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Frank Herbert’s Dune has been one of the most influential science fiction novels of the past century. It has inspired, created, and been homaged in more forms than one can count. Dune is a story that finds its way into most all sects of nerd-dom This can include spawning the most iconic worms in the world, to feeding meme culture, to inspiring films and video games. Even today, games like Enter the Gungeon make spice a usable in-game item, and shows like Futurama utilize sand worms to travel across desert planets. Truly, spice has become life. In its own, special way, of course.  (more…)

The original announcement that AMC would create an adaptation of Dan Simmons award-winning novel The Terror was notable not only because many felt the novel would make for great television, but because it was announced as an anthology series. The Terror is a sprawling giant of a novel that spans almost 250,000 words and reaches almost 800 pages. Throughout his sprawling narrative, Simmons expertly splices several conflicts, narrates multiple point-of-view characters, and alternates between past and present timelines. That means that adapting the novel into a series that has received favourable reviews all-round rather than a feature-film was a smart choice. But while we can say the show itself was good, readers might want to know how good an adaptation it was. (more…)

William Golding’s classic exploration of the darkness inherent in all of us, Lord of the Flies, is generally seen in one of two lights. It’s either that boring book packed as densely with prose descriptions of the rainforest as its figurative jungle is with liana vines and ferns, or it’s a timeless classic that drags humanity’s hidden evils out from under the murky veneer of civilisation and into the light where they can be exposed for all to see. It’s also highly influential. Its themes and plot are mirrored in contemporary works as varied as The Walking Dead, The Terror and The Hunger Games, but the most recent direct adaptation of Golding’s masterpiece is almost thirty years old. It’s about time we updated that movie with a more faithful – and visceral – adaptation.  (more…)

Del Ray Books is teaming up with 40 writers to bring the anthology Star Wars From A Certain Point Of View to Star Wars fans this October. The announcement went under the hastag #OperationBlueMilk and laid out the interesting concept behind the project which will donate all proceeds that would have gone to the authors to the charity First Book. an organization dedicated to providing books and learning materials to underprivileged children. Click through to find out more. (more…)

The release of the Harry Potter spin-off movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was a smash success last fall, and before it was even released, Warner Bros. knew it was going to be a smash success because they had already green-lighted a sequel with plans for several more sequels. But you have forgotten that before it was a movie, Fantastic Beasts was a book, and seeing as how they’ve got to start getting some promotion going for the sequel, the latest edition of the book may offer some reveals about where the next movie may be going. Hint? Two words: “Albus Dumbledore.”  (more…)

For years, a great many Star Wars novels and comics went into great detail about the further adventures of Lando Calrissian after he piloted the Millennium Falcon to victory in the Battle of Endor. Of course, all that was swept away following the Walt Disney Company’s acquisition of Lucasfilm in 2012, and the building of a complete, canonical Star Wars world centred around the development of a new Wars film series. So now, almost five years later, we don’t know what the official Lando story is in the new (first?) order of the Star Wars universe… Until now! (more…)

It’s hard to say who was a standout character in the ensemble that was the cast of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, but two of the nominees have got to be Donnie Yen as Chirrut Imwe and Jiang Wen as Baze Malbus. The twosome where kind of just chilling on Jedha, minding their own business, when they got swept up in the Death Star caper, which immediately begs the question: What were they up and why were they up to it in the time before Rogue One? Well prepare to have all questions answered as Jedha’s favourite odd couple is getting their own novel. (more…)

Fans of George R. R. Martin’s mega-hit series Game of Thrones are pretty accustomed to waiting a long time for new additions to the story. The next book in the series, The Winds of Winter, was supposed to be released sometime last year and has since been pushed to an unspecified time this year. With so many rabid fans chomping at the bit for anything out of Martin’s sadistic mind, it’s a bit surprising to learn that he is working on a short story set to be released later this year. Don’t freak out and slam the message boards just yet though, he is still working on The Winds of Winter and this appears to be a side-project fans of the series will likely enjoy.

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After almost three decades of waiting, the first collaborative novel between Sir Terry Pratchett (Discworld novels) and Neil Gaiman (American Gods, Stardust, and Coraline) is finally being made for television! Development for an adaptation of Good Omens began in 2002 as a film, but the project remained somewhat mired in development hell for years. By 2008, the project appeared dead in the water. Fortunately, for fans and pretty much everyone else who appreciates amazing fantasy fiction, Amazon greenlit the series, which is set to premiere sometime in 2018.

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It’s not the new Harry Potter movie you might have wanted, but it’s pretty darn close, and now it’s coming pretty darn closer than the famed east end theatre district of London. You may have read – or more likely devoured – the book version of the play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Part I and II, but if you’re terribly interested in seeing the events play out as intended, there’s good news for you. Harry Potter is coming to Broadway! The Boy Who Lived, now the Man Who’s Overworked, will be bringing the gang to the Great White Way in fabulous New York City about 18 months from now. (more…)