A Redditor found this great, slightly tongue-in-cheek display at an American bookshop in Amsterdam: Instead of judging a book by its cover or author, all you have to go on are keywords in making your decision. (Though we’re pretty sure that “Fantasy/Mississippi/Riverboat/Pale Gentlman” is Fevre Dream by George R.R. Martin.) Hat-tip to Neatorama for spotting this!
Afternoon Roundup brings you further treks into the stars, the lowdown on your new favorite hacker TV show, and how most female roles trace their way back to Sigourney Weaver and Alien.
- Chris Pine and Zachary Quinto have already been contracted for a fourth Star Trek film!
- But should humans colonize space, or should we send robots ahead of us? Noam Chomsky and Lawrence Krauss debate.
- Aidan Moher talks cover art, including the covers for Tor.com’s upcoming novella lineup, on the Cabbages and Kings podcast.
- Here’s what you need to know about upcoming superhero movies today: Guardians of the Galaxy 2 will be more emotional, Kevin Feige is going for a John Hughes feel in the rebooted Spider-Man, and Channing Tatum has enlisted a magician to help him learn to throw cards as Gambit.
- Even better than the fan sending bottle caps as a Fallout 4 preorder payment is Bethesda actually accepting it!
- Sarah Connor and Clarice Starling are just two of the most daring roles for women since Ellen Ripley.
- Gizmodo explains why you should be watching Mr. Robot, USA’s hacker thriller combining “the anti-corporate craziness of Fight Club with the subversive hacker heroism of The Matrix.” PC Mag rates the series’ accuracy, and the showrunner explains why they decided to make one of the characters gay and out.
- Kinetic pencil work, dreamy watercolors, and nightmare versions of Saturday-morning cartoons make up the indispensable artwork in these new graphic novels.
- Avengers of Oz: Age of Tin Man is a pretty out-there parody, but you have to admit, it’s weirdly compelling to see the Scarecrow and Cowardly Lion’s heads superimposed onto superheroes: