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Star Wars: The High Republic's Most Interesting Jedi Embraces His Failings

Star Wars’ High Republic era is meant to be defined by the apex of institutions that we have, for most of Star Wars’ recent storytelling (cinematic or otherwise), seen in great decline. The Skywalker Saga laid the frayed Republic low twice, and the Jedi Order was all but stamped out, with only the hints of its return…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Lightsaber, Anakin Skywalker, Jedi, Kriss, Obi Wan Kenobi, The Republic, Nihil, Galactic Republic, Charles Soule, Sith, Cavan Scott, Fictional Characters, Valo, Star Wars The High Republic


Parable of the Sower Is Finally Becoming a Feature Film

As a climate reporter, I live and breathe bad news. I frequently wake up and immediately Google things like “flood deaths” or “wildfire damage.” But this week, something good happened. A24, the company behind films like Uncut Gems and Moonlight, won the rights to adapt Octavia Butler’s science fiction novel Parable of…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Fiction, Disney, Literature, Dystopia, A24, Kim Stanley Robinson, Genres, Butler, Naomi Osaka, Academy Award, Octavia Butler, Parable Of The Sower, Speculative Fiction, Octavia E Butler


Hilal Chouman’s ‘World of Dogs’

The short story ‘World of Dogs’ was originally written in Arabic, by celebrated Lebanese author Hilal Chouman (Limbo Beirut), and adapted into English by the author, with editorial support. It first appeared in English translation on ArabLit in July 2019: By Hilal Chouman Ousama Baalbaki / Fire, Works (2018) He couldn’t believe his dream was happening right before his eyes. In the dream, which came to him often, he walks aimlessly down one of the city’s streets, empty of people...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Toronto, Dubai, Beirut, Hilal Chouman, Hilal Chouman Ousama Baalbaki, Yasmine Zohdi Bekriah Mawasi Ziad Dallal, Lynx Qualey Hilal Chouman, Anna Ziajka Stanton, Limbo Beirut


Kevin Smith Just Wants Angry He-Man Nerds to Grow Up

Masters of the Universe: Revelation received critical acclaim ahead of its launch on Netflix late last week, but the animated continuation of Eternia’s finest has been faced with review-bombing and anger on social media thanks to a bad-faith interpretation of what the show’s doing that showrunner Kevin Smith has…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Netflix, Masters Of The Universe, Action Figures, Chris Wood, Kevin Smith, Adam, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Eternia, Teela, Skeletor, Lena Headey, Human Interest, Evil Lyn, Fictional Characters


The Stephen King Adaptation Chapelwaite Brought Gothic Gloom to SDCC 2021

Back in May, we got a decent look at Adrien Brody’s new series Chapelwaite, adapted from a Stephen King short story (it appears in the collection Night Shift) thanks to a bunch of images released by Epix, as well as a teaser. The outlook? Gloomy, gothic, and dripping with dread. Today’s San Diego Comic-Con @ Home…Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Fiction, Stephen King, It, Adrien Brody, Emily, Epix, Peter Filardi, Rebecca Morgan, Gothic fiction, Salems Lot, Charles Boone, Jason Filardi, Charles Boone Brody, Chapelwaite


Jonathan Coe on The Rotters’ Club: ‘My diary provided endless material, but I didn’t like the person I was’

The author on mixing semi-fact with fiction – and the school rule about swimming naked that inspired the novel’s big comedy set pieceFrom 1972-79, I was a pupil at King Edward’s school, Birmingham. It was at that time a direct grant school, which meant that although most of the places (including mine) were not fee-paying, it had all the trappings of a public school. It was single-sex, the teachers wore academic gowns, the assembly hall was called “Big School”, we played rugby rather than footbal...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Culture, Birmingham, Edward, Jonathan Coe, How I wrote


The Walking Dead Season 11 Trailer Just Zombie Smashed Into SDCC 2021

Over the past decade, The Walking Dead has become as big a part of San Diego Comic-Con as the comics. Or San Diego. It’s just expected that each summer, the cast and crew of AMC’s hit zombie show are going to fly into San Diego, hold a huge panel (first in Ballroom 20, eventually in Hall H) and bring new footage from…Read more...
Tags: Science, The Walking Dead, Fiction, Amc, Walking Dead, San Diego, Maggie, Zombie, Simon, Glen, Lauren Cohan, Negan, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Television Shows, Gabriel Stokes, Angela Kang


Leïla Slimani: ‘I think I’m always writing about women, domination, violence’

The French-Moroccan author on why she writes, the complexity of identity, and the first book of a trilogy based on her family historyAuthor Leïla Slimani, 39, grew up in Rabat, Morocco, and moved to Paris when she was 17. Her first novel, Adèle, a melancholy story about a nymphomaniac mother in her 30s, was published in France in 2014. In 2016, she was the first Moroccan woman to win France’s most prestigious literary award, the Prix Goncourt, for her second novel, Lullaby, about a nanny who kil...
Tags: Books, France, Fiction, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Morocco, Paris, Autobiography and memoir, Emmanuel Macron, RABAT Morocco, Slimani, Leïla Slimani, Biography books


Jean Hanff Korelitz: ‘I wanted to be a literary novelist. But I realised that I liked plot’

The author of the book behind TV smash The Undoing talks about her new novel The Plot, a thriller about plagiarism – and how she fell for Hugh GrantIn January 2020, the American novelist Jean Hanff Korelitz was “all in all, not in a great place”, despite the runaway success of the HBO series The Undoing, based on her novel You Should Have Known. She was extremely anxious about a new virus in China that she was reading about (she reads a lot of books on epidemiology). “I was pretty much the only ...
Tags: Books, Hbo, New York, China, Fiction, Stephen King, US news, Culture, Television & radio, Thrillers, Trump, Hugh, Paul Muldoon, Jean Hanff Korelitz, The Undoing, Korelitz


It's Christmas in July For the Week's Most Festive Toy News

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's regular round up of the latest and greatest things in toys. Like... Christmas? Yes, the holidays are already in full swing even as we swelter in climate change-induced heat waves, but that’s not all: we’ve got new Transformers figures of old Transformers, new Power Rangers figures of…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Disney, Walmart, Hasbro, Bill Nighy, Castle, General Mills, Power Rangers, Action Figure, Transformers, Yoda, Mattel, Davy Jones, Jack Sparrow, Takara


The Other Passenger

Jamie and Clare are in their late 40s, just old enough to be really beginning to feel old, and somewhat alienated from the next generation. Kit and Melia, on the other hand, are young–good looking, elastic skinned, with glossy dark hair and wide bright eyes. Each couple finds something to envy in the other. Kit […]
Tags: Books, Fiction, Jamie, Elizabeth, Clare, Meliá, Mystery/Suspense


14 Loki Facts Gloriously Revealed in Its Making-of Documentary

After watching Disney+’s new documentary on the making of Marvel’s Loki, you’re gonna have a list of movies to watch. The behind-the-scenes episode, which is the latest in the Assembled series that’s already covered WandaVision and The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, is filled with fascinating facts and revelations…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Disney, Brazil, Thor, The Wizard Of Oz, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Tom Hiddleston, Kane, Grey Gardens, Loki, Sunset Boulevard, Kevin Feige, Wally, Willy Wonka, Kang


Breaking Down the Sandworm Riding and Space-Folding in Dune's New Trailer

Arrakis is a beautiful world being torn apart by ugliness, but the man destined to save the planet may also be its doom. Warner Bros. has released a new trailer for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, and we’re here to look at every key moment, including Baron Harkonnen’s (Stellan Skarsgård) big debut—plus that weird light thing…Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Fiction, Literature, Josh Brolin, Warner Bros, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Dune, Shields, Jessica, Paul Atreides, Javier, Denis Villeneuve, Dave Bautista, Bene Gesserit


The All-Nighter Asks an Important Question: What If Vampires Were Superheroes?

Superheroes are so blasé. Now, vampire superheroes? That’s a cross-demographic hook that we’re very much into. io9 has an exclusive look at Comixology’s next comic from Chip Zdarksy and Jason Loo, alongside colorist Paris Alleyne, letterer Aditya Bidikar, and editor Alison O’Toole, after their collaboration on …Read more...
Tags: Science, Kindle, Fiction, Literature, Alex, Superhero, Alison, Joy, Ian, Amazon Studios, Cynthia, Vampire, Comixology, Alleyne, All Nighter, Zdarsky


Dune's New Trailer Is All About Paul Atreides' Great and Terrible Destiny

The prophecy has spoken, and it says we’re all in big trouble. The latest trailer has surfaced from the sand for Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, which sees Paul Atreides (Timothée Chalamet) facing off against two of the greatest enemies his family has ever known: Baron Harkonnen (Stellan Skarsgård), and himself.Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Fiction, Literature, Josh Brolin, Warner Bros, Rebecca Ferguson, Jason Momoa, Charlotte Rampling, Dune, Frank Herbert, Jessica, Paul Atreides, Javier, Isaac, Denis Villeneuve


In The Witcher: Nightmare of the Wolf's Trailer, Every Monster Has a Price

Before Geralt’s grunts, there was Vesemir’s smirk. Netflix has released the first trailer for The Witcher prequel anime, Nightmare of the Wolf, which sees a young Vesemir (Theo James, Castlevania and Divergent series) tracking down a witch—as the tide begins to turn against him and his fellow monster hunters.Read more...
Tags: Science, Films, Fiction, Netflix, Wolf, Theo James, Witcher, Kim Bodnia, Lara Pulver, Geralt, Mary McDonnell, The Witcher, Graham McTavish, Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, Lauren Schmidt, Vesemir


Masters of the Universe: Revelation Is a He-Man Fan's Dream*

“You were who we made this for!” Kevin Smith excitedly told me during our interview about Netflix’s Masters of the Universe: Revelation, right after I revealed I was a huge He-Man fan. He was not lying. The new series was clearly made for me and the other ‘80s kids. Those who grew up playing with Masters of the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Netflix, Superheroes, Henry Rollins, Masters Of The Universe, Mark Hamill, Action Figures, Chris Wood, The Masters, Kevin Smith, Alicia Silverstone, Adam, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Teela, Orko


Cyberpunk 2077's Retrofuturistic World Is Worth Exploring Beneath the Flaws

When Cyberpunk 2077 came out last December, all eyes were on what I like to call “the little game that couldn’t.” CD Projekt Red’s long-anticipated dive into the cyberpunk genre was laden with bugs, glitches, and reports of horrible work conditions for the development team. Six months later, enough patches have come…Read more...
Tags: Science, Video Games, Fiction, Memory, Best Buy, Cyberpunk, Scarlett Johansson, Dystopia, Jrr Tolkien, Keanu Reeves, Retrofuturism, Ghost in the Shell, Akira, Windows Games, CD Projekt Red, First Person Shooters


Blood Red Sky Pits a Vampire Against Hijackers and Almost Lives Up to That Killer Concept

Blood Red Sky begins with a frame story—an aircraft makes a wobbly landing in Scotland as troops gather below—before introducing us to a mother and son preparing to travel from Germany to New York. She’s obviously gravely ill and hopes that a specialist in America can cure her. However, as anyone who’s seen the trailerRead more...
Tags: New York, Science, Scotland, Germany, Fiction, America, Netflix, Elias, Vampire, Dominic Purcell, Nadja, Only Lovers Left Alive, Fictional Characters, Peter Thorwarth, Alexander Scheer, Creative Works


The Boys Showrunner Says Season 3's 'Herogasm' Will Be Just as Raunchy as the Comics

In Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson’s Herogasm, a limited spin-off series of The Boys, Wee Hughie and the rest of the Boys set out to infiltrate the titular bacchanalia that Vought throws every year for its corporate-branded superheroes. Away from the prying eyes of the public, Herogasm gives Vought’s capes a chance…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Comics, Science, Fiction, Supernatural, Jensen, Darick Robertson, Garth Ennis, Eric Kripke, The Boys, Fictional Characters, Vought, Homelander, Wee Hughie, Hughie Campbell, Herogasm


Loki's Controversial Multiversal Romance: A Philosopher Weighs In

Toward the end of Disney+ and Marvel’s fourth episode of Loki, “The Nexus Event,” Loki and Sylvie were dumbfounded by their latest discovery about the all-powerful Timekeepers who oversaw the Time Variance Authority. In a very dramatic moment, the pair shared a rather eyebrow-raising look whose significance wasn’t…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Disney, Thor, Tom Hiddleston, Loki, Dogma, Sylvie, Fictional Characters, Jonathan Majors, Time Variance Authority, Norse Mythology In Popular Culture, Ultraverse, Lokasenna, Lamentis, Sylvie Sophia Di Martino


Dune Character Posters Re-Introduce You to Its Stars

Dune’s grand cast of characters and its world of spice-mining empires and political machinations are full of dense complexities that, well, we’ve already explained a lot (a lot) about heading into Denis Villeneuve’s new movie adaptation. But now you can just have them loudly proclaim their names at you while they…Read more...
Tags: Hbo, Science, Fiction, Literature, Josh Brolin, Warner Bros, Oscar Isaac, Jason Momoa, Dune, Paul Atreides, Javier Bardem, Denis Villeneuve, Bene Gesserit, Chani, Timothee Chalamet, Stellan


The Newest Master of the Universe Is Her Own Revelation

Even the most diehard of He-Man fans would be pressed to remember Andra. The character only appeared in a handful of Marvel’s Masters of the Universe comics in the mid-‘80s, most of them as a brief cameo. But that changes in Netflix and Kevin Smith’s Revelation, where the lieutenant of the Eternian guard joins Teela…Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Netflix, Masters Of The Universe, Action Figures, Kevin Smith, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Andra, Teela, Skeletor, Tiffany Smith, Evil Lyn, Fictional Characters, He Man, Creative Works, Entertainment Culture


New Fiction: Excerpt from Badriya al-Badri’s ‘The Last Crossing’

One of the film pitches featured during the opening night of the “BILA HUDOOD: Arabic Literature Everywhere” festival was Katherine Van de Vate’s pitch of Badriyah al-Badri’s The Last Crossing: You can — and should — watch the video pitch on our YouTube channel, along with others from the festival. You can also read the excerpt from the award-winning Wasmiya Comes Out of the Sea below. Excerpt from ‘The Last Crossing’ Badriya al-Badri Translated by Katherine Van de Vate Your fir...
Tags: Books, London, Fiction, US, Middle East, British Library, Badri, Surat, Shaikh, Ikhlas, Bila Hudood, Wasmiya, Badriyya al Badri, Katherine Van de Vate, The Last Crossing, Badriya al Badri


The Disappearing Act

Mia Elliot is a rising star in British television, with a huge breakout success as Jane in Eyre. She’s even nominated for a BAFTA award. But her personal life is in shambles, as her long-term boyfriend is appearing in public cuddling with another, younger, star. Ugh. Mia is all too happy to flee London’s drizzle […]
Tags: Books, London, Fiction, Mia, Elizabeth, Jane, Mystery/Suspense, Mia Elliot


Novelist Elif Shafak: ‘I’ve always believed in inherited pain’

The award-winning Turkish-British writer, whose new book explores love and politics in Cyprus and London, talks about generational trauma, food in exile and how heavy metal helps her writeIf trees could talk, what might they tell us? “Well,” says the Turkish-British writer Elif Shafak, smiling at me over a cup of mint tea, her long hair a little damp from the rain. “They live a lot longer than us. So they see a lot more than we do. Perhaps they can help us to have a calmer, wiser angle on things...
Tags: Books, London, Fiction, Cyprus, Turkey, Brexit, Tayyip Erdogan, Elif Shafak, Holland Park, Shafak


Mark Hamill Discusses His Role in Masters of the Universe: Revelations

Hamill has also made a name for himself in the voice-over community, most notably lending his voice to the Joker in Batman: The Animated Series. Per his recent appearance on The Tonight Show, Starring Jimmy Fallon, the Star Wars actor chatted about voicing Skeletor in Kevin Smith’s animated series Masters of the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Jimmy Fallon, Fiction, Disney, Netflix, The Tonight Show, Masters Of The Universe, Mark Hamill, Action Figures, Luke Skywalker, Kevin Smith, Jedi, Hamill, Skeletor, Human Interest, Fictional Characters


Janicza Bravo Will Produce and Direct Kindred Pilot Episode for FX

Zola director Janicza Bravo will direct and serve as executive producer on the FX pilot for Kindred—an adaptation of the novel written by prolific science-fiction writer Octavia E. Butler.Read more...
Tags: Science, Fiction, Literature, Darren Aronofsky, FX, Joel Fields, Zola, Kindred, Branden Jacobs Jenkins, Speculative Fiction, Janicza Bravo, Joe Weisberg, Harry Osborn, John Jennings, Damian Duffy, Octavia E Butler


John Boyne: ‘People were criticising my book when they hadn’t read it’

John Boyne talks about the online backlash to his recent YA book and how it inspired his new novel about social mediaFrom the table in the garden where we sit chatting, I have a good view of John Boyne’s “ego room” – the light-filled, pale green annexe to which he comes, at 8.30 every morning, seven days a week, to write, and which is filled with global editions of the 21 books he has produced over the last two decades. Both the space and the name he’s given it are instructive, revealing: the ta...
Tags: Books, Fiction, Culture, Ireland, Dublin, Young Adult, John Boyne, Jessica, Boyne


Going places: The international authors to read this summer

Foreign travel may be curtailed, but from Germany’s Mariana Leky to Japan’s Shiori Ito, there is plenty of exciting writing coming to our shores. Meet the writers who are making waves Continue reading...
Tags: Books, Japan, Germany, Fiction, Culture, Fiction in translation, Summer Reading, Shiori Ito, Mariana Leky