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Aug 14 2014 2:30pm

Is The Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy in Danger?

Author and UC Riverside Professor Nalo Hopkinson reports that the Eaton Collection is being endangered by mismanagement. This is quite troubling, as the Eaton Collection is essentially the Library of Alexandria for Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror, and has a vast collection, including the 1517 edition of Thomas More’s Utopia, first editions of Dracula, The War of the Worlds, The Time Machine, Frankenstein, Fantastic Four #1, and Action Comics #1, and nearly 100,000 fanzines. The collection was gathered over decades by Dr. J. Lloyd Eaton before being aquired by UC Riverside’s University Librarian, Donald Wilson, in 1969. The Collection has also hosted the Eaton Science Fiction Conference since 1979, producing over twenty volumes of critical essays.

Professor Hopkinson is reporting that the new library administration plans “to split up the collection and change priorities for what to collect (eg, e-text over print) without consulting scholars in the field“ which is alarming enough, but they have also engaged in ”what we’d characterize as harassment of staff, who’ve demonstrated extreme competence over the years.” More information on the situation can be found on Professor Hopkinson’s blog, where she also quotes her colleague, Dr. Rob Latham, at length. Obviously this news is worrisome to anyone who cares about the preservation and study of SFF and horror, and we hope to bring you positive updates soon.

[via BoingBoing]

Aug 14 2014 1:37pm

If the Captain America 3 Screenwriter Had His Way, MODOK Would Be That Film’s Villain

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We know that we have our ridiculous fan theories about which comic book characters we’d like to see Marvel mine for future films, but it’s always fun to hear the folks with any deciding power talk about their dream crossovers and cameos. That’s why we were tickled when Captain America: Winter Soldier co-writer Christopher Markus revealed that he’s been gunning to put MODOK into a future Cap film. Because yes.

[MODOK commands it!]

Aug 14 2014 11:15am

Sophie Turner and Elle Fanning to Play Mary Shelley in Competing Biopics of the Frankenstein Author

competing Mary Shelley biopics Sophie Turner Elle Fanning Frankenstein Percy Bysshe Shelley Jeremy Irvine Taissa Farmiga

How do you want your teenaged Mary Shelley? Is she blonde, swooningly and forbiddingly in love with the “dangerously charismatic poet” (The Hollywood Reporter’s words) Percy Shelley? Or is she redheaded, married, and grappling with an alter ego offering her fame, in the form of her novel Frankenstein, but at a devastating cost?

You don’t have to choose, because in typical Hollywood fashion, where there’s one Mary Shelley biopic, there’s two Mary Shelley biopics.

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Aug 14 2014 10:50am

Ice-T’s Dungeons & Dragons Audiobook is Out, and it’s Free!

Ice T Dungeons and Dragons audiobook

Remember when we told you that Ice-T narrated a Dungeons & Dragons story, despite the fact that he had no idea what it was about? Well, it’s out now, it’s about Drizzt Do’Urden, and it’s free! To help celebrate the 40th year of Dungeons & Dragons, Audible is releasing The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories for free, but only for a limited time.

The anthology’s stories are written by R.A. Salvatore, and the audiobook includes narration from an insane roster of celebs, including Felicia Day, Dan Harmon, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Danny Pudi, Sean Astin, Melissa Rauch, Wil Wheaton, Al Yankovic, Michael Chiklis, and David Duchovny. Sam Gamgee, Wesley Crusher, and Abed Nadir will read D&D stories to you! About Drizzt!

(Thanks to Tor.com user montsamu for letting us know about this amazing news!)

Aug 14 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Our Boss Went to LonCon and All We Got Was This Stupid Grail

Irene Gallo has decided to get out of the Art Directing/Publishing/Website-Producing game and pursue some dragons! Possibly also windmills and/or the Holy Grail. Personally? We vote dragons. They’ll be much more fun to have around the office. If she brings the Grail back, we’ll just have moon-eyed knights, Nazis, and rogue archaeologists wandering in at all hours trying to steal it...although if she brings both back, then we could set up a dragon guard to protect the Grail...

Morning Roundup has writing advice from Tolkien himself, an investigation with the Ocean’s Greatest Detective, and possibilities for Guardians of the Galaxy 2!

[Plus, Muppets + Beastie Boys.]

Aug 13 2014 3:11pm

Check Out the New Fantasy Series from Naomi Novik, Author of the Temeraire Series!

Uprooted Cover

Naomi Novik, author of the Temeraire novels, is taking us to a new world with Uprooted! The story is a dark fairy tale, where a grim wizard defends villagers from the horrors of an enchanted Wood. In return? He demands ten years of service from a young girl of his choosing. Now the choosing is approaching, and a young woman named Agnieszka fears that her best friend, the lovely Kasia, will be taken. But what if the wizard makes a different choice?

Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.

Uprooted is the start of a new series from author Naomi Novik, look for it next June from Del Rey! You can find more info at the link below.

[via SF Signal]

Aug 13 2014 12:47pm

Avid Gamer Robin Williams Will Become an NPC in World of Warcraft

In addition to having a complicated relationship with Jumanji, Robin Williams was really into gaming, naming his daughter after exactly the Zelda you would expect, and waxing enthusiastic about World of Warcraft and Call of Duty. Now America’s Other Dad (Non-Henson Division) will be memorialized by the game he loved. According to The Mary Sue, a player named Jacob Holgate recently started a petition to create an NPC based on Williams and within 24 hours had gathered 10,000 signatures and 19,000 Facebook likes. Chadd Nervig, WoW’s Technical Game Designer tweeted “We’re taking care of it.” So, hopefully soon there will be a particularly funny NPC roaming the MMORPG, hurling insults and reminding us all why we love Robin Williams.

Aug 13 2014 12:30pm

James Gunn: Star-Lord’s Father Won’t Be Who It Is in the Comics

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Minor spoilers ahead for Guardians of the Galaxy, in case you haven’t seen it yet BUT WHY.

Even though we don’t find out who Peter Quill’s father is—only that Star-Lord actually does have some alien blood in him—in Guardians of the Galaxy, James Gunn recently revealed that he’s been thinking about this particular character since even before they shot the movie.

However, now that he’s settling in to write the sequel, he can tell us who Star-Lord’s dad definitely isn’t.

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Aug 13 2014 12:05pm

Yes, We Totally Want to See Terry Crews as Luke Cage

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This is one of those casting rumors we had never heard before, but now we want it to become reality as soon as possible. In a recent interview for The Expendables 3, Terry Crews was asked if there’s any truth to the rumors that he would play Luke Cage in Marvel’s forthcoming Netflix series. And even before Crews said that he would be “privileged” to play the role, our minds were blown because we can so envision this.

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Aug 13 2014 11:13am

Now You Can Play Parks and Rec’s The Cones of Dunshire In Real Life

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The Cones of Dunshire is no longer just Ben Wyatt’s obsessively-detailed, unemployment-fueled brainchild! This weekend, 33 lucky Gen Con attendees will get to actually play a real-life version of our favorite unabashedly geeky joke to come out of Parks and Recreation.

[“Are the cones a metaphor? Well, yes and no.”]

Aug 13 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 22: “Ponies” by Kij Johnson

Rocket Talk podcast

In this episode of Rocket Talk, we take a break to present an original audio story by Kij Johnson! The winner of the 2010 Nebula Award for Short Story, “Ponies” is read by Emily Asher-Perrin.

If you want to be friends with The Other Girls, you’re going to have to give something up; this is the way it’s always been, as long as there have been Ponies.

The short story can be read online for free here.

[Listen to “Ponies”]

Aug 13 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Can Cloud T-Rexes Detect Movement?

Did you ever want Jurassic Park to be an R.L. Stine book? (Actually...it is kind of an R.L. Stine book. Two kids go to a spooky new place and have a wacky, parental-guidance-free adventure? Classic R.L. Stine.) Anyway, this Goosebumps cover unused movie poster by John Alvin features an ominous T-Rex cloud, plus a particularly creepy Jeff Goldblum in the corner! You can just see him making a butterfly flap its wings with his mind. Everyone else in this poster is losing their shit, but not Goldblum. Goldblum is always cool. The AV Club has collected more great Jurassic Art poster art by the legendary Alvin, so check out the rest!

Morning Roundup brings you clever links! We have a few tributes to Robin Williams, a wonderful call for more diversity in SFF, and a weird fiction reading list!

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Aug 12 2014 5:00pm

Proof That Sherlock and The Princess Bride Share the Same Plot

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The adventures of a modern-day sleuth cracking mysteries are the same as a dread pirate avenging his childhood sweetheart? Inconceivable! you might cry. But Tumblr user Jadzia says, Elementary, my dear fan. And she’s got the GIFs to prove it.

[“The battle of wits has begun.”]

Aug 12 2014 3:50pm

Lev Grossman, Rainbow Rowell, and Other YA Authors Sort Their Characters Into Hogwarts Houses

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At this year’s LeakyCon, BuzzFeed asked young adult authors to play Sorting Hat and decide which Hogwarts house their most popular characters should go into. We’re big fans of sorting fictional characters, so of course we wanted to see where Quentin Coldwater, Hazel Lancaster, Tally Youngblood, and others ended up!

Also, they had to draw their characters, which was amusing in and of itself. (There was more than one excuse of “I’m an author, not an artist!”)

[“Hmm, difficult. VERY difficult...”]

Aug 12 2014 12:21pm

Li’l Firefly: Featuring Kaylee is the Best Cosplay That Will Ever Exist

BEHOLD THE CUTE. Jewel Staite was recently ambushed by children aiming to misbehave! She posted the evidence on Instagram because she loves us. Mini-River knows how to do her awesome fighting stance perfectly! And and MINI-JAYNE HAS DRAWN FACIAL HAIR ON HIS FACE.

Oh, we need to stare at this forever.

[via Fashionably Geek]

Aug 12 2014 12:08pm

Jason Momoa Will Indeed Play Aquaman in Batman v Superman

Jason Momoa, Aquaman

It's been rumored forever, but now it has been confirmed by Variety! Jason Momoa will be everyone's favorite Atlantean, coming up in the very next DC film...

The fact that he's showing up in Batman v Superman makes us very curious as to how the other members of the Justice League are making their cameos in the narrative, but only time will tell!

Aug 12 2014 11:00am

Robin Williams Taught Us the Joy of Being Weird

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The sudden passing of comedian and actor Robin Williams leaves us understandably thinking about his presence in our lives and in our childhoods. It’s hard to accept the premise that someone as vibrant as he was could have slipped away from the living world while we had our heads turned away, our attention diverted by the day-to-day.

It’s still hard to accept. In our memories he is so alive and that brightness is so immediate, so easy to recall, that it is forever woven into our minds. His joy was the joy of being unreservedly weird, and it’s a gift he gave over and over.

We all have a Robin Williams story to tell, don’t we? Here are some of ours.

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Aug 12 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: This Norman Rockwell-style Captain America is Making us Weirdly Nostalgic

Polygon shared some fantastic Norman Rockwell-inspired art by Marco D’Alfonso! Our favorite was this Captain America cover, a take on Rockwell’s “The Doughboy and His Admirers.” Check out little Loki running along behind!

Morning Roundup includes some nostalgia on the half-shell, Daniel Radcliffe being his own worst critic, and ideas for that supposed Marvel-female-solo-film that we might get... eventually.

[Plus, you can go on a great dating adventure!]

Aug 11 2014 4:30pm

Steven Moffat Is Totally Down for a Sherlock/Doctor Who Crossover But Doesn’t Think It’ll Actually Happen

Steven Moffat Sherlock Doctor Who crossover killjoys support Mark Gatiss fan imagination expectation vs reality

In case you’ve ever thought about penning a fanfic where Sherlock Holmes tries to use his famous deduction on the Doctor, only to be stymied because he has no idea what a Time Lord is, Steven Moffat wants you to know that he’s on board. He is all about a Doctor Who/Sherlock crossover, because he’s a cool showrunner who would totally merge two completely disparate universes into a television event.

It’s his cast and fellow producers who are—in his own words—the killjoys.

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Aug 11 2014 3:30pm

All Is Right With the World: There Is Now an Otter Named After Benedict Cumberbatch

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The image above is not just another installment of Otters Who Look Like Benedict Cumberbatch, although it was inspired by that. Nay! The otter you’re looking at is actually named Benedict.

[Just splendid.]