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Harry Potter fan Meredith McCardle had a brilliant idea for decorating a wall in her home.

Did I mention that she’s an author? Because that fact begins to put this project into perspective.

Using a projector she borrowed from an elementary school, McCardle traced the first page of Harry Potter on her wall then painted each letter with a high quality paint so she wouldn’t have to do a second coat.

Simple. Genius. I love everything about this idea.

Check out more pics below.

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Today is Alien Day—a celebration of the sci-fi horror franchise that first graced theater screens in 1979. The day (4/26) was chosen as a nod to moon LV-426, where the xenomorphs were first discovered.

We’re celebrating by giving you an exclusive clip from Audible’s new audio drama Alien: Out Of The Shadows which stars the likes of Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner) and Matthew Lewis (Harry Potter).

Take a listen in the player below.

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Andy Weir, author of The Martian, recently did an interview with Smithsonian Magazine. A lot of subjects were touched upon, including the plot of his next book. What will it be about? Oh, y’know, just a crime spree on the moon.

Like The Martian, the science featured in the book will be grounded in reality—as proper sci-fi should. According to Weir, the hero will be a female criminal who lives on the moon and commits some wacky crimes:

I’m certainly not trying to make a point by having a female lead. She’s just a character I came up with that I thought was cool, so she’s the lead.

The book is another scientifically accurate story. The main character is a low-level criminal in a city on the moon. Her challenges are a mix of technical/scientific problems, as well as juggling personal interactions—staying a step ahead of the local police, working with shady and dangerous people to do illegal things.

She doesn’t encounter any distinctly “female” challenges. There’s no love plot. And the story takes place in a future society where there is practically no sexism.

We have neither a title nor a release date for the new book, but one thing’s for certain: It will probably make for wonderful reading.

(via io9)

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Arguably one of the best episodes of Steven Universe and one of the biggest turning points for kids’ programming on TV was an episode titled “The Answer”, which told the story of how the gem fusion, Garnet, came to be.

Along with the tale being a heartwarming love story with classic tropes (the aristocrat falls for the commoner, the two elope and create something new) the episode, which focused on two gems named Ruby and Sapphire, was groundbreaking in its portrayal of a same sex relationship in a children’s cartoon.

Now, the wildly popular episode and its heroines will be returning in the form of a children’s book written by series creator Rebecca Sugar and illustrated by Elle Michalka and Tiffany Ford.

Read more after the break…

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A memorial event was recently held in England to note the first anniversary of beloved fantasy satirist Terry Pratchett’s death. A lot of news came out of the event, including a film adaptation of the Discworld novel Mort and another film based on Wee Free Men being helmed by Rhianna Pratchett, the late author’s daughter and writer of the recently-rebooted Tomb Raider series.

But perhaps the most exciting news is that Good Omens, the pre-apocalyptic comedy Pratchett co-penned alongside Neil Gaiman, is being adapted as a six-part TV miniseries – and Gaiman himself is personally overseeing the adaptation.

It’s a huge change of heart for the American Gods author. Previously, Gaiman had told Pratchett’s assistant Rob Wilkins that he would not be involved in an adaptation:

Terry and I had a deal that we would only work on Good Omens things together. Everything that was ever written – bookmarks and tiny little things – we would always collaborate, everything was a collaboration.

However Gaiman changed his mind when he was presented with a letter, written by Pratchett, intended to be read after his death.

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The Mouse Guard comic, written and illustrated by David Petersen, is about to become a little more squishy and colorful.

David Petersen is teaming with Skeleton Crew to create new Sadie and Lieam plush as well as partnering with Archaia for the first ever Mouse Guard coloring book.

See Also: More Awesome Coloring Books For Adults

The coloring book is 96 pages with over 50 highly detailed illustrations of the characters, cities, and environments across the Mouse Territories.

As for the plush…they’re coming soon. A sneak preview is available below.

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After the viral success of his Evil Dead-inspired short comic “The Littlest Deadite” last year, artist and writer Sean Hughes has launched a Kickstarter campaign to extend the original concept into a full book for children.

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Sweet Valley High, Goosebumps, Judy Blume, Hunger Games—whatever your age, you probably have some fond memories of YA books.

In honor and parody of that magical time, Paperback Paradise invites you to visit them “at the edge of eternity” with some classics you may remember a bit…differently.

Check out more examples below.

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The mother of Redditor SummerRay is a very talented lady (with some sassy leopard print pants). She spent two years stitching three scenes based on the art in old copies of Dune, and wow…just stunning.

See the additional art in the gallery below.

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While people may be pondering the fate of movies adapted from YA novels, YA novels themselves are still going strong and they’re about to get an influx of DC Comics heroes.

Four new novels have been announced. Best-selling author Leigh Bardugo (Shadow and Bone, Siege and Storm, and Ruin and Rising) will be penning a new Wonder Woman novel, which will be the first release in August 2017. Marie Lu (Legend and Young Elites trilogy) will follow WW with Batman. After that, Matt de la Peña (The Living, Ball Don’t Lie) will have Superman, and Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass) is filling out the first four with Catwoman.

Having read Marvel’s Black Widow: Forever Red by Margaret Stohl (and loved it), I’m hoping DC decides to follow suit and set the books after each of the character’s origin stories.

Seriously, no more origin stories.

Top image by Stephen Byrne.

(via EW)