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Leia Organa is mentioned right off the top of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She’s mentioned in the crawl, and then Poe Dameron tells Lor San Tekka (the character played by Max von Sydow, he has a name you know!) that “the General” appreciates his help, to which he replies that to him she’ll always be royalty. But how did Leia make the journey from Rebel princess to Resistance General? A new book coming out later this year will fill in some of those blanks. Called Star Wars: Bloodline, it will pick up after the previous novel Star Wars: Aftermath, and you can read the initial excerpt below. (more…)

‘The Expanse’ Getting Second Season On SyFy

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In a huge show of confidence for a new show, Syfy has just announced it is to renew The Expanse for a second season just four episodes into its initial run. Not only that, but the episode count is to be extended from 10 to 13. Critically acclaimed and already with a strong and vocal fan base, the second season of the ambitious series adapted from the James S.A. Corey series of novels is expected in early 2017. (more…)

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Writing fiction is hard work. Writing an actual fantasy hit series is probably very much like breaking rocks in the hot sun while being pelted with snarling ferrets. Despite claims made that the latest book in his Song Of Ice And Fire series would be published in time for Game Of Thrones’ Season 6 premiere in April, George R. R. Martin prefaced his latest blog post stating some not so good news.  (more…)

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It looks like the Dark Tower production is heating up. Last month word was making the Internet rounds that Matthew McConaughey had his choice of roles for the series, either as the Gunslinger Roland, or the Man in Black Roland chases into the desert. Perhaps McConaughey has made his choice because now the latest word is that Idris Elba is the front-runner to strap on the Gunslinger’s six shooters. (more…)

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There’s been some renewed interest in rebooting Logan’s Run, the 1976 Sci-Fi flick based on William Nolan and George Clayton Johnson‘s 1967 novel of a dystopian society that capped age limits to 21. Simon Kinberg is the current driving force behind this latest attempt to bring Logan’s Run back to the big screen. Kinberg recently made some comments about the reboot that worked the Internet rounds and eventually found their way to William Nolan’s Facebook page. Actually, fans were posting it to William’s page just as soon as it started and Nolan had some interesting things to say about it, and all the other attempts to reboot Logan’s Run. (more…)

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It’s easy to be terrified when one of your favorite books gets optioned for a television show or a film. There’s that fear that people just won’t “get it.” They’ll turn the story you love into something completely different, and lose the feel and the integrity of the story.

With a series like The Magicians by Lev Grossman, there’s a real fear that SyFy, who is producing a TV adaptation of the books that’s set to premiere in January 2016, would turn the show into something cute. Although Grossman pays homage to Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia, The Magicians series is very much adult – very adult and very dark.

Thankfully, SyFy isn’t downplaying any of that. (more…)

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While just about every other Star Wars fan was rushing about trying to get the latest action figures and toys that came out earlier this month on Force Friday, there were also a number of new Star Wars books hitting store shelves and digital downloads. These books all fall under the umbrella of Journey to The Force Awakens, a series of at least twenty book that will cover what happened after the destruction of the Death Star in Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi and J.J. Abrams new Star Wars film Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens. Two of these books, Smuggler’s Run: A Han Solo Adventure and The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure have been given the added fun of being animated and you can check them out below. (more…)

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J.K. Rowling doesn’t have to write another word the rest of her life and Harry Potter fans wouldn’t really be able to complain, but that’s what writers do, they write. You can be sure that once Rowling finished that last Potter novel she told herself that she’d never go back, yet she finds herself dipping her toes back in the Potter Pool at Pottermore. This time around she’s penned a history of the Potter family, where the name came from and other interesting things that happened to the Potter Clan. (more…)

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It wasn’t just the fact that James and Lily Potter were a beautiful couple with extraordinary wealth and power that made the Dursleys hate them. Oh no, there was bad blood between these blood-related
families, and that’s why poor Harry Potter had to live in a closet for the majority of his stay with the fat, bloated Muggle antagonists of the Harry Potter novels.

Author J.K. Rowling occasionally returns to the Harry Potter back-story well to release well-timed tidbits aimed at keeping the Potterverse pot simmering, and this Tuesday, the story of the Dursley-Potter falling out went live on its official fansite: Pottermore. (more…)