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.
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!
BTTF is basically my dream project and as such is utterly terrifying, because it is embedded in the public consciousness and has it’s own library of iconography that even people who haven’t seen the film will know.
He seems to have overcome his terror quite well, because even if we’d been living under a rock since 1985, we would see the hell out of this movie!
Morning Roundup brings you more thoughts on Interstellar and its lead, news on Guardians of the Galaxy’s role in the Marvelverse, and the many voices of Benedict Cumberbatch!
Once there was a little boy who liked to ride around on bone horses. Operating under a clear death wish, this bright-eyed child encountered skeleton monks, watched snakes hatch from human corpses, and swam through seas of grasping bony creatures. If you like fantasy and horror, this is the book for you.
This past summer, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes continued the promise of the Planet of the Apes reboot/retelling begun by the surprisingly restrained Rise of the Planet of the Apes. The first film featured a post-credits scene elegantly explaining why humanity dwindles, but originally the post-credits scene was much crazier, connecting the imagery of the new Apes films with the original film’s most memorable scene.
We suppose someone should have expected this, given the iPhone 6 bend debacle, but somehow, the possibility sailed right by us: Samsung decided to prove their phones wouldn’t bend by creating a robot that could sit on them over and over.
South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, best known for grim, brutal, darkly funny films like Oldboy, Thirst, and Stoker, has signed on for a new sci-fi project. Variety reports that he will be directing and developing Second Born, a futuristic thriller in which humans can download their consciousness onto neural microchip implants.
Laughing Squid shared this work, by awesome Austrian artist Johannes Grenzfurthner, which is a much more entertaining play on C.M. Coolidge’s A Friend in Need. Why would you ever play poker when D&D is an option? We really appreciate the detail here, from the bottle of Mountain Dew to the scantily clad warrior astride a majestic unicorn... you can practically smell the Cheetos.
Morning Roundup brings news of the Guardians of the Galaxy, advice on writing enjoyable science fiction, and space movies!
Jack Zipes, professor emeritus of German and comparative literature at the University of Minnesota, has translated the first edition of Jacob and Wilhelm’s famous fairy tales into English. But unlike past translations, which have watered down the stories, The Original Folk and Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm: The Complete First Edition (out now from Princeton University Press) retains all of the grisly details.
Now when you tell people about how Cinderella’s stepsisters cut off their feet to fit into the glass slipper, you’ll have easily-accessible evidence! Not to mention how a clueless Rapunzel gets pregnant after a “merry time” with the prince, or—perhaps the most damning—the reveal that it was Snow White’s mother, not stepmother, who wanted her beautiful daughter’s heart cut out.
Okay, not exactly? But kind of? This LEGO animated version (fanmade, not from the company itself) of the Eleventh Doctor’s swan song has no dialogue, but what it lacks in sound it makes up for in interpretive mime. You’ll just have to see for yourself.
Hey, do you like Predator? Like, really a lot? Cause if so, Blastr’s found the perfect house for you! Apparently a homeowner in Sweden has put their terrifying Predator-themed house on the market. It only costs $327,000, which sounds like a pretty sweet deal. As long as neither a Xenomorph or Arnold Schwarzenegger move in across the street...
Morning Roundup brings you further news on the comet landing, a look into Guardians of the Galaxy’s creative development, and terrifying yet helpful cockroaches!
We’ve already got word that a major return is in store for Doctor Who season nine, direct from the source!
Spoilers below, of course.
We landed on a comet! And that is amazing! But, as with many leaps in humanity's collective progress, this one has come at a cost: the Philae lander and ESA's Rosetta space probe have parted. And because we live in a truly remarkable age, the two machines have documented their friendship on Twitter. Click through for highlights!
There's a new extended trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron that's really just an excuse for James Spader to dazzle us some more with his terrifying voice.
Summit Entertainment has released the first teaser trailer for Insurgent, the sequel to last year’s YA dystopian movie Divergent. There’s not much to see yet, aside from Tris’ (Shailene Woodley) cool new haircut and a trippy sequence in which she tries to save her mother from a burning building that then detaches and flies through the air.
In this episode of Rocket Talk, we take a break to present an audio edition of “Selfies,” an original story by Lavie Tidhar, as read by Emily Asher-Perrin.
“Selfies” is a creepy little horror tale about the fate of a young woman who makes the mistake of a lifetime when she buys a new phone in the local mall.
The short story can be read online for free here.
Dave Pollot, the genius who improves thrift store paintings with Star Wars characters and the occasional Zoidberg, has entered the realm of the Luigi Death Stare. This piece, titled “Ridin Dirty” features all of our favorite racers from Mario Kart careening down a lovely, cherry-blossom-scented lane.
Morning Roundup has decided that you’ll have to pry “Too Many Cooks” from its cold, machete’d hands! And we’ve also got news about the Fantastic Four reboot, and an interview with a young, significantly less-insane Mel Gibson.
What does George Lucas do once he’s stepped back from the Star Wars franchise and left the new trilogy in other capable hands? Why, quietly work on an animated fairy tale musical inspired by A Midsummer Night's Dream. Lucasfilm Ltd. announced today that Strange Magic will come to theaters January 23, 2015.