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.
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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created this memetic Miyazaki mashup masterpiece for an upcoming Lil Bub gallery show at Spoke Art
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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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Faster than a speeding bullet!
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.
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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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
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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.
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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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.
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.)