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. The Language of Knives February 4, 2015 The Language of Knives Haralambi Markov They share the rites of death, and grief.
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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
February 20, 2015
Evil Eighties: The Paperback Horrors of Lisa Tuttle
Grady Hendrix
February 19, 2015
The Pinocchio Factor
Jen Williams
February 17, 2015
The Mummy was the Indiana Jones Successor that We Deserved
Emily Asher-Perrin
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Wed
Feb 11 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: We Would Be So Compatible With This Droid!

The Valentines Day chocolate bar has been set! What you are looking at is a 150 pound, life-sized R2-D2, made entirely of chocolate. This magnificent work of art was created by Fernando Arreola, the pastry chef and Executive Chef at Fairmont Hotel. It was inspired by the Star Wars Exposition, which will run at the Tech Museum of San Jose, California until February 23rd. 

Morning Roundup brings you more wise words from the set of The Force Awakens, ideas for the new Spider-Man/Marvel Cinematic Universe extravaganza, and outrageous concept art for Jupiter Ascending!

[Plus, a new way to read comics!]

Tue
Feb 10 2015 1:15pm

Afternoon Roundup: Valentines for the People Worth Melting For

Disney valentines Olaf grab my butt

BuzzFeed has come up with a way to ruin your childhood with these suggestive Disney valentines. But hey, at least you’ll have hilarious cards to hand out to your friends and loved ones!

Afternoon Roundup would watch Patrick Stewart ride around the world in Wolverine’s motorcycle; resists the urge to kick Spot the four-legged robot; and wants MODOK here, now, in this elevator.

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Tue
Feb 10 2015 9:05am

Spider-Man is Officially Joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe

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Last year’s Sony email hack revealed not only that Marvel Entertainment and Sony were discussing letting Spider-Man play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but also that those talks had allegedly broken down before they could reach an agreement. However, Marvel has just confirmed that they will indeed be producing the next installment of the Spider-Man franchise, out in 2017. But we’ll be seeing Spidey even before that!

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Tue
Feb 10 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: All Hail Snowtoro!

So many people have been sharing the Sapporo Snow Festival’s magnificent Darth Vader sculpture, but we wanted to back away from The Dark Side, head over to Asahikawa, and find something a little more cute. Actually, a lot more cute. Gaze at this picture and we’re pretty sure you’ll be incapable of having a bad day.

Morning Roundup stops in to visit the Hutts, talks music with William Gibson, and explores the rich history of Judaism at Hogwarts!

[Plus, Ray Bradbury!]

Mon
Feb 9 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Disney’s Got Marvel’s A-Force Right Here

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Yes, the “Disney princesses as...” meme is a bit played out. But animator Robby’s mashup envisioning Belle as She-Hulk (YES), Merida as Hawkeye, and Pocahontas as X-23 is very well-timed to Marvel’s recent A-Force announcement.

Afternoon Roundup packs for the Moon; wakes Jennifer Lawrence up 90 years early; and celebrates finally finding Waldo.

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Mon
Feb 9 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Alohomora Google Maps!

Marauders Map Google Maps

How great would it be if you had a Marauders Map plugin on Google Maps? Then you’d never have to worry about awkwardly running into your terrible ex-roommate who broke your favorite mug and never replaced the toilet paper (that monster). You could even handily label axe murderers, because you probably want to avoid those, too. In fact, you could just direct the two of them toward each other...

Morning Roundup likes the sound of a “risky” Guardians of the Galaxy 2; learns the Sith way from Darth Rose Byrne; and is calling Slytherin “Slythering” from now on.

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Fri
Feb 6 2015 2:29pm

Gene Luen Yang to Write DC Comics’ Superman

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DC Entertainment has just announced that it’s doubling its output of comic book series, adding 24 new series (starting at #1) without pausing its 25 existing series. This new direction for the DC Universe is intended to bring greater diversity to the books and present classic characters in a more contemporary light—by bringing onboard writers including Brendan Fletcher, Garth Ennis, and Gene Luen Yang making his DC Comics debut.

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Fri
Feb 6 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Star-Lord and Captain America Made You This Mix Tape (of Feelings)

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We dare you to look at this photo of Chris Pratt and Chris Evans making good on their Super Bowl bet and not get choked up. There are even more adorable photos of Star-Lord’s visit on Pratt’s Facebook page—and we expect to see Cap representing very soon.

Afternoon Roundup really does not want to think about that creepy toy clown with the detachable nose in the new Poltergeist trailer. So instead, it’s going to ponder possible Hunger Games prequels or sequels and celebrate Harley Quinn Month.

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Fri
Feb 6 2015 11:26am

Come Talk About Geeky Feminism at Housing Works for Geek Week!

Oliver Barrett Chun Li feminism we can do it

Want some geekiness in your feminism? Want some feminism in your geekery? February 15-28 is Housing Works’ annual Geek Week event, and they’re marking the occasion with sales on sci-fi, horror, and graphic novels, plus some rad programming. A panel of awesome women, including Tor Books editor Diana Pho and Tor.com’s own Emily Asher-Perrin, will be speaking on the Geeky Feminism panel on February 23!

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Fri
Feb 6 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Federation Credits Could Never Be So Suave

Captain Kirk Coin

Australia’s Perth Mint is celebrating Star Trek in 2015! They’re releasing a pair of coins commemorating the show on February 16. One features James T. Kirk’s handsome mug, while the other honors the U.S.S. Enterprise herself. We’re delighted by the emotional range of these coins, from Elizabeth II’s severity on one side, to JTK smirking on the other. You can find more information about the coins in the Mint’s monthly bulletin.

Morning Roundup has discovered the greatest village in all of Japan! We’ve also become a little nervous that Robert Downey Jr. is monitoring our social media presence, and we’ve found the best possible use for the Death Star!

[Plus, if you’re interested in Falconry, we have a tutorial for you.]

Thu
Feb 5 2015 1:20pm

Afternoon Roundup: The Oscar Race Just Got a Lot Nerdier

pop culture Oscar parody posters The Theory of Everything is Awesome

The second annual RIPTcademy Awards Parody Poster contest has led to some incredible entries mashing up all of this year’s Oscar-nominated films with beloved geeky properties—compare them to the originals. Even better, you can buy prints of Doug Funnie haunted by his past as Quailman, Canadian Mercenary (boom, Deadpool movie poster already made), and Doctor Strange in The Illusion Game.

Afternoon Roundup wants to know why blockbusters are obsessed with corn; whether grimdark is grimdead; and what happens when you search “short” on Netflix.

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Thu
Feb 5 2015 12:22pm

Original Song of Ice and Fire Outline is a “What If” Version of the Actual Books

Game of Thrones original outline

U.K. bookstore chain Waterstones and book publisher HarperCollins UK recently posted a letter from George R. R. Martin which contains the initial outline for the Song of Ice and Fire trilogy. The letter, dated December 7, 1993 reveals a storyline that changed so significantly by the time A Storm of Swords was published that it could be considered a “What If?” version of the beloved fantasy series.

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Thu
Feb 5 2015 11:51am

Ian McKellen’s 93-Year-Old Sherlock Holmes Can’t Deduce Like He Used to in Mr. Holmes Clip

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Age has mellowed Sherlock Holmes in this new clip from Bill Condon’s Mr. Holmes, starring Ian McKellen as the Great Detective at 93. Tending to bees in the lush, green countryside, he seems to have become a sweeter man, mentoring his housekeeper’s son. But with age comes the loss of his great deduction skills.

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Thu
Feb 5 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: I Find Your Lack of A Valentine...Disturbing

Darth Vader Valentines Card

Laughing Squid is ushering in Valentines Day a little early! They shared PJ McQuade’s newest set of V-Day cards, with cameo appearances by a less-wrathful than usual Khan, a more-eloquent-than-usual Hodor, and George McFly, dense as ever. But the clear winner here is Darth Vader, who comes bearing a single, perfect rose.

Morning Roundup jumps into a heated debate about slipstream! Plus we discover the horrifying truth about unicorns, and mentally high-five the new Black Panther.

[And can you get past Rainbow Squirts?]

Wed
Feb 4 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Two’s Company, Three’s a Crowd, Four is a Cool Pop Culture Art Show

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Truck Torrence’s solo art show Mass Hysteria! (coming up at Gallery1988) is quite the undertaking, as it documents all of his favorite pop culture crowds. That’s a lot of chibi face-melted Nazis, Thriller zombies, and Chitauri to draw. Click here to see the full print of The Bride getting her sweet revenge and to learn more about the show.

Afternoon Roundup wants to play the Magicians RPG; feels inadequate next to The Mountain and his giant tree; and is dying to know what happened to all of the Cullens.

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Wed
Feb 4 2015 11:18am

SFWA Now Offers Membership to Self-Published and Small Press Authors

SFWA self-published small press authors membershipThe Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced that it will extend active and associate memberships in the organization to self-published and small press authors. As SFWA President Steven Gould explained,

Writers write. Professional writers get paid a decent amount for what they write. For the past five years it’s been apparent that there are ways to earn that decent amount that were not being covered by our previous qualification standards. Though these changes took a substantial amount of time, I’m grateful to everyone who worked toward this end.

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Wed
Feb 4 2015 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 42: Elizabeth Bear

Rocket Talk Elizabeth Bear

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Elizabeth Bear joins Justin to talk about her fantastic new novel, Karen Memory. They talk about overturning old tropes, embracing agency, the merits of Pacific Rim, and a lot of other rambly things.

[Listen Now!]

Wed
Feb 4 2015 10:14am

Netflix’s First Daredevil Trailer Brings the Grit and a Little Bit of Cheese

Marvel Netflix Daredevil trailer watch

Daredevil isn’t seeking forgiveness for what he’s done—he’s asking forgiveness for what he’s about to do. And that’s fight baddies, because he’s just trying to make his city a better place.

Those are the two groanworthy lines in the otherwise decent trailer for Marvel and Netflix’s Daredevil. Yes, Daredevil is not unique in wanting to improve the quality of life for his fellow citizens—here, it’s in New York City, specifically Hell’s Kitchen—but the fact that his mask has no eyeholes is kind of impressive.

[Watch the trailer]

Wed
Feb 4 2015 9:30am

German Government Using a Battlestar Galactica LARP to Train Future Diplomats

Battlestar Galactica larp Germany Projekt Exodus

A recent trend has seen European live-action roleplaying games, or LARPs, set at actual locations that play into their source material—for instance, the Harry Potter LARP College of Wizardry set in a Polish castle. Germany is going a step further with Projekt Exodus, a roleplaying experience with an educational aspect.

For five days, 80 aspiring diplomats will (according to Projekt Exodus’ website) “analyze the narrative structure” of the 2003 Battlestar Galactica reboot and, through playing out characters and scenarios inspired by the television series, will explore and build on themes including government, ideology, and freedom. Projekt Exodus is funded by the German Federal Agency for Civic Education, which promotes political and media literacy.

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Wed
Feb 4 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: The Persistence of EXTERMINATION

BoingBoing shared this fantastic Salvador Dali riff from Patience is for Wimps! We love the idea of melting Daleks patrolling the surrealist landscape. Look, just around the corner of that eerie de Chirico building - it’s a Dalek! Better get over to M.C. Escher’s “Relativity” so you can escape...

Morning Roundup talks about Deadpool, George R.R. Martin will kill again, and Elizabeth Bear talks about her latest book, Karen Memory, and Jimmy Fallon talks about what Michael Keaton talks about when both of them talk about love!

[Birdman! Y’know, for kids!]