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  1. Iconic Sci Fi, Fantasy and Horror Author Tanith Lee Passes Away at 67

    “Whatever the hell I am, I am Me."

    Prolific and influential author Tanith Lee, who in 1980 became the first-ever woman to win the British Fantasy Award, passed away on Sunday at 67.

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  2. Luc Besson Readies French Graphic Novel Valérian and Laureline for Space Opera, Time Travel Film

    Luc Besson's recent sci-fi blockbuster Lucy didn't have many fans at The Mary Sue but it did make $458 million worldwide. Interestingly enough, The Fifth Element writer/director revealed on Twitter today he's read try for yet another sci-fi story, this time an adaptation of the French graphic novel, Valérian and Laureline. And he's already announced the leads!

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  3. Netflix Releases First Trailer for The Wachowskis’ Sense8

    "Do you know what it means to be reborn a Sense8?"

    The Wachowskis excel at telling stories about the underlying truth of things and how interconnected we are as human beings. Now, they're bringing their unique sensibility to our smaller screens, while partnering with with TV vet J. Michael Straczynski, on their ambitious new Netflix series, Sense8. Netflix just released the show's first trailer - check it out!

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  4. I Am No Man: The Guardian Issues a Progress Report on Female Writers in Genre Fiction

    Accio gender parity!

    In the wake of this year's controversial Hugo Awards ballot, science fiction and fantasy might seem less welcoming to women than ever--but according to The Guardian, 2015 will see an unprecedented number of female-written and female-centric genre books hitting our shelves.

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  5. The Mary Sue Interview: Talking LGBTQ+ Representation, Genre TV, and Fandom With the Cast of Orphan Black

    "Just don't be a dick!'

    "I think there's a lot of mythology about what a man or a woman is supposed to be, a lot of mythology about what gay men and gay women are supposed to be. There's just a lot of storytelling surrounding human beings and what sexuality and gender identity means to your value. It's all a lie. And it's a lie we've been told for many many years, and it's destructive and exclusionary and I resent it. "

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  6. By Grabthar’s Hammer! Paramount Will Bring Galaxy Quest to TV!

    Television needs more sci-fi comedy, and thankfully, all of us making Galaxy Quest a cult hit has paid off! Paramount is currently putting together a television version of the 1999 Dreamworks film!

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  7. Space Happens: Sci-Fi Comedy From a Smart, Female, Millennial Point of View

    Ladies need space.

    It started when Nicole Keating - creator, writer, and one of the stars of Space Happens - was playing Dungeons and Dragons. It was shortly before The Guild and just after the release of Serenity when the wheels started turning for Keating, leading her and a talented team of Chicago-based women to create what has turned out to be a smart, funny, unapologetically feminine sci-fi comedy from a millennial perspective.

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  8. Holy Tesseract, You Can Now Read a Never-Before-Seen Passage From A Wrinkle in Time

    This seems fitting.

    Madeleine L'Engle's granddaughter Charlotte Jones Voiklis manages her late grandmother's estate full-time, and discovered a game-changing piece of text several years ago while doing research for A Wrinkle in Time's fiftieth anniversary edition.

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  9. Two Hugo-Nominated Authors Withdraw Their Works From The Awards This Year

    This is what THIS puppy thinks of the Sad Puppies

    We've been writing a lot about the Hugo/Sad Puppy Controversy this year - particularly the thorough responses by George R.R. Martin about what the Hugos have seemingly become. Well, now other authors are expressing their dissatisfaction with what the Hugos have become by withdrawing entirely from the proceedings.

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  10. George R.R. Martin Talks Gamergate, Online Hate and Representation of Straight White Men

    "There was never any need for Sad Puppies to "take back" the Hugos. The feminists, minorities, literary cliques, and Social Justice Warriors never took them in the first place."

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  11. Katee Sackhoff Creating and Starring In Her Own Sci-Fi/Dystopia TV Series Like a BOSS

    Starbuck does not approve of global warming.

    One solution to the problem of there not being enough women represented on television is that more women need to find ways to tell their own stories. Thankfully, we now can add another female-led story to the mix. Battlestar Galactica and Longmire's Katee Sackhoff has created and will be starring a new sci-fi/dystopia series!

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  12. Sci-Fi Science: Age of Ultron and Robots That Learn

    The down-low from an IRL science communicator.

    Age of Ultron, Terminator: Genisys, Ex Machina, Chappie—if 2014 was the year of space movies, then 2015 is absolutely the year for robots and artificial intelligence to take over our screens. And it makes sense. We haven’t had much of a trend for robot movies since around the time people were worried about Y2K, and technologies have made advancements in leaps and bounds since then.

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  13. George R.R. Martin Continues to Address ‘Puppy-gate’ Controversy, Says the Hugo Awards May Be Broken

    After publishing an initial blog post yesterday afternoon addressing the controversy surrounding this year's Hugo Awards ballot, A Song of Ice and Fire author George R.R. Martin went on last night to engage with sci-fi and fantasy fans on both sides of the debate and to share several pieces of writing about the fiasco that he's calling 'puppy-gate.'

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  14. [UPDATED] George R.R. Martin and Others Speak Out Over Hugo Awards Controversy

    This afternoon George R.R. Martin took to his Livejournal to address a growing controversy that, although seemingly niche even relative to the already niche world of geekdom, is indicative of a problem in Internet culture overall. And yes, 'gate' is unfortunately an applicable term here.

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  15. Ursula K. Le Guin On Gender, a Possible HBO Adaptation, and the Double Standards Faced by Female Writers

    "You know, what the hell?"

    At 85, National Book Award Winner Ursula K. Le Guin remains a progressive and incredibly valuable voice in genre writing, and in an in-depth, jealousy-inducing recent interview with Den of Geek, she opened up about what it's like to continue creating new content and the changes that she's witnessed throughout her incredible career.

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  16. Male Sci-Fi Authors Talk Feminism, the Bechdel Test and Genre Writing in New HeForShe Video

    Yes, HeForShe. You have correctly identified The Mary Sue's interests.

    "The purpose of a woman in ’50s science fiction “was to make the man look good, and scream when the bug-eyed monsters came in. My mother hated that trope; and she said, you know, ‘If a bug-eyed monster was invading my home, I’d find the nearest frying pan and beat the crap out of him!’"

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  17. Sci-Fi Thriller Morgan Casts Kate Mara as Its Star

    But will she terminate, or be terminated?

    In sci-fi movie news, it seems we'll have another member of the Scott family to deal with. Ridley Scott's son, Luke Scott, is making his feature film directorial debut with a sci-fi thriller Morgan, written by Seth Owen and, as was announced today, starring House of Cards and Fantastic Four alum, Kate Mara.

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  18. In Honor of International Women’s Day, Here’s An Illustrated Look at Some of Sci-Fi’s Most Badass Ladies

    These gals are giving me strength right now.

    In honor of International Women's Day this past weekend, Tumblr artist idrawstuffs compiled this incredible series of sci-fi heroines. Brb, writing crossover fanfic where all these women get to meet!

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  19. Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland Trailer Is Finally Out, and You Should Watch It

    Taking things to a whole other dimension.

    You have been waiting for months—no, years—for this. At last, the second (and probably final) teaser trailer for Brad Bird's sci-fi Tomorrowland is on the internet for the world to see. And it looks amazing!

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  20. Space Queens Lupita Nyong’o and Felicity Jones Talk Star Wars and the Possibilities of Sci-Fi

    Get Gwendoline Christie in there and three will be a crowd!

    Awww, these ladies.

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