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July 25, 2014
Maisie Williams to Play Ellie in The Last of Us Movie?
Natalie Zutter
July 18, 2014
Summer 2014 Anime Preview: In the Name of the Moon!
Kelly Quinn
July 16, 2014
Picturing Dragons
Irene Gallo
July 15, 2014
Who Should Play The Magicians?
Ryan Britt
July 14, 2014
A Long Overdue Nod to SciFi and Fantasy’s Best Librarians
Stubby the Rocket
Fri
Jul 25 2014 4:20pm

iZombie is More Buffy Than Veronica Mars: Rob Thomas Gives Hints at SDCC!

iZombie promo, Rose McIver, Liv Moore

Helmed by Veronica Mars’ Rob Thomas, iZombie has been causing its fair share of buzz this year as part of the new CW lineup. Fan were saddened to hear that the pilot, set to screen on preview night, was not making an appearance, but today’s panels had plenty of peeks in store for eager fans.

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Fri
Jul 25 2014 4:02pm

Maisie Williams to Play Ellie in The Last of Us Movie?

The Last of Us movie Sam Raimi producing Maisie Williams to play Ellie casting rumor Neil Druckmann Naughty Dog

All morning we’ve been wondering what the mysterious “sneak peek” would be in San Diego Comic-Con’s infamous (it has its own Twitter account) Hall H—what treat would greet the fans who’d waited hours in line. It took only a few minutes to find out: Sam Raimi and Neil Druckmann appeared to talk the movie adaptation of video game The Last of Us! Including a very promising meeting with a certain Game of Thrones star.

[Read on for plot details and casting rumors]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 4:00pm

Tower Bored... I Mean Tower Lord by Anthony Ryan

Tower Lord Anthony Ryan review

Books have rhythm. Narratives have rhythm. When that rhythm is disrupted things fall apart very quickly. Tower Lord by Anthony has the rhythm of Kevin James in Hitch (2003). Which is weird, because Ryan’s debut novel, Blood Song, was like a breakdancer standing on his head with a beatbox accompaniment.

Blood Song, while a little clichéd, was digestible and addicting and incapable of being put down because the rhythm of it hooked the reader like an ear worm. Without that, Tower Lord falls apart, with a brutally benign first act and a dislocating sense of time and pace.

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Fri
Jul 25 2014 3:37pm

What You’ll See in the First Mockingjay, Part 1 Trailer

Mockingjay trailer

The first trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 is being screened at the Samsung booth at San Diego Comic Con this weekend. It will be released online next week but if you’re curious, here’s what we know about what the trailer features. Spoilers ahead.

[Mockingjay trailer]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 3:35pm

Korra Isn’t Cancelled! The Legend of Korra at SDCC

Avatar Legend of Korra SDCCIt’s been a troubling week for fans of Nickelodeon’s Avatar: The Legend of Korra. On Wednesday it came out that Nickelodeon had pulled five episodes of the show from its schedule, following particularly low viewership numbers.

Prophecies of doom were immediate. Assurances came from show creators Michael Dante DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko that the show wasn’t cancelled, and was instead moving to a digital-only release schedule. Speculation remained hot going into today’s San Diego Comic-Con panel, where they promised additional info.

[Here’s what they had to say.]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 3:30pm

The Shadow Hero Poster Sweepstakes!



Does your neighborhood have a problem with corrupt corporations? Are villains in brightly colored onesies terrorizing your streets? Then this Green Turtle poster from First Second Books is just what you need to keep all those bad guys at bay! 

Written by Gene Luen Yang and illustrated by Sonny Liew, The Shadow Hero gives new life to a story that was lost to obscurity not long after it began. Not only did the Green Turtle solve crimes, fight injustice, and keep his true identity secret, but he was also the first Asian American super hero!

You’ve checked out the preview, and now’s your chance to get your hands on one of these five awesome posters! Comment in the post to enter! 

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Fri
Jul 25 2014 3:25pm

SymboGen Cares About Your Hugo Vote: Parasite by Mira Grant

Mira Grant—a penname for Seanan McGuire—can often be found on the Hugo ballot, and this year is no different. Admittedly, the central conceit of Parasite is a large pill to swallow, and takes a bit of handwaving to gloss over the details.

In Grant’s near future thriller, the majority of the world has willingly ingested an Intestinal Bodyguard, a designer parasite intended to aid our weakened immune systems. On top of that, all the parasites are all owned by a single company—SymboGen. But once you’re on board, Grant unfurls an interesting and briskly-paced narrative.

[SymboGen cares about your health…]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Empok Nor”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Empok Nor“Empok Nor”
Written by Bryan Fuller and Hans Beimler
Directed by Mike Vejar
Season 5, Episode 24
Production episode 40510-522
Original air date: May 19, 1997
Stardate: 50901.7

Station log: O’Brien and Nog are working on repairing a conduit, using tools that are sufficiently loud that it’s driving business away from Quark’s. (Kira, Dax, and Worf take all of three seconds’ worth of noise to decide to go to the Klingon restaurant instead.) Unfortunately, the problem is worse than O’Brien thought. They need to replace the plasma manifolds, which can’t be replicated, and relations with Cardassia these days preclude the notion of acquiring spares from them.

O’Brien leads a salvage team to Empok Nor, a station of the same design as Deep Space 9 (formerly Terok Nor) in the Trivas system, a sector that the Cardassians abandoned a year ago and have shown no interest in reacquiring since they became part of the Dominion. Odo warns of booby traps geared toward non-Cardassians, so Sisko convinces Garak to go along. The rest of the team includes Nog, two engineers (Pechetti and Boq’ta) and two security guards (Stolzoff and Amaro).

[“I can’t believe I let you talk me into volunteering for this.” “Beats working on the waste extraction system.”]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 2:45pm

SDCC 2014: Lois Lowry Wishes She Had a Cameo in The Giver

The Giver SDCC posters

“When people have the freedom to choose, they choose wrong.” So says The Giver’s Chief Elder, who is played to chilling effect by Meryl Streep in the film adaptation of the classic work.

Lois Lowry came to Comic-Con to talk about the book and the film, and was regarded with “reverence and respect,” as she damn well should be. Given that her YA dystopia predates (and probably inspired) successes like Divergent and The Hunger Games, why did it take so long to get a film adaptation?

[Highlights from The Giver panel]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 2:30pm

Real Life Batgirl Ziplines Over Gotham at SDCC

Batgirl over Gotham San Diego Comic Con Philiana Ng

Fox has a zipline at San Diego Comic Con set up that allows you to soar over the skyline of Gotham. So you know that at some point the Bat-Family cosplayers were going to show convention goers how it’s done.

Hollywood Reporter correspondent Philiana Ng caught this awesome shot of Batgirl plunging towards Gotham. Check out her Twitter for more of the Bat-Family in Gotham, including the big man himself.

All of our ongoing San Diego Comic Con 2014 coverage can be found here.

Fri
Jul 25 2014 2:00pm
Excerpt

The Island of Excess Love (Excerpt)

Francesca Lia Block

The Island of Excess Love Francesca Lia Block excerpt Pen has lost her parents. She’s lost her eye. But she has fought Kronen; she has won back her fragile friends and her beloved brother. Now Pen, Hex, Ash, Ez, and Venice are living in the pink house by the sea, getting by on hard work, companionship, and dreams. Until the day a foreboding ship appears in the harbor across from their home. As soon as the ship arrives, they all start having strange visions of destruction and violence. Trance-like, they head for the ship and their new battles begin.

Francesca Lia Block’s The Island of Excess Love is available August 26th from Henry Holt & Co. This companion to Love in the Time of Global Warming follows Pen as she searches for love among the ruins, this time using Virgil’s epic Aeneid as her guide.

[Read an Excerpt]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 1:35pm

Scott McCloud and Gene Luen Yang Talk Comics, Religion, and Racism at San Diego Comic-Con!

Gene Luen Yang Scott McCloud

Two comics masters, Gene Luen Yang and Scott McCloud, sat down for a wide-ranging conversation at SDCC, covering everything from the Gospel of Thomas to the white-washed cast of The Last Airbender film adaptation.

[Check out the highlights of their talk below!]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 1:00pm

No One Accuses Bruce Wayne of Being “Vulnerable”—SDCC and Strong Female Characters

“The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con” focused primarily on—and spent a lot of time dissecting—the idea of the “strong female character.” Moderated by Katrina Hill, the panel included stuntwoman Lesley Aletter, Legion of Leia founder Jenna Busch, model Adrienne Curry, and writers Jane Espenson, Jennifer Stuller, Allen Kistler, and Brian Q. Miller.

Hill kicked off the discussion with a question for the panel: which female character would you partner with for the zombie apocalypse? The answers—Katniss Everdeen, Ripley, Zoe from Firefly, Buffy Summers, Starbuck, Peggy Carter, and Starfire—were largely what you would expect people to cite when talking about “strong female characters.” Hill went on to ask what else makes a female character strong other than the ability to kick ass.

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Fri
Jul 25 2014 12:40pm

Peter Jackson Wants to Tackle Doctor Who After Hobbit Wraps Up

Peter Jackson Doctor Who

The Hollywood Reporter has uncovered a recent interview with Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat that brings a little more confirmation to the idea of Peter Jackson directing a future episode of the series. The director is apparently hoping to jump onto the series as soon as he’s done wrapping up The Hobbit trilogy of films this year.

The episode would be based in New Zealand and Jackson has revealed two elements that would have to be in his episode: Daleks, and the national rugby team the All Blacks. You can read more about the idea at the above link.

Fri
Jul 25 2014 12:15pm

Shiny! Serenity’s Crew Will Reunite Through Firefly Online Roleplaying Game

Firefly Online trailer original cast reunite voices San Diego Comic-Con 2014

We’ve known about the Firefly Online MMO since last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, though details on the Firefly roleplaying game have been scarce. But there’s an encouraging announcement from this year’s SDCC: The original cast is reuniting for the game!

[Click through for the Firefly Online trailer]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: The Crippled God, Chapter Seven

Welcome to the Malazan Reread of the Fallen! Every post will start off with a summary of events, followed by reaction and commentary by your hosts Bill and Amanda (with Amanda, new to the series, going first), and finally comments from Tor.com readers. In this article, we’ll cover chapter seven of The Crippled God.

A fair warning before we get started: We’ll be discussing both novel and whole-series themes, narrative arcs that run across the entire series, and foreshadowing. Note: The summary of events will be free of major spoilers and we’re going to try keeping the reader comments the same. A spoiler thread has been set up for outright Malazan spoiler discussion.

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Fri
Jul 25 2014 11:45am

For a Brief Moment, Mankind Granted Nicholas Cage the Power of Flight

Nicholas Cage Superman trailer documentary

The late 90s were a dark time for the Superman franchise. The character was still reeling from the EXTREME!!! marketing stunt of his death in the comics and attempts to revive the character in film turned into a weird four-five-six way tug of war between Tim Burton, a string of producers, Kevin Smith, and Nicholas Cage.

A fan-made documentary is attempting to shed light on this weird almost-was film, dubbed Superman Lives. And now that documentary has a trailer.

[Watch the trailer for The Death of Superman Lives]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 11:15am

“Longer lines at the ladies room.” SDCC and the Increased Presence of Women in Comics

female heroes marvel SDCC

The SDCC schedule this year is notable for its abundance of panels about female characters and women in comics and games—Monday alone featured “Female Heroes, Then and Now,” “Beyond Clichés: Creating Awesome Female Characters for Film, TV, Comics, Video Games, and Novels,” and “The Most Dangerous Women at Comic-Con.” All of these panels were well-attended—in fact, I couldn’t even get into “Beyond Clichés.” As the weekend progresses, themes are bound to emerge, and it will be interesting to see where it goes.

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Fri
Jul 25 2014 11:00am

Circumnavigate the World Through Genre!

When you spend time in science fiction and fantasy, you get detailed tours of mythical Shires and Hogsmeades, alternative Londons, dystopian San Franciscos, and steampunk Seattles. But what about the rest of the planet? We asked the Twittersphere, and then gathered up some examples of SFF set in cities far and wide around the world (plus a few other worlds, too).

[Tap into your inner Phileas Fogg!]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 9:40am

Here’s Your First Look at Frozen’s Elsa on Once Upon a Time

first look Elsa costume Once Upon a Time Frozen Georgina Haig Frozen Elsa cosplay

Fringe’s Georgina Haig was certainly inspired casting to play Frozen’s ice queen Elsa, who’s abandoning Arendelle for Storybrooke on Once Upon a Time this fall. But we’ve been waiting for our first official look at the character to see if she can really channel Elsa.

White-blonde braid? Yep. Fierce expression? Right there. Sparkly blue gown? Well... we’re not the hugest fans of her costume.

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