Greg Rucka Confirms Wonder Woman is Queer

Comicosity’s Matt Santori-Griffith sat down with Greg Rucka, the who is currently helming Wonder Woman along with artists Nicola Scott and Liam Sharp, and asked a big, oft-ducked question: is Wonder Woman queer?

And Rucka, rather than waffling, asked for Santori-Griffith’s definition of queerness and then answered, “Yes.”

This in itself would be a pretty big moment, but then Rucka dug into the nature of Diana’s heroism, and the way he and the artists are exploring utopia, and it became clear that a lot more thought has gone into this than a simple yes-or-no response.

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Northmen Sweepstakes!

We want to send you a copy of John Haywood’s Northmen: The Viking Saga AD 793-1241, available now from Thomas Dunne Books!

In AD 800, the Scandinavians were just barbarians in longships. Though they held sway in the north, their power meant little more than the ability to pillage and plunder, which they did to bolster their status at home. But as these Norse warriors left their strongholds to trade, raid, and settle across wide areas of Europe, Asia, and the North Atlantic, their violent and predatory culture left a unique imprint on medieval history. The twist that no one predicted, however, was a much slower, insidious takeover than any the Vikings would execute, and by a turn of the tide, they themselves became its target. For as they made their mark on Europe, Europe made its mark on them. By the year 1200, what remained of the Vikings’ pagan origins floated beneath the surface and the strong, strange territories of the north had become a part of Latin Christendom.

Northmen is there to tell the tale, to pay homage to what was lost and celebrate what was won. Focusing on key events, including the sack of Lindisfarne in 793 and the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066, medieval history expert John Haywood recounts the saga of the Viking Age, from the creation of the world through to the dwindling years of halfhearted raids and elegiac storytelling in the thirteenth century. He does so with meticulous research, engaging narrative, and sensitivity for his subject, shedding light and blood along the way.

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Fiction Affliction: October Releases in Science Fiction

Thirty-two books take us to space, the future, and beyond in October, including Laurie Penny’s novella Everything Belongs to the Future; E.K. Johnston’s Star Wars: Ahsoka, about the fan-favorite character; and the second Illuminae Files book, Gemina. The month also brings new books from Wesley Chu, Mira Grant, and Walter Jon Williams, so get reading already!

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World War Z Author Max Brooks to Write the First Minecraft Novel

With the Minecraft movie hitting theaters in 2019, it’s no surprise that the insanely popular video game has sparked another tie-in: books! Mojang, publisher of Minecraft, announced Minecraft: The Island, the first novel inspired by this iconic world: “Think cuboid Robinson Crusoe, but madder: a hero stranded in an unfamiliar land, with unfamiliar rules, learning to survive against tremendous odds.” Max Brooks, author of the acclaimed oral history of the zombie war World War Z, will write the novel, which will be published by Del Rey.

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Five Can’t-Miss SFF Books by Diverse Authors

There’s so much amazing literature being written right now from so many rich, wonderful perspectives, and I’m going to talk about a few of them right here. Five, to be exact, but if Tor.com had a regular feature called “Fifty Books About” or “Five Hundred Books About,” then trust me, we’d have no trouble coming up with a list.

For now, here are a few amazing titles everyone should be reading and talking about—and hopefully, we’ll get more great recommendations in the comments.

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The U.S. Postal Service Versus Shub-Niggurath: Robert Bloch’s “Notebook Found in a Deserted House”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

Today we’re looking at Robert Bloch’s “Notebook Found in a Deserted House,” first published in the May 1951 issue of Weird Tales. Spoilers ahead.

[“The mouths was like leaves and the whole thing was like a tree in the wind…”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

How Long Was the “Endless Summer” in The Wheel of Time?

One of the many ways the The Dark One attempts to unmake the world in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series is by influencing the weather. When the series begins an unnaturally long chill has pressed itself over the land, and it is broken only by the emergence of the series’ savior, The Dragon Reborn.

Later on in the series, the world (or at least the part of the world that we see) is beset by an endless summer. Heat pervades, drought persists, and there is no doubt that The Dark One is doing so in an attempt to smother the denizens of the world into submission. The threat is considered so great that the advancing plot of the entire series is eventually called to a halt so that this “endless summer” can be thwarted.

New York City, and really the entire northeastern United States, is still reeling from experiencing the hottest summer in recorded history. This endless steamroom of a season was probably what Rand, Mat, Egwene, and company had to suffer through in The Wheel of Time. While autumn has finally broken what felt like a four month-long heatwave here in NYC: how long did the world of Jordan’s Wheel of Time have to hold out?

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Travel Through Old, Magical New York City with the New Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Trailer!

“Mr. Scamander, do you know anything about the wizarding community in America? We don’t like things loose.”

The Ellen Show has premiered the first look at the full trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, treating us to a tour through 1920s New York City and the suitcase full of magical creatures that cause a ruckus throughout the Big Apple: hatching eggs in the bank, mysterious energy in Times Square, dark magic flowing through the subway. Moreso than the other glimpses of the film, we see these and other classic locales, giving us more a sense of the city into which Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) stumbles with his Pandora’s box of beasts.

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Innumerable Voices: The Short Fiction of Charlotte Ashley

Innumerable Voices is a monthly column profiling short fiction writers and exploring speculative fiction themes in their many permutations. The column will discuss stellar genre work from both fresh and established writers who don’t have short fiction collections or novel-length works, but who actively contribute to anthologies and magazines.Links to magazines and anthologies for each story are available as footnotes. Chances are I’ll discuss the stories at length and mild spoilers will be revealed.

Historically, literature has been the truest playground where any vision can burn brightly in the mind of readers, no matter how complex, fantastical in its nature, and grand of scale. And yet motion pictures and theatre are better suited to capture the velocity of close combat as well as the kinetic energy and dynamic choreography intrinsic to dueling. It’s not impossible for fiction to match these achievements—but in the hands of a lesser writer, duels (or any form of physical altercation) can drone on, hollow and tedious to read, detracting rather than contributing to overall enjoyment. Charlotte Ashley is among the few writers I’ve read who tells a compelling story through her characters’ physicality; quick, precise, and elegant. For Ashley, duels, clashes and physical survival in various manifestations are the heart of the story, which inform the inner lives of her characters and their worlds.

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The City Born Great

In  this standalone short story by N. K. Jemisin, author of The Fifth Season, the winner of this year’s Hugo Award  for Best Novel, New York City is about to go through a few changes. Like all  great metropolises before it, when a city gets big enough, old enough, it  must be born; but there are ancient enemies who cannot tolerate new life.  Thus New York will live or die by the efforts of a reluctant midwife… and  how well he can learn to sing the city’s mighty song.

[Read “The City Born Great” by N. K. Jemisin]

“Mister Doctor?” “It’s Strange.” Watch the New Doctor Strange TV Spot!

“Maybe, who am I to judge?” Mads Mikkelsen’s fabulous-looking villain Kaecilius snarks at the end of this minute-long Doctor Strange teaser. It’s the first bit of humor—awkward, at that—we’ve seen from the movie, and perhaps a good sign that the latest installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe won’t take itself too seriously.

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Rereading Kage Baker’s Company Series: Mendoza in Hollywood, Chapters 25-29

Welcome back to the Kage Baker Company Series Reread! Can you believe we’re already finishing up another novel this week? In today’s post, we’ll cover the final five chapters of Mendoza in Hollywood, so from the end of last week’s post to the end of the novel. I’m not going to separate the commentary by chapter this time because this section focuses exclusively on Mendoza and Edward, rather than skipping around between the different characters and subplots.

All previous posts in the reread can be found on our handy-dandy index page. Important: please be aware that the reread will contain spoilers for the entire series, so be careful if you haven’t finished reading all the books yet!

The soundtrack for this week’s post should really be Joy Division’s She’s Lost Control, but since that’s hardly period-appropriate I’ll go back to El Amor Brujo, which makes a second appearance in this set of chapters.

[Everything would begin again, except sorrow.]

Series: Rereading Kage Baker