The Ways of Walls and Words April 15, 2015 The Ways of Walls and Words Sabrina Vourvoulias Can the spirit truly be imprisoned? Ballroom Blitz April 1, 2015 Ballroom Blitz Veronica Schanoes Can't stop drinking, can't stop dancing, can't stop smoking, can't even die. Dog March 25, 2015 Dog Bruce McAllister "Watch the dogs when you're down there, David." The Museum and the Music Box March 18, 2015 The Museum and the Music Box Noah Keller History is rotting away, just like the museum.
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April 17, 2015
Spring 2015 Anime Preview: The Hellish Life of a Pizza Delivery Boy
Kelly Quinn
April 16, 2015
The Disney Read-Watch: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Mari Ness
April 15, 2015
Recasting The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Stubby the Rocket
April 15, 2015
The 10 Strangest Transports in Non-Driving Games
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April 14, 2015
An Open Letter to HBO from House Greyjoy
Theresa DeLucci
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Apr 7 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Godzilla Pants are the Best Pants


In one of our favorite ever behind-the-scenes shots, Haruo Nakajima stomps a defenseless village in 1954’s Godzilla, King Of The Monsters! STOMP.

Morning Roundup brings you yet another attempt to make sense of Interstellar, an epic fantasy post from Emerald Con, and fun Game of Thrones fact for kids and adults!

[Plus, we’re nominating Sterling Archer for the next guest reader on Reading Rainbow.]

Apr 6 2015 2:15pm

Afternoon Roundup: Margaret Atwood Gets an Eyeful

Margaret Atwood reading Sex Criminals Matt Fraction Chip Zdarsky

Never doubt that Margaret Atwood doesn’t keep up with contemporary stories, as evidenced by this great photo of her reading up on Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Sex Criminals. For that, you can thank Canadian comics fan Hope Nicholson, who introduced her to the book. No stranger to sexual politics in fiction (see The Handmaid’s Tale, Oryx and Crake, etc.), Atwood’s takeaway was “That’s fun.” Next up is Bitch Planet!

Afternoon Roundup brings you the oddest Game of Thrones theory yet, upsetting news about the Twin Peaks reboot, and the materials to remix space itself.

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Apr 6 2015 1:53pm

Black Widow and Captain America Take on Ultron in Final Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer Black Widow

With Avengers: Age of Ultron set to hit theaters less than a month from now (May 1!), the final trailer won’t show us anything we haven’t seen before. Except for a brief bit at the end where Black Widow and Captain America enact some mighty fine teamwork involving Cap’s shield and Ultron.

[“She’s with us.”]

Apr 6 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Gozer Chose An Unstoppable Form This Easter!

Bunny dressed as Stay Puft

Wait, is the Easter Bunny supposed to rampage through Manhattan, crushing buildings and distributing chocolate eggs? Or have we gotten our theologies crossed again? (via Stay Puft himself!)

Morning Roundup will act as a sherpa guiding you up to the top of the literary mountain, where you will find: FANTASY! Plus, we have thoughtful meditations on The Walking Dead and radical science fiction, and Jesse Eisenberg’s thoughts on Lex Luthor!

[Plus, a love letter to the okra crop.]

Apr 3 2015 2:39pm

George R. R. Martin Has a Winds of Winter Riddle for You

The Winds of Winter big twist George R.R. MartinGeorge R.R. Martin recently gave an interview to Entertainment Weekly in which he talked about wanting to finish The Winds of Winter as quickly as possible EW states that this means by 2016, but GRRM doesn't actually specify that, for the record, but that’s not the only part that actually caught our attention.

Martin also teased that he’s considering a huge plot twist involving a long-time character, as well as several other players who would be tied up in this big change. The idea is so recent that you won’t see it on HBO’s Game of Thrones.

[“This is going to drive your readers crazy, but I love it.”]

Apr 3 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Sir Terry Pratchett Lives on in Graffiti Tribute

Terry Pratchett tribute graffiti London Dr. Zadok Jim Vision

What an unexpected and lovely tribute to Sir Terry Pratchett: UK graffiti artists Dr. Zadok and Jim Vision have created this mural on London’s Brick Lane to honor the late author through his Discworld characters. Check out more images, including a second graffiti tribute.

Afternoon Roundup has an even bigger crush on Tatiana Maslany; contemplates climate change with SFF authors; and thinks that all Bill Murray movies should be musicals.

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Apr 3 2015 9:00am

“I’ve developed a real fondness for porcupines.” Highlights from Brian Staveley’s Reddit AMA

Brian Staveley Stabby awardFantasy author Brian Staveley, he who forged The Emperor’s Blades and this year’s The Providence of Fire, recently dropped by Reddit Fantasy for an AMA session. We’ve collected the highlights from his answers below, including what’s coming next in the Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne series and his troubles with goats.

Oh, and that’s his son holding his father’s Reddit Fantasy Stabby Award for Best Debut aloft!

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Apr 3 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: The Rock Calls a Meeting with The Mouse

The Rock at Disney

Since all major entertainment news is announced via Instagram or Twitter now, we were excited to see the next step in The Rock’s career. And as if The Rock + Disney wasn’t awesome enough, there will be singing. We are now tingling with anticipation for Moana.

Morning Roundup brings you the next step, er, fin flap, for Aquaman! Plus news on X-Men: Apocalypse and Godzilla, and reading suggestions for the GRRM fans among you!

[Plus, K-9 is one step closer to being real!]

Apr 2 2015 2:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Non-Compliance Time, C’mon Grab Your Friends

Adventure Time Bitch Planet Graham Power

A few months into its run, Kelly Sue DeConnick’s feminist comic book series Bitch Planet is starting to get the attention it deserves. Fans are adopting the series’ notion of “non-compliance”; the biracial origin story of one of the characters hit hard in this week’s Pull List; and then we came across this great Adventure Time mashup by Tumblr artist grahampower.

Afternoon Roundup wonders if two robots can talk about anything but humans, and can’t decide between taking calligraphy lessons and writing an email to Strong Bad.

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Apr 2 2015 9:35am

The New Chapter from The Winds of Winter Is Juicy As Hell

Huge news for fans of A Song of Ice and Fire: George R. R. Martin has just released a brand-new chapter from The Winds of Winter, featuring a character we haven’t seen in a very long time...almost ten years, in fact!

We don't want to spoil anything for anyone here, but you can check out the chapter at GRRM's site...and it is juicy, full of intrigue and familiar faces, plus some hardcore flirting. It seems that someone has grown up quite a bit, and has had some serious coaching in the art of courtly scheming since last we met—let us know what you think in the comments! And what are the chances that we’ll get to see these scenes played out on the new season of Game of Thrones, which starts in a little over a week?

Missed any of The Winds of Winter excerpts? Here’s everything we know about the book so far.

Apr 2 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: The Easter Bunny Got Our Letter!

Chocolate Benedict Cumberbatch

Just in time for Easter, we have been given the most glorious gift: a life-size chocolate Benedict Cumberbatch.

Morning Roundup brings you a nerd, come back, it’s a cool thing we promise! Plus points are made about Interstellar, and Marvel gets in on April Fool’s...OR DOES IT?

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Apr 1 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: The Iron Throne is A Red Herring!

Game of Thrones Clue

ThinkGeek has come through once again! Game of Thrones Clue will provide you and your friends with hours of murder, intrigue... and fun! This game is good for 3-47 players, and a good game will probably take a whole evening. Check out this handy guide, and maybe stock up on some Groot Beer and Rocket Fuel to drink on game night!

April 1st can be a challenging day on the Internet. It is a day when we ask ourselves “What is real?” even more often than usual. A day for pranks, japes, tomfoolery, and general wariness on Reddit boards. In the interest of helping you make the most of this day, we present: The Greatest Geek April Fool’s Jokes Ever!!! (That We’ve Found So Far). Enjoy!

[And don’t worry, GRRM makes another appearance.]

Apr 1 2015 11:15am

The New Mad Max Trailer is the Most Beautifully, Brutally Bonkers One Yet

Mad Max: Fury Road new trailer

In spite of the long road to Mad Max: Fury Road finally getting released in theaters, there is little doubt this movie will deliver on its years-long wait. Every trailer is a gorgeous, aggressive, poetic, apocalyptic remix on the visuals and tropes we know from George Miller’s prior Mad Max installments, yet with the hint toward something decidedly new (and utterly insane) in this version.

[As the world fell, the madness began.]

Apr 1 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Darth Vader Wants You to Join Him and Rule This Action Figure Galaxy

Darth Vader Japanese action figure Square Enix

Square Enix is remixing classic Star Wars action figures to make them more badass—by adding more detailed armor, plumes of fire, and Force energy. Just look at Vader’s lightsaber, which is a lot more menacing than the colored sticks these figures have traditionally come with.

Morning Roundup brings you today’s head-scratcher of a remake, James Gunn’s next project, and a pop culture-centric card game.

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Mar 31 2015 4:00pm

Love Storytelling? New Convention NerdCon: Stories is for You!

NerdCon: Stories Hank Green convention Welcome to Night ValeWhat makes humans truly uniquee? It’s not opposable thumbs or the ability to make tools or self-awareness. What sets us apart is stories.

Or, more accurately, our ability to communicate, teach, and evolve via storytelling. Hank Green—brother of YA author John Green, one half of Vlogbrothers, cofounder of VidCon—decided that it’s about time we celebrated this treasured art, and he’s rounded up some amazing authors, storytellers, podcasters, and performers to help him do so. The resulting convention, NerdCon: Stories, will celebrate how we change storytelling, and how stories change us.

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Mar 31 2015 2:34pm

Brandon Sanderson Releases New Novella Perfect State

Perfect State Brandon Sanderson novella

Today marks the release of Brandon Sanderson’s new novella, Perfect State, which answers the question “What do you do when you’ve conquered the world?” In the case of God-Emperor Kairominas, you start with a quick robot fight and then tackle something even more daunting: a date with the woman who is your total equal in every way.

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Mar 31 2015 2:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: Waka Waka Your Way Across Google Maps

Pac Man Google Maps April Fools

Google has rolled out one of their April Fool’s pranks early (which makes us wonder what else is coming tomorrow!), where you can play Pac Man on Google Maps. As Kotaku demonstrates, you’ll have the most fun in cities, where Pac Man can chase Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde over crisscrossing streets and distract you from work until the next bit of Internet April Fool’s fun goes up.

Afternoon Roundup contemplates wizard-born children’s advantages over Muggleborns; imagines Helen Mirren and Vin Diesel in conversation; and gets down to business to defeat the Huns.

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Mar 31 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Regramming Some Replicants

Blade Runner Reality Instagram account

The Instagram account Blade Runner Reality documents little moments in cityscapes (primarily New York City, it seems) that resemble moments from Blade Runner, bringing us closer and closer to that dystopia with each photo. It’s a bit of a trip. (Hat-tip to Complex for finding it!)

Morning Roundup defends your fiddlesticks right to free speech; gets scared about zombies all over again; and has only one question for you: A/S/L?

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Mar 30 2015 4:00pm

A Dalek Goes Walkies in Seattle

Dalek in Seattle


Come on, Dalek, we just took you for a walk and it’s cold out and we just took our shoes off and...fine. FINE.

Intrepid agent Ashley Reed forwarded us this picture from her adventures around Seattle’s Emerald City Comic Con this past weekend of this life-sized moving Dalek just kind of...strolling...around the streets of Seattle. (But not the bike lanes! Very considerate.)

Dalek: Caff-ein-ate!
Barista: I’m sorry, sir, we only have decaf at the moment.
Dalek: ...
Barista: We do have some Teavana if you like...
Dalek: You would make a good Dalek.

This is, of course, the kind of world we’ve always wanted to live in.

Mar 30 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Flash Dance... What a Feeling

The Flash dance set photos Grant Gustin Tom Cavanagh

Well, isn’t this delightful: While shooting an episode of The Flash earlier this month, Grant Gustin and Tom Cavanagh (in-costume as The Flash and Reverse Flash) realized they had attracted an audience. What better reaction than to break into an impromptu waltz! Check out the whole gallery at ImageBam (via The Flash Spoilers).

Afternoon Roundup brings you a new Spock documentary; what happens when “the cloud” bursts; and the most badass deer to get caught in your headlights.

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