It’s Friday! Time to share my favorite links I found this week in the realm of science fiction and fantasy and then some. Enjoy!
- First off, let’s have the baddest of the bad: A life-sized Darth Malgus. Yep, all 7 feet of him, complete with a glowing red lightsaber. However, at a price of $5,999.99, I’m afraid I’ll have to save my money for a while before this guy makes an appearance at my house. (Yeah, like hubby’s gonna go for that one! I can just hear the conversation now. “Hey, hon! I found the most awesome decoration for the corner of the front room…” Uh, huh.)
- Are you a horror fan? Named for the inimitable author of Dracula, the winners of the 2011 Bram Stoker Awards were announced this week. If this is your cup of tea, maybe you’ll find new reading material here.
- Percy Jackson news: The sequel to Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief movie, set to be released next year (2013), is based on Rick Riordan‘s second book in his Percy Jackson series. You can find more info here.
- Free Wheel of Time wallpaper for your desktop is being released by Tor, featuring the ebook artwork for the series. The latest is for The Fires of Heaven. I saw this beautiful picture by Dan Dos Santos a while back and it’s always intrigued me.
- Giveaway: Jill Williamson has posted an entry form to win a copy of Robert Liparulo‘s new supernatural suspense book, The 13th Tribe. I believe the deadline is April 9, 2012 at 8 p.m. (PST).
Here is an amazing bit of video shot from the Solid Rocket Booster of the Space Shuttle, complete with enhanced sound mixing by the people over at Skywalker Sound. This is actually an excerpt from the upcoming Special Edition Ascent: Commemorating Space Shuttle.
Now for the jokes. With it being April Fool’s this week, there were lots of fun links to be had. Here are a couple of my favorites.
- Here’s a YouTube video previewing Nintendo’s new dubstep music game for the Nintendo 3DS, coming Summer 2012.
- How about Google Maps 8-bit for NES? Fun for the whole family!
- And my favorite: Assassin’s Creed for Kinect Announced! You too can leap, fight and jump as a member of the Assassin order and learn to execute classic moves with your hidden blade or your bare hands. This YouTube video is priceless.
Now for one last trick. On April 1st, George Takei had an amazing announcement on his Facebook page, as shown below:
Have a great weekend, all!