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Terry Pratchett

  1. American Gods Strides Out of Development Hell, Good Omens Staring Wistfully After It

    old gods do new jobs

    Two items for fans of Neil Gaiman stories about anthropomorphic personifications: Good Omens is not yet completely lost, and American Gods has a new production studio and looks to be getting a new lease on televised life.

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  2. Things We Saw Today: Celebrate Christmas With the Hogfather

    Things We Saw Today

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

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  3. Rhianna Pratchett is Adapting Her Dad’s Lady-Led YA Book Wee Free Men for Film

    Good News Everyone!

    Terry Pratchett's Discworld series has but a few spinoffs: a series on science, and a smattering of young adult novels set in the same universe. Of the latter, only one character has inspired Pratchett to write more than a single book about their adventures, and that's Tiffany Aching, junior witch, dairy maid, and friend of the Nac Mac Feegle, a tribe of "pictsies" best described as that really weird dream you had after falling asleep facing a Braveheart poster at the end of an evening of bawdy drinking and a Smurfs marathon. It's my duty to inform you that Ms. Aching may be coming to a theater near you.

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  4. 10 Books You Absolutely Must Read If You Like Neil Gaiman

    Not including Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, because if you still haven't read them, there is no hope for you.

    As anyone who pays attention to literary world news knows, Neil Gaiman's latest novel -- The Ocean at the End of the Lane -- was only just released. Obviously, this is super exciting news. But at 192 pages, how long is it really going to take to read? A couple of hours? Please. Any true junkie will soon be jonesing for more. That's why we've compiled a list of 10 books you should read if you're a Neil Gaiman fan.

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  5. This iPad Map Guides You Through Ankh-Morpork, Where Else Do You Want to Go?

    There's an app for everything, right? Well, not yet, but maybe soon. For example, Random House has created an app for the iPad that lets you explore, in great detail, the entire city of Ankh-Morpork, the famous fictional metropolis of the Discworld series. So what's the deal? And what does it mean?

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  6. Terry Pratchett to Leave Discworld in His Daughter’s Hands

    It's A World of Laughter A World of Tears

    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.

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

    i'll just leave this here

    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.

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  8. Researchers Propose Space-Time Crystal as Perfect Clock, Will Probably Destroy Universe

    An international team of researchers led by scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have proposed a way to build a clock so perfect, it would keep ticking long after the universe is rendered a cold dead place.

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  9. Reportedly: Discworld City Watch Show Moving Right Along

    And All Was Right With the World

    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.

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  10. 6 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Movies That Hollywood Should Be Making Instead of Candy Land

    Power Grid

    Anyone else get the feeling that Hollywood is out of ideas? Take a look at this summer’s studio releases. What do you see? A lot of entries into pre-existing franchises (The Avengers, The Amazing Spider-Man, Prometheus), a sequel or twelve (Men in Black III, Madagascar 3), some additions to the “edgy kid’s story” genre that’s refused to die since Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland made bank, two movies based on self-help books (Think Like a Man, What to Expect When You’re Expecting), and one that draws its inspiration from a board game (Battleship). Look, I’m not here to pooh-pooh the idea of sequels, prequels, reboots, remakes—there are some ridiculously unnecessary ones, sure, but if I told you my level of anticipation for The Dark Knight Rises is not positively stratospheric I’d be lying. I’m not asking that Hollywood start coming out with original content or anything, because A) that’s what indie movies are for, and B) it would be unrealistic. Hollywood exists to make money. If people pay to see Madagascar 3, they’re going to make Madagascar 4. That’s how it works. But still. Movie versions of Candy Land (and Adam Sandler is attached, oh goodie!), Stretch Armstrong, and the Ouija board are in the works. Hollywood, I implore you: If you’re going to adapt something, can’t it be something good?

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