Dog March 25, 2015 Dog Bruce McAllister "Watch the dogs when you're down there, David." The Museum and the Music Box March 18, 2015 The Museum and the Music Box Noah Keller History is rotting away, just like the museum. The Thyme Fiend March 11, 2015 The Thyme Fiend Jeffrey Ford It's not all in his head. The Shape of My Name March 4, 2015 The Shape of My Name Nino Cipri How far can you travel to claim yourself?
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March 24, 2015
Protecting What You Love: On the Difference Between Criticism, Rage, and Vilification
Emily Asher-Perrin
March 23, 2015
Language as Power in Shakespeare’s The Tempest
Katharine Duckett
March 16, 2015
What Changes To Expect in Game of Thrones Season Five
Bridget McGovern
March 13, 2015
Five Books with Fantastic Horses
Patricia Briggs
March 13, 2015
Is Ladyhawke the Best Fairy Tale of Them All?
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Thu
Mar 26 2015 3:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: Happy Birthday Nu Who!

Doctor Who birthday cards cast 10th anniversary

RadioTimes got the Doctor Who cast to share the sweetest, most touching birthday messages. Russell T. Davies says happy birhtday to the loyal fans; David Tennant and John Barrowman remember being Who fans before they joined; Simon Pegg, Sophia Myles, and other famous cameos chime in as well. But Billie Piper’s is the one that gives us the happy tears. Read them while eating TARDIS cake and reading about how “Rose” introduced a new generation to the series.

Afternoon Roundup brings you Jason Segel’s new LEGO project, high school cliques for the Internet, and reasons we’re getting closer to a Super Sad True Love Story.

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Thu
Mar 26 2015 11:05am

New Avengers Line-Up Revealed

All-New All-Different Avengers

This summer, Marvel Comics is merging all of its various realities in a battle royale crossover event known as the Secret Wars, and today the new Avengers line-up that will emerge from that event has leaked (and then promptly officially released).

The new line-up reflects the changes that many of Marvel’s A-list characters have undergone in the past year—from Falcon taking up the mantle of Captain America to the power of Thor being passed on to a (currently) mystery woman—and seizing on the popularity of new characters such as Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man Miles Morales. Assembled, these characters present a bold representation of the Marvel Universe as it stands today.

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Thu
Mar 26 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: We Would Never Let Go of These Kitties!

Sinking Titanic Cat Condo

All right, Hollywood Kitty Company, we like the cut of your jib. Taking a historic tragedy/blockbuster Billy Zane-vehicle like Titanic and turning it into a cat toy... well, it’s the sort of thing that makes us love the internet. As you can see, the Sinking Titanic Kitty Condo provides multiple portholes and smokestacks for the cats to climb through, all propped up by a scratching post the kitties can cling to when they leap overboard. You can find more photos of cats on the deck of the Titanic over at Laughing Squid!

Morning Roundup brings news of Jubilee, Star Trek 3, and Mulder & Scully!

[Also, a stellar cover of an interstellar ballad.]

Wed
Mar 25 2015 5:02pm

Steven Spielberg to Direct Ready Player One

Steven Spielberg Ready Player One movieAlthough a few months ago Christopher Nolan was rumored to be bringing Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One to the big screen, Deadline reports that Steven Spielberg has attached himself to the adaptation!

It’s very fitting, considering that Spielberg has a lot more ’80s experience, having helmed some of our favorite movies from that era: E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. (All of which are mentioned in the book!)

The man knows his stuff, which is what we’ll need to see in a production that must combine a bleak, dystopian future characterized by overpopulation and the virtual-reality OASIS, and the nostalgia of War Games, Joust, and other ’80s classics.

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Wed
Mar 25 2015 3:15pm

Cersei Flips Tables and Sansa Crushes on Margaery in The Real Housewives of Westeros

The Real Housewives of Westeros

What if Game of Thrones were on Bravo instead of HBO? For one, all of the women (and a few catty men) of Westeros would fight over the Iron Throne—and there would be so many banquet fights that the Red Wedding would look like amateur hour.

“No one even likes each other, but they’re only there because there’s only a few women in Westeros, and they have to rally together, but they hate each other secretly,” Sophie Turner explains in the beginning of her pitch for The Real Housewives of Westeros. It’s part of Vanity Fair’s Improv Imagination series, in which they let celebrities run wild with their stream-of-consciousness imaginings, and then illustrate their ramblings.

[“Winter may be coming, but I’m hella hot”]

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!]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 5:00pm

Now You Can Join the Clone Club with the Orphan Black Fashion Collection

Orphan Black fashion collection Hot Topic

So, you love Orphan Black, and you’ve already snatched up the Funko Smart POP figurines of the Clone Club to join you in your season 3 viewing party. And you know without thinking about it which clone you are, right? (Helena when you’re on a sugar high, Alison when you’re feeling crafty.) Well, here’s your chance to dress up as any and all of Project Leda’s offspring.

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Tue
Mar 24 2015 4:00pm

SFWA’s Humble Bundle Provides Tons of Post-Apocalyptic Reading Material

Humble Bundle post apocalypse

Not only is the new Humble Bundle post-apocalypse-themed, but it’s also the organization’s first mixed-media bundle. You know, in case we wind up in a Fahrenheit 451-esque future and need different media through which to remember our favorite stories. The Humble Post-Apocalyptic Bundle includes books, graphic novels, magazines, an audiobook, and a game.

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Tue
Mar 24 2015 2:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Thor Loooves Yogurt

Avengers Nine-Nine illustratedkate Tumblr

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is already one of our favorite non-genre TV shows, but then Tumblr user illustratedkate had to go and make it even better by Avengers-izing the opening credits. Of course Tony has an Iron Man action figure, and Natasha gets cranky about technology on the fritz, but the best is Clint Barton dancing around with his cell phone and a doofy grin. We need this crossover parody yesterday.

Afternoon Roundup brings you Russo brothers domination; Tom Felton meeting Harry Potter superfans; and every argument ever made about Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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Tue
Mar 24 2015 10:49am

Martin Scorsese to Adapt Kenneth Branagh’s Take on Macbeth for the Big Screen

Macbeth movie Kenneth Branagh Martin Scorsese

What great timing! While we’re reading Shakespeare on Tor.com, yet another adaptation is in the works.

In early February, several outlets reported that Martin Scorsese was considering taking his first leap into Shakespearean lore, intrigued as he was by Kenneth Branagh’s 2013 production of Macbeth at the Manchester International Festival. Now, Branagh has confirmed that Scorsese will indeed direct the film adaptation.

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Tue
Mar 24 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: The Cold Never Bothered Baymax Anyway

Big Hero 6's Baymax Meets Frozen's Elsa

What is it about Baymax that make him so infinitely mashable? Big Hero 6 did well at the box office, earned good reviews, and won an Oscar last month, but the biggest takeaway from the film is that people love taking the sweet, helpful robot and putting him in unlikely situations. Here, for instance, a Scottish artist named Demetria Skye Logan has run him through a whole gamut of Disney cosplay! From Donald Duck to Stitch, Baymax proves that he’s adorable no matter how he’s dressed. But we had to take moment to highlight his meeting with another animated juggernaut: here he is cosplaying as Frozen’s Elsa.

Morning Roundup brings you the greatest scientific study of all time, a challenge to spin the Wheel of Fish, and an update on the exciting development of Leviathan!

[Plus barrel rolls in spaaaace!]

Mon
Mar 23 2015 4:30pm

Game of Thrones Will Spoil the Remaining Song of Ice and Fire Books

Game of Thrones show spoil Song of Ice and Fire books

Even though Game of Thrones season 5 looks to be diverging from its source material to a greater degree than any of the prior seasons, the show’s creators have confirmed that the TV series and the books will end in the same place. And the show will get there first!

Speaking to the Oxford Union this weekend, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff confirmed what we’ve already suspected: Game of Thrones will outpace George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series, thus spoiling TV audiences for the books’ eventual ending.

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Mon
Mar 23 2015 4:18pm

It is Truly Upsetting That This Hawkeye(s) TV Show Isn’t Real

Hawkeye, nottonyharrison, Netflix

Tumblr, you give us such gifts. When user nottonyharrison created a poster suggesting that Matt Fraction’s run of Hawkeye be turned into a television series, it led to an opening scene by interestinggin that is such utter perfection, we are crushed to know that it’s not being greenlit this instant.

Want Clint Barton’s story—as told by (the best Hawkeye) Kate Bishop? Oh, you do. Trust us, you do.

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Mon
Mar 23 2015 3:00pm

Update: The X-Files Is (Definitely!) Reopening Soon!

The X-Files

Update: Chris Carter has confirmed that the show is returning as a six episode miniseries! While there's no premiere date yet, filming will begin this summer.

The shadowy conspiracy to bring us more X-Files is coming out into the light! David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have agreed to reprise their roles as Mulder and Scully, Chris Carter will be writing and executive producing, and Fox is close to greenlighting the show! However, there’s an interesting twist in the details...

[Details that will finally give us the truth!]

Mon
Mar 23 2015 2:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: Pizza Dog is the Best Hawkeye Action Figure, Bro

Hawkeye action figure Pizza Dog Lucky Matt Fraction David Aja

The new Hawkeye action figure, based on Matt Fraction and David Aja’s take on the Avengers, comes with trick arrows, a patched-up face, and lots of articulation. But none of that is as amazing as PIZZA DOG. Yes, Clint comes with his trusted pup Lucky, the star of one of the best Hawkeye comics—and, really, one of the best single-issue comics of 2013. Lookit how Toyark posed Hawkguy and Pizza Dog!

Afternoon Roundup brings you Margaret Atwood’s favorite thing about Game of Thrones, a Jules Verne musical, and a new perspective on Link.

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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?]

Mon
Mar 23 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Mars is Hilarious

The Martian - Ridley Scott's Script

Andrew Weir’s novel The Martian could have been a terribly bleak affair—after all, it begins as the protagonist realizes he’s stranded alone on Mars. However, it’s shot through with an unexpected wit that adds some fun to the book, so it’s great to see that Ridley Scott is preserving that tone for the film adaptation. A helpful Redditor posted this doodle from the cover of his script, and, as you can see, Ridley is trying to keep the mood light. Plus, Matt Damon seems to be having a great time with his Mars Rover. (That guy loves being by himself on planets!)

Morning Roundup brings you opinions on who should win the Iron Throne, short stories that will change your life, and a Vincent Price speech that will make you cry.

[Plus dinosaurs, LEGO, and samurai!]

Fri
Mar 20 2015 4:36pm

Lois McMaster Bujold Announces New Cordelia Vorkosigan Novel Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

Lois McMaster BujoldNext year will see a new installment in Lois McMaster Bujold’s Hugo- and Nebula-winning Vorkosigan Saga! Bujold recently announced on her Goodreads blog that her new novel Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen will be published in February of 2016 (tentatively) from Baen Books.

In a bit of great timing, 2016 will also mark the 30th anniversary of the publication of Bujold’s first three Vorkosigan Saga novels: Shards of Honor, The Warrior’s Apprentice, and Ethan of Athos.

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Fri
Mar 20 2015 3:51pm

Can You Survive the Lovecraftian Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Story Harrison Squared Dies Early?

Harrison Squared Dies Early Choose Your Own Adventure

Before he’ll be rescuing his abducted mother from Lovecraftian horrors in Harrison Squared, plucky young protagonist Harrison Harrison... will die? That’s for you to decide, as you play your way through Harrison Squared Dies Early, an interactive companion story to Daryl Gregory’s new novel.

[Shall we begin?]