Blockbuster Stew of Harry Potter, The Hunger Games and Twilight: A Review of The Bone Season

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Into the cauldron that is her debut urban fantasy novel, The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon has wisely sprinkled every element for potential success. Continue reading

Dark Crystal Comic-Con News: Panel, New Fan Site with Production Images

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Jim Henson, snowed in at the Howard Johnson’s at Kennedy International Airport, writes the basic story of The Dark Crystal.(Image: © 2013 The Jim Henson Company)

There’s a Comic-Con panel Saturday about The Dark Crystal, as well as the launch of the new official Dark Crystal fan site, which includes a pretty cool “The Making Of…” section with production images, photos, and a peek into Jim Henson’s creative process. Continue reading

Dark Crystal Contest to Revive Franchise

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The Jim Henson Company and Grosset & Dunlap, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, are re-booting The Dark Crystal franchise — or so it would seem — with a contest called the Dark Crystal Author Quest. The deal? Fans are encouraged to send in ideas for the “first book in a new young adult series based on the world of the classic fantasy film.” The winner gets a $10,000 contract to write the book. Continue reading

The 10 Best Dads in Fantasy and Science Fiction

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There are so few good dads in science fiction and fantasy. Fathers in so many stories are absent for one reason or another (death being fairly common), and sometimes they even turn out to be the villain! So where are the Mike Bradys of science fiction and fantasy? The Cliff Huxtables? You do happen upon dads of those stripes, or roughly equivalent ones, every now and then. Here’s our list of the top 10. Continue reading

The Magical Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell Coming to BBC America

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Fans of the mysterious Raven King and his alternate fantasy history of England will get a chance to see their favorite characters brought to life next year. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, is being co-produced by BBC America as a new drama series to premiere in 2014. Continue reading