Traveling to Outer Space Will Mess Up Your Mind, According to Constellation Trailer

There’s a sci-fi “conspiracy-based psychological thriller” coming to Apple TV+, and the trailer for the limited series strongly suggests that space travel will completely and utterly f*** you up. The limited series stars Noomi Rapace (Prometheus, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) … | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Welcome to Even More Jurassic Park: New Jurassic World Movie in the Works at Universal

More dinosaurs are coming our way, whether we want them to or not!  A new Jurassic World movie is in the works, though this time the writer of the original film and its direct sequel is coming back to pen the script. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that a new Jurassic World … | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Read an Excerpt From Nisi Shawl’s Kinning

Book Two of Everfair: Tink and his sister Bee-Lung are traveling the world via aircanoe, spreading the spores of a mysterious empathy-generating fungus. | Continue reading | 4 months ago

The Bad Batch Face Off Against an Infamous Foe in Season 3 Trailer

The third and final season of Star Wars: The Bad Batch is set to premiere on Disney+ in February, and we now have a trailer that teases what’s in store for the surviving Bad Batch crew as well as Omega. But wait, there’s more—the end of the trailer also reveals that the surviving … | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Star Trek: Enterprise Rewatch: “Terra Prime”

“Terra Prime” Written by Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens and André Bormanis and Manny Coto Directed by Marvin V. Rush Season 4, Episode 21 Production episode 097 Original air date: May 13, 2005 Date: January 22, 2155 Captain’s star log. After a summary of “Demons,” we get more o … | Continue reading | 4 months ago

The Essential Storytelling Device That Fuels Superman and The Matrix

I am both proud and slightly horrified to say that my first published novel took over a year to write, and three long years to rewrite. And that’s not counting the failed book projects that preceded it over the previous fifteen years. Even after it managed to find a publisher, th … | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Investigating the Mothman: The Paranormal TV Shows That Tackle the Famous Cryptid

I had hopes that John Keel’s The Mothman Prophecies would focus more on the cryptid than it did. Mostly, it turns out, the book is about John Keel. Like the film that’s loosely based on it (as one witty commenter on the former noted), it’s too much Man, too little Moth. Luckily f … | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Speculative Extrapolation: Five SF Visions of the Future, According to Math

Between June and late December, I noticed a disturbing trend. Daylight hours shortened day by day. Where we once had 15 hours of daylight, we know have a paltry 9. That is a loss of one hour of daylight per month. At that rate, by September of 2024, there will be no more daylight … | Continue reading | 4 months ago

Fountain of Youth Film Picks Up Natalie Portman, John Krasinski and Eiza González

Apple TV and Skydance are moving full steam ahead on a thriller where the MacGuffin everyone is searching for is… a real (maybe) fountain of youth. According to Deadline, the team is shaping up, with Eiza González announced as part of the cast today, joining Natalie Portman (pict … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Terry Pratchett Book Club: Where’s My Cow?

The cover says it’s a picture book for “people of all sizes,” and I wish there were more of those, honestly. Summary We are reading Where’s My Cow? through the vantage point of Young Sam and his father (less young Sam). The story begins with the similar framing we’re given in Thu … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Five SF Stories Involving Memory Manipulation

In the midst of yet another wild, gritty, action-packed commute on public transit recently, my mind turned to the bathroom signs at work. Had I taken down the signs before heading home or was I just remembering a previous occasion when I had remembered? Memories are tricky things … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Minecraft Movie Adds More A-Listers to Cast, Including Kate McKinnon and Jemaine Clement

The casting announcements for the upcoming movie adaptation of Minecraft may cause more than one block-shaped eyebrow to lift. In addition to Jason Momoa and Jack Black (the latter of whom is reportedly playing the game’s main character, Minecraft Steve), the film has tapped seve … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Big Bad: Christopher Landon in Talks to Direct Adaptation of Chandler Baker Short Story

Christopher Landon, the writer-director behind horror films like Happy Death Day (pictured above) and Freaky, has a potential new project lined up after his departure from Scream VII. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Landon is in negotiations with Lionsgate, who is working on … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Read an Excerpt From Where the Dark Stands Still

Liska knows that magic is monstrous, and its practitioners are monsters. | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Nine More Movies Where Real-Life Writers Take the Spotlight

Writers have a reputation for avoiding the spotlight. After all, they spend all those hours… weeks… months in front of a screen or a notepad, living in their heads. (That’s where the real stories are!) So it’s always fascinating to see what Hollywood does with literary figures wh … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Every Book in the Right Time

If you had told me, twelve years ago, that I would be just now getting around to The Night Circus, I definitely would have laughed. Maybe even snorted. It’s one of those books everyone was reading at the time, and now it’s one of those books seemingly everyone has read. I’ve been … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Elantris Reread: Chapters Fifty-Three and Fifty-Four

Time to finish up Part Two, Cosmere Chickens! Are you ready? Because Paige and I are ready! So ready! Right Paige?  Paige: Beyond ready! Lyn: Let’s not belabor the point and dive right in then, shall we? (Non-)Spoiler warning: This week’s article has no spoilers from other Cosmer … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Revealing A Song to Drown Rivers by Ann Liang

As a pawn in the follies of kings, Xishi must play both sides carefully if she hopes to survive… We’re thrilled to share the cover of Ann Liang’s A Song to Drown Rivers, a reimagining of the legend of Xishi, one of the four great beauties of Ancient China. A Song to Drown Rivers … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Until Dawn Video Game Getting Film Adaptation From Team Behind Annabelle: Creation

David F. Sandberg, the director behind the two Shazam! films and Annabelle: Creation, is teaming up once again with Annabelle writer, Gary Dauberman, to adapt the 2015 PlayStation horror video game Until Dawn. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sandberg has signed on with Scree … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Noah Hawley (and FX) Wants Their Alien Series to Span Several Seasons

The much anticipated Alien series in the works at FX is set to start filming this year in Thailand, and showrunner Noah Hawley, who has worked on other FX shows such as Legion and Fargo, has plans for the series to go beyond one season. In a recent interview with Collider, Hawley … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Read an Excerpt From Someone You Can Build a Nest In

Shesheshen has made a mistake fatal to all monsters: she’s fallen in love. | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Godzilla Minus One Black-And-White Version to Hit Theaters for One Week

Godzilla Minus One has made over $50 million at the U.S. box office, no small feat for the Japanese monster movie from Toho International and the film’s director, writer, and VFX supervisor Takashi Yamazaki. Its success has led to a limited release of a black-and-white version of … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Into This World We’re Thrown: Max Gladstone’s Last Exit (Part 12)

Welcome back to Reading the Weird, in which we get girl cooties all over weird fiction, cosmic horror, and Lovecraftiana—from its historical roots through its most recent branches. This week, we continue Max Gladstone’s Last Exit with Chapters 23-24. The novel was first published … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Dune: Part One Returns to IMAX for One Day, Includes “Sneak Peek” of Part Two

May the spice flow… for one day. IMAX announced today that it would play Denis Villeneuve’s Dune: Part One in select theaters for just one day, and those who can snag tickets will also be treated to an “exclusive sneak peek” of Dune: Part Two. The event, which will take place at … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Mammoth Life Finds a Way: The Tusks of Extinction by Ray Nayler

When it comes to the de-extinction of the mammoth, Ray Nayler’s eco-thriller The Tusks of Extinction takes a similar approach to Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park: The Ice Age creatures are dug out of the frozen earth, their DNA extracted and mixed with that of elephants, the embr … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Incompetence Is Inevitable: Five Books That Illustrate the Peter Principle

Laurence J. Peter’s Peter Principle is elegantly simple: “In a hierarchy, every employee tends to rise to his level of incompetence.” The corollary is, of course: “In time, every post tends to be occupied by an employee who is incompetent to carry out its duties.” This is because … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

12 Poems To Break Through the January Ice

It’s January: for those of us in the northern hemisphere, the nights are long and the days are bitterly cold. For many, now is a season of new beginnings; of setting goals and fighting to achieve them. But thriving in January can feel—sometimes—an awful lot like trying to rise fr … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Revealing Moonbound by Robin Sloan

It is eleven thousand years from now… A lot has happened, and yet a lot is still very familiar. Author Robin Sloan expands the Penumbraverse to new reaches of time and space in a rollicking far-future adventure. We’re thrilled to share the cover of Moonbound, available June 11 20 … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Liminal Spaces

An engineer who frequently travels for her job, suddenly finds herself in airports other than the one she arrived in... | Continue reading | 5 months ago

John Wick Director Is Officially Tackling Highlander Next, With Henry Cavill On Board

We’ve known for years that a reboot of the Highlander franchise was one of the many projects that John Wick director Chad Stahelski had on his plate (other projects include an adaptation of Black Samurai and a live-action television show and an anime installment in the Wick unive … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Spaceman Trailer: Adam Sandler Is Sad in Space, So Paul Dano’s Spider Alien Will Help Him

Netflix’s adaptation of Jaroslav Kalfař’s novel, Spaceman of Bohemia, is set to premiere with much fanfare in a little over a month. The movie stars Adam Sandler as the Czech astronaut Jakub, who during a six-month stint alone in space makes friends with an alien spider named Han … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Read an Excerpt From The Longest Autumn

Tirne is one of four humans rigorously selected to usher the turn of the seasons into the mortal world. | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Author Howard Waldrop Passes Away at Age 77

Acclaimed author Harold Waldrop passed away on January 15, 2024 in Austin, Texas at the age of 77 after complications from a stroke. Waldrop, who is recognized by many to be one of the best short story writers in SFF, was known for works including 1980’s “The Ugly Chickens,” a st … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

“Larger Than Oneself” by Robert Aickman: Performative Spirituality, Absurdity, and Irony

Welcome back to Dissecting The Dark Descent, where we lovingly delve into the guts of David Hartwell’s seminal 1987 anthology story by story, and in the process, explore the underpinnings of a genre we all love. For an in-depth introduction, here’s our intro post. I hope you enjo … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Can Echo Take the Marvel-verse in a New Direction?

Echo is trying to be many things—possibly too many. Is it a story of a woman escaping a dark past? A family reconciliation? A crime family saga? A superhero origin story? A story of mystical healing and rebirth? A story about feminine power? A story about a people celebrating the … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Out With Book Clubs — In With Book Trades!

The solitary nature of the act of reading has never stopped our love of reading from proving inherently social. Readers connect with stories, and those stories in turn connect people in new ways. There’s a unique glimmer when two readers realize they share a literary connection, … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Playing Paranormal Pinball: John Keel’s The Mothman Prophecies

You know that guy who starts to tell a story, then something he’s said sends him off on a tangent, then that sends him off on another tangent, then he remembers what he’s supposed to be talking about and pulls himself back there—until he boings off on another tangent? That’s John … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Seven Short Stories About Planets You Probably Wouldn’t Want to Visit

I’m fascinated by planets. Earth, of course, is my favorite, and like many people I have a soft spot for dear old Pluto—planets that arouse a positive sort of awe, with all their boundless beauty. But I’m also drawn to stories about planets, real and fictional, whose descriptions … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Author Terry Bisson Passes Away at Age 81

Terry Bisson, the sci-fi and fantasy writer who wrote the 1990 award-winning short story, “Bears Discover Fire,” as well as “They’re Made Out of Meat,” passed away on January 10 at age 81. Bisson was born on February 12, 1942 and grew up in Kentucky, which ultimately became the s … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Read an Excerpt From Sun of Blood and Ruin

In sixteenth-century New Spain, witchcraft is punishable by death, indigenous temples have been destroyed, and tales of mythical creatures that once roamed the land have become whispers in the night. | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Humanity Isn’t Doing So Well In Halo Season 2 Trailer

The second season of Paramount+’s Halo is heading our way in less than month, and the streaming platform has unleashed another trailer to tease what’s in store for everyone’s favorite Master Chief. As the ominous synth music makes clear in this video, things aren’t great for huma … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Colonial Creatures: Somewhere in the Deep by Tanvi Berwah

Krescent Dune lives a tough life on a colonised island, a place where the native population has been reduced to certain specific roles, none of which benefit them or their community in any way. Her parents were miners, which much of the island’s population is forced to be, riskin … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Abigail Trailer Reveals the Apparent Bloodsucking Side of Being A Child Ballerina

Radio Silence, the team behind the recent installments in the Scream franchise, has another movie on the way, and this one involves the tables getting turned on some kidnappers who abduct the daughter of crime lord. That apparent child, you see, is a monster. And yes, I mean in t … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

The Last of Us Has Found Its Dina and Jesse

Things are really ramping up in The Last of Us’s world. Just days ago, news broke that Kaitlyn Dever is officially playing Abby in the second season of the videogame adaptation. And now two more characters have been cast: Young Mazino (Beef) as Jesse, and Isabela Merced (Madame W … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Not So Happy New Year: R.L. Stine’s The New Year’s Party 

The new year is a pivotal moment, a liminal time in which the challenges and  accomplishments of the past year stand in balance with the optimism of the new one, along with all of the intentions, goals, and resolutions for the next twelve months. It’s a good time for new beginnin … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Everyone Is Still Very Miserable in the Trailer for The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Live

It’s the worst kind of will-they-won’t-they: Will Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and Michonne (Danai Gurira) ever, ever get to just chill out and be happy together? Not if an entire world of zombies and military keeps getting in their way, as it seems to do in The Walking Dead: The Ones W … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

All the New Horror, Romantasy, and Other SFF-Crossover Books Arriving in January!

Head below for the full list of horror, romantasy, and other SFF-crossover titles heading your way in January! Keep track of all the new SFF releases here. All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher. Release dates are subject to change.   … | Continue reading | 5 months ago

Zombies Remain Unkillable: Danny Boyle and Alex Garland Hope to Launch a New Trilogy with 28 Years Later

I’ll save you the math: It has not (yet) been 28 years since 28 Days Later.  The 2002 movie, directed by Danny Boyle and written by Alex Garland, was a surprise hit for many reasons, including the facts that a) the speedy zombies were terrifying and b) people really enjoy watchin … | Continue reading | 5 months ago