Did You Catch the Easter Egg in the Agent Carter Season 2 Teaser?


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The teaser for Marvel’s Agent Carter season 2 is very short, but just like the show, it packs a lot into a short amount of time. From these thirty seconds, we know that Peggy’s going to HOLLYWOOD to track down baddies, who seem to be swarming around the set of a certain film…

This blink-and-you’ll-miss-it moment gives us the name of the film in question: The Woman with the Golden Face. That’s undoubtedly a nod to Madame Masque, the main villain for season 2—a.k.a. Whitney Frost, a Hollywood actress and brilliant inventor. (Could she be modeled after recent Google Doodle honoree Hedy Lamarr?)

Marvel's Agent Carter season 2 teaser Hayley Atwell

The teaser also shows Peggy beating up the bad guys with shotguns, fists, and her own ingenuity; plus possibly getting a new interest in the form of quirky and charismatic scientist Jason Wilkes. But no Dottie! Where’s Dottie?

Agent Carter premieres Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at 9 p.m. EST.

Supergirl Debates Mean Girls and Who “Creates” a Villain


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Supergirl Livewire episode review

Due to the attacks in Paris, CBS swapped out a Supergirl episode about bombings this week for the Thanksgiving episode, with the former set to air next week. The swap likely won’t affect anything in the show’s narrative, aside from bringing mommy issues and heat-vision-cooked turkey a week early. But more importantly, this week saw Supergirl facing her first villain of her own making and Kara actually (gasp) bonding with her boss, Cat Grant.

Spoilers for Supergirl 1×05 “Livewire.”

This was not the series’ strongest episode, mostly because it felt incredibly formulaic and reminiscent of Smallville, the WB’s Superman prequel series. As you’ll remember, the first few seasons of that show relied heavily on a pretty unchangeable Monster of the Week structure: One of Clark Kent’s classmates, or another peripheral character from Smallville, stumbles upon some green kryptonite. Depending on what they’re doing at the time, they develop crazy powers ...

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Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron Return for the Snow White Sequel The Huntsman: Winter’s War


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The Huntsman: Winter's War character posters teaser Snow White sequel Charlize Theron

Considering what a mess Snow White and the Huntsman turned out to be, the sequel is understandably cutting out its confused part-princess/part-Joan of Arc take on Snow and focusing on the more marketable character: Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman. Surrounded by women, that is—Charlize Theron inexplicably reprising her role as Ravenna, plus Emily Blunt and Jessica Chastain as new characters in the wonderfully-titled The Huntsman: Winter’s War.

To be fair, Theron was the best part of the first movie. But it’s kind of a mystery what the other actors saw in this project, aside from a chance to have fun with a big fantasy movie. Universal Pictures has released the synopsis, which makes it sound as if this movie will be equal parts prequel and sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman:

Long before the evil Queen Ravenna (Theron) was thought vanquished by Snow White’s blade, she watched silently as her sister, ...

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The Huntsman: Winter's War character posters teaser Snow White sequel Jessica Chastain
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Now You Can Roll a v20 in Virtual Reality Dungeons & Dragons!


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AltspaceVR Dungeons & Dragons virtual reality v20

With every new development in virtual reality technology, our digital avatars are more and more becoming extensions of ourselves. The company AltspaceVR (with the motto “Be together, in person”) wants to capitalize on this with a notion that, so far, seems to have taken off: VR Dungeons & Dragons. Yep, that means your and your friends’ digital avatars sitting in a virtual room with a virtual D&D board in front of you, embarking on a virtual campaign.

Reporting on this phenomenon, Gizmodo discusses how AltspaceVR has the backing of Wizards of the Coast to keep developing virtual D&D, with the potential to expand into another of Wizards’ properties, Magic: The Gathering. Based on the latest edition of D&D released in 2014, this virtual experience includes an integrated 2D web browser that allows players to keep track of resources, set up a game board, and visualize die rolls for the whole group. The DM will have ...

Can You Survive as a Night Vale Community Radio Intern?


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Welcome to Night Vale fan game Investigative Journalism Twine Astrid Dalmady

An internship with Night Vale Community Radio is an incredibly rewarding, absolutely unforgettable experience… if you manage not to get killed, that is. The intern death toll has become the stuff of legends and one of the best recurring jokes on Welcome to Night Vale, yet people just keep signing up! And now, here’s your chance.

Game designer, writer, and podcaster Astrid Dalmady has created Investigative Journalism, a Twine game that casts you as a Night Vale intern on a portentous assignment: The News has gone missing, and it’s your job to track it down.

While it’s a fan-made game, Investigative Journalism possesses many of the hallmarks of Night Vale: Clever wording (I find the puns about The News especially amusing, writing for the Internet and all), a tour through Night Vale’s eeriest locations (including the Public Library—actually, on second thought, better not—and the Dog Park), and cameos from ...

Welcome to Night Vale fan game Investigative Journalism Twine Astrid Dalmady
Welcome to Night Vale fan game Investigative Journalism Twine Astrid Dalmady

Rainbow Rowell’s Harry Potter-Inspired Carry On is the Ultimate Fanfiction Remix


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Carry On Harry Potter fanfiction remix Rainbow Rowell J.K. Rowling

From page 1, you can’t read Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On without thinking of Harry Potter. At the start of the book, eighteen-year-old Simon Snow is leaving behind the Normal world for another school year at the Watford School of Magicks, reflecting on the Humdrum’s latest failed attempt to kill him and agonizing over the pressures of being the magical community’s Chosen One. It basically follows the blueprint for one of the world’s most famous book series.

And that’s OK! Rowell initially did use J.K. Rowling’s series and her Boy Who Lived as the background to explain Cath’s Simon Snow fanfiction in her 2013 YA novel Fangirl. This shorthand undoubtedly made the book more relatable for readers who may not have understood the culture of fanfic. When Rowell decided to delve deeper into Simon’s world for Carry On, the Potter canon was a baseline from which she made major deviations in order to say some ...

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See What’s Beyond the Wall in the New Allegiant Trailer


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Allegiant trailer Divergent

If the first full-length trailer for The Divergent Series: Allegiant seems to be any indicator, the second-to-last installment seems to be diverging (sigh) a bit from Veronica Roth’s book. The main plot points seem to be there: Tris (Shailene Woodley) and her band of fellow Divergents and other rebels decide to leave dystopian Chicago to search out the people who created their experiment in the first place. But the movie also looks much more sci-fi than the books, like a weird mashup of the Capitol-storming scenes we’ve glimpsed from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 crossed with Tom Cruise’s ship from Oblivion crossed with the virtual-reality power grids from The Cabin in the Woods. With all these elements, is it still Allegiant?

Again, the stakes seem to be much the same: Once they make it to the Bureau of Genetic Warfare, Tris and Four discover the reasoning behind creating the cities with ...

xkcd Tells Us How to Go to Space!


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How to Go to Space Randall Munroe xkcd Thing Explainer

Remember when someone reimagined David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” as “Space Weird Thing,” using only the 1,000 most common words in the English language? xkcd’s Randall Munroe has done the same thing, except this time he’s talking about getting to space in the first place, with a ton of help from Minute Physics. That makes sense, considering that he’s promoting his new book, Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words. Even better is that the video is ridiculously charming, with explanations about spaceships up-goers like “Actually, it pushes the up-goer away from where the fire comes out. If the fire end points toward space, you are having a bad problem and will not go to space today.”

If you’re good, and lucky, and all the important people say OK, then maybe you can go to space one day. In the meantime, you can watch this video:

The Oatmeal Shows How a Plane Crash Got Us to The Final Frontier


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The Oatmeal Gene Roddenberry Star Trek

You should read today’s new comic from The Oatmeal. It’s the kind of story that packs an emotional wallop in a way that feels authentically earned.

When I saw that the page title was “It’s going to be okay,” after a mantra in the comic, I assumed it was one of those pragmatically inspirational posts, something to the effect of, “Even if your life feels like an airplane with an engine on fire going down fast, it’s going to be okay.”

The Oatmeal Gene Roddenberry it's going to be okay plane crash

After I read a few panels, I thought that instead it was a sweet story about the brave co-pilot meeting his wife.

The Oatmeal Gene Roddenberry Star Trek

I mean, what a story—he sat down next to the crying woman and told her everything would be all right even as he watched the engine drop off the plane. But then I got to the end and realized it was something else entirely.

OK, here is where you should ...

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Snowpiercer is Being Adapted for Television


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Snowpiercer TV adaptation

Tomorrow Studios must have been very taken with Bong Joon-ho’s grim apocalyptic train ride of a film Snowpiercer, because they’re adapting it into a television series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the studio has optioned the rights for the small screen, with Josh Friedman (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) attached to write the pilot.

Says Friedman, who’s also working on James Cameron’s Avatar 3:

I couldn’t be more excited for the opportunity. Marty [Adelstein] and Becky [Clements] are the perfect partners to help me bring this world to TV. I’m a huge fan of director Bong’s films, especially Snowpiercer. It’s great the way the best sci-fi is great—thoughtful, political, funny, scary and sly. And it’s on a train. A big f—ing train. What more could you want?

Horror great Park Chan-wook, who produced the film, is also attached to the TV series as executive producer. ...

Get Your Luke Skywalker Fix with the Force Awakens Poster That Could Have Been


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The Force Awakens pitch poster Adam Relf

This gorgeous poster for Star Wars: The Force Awakens has been making the rounds on the Internet since it popped up on Reddit and Imgur last night. Adam Relf’s art evokes Drew Struzan’s signature style, and would look perfectly in place as an official poster—not least of all because there’s Luke Skywalker, front and center!

According to TheForce.net, this poster was pitched at some point but wasn’t officially signed off on. Probably because it had Luke, in all honesty; Lucasfilm seems very interested in keeping him under wraps until the movie’s release. But Relf posted it to his website recently, allowing fans to enjoy it anyway.

The Force Awakens pitch poster Adam Relf

We especially like how this poster tells a story: You’ve got “nobody” Rey as the main focus, with the dark and light Jedi on either side of her. (Much as we love the official poster, the positioning of the lightsabers versus Rey’s ...

“Millennial Falcon” Supergirl is Still Stuck in Her Cousin’s Shadow


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Photo: Cliff Lipson/CBS

Superman was all over this week’s Supergirl. It’s kind of laughable to think that everyone was criticizing the pilot for having Kara obliquely refer to him as “my cousin”—one, because the series has had no problem throwing around the name “Superman” plenty since then, and two, because him being her cousin is the crux of the latest episode. It was bad enough when people were treating Supergirl as a junior version of Superman, but when word leaks that they’re related, the comparisons get even worse.

Spoilers for Supergirl 1×03 “Fight or Flight.”

Making things worse is the fact that Kara is the one who leaks the scoop… to Cat Grant. This episode picks up where last week left off, with Supergirl flying Cat to a remote area where they can talk in private. But where that episode ended with Kara looming over her unsuspecting boss, immediately the tables are ...

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Supergirl 1x03 Fight or Flight episode review

Dory Actually Remembers Something in the First Finding Dory Trailer!


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Finding Dory teaser trailer

Disney•Pixar has released the first teaser trailer for Finding Dory, the long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo! It’s short and sweet, with sleep-swimming and Dory marveling at the fact that she remembers something for the first time… if only she could remember what she remembered. And really, that’s all you need.

The synopsis is brief, but again, we don’t need to know much beyond Ellen DeGeneres reprising the mix of oddball and sadness that she brought to the role in Finding Nemo:

Disney•Pixar’s Finding Dory reunites everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang, Dory, with her friends Nemo and Marlin on a search for answers about her past. What can she remember? Who are her parents? And where did she learn to speak Whale?

Watch the trailer:

Finding Dory sleep-swims into theaters June 17, 2016.

New Jessica Jones Trailer Has More Luke Cage and Kilgrave


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Jessica Jones Luke Cage trailer

“You are a hard-drinking, short-fused, mess of a woman.” Yep, that’s the Luke Cage/Jessica Jones romance we love from Alias, in the latest trailer for Marvel and Netflix’s Jessica Jones.

Rather than spoil more plot details, the new trailer adds to the dimensions we’ve already seen in past trailers: Jessica’s reliance on whiskey to cope with her work, not to mention screwing the darkness away with Luke Cage. But then he gets caught up in Kilgrave’s vendetta against Jessica, carried out by human victims across the city. This series is already presenting so many cool shots: The cops with their guns pointing at each other, the moment in the subway, Jessica stalking Kilgrave through the hotel…

“I could kill you right here and right now.” “But you won’t, because you don’t know what will happen when I die.” Shudder.

Jessica Jones premieres on Netflix on November 20.

Every SFF Adaptation Coming to Television and Movie Theaters!


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Name of the Wind TV adaptation

Thanks to Game of Thrones and Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, we’ve entered a golden age of sci-fi and fantasy properties being developed for film and television. It seems that nearly every network and studio has snatched up the rights to old and new classics, with a bevy of projects in production or premiering in the coming months. We’ve compiled a master list of every SFF adaptation currently in the works, from American Gods to Y: The Last Man. And surprising no one, prolific writers Neil Gaiman and John Scalzi each have a number of projects in varying stages of development.

Check out this list and get your DVRs and Netflix queues ready, because you’re going to be wonderfully busy for the foreseeable future.

 

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 Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett co-wrote this comedy about the angel Aziraphale and the ...

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Margaret Atwood Witnesses the Visual Legacy of The Handmaid’s Tale


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Margaret Atwood Book Riot Live The Handmaid's Tale tattoos Litographs

A sweet moment from this weekend’s Book Riot Live: Guest speaker Margaret Atwood got to see The Handmaid’s Tale tattoo chain, a collaboration among Book Riot, Litographs, and Random House. Litographs took the text of the first two chapters of Atwood’s classic dystopian novel, broke it into 350 lines or phrases, then distributed the temporary tattoos to volunteers at Book Riot Live. Each person photographed their arms or necks or other body parts, with the end result being a photo series of the text as written across 350 bodies. (Photo via Book Riot’s Twitter.)

Here’s another shot of the tattoo chain, from Book Riot’s Rebecca Schinsky:

The Handmaid's Tale tattoo chain Book Riot Live

Atwood touched upon The Handmaid’s Tale during the Writing What You Don’t Know panel, in which she was in conversation with N.K. Jemisin:

For The Handmaid’s Tale, the rule was that I wouldn’t put anything into it that people had not done ...

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John Joseph Adams to Launch New SFF Book Line for HMH


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John Joseph Adams Books HMH SFF line

Earlier this year, John Joseph Adams—editor of LightspeedNightmare, and countless anthologies—curated the first edition of The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Today, HMH announced that Adams will be editor-at-large of John Joseph Adams Books, a new line at the publishing house that will curate science fiction and fantasy titles.

Bruce Nichols, senior VP and publisher at HMH explained in a press release the publisher’s decision to have Adams launch their new SFF line:

After working with John as the series editor for [Best American Stories], we realized he is the perfect person to help us curate a focused, high-quality fiction list.

The first three titles from John Joseph Adams Books will be simultaneous hardcover and paperback editions of three Hugh Howey novels: ShiftDust, and Beacon 23. All three will be available in February 2016. Adams discussed his excitement in exploring ...

Supergirl Tackles That Pesky Question About Secret Identities


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Supergirl Stronger Together review

After watching the decent and surprisingly feminist Supergirl pilot, our office had one pressing question: How can Kara Danvers expect people to not realize she’s Supergirl? Her first few heists are vigorously documented in the press and on social media, and one of the major plots of the second episode was Kara’s boss Cat Grant demanding a one-on-one interview with Supergirl. A secret identity can only last you so long, right?

Spoilers for Supergirl 1×02 “Stronger Together.”

I was pleased to discover that the Supergirl writers came up with exactly the same answer that I gave Chris Lough when we were debating this issue in the Tor.com offices. In the episode, it’s James Olsen—who Cat is putting the pressure on to set up this “girl talk” interview—who gently breaks it to Kara that Cat will never suspect her:

James: She will look Supergirl right in the face, and she ...

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Supergirl Stronger Together review

Supergirl is a Metaphor for Being a Modern Woman


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As pilots go, CBS’ Supergirl is about what you would expect: The 42-minute episode is basically an expanded version of the three-minute preview we saw months ago. At the time, io9 claimed that sequences of Kara Danvers running through National City in twee sweaters, quailing before her bitchy boss, and grinning dumbly at cute boys resembled the Black Widow chick lit parody that Saturday Night Live had released just weeks prior. But Supergirl is very aware of the preconceived notions stacked up against it, as evidenced by the meta conversation between Kara (Melissa Benoist) and the fearsome Cat Grant (Callista Flockhart) about the latter branding the former:

Kara: “If we call her Supergirl, something less than what she is, doesn’t that make us antifeminist?”

Cat: “What do you think is so bad about ‘girl’? I’m a girl, and your boss, and powerful, and rich, and hot, and smart. So, ...

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Last Song Before Night is Written Like One of Its Own Epic Songs


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Last Song Before Night epic songs archetypes characters Ilana C. Myer

In the land of Eivar, music and magic were once woven together inextricably. But when a small contingent of the Seers—poets who performed enchantments through song—turned to forbidden blood-magic, Davyd the Dreamweaver was forced to strip all Seers and poets of their magic: “A word was a word, no more.” Yet generations later, poems and their words retain nearly the same power as spells: Empires are built and undermined by poets who often wield more influence than even their royal sponsors. Ilana C. Myer’s debut novel Last Song Before Night tracks a group of young poets and their muses (their loves and enemies) as they unwittingly play into a prophecy to bring the magic back to Eivar.

The very words that Last Song Before Night venerates, protects, and unearths in turn shape the structure of the book itself. The narrative arcs and the characters adopt the style of the words they describe—that is, the ...