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Wed
Mar 25 2015 2:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: The Fall of Sauron Dance Party Derails the MTA

Fall of Sauron dance party fake MTA posters Puck Works

New York City’s MTA, which runs the subway system, has had its share of bad press lately, with winter delays and fare hikes. However, celebrating the Fall of the Dark Lord Sauron is one delay we would gladly endure, if it meant we got to attend the Book Festival in Minas Morgul and the Costume Dance Party in the Crack of Doom! ...Wait, how will we get there? (Hat-tip to Gothamist for spotting these posters around NYC.)

Afternoon Roundup brings you a memoir on the first season of Lost; the first look at Lex Luthor; and a triumph for geeks and inclusion.

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Wed
Mar 25 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: A Transformative Father-Son Bonding Project

Transformers

Yu Zhilin and his son have found a lucrative hobby! The two farmers, who live in the Hunan Province of China, work together to transform used car parts into robots that may seem…familiar. After much practice and hard work, Yu Zhilin has become “the unquestioned top amateur Transformers-builder in Hunan province” and they’ve turned their hobby into a lucrative, killer-robot-providing business! Just look at those suckers! They should definitely be able to defeat the robot dinosaurs when they come to Earth to kill us all. You can see more photos of the pair’s work at Laughing Squid!

Morning Roundup brings you deep thoughts echoing up from the mind of Haruki Murakami, a fond farewell from Mary Robinette Kowal, and thoughts on diversity in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

[Plus TIE Fighters!]

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?]

Wed
Mar 18 2015 4:00pm

iZombie Gets Badass with Banter, Bodies, and Brains

iZombie

Before the boat party from hell, Liv Moore (pun!) was a promising physician with a Type A personality and a studly fiancé. One night she decides to step out of her comfort zone and hang out with some work friends at a party when it all goes awry. A new synthetic drug called Utopia gets passed around and turns the users and anyone they scratch into zombies, including Liv. Five months later, she’s traded her job for a gig in the ME’s office, broken up with the man she loves, and gone into virtual hiding, too haunted by the terrible events of the recent past to even consider having a future. Because she doesn’t know how to tell them what she really is, she isolates herself.

Liv’s unhappy with her un-life, so she mopes around like an emo ghost and sneaks brain noms from post-autopsy corpses. Trick is, with every brain she consumes she sees flashes of the dead person’s life. Even worse trick is that if she doesn’t eat brains on a regular basis—or if she gets overstimulated—her baser, more violent nature kicks into high gear. When her supervisor discovers her deadly little secret, finding a cure becomes his prime directive. Suddenly a future doesn’t seem so impossible, and Liv decides to use her gift/curse to help Seattle PD solve unsolvable crimes.

[“What’s the worst that could happen?”]

Fri
Mar 6 2015 4:00pm

A Brotherhood Sundered: Sword of the North by Luke Scull

Sword of the North Luke Scull

In “the five hundred and first year of the Age of Ruin,” the line between good and evil is so diminished that most are convinced it no longer exists. It’s every man for himself, and every woman as well, whether he hails from filthy Dorminia or she from lavish Thelassa. To wit, heroes and villains are artifacts of the past; fossils of a sort, all frail and friable... which is damn near a definition of the way Brodar Kayne has been feeling recently.

The so-called Sword of the North has “killed more demonkin than he could count, dire wolves and trolls by the dozen. Even a giant that had wandered down from the Spin the autumn just past.” He knows, though, that his monster-slaying days are numbered. The years have taken their toll, of course; he’s grown “old and weak: that was the truth.” Yet as inescapable as his increasing weakness is, Kayne thinks he has one last mission in him.

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Mon
Feb 23 2015 4:00pm

Bad Blood: The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

The Death House

A slim, sorrowful volume that splits the difference between The Fault in Our Stars and The Girl with All the Gifts, The Death House documents the last days of several students in a school full of Defectives: young people who have been taken from their parents and installed in an isolated location because of something bad in their blood. Something that’ll kill them all before long.

It’s school but not school. Like this whole place is life but not life. At least the teachers, who disappear off to their own wing once lessons are done, will get out of here. Sometimes I’ll catch one watching us as we work as if we’re animals in a zoo. I can never decide quite what the look is. Fascination or fear, or maybe a bit of both.

Maybe a bit of both is appropriate...

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Fri
Feb 13 2015 2:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: These Are the Astronauts We’re Looking For

NASA International Space Station Expedition 45 Star Wars poster

The crew of NASA’s International Space Station Expedition 45 have debuted their official portrait, and it is just the best. Not only is this crew—two astronauts from NASA, one from Japan, and three Russian cosmonauts—exploring the stars, but they’re bringing the Force to the rest of the galaxy. They really doubled down on the geekiness here, and it is wonderful.

It turns out that NASA has a history of making silly parody posters, recreating The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Pirates of the Caribbean, and more. Click to enlarge, and check out the hi-res version to zoom in on even nerdier Easter eggs, like their different-colored lightsabers and the satellite that resembles an X-wing.

Afternoon Roundup brings you the star of the next Stephen King movie, news on the Frozen musical, and the location of Super Mario World.

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Mon
Feb 9 2015 12:00pm

The Walking Dead, S5 E9: “What Happened and What’s Going On”

If the midseason premiere is any indication of where the show is headed and at what level of quality, well, your guess is as good as mine. While I admire the risk of an episode like “What Happened and What’s Going On,” I’m not sure I would’ve picked it for the premiere. I mean, closing out one arc with the death of a good character who still believes in kindness and empathy only to start a new arc by killing off the last remaining character not consumed by nihilism is a bold choice. Surrounding that death with a meaningless, empty plot probably didn’t help matters...

[“I’m a struggling man, and I’ve got to move on.”]

Mon
Jan 12 2015 12:17pm

The iZombie Trailer Looks Like an Undead Veronica Mars

iZombie trailer release date The CW Rob Thomas

The first trailer for iZombie has all the hallmarks of a Rob Thomas TV series: A snarky female protagonist (med student-turned-undead girl Liv) with a self-aware voiceover... who solves crimes in unusual ways (eating brains)... all set against a wailing soundtrack. Stylistically, at least, it seems to be closer to Thomas’ other television series than the Vertigo comic book series on which it’s based.

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Wed
Jan 7 2015 5:57pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Roger Ma

Roger Ma pop quizWelcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on Tor.com featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Roger Ma, an author who specializes in hand-to-hand combat against the undead. He is the author of The Zombie Combat Manual, a comprehensive guide that demonstrates how anyone, from seasoned fighter to average citizen, can become an effective warrior in the inevitable battle against the undead. Its companion piece, The Zombie Combat Field Guide, is a coloring and activity book which will ensure maximum preparedness for the zombie apocalypse.

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Mon
Dec 1 2014 1:00pm

The Walking Dead, S5 E8: “Coda”

The Walking Dead: Coda

And thus ends the midseason finale, not with a bang but with a whimper. This season had such a great start, but ended on a scattered, half-baked note. I don’t know what happened in the writers room the days they broke “Crossed” and “Coda,” but whatever it was it couldn’t have been good. The last two eps were way off the mark, tonally, character-wise, plot-wise, everything. Thematically I liked what both had to say, but the means by which the writers chose to express those themes was underwhelming at best.

[“I get it now.”]

Mon
Nov 24 2014 12:00pm

The Walking Dead, S5 E7: “Crossed”

The Walking Dead Crossed

The end is nigh and all the pieces are moving into place. In seasons past, an episode like this would’ve triggered an entire post railing against yet another time-killing episode. Now, however, episodes like this work well. It’s one thing to understand that sometimes you have to spend time setting the table and another when you realize it’s only happening because the people in the kitchen don’t know what they’re doing and are delaying the inevitable as long as possible. “Crossed” is functional but endearing, and if nothing else, at least we got to see Tara’s face light up as she played with that yo-yo.

[“So, what’s next on the agenda?”]

Thu
Nov 20 2014 11:00am

We Are Family: Symbiont by Mira Grant

mira grant symbiont review

On the back of the unsightly excitement of Parasite, something like rigor sets in as the second half of what was a duology turns into the middle volume of a tolerance-testing trilogy. Symbiont isn’t a bad book by any means—it’s accessible, action-packed, and its premise remains appallingly plausible—but absent the ambiguity that made its predecessor so very unsettling, it’s lamentable for its length and lack of direction.

The first part of Parasitology chronicled the apocalyptic consequences of SymboGen’s latest and greatest innovation: the ubiquitous Intestinal Bodyguard—a magic pill meant to protect against allergy, illness and infection—was a worm which, in time, turned; a symbiotic organism supposed to support its host yet set, instead, on supplanting said. Before long, of course, this conflict of interests turned the population of San Francisco and its suburbs into zombies of a sort—sleepwalkers, as Mira Grant would have it.

The transition went differently for a few folks, though. After a catastrophic car crash, and at the cost of her every memory, Sally Mitchell’s parasite saved her life... or so she thought.

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Mon
Nov 17 2014 11:00am

The Walking Dead, S5 E6: “Consumed”

“Consumed” is another solid entry in a strong season, due in large part to being 42 minutes of two of the show’s best actors doing some quality work. The episode fills in what happened after Daryl and Carol drove off after the car with the white cross but before the former returns to the church with an unknown companion (dollars to donuts, it’s Noah). It’s also chockablock with flashbacks to Carol’s major subplots from season 4.

[“I don’t think we get to save people anymore.”]

Mon
Nov 10 2014 12:00pm

The Walking Dead, S5 E5: “Self Help”

The road to D.C. is paved with good intentions. While Rick and co. were getting their boring on at Hershel’s farm and eking out a life for themselves in a prison, Abraham, Rosita, and half a dozen others were dragging Eugene from Texas to Georgia on a mission to save the world. They fought for Eugene, and died for him. He was Abraham’s saving grace, literally; they crashed into each other’s lives just as Abraham was about to eat a bullet after losing his family to walkers. He couldn’t save them, but he could protect Eugene. Glenn and Maggie seem to be mostly just going along for the ride. Who knows what Rosita’s motivations are other than what the hell else would she be doing instead, which puts her more in line with Glenn and Maggie than Abraham. And Tara is with them because she’ll go where ever Glenn and Maggie go until she feels she’s atoned for her Governor-related sins.

In “Self Help,” the setbacks and obstacles pile up until they become insurmountable. After the bus crashes a mere 15 miles from the church, the group seeks refuge in a forgotten bookstore. Abraham reinjures himself, but it’s manageable. A little midnight nookie and good night’s sleep patches them all up just enough to keep rolling along. That is, until the fire truck craps out and releases walkers from the fire station. Fate doubles down when the truck stops a few miles down the line, then plays its winning hand with what looks like hundreds of walkers festering in an abandoned cattle ranch along the main highway. Trouble is, Abraham doesn’t know when to call it quits. The rest follow him through everything until they reach their breaking point when he tries to force them through the horde of walkers. And then the world comes crashing down.

[“I have a very important mission.”]

Wed
Nov 5 2014 9:00am

Morning Roundup: How to Tree Your Dragon

In the old city of Chellah in Rabat, Morocco, there is a tree that has grown into the shape of a DRAGON. This has either happened naturally, or, in a more interesting universe, the spirit of a long-extinct dragon has manifested itself in this tree! One day, all the children of the city will know to come to the Dragon Tree with their troubles, and the Dragon Spirit will grant them Her wisdom in magnificent dreams of flight. [via Laughing Squid!]

Morning Roundup asks an important question: why is Gandhi such a jerk? (The Civilization version of Gandhi, not real Gandhi.) We also meditate upon Christopher Nolan’s flask of tea, and infiltrate a colony of penguins!

[Plus we learn that it’s terribly difficult to cross the street in Lagos.]

Tue
Nov 4 2014 5:20pm

Nathan Fillion is Already Assembling His Zombie Apocalypse Team

Nathan Fillion zombie apocalypse team video

In addition to fooling around with lightsabers, Nathan Fillion is something of a zombie apocalypse enthusiast in his off-hours. In fact, he thinks so much about the possibility of the undead taking over that he’s already obsessed with compiling the perfect, most complementary team.

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Mon
Nov 3 2014 12:00pm

The Walking Dead, S5 E4: “Slabtown”

The Walking Dead recap season 5 episode 4 Slabtown

Remember Beth? Blonde, young adult, sings a lot, tougher than she looks? Maggie’s only surviving family member? You know, the girl who kicked it with Daryl after the prison last season? Everyone else has forgotten all about her. Even Maggie’s basically over her, with nary an attempt at even pretending to try to track her down.

Well, turns out the group who kidnapped her wasn’t a crazy Christian cult like I assumed, but a crazy group of survivors holed up in a hospital. They live by a code of compromise, if by “compromise” you mean “endless cycle of inescapable, soul-crushing debt.” The more she gets to know the hospital, the less she wants to stay, and with the help of a confidante they make a break for it. He escapes, she gets dragged back, and then just as the episode comes to a close comes the real kicker...

[“No one’s comin’!”]

Mon
Oct 27 2014 9:30am

The Walking Dead, S5 E3: “Four Walls and a Roof”

The Walking Dead season five episode 3: Four Walls and a Roof

If you were a fan of Gareth and the cannibals, well, too bad for you. “Four Walls and a Roof” wasted no time in getting straight to the action. The ep was grim and quick, and didn’t stick the landing quite as well as it should have. But at least it wasn’t terrible or meh. Rather than dwell on the bad, let’s take the late, great Bob’s advice and look for the good.

[“It could’ve been us.”]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 11:00am

The Bloody Books of Halloween: Wurm

Wurm Matthew J CostelloGrady Hendrix, author of Horrorstör, and Will Errickson of Too Much Horror Fiction are digging deep inside the Jack o’Lantern of Literature to discover the best (and worst) horror paperbacks. Are you strong enough to read THE BLOODY BOOKS OF HALLOWEEN???

Matthew J. Costello! He consulted on Titanic! He was a Bram Stoker Award finalist for his 1992 novel Homecoming! He writes children’s television! He writes videogames! He wrote an original prequel for Peter Jackson’s King Kong! And in 1991, between banging out the novelizations for Child’s Play 2 and Child’s Play 3 he published one of the funnest, dumbest, goopiest riffs on Alien I’ve ever read.

Imagine the xenomorph as a giant phallic symbol living in a pineapple under the sea and say it with me in a German accent… Ladies and gentlemen, Wurm.

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