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TV Adaptation of Chinese Science Fiction Novel ‘The Three-Body Problem’ Coming!

 

Exciting news for fans of science fiction literature! China’s biggest science fiction novel, The Three-Body Problemis being adapted for television according to The Verge! The science fiction epic novel has become a phenomenon in China and received international acclaim. Written by Liu Cixin, who has won the Galaxy Award nine times, the 2017 Locus Award, and the 2015 Huge Award. He has written numerous acclaimed science fiction books, including The Wandering Earth, Ball Lightningand also two sequels to The Three-Body Problem. A film adaptation of The Wandering Earth, released in February 2019, became the second highest grossing film in China in only two weeks!

 

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The Three-Body Problem was published in 2006 and begins in the backdrop of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. A dissident exile is sent to a remote research facility and makes first contact there with a hostile alien species known as Trisolarans. She learns the aliens are planning to take over Earth. The novel skips ahead to the modern day afterward, following a team of scientists preparing for the aliens arrival. The novels themes not only deal with the alien invasion but the nature of the universe itself.

The novel has been attempted to be adapted before, first as a short film by director Fanfan Zhang but was shelved due to quality issues. However, interest in Cixin’s work picked up again with the release of The Wandering Earth, especially after it was picked up and began streaming on Netflix. Chinese production company YooZoo Entertainment holds the rights to the series and is reportedly developing it for television. The series is planned to run as a 24 part series and is slated (unofficially) to begin shooting this September. While no further information is available at this time, it’s not hard to imagine that Netflix might stream the series as it did for The Wandering Earth. 

We’ll keep you updated as further information comes out. But are you excited to see this Chinese science fiction epic adapted for the television screen? Let us know in the comments!

 

 

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Scotland’s First Space Pilot Took Children’s Book With Him Into Space!

On February 22nd, 2019, the first Scottish person went into space. His name was David Mackay and he was inspired at an early age when he was given a book in his small village back in the 60s. According to the BBC he was given the book Exploring Space  as a reward for his good attendance in Sunday school in 1964. David Mackay revealed he was inspired by the book to become a pilot and eventually travel into space. His first dream was fulfilled by becoming a test pilot and eventually, the second was also completed when he became the Chief Pilot of Virgin Galactic.

 

 

A spaceship flies low over the Earth's atmosphere in the vacuum of space

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Mackay joined the RAF in the 1990s and worked with them as a military/test pilot for sixteen years. After that, he flew an Airbus and Boeing 747 passenger craft before becoming Virgin Galactic’s Chief Pilot, helping to push the company forward to offer flights into space itself. When he took a ‘space plane’ out of Earth’s atmosphere, he guided it almost 56 miles above our planet. When he went up there, he took Exploring Space with him, showcasing the effect and great impact the book had on his life. Mackay’s journey is inspiring, showing the impact a book can have on you, no matter how big or small, and showcasing how one can follow their dreams from reading.

We hope to see Mackay continue to fly, journeying into the final frontier beyond the confines of Earth,  with his trusted childhood favorite by his side! Maybe someday, we’ll be flying on one of his space planes and journey upward on a galactic vacation!

Are there any books that inspired you at a young age? Tell us in the comments! Maybe you have a similar story to David Mackay.

 

 

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Peter Rabbit

The Best Books Coming to Screens This February

We are now one month into 2018. So far, so good. Hopefully at this point  you’ve read several books. Or maybe you’ve just read one. Or maybe you’re in between reads. Whatever your circumstance, I hope your year’s gotten off to a good reading start.

 

If you need a break from reading, then you might want to head to the movies during these winter weekends. Here are the best books coming to screens this February!

 

February 9th

 

Fifty Shades Freed

 

Fifty Shades Freed

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With the tagline “Don’t miss the climax,” the grand finale of the Fifty Shades trilogy hits theaters early February. Fifty Shades Freed is based on E. L. James’ novel of the same name, and follows Anastasia Steele-Grey and Christian Grey feeling those post-honeymoon blues. Conflicts arise, sex is had. You know the score.

 

Peter Rabbit

 

Peter Rabbit poster

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Okay, frankly, I know we at Bookstr roasted the Peter Rabbit trailer, but sometimes the trailer doesn’t get it right. Based on Beatrix Potter’s stories, the new film follows Peter Rabbit’s feud with Thomas McGregor over a nice, animal-friendly new neighbor. The reason I’m changing my tune regarding this movie is that the case is stellar (Daisy Ridley, Domhnall Gleeson, Sia, Daisy Ridley, and ALSO Daisy Ridley). And James Corden’s voicing Peter Rabbit. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 

February 16th

 

Black Panther

 

Black Panther cool poster

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Black Panther is going to be the best movie of 2018, possibly the 21st century, and is it February 16th yet? Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Chadwick Boseman star. The film will follow T’Challa’s inheritance of his father’s throne after the events of Captain America: Civil War, and how he balances the mantle of Black Panther with the role of king. And here I am. Waiting. Oh, and it’s based on the comic book character. Ta-Nehisi Coates recently did a Black Panther run, so that’s worth checking out if your interest is piqued.

 

February 23rd

 

Annihilation

 

Annihilation poster

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Based on the novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer, the movie will follow a team of scientists who venture into a mysterious environmental disaster zone. The cast is crazy good: Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Oscar Isaac. Also, it’s directed by Ex Machina’s Alex Garland. Should be good!

 

Every Day

 

Every Day

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Based on David Levithan’s novel of the same name, Every Day follows a soul called “A” who enters a new body every day. One day he meets a girl named Rhiannon, and they begin to fall in love. Their romance has to navigate, obviously, their unique predicament. Angourie Rice stars, Michael Sucsy directs, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl author Jesse Andrews penned the script. Mark it on your calendars!

 

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