I've been asked to list the top ten science fiction books that inspired my work. That's a tough assignment, particularly because I didn't read contemporary science fiction until I took a science fiction class at the university and first read The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Leguin.
Though it's been a while since a proper version lit up the box office, Edgar Rice Burrough's classic tale Tarzan is still a major property. David Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter movies, seems to agree—and has signed on to direct a big-budget reboot of the famed jungle man. So who's on the short list to star?
"Me Tarzan, you Jane." Looks like True Blood star Alexander Skarsgard is now the front runner to play Edgar Rice Burroughs' famous jungle hero Tarzan in director David Yates' Tarzan film at Warner Bros.
Each year, thousands of rare books are sold for hundreds or thousands of dollars each—and often much more—and many of those books are clearly science fiction, fantasy or horror. In 2010, a rare and beautiful 19th century book, Birds of America by John James Aububon, set a new record by selling for $11.5 million, but a copy of this same book sold last week for a "disappointing" $7.9 million. (Such a bargain!)
Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone, has been honored with a U.S. postage stamp. Homer Simpson as well. So we're happy to hear that Tarzan and his creator are getting some U. S. Postal Service love, too.