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All Good Things…

> “I regret to announce that — though, as I said, 12 years and 10 months is far too short a time to spend among you — this is the END! I am going. I am leaving NOW! GOODBYE!” [Slips ring on] – Bilbo Baggins, The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (paraphrased) When we started SF Signal in 2003, it was because we loved speculative fiction. Having a blog allowed us to share that love with… → Read More

All Good Things…

> “I regret to announce that — though, as I said, 12 years and 10 months is far too short a time to spend among you — this is the END! I am going. I am leaving NOW! GOODBYE!” [Slips ring on] – Bilbo Baggins, The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien (paraphrased) When we started SF Signal in 2003, it was because we loved speculative fiction. Having a blog allowed us to share that love with… → Read More

Ken Liu’s THE PAPER MENAGERIE AND OTHER STORIES is a Must-Read Collection

John gives a story-by-story rundown of Ken Liu’s new collection → Read More

[GUEST POST] Beth Cato on Clockwork Daggers

Beth Cato reveals the origin of the term “Clockwork Dagger” → Read More

Watch the Evolution of Iron Man in TV and Film

Captain America: Civil War film is almost here, and hey, since Iron Man seems to be grabbing some of that limelight, it seems appropriate to review his evolution in TV and film. → Read More

[SHORT FILM] TEMPLE, a Cool Cyberpunk Thriller

You could do a lot worse with the next 9 minutes than watching Nguyen-Anh Nguyen’s captivating Cyberpunk thriller Temple, which takes place in a Dystopian future of cybernetic humans. Here, a new genetic disease is making humans reject their own organs, forcing one man to steal cybernetic implants from others to survive. → Read More

[Friday YouTube] Peter Dinklage and Gwen Stefani Sing “Space Pants”

In this Saturday Night Live sketch, what starts out as a cliche mafia sketch turns into a musical number from Bizarro World. Specifically, host Peter Dinklage and Gwen Stefani singing “Space Pants”. Is it just me, or does Dinklage nail the robot dance? Also: from now on, when someone says “space”, I’m going to say “pants”. → Read More

Saturday Morning ‘Toon: Fantastic Voyage!

A pilot, a biologist, a nerd and a “master of mysterious powers” enter a miniaturized ship… → Read More

[GUEST POST] Stephanie Burgis on Finding the Fantasy in History

> Stephanie Burgis grew up in East Lansing, Michigan, but now lives in Wales, surrounded by castles and coffee shops. She has published over thirty short stories in various f/sf magazines and anthologies, including Strange Horizons, Daily Science Fiction, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. She is also the author of the Kat, Incorrigible trilogy of MG Regency fantasy adventures (known in the UK as… → Read More

[GUEST POST] Mario Acevedo on His Love Affair with Aliens

Mario reveals that he’s not the biggest fan of vampire fiction. His true love? Aliens! → Read More

[GUEST POST] Yolanda Sfetsos on Inspiration: Crowley, the Goetia & Demonology

Yolanda takes readers on a fun and dangerous road trip → Read More

A HARRY POTTER Fan Film: Severus Snape and the Marauders

> Snape, Lily and The Marauders have graduated Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. At a local pub, James Potter and his friends reminisce about their last seven years, and contemplate their future. All seems bright for these four friends despite the darkness that awaits them, until Snape arrives. Thinking about the war they are to join and the part Snape might play, James decides to… → Read More

Read an Excerpt from the Space Opera THE MADNESS OF MR. BUTLER by Michael Haase

Sample a book from the Nerdist Space Opera Contest → Read More

This is What The Flash Looked Like in 1967

From the makers of Super Friends, and thus narrated by Ted Knight, here’s an episode of the 1967 cartoon The Superman/Aquaman Hour of Adventure, featuring everyone’s favorite speedster, The Flash. In “The Chemo-Creature”, a radiation experiment gone wrong creates a powerful creature out of an ordinary ant. → Read More

Friday YouTube: That Time Wonder Woman Went Aquatic

Suck it, Aquaman! → Read More

[Video] THE WIZARD OF OZ Spoken in Alphabetical Order

Books Received: January 11, 2016 (Charlie Jane Anders, Lavie Tidhar, Patrick Hester, Robert Jackson Bennett, Robert McCammon, Sean Danker, Stephanie Burgis, Stephen Graham Jones & More) → Read More

Books Received: January 11, 2016 (Charlie Jane Anders, Lavie Tidhar, Patrick Hester, Robert Jackson Bennett, Robert McCammon, Sean Danker, Stephanie Burgis, Stephen Graham Jones & More)

Books Received: January 11, 2016 (Charlie Jane Anders, Lavie Tidhar, Patrick Hester, Robert Jackson Bennett, Robert McCammon, Sean Danker, Stephanie Burgis, Stephen Graham Jones & More) → Read More

Sunday Cinema: The Spider (1958)

My advice to the teens at the 56:10 mark: Don’t open a candy bar in the lair of a BIG F***ING SPIDER! → Read More

Samuel L. Jackson on Playing Mace Windu in STAR WARS

You remember Samuel L. Jackson playing Jedi Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequels, right? If you recall, it took the directing prowess of George Lucas to elicit the only stilted performance in Jackson’s career. In this clip from Late Night with Seth Meyers, Jackson talks about his experience playing Mace Windu in the prequels. Turns out, he was a BMF Jedi and a fan! → Read More

Samuel L. Jackson on Playing Mace Windu in STAR WARS

You remember Samuel L. Jackson playing Jedi Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequels, right? If you recall, it took the directing prowess of George Lucas to elicit the only stilted performance in Jackson’s career. In this clip from Late Night with Seth Meyers, Jackson talks about his experience playing Mace Windu in the prequels. Turns out, he was a BMF Jedi and a fan! → Read More