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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Celebrate Christmas With the Hogfather

Discworld‘s Mort Death as the Hogfather as a cake. By Jo Orr of Ciccio Cakes. (That’s Nerdalicious)


Heffalumps and Woozles

The Fantastical Imagination Of Artist Story Sabatino

Story Sabatino (Oozn on DeviantArt) has a style that jumped out at me immediately. While she does some wicked fan art inspired by things like Game of Thrones, she also creates wonderful scenarios of her own with some interesting creatures. See for yourself…


old gods do new jobs

Get Jealous: the UK is Getting Beautiful New Discworld Covers

Such lovely woodcuts I almost couldn’t decide which one to make the top of the post. The United Kingdom and Commonwealth countries (excluding Canada), I am properly jealous, for the new edition hardcovers that these images will grace will only be available in you.

(Sure wish Susan Sto Helit could have made the cover of any of the books she stars in. Quick, someone draw me Joan Jett as Susan rocking out on my ideal cover of Soul Music.)


It's A World of Laughter A World of Tears

Terry Pratchett to Leave Discworld in His Daughter’s Hands

Don’t panic, Discworld fans, to use the words of another British humorist. Terry Pratchett hasn’t given up the writing ghost yet, he’s just planning for the future. And those plans include his only child, Rhianna Pratchett, already a pretty accomplished writer in nerd spheres.


i'll just leave this here

Terry Pratchett Visits Comic Con, Talks Books; Ankh-Morpork TV Series

A television show based on the fertile setting of Terry Pratchett‘s Ankh-Morpork city guards has been a long time coming, despite its seeming obviousness, so you’ll have to forgive us if we have to keep reassuring ourselves that it’s actually happening. Sir Terry himself stopped by New York Comic Con yesterday, nominally to talk about his new novel Dodger, but of course folks were interested in Discworld events, on the page or otherwise.


And All Was Right With the World

Reportedly: Discworld City Watch Show Moving Right Along

It’s been known that a Discworld television show based in the fictional city of Ankh-Morpork and the cast of characters it is associated with has been in various stages of preproduction discussion for more than a year now. In fact, there’s even video evidence of Sir Terry Pratchett talking with writers about coppers starting up an inter-species band, the trickiness of humane prisoner treatment, and what it might be like to have the undead coming in to file reports on their own murders.

But last weekend the annual Discworld convention was held in Birmingham, England, and it promised a panel hosted by the team behind BBC Worldwide’s fabled Discworld project, and an announcement.


Power Grid

10 Worst Case Casting Scenarios

Whenever we hear about a movie being remade, or a book being turned into a movie that probably should just be left alone, or a TV show that has no business being made into a movie, the next thing we do, after swallow a small amount of bile, is wonder who will be cast in this abomination. Sometimes, you luck out (see: J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek). But sometimes, you cringe at the thought of who might be stepping into a role (see: M. Night Shyamalan’s Avatar: The Last Airbender), or what childhood memories would be crushed next (21 Jump Street).

Since we’re gluttons for punishment, and sometimes stay up all night worrying about these kinds of things, we’re going to share 10 Worst Case Scenario movie adaptations and reboots of how Hollywood could go totally wrong.


And Now For Something Completely Different

Feeling Feelings: Terry Pratchett’s Heartbreaking EoL Documentary

Terry Pratchett is one of our favorite fantasy authors, the Discworld series being a place that we’ve returned to time and time again… He has also been diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s and since then has become a personally invested advocate of Alzehimer’s research and of the legalization of assisted death.

His documentary Choosing to Die was released in June, but we only became aware of it today. And when I heard him say “When I can no longer write my books, I’m not sure that will want to go on living,” it was hard to not listen to the reasoned case and research of a man whose written work has given me so much joy. Especially as someone who wants to write books myself.

(via I Heart Chaos.)

Power Grid

10 Made-Up Holidays That Are Totally Not Christmas

So the network says you have to have a Christmas special, even though your characters live in a science fiction universe where Christianity has never existed. Or they’re living in a year with A.D. in front of it. Or they’re rabbits.

What to do? Why, make up a completely Not-Christmas Yuletide holiday, and tell your viewers to say the Mantra.

This Power Grid originally ran last year on Geekosystem, and now it’s contributing to us having a happy holiday! Enjoy!


Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: The Coolest Star Wars Disney Princess Cake Ever

One of the coolest dads ever, Anthony Herrera, is at it again. You might recall that last we heard from him, Mr. Herrera had Photoshopped Ewoks into some family pictures taken at Sequoia National Park because his daughter is a huge Star Wars fan. It also happens that she is a fan of the Disney princesses. Well now, he’s combined the best of both of her worlds by having this cake created for her birthday by family friend Trisha Patterson. Thanks for the tip, Anthony! (via Anthony Herrera Designs)