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Science Fiction Thursday: 'Star Wars', More 'Discworld', Chris Carter

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | April 3, 2014 |

By Steven Lloyd Wilson | Industry | April 3, 2014 |

We talked last week about Pratchett comma Terry and of why you should read his works forthwith. A new Discworld companion: Turtle Recall: The Discworld Companion … So Far has been released. There are a number of these companions, and they’re quite a departure from the normal sorts in that they’re written with the same humor as the novels themselves. My absolute favorite is Science of Discworld, which functions as a primer on how all of science works in the real world, wrapped up in a framing story in which the Wizards have inadvertently created a universe that follows our rules, inside a magic bubble. It’s like Cosmos, with wizards.

Remember that wonderful little series of movies called Star Wars? The one that gave us exactly three feature films, and not a single other one? Well, you’ve probably heard they’re making a sequel, to be released in 2015. And people are already starting to get weird about trying to figure things out. There’s speculation about filming beginning in Morocco, reports on the opacity of windows at JJ Abrams’ offices, and serious statements about the importance of tracking the original cast’s movements in order to figure out who is in it. But most importantly: we’ve got headlines now trumpeting that someone tweeted pictures of the first two cameras that will be used in filming. No reports yet on whether they have been custom built for lens flare enhancement.

I’m afraid that the insanity of rumors surrounding this sequel is going to make the Internet just a little bit more terrible for the next year.

Finally, Amazon announced that it’s picked up an entire season order of Chris Carter’s The After. In Vivian’s survey of Amazon’s pilots, she concluded that it was “kinda blah” and “the best thing about it is what I hold out hopes for it to someday be.” Personally, I’m holding out for Mulder and Sculley cameos. But, it’s science fiction, so I’ll probably watch every episode of it, even if it is terrible.

Steven Lloyd Wilson is the sci-fi and history editor. You can email him here or follow him on Twitter.

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