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Fri
Apr 18 2014 8:00am

It’s not who we are underneath, but what we do that defines us—and we always return our books to the library! That you for the reminder, Jayme Linton!

Moning Roundup has an argument for the solo Black Widow movie America deserves, an analysis of the latest Game of Thrones wedding, and some hints about the Man of Steel sequel!

[Plus the soundtracks for all of Haruki Murakami’s novels!]

Thu
Apr 17 2014 12:32pm

Aegon on his dragon Black Dread, art by J. Gonzalez from The World of Ice and Fire

George R.R. Martin has released a new sample from The World of Ice and Fire, the companion book detailing the history of the Seven Kingdoms from A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones, currently due out from Bantam on October 28, 2014.

The sample details Aegon’s slow conquest of the Seven Kingdoms:

The maesters of the Citadel who keep the histories of Westeros have used Aegon’s Conquest as their touchstone for the past three hundred years. Birth, deaths, battles, and other events are dated either AC (After the Conquest) or BC (Before the Conquest).

It’s a must-read for fans of the book and television series, as it details a period of Targaryen history that informs so much of the struggle in the current series and adds depth to Daenerys’ claim to the Iron Throne. (Also that painting of Black Dread is totally sick.) Check out the full sample and a larger version of the art here!

Thu
Apr 17 2014 12:10pm

Not that we would ever want to make Tom Hiddleston cry! It's just that now we know we can. The actor was asked to contribute to an anthology called Poems That Make Grown Men Cry, and he chose “Love After Love” by Derek Walcott as the work that turns him to mush. It's an excellent, unexpected choice—not simply a love poem, but a meditation on the difficulty of retaining a sense of self in the face of, well, life.

[click through for the poem!]

Thu
Apr 17 2014 8:00am

Girls Love Comics made our century with this heartwarming drawing of Agent Coulson as a little boy. Do you think Mama Coulson called him Philly? And we bet he and his friends used to play “Cap vs. Hydra” all the time after school, never dreaming that one day grown up Coulson would... well... that things would get so complicated.

Adulthood sucks.

Morning Roundup has a come-to-Kermit moment, Pharrell lends his songsmithing to a spider, and there is yet another rumor about Days of Future Past!

[Plus, the best second best use of wine glasses we’ve ever seen.]

Wed
Apr 16 2014 5:00pm

Mona Al Marzooqi, a photographer for The National, shared this image from the set of Star Wars Episode VII, which has begun filming without the benefit of a full cast. So, look closely at the image—what do you see? We see a large round pedestal rolling out of a tent... and some people are speculating that it’s the foot of an Imperial Walker! But the National itself is arguing that it’s “a giant, round, grey disc, which bears a striking resemblance to parts of an escape pod on which C3P0 and R2D2 crash-landed on Tatooine in the original, 1977 film.”

[WHAT DOES IT MEEEAAANNNN???]

Wed
Apr 16 2014 10:00am

Rocket Talk Tor.com podcast

In this episode of Rocket Talk, we take a break to present an original audio story by Mari Ness! “In the Greenwood” is a beautifully told tale of complicated and conflicted love, a look at the folklore of Robin Hood from Marian's point of view, as read by Emily Asher-Perrin.

The short story, acquired and edited by Liz Gorinsky, can be read online for free here.

[Listen to “In the Greenwood” by Mari Ness this week on Rocket Talk]

Wed
Apr 16 2014 9:40am

X-Men Days of Future Past Trailer 3

A plethora of mutants make appearances in the third trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Logan tries his best to explain the plot of the movie to past-Charles: essentially it boils down to “the Sentinels are bad,” but we all knew that already, right? We’re still not convinced that Logan is the best choice for this mission, but it sure is fun watching him interact with—and occasionally punch—the old (young?) gang!

[Watch the trailer]

Wed
Apr 16 2014 8:00am

Tumblr royalty DesignMischief posted this sparkly Winter Soldier. If the Marvel Universe decides to go in this direction, we will completely support them. Just look at the way that bright pink bow complements his hair!

Morning Roundup ponders the responsibilities of representation, the true nature of time, and Thanos itself. Heavy topics for a Wednesday? Yes. But we owe you nothing less.

[Plus there’s a barbershop quartet waiting for you after all the philosophizing!]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 2:15pm

Captain America, Winter Soldier, FrozenThere are lots of Frozen mashups in the world already, but when you have a title character called “The Winter Soldier,” he would seem an apt analog for Queen Elsa, no? And considering Cap's feelings in the newly released sequel, we're just gonna cry a lot and present you with this piece of fanart.

Just... just build a snowman with your Steve. Please? It doesn't have to be a snowman.

Fan art via 9gag.com.

Tue
Apr 15 2014 10:10am

John Scalzi's Old Man's WarMedieval scholar Michael Livingston has graced us all with rare treat indeed—he has taken excerpts from various genre novels (by the likes of John Scalzi, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Robert Jordan) and “Chaucer'd” them, translating them into Middle English and recording them for your listening pleasure!

So if history and excellent fiction is your thing, this is definitely something you want to check out.

[More info on the project and Livingston.]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 8:00am

Disney Firefly fanart

Awww, Stephen Byrne, you have looked into our hearts and created the thing we most want to see! There’s a horse!!! And Lil’ River!!! And a real firefly!!!

Morning Roundup is still taking a series of deep breaths after that Game of Thrones episode, so you may need to give us a minute. But, we’ve got news about Peggy Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a graphic novel first, and a doc about making it as an illustrator!

[Plus an uninterrupted cover of “Rains of Castamere!”]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 4:20pm

How Frozen Should Have Ended

Frozen fandom has pretty much universally decided that Princess Elsa would have been much better off in childhood had her parents... been better at the whole parenting thing? Nothing like having your elders convince you to bottle up your emotions.

But how could they have done better? How It Should Have Ended has the answer.

[Who really gets kids like that?]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 4:00pm

Peter V. Brett

Peter V. Brett took to reddit fantasy to talk about the Demon Cycle, and answer questions about what fans can expect from the upcoming installment in the series.

He ended the previous book The Daylight War on a cliffhanger, which he worried might be a “dick move.” After some discussions with his editor he decided to release an excerpt from The Skull Throne to “ease (or at least redirect) tension for my readers.” He’s hard at work on The Skull Throne, saying “I am going as fast as I can while still making sure it doesn’t suck.” He even provided a progress report for his readers!

The AMA was funny and informative, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite moments!

[click through for highlights from the AMA!]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 12:15pm

Harrison Ford, Han Solo

Harrison Ford did a Reddit AMA yesterday! Between promoting his current environmental project, Years of Living Dangerously, and answering questions about filming Indiana Jones (that we already knew the answers to), there were a few perfect gems. Just some good old Ford-ian snark that we thought you’d appreciate. Check it out:

[Fordian is a great term, really.]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 11:45am

The Expanse SyFy television

SyFy has ordered a 10-episode adaptation of James S.A. Corey’s space opera novel Leviathan Wakes, which will be titled The Expanse. The novel, which was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel and the Locus Award Best SF Novel in 2012, has been praised by both Annalee Newitz and Jo Walton, and described by George R.R. Martin as a “really kick-ass space opera.” Appropriately, The Expanse is being billed as “Game of Thrones in space.”

[Epic TV sci-fi in spaaaaace!]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 10:45am

Kim Harrison The Witch With No Name release dateFor fans of Kim Harrison's urban fantasy series, The Hollows, we have the most excellent of news! The thirteenth and final book in the series—The Witch With No Name—finally has a release date! Mark your calendars for September 9th, 2014, folks, because that's when you'll be able to lay your hands on a copy. That's only five months away!

Mon
Apr 14 2014 8:00am

Llama Batman Indiana State Fair

It’s not what that llama is underneath, but what he does that defines him.

Llama Batman made his stunning entrance this past weekend at the Indiana State Fair, shocking the villainous Bane, who had thought the Dark Camelidae broken and buried in darkness. While chewing an apple hilariously, Llama Batman rallied Indiana to a thrilling rout of Bane, who was later revealed to be just a bunch of prize hogs taped together.

Your morning roundup is warning everyone about the blood moon, taking your past creative output to the mat, and summarizing Aliens through poetry.

[Read more]

Fri
Apr 11 2014 11:00am

Batman: Strange Days

Batman: The Animated Series co-creator Bruce Timm has created an animated short for the caped crusader on the event of his 75th birthday. We're getting all teary over here.

[Check it out!]

Fri
Apr 11 2014 8:00am

Steve Talkowski of Sketchbot Studios Inc. contributed some wonderful robots to Dacosta Bayley’s “March of Robots” daily sketch challenge, but our favorite was Hellboy-bot! Might we suggest adding a kitten-bot, to complete the tableau?

Morning Roundup can’t wait to tell you about the latest Star Wars rumor, The LEGO Movie sequel, and the greatest stingers of all time!

[Plus a consideration of the revolutionary superheroing of Kamala Khan!]

Thu
Apr 10 2014 4:53pm

Game of Thrones goats

We knew goats could be screaming horror shows, but combining them with Game of Thrones is just...next level.

Watch. Well...listen, mostly.

[Game of Thrones and goats]