This Chance Planet October 22, 2014 This Chance Planet Elizabeth Bear We are alone, except for the dog. Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza October 15, 2014 Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza Carrie Vaughn A Wild Cards story. The Girl in the High Tower October 14, 2014 The Girl in the High Tower Gennifer Albin A Crewel story. Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch October 8, 2014 Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch Kelly Barnhill An unconventional romance.
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Mon
Oct 20 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Horror on the Half Shell!

Teeneage Mutant Ninja Turtles Slasher action figures

Have we mentioned that we love Halloween? And that the mere presence of Halloween makes October the best month? And that part of October being the best month is that suddenly horror movies and horror movie accessories are everywhere? Here, for example, are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, made even better through the miracle of modern kit-bashing in Dan Polydoris’s Sewer Slashin’ Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Really, the only thing this collection lacks is April O’Neill as Asami Yamazaki...

Morning Roundup has so much to tell you! There are thoughts on the mathematical truths to be found in The Simpsons, explorations of the state of the gaming world from Cory Doctorow and Anita Sarkeesian, and a studio tour with a comics master!

[Plus, Bill Murray Explains it All!]

Fri
Oct 17 2014 1:52pm

Congratulations to the storySouth Million Writers Award Nominees!

storySouth nominees

The 2014 storySouth Million Writers Award nominees have been announced, and we're pleased that the Tor.com stories “A Rumor of Angels” by Dale Bailey, “A Window or a Small Box” by Jedediah Berry, “Burning Girls” by Veronica Schanoes, “Jack of Coins” by Christopher Rowe, and “Rag and Bone” by Priya Sharma have all been nominated!

storySouth, an online journal founded in 2001, publishes Southern fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Past winners of the Million Writers Award include Richard Bowes and Catherynne M. Valente, and in 2012, storySouth published an anthology of their SFF publications, Million Writers Award: The Best Online Science Fiction and Fantasy.

You can find links to all the nominated stories here. Happy reading, and congratulations to all the nominees!

Fri
Oct 17 2014 11:46am

MST3K Alums Return to Space!

Paul Feig is sort of becoming our favorite person. Not only is he potentially expanding the Ghostbusters universe with a female-centric reboot, but now he’s creating a space comedy with his veteran Freak and Geeks co-stars, Joel Hodgson and Trace Beaulieu! Oh, they also starred on a different space comedy together once, too...

[We might have discussed it on this site once or twice before.]

Fri
Oct 17 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: We’re With You ’Til the End of the Line... or at Least Until Labor Day

Not to be nitpicky, but isn’t this guy more of a Spring Break Soldier? Whatever, we’re just happy to see that coming to America and getting at least some of his memory back is helping the former Winter Soldier to loosen up a little. Maybe next he’ll hit his awesome ’90s hair with some Sun In?

Morning Roundup brings you some more fabulous cosplay, the latest news about DC’s Suicide Squad, and an update on the culture wars! Um, yay?

[Plus, believe it or not, Luke Skywalker’s walkin’ on air! As his name would suggest.]

Thu
Oct 16 2014 3:05pm

See Alexander Siddig as Game of Thrones’ Prince Doran, and the Surprising Change to the Book Storyline

Alexander Siddig Prince Doran

Winter is Coming has rustled up some set pics from the currently-filming fifth season of Game of Thrones, and they include our first long, long, maybe a little too long, look at Alexander “Dr. Bashir” Siddig as Prince Doran, along with other Dorne characters and set pieces.

The pics also include a VERY surprising character showing up in Dorne, in a marked departure from the A Feast For Crows storyline. Spoilers at the bottom of the post. (Don’t worry, we’ll mark it again so you’re not accidentally spoiled.)

[Dorne in season 5 of Game of Thrones]

Thu
Oct 16 2014 1:30pm

Now You Can Wear Phèdre’s Marque With RockLove’s Kushiel’s Dart Jewelry

Kushiel's Dart Phedre marque necklace RockLove jewelry Jacqueline Carey

Clearly, RockLove Jewelry is taking over all of your favorite fandoms. A week after debuting their Star Trek collection at New York Comic-Con, RockLove announced an exciting collaboration with Kushiel’s Legacy author Jacqueline Carey: the Phèdre’s Marque Necklace, depicting her iconic roses-and-thorns marque.

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Thu
Oct 16 2014 11:35am

Concept Sketches for Star Wars: Episode VII Possibly Leaked

Star Wars Episode VII concept art leak

A large number of concept sketches for Star Wars: Episode VII have been found online on an ImageShack account called “themillenniumfalcon,” and if the concept art is real, it gives us many, many tantalizing details about what’s to come in the next Star Wars film.

The veracity of the concept art has yet to be confirmed (it seems weird that Disney would not have yanked this already, for one) but the details in them are very specific, so we’re treating them as if they are. Here is where the images can be found. Click at your own risk!

Note: Feel free to discuss the contents in the comments below. Potential spoilers in the comments.

Thu
Oct 16 2014 11:24am

They’re Sending Thor to Kill the White Whale!

Chris Hemsworth In the Heart of the Sea Moby Dick

When Chris Hemsworth isn’t daring the other Avengers to try and lift his hammer, he’s racing fast cars and shouting into the stormy waves at the white whale. To be clear, he’s not playing Captain Ahab in his new movie In the Heart of the Sea, but we are talking about the white whale.

[Watch the first trailer]

Thu
Oct 16 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Just Add Strawberry Syrup for Blood Splatter!

We all express our love in different ways. For Nathan Shields, the best way to show his love of The Walking Dead is to craft pancakes modeled after the characters, then drizzle maple syrup, and perhaps some sort of fresh berries, over the grim visages of Daryl, Carole, and Tyrese, before tucking in to a hearty breakfast. If you would like to add zombie pancakes to your next brunch, check out Shield’s how-to video here!

Morning Roundup brings you yet another possible Doctor Strange, Comic-Con selfies with Gillian Anderson, and an account of the Rave of Thrones!

[Plus Ralph Steadman meets Walter White!]

Wed
Oct 15 2014 3:39pm

Wonder Woman Standalone Movie Leads the Charge in Warner Bros’ Official DC Comics Movie Lineup

Wonder Woman standalone movie Warner Bros DC film slate

We’re getting a Wonder Woman movie!

Warner Bros just dropped that knowledge at today’s shareholder conference, along with updated intel on the various other DC Comics-based superhero movies in the works up through 2020. For instance, the studio has already planned out two Justice League films (both to be directed by Zack Snyder); they’re rebooting Green Lantern; and they’re bringing on Ezra Miller to play one of the stars of their TV properties on the silver screen.

[Check out Warner Bros’ updated movie slate]

Wed
Oct 15 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 31: The Book Smugglers

Rocket Talk

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin is joined by world famous and Hugo nominated Book Smugglers, also know as Ana Grilo and Thea James. They talk about the history of their blog and their new venture, Book Smugglers Publishing. The chat extends into a protracted discussion about the stories they’ll be publishing, as well as Ann Leckie’s newest novel, Ancillary Sword. It’s Smuggleriffic.

[Listen here!]

Wed
Oct 15 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Patrick Rothfuss Enters the Land of Lola!

Redditor BlackRockKitty shows us that Patrick Rothfuss is not just a great epic fantasy writer, he also looks great in heels! In town for New York Comic-Con, Rothfuss left the enthusiastic fantasy hordes to embrace an enthusiasm for sequins and Kinky Boots. Perhaps he’ll swing through Hedwig and the Angry Inch next?

Morning Roundup takes you to the Dark Side of Harry Potter, provides a brief history of Bat-apologies, and gives you the best 19th Century Halloween costume ideas!

[Plus, we throw some bags at you.]

Mon
Oct 13 2014 4:26pm

Spider-Gwen Was Such a Hit, She’s Getting Her Own Series!

Spider-Gwen #1 series announced NYCC

Although Marvel Comics had intended their “Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman” alternate-universe story to be a one-shot, it has proved to be so popular that now Spider-Gwen (yes, that’s the real title) will be an ongoing series starting February 2015! And before you ask, of course The Mary Janes rock group are coming back.

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Mon
Oct 13 2014 4:06pm

Watch the First Trailer for Brian Michael Bendis’ Superhero Police Procedural Powers

Powers trailer Brian Michael Bendis NYCC

At New York Comic-Con, Brian Michael Bendis unveiled the first footage for the TV adaptation of his comics series Powers, which is part superhero story, part police procedural. While the footage isn’t yet online, the first trailer is—and it looks like a pretty solidly faithful adaptation of the comic's tone. Also, it’s premiering on PlayStation, which means it’ll be less constrained than other upcoming superhero TV series.

[“There was a time when I could fly. I was a hero, above the law. Then I lost my powers, so they gave me a badge. The f—- am I supposed to do with that?”]

Fri
Oct 10 2014 3:45pm

Will Magic Dance Again? Possible Labyrinth Sequel in the Works

Labyrinth Sequel

In addition to talking about their ongoing flirtation with a Dark Crystal sequel, there is possibly also a Labyrinth sequel happening. Which... could we please say no to this, as a people?

Labyrinth is a wonderful film, as well as a lovely bit of ’80s nostalgia. Many humans of various persuasions have stories to tell about David Bowie’s spandex. And many other people, particularly those who gather at Renaissance festivals, were intrigued enough by contact juggling that they learned how to do it themselves. But are any of those things enough reason to revisit the film? Can’t we all just watch Baby Toby’s new, original projects instead?

Are we being too harsh? What do the rest of you think?

Thu
Oct 9 2014 4:45pm

Baymax Embraces His Heroic Destiny in Big Hero 6 NYCC Footage

Big Hero 6 trailer NYCC

Every time we watch Big Hero 6 trailers, we become even more convinced that Baymax is going to somehow break our hearts. Just look at him, donning the carbon-fiber armor to fight off nanobots controlled by a villain in a Kabuki mask!

In this new “sizzle reel” that Walt Disney premiered at New York Comic-Con, not only are we tortured with Baymax cuteness, but we also get to see Hiro assemble the rest of his superhero team, each with their own rad gadgets.

[Watch the trailer]

Thu
Oct 9 2014 4:10pm

Star Trek Jewelry Line Features a Canonically Accurate Detachable Enterprise!

RockLove Star Trek jewelry Enterprise ring

Independent jewelry brand (and friend of the site) RockLove has created a Star Trek-inspired collection of sterling silver jewelry! In a press release, owner, designer, and jeweler Allison Hourcade said: “The goal was to produce something a Star Trek fan could wear everyday—durable precious metal that is understated enough to be professional and sophisticated, yet clever in its design.”

The standout piece is the Dock Ring (above), which—while based on the ship’s look in the rebooted movie universe—recalls a specific design feature of the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

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Thu
Oct 9 2014 3:18pm

The Tomorrowland Trailer is Here to Make Us Feel Things!

We finally have a Tomorrowland trailer! And man does it ever make us have all the emotions in only 2 minutes. Click through to watch!

[Full teaser trailer below!]

Thu
Oct 9 2014 1:40pm

Rocket & Groot Conquer all the Covers!

When Marvel tells us that We are Groot they mean it! We’re getting 20 homages of classic Marvel covers in November, all featuring Rocket Racoon and his incredibly endearing bodyguard. The image above (a variant for Superior Iron Man #1) is a gleefully subversive take on the classic Iron Man arc, “Demon in a Bottle,” while the one below is, well...

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Thu
Oct 9 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: We Would Go All Psycho-Alison for a Spot at the Orphan Black Season 3 Table Read

Orphan Black season 3 read through Tatiana Maslany

Sitting in on the Orphan Black season 3 table read would be a dream. Not just to find out what happens to Sarah and the rest of the Clone Club, but also just to watch Tatiana Maslany at work. Maybe in addition to posting photos like this, the Orphan Black team could include a video? Pretty please with all of Helena’s favorite sweets on top?

Morning Roundup brings you Oculus Rift Batcave tours, Ghostbusters 3 news, and the Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team!

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