The Shape of My Name March 4, 2015 The Shape of My Name Nino Cipri How far can you travel to claim yourself? The Hell of It February 25, 2015 The Hell of It Peter Orullian What will he wager? Schrödinger’s Gun February 18, 2015 Schrödinger’s Gun Ray Wood Maybe in some other timeline it would have gone smooth. Acrobatic Duality February 11, 2015 Acrobatic Duality Tamara Vardomskaya The two of her are perfectly synchronized.
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March 4, 2015
Writing Women Characters as Human Beings
Kate Elliott
March 2, 2015
A Ranking of 1980s Fantasy That Would Please Crom Himself!
Leah Schnelbach
February 27, 2015
Goodbye, Mr. Nimoy — What Spock Meant to One Geeky 12-Year-Old Girl
Emily Asher-Perrin
February 26, 2015
Introducing the Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch
Keith DeCandido
February 23, 2015
Oh No, She Didn’t: The Strong Female Character, Deconstructed
Ilana C. Myer
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Tue
Feb 24 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Isn’t This Dalek a Little Young to Be In the Cult of Skaro?

Dalek Cann Baby

Gallifrey One is an annual Doctor Who con, and this year, amidst all the fezzes and brown pinstriped suits, writer and comedian Rye Silverman found the cutest thing to happen to an alien race bent on the universe’s total extermination! This baby and carriage ensemble has been turned into Dalek Caan, the wacky Dalek who turned on his own kind in “The Stolen Earth.”

Morning Roundup brings you post-Oscar stories of Birdman and The Theory of Everything, plus an interview with the creator of The Sculptor, and the technology you’ll need to become a LEGO award winner.

[And we have a video that might just blow your mind.]

Mon
Feb 23 2015 5:00pm

Is This a “Lost” Sherlock Holmes Story by Arthur Conan Doyle?

lost Sherlock Holmes story Arthur Conan Doyle Book o the Brig Walter Elliot

Scottish historian Walter Elliot recently discovered a “lost” Sherlock Holmes story sitting in his attic that may or may not have been written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. “Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs, and by deduction, the Brig Bazaar” is part of The Book o’ the Brig, a collection of shorts intended to raise money to repair a bridge in the Scottish village of Selkirk in the early 1900s.

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Mon
Feb 23 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: LEGOs Explain How Boba Fett Escaped the Sarlacc

LEGO Sarlacc diorama Boba Fett escape theory Daniel Stoeffler

You may think you’ve got the best theory for how Boba Fett escaped the sarlacc, but AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) Daniel Stoeffler has created the evidence to back up his harebrained idea. This incredibly detailed LEGO diorama explains how the Jawas use the Pit of Carkoon as a distillery, until one day a mysterious armored figure polluted their stores. You can read Stoeffler’s full theory and check out more photos on his Flickr page. (Hat-tip to Nerd Approved!)

Afternoon Roundup brings you Wolverine’s true inspiration to live, the secrets behind Pawnee’s futuristic tech, and the awesomest Oscars musical number.

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Mon
Feb 23 2015 1:10pm

Check Out the Cover for the Song of Ice and Fire 2016 Calendar!

A Song of Ice and Fire 2016 calendar cover revealed Magali Villeneuve

Random House has released the cover for the 2016 Song of Ice and Fire calendar! Magali Villeneuve—whose illustrations also appeared in The World of Ice & Fire—depicts the White Walkers in fearsome detail.

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Mon
Feb 23 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Groot is Live at Budokan!

Groot at Budokan

James Gunn recently shared this shot of Groot with all of his fans! Rock star and comic book writer Gerard Way played the stadium last week, and his fantastic drum tech took the opportunity to give our favorite sentient tree a solo.

Morning Roundup gives us an Ultron origin story, Duncan Jones talks about his World of Warcraft movie, and acclaimed novelist Kazup Ishiguro takes a walk on the genre side!

[Plus, what we talk about when we talk about Big Bird.]

Fri
Feb 20 2015 4:00pm

Rainbow Rowell Says Carry On Isn’t Fanfiction, It’s Canon

Rainbow Rowell Carry On interview Simon Snow Baz fanfiction fantasyCan Rainbow Rowell’s next book Carry On be described as fanfiction if she’s writing about the magical adventures of her fictional characters’ favorite fictional characters? (She did create the mage-in-training roommates Simon Snow and Tyrannus Basilton “Baz” Pitch for her novel Fangirl, but as the stars of various fanfics.) And while she created a fantasy world detailed enough for her protagonist to write fanfic in, how does she make that fantasy world stand on its own?

Rowell answered these and other tricky questions in a new interview with Time, in which she discussed which fantasy tropes she embraced or discarded while writing Carry On, and why we should all thank the Harry Potter generation.

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Fri
Feb 20 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Won an Oscar, Kinda Makes It Better

geek Oscars Batman song The Lego Movie

With Dr. Horrible Neil Patrick Harris hosting the Academy Awards this weekend, Nerd Approved wanted to make sure that 2014’s geekier works got their chance to bring home an Oscar statuette. (And hey, Batman can actually thank his parents in his acceptance speech for best song.) Because Emily Blunt’s arms in Edge of Tomorrow and Baymax in Big Hero 6 both deserve to be recognized for best supporting roles.

Afternoon Roundup brings you a Powerpuff Girls reboot, Stephen Hawking’s space photos, and a Harry Potter fan documentary!

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Fri
Feb 20 2015 11:00am

Highlights from Kate Elliott’s Reddit AMA Include Unrestrained Romance, Secret Projects, and Chocolate Cake

Kate Elliott Reddit AMA best answers highlightsFor more than twenty-five years, Kate Elliott’s fantasy and science fiction has focused on (as she told us in Sleeps With Monsters) “how people function in the social space of the societies they live in.” That might range from crumbling empires rebuilding themselves to the immigrant experience and the culture clash experienced by two very different societies. Best known for her Crossroads and Spiritwalker trilogies and her Crown of Stars series, she has also just released a new short fiction collection, The Very Best of Kate Elliott.

Recently, Elliott took to Reddit’s r/fantasy subreddit to answer all manner of reader questions. During the talk—scheduled around the Hawaii-based Elliott’s outrigger canoe practice—she explained how J.R.R. Tolkien made her love worldbuilding, gamely accepted the commentary from one reader who didn’t enjoy her books, and shared her best chocolate cake recipe. Check out the highlights!

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Fri
Feb 20 2015 10:52am

Jason Momoa Looks Appropriately Badass as Aquaman

With this tweet showing the first look at Jason Momoa in costume, Aquaman director Zack Snyder has ushered in the era of the badass Atlantean. We didn’t really doubt that the man who embodied Khal Drogo—and who made a pretty intimidating Drax, even just in test shots—would look like a marine killing machine, but it’s another thing to actually have him glaring at you to assert his status as the one king. Gone is the spandex, and his scales are replaced by tattoos—we like.

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Fri
Feb 20 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Now Can We Get Duchovny Dressed As Gomez?

Yeah, that’s Gillian Anderson cosplaying as Morticia Addams. Thank you, Lost-Carcosa and myfaithingravity. You’re welcome, everyone else.

Morning Roundup has discovered that there’s an APB out on Queen Elsa, Lucifer has decided to freelance for the LAPD, and Playmobil has some really weird ideas about what kids like to play with.

[Plus, Tina Belcher: Riot Grrrrl.]

Thu
Feb 19 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Open This Selfie and You’re Dead

Helsinki statue selfie weeping angels

The Weeping Angels have figured out how to take selfies! (Or, a Helsinki website teamed up with photographer Rio Gandara, but we won’t be fooled.) So, what’s the plan now? They Snapchat these to us and we can never blink again? #selfie #dontblink #blinkandyouredead

Afternoon Roundup brings you a personalized letter from J.K. Rowling, the cover for Mira Grant’s new book, and a Powers featurette.

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Thu
Feb 19 2015 12:11pm

Doctor Who Season 9 Villain and Episode Titles Revealed

Doctor Who season 9 two-parter The Magician's Apprentice The Witch's Familiar

As we knew, Doctor Who season 9 is kicking off with a two-parter—but now we know the episode titles and who’s coming back! Radio Times reports that the first two episodes of the new season will be “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar,” written by Steven Moffat and directed by Hettie MacDonald, who directed “Blink.”

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Thu
Feb 19 2015 10:30am

We’re Getting a Neill Blomkamp Alien Sequel After All!

Neil blomkamp's Alien Concept Art

After teasing us with some extraordinary concept art last month (and announcing that he had a certain terrifying head sitting on his desk) Neill Blomkamp broke our collective heart by saying he had dropped the project. But now, the director of District 9 and Chappie seems to be ready to climb into the air ducts after all, and took to Instagram with a message of hope!

[Again, our definition of “hope” involves being pursued by an acid-spitting alien…]

Thu
Feb 19 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: A Typical Day in the Life of An Author

Wes Chu on Kilimanjaro

For Time Salvager author Wes Chu, the hardest part of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro wasn’t the actual hike – it was the ninja attack at the peak. We’ll repeat: Wesley Chu, writer of stories, has climbed Kilimanjaro. Your respective moves, every other author.

Morning Roundup brings you some sultry alternatives to Fifty Shades of Grey, a look at robotics, consciousness, and the fine art of the trailer, and the opening salvo in the coming war with the aliens.

[Plus, a successor to Bane Cat!]

Wed
Feb 18 2015 5:00pm

Subterranean Press Celebrates 20 Years with a Humble Bundle

Humble Bundle Subterranean Press

To mark its 20th anniversary, Subterranean Press is teaming up with Humble Bundle to offer up a massive bundle of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror books! For the next few weeks, you can get $96 worth of DRM-free, multi-format books at whatever price you want.

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Wed
Feb 18 2015 1:35pm

Afternoon Roundup: What a Bunch of Helpful Ways to Learn Your Geeky ABCs

Otis Frampton ABCDEFGeek Vol 3 art

When artist Otis Frampton created the ABCDEFGeek series a few years ago, he could have stopped with his first geeky alphabet (including “R is for Regeneration” and “X is for Xenomorph”). But instead, he keeps topping himself by starting back over with “A”—with ABCDEFGeek Volume 3, it’s the Guardians of the Galaxy who get that honor. (You know why.) Frampton still has two letters left to go, so follow along on his deviantART page!

Afternoon Roundup includes a television adaptation of The Man in the High Castle, the plot of Pirates of the Caribbean 5, and the new Nightcrawler.

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Wed
Feb 18 2015 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 43: Daniel Polansky

Rocket Talk Daniel Polansky

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin is joined by fantasy author Daniel Polansky to discuss his new novel Those Above, as well as his recently announced The Builders, from Tor.com's novella program. They talk about writing dates, travel, fictional influences, and Thunders, as you do.

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Wed
Feb 18 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: We’re Assuming This Phone Case isn’t Heavy

DeLorean Phone Case

Need any more reminders that you are currently in the future? How about this radical phone case? That’s right, Bandai has released a phone case that not only looks just like Doc Brown and Marty McFly’s DeLorean, but also includes boss LED lights, for that perfect 80s neon look.

Morning Roundup brings you a Valentine from space, a look at the worldbuilding of Greg Egan, and a potent mix of hope and despair!

[Plus, the internet found a way to make The Babadook even scarier, cause it needed that.]

Tue
Feb 17 2015 4:30pm

Introducing the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

Joel Cunningham B&N We’ve been loving the SF/F coverage from the new B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, from their recommendations for mouth-watering fantasy foods to speculative fiction road trips.

Joel Cunningham is an editor for B&N Reads and the B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, and he stopped by to talk about celebrating geekery, remembering the classics, and what he’s excited to cover this year.

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Tue
Feb 17 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: One Circle to Rule Them All

circles movie posters Nick Barclay Lord of the Rings

After watching Interstellar, artist Nick Barclay remembered that 2001: A Space Odyssey had a circle as a main character. From that realization sprang his Circle Movies poster series (via Laughing Squid), which boils down classic films to their iconic circles—including HAL, the One Ring, The Matrix’s famous pills, and more.

Afternoon Roundup continues to celebrate Harley Quinn Month; drools over all the pretty pieces at Toy Fair; and plans which sci-fi and fantasy novels will make the best hibernation reading list.

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