issue of the weekly publication from December 20, 2018, which lists the series among over a hundred other projects currently in development. Another notable detail is the location: the series will shoot at least in part in Prague, Czech Republic.

The listing (above) also includes the official series description, first shared when Amazon Studios ordered the series in late 2018:

The fantasy epic is set in a sprawling, epic world where magic exists, but only women can use it. The story follows Moiraine, a member of the shadowy and influential all-female organization called the Aes Sedai, as she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with ...

Black Panther Nominated for Best Picture at the Oscars


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Black Panther Best Picture nomination Oscars Academy Awards

The nominees for the 91st Academy Awards were announced this morning, with the delightful news that Black Panther is among the nominees for Best Picture. (Though unfortunately Ryan Coogler did not get a nod for Best Director.) While it is the only explicitly genre film among the eight Best Picture nominees (last year had Get Out and eventual winner The Shape of Water), the Best Animated Feature category recognized Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Incredibles 2, and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.

Further, you’ll spot other genre films from the past year like Avengers: Infinity War, Ready Player One, and A Quiet Place in the requisite visual and sound effects categories; Black Panther has a few nominees among those as well, such as Kendrick Lamar’s “All the Stars” going head-to-head with Lady Gaga’s earworm “Shallow” for Best Original Song. (That’s seven nominations total for Black ...

Can You Ever Go Home Again? 9 Stories That Continue After Journey’s End


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After fighting in the Trojan War, taking an epic walk to Mount Doom, or communing with the alien Meduse, all the intrepid war hero/quester/intergalactic exchange student wants is to return to the familiar comforts of home. But they’ve changed—maybe they’re missing a finger, have been transformed on a molecular level, or simply had their mind expanded in the figurative sense—and so has home. These nine sci-fi and fantasy tales explore the awkward, anticlimactic, and occasionally antagonistic homecomings, and how sometimes that final hurdle is the most important part of the story.

 

The Odyssey by Homer (trans. by Emily Wilson)

After outsmarting the Cyclops, dodging the affections of Circe (OK, he stayed on her island for a little while), and steering clear of Scylla and Charybdis, you can’t blame Odysseus for wanting a low-key return to Ithaca after the Trojan War and his ten-year (!) journey home. Instead, he ...