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December 22, 2014
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Dec 27 2014 10:00am

Six Word Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Anything Stories

Can you squeeze an entire epic fantasy series into six words? Can you contain a cosmos’ worth of possibility into that small a phrase? YES YOU CAN. You wrote almost 400 of them last year. That's how much fun the Six Word Story game is.

The rules are simple. Write a sci-fi or fantasy (or any genre, really) story in six words. We’ll start!

Conclusion: Humans come pre-farmed. Begin harvest.


Buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo, ironically.

Dec 26 2014 12:00pm

Build Your Own Tor.com Stubby Paper Rocket

Stubby paper model

Yes, you too can have your own Stubby the Rocket! We asked paper model designer Robert Nava to create a stubby pattern. Simply print, cut, fold, and glue. (Ok, maybe some parts aren’t so simple, but once you pass the needle-nose, you’re golden!) Extra points if anyone can figure out how to modify it into the HMS Stubbington...or anything at all.

To begin, download the PDF here.

Download the instructions PDF here!

Stubby Paper model

Dec 24 2014 1:00pm

Tor.com Wishes You a Merry Cthulhumas!

Illustration by Scott Brundage. Merry Christmas! May your holidays be free of overwhelming terror.

A quick note: We’ll be posting at a reduced rate over the next week, but we’ll still be offering up great material. Some of your favorite series may be on break until the new year, but we hope you’ll enjoy our encore posts of some of our favorite essays from throughout the year!

Dec 24 2014 12:20pm

This Little Kid’s The Princess Bride Dread Pirate Roberts Theory Just Blew Our Minds

The Princess Bride fan theory Dread Pirate Roberts grandfather as you wish

We’ve got all the little-known facts about The Princess Bride handled, but a recent Facebook post from Astronauts in Trouble author Larry Young uncovered a dimension of the movie we’d never considered. Young sat down for a recent viewing of The Princess Bride with his young son, who came up with a perfect fan theory about the Dread Pirate Roberts that beats the Sherlock same-plot theory.

[“Have you ever considered piracy? You’d make a wonderful Dread Pirate Roberts.”]

Dec 24 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: All Groot Needs is a Little Love

Peanuts as Guardians of the Galaxy

Artist Lar deSouza created this sweet mashup of Guardians of the Galaxy and Peanuts, and naturally Groot becomes the tree that just needs a little love. A Merry Happy Christmas to those who celebrate! To everyone else, we hope you have a wonderful break to get to the reading and binge-watching you've been promising yourself all year.

Morning Roundup drains another glass of eggnog, and brings you links! We have holiday reading suggestions, a literary pastiche from the 1920s, and reminiscences from Mel Brooks! Plus Tim Burton talks about not being George Lucas, and Björk takes us all to Bethlehem.

[And tips for those of you planning to hunt the elusive Santa!]

Dec 23 2014 4:00pm

Some of Your Favorite Short Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fiction of 2014

Color of Paradox Art

As 2014 comes to a close, we wanted to make sure that this year’s short fiction didn’t get lost in the shuffle of all the other year-end “best-of” lists. We took to Twitter to ask for your favorite short pieces of 2014, and as usual you gave us a wonderful list! We’ve compiled the stories below, and we encourage you to tell us about more favorites in the comments.

[Click through for reading suggestions!]

Dec 23 2014 1:43pm

Fast & Furious Director Justin Lin to Direct Star Trek 3

Justin Lin Star Trek 3 director Roberto Orci

After the game of musical chairs that has been securing a director for Star Trek 3, Deadline reports that Paramount Pictures has nailed down Justin Lin to helm the third rebooted Trek film.

Roberto Orci stepped down from the project earlier this month amid rumors that studio executives didn’t like his script. Lin’s was one of the five names that cropped up after Orci’s exit; so far, the response in the blogosphere has been tepid, as Lin is best known for the Fast and Furious movies, and because he isn't Edgar Wright.

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Dec 23 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Gracepoint Throws Out Doctor Who Easter Eggs for David Tennant Fans

David Tennant Gracepoint Easter egg Doctor Who

The folks at Gracepoint are rewarding David Tennant for watching the Tenth Doctor growl his way through their remake of Broadchurch. The show’s creator Chris Chibnall—who has also written for Doctor Who—tweeted these great props from the desk of Tennant’s protagonist Detective Carver. The TARDIS phone must get great reception.

Morning Roundup radically reimagines an Octavia E. Butler classic, makes holiday wreaths from old books, cheers over the Empire Strikes Back live read’s special guest, and is super jealous of Bill Gates’ reddit Secret Santa gift recipient.

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Dec 22 2014 4:30pm

Mike Colter Cast as Marvel’s Luke Cage!

Mike Colter, Luke Cage, Marvel

It was rumored a while back, but now it’s been confirmed: Mike Colter has been cast as Luke Cage!

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Dec 22 2014 3:30pm

What is it Like to be a Malfoy Post-Battle of Hogwarts? Rowling Reveals All on Pottermore

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Draco Malfoy, Tom Felton

J.K. Rowling has released her heftiest piece of writing for the holiday Pottermore bonanza, it it gives us a healthy swath of background on everyone’s favorite nemesis in the Potter series: Draco Malfoy. Want the very best bits? Take a peek below...

[Some wizard families are better than others…]

Dec 22 2014 12:15pm

Terry Pratchett Based Crowley on Neil Gaiman, and Other Tidbits from the Writing of Good Omens

how Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett wrote Good OmensWhen Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett published Good Omens in 1990, Gaiman says, they decided to tell people only a little bit about how exactly they collaborated on the beloved fantasy novel. But now, tied to the broadcast of the Good Omens radio play, Gaiman shares an in-depth look at the writing process, from his and Pratchett’s first meeting in a Chinese restaurant in 1985 to who is responsible for which characters.

There are long phone calls we wish we could have listened in on, character genders getting swapped, details borrowed from one of the authors, and doves. Yes, doves.

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Dec 22 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: These Sweaters Are the Final Frontier of Knitwear

Star Trek Christmas Sweaters

We approve of this mission to seek out new and ever more hideous Christmas sweaters! Her Universe tweeted this picture, and we just want to hug everyone involved. Look how jolly Bones is with reindeer prancing across his chest! Look how Kirk’s Rudolph sweater somehow acts as a counterpoint to his virility! And ponder the fact that not even a ridiculous sweater can make Uhura look silly.

Morning Roundup takes a close look at Interstellar’s to-be-read stack, remembers a simpler time when no one knew what Super Mario 3 was really about, and gets personal with Birdman!

[Plus, the Rebel Alliance saves Christmas!]

Dec 19 2014 12:49pm

Maisie Williams’ Game of Thrones Season 5 Costume is So Different That the Cast Didn’t Recognize Her

Arya Stark disguise Game of Thrones season 4

For the past few seasons of Game of Thrones, Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) has had to travel undercover with a boyish haircut and threadbare clothes. While season 5 will see Arya continuing to stay under the radar, she’ll need a whole new costume in order to slip through the streets of Braavos unnoticed. Entertainment Weekly got their hands on GoT costume designer Michele Clapton’s sketches for Arya’s new, lighter, more feminine look.

[Check it out]

Dec 19 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: The Greatest Alternate World War II

Tyler Edlin Art Chewbacca

Tyler Edlin is an artist with a vision. And that vision, in this case, included Chewbacca wasting Nazzies from the back of a rampant squirrel. This is the sort of vision the wins wars, people. And hearts. And frees squirrels from the shackles of fascism.

Morning Roundup is feeling inspired by righteous Wookiee rage! But rather than riding off on a squirrel, we’re bringing you links! James Gunn talks about the difficulties of writing for a dude who pretty much just sits in a chair. Amber Benson talks about her writing process. Neil Gaiman talks about Christmases Past, Present, and Yet-to-Come.

[Plus, the fastest possible way to ingest the Silmarillion!]

Dec 18 2014 12:10pm

BBC America Shares Orphan Black Season 3 Premiere Date and Teaser: “This Is War”

Orphan Black season 3 teaser

Orphan Black returns April 18, 2015! BBC America confirmed the premiere date and released a short new teaser to tide us over. Compared to the first two seasons, which has seen the Clone Club in hiding from the various folks who want to kidnap/experiment on/breed them, now they’re taking a stand with the simple statement: “This is war.”

[Watch the teaser]

Dec 18 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Do You Want to Build A Wampa?

Star Wars Wampa Snowflake

In the interest of providing you a non-denominational wintry craft, we present: Wampa-flakes! Anthony Herrera creates culturally relevant snowflakes that can celebrate the winter season itself without any reference to Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa...wait, did we finally decide the Force was a religion?

Morning Roundup brings you the complex inner lives of videogame extras, a 3D-printed puppy, and multiple ways to celebrate the new Hobbit film!

[Plus, Christmas just got a whole lot merrier!]

Dec 17 2014 12:00pm

We Three Kings Have Traveled Far, Over The Misty Mountains Cold

As Christmas carols go, “We Three Kings” is weird, sad, and slow. Though widely believed to be the work of one John Henry Hopkins, Jr., who supposedly wrote it for a Christmas pageant in 1857, Max Gladstone and his musical compatriot Dan Jordan have dug deep into the darkness of this traditional song to find the truth. The roots of this decidedly dour tune lie beneath the Misty Mountains themselves, because it turns out that it’s an adaptation of an old Dwarven folk ballad! Maybe you’ve heard of it?

[It’s a Misty Mountain Christmas]

Dec 17 2014 11:10am

It’s a Good Thing Neil Gaiman Was Kidding About Tom Hiddleston Playing Morpheus in Sandman

Neil Gaiman Morpheus casting Sandman Benedict Cumberbatch Tom Hiddleston

In a recent interview with Radio Times, Neil Gaiman threw out potential candidates to play Morpheus in the upcoming adaptation of his Sandman graphic novel series. Some suggestions were legitimate, as he talked about one-time candidates now too old for the role; but once he started joking about Englishmen and their cheekbones, we should have known not to take him seriously.

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Dec 17 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: This Fossil Fuel Will Last Eight Nights!

Tor.com hopes everyone who celebrated had a wonderful first night of Hanukkah! We’ve already given you tips to Cthulhu-ize your Christmas wreath and Potterfy your Christmas tree, so now, courtesy of The Vanilla Studio, we present: Menorah-saurus Rex!

Morning Roundup brings you a new way to discuss evolution, news of Tim Burton’s next project, and the latest product from the Ghostbusters-reboot rumor factory.

[Plus, a bunch of llamas get to first base with a fantasy author!]

Dec 16 2014 4:23pm

The 2014 Black List Features Artificial Intelligence Thrillers, Space Angst, and Apocalyptic Family Dramas

The Black List 2014 genre movies sci-fi fantasy superheroes supernaturalSince 2004, every December has seen the publication of The Black List, a survey of Hollywood executives’ favorite unproduced screenplays of the past year. What started as a fun exercise has gained traction as a development tool for aspiring screenwriters; several movies that have appeared on The Black List have gone on to be produced, including 2014 films Transcendence and The Imitation Game.

Of the 70 screenplays featured on The Black List 2014, about one-quarter were genre stories. Read on to see which under-the-radar scripts—featuring moon colony murders, pill-popping superheroes, alien baby showers, and possessed newlyweds—might end up on the silver screen one day soon.

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