A Kiss with Teeth October 29, 2014 A Kiss with Teeth Max Gladstone Happy Halloween. This Chance Planet October 22, 2014 This Chance Planet Elizabeth Bear We are alone, except for the dog. Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza October 15, 2014 Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza Carrie Vaughn A Wild Cards story. The Girl in the High Tower October 14, 2014 The Girl in the High Tower Gennifer Albin A Crewel story.
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Oct 31 2014 4:39pm

The Annihilation Movie Brings On Ex Machina Director Alex Garland

Annihilation movie director Alex Garland Jeff VanderMeerParamount has signed a director for its adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation: Alex Garland, whose directorial debut Ex Machina has gotten some attention lately. Variety reports that Garland—who also wrote 28 Days Later and Sunshine—will adapt the script and direct. Producer Scott Rudin acquired the rights in 2013.

Annihilation is the first book of VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, about a scientific expedition into the closed-off Area X, long since reclaimed by nature and filled with lethal mysteries that have ruined the previous eleven expeditions. Read our review, and an interview with VanderMeer in which he discusses just how alien our world is.

Oct 31 2014 4:30pm

Fiction Affliction: Genre-Benders for November

Fiction Affliction genre benders novemberThirteen books reach across the aisle to bridge genre impasse this month, including new releases from, among others, Eric Flint (1636/Assiti Shards), Tanya Huff (Gale Women), Sarah Zettel (Palace of Spies), Meljean Brook (Iron Seas), Angus Donald (Outlaw Chronicles), and Jenna Black (Replica Trilogy). Also look for the third in the cross-genre Dangerous Women anthology series edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner R. Dozois.

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

[Read about this month’s releases.]

Oct 31 2014 4:00pm

Lowball (Excerpt)

Michael Cassutt and David Anthony Durham

Lowball Wildcards excerpt Decades after an alien virus changed the course of history, the surviving population of Manhattan still struggles to understand the new world left in its wake. Natural humans share the rough city with those given extraordinary—and sometimes terrifying—traits.

While most manage to coexist in an uneasy peace, not everyone is willing to adapt. Down in the seedy underbelly of Jokertown, residents are going missing.

The authorities are unwilling to investigate, except for a fresh lieutenant looking to prove himself and a collection of unlikely jokers forced to take matters into their own hands—or tentacles. The deeper into the kidnapping case these misfits and miscreants get, the higher the stakes are raised.

Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and acclaimed author Melinda M. Snodgrass, Lowball is the latest mosaic novel in the acclaimed Wild Cards universe—available November 4th from Tor Books! Perfect for old fans and new readers alike, Lowball delves deeper into the world of aces, jokers, and the hard-boiled men and women of the Fort Freak police precinct in a pulpy, page-turning novel of superheroics and mystery. Below, read an excerpt featuring Michael Cassutt’s “The Big Bleed” and David Anthony Durham’s “Those About to Die...”

[Read an Excerpt]

Oct 31 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Valiant

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: ValiantValiant
Written by Ronald D. Moore
Directed by Michael Vejar
Season 6, Episode 22
Production episode 40510-546
Original air date: May 6, 1998
Stardate: 51825.4

Station log: Quark’s is overwhelmed because the drinks replicator is down. Quark submitted an emergency report to O’Brien, who passed it on to Rom, who passed it on to Nog. However, it isn’t Nog who shows up to fix it, it’s Dax, who owes Nog a favor and so is covering for him while he takes a trip to Ferenginar by way of Starbase 257 on the runabout Shenandoah. Nog is delivering a diplomatic pouch from the Federation Council to the Grand Nagus. Jake is along for the ride—allegedly to see Ferenginar, but he soon reveals that he’s angling for an exclusive interview with Zek.

[We’re Red Squad, and we can do anything!]

Oct 31 2014 2:45pm

Take the Creepiest Turing Test with the Ex Machina Trailer

Ex Machina trailer Domhnall Gleeson artificial intelligence Oscar Isaac Turing test

When we think about Turing tests, we usually ponder the machines whose artificial behaviors and insights are supposed to fool us into thinking they’re human. We don’t often think about the humans on the other side of those interactions. But in Ex Machina, writer/director Alex Garland turns the Turing test into an ominous, quasi-erotic thriller.

[Watch the trailer]

Oct 31 2014 2:30pm

Penguin Classics Halloween Sweepstakes!

Halloween is here, and we want to give you a pair of spooky classics to celebrate! Two lucky winners will receive The Penguin Book of Witches by Katherine Howe and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories by Washington Irving, with an introduction by historian Elizabeth Bradley!

Both authors stopped by to take our Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Elizabeth Bradley told us why she’s terrified of wax museums, and Katherine Howe revealed the details of her Hester Prynne Halloween costume. Howe also chatted with our own Ay-leen the Peacemaker about the history of the English and North American witchcraft trials.

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Oct 31 2014 2:30pm

Should-Have-Been: Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge

Black Dog Hellhound Chronicles Caitlin Kittredge The first in a fresh urban fantasy series, Black Dog by Caitlin Kittredge introduces readers to Ava—a hellhound who collects souls for a reaper, who is a sort of loan shark for demons—and her world. As the novel opens, Ava is under the thumb of her reaper, collecting overdue human souls; however, as the flap copy says, “when a human necromancer convinces her to steal her reaper’s Scythe, Ava incurs the wrath of the demon Lilith, her reaper’s boss.”

But Ava is involved in a plot that’s been going for a long, long time—longer than she could imagine—and as the politics of Hell and the Kingdom of Heaven become inextricably tangled up in her afterlife, she’ll have to find a way to keep surviving and staying one step ahead of her enemies.

[A review.]

Oct 31 2014 2:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Martha Wells

Martha Wells pop quizWelcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on Tor.com featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Martha Wells, author of over a dozen science fiction and fantasy novels, including the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as a number of short stories and nonfiction articles. Her books have been published in seven languages. In Stories of the Raksura: Volume One—available now from Night Shade Books—Wells returns to her Books of the Raksura series with two new novellas.

Join us!

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Oct 31 2014 1:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “To the Edge of the World” and “Before the Storm”

Before They Are Hanged Joe Abercrombie rereadThunder and lightning kept me awake all night. Nature is a powerful thing. It can make you feel small and vulnerable. I imagine it’s a lot how Jezal, Logen, and Ferro felt sitting between Bayaz and Cawneil this week, or Colonel West between General Poulder and Kroy. In both cases the experienced ones, the ones who should know best, are squabbling like children, putting the responsibility for acting like an adult in the hands of the less capable.

Abercrombie might be playing once again with the trope of wizened experience that’s often present in fantasy, but I think it’s far more likely that instead he’s offering the idea that doing things as they’ve always been done is hardly a recipe for success. Perhaps instead he’s making a comment on his own work, which is clearly not doing fantasy as its always been done.

Food for thought.

[This week’s chapters...]

Oct 31 2014 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: The Crippled God, Chapter Twenty-Four (Part Four) and Epilogues I & II

Malazan Crippled God rereadWelcome to the Malazan Reread of the Fallen! Every post will start off with a summary of events, followed by reaction and commentary by your hosts Bill and Amanda (with Amanda, new to the series, going first), and finally comments from Tor.com readers. In this article, we’ll cover the end of chapter twenty-four, plus epilogues I and II of The Crippled God.

A fair warning before we get started: We’ll be discussing both novel and whole-series themes, narrative arcs that run across the entire series, and foreshadowing.

Note: The summary of events will be free of major spoilers and we’re going to try keeping the reader comments the same. A spoiler thread has been set up for outright Malazan spoiler discussion.

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Oct 31 2014 11:30am

Worlds Apart: Riding the Unicorn by Paul Kearney

Paul Kearney Riding the Unicorn

The third of three resplendent reissues of Northern Irish author Paul Kearney’s very earliest efforts completes the sinuous circle described in his dreamlike debut, A Different Kingdom. Riding the Unicorn is a darker fiction by far—it’s about the abduction of a man who’s likely losing his mind by the conniving by-blow of a hateful High King—but it’s as brilliant a book as it is brutal, not least because our hero, Warden John Willoby, is a horrible human being; fortunate, in fact, to find himself on the right side of the cages he keeps his prisoners in.

He has, in the first, a truly terrible temper. To wit, he’s wholly unwelcome in his own home, where his wife and daughter strive each day to stay out of his way. Willoby isn’t an idiot—he’s well aware of their disdain—he just doesn’t give a two bob bit.

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Oct 31 2014 11:24am

Benedict Cumberbatch Graphically Details Just How “Devastating” of a Shag Sherlock Would Be

Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock sex devastating quote

Benedict Cumberbatch knows exactly what he’s doing when he talks about what Sherlock Holmes would be like in bed. Blame (or thank) Elle UK for egging him on in their recent cover story, where the interviewer put forward the notion that Sherlock—as a virgin and a sociopath—would be a bad lay.

Cumberbatch immediately responded that actually, Sherlock would have done meticulous research and prepared so strenuously that he would be “devastating.” And then he went on to explain it in explicit detail that will get you hot. and. bothered.

[Like we need to tell you to read more]

Oct 31 2014 11:17am

Dolores Umbridge Rewrote Her Own History—What We Learn From J.K. Rowling’s New Story

Dolores Umbridge history Harry Potter

Rowling delivered her Halloween story as promised, giving fans more information on Dolores Umbridge (better known as Harry’s fifth year DADA professor, and one of the worst Headmistresses that Hogwarts has ever had). Here is a breakdown of the reveals contained in the story!

Spoilers ahead.

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Oct 31 2014 11:00am

The Bloody Books of Halloween: Anno Dracula by Kim Newman

Anno Dracula Kim Newman

Grady Hendrix, author of Horrorstör, and Will Errickson of Too Much Horror Fiction are digging deep inside the Jack o’Lantern of Literature to discover the best (and worst) horror paperbacks. Are you strong enough to read THE BLOODY BOOKS OF HALLOWEEN???

So now it’s Halloween and you want one read, one that’s scary and smart, entertainingly macabre, a book you simply have to recommend to friends, one in the great tradition of classic horror. And I have just the book for you: Anno Dracula.

Kim Newman’s 1992 novel is one of the most accomplished and thoroughly enjoyable books I’ve read in recent years. It’s big, bold, brazen, showcasing Newman’s prodigious knowledge not only of Draculean lore and legend, but also of 19th century London, Jack the Ripper, Holmesian detection, and British literature both classic and vampiric. With the kind of breathtaking effortlessness that instills burning jealousy in horror-writer hearts everywhere, Newman weaves together the twin nightmare mythologies of real-life monsters Vlad Tepes and Jack the Ripper into a sumptuous whole. “What if Dracula had won?” Newman has posited, and what a cracking yarn that question inspires, a dense yet deftly written 400-page novel in which readers can lose themselves completely.

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Oct 31 2014 10:40am

The Good Wolf

Wolf in the Attic

Next week sees the release of Riding the Unicorn, the third of three resplendent reissues of Paul Kearney’s very earliest efforts. Like A Different Kingdom and The Way to Babylon before it, Riding the Unicorn in enrapturing—and hats off to the folks at Solaris for giving it and its previously out-of-print predecessors space in today’s marketplace, complete with clever new cover art by the fabulous Pye Parr.

“Like Robert Holdstock, Ursula [K.] Le Guin and Philip Pullman, Kearney pushes back the boundaries of what fantasy can actually do,” explains the aforementioned imprint’s Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Oliver. “Yes these stories are strange, yes they are speculative—but they are also very human, and that is what makes Kearney one of the most vital authors in genre.”

And hot on the heels of these repackaged classics comes The Wolf in the Attic: “a poignant and touching story” which marks “an exciting new chapter in Kearney’s career.”

[Read more]

Oct 31 2014 10:30am

Our Favorite Childhood Halloween Costumes!

We here at Tor.com are longtime advocates for All Hallow’s Eve and all the festivities contained therein. But whether your favorite part is the candy, the haunted houses and scary books, the horror movie marathons, or another year spent dancing to “Thriller,” it’s hard to deny that the costumes are what make Halloween special. Especially when you’re a kid.

We were reminiscing this week on our favorite childhood (and a few adult) getups, and thought you might like to do the same!

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Oct 31 2014 10:00am

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Reread: Part 4

Hello, everyone! Welcome back to the reread of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. You can find the full schedule for the reread in the introduction post; catch up on past posts at the reread index; or check out Tor.com’s other posts about this book through its tag.

Please note that these reread posts will contain spoilers for all of JS&MN plus The Ladies of Grace Adieu. There’s accordingly no need to warn for spoilers in the comments—and comments are highly encouraged.

This week, the reread covers chapters 17 through 22, in which we conclude Volume I by finally properly meeting the other title character.

[“Oh! As to that,” said Mr Norrell, scornfully, “I do not care one way or the other. What is the fate of one young woman compared to the success of English magic?”]

Oct 31 2014 9:30am

Everybody Scream! Team Tor.com’s Favorite Halloween Specials and Movies

Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown Peanuts Halloween

There’s an ongoing debate around the Tor.com offices about The Nightmare Before Christmas: which holiday season does it belong to? Does it go better with candy canes and eggnog or a giant bowlful of Halloween candy? Can’t we just watch it all year round? Whichever side of the debate you’re on, there are plenty of other movies and TV specials that have become part of our Halloween ritual every fall. Here are just a few of our favorites: spooky, campy, odd, hilarious, and guaranteed to put you in the Halloween spirit!

[“Beware of ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged beasties and things that go bump in the night!”]

Oct 31 2014 9:00am


David Lubar

This Halloween, Tor.com is proud to present an exclusive reprint of “Morph,” a short story from David Lubar's horror collection Extremities: Stories of Death, Murder, and Revenge (Tor Teen 2014).

When Andy notices a suspicious character preying on Chinatown smugglers, he follows a path that leads him to horrible, life-threatening discoveries.

[Read “Morph,” by David Lubar]