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


This post is by Stubby the Rocket from Tor.com Frontpage Partial - Blog and Story Content


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




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


This post is by Stubby the Rocket from Tor.com Frontpage Partial - Blog and Story Content


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




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


This post is by Leah Schnelbach from Tor.com Frontpage Partial - Blog and Story Content


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




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


This post is by Stubby the Rocket from Tor.com Frontpage Partial - Blog and Story Content


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




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


This post is by Stubby the Rocket from Tor.com Frontpage Partial - Blog and Story Content


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




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!

?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?
?

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


This post is by Stubby the Rocket from Tor.com Frontpage Partial - Blog and Story Content


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




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.

Click through for more info!

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


This post is by Stubby the Rocket from Tor.com Frontpage Partial - Blog and Story Content


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




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???

Phil Lord and Chris Miller produced the film, based on Lord’s script, with Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, and Rodney Rothman directing. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swings into ...

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


This post is by Leah Schnelbach from Tor.com Frontpage Partial - Blog and Story Content


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




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


This post is by Stubby the Rocket from Tor.com Frontpage Partial - Blog and Story Content


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




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


This post is by Stubby the Rocket from Tor.com Frontpage Partial - Blog and Story Content


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




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!


This post is by Stubby the Rocket from Tor.com Frontpage Partial - Blog and Story Content


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




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


This post is by Tor.com Frontpage Partial - Blog and Story Content from Tor.com Frontpage Partial - Blog and Story Content


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




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.

Patrick Rothfuss’ Dungeons & Dragons Character for Morty is Very Appropriate


This post is by Stubby the Rocket from Tor.com Frontpage Partial - Blog and Story Content


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




Rick and Morty Patrick Rothfuss Dungeons and Dragons

The first issue of Patrick Rothfuss’ Dungeons & Dragons storyline in the Rick & Morty comics came out on Wednesday this week and the fantasy author nails the details of both D&D and Rick and Morty so precisely that we wouldn’t be surprised if he ends up writing an episode or two of the show itself.

We’re particularly amused by the alternate cover to issue #1 and its character sheet for Morty:

A closer look at the sheet by Rothfuss and illustrator Jim Zub:

Rick and Morty Dungeons and Dragons Morty character sheet

  • Half-orc, a rogue, and Bonds that state “what’s mine is actually just mine”? Lots of resentment there, Morty…
  • The rest of those stats and that below average Wisdom? Lots of banal resentment ...

This Star Trek Fan Theory Explains Why the Borg’s Attacks on the Federation Make No Sense


This post is by Stubby the Rocket from Tor.com Frontpage Partial - Blog and Story Content


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




Star Trek Voyager The Omega Directive

In Star Trek, there is no villain whose motivations are more perplexing than the Borg.

The sometimes-invincible hive of cybernetic organisms have been a part of the Trek narrative since The Next Generation, providing helpful antagonism throughout their tenure, upping the stakes and leading to high drama whenever they threatened to appear.

But the reasoning behind their actions has always been a bit opaque. Why do they ignore intruders on their ships? How could the Borg evolve to a point where an unsolvable puzzle could potentially short out their entire civilization, especially when they seem to have mastered time travel? (Look out, Borg! It’s a misprinted Sudoku!) When their actions are considered altogether the Borg seem lucky to even be alive.

But when we saw u/StrekApol7979‘s amazing Borg theory over at the Daystrom Institute subreddit, we had to share it. Using mostly evidence from the Star Trek ...

Here Are The Incredibly Low Odds the 6 Original Avengers Had of Surviving Infinity War


This post is by Michael Carlisle from Tor.com Frontpage Partial - Blog and Story Content


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




Avengers Infinity War trailer

[This article is definitely going into spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War. For those who still haven’t seen it, take the opportunity that Peter Parker passed up and turn back now. I mean, the Blu-ray’s out.]

It was a busy day between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 when Reddit user u/K5cents attempted a simulation: What were the odds of Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Black Widow surviving Thanos’ Snap? It was a good attempt, but didn’t quite get the model right—we’re not guaranteed that half of the heroes survive, just half the population—and, by the way, Hawkeye’s got a 50/50 chance of still being alive, too. Do you really expect him to sit Avengers 4 out?

So, what is the probability of the 6 original Avengers surviving, based on Thanos’ death-coin-for-everyone? Let’s find out.

In Infinity War, Thanos says the Snap would be completely indiscriminate. This ...

Here Are The Incredibly Low Odds the 6 Original Avengers Had of Surviving Infinity War


This post is by Michael Carlisle from Tor.com Frontpage Partial - Blog and Story Content


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




Avengers Infinity War trailer

[This article is definitely going into spoilers for Avengers: Infinity War. For those who still haven’t seen it, take the opportunity that Peter Parker passed up and turn back now. I mean, the Blu-ray’s out.]

It was a busy day between Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 when Reddit user u/K5cents attempted a simulation: What were the odds of Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, and Black Widow surviving Thanos’ Snap? It was a good attempt, but didn’t quite get the model right—we’re not guaranteed that half of the heroes survive, just half the population—and, by the way, Hawkeye’s got a 50/50 chance of still being alive, too. Do you really expect him to sit Avengers 4 out?

So, what is the probability of the 6 original Avengers surviving, based on Thanos’ death-coin-for-everyone? Let’s find out.

In Infinity War, Thanos says the Snap would be completely indiscriminate. This ...

Has Cloud Atlas Author David Mitchell Given Us The Greatest Writing Tip Of Our Time?


This post is by Leah Schnelbach from Tor.com Frontpage Partial - Blog and Story Content


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




John Hornor Jacobs, author of Southern Gods, Incorruptibles, and Infernal Machines recently met up with fantasy author Sanford Allen, who related a meeting with David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas and the World Fantasy Award-winning The Bone Clocks. Apparently, Mitchell spent a bit of time buying Allen drinks and asking for stories of Allen’s time as a touring musician.

But this was not just a pleasant evening out for two writers talking shop—this was also an opportunity for Mitchell to share the art of “IWATH,” or, to spell it out, “I WAS THERE.”

Jacobs shared the anecdote on Twitter, explaining the concept of IWATH:

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


This post is by Stubby the Rocket from Tor.com Frontpage Partial - Blog and Story Content


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




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 ...

Star Trek: Discovery Casts Spock for Season 2


This post is by Stubby the Rocket from Tor.com Frontpage Partial - Blog and Story Content


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




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


This post is by Stubby the Rocket from Tor.com Frontpage Partial - Blog and Story Content


Click here to view on the original site: Original Post




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)

Will Eisner
(Denmark ...