• Michael Hilton

The Weekly Geek 40 - Feb. 19, 2021

Hello, frozen nerds. Warm up with this short list of stuff I'm geeking out about:

  • What had a lot of perseverance: Perseverance (heh). The rover had a successful tango delta (touchdown, as I learned) on the surface of Mars. NASA's livestream starred nerdy scientists excitedly explaining how each part of the mission works. Wholesome, wholesome stuff. The stream is 100% worth a watch if just to see humans stick the landing on a crazy interplanetary stunt. Congratulations to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

  • What I'm reading: The High Republic: Into the Dark by Claudia Gray. Part of Lucasfilm's new The High Republic publishing initiative, this YA novel takes in tandem with Charles Soule's Light of the Jedi (which I'd recommend reading first). The new era is set 200 years before the prequel trilogy, and I think the writers benefit from shaking off the burden of increasingly complex continuity in the Star Wars canon. This was an enjoyable read with fun characters.

  • News I'm hyped about: The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi is getting a TV series for Apple TV. WondLa follows Eva Nine, a girl raised underground by a robot caretaker who trains her to survive on the Earth's surface after a mysterious extinction event. When an intruder breaks into her Sanctuary, Eva is forced to flee aboveground to look for others like her. It's my favorite series of all time. I read the first novel over a decade ago, and its perfect blend of adventure, mystery, and heartfelt themes had a profound impact on my writing style and the structure of Bobby Robot. Tony is a master storyteller and an insanely talented artist. The new animated show will be written by Lauren Montgomery, storyboard artist for Avatar: The Last Airbender and writer for Voltron: Legendary Defender, and I think she's a great choice to bring this world to life. No release date yet, but expect a lot more of my hype as news breaks.

That's it for this week. If you like discovering awesome new stuff, be sure to share and subscribe so you don't miss any nerdy stuff! Stay warm!

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