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July 18, 2014
Summer 2014 Anime Preview: In the Name of the Moon!
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Picturing Dragons
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July 15, 2014
Who Should Play The Magicians?
Ryan Britt
July 14, 2014
A Long Overdue Nod to SciFi and Fantasy’s Best Librarians
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July 11, 2014
For Love or Money (And If You Do It Right, BOTH): Choosing a Career in Art
Greg Ruth
Thu
Jul 24 2014 5:18pm

Jack Black Dragged Away by R. L. Stine’s Monsters During Goosebumps Panel

Sony Goosebumps Jack Black San Diego Comic Con 2014

This year’s Sony panel at San Diego Comic Con was primarily a showcase for the forthcoming movie adaptation of R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps book series, starring Jack Black and debuting in August of 2015. (Chris Colombus also video’d in to apologize for not having any Pixels footage for anyone, especially after that awesome action shot with Peter Dinklage.)

Sony also headed off any Marvel Universe news at the pass by announcing the day before that Amazing Spider-Man 3 and Sinister Six were moving, prompting to Marvel Studios to immediately hoover up the vacated movie premiere dates.

But anyway, here’s what a Goosebumps movie could possibly be about!

[Sony and Goosebumps at San Diego Comic Con 2014]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 4:30pm

Space Station 76 Trailer: Where Space Opera Meets Spaceballs

watch Space Station 76 trailer Patrick Wilson Liv Tyler Matt Bomer Ron Burgundy Galaxy Quest 1970s robot pills marriages affairs

If Galaxy Quest had had a Ron Burgundy-esque character, you’d get Patrick Wilson’s mustachioed, Harvey Wallbanger-swilling captain of the 1970s-spoofing, dark interstellar comedy Space Station 76. This bleak movie, which debuted at South by Southwest earlier this year, follows the dramatic and profoundly unhappy inhabitants of the ship Omega 76.

But Wilson is not the only fun member of the crew: Liv Tyler plays the new assistant captain—you can guess how well his Burgundy-like character takes that appointment—while Matt Bomer looks to be a married cyborg with literal wandering hands. Because you can’t have a space opera without a bit of soapiness.

[Watch the first trailer!]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 4:15pm

Superman Can Probably Use the Force, So This Picture of Henry Cavill as A Jedi is Right

SuperJedi, Henry Cavill dressed as a Jedi

We sort of wish that Zack Snyder had put a little more effort into finding a suitable Jedi robe for Superman, though. It’s got that horrible shiny, crinkled I-just-got-pulled-out-of-a-plastic-costume-bag look. Come on, Snyder. Cavill’s worth more than that.

Still, whatever it takes to make our crossover dreams come true, right? Does this mean Cavill will be wearing this to the Warner Brothers panel at Comic Con this year?

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

Thu
Jul 24 2014 4:00pm

Wrapping Up the Ends, Untidily: Lois Lowry’s Son

Lois Lowry SonIn Son, Lois Lowry returns us to the terrifying, ordered world she had first explored in The Giver, the world where at most fifty infants are allowed to be born and live each year (extras and any babies that “fail to thrive” are euthanized), where everyone is assigned a job, a spouse, and children to raise, where everyone takes daily pills to suppress any form of hormonal attraction. Also, everyone eats the same carefully prepared diet. Delightful place, really. Fortunately, as Son reminds us, this world does have other places. Unfortunately, those other places have their own evils.

As Son begins, Claire, a Birthmother, is undergoing her first pregnancy, in the process answering most of the questions I had from The Giver. Spoiler: I am not happy with the answers.

[More unhappy spoilers follow—spoilers for this book and the previous books in the series.]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 3:45pm

Pixar’s Toy Story that Time Forgot Reveals Airdate and New Characters at San Diego Comic-Con!

Trixie the Dinosaur and Kristen Schaal the Human

Pixar’s Toy Story that Time Forgot has announced an airdate! The special will air on ABC on December 2nd. Composer Michael Giacchino (he won the Oscar for Up!) moderated a panel at 2014 San Diego Comic Con with Kevin McKidd, who voices Reptillus Maximus, Kristen Schall, the voice of Trixie the dinosaur, director Steve Purcell, executive producer Galyn Susman, and Derek Thompson, the head of story.

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Thu
Jul 24 2014 3:35pm

Meet Benedict Cumberbatch and His Best Friend: a Penguin

Benedict Cumberbatch penguin

Benedict Cumberbatch is at San Diego Comic Con for his first time ever this year and it looks like things are going really well.

(He's in Penguins of Madagascar, which is in Hall H this year. And on record as a devotee of the original Manimal.)

(Or he's just really into huge penguins.)

(We would accept either premise.)

Photo: Dreamworks Animation

Thu
Jul 24 2014 3:30pm

The Rise of Aurora West Sweepstakes!

Arcopolis is a city that is rife with monsters and short on heroes. Until now. In this prequel to the much-loved Battling Boy, Paul Pope and JT Petty follow Aurora West, daughter of the last great hero of Arcopolis, as she seeks to uncover the mystery of her mother's death and to find her place in a world that is overrun with supernatural monsters and human corruption. 

We have ten galley copies of The Rise of Aurora West that we want to share with you before its September 30th release date from First Second Books!

Check for the rules below! 

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Thu
Jul 24 2014 3:00pm

Gaming Roundup: Die and Enjoy It in Lords of the Fallen

Lords of the Fallen

From Software’s Dark Souls franchise went a long way toward mainstreaming the concept of insanely difficult, yet fun gaming. Polish developer CI Games, in conjunction with German studio Deck13 Interactive, is making no secret of the fact that they hope to follow in From’s tradition with their latest title, Lords of the Fallen.

[“The sins I have committed have left their mark. Now I shall leave mine.”]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 2:07pm

Stop Everything. Nathan Fillion is Dressed Up as Captain Kirk

Nathan Fillion Captain Kirk William Shatner

The Hollywood Reporter got Fillion to don the Enterprise captain’s famous golden tunic for their SDCC preview issue. (As if they had to twist his arm.) And then he said adorable/deep things about William Shatner and we wondered, not for the first time, if Fillion was somehow the time traveling love child of William Shatner and Harrison Ford.

[But what did Shatner think of it?]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 2:00pm

Under the Radar: Hoshruba: The Land and the Tilism

Imagine a magical realm, an alternate plane called a tilism, with a pre-ordained, limited life span. At its very creation, it is known that one day the land will all be unravelled by one man.

Within the tilism, called Hoshruba, ‘sorcerers exercised powers that defied the laws of God and the physical world. They created illusions, transferred spirits between bodies, transmuted matter, made talismans, and configured and exploited Earth’s inherent physical forces to create extraordinary marvels.’ They did all this knowing it would all come to an end one day. The Emperor Afrasiyab swore to protect the land from its destiny, with all his power.

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Thu
Jul 24 2014 1:45pm

These Chinese Lord of the Rings Book Covers Are Breathtaking

Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring WenJing Publishing Jian Guo Chinese cover

We can’t get enough of these Chinese covers for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, from WenJing Publishing. Artist Jian Guo applies such incredible detail to these nearly-monochromatic, stained glass-inspired covers. We also love how he incorporates Mandarin characters themselves into the design.

[Click through for the other two covers]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 23

Song of Ice and Fire A Feast For Crows George RR MartinWelcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 23 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 32 (“Cersei”).

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[All of the other outlaws/ Used to laugh and call him names]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 1:00pm

Spoiler Thread for A Read of Ice and Fire, Part 6!

Welcome to Part 6 of the Song of Ice and Fire thread, in conjunction with Leigh Butler’s fabulous Read of Ice and Fire. (The first, second, third, fourth, and fifth threads are now massive, but you can read through them at your leisure.) Please join us below for our ongoing, spoiler-filled dissection of George R. R. Martin’s bloody fantasy epic.

(Please note that while the forums are closed for comments, you can still access them here if you’d like to read up on previous conversations in the the thread.)

[All the dirt that’s fit to print]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 12:50pm

San Diego Comic-Con Day Zero: Image Expo and Preview Night

SDCC Time was, you’d arrive in San Diego on Wednesday morning before Comic-Con and have plenty of time to recover from your flight, maybe head over to the zoo for a bit—you know, relax. And my first experience of Preview Night in the mid-2000s exists in my memory as a relatively leisurely affair where you could actually get close to the goodies on display.

Not so much anymore. Everyone says it every year, but San Diego Comic-Con is so big and sprawling as to be unwieldy, and regardless of the annual “has Hollywood abandoned SDCC?” thinkpieces making the rounds now, the pace shows relatively little sign of slackening.

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Thu
Jul 24 2014 12:00pm

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 6

Welcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com! Last week we witnessed the thoroughness of Sadeas’s bad crazy and saw a bunch of politics being planned and executed. This week we take a break from all that by visiting Shallan, who is peaceably pursuing scholarship on the Wind’s Pleasure, a place where nothing could possibly go wrong.

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere books that become relevant. This week also contains spoilers for Raiders of the Lost Ark. BEWARE!

[“Eating is bad, but lies are great.” –Pattern, Best Role Model 2014]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 11:30am
Original Comic

To Eternity

Wesley Allsbrook and Barrie Potter

To Eternity Wesley Allsbrook Barrie Potter

If all things were normal, Stuart would be considered quite a catch.

In this short (romance?) comic by Barrie Potter and Wesley Allsbrook, things are not normal.

[Read To Eternity by Wesley Allsbrook]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 11:00am
Excerpt

Echopraxia (Excerpt)

Peter Watts

It’s the eve of the twenty-second century: a world where the dearly departed send postcards back from Heaven and evangelicals make scientific breakthroughs by speaking in tongues; where genetically engineered vampires solve problems intractable to baseline humans and soldiers come with zombie switches that shut off self-awareness during combat. And it’s all under surveillance by an alien presence that refuses to show itself.

Daniel Brüks is trapped on a ship bound for the center of the solar system. To his left is a grief-stricken soldier, obsessed by whispered messages from a dead son. To his right is a pilot who hasn’t yet found the man she’s sworn to kill on sight. A vampire and its entourage of zombie bodyguards lurk in the shadows behind. And dead ahead, a handful of rapture-stricken monks takes them all to a meeting with something they will only call “The Angels of the Asteroids.” Their pilgrimage brings Dan face-to-face with the biggest evolutionary breakpoint since the origin of thought itself.

Peter Watts’ Echopraxia is available August 26th from Tor Books. Check out an excerpt below!

[Read an Excerpt]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 10:00am

The Harry Potter Reread: The Chamber of Secrets, Chapters 15 and 16

Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsThe Harry Potter Reread likens itself to the tightrope walker in the traveling circus… but it is probably more of a clown who spins plates on poles. Also a noble profession, but picking a clown face is far more difficult than picking a spangly catsuit. Alas, these are the trials of life.

This week, we’ve got more spiders than Emily will ever be comfortable with (the number she is comfortable with resting firmly at zero), and a reveal of everything wrong the this year’s Defense Against the Dark Arts Teacher. It’s chapters 15 and 16 of The Chamber of Secrets—Aragog and The Chamber of Secrets.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Thu
Jul 24 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: The Meeting of a Fine Cup of Coffee and Tea, Earl Grey, Hot

Here, have this thing! We found it on Facebook. We traced it back to this Tumblr. Apparently it’s called Captain’s Log? It makes some of us all of us very happy! Yay, Twin Peaks! Yay, Star Trek: The Next Generation!

Morning Roundup features some news on the next season of Game of Thrones, explores a hidden talent with a Guardian of the Galaxy, and revels in the many death of Gary Oldman.

[Plus some deep thoughts on Brave, bravery, and Orphan Black.]

Wed
Jul 23 2014 5:00pm

Steampunk Events for August 2014

Mechanical Masquearade Atlantis

The hottest time of the summer is here, but you can stay cool at these fan- & propeller-friendly events. Attend a kinetic carnival in California or the Steampunk Experience in the UK. Stroll through retro-fitted small towns or party like its 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas at the Mechanical Masquerade: Atlantis in Atlanta, GA. All of these events and more are selected with the help of Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambassador and this month’s guest contributor author Tee Morris.

[August 2014 steampunk events]