Sci-Fi Authors Mary Robinette Kowal and Ken Liu Reflect on the Apollo Moon Landing


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It’s been 50 years since the Apollo 11 mission sent Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins to the moon, fulfilling the dreams of many star-gazing scientists and civilians alike. The New York Times ran coverage this Sunday honoring the historical event, and sci-fi authors Mary Robinette Kowal and Ken Liu contributed columns reflecting on space travel and its place in shaping American culture and history, past, present, and future.

 

Kowal, author of The Calculating Stars, focused on the history of women in NASA’s space program in her essay “In Space Unisex Won’t Fly.” Kowal has delved into women’s involvement with space travel in her Lady Astronaut series, and frequently mentions in her essay how women were behind-the-scenes for NASA, but rarely at the center of the action. There are various points in NASA history where women could have been a part of the program, but ...

Tor.com’s Guide to Literary Panels at San Diego Comic Con 2019!


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It’s almost time for the wonderfully chaotic weekend that is San Diego Comic Con! Whether you’re a newbie or a seasoned pro, it’s always helpful to have a guide of sorts to help navigate the panel circuit. If you trust in Tor.com’s taste, check out our recommendations for these literary panels at San Diego Comic Con, featuring pop culture favorites, topics on the future of science fiction and fantasy, and in-depth conversations with some of the SFF’s leading authors of today!

Of course you should also stop by Tor Books at Booth #2701 on the show floor for a ton of giveaways and programs—check out our schedule here, and head below to fill your dance card with tons of great book discussions!

 

Thursday July 18th

Tor: Magic x Mayhem in SF&F
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM, Room 28DE

This is the year for breaking all the ...

What To Expect From This Year’s Locus Awards Winners


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What can readers expect next from the winners of the 2019 Locus Awards?

Since 1971, the Locus Awards have honored notable authors and their works, highlighting promising new voices in science fiction, fantasy, and horror, and commemorating authors whose legacies have defined the entire field of speculative fiction. Chosen by readers, the list of Locus nominees and winners also communicates the stories that excited us in the previous year, and it looks like there’s a lot yet to come from this year’s roster of Locus winners!

 

The Calculating Stars by Mary Robinette Kowal—Science Fiction Novel Winner

The first two novels in the alternate history Lady Astronaut series—The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky—comprised a duology, but Mary Robinette Kowal isn’t done with the series yet. Books three and four—The Relentless Moon and The Derivative Base—are scheduled for publication in 2020 and 2022, respectively, with Tor ...

A Medievalist’s Guide to Godzilla & Co


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History hides the best monsters.

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is the latest movie iteration starring the classic kaiju, which also re-introduces multiple enemies from Godzillas past, including Mothra and Ghidorah.

It’s common knowledge that Godzilla was created as an artistic response to the atomic bombs used on Hiroshima and Nagasaki—the bomb awakens Godzilla in the original film, and the radiation makes the creature more powerful. But what about Godzilla’s fellow world-stompers?

According to medievalist Sarah Durn, “All of the monsters introduced in Michael Dougherty’s new film, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, can trace their roots in some way to the legends of Japan’s dragons.”

Over at io9, Durn looks at the beasts in Japanese myth and art that may have inspired the monsters of the Godzilla universe, including the King himself. Durn’s fascinating article explores Japanese bestiaries and the kami of the Shinto religion, ...

Here are the 100 Most Discussed Fantasy Books on Reddit


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Reddit Top 100 discussed fantasy books

What fantasy books and authors are we talking about the most?

Reddit User einsiboy, creator of the TopRedditBooks site, recently posted a list of the Top 100 Fantasy Books discussed on Reddit in the past year. The information is compiled from 2018 – 2019, based on comments in the subreddit r/books, and uses number of mentions plus comment scores to balance out the data.

Therefore, the list skews more towards popular fantasy books of the last few years, with a handful of classics claiming some spots as well. Individual books from prolific and well-known fantasy authors on the list dominate the list, so there’s a lot from:

  • Neil Gaiman
  • N.K. Jemisin
  • George R. R. Martin
  • V.E. Schwab
  • Brandon Sanderson
  • Sarah J. Maas
  • Scott Lynch
  • J.K. Rowling
  • Katherine Arden
  • Joe Abercrombie
  • Leigh Bardugo
  • Steven Erikson
  • Robin Hobb
  • Patrick Rothfuss
  • Naomi Novik
  • …and Tolkien

Which one could well expect. ...

Netflix Releases Trailer for New Frankenstein Spoof


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Like the monster that he is, Frankenstein seems to be revived every few years or so.

The latest iteration of Mary Shelley’s gothic story comes in the form of a Netflix mockumentary, starring Stranger Things’s David Harbour in a dual role as a fictionalized version of himself and his father.

Netflix’s Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein (a mouthful) is a faux-dramedy that follows Harbour as he examines archived footage of his father’s doomed teleplay adaptation of Frankenstein. But Harbour is warned he might not like what he finds out about his father—one convoluted threat in the trailer suggests he had ties to the mob.

Splicing between the ‘found footage’ and Harbour’s investigation, the 28-minute mockumentary seems to spoof both Frankenstein adaptations and behind-the-scenes documentaries of the late 1970s.

Frankenstein’s Monster’s Monster, Frankenstein comes to Netflix July 16th.

 

via [Hollywood Reporter]

 

Read an Excerpt from Nnedi Okorafor’s New Graphic Novel LaGuardia


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LaGuardia by Nnedi Okorafor

The Millions has just posted an excerpt from author Nnedia Okorafor’s latest graphic novel!

LaGuardia by Nnedi Okorafor finds the Hugo award-winning author weaving extraterrestrial travel with political elements as a veiled allegory tackling the United States’ immigration policies. Tana Ford and James Devlin are the artists for the book.

Set in the future, LaGuardia follows pregnant Nigerian-American doctor Future Nwafor Chukwuebuka who is en route from Lagos to New York and assisting a plant-like alien in fleeing from violence. Next up: smuggling the refugee through LaGuardia’s Interplanetary Airport.

LaGuardia is scheduled for release on July 30 by Dark House/Berger Books.

Movie Adaptation of Epic Fantasy Series Mouse Guard Cancelled, Stunning Demo Reel Released


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Mouse Guard demo reel from Wes Ball

One of the first casualties of the Fox-Disney studio merger has been revealed. And it is…absolutely gorgeous.

Mouse Guard, the movie adaptation of the Eisner-winning comic series by David Petersen has been cancelled, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The cancellation was confirmed yesterday by director Wes Ball in a tweet, with a short walk-through video of many pre-production pieces such as scale models and concept art.

Yes sadly, its true. Our #mouseguard movie is dead.

Seems it’s too big a risk. It’s a damn shame really. We had something special. To my hella talented cast/crew: I’m sorry I couldn’t push this one through. The past year with you all has been a blast. May the Guard prevail! pic.twitter.com/MGRq54uI6O

— Wes Ball (@wesball) June 26, 2019

Mouse Guard is an eight book epic fantasy series that re-imagines the high drama of fantasy kingdoms at the level of mice living ...

Stan Lee’s First Novel for Adult Readers, A Trick of Light, Announced for September


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A Trick of the Light by Stan Lee

It seems impossible that a creator as prolific as Stan Lee never ventured into sci-fi novels for adult readers, until now.

Entertainment Weekly has announced that Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is set to publish A Trick of the Light on September 17, 2019.

A Trick of Light, co-authored by Lee and Kat Rosenfield, is the first chapter in Lee’s planned “Alliances” universe. The story follows Nia, a hacking and coding genius, and her friend Cameron, who’s been gifted an ability to manipulate technology after a freak accident. The two partner up to “create a more righteous online universe,” but end up as targets for a shadowy organization known as OPTIC. (In classic Stan Lee fashion, their efforts threaten to become overshadowed by a galactic threat looming in the distance.) Entertainment Weekly‘s reveal states that this will be Lee’s first foray into science fiction novels for adult readers, although ...