So there are two possibilities here.
1.) H.P. Lovecraft got what he wanted for his birthday last week: an eldritch horror that is the first wave of a phalanx of Ancients. Or,
2.) George R.R. Martin got what he wished for his birthday (it’s in a couple of weeks—nobody else get him that House Stark direwolf mug!) and this is the first wave of a phalanx of dragons.
Either way, this fish-beast washed up on a beach in Spain, and was greeted with comparisons to the Loch Ness Monster—which is patently ridiculous. The Loch Ness Monster lives in a landlocked loch in Scotland. How did it get to Spain? Do you honestly think this thing could make it through airport security in the UK? Our money’s still on dragon. So, happy early-birthday, Mr. Martin!
Today’s Morning Roundup has many wonderful things to take your mind off the coming dragon-invasion, including ghostly sharks, a school for death, and the greatest beers of science fiction.
- Because “Ghostnado” would have been too subtle, we bring you GHOST SHARK.
- Apparently Science thinks that if it gives us robot exoskeletons we’ll stop bitching about our lack of hoverboards. Nice try, Science.
- This seems like a bad idea.
- Mr. Spock and Muppets are here to improve your week!
- Tom Hiddleston (and some other actors)are featured in these new shots from Thor: The Dark World!
- Some of today’s FX masters have made a list of their favorite film effects, and there is some extraordinary work here.
- Pan-Galactic-Gargle-Blaster isn’t exactly beer, but it should make the list anyway. It should make every list.
- Here is io9’s list of the 50 greatest tweets about Ben Affleck’s casting as Batman! We’re guessing there are several more now.
- Author Philip Pullman talks about how fairy tales make kids smarter.
- We are living in an age when the NFL can have a “geek hero.” Chris Kluwe is that hero.
- Finally, via io9, here’s a heartwarming video about Avatars of Death going to school: