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Saad Siddiqui Joins Cast of ‘Fahrenheit 451′

Saad Siddiqui, known for his roles in ‘Taken’ and ‘Orphan Black,’ has been cast as Stone in HBO’s adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic dystopian novel, ‘Fahrenheit 451’.


Via Deadline

Via Deadline


Published in 1953, ’Fahrenheit 451‘ depicts a society in which firemen search and burn books that voice dissenting ideas. Siddiqui will play the character of fireman Stone, alongside fireman Montag (Michael B. Jordan), and mentor Betty (Michael Shannon). The cast also includes Sofia Boutella, Lilly Singh, and Laura Harrier. Ramin Bahrani (99 HomesAt Any Price) will be directing and co-writing the script with Amir Naderi. David Coatsworth (production manager on Underworld: EvolutionEnder’s GameMy Big Fat Greek Wedding) will serve as producer.


Although a definitive date has not been announced, HBO is likely to release this film in 2018.


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Rick and Morty

7 Stories That Must Get the “Rick and Morty” Treatment

“Rick and Morty” repurposes tropes from sci-fi stories, fantasies, and all manner of adventures. Creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon have an eye for what’s familiar to their audience, and the irreverence to dismantle those familiarities. But that doesn’t mean they don’t need help. Here’s a list of both famous and lesser-known stories that need to, in the words of Rick Sanchez, get schwifty.


7. “Kaleidoscope” by Ray Bradbury


Kaleidoscope artwork

via Short Story Log


Bradbury’s short story (appearing in the 1951 collection “The Illustrated Man”) follows a free-floating astronaut whose vessel’s been decimated. With no hope of rescue, the story chronicles the astronauts final existential despair. Fun, right?


Why it needs to get schwifty:


“Rick and Morty” knows all about existential despair. I mean, Jerry.




6. “We Love Deena” by Alice Sola Kim


We Love Deena

via Strange Horizons


You can read this speculative fiction short here. The lead character here can inhabit any person, and she uses this ability to, you know, stalk her ex.




Why it needs to get schwifty:


Roiland and Harmon seem to be hung up on body displacement (e.g., Pickle Rick, Tiny Rick, etc.), and Kim has managed to do something totally unique with the concept. In “We Love Deena,” body displacement isn’t the star of the show, just a tool the main character uses to get what she wants…or maybe doesn’t get what she wants. Read the story to find out!




5. “Alice in Wonderland” by Lewis Carroll


"Alice in Wonderland" illustration

via Medium


Carroll’s “Alice” books may be the archetype of trippy literature (hereafter trip-lit). Once down the rabbit hole, all that’s up is down, all that’s coffee is tea, and all that’s sense is nonsense.


Why it needs to get schwifty:


As irreverent as “Rick and Morty” is, the rules of each episode are never in question. Maybe Rick can spawn universes within universes for infinity, but the audience is never mystified by his ability to do so. There are rules. For Carroll, though, there really aren’t. Imagine “Rick and Morty” without rules.


Or maybe don’t. / via GIPHY


4. “Enemy Mine” by Barry B. Longyear


"Enemy Mine"

via Amazon



When two soldiers from feuding factions get stuck on a dangerous planet together, they have to overcome their differences for survival.


Why it needs to get schwifty:


Rick and Morty have made a bunch of enemies over the past couple of seasons. It’d be interesting to see one return, and have to live in seclusion with one of our leads. Perhaps a Krombopulous Michael from the multiverse will return to avenge the Gromflomite assassin.




3. “The Left Hand of Darkness” by Ursula K. Le Guin


"Left Hand of Darkness"

via Amazon


In Le Guin’s sci-fi classic, androgyny takes center stage. This book becomes a rumination on the effects that gender and sexuality have on societal institutions. When nobody has a fixed sex, what does society look like? Le Guin has some thoughts.


Why it needs to get schwifty:


It would be fascinating to see Roiland and Harmon explore this idea. It’s a big topic at the moment, and the always-playful philosophy of “Rick and Morty” would be interesting to say the least.




2. “Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne


20000 leagues under the sea

via LRM


Captain Nemo’s aquatic voyage has captured imaginations for over a century. A variety of underwater locales are explored, all through the lens of the bizarre lifestyle led by those in the Nautilus.


Why it needs to get schwifty:


We’ve seen Rick everywhere from space, to foreign planets, to wacky spaceships, and even inside human bodies. But what about discovering the mysteries of the deep blue sea? Who knows what Roiland and Harmon will bring us from the abyss…




1. “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins


"Hunger Games" cover

via Amazon


In a futuristic dystopian version of the U.S., tributes from across the dozen districts must battle to the death. Romances bloom, feuds are born, and the ravenous Capitol audience is satiated.


Why it needs to get schwifty:


Seeing Rick and Morty stripped of their gadgets, forced to make the most of very little would be supremely enticing. Plus, we might get to see what Rick would do with a bow and arrow. Could he beat Katniss Everdeen?




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Image of Stephen King.

7 Authors’ Favorite Authors

Thomas Edison was inspired by Thomas Jefferson. Einstein was inspired by Isaac Newton. Everyone in this world has an influence, including the greatest scientist. It is the same for the greatest writers. They have influenced you, but who influenced them? Here are authors and some of their favorite books and authors.

Nabokov with butterfly in a frame.

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Vladimir Nabokov, the affluent Russian-American novelist, is famous for the dark and controversial story ‘Lolita.’ In an interview with The Paris Review, he says his childhood was full of Wells’s work. “‘H. G. Wells, a great artist, was my favorite writer when I was a boy… His sociological cogitations can be safely ignored, of course, but his romances and fantasies are superb.”

Image of Jonathan Franzen

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Jonathan Franzen, Pulitzer prize winning author and selected as part of Oprah Winfrey’s book club, is famous for the book ‘The Corrections.’ This was a novel about social criticism in the late 1990s about the economic boom caused by technology.


When asked by Entertainment Weekly what book made him a writer, Franzen mentions ‘The Trial’ by Kafka (And ‘Harriet the Spy’). Franzen says ‘What the two have in common is main characters who are at once sympathetic and morally dubious.’

Stephen King's portrait.

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Stephen King, notorious for pumping out novels quicker than most people can read them, is not able to do so without inspiration.


In an interview with The New York Times, King states his favorite author is Don Robertson, who wrote Paradise Falls, The Ideal, Genuine Man and Miss Margaret Ridpath and the Dismantling of the Universe. “What I appreciate most in novels and novelists,” he says “is generosity, a complete baring of the heart and mind, and Robertson always did that. He also wrote the best single line I’ve ever read in a novel: Of a funeral he wrote, ‘There were that day, o Lord, squadrons of birds.’”


David Foster Wallace with tolkien bandana

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With late author David Foster Wallace’s suicide, friend D.T. Max wrote a large (as is the style of DFW) memoir called ‘Every Love Story is a Ghost Story.’ In an article by Flavor Wire, he shares the books DFW read, including ‘The Crying Lot of 49’ by Thomas Pynchon.


Max says “Lot 49 was an agile and ironic meta-commentary, and the effect on Wallace cannot be overstated (so much so that in a later letter to one of his editors Wallace, ever nervous of his debt to the other writer, would lie and say he had not read the book). Wallace reading Pynchon was, remembers Costello, ‘like Bob Dylan finding Woody Guthrie.’”


Drawing of Shakespeare

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The Bard was one who inspired the works of many many people. William Shakespeare, however, wasn’t the beginning of literature, he was merely a contributor. One of his favorite authors to borrow plots from was Geoffrey Chaucer. Chaucer is a middle-English writer, famous for the ‘Canterbury Tales.’


Portrait of Ray Bradbury.

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Ray Bradbury’s novels are written like poetry: full of imagery and gorgeous. He is most famous for his sci-fi novel ‘Fahrenheit 451,’ a book about the banning of books. In the novel, the main character is responsible for destroying all books that he finds. It sounds more like a horror story to us.


In an interview with The Paris Review he cites his famous authors in sci-fi. The one he relates to most is Jules Verne, author of ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth.’ Bradbury says “I’ve found that I’m a lot like Verne—a writer of moral fables, an instructor in the humanities. He believes the human being is in a strange situation in a very strange world, and he believes that we can triumph by behaving morally.”


David Sedaris with glasses.

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David Sedaris is witty, hilarious, and one of the most relatable authors to date. Many of his memoirs are self-defacing, but contain truths that are relevant to any reader.


In an interview with The New York times, he says ‘What We Talk About When We Talk About Love’ by Raymond Carver left a huge impact on him. Sedaris says “His short, simple sentences and -familiar-seeming characters made writing look, if not exactly easy, then at least possible. That book got me to work harder, but more important it opened the door to other contemporary short story writers like Tobias Wolff and Alice Munro.”


So now you can read what they read and make your own conclusions. Would you have guessed any of these?

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