Today is H.P. Lovecraft’s birthday, and what better way to celebrate than with a road trip to such delightful spots as Innsmouth, Arkham, and Miskatonic University? For all the occasional—well, okay, constant—excesses of Lovecraft’s prose, his ability to create settings and imbue New England with utter horror have been hugely influential on the genre. The Obsidian Portal hosts the Lovecraft Country series, celebrating exactly this quality, and providing maps for all your non-Euclidian driving needs. Just keep the windows rolled up if you end up driving past any fish-men on a hot summer’s day.
The eldritch horrors of today’s Morning Roundup include: deep thoughts about Doctor Who, art from Frank Herbert’s Dune, and robot sex!
- While each person must prepare to say goodbye to Matt Smith in their own way, we’d like to recommend this article about Doctor Who, mortality, and desperate hope.
- And if that’s not enough Doctor Who for your morning commute, here’s David Tennant talking about why the Doctor is better than Bond.
- GenCon brings many, many people together—and at least half of them need more bricks.
- Wait, there was a time when conflicts in Star Trek weren’t resolved with fistfights? What was that like?
- The only thing better than traveling to Paris is traveling to Paris in an airship!
- OMNI Reboot takes a look at John Schoenherr’s gorgeous artwork for Dune.
- Did Asimov even have rules for this?
- Why are the Mutts characters beating up on Thor and the Hulk? This can’t possibly end well.
- These Bobbleheads are the heroes we need and the ones we deserve.
- These new images from The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hint at an arrow-filled river-barrel chase scene, and bring Bilbo and Smaug together in one chilling close-up!
- Molly Crabapple talks with Warren Ellis about art, intestinal strangulation, and cronuts.
- Finally, check out this Tetris line race, via mentalfloss: