Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind: Supergirl, “Mr. and Mrs. Mxyzptlk”

Due to what I can only guess was some sort of scheduling snafu, Supergirl aired its Valentine’s Day episode almost a week after the holiday. So, right as we’ve all finished our boxes of half-price chocolate and thrown out dried flowers, here’s an episode to bring back all the butterfly-inducing, infuriating, and heartwarming things about love: rooms full of roses, reliving a bittersweet Valentine’s dance, and a not-so-secret admirer.

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Revealing The Cocktail Guide to the Galaxy

We’re excited to share the cover for The Cocktail Guide to the Galaxy! Author Andy Heidel has put together a variety of boozey recipes perfect for your next Star Wars-themed luau or a quiet night in with Game of Thrones. And Heidel knows a thing or two about nerdy cocktails—he’s the owner of The Way Station, a Doctor Who-themed bar located in New York City. Check out the full cover below!

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Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: “The Time Trap”

“The Time Trap”
Written by Joyce Perry
Directed by Hal Sutherland
Animated Season 1, Episode 12
Production episode 22010
Original air date: November 24, 1973
Stardate: 5267.2

Captain’s log. The Enterprise is surveying the Delta Triangle, a region of space where hundreds of ships have been lost, in an attempt to determine why so many ships have disappeared there.

They encounter a Klingon ship, the Klothos, under the command of Kor, which immediately fires upon the Enterprise. When Sulu fires back, the ship disappears—but the Klingon shields deflected the weapons fire. Nonetheless, it vanished. Two more Klingon ships arrive, and Commander Kuri accuses Kirk of destroying the Klothos.

[Get away from her, human, she is my woman!]

Series: Star Trek: The Original Series Rewatch

Margaret Atwood’s Angel Catbird Sweepstakes!

The second volume of Margaret Atwood’s Angel Catbird comic book series, To Castle Catula, is available now from Dark Horse Comics—and we want to send you a copy of it and a copy of Angel Catbird Vol. 1!

On a dark night, young genetic engineer Strig Feleedus is accidentally mutated by his own experiment and merges with the DNA of a cat and an owl. What follows is a humorous, action-driven, pulp-inspired superhero adventure—with a lot of cat puns.

In To Castle Catula, Atwood and artist Johnnie Christmas continue the cat-centric adventure. Strig Feleedus, also known as Angel Catbird, and his band of half-cats head to Castle Catula to seek allies as the war between cats and rats escalates.

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Captain Kate Fitzmaurice was born to sail. She has made a life of her own as a privateer and smuggler. Hired by the notorious Henry Wallace, spymaster for the queen of Freya, to find a young man who claims to be the true heir to the Freyan, she begins to believe that her ship has finally come in.

But no fair wind lasts forever. Soon Kate’s checkered past will catch up to her. It will take more than just quick wits and her considerable luck if she hopes to bring herself—and her crew—through intact.

Spymaster is the start of a swashbuckling adventure from Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes—available March 21st from Tor Books.

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The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Fires of Heaven, Part 1

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new book for me, yeah! Come join me for today’s Wheel of Time Reread Redux!

Today’s Redux post will cover the Prologue and Chapter 4 of The Fires of Heaven, originally reread in this post and this post, respectively.

All original posts are listed in The Wheel of Time Reread Index here, and all Redux posts will also be archived there as well. (The Wheel of Time Master Index, as always, is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general on

The Wheel of Time Reread is also available as an e-book series! Yay!

All Reread Redux posts will contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series, so if you haven’t read, read at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[whoo-oo-oooh whooo, and I’m feeling good]

Series: The Wheel of Time Reread

Rereading Frank Herbert’s Dune: Dune, Part Thirteen

This week we’re going to kill someone we barely know in hand-to-hand combat! Yeesh. So… just an average week on the Dune Reread?

Index to the reread can be located here! And don’t forget this is a reread, which means that any and all of these posts will contain spoilers for all of Frank Herbert’s Dune series. If you’re not caught up, keep that in mind.

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Series: Rereading Frank Herbert’s Dune

Sleeps With Monsters: Queens of Ice and Fire

I first heard of Sarah Fine’s The Impostor Queen in a blogpost about forthcoming books featuring queer main characters. (That blogpost wasn’t talking about The Impostor Queen, but rather its companion novel, The Cursed Queen, which has only just come out.)

The Impostor Queen is an entertaining tale of a young woman, raised to believe she will inherit the magic that keeps her people, the Kupari, safe—but when that doesn’t happen, the priests who raised her turn on her. Elli is forced to flee in order to save her life. She ends up with a ragtag group of outlaws and rogue magic wielders, and discovers that the priests who were raising her, and—she thought—teaching her, were actually using her and all her predecessors as Valtia (that is to say, magic queen) for their own ends. Elli’s the subject of a prophecy—the most powerful Valtia ever is supposed to be born in her generation. But it turns out that Elli is only half the Valtia of her generation. She can balance the powers of ice and fire that magic-wielders hold, and that the Valtia is supposed to simultaneously carry, and she can amplify them: but on her own, she can’t light a candle or freeze a raindrop.

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Series: Sleeps With Monsters

Announcing the 2016 Aurealis Award Finalists

The Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation (WASFF) has announced the shortlist for the 2016 Aurealis Awards, which recognize the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, and children’s fiction writers. Winners of the 2016 Aurealis Awards and the Convenors’ Award for Excellence will be announced at the Aurealis Awards ceremony on April 14, as part of the SwanCon convention at the Metro Hotel in Perth, Western Australia.

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Belle Sings of Her Provincial Life in a New Clip from Beauty and the Beast!

The live-action Beauty and the Beast has just kicked off their press tour with a lovely Parisian photo, plus a new clip from the film! The film’s stars, Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Josh Gad, and Luke Evans, joined director Bill Condon and composer Alan Menken in front of the Eiffel Tower to celebrate the film’s French origins.

The filmmakers have also released a new clip from Beauty and the Beast, so if you’d like to hear Belle lamenting her provincial life, watch the full clip below.

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Collecting Philip K. Dick: Science Fiction’s Most Powerful Gateway Drug

“‘…what do you mean when you use the term science fiction?’ …I could spend the rest of my life answering that one question.”Philip K. Dick

I first heard the name Philip K. Dick (PKD) from my gaming group while growing up in Hawaii. I was a 15-year-old teen, in a group of men and women who were in their mid-30s. One of them was an especially talented gamemaster named Nikkan. He had many inventive ideas, was knowledgeable, and ran particularly deadly scenarios where players would get killed off with ease. On more than one occasion I had played a character who was obliterated in a hail of bullets or sorcerous hellfire.

One afternoon, I asked if he could suggest some great science fiction writers I ought to read. He created a list that included legends like Theodore Sturgeon, Frank Herbert, Clifford D. Simak, and Philip K. Dick. He pointed to that name and said, “Anything by PKD is worth reading.”

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Announcing George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards: The Reread!

With three new books and a TV series on the way, we are delighted to announce that our official reread of George R.R. Martin’s acclaimed Wild Cards series will begin on Wednesday, March 1st!

Begun in 1986, the Wild Cards world unfolds in numbered anthologies, all of them featuring short stories by notable sci-fi/fantasy authors; the shared world is guided by GRRM and Melinda Snodgrass. Each month, our resident expert Katie Rask will explore the stories and characters that drive the shared universe, one book at a time, beginning with 1987’s Wild Cards.

The series is primarily set in an alternate history version of the United States, in which some humans have contracted the alien “Wild Card virus,” which causes mutations ranging from utter incapacitating physical conditions (Jokers) to superpowers (Aces). Wild Cards, the original anthology, features stories by Roger Zelazny, Walter Jon Williams, and Martin himself, and explores a world grappling with unimaginable disaster, unthinkable loss, and new, extraordinary powers.

And that’s just the beginning.

[More about the series and Wild Cards stories below!]

Series: George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards: The Reread

Why Coming Into a Fandom Late Can Be Worth Getting Spoiled

Please enjoy this encore post on The 100 season 3 and entering a fandom after being spoiled, originally published March 2016.

On March 3 of this year, The 100 aired the episode “Thirteen.” By the next day, fan outrage began appearing all over Twitter, Tumblr, and other communities over the show’s polarizing plot twist. A few days later, I began binge-watching The 100, in a desperate attempt to plow through all (at the time) 36 episodes before I got spoiled by whatever had happened.

I failed. When you write about fandom, SFF, and Internet culture for a living, your Twitter timeline (carefully calibrated to pick up on the latest breaking news in the aforementioned spheres) is a spoiler minefield. When you also happen to follow the TV writer who penned that episode, it’s impossible to miss his responses as he begins defending himself to heartbroken fans. And in modern pop culture, when an under-the-radar beloved television series kills off an LGBT character, it becomes trending news.

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The Unlikely Philosophy of Joe Versus the Volcano

Please enjoy this repost of an article that originally ran on April 12, 2016. 

At the dawn of the ’90s, a film was released that was so quirky, so weird, and so darkly philosophical that people who turned up expecting a typical romantic comedy were left confused and dismayed. That film was Joe Versus the Volcano, and it is a near-masterpiece of cinema.

There are a number of ways one could approach Joe Versus the Volcano. You could look at it in terms of writer and director John Patrick Shanley’s career, or Tom Hanks’. You could analyze the film’s recurring duck and lightning imagery. You could look at it as a self-help text, or apply Campbell’s Hero Arc to it. I’m going to try to look at it a little differently. JVtV is actually an examination of morality, death, and more particularly the preparation for death that most people in the West do their best to avoid. The film celebrates and then subverts movie clichés to create a pointed commentary on what people value, and what they choose to ignore. Plus it’s also really funny!

[May you live to be a thousand years old.]