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Stephenie Meyer to release new ‘Twilight’ book ‘Midnight Sun’ in August 2020

May 05, 2020 - 9:48 AM

This time, it'll be written from Edward Cullen's point-of-view

[OPINYON | Wikapedia] Paanyayang magsulat ng COVID-19 – Coronavirus Dagli

Apr 04, 2020 - 9:00 AM

Sa buong buwan ng Abril, inaanyayahan namin kayong sumulat ng kuwento na iikot sa COVID-19. Gamit ang 19 salita, susulat kayo ng daglî. I-post ito sa Facebook at i-tag ang Rappler at ang Foundation AWIT.

EUNIC Manila to launch European speculative fiction anthology in Filipino

Nov 22, 2019 - 3:44 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The anthology of 16 speculative fiction penned by seasoned writers across Europe was compiled by Julie Nováková and former Czech ambassador to the Philippines Jaroslav Olša Jr

'Hunger Games' prequel 'The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes' coming out in 2020

Jun 18, 2019 - 8:54 AM

(UPDATED) No tributes needed – the prequel comes out May 19, 2020

A robot that can touch, eat, and sleep? The reality of cyborgs like 'Alita: Battle Angel'

Feb 16, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Let’s dig into the many scientific concepts touched on in the film and see how far from reality they are, or might be in the future

CYBORG. Alita: preparing for battle. 20th Century Fox

Getting started with genre fiction

Jul 20, 2018 - 6:39 PM

Are you a fan of horror, fantasy, and sci-fi? We’ve got some literary recommendations for you

#RP612fic: Netizens imagine PH heroes on Independence Day 2018

Jun 12, 2018 - 5:35 PM

Filipinos use jokes and memes to visualize Philippine historical figures in modern or alternative settings

Fantasy fiction author Ursula K. Le Guin dies at 88

Jan 24, 2018 - 7:45 AM

In her stories of galactic societies, Le Guin sought to prove there is no total and permanent solution, either in theology, politics or human science past or future

SCIFI LEGEND. Ursula K. Le Guin attends 2014 National Book Awards on November 19, 2014 in New York City. Robin Marchant/Getty Images/AFP

A crash course on fiction writing

Oct 19, 2017 - 11:47 AM

Learn the fundamentals of fiction writing during this workshop on November 18

Fact, fiction and fetish

Aug 27, 2017 - 4:00 PM

What is our relationship to truth? What does it mean to tell the truth? What kind of practice is truth telling?

Author Alfred Yuson to lecture on 'Fake News Fiction' on February 20

Feb 09, 2017 - 9:12 PM

PRESS RELEASE: For his 2017 Adrian Cristobal Lecture award winning writer Alfred Krip Yuson proposes to reflect on the changing modes of genre writing in the age of social media

Sex and marriage with robots: science fiction or new reality?

Dec 22, 2016 - 1:49 PM

Some specialists believe the first animated lovers made of metal rubber and plastic programmed to provide sexual bliss will take a step into reality just months from now

Mengintip 'museum mainan' RobToys

Apr 03, 2016 - 1:08 PM

Rumah Robby Hamdani: Surga buat penggemar komik dan science fiction seperti Star Wars DC Marvel hingga Saint Seiya

Robby serius mengoleksi mainan sejak 2009.  Foto oleh Nariswari Yudianti/LelakiMetropolitan

Beam me up, Scotty: New 'Star Trek' series debuts 2017

Nov 03, 2015 - 8:18 AM

The series will air exclusively in the United States from January 2017 but will be available largely behind the paywall on CBS s subscription channel

American comic author inspired by PH folklore

Aug 17, 2015 - 12:23 PM

Travis became enamored with Philippine folk tales when he was searching for some gruesome monsters to use as art

Her Story: Invigorating interactive fiction

Jul 05, 2015 - 1:30 PM

What makes the tension enjoyable is knowing this is a tale already told over the course of a few virtual months At the same time it is one told haphazardly – a linear story presented with startling nonlinearity

Sexy highlights from a night of 'Deus Sex Machina'

May 30, 2015 - 3:47 PM

The fun reading of adult fiction explores topics from Victorian erotica to rebound sex from imagined Pokemon adventures to Holodeck fantasies

Kenneth Keng with Dustin Celestino. Photos by Alan Garrick Bercero

Rappler's Marguerite de Leon to launch fiction collection

Mar 23, 2015 - 10:26 AM

People in Panic will be sold at a special discount at the event

Going home: A story inspired by the 44 PNP SAF officers

Jan 30, 2015 - 3:19 PM

We’re men We’re not supposed to cry or weep or get lonely But we do

A relative mourns next to the flag-draped coffin of one of the slain members of the SAF during the arrival honors at the Villamor Airbase on January 29, 2015. Photo by Ted Aljibe/AFP

New Nolan movie 'Interstellar' tackles space, love, sacrifice

Nov 05, 2014 - 11:04 AM

Days after two space related accidents film goers just might have space on their minds – and pick Interstellar as their weekend movie

Matthew McConaughey in a scene from 'Interstellar.' Image courtesy Paramount Pictures/Warner Brothers

#ShortScares 2014: Scare us in 140 characters or less

Nov 01, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Netizens flex their fiction muscles and share super short scary stories on Twitter

Wattpad: Where ‘Panget,’ ‘Gangster’ meet Harry Styles, Obama

Aug 14, 2014 - 12:12 PM

A story on Wattpad can become a box office blockbuster be an ode to adolescence or be kooky fan fiction starring presidents as vegetables

Feminist Taylor Swift and other fake female Twitter accounts

Mar 22, 2014 - 11:58 AM

These fictional females are tons of fun 140 characters at a time

FUN WITH FAKES. Who's funnier, the real celeb or her parody? Photo of Taylor Swift from AFP; Kim Kardashian from Wikipedia Commons

Jennifer Lawrence has tips for 'Divergent' star Shailene Woodley

Mar 19, 2014 - 3:32 PM

J Law gave Shailene sound advice about carrying a blockbuster Hollywood film

BIG SCREEN HEROINES. 'Divergent' lead Shailene Woodley asks advice from 'Hunger Games' star Jennifer Lawrence. Lawrence photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images/Agence France-Presse, Woodley photo by Paul Buck/European Pressphoto Agency

Tarantino on warpath after screenplay leaked

Jan 23, 2014 - 4:17 PM

Who leaked Quentin Tarantino s latest screenplay?

BETRAYAL. Tarantino says there is an 'ugly maliciousness' to the incident

'Doctor Who' zips around the planet in 50th anniversary special

Nov 24, 2013 - 8:34 AM

UPDATED The show was screened in 3D in more than 1 500 cinemas from Australia to Mexico as well as on British television in what the BBC said was probably the largest simulcast of a TV drama in history

'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire': A fiery second film

Nov 23, 2013 - 4:36 PM

Catching Fire is superior in a lot of ways to the original film but mostly because of the strong foundation it’s built on

RAGING FLAME. Jennifer Lawrence has been a firecracker of a superstar. Photo from the film's Facebook

'50 Shades' film delay after actor switch

Nov 14, 2013 - 4:28 PM

The film is set for release on Feb 13 2015

GREY STEELE. Entertainment Weekly gave a first look at the couple. Photo from the film's Facebook

Knock-knockin’ on Hades’ door

Nov 13, 2013 - 11:26 PM

The 4th installment of the Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan raises the stakes for all of the young demigods on a quest to save the world

NO SUGAR-COATING. The US cover for 'The House of Hades' courtesy of the author’s website. Image from Gabriela Lee

'Hunger Games' gets wet London premiere

Nov 12, 2013 - 5:32 PM

Lawrence believes the film s themes of youthful revolt carry a universal appeal that will strike a chord with audiences

ROLE OF A LIFELTIME. 'I love this character, I'm proud of her,' says Lawrence. Photo from the film's Facebook

Vitug's 'Hour Before Dawn' wins Nat'l Book Award

Oct 31, 2013 - 9:20 PM

Rappler editor at large Marites Dañguilan Vitug s book on the darkest hour of the Philippine Supreme Court is Best Book of Non fiction Prose in English

‘Project 17’ is one of a kind

Sep 23, 2013 - 6:00 PM

This fast paced sci fi thriller from Eliza Victoria explores what kind of world we might inhabit once we give up control over our lives

BRISKLY PACED. The language is friendly and uncomplicated, and Victoria utilizes the reader’s familiarity with Twitter and the way language is used on the Internet to push the story forward. Cover image courtesy of Gabriela Lee

'Redshirts': It’s all in the uniform

Sep 16, 2013 - 7:00 PM

But when you have actual control over an actual living being what kind of story will you produce?

2013 HUGO AWARD BEST NOVEL. 'Redshirts' allows us to glimpse the world from the point of view of some of the most ignored and forgotten characters on genre TV. Cover image courtesy of Gabriela Lee

'PH Speculative Fiction Vol 8': A mixed bag

Sep 02, 2013 - 8:00 PM

Enter the world of speculative fiction through the 20 stories in this volume

A WORLD LIKE NO OTHER. The book offers both long-time readers and first timers an exciting tour through the wonderful world of spec fic. Book cover image courtesy of Florianne Jimenez from

'Now, Then, and Elsewhen': A turn for the magical

Sep 02, 2013 - 12:00 PM

Magic is capricious and dangerous but Nikki Alfar wields it with a deft hand

FINELY CRAFTED. What ties the collection together is Nikki Alfar’s ability to find the magical in the mundane and transform it into a work of art. Cover photo image courtesy of Gabriela Lee

Film, theater and literature: Voices that cannot be silenced

Aug 31, 2013 - 8:50 AM

Film critic Nicanor Tiongson says Ninoy Aquino s assassination united the arts which in turn slowly forged unity among various sectors of society against a common enemy

PROTEST IN ART. Nicanor Tiongson talks about the voices of protests in film and literature during the Martial Law era. Photo by Rappler/Jee Geronimo

Gaiman's latest not just a drop in the bucket

Aug 26, 2013 - 7:00 PM

Neil Gaiman captures the courageous imagination of a child in ‘The Ocean at The End of the Lane’

REALITY AND IMAGINATION. The core of the story is the child protagonist’s realization that he alone must face his fears. Book cover image from 'The Ocean at the End of the Lane' Facebook page

WebHits: Amp

Aug 12, 2013 - 8:00 AM

Set in a not so distant future Amp is visual effects wonder that sci fi flick lovers should be able to appreciate

Best of PH Speculative Fiction: Highly selective

Aug 05, 2013 - 8:13 AM

This collection brings out the best in all possible worlds

A MUST-HAVE. 'The Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2005-2010' is your ticket into this realm of the fantastic, the strange and the extraordinary. Cover image courtesy of Gabriela Lee from

'50 Shades': Must-read at Guantanamo

Aug 01, 2013 - 5:32 PM

The erotic thriller is the preferred read of detainees in the infamous facility

BESTSELLER. EL James' erotic novel has gained notoriety as well as fans. Image from the '50 Shades of Grey' Facebook page

'Fifty Shades effect' blamed for handcuff mishaps

Jul 29, 2013 - 8:01 PM

The London Fire Brigade urges those using handcuffs in the bedroom to always keep the keys handy

FIFTY SHADES… OF MISHAPS. In this file photo, copies of the book "Fifty Shades of Grey" by E. L. James are seen for sale at the Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington, DC, August 3, 2012. Photo by AFP / Saul Loeb

3 books, one community, countless stories

Jul 29, 2013 - 1:02 PM

It’s not your usual book launch — there was dancing involved And possibly dragons

BOOK LAUNCH WITH DANCING. The launch of 3 books last July 27 coincided with National Dance Day. So what did the authors do? They danced, of course. Image from the PSF Facebook event page courtesy of Gabriela Lee

Pulp fiction, pop lit?

Jul 23, 2013 - 9:39 PM

Beneath this easy entertainment is a complex extension of our society s collective impulses

POP STORIES FOR GROOVY KIDS. But that's a Nick Joaquin title. Photo from the Precious Hearts Romances Facebook page

Jessica Hagedorn uncovers 'Manila Noir'

Jul 06, 2013 - 11:50 AM

Acclaimed novelist talks about fiction anthology Manila Noir

MANILA AS A CHARACTER. Jessica Hagedorn describes Manila, the subject of her new anthology, as 'complicated, beautiful...with a painful history.' All photos and video by Pia Ranada/Rappler

'True Blood' 6: Vampires in peril

Jul 05, 2013 - 1:39 PM

Fanged community falls prey to inhumanity in HBO action fantasy

OPEN SEASON. This time, humans are on the prowl

Matt Smith quits BBC's Doctor Who

Jun 02, 2013 - 8:30 AM

Smith who has played the eccentric time traveling Doctor since 2010 said he would bow out in a special Christmas episode of the 50 year old show

GOODBYE, ELEVENTH DOCTOR. British actor Matt Smith as the titular Doctor Who in the hit BBC series. Photo courtesy of the BBC

Lucas hails new 'Star Wars' film director Abrams

Jan 27, 2013 - 9:25 AM

I ve consistently been impressed with J J as a filmmaker and storyteller He s an ideal choice to direct the new Star Wars film and the legacy couldn t be in better hands

NEW 'STAR WARS' DIRECTOR. J. J. Abrams at the 2010 Comic Con in San Diego, California, 22 July 2010. Photo by Gage Skidmore / via Wikipedia.

VIDEO: Our favorite #GoldenGlobes moments

Jan 15, 2013 - 11:53 AM

Here s our pick of the night s 5 best moments

FAVE SNAPSHOT. Anne Hathaway and Claire Danes, both Best Actress winners, share a moment backstage. Instagram photo posted by goldenglobes

Fiction in 150 words and other Nat'l Book Awards winners

Nov 19, 2012 - 5:27 PM

75 book finalists published in 2011 competed for about 2 dozen major prizes special awards and citations in the literary and non literary divisions of the 31st National Book Awards

SHORT FICTION IN FILIPINO. Award-winning writer Abdon Balde Jr wins his 4th National Book Awards prize. All photos and videos by Voltaire Tupaz

Pooled Reviews: Prometheus

Jun 09, 2012 - 5:30 PM

Rappler gives you reviews from different personalities and perspectives of the movie Prometheus