Redditor Finds Rare 1st Edition Copy of The Fellowship of The Ring…in a Doritos Box


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Fellowship of the Ring first edition first impression edition for St. Helena's charity auction

Thrifters and used-book nerds alike can appreciate the reward of digging through piles of items to find one very special, very precious piece. That’s what happened to one Reddit user, who volunteers at St. Helena’s hospice in the U.K., after digging through a Doritos box full of donated books finding, not Doritos, but a first edition of The Fellowship of the Ring.

It was almost destined for the trash but they were able to save it. As CrawlLikeASpider-Man writes:

I work for a charity and sometimes I sort through the masses of donations that we get on a daily basis. This day a Dorito’s box full of books came in and I took it, after it fell apart and spilt the contents everywhere. The books inside were bog standard. Apart from the grail sitting at the bottom like it was nothing. Lord of the Rings hardbacks were ...

Watch a Video from Grape Ape, a Riot Grrrl Band Straight from the Pages of Annalee Newitz


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Grape Ape

Our timeline has a powerful Riot Grrrl tradition! However, not every band made it here—some, like Grape Ape, reached their power in other timelines, and are only known to us through appearances in other media. In this case, Annalee Newitz, a scribe of our timeline, documented Grape Ape and their glory in her forthcoming novel The Future of Another Timeline. But now, to our great excitement, she’s shared one of their videos!

We have to admit we’re confused that this timeline’s Charlie Jane Anders managed to cross over to tend bar for a Grape Ape show? But no matter—click through for the video!

In “What I Like to See,” Grape Ape sing a song celebrating grrrls of every stripe! And then they toast Charlie Jane Anders and tie a stuffy man up in with a rope, with true alt ’90’s energy. Best of all, the song sums up some of ...

George R. R. Martin Has a Theater Full of Signed SFF Books and They’re Up For Grabs


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George R. R. Martin Hugos photo Henry Söderlund

Would you like to do George R. R. Martin a favor? As many of you know, Martin runs a fantastic independent movie theater, the Jean Cocteau Cinema, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Like all good movie theaters, this one has a bookstore, and like all good bookstores, it’s hosted a lot of author events. As a result, the store is now overstuffed with signed books—and Martin would love it if you’d take some off his hands.

Of course, this being Martin, even the act of bookselling has to happen in the echo of Death’s dark laughter:

After six years of author events at my Jean Cocteau Cinema, we have built up quite a backlog of autographed books. Our basement is full to overflowing. I am growing fearful that Shannon Zelazny, who handles our mail orders, may be crushed beneath a falling bookrack one of these days. We’d like to try ...

This AskReddit Thread Invites Fans to Pick Their Literary Fighter


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Knife of Dreams Wheel of Time Michael Komarck

If you could pick any (no, seriously, any) literary character and have them show-down with another literary character, Smash Bros-style, who would it be? That’s the premise of a new r/AskReddit thread, posed by u/GayDagger, that has fans picking out foes both farcical and formidable.

Over on the kid’s lit side, we have Clifford vs. The Very Hungry Caterpillar (both excellent choices, one has size, one has endless hunger, whomever wins…HUMANITY LOSES), while our Shakespearean cage match sees both Macbeth (“no man that’s born of woman”) and Mercutio (“A plague o’ both your houses!”) in the ring.

As for sci-fi and fantasy, well, the possibilities are literally endless. So far, users have volunteered Ser Barristan Selmy, Harry Dresden, Mat Cauthon, Rand al’Thor, Nynaeve, Roland Deschain, Gandalf, Glorfindel, Kaladin Stormblessed, Shallan Davar, Paul Atreides, Leto Atreides II, Kvothe, and ...

Brandon Sanderson on Changes in the Wheel of Time TV Show: “Majority of These Decisions Are Excellent Choices”


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The Wheel of Time

Author Brandon Sanderson jumped into the Stormlight_Archive subreddit and r/WoT subreddit over the holiday weekend to answer questions, give updates, and generally be awesome (you can see most of the answers collected here) and naturally we got some additional details on how the Wheel of Time TV show is progressing.

Sanderson initially commented that the TV show would have noticeable differences from the books, then elaborated:

I found the mast [sic] majority of these decisions to be excellent choices–things that will give the show its own soul, but still in line with the feel and tone of the books. I can’t say for certain, but my instincts say the fanbase will in general respond to them positively. There are a few I offered suggestions on, and we’ll see.

I can’t say too much, not just because of NDAs, but also because the show is very much still ...

We Finally Have a First Look at the New Star Trek Picard Show


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Star Trek: Picard show logo

Star Trek fans finally have their first look at the return of Jean-Luc Picard, courtesy of this week’s CBS television upfront presentations.

CBS revealed the title to the show–simply: Star Trek: Picard. Along with a logo that, interestingly, utilizes the Star Trek title font associated with The Original Series, Star Trek: Discovery, and Kirk’s era, instead of the Next Generation era that Picard hails from.

Buzzfeed News correspondent Kate Aurther also snapped a still from a short scene presented at the upfronts:

 

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette writer Rob Owen describes the short clip as thus:

New Avengers: Endgame Posters Reveal New Casualties of The Snap


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Avengers Endgame logo

The Marvel Studios Twitter account is bringing us down, you guys.

Marvel has just released individual character posters for everyone in (or even seemingly related to) Avengers: Endgame and each one is coded to reveal their fate, with the Infinity War survivors in color and the fallen in black and white.

The good news is that some of our favorite characters survived Thanos’ Snap!

The bad news…

Spoilers ahead for Endgame, obviously!

 

First off, let’s celebrate confirmation of the following survivors:

 

Happy Hogan

 

Wong

 

Pepper Potts

(This clarifies some of our theories here.)

 

Valkyrie

Captain Marvel Has a Funny Star Trek Easter Egg Hiding in Plain Sight


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Talos Captain Marvel

Spider-Man: Homecoming was the first Marvel film to make it clear that Star Trek and the MCU were (cheekily) closer than we thought, after Kevin Feige pushed for Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home‘s “Punk on Bus” to appear in Queens during a scene in Homecoming, many decades after bothering Kirk and Spock on a San Francisco public bus. We thought that would be the end of it.

We should have known better.

[Don’t worry, no spoilers for Captain Marvel. This is stuff from the trailer.]

If you’ve heard a bit about the villains of Captain Marvel, you’d know that the leader of Skrulls (shapeshifting aliens who cause all sorts of trouble) is named Talos. He is played by Ben Mendelsohn, who you might also remember from Rogue One, the most recent iteration of Robin Hood, or Ready Player One. The character has been around since 1994 ...

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 ...

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 ...

The Stan Lee Cameo in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is a Perfect Farewell


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I do not want to spoil Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (unless saying it’s really really good is a spoiler) so I will simply say this here, above the cut: while the requisite Stan Lee Cameo can feel a bit gratuitous or creaky at times, Lee’s appearance in Spider-Verse is absolutely, completely, no reservations perfect.

I’ll talk about why (WITH FULL SPOILERS) below.

There are many many things to be said about Stan Lee (and I am not gonna say them here) but the Stan Lee Cameo was a singular part of Marvel’s forays into movies. Initially cute or funny, as the MCU took over Hollywood the cameos started to feel a little gratuitous, or played on a dirty old man cliché that felt more tired each time, but a few of them (“What’s the matter with you kids? You never seen a spaceship before?”) were amazing. There ...

Star Trek: Lower Decks Animated Series Coming From Rick and Morty Head Writer


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Star Trek: Lower Decks food replicator animated series Mike McMahan

The Star Trek universe expands further with the announcement of a new series! Star Trek: Lower Decks is a half-hour animated sitcom that will, according to Deadline, “focus on the support crew serving on one of Starfleet’s least important ships.” CBS All Access has given the series, from Rick and Morty head writer and dedicated Trek fan Mike McMahan, a two-season order.

Star Trek: Lower Decks is the latest series to come from Alex Kurtzman, who signed a five-year contract to expand the Star Trek universe with a number of series of varying lengths and styles. That includes a new Captain Picard series and the mini-episodes Star Trek: Short Treks; for the latter, McMahan wrote “The Escape Artist,” which sees the return of Harry Mudd and will premiere on January 3, 2019. In addition to Kurtzman, other executive producers for Lower Decks include Heather Kadin ...

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


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Binti Nnedi Okorafor

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


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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?

[via Variety!]

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


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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!

How fantastic are all the nods to the Raimi trilogy?

How great is Spider-Gwen??

How awesome is John Mulaney as Spider-Ham???

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Want Something to be Thankful For, Punks? MST3K Returns Thanksgiving Weekend!


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We’ve got movie sign…again! After giving us the Thanksgiving 2017 miracle of announcing the show’s renewal, The A.V. Club is now reporting that the new season of Mystery Science Theater 3000 will flood into our televisions—and hearts—like so many quarts of gravy on Thursday, November 22.

Which, by the way? Is the show’s 30th anniversary! That’s right, the first-ever episode of MST3K premiered on Minneapolis’ KTMA on Thanksgiving Day, 1988.

Hi-keeba, indeed.

Obviously the show has had a rollercoaster of a history, hopping from the public access KTMA to Comedy Central with original host/creator Joel Hodgson, before adding Mike Nelson as host in time for a big screen debut with Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie in 1996, to another move, this time to Syfy back in The Before Times, when it was still the Sci-Fi Channel. The show was revived and picked up by Netflix after an insanely ...

Real-Life Vulcan Found? First Exoplanet Confirmed Around the Star That Hosts Vulcan in Star Trek


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Astronomers at the University of Florida, Tennessee State University, and the University of Arizona, have detected a “super-Earth” around the star 40 Eridani A, the real-life star that also has the honorable distinction of being the home solar system of Vulcan from the Star Trek franchise.

But it’s not all good first-contact-that-propels-humanity-into-post-scarcity news. The paper detailing the discovery notes that the super-Earth is orbiting extremely closely to its star (its orbital period is only 42.4 days) and is thus entirely too hot to support life. Still, astronomers are only just now forming a detailed study of the system, and typically if there’s one confirmed exoplanet around a distant star, there tend to be multiple planets still awaiting discovery.

So anyway. Star Trek is real. Spock is real. Love is real.

Some fun facts:

Loki and Scarlet Witch May Star in Their Own Shows for Disney’s Streaming Service


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Disney and Marvel Studios may team up on some magical original content next year! According to Hollywood Reporter, the studios are planning to make Disney’s new streaming service considerably more irresistible (at least to certain fans) by developing limited series for Loki and Scarlet Witch—and rather than turning to animation, they’re intending to bring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen in to star!

The two may join a roster of other superheroes/villains/grey-area-magic-users who haven’t yet headlined their own films.

Disney has already stated a plan to move all of its movies to the new platform, as well as films from Marvel, Pixar and Lucasfilm, adding up to about around 500 films, along with 7,000 episodes of Disney TV fare. Bob Iger said last year that the studio was planning a few original films exclusively for the service, so these proposed shows would add some more original content, while also tying the service into the ever-growing ...

Mary Robinette Kowal will Return to Space with Two New Lady Astronaut Novels!


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Mary Robinette Kowal is giving us more stories from her punch-card punk universe! Kowal has signed a six-figure deal with Tor Books to continue the alternate history series with two more books about mathematician/astronaut Elma York and her colleagues: The Relentless Moon and The Derivative Base will follow The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky in 2020 and 2022, respectively.

As if that wasn’t enough, Kowal’s sparkling standalone SF murder mystery, that she describes as “The Thin Man in Space,” will hit shelves in 2021!

Kowal recently spoke about her series with The Verge, sharing details about the future of the series, and a look at a brand new character.

The Lady Astronaut series is an expansion of Kowal’s 2013 novelette, “The Lady Astronaut of Mars.” While the novelette takes us into a future that features a colonized Mars, the first two novels of the ...

Watch the Trailer for Zombie Christmas Musical Anna and the Apocalypse


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Anna and the Apocalypse trailer zombie Christmas movie musical

A pretty succinct way to sum up Anna and the Apocalypse is “Shaun of the Dead meets La La Land.” You could probably also draw some allusions to Buffy the Vampire Slayer’s musical episode “Once More, With Feeling.” At any rate, the darkly funny holiday movie looks to be serving up a new kind of Christmas carol, based on the first trailer.

’Tis the night before Christmas in Little Haven, and the undead are about to rise. It’s not enough for Anna (Ella Hunt) and her friends to seize on giant candy canes as impromptu bats to fight off the Yuletide zombies—they also must sing and dance their way to survival. What a time to be alive:

Anna and the Apocalypse rings in the holiday season November 30 in select theaters, opening wide December 7.