Monthly Spec Fix: Sci-Fi & Fantasy News You Might've Missed in March


Stuff happened this month, as it's prone to do. Herein lies a roundup of various speculative fiction, SFF related and other bookish news and interesting tidbits from March.

It's trailers on trailers on trailers and a couple of awesome book cover reveals, sandwiched in between the 2017 Stoker Awards (for horror) at the beginning of the month and the 2018 Hugo Award finalists (for SFF) closing it out. Oh, and Black Panther's continued record-breaking dominance at the global box office, that happened too. Wakanda forever!

March 3: The 2017 Bram Stoker Award winners are announced by the Horror Writers Association (HWA)...

Some winning highlights:

  Superior Achievement in a Novel:    Ararat  , Christopher Golden (St. Martin’s)

Superior Achievement in a Novel: Ararat, Christopher Golden (St. Martin’s)

  Superior Achievement in a First Novel:  Cold Cuts  , Robert Payne Cabeen (Omnium Gatherum)

Superior Achievement in a First Novel: Cold Cuts, Robert Payne Cabeen (Omnium Gatherum)

  Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel:  The Last Harvest  , Kim Liggett (Tor Teen)

Superior Achievement in a Young Adult Novel: The Last Harvest, Kim Liggett (Tor Teen)

March 10: Black Panther becomes the 33rd film to cross the $1 billion mark worldwide...

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Ryan Coogler's superhero pic has crossed the $1 billion mark at the global box office, becoming the 33rd film to join the elite club and the 16th Disney title to do so, not adjusted for inflation. The movie achieved the milestone on Saturday, its 26th day in release.

Black Panther is the seventh superhero film to bound past $1 billion in worldwide ticket sales, including the fifth title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In North America, its standing is even more impressive. By the end of the weekend, Black Panther will rank as the No. 2 superhero film of all time behind Marvel's The Avengers after passing 2008's The Dark Knight ($535 million) on Saturday.

March 16: reveals the cover for The Black God's Drums, P. Djèlí Clark's debut novella about an alternate New Orleans of orisha, airships, and adventure that sounds all kinds of awesome. Check out the cover by artist Chris McGrath:


March 16: Nominees for the 44th Saturn Awards are announced by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films honoring SFF (and, apparently, somewhat SFF-adjacent) in films and television. Winners will be announced in June...

March 17: The shortlisted books are announced for The Kitschies, honoring 2017’s most progressive, intelligent and entertaining novels containing elements of the speculative and fantastic. Winners will be announced April 9th...

March 20: SyFy drops a trailer for Nightflyers, its new series adaptation of George R.R. Martin's novella of the same name, described by Martin himself as "a haunted house story on a starship... Psycho in space.” (not to be confused with the mostly terrible ‘80s horror/sci-fi film adaptation):

March 22: Netflix drops the trailer for The Rain, an original dystopian series coming this May about two young siblings who embark on a perilous search for safety after a brutal virus wipes out most of the population:

March 23: Amazon seriously considers paying $1 billion to adapt the Hugo-winning Chinese novel The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin...

From China Money Network:

Amazon is reportedly in talks to pay US$1 billion dollars to acquire the television production rights to popular Chinese science fiction novel The Three-Body Problem, written by the Chinese writer Liu Cixin.

Firstly serialized online in 2006 and published as a book in 2008, the three part novel includes The Three-Body Problem, The Dark Forest and Death’s End. It became one of the best-selling science novels in mainland Chinese history. The story, set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, involves a clash between an alien and human civilizations.

The rights to the novel are currently held by Youzu Interactive, an online game developer listed in China.

March 24: Black Panther becomes the top-grossing superhero film of all time in North America...

From The Hollywood Reporter:

The Disney and Marvel release achieved the milestone on Saturday after passing fellow Marvel title The Avengers, which grossed $623.4 million in 2012. Black Panther is one of only seven films to ever earn $600 million or more domestically, finishing Sunday with $630.9 million to put it at No. 5 on the all-time list.

The film has shattered numerous milestones since opening in theaters on Feb. 16.

Globally, Black Panther finished Sunday with $1.237 billion in ticket sales, surpassing Iron Man 3 ($1.214 billion) to rank as the No. 3 superhero title of all time at the worldwide box office behind Avengers ($1.518 billion) and Avengers: Age of Ultron ($1.405 billion).

And since it has ruled this month, here's some very cool concept art for Black Panther:

March 27: The stunning cover for Darkdawn is revealed, being the epic conclusion of the Nevernight Chronicle from Jay Kristoff. Check out the cover by artist Jason Chan:


March 28: Frank Miller & Tom Wheeler will co-write a YA book and Netflix series about King Arthur's Lady Of The Lake...

From The A.V. Club:

According to Deadline, comic book creator Frank Miller and Puss In Boots writer Tom Wheeler are developing a 10-episode Netflix series and a YA book about the Lady Of The Lake from the King Arthur legends. Titled Cursed, the story is about Nimue, a teenage girl who is destined to live in a lake and protect a magic sword who goes on a quest with a man named Arthur to try and find another man named Merlin. Along the way, she’ll “become a symbol of courage and rebellion” against the evil Red Paladins and King Uther, which will most likely lead to her lake-based status in the normal King Arthur stories in some way.

March 29: The Quantum Shorts Flash Fiction Contest Winners for 2017 are announced, Quantum Shorts being an annual competition for creative work inspired by quantum physics...

March 29: HBO drops the trailer for season 2 of Westworld, with an amazing cover of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box" by series composer Ramin Djawadi: