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December 15, 2014
Steven Erikson: On Completing Malazan
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December 10, 2014
Even More Standalone Fantasy Fiction!
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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

medieval doodles

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

Star Wars Episode XIII IX rumors Rian Johnson Luke Leia storylines

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

The Hobbit The Office mashup sketch Saturday Night Live Martin Freeman

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!]

Dec 11 2014 3:29pm

It’s Yuletide and You Are Dying: Watch the Doctor Who Christmas Special Trailer

Doctor Who Christmas special trailer alien

While the most recent teaser clip for the Doctor Who Christmas special definitely scared us into staying off Santa’s Naughty list, the official trailer guarantees that this will be a very creepy Christmas. We’ve got mysterious bodies rising up from sleep (or death), an alien infestation, and a chalkboard that won’t let you erase the message “You Are Dying.”

[Watch the trailer]

Dec 11 2014 2:00pm

5 Times Stephen Colbert Was Declared the Ultimate Fanboy

Stephen Colbert Gandalf The Hobbit Entertainment Weekly

As Entertainment Weekly observed in their upcoming Stephen Colbert/The Hobbit cover story, the host of The Colbert Report plays a satire of a conservative windbag—but when he geeks out, that’s never an act.

Since the Report premiered on Comedy Central in 2005—and even before that, when he was a correspondent on The Daily Show—Colbert has unabashedly indulged his nerdy side, alternately poking at and showing off his own extensive knowledge of various properties. Getting his own series was a platform to lampoon right-wing pundits, but it also served to show America what a proud nerd looks like. Whether defending the new crossguard lightsaber or dominating at Tolkien trivia, Colbert taps into his endless knowledge and enthusiasm for all things geek in a way no one else can.

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Dec 11 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Merry Cthulhumas!

Cthulhu Wreath

Photographer and improver-of-Christmas LiquidNight made this fantastic Cthulhumas wreath, and shared it with GeyserofAwesome! If you’d like to add some tentacles to your own holiday celebrations, there is a step-by-step Elder Guide over on imgur.

Morning Roundup demands more dinosaur hybrids, confirms that (flying cars aside) we are indeed living in the future, and decides to o some hardcore wassailin’ with Christopher Lee!

[Plus, Stephen Colbert will not rest until he has been every LOTR character!]

Dec 10 2014 4:30pm

Sony Hack Ruins Potential Marvel Phase 3 Surprise

Sony hack leak Marvel Spider-Man Captain America: Civil War

The massive hack of Sony’s databases has laid bare actors’ Social Security numbers and salaries; catty interdepartmental emails; and eye-popping movie budgets. It also revealed some pretty cool Spider-Man plans between Marvel Studios and Sony that, had they been successful, would’ve been a hell of a spoiler for the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Phase 3.

[What were they planning?]

Dec 10 2014 1:51pm

“Everybody’s Gone Out of Their Mind”: Watch the First Teaser Trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road teaser trailer

In the newest teaser trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road, everything is fire and blood and steering-wheel-worshipping cults and skull grills and beautifully shifting sands and human figureheads and giant drum solos and fireworks and explosions and...

You know, you should just watch it.

[Click through for the trailer]

Dec 10 2014 1:10pm

Pixar’s New Trailer for Inside Out Gives Us The Parents’ Perspective!

Inside Out

Most movies aimed at kids stay squarely in the kid’s point-of-view, but Pixar has always defied this trope by giving us well-rounded adults, too. (Has there been a more dedicated cinematic Dad than Marlin? A more realistic married couple than Bob and Helen Parr?) This UK trailer for Inside Out is no exception, taking us into the minds of main character Riley’s parents, as well as giving us a glimpse of Riley’s own purple-hued mind! There is also a Brazilian helicopter pilot.

[Check out the full trailer below!]

Dec 10 2014 12:45pm

We’re Swooning Over Sam Weber’s New Cover Art for Dune!

Same Weber cover art Dune The Folio Society

Sam Weber is no stranger to our pages—from his short fiction art and book covers to his Wheel of Time illustrations. So we could not have been more excited to learn that he has been hard at work creating a fully illustrated edition of Frank Herbert’s Dune for The Folio Society! They just released the cover shown above, and it looks like Sam is easily matching our high expectations.

[Full size image below!]

Dec 10 2014 10:00am

Even More Standalone Fantasy Fiction!

Gossamer Axe

Yes, we admit it: writing a sequel to our post about stand alone fantasy is a little...ironic. But your reaction to the first post was so enthusiastic and your reading suggestions were so great (LOOK AT THAT COVER OMG) that we decided to unleash our inner Peter Jackson and do another one!

So here’s a roundup of some of your standalone reading suggestions. Sorry if we missed any favorites—mention them in the comments, and we might just expand this into a trilogy!

[Even More Fantasy!]