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These Cats Believe in the Boogieman, Because He Gives Them Scritches!

Kat Philbin is an artist after our own Halloween-loving, kitty-WORSHIPPING hearts. Here we present a collection of the greatest icons of horror history cuddling some adorable little purr boxes. Above, you will see “Meowloween” which is the most perfect of perfect things. Click below for more, and check out Philbin’s site to order prints!

[Hellraiser seriously needed more cats.]

Last Song Before Night Author Ilana C. Myer Talks About Writing and Sword Fighting!

Ilana C. Myer’s debut novel Last Song Before Night is out now! In the world of Last Song, art and magic are intertwined, and poets must recover their lost enchantments in order to avert cataclysm—at great cost to themselves. Ff you live in the Northeast, you can catch her on tour with Seth Dickinson, the author of The Traitor Baru Cormorant, but in the meantime she took to reddit to talk about writing, music, and swordfighting, Check out the highlights below!

[So much writing advice!]

This Van Can Make the Kessel Run in Less than 12 Parsecs

This is both the bossest van in all of van history, and also the greatest toy ever crafted by human hands. In fact, we’re not even convinced this was made by human hands. We think this toy is just pure concentrated Force, converted into plastic and extruded into a van shape, with the image of Han Solo already emblazoned upon it.

Afternoon Roundup brings you the science of The Martian, an explanation for Loki’s absence from a certain superhero sequel, and the director’s cut of an iconic literary work!

[Plus, a zombie walks into a bar…]

Ann Leckie Talks About Tea, Radchaai Sympathy, and Ancillary Mercy!

Ann Leckie, author of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, Locus, BSFA and Golden Tentacle Award-winning novel Ancillary Justice, the BSFA and Locus Award-winning sequel to that, Ancillary Sword, and the conclusion to the trilogy, Ancillary Mercy, which is available now! Leckie took to reddit to answer fan questions about gender, her writing process, and the vital importance of tea, and to explain exactly why she once typed out an entire C.J. Cherryh novel. You can read the AMA here, and we’ve rounded up highlights below!

[Justice, Swords, and Mercy!]

How D’Ya Like Them Potatoes?

In The Martian, stranded astronaut Mark Watney has to rely on a fragile potato crop for survival, making him the loneliest spud boy. In a truly inspired piece of cross-promotion, Fox Studios partnered with Mail a Spud, you know, that company that sends potatoes through the mail, so that 1000 lucky fans can send each other potatoes with Mark Watney stamps on them. Now, we realize you may ave some questions. First, yes, Mail a Spud is real. Second, if you receive such a potato, do not eat it: “We do not recommend you consume the potato after it has travelled across the country inside of trucks, planes, and postal service bags,” the site’s FAQ pronounces. “It has touched a lot of germs by the time it arrives.” Third, doesn’t this waste food? Well, yes. But Mail a Spud figures it’s OK because “each spud shipped is bringing more awareness to the beauty of the potato.” Fair enough.

Afternoon Roundup brings you the odd naming conventions of Star Wars, thoughts on J.G. Ballard, and could there be new life for Flatliners?

[Plus Hap and Leonard news!]

Jaws 19 Gets a Trailer as Back to the Future Part II Nears

In the year 2015, Marty McFly encounters hoverboards, young Elijah Wood, dust-repellent paper, and a cinema playing the latest blockbuster Jaws 19.

Now, at least one of those things is finally real. Universal Pictures has assembled a trailer for Jaws 19, leading up to the October 21 date in which Marty and Doc (and Jennifer) arrive in the future during the events of Back to the Future Part II.

Who knew the Jaws mythos was so rich? We would watch at least 14 of these movies.

[You gotta check this out, Doc.]

Are You 1337 Enough for these Cyberpunk Tales?

Cyberpunk literature lit up sci-fi in the early 80s, promising a glowing future of virtual realities and Singularities. From Vernor Vinge and William Gibson’s early foundational forays through recent offerings from Hannu Rajaniemi, James Cambias, and G. Willow Wilson, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite stories.

Forget those losers who still live in meatspace! Come with us and jack into the glorious world of the Net/Matrix/Metaverse/Other Plane…

[Check out the whole L157!]

The New Trailer for The Good Dinosaur is Here to Make You Weep

As if Inside Out wasn’t enough tear duct exercise for one year, Pixar will give us another “I’m not crying, you’re crying!” opportunity this November, when The Good Dinosaur stomps into our hearts. The new trailer introduces us to the relationship between the dinosaur and his human pet, as they travel across the primordial landscape looking for a new home. Check it out below!

[Check out the full trailer below!]

Is This the Face of a Man Who Just Walked on the Moon?

Why yes, yes it is! The Project Apollo Archive has just uploaded thousands of hi-res photos into their Flickr account, including this endearing shot of Neil Armstrong fresh from his moonwalk. There’s also a Facebook page which you should all go and like and look at forever. Kipp Teague, the founder of the Archive, has uploaded over 8,000 photos so far, and is hoping to get all 13,000 images up soon, and we can’t wait to see every single one of them!

[Humans. In. SPAAAAAAACE.]

Dobby is A Free Elf (For the Suggested Donation of One Sock)

OK, there’s a lot to unpack here. Apparently the people behind the WB Studios tour decided it was perfectly cool to prop up a dead Dobby in a glass case, because you want people on the tour to burst into unending tears before they’re allowed to go on to the Bug Bunny exhibit or whatever. But, because Harry Potter fans are amazing, people have been leaving socks. For Dobby’s corpse. To free him.

We may need a minute.

Morning Roundup brings you deep thoughts on Lex Luthor’s motivations, an argument for Rick Sanchez’ scientific method, and so much Mars!

[All the Mars. All of it.]

John Hurt Will Return as the War Doctor!

Didn’t get enough of John Hurt’s grizzled War Doctor? The acting icon is returning to the role in a new audio series from Big Finish! The War Doctor’s audio adventures will be stretch over four box sets, each containing three linked hour-long episodes. The first box set, Only The Monstrous, will be written and directed by Nicholas Briggs, whose previous work includes the BBC Audio Award-winning masterpiece Doctor Who: Dark Eyes.

[More War!]

Is Your Pet Excited About The Force Awakens Yet?

It’s officially the first full week of October, which means it’s officially time to start obsessing over a costume. It’s also officially only eleven weeks until we’re all going to go see a Star War. In light of those two giddy facts, we can think of little else besides dressing our pets up as Star Wars characters. Look at this Bantha-Dog! Granted, the dog doesn’t look so giddy, but that’s probably just because he’d rather be a major character wielding a lightsaber than a beast of burden. Rubies Costume Company has other potential Star Wars looks for your dog, though, so if he’s more of a Yoda or an Artoo, there are options. But if you have a cat, remember: all cats are C-3P0.

Usher in October with All the Morticias!

Horror pin-up enthusiasts Coffin Cuties shared this fabulous photoshop of three generations of Morticia Addams on Instagram, and we can think of few better ways to usher in the month-that-is-mostly-just-Halloween-as-far-as-we’re-concerned, than staring at Morticia Addams. We’ll warn you that some of the Coffin Cuties’ stuff is NSFW, depending on where you happen to W.

Afternoon Roundup wants to take you to Mars, but promises not to leave you there. Also George R.R. Martin rhapsodizes about the Red Planet, and Rick & Morty offer relief from a modern nerd problem.

[Plus a history is saved from deletion!]

A Helpful Reminder

Women at Warp shared this fantastic image on their Facebook page! Inspired by WaW‘s episode, “Pulaski Pulls No Punches“, Aaron Harvey of wanted to remind us all that sometimes the relationships in Starfleet get a little…convoluted. This image neatly encapsulates many of the issues Riker seems to have with his father, while correctly keeping the focus on Pulaski herself. Come on, Riker, your dad put up with you for thirteen years, right? Spare him the pain of your childhood, and don’t be weird when you find out he used to date one of your friends!

Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind to Be a Movie and a TV Show

Lionsgate has won a bidding war to adapt Patrick Rothfuss’ The Kingkiller Chronicle series! And not just into a movie, or a television series—but both, and a video game, to boot! This deal sets up the studio to develop the multiple stories from The Name of the WindThe Wise Man’s Fear, and various novellas (including The Slow Regard of Silent Things) simultaneously and across multiple platforms.

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So THAT’S How They Found Water on Mars

Earlier this week, NASA told us all about image spectrometry and perchlorates, but artist Liz Climo knows the real (and much simpler, and cuter) way that the Curiosity rover found water on Mars. We can’t wait for more cute comics detailing our next steps with the newfound water.

Afternoon Roundup brings you an infographic of Radchaai ships, a wonderfully Tim Burton-themed trolling, and an excuse (as if you need one) to rock your favorite superhero duds!

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Jabba, This is Your Last Chance. Free Us… or Be Deflated!

As if yesterday’s fabulous Star Trek tree ornament wasn’t enough, we bring you an inflatable Jabba the Hutt! What’s that you say? This inflatable Jabba the Hutt has nothing to do with Christmas? Well friends, we look at this vile gangster and know that we are one Santa hat away from the greatest holiday display ever created.

[There will be no bargaining with this lawn ornament.]