Where the Trains Turn November 19, 2014 Where the Trains Turn Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen His imagination runs wild. The Walk November 12, 2014 The Walk Dennis Etchison Creative differences can be brutal. Where the Lost Things Are November 5, 2014 Where the Lost Things Are Rudy Rucker and Terry Bisson Everything has to wind up somewhere. A Kiss with Teeth October 29, 2014 A Kiss with Teeth Max Gladstone Happy Halloween.
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November 21, 2014
Never Wait for a Sequel Again: 17 Standalone Fantasy Novels
Stubby the Rocket
November 18, 2014
The Hollow Crown: Shakespeare’s Histories in the Age of Netflix
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November 17, 2014
In Defense of Indiana Jones, Archaeologist
Max Gladstone
November 14, 2014
An Uncut and Non-Remastered List of Star Wars Editions!
Leah Schnelbach
November 13, 2014
Why Do We Reject Love as a Powerful Force in Interstellar?
Natalie Zutter
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Nov 14 2014 3:17pm

See the Secret Ending That Almost Concluded Rise of the Planet of the Apes

Rise of the Planet of the Apes Statue of Liberty Brian Cunningham

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.

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Nov 14 2014 2:10pm

Samsung Made a Butt Robot (Robutt? Ass-bot?) to Test Smartphones

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.

[Just... look.]

Nov 14 2014 1:30pm

Oldboy’s Park Chan-wook to Direct Sci-Fi Body-Swapping Thriller Second Born

Park Chan-wook sci-fi body-swapping Second Born

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.

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Nov 14 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Roll for Initiative Against SQUIRREL!

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!

[Plus the science behind Interstellar!]

Nov 13 2014 3:48pm

New Translation of Grimms’ Fairy Tales Will Include the Original, Bloody, Creepy Stories

Grimms' Fairy Tales first edition new translation blood grisly horror detailsJack 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.

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Nov 13 2014 1:30pm

This LEGO Version of Matt Smith’s Doctor Who Regeneration is a Silent, Existential Experience

Doctor Who, LEGO regeneration, Eleven Twelve Doctor

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.

[Take a look]

Nov 13 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Get to the Foy-ahhh!

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!

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Nov 12 2014 3:25pm

Huge Return Revealed for Doctor Who Season 9

Peter Capaldi Doctor Who

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.

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Nov 12 2014 3:15pm

A Victory for Humankind is Bittersweet for Philae and Rosetta!

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!

[Keep sending us postcards, Philae!]

Nov 12 2014 2:15pm

New Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer Has Such Creepy Singing in It...

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.

[Check it out]

Nov 12 2014 11:40am

Tris Faces New Fears in the First Insurgent Teaser Trailer

Insurgent trailer Shailene Woodley Tris Prior

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.

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Nov 12 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 34: “Selfies” by Lavie Tidhar

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.

[Listen to “Selfies”]

Nov 12 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: This Sakura Matsuri Has Taken a Wrong Turn

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.

[Oh, and we might have landed on a comet this morning!]

Nov 11 2014 1:34pm

Lucasfilm is Releasing George Lucas’ Fairy Tale Musical Strange Magic in 2015

Strange Magic Lucasfilm George Lucas fairy tale musical

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.

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Nov 11 2014 1:05pm

Sony Rumored to Be Prepping Aunt May Spider-Man Spin-Off Movie

Aunt May movie

Latino Review is reporting that Sony, the caretakers of the Spider-Man movie franchise universe, are putting together an Aunt May spin-off movie to go along with their forthcoming Venoms and Sinister Sixes and Carnages and things.

And you know what? Why the hell not?

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Nov 11 2014 12:45pm

Jonathan Nolan Developing Isaac Asimov’s Foundation Series for HBO

Jonathan Nolan HBO adapt Foundation Isaac AsimovHBO continues to move into the science fiction sphere with an exciting new adaptation: The Wrap reports that Interstellar co-writer Jonathan Nolan is developing Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series for the cable network. HBO nabbed the rights after an adaptation from Sony Pictures, with Roland Emmerich then attached to direct, never materialized.

This will be HBO’s second big sci-fi undertaking: They’re also collaborating with Nolan (and wife Lisa Joy Nolan) on a Westworld TV series (based on the 1973 film). But according to The Wrap, he’s been quietly working on the Asimov project as well for the last few months.

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Nov 11 2014 10:39am

Help Fund Strange Horizons Through 2015!

Strange Horizons fund drive 2015 bonus issue prizesStrange Horizons needs your help to keep publishing speculative fiction, poetry, and commentary through 2015! Since the magazine’s launch in 2000, this non-profit organization has relied on donations to keep publishing new and established authors’ work, and to pay writers at a professional rate.

This year, Strange Horizons is looking to raise $13,500; they’re currently at a little over $7,500, with about 6 days left for donations.

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Nov 11 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: My Breakfast Totoro


A creative artist/mom has found a fantastic use for eggs! In addition to being an excellent source of protein, vitamin A, and iron, they also make perfect suns! At least, they do when Anne Widya creates whimsical scenes of sleeping bunnies and adorable bugs. But obviously our favorite is Totoro! Although, we’re not sure how anyone could ever eat them...

Morning Roundup brings you the physics of Interstellar and the lyrics from your new favorite theme song. And a new chapter in the twee-stravaganza of Wes Anderson.

[Plus the Oscars honor Miyazaki]

Nov 10 2014 5:18pm

Starz Reunites Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi for Ash vs. Evil Dead TV Series

Evil Dead TV show Ash vs. Evil Dead

The Evil Dead franchise will live on! Though director Sam Raimi teased the reveal of an Evil Dead TV series earlier this year at San Diego Comic-Con, now we have more details: Starz has greenlit Ash vs. Evil Dead, an original series starring Bruce Campbell.


Nov 10 2014 12:00pm

Our Favorite Science Fiction and Fantasy in Translation

Babel Fish Hitchhiker's Guide

Ideally, shortly after we’ve learned to read we’d all be fitted with a pair of magical (or high-tech) glasses that act as the visual equivalent of Babelfish, and we’d be able to read anything we wanted, no translation required. Alas, we’re not quite there yet, but in the interests of acting as pseudo-Babels, we’ve compiled a list of SFF works from around the world that you can find translated into English. Some of these came from readers suggestions, some of them are Tor.com favorites, and all of them are fantastic. Let us know if we missed any other favorites in the comments!

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