Brandon Sanderson Previews His Young Adult “Mystery Project” Skyward

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At a recent Oathbringer event in the UK, Brandon Sanderson treated fans to a sneak preview of his latest “mystery project”: Skyward, a young adult novel that he described asHow to Train Your Dragon meets Top Gun with starfighters!” Gollancz tweeted a video of the reading, which doubles as an informal confirmation of Sanderson’s new project.

In early November, Sanderson revealed in an interview with Paste magazine that he was pulling his YA novel The Apocalypse Guard from its projected spring 2018 release from Delacorte Press. The novel was intended as the first installment of a new trilogy in a parallel universe to his Reckoners series, but Sanderson explained that he “just felt the book wasn’t right” and that “I decided I needed time from the book. So I set it aside and said, ‘Well, I’m going to write something else right now and see ...

Watch the First Teaser for Netflix’s Adaptation of Richard K. Morgan’s Cyberpunk Noir Altered Carbon

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The future of humanity has arrived, in the form of Netflix’s first teaser trailer for Altered Carbon, its television adaptation of Richard K. Morgan’s 2002 cyberpunk novel. Three hundred years from now, human consciousness can be downloaded into digital “stacks” which are uploaded into “sleeves,” or new human bodies—allowing the elite to achieve immortality or even come back from the dead. The elite… and Takeshi Kovacs, a soldier-turned-revolutionary-turned-consciousness-for-hire: Awoken centuries in the future in a new body, he must solve the murder of his rich employer.

Entertainment Weekly has all the intel on this new series coming in early 2018, including its genesis and the gamble that Netflix made in committing to all of the worldbuilding—and some adult content—of Morgan’s novel. Will Yun Lee (The Wolverine) and Joel Kinnaman (The Killing) play Kovacs—one his original body, one his new sleeve. Dichen Lachman (Dollhouse, Agents ...

Feast Your Eyes on the Stunning Character Posters for the Nnedi Okorafor Adaptation Hello, Rain

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A few months ago, Fiery Film debuted the first image from Hello, Rain, the short film adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s Afrofuturist story “Hello, Moto.” The behind-the-scenes photo was a cool first glimpse of scientist witches Rain, Philo, and Coco, but you don’t truly get a sense of them in action until the new character posters, released today.

In Hello, Rain, Keira Hewatch plays scientist and witch Rain, who hopes that her inventions, wigs that allow their wearers to wield influence and power, will help battle corruption. Instead, she watches her friends Coco (Ogee Nelson) and Philo (Tunde Aladese) themselves become corrupted, turning them against Rain as she attempts to make up for what she’s done.

Okorafor tweeted the three posters, full of magical wigs and spells, each with an accompanying quote from the character:

 

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Photo: Fiery Film

“I am beast. I am lovely. I was born beautiful....

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Barack Obama Asks Sci-Fi Author Liu Cixin About His Next Book

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Former President Barack Obama met with current Chinese President Xi Jinping on November 28 at the Global Education Summit in Beijing… but he also took some time out of his visit to ask award-winning science fiction author Liu Cixin for his next book!

Obama has long been a reader of sci-fi/fantasy and has publicly spoken of the vision and impact Liu’s Three-Body Problem trilogy, starting with the titular first volume, before. The series’ exponentially expansive take on cultures interacting across the cosmos seems to have had a profound impact on the president’s imagination.

It’s no secret that President Obama is kind of a big nerd, so it’s fun to imagine the former head of state cutting a meeting short with another head of state just so he can say hello ...

Hark! We Bring You Glad Tidings of Jon Hamm in Good Omens

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The news that Jon Hamm was joining the cast of Good Omens as the Angel Gabriel was good news. Finding out that the role would be expanded to incorporate ideas that Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett had for an unfinished Good Omens sequel was even better. But now, we get our first look at Jon Hamm in all his angelic glory, and it proves to be the best news of all!

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Here you go:

Jon Hamm as Gabriel in Good Omens

Look at all those subtle shades of grey! And those stylish shoes! And that, um, turtleneck? Why would a celestial being go for a turtleneck?

We’ll chalk this up to ineffability.

Neil Gaiman tweeted this lovely shot himself, saying he was sharing it “for you, for me, for all of us. FOR PEOPLE NOT YET BORN. This is what Jon Hamm looks like as ...

Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award to Honor Speculative Fiction About the Ramifications of Technology

Neukom Institute of Computational Science Literary Arts Award Dan Rockmore

In a recent essay in the Los Angeles Review of Books, Dartmouth professor Dan Rockmore argues that for visions of the future, we should turn not to scientists or futurists but to artists: “Unimpeded by error bars and immune to the stakes that motivate futurists, they may be our best guides to the science-inflected possibilities of the future, precisely because they have the freedom to chart a possible future that many a bench scientist can’t or won’t.” In that spirit, Rockmore, director of the Neukom Institute for Computational Science, has established a new award that will recognize works of speculative fiction, especially those that ponder societal effects of everything from artificial intelligence to big data.

The Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award will celebrate near-future narratives in books and plays that pertain specifically to computational science—which can manifest as the aforementioned examples as well as many other concepts: self-driving ...

4 Questions We Have About Avengers: Infinity War

The first trailer for Avengers: Infinity War is finally here! (And you can watch it below!) On May 4th, 2018 begins a cosmic cinematic brouhaha that has been in the making for ten years.

But we still have lots of questions. Will the movie address them? Let’s find out!

[Note: Spoilers for Thor: Ragnarok ahead.]

 

1. What kind of Thanos are we getting?

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Thanos can be a very interesting villain, but it depends on which version we’re getting. A dopey noob who is using a helicopter as part of his first attempt at godhood? (As he was during his first comic appearances.) A methodical, sadistic chessmaster with a fervent religious devotion to death? (As he was during his quest for the Infinity Stones / Gauntlet.) A calculating ally with an irksome nobility? (As he was during after his ultimate loss of the Infinity ...

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