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Jun 12, 2020. 18 comments

This Is Some Meaningless Bullshit, Warner Bros.

This Is Some Meaningless Bullshit, Warner Bros.

To say that Warner Bros. released a statement about J.K. Rowling’s

recent and ongoing response to accusations of transphobia would be, well, an overstatement. Because at this point I’ve read it enough times that I’m not even sure it’s words anymore.

For the three days after Rowling once again stoked anger over her transphobic dog-whistling on social media—anger so profound that the stars of...

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Jun 12, 2020. 16 comments

Star Wars' Not-So-Brief History of Fleeting LGBTQ+ Representation

Star Wars' Not-So-Brief History of Fleeting LGBTQ+ Representation

The long road to meaningful representation of LGBTQ+ creatives and characters in our popular media is a history interwoven throughout decades of media narratives. For Star Wars, one of the biggest pieces of popular culture in living memory, that story has come in

fits and starts —and in many ways, it’s still a story that is only just beginning.

The bulk of Star Wars’ attempts to create and...

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Jun 11, 2020. 18 comments

Artemis Fowl Is a Flashy Fairytale About a Magically Militarized Police Force

Artemis Fowl Is a Flashy Fairytale About a Magically Militarized Police Force

If you wandered through a book store’s YA section back in the early aughts, chances were good your eye would eventually be caught by one of the glittering, golden cardboard standees stocked full of

Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl, a novel about a criminal boy genius with designs on carrying out the most impressive heist in either human or fairy history . This week, Disney finally releases its...

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Jun 11, 2020.

Read Creatures of Charm and Hunger: Chapter 10

Read Creatures of Charm and Hunger: Chapter 10
Creatures of Charm and Hunger io9 is happy to present Molly Tanzer’s latest book Creatures of Charm and Hunger in its entirety during June 2020. Chapters will be serialized daily with the second half of the book removed from our site on July 7. Read it while you can!

Two years ago, io9 shared

author Molly Tanzer’s Victorian fantasy novel Creatures of Will & Temper  in serialized  excerpts ....
Jun 11, 2020. 2 comments

Google’s Drone Delivery Service Now Dropping Library Books to Kids

Google’s Drone Delivery Service Now Dropping Library Books to Kids

Book-loving kids in Christiansburg, Va., are about to get a special delivery to ease the boredom of summer quarantine (and months of being stuck at home). Google will soon start dropping books to kids via its drone delivery service, Wing, according to the Washington Post. Now they can get their hands on a copy of The One and Only Bob (if they don’t already own it).

For many school librarians,...

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Jun 11, 2020.

Read Creatures of Charm and Hunger: Chapter 9

Read Creatures of Charm and Hunger: Chapter 9
Creatures of Charm and Hunger io9 is happy to present Molly Tanzer’s latest book Creatures of Charm and Hunger in its entirety during June 2020. Chapters will be serialized daily with the second half of the book removed from our site on July 7. Read it while you can!

Two years ago, io9 shared

author Molly Tanzer’s Victorian fantasy novel Creatures of Will & Temper  in serialized  excerpts ....
Jun 10, 2020. 3 comments

Get a First Look at Arkady Martine's Sequel to Acclaimed Space Opera A Memory Called Empire

Get a First Look at Arkady Martine's Sequel to Acclaimed Space Opera A Memory Called Empire

Arkady Martine made a huge splash with her debut,

A Memory Called Empire , racking up Hugo and Nebula nominations as well as tons of critical acclaim. Early next year, she’ll release a sequel, A Desolation Called Peace, but io9 has the cover and a juicy exclusive excerpt to share exclusively today.

First up, here’s a brief summary, followed by the reveal of the full cover by artist Jaime...

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May 28, 2020. 14 comments

Ahsoka Tano's Star Wars Story (So Far)

Ahsoka Tano's Star Wars Story (So Far)

First, there

was Star Wars: The Clone Wars . Then there was Star Wars Rebels . Then, miraculously , there was Clone Wars again. The story of Ahsoka Tano has been closed and reopened many times over her growth into one of Star Wars’ most beloved heroes. Her story is one that’s far from over, whether that’s in the upcoming season of The Mandalorian or beyond. But what do we know about the gaps...

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Apr 30, 2020. 11 comments

Plan Your Escape to Another Dimension With May's New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

Plan Your Escape to Another Dimension With May's New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books

May is traditionally a pretty robust month for

book releases , but as you can probably guess, 2020's selection is a little slimmer than usual. Several titles that were due this month have shifted to later dates , for obvious reasons—but despite everything, we still have tons of new sci-fi and fantasy to share. Dig in! Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

The misfits of Squad 312...

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Apr 29, 2020. 14 comments

Marvel's New Cookbook Will Teach You How to Make the Most Comical Bowl of Noodles Ever

Marvel's New Cookbook Will Teach You How to Make the Most Comical Bowl of Noodles Ever

Move over,

Stan Lee ’s Mighty Marvel Cookbook. There’s a new superheroic foodery in town, and it’s got puns and some truly, amazingly gross...noodle-tongues .

io9's got a first look inside Marvel: Eat the Universe Cookbook, a cavalcade of comic book culinary concoctions from Justin Warner, who hosted a video series of the same name for Marvel’s official website where he made dishes inspired...

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Apr 28, 2020. 23 comments

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Will Get Even More Adaptations Thanks to Massive New Deal

Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Will Get Even More Adaptations Thanks to Massive New Deal

While the

BBC is already gearing up to bring Terry Pratchett’s The Watch to the small screen in an interesting looking live-action series , a new deal points to a future in which we’re going to be seeing a whole lot more of Discworld.

Pratchett’s production company Narrativia has just inked a massive (and notably-exclusive) development deal with Endeavor Content and Motive Pictures to turn...

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Apr 28, 2020. 7 comments

Doctor Who Puts David Tennant, Paul McGann, and Christopher Eccleston in a New Kind of Time War

Doctor Who Puts David Tennant, Paul McGann, and Christopher Eccleston in a New Kind of Time War

Well before

the Time War , three Doctors came together to defend the universe from an ancient threat—and if the title of Doctor Who’s new media saga is anything to go by, none of them are going to come out unscathed.

The BBC has officially unveiled a new transmedia initiative stretching across multiple mediums—including “audio, novels, comics, vinyl, digital, immersive theatre, escape rooms,...

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Apr 28, 2020. 12 comments

That Hellraiser Series Is Finally Being Unlocked, Thanks to HBO and Halloween's David Gordon Green

That Hellraiser Series Is Finally Being Unlocked, Thanks to HBO and Halloween's David Gordon Green

“We have such sights to show you,” television producers promised us last year with news that

the Hellraiser franchise (10 films so far, including the 1987 original, plus there’s a reboot on the way ) might be coming to the small screen. Now, there’s been some major progress on the horror TV series.

Deadline reports that HBO sealed a deal (presumably with the forces of darkness) to develop...

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Apr 25, 2020. 4 comments

Get a Glimpse at Star Wars Rebels' Ships, Tech, and Shiny Lightsabers in This Gorgeous Artbook

Get a Glimpse at Star Wars Rebels' Ships, Tech, and Shiny Lightsabers in This Gorgeous Artbook

Star Wars Rebels was a stepping stone between the work done (and still being done ) by Clone Wars and the end of the prequels, and bridging the gap to the aesthetic made iconic by the original Star Wars . Rebels had to walk a line between two tonally very different worlds while bringing its own flair to the table—and io9 has an exclusive look at a new book that shows how.

Originally planned...

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Apr 23, 2020. 9 comments

A Guide to Dune’s Gargantuan Cast of Characters

A Guide to Dune’s Gargantuan Cast of Characters

This could be the

biggest movie event of 2020—and we mean that literally. There are so many characters in Dune  that it’s hard to keep them straight. We’ve got a handy guide to the biggest characters in Denis Villeneuve’s adaptation (with as few spoilers as possible) and who’s playing them, as well as a few others we hope to see in the sequel.

Dune is a new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s...

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Apr 23, 2020.

In This Exclusive Peek at Nnedi Okorafor's Remote Control, a Magical Teen Flexes Her Terrifying Powers

In This Exclusive Peek at Nnedi Okorafor's Remote Control, a Magical Teen Flexes Her Terrifying Powers

It’s no secret that we here at io9

are huge fans of Nigerian American author Nnedi Okorafor —a Nebula and Hugo winner who pens sci-fi and fantasy tales for both YA and adult readers. We’re thrilled to present the cover reveal and an exclusive excerpt for her upcoming novella, Remote Control.

Here’s a brief summary of Remote Control—a vivid slice of Okorafor’s signature “Africanfuturism”...

Apr 22, 2020. 8 comments

The Divine Chris Pine May Be Joining The Saint Reboot

The Divine Chris Pine May Be Joining The Saint Reboot

He’s played

Captain Kirk and Steve Trevor , and now Chris Pine is eyeing another iconic character: Simon Templar, also known as The Saint.

The

Robin Hood -esque spy guy, famed for using his unique set of skills to work outside the system to take down villains of all stripes, was created in 1928 by author Leslie Charteris, who chronicled his adventures in a novel series that was first adapted...

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Apr 21, 2020. 16 comments

That Hunger Games Prequel You Knew Was Coming Just Hired a Director

That Hunger Games Prequel You Knew Was Coming Just Hired a Director

And he’s very familiar with the franchise, as it turns out: It’s

Francis Lawrence , whose filmography also includes The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1 and Part 2 .

Given Lawrence’s enthusiasm for all things Hunger Games (in 2015,

he was quoted as saying “any time [author] Suzanne Collins wants to tell more stories from the world, sign me up”), this hiring...

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Apr 21, 2020.

From the io9 Archives, 10 Pieces of Dystopian Fiction You Can Read Right Now

From the io9 Archives, 10 Pieces of Dystopian Fiction You Can Read Right Now

Given the current state of the world,

certain sci-fi stories have begun to feel like they contain eerie predictions rather than speculation . Over the years, io9 has shared a diverse variety of book excerpts and short stories exploring dystopian futures and altered realities. Here are 10 worth revisiting now.

In this excerpt from

Blake Crouch ’s Recursion, a police detective has his first...
Apr 17, 2020. 9 comments

Artemis Fowl's Latest Trailer Ups the Bond Factor by Piling on the Action

Artemis Fowl's Latest Trailer Ups the Bond Factor by Piling on the Action
Trailer Frenzy A special place to find the newest trailers for movies and TV shows you're craving.

Artemis Fowl tells the story of how an insanely wealthy criminal mastermind—who happens to be a semi-sociopathic child—sets out with a brilliant plan to trick the world’s secret population of sentient magical beings out of their wealth. And now we know we’ll be able to watch it on Disney+ on...

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