Godzilla Is a Big Responsibility!


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Baby Godzilla Lizard

Are you sure you want a baby Godzilla? He’s going to be your responsibility. You’ll have to clean his tank, feed him, and apologize to the city of Tokyo every time he destroys it! …Yes, every time he destroys it. And if you show us you can take good care of him, then we’ll talk about adopting a Ninja Turtle.

Morning Roundup brings you a call to literary arms form Nicola Griffith, the most depressing theme park ever, and thoughts on the awesomeness of Akira!

  • Hild author Nicola Griffith has found some deeply depressing statistics about women and writing awards, and transformed them into bright and pie-shaped charts. But seriously, why are women more likely to win awards of they’re writing about male characters?
  • So just in case you thought that the Twin Peaks opening credits couldn’t get more viscerally upsetting….well…here.
  • If you’ve ever wondered why Akira matters, ...

This Princess Can Defend Any Castle


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Women Redesigning Women Characters Princess Peach cosplay

Now this is taking cosplay to the next level: An inventive cosplayer modeled her look after Kirbi Fagan’s excellent reimagining of Princess Peach for Muddy Colors’ Women Redesigning Women Characters piece. So meta, so badass. (Hat tip to Orbit Books Creative Director Lauren Panepinto for putting this pic on our radar!)

Afternoon Roundup hopes but doesn’t hope that Sean Connery will return for the new LXG; mentally inserts The Rock into every situation; and thinks the universe is trying to tell us something.

This Can’t Possibly Be Proper


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Ewok Savior

All right, imgur-er pastorsamuel85, you made us snort. A lot. And yes, in answer to your question, we’ll happily open the door to some friendly Ewoks and discuss Threepio. Most likely they’ll get bored before we do…

Morning Roundup brings you the dark and twisted past of an iconic hero, a weeping David Duchovny, and a wonderful response to the beauty that is Mad Max: Fury Road.

Morning Roundup: This is a Twenty Foot Tall Panda in an Iron Man Suit


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Iron Panda by Bi Sheng

We just want to point out that we live in a world where a Chinese sculptor, Bi Sheng, created a twenty-foot-tall panda in an Iron Man suit. So if things go wrong today, and life seems useless, hopeless, or even simply colorless, repeat to yourself: there is a twenty-foot-tall panda, in China, in an Iron Man suit. [Photo via Popular Mechanics!]

Morning Roundup brings you an explosion of thoughts on Mad Max! A guide to binge-watching DS9! And the prettiest flying rays you’ve ever seen!

[Plus, the sweet vocal stylings of Mulder & Scully!]

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The Second Trailer for Crimson Peak is Here to Scare Us to Death


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Crimson Peak

“A house as old as this one becomes, in time, a living thing.”

This may be true, Tom Hiddleston, but do they all become creepy malevolent things, too? The second trailer for Guillermo del Toro's haunted house movie, Crimson Peak, is somehow even more terrifyingly atmospheric than the first one. Now we get a hint of the dark plot behind the film, and a better sense of Mia Wasikowska's character, Edith. Check out the full trailer below!

[Oh, also? Never lean against a door in a haunted house.]

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Afternoon Roundup: Team Everdeen FTW


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Katniss Prim Everdeen sister portrait The Hunger Games Tim Palen

Katniss and Prim finally get a portrait together! Turns out Lionsgate’s chief marketing officer Tim Palen is also an award-winning photographer, who is releasing Tim Palen: Photographs from The Hunger Games. The book will feature portraits of all of the characters, most of which we’ve seen in marketing materials, but some of which are never-before-seen. Forget Team Gale, Team Peeta, or even Team Katniss... Team Everdeen is where it’s at!

Afternoon Roundup finds out why the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. spinoff didn’t happen, conjures Godzilla with our minds, and watches Tatiana Maslany play “Too Many Clones.” (That’s a lie, there are never too many.)

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Morning Roundup: DOES BABOU REMEMBER US?


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James Bond misses Babou!

Adding Archer quotes to James Bond stills. It’s a brilliant idea, and you know it’s a brilliant idea, and then somehow when you actually look at the collection of stills it’s so much funnier than you even thought possible. Oh, internet. Thank you so much for all that you do.

Morning Roundup includes an appreciation of an under-sung Age of Ultron character, a look at some Heroic Journeys that took startling left turns at Albuquerque, so to speak, and news of Brian K. Vaughan’s next project!

[Plus Daredevil gets knocked down!]

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Afternoon Roundup: Disney Has the Frozen Sisters and the Frozen Bros


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Disney Frozen brothers sisters

This gem came to us via Tumblr user ilovedefrostedguys, who pointed out that Disney has both markets covered when it comes to emotionally fraught stories about one or more people getting frozen and wanting to thaw each other, and oh our hearts. And no, no one has yet made a Bucky/Steve “Let It Go” fan video, so you know what you have to do.

Afternoon Roundup is psyched about who Thor actually is, getting one step closer to The Incredibles 2, and brewing some Ancillary Iced Tea.

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Fox’s Minority Report TV Show Looks Pretty Good


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Minority Report trailer Fox fall 2016

At this week’s network upfronts, Fox revealed its slate of upcoming programming. The show that most caught our eye was Minority Report, a loose sequel to the 2002 movie set 10 years after the PreCrime system has been disbanded. Instead of the neo-noir future of Steven Spielberg’s film, where a police captain must solve the murder he’s supposed to commit, the next generation of cops are stuck cleaning up the messes they have no way of stopping. Except that the pre-cogs from the film survived, and can still see crimes before they happen.

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Book Smugglers Publishing Declares 2016 the Year of the Superhero


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Book Smugglers Publishing 2016 superheroesAfter publishing short fiction on the themes of Subversive Fairy Tales, First Contact, and Cinderella Noir, Book Smugglers Publishing has announced its theme for 2016: Superheroes! Starting in spring 2016, the publishing arm of The Book Smugglers will release short fiction and their first novel acquisition, focusing on superpowered beings fighting evil in the near and far futures.

Book Smugglers Publishing announced two acquisitions: Hurricane Heels, a series of five interconnected and serialized short stories by Isabel Yap; and the fourth installment of Susan Jane Bigelow’s Extrahumans series.

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Morning Roundup: A Squishable Companion for Little Sister


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Bioshock Big Daddy Crochet

Nichole of Nichole’s Nerdy Knots has found a way to make Bioshock’s Randian utopia a little more cuddly! She’s created a series of crocheted Big Daddies, and, eschewing the true spirit of unfettered capitalism, has chosen to share the pattern with us all, for free!

Morning Roundup brings you those who followed in Mad Max’s footsteps, a truly...um...eccentric decision on the part of Disney’s merchandising team, and news on the return of Sleepy Hollow and The X-Files!

[Plus, the return of an Iron Giant?]

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Afternoon Roundup: Star Wars Cut Scenes You’ll Want to See


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Star Wars Cut Scene Marc Hagan-Guirey

See that image above? It came from a single piece of paper. Artist Marc Hagan-Guirey makes incredible pieces of art using the Japanese paper-cutting art known as kirigami, in which he uses a scalpel to out three-dimensional scenes from a single piece of paper. Believe it or not, that image of Princess Leia and R2-D2 is his simplest one; other pieces in his Cut Scene series explore Endor and Cloud City’s carbonite chamber.

Afternoon Roundup determines an astronaut’s fate, ponders the damage wrought by popcorn movies, and calculates the quickest way to the Wall.

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Watch Your Favorite SFF Authors Write Stories in Real-Time During the #TwitterFiction Festival


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Twitter Fiction Festival 2015 authorsSince 2012, the #TwitterFiction Festival has celebrated the art of storytelling by having authors and readers write stories entirely over Twitter—crowdsourcing ideas, crafting narratives, embedding media, and even creating multiple character handles. Stories ranged from noir to Greek myth.

As of 2014, thanks to a partnership between the Association of American Publishers and Penguin Random House, the #TwitterFiction Festival is an industry-wide event, attracting even more authors to share their stories. This year’s festival runs May 11-15, with sci-fi and fantasy writers including Margaret Atwood and Chuck Wendig getting in on the fun.

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Morning Roundup: Meep and You’re Dead


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If you thought the Weeping Angels were terrifying before, just stare into the cold, emotionless eyes...of Beaker! Thanks Kerry Gisler and David Stokes, for adding a fun new element to our already vivid nightmares.

Morning Roundup brings you a guide to Gene Wolfe, a special Clone Club edition if reddit, and a behind-the-scenes look at The Force Awakens!

[And finally, start your Monday by facing your terrible existential solitude!]

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Afternoon Roundup: Agwengers, Assemble!


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Gwen Stacy Avengers Marvel variant cover

You know what Avengers: Age of Ultron could’ve used? Gwen Stacy! The Marvel variant covers imagining Ms. Stacy as every Marvel character ever decided to transplant her into the MCU Avengers, making for a pretty fearsome team. (There’s even a Gwen Fury with an eyepatch!) But where’s the Gwen Ultron robot—or, better yet, Gwen-as-Vision??

Afternoon Roundup wants to fly AirTargaryen while pondering science and storytelling and riding virtual rollercoasters in the Void.

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Morning Roundup: LEGO Alderaan Doesn’t Stand a Chance!


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Lego Death Star

OK, so all it takes to build an 8’ x 13’ Death Star is 500,000 LEGO bricks. And once it’s done it’ll weigh, ah, 1,900 pounds. We can do this. We can totally do this. Anyone know where we can get a super-laser?

Morning Roundup brings you a chat with Alex Garland, two fresh looks at Daredevil, and the return of the Wachowskis!

[Come, Patsy!]

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Afternoon Roundup: The Classiest Way to Display Your Super Mario Bros. Fandom


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Super Mario still life painting Lizustration

Etsy user Lizustration has devised a super duper classy way to honor your favorite games—Mega Man, Katamari Damacy, and of course Super Mario Bros.—with these still-life paintings that combine the best elements from each games, and family portraits that will make you want to pull out your console of choice and start replaying all over again. (Hat-tip to Nerd Approved.)

Afternoon Roundup contemplates culture in the post-apocalypse, does a Clone Club dance, and practices our Luigi Death Stare.

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Morning Roundup: A New Angle on Miyazaki!


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Princess Mononoke print by Bill Mudron

As memorable as the characters in Hayao Miyazaki’s films are, sometimes the setting are just as compelling. Artist Bill Mudron, who has previously given us the Baywheux Tapestry, tries to show a new angle on some of Miyazaki’s classic works. Rather than having Kiki, Ashitaka, or Chihiro dead center, he focuses on the landscapes of their films, and pays homage to Kawase Hasui while he’s at it.

Morning Roundup is exited for further Avengers adventures! We’re also excited to see some “coffee, black” in space, and we’re going back in time for a vision of the future!

[Plus Easter’s come early to the Marvel Universe!]

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Syfy Will Adapt Brave New World as a Miniseries


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Brave New World Aldous Huxley Syfy miniseries Steven SpielbergSyfy has been grabbing the adaptation rights to all manner of SFF classics and beloved series: Childhood’s End, 3001: The Final Odyssey, Old Man’s War, The Expanse, The Magicians. The network’s latest acquisition is Brave New World, Aldous Huxley’s 1932 searing satire of a materialistic, identity-less, ultimately negative utopia.

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment will adapt the novel as a miniseries, with Taken (the 2003 Sci-Fi Channel miniseries, not the Liam Neeson franchise) writer Les Bohem writing the script.

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Afternoon Roundup: Now You Can Have London Below in Your Living Room


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Neverwhere London Below woodcut Martin Tomsky

Martin Tomsky’s woodcut art is stunning: His highly detailed pieces vividly bring to life worlds like the bathhouse from Spirited Away, crests from Game of Thrones, and London Below in Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. We weren’t kidding about being able to access London Below, either—but you’ll have to pay a pretty penny for it. (Hat-tip to Nerd Approved for finding these pieces.)

Afternoon Roundup looks back on last year’s TV shockers, looks forward to Wayward Pines, and looks beyond to Afrofuturist sci-fi and fantasy.

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