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Nov 25 2014 1:30pm

A Spectre Rises in NOLA: Constantine, “Danse Vaudou”

Constantine Danse Vaudou

Constantine gets its serial on with this week’s NOLA-centric episode, giving us a standard case-of-the-week that ties into several of the show’s overarching storylines simultaneously. The central caper involved several seemingly separate situations that all converged in a way that was somehow both anticlimactic and ultimately refreshing at the same time. More importantly, we got to see Chas finally do something! Oh, and there’s lots of fun team-up action including a certain glowy green vengeance spirit. Spoilers ahoy!

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Nov 25 2014 1:10pm

Still from the Sherlock Christmas Special is Canonically Perfect

Sherlock special script

We’ve finally got some info on the Sherlock Christmas special, and it’s a real holiday treat.

Are they... cosplaying? Time traveling? We honestly have no idea. But whatever it is, we are on board for this rodeo.

[Take a look]

Nov 25 2014 1:00pm

The Artist: Leo and Diane Dillon

Leo and Diane Dillon

“We’re like the mockingbird that can sing in many voices.”
—Diane Dillon

I have to admit that I’m a skeptic when it comes to the subject of fate. I roll my eyes at the idea of predestination and astral alignment; kismet, divine will, providence, whatever you want to call it, I simply don’t buy it. That is, with one exception:

The Dillons.

When it comes to Leo and Diane my skepticism falls by the wayside and I can’t help but believe their meeting, their marriage, and their career was somehow preordained and inevitable.

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Nov 25 2014 12:32pm

Watch the First Full Jurassic World Trailer

Jurassic World trailer

DINOSAURS. EVERYWHERE. If only Hammond could see what his corporate madness has wrought. New theory: Bryce Dallas Howard's character is the granddaughter of the guy who narrated the tour guide “baby dinosahr” film from the first Jurassic Park. Discuss.

Also what you are talking about Chris Pratt, dinosaurs are the best idea. Did you even watch your own trailer?

[Watch the first full Jurassic World trailer]

Nov 25 2014 12:15pm

I’ll Be Your Mirror. Sleepy Hollow: “Magnum Opus”

Sleepy Hollow Magnum Opus

So, I was going to begin this piece with an apology for the disjointedness to follow. But, you know what? No. My writing is disjointed because while I was watching one of the most racially diverse shows on TV, a show that puts a black family in the center of a battle between good and evil, the Ferguson indictment reports came in.

[Pop culture as mirror]

Jun 23 2014 9:26am
Original Comic

The Imitation Game

Jim Ottaviani and Leland Purvis

The Imitation Game by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Purvis

Today, Alan Turing is considered the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. The mathematician, born on June 23, 1912, was a brilliant World War II codebreaker and parlayed that insight into theorizing and creating the first stored-memory computers. Unfortunately, this Officer of the British Empire was persecuted by the British government of the time for his homosexuality and suffered through chemical castration before ending his life.

The Imitation Game by Feynman author Jim Ottaviani and Resistance illustrator Leland Purvis chronicles the life of Turing in a full-size graphic novel. Check back every day this week as Tor.com releases the entire graphic novel in four parts.

[The Imitation Game by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Purvis]

Nov 25 2014 11:30am

Bullets & Butlers: Gotham, “Lovecraft”

Gotham Lovecraft

Once upon a time there was a TV show called Gotham , which was intended as a dramatic telling of the early days of James Gordon’s police career in Gotham City in the days before the Batman. It was a decent outing, though it wasn’t particularly remarkable, unsure if it wanted to be Batman ’66 or Batman Begins . If you wanted to apply Newton’s Third Law to dramatic narrative, you could have probably used Gotham as an example: for every compelling story beat about a Good Cop railing against a corrupt system, you had an equal and opposite beat about, oh, I don’t know, a Balloon Vigilante.

So instead of airing the planned mid-season finale, the network made the surprising choice to air a pilot of new show in its place. Tentatively titled Bullets & Butlers , this new show had all the promise of Gotham but without the unbearable cheese and terribly written female characters and annoying winks-and-nods to established Bat-continuity and general lack of subtlety.

I’m being facetious, of course. But that’s the only way I am can process the utter excitement that I felt while watching Gotham ’s mid-season finale, “Lovecraft.”

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Nov 25 2014 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: What I Did On My Holidays — INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair

Chandra Rooney introducing Maggie Stiefvater at INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair

My impression of Toronto is a whirl of chilly weather, excellent people, amazing food, and books. So many books, so many of them my kind of books.

Admittedly, my view of Toronto as a city of books might just have a little to do with the fact I was there to attend the first INSPIRE! Toronto International Book Fair (hereafter referred to as the TIBF, because I distrust names in all caps with exclamation marks). The TIBF, in concert with Tourism Toronto, flew in seven bloggers to cover the event, leading some people to conclude the organisers had more money than sense: the amazing Book Smugglers, Jane of Dear Author, Kelly of Book Riot, a Canadian mother and daughter blogging team called Chapter By Chapter, and your humble correspondent.

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Nov 25 2014 10:25am

Michelle MacLaren Confirmed to Direct Wonder Woman

Michelle MacLaren confirmed female director Wonder Woman

As rumored, Warner Bros has signed on a female director to helm its 2017 Wonder Woman film, starring Gal Gadot. The Hollywood Reporter announced that Michelle MacLaren—nominated by many outlets for her work on Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad—has signed on to direct the studio’s first standalone female superhero movie.

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Nov 25 2014 10:00am

The Science of The Three-Body Problem and How it Ties Into Self-Worth

Three-Body Problem art by Stephan Martiniere

A covert military project. A secret war revealed as the worst fight that humanity has ever faced. Baffling mysteries. A series of ultra-science weapons, each more powerful and fantastic than the last, including one technology described as more important than nuclear bombs. Aliens that may be saviors, or invaders, or both. All this and more feature in Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem, the first book in a science fiction trilogy that is wildly popular in China (read a firsthand account of the series’ fame) and is now finally making its way into English.

Let’s take a look at the science that the story is built upon. Spoilers ahead for those haven’t yet read The Three-Body Problem.

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Nov 25 2014 9:50am

Rachel McAdams and Taylor Kitsch Join True Detective Season 2

Rachel McAdams Taylor Kitsch cast True Detective season 2

Perpetual time traveler’s girlfriend Rachel McAdams and Battleship’s Taylor Kitsch have joined what’s becoming an ensemble cast in season 2 of True Detective. HBO confirmed the casting, revealing tidbits about each of the four characters in the new season, as well as what to expect when Nic Pizzolatto’s mystery series returns.

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Nov 25 2014 9:30am

A Magic Synergy: The Cover Art of Kathleen Jennings

When a new book is sold, the first question (after “When is it coming out?” and “Will there be a movie?”) is, “What’s the cover going to be?”

The easy answer is “Beautiful,” because, like babies, all book covers should be beautiful in the eyes of their doting authors. The truth is, some book covers are more beautiful (and true to the book) than others. Some cover art originates with stock the publisher already owns, or marketing departments’ notions of what sells, or the current fashion in best sellers—a thousand things that have nothing to do with art or the book or the magic synergy that marries two disparate art forms into a single object. In most instances, the first a writer (or at least this writer) sees of their covers is a finished mockup of art and type accompanied by a note containing some variation of “Isn’t this beautiful? We’re so pleased with it; hope you are, too!”

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Nov 25 2014 9:20am

Catherine Tregenna is Doctor Who’s First Female Writer in Six Years! Party Time!

It’s been a long time since Helena Raynor’s Sontaran two-parter in the Tenth Doctor’s Era, and fans have been pushing for more diversity in the Doctor Who writing line-up for some time now. Happily, the first step has been made—Catherine Tregenna will be writing for Doctor’s Who’s ninth season next year!

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Nov 25 2014 9:00am

The Providence of Fire: Chapter One (Excerpt)

Brian Staveley

The Providence of Fire excerpt prologue Brian StaveleyThe Providence of Fire, the second volume in Brian Staveley’s Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, sees the heirs of the assassinated Emperor of Annur fighting one another as well as the forces that conspired against their father.

Adare has learned the identity of her father’s killer, but she has few allies to challenge the coup against her family. While she rallies the people—who believe her touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire—to help her retake the city, she must face her brother Valyn’s rebel forces. Having allied with nomad forces, he brings war to the Annurian Empire.

Caught in the middle is Adare and Valyn’s brother Kaden, rightful heir to the throne. He has infiltrated the capital with the help of two strange companions, who possess knowledge that may save Annur... or destroy it.

The Providence of Fire publishes January 13, 2015 from Tor Books and Tor Books UK. Read chapter one below, and check back every day this week for additional excerpts!

[Read Chapter One]

Nov 25 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Gleaming the Batcube!

Unreality Magazine shared this shot of The Joker, um, kickflipping over Batman. Yes, this is probably just photoshopped, but we prefer the reality where Heath Ledger—a known skateboard-enthusiast—decided to add a little X-TREME flair to his Dark Knight character. Bottom line: it made us happy, so here you go.

Morning Roundup reminds you that no one can take the sky from you! Also, we’ve got adventures in cloning, and reading suggestions for film lovers.


Nov 24 2014 5:39pm

Oscar Isaac Will Be Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse

Oscar Isaac cast X-Men: Apocalypse

We may not yet know who Oscar Isaac is playing in Star Wars Episode VII, but we do know that he’ll play a major role in another big release! Variety reports that Isaac has signed on to play Apocalypse in 20th Century Fox’s X-Men: Apocalypse, which won’t be out until May 18, 2016.

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Nov 24 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: December Releases in Fantasy

new releases fantasy december 2014Ten new fantasies hit the shelves this month in time to fill holiday stockings (digital or textile), including series additions from, among others, Katherine Kurtz, K.V. Johansen, and K.J. Taylor. Also look for an all-star charity anthology to benefit colon cancer research, and Shannon Page’s completion of the late Jay Lake’s unfinished novel, Our Lady of the Islands.

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

[Read about this month’s releases.]

Nov 24 2014 4:00pm

Jim Parsons and Rihanna Are the Unlikeliest of Friends in the Home Trailer

Home movie trailer Jim Parsons Rihanna Oh Boov

20th Century Fox and DreamWorks’ newest animated feature Home stars The Big Bang Theory’s Jim Parsons and Rihanna (one of the best parts of Battleship) as an alien and a human who go on something of an intergalactic roadtrip when his race tries to take over her planet.

[Watch the trailer]

Nov 24 2014 3:00pm

Follow Your Arrow: Hail and Farewell

Arrows of the Queen Valdemar RereadThis blog post covers chapters 10-12 of Arrows of the Queen, the end of the book. This is the first book in a trilogy, so Lackey will be tying up some of the plot threads while strategically leaving others hanging. We’ll be starting Arrow’s Flight next week.

This section begins with Sherrill knocking on Talia’s dorm room door. Sherrill has been promoted from Trainee to Herald and has chosen this occasion to tell Talia about birth control. This is a handy reminder that Sherrill is an adult, and also an occasion for Lackey to remind us that Heralds are sworn to service, not to celibacy. These things are useful to keep in mind in this section of the book, which is about growing up and saying good-bye.

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Nov 24 2014 2:00pm

Dear, Star Trek — Please Pay Attention to Doctor McCoy Now

McCoy, Spokc, Star Trek, Wrath of Khan

With the third Star Trek reboot film on the way, fans have their fingers crossed hard. Everyone has been pushing for a film that does what Star Trek has always said on the tin—explore the final frontier. And fans have been promised exploration is part of the bargain. But you know what I’ve been holding out for?

More Doctor McCoy. Because if McCoy is important to the film, then all those other problems kind of solve themselves automatically.

[Just once I’d like to land someplace and say “Behold, I am the archangel Gabriel!”]