Forget Kaiju Blue—what you should be fearing is Pokémon Blue (and Red). That is, the formidable Pokaiju (see what we did there?) brought to spine-tingling life by artist Yuuki Morita and put on our radar by Kotaku.
Artist Stephan Martiniere (responsible for this prior awesomeness) worked on the top-secret-until-now Guardians of the Galaxy movie and he’s got a ton of concept art to share! Check out how the movie’s rough and tumble cosmic tone came together for the tech and the environments we see in the film. Don’t worry, there are no spoilers for the movie.
Say you’re headed to London (as quite a few of you might be for this year’s World Con!) and you want to get in some fun fandom sight-seeing. You’ve gone to the museums and the art galleries already, or you’re hoping to dilute those places with a little more wandering and time spent on the Tube.
The great thing about London is that many of its famous sights are directly related to SFF’s most beloved fandoms. Remember how the opening of the 2012 Olympics was full of Poppins and Bond and Potter? There’s a reason for that. So here are some places you might want to stop off—and a lot of them are probably more obvious than you realize.
James Gunn attended the UK premiere of Guardians of the Galaxy with a friend! Oreo the raccoon seems to be taking a cue from Rocket, here—we’re guessing he launched himself at the paparazzi about a second after this photo was taken.
Morning Roundup has inspiration from a future Star Wars director, an assessment of the greatest email correspondence of all time, and Vin Diesel somehow steals our hearts again. Hasn’t he stolen them like eight times already this month? Give us our hearts back, Vin Diesel.
Doctor Who may be returning to the airwaves on August 23, but the BBC won’t be the only place for fans to follow the Twelfth Doctor’s escapades through time and space. In October, Puffin will release its ebook anthology Doctor Who: 12 Doctors, 12 Stories—and now we know who’s penning the latest adventure!
After Twitter rumors had previously pointed to Frank Cottrell Boyce and J.K. Rowling, The Guardian reveals that The Coldest Girl in Coldtown author Holly Black will be the one to take on Peter Capaldi’s Twelve in a new short story, called “Lights Out.”
Into the Woods has caused considerable furor long before its Christmas Day release, with rumors that Disney had cut the musical’s sexiest song for the movie adaptation. (Don’t worry, they didn’t.) Now, the first teaser trailer is out, allowing us our first chance to ponder the movie based on actual footage and not just set photos and hearsay.
Our new favorite person is the Twitter user who had this brainstorm earlier today:
chris hemsworth, chris evans, chris pratt, and chris pine need to start a boy band named christo4— ☽ sailor fiona ♡ (@raptormoon) July 31, 2014
And our other new favorite person is Cuddlebuggery's Meg Morley who then Photoshopped our dreams into reality.
Forget *NSYNC’s surprise greatest-hits album, or NKOTBSB, or even One Direction—the 2010s are about to see the greatest boy band of its time. Because they’re all named Chris, they all play geek icons, and they’re already used to fighting off screaming fans.
We can’t wait til their first single, “Assemble Your Love,” drops. Not to mention their Christmas (hee) album. What an amazing time we live in.
Illustrator Ian Schoenherr recently published a letter Anne McCaffrey wrote to his father, John Schoenherr, thanking him for his dragons! The elder Schoenherr provided some wonderful illustrations to accompany two of McCaffrey’s early Pern stories in Analog Magazine, making these the earliest depiction of F’lar, Lessa, and Mnementh! “Weyr Search” and “Dragonrider” were published in October and December of 1967, respectively, and each served as the magazine’s cover story.
Don’t worry, Ant-Man hasn’t lost another cast member. But if you’re a 5’ 10" (“not an inch shorter or an inch taller”) man between the ages of 30 and 60 living in Atlanta, you could be Michael Douglas’ stand-in.
Answer this casting call and you’ll get to be scientist Hank Pym, who enlists the help of con man Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to protect the secrets of his shrinking Ant-Man suit, but also to become the titular hero himself, by pulling off the world’s greatest heist.
Well, you’ll get to play Hank Pym before the cameras start rolling, at least.
Poster: Marvel Studios
A new excerpt from Joss Whedon: The Biography (out August 1) reveals that, after reading the first draft of the Avengers screenplay, Tom Hiddleston wrote Joss Whedon a heartfelt, effusive, funny, adorable email thanking Whedon for writing the part of Loki for him.
Wait, it’s Tom Hiddleston. Why are we even surprised? Read the entire letter—plus Whedon’s response—and get ready for the feels.
Harry Potter turns 34 today, while the Potter fandom is about half as old. We decided that the best way to honor The Boy Who Lived, and the wizarding world in which he lives, is with a best-of list of all the Internet memes the series has inspired—videos, GIFs, crossovers, and mashups.
Now, we’re never going to track down every meme, because they keep popping up with the same frequency as Harry’s Hogwarts letters. But these are our favorites. Some came about from the movies, while others only needed the books for inspiration. Some originated the meme, while others elevated preexisting ones. And should we really be surprised that Severus Snape is at the center of most of them? Nope.
Tor.com contributor Thom Dunn shared this map of how to die in each state! We like the Florida is its own cause of death, and we definitely second Hastur as the biggest danger in Louisiana. But are vampires really that bad in Alaska?
Morning Roundup has some more prep for those of you going to Guardians of the Galaxy this weekend, or, as we like to call you: EVERYONE. (End Gary Oldman voice.) We also have worldbuilding advice, and a Facehugger!
Love can transcend time, and Matthew McConaughey's glorious, gravelly voice can transcend a million crappy rom-coms. Are you tired of looking down into the dirt? Gaze up into the stars and ponder your place in the universe with the new Interstellar trailer!
Warner Bros. is clearly feeling the heat—and by that, we mean the fearsome fire of fictional dragons including Daenerys Targaryen’s brood on Game of Thrones, and WB’s own Smaug in The Hobbit. Dragons are having a moment, and studios are looking to capitalize on these winged reptiles for as long as possible.
To that end, Warner Bros. has optioned Anne McCaffrey’s Dragonriders of Pern series as a potential next sci-fi/fantasy franchise.
Joe Abercrombie hopped onto reddit for an AMA earlier this month, and provided fun and informative answers to at least a billion questions. It turns out Lord Grimdark has many pieces of advice to give, on topics including writing (“Never cut out anything cool”), whiskey (detailed below) and cover design (“If there’s one thing that’s always praised about my books, it’s that they’re grip friendly”).
We’ve rounded up some of the highlights below—also be sure to check out our coverage of Abercrombie’s appearance on the Rulers of the Realm panel at SDCC!
In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin brings Kameron Hurley and Liz Bourke on to talk about an enormous range of topics. Ostensibly inspired by Hurley's soon to be released The Mirror Empire, the discussion also covers the Hugo Awards, blog post writing, bad marketing jargon, and why The Mirror Empire kicks ass.
Buzzfeed shared this amazing whosay post from Lady Sif herself! We’re not sure if Jaime Alexander walked the Con floor as Wolverine, but we’re glad she recorded this moment for history. And hey, Hugh Jackman’s going to retire eventually...
Morning Roundup has yet more news of Guardians of the Galaxy! Plus some thoughts on Gene Wolfe’s greatness, the next big heores from Stan Lee, and the future of moose-based horror!
The “Putting the Epic in Epic Fantasy” panel at San Diego Comic-Con brought some of our greatest fantasy names together! Brent Weeks moderated, with authors Django Wexler, Sam Sykes, Joe Abercrombie, Robin Hobb, Morgan Rhodes, Raymond E. Feist, and Patrick Rothfuss discussing influences (GRRM comes up...), “sketchy Dumbledore” scenarios, and the conventions of banking in Hyrule. Check out the full panel below!
Have you heard of Genius? It’s a cool website with the tagline “Annotate the world”—where users can annotate rap lyrics, videos, and (of course) novels. Consider it an even more hyper-focused version of Wikipedia, where you’re getting down to the granular level in discussing the inspirations and meanings behind all manner of text.
Where Genius differs from Wikipedia is in how a given excerpt—like, say, Lev Grossman’s novel The Magician King—can include notes and asides from readers and published authors. Like, say, Grossman himself.
You do not mess with Stephen Colbert when it comes to knowing his Tolkien. (James Franco learned that the hard way.) It made perfect sense, then, that the Colbert Report host would moderate San Diego Comic-Con’s The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies panel.
That he did it dressed up as his Middle-earth character the Laketown Spy was even sweeter. And now you can watch a video of the event and read Colbert’s entire pre-panel speech—which will touch all fannish hearts—in its entirety.