The Most Pointless Rules for Young Epic Heroes in Training

When you sign up to become a Jedi or a Starfleet officer, you have to abide by certain rules. Like, "Don't attempt a Kolvoord Starbust." But often, these organizations seem to invent rules that have no reason, beyond creating dramatic tension. Here are the most counterproductive training rules in science fiction and… » 6/11/13 11:00am 6/11/13 11:00am

First Details from the Pilot Script of Lev Grossman's The Magicians

Lev Grossman's The Magicians brought an emotional weight, and a pleasurable snarkiness, to the age-old story of magical people discovering their powers. And The Magician King expanded Grossman's world-building themes by adding a second protagonist. But how on Earth would you go about translating it to the television… » 1/10/12 4:05pm 1/10/12 4:05pm

The Power List: 23 Movers and Shakers in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Science fiction and fantasy devoured our hearts and minds in 2011. The year's hit movies, bestselling books and buzzed-about television shows were dominated by genre fare — and a handful of people played a key part in making it happen. » 12/27/11 12:37pm 12/27/11 12:37pm

X-Men: First Class writers turning Lev Grossman's The Magicians into a…

Great news! Lev Grossman's acclaimed novel about a magical boarding school, The Magicians, is being adapted into a television series on Fox. And Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz, whose credits include Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, Thor and X-Men: First Class, are adapting it into a pilot. » 10/05/11 7:41pm 10/05/11 7:41pm

In The Magician King, Lev Grossman's magical over-achievers finally get …

People sometimes tend to sum up Lev Grossman's fantasy debut, The Magicians, as a kind of anhedonic version of Harry Potter crossed with Narnia. But it's actually a lot deeper than that — The Magicians explored what happens when our fantasies come true, and what it means to put yourself, your screwy demented self, in… » 8/22/11 1:15pm 8/22/11 1:15pm

Did all these fantasy stories really rip off Harry Potter?

In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, opening next week, there are seven Harry Potters. But in real life, there have been way more Potters than that. Here's the complete list of stories that people have accused of copying Potter. » 11/12/10 3:04pm 11/12/10 3:04pm