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Robert Morales has Died

18 Apr

Robert Morales has Died

Comics and SF writer Robert Morales has passed away at the age of 54. He wrote one of the best Captain America stories anybody ever came up with, called “Truth: Red, White and Black,” illustrated by the awesome, awesome Kyle Baker. Click on the picture for the Powell’s link.

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Neil Gaiman Writing a Sequel to “American Gods”

18 Apr

Seriously, how this one slipped by I’ll never know, but Tor.com, which you’d think would be fairly reliable, printed the following in a blog post on a talk Neil Gaiman gave at the Cambridge International Student Film Festival on his TV and film work, on the subject of the upcoming HBO “American Gods” series:

The first two seasons of the show will consist of the book. By then Gaiman hopes to have the American Gods sequel novel written and headed for release.

Look, I don’t exactly want to fanboy squee all over this one because I know “American Gods” gets talked up a lot, but it really is a very, very good book; well-written and perfectly plotted. Gaiman continuing the story (beyond the tie-in he wrote for Robert Silverberg’s “Legends” anthologies, which is quite good and reprinted in “Fragile Things”) is very, very good news indeed.

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Hooray, “Dial H” Is Out in Paperback This Week!

18 Apr

China Mieville’s ultrawierd comic book “Dial H” is finally on the stands as of Wednesday in paperback form! You can read the first six issues, which I recommend. It is strange. It is cool. The art is not that great, but the writing is freaking spectacular. I wish to goodness Brian Bolland had done the interiors as well as the covers. Click through for the Powell’s Books link.

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Terry Moore’s “Rachel Rising” Will Become a TV show

18 Apr

The Hollywood Reporter is saying that the excellent Terry Moore’s great/weird/cool zombie comic “Rachel Rising” has been optioned by the Alcon Group’s TV division, which is kind of a new thing in and of itself.

Anyway, Moore, probably best known for his soap-opera series “Strangers in Paradise” (and not at all known for the it-ought-to-be-more-famous SF opus “Echo”), is going to exec produce. Here’s hoping this one makes it to a network.

Alcon is going out to showrunners now.

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Alan Moore on His New Lovecraft Horror Comic, ‘Providence’

16 Apr

What Providence is, is an attempt to write – at least, my attempt to write what I would consider to be a piece of ultimate Lovecraft fiction, in that it will be fiction, it will be a continuation of Neonomicon, it will in a sense be a prequel to that book, but it will also – slightly – be a sequel as well. It will be dealing with the world of Lovecraft’s American-based fiction, which tends to sort of rule out stories like The Mountains of Madness which, although, yes, it does have a strong Miskatonic element in it, is largely based in Antarctica.
But we’re going more for Lovecraft’s New England fiction, and a couple of the New York stories. We are kind of connecting these up intro what I think is an ingenious whole, even though I say so myself as shouldn’t, and it’s – and what we’re also doing, as well as answering all the problems, all the questions raised by Neonomicon – even if the readers hadn’t noticed that those questions had been raised – we’re going to be detailing this hopefully fresh view of Lovecraft’s universe, or at least its American component, and we’re also going to be working not only from Lovecraft’s published fiction, and his poems, and his letters, but also from his biography. I think that there’s a way that there could be a sort of parallel world biographical strand in this, that is never the less researched so thoroughly that it could have happened. It could have happened. I mean, the research on this has been – this is the most demanding research I’ve done easily since From Hell.

Alan Moore, on his new series “Providence,” in this fantastic interview on The Beat.

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I am not going …

15 Apr

I am not going to rehearse any arguments pro and anti the ‘Google settlement.’ You decided to deal with the devil, as it were, and have presented your arguments for doing so. I wish I could accept them. I can’t. There are principles involved, above all the whole concept of copyright; and these you have seen fit to abandon to a corporation, on their terms, without a struggle.

Ursula K. Le Guin on resigning from the Authors’ Guild. Read the full text of the letter, which is amazing, here.

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Dial H to Be Canceled?

15 Apr

Dial H to Be Canceled?

China Mieville, one of three or four really wonderful living fantasists, is writing “Dial H” for DC Comics and rumor has it that the book may not last past issue #16. Which would be a shame, but it would also be cool to see the story tie up neatly as opposed to going on and for no reason for years.

Here’s Brian Bolland’s cover for the “WTF” issue of the book; it’s not that crazy an idea (actually, none of the New 52 books have been that groundbreaking, although they have screwed up costume designs and abandoned interesting plotlines to a remarkable degree), but it’s a good cover and a good book.