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Apr 7 2014 4:00pm

On Saturday, Daniel José Older (@djolder) got together with Nathan Bransford (@NathanBransford) on Twitter to discuss Older’s new Tor.com original story “Anyway: Angie.” They discussed Urban Fantasy, the power of community, approaching grief in fiction, networking on Twitter, and much more. Check out the full conversation here!

Apr 7 2014 1:14pm

Game of Thrones The Lion and the Rose Joffrey wedding Purple Wedding

Oh man. Oh man. If there was ever any doubt that Joffrey and the Lannisters have won the game of thrones then there it is. This promo for the second episode of Game of Thrones season 4 “The Lion and the Rose” is so totally in your face that we can't help but have just a smidgen—just a smidgen—of joy upon seeing that little fucker wed to Queen Margaery Tyrell.

This is going to be the best wedding ever, you guys. We hear Hodor himself is spinning during the reception. Warning: The comments of this post are sure to be full of spoilers.

[Watch a sneak peek of “The Lion and the Rose”]

Apr 7 2014 8:00am

Courtesy of redditor SAT0725, we present this fabulous picture of puppeteer and America’s Real DadTM Jim Henson with some of his buddies from The Dark Crystal!

Morning Roundup just wants to talk about Captain America: The Winter Soldier!!! But then there was Game of Thrones too!!! And some great casting news for Jurassic World! Man. We already need a nap.

[Kristen Bell sings!]

Apr 4 2014 10:38am

What’s this? What’s this? Could it be the greatest mashup of The Nightmare Before Christmas and Game of Thrones? Why, yes! This is the touching story of a goofy cartoon man who serenades the Starks and Lannisters with one of Danny Elfman’s greatest tunes. Click through!

[The blood! The screams! They're everywhere and all around!]

Apr 4 2014 8:00am

Awww, check out this fuzzy purry Fellowship! These guys will get the back to Mordor eventually, right after they’re done laying in patches of sun and staring at enemies only they can see. The ridiculous image was shared by Catmoji, a crusader for all that is good and right on the internet.

Morning Roundup wants you to build a rocket! And we also want to give you news about Man of Steel 2 and the TMNT atrocity reboot, and a light-hearted take on Game of Thrones!

[Plus the cutest heist film of all time.]

Apr 3 2014 8:00am

This hideous abomination will rule the 1980s! Brought to us by the Ghostbusters News Facebook page, this image has started a whole terrifying train of thought: if Skeletor is a skeleton, is he, in fact, dead? And if so, could he be captured in a patented Ghost Trap? How will families who simply call to have their ghost problems eradicated react when a giant, bemuscled, sword-wielding Conan-type rides in on a green tiger? How are we gonna call him, when Eternia has no phones?

Morning Roundup brings news of The Winter Soldier, Age of Ultron, and Fantastic Four, plus a deeply emotional recap of Game of Thrones!

[And Benedict Cumberbatch kisses a kitten!]

Apr 2 2014 11:45am

So we did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit/fantasy yesterday and had a blast! If you’ve ever been curious about:

...you should check it out! There’s much more of course, including musings on what fantasy means to us and what it’s like to work in that iconic New York skyscraper you see in the picture above. (We basically figured out that we were ghosts? Or we work with them? Ghosts smell like books?) We had so much fun chatting, and we hope those of you who participated—or are heading over to read it right now to read—did too!

Apr 2 2014 10:00am

Rocket Talk: Tor.com podcast

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin Landon is joined by Anne Perry and Jared Shurin to talk about the science fiction and fantasy literary award scene. The discussion ranges from why awards exist in the first place, to how effective they are at driving readership, to how they impact the discussions that make up so much of what we call fandom.


Apr 2 2014 9:30am

If you’ve read all of the Song of Ice and Fire books then you know what’s going to happen in the next few seasons of Game of Thrones. But what do you want to happen? Not only in the show, but in the book series itself?

We took an informal poll amongst the Game of Thrones-happy staff here, asking those who have only seen the show what they want to happen and asking those have read the books what they would like to happen. How about you?

[Spoilers ahead for Game of Thrones and A Song of Ice and Fire]

Apr 2 2014 8:00am

Artist Louis Roskosch has a Ninja Turtle redesign we can support! It might take Michelangelo here a little longer to defeat The Shredder, but you can just sense his determination, plus he’s (a) not from space, (b) not affiliated with Michael Bay, and (c) actually a ninja turtle. So let’s put him in the reboot, and see how it goes. Check out more of Roskosch’s art on his official Facebook page!

Morning Roundup presents two Human Torches existing in the same time and space! Plus a secret from the world of A Song of Ice and Fire, and a new take on Jurassic Park!

[And the Birth of the Lightsaber!]

Apr 1 2014 4:14pm

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Girls creator and star Lena Dunham is being asked to consult on the script for Star Wars: Episode VIII, citing the close working relationship between her and Adam Driver, who in January was all-but-confirmed to be cast as the central villain of Star Wars: Episode VII.

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Apr 1 2014 2:09pm

Well, this woud have been an interesting path for Brandon Sanderson's work. Apparently, one draft of the epic included a point-of-view interlude from a highly verbose inanimate object, a stick. The stick contemplates its stickness, questions its role in life, and finally comes to terms with its life in Roshar:

I am a stick.
I am a stick.
I am a stick.

While we can understand why Sanderson ultimately abandoned this character, we still applaud his decision to try such a bold voice. Rather than focusing on a sword, a wizard's staff, or even a tree branch, taking us behind the eyes of an anonymous stick gives us a whole new view on the world. Read the full excerpt here!

Apr 1 2014 10:00am

Superman is Clark Kent Batman illustration by Sergio Aragones

Look at you! There’s no time to read. You have decisions to make! Like “what do I become if not an astronaut?” and “how is internet formed?”

But you are so popular! Like George McFly after “Earth Angel” is done playing! And everyone else reads. And it’s all they ever want to talk about. (So boring!)

Don’t worry! We relate. Here is a list of book spoilers for science fiction and fantasy books (and others) so you can feel like king of the party. Always know what everyone is talking about!

[Shhh! Spoilers for all the books ahead!]

Apr 1 2014 9:40am

Tor.com staff

The crew of Tor.com/Stubby the Rocket is doing an AMA on Reddit Fantasy today and we want you to ask us anything! Because the format requires that you ask us ANYTHING, like “How handsome are you?” and “Did reading make you that handsome?” and also “Stubby sounds seriously unhinged sometimes.” (That’s not a question, Professor!)

The Reddit Fantasy thread where you should post your questions is here. We’ll be around this evening between 7 and 9 PM to answer them. We are a normally punchy bunch, but since it’s April Fool’s Day we’re probably even punchier than usual. We can’t promise you hilarity but seriously, we promise you hilarity.

Post your questions over there starting...now!

Apr 1 2014 9:17am

J.K. Rowling has been quite active on the Harry Potter newsfront this year, scuttling Ron and Hermione’s relationship, revealing new excerpts from her notes on Pottermore, and penning a Harry Potter prequel play, while just yesterday WB announced that the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them spin-off movie will now be a trilogy.

As if that weren’t enough, Bloomsbury UK and Scholastic have announced that Rowling will return to the wizarding world of Hogwarts with a new book series. Except this time, the star of the series won’t be Harry Potter!

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Apr 1 2014 8:00am

We love customized trainsespecially when the dreamy eyes of Charles Xavier are gazing out at us... Virgin partnered with Fox to premiere these X-Men: Days of Future Past trains, which will be criss-crossing the UK for the next three months. Comicbook.com provides some more shots of James McAvoy and Hugh Jackman at the train’s unveiling, as well as highlighting a Virgin exec who... meditates on the nature of speed?

Morning Roundup has a recap of the last decade of mutant-related drama, details on how the Lannisters spent their summer vacation, and new videos from Transcendence!

[Plus Wil Wheaton shares some wisdom!]

Mar 31 2014 10:40am

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling

To write in your “No One is Surprised” ledger: J.K. Rowling’s upcoming film about Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them’s Newt Scamander has just been expanded into a three-film extravaganza...

[Make that money, baby.]

Mar 31 2014 9:45am

Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble ACJW decided to put their musical talents to the best possible use—mashing up 43 different cartoon theme songs into one performance! The video has animated clues sprinkled throughout (such as the piccolo player dressed as Spider-Man, above), so close your eyes if you want to guess each theme without any hints! How many do you recognize?

[The ending is perfect.]

Mar 31 2014 9:40am

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Just when you thought you were safe from Simian Flu...

This teaser for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes makes us want mooooooore.


Mar 31 2014 8:00am

Latte artist Kazuki Yamamoto has created many wonders from his foam palette, but so far our favorite is this rendition of the Peanuts gang. Just look at Snoopy’s ear, and try not to giggle uncontrollably. We have to get more coffee...

But first! Morning Roundup has news for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Jungle Book, the insane timeline of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, and an account of looking for evidence of the Big Bang in the Antarctic!

[Plus, because we had to: Bane Cat]