“Something’s Coming”: Watch the 10 Cloverfield Lane Super Bowl Trailer

The first trailer for J.J. Abrams’ surprise Cloverfield sequel 10 Cloverfield Lane (coming out in a little over a month) was one of the best trailers I’ve seen this year: low-key but with something just off, excellent use of music over too much dialogue, and a slow-burning sense of ominousness.

For the movie’s Super Bowl spot, we get a glimpse at how Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s character wound up in unhinged survivalist John Goodman’s disaster shelter, and what might lurk outside.

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Announcing the 2015 BSFA Awards Shortlist

The British Science Fiction Association is extremely pleased and proud to announce the shortlist for the 2015 BSFA Awards. This shortlist has been drawn up from the most popular titles nominated by members of the BSFA, who will now have the opportunity decide the winners in each category, voting along with attendees of the long-established science fiction convention, Eastercon, which this year takes place in Manchester. The ceremony will take place on Saturday 26th March. Chair Donna Scott said: “The BSFA Awards are fan awards, and we’re really proud of them. Our members are very insightful, and often their choices are seen to do very well in other awards later in the year. The Best Novel list includes a good mix of more established names like Ian McDonald, but also Dave Hutchinson, who seems to have hit the floor running with his first two novels and is scooping up accolades everywhere. I’m also thrilled to see Aliette de Bodard make this list too, having done so well in our Best Short Fiction lists in previous years.”

[[Full list of nominees below…]]

The Brilliance Trilogy Sweepstakes!

Marcus Sakey’s Brilliance Trilogy came to a conclusion with Written in Fire, available now from Thomas & Mercer—and we want to send you a set of all three books!

For thirty years humanity struggled to cope with the brilliants, the one percent of people born with remarkable gifts. For thirty years we tried to avoid a devastating civil war.

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Nick Cooper has spent his life fighting for his children and his country. Now, as the world staggers on the edge of ruin, he must risk everything he loves to face his oldest enemy—a brilliant terrorist so driven by his ideals that he will sacrifice humanity’s future to achieve them.

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Holy Rewatch, Batman! “Death in Slow Motion” / “The Riddler’s False Notion”

“Death in Slow Motion” / “The Riddler’s False Notion”
Written by Dick Carr
Directed by Charles R. Rondeau
Season 1, Episodes 31 and 32
Production code 8731
Original air dates: April 27 and 28, 1966

The Bat-signal: A silent film festival at a fancy new cinema in Gotham comes to an end. As the crowd gathers in the lobby, the head of the festival thanks Mr. Van Jones, who lent the festival films from his private collection of silent pictures.

[You’re an ignorant oaf, Chief O’Hara!]

Series: Holy Rewatch Batman!

Hi Steve, Here Are Your Friends–Oh, Awkward…

You might have noticed Facebook celebrating its 12th birthday on February 4 with the introduction of “Friends Day” videos on users’ walls: strolls through memory lane via algorithm and whether anyone remembers to tag each other in photos anymore. Marvel Entertainment, particularly the marketing team behind Captain America: Civil War, decided to get in on the fun with a cheeky parody on Steve Rogers’ timeline… mostly funny because it’s sad, and sad because it’s true.

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The Real Monster is Stephen Colbert in this Homage to The Twilight Zone

Some were concerned when Stephen Colbert left basic cable for CBS that he would need to soften his humor. So far, I think he’s avoided giving in to the demands of The Man admirably, and this week he also showed us one of the benefits of working or a corporate overlord: you can totally use all their stuff! Yes, just as NBC’s acquisition of Universal back in 2004 gave us Conan O’Brien’s greatest triumph: “The Walker, Texas Ranger Lever“, so has CBS’ mighty vault coughed forth Colbert’s “Twilight Zone: Just the Twists”.

[Also, how weird is it to see smoking on TV?]

Quantum Night

Experimental psychologist Jim Marchuk has developed a flawless technique for identifying the previously undetected psychopaths lurking everywhere in society. But while being cross-examined about his breakthrough in court, Jim is shocked to discover that he has lost his memories of six months of his life from twenty years previously—a dark time during which he himself committed heinous acts.

Jim is reunited with Kayla Huron, his forgotten girlfriend from his lost period and now a quantum physicist who has made a stunning discovery about the nature of human consciousness. As a rising tide of violence and hate sweeps across the globe, the psychologist and the physicist combine forces in a race against time to see if they can do the impossible—change human nature—before the entire world descends into darkness.

Available March 1st from Ace Books, Robert J. Sawyer’s Quantum Night explores the thin line between good and evil…

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Check Out the Cover Art for Tor.com’s Spring and Summer Titles

We’ve been busy this week revealing the covers for Tor.com Publishing’s spring and summer line-up, with a little help from the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog and SF Signal. It’s an exciting season for us—we’ve got something for everyone, from cyberpunk to high fantasy, and everything in between! We’re also excited to publish our first novel with Malka Older, plus new series additions from Matt Wallace, Tim Lebbon, and Andy Remic.

Check out all the covers below!

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Winter Night Part II, Chapter 10

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread!

Remember waaaay back when we were super-excited about following #TeamLaurana and their adventures? Those halcyon days of youth, when elf-politics seemed exciting, and the worst thing we had to complain about was Gilthanas’ dating technique? That was a long time ago. But, huzzah! We are at the end of this section! No more wandering in the wilderness, and best of all, time to learn…

[Silvara’s Secret]

Series: Dragonlance Reread

We’re Going Back…to a Galaxy Long Ago and Far, Far Away

A mad Parisian genius known as Thirsty Bstrd has given us the single greatest work of nostalgia we’ve seen in a long time. What would happen if one combined the power of Star Wars and Back to the Future? What happens is that Obi Wan Kenobi has to guide young Luke Skywalker into the past, to ensure that Anakin and Amidala find true, if brief, love.

Let’s not dwell on just how much incest is happening, OK?

[Poor Luke really can’t catch a break here, can he?]