Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s next adventure will be set in the far-off world of space fiction.
Random House Canada announced on Tuesday that Hadfield’s debut novel, “The Apollo Murders,” is scheduled to hit shelves on Oct. 12.
In a statement, Hadfield says the thriller will be rooted in the “little-known reality” of the Cold War-era space race, and will feature characters both real and imagined.
Random House Canada says the story centres on a NASA crew racing against their Soviet rivals to reach the far side of the moon, but someone on-board the Apollo module has “murder on the mind.”
The publisher says the plot’s twists and turns will be enriched by Hadfield’s real-life knowledge of the otherworldly thrills of terrors of space flight.
The former commander of the International Space Station already has a proven track record as a bestselling author, with previous titles including “An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth,” “You Are Here” and children’s book “The Darkest Dark.”
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 9, 2021.
Hurry! Save $375 on the Samsung Note 20 Ultra as Amazon’s Deal of the Day – XDA Developers
There have been a lot of incredible one-day deals this week, and today is no exception! Amazon’s Deal of the Day is on the Samsung Note 20 Ultra 5G, and our review of the smartphone is pretty glowing. You can save $375 on the Mystic Black or Mystic Bronzer colorways of the phone, but the discount is only available until the end of the day!
You might be wondering if the Note 20 Ultra is still worth picking up with the release of the Samsung Galaxy S21 flagship smartphones. The answer’s a little more complicated than a yes or a no (that’s why we have the Galaxy S21 vs. Note 20 Ultra article!), but in short, this smartphone is still compelling, and most importantly, it’s bound to go on sale more often… just like today!
And the Note 20 Ultra is not outdated by any means. Aside from the Galaxy Z Flip 2, this was the highest tier of flagship device for Samsung in 2020, and it shows in both its specs and popularity. While the Galaxy S21 Ultra is the bleeding edge of technology, the Note 20 Ultra is still very much up there. This flagship includes an S Pen right out of the gate and has a built-in holder for it. For the Galaxy S21 phones, the S Pen is only compatible with the Ultra, and you need to buy it separately.
Amazon is also running an additional promotion right now, too. Purchasing a Samsung smartphone will let you save $100 on the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro in Black. 50% off MSRP for great quality earbuds is a great deal if you need a new pair.
Either way, make sure to grab your Note 20 Ultra from Amazon before the end of the day to save!
Did you pick one up? Let us know in the comments!
When and how to watch online – Filmy One
Surprise, surprise. Nintendo has announced a brand new Direct Online presentation that will give gamers an idea of what’s in the first half of it 2021
Announced Tuesday, Nintendo announced on its various social media platforms that fans will receive approximately 50 minutes of news and images about upcoming Switch titles, including Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
It’s been a while since Nintendo had a “normal” instant presentation that lasted longer than 10-15 minutes and provided information on unannounced titles, meaning fans want to know how and when they watch.
NINTENDO INSTANT START TIME
This latest online Nintendo Direct presentation kicks off Wednesday, February 17, starting at 5:00 PM EDT.
Nintendo has confirmed that the presentation will last approximately 50 minutes, so expect it to end around 6:00 PM EDT.
HOW TO WATCH NINTENDO DIRECTLY ONLINE
The official Nintendo Direct site is one way to watch the upcoming presentation online. This is also the place to revisit the Immediately afterwards.
Nintendo’s official YouTube channel will also broadcast the Direct live. The YouTube app is available on mobile devices and all game consoles. PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X / S and the Nintendo Switch. The channel will upload the Nintendo Direct in its entirety after the presentation is complete, as well as the individual trailers shown.
Below you can check out the latest Nintendo Direct when it goes live.
There is also the Nintendo Twitch Channel, which is another way to watch the upcoming Direct online. The Twitch app is available for mobile devices and game consoles such as PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X / S.
WHAT TO EXPECT
With 50 minutes of information, Nintendo fans can expect a lot from the latest Direct. The first is the reveal of a brand new character on the way Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.
Back in December 2020, Sephiroth out Final Fantasy VII was the latest DLC fighter added to the series. Fighters Pass 2 has three more characters to be added Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, so Wednesday will likely give us the first name to arrive in the near future.
Don’t expect this new character to be released after Nintendo Direct, but we should get a release date to look forward to.
As for other Nintendo Switch titles, the console does have games like Bravely Default 2 and Monster Hunter Rise is about to release in the coming weeks. Fans may get more information about those titles and when they might be released.
Fans crave a brand new one Mario Kart, That’s been a rumor for quite some time, but with 2021 the 35th anniversary of The Legend of Zelda series, fans can expect information on what Nintendo has planned for one of the most popular franchises.
We will finally get some information about it Breath of the wilderness continuation? It’s possible, but we can also get a re-release of some of Link’s most popular adventures from the 3D era, such as Ocarina of Time, Majora’s Mask and more.
With Pokémon Day next week, fans shouldn’t expect anything from Pokémon during this Direct either. All information about Pokémon gets its own online presentation.
Fans will have to wait and see what Nintendo has planned for the first half of 2021.
What do you think will be featured during this latest Nintendo Direct? Let us know in the comments.
EA cancels Anthem’s big revamp but will keep the game running – The Verge
After putting a pin in short-term updates and expansions to focus on a “longer-term redesign” of the game, EA announced today that it will be canceling its planned revamp of the game Anthem, called Anthem Next. But the company plans to keep Anthem’s live service running “as it exists today.”
“In the spirit of transparency and closure we wanted to share that we’ve made the difficult decision to stop our new development work on Anthem (aka Anthem NEXT),” BioWare executive producer Christian Dailey said in a recent blog post. “We will, however, continue to keep the Anthem live service running as it exists today.”
BioWare does have other projects in the works, including Dragon Age 4. According to Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, the small team that was working on Anthem’s redesign will now be working on the sequel to Dragon Age.
Anthem launched nearly two years ago and was met with poor reviews, with the main criticism stemming from a lack of content, subpar story, and repetitive gameplay. A year following its release, BioWare said it was invested in improving the game with seasonal updates. But last year, then-general manager Casey Hudson said that it would pause short-term updates to reinvent the entire game. It was reported last May that an incubation team of about 30 people was tasked with reworking Anthem.
With support for Anthem ending, BioWare’s open-world shooter will not receive a second chance. It’s quite common for games to struggle at launch, but several have turned things around thanks to frequent updates, which was the case for Final Fantasy XIV and No Man’s Sky.
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