The Hell of It February 25, 2015 The Hell of It Peter Orullian What will he wager? Schrödinger’s Gun February 18, 2015 Schrödinger’s Gun Ray Wood Maybe in some other timeline it would have gone smooth. Acrobatic Duality February 11, 2015 Acrobatic Duality Tamara Vardomskaya The two of her are perfectly synchronized. The Language of Knives February 4, 2015 The Language of Knives Haralambi Markov They share the rites of death, and grief.
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Oh No, She Didn’t: The Strong Female Character, Deconstructed
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Evil Eighties: The Paperback Horrors of Lisa Tuttle
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The Pinocchio Factor
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The Mummy was the Indiana Jones Successor that We Deserved
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Feb 26 2015 1:40pm

Afternoon Roundup: On a Scale of 1 to 10, How Would You Rate Your Hunger?

Baymax food bento box

We are very conflicted, because on the one hand this bento box Baymax looks like the best thing to go into our stomachs—but it’s Baymax, and he’s too cute to eat! Check out Nerdist’s roundup of other Baymax-shaped foods (pork buns! marshmallow cookies!) and join in our delectable dilemma.

Afternoon Roundup brings you Alien controversy, AIs playing video games, and the coolest sci-fi museum design ever.

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Feb 26 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Can Rockets Earn Merit Badges in Rocketeering? Or Is That Cheating?

Rocketeer Merit Badge

DIY is a new educational program that encourages kids to learn new skills on their own. And not just regular skills like building fires or tying knots, or proficiency in archery or bugling—these merit badges, designed by Isaiah Saxon, celebrate things like engineering darkness, creative use of tape, and being a Yeti. But the best, obviously, is the merit badge you get for being a Rocketeer. This is even better than becoming an Eternal Scout. [via Boingboing!]

Morning Roundup brings you a report from the sequel to The LEGO Movie, a ranking of the cinematic oeuvre of one Mr. Tim Burton, and wacky religious art from R. Crumb!

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Feb 25 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Channing Tatum Three-Wolf Jupiter is Everything

Channing Tatum three wolf tee shirt Jupiter Ascending

Unfortunately, there’s not much Jupiter Ascending merchandise out there, but we would proudly wear or display this brilliant parody (by fan Stefanie via society6) of the iconic Three-Wolf Moon poster. You can snatch it up in print or tank top form. While you’re at it, read this great piece from The Daily Dot on why Tumblr is Jupiter Ascending’s true fandom.

Afternoon Roundup brings you Godzilla peeking into your hotel room, Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick on your TV, and your first glimpse of more Frozen!

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Feb 25 2015 12:15pm

Tor Books Has Chosen the London In Which It Would Prefer to Live

Darker Shade of Magic Tor Books

And in classically individualistic fashion, the Tor Books staff has not chosen just one, but four different Londons to call home. The question was prompted by this week’s release of A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwab’s newest novel, in which being a magician in London means having access to different types of London.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George and inhabited by the Tor folks in the back middle of the picture. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, where the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire, and where’s Creative Director and Associate Publisher Irene Gallo hails from. (She’s the hooded being on the far left.)

[And then there’s the others...]

Feb 25 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Where Does Tony Stark Get Those Wonderful Toys?

Tony Stark fixing his Batmobile

Photographer Hrjoe has created some great scenes with his superhero toys, but our favorite has to be getting to see Tony Stark tuning up his awesome Batmobile toy. You can see more of his work here! But a few of these are slightly NSFW, so exercise caution.

Morning Roundup brings you the happy fate of a Batsuit, a farewell to Parks, Recreation, and The Greatest Mini-Horse of All Time, and reading suggestions from SF Signal!

[Plus, the return of an American Hero.]

Feb 24 2015 3:30pm

Gritty Power/Rangers Fan Film is a Wonderfully Dark Reboot

Power/Rangers Joseph Kahn Katee Sackhoff James van der Beek

Last year, Battlestar Galactica’s Katee Sackhoff teased a secret project that many assumed was her playing Carol Danvers in Marvel’s Captain Marvel movie. While fans still wait on that casting, it turns out that Sackhoff has been spending her time recently playing a gritty, grown-up take on many Millennials’ childhood female role model: Kimberly, the Pink Ranger.

While the Power Rangers reboot chugs along, Joseph Kahn, Adi Shankar, and James Van Der Beek have enlisted Sackhoff and other talents to create the wonderfully dark fan film Power/Rangers. The teenagers with attitude are now the adults with PTSD, living in a world where an uneasy truce with the Machine Empire has combined humans with machines and has torn apart the Power Rangers.

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Feb 24 2015 1:45pm

Afternoon Roundup: When You Play Game of Thrones Monopoly, You Win or You Die

Game of Thrones Monopoly

There have been several fan editions of Game of Thrones Monopoly, but now an official version is on the horizon! We’re talking Iron Throne and dragon egg tokens, and probably also ways to sabotage and murder your fellow players? Go directly to the Wall, do not pass Go, do not collect 200 gold—but you can pre-order it now, for June.

Afternoon Roundup brings you sci-fi clichés from a Hugo winner; baby’s first Stormlight Archive quote; and historically accurate Disney princesses in the flesh.

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Feb 24 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Isn’t This Dalek a Little Young to Be In the Cult of Skaro?

Dalek Cann Baby

Gallifrey One is an annual Doctor Who con, and this year, amidst all the fezzes and brown pinstriped suits, writer and comedian Rye Silverman found the cutest thing to happen to an alien race bent on the universe’s total extermination! This baby and carriage ensemble has been turned into Dalek Caan, the wacky Dalek who turned on his own kind in “The Stolen Earth.”

Morning Roundup brings you post-Oscar stories of Birdman and The Theory of Everything, plus an interview with the creator of The Sculptor, and the technology you’ll need to become a LEGO award winner.

[And we have a video that might just blow your mind.]

Feb 23 2015 5:00pm

Is This a “Lost” Sherlock Holmes Story by Arthur Conan Doyle?

lost Sherlock Holmes story Arthur Conan Doyle Book o the Brig Walter Elliot

Scottish historian Walter Elliot recently discovered a “lost” Sherlock Holmes story sitting in his attic that may or may not have been written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. “Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs, and by deduction, the Brig Bazaar” is part of The Book o’ the Brig, a collection of shorts intended to raise money to repair a bridge in the Scottish village of Selkirk in the early 1900s.

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Feb 23 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: LEGOs Explain How Boba Fett Escaped the Sarlacc

LEGO Sarlacc diorama Boba Fett escape theory Daniel Stoeffler

You may think you’ve got the best theory for how Boba Fett escaped the sarlacc, but AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) Daniel Stoeffler has created the evidence to back up his harebrained idea. This incredibly detailed LEGO diorama explains how the Jawas use the Pit of Carkoon as a distillery, until one day a mysterious armored figure polluted their stores. You can read Stoeffler’s full theory and check out more photos on his Flickr page. (Hat-tip to Nerd Approved!)

Afternoon Roundup brings you Wolverine’s true inspiration to live, the secrets behind Pawnee’s futuristic tech, and the awesomest Oscars musical number.

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Feb 23 2015 1:10pm

Check Out the Cover for the Song of Ice and Fire 2016 Calendar!

A Song of Ice and Fire 2016 calendar cover revealed Magali Villeneuve

Random House has released the cover for the 2016 Song of Ice and Fire calendar! Magali Villeneuve—whose illustrations also appeared in The World of Ice & Fire—depicts the White Walkers in fearsome detail.

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Feb 23 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Groot is Live at Budokan!

Groot at Budokan

James Gunn recently shared this shot of Groot with all of his fans! Rock star and comic book writer Gerard Way played the stadium last week, and his fantastic drum tech took the opportunity to give our favorite sentient tree a solo.

Morning Roundup gives us an Ultron origin story, Duncan Jones talks about his World of Warcraft movie, and acclaimed novelist Kazup Ishiguro takes a walk on the genre side!

[Plus, what we talk about when we talk about Big Bird.]

Feb 20 2015 4:00pm

Rainbow Rowell Says Carry On Isn’t Fanfiction, It’s Canon

Rainbow Rowell Carry On interview Simon Snow Baz fanfiction fantasyCan Rainbow Rowell’s next book Carry On be described as fanfiction if she’s writing about the magical adventures of her fictional characters’ favorite fictional characters? (She did create the mage-in-training roommates Simon Snow and Tyrannus Basilton “Baz” Pitch for her novel Fangirl, but as the stars of various fanfics.) And while she created a fantasy world detailed enough for her protagonist to write fanfic in, how does she make that fantasy world stand on its own?

Rowell answered these and other tricky questions in a new interview with Time, in which she discussed which fantasy tropes she embraced or discarded while writing Carry On, and why we should all thank the Harry Potter generation.

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Feb 20 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Won an Oscar, Kinda Makes It Better

geek Oscars Batman song The Lego Movie

With Dr. Horrible Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Academy Awards this weekend, Nerd Approved wanted to make sure that 2014’s geekier works got their chance to bring home an Oscar statuette. (And hey, Batman can actually thank his parents in his acceptance speech for best song.) Because Emily Blunt’s arms in Edge of Tomorrow and Baymax in Big Hero 6 both deserve to be recognized for best supporting roles.

Afternoon Roundup brings you a Powerpuff Girls reboot, Stephen Hawking’s space photos, and a Harry Potter fan documentary!

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Feb 20 2015 11:00am

Highlights from Kate Elliott’s Reddit AMA Include Unrestrained Romance, Secret Projects, and Chocolate Cake

Kate Elliott Reddit AMA best answers highlightsFor more than twenty-five years, Kate Elliott’s fantasy and science fiction has focused on (as she told us in Sleeps With Monsters) “how people function in the social space of the societies they live in.” That might range from crumbling empires rebuilding themselves to the immigrant experience and the culture clash experienced by two very different societies. Best known for her Crossroads and Spiritwalker trilogies and her Crown of Stars series, she has also just released a new short fiction collection, The Very Best of Kate Elliott.

Recently, Elliott took to Reddit’s r/fantasy subreddit to answer all manner of reader questions. During the talk—scheduled around the Hawaii-based Elliott’s outrigger canoe practice—she explained how J.R.R. Tolkien made her love worldbuilding, gamely accepted the commentary from one reader who didn’t enjoy her books, and shared her best chocolate cake recipe. Check out the highlights!

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Feb 20 2015 10:52am

Jason Momoa Looks Appropriately Badass as Aquaman

With this tweet showing the first look at Jason Momoa in costume, Aquaman director Zack Snyder has ushered in the era of the badass Atlantean. We didn’t really doubt that the man who embodied Khal Drogo—and who made a pretty intimidating Drax, even just in test shots—would look like a marine killing machine, but it’s another thing to actually have him glaring at you to assert his status as the one king. Gone is the spandex, and his scales are replaced by tattoos—we like.

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Feb 20 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Now Can We Get Duchovny Dressed As Gomez?

Yeah, that’s Gillian Anderson cosplaying as Morticia Addams. Thank you, Lost-Carcosa and myfaithingravity. You’re welcome, everyone else.

Morning Roundup has discovered that there’s an APB out on Queen Elsa, Lucifer has decided to freelance for the LAPD, and Playmobil has some really weird ideas about what kids like to play with.

[Plus, Tina Belcher: Riot Grrrrl.]

Feb 19 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Open This Selfie and You’re Dead

Helsinki statue selfie weeping angels

The Weeping Angels have figured out how to take selfies! (Or, a Helsinki website teamed up with photographer Rio Gandara, but we won’t be fooled.) So, what’s the plan now? They Snapchat these to us and we can never blink again? #selfie #dontblink #blinkandyouredead

Afternoon Roundup brings you a personalized letter from J.K. Rowling, the cover for Mira Grant’s new book, and a Powers featurette.

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Feb 19 2015 12:11pm

Doctor Who Season 9 Villain and Episode Titles Revealed

Doctor Who season 9 two-parter The Magician's Apprentice The Witch's Familiar

As we knew, Doctor Who season 9 is kicking off with a two-parter—but now we know the episode titles and who’s coming back! Radio Times reports that the first two episodes of the new season will be “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar,” written by Steven Moffat and directed by Hettie MacDonald, who directed “Blink.”

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Feb 19 2015 10:30am

We’re Getting a Neill Blomkamp Alien Sequel After All!

Neil blomkamp's Alien Concept Art

After teasing us with some extraordinary concept art last month (and announcing that he had a certain terrifying head sitting on his desk) Neill Blomkamp broke our collective heart by saying he had dropped the project. But now, the director of District 9 and Chappie seems to be ready to climb into the air ducts after all, and took to Instagram with a message of hope!

[Again, our definition of “hope” involves being pursued by an acid-spitting alien…]