It’s that time again! Every week we round up some of the more intriguing links the Tor.com Facebook portals discover. This week, the Superbowl got all sci-fi, steampunk is invading Tucson and the world of Sherlock Holmes, sexy cover art is prevailing in the world of urban fantasy, Jules Verne celebrates a birthday and more!
- The Superbowl provided the world not only with numerous Tron costumes from Ozzy Osborne and the Black Eyed Peas, but also with a slew of trailers for forthcoming science fiction films and television. Here’s one for Steven Splberg’s time-traveling dinosaurs show, Terra Nova.
- Amanda Rutter talks about military science fiction over on floor-to-ceiling books. It turns out there’s a lot everyone can relate to in this genre….
- Old school space operas are back! The Wertzone reviews Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey. (According to them, if you’re a fan of Firefly, Babylon 5 or Blake’s 7, you’ll love this book.)
- Industrial Radical has posted some beautiful images of a steampunk terrarium. Make your own! Grow steampunk plants!
- We’re not sure just how steampunk Sherlock Holmes really is, but there’s no denying steampunkers love him! A forthcoming documentary is going to be all about the martial art form Bartistu, something Holmes was an expert in.
- The Wild Wild West Con at Old Tucson Studios is gearing up for action with a new video featuring The League of S.T.E.A.M. We just love the way the voiceover guy says, “experience the world of Victorian Science Fiction."
- Just what are the ingredients to a successful fantasy battle sequence? Over on Orbit, Joe Abercrombie explains.
- The new issue of Beneath Ceaseles Skies is out, featuring brand new fantasy fiction for your perusal.
- Book View Cafe tries to answer a burning question: what is the best fantasy world ever created?
- A bunch of new cover art for various urban fantasy titles have been released (like Succubus on Top by Richelle Mead, right) and Tor.com Urban Fantasy is picking through them now for a favorite.
- The Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter movie is starting to shape up. Anthony Mackie and Dominic Cooper are confirmed.
- Publisher’s Weekly encourages everyone to recognize Black Female Horror writers.
- In addition to our WOT re-read, there are several happenings this year: Dragonmount has the whole low-down.
- Theoryland has a thread going on loose ends. Which ones won’t be tied up?
- In honor of his birthday this week, there’s some wonderful Jules Verne inspired art over on Ward-o-matic!
- The Mad Hatter’s Bookshelf looks at the new cover for the 10th Anniversary Edition of Neil Gaiman’s American Gods.
- Monsters! The artwork of Jordu Schell. If you don’t think you’ve heard the name, you’re certainly familar with the work. Muddy Colors explains.
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