Gotham Season 3 just had its best episode by far.
Supergirl/Flash musical episode casts Darren Criss as singing villain @ SciFiNow – The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine
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The Expanse is one of our favorite shows on TV. And while we wait for its February 1 return, we have some gleeful news: Thomas Jane, who plays the Syfy show’s oddly-coiffed but deeply-determined detective, Miller, has joined the cast of The Predator, Shane Black’s franchise reboot. This is ideal, and awesome.
Here's a look at the new Wolverine collector figure from the folks at Square Enix.
The American Library Association (ALA) announced the winners of several awards during their Midwinter Meeting at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta GA, January 20-24, 2017.
The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (Doubleday) won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence.
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill (Algonquin) won the John Newbery Medal “for the most outstanding contribution to children’s literature.” The Inquisitor’s Tale: Or, The Three Magical Children and Their Holy Dog by Adam Gidwitz (Dutton) was named a Newbery Honor Book.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman (Simon & Schuster) was named a Michael L. Printz Award Honor Book for “excellence in literature written for young adults.”
Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan (Disney-Hyperion) won the Stonewall Book Award for “books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience.”
Several books of genre interest won Alex Awards, given to “the 10 best adult books that appeal to teen audiences”:
- The Queen of Blood, Sarah Beth Durst (Harper Voyager)
- The Regional Office is Under Attack!, Manuel Gonzalez (Riverhead)
- Arena, Holly Jennings (Ace)
- Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire (Tor)
For a full list of winners and honor books, see the ALA website.
It’s been confirmed that Legendary’s Godzilla-King Kong movie universe is called the “MonsterVerse.” It’s a name absolutely guaranteed to get confused with Universal’s new universe based on its old horror monsters. But it’s not that much better than Arrowverse. Or the DCEU. Or whatever Star Wars is using these days.
The director says he'll follow his new horror hit with a sequel. Massive spoilers ahead!
Our favorite Jedi Knight just found out the next Star Wars film has finally been titled.
How important is Unbreakable to superhero movies and to storytelling in general? It turns out ... pretty important.
As some of you may already know, Stranger Things' Barb is coming to Riverdale. Well, not exactly Barb herself (I love Barb!!), but rather actress Shannon Purser, who is set to guest-star on The CW’s dark take on Archie Comics.
The next Godzilla film finally has someone in the director's chair.
Pulp heroes, like the Shadow, were one of the biggest influences on Bill Kane and Bob Finger when they first came up with Batman over 75 years ago. And now, out of the blue, the Dark Knight is teaming up with the legendary detective for a new crossover series.
And we can't say we're totally surprised.
Your new lock screen photos have arrived, courtesy of NOAA’s heavily hyped GOES-16 Satellite. The orbiter, launched in November 2016, can take high definition photos of Earth every 15 minutes and one of the continental US every five minutes, according to a press release. Its combined speed and resolution will help…
It’s a Glee reunion as the upcoming DC musical crossover casts its Music Meister.
The Horror Writers Association (HWA) announced the preliminary ballot for the 2016 Bram Stoker Awards on January 20, 2017.
Superior Achievement in a Novel
- Dead Souls, J. Lincoln Fenn (Gallery)
- Hard Light, Elizabeth Hand (Minotaur)
- Mongrels, Stephen Graham Jones (William Morrow)
- The Fisherman, John Langan (Word Horde)
- The Tank, Nicola Lombardi (Dunwich Edizioni)
- Stranded, Bracken MacLeod (Tor)
- Into the Mist, Lee Murray (Cohesion)
- HEX, Thomas Olde Heuvelt (Tor)
- Odd Adventures with your Other Father, Norman Prentiss (self-published)
- Muti Nation, Monique Snyman (Omnium Gatherum)
- Disappearance at Devil’s Rock, Paul Tremblay (William Morrow)
Superior Achievement in a First Novel
- The Apothecary’s Curse, Barbara Barnett (Pyr)
- Hollow House, Greg Chapman (Omnium Gatherum)
- Haven, Tom Deady (Cemetery Dance)
- The Monster Underneath, Matthew Franks (Samhain)
- Mayan Blue, Michelle Garza & Melissa Lason (Sinister Grin)
- Blackwater Val, William Gorman (Crystal Lake)
- Until Death, Kari Anne Kilgore (Spiral)
- The Sanguinarian ID, L.M. Labat (Night to Dawn)
- The Wolf Road, Beth Lewis (Crown)
- The Black Goat Motorcycle Club, Jason Murphy (Sinister Grin)
- Wasteland Gods, Jonathan Woodrow (Horrific Tales)
- The Eighth, Stephanie M. Wytovich (Dark Regions)
Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel
- Snowed, Maria Alexander (Raw Dog Screaming)
- Last Days of Salton Academy, Jennifer Brozek (Ragnarok)
- Holding Smoke, Elle Cosimano (Disney-Hyperion)
- Lily, Michael Thomas Ford (Lethe)
- Keep Away From Psycho Joe, Michael Brent Kelley (Omnium Gatherum)
- When They Fade, Jeyn Roberts (Knopf)
- The Telling, Alexandra Sirowy (Simon & Schuster)
- Sinful, Dax Varley (self-published)
Superior Achievement in Long Fiction
- “Bones Are Made to Be Broken”, Paul Michael Anderson (Bones Are Made to Be Broken)
- Jedi Summer with The Magnetic Kid, John Boden (Post Mortem)
- Vampire Boy, Aric Cushing (Grand & Archer)
- The Sadist’s Bible, Nicole Cushing (01Publishing)
- Harvest Festival, Karl Drinkwater (Organic Apocalypse)
- “That Perilous Stuff”, Scott Edelman (Chiral Mad 3)
- The Ballad of Black Tom, Victor LaValle (Tor.com Publishing)
- “The Jupiter Drop”, Josh Malerman (You, Human)
- All Smoke Rises: Milk-Blood Redux, Mark Matthews (Wicked Run)
- “Raw”, Shane Simmons (Silent Screams)
- The Winter Box, Tim Waggoner (Darkfuse)
Superior Achievement in Short Fiction
- “Time is a Face on the Water”, Michael Bailey (Borderlands 6)
- “A Rift in Reflection”, Hal Bodner (Chiral Mad 3)
- “The Bad Hour”, Christopher Golden (What the #@&% Is That?)
- “Conqueror Worms”, Michael H. Hanson (Dark Corners)
- “Ortolan”, Dane Hucklebridge (F(r)iction Summer 2016)
- “Reasons I Hate My Big Sister”, Gwendolyn Kiste (Nightscript: Vol 2)
- “Arbeit Macht Frei”, Lisa Mannetti (Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories)
- “Long Hair’s Inferno”, Alessandro Manzetti (The Monster, the Bad, and the Ugly)
- “The Crawl Space”, Joyce Carol Oates (Ellery Queen 9-10/16)
- “The Wounded Table”, John Claude Smith (The Wrath of Concrete and Steel)
- “Only Unclench Your Hand”, Isabel Yap (What the #@&% Is That?)
Superior Achievement in a Fiction Collection
- Swift to Chase, Laird Barron (JournalStone)
- The Night Marchers and Other Strange Tales, Daniel Braum (Grey Matter)
- A Long December, Richard Chizmar (Subterranean)
- Sylvan Dread: Tales of Pastoral Darkness, Richard Gavin (Three Hands)
- The Doll-Master and Other Tales of Terror, Joyce Carol Oates (Mysterious)
- Lethal Birds, Gene O’Neill (Omnium Gatherum)
- Meet Me in the Middle of the Air, Eric Schaller (Undertow)
- American Nocturne, Hank Schwaeble (Cohesion)
- A Tiding of Magpies, Pete Sutton (Kensington Gore)
- Greener Pastures, Michael Wehunt (Shock Totem)
Superior Achievement in an Anthology
- Chiral Mad 3, Michael Bailey, ed. (Written Backwards)
- Cemetery Riots, T.C. Bennett & Tracy L. Carbone, eds. (Awol From Elysium)
- Horror from the Inside Out, Lisa Dabrowski, ed. (Whorror House)
- Drive-In Creature Feature, Eugene Johnson & Charles Day, eds. (Evil Jester)
- Not Your Average Monster: Vol 2: A Menagerie of Vile Beasts, Pete Kahle, ed. (Bloodshot)
- The Beauty of Death, Alessandro Manzetti, ed. (Independent Legions)
- The Monster, the Bad and the Ugly, Alessandro Manzetti & Paolo DiOrazio, eds. (Kipple Officina Libraria)
- Borderlands 6, Oliva F. Monteleone & Thomas F. Monteleone, eds. (Samhain)
- Fright Mare – Women Write Horror, Billie Sue Mosiman, ed. (self-published)
- Gutted: Beautiful Horror Stories, Doug Murano & D. Alexander Ward, eds. (Crystal Lake)
- Peel Back the Skin, Anthony Rivera & Sharon Lawson, eds. (Grey Matter)
Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction
- Haunted, Leo Braudy (Yale University Press)
- Shirley Jackson: A Rather Haunted Life, Ruth Franklin (Liveright)
- A Season with the Witch, J.W. Ocker (Countryman)
- Guillermo del Toro’s “The Devil’s Backbone” and “Pan’s Labyrinth”, Danel P. Olson (Centipede)
- In the Mountains of Madness, W. Scott Poole (Soft Skull)
- Something in the Blood, David J. Skal (Liveright)
- The Gothic Worlds of Peter Straub, John Tibbetts (McFarland)
- The Turn to Gruesomeness in American Horror Films, 1931-1936, Jon Towlson (McFarland)
Superior Achievement in a Poetry Collection
- Underwater Fistfight, Matt Betts (Raw Dog Screaming)
- Sacrificial Nights, Bruce Boston & Alessandro Manzetti (Kipple Officina Libraria)
- Corona Obscura, Michael R. Collins (self-published)
- The Seven Yards of Sorrow, David E. Cowen (Weasel)
- Children of God, Craig DiLouie & Jonathan Moon (self-published)
- Field Guide to the End of the World, Jeannine Hall Gailey (Moon City)
- Voices from Empty Rooms, Lisa Lepovetsky (Alban Lake)
- Two Drinks Away from Chaos, Aurelio Rico Lopez III (Azoth Khem)
- Small Spirits, Marge Simon (self-published)
- Brothel, Stephanie M. Wytovich (Raw Dog Screaming)
Superior Achievement in a Graphic Novel
- Blood Feud, Cullen Bunn (Oni)
- Kolchak the Night Stalker: The Forgotten Lore of Edgar Allan Poe, James Chambers (Moonstone)
- No Mercy: Volume 2, Alex de Campi (Image)
- Outcast: Volume 3: This Little Light, Robert Kirkman (Image)
- The Steam Man, Mark Alan Miller & Joe R. Lansdale (Dark Horse)
- Providence: Act 1, Alan Moore (Avatar)
- Weirdy, Ashley P Quach (self-published)
Superior Achievement in a Screenplay
- The Conjuring 2
- Don’t Breathe
- Midnight Special
- Penny Dreadful: “A Blade of Grass”
- Preacher: “Pilot”
- Stranger Things: “The Upside Down”
- Stranger Things: “The Vanishing of Will Byers”
- 10 Cloverfield Lane
- The Walking Dead: “The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be”
- The Witch
Voting is open to active and lifetime HWA members until February 15, 2017.
Bram Stoker Award nominees for 2016 (the short list) will be announced on February 23, 2017. Winners will be honored April 29, 2017 at a gala held aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach CA during StokerCon. For more information, see the HWA website.
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Last year’s first season of Voltron: Legendary Defender was a solid start for rebooting Voltron, and its second season is much the same in terms of fun, solid giant robot action. But it’s made even better by expanding its scope, telling richer stories, and focusing more on character development, which turns an already…
All the details on Black Panther & The Crew, a new team book from Coates, Yona Harvey and Butch Guice.
Last week, Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd acknowledged that the negative response to the extremely graphic show’s seventh season premiere caused them to tone down on the violence for the following episodes. This week, two other executive producers deny that happened. So someone has to be lying.
The first look at Guy Ritchie’s upcoming take on the Arthurian legend gave us a look at how he’s modernizing the story of the man who wielded Excalibur. A fresh trailer for King Arthur: Legend of the Sword is all about the running, punching, and jumping that’ll be in the flick.
Witchblade is coming to television. Again.
Earth has some battle scars from back in the day. When the solar system was still young and wild, roughly 4 billion years ago, Earth, its Moon, and Mars were attacked by a series of asteroid assailants. It’s long been assumed that the space rocks involved in the assault—called the Late Heavy Bombardment—are now…
Writer Emma Tennant, 79, died January 21, 2017 in a London hospital following a long illness. Tennant was known for her feminist and postmodern fiction, and wrote many works of genre interest, including The Time of the Crack (1973; as The Crack, 1978), The Last of the Country House Murders (1974), Hotel de Dream (1976), The Bad Sister (1978), Wild Nights (1979), Alice Fell (1980), The Search for Treasure Island (1981),
Queen of Stones (1982), Woman Beware Woman (1983), The Ghost Child (1984), Two Women of London: The Strange Case of Ms Jekyll and Mrs Hyde (1989), The Magic Drum: An Excursion (1989), Sisters and Strangers: A Moral Tale (1990), Faustine (1992), and Heathcliff’s Tale (2005). She edited Bananas from 1975-78, where she published work by J.G. Ballard, Angela Carter, John T. Sladek, and other SF writers. She edited anthologies of work from the journal in Bananas (1977) and Saturday Night Reader (1979).
Emma Christina Tennant was born October 20, 1937 in London, the daughter of a Scottish Baron. She attended St. Paul’s Girls’ School, and spent WWII at the family estates in Peebleshire Scotland. She worked as a travel writer at Queen and an editor at Vogue. First novel The Colour of Rain (1964) was not SF and appeared under pseudonym Catherine Aydy. In addition to her numerous novels she wrote autobiographical works, including Girlitude (1999) and Burnt Diaries (1999). She was married four times and had three children. Her most recent marriage was in 2008 to Tim Owens, who had been her partner for decades.
The midseason break is officially over.
After a few months away, Judge Dredd is back in action at IDW, but in his newest mission, it’s been quite a while since we last saw him. And if you thought Dredd’s usual life was messed up, then it’s about to get downright apocalyptic (well, even more than it always is) in Judge Dredd: The Blessed Earth—and we’ve got…
Here at io9, we report on a lot of projects when they’re first announced. Oftem, however, there’s a long stretch between the initial news and the project’s actual release. Sometimes, it’s long enough for you to completely forget about them; sometimes, it’s long enough that Hollywood probably forgot about them. Let’s…
For adults of a certain age, the idea of virtual reality will always come with the tinge of freaky horror thanks to the The Lawnmower Man. Now, the VR thriller is coming back ... in actual virtual reality, no less.
Imagine you are standing in a freezer.
Of course it’s a Glee cast member. The CW’s DC shows are like vultures. They pick over the corpse of Glee and take everything valuable from it. I mean that in a nice way, of course. I love vultures.
The talented filmmakers—or should that be, remakers— at Ghostlight recently reshot the 1987 Paul Verhoeven masterpiece, RoboCop. But since they didn’t have a million dollar Hollywood budget, they had to build all of the film’s props and practical effects themselves, including this impressive ED-209 costume.
Fanzines, Cover Art, and the Best Vorkosigan Planet: An Interview with Lois McMaster Bujold @ Tor.com
Magical Miscalculations: Revealing the Cover for Margaret Killjoy’s The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion @ Tor.com
Breaking from StarWars.com: The official title for the next episode of the saga, Star Wars Episode VIII, will be The Last Jedi. Rumors had been swirling about a supposedly leaked title of “Forces of Destiny” (similar to a licensed card game), and others that sounded a bit Indiana Jones-ish. This at least seems respectable.
Rian Johnson is writing and directing, to be released on December 15, 2017.
Ever since Woody Harrelson was cast in the role of Han Solo's mentor in the upcoming Star Wars anthology movie, fans have been itching to learn the name of his character.
Star Wars: Episode 8 title confirmed! @ SciFiNow – The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine
We still have almost a whole year to wait until we see director Rian Johnson's Star Wars sequel, but now we officially know the title: Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Ominous, right?
The next chapter of the Star Wars saga finally has a name, and it’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
Get schwifty with this eight-page preview of the comic based on the show.
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It couldn’t have done it without you, Batman v Superman.
Did Carl Sagan really warn about a time in the future when manufacturing jobs would slip away, when the average person would have virtually no control over their political lives, and when we would all cling to superstitions? Yes, Sagan did predict just that. The screenshot you may have seen floating around social…
The live-action films set in the Half-Life and Portal video game universe are still in development. So don't give up hope just yet.
With Disney recanonizing elements of the old Star Wars Expanded Universe left and right lately, there’s one huge element that fans of the EU are dying to have back: Bioware and Obsidian’s beloved RPG series Knights of the Old Republic. And while it’s not quite official yet, the newest episode of Rebels just added a…
Shopping for a new TV is already a hassle. Trying to decide what size to get, and what features you need, all while dealing with a pushy sales clerk, is bad enough. So the last thing you want exasperating the ordeal is a mild heart attack when a store’s demo model becomes a portal to a nightmarish otherworld.
Filming on Black Panther is currently underway in Atlanta and the first set pics reveal the return of a Captain America: Civil War alum.
If you haven’t already learned that life is just a bunch of disappointments, this maddening animation by Mainframe will teach you that you don’t always get what you want. What you expect to happen in each of these vignettes never does, leaving you feeling empty, unfulfilled, and probably a little confused.
Blair Witch featurette clip remembers The Woods’ big reveal @ SciFiNow – The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine
A new magazine might have accidentally given away the end of Transformers: The Last Knight. Don’t get too worked up about Hugh Jackman’s recent comments about Logan and the X-Men timeline. Plus, what’s to come on Flash, Arrow, and Supergirl, and a new Supernatural teaser. Spoilers get!
Despite its solid box-office take, critics are pretty much in agreement that DC’s Suicide Squad film was a narrative mess. Now director David Ayer has chimed in, admitting there are a few changes he wishes he could go back and make.
Get Out new poster for Jordan Peele’s horror has a killer tagline @ SciFiNow – The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine
James Cameron working on a new Terminator, wants Deadpool director @ SciFiNow – The World's Best Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Magazine
Katsucon, one of the biggest anime and cosplay conventions in the United States, has a surprise fan and former attendee (at least outside the resort): embattled White House press secretary Sean Spicer.
The poster and trailer are out for the Neko Atsume film and everybody, this is not a drill. There are cats, there are people, but most of all...THERE ARE MORE CATS.
Here's a spectacular gallery of epic Alex Ross covers to help wish the renowned comic book artist Happy Birthday!
Forty years ago today, Doctor Who aired an episode where the Doctor cautioned his soon-to-be companion Leela all about the dangers of people altering facts to “fit their views.” Huh, now where does that sound familiar?
If you were thinking The Walking Dead has toned down the brutality since the bloody Season 7 premiere, turns out you're right.
The Milky Way and Andromeda are on a collision course, and supermassive black holes could be the culprit.
A big question Star Wars fans have been asking, even weeks after Rogue One’s release, has been: Why the heck was Princess Leia at the Battle of Scarif? Luckily, a few experts from the Lucasfilm Story Group have cleared the air.
Simon Spurrier and Jonas Goonface create a new world where everyone has their own personal god.
We're still trying to figure out how to put a man on Mars, so we're at least several decades (if not centuries) from ever reaching the proto-planet at the end of our solar system.
The second trailer for the upcoming Power Rangers flick may have been less foreboding than the first, but the movie still promises to be a dark and gritty reboot of the original series. Isn’t it time we had a little more fun with it?
The legal battle over a crowdfunded, arguably fan-made Star Trek movie has come to an end.
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