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April 19, 2014
Announcing the 2014 Hugo Award Nominees
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April 18, 2014
Wings Gleaming Like Beaten Bronze: Elizabeth Bear’s Eternal Sky Trilogy
Liz Bourke
April 17, 2014
Gaming Roundup: PAX East Edition
Pritpaul Bains and Theresa DeLucci
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Victorian-era Magical Societies, Telepathy, and Interplanetary Space Travel
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Game of Thrones, Season 4, Episode 2: “The Lion and the Rose”
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Wed
Apr 23 2014 8:00am

Dave Collinson has gifted us with a wonderful visual pun! But our poor Dark Knight looks so forlorn in this image—is he too shy to engage with these lovely women, or is trying to avoid a conversation about gardening? Alfred would talk to them about their gardening, Bruce.

Morning Roundup has news of the Fantastic Four reboot, an update on sequel to The Goonies, and some thoughts on optimism in fantasy!

[Plus, on more Nana!]

Tue
Apr 22 2014 4:00pm

We weren’t sure at first, but now we want these Nacho Punch people to transform every single page of Harry Potter’s adventures into 1980s anime. From Neo-Hogsmeade to Harry’s sweet red bike to Hermione’s kitty ears, this parody is a perfect love note to both J.K. Rowling’s world and Katsuhiro Otomo’s—all that’s missing is Harry screaming “RON WEASLEYYYYY!!!” repeatedly while stuffed animals explode. And the final confrontation between Harry and Voldemort is perfect, but we don’t want to spoil it. Watch below!

[Click through for the full anime experience!]

Tue
Apr 22 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk: Tor.com podcast

Tune in for this Very Special Episode of Rocket Talk, in which Tor.com’s Associate Publisher Irene Gallo, Editorial Assistant Carl Engle-Laird, and Hugo-nominated Tor.com columnist Liz Bourke talk with Justin Landon about this weekend’s announcement of the Hugo Awards finalists. Newsiness and reactions abound!

[Listen]

Tue
Apr 22 2014 8:00am

Kate or Die shared this response to Power Girl’s inconveniently drafty creative costume. Before you worry about the fact that this would make the proposed Power Boy a bit...er...vulnerable, just think about how freeing and empowering it’ll feel for him! Once he gets used to it.

Artist Cory Walker has given us this beautifully succinct argument for form following function when it comes to superhero couture. He also points out the creative physics of cleavage creases! He’s made our week, and it’s only Tuesday.

Morning Roundup has thoughts on diversity in publishing, art from Star Wars Rebels, and a reconsideration of the proliferation of villains in the modern superhero epic.

[Plus, Kermit and Fozzie engage in an existential debate!]

Mon
Apr 21 2014 5:50pm

Brandon Sanderson Firefight Steelheart Reckoners

Entertainment Weekly has the first look at the cover for Brandon Sanderson’s Firefight, the second book in The Reckoners trilogy. Publishing in January 2015, the action-packed sequel to last year’s Steelheart will continue David’s battle against the Epics.

Check out EW for a short interview with Sanderson himself! He discusses the new look for the series (the Steelheart paperback is also getting a new cover), plus what it’s like to reach a new YA audience.

Mon
Apr 21 2014 5:00pm

ZahirBatin, clone trooper action figure photography

Over at DeviantArt user ZahirBatin has an incredible array of action figure photopgraphy art, including an array that scenes from days in the life of clone troopers. And sure, some people have seen The Clone Wars and think they’ve got the full measure of it, but these pictures really are worth a look. In part for the fun, absolutely... but if you also happen to tear up, we wouldn’t be surprised.

[A few more to peek at...]

Mon
Apr 21 2014 8:00am

We hope all those who celebrate had a lovely Easter and/or a lovely Game of Thrones episode! Here are some eggs, courtesy of Forevergeek!

Morning Roundup has some thoughts on free speech, words of hope from Theon Greyjoy, and a lovesong to Bill & Ted!

[And we’ve got a bit of a crush on our new favorite inventor-scientist!]

Fri
Apr 18 2014 4:50pm

Godzilla movie

Only 30 seconds and we get to know who our human surrogates are and we get a clear look at the Thunder Lizard his/her/itself! Take a gander at the new TV spot for the Godzilla movie coming in May.

[Roarrrrr!]

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?]