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The Legend of Korra Saved My Sanity
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Creative Works Inspired by Your RPG Campaign
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March 30, 2015
The Stargate Rewatch: SG-1 Season One
Keith DeCandido
March 30, 2015
Pull List: Getting Emotional Over Bitch Planet
Alex Brown
March 24, 2015
Protecting What You Love: On the Difference Between Criticism, Rage, and Vilification
Emily Asher-Perrin
Tue
Mar 24 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: The Cold Never Bothered Baymax Anyway

Big Hero 6's Baymax Meets Frozen's Elsa

What is it about Baymax that make him so infinitely mashable? Big Hero 6 did well at the box office, earned good reviews, and won an Oscar last month, but the biggest takeaway from the film is that people love taking the sweet, helpful robot and putting him in unlikely situations. Here, for instance, a Scottish artist named Demetria Skye Logan has run him through a whole gamut of Disney cosplay! From Donald Duck to Stitch, Baymax proves that he’s adorable no matter how he’s dressed. But we had to take moment to highlight his meeting with another animated juggernaut: here he is cosplaying as Frozen’s Elsa.

Morning Roundup brings you the greatest scientific study of all time, a challenge to spin the Wheel of Fish, and an update on the exciting development of Leviathan!

[Plus barrel rolls in spaaaace!]

Mon
Mar 23 2015 4:30pm

Game of Thrones Will Spoil the Remaining Song of Ice and Fire Books

Game of Thrones show spoil Song of Ice and Fire books

Even though Game of Thrones season 5 looks to be diverging from its source material to a greater degree than any of the prior seasons, the show’s creators have confirmed that the TV series and the books will end in the same place. And the show will get there first!

Speaking to the Oxford Union this weekend, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff confirmed what we’ve already suspected: Game of Thrones will outpace George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series, thus spoiling TV audiences for the books’ eventual ending.

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Mon
Mar 23 2015 4:18pm

It is Truly Upsetting That This Hawkeye(s) TV Show Isn’t Real

Hawkeye, nottonyharrison, Netflix

Tumblr, you give us such gifts. When user nottonyharrison created a poster suggesting that Matt Fraction’s run of Hawkeye be turned into a television series, it led to an opening scene by interestinggin that is such utter perfection, we are crushed to know that it’s not being greenlit this instant.

Want Clint Barton’s story—as told by (the best Hawkeye) Kate Bishop? Oh, you do. Trust us, you do.

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Mon
Mar 23 2015 3:00pm

Update: The X-Files Is (Definitely!) Reopening Soon!

The X-Files

Update: Chris Carter has confirmed that the show is returning as a six episode miniseries! While there's no premiere date yet, filming will begin this summer.

The shadowy conspiracy to bring us more X-Files is coming out into the light! David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have agreed to reprise their roles as Mulder and Scully, Chris Carter will be writing and executive producing, and Fox is close to greenlighting the show! However, there’s an interesting twist in the details...

[Details that will finally give us the truth!]

Mon
Mar 23 2015 2:30pm

Hugo & Rose Sweepstakes!

We want to send you one of our five galleys of Hugo & Rose by Bridget Foley, out on May 5th from St. Martin's Press!

After a childhood accident, Rose's dreams take her to a wondrous island fraught with adventure. On this island, she has never been alone: she shares it with Hugo, a brave boy who's grown up with her into a hero of a man.

But when Rose stumbles across Hugo in real life, both her real and dream worlds are changed forever. Here is the man who has shared all of her incredible adventures in impossible places, who grew up with her, even if they aren't what either one imagined. Their chance encounter begins a cascade of questions, lies, and a dangerous obsession that threatens to topple everything she knows.

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Mon
Mar 23 2015 2:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: Pizza Dog is the Best Hawkeye Action Figure, Bro

Hawkeye action figure Pizza Dog Lucky Matt Fraction David Aja

The new Hawkeye action figure, based on Matt Fraction and David Aja’s take on the Avengers, comes with trick arrows, a patched-up face, and lots of articulation. But none of that is as amazing as PIZZA DOG. Yes, Clint comes with his trusted pup Lucky, the star of one of the best Hawkeye comics—and, really, one of the best single-issue comics of 2013. Lookit how Toyark posed Hawkguy and Pizza Dog!

Afternoon Roundup brings you Margaret Atwood’s favorite thing about Game of Thrones, a Jules Verne musical, and a new perspective on Link.

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Mon
Mar 23 2015 1:15pm

Jerusalem in the Spring

Late last year, Alan Moore, author of the 1996 novel Voice of the Fire (amongst a number of other things) finally finished the first draft of his second prose piece: an expansive speculative study of his hometown of Northampton.

You must be wondering why it took him so gosh-darned long. Well, Leah Moore—who kept fans apprised of her father’s progress on Facebook—explained that it ran “to more than a million words in draft form.” A nonsense number without proper context, so let me make sense of the insensible: Jerusalem is bigger than the Bible, and fully twice the length of War and Peace.

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Mon
Mar 23 2015 1:00pm

Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Mistress of the Empire, Part 2

Mistress of the EmpireWelcome back to the reread of Mistress of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts! This one's going to be emotional. Damn those repressed Tsurani. Pack hankies!

Chapter 2: Confrontation

SUMMARY: Can we please refrain from murdering any more children in this chapter? Kthnxbye.

Jiro plays shah, which is chess. I’m hoping that this is the authors telling us through symbolism that as far as being Mara’s nemesis goes, he is more about calm strategy and less about the bloodsports and human sacrifice. Because seriously, I can’t take another Desio or Tasaio.

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Mon
Mar 23 2015 12:30pm

Glenn Close and Gemma Arterton to Star in The Girl with All the Gifts Movie

The Girl with All the Gifts movie She Who Brings GiftsM.R. Carey will adapt his 2014 novel The Girl with All the Gifts for film, The Hollywood Reporter announced today. Retitled as She Who Brings Gifts, the movie will star Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, and Paddy Considine, and will be directed by Colm McCarthy (Sherlock, Doctor Who).

These stars will likely play the three central adult roles in the film: We’re assuming Arterton is idealistic young teacher Miss Justineau, who must teach special children in the wake of a worldwide fungal infection; Considine will bring the muscle as Sergeant Ed Parks, terrified and disgusted by his charges; and Close must be Doctor Caroline Caldwell, who will sacrifice as many test subjects as she needs to in order to find a cure.

[But what about Melanie, the girl who will bring gifts?]

Mon
Mar 23 2015 12:00pm

Unreliable Histories: Language as Power in The Tempest

Miranda John William Waterhouse

To me, The Tempest has always been Shakespeare’s most intriguing play, the one most open to interpretation and contemporary update. It is also one of the most difficult Shakespearean works to stage, from its stormy, chaotic first scene to its ethereal masque to its ambiguous resolution, with Prospero facing his silent, treacherous brother and renouncing the power that has made every action in the story possible.

Advances in theater technology mean that directors can now stage The Tempest as everything from grandiose spectacle to minimalist dreamscape, but the slippery, potent language remains the central force and mystery of this fathomless play.

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Mon
Mar 23 2015 11:00am

Your Truth But Not Mine: Insurgent

Insurgent movie review

To be honest, I didn’t have high hopes for Insurgent, the second movie in the Divergent trilogy based on Veronica Roth’s dystopian YA novels. The massive book was bogged down in Tris Prior’s self-loathing and self-sabotage, serving mostly as a link between the faction system in Divergent and the big, game-changing reveal that leads to Allegiant.

In the wake of Erudite (the intelligent faction, led by Kate Winslet as the faction-upholding Jeanine Matthews) enslaving the Dauntless army and using them to destroy selfless Abnegation, Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley), her brother Caleb (Ansel Elgort), Four (Theo James), and Peter (Miles Teller, having way too much fun with his role) are fugitives on the run, looking for shelter and allies in the other factions, which just want to protect themselves from more fracturing.

However, like the Hunger Games adaptations, Insurgent the movie manages to stand apart from its source material, with a leaner plot and clearer stakes. While some plot points are dispensed of and some of the nuance lost, Insurgent makes fascinating commentary on generational divides and clinging to the old ways, better depicting the breakdown of a dystopian society.

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Mon
Mar 23 2015 10:00am

The Last Herald Mage: Peaches

Magic's PromiseThe cover of Magic’s Promise features Vanyel in Heraldic uniform. A tasteful quantity of chains is highlighting an aesthetically appropriate expanse of his chest. Behind him, a child with a terrible perm clings to a Companion with slash-marks on its flank. Something is burning. The back cover has bat-like creatures with huge teeth.

There are peaches.

Everything about this cover says I’m going to have a lot of fun with this book, right up until the moment it punches me in the heart.

[That moment does not arrive in the first three chapters.]

Mon
Mar 23 2015 9:00am

Five Books with Unforgettable Animal Sidekicks

Saga Lying Cat best animal sidekicks

In this ongoing series, we ask SF/F authors to recommend five books based around a common theme. These lists aren’t intended to be exhaustive, so we hope you’ll discuss and add your own suggestions in the comments!

I adore a good animal sidekick. An animal sidekick illuminates so much about the character it’s decided to assist—what she loves, fears, and needs to protect. That almost-mystical connection with an animal accomplice is neatly encapsulated in the idea of a familiar—a helpful spirit that is never entirely under the control of the protagonist. An animal always has a mind of its own, and will never strictly follow the orders of its human companion.

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Mon
Mar 23 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Mars is Hilarious

The Martian - Ridley Scott's Script

Andrew Weir’s novel The Martian could have been a terribly bleak affair—after all, it begins as the protagonist realizes he’s stranded alone on Mars. However, it’s shot through with an unexpected wit that adds some fun to the book, so it’s great to see that Ridley Scott is preserving that tone for the film adaptation. A helpful Redditor posted this doodle from the cover of his script, and, as you can see, Ridley is trying to keep the mood light. Plus, Matt Damon seems to be having a great time with his Mars Rover. (That guy loves being by himself on planets!)

Morning Roundup brings you opinions on who should win the Iron Throne, short stories that will change your life, and a Vincent Price speech that will make you cry.

[Plus dinosaurs, LEGO, and samurai!]

Sat
Mar 21 2015 10:30am

The Only Words That Are Worth Remembering Sweepstakes!

We want to send you a galley of Jeffrey Rotter’s The Only Words That Are Worth Remembering, out from Metropolitan Books on April 7th!

In an America of the semi-distant future, human knowledge has reverted to a pre-Copernican state. Science and religion are diminished to fairy tales, and Earth once again occupies the lonely center of the universe, the stars and planets mere etchings on the glass globe that encases it. But when an ancient bunker containing a perfectly preserved space vehicle is discovered beneath the ruins of Cape Canaveral, it has the power to turn this retrograde world inside out.

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Fri
Mar 20 2015 4:36pm

Lois McMaster Bujold Announces New Cordelia Vorkosigan Novel Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

Lois McMaster BujoldNext year will see a new installment in Lois McMaster Bujold’s Hugo- and Nebula-winning Vorkosigan Saga! Bujold recently announced on her Goodreads blog that her new novel Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen will be published in February of 2016 (tentatively) from Baen Books.

In a bit of great timing, 2016 will also mark the 30th anniversary of the publication of Bujold’s first three Vorkosigan Saga novels: Shards of Honor, The Warrior’s Apprentice, and Ethan of Athos.

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Fri
Mar 20 2015 4:30pm

A School for Unusual Girls Sweepstakes!

A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin, the first installment in the Stranje House series, comes out from Tor Books on May 19th, and we want to send you a galley right now!

It's 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England's dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don't fit high society's constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

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Fri
Mar 20 2015 4:00pm

Five Books About False Identities

Cloud Atlast

If you wear a false identity long enough, is it still false? What makes up one’s identity, anyway? When enough time has passed, don’t you become, at least partially, that which you were once only pretending to be?

The five books I’ve selected explore these questions—often in very roundabout ways. The obvious choice for this list would be spy books, but I’ve only included one of those. The rest are fantasy, historical and science fiction.

We discover, working through the list, that sometimes a false identity is truly false, sometimes it becomes real, and sometimes it hovers in the gray area in between.

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Fri
Mar 20 2015 3:51pm

Can You Survive the Lovecraftian Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Story Harrison Squared Dies Early?

Harrison Squared Dies Early Choose Your Own Adventure

Before he’ll be rescuing his abducted mother from Lovecraftian horrors in Harrison Squared, plucky young protagonist Harrison Harrison... will die? That’s for you to decide, as you play your way through Harrison Squared Dies Early, an interactive companion story to Daryl Gregory’s new novel.

[Shall we begin?]

Fri
Mar 20 2015 3:00pm

The Stargate Rewatch: Stargate (1994)

Stargate Stargate
Written by Dean Devlin & Roland Emmerich
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Original release date: October 28, 1994

Mission briefing. We open in the north African desert in 8000 B.C. A giant pyramid-shaped spaceship lands, scaring the crap out of the loincloth-dressed humans—except for one who approaches the ship.

Cut to a dig in the same region in 1928. The head of the dig, Dr. Langford, arrives with his daughter Catherine to make an amazing discovery: a giant ring. They find some kind of fossil under it.

Cut to the present day. Dr. Daniel Jackson is giving a lecture on the subject of the pyramids. He theorizes that the pyramids were built long before they were believed to have been erected. His theory is considered laughable, and everyone walks out on him after deriding his theory.

[So you think you’ve solved in fourteen days what they couldn’t solve in two years]