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December 9, 2014
The Eleventh Doctor’s Legacy Was Loss and Failure
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Tor.com Reviewers’ Choice: The Best Books of 2014
December 8, 2014
How Fast is the Millennium Falcon? A Thought Experiment.
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December 8, 2014
Tiamat’s Terrain: Tales of the Marvellous and News of the Strange
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Potential Spoiler Leak for Star Wars: The Force Awakens Reveals Awesome Details
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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

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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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Dec 16 2014 3:15pm

Professional Swordsmen Demonstrate How to Fight with The Force Awakens’ Crossguard Lightsaber

Star Wars: The Force Awakens lightsaber crossguard

At the rate we’re going, people are going to be complaining about Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ crossguard lightsaber until the next full trailer is released. In the meantime, Popular Science asked several expert swordsmen from different disciplines to weigh in on two questions: whether the three-bladed lightsaber actually requires a crossguard, and if so, how to fight with it.

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Dec 16 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: George R.R. Martin Gets in the Holiday Spirit With “12 Days of Westeros”

George R.R. Martin red Christmas Game of Thrones tweets

On the first day of Christmas, George R.R. Martin gave to us... false hope for a speedy release of Winds of Winter. The author had to clarify that his #12DaysofWesteros tweets are not a countdown to his next A Song of Ice and Fire book, but just a way to spread Christmas cheer by making us remember every traumatic moment from his books. Red Christmases and stockings hung on moon doors... Gah, now we’re thinking about it again!

Morning Roundup contemplates the alternate reality of Jon Hamm in tights, muses on running entire solar systems in the future, and makes sure there are no evil spirits lurking in its selfies.

[Also, we’re still talking about “Let It Go.”]

Dec 15 2014 3:15pm

Ancient Textbook Doodles Prove School Has Been Boring for Centuries

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We’re used to thinking of illuminated manuscripts as nearly sacred texts that take a painstakingly long time to create and must have been handled with the utmost care. But medieval book historian Erik Kwakkel, in documenting his various findings on his blog, has discovered that people in medieval times treated their books much the way we do today.

Kwakkel shared several photos of medieval manuscripts from about 700 years ago, their pages filled with doodles by scribes, monks, and bored school children.

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Dec 15 2014 1:48pm

Sony Hack Reveals Potential Plot Details About Rian Johnson’s Star Wars: Episode VIII and Episode IX

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One of the unexpected ways that movie fans benefit from the Sony email hack is that even offhanded comments about non-Sony projects can become news. For instance, the emails between Columbia Pictures President of Production Michael De Luca and Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal, in which the two chat briefly about some of the new Star Wars films.

While the emails don’t divulge as much information as the alleged spoiler leak on 4chan a few weeks ago, they still hint at what to expect from Rian Johnson’s follow-ups to J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, plus some insight into the standalone films.

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Dec 15 2014 12:24pm

Saga Press to Publish Kameron Hurley’s Standalone Space Opera The Stars Are Legion

Saga Press Kameron Hurley The Stars Are Legion

Saga Press, Simon & Schuster’s new science fiction and fantasy imprint, already counts among its authors Ken Liu and Genevieve Valentine. Now we can add to that list Kameron Hurley, author of the post-binary gender epic fantasy The Mirror Empire. Canadian SFF writer Aidan Moher broke the news on his blog A Dribble of Ink that Saga will publish Hurley’s The Stars Are Legion, a new standalone space opera, in 2016.

The first of two standalone books, The Stars Are Legion takes place within a star system comprised of “world-ships”—think generation ships but bigger—where two feuding matriarchs ultimately incite a war en route to discovering humanity’s new home. Saga Press Executive Editor Joe Monti (who purchased both novels) describes it as “Mad Max meets Henry V but aboard a world-sized [Weyland]-Yutani spaceship.”

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Dec 15 2014 10:34am

Gandalf Is the Worst Boss Ever in This The Hobbit/The Office Mashup

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If you thought Bilbo Baggins simply returned to the Shire after the events of The Hobbit, you’d be dead wrong. Turns out that after the Battle of the Five Armies, he nobly turned down his share of Smaug’s treasure and instead took up a job at a paper company, along with his fellow adventurers... and Gandalf, who continues to run everyone’s lives and just be the worst.

[Watch this Hobbit/Office mashup]

Dec 15 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Lego Wonder Woman Invisible Jet is the Ultimate Dad Joke

Wonder Woman Invisible Jet Lego playset

Animator and dad joke champion John Wray’s kids must love him, since they spent an entire weekend building Wonder Woman’s invisible jet with Lego pieces. We’re talking 3,200 invisible pieces and invisible instructions. And you can bet they were prouder of it than any other Lego ship they’ve put together.

Morning Roundup brings you news of unusual water sources on the Rosetta comet, another funky lightsaber to get bent out of shape over, some Guardians of the Galaxy bloopers, and an attempt to untangle all of the Terminator franchise’s time travel paradoxes.

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Dec 12 2014 5:05pm

Even If You Look Closely, You Still Won’t Believe This is a Silver Surfer Costume

Silver Surfer makeup drawing cosplay

That’s a pretty great drawing of the Silver Surfer, right? Wrong. That is, it’s a fantastic work of art, but it’s not an illustration. That’s a real person you're looking at, thanks to Hollywood makeup effects artist Cris Alex. Having worked on X-Men: Days of Future Past, Alex is no stranger to superheroes, and challenged herself to recreate a specific Silver Surfer comic book cover. Her final result is definitely a step up from those pop art Halloween costumes.

[Take a closer look]

Dec 12 2014 1:16pm

New Insurgent Trailer Pits Tris vs. Tris

Insurgent movie trailer Divergent Shailene Woodley Kate Winslet

If you weren’t satisfied by the odd Insurgent teaser trailer that was released about a month ago, you’ll appreciate this more straightforward trailer for the second film based on Veronica Roth's dystopian YA trilogy.

For the most part, Insurgent looks to be following the plot of the book, picking up where Divergent left off: Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) and her fellow Dauntless boyfriend Four (Theo James) are on the run from the Erudite faction, whose leader Jeanine Matthews (Kate Winslet) is using simulations and other methods to turn the rest of Dauntless into her own personal army. But there are a few plot tweaks to up the stakes in the movie version.

[Watch the trailer]

Dec 12 2014 11:43am

Could Jennifer Lawrence Join the All-Female Ghostbusters 3?

Jennifer Lawrence Ghostbusters 3 casting rumor Sony hack

The Sony hack brings more and more intel on highly anticipated movies! Just as leaked emails revealed a potential Spider-Man/MCU crossover, today brings hints at the casting for Paul Feig’s all-female Ghostbusters 3. A recent email from Amy Pascal (co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment) to Ivan Reitman throws out a couple of casting possibilities, including The Hunger Games’ Jennifer Lawrence.

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Dec 12 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Floating Candles are not just for Hogwarts Anymore!

Harry Potter Christmas Tree

Yesterday we gave you the eldritch instructions you needed to create a Cthulhumas wreath. Today, for those of you who like having a charming, less fishmen-infested holiday, we offer a Harry Potter tree, complete with floating candles! You can find instructions for your own floating candles here, and we’re guessing these could also work for a pretty unique Menorah...

Morning Roundup brings you a discussion of The Force Awakens and that pesky cross-hilt, a look at cosplay and conventions, and a handy guide to all the sci-fi books that are coming to a theatre and/or TV near you!

[Plus, is this the end of zombie academic Shakespeare? ]

Dec 11 2014 4:44pm

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Character Names Revealed Through Trading Cards!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens character names BB-8 rolling droid

The Star Wars: Episode VII teaser trailer introduced us to a Stormtrooper protagonist, a girl with a cool landspeeder and rolling droid, and a mysterious cloaked figure wielding a controversial new lightsaber. Now we have their names!

Director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy chose a very vintage way to introduce the new generation of Star Wars heroes and villains and those in-between: They’re releasing Topps trading cards, made to look like the old Topps cards sold with Episode IV back in 1977, with the new characters’ names.

[Meet some of the Force Awakens cast!]