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May 7 2014 3:35pm

Chuck Wendig’s Blackbirds Coming to TV!

Chuck Wendig’s Blackbirds will soon be arriving to predict doom on STARZ! The novel follows Miriam Black, a young runaway who has the horrible/useful ability to see how and when people will die when she touches them. The show will be executive produced by John Shiban, and according to Deadline, “has set up a writers room, often a pre-cursor to a series pickup at the pay cable network.”

Shiban has solid weird fiction credentials. He began his career as a staff writer on Fox’s The X-Files (where he wrote episodes including “Memento Mori” and “Monday”) before becoming executive producer on the show and sharing a writing and best drama series Emmy nomination. He was also a producer on Supernatural, as well as working on Torchwood’s “Miracle Day” series. He was a consulting producer on Breaking Bad, receiving a WGA Award nomination for the episode “Phoenix.” He most recently served as showrunner for Hell On Wheels.

The show has gotten a vote of confidence from the author, who says, “what they’ve put together so far is an amazing—and appropriately faithful—adaptation of the book. They grok Miriam.” We can’t wait to see what STARZ does with Wendig's story!

Jan 15 2014 4:50pm

Gillian Anderson’s Debut Sci-Fi Novel Coming in October!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Others and Aliens, we’re quivering with anticipation for Gillian Anderson’s debut science fiction novel. Apparently Ms. Anderson decided it just wasn’t enough to be Dana Scully, she also had to contribute to the SFF world with her own series of novels. 

[She is so much even more our hero now.]

Oct 17 2013 8:00am

Morning Roundup Wants to Retire to the Library Planet!

TARDIS-Book-Doctor-WhoWe found the best Tumblr bookstore ever at Geek-Without-Braces! Between the Game of Thrones sign and this TARDIS sign, we really just want to spend the rest of this autumn day in front of a fireplace with the largest possible mug of cocoa and the longest possible book...check out the rest of the signs here, and we hope you get to spend at least part of today reading!

Morning Roundup is an overstuffed burrito of links! We’ve got some updates on the Man of Steel sequel, the Guardians of the Galaxy film, and Neil Gaiman has some reading advice for kids!

[Plus some amazing re-imagined X-Men!]

Oct 14 2013 8:00am

Morning Roundup is Sorry, But Deadpool is in Another Castle!

New York Comic-Con was full of wonderfully inventive cosplayers, but some of our favorites were this family of Deadpool Mario Bros. Princess Dead-Peach looks especially winning, and it turns out that there is little more adorable on this earth than a child-size Deadpool. Expect more reports from NYCC throughout the week!

Morning Roundup features Indiana Jones and the Great Lawn, the most Nordic trivia game ever, and a raven that’s even more prickly than Poe’s. Enjoy!

[Plus Tumblr: The Casting Director!]

Sep 11 2013 8:00am

Morning Roundup: We Think She Wants You to Live with Her Forever


Okay. We’re fine now. We can look. We can talk about this image.


How...how does she see? On second thought, nevermind—we’re certain the answer is terrifying. This amazing cosplay of Coraline’s Other Mother comes from deviantartist MissTrisi. There are more images here. You go ahead and look. We’ll, ah... we’ll just be here when you get back.

OK, Morning Roundup. We can do this. Deep breath. We have Rutger Hauer talking about Roy Batty, Akira’s uncanny prognostication, and the real Lisa Frank!

[And a huge beetle that is way less scary than The Other Mother]

Aug 8 2013 3:00pm

Reopening The X-Files: I Want to Believe

The X-Files: I Want to Believe
A Major Motion Picture
US Release Date: July 24, 2008

It’s been six years since the series finale of The X-Files and now there’s this movie. And you’re going to see the movie, that’s inevitable. You wouldn’t say you’re looking forward to it, but you’re going to see it. You’re a fan and all. It’s just, it’s been six years. Not to mention ten years since the last movie, can you believe that? Ten years? The release date of Fight the Future is forever burned in your memory; this one you just know is coming out “sometime this summer.” You don’t see the trailer, you don’t read reviews, you don’t even buy advance tickets. You just end up seeing it, one sticky summer day, in the basement of your least favorite theater in town.

[Don’t give up.]

Jul 19 2013 10:00am

Yes, They Had Sex. 8 Awesome Things From the X-Files 20th Anniversary Reunion

The undeniably nerdy chemistry Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) have was on full display at San Diego Comic Con’s X-Files 20th anniversary reunion panel. As if that wasn’t enough, show creator Chris Carter and a huge selection of the show’s producers and writers—including Vince “Breaking Bad” Gilligan—were on hand to celebrate, reminisce, flirt…

…and reveal just what happened in the world of The X-Files in 2012. Here are 8 awesome things that happened in the reunion.

[Something about Scully just says…“physics!”]

Jun 20 2013 3:00pm

Reopening The X-Files: “Improbable”

Season 9, Episode 13: “Improbable”
Original Airdate: April 14, 2002

There is a lot of God in The X-Files, which is not really a surprise. The X-Files is often a show about explaining the unexplainable. It is also often a show about not being able to explain the unexplainable, and God is handy for that sort of thing. Unfortunately, the show’s Biblical parallels tend to be more exhausting than enlightening—which is why “Improbable” is such a pleasant (dare I say, improbable) surprise.

[There’s no getting rid of me.]

Jun 6 2013 3:00pm

Reopening The X-Files: “John Doe”

X Files John Doe

Season 9, Episode 7: “John Doe”

Original Airdate: January 13, 2002

So, I like John Doggett. I actually like him a whole lot. I like him in spite of the fact that his characterization is often inconsistent and that his development has suffered while the show has struggled to find new traction in the post-everything era. He’s as willful as Mulder was, and, like Mulder, has had his life reshaped by a painful loss. How these two men dealt with that grief marks their primary difference. Whereas Mulder drew his strength from that past—structuring his entire career in order to discover the truth about his sister—Doggett has worked hard to move on from his son’s murder.

[Putting it back on again, your one shoe.]

May 30 2013 3:00pm

Reopening The X-Files: “Trustno1”

Reopening The X-Files Trustno1

Season 9, Episode 6: “Trustno1”

Original Airdate: January 6, 2002

The X-Files primarily exists in a time and a space of its own creation. In fact, were it not for the ever-evolving cell phones and odd Monica Lewinsky joke, you might think that the show existed in a universe completely independent of our own, one unaffected by politics and world events. On rewatch, this gives the show a particular timelessness, an amplification to the paranoia. “Trustno1,” in contrast, is an episode solidly of its time.

[The forces against us are unrelenting.]

Apr 4 2013 3:00pm

Reopening The X-Files: “The Gift”

Reopening X-Files The Gift

Season 8, Episode 11: “The Gift”
Original Airdate: February 4, 2001

The X-Files has always been driven by absence. The absence of Samantha, to begin; the absence of Scully, for awhile; and now the absence of Mulder. Driven by, but not particularly constructed around. The missing are always sought-after, but intermittently, as monsters-of-the-week intervene and mythology threads go cold.

[You’ve got it all backward.]

Mar 28 2013 3:00pm

Reopening The X-Files: “Invocation”

The X-Files episode Invocation

Season 8, Episode 5: “Invocation”
Original Airdate: December 3, 2000

So what is this, is this business as usual? A monster-of-the-week, a skeptic and a believer investigating the disappearance slash reappearance of some creepy little kid, same old business, same old partner dynamic, I mean. That’s the risk, isn’t it? Even flipping the script and turning Scully into a believer is a thing that could be ruined. Fortunately, “Invocation” shows us that there’s potential in the flipped script. Unfortunately, “Invocation” also shows us how harrowing the new world might be.

[Now listen to it backwards.]

Feb 28 2013 4:00pm

Reopening The X-Files: “Je Souhaite”

The X-Files Je Souhaite

Season 7, Episode 21: “Je Souhaite”
Original Airdate: May 14, 2000

So here we are. Nearly at the end of the seventh season of a show about two FBI agents who investigate paranormal activity. Seventh season! Did you ever thought you’d live so long? Fitting, then, to have an episode about immortality, and the corruption of a long life. “Je Souhaite” is the episode with the genie in it, an episode that—despite the fact that there’s explosion, halfway through—comes off as meditative. There’s hardly a crime, and hardly a case. Just a woman who has seen too much, meeting a man who always needs to see more.

[Barbara Eden never killed anybody.]

Feb 7 2013 4:00pm

Reopening The X-Files: “All Things”

Season 7, Episode 17: “All Things”
Original Airdate: April 9, 2000

Hey Scully what's going on with you these days! Like belief-wise, still Catholic? Eh? Believe in aliens or whatever? Not sure? Eh? Okay great, here's an episode called “All Things” that's going to cover, again, this ground, again, about whether or not Scully has the capacity to believe in things that are unusual. Wait, isn't that the premise of this entire show, sort of, you ask me? And I say yes. Except this time the episode was written and directed by Gillian Anderson. Okay so what does that mean for me, you ask? I tell you: Buddhism.

[Is that beautiful, or what?]

Jan 31 2013 4:00pm

Reopening The X-Files: “En Ami”

Reopening The X-Files on Tor.com: En Ami

Season 7, Episode 15: “En Ami”
Original Airdate: March 19, 2000

Throughout the run of the show, the Cigarette-Smoking Man has appeared both as a simple bogeyman and a complex figure whose life has been a series of painful choices. The latter is interesting, of course—the Cigarette-Smoking Man as a steely-eyed family man, raising Samantha Mulder as his own alongside a son he would later be the death of—but there’s plenty of merit in the former. Since The X-Files has so often disregarded consistent character development, having a guy who you can always count on to be Very Bad is both a comfort and a mile marker. Draw too much sympathy for a guy like that and he ceases to be useful, as a Very Bad. Starts, instead, to be sort of depressing. 

[Just do your damn job.]

Jan 24 2013 4:00pm

Reopening The X-Files: “X-Cops”

Reopening The X-Files on Tor.com: X-Cops

Season 7, Episode 12: “X-Cops”
Original Airdate: February 20, 2000

Nothing like the threat of a Cops crossover to put a scare in the honest X-Files fan, am I right? The drunk great-uncle of reality programming, Cops has been fighting the good-ish fight since 1989, inspiring all manner of parody and satire and terrible jokes and your friends to sing “Bad Boys” while hanging their heads out of a moving vehicle. It’s the sort of show that has no place mixing with Fox’s prestige program—even in the year 2000, when that prestige program was maybe losing a bit of its luster, maybe, a little. So it is against all odds, then, that “X-Cops” is a smart little gem of an episode.

[Because the FBI has nothing to hide.]

Jan 17 2013 4:00pm

Reopening The X-Files: “Sein und Zeit”/“Closure”

Season 7, Episodes 10 and 11: “Sein und Zeit”/“Closure”
Original Airdates: February 6 and February 11, 2000

Samantha Mulder has always been a concept. Never really a character, just a motivation, a young girl who disappeared and, through her disappearance, defined the lives of those she left behind. Mulder would not be Mulder if his sister had not disappeared, and thus, Samantha Mulder is important. But: not as a person. She has never had personhood, never had dimension. Never even really had consistent casting. She has been there when she was needed to serve the story, and now, she is done.

[I'm sure you're busy.]

Jan 10 2013 12:00pm

Reopening The X-Files: “Millennium”

Reopening the X-Files on Tor.com: Millennium

Season 7, Episode 4: “Millennium”
Original Airdate: November 28, 1999

I think it must be nice, when one of your television shows is canceled, to be able to have another television show available, like if you need to tie up some loose ends. I think this is actually nice! And this is what Chris Carter got to do when Fox shut down his second television program, Millennium. Lo, the adventures of Frank Black, Depressed Former FBI Agent, did not have to end, not so long as the adventures of Mulder and Scully, Slightly Less Depressed Current FBI Agents, were ongoing. Both shows thrived on shadows and supernaturality; it should have been a match made in weirdo heaven. It was, instead: just okay.

[First and 18.]

Dec 13 2012 12:00pm

Reopening The X-Files: “Field Trip”

Reopening The X-Files on Tor.com: Field Trip

Season 6, Episode 21: “Field Trip”
Original Airdate: May 9, 1999

A redhead and a gentleman argue in a motel room. They’ve spent all day in the woods together, and she’s upset with him. “I thought we had a good time,” he says. “You had a good time,” she says. “Tromping around and leaving me a half a mile behind.” The gentleman apologizes to her. The redhead forgives the gentleman. Then the redhead and the gentleman lay down and die.

[Whatever happened to the most logical explanation?]

Nov 29 2012 12:00pm

Reopening The X-Files: “Two Fathers”/“One Son”

Reopening The X-Files: Two Fathers / One Son

Season 6, Episodes 11 and 12: “Two Fathers”/“One Son”
Original Airdates: February 7 and 14, 1999

Okay so we're halfway through season six and it's a mythology two-parter. This is, it's been five and a half years of mythology at this point, it's been oilians and shapeshifters and Consortiums and rebels and even if you have managed to keep track of it, you probably haven't always managed to make sense of it. And the thing is—they know that. They they, the people making this show, they know. They know that there's mythology fatigue. How do I know they know? Because they made us these episodes. And blew everything up.

[You've never seen one before, have you?]