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‘The Riftwar Cycle’: TV Series Adaptation of Fantasy Books In Works

The Riftwar Saga series, considered one of the best known pieces of fantasy IP not yet adapted for the screen, started with the 1982 publication of Feist’s Magician, the first of what now spans more than 30 books and short stories. They have sold more than 20 million copies worldwide and have been translated into more than 20 languages. Read more

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Here are this year’s World Fantasy Award winners

The winners of this year’s World Fantasy Awards were announced this weekend at the World Fantasy Convention in Montreal, Canada. Considered one of the most prestigious honors for fantasy and speculative fiction, the award celebrates writers and artists who published work during the previous calendar year. Previous winners include C.L. Polk, Emma Törzs, and Kij Johnson. Writers Megan Lindholm and Howard Waldrop were also honored at the convention with Lifetime Achievement Awards. Read more

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A Chinese Classic Journeys to the West: Julia Lovell’s Translation of “Monkey King”

EXCEPT FOR THE one error I spotted on its cover, Julia Lovell’s new translation of Monkey King: Journey to the West is the best English edition of the classic Chinese fantasy novel, Xi You Ji (literally “west journey record”), I have ever read. If you wish to understand why Monkey King has been a fixture in Chinese popular culture for no fewer than five centuries, then look no further. Pick up this edition and you will join the 1.5 billion people who, to paraphrase Neil Gaiman’s comment on the tale, share in their DNA an intimate knowledge of the havoc-wreaking Monkey’s herculean journey westward to find a special collection of Buddhist sutras in India. Read more

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LaKeith Stanfield will star in the new adaptation of Victor LaValle’s The Changeling

Apple TV+ today confirmed that not only has The Changeling—a fantastical urban horror drama based on Victor LaValle’s best-selling 2017 book of the same name—been given a series order, but that LaKeith Stanfield has been cast as the lead. The star of Atlanta, Sorry to Bother You, and Judas and the Black Messiah (for which he was Oscar nominated) seems (to me at least) the perfect choice to play Apollo Kagwa, a ruminative rare book dealer and anxious new father whose wife commits a terrible and incomprehensible act of violence before disappearing into the night, prompting Apollo to embark on a dangerous odyssey through New York’s supernatural underworld in an attempt to confront the supernatural evil that has torn his family apart. Read more

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