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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.

[Read more]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 9:30am

Hannibal Season 2 Gag Reel Proves that Lecter and Will Can’t Not be Terrifying

Hannibal season 2 blooper reel

Also, the gag reel provides us with the only possible honest reaction to that whole human beehive thing, and Scott Thompson finds some NSFW items in various murderer’s pockets! Click through for the whole reel, featuring cameos from Laurence Fishburne and Eddie Izzard.

[The eye was removed to make room for more BEEHIVE.]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 9:10am

Betty White Admits She Was “Such a Trekkie!” Then William Shatner Showed Up

Betty White San Diego Comic Con 2014 William Shatner

Emma Loggins was on hand to report one of the greatest moments in our collective history. “Am I a geek or a nerd?” Betty White asked the crowd at the Legends of TVLand panel. “I’ll be anything you want me to be.” Oh, Betty, we just want you to be you. The Golden Girl took the stage with Donald Faison and an alternately snippy and charming William Shatner who kept ribbing Ms. White about her age. “I used to be such a Trekkie,” she mused, and finally bested the Shat by turning to the audience with this gem: “I forgot his name, he used to be on Star Trek.” Ouch.

[Then they started talking about zombies]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 9:00am

Summer of Sleaze: The Alternative Horrors of Kathe Koja

Kathe Koja

Summer of Sleaze is 2014’s turbo-charged trash safari where Will Errickson of Too Much Horror Fiction and Grady Hendrix of The Great Stephen King Reread plunge into the bowels of vintage paperback horror fiction, unearthing treasures and trauma in equal measure.

In January 1991, a new line of horror paperback originals from Dell Books appeared under the imposing imprint of Abyss. Spearheaded by editor Jeanne Cavelos, the Abyss line even included in each book an ambitious mission statement on the very first page.

[Horror unlike anything you’ve ever read before...]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 8:30am

Adam West’s Batman Returns on November 11!

Batman 1966 Adam West Burt Ward DVd Bluray release November 11

Adam West and Burt Ward, Batman and Robin to all people and sharks who grew up in the 1960s, were at San Diego Comic Con on Thursday and announced that their mind-bending classic show will finally be released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 11!

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Fri
Jul 25 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: We Are All Groot!

We found some fabulous Guardians of the Galaxy art over on Devlin712’s imgur album! Next Friday has never seemed so far away...

So, who’s at SDCC? We’ll have plenty of updates from San Diego, plus our usual Morning Roundup links! We’ve got some questions about fall television that SDCC might be able to help with, we’ve learned that George R.R. Martin has expanded his wolf-saving operations, and a look back at the greatest sci-fi comedy ever!

[Plus an early review of those Guardians we won’t shut up about...]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 10:15pm

What to Expect From Star Wars: Rebels! New Info From the Cast and Crew

Star Wars Rebels

The creative team involved in Star Wars: Rebels came to SDCC this year to talk about what fans could expect from the new television series. And what they've got in store is truly exciting.

[Some highlights]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 8:49pm

TMNT, The Rock, Plus Batman Makes an Indecent Proposal to Christopher Nolan at SDCC Paramount Panel

Megan Fox, TMNT, SDCC 2014

There were trailers, stars, and big reveals galore at the Paramount panel in Hall H this afternoon! San Diego Comic Con brought the big guns as usual, this time with a special appearance by Chris Nolan—who has never before attended a Comic Con.

Megan Fox also proved that she is the SDCC Mascot of Perfectly Weird Faces. As you can see. If we freezeframe the new Turtles movie, it will basically be all this, right?

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