Category: Fantasy

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There’s a New University Just For Sci-Fi & Fantasy Studies

Students no longer have to travel to a galaxy far, far away to learn all there is to know about science-fiction literature. Instead, they can do it from the comfort of their living room (more specifically, the comfort of their pajamas). Newly-accredited Signum University isn’t just an online college: it’s a university entirely dedicated to the study of genre fiction from a literary, historical, and philosophical perspective. Talk about the ultimate fantasy—which, of course, is also a subject. So, congratulations, genre nerds! (Of course, I say that with the utmost affection.) You can now put “majored in Tolkien” in your Tinder bio and mean it.

 

Signum University

Signum University

Yes, Signum University’s logo looks like it should be adorning the cover of a Hunger Games novel. Signum University’s specializations include Tolkien Studies; Imaginative Literature; Classic, Medieval, and Renaissance Literature; and Germanic Philology (the study of Germanic languages). Each of these programs falls under the M.A. in Language & Literature, an accredited program of graduate study. While the degree takes two to seven years to complete depending on the number of credits per semester—which can vary due to work or financial reasons-students are welcome to audit single classes for drastically reduced costs. You may not be able to major in Star Wars, but you can take an academic course on it.

 

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Other courses of note include Sherlock, Science, and Ratiocination; Literary Copernicus: The Cosmic Fiction of H.P. Lovecraft; The Potter Saga; and Tolkien’s World of Middle-earth. Though degree credits are more expensive, individual, twelve-week courses can cost as little as $95—for some, that’s a small price to pay for a world of information (or several, as the case may be). Cory Olsen, the university’s founder, said that the ideal students are working professionals who want to take the courses for “personal enrichment.” That enrichment, it seems, isn’t about getting rich—there probably aren’t a lot of entry-level jobs in Tolkien Studies. But you can study the Harry Potter franchise and make your coursework magical.

 

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The university’s New Hampshire accreditation is its first step to national official recognition, which would allow the institution to begin conferring master’s degrees nationwide. Let’s hope this degree program also moves out of this country—that would only make sense when it’s already out of this world!

 

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Two New Books to Accompany Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’

We already know that Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel Good Omens has been adapted into a show for Amazon Prime, but did you know there are two new books in the works as well?

Neil Gaiman is a literary superstar, writing novels like American Gods and The Ocean at the End of the Lane (both of which I can vouch for—they’re GOOD). If you haven’t read his work, you have to check it out! 

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Gaiman’s fans love him for the colorful, imaginative worlds he creates, an aspect of his writing which adapts exceptionally well to the small screen, as we’ve seen with the likes of American Gods which was adapted into a successful television program on Starz, and Tim Burton’s take on Gaiman’s children’s book Coraline.

While the prospect of a television adaptation of Good Omens is exciting, there is always the concern that some of the magic of Gaiman’s elegant storytelling will be lost in translation. Rest easy, though, because Gaiman himself wrote the show’s programme and will serve as showrunner!

 

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Good Omens will also provide much needed representation in its diverse cast, according to what Gaiman disclosed in an interview:

What’s interesting is that there are almost no physical descriptions of anybody in the book, but Pepper is described as having red hair and a face that was basically one giant freckle, and so people are like ‘oh my god, that has to be white’, and… no she doesn’t.

But perhaps even better than all of this: the show will also be accompanied by two companion books!

The first book, The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book, will include the screenplay as well as a foreword from Gaiman and deleted scenes from the show.

 

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
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The second book, The Nice and Accurate Good Omens TV Companion, will give insight into the production of the show. This companion piece will include photos of the set, cast interviews, costume boards, and more!

Good Omens will arrive on Amazon Prime Video on May 31, 2019, and will later air on BBC.

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Syfy Cancels George R.R. Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’

If you ever have impostor syndrome over your creative work—which is practically a given if you make creative work—sometimes it’s reassuring to know that even your idol can’t always be perfect. Even George R.R. Martin can’t always make winners. That’s bad news if you’re a fan of Syfy’s Nightflyers… but it turns out, few people were.

 

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The TV show, based on George R.R. Martin’s futuristic novella of the same name, was one of the network’s riskiest undertakings. As the most expensive series Syfy has ever produced, even this best-seller wasn’t a sure thing. As a result, the show needed to nab higher earnings than the GDP of most of the nations of Westeros. Ultimately, it only recieved 420,000 viewers for its finale, a drastic drop from its initial 630,000 views for the premier. Given that Game of Thrones premiers and finales can get double-digit millions of views, the network’s gamble didn’t exactly pay off. Syfy attempted to boost the show by releasing the entire series across all platforms. Sadly, Nightflyers didn’t make it too far off the ground.

 

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Even though the show is leaving Syfy after one season, the novella is still available for our enjoyment. Though we primarily know George R.R. Martin for his fantasy writing (or maybe his massive wizard beard), he’s also an award-winning author of horror and science fiction. Nightflyers combines elements of both genres while also ditching the length of his fantasy works—this may not be a book big enough to use as a blunt-force weapon, but the storytelling will still knock fans flat. Take a look:

 

'Nightflyers' Novella by George R.R. Martin

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Nine misfit academics on an expedition to find the volcryn, a mythic race of intersteller nomads, and the only ship available for this strange quest is the Nightflyer, a cybernetic wonder with a never-seen captain…

Nine innocents are about to find themselves in deep space, trapped with an insane murderer who can go anywhere, do anything, and intends to kill them all.

 

Despite the limited success of the adaptation, the novella itself is an acclaimed work of fiction. Shortly after its release, it was nominated for a prestigious Hugo Award and adapted into a feature film. So, what went wrong? Apparently, George R.R. Martin had little involvement in the show’s development. Turns out you can’t just sell a big name. The show may have been set in 2093, but it didn’t have a future.

 

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'Pan's Labyrinth'

Release Date for ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ Novel Announced

If you’re into fantasy films, or historical films, or any films, you probably a fan of Guillermo Del Toro’s 2006 film, Pan’s Labyrinth. Typically, books get turned into films, but HarperCollins recently announced the opposite: a novelization of the Del Toro classic.

 

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The film came out more than a decade ago, so you may not remember the finer plot details, but I bet you remember the astonishingly creepy “Pale Man,” or, “Mr. Eyes-On-My-Hands.” *Cue hysterical screaming.*

If you managed to escape that image being burned into your retinas, consider yourself lucky—I’ll refrain from providing the visual, but if you’re brave, you can watch at your own risk!

 

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Once you get over the Pale Man, you can appreciate the film for its depiction of a dark, fantastic world that resembles something straight out of a Grimm’s fairytale. It tells the enchanting story of eleven-year-old Ofelia, who endures life with her mother’s new husband, the cruel, sadistic Captain Vidal. Throughout the film, she completes a series of tests, and comes ever-closer to rediscovering her true identity: a princess of the underworld.

 

Pan's Labyrinth Book Cover

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For those who love books, it’s often tempting to read a novel before seeing its film adaptation. In this case, though, the novel comes well after the film debuted. It will be co-authored by Guillermo Del Toro alongside Inkheart author, Cornelia Funke. The release date has been set for 2 July, 2019!

If you’re craving more films like Pan’s Labyrinth (and you’re down for a good scare) check out the film Del Toro described as Labyrinth‘s horror-genre companion piece, The Devil’s Backbone!

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George R.R. Martin to Send Dragons After the Energizer Bunny

The Bud Knight did his best against Gregor Clegane (The Mountain) but unfortunately his best isn’t good enough, and the arena could not hold from the fiery wrath of dracarys. The Super Bowl ad was featured during the commercials on February 4th.

 

 

George RR Martin reacted to the video with silly candor by saying the dragons are coming for Colonel Sanders and the Energizer Bunny. Of course, the Internet never fails us with their reactions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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