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Fri
Jan 16 2015 12:00pm

The Language of Spellwork in Harry Potter — J.K. Rowling’s Incantations Hold Surprising Linguistic Depth

Luna Lovegood, Patronus, Harry Potter

There are some readers who are not fans of the spells created by J.K. Rowling to flesh out the Potterverse. Her loose plying of Latin into incantations throughout the series irks certain diehard linguistic buffs.

But there’s a lot more to Rowling’s spell system than meets the eye.

[It’s not just Latin, after all.]

Fri
Jan 16 2015 10:47am

Brandon Sanderson’s Firefight Hits #1 on the New York Times YA Bestseller List

Firefight Brandon SandersonFirefight, the second volume in Brandon Sanderson’s young adult Reckoners book trilogy, out recently from Delacorte Press, has debuted at #1 on the January 25 New York Times Young Adult Bestseller List! Congrats to Brandon and his team on the top placement and for what is, by most reader accounts, a relentlessly exciting and surprising apocalyptic superhero sequel.

Firefight picks up after the consequences of Steelheart:

They told David it was impossible, that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet Steelheart—invincible, immortal, unconquerable—is dead. And he died by David’s hand.

Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life simpler. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And no one in Newcago can give him answers.

Babylon Restored, the city formerly known as the borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic Regalia, Babylon Restored is flooded and miserable, but David is sure it’s the path that will lead him to what he needs to find: Firefight.

But what is Calamity, the source of all the Epics power (and the title to the forthcoming concluding volume in the trilogy)? Could the answer to that lay within the pages of Firefight? You can ask Brandon on his Firefight tour right now!

Fri
Jan 16 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Poyo Poyo! Now Amiibo Kirby Can Be Anyone

Kirby custom Amiibo figures

Nintendo has already released over 40 Amiibo figures for use in Super Smash Bros and other games, but clearly some players just aren’t content with their current options. Cheezburger has rounded up the best customized Amiibos, from Kirby’s many costume changes above to Golden Mario to Fierce Deity Link.

Morning Roundup goes back to the drawing board with a Suicide Squad cast member; meets the most disturbing Spider-Verse Spider-Man of all; thanks the mighty Glow Cloud for the new Welcome to Night Vale YouTube channel; and tries to count ahead to 28 Months Later.

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Thu
Jan 15 2015 4:12pm

Annalee Newitz to Institute Future Initiative at Gizmodo, Charlie Jane Anders Taking Over io9

Gawker Media has just announced that io9 Editor-in-Chief Annalee Newitz will replace Brian Barrett as Editor-in-Chief of Gizmodo and that Newitz will merge the editorial programs of both io9, Gizmodo, and its Kinja offshoots into a “Future Initiative.”

From the announcement:

Now it's time to bring them together, and build a habitat for slipstream journalism that combines speculative wonder with skepticism and hard truths.

I'll be serving as the editor-in-chief of Gizmodo, and Charlie Jane Anders is going to become editor-in-chief of io9. The two sites, along with Sploid and our diagonals, will be collaborators within the greater universe of the Future Initiative.

Interesting stuff! The initiative will focus on more scientific and explanatory research pieces going forward. Check out the full details in the announcement!

Thu
Jan 15 2015 4:05pm

Roc Books Acquires Aliette de Bodard’s The House of Shattered Wings

Aliette de Bodard House of Shattered Wings Roc BooksLast November, we shared the news that Gollancz will be publishing Aliette de Bodard’s two new books, The House of Shattered Wings and its as-yet-unnamed sequel, in the UK. Now, Roc Books (a division of Penguin) has acquired the U.S. rights to the urban fantasy duology set in Paris after the destruction wrought by the Great Magicians’ War.

The two-book deal was negotiated by John Berlyne at Zeno Agency and Roc editor Jessica Wade.

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Thu
Jan 15 2015 2:16pm

Game of Thrones In Space”: Watch the Trailer for James S. A. Corey’s The Expanse

Expanse Syfy trailer

Oh wow, you know, you read about these things and it seems like a good idea but then suddenly there's a trailer and it's real. You can't believe it's real. And really, really evocative of the Battlestar Galactica reboot.

Check out the trailer for Syfy's 10-episode The Expanse, based on the James S. A. Corey space opera books, coming in 2015.

[The Expanse trailer]

Thu
Jan 15 2015 10:46am

Birdman and Science Biopics Lead the 2015 Oscar Nominations, But The Lego Movie Got Snubbed

Oscar nominations 2015 Birdman The Theory of Everything The Imitation Game

The 2015 Oscar nominations are out! While science fiction and fantasy-based films have a firmer foothold than they have in recent years, garnering some Best Picture/Actor/Director nods, it’s a concentrated few who are getting honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences this year. With Birdman, The Imitation Game, and The Theory of Everything collecting the most nominations, the winning formula seems to be an SFF context with more real-world, human themes. But where the hell is The Lego Movie?

[Check out the nominees]

Thu
Jan 15 2015 9:00am

What Are Your Favorite Non-Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Shows?

Rob Lowe Parks and Recreation

We are all well-rounded people in our fantasies and as well-rounded fantasy people we strive to experience media and culture outside of our chosen workspace of science fiction and fantasy. Also Doctor Who isn’t back until August and Game of Thrones isn’t back until April and we’ve watched the entirety of all five Star Trek shows yes all five and Battlestar Galactica isn’t on Netflix anymore for some reason.

So we’re all kind of forced to watch something else. And since our love vaguely resembles a petri dish, we thought we’d list out the non-genre TV shows that we enjoy in between genre shows as a sample of what science fiction and fantasy fans may also like in between mass killings of Stark family members.

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Thu
Jan 15 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: You’ve Never Seen 2001: A Space Odyssey Like This

Stanley Kubrick 2001: A Space Odyssey production still illustrations

As if he weren’t already revolutionizing moviemaking with 2001: A Space Odyssey, it turns out that Stanley Kubrick was very particular about how he wanted his production documented. Whereas other filmmakers would have photographers on-set noisily snapping photos of the shoot, Kubrick elected for hand-drawn production stills to show the big and little moments on-set. These fascinating illustrations went unpublished until, ironically, 2001, and have now resurfaced on the Internet.

Morning Roundup has a lot of thoughts about Avengers’ origin stories and fates; ponders falling in love twelve different ways; knows what to get our enemies; and is enjoying some damn good coffee.

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Wed
Jan 14 2015 2:30pm

Idris Elba Will Bring Demon-Fighting Edgar Allan Poe to the Big Screen

Poe Must Die movie adaptation Idris ElbaEdgar Allan Poe was pretty superfluous in the serial killer movie The Raven, but maybe if movie producers give him more agency, he’ll make a more convincing protagonist on-screen? That could be the reasoning behind Idris Elba’s newest project, an adaptation of Marc Olden’s intense-sounding 1978 novel, Poe Must Die.

According to Variety, Elba is developing Poe Must Die as a trilogy of movies, through his production company Green Door. While it would be too cool to see him take on a role in this historic/supernatural thriller, so far there’s no word on if he’ll also act.

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Wed
Jan 14 2015 12:57pm

Charles Coleman Finlay Named Editor of F&SF

Charles Coleman Finlay named editor F&SF magazineAuthor Charles Coleman Finlay is taking over as the ninth editor of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Locus Magazine reports. Since 1949, the bimonthly F&SF has published short fiction from esteemed writers including Ray Bradbury and Ursula K. Le Guin; humor cartoons and pieces; and commentary on SFF books, films, and science.

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Wed
Jan 14 2015 11:15am

James Cameron Delays Avatar Sequels to 2017

Avatar sequels delayed 2017 James Cameron

In case you were wondering if we could all collectively prevent the Avatar sequels from ever happening by pushing them out of our minds, James Cameron wants to let you know that he hasn’t forgotten. In fact, he made sure to tell The Hollywood Reporter that he’s delaying the release of the first of three (groan) sequels to 2017 because the writing process is “very involved.”

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Wed
Jan 14 2015 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 39: Brian Staveley

Brian Staveley Emperor's Blades Providence of Fire

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin interviews fantasy author Brian Staveley about what it was like to have one of the most heralded debuts of 2014 and how he’s adjusting to life in the community. The conversation covers some writing techniques, discussions about his first two books—The Emperor’s Blades and The Providence of Fire—and whether or not authors can have “the juice.”

[Listen Now!]

Wed
Jan 14 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Chris Foss Brings Color to the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Chris Foss

Check out this vibrant painting by artist Chris Foss! James Gunn shared the piece, which he credits with helping him land the Guardians of the Galaxy gig, on his Facebook page. He used Foss’ work in his pitch to Marvel, saying: “They were immediately on board, and we ended up hiring Chris Foss to help design some of the spaceships in the film. He was, of everyone, my biggest visual inspiration on Guardians.” You can read more about the process over at Gunn’s Facebook page, and see more of Foss’ gorgeous work here!

The rest of Morning Roundup focuses on the most interesting character in Blade Runner, takes a dip in a haunted sea, and brings you movie suggestions from a master!

[Plus, Artoo finally expresses his true feelings for Luke.]

Tue
Jan 13 2015 5:06pm

Create the Best Dungeons & Dragons Campaign with the “Who the F*ck Is My D&D Character?” Generator

D&D character generator

So you’ve gotten roped into trying out a Dungeons & Dragons campaign. Maybe you’ve long been following our coverage of various editions (most recently, the 5th edition of the Players’ Handbook), or it was Ice-T’s audiobook that convinced you. At any rate, you’re gearing up for your first adventure... but you don’t know who you should be.

No need to roll any dice, just visit Who the Fuck Is My D&D Character? and you’ll be set.

[Read more, but beware NSFW language!]

Tue
Jan 13 2015 2:05pm

Yahoo! Announces Community Season 6 Premiere Date

Community season 6 premiere date Yahoo

We’re still wrapping our heads around how Community got renewed for a sixth season—not with NBC, but instead streaming online as Yahoo!’s foray into original programming. Now, Yahoo! has announced the premiere date, letting us know how much time we have to prepare ourselves for this most impossible timeline.

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Tue
Jan 13 2015 12:47pm

Check Out Four New Images from the First Fully-Illustrated Harry Potter!

Harry Potter illustrated Jim Kay Draco Malfoy

Scholastic has released a new batch of images from the first fully-illustrated Harry Potter book! Illustrator Jim Kay is the latest artist to reimagine The Boy Who Lived and J.K. Rowling’s wizarding world. Last year, we saw his take on Harry Potter himself and Hogwarts. Now, four new illustrations reintroduce us to Draco Malfoy (looking characteristically creepy, isn’t he?), Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley, and Rubeus Hagrid.

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Tue
Jan 13 2015 9:00am

Morning Roundup: All the Whos Down in Whoville!

Dr Seuss Doctor Who

Blastr shared a Seussian take on Doctor Who! Dr. Faustus of Australia has given us these whimsical Time Lords, who mesh perfectly with Dr. Seuss' aesthetic. We have to pay particular attention to the 6th Doctor - his outfit may have been a bit garish on TV, but it works marvelously in this context. So, which Who is your favorite Doctor?

Morning Roundup brings you several reasons to watch Agent Carter, as if you needed more! Plus a list of exactly where each Miyazaki character falls on the spectrum of awesomeness, and a less Hobbity side of New Zealand!

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Mon
Jan 12 2015 10:39pm

Tear You Apart from the Inside: Watch the New Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

Avengers: Age of Ultron new trailer

“This vulnerable world needs something more powerful than any of us,” Tony Stark says at the beginning of the new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, setting off the robot crimefighting force we’ve seen hinted at since Iron Man 3. The rest of the new Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer builds on what else we already know to expect: More creepy James Spader! More Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver! More Hulkbuster faceoff! More...mysterious woman in a cave?

[Watch the trailer]

Mon
Jan 12 2015 5:00pm

Rocket Talk Episode 38: Mallory O’Meara and Jayson Utz

Jayson Utz Mallory O'Meara

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin is joined by Mallory O’Meara and Jayson Utz to talk about living with a writer and the horror genre gutter. These two items are in no way connected, honestly.

[Listen Now!]