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Wed
Jan 28 2015 3:30pm

Medieval Scribe: “Oh My God, I’m So Hungover”

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Clearly, the medieval scribes-in-training who spent their hours at school doodling in the margins of illuminated manuscripts grew up to be the scribes who basically threated other ancient texts as their diaries. According to blogger Anglandicus, adult scribes would detail their physical and emotional states on the ancient manuscripts they were working on, from reciting prayers to complaining about their peers’ shoddy work to nursing a wicked hangover.

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Wed
Jan 28 2015 1:45pm

These DIY Labyrinth Barbies Will Make You Do the Magic Dance

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We’re not sure who to award the title of “coolest ever” to: The father who hacked Barbie dolls to turn them into Jareth the Goblin King and Sarah Williams; or his seven-year-old daughter, who asked for Labyrinth dolls in the first place. Redditor just_s0me_guy shared his fantastic DIY work on Imgur, explaining how in the absence of Labyrinth toys, he got creative.

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Wed
Jan 28 2015 1:15pm

Afternoon Roundup: It’s Dangerous to Go Alone! Take This Caffeine Boost

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Welcome to the first-ever Afternoon Roundup! Right around the time you’re flagging and getting your afternoon caffeine fix, we’re here with more great links from around the Web. And once you have your hot drink in hand, maybe you’ll be inspired by the Instagram account Sleevebucks to turn the Starbucks mermaid into every pop culture character imaginable! Although they’ve already done a bang-up job of transforming her into Zorro, Thor, and even Sherlock Holmes himself.

Afternoon Roundup ponders Chris Pratt ruling two big action-adventure franchises; connects the dots on Legend of Korra; and tries to get you to watch Black Mirror already—you’ll really like it!

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Wed
Jan 28 2015 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 41: Myke Cole

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In this episode, Myke Cole visits Rocket Talk to discuss the challenges of writing things outside his experience. He and Justin discuss Cole’s newest release, Gemini Cell, and how a writer can and should push themselves.

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Wed
Jan 28 2015 10:00am

Heists and Capers Redux!

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We here at Tor.com love any excuse for a heist! Last year we rounded up some classic caper stories; now, in order to assemble the best possible team, we’ve turned to Twitter to ask for your favorites. Check out this stellar list, and be sure to let us know if we missed any indispensable titles.

It’s like our very own version of Ocean’s Eleven!

[We wanted to dream a bit bigger, darlings.]

Wed
Jan 28 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Who Needs Gold When You Have Books?

Dragon Hoard

We stumbled upon a gorgeous treasure pile on imgur!

Dont’WorryImMedicated posted a group of dragons who have chosen to hoard far more interesting things than gold. You see...knowledge is their treasure. Well, knowledge, pastries, and bunnies!

Morning Roundup brings you the best anti-prejudice statement we’ve seen in a while, news on Deadpool’s big screen adventures, and lessons from some of the best villains working today!

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Tue
Jan 27 2015 4:55pm

Paul Feig’s All-Female Ghostbusters Cast Announced!

The Hollywood Reporter has announced—and Paul Feig has confirmed—the all-female cast for the new Ghostbusters movie! According to THR, Melissa McCarthy has officially signed on, while Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon are in negotiations

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Tue
Jan 27 2015 12:17pm

The Most Brutal and Most Beautiful Snow Planets from Sci-Fi and Fantasy

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Back in 2011, when our little corner of the universe was covered in snow, we asked our Twitter followers to name as many snow planets as they could. Four years later, with another Snowpocalypse upon us, we’ve had time to think up even more icy worlds (including our own, depending on who you ask).

Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back is an easy one, but what else is out there?

[Your cursor will freeze before you reach the first marker!]

Tue
Jan 27 2015 10:33am

“With Every New Risk, There Are Consequences”: Watch the Fantastic Four Trailer

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The first trailer for Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot is out! As io9 points out, it doesn’t look a lot like a superhero movie, but that may work to its advantage. Clearly, it won’t be in found-footage format like Trank’s superhero indie Chronicle (as rumored), but it seems less obsessed with big fight scenes and more interested in showing the risks of sending the best and the brightest to investigate an alternate universe.

[Watch the trailer]

Tue
Jan 27 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Greetings from Hoth!

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This guy will not be defeated by our Hoth-like winter!

Morning Roundup treks through this soul-crushing blizzard to bring you fun links! A look back at George Lucas’ moments of insanity! A new twist in the saga of Batkid! And the greatest Dickens sequel ever written!

[Plus, things are getting Grim!]

Mon
Jan 26 2015 3:21pm

Catherynne M. Valente Wants You to Revisit The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland—For a Little While

What could Catherynne M. Valente’s Tor.com original novella The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland—For a Little While have to do with her upcoming novel, The Boy Who Lost Fairyland? Refresh your memory here.

Mon
Jan 26 2015 1:39pm

Marvel Casts David Tennant as Villain Kilgrave on A.K.A. Jessica Jones

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Marvel announced today that Doctor Who’s David Tennant will play Kilgrave, the villain at the heart of their upcoming Netflix series A.K.A. Jessica Jones. Also known as the Purple Man, Kilgrave is a key antagonist in Jessica Jones’ superhero past, as he is responsible for the trauma that makes her leave behind her crimefighting career. (While the character’s name is spelled Killgrave in the comics, the press release refers to him as “Kilgrave.”)

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Mon
Jan 26 2015 12:16pm

Emma Watson Will Play Belle in Disney’s Live-Action Beauty and the Beast

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Disney’s live-action remake of Cinderella isn’t even out yet, and the studio is already looking at other classics to adapt: Next up is Beauty and the Beast, to be written by Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) and directed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Parts 1 and 2). And Emma Watson has just announced that she’ll be playing Belle!

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Mon
Jan 26 2015 12:00pm

Rocket Talk Episode 40: Amal El-Mohtar and Natalie Luhrs

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In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin invites writer Amal El-Mohtar and blogger Natalie Luhrs to talk about ethics in literary journalism. The conversation ranges from the relationship between reviewer and publisher, to decorum on the internet, to notions of digital dualism.

In the show an essay is mentioned about the politics of attention. The article, written by Haruna Umar, can be found here.

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Mon
Jan 26 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Is It Just Us, or is the Term “Bleeding Edge” Creepy?

Tony Ruth's Businesstown

Richard Scarry’s Busytown books explored a plethora of career options for a past age. You could be an architect, a schoolteacher, a bulldozer-er...so many options! But today’s children need to know that they’re heading out into a far different future! A future that could involve working with bitcoin, or social media, or maybe even giving a TedTalk! Luckily artist Tony Ruth is here to educate the younglings. Check out more of his art at Businesstown!

Morning Roundup brings you thoughts on the porous line between science fiction and science fact, ways to tell if you’ve suddenly been transported to a fantastical realm, and news on the soon to be new and improved U.S.S. Enterprise!

[Plus, MANIMAL.]

Fri
Jan 23 2015 5:00pm

Elon Musk Names SpaceX Drone Ships in Honor of Iain M. Banks

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While he’s working on getting humans into space, SpaceX CEO/CTO Elon Musk hasn’t forgotten the greats who propelled us out of the stratosphere through fiction long before him. Today, Musk tweeted that he’s named two of his spaceport drone ships in the most fitting way: after ships from science fiction writer Iain M. Banks’ Culture novels.

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Fri
Jan 23 2015 1:40pm

James Gunn Does a Live GotG Commentary; Crushes Our Dreams

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Want yet another way to watch Guardians of the Galaxy? Last night co-writer/director James Gunn popped onto Facebook (accompanied by Sean Gunn, Michael Rooker, and Stephane Ceretti, the VFX supervisor for Marvel) and held a communal screening! As he watched the film, he typed up a real-time commentary track and answered questions from fans. This Q&A format allowed Gunn to delve into a few aspects of the film, including a troubling moment between Drax and Gamora, and we got some insights into Rocket and Groot’s relationship!

[Plus, James Gunn reveals his favorite scene!]

Fri
Jan 23 2015 12:00pm

Michael Moorcock Talks “Experimenting” with The Whispering Swarm and the Appeal of the Multiverse

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Science fiction and fantasy author Michael Moorcock’s newest novel The Whispering Swarm is autobiography through the lens of the lens of his own work and how it has impacted him. In a series of videos, Moorcock speaks with Tor Books about “try[ing] something new” with The Whispering Swarm, his first independent novel in nine years. He also discusses the impetus of the Multiverse that links his Eternal Champion Sequence, and reads from one of his early novels.

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Fri
Jan 23 2015 11:00am

11 Winter’s Tales For Your Chilly Reading Needs!

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It’s cold outside. There’s snow fluttering through the air, the sun is swallowed by that jerk serpent by like 3:30 in the afternoon, and there are never enough layers, it sucks. But at least we’re not on Gethen!

We defrosted our fingers long enough to type a question of Twitter: what books capture winter for you? And the beautiful snowmisers of the internet responded with an avalanche of suggestions!

[Brrrr.]

Fri
Jan 23 2015 10:21am

X-Men: Apocalypse Casts Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, Plus Storm and Cyclops

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We’ve known for a while that 20th Century Fox was testing various actresses to play young psychic Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse, but Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark on Game of Thrones) had only just entered the (casting) game before she officially nabbed the part. And she’s not the only new cast member! Bryan Singer took to Twitter to lay out the teen X-Men we’ll be seeing next summer, including Cyclops and Storm.

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