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Writing For Me: How Fantasy Tropes Can Bring Out the Power of Being a Fangirl

I wanted to write a story that not only was different than what was normally told, but pointed out why diversity is important. That not only contains it, but also discusses it. I wanted to write a book that makes the readers intensely aware that it is a book. And yet still be entertaining.

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Things We Saw Today: Princess Dalek

Things We Saw Today

We've seen Princess Vader, now it's time to meet Princess Dalek. EXTERMI-AWWWWW. (via Fashionably Geek

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Orson Scott Card Compares Obama to Hitler, Napoleon, Ceasar, Worried He’ll Use Urban Youths as Secret Police

Somewhere, the press team for Ender's Game weeping openly, begging Card to just stop with the talking thing.

You know that feeling when you read something so ridiculous you think it's a really funny parody, followed by that sinking sensation when it turns out its writer was serious? Orson Scott Card's "Unlikely Events" on why Obama is already a dictator, controlling literally all the things and all the people is like that.

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Things We Saw Today: The Grumpy Catbus

Things We Saw Today

Timothy Doyle created this memetic Miyazaki mashup masterpiece for an upcoming Lil Bub gallery show at Spoke Art. (io9)

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Things We Saw Today: Hey, People at SDCC. Buy Us Some Direwolf Plushies.

Things We Saw Today

Yes, but do any of these SDCC-exclusive stuffed direwolves [Game of Thrones season three finale spoiler] have a detachable head? Head to io9 for Factory Entertainment's three-eyed-crow and dragon egg plushies.

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UPDATED: Lionsgate Attempts To Distance Themselves From Orson Scott Card Before Ender’s Game Hits Theaters

Meanwhile...

Lionsgate has issued an official statement to distance themselves from Orson Scott Card, the creator whose book their new movie Ender's Game is based on. 

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Orson Scott Card Responds to Call for Ender’s Game Boycott

Thank You?

This is not a good year to be a company whose high-profile Orson Scott Card-affiliated project is coming to fruition. And this past month was not particularly a good one for folks who've been on the board of the U.S.'s biggest national anti-marriage equality lobbying group since 2009. The ethics of enjoying content related to or produced by someone who shares political views you are opposed can be uncomfortable enough without the added conflict of active participation and monetary support at very senior and organized levels of a powerful organization working at cross purposes to your political views. Summit Entertainment has been rumored to already be nervous about the backlash against its summer blockbuster Ender's Game, based on Card's seminal YA science fiction novel of the same name, and it's hard not to see some studio pressure behind Card's response (it cannot be called an apology) to well worded calls for a boycott of the movie.

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Things We Saw Today: Dorothy, Meet Iron Man. Iron Man, Meet Dorothy.

Things We Saw Today

It took me a second to get the pun. By the always-amazing James Hance, via /Film.

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First Trailer for Ender’s Game Drops, Will Probably Tear the Internet Apart [Video]

Calling Orson Scott Card's ideas about sexuality a bit divisive would be putting it mildly. It's one of those disappointing and well-known facts that he's horrifyingly homophobic. If you're not already aware about his specific set of beliefs in that area, we're sorry to reveal the truth to you, because it kind of sullies how intriguing his books are. Ender's Game is, in this writer's humble opinion, a fantastic bit of fiction, and there's a movie coming out in November. They've finally released the first trailer, and the Internet will probably explode thanks to it.

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DC Comics Pulls The Plug On Executive Column After Too Many Tough Questions From Fans

Allow Us To Explain

DC Comics has been criticized before for their public relations responses (or non-responses, as the case may be) and a recent move has raised eyebrows yet again. Editor-In-Chief Bob Harras and Editorial Director Bobbie Chase were contributing to a monthly column to Comic Book Resources in which they answered questions from both the journalists working for CBR and fans. But in its latest installment the website announced DC would no longer be participating. And guess what? The Orson Scott Card controversy and other "tough questions" played a part.

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Artist Chris Sprouse Leaves Orson Scott Card-Penned Superman Story

Faster than a speeding bullet!

DC hiring Orson Scott Card as one of the writers in a digital-first anthology of Superman stories is proving the controversy that won't die, not simply because fans who appreciate the conflict between the themes associated with Superman as a character and the views that Card openly and publicly espouses about the basic rights of the LGBTQ community, along with the actions he's taken to make those views into actual legislation, are being vocal about their disappointment regarding the choice. It's still making news because actual members of the comic book community are doing things like refusing to stock the issue when it eventually comes to print, and movie executives are getting nervous about their blockbusters. But while the retailer is still a big part of the comics community, you couldn't call them as central to the industry as the artists who draw the books in the first place, and it's now, according to USA Today, that the artist on Card's Superman book has walked off the project, citing the negative attention that its drawn.

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The Mary Sue Interview: Richard Neal of Zeus Comics on Boycotting Orson Scott Card’s Superman Comic

Interview

Zeus Comics and Collectibles on a Friday night is a flurry of activity - probably not unlike a busy day at the Daily Planet. Customers buzz in and out of the kaleidoscopic store, brimming over with questions about pre-orders and pull lists. About two weeks ago, the Dallas store became a lightning rod at the forefront of a nationwide debate - but tonight, it's business as usual. Behind the counter and at the center of it all is Richard Neal, who for the past 12 years has been owner and operator of the Will Eisner Spirit of Comics Retailer Award winning comic shop. With Neal at the helm, Zeus Comics became one of the first stores to decide not to carry the controversial Orson Scott Card written Adventures of Superman – a decision, he explains, that had several elements to consider – but one inevitable conclusion.

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Things We Saw Today: The Argo-Vengers Are Here to Save the Day

Things We Saw Today

Argo-Vengers, directed by Daredevil. Head to TheFW for more Oscar Movie Mashups We Want to See.

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Summit Entertainment Execs Suddenly Worried About the Orson Scott Card Part of Making an Orson Scott Card Adaptation

Oh Hollywood

Orson Scott Card and his work (both in fiction and as a board member of the anti-gay National Organization for Marriage) have been at the center of a brewing controversy in the comics industry, ever since DC's recent announcement that he'd be one of the writers on a digital-first Superman anthology. And unlike most comics controversies, this one is actually reaching the occasional mainstream news outlet, a fact which has not gone unnoticed by executives at the company in charge of a big-budget adaptation of Card's Ender's Game, Summit Entertainment, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Things We Saw Today: This Star Wars Wedding Cake Is Most Impressive

Things We Saw Today

Each tier of depicts a different scene: The bottom is Luke on Tatooine in a A New Hope (the groom's been to that filming location), the middle is Leia meeting Wicket in Return of the Jedi (the bride's been to that filming location), and the top is the wedding of Anakin and Padme in Attack of the Clones (they want to visit that filming location together). Visit That's Nerdalicious for detail shots.

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Things We Saw Today: The S.H.I.E.L.D. Pilot Wrapped

Things We Saw Today

And somehow, this thing still has to get approved before it becomes a real series. (SuperheroHype)

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The Help’s Viola Davis Joins The Cast Of Ender’s Game & Another Best-Seller

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Oscar nominated actress Viola Davis is the latest to be cast in the big screen adaptation of the sci-fi novel Ender's Game but she's also picked up another famous book adaptation role as well.

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6 Made Up Nerd Words That Made it to Common Usage, and 8 That Should

Power Grid

As a geek or a nerd, you get introduced to new words all the time! Science fiction and fantasy are practically in the business, not just of creating new place names, which is practically a given; but also of making new nouns in general, new verbs, and new adjectives. And while some of those concepts might not be particularly useful outside of their fictional setting, others have, over time, been accepted wholly by the English of reality. With some of these, we've forgotten that they were ever words in fiction to begin with.

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Harrison Ford & Abigail Breslin Locked For Ender’s Game

I Guess I Can't Argue With That

The Ender's Game movie seems to be moving along pretty quickly now with casting notices popping up left and right. Two more actors have just been confirmed, Harrison Ford and Abigail Breslin. Hit the jump for all the details. Also, crap, Abigail Breslin finally grew up.

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Ender’s Game Adaptation Finds Its Stilson: Brendan Meyer

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Casting for the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card's novel Ender's Game continues, and producers have found their actor for the role of Stilson: 17-year-old Brendan Meyer, best known for playing the title role of Disney XD's Mr. Young. So, in case you were wondering who was going to play that kid who taunts Ender Wiggin, only to meet a terrible fate, wonder no more! It will be this guy. (Plot spoilers after the jump.)

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