Where the Trains Turn November 19, 2014 Where the Trains Turn Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen His imagination runs wild. The Walk November 12, 2014 The Walk Dennis Etchison Creative differences can be brutal. Where the Lost Things Are November 5, 2014 Where the Lost Things Are Rudy Rucker and Terry Bisson Everything has to wind up somewhere. A Kiss with Teeth October 29, 2014 A Kiss with Teeth Max Gladstone Happy Halloween.
From The Blog
November 28, 2014
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer is Live
Stubby the Rocket
November 21, 2014
Never Wait for a Sequel Again: 17 Standalone Fantasy Novels
Stubby the Rocket
November 18, 2014
The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s Histories in the Age of Netflix
Ada Palmer
November 17, 2014
In Defense of Indiana Jones, Archaeologist
Max Gladstone
November 14, 2014
An Uncut and Non-Remastered List of Star Wars Editions!
Leah Schnelbach
Showing posts by: Stubby the Rocket click to see Stubby the Rocket's profile
Mon
Nov 24 2014 9:00am

A Non-Comprehensive-But-Awesome Accounting of Your Favorite Books of 2014

Steles of the Sky best books of 2014

As we come to the end of 2014, we’re looking back on this year’s books, and asking ourselves some important questions: which ones were our favorites? Why did some resonate more than others? And what do our picks say about the state of SFF as we head into 2015? We took to Twitter to ask the hivemind for their best of the year, and you responded with a wonderful avalanche of reading suggestions! While there were too many for one post, we’ve gathered up twenty five of your picks in the non-scientific and non-comprehensive-because-seriously-2014-ain’t-even-over list below!

[Read more! WE MEAN IT.]

Mon
Nov 24 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: If We Jump Off Of This Swing, Will Groot Catch Us?

One of the best things about Guardians of the Galaxy is the way it’s inspired creativity. From homemade dancing Groots to roughly a billion t-shirts, there seems to be no aspect of life that can’t have some Guardians added to it. And now, Gizmodo has shared the greatest swing ever! We can only hope an entire Xandarian playground will soon follow.

Morning Roundup brings you news of Stephen King’s post-apocalyptic epic, thoughts on the modern American blockbuster, and our suggestion for season two of Serial!

[Oh yeah plus Billy Boyd has come to DESTROY US ALL.]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 5:00pm

We’re So Wonderfully Wonderfully Wonderfully Wonderfully Pretty! SharkCats!

Brynn Metheney is a professional creature designer and fantasy illustrator. She has designed for Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, and Numenera, and each of these projects is filled with wonders. However, our favorite are her Sharkcats. A whole year’s worth of these lovely creatures can be found in her calendar! Look at their pretty eyes. Like a doll’s eyes.

[“We missed you,” hissed the SharkCats! La, la la, la, la, la...]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 12:40pm

Marvel and Netflix’s Jessica Jones Candidates Include Krysten Ritter, Teresa Palmer, and More

Jessica Jones casting Marvel Netflix

Marvel and Netflix are hot on the search for their Jessica Jones! Deadline reports that producers have already lined up at least five very different candidates to play the superhero-turned-gumshoe. (No surprise, seeing as the casting breakdown includes an age range of 25-33.)

[Meet the candidates]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 11:00am

“How Guardians of the Galaxy Should Have Ended” is Even Sassier Than the Movie

How Guardians of the Galaxy Should Have Ended video

Most “How It Should Have Ended” videos follow the series’ name and rewrite the conclusions of movies like Frozen and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. However, the latest installment takes exception with several different plot points of Guardians of the Galaxy, pointing out a variety of alternate endings. Just one change could lead to Ronan drinking with the Joker and Sheev Palpatine, or with him basically deciding “if you can't beat ’em, join ’em” at the final battle.

[Watch the video]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 10:00am

Never Wait for a Sequel Again: 17 Standalone Fantasy Novels

One of the things you get used to as a fantasy fan is that each new book is a commitment. Some people commit to other people, marriages, children, careers.... When fantasy fans start a new book, they do it knowing that they may still have to be reading about these characters 20 years later.

As a guide for those who maybe want a fling rather than a marriage, we asked Twitter to suggest standalone fantasies, and you did not disappoint: From Goblin Emperors to Fox Women to Raven Kings, here are 17 of your favorites!

[Read more]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Lightning. Fire. The Power of God or... Something

So you all remember Major Arnold Ernst Toht, right? The extra-evil Nazi who (in addition to being a freaking Nazi) threatens Marion Ravenwood with torture in Raiders of the Lost Ark, and then gets his face very deservedly melted off by the power of YHWH at the end? Well, thanks to the geniuses at Firebox, you can now own the sucker in candle form, and use the power of ZPPO to melt his awful Nazi face off yourself!

Morning Roundup has news of Chris Pratt’s future, Guardians of the Galaxy’s ending, and the terrifying fate of some doomed cups of water.

[Plus, we might be getting a confusing new Highlander!]

Thu
Nov 20 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: We Have Every Confidence in the Weyland-Yutani Dog Walking Corporation

Do you love your dog, but also occasionally daydream about an alien bursting forth from her chest? Or...at least about scaring the crap out of everybody at the dog park? Then do we have something for you! Storenvy created this fantastic alien facehugger harness, and we love them for it.

Morning Roundup wants to join Barbie’s computer class! We’ve got more discussion of Interstellar’s science stuff, and a look back at a holiday classic!

[Plus a thoughtful discussion of the marketing of Star Wars.]

Wed
Nov 19 2014 5:00pm

Meet Your Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell in the First Look at the BBC Miniseries

first look Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell BBC miniseries

The BBC has released the first promotional photo from its miniseries adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s Hugo-winning novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell! Here’s Bertie Carvel (Les Misérables) and Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes, The World’s End) in-character as dueling magicians Jonathan Strange and Gilbert Norrell.

[Click through for the synopsis]

Wed
Nov 19 2014 2:20pm

Neil Gaiman and Daniel Handler in the Great Book Giveaway!

Neil Gaiman Daniel Handler Great Book Giveaway

What’s the perfect way to pit acclaimed authors Neil Gaiman and Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) against each other? Challenge them to give away the most books to a park full of eager fans, while also fending off the biting New York City cold! Gaiman and Handler came to Washington Square Park’s Garibaldi Plaza early this morning to take part in the the National Book Foundation’s Great Book Giveaway, alongside a portable reading room provided by the Uni Project.

Check out more photos from the event, plus a quick clip of Neil and Daniel facing off in their quest to give away the most books, below!

[Read More]

Wed
Nov 19 2014 1:30pm

Avengers: Age of Pinocchio is a Scarily Good Mashup

Avengers: Age of Pinocchio trailer mashup

The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer gave us all sorts of chills due in part to its creepy use of “I’ve Got No Strings” from Pinocchio—which, when you really think about it, is the most disturbing Disney movie. How to make both even creepier? Combine them!

[“You’re all puppets, tangled in... strings.”]

Wed
Nov 19 2014 11:45am

Watch the First Trailer for Disney’s Live-Action Cinderella

Cinderella trailer live-action Disney Kenneth Branagh Cate Blanchett Helena Bonham Carter

Kenneth Branagh's Cinderella, being backed by Disney, looks to be a pretty faithful remake of the animated classic. (No songs from the Brandy/Whitney Houston musical, or the complete reimagining of Ever After.) Downton Abbey's Lily James is poor Ella, forced to serve her evil stepmother (Cate Blanchett, who looks like she will be delightfully mean) and awful stepsisters. Until, that is, Ella's fairy godmother (Helena Bonham Carter) reveals herself and whips up a pumpkin carriage, blue dress, and glass slippers for Ella to enjoy the ball.

[Watch the trailer]

Wed
Nov 19 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 35: Rob H. Bedford

Rocket Talk

Featuring blogger Rob Bedford, this week’s Rocket Talk podcast episode delves into the relationship between the author and reviewer.

In light of all the recent challenges with this dynamic, Justin asks questions ranging from how Rob views his own relationship to reviewing, how things have changed in the decade plus he’s been in the business, and whether or not there’s something we can do to improve it moving forward.

[Listen here!]

Wed
Nov 19 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Bizarre Love Triangle

So every once in a while, more treasure troves of behind-the-scenes Star Wars photos pop up. And while they’re always delightful, The Mary Sue led us to Dorkly’s collection of 50 amazing shots, which contain what may be our favorite yet. Look at that. Proof that everyone in their right mind has a crush on Han.

Morning Roundup asks if you would like to receive a book from one Neil Gaiman or one Daniel Handler, then suggests possible cockatil party conversation starters—just in time for the holidays! We also have an ludicrously long interview with Benedict Cumberbatch below the cut.

[Plus, a piece of Internet nostalgia that will make you long for the days of dial-up!]

Tue
Nov 18 2014 5:00pm

Jurassic World Launches Viral Website With New Images and Plot Hints

Jurassic World viral website photos skeleton

Last we heard of Jurassic World, a “leaked” brochure hinted at which dinosaurs we’ll see in the new film. Now, Universal Pictures has upped its viral marketing game by launching a website for Masrani Global, the company responsible for bringing to life John Hammond’s dreams of a dinosaur theme park.

[Welcome to the new Isla Nublar!]

Tue
Nov 18 2014 1:10pm

Best Car Mechanic Ever Leaves Note from the Doctor for Whovian Car Owner

Doctor, Amy, car

Tumblr user thetraciwho went to get their car fixed, and received a delightful surprise from the mechanic. Or should we say, a Time Lord in disguise?

[Where does this person fix cars? We want in on the fun.]

Tue
Nov 18 2014 12:46pm

HBO Teases Westworld With Mysterious Video: “So Our Creatures Have Been Misbehaving”

HBO Westworld teaser Vine video photo Jonathan Nolan

We don’t know too much about HBO’s new Westworld TV series, aside from the fact that it’s a remake of the 1973 film written and directed by Michael Crichton, and that Jonathan Nolan and wife Lisa Joy Nolan are adapting it for television. But now the network has released a mysterious, creepy, oh-so-brief preview for the series.

[Click through to watch]

Tue
Nov 18 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Why So Flemish?

Sacha Goldberger is a French photographer whose latest project is a series of photos called “Super Flemish.” These photos, which were exhibited in Paris in September, combine the iconic images of superheroes and Star Wars characters with the clothing and muted lighting of the Flemish School of the 17th Century. You can see more of the images here!

Morning Roundup comes to you with amazing gifts! Would you like to see Ronan the Accuser dance? Would you like to buy a Batmobile? Or possibly learn new tips for thriving in the coming Zombocalypse? We can give you all these riches, and so many more.

[Or perhaps...try living life as a goat?]

Mon
Nov 17 2014 2:05pm

Santa is a Bad Man in the First Clip from the Doctor Who Christmas Special

Doctor Who Christmas special Santa clip preview

We already got a pretty creepy vibe from this year’s Doctor Who Christmas special (with Nick Frost as Santa!) when we saw the first preview. But a new clip gives more insight into just what kind of game Old St. Nick is playing.

[Read more]

Mon
Nov 17 2014 12:00pm

Contemplate Your Place in the Universe with Hard Sci-Fi Film Classics!

While thoughtful, far-future science fiction like Star Trek and time travel romps like Back to the Future a great fun, sometimes we just want to sit down with a brain-twisting piece of hard sci-fi and meditate on humanity’s place in the universe. Since we here at Tor.com are still trying to bat Interstellar opinions back and forth, we thought we’d highlight a few of our other favorite hard SF classics. Bring your space faces close to ours, and we’ll stare into the abyss together!

[It’ll be...fun?]