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Sun
Feb 1 2015 10:00am

British Fiction Hitlist: Early February New Releases

UK new releases genre fiction

A short month February may be, but it’s not short—not at all—on new books, not least Trigger Warning, the great Neil Gaiman’s first collection of short stories since Fragile Things in 2006.

The next fortnight will also see the release of Guns of the Dawn, a standalone fantasy by Shadows of the Apt’s Adrian Tchaikovsky, and my personal pick of the period: Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia. I can’t put my finger on why, exactly, but I’ve got a good feeling about this one.

Not only, but also: the second volume of The Shattered Sea is almost upon us. Half the World by Joe Abercrombie is only a few weeks away!

This edition of the Hitlist also features new books by Holly Black, Allan Stratton, Naomi Foyle, Chris Evans, Brian McClellan, Jonathan Barnes, Anna Smaill, Myke Cole, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Dave Bara, Emmi Itaranta, Victoria Aveyard, Mark Stay, Arwen Elys Dayton, Oscar de Muriel, Randy Henderson and John Joseph Adams.

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Sun
Feb 1 2015 9:00am

Tor.com is on Hiatus From Short Fiction Submissions Until April

The minds behind Tor.com’s original short fiction program love our slush pile. Some of our favorite fiction has been pulled from the ranks of our unsolicited submissions. Because we take our mission of publishing great fiction by new authors seriously, we have decided to go on hiatus from accepting submissions in order to respond to the large quantity of stories we have on consideration. Tor.com will not be accepting submissions starting February 1st until May 1st.

Sun
Feb 1 2015 7:35am

The 2014 Locus Recommended Reading List

The 2014 Locus Recommended Reading List is out. The list is a consensus by Locus editors and reviewers. Essays by many of these contributors, highlighting their  favorite books and stories, are published in the February issue. 

We are very proud and excited to see fifteen Tor.com stories on the list this year!

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Fri
Jan 30 2015 7:08pm

“I’m Going to Break the Wheel”: Watch the Game of Thrones Season 5 Trailer!

Game of Thrones season 5 trailer

The Game of Thrones season 5 trailer is here! HBO released it today; some audiences saw it over the weekend attached to the IMAX presentations of two season 4 episodes. Now everyone can enjoy all the fighting, intrigue, and mysterious idols being yanked off pyramids.

[Watch the trailer]

Fri
Jan 30 2015 5:00pm

Maisie Williams Would Fight 100 Duck-Sized Sandor Cleganes: Highlights From Her Reddit AMA

Maisie Williams AMA highlights

Maisie Williams—a.k.a. Game of Thrones’ Arya Stark, a.k.a. everyone’s dream BFF—did a Reddit AMA earlier today, and it was every bit as fun and wonderful as you’d imagine. There were plenty of GoT questions (though Maisie deftly avoided season 5 spoilers), plus a few queries about her life, career, and favorite foods.

Click through for the highlights, and check out the full AMA on Reddit!

[Seriously, there was a lot of food mentioned...]

Fri
Jan 30 2015 4:00pm

Fiction Affliction: February Releases in Paranormal Romance

paranormal romance new releases Seventeen new paranormal romance aim to see the furred and fanged crowd through February, including new releases from, among others, Kimberly Frost (Southern Witch), A.C. Arthur (Shadow Shifters), Katie Reus (Moon Shifter), Dakota Cassidy (Accidentals), Anita Clenney (Relic Seekers), Kristen Callihan (Darkest London), and Lynsay Sands (Argeneau).

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.]

Fri
Jan 30 2015 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Strange Bedfellows”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Strange Bedfellows“Strange Bedfellows”
Written by Ronald D. Moore
Directed by Rene Auberjonois
Season 7, Episode 19
Production episode 40510-569
Original air date: April 21, 1999
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Oddly, the only scenes we get in the “last time” bit are the ones that establish that a) Worf and Dax were captured by the Breen and b) the Breen have allied with the Dominion. Worf and Dax are then taken away to a cell, and Damar is introduced to the Breen commander, Thot Gor, who is dismissive of the legate. The female changeling manages to make herself look not-flaky long enough to meet Thot Gor. Damar is very not happy at being kept out of the loop and even less happy that the treaty calls for territorial concessions to be made by Cardassia to the Breen, but doesn’t specify what those concessions are to be. Damar’s also peevish because the Klingons are attacking Septimus III and the Cardassian forces there need reinforcements. Weyoun says he’ll handle it, which he says with all the sincerity of a used-car salesman, and all the specifics of the treaty with the Breen.

[I hate to admit it, but this is doing wonders for my back.]

Fri
Jan 30 2015 2:00pm

Death and Life in a Great American City: City of Savages by Lee Kelly

City of Savages Lee Kelly review Saga Press is Simon & Schuster’s newest imprint, specialising in science fiction and fantasy. Their opening line-up includes well-known names like Genevieve Valentine and Ken Liu. It also includes Lee Kelly’s debut, City of Savages, a novel set in a postapocalyptic future where the island of Manhattan is a prison camp populated by fewer than a thousand people.

It’s been sixteen years since the invasion of New York. For sisters Phee and Sky, the depopulated city is all they’ve known. Their mother, Sarah, doesn’t talk about the past. She especially doesn’t talk about why Rolladin, the New Yorker who’s their prison warden in the absence of the “Red Allies,” treats their family differently from the other prisoners.

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Fri
Jan 30 2015 1:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, The Last Argument of Kings: “Honesty” and “Ghosts”

Joe Abercrombie reread The Last Argument of KingsI told you we were back on schedule!

There are some interesting observations and opinions about Ardee’s character in last week’s comment thread. I’ll only say that I believe strongly that Ardee is one of the most important characters in the series and the ones I believe Abercrombie could execute far better now than he did then. In fact, I can’t help but wonder if Ardee would have been a much more significant player had Abercrombie written this book in today’s climate and with his developing mastery as a writer.

Something to ask when it comes time for the Q&A!

[On to this week’s chapters.]

Fri
Jan 30 2015 12:30pm

Hugs & Misses Sweepstakes!

We want to send you a copy of Wilhelm (a.k.a. Will) Staehle’s Hugs and Misses: 30 Postcards of Awkward Romance from Quirk Books in time for Valentine’s Day!

Hugs & Misses features lovelorn ladies, roguish gentlemen, renegade Cupids, and indecent proposals in the style of Staehle’s Silhouette Masterpiece Theater. Check out our Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe with Staehle here!

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Fri
Jan 30 2015 12:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Are Your Ready for Your Mystery Date with Captain America?

Chris Evans Mystery Date game photo Captain America

When Captain America went plunging into the ice, he wasn’t just missing out on a dance at The Stork Club with Peggy. That glacier is a long way from Secret Beach, where he (going by the codename “Tyler”) was supposed to meet your adolescent self for a Mystery Date. Hat-tip to BuzzFeed for bringing this hilarious before-they-were-famous photo to our attention, though The Backlot actually called this in 2009.

Afternoon Roundup names streets for each member of the Clone Club; marks its calendar for the next few Star Wars movies; and will fight you on who should play Morpheus.

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Fri
Jan 30 2015 12:00pm

Dream Dates: Kelly Link’s Get in Trouble

Get in Trouble Kelly Link review I have long maintained that there are only two kinds of readers: those who are obsessed with Kelly Link’s work, and those who have yet to discover it. If you number among that pathetically bereft latter category, you can console yourself with the thought that the delights that lie in store for you are, quite literally, unimaginable, because there is no possible way any ordinary person can imagine something as rare and strange as a Kelly Link story.

Beloved by her peers and treasured by her readers, Link’s stories serve as portals into worlds both familiar and dazzlingly bizarre, and her latest collection—her first in six years, and her first for adults in nearly a decade—is, if anything, even more assured and wise and fantastically weird than her previous books. Her characters here are, many of them, older and sadder and a little more cynical than in her previous books, but they have lost none of the wicked charm and sleight-of-hand that mark them distinctly as hers.

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Fri
Jan 30 2015 11:31am

Scott Westerfeld’s New Trilogy Will Turn Teen Zeroes Into Superheroes

Zero to Hero Hercules

Simon Pulse announced today that it will publish a new young adult superhero trilogy written by Scott Westerfeld (Afterworlds), Margo Lanagan (The Brides of Rollrock Island), and Deborah Biancotti (A Book of Endings). In a press release, Simon & Schuster shared the title and synopsis for the first book, Zeroes, out later this year. (Above, our concept of what the cover should be. JUST SAYIN'.)

[Who are the Zeroes?]

Fri
Jan 30 2015 11:00am

Song of the Shennachie: The Visitors by Simon Sylvester

The Visitors Simon Sylvester review

A contemporary twist on an old fisherman’s myth complete with an immensely atmospheric setting, a strong yet sympathetic central character and a missing persons mystery that’ll keep you guessing till all is said and done—and then some—The Visitors by Simon Sylvester has everything including the girl going for it.

For all it has to offer, Bancree has seen better days. As a remote island off the coast of Scotland—bleakly beautiful, to be sure, but truly brutal too—it and its inhabitants have been hit hard by the economy’s catastrophic collapse. “There was nothing on the island that wasn’t already dying. Half the houses were for sale. The island population numbered only a few hundred, and that dripped away, year on year.”

Little wonder, as the only booming business on Bancree is whisky, and Lachlan Crane, the son set to inherit the local distillery, is at best “a bully and a womaniser,” and at worst? Well. Time will tell. For him and for Flo.

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Fri
Jan 30 2015 10:30am

Regarding the Relevance of Rushdie

Salman Rushdie Enchantress of Florence

A staggering seven years since his last novel for adults, The Enchantress of Florence, Salman Rushdie—winner of a bunch of Booker Prizes, including the Best Of and the Booker of Bookers—is ready to re-enter the literary fiction fray with a book said to blend “history, mythology and a timeless love story to bring alive a world that has been plunged into an age of unreason.”

Based on the Arabian Nights, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights is “a rich and multifaceted work [inspired by] 2,000 years of storytelling tradition yet rooted in the concerns of our present moment.”

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Fri
Jan 30 2015 10:00am
Excerpt

“The Great Speck” (Excerpt)

Terry Pratchett

Dragons at Crumbling Castle excerpt Terry Pratchett This never-before-published collection of fourteen funny and inventive tales by acclaimed author Sir Terry Pratchett features a memorable cast of inept wizards, sensible heroes, and unusually adventuresome tortoises.

Available February 3rd from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dragons at Crumbling Castle celebrates Pratchett’s inimitable wordplay and irreverent approach to the conventions of storytelling, and includes more than one hundred black-and-white illustrations by Mark Beech.

These accessible and mischievous tales are an ideal introduction for young readers to this beloved author, while established fans of Pratchett’s work will savor the playful presentation of the themes and ideas that inform his best-selling novels. Below, read “The Great Speck,” a story about the tiny people living on a grain of dust.

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Fri
Jan 30 2015 9:30am

“Turn to Page 394, Watson”: Did You Know Alan Rickman Once Played Sherlock Holmes?

Alan Rickman Sherlock Holmes theater photo

We found this gem via Rainbow Rowell’s Tumblr: A photo from a 1976 production of Sherlock Holmes at the Birminghan Repertory Theatre in Birmingham, England. And who is that young, acerbic detective? Why, a 30-year-old Alan Rickman before he was famous.

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Fri
Jan 30 2015 9:00am

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Reread: Part 14

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell 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 finishes JS&MN with chapters 65-69, but does not itself conclude, as we will cover The Ladies of Grace Adieu for dessert.

[“Briefly, the snow and the shadows seemed to form a picture of a thin, dark man in a greatcoat and boots. The next moment the illusion was gone.”]

Fri
Jan 30 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Don’t Miss the Left Turn at Minas Morgul!

Frodo Google Map

Frodo and Sam would have had a much easier time if Middle-earth had Google Maps! They probably would have been given more options for their trip, too, rather than just having to rely on Gandalf and Strider. Maybe Waze would have warned them about the goblins in the mines of Moria? mbingcrosby posted this map on reddit, you can see a larger, zoomable version here!

Morning Roundup brings you the passing of a ghost-torch, reading suggestions from Kelly Link, and a whole constellation of fashion!

[Plus a fantastic easter egg in Agent Carter!]

Thu
Jan 29 2015 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: February Releases in Paranormal/Urban Fantasy and Horror

new releases urban fantasy Thirty-five new releases in these mega-genres make your valentine all furry and fanged, including new series titles from, among others, Kait Ballenger (Execution Underground), Kathleen Tierney (Siobhan Quinn), Jaye Wells (Prospero’s War), J.D. Robb (In Death), Kylie Chan (Celestial Battle), and Bob Mayer (Area 51).

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.]