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Jill Pantozzi Jill Pantozzi yesterday at 00:15. 17 comments

Carnival Row Is Just Dull, and All the Fairy Fornicating in the World Can't Save It

Carnival Row Is Just Dull, and All the Fairy Fornicating in the World Can't Save It

In a world where fantasy adaptations reign ...hell, in the very same world of the studio that’s putting Lord of the Rings to the screen again, Amazon’s Carnival Row is not the fantasy drama you’re looking for.

Original fantasy works on TV are hard to come by these days which is a big reason why Carnival Row’s execution is so disappointing. (Writer/creator Travis Beacham tried to sell his...

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy Aug 16, 2019 at 05:00. 6 comments

Neil Gaiman's Take on Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast Fantasy Trilogy Finds a Home at Showtime

Neil Gaiman's Take on Mervyn Peake's Gormenghast Fantasy Trilogy Finds a Home at Showtime

Game of Thrones is over , and every network and streaming service is currently trying to replicate the success of HBO’s hit by finding their own epic fantasy breakout. Showtime, which already has Kingkiller Chronicle in development, is doubling down with another genre title: Mervyn Peake’s Gormenghast trilogy.

As previously reported , and as Variety reminds us with news of this latest...

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy Aug 08, 2019. 1 comments

Intriguing Female Characters Highlight These 8 New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Shorts

Intriguing Female Characters Highlight These 8 New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Shorts

Not all of the women in these new sci-fi and fantasy shorts—be they astronauts, fighter pilots, ambitious office workers, criminals, or just regular folks dealing with complicated emotions and surreal situations—are heroes. But isn’t life more interesting that way ?

1) Rendezvous With Mars

Divya More and Mayukh Goswami created this animated film (shared online by Dust) about a woman whose mind...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Aug 08, 2019. 13 comments

The Castle of Cagliostro and the Power of Fantasy

The Castle of Cagliostro and the Power of Fantasy

A few weeks ago, a trailer for the new, incredible-looking 3D animated Lupin III movie came out. “It’s not really for io9,” I admitted to my editor and constantly-put-upon boss, Jill, as I frothed about how good it looked. “I love Lupin, but it’s not the kind of genre we cover.” Lupin III, of course, is about heists and thieves, not space or fantasy.

As you’re probably aware from the fact that...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Aug 07, 2019. 9 comments

Lucasfilm's First Non-Star Wars or Indiana Jones Film in Years Is a Children of Blood and Bone Adaptation

Lucasfilm's First Non-Star Wars or Indiana Jones Film in Years Is a Children of Blood and Bone Adaptation

Since Disney acquired Lucasfilm in 2012, the studio has been laser-focused on two of its biggest franchises: cycling up a whole deluge of Star Wars films, and getting going on a continuation of Indiana Jones . But now it’s working on a new project, wholly disconnected from supernatural treasure hunting or Jedi adventures.

Deadline reports Disney is moving ahead with an adaptation of Tomi...

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James Whitbrook James Whitbrook Aug 07, 2019. 1 comments

The Perfect Time to Catch Up on Die Is Literally Right This Instant

The Perfect Time to Catch Up on Die Is Literally Right This Instant

This week, Image will release Die #6, the first issue of a new arc in Kieron Gillen and Stephanie Hans’ subversive fantasy adventure that has been on hiatus since April. So right now is the perfect time if, like me, you had missed out on the series so far—because if you’re also like me and are immediately enchanted with it, you only have to wait a day for your next fix.

A few weekends ago...

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Aug 07, 2019. 8 comments

In the New Carnival Row Trailer, Murder and Mystery Bring 2 Lovers Back Home

In the New Carnival Row Trailer, Murder and Mystery Bring 2 Lovers Back Home
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Carnival Row is full of secrets—and that includes the teasers . The earliest glimpses at the series—starring Cara Delevingne and Orlando Bloom as lovers caught in a conflict between humans and mythical creatures—have been pretty vague. But now, the first full trailer is here for Amazon’s...

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy Aug 02, 2019. 9 comments

Summer Is Fading, But There Are Tons of New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books Coming to Brighten Up August

Summer Is Fading, But There Are Tons of New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books Coming to Brighten Up August

This month’s crop of brand-new sci-fi and fantasy horror books include space battles with hostile aliens , multiple mages, a pet crow who’s got a front-row seat to the zombie apocalypse , ghosts, dragons , salty heroes, and even a few tales of tech gone wild. Dig in!

There Are So Many New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books Coming Out in July

This list is HUGE. It’s a literary MONSTER. And it is filled...

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy Jul 31, 2019. 16 comments

The Nevers, Joss Whedon's Victorian Sci-Fi Series for HBO, Shares Its Full Cast of Colorful Characters

The Nevers, Joss Whedon's Victorian Sci-Fi Series for HBO, Shares Its Full Cast of Colorful Characters

The last we heard about “Joss Whedon’s HBO show about Victorian ladies with superpowers ,” also known as The Nevers, was a few months back, when Outlander’s Laura Donnelly snagged the lead . Until today, that is, with this robust list of character descriptions and the actors who’ve been cast.

Whedon is executive producer, showrunner, writer, and director on The Nevers with Jane Espenson and...

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Jul 22, 2019. 9 comments

The Best of the Best Cosplay From San Diego Comic-Con 2019

The Best of the Best Cosplay From San Diego Comic-Con 2019

San Diego Comic-Con 2019 has ended, leaving us with another year before returning to the San Diego Convention Center for that amazing cosplay we love so much. We’ve been sharing videos and pictures of some of the best lewks (or looks) throughout the weekend, and have created a handy compilation of all our cosplay coverage from SDCC. It’s your one-stop-shop for everything pop culture!

You can...

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy Jul 02, 2019. 15 comments

There Are So Many New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books Coming Out in July

There Are So Many New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books Coming Out in July

This list is HUGE. It’s a literary MONSTER. And it is filled with space adventures, supernatural encounters, fantasy quests, dystopian near-futures, folklore beasties, robots, dragons , aliens, time travelers , and so much more. Fair warning: After you look through this giant list, you’ll be wanting to do some serious book reading in the very near future.

Aftershocks by Marko Kloos

A new...

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Beth Elderkin Beth Elderkin Jun 29, 2019. 24 comments

Open Channel: What 'Normal' Franchise Would You Like to See Go Full Sci-Fi?

Open Channel: What 'Normal' Franchise Would You Like to See Go Full Sci-Fi?

The Fast & the Furious franchise has fully embraced science fiction with the upcoming Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw , which features Idris Elba as a genetically altered super-soldier who actually refers to himself as “Black Superman .” Now I have to know: What other non-genre movies and TV shows could do with a healthy dose of fantasy or sci-fi? I’ll start: Pitch Perfect...in Space....

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Matt Novak Matt Novak May 30, 2019. 21 comments

Terry Pratchett Predicted the Rise of Nazis Online During an Interview with Bill Gates in 1995

Terry Pratchett Predicted the Rise of Nazis Online During an Interview with Bill Gates in 1995

Most Americans weren’t online back in 1995, let alone getting most of their news from online sources. But the late fantasy author Terry Pratchett knew what was coming. And a newly unearthed GQ interview from 1995, with Bill Gates no less, reveals that Pratchett really could see the future.

Journalist Marc Burrows, who’s currently writing a book about Pratchett, shared a few tweets about the GQ...

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy May 24, 2019. 8 comments

6 Reasons Why Genre Fans Should Check Out the Criterion Channel

6 Reasons Why Genre Fans Should Check Out the Criterion Channel

We’re fully drowning in streaming services at this point. You gotta have Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Hulu, and you’re soon gonna need Disney+ . Depending on your geeky interests, you might also need Shudder, CBS All Access, and/or DC Universe. Last month, yet another service joined the fray: the Criterion Channel . So what’s in it for you, especially if you’re already feeling...

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Rob Bricken Rob Bricken May 20, 2019. 24 comments

The Game of Thrones Finale Got the Important Stuff Right

The Game of Thrones Finale Got the Important Stuff Right

The game is over . The epic saga of Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, Tyrion Lannister, and whoever managed to survive through eight seasons of murder and mayhem ended last night in a finale that was often too obvious and probably too happy, but still got more right than it got wrong. More importantly, it was the ending the show needed—and deserved.

I assume the finale will be divisive, because...

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Bryan Menegus Bryan Menegus May 16, 2019. 24 comments

OK, But Do Dragons Ever Run Out of Fire?

OK, But Do Dragons Ever Run Out of Fire?

Game of Thrones has clearly lost its own thread, and I can’t help but feel held captive by the eight years I’ve already sunk into this series as I begrudgingly plod through its mercifully short final season. And yet, something wonderful happened in the midst of last week’s episode—“The Bells”—that I’ve been unable to shake since.

No, it wasn’t anything to do with David Benioff and D.B Weiss’...

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Rob Bricken Rob Bricken May 13, 2019. 24 comments

Game of Thrones Saved Its Most Tragic, Vicious, and Devastating War for Last

Game of Thrones Saved Its Most Tragic, Vicious, and Devastating War for Last

The final battle between Daenerys and Cersei. Other long-awaited confrontations. Major character deaths. Justice. Heartbreak. Much more than the fight against the White Walkers , this penultimate episode of Game of Thrones had everything it needed to have. And while it wasn’t perfect, it was still perfect for Game of Thrones.

That’s a counterintuitive way to say that based on what the show...

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Rob Bricken Rob Bricken May 06, 2019. 24 comments

Game of Thrones Enters Its Endgame, and the Slaughter Is Only Beginning

Game of Thrones Enters Its Endgame, and the Slaughter Is Only Beginning

Unless last week was your first episode of Game of Thrones (which, weird) you’ve known the defeat of the White Walkers wasn’t going to suddenly fix everything. In fact, as last night’s episode reveals, in some ways victory has made things worse. Because now that the dead have been dealt with, Daenerys and Cersei are finally free to start destroying each other—and the gods help anyone who...

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Cheryl Eddy Cheryl Eddy May 02, 2019. 13 comments

Check Out the Sparkling New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books Coming Your Way in May

Check Out the Sparkling New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books Coming Your Way in May

May is a huge month for new sci-fi and fantasy releases, and we’ve got a list of over 30 books for you to check out and add to your reading list—whether your tastes run toward epic space operas, magical misfits, post-apocalyptic survival tales, alt-histories, clone dramas, or risky adventures on newly-colonized planets. And if none of those appeal, there are still so many more!

Tales for the...

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May 01, 2019. 22 comments

Summer Movie Preview: 37 Movies to Watch Out For

Summer Movie Preview: 37 Movies to Watch Out For

It’s going to be a hell of a summer.

Hollywood’s biggest season just got underway with the record-shattering release of Avengers: Endgame , and Disney alone is following that up over the next few months with Aladdin, Toy Story 4, The Lion King, and Artemis Fowl, some of which are sure to be among the most popular films of the summer. But that’s just the start. Pokémon, Godzilla, Chucky, John...

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