The Magicians is coming out in a couple of weeks to the SyFy channel, and you can now watch the entire pilot online. We really enjoyed the start to the show, and we can’t wait to see where they take the first season.
Last night, SyFy aired the pilot to its other show based on a recent novel, Lev Grossman’s The Magicians. While the rest of the show will be airing in January, the pilot gives us an idea of how the network has adapted the show for cable television.
Lev Grossman’s Magicians trilogy has won legions of fans, in large part thanks to its vividly described world. And now, Syfy is bringing that world to life, and we’ve been there. We sat in the front row at Brakebills’ magic lab, hung out in the Physical Kids’ Cottage, and met the cast of The Magicians.
This clip from Syfy’s TV series of Lev Grossman’s The Magicians just showed at San Diego Comic Con—and it looks pretty darn near perfect. Quentin has just the right amount of repressed dickishness, and the snooty magical school Brakebills has the smugness and aggression. And the magic? Lovely.
A few weeks back we learned that SyFy had ordered to series an adaptation of Lev Grossman’s fantasy trilogy The Magicians. Now we have a trailer, which offers a peek at Brakebills’ faculty and new recruits, and contains the line “DO SOME GODDAMN MAGIC!” Yep, we’re intrigued.
A bid back in 2012 to bring Lev Grossman’s Magicians fantasy trilogy to TV fell through, but round two has proven a success: Syfy has given its new pilot a 12-episode series order, and it will begin filming this summer.
This was a crazy good year for books. There was mind-expanding science fiction —including William Gibson's return to the future! — along with thrilling fantasy, and a number of brilliant category-defying books. Here are the 22 best science fiction and fantasy books of 2014.
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The world is full of magical coming-of-age books... and they generally don't show much of what happens after the age has come. We only glimpse thirtysomething Harry Potter. But in The Magicians Land, Lev Grossman uses his meta-fantasy world to create a thoughtful portrait of what it's like to be a functioning adult.
One of the most notable elements in Lev Grossman's Magicians trilogy is Christopher Plover, the author of the Fillory books which turn out to be a real magical place. But who was Christopher Plover? At long last, Andrew Liptak (with Grossman's assistance) uncovers the biography of this mysterious figure.
The network has ordered not one, not two but four new pilots based on hit scifi and fantasy properties. Three are comic adaptations — Letter 44, Pax Romana, and Frank Miller's Ronin — while the other is The Magicians, based on Lev Grossman's hit urban, adult fantasy novels.
Billy Moon, the first novel by famed zinester, short story writer and podcaster Douglas Lain, is an exceedingly weird tale about Christopher Milne — the guy whose father A.A. Milne immortalized him as Christopher Robin, the boy companion of Winnie the Pooh.
If you're in Brooklyn tonight at 7:30, you should stop by the new science fiction bookstore Singularity & Co., where some great SF authors are paying tribute to their influences. Lev Grossman is reading James White, Paul Park is reading Ursula K. Le Guin, and Ophira Eisenberg is reading Kurt Vonnegut. More details at…
Almost every day, it seems like we hear about another new TV show based on a book or graphic novel series. Just today, it was announced that NBC is moving forward with a show based on the fantastic Vertigo comic Midnight, Mass. (This is the third attempt at a Midnight, Mass show — read our thoughts on why it's a great…
Fantasy novels don't arise by magic. An aspiring fantasy author has to learn the craft, but also discover the roots of fantasy literature, as well as history and mythology. The more you've read, the more you know — and the better equipped you'll be for your journey into the lands of imagination. So we asked some of…
The "Better Book Titles" blog is one of the internet's great treasures — and if you haven't checked it out lately, you've missed some total gems. The blog is just what it sounds like — people post their versions of books with more appropriate titles.
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…
This year has been a wild ride for lovers of science fiction and fantasy. Some hugely expensive, massively hyped projects have failed, but also some new mega-hits have been born. Hollywood is struggling with sagging movie ticket sales and TV ratings, and book publishers are facing a rapidly changing world. It's a…
You know Paolo Bacigalupi's arrived when his next novel is already getting raves and nobody's even seen a galley yet. Over at Westword, Alan Prendergast talks about the excitement about Bacigalupi's forthcoming The Drowned Cities, which takes place in the Ship Breaker world but isn't a direct sequel. Chief among those…
Last week, as part of their month-long celebration of Ursula K. LeGuin's Wizard of Earthsea, Manhattan's Center for Fiction gathered four fantasists, including Naomi Novik and Lev Grossman, to explain why fantasy matters.