Saturday, 30 August 2014

TA DA! THE ART OF ASKING has a COVER. (warning: contains NSFW behind-the-scenes nakedness)


hola dears greetings from the woods. i’ll get to the bizarre story of what i’m doing in the woods for the next few months after i deal with book madness. gimme a couple days.

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Extended UK Preview for Gotham Debuts


FOX has revealed a new extended UK preview for their upcoming Batman-inspired show "Gotham" and it features some bits of new footage from the series. Check it out in the player below!

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Friday, 29 August 2014

The Trailer for Sci-Fi Thriller Automata, Starring Antonio Banderas


Millennium Entertainment has released the trailer for sci-fi thriller Automata, in theaters and on VOD October 10. Directed by Gae Ibanez, the movie stars Antonio Banderas, Melanie Griffith, Birgitte Hjort Sørensen and Dylan McDermott.

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Get a Glimpse of The Walking Dead's Fifth Season in a New Teaser


AMC has debuted a new teaser for the upcoming fifth season of their hit series, "The Walking Dead"! Check it out in the player below and catch the premiere episode Sunday, October 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT.

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Adrianne Palicki Joins the Cast of Marvel's Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. as Mockingbird!


It was first revealed at the San Diego Comic-Con that Bobbi Morse, AKA Mockingbird, would be joining the crew of "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." and now Marvel Entertainment has confirmed that "Friday Night Lights" and G.I. Joe: Retaliation�star Adrianne Palicki has been cast in the role.

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Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright Will be Teaming Up Again


Speaking about the possible next project, Pegg said: "Edgar and I were having a conversation the other day about it and it has a title and everything. We're kind of into a creative cycle now.

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The First Official Dancing Groot Toy Has Arrived!


It's here! Well, almost – the official price and release information won't be announced until next week, but the first Marvel-approved dancing Groot toy will be available for pre-order "real soon," according to Ryan Pegagos, Executive Editorial Director of Marvel Digital Media.

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Life On Mars Creators Are Conjuring Up A Victorian Ghost Drama


The co-creators and writers of Life on Mars and Ashes To Ashes are working on a new paranormal drama for the BBC titled The Living and the Dead. And they're promising it will be "very, very scary." Excellent.

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Johnny Depp and Kevin Smith’s Daughters to Fight Evil with Yoga and Apathy in New Movie


Kevin Smith and Johnny Depp are bringing their daughters to work...

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British Genre Fiction Hitlist: Late August New Releases


From the fold of the British Genre Fiction Focus comes the British Genre Fiction Hitlist: your biweekly breakdown of the most notable new releases out of the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

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Epic new Karen Miller is nearly here


International bestselling author of Karen Miller is back next month with THE FALCON THRONE, book one in the stunning Tarnished Crown series. Karen Miller’s newest novel tells the story of a divided kingdom where some will do anything to seize the crown.

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The British Library Unveils a New Show Devoted to Gothic Literature


Two hundred rare objects will trace 250 years of Gothic literature, in the British Library's forthcoming exhibition, Terror and Wonder. Dave McKean has designed this image to promote the event, inspired by Frankenstein, Dracula and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

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Creepy Cosplay That's As Horrifying As Anything We See In The Movies


If you ever need proof of how utterly effective special effects makeup can be in horror, you need look no further than these cosplayers. They take terrifying characters and concepts away from the realm of movies and into the real world. Sometimes cosplay is inadvertently horrifying.

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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Are We On The Verge Of A Space Opera Resurgence?


The superhero boom is certainly showing no signs of stopping or even slowing. But could space opera be the next genre to take over our screens?

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Good News For Eye Worms! The Strain Renewed For Season 2


Those of us who are patiently waiting for the vampire apocalypse to finally get off its undead ass, good news! FX has confirmed Guillermo del Toro's horror show The Strain for a second season. Meaning the show has 13 additional episodes to finally show humanity getting its ass kicked.

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Why I'm Excited For DC Comics' Massive New Movie Plans


A couple weeks ago, Warner Bros. announced it was claiming release dates for nine unspecified DC Comics films, between now and 2020. This signaled that Warners is serious about building on the success of Man of Steel, and challenging Marvel's comic-book movie ascendancy.

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Beautiful Monsters


Clive : "Hello - I'm eating - I'm sorry, I'll stop eating in just one moment... I'm eating a big doughnut, full of chocolate sauce. Really, really good! Okay - how are you guys?" Clive : "I did that as well.

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Science Fiction And Fantasy Books That Will Change Your Life This Fall


Science fiction and fantasy books are seriously going to blow your mind this fall. William Gibson returns to the future. Plus there are new books by David Mitchell, Anne Rice, Michael Moorcock, Margaret Atwood and Patrick Rothfuss.

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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

The Official Site of The Hugo Awards


The 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, Loncon 3, has announced the 2014 Hugo Award winners. 3587 valid ballots were received and counted in the final ballot.

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

What's The Difference Between Epic Fantasy And Sword-And-Sorcery?


As an editor at Pyr Books, Lou Anders has published tons of fantasy novels of all stripes. But now he's crafted his own fantasy novel, Frostborn, in the sword-and-sorcery tradition that goes back to Conan. But what's the difference between "epic fantasy" and "sword and sorcery"? Anders explains.

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This Is The Most Insanely Wonderful Science Fiction Music Video In Ages


I'll cut to the chase: Around the 1:50 mark in this video, Ariana Grande launches missiles from her breasts at a robot. That would be enough, but her whole attitude is like "Yawn, just another day on Mars." She even tosses her hair and shakes her head while she does it!

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Behold The Real Photo Nick Frost Took While Shooting Shaun Of The Dead


Remember the garden scene from the greatest zombie film ever made, Shaun of the Dead? The one where Shaun (Simon Pegg) and Ed (Nick Frost) discover a zombie in their backyard and mistake her for a drunk girl, and take a pic? Well, it turns out Frost really did snap a real picture, and this is it.

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The Best Science Fiction Books, According To Real-Life Scientists


We've all seen lists of the worst science fiction books and movies, according to scientists — but what are the best? HuffPost Science reached out to 15 great scientists and asked them to name their favorite science fiction stories — and the results were pretty interesting.

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Check Out the New Fantasy Series from Naomi Novik, Author of the Temeraire Series!


Naomi Novik, author of the Temeraire novels, is taking us to a new world with Uprooted! The story is a dark fairy tale, where a grim wizard defends villagers from the horrors of an enchanted Wood. In return? He demands ten years of service from a young girl of his choosing.

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5 Ways to Satisfy Your Old-School Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cravings


So the Michael Bay-produced reboot of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles may not have been everything that you’d wanted—even though they did at least sneak a “cowabunga!” in there when you least expected it.

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When Robots Take All the Work, What’ll Be Left for Us to Do?


Robots have loomed over the future of labor for decades—at least since robotic arms started replacing auto workers on the assembly line in the early 1960s.

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Tomorrow’s Best-Selling Novels Will Use This 19th-Century Trick


A year ago, a 24-year-old college student named Anna Todd stumbled on a trove of feverish fan fiction about the boy band One Direction. It had been posted to Wattpad, a Toronto-based website and app that lets anyone write a story and comment on the stories of others.

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WIRED Summer Binge-Watching Guide: Buffy the Vampire Slayer


Created by Avengers writer and director Joss Whedon, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was at its heart an inversion of horror film tropes, where monsters tend to follow beautiful women down dark alleys with gruesome results.

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10 Movie Remakes We're Glad Never Happened


There is a plague of remakes sweeping across the land right now. While some remakes are decent or worthwhile, a lot of them are pointless at best and travesties at worst. And a lot of them are clearly terrible ideas. Here are 10 movie remakes we are overjoyed never got made.

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Asteroid that 'could end human life' defying gravity as it moves towards Earth, scientists say


Scientists have moved closer to being able to stop a huge asteroid colliding with the Earth and potentially wiping out human life. Researchers at the University of Tennessee have discovered that blowing the space rock up could make the collision worse by causing several devastating impacts.

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Reading Literature on Screen: A Price for Convenience?


Do people read as well on screens as they do on paper? Scientists aren’t quite sure.

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Are you a book hoarder? There's a word for that.


How many books is too many books? What makes you a book hoarder? What do you do when you have too many? In Japanese, there’s a word for it: tsundoku.

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Fall Movie Guide: 6 Movies We're Sure Will Rock, Plus 23 Contenders


This is a great time to be a fan of science fiction and fantasy movies, and this fall is jam-packed with wonder and fascination. There are huge sequels, like Hunger Games and The Hobbit. But also some huge wild cards, like Christopher Nolan's Interstellar and Ridley Scott's Exodus.

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Millennium Falcon updated for Star Wars: Episode 7


When it comes to Star Wars: Episode 7 we know that the new movie will be set some 30-years after the events of Star Wars: Episode IV Return of the Jedi. As the movie is 30-years on this has made it possible for the original actors, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill to appear.

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FAN THEORY: LOTR Eagle Plot Hole Plugged Up


Hey guys! One lovely soul on the internet was kind enough to try to give an explanation for the eagle plot hole that has plagued us for years! Why the heck didn't Gandalf just get the eagles to fly Frodo straight to Mount Doom? It would have saved a lot of time!

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Stop Everything. Nathan Fillion is Dressed Up as Captain Kirk


The Hollywood Reporter got Fillion to don the Enterprise captain’s famous golden tunic for their SDCC preview issue. (As if they had to twist his arm.

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These Chinese Lord of the Rings Book Covers Are Breathtaking


We can’t get enough of these Chinese covers for J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, from WenJing Publishing. Turns out they are part of a cover competition for the forthcoming Chinese edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, from WenJing Publishing.

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The Hugos and The Wheel of Time: A Satisfying End to the Series


Because I have. I talked about it back when I was advocating for the series to get nominated in the first place, and then I put together a big giant refresher post on it to boot. So this is not virgin territory to me.

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Competing J.R.R. Tolkien Biopics Present Different Takes on the Lord of the Rings Author


What if we were to tell you that there are two J.R.R. Tolkien movies coming to theaters around 2015, and it's not further splitting up the third Hobbit film?

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Friday, 15 August 2014

Cosmos: the Pale Blue Dot and Neil deGrasse Tyson on Science


The above clip is Carl Sagan's brilliant "Pale Blue Dot" speech, remastered and produced in the final episode of the new Cosmos series - highly recommended. Immediately following this the new host Neil deGrasse Tyson follows up with a great speech of his own, outlining the ideals of science.

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Monday, 11 August 2014

Stephen King's Forth Coming Novel 'Revival' Cover Revealed


“In one way, at least, our lives really are like movies. The main cast consists of your family and friends. The supporting cast is made up of neighbours, co-workers, teachers and daily acquaintances…But sometimes a person who fits none of these categories comes into your life…”

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Thursday, 7 August 2014

Lloyd Alexander’s Tales of War and Youth


Long before I fell in love with writing I fell in love with reading. Sometimes, honestly, I feel like I’m cheating on my first love when I settle into my office chair to start work on the latest manuscript. Back in my younger years I read an average of a book a day.

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Hellboy Hamlet's Not the Weirdest Take, But It Is the Most Awesome


"Suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune"? Yeah, that sounds about right. And before anyone can say it in the comments: Yes. I know that quote's from a different part of the play.

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Cows Have Much More Complicated Social Life Than Anyone Realized


We think of cows as herd animals, without much intelligence or social organization. But recent research has shown that they're smarter than we knew. And now, a new study suggests that the social networks of cows are a lot more complex than biologists had imagined.

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Fiction Affliction: Genre-Benders for August


Nineteen books wander between genres this month, from alternative histories to cozy paranormal mysteries. Look for series additions from, among others, Juliet Blackwell (Witchcraft Mystery), E.C.

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Fiction Affliction: August Releases in Science Fiction


Aliens are busting out all over, with twenty-six new releases in science fiction this month. (Missing a favorite? Check tomorrow’s “Genre-Bender” column.

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Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Fiction Affliction: August Releases in Fantasy


Twenty-five new fantasies bring war and magic to imaginary worlds this month, including series additions from, among others, Ian C.

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All The Amazing Must-Read Science Fiction And Fantasy Books For August


This month's books really do have something for everyone. There are new books by John Scalzi, Haruki Murakami, Robin Hobb and Lev Grossman. There's magical realism, far-future adventure, and high fantasy. Here are the 22 brand new science fiction and fantasy books you absolutely must not miss.

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The Wheel of Time: Hugo Refresher


Greetings to you, people of Tor.com! Leigh Butler here, of the Wheel of Time Reread. As you know, Bob, the Wheel of Time as a whole has been nominated for Best Novel for the 2014 Hugo Awards, which is super awesome, and also, Tor Books in the U.S. and Orbit Books in the U.K.

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Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Adelaide's library in world's beautiful top 20


Ornate wood carvings, rich Australian history and the atmosphere of a forgotten time were all features that placed the South Australian State Library's Mortlock Wing in a list of the top 20 most beautiful libraries of the world.

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