I know it’s been a big week with Star Wars trailers (awesome) and Warcraft trailers (even more awesome) and stuff, but the thing that most excited my this week was the news that Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials is being adapted into a miniseries by the BBC. I love the books so much, and I can’t wait to see how this new adaptation shapes up. I want to see some armored bear fights!
Brain Pickings shares Ursula K. Le Guin on the Sacredness of Libraries.
Meanwhile, Ursula K. Le Guin herself tries to answer where she gets her ideas from.
The New Yorker takes on The Tangled Cultural Roots of Dungeons & Dragons.
Kirkus has a great list of Monstrous Women.
Gizmodo reports on the Best Cities in Which to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse.
I’m not sure if this piece at The Mary Sue–“Everything I Love is Problematic”–is a good piece about recognizing one’s own privilege and being self-aware of one’s own inadequacies and need to try hard or if I think it’s a boring piece of falsely modest, self-congratulatory humble-bragging.
There’s a nice piece at Slate about Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch trilogy, which should serve as a reminder that if you haven’t yet you ought to go out and read these books immediately. I’m just finishing up Ancillary Mercy now, and it’s every bit as wonderful as the first two books of the series.
At Clarkesworld, Liu Cixin writes about Chinese Science Fiction and Chinese Reality.
Discover Magazine examines the ideas behind Liu Cixin’s The Dark Forest.
Pop Matters looks at the state of the post-apocalyptic story, especially as it relates to The Last Man on Earth, which you should definitely be watching.
At Tor.com, the question is (apparently) how to tell the difference between grimdark and horror. Personally, I didn’t realize this was that confusing, but this is an interesting read nonetheless.