Happy new year to all of our readers! Last year was an amazing year, but that’s behind us now. Let’s make 2013 even better! I wish you all nothing but happiness and prosperity for the new year. May all your dreams come true. Read some great books, okay? To all the authors reading this—and I know there will be a bunch—thank you so much for sticking around and throwing new books at us in 2013. I hope all of the books you release this year become bestsellers!
To start off the year in style, here are ten reasons why this year will be even more epic than the last:
|1.||We’re still here!
|The Mayapocalypse happened over a week ago. December 21st was the day the aliens were planning their return to our plane of existence. That is, if Indiana Jones hadn’t prevented it back in the fifties. Another fine example of George Lucas meddling with history. December 21st was also the day we’d all drown in a flood of Biblical proportions. Fortunately, Al Gore and Doctor Who teamed up and saved the day. Ladies and gentlemen, whether you realize it or not, we are all survivors! We met the apocalypse head on and lived to see another year. That is why 2013 will be epic: we’re still here! Bring it on!|
|2.||It’s the end of an age
|This winter may not be the ending. There are neither beginnings nor endings to the turning of the Wheel of Time. But it is an ending. This January 8 marks the ending of an age that began 23 years ago with the release of Robert Jordan’s The Eye of the World. Sadly, Jordan himself isn’t around to see his work come to completion, but his legacy lives on through his words, completed by Brandon Sanderson. When I hear the word “epic,” I automatically think “Wheel of Time,” and with A Memory of Light, the fourteenth and final volume in the series, coming out a week from today, 2013 will have the most epic start imaginable.|
|3.||Joss Whedon is back where he belongs!
|To geeks like us, writer and director Joss Whedon is mainly of television fame. Sure, with The Avengers, he made it to the big screen—and the big public—last year, but we became his fans through Buffy, Angel, Dollhouse, and, above and beyond all, Firefly. It’s absolutely amazing that Whedon is now a big-shot director, but where I really want to see him is back at the helm of a science fiction TV show. Well, guess what? That’s gonna happen this year! The year 2013 is the year of S.H.I.E.L.D., the Marvel Cinematic Universe TV show starring the return of our favorite Agent, Phil Coulson.|
|4.||It’s the year of superheroes
|As if a TV show with its roots firmly planted in superhero lore isn’t enough, there are so many more superheroes headed your way this year. So many, in fact, that I dare say 2013 is the year of the superhero. I know that last year was a pretty good year already, what with Avengers vs. X-Men, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Dark Knight Rises, and The Avengers—seriously, though, 2013 will be better! For starters, there will be even more superhero films. Just take a look at our list of most anticipated genre films of 2013: Man of Steel, The Wolverine, Iron Man 3, and Thor 2 are on that list, and while Kick-Ass 2 isn’t technically speculative and thus didn’t make the list, it’s pretty dang anticipated as well. On top of that, Marvel will give us all new comics with Marvel Now, providing a starting place for new readers, and they are launching their very promising Age of Ultron crossover event in March.|
|5.||Our favorite shows will all return
|On top of S.H.I.E.L.D., this year will feature the continuation of plenty fan favorite TV shows. HBO’s Game of Thrones is starting its third season, and judging by early promo videos, it’s looking even better than the previous two seasons. Avatar sequel Legend of Korra is returning for a new season as well, after the immense success of its first run. Then there’s the long awaited return of Community, as well as all-new episodes of zombie show The Walking Dead and fairy tale show Once Upon a Time. Personally, though, I’m a sucker for The CW’s Arrow, and I can hardly wait for its first season to resume.|
|6.||There are lots of promising debuts coming out
|A couple of weeks ago, one of my favorite bloggers, Stefan from Civilian Reader, said: “ looks to be a pretty awesome year for debuts.” It got me wondering whether he was right—which he usually is. After looking into debuts some more, all I can do is agree with Stefan’s assessment: 2013 will be epic because of all its promising debuts. So what debuts can you expect this year? First, there’s the dark and brutal contemporary fantasy The Grim Company by Luke Scull. Then there are the epics The Thousand Names by Django Wexler and Promise of Blood by Brian McClellan. And if that weren’t enough, C. Robert Cargill is making his fiction debut with Dreams and Shadows. These definitely aren’t the only debuts of 2013, but they are all four of them books I greatly anticipate.|
|7.||And there are so many other great books coming
|Debuts aren’t the only books coming out in 2013. Have you seen our list of fifty scifi and fantasy novels to look forward to? There are so many great books on that list! I mean, just look at it. Two books from Brandon Sanderson on top of A Memory of Light, epic fantasy novel The Rithmatist and superhero novel Steelheart, both for young adults. Myke Cole’s military fantasy sequel Fortress Frontier. Peter V. Brett’s next Demon Cycle novel, titled The Daylight War. New books from fan favorites Douglas Hulick, Mark Lawrence, Kevin Hearne, Neil Gaiman, John Scalzi, Guy Gavriel Kay, Daniel Abraham, Seanan McGuire, Chuck Wendig, Naomi Novik… And too many more to mention them all here. Just take a look at the full list and be in awe of how epic 2013 will be for speculative readers! Wow.|
|8.||So many other awesome films as well!
|As mentioned at reason four, we published a list of thirty genre films coming out in 2013. I already highlighted the superhero movies, but that’s not all that next year will be epic for. If you look at the list, you’ll be overwhelmed by the sheer amount of amazing films. What to think of movie adaptations of great books, like The Hobbit, Ender’s Game, Horns, World War Z, Warm Bodies, and Winter’s Tale? Or how about awesome sequels, like Star Trek: Into Darkness or Riddick? There will be so many awesome films next year, it’s really too much to mention them all here.|
|9.||And there will be cool video games for us geeks
|The second-to-last reason 2013 will be epic is one that The Ranting Dragon hardly ever looks at (a shame, really, as many of our readers play): video games. I must confess, I’m not much of a gamer myself, which is probably the main reason why there’s so little attention for games on this site. That’s going to change, though. Our newest staff member, Abram, is a die-hard gamer, and he’s going to bring you plenty of video game reviews and news in the new year. His first article was a list of thirty games to look out for, and I must confess, some of the games on that list look so good that even I want to pick them up. My favorites, by the looks of them, are definitely The Last of Us, Star Wars 1313, StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm, and Galactic Reign. But what do I know, right? If you’re a gamer, take a look at the list yourself, and think of how epic the year will be with that many awesome games coming out!|
|10.||We’ll be here, too!
|Last, but definitely not least—if you ask me, anyway!—the new year will be epic because The Ranting Dragon will be around all year to accompany throughout a whole year of epic geekery. We’ll be here with reviews, news, lists, and much more. Our great writers, Garrett, Janea, Ashik, Dan, Cameron, and Marty, as well as our awesome editors Magen and Rebecca, will be here to serve you, and hopefully help you find that next great book to read, film to watch, and game to play. A big thank you to them for helping The RD be awesome in 2012 and even more awesome in 2013. Thank you, too, to everyone who reads what we churn out. We’d be honored to have you along for the ride another year!|