Offworld Report Jan 8th 2016: the best scifi on the net.

Here’s today’s round-up of the best stories and articles on a selection of other genre web sites.

Zack Snyder talks Gal Gadot’s fierceness as Wonder Woman in Batman v Superman

Your Five-Book Guide to Getting Into Paranormal Fantasy

You can now control Sphero’s awesome BB-8 toy with the Force (basically)

Writers on Writing: Claudia Gray and Cecil Castellucci

Writer Lawrence Kasdan reveals when Han Solo standalone movie takes place

Write Some Six-Word Science Fiction For Us

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 65

Wookie books: the science fiction that inspired George Lucas’s Star Wars

With Pacific Rim 2 shelved, del Toro in talks for Cameron’s Fantastic Voyage

William Shatner says he’s not beaming aboard director Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond

Why we’re hell bent on Hell Bent!

Why Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars books will be perfect for television

Where did the word ‘Taser’ come from? A century-old racist science fiction novel | Jamiles Lartey

What If Kylo Ren Loved His Grandmother, Too?

Welcome to Night Vale: book attempts to can the uncanny and falls flat

Weep No More… Vids to Beat the Blues!

We Finally Know What’s Causing Galaxy Quakes

We Finally Know The Premiere Date For Game Of Thrones Season 6

Watch the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Red Carpet Live at

War of the Worlds gets a sequel 119 years on – but what about all the unofficial ones?

Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan cares for a crazy killer doll in new trailer for The Boy

Vikings unleashes a glorious Season 4 trailer and a premiere date

Vast new trove of Gene Roddenberry data opened — but what’s in it?

Upcoming: Realm of the Damned

Two New Trek Comics

Trek TNG Shower Curtain And Car Decals

Toy Empire: Star Wars is HUGE!

TNT renews The Librarians

TNT rebooting Tales from the Crypt with M Night Shyamalan

Timothy Zahn’s Short Fiction Collected: ‘Pawn’s Gambit and Other Stratagems’

Tim Miller explains the rules for breaking the fourth wall as new Deadpool promo emerges

Thoughts on Star Wars: The Force Awakens

This X-Men fan series is the 1990s animated series revival we always wanted

They’re Called Hoverboards, Get Over It

There’s Something Very Strange Lurking In the Space Between Galaxies

There’s Been An Awakening in Star Wars: Card Trader

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Dragon Reborn, Part 3

The Ultimate Guide to All the Science Fiction and Fantasy TV Shows Coming in 2016

The space suit we use on Mars could be designed by this biker gear company

The Shifting Balance of Power is Everything on American Horror Story: Hotel

The Only 10 Sci-Fi Masks You Should Care About

The Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie Rumors Have Grown Into A Whole Obi-Wan Kenobi Trilogy

The Next Generation Soundtrack Collection

The Monthly Megazine Review – 367

The Messenger review

The master list: All the best books of 2015

The Magicians’ Olivia Taylor Dudley on growing up with witchcraft and exploring Alice’s story arc

The Long and Short of It: Great SFF Reading at Any Length

The Latest on Ewoks and Rancors: Vintage Return of the Jedi Poster Magazine #2

The Last Starfighter Was Ahead of Its Time, and That’s Its Biggest Problem

The Husbands of River Song: The World Premiere

The Glass Galago

The Gathering: 6 Lessons Learned from the Crystal Caves of Ilum

The Force Awakens’ cinematographer Dan Mindel and crew share 17 cool BTS set shots

The Force Awakens meets Calvin and Hobbes in Disney artist’s new mashup series

The Expanse: “Back to the Butcher” Asks Us to Choose — Coffee or Liquor?

The Expanse introduces the Butcher of Anderson Station and deepens its central mystery

The Eternaut review – hero in a homemade diving suit

The Doctor Who Game Maker has regenerated for Christmas!

The Del Rey Star Wars Covers of Ralph McQuarrie, Part 3

The Del Rey Star Wars Covers of Ralph McQuarrie, Part 2

The Del Rey Star Wars Covers of Ralph McQuarrie, Part 1

The Cinema Behind Star Wars: John Carter

The Cinema Behind Star Wars: Eye of the Needle

The Cinema Behind Star Wars: A Bridge Too Far

The Christmas Cards of River Song?

The Case for “Earthy” Magic

The Best Star Wars Games of the PlayStation 2 Era

The best recent science fiction and horror – review roundup

The awesome power of science fiction’s alien megastructures

The Appeal of Magical Boarding Schools

The 10 Most Quotable Lines from Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The 10 best not-sci-fi/fantasy/horror shows for the sci-fi/fantasy/horror fan

That live-action Teen Titans series is no longer happening

Thank You: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Becomes the #1 Film of All-Time in the US

TARDIS: This Week on Who!

TARDIS: The Stuff You Missed

TARDIS: It’s the Stuff You Missed!

Take the Battle to Takodana in Star Wars: Commander

Syfy gives early renewal to The Expanse

Suvudu Feature: The First Chapter of Cyber-Thriller ‘Terms of Use’

Stuff (& Possibly Nonsense) #44

Studying Skywalkers: Themes in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Steven Universe’s Newest Addition Still Has A Long Way To Go

Steven Moffat says he’s ‘actively engaged’ in the search for a new Doctor Who showrunner

Station Eleven, Science Fiction, and Hope

Star Wars’ stories should not be limited to the cinema narratives

Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Main Character is Missing From Its Toys

Star Wars: The Force Awakens to take all-time #1 spot domestically

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Play Set for Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition Now Available

Star Wars: The Force Awakens makes first $1 billion in record time

Star Wars: The Force Awakens demolishing records

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Required Reads!

Star Wars: Rogue One star in talks to join Spielberg’s Ready Player One as main villain

Star Wars: Best of 2015

Star Wars Insider #162 – 10 Quotes from Star Wars: The Force Awakens Interviews!

Star Wars in the UK: The Vintage Ads, Comics, and Interviews of Star Wars Weekly #6!

Star Wars Fantasy Flight Games Preview: December 2015

Star Trek The Original Series: “The Deadly Years”

Star Trek Maternity Wear

Star Trek Beyond Tidbits

Somewhere, Blade Runner’s Roy Batty Just Stepped Off the Assembly Line

Smoo, the finale…..

Simon Kinberg promises Gambit film will play it close to the comic canon

SF discovers reason and chaos on Mars

Set Your Style for Stun: New Star Wars Lines Hit WeLoveFine

Science-Fiction and Fantasy New Releases 1/5/16

Science fiction and fantasy look ahead to a diverse 2016

Saving the Death Star: How the Original Model Was Lost and Found

Samuel L. Jackson doesn’t like The Force Awakens? Noooooooooooo!

Rumor of the Day: First plot details for Star Wars: Rogue One come into focus

Rewatching the Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince Film

Reviews: Dreaming Eagles #1

Rereading The Elfstones of Shannara, Chapters 50-52

Renee Robyn – Dreams of a Digital Artist

Red Shirt Diaries: The Alternative Factor

Read the first draft of Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek intro

Read Chapters 1–4 of Charlie Jane Anders’ All the Birds in the Sky!

Quiz: Which Star Wars Character Should You Invite for the Holidays?

Quiz: How Well Do You Know Star Wars: Return of the Jedi?

Quickie review: The Magicians

Poll: Which Star Wars Vehicle is Best?

Podcast Recommendations to Scratch that Sci-Fi and Fantasy Itch

Peek Inside Funko’s Smuggler’s Bounty First Order Subscription Box

One Cast to Rule Them All: A Diverse, Gender-Swapped LOTR Recast

On the Shelving of HP Lovecraft’s Image

On Research, Rabbit Holes, and Sci-Fi Worldbuilding

On Maps in Fantasy Novels

Of Beards and Books: An Interview with Patrick Rothfuss

No Shatner In Star Trek Beyond

New trailer arrives for film of J.G. Ballard’s dystopian High-Rise

New promo for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow breaks all the rules

New program: Microsoft commissions science fiction inspired by its research

New Horizons scientists reveal disastrous reason for Pluto’s crater-free Sputnik Planum

New concept art sees Doctor Strange at home in his Sanctum Sanctorum

Netflix to Reboot ‘Voltron’ in 2016

NASA’s Curiosity rover has reached the sand dunes of Mars

Moving Past Octavia Butler

More New Star Trek Stamps

Michel Faber sends David Cameron latest novel in protest over Syria

Michael Bay confirms directing Transformers 5 and swears its his last one

Meet the other Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor who played Chewbacca alongside Peter Mayhew

Meet FN-2199, a.k.a. TR-8R: The Stormtrooper Behind the Meme

Me and Clara… What Next?

May the Force be With Who…

Marriage Can Be Monstrous, or Wondrous: The Origins of “Beauty and the Beast”

Mark Your Calendars: Daredevil Returns on March 18

Mark Hamill joins Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles as new, animated baddie

Margaret Atwood: ‘In Tolkien, there are hardly any women at all’

Making Maps for Books: Two Cartographers Tell Us How It’s Done

Magic on the High Seas: Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

Lustlocked Sweepstakes!

LuHan Becomes a Jedi in China’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens Promo

London Super Comic Convention 2016

Liquid Carbonite

Level Up Your Life Sweepstakes!

Kylo Ren Explores Starkiller Base With His Imaginary Friend!

Kotaku Fallout 4’s Graphics Cranked So Hard It Becomes A Cartoon | Deadspin Fred Smoot: The Sex Boat

Keith Arem talks The Phoenix Incident

Kay Jewelers Creates Stunning Gold BB-8 for ‘Force 4 Fashion’

Join V.E. Schwab on Her A Gathering of Shadows Tour!

John Barrowman is writing his own Arrow spin-off comic based on The Dark Archer

Jedi Master Designers: Highlights from ‘Force 4 Fashion’

Javier Grillo-Marxuach tapped to pen Xena reboot script

January – February 2016 Trek Conventions And Appearances

It’s One Step Forward, Two Steps Back for Supergirl

It’s official: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2 will finally introduce Krang

Is This Inception Coffee Table Real, Or Are We Still Dreaming?

Ireland is Trying to New Zealand Itself With The Force Awakens

Inevitable Spin-Off Doc About the Making a Murderer Case Is Currently In Production

Image of the Day: Gotham shares first look at Penguin’s dad, played by Paul Reubens

Image of the day: Deadpool meets Gambit, as Fox’s X-Men universe assembles

Image of the Day: Bizarre never-used Back to The Future poster

How we made 2000 AD

How to Throw the Ultimate Star Wars: The Force Awakens Party

How Pixar Copies Scenes from Other Movies

How dub master Kode9 became the hero of zero

HotShot Trailer: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them announcement trailer

Hot Toys’ Baby Batman and Superman Are Super Adorable

Here’s Your First Look at ‘Vikings’ Season Four

Here’s Peter Capaldi’s bad guy bucket list for his (maybe) last season of Doctor Who

Henry Cavill on Batman v Superman: ‘No intentional move’ to address Man of Steel criticisms

Hell Bent on Wallpaper

Hawkman and Hawkgirl take flight in two new promos for DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

Happy Holidays!

Get some of last year’s best stories for just $1.99!

George Clayton Johnson obituary

Galaxy Wire: Stunning Star Wars: The Force Awakens Figures and More! – January 5, 2015

Furiosa. Rey. Jerrica? Why Jem and the Holograms was the biggest disappointment of 2015

From our continental correspondent – The State of BD

From our continental correspondent – Angouleme: only men are worthy of winning?

From Concept to Screen: The Millennium Falcon

Frank Darabont rips AMC in Walking Dead lawsuit deposition

Four New Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens Short Stories Available Now

Five Books About Fantastical Islands

Firefly and Stargate Atlantis star joins the cast of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

Final Star Wars: The Force Awakens Arrives online

Filmmakers SF workshop

Falling Down the Rabbit Hole of ‘90s Anime

Exclusive First Look at The Expanse Book-To-Screen Video!

Doctor Who and the National Television Awards

Director Paul Feig Reveals the New Ghostbusters Figures

Did Ahsoka Tano Have Her Luke Skywalker Moment?

Dear Readers: A Letter from Kevin Hearne

Deadspin Football Is Always Worth It | The Muse Wow This Husband-Wife American Idol Audition Got Too

David Mitchell: separating literary and genre fiction is act of ‘self-mutilation’

Dave Bara on Why We Need Heroes

Dark Societies presents… Michel Faber, Catherine Chanter & Sarah Pinborough

Daredevil unleashes a Season 2 teaser, a new synopsis, and a poster

Damien grapples with his true identity in new trailer for A&E’s new horror series

‘Con Man’ Premieres Exclusively on Vimeo on Demand

Competitions: take a deep breath of Air…

Collectibles from the Outer Rim: Sears Wish Book!

Check Out Vader Down‘s Most Impressive Connecting Variant Covers

Charlie Cox on Daredevil and Punisher: ‘Compromise has to be made’

Celebrating Series 9!

CBS/Paramount sue crowdfunded Star Trek prequel film

Cartoon Network UK censoring Steven Universe’s sexuality misses the entire point of the show

Captain America: Civil War Funko POP! figures might’ve just revealed a major spoiler

Bring Back Mystery Science Theater 3000

Borg Queen Statue

Boosters and Life Force: The Star Wars Customizable Card Game

Black Speculative Fiction is Protest Work

Bitten unleashes 2 new promos and 5 new pics for its 3rd and final season

Birmingham Comics Festival is coming this spring

Binge Watch First 4 Episodes: THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES

Best science fiction and fantasy books of 2015

Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks for January

Awaken Your Force: Re-Record Star Wars Music for the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Premiere

Astronomers want to find alien life with a space telescope 10-times more powerful that Hubble

‘Ashes of the Tyrant’ Author Erin M. Evans On Her Three ‘Desert Island’ Reads

Art For Art’s Sake

Archaeologists Discover an Amazingly Preserved 300-Year-Old Ship

Announcing the Winners of the 2015 Costa Book Awards

Announcing the Star Wars Fan Film Awards 2016

Anatomy of a Finale: Download the Scripts for Eps 11 and 12

Amber Benson on Playing God and Torturing Characters

Amazing Star Wars: The Epic Battles Poster Has More In-Jokes Than You Can Possibly Imagine

All the Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Everyone Will Be Talking About in January

Alex Garland’s Annihilation Adaptation Might Send A Stellar Cast to Area X

A Very Christmas Mickey: Mickey’s Christmas Carol and The Gift of the Magi

A Totally Unproblematic Utopia: “The Repairer of Reputations” by Robert W. Chambers

A Song for No Man’s Land

A First Encounter with Necromancy: Garth Nix’s Sabriel

A 2010 Video Game Predicted The Ending Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens

9 Diverse Fantasy Books That Will Challenge Your Idea of Fantasy Fiction

8 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Characters We Want to Befriend

6 Ways to Prepare for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

6 Star Wars Things We’re Looking Forward to in 2016

5 Life Lessons from Star Wars Rebels

5 Completed Series to Read While You Wait for WINDS OF WINTER

2015 Was A Great Year for Fantasy Novels

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Colonel Frog is a long time science fiction and fantasy fan. He loves reading novels in the field, and he also enjoys watching movies (as well as reading lots of other genre books).

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