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Enroll in the Princess Academy That Never Existed

The Daily Dot has a fascinating in-depth look at Princess Academy, a proposed short film that would have brought all of the Disney princesses and other female leads into one story. Though it sounds as if the cancelled short would have more balls and fewer adventures, it still would have been a dream for Disney fans to see all of these women interacting with one another. Check out The Daily Dot’s story for more fan art, including the gorgeous group shot above by David Kawena.

Afternoon Roundup brings you your Mad Max moniker, cosplay so epic even the setting is authentic, and the survival tactics we’ve learned from disaster movies.

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This is The Joker’s Weirdest Origin Story Yet!

Anne Foucher has found a way to improve nature! The French artist recycles pieces of driftwood and creates whimsical sculptures of Vikings, pirate, superheroes, and the occasional villain, as you can see in the evolution of this Joker. You can see more of her work here!

Morning Roundup has news on American Gods and The Expanse, Tom Hardy making perfect sense, and THE HUMAN CLAW.

[Plus, THE SCARIEST THING WE’VE EVER SEEN, which is much worse than THE HUMAN CLAW]

Please Won’t You Be My Huge Green Rage Neighbor

Long before Bruce Banner was fighting Chitauri and Ultron robots, he paid a visit to the Neighborhood of Make-Believe to talk to kids about fears and superheroes. And take adorable photos like this one with Bill Bixby and Mister Rogers himself. Forget lullabies—Mister Rogers is the man to help you stop from Hulking out.

Afternoon Roundup is sitting in a lunch box, far above the world—home space ball is blue, and there’s nothing we can do. In the meantime, we bring you the Fury Road art that demanded to be drawn, and one way to count down to The Force Awakens.

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The SFF Book Covers You Remember Most Vividly

What is it about a cover that grabs you? Maybe it’s a glimpse into a fantastical land, or a style of art you’ve never seen before, or a figure on the cover who is particularly compelling (or hilarious). We asked you to share the SFF book covers dynamic, unexpected, and baffling enough that they’ve remained imprinted in your memories decades after you first picked them up off the shelf.

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Godzilla Is a Big Responsibility!

Are you sure you want a baby Godzilla? He’s going to be your responsibility. You’ll have to clean his tank, feed him, and apologize to the city of Tokyo every time he destroys it! …Yes, every time he destroys it. And if you show us you can take good care of him, then we’ll talk about adopting a Ninja Turtle.

Morning Roundup brings you a call to literary arms form Nicola Griffith, the most depressing theme park ever, and thoughts on the awesomeness of Akira!

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This Princess Can Defend Any Castle

Now this is taking cosplay to the next level: An inventive cosplayer modeled her look after Kirbi Fagan’s excellent reimagining of Princess Peach for Muddy Colors’ Women Redesigning Women Characters piece. So meta, so badass. (Hat tip to Orbit Books Creative Director Lauren Panepinto for putting this pic on our radar!)

Afternoon Roundup hopes but doesn’t hope that Sean Connery will return for the new LXG; mentally inserts The Rock into every situation; and thinks the universe is trying to tell us something.

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This Can’t Possibly Be Proper

All right, imgur-er pastorsamuel85, you made us snort. A lot. And yes, in answer to your question, we’ll happily open the door to some friendly Ewoks and discuss Threepio. Most likely they’ll get bored before we do…

Morning Roundup brings you the dark and twisted past of an iconic hero, a weeping David Duchovny, and a wonderful response to the beauty that is Mad Max: Fury Road.

[Plus, RIKER!]

Here’s Margaret Atwood’s Book We’ll Never Get to Read

Margaret Atwood’s next book is sure to be a classic for our great-great-grandchildren, seeing as it won’t be readable until 2114. As the inaugural participant in the Future Library project, Atwood presented the manuscript for her book over the weekend and announced the title: Scribbler Moon. British publisher Hamish Hamilton documented the whole thing on Twitter, including this adorable photo of Atwood parting ways with her manuscript. Ninety-nine years from now, 10 of the 1,000 trees planted by this public arts project will be cut down to print Atwood’s book. Read more about the ceremony here.

Afternoon Roundup brings you human-sized dragons, Matt Damon on Mars, and a Doctor Who shooting locations tour!

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Star Trek Redshirt Garden Gnome Reveals the Dangers of Your Garden

Will ThinkGeek never stop dreaming up odd but perfect nerdy toy combos? Citing the little-known subculture of Star Trek horticulturists, they’ve created this set of garden gnomes for Kirk, Spock, Gorn, and (of course) an ill-fated Redshirt. We appreciate this little guy’s noble sacrifice, so that Gnome-Kirk and Gnome-Spock could explore this treacherous land. (A tip of our gnome hats to Epic Stream for finding these!)

Afternoon Roundup wants to know why Hogwarts hasn’t been invented yet, dances to “Axel F,” and guesses the title of the first Future Library book.

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The Professor X/Magneto Chess Match Just Got Meta

Do you have a prescheduled annual meeting with a nemesis to settle your moral quandaries through the beautiful art of chess? Or perhaps you need to cheat death again, to win a few increasingly desperate days of precious life? Why not use a Thanos chess piece to checkmate the Grim Reaper! The DC and Marvel chess pieces from Eaglemoss will allow you to take an already nerdy occupation to new and magnificent heights. [Chess set image via Toyland!]

Morning Roundup welcomes its U.S.-based readers into what is hopefully a wonderful long weekend. It is the true beginning of summer, and the next crest in the glorious wave of summer movie season. We bring you the Mad Max meme you’ve been waiting for, reading suggestions for the SF-challenged, and HATEBEAK.

[Also, a song for a blowfish.]

What are Neville Longbottom’s Abs Hiding?

So we’ve all seen the Neville Longbottom pictures, right? In which Attitude, a magazine tailored to gay men, and Matthew Lewis once again prove that Hogwarts produced some, er, remarkably fit and attractive wizards? And then J.K. Rowling came in to be the most adorable mom ever?

After a lot of quiet introspective thought, we wondered…what if that was actually Neville on the cover? Because there’s something missing, isn’t there?

[Something wonderful.]

What Are the Zoning Ordinances for Starships?

OK, you might think you’re a Star Trek fan. but Liu DeJian is so in love with the series that he licensed rights from CBS so he could create a building-sized homage to the U.S.S. Enterprise. The building is home to NetDragon Websoft, and you’ll have to go to China if you want to visit it. You can see more of the building over at Nerd Approved!

Afternoon Roundup brings you naughty picture of Neville Longbottom….and really we don’t remember the rest of it. There’s probably some stuff about Tomorrowland and Fury Road but seriously we just keep going back to the whole Neville thing…


You Shall Not PURRRRRR

We would watch the hell out of a Lord of the Rings remake starring LEGO mini-figs and giant cats. This image comes courtesy of French artist Samsofy, who sums his work up thusly: “My work combines the techniques of photography, street art, model making and installations; in my created microcosms, I play with scale and material to alter perception.” He has indeed made us perceive the Balrog as a big old kitty, and that has made our morning. [via Bored Panda!]

Morning Roundup brings you honest talk with Clive Barker, an honest trailer with the Wachowskis, and some more thoughts on Mad Max: Fury Road!

[Plus Jules Feiffer!]

New SFWA Board Announced

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America has announced who has been elected to its board going forward from July 1, 2015.

Ballots have been tallied and certified.  The current board serves until June 30th. On July 1, 2015 current Vice President Cat Rambo will start a two year term as president, and current Secretary Susan Forest  continues for two years in that post. Current Chief Financial Officer Bud Sparhawk was re-elected for one year as is newly-elected Vice President M.C.A. Hogarth. Newly elected Director-at-Large Jennifer Brozek starts a two year term, joining current Directors-at-Large Lee Martindale, Tansy Rayner Roberts, and Sarah Pinsker, as well as re-elected Director-at-Large Matthew Johnson.

Current president Steven Gould and Director Jim Fiscus will step down on June 30. New election guidelines going forward have also been announced. You can find more info at the SFWA site.

SFF Book Covers That Made You Pick Up the Book

Sometimes, we can’t help but judge a book by its cover. And when a particularly gorgeous or innovative cover compels us to pick up a book about which we know nothing else, that’s considered a positive. We asked, and you answered: Here are thirteen sci-fi/fantasy book covers—featuring stunning landscapes, dragons both fearsome and anatomical, vintage space illustrations, and astonishing art imbued with movement—that instantly draw readers into the world beyond the title page…

[Just try to resist picking up these books!]

Obi-Wan Really Should Get His Story Straight

We know why Obi-Wan Kenobi lied to Luke Skywalker about his father: It was the easiest way to recruit the farmboy, plus it ensured the future of the Rebel Alliance and the resurgence of the Jedi. But it’s still pretty funny when you see images like this one, where, oh yeah, that’s not how it went at all.

Afternoon Roundup brings you a mea culpa of sorts from Simon Pegg, ideas for what kind of flag to plant on Mars, and Peter Dinklage growling his way through Coldplay.

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“Unbreakable Imperator Furiosa” is a Weirdly Perfect Mashup

Before the Internet exploded with adoration over Mad Max: Fury Road, back in March, we were talking about a different work in which a plucky woman frees herself and other sister-wives from an apocalypse cult run by a creepy leader, proving that females are strong as hell. Why, we’re talking about Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt! And now, brilliant YouTuber Albert Lopez has mashed up Imperator Furiosa’s own odyssey to emancipate her fellow woman with the infectious, Auto-Tuned Kimmy Schmidt opening.

[“It’s a miracle!”]