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  1. There Are Two Competing Tolkien Documentaries Currently in the Works

    What's the Elvish word for "market oversaturation?"

    Two different companies are creating documentaries about author J.R.R. Tolkien's life. One focuses on his early years and the other on his relationship with fellow author C.S. Lewis.

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  2. Behold! The 2014 Hugo Award Nominees!

    May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

    Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Orphan Black, Gravity, Frozen, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Pacific Rim, Iron Man 3, Saga, and more high-quality SF/F than you can shake a stick at. That certainly covers a whole bunch of our post tags. The Hugo Awards honor both pros and fans alike, and as usual, the 2014 nominees provide a superb checklist of things to read, watch, and enjoy. The winners will be announced on Sunday, August 17 at Loncon 3 (aka the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention). The full list of nominees is available below. And should you need to gush about your favorites, mention absent works you feel are deserving (*cough* Janelle Monae's The Electric Lady for Best Related Work *cough*), or...ah...have a measured discussion about nominees you may object to, the comments are here for your disposal.

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  3. The Nebula Award Nominees (That You Can Read Free Online)

    Inside of a dog it's too dark to read

    The Nebula Award Nominees are out this week, and as usual we have tried to provide you with links to where you can read at least some of them for free online. So far as we were able to quickly Google. This turns out to be a lot! Congratulations to the twice nominated Alaya Dawn Johnson, to our friends at Apex magazine for earning a nomination for Rachel Swirsky "If You Were a Dinosaur, My Love," and to Pacific Rim. We really hope you win Best Dramatic Presentation, because we love you.

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  4. Witches, Wise Women, and Widows: A Cultural Look at Viking RPG The Banner Saga

    Essay

    There was a storm warning in Reykjavík the night I started playing The Banner Saga. As my computer booted and my tea steeped, I made the rounds in my apartment, securing the latches of my windows — double-paned, of course, to keep the cold out. Bare birch branches writhed eerily outside, and the sky, which had danced pink and green four nights prior, was coal gray. It was a good night for a Viking story. I glanced at my watch as I launched the game. I had to start playing, but I was eager for my partner to come home. Most Icelanders I’ve met have a strong affinity for their heritage, but my partner is a cultural paladin. Our shelves are crammed with epic poetry, archaeological resources, and dictionaries of dead languages. When my mom came to visit last summer, my partner had a story (or a song) for every mountain and waterfall we drove past. There’s a single-handed battle axe resting against her bedside table. Y’know, just in case. I didn't want her to play the game with me. I wanted her to snark.

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  5. A Biopic On Hobbit Author J.R.R. Tolkien Is Officially In The Works

    There And Back Again

    While we anxiously await the second installment to Peter Jackson's The Hobbit, a new report says Fox Searchlight is putting a film into production which will focus on the famous author who started us down this path long ago - J.R.R. Tolkien.

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  6. The X-Men of Your Wildest Fantasies

    Mutatis Mutandis

    Neil Gaiman gave us the X-Men in the Elizabethan era, but Nate Hallinan has taken them to another plane entirely: the setting of medieval fantasy. I mean really: where else are you going to find an elvish Nightcrawler and a dwarvish Wolverine? I just have one problem, that's that Hallinan lacks a fantasy interpretation Rogue, a character whose name is also a Dungeons & Dragons class, for heaven's sake.

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  7. 10 Books You Should Read If You’re Interested in The Age of Ice

    Because why limit yourself to one book if you could buy eleven?

    As those insurance commercials keep telling me, more is better. So if you're excited for The Age of Ice, why not be excited for ten other new books, too? Other than The Brothers Karamazov and Doctor Zhivago, of course. With that in mind, we've compiled a list of books those intrigued by Sidorova's work will likely enjoy.

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  8. Sci-Fi and Fantasy Website Tor Offers Free Download of Over 150 Stories

    Thanks, guys. This many free books definitely gets you on the Christmas card list.

    Science fiction and fantasy site Tor.com is celebrating their five years of internet presence by making all of their original fiction downloadable for free. Um, awesome?

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  9. When It Comes to Science Fiction and Fantasy, Multiple Levels of Realism Are Necessary

    What makes suspension of disbelief work in the most implausible of stories

    How many times have you complained with something along the lines of, "How did Character A survive that gaping chest wound, or get from Point A to Point B so fast, or figure out the mystery with no clues?" And how many times have you gotten the response, "You're expecting realism from a book/show/movie with dragons/time travel/vampires?" Clearly, that's too easy a comeback. It can be used to dismiss virtually any complaint about a work, and yet you somehow have to answer it. Why are you okay with a story about time-traveling vampire dragons -- my idea, don't steal it! -- but bothered by relatively minor elements in the story? The answer is that rather than coming from a desire to nitpick the story to death, our reaction is natural, and it's no big deal if we have multiple types of 'realism' in our fiction.

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  10. Selina Kyle and Whedon Win at the 39th Annual Saturn Awards

    May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor

    The 39th Saturn Awards were yesterday and it appears that Joss Whedon will be keeping his title as sci-fi, fantasy, and horror royalty.  Whedon won Best Director for Marvel's The Avengers, beating out Ang Lee, Christopher Nolan, Peter Jackson, William Friedkin, and Rian Johnson. Meanwhile, The Avengers won best science fiction film and Cabin in the Woods won in the best Horror/ Thriller category.  The Avengers just kept winning, with actor Clark Gregg winning best supporting actor for his role as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Coulson. The Dark Knight Rises picked up only one win, Best Supporting Actress, for Anne Hathaway's much-loved turn as Catwoman. The odds were also in Jennifer Lawrence's favor, and she won Best Actress for her work in the first installment in The Hunger Games series.

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