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Fri
Oct 24 2014 4:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: David Peterson

David Peterson pop quiz interviewWelcome 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 David Peterson, who holds an M.A. in linguistics from UC San Diego. He’s been creating languages since 2000, and is one of the founders of the Language Creation Society. Perhaps his best known work is with HBO’s Game of Thrones, where he developed the Dothraki language—which fans can now learn with Living Language Dothraki, a guide available from Diversified Publishing. David has also helped create languages for Syfy’s Defiance and Dominion, as well as the CW’s Star-Crossed.

Join us, and learn why cats are clearly the best animals on the planet!

[Me nem nesa.]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 3:30pm

Child of Earth Sweepstakes!

We gave you an excerpt from David Gerrold’s Child of Earth to celebrate the release of twelve of his works as ebooks, and now we want to send you a copy of the book! Visit the alien world of Linnea and get started on the Sea of Grass trilogy right now.

We have three paperback copies of Child of Earth, so comment in the post to enter!

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Fri
Oct 24 2014 3:45pm

Warner Bros Wants a Female Director for Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman movie female director

Last week, Warner Bros laid down the gauntlet by announcing their standalone Wonder Woman movie (in addition to the rest of their DC programming slate), and now they’re upping the ante. A recent article from The Hollywood Reporter said that “Warners also is opting for strong directors, tapping David Ayer (Fury) for Suicide Squad and seeking a female helmer for Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman.”

Makes a lot of sense, now doesn’t it. But who will they choose? The Internet has been buzzing with names like Michelle MacLaren, who directed several Game of Thrones episodes including “The Bear and the Maiden Fair”; The Hurt Locker’s Kathryn Bigelow; and Lexi Alexander, the sole female director of a superhero movie for Punisher War Zone. Ideally, WB will be well-served to find a director who can handle action and violence, while still bringing pathos (and hopefully some humor) to Diana for her standalone film.

Wonder Woman comes to theaters in 2017.

Comic: Hark! A Vagrant

Fri
Oct 24 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “The Reckoning”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: The Reckoning“The Reckoning”
Written by Harry Werksman & Gabrielle G. Stanton and Bradley Thompson & David Weddle
Directed by Jesús Salvador Treviño
Season 6, Episode 21
Production episode 40510-545
Original air date: April 29, 1998
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Sisko holds a meeting to discuss how the war is going, ending it by saying that he, Kira, and Jake are taking a trip to Bajor. They’ve excavated something cool in B’Hala and they want the Emissary to see it.

Ranjen Koral leads the three of them to a cavern that’s beneath the city—apparently there was another settlement 10,000 years prior to B’Hala. After it was abandoned, it was buried by sediment, and B’Hala built over it. They found a tablet that is in a very old form of Bajoran, but Koral, Sisko, and Kira do recognize one phrase: “Welcome, Emissary.”

[“I just had this uncontrollable urge to smash the tablet.” “Oh, I get those urges all the time.”]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 2:00pm
Excerpt

Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution (Excerpt)

Keith DeCandido

Sleepy Hollow Children of the Revolution excerpt Keith R.A. Candido When Ichabod Crane, a soldier from the Colonial Army, is resurrected from his grave more than two centuries after he was killed in battle, he partners with Lieutenant Abbie Mills of the Sleepy Hollow Police Department to fight the evil forces that have taken hold of the town.

It’s a cold day in January, and Ichabod visits Patriots Park for a moment of peace. Instead, he receives a disturbing vision from his wife, Katrina, in which she delivers a cryptic but urgent message: he must retrieve the Congressional Cross that he was awarded by the Second Continental Congress for bravery in action. There’s just one problem: Ichabod was killed before he ever received the medal, and he is unsure where it might be. Together Ichabod and Abbie set out to uncover the mystery of the cross and its connection to George Washington and his secret war against the demon hordes. They soon learn that a coven of witches is also seeking the cross in order to resurrect their leader, Serilda, who was burned at the stake during the Revolutionary War. Now they must locate the cross before the coven can bring back Serilda to exact her fatal revenge on Sleepy Hollow.

Keith R.A. DeCandido’s Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution, the first tie-in novel for the Fox television series, is available now from Crown Publishing.

[Read an excerpt]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 1:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “Coming Over” and “Cheap at the Price”

Before They Are Hanged Joe Abercrombie rereadThe best part of this reread has been the folks commenting. They see things I never would have. This week rather than a clever lead, I want to quote a few things said last week that I thought were particularly insightful.

From Xena Catolica: “The whole time he’s giving Jezal advice on good leadership he’s blatantly not doing that himself & that’s [Abercrombie] drawing our attention to the fact Bayaz has intellectual/theoretical knowledge to match his age, but not the moral mojo to go with it. The disconnect between power and judgment ought to apply to Bayaz like it does to everybody else.”

[More comments and this week’s chapters...]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 12:54pm

9 Harry Potter Halloween Stories We’d Rather See Than Dolores Umbridge

new Harry Potter story Halloween Dolores Umbridge

J.K. Rowling is releasing a new Harry Potter story on Halloween, and apparently the creepiest and/or most holiday-appropriate character she could think of was... Dolores Umbridge.

Yes, Umbridge is the worst—and sure, Rowling makes a good point about her being the only person other than Voldemort to leave a physical scar on Harry—but there are plenty of scares, tricks, or treats we would rather see on Pottermore on October 31.

[Like something—anything—with Colin Creevey]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: The Crippled God, Chapter Twenty-Four (Part Two)

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 part two of chapter twenty-four 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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Fri
Oct 24 2014 11:38am

The Internet’s Favorite Avengers: Age of Ultron Character is... Ultron!

Internet loves Ultron Avengers trailer James Spader sexy voice

Even though we’ve known since SDCC what to expect from the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, once the trailer actually went online earlier this week, fans suddenly realized how much they liked Ultron. Like, really liked him. As in, already shipping Ultron/Tony, or really Ultron/anyone. The robot villain of Joss Whedon’s new film has suddenly become something of a sex symbol.

They’ve also Photoshopped him into some hilarious posters.

[“I’m going to show you something beautiful...”]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 11:55am

Tributaries of Rivers of London

Ben Aaronovitch

You can take the copper out of London—you can take him, to wit, to “a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children”—but you can’t take the London out of urban fantasy’s favourite copper, can you?

Foxglove Summer, the fifth of the bestselling PC Peter Grant series—which began with the wonderful Rivers of London—is, at long last, almost upon us. With the hardcover out hereabouts in early November, news of a tour in support of said text, and the announcement of an upcoming comic based on the books, I borrowed Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel, his partner in sequential art, for a chat about Body Work and beyond.

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Fri
Oct 24 2014 11:00am

The Bloody Books of Halloween: Wurm

Wurm Matthew J CostelloGrady 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???

Matthew J. Costello! He consulted on Titanic! He was a Bram Stoker Award finalist for his 1992 novel Homecoming! He writes children’s television! He writes videogames! He wrote an original prequel for Peter Jackson’s King Kong! And in 1991, between banging out the novelizations for Child’s Play 2 and Child’s Play 3 he published one of the funnest, dumbest, goopiest riffs on Alien I’ve ever read.

Imagine the xenomorph as a giant phallic symbol living in a pineapple under the sea and say it with me in a German accent… Ladies and gentlemen, Wurm.

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Fri
Oct 24 2014 10:30am

Gaming Roundup: Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth Blasts Off This Week

Somewhere along the line, someone decided that Sid Meier’s Civilization—in space—would be a fantastic idea, and... well, they were right. It was an excellent pitch, ripe with possibility if pulled off successfully and billed as a spiritual successor to 1999’s excellent Alpha Centauri. So how did Firaxis Games fare with the much-anticipated Civilization: Beyond Earth?

[“A new beginning for mankind...”]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 10:00am

Between Two Evils: Horns

Horns Daniel Radcliffe

I’ve got to be one of the few Millennials who formed no opinion of Daniel Radcliffe during his Harry Potter years. I never had any interest in the books, and although I know I’ve seen the first HP movie, I couldn’t even begin to guess at what happened (something about owls and Maggie Smith?). It wasn’t until The Woman in Black that I really discovered him for the talent he is. It was a fairly meh horror flick that at least tried to be excellent rather than just settling for lazy scare tactics. But Radcliffe himself was impressive, an anchor in a sea of mediocre dialogue and stellar production design. He blew me away again as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings. Kid’s got some serious acting chops.

Needless to say, I was thrilled to bits to hear he was cast as Ig Perrish in Alexandre Aja’s adaptation of Joe Hill’s Horns (not least of which was because it meant Shia LeBeouf was no longer up for the part). Horns is my favorite thing Hill’s ever crafted, and one of my favorite books in general. With the death of the Locke & Key TV show, I was more eager than ever for a Hill adaptation, particularly one with Radcliffe in the titular role.

[“...you just have to pick the sin you can live with.”]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 9:00am

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Reread: Part 3

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 11 to 16, in which there is a prophecy and Stephen Black and an unexpected room, and I loathe Jonathan Strange’s father with every fiber of my being.

[“It is the easiest thing in the world to turn a review to one’s own ends. One only need mention the book once or twice and for the rest of the article one may develop one’s theme just as one chuses.”]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Jim Henson’s Kitchen Nightmare Babies

Chef Gordon Ramsay has finally met his match! George Takei shared this picture, which we’re assuming was shot during the most important culinary summit of our time. We’re just hoping that Ramsay appreciated the Swedish Chef’s Shredded Wheat and Cranberry Sauce...

Morning Roundup is still to busy watching the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer on a continuous loop to think of much else, but still...links must be gathered and spread! And so, we bring you yet another legacy of the Romans, a list of great modern horror films for your Halloween edification, and a look back at Dragon magazine! 

[Plus, take flight with some Hobbits!]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Marly Youmans

Marly Youmans pop quiz interviewWelcome 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 Marly Youmans, award-winning poet, novelist and short story writer. A native of the Carolinas, Youmans now lives near the mouth of the Susquehanna with her husband and three children. Her latest novel, Glimmerglass, is a stylish, contemporary variation on the Bluebeard legend.

Join us!

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Thu
Oct 23 2014 4:13pm

Christopher Nolan Had to Pick and Choose Which Wormhole Science to Use in Interstellar

Interstellar science wormholes Christopher Nolan Kip Thorne

With just a few weeks left until the release of Interstellar (a.k.a. this year’s Gravity), director Christopher Nolan and the cast sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for a lengthy feature on the film’s development. One thing we learned was that, like Gravity, Interstellar is not 100% scientifically accurate. But rather than have Neil deGrasse Tyson call that out once the movie has hit theaters, Nolan copped to it from the beginning.

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Thu
Oct 23 2014 4:00pm
Excerpt

We Will All Go Down Together (Excerpt)

Gemma Files

We Will All Go Down Together Gemma Files Every family has its monsters...and some are nothing but. In the woods outside Overdeere, Ontario, there are trees that speak, a village that doesn’t appear on any map, and a hill that opens wide, entrapping unwary travellers.

It’s a place most people usually know better than to go, at least locally—until tonight, when five bloodlines mired in ancient strife will finally converge once more. Devize, Glouwer, Rusk, Druir, Roke—these are the clans who make up the notorious Five-Family Coven.

From downtown Toronto to the wilds beyond, where reality’s walls grow thin, dark forces are drawing the Coven’s last heirs to a final confrontation. All are haunted by a ghost beyond any one person’s power to exorcize unless they agree to stand together once more—at least long enough to wreak vengeance upon themselves!

Gemma Files’ short story collection We Will All Go Down Together is available December 31st from ChiZine. Read an excerpt from “Furious Angels” below!

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Thu
Oct 23 2014 3:20pm

Hayley Atwell Beats Up Everyone on the Set of Agent Carter, Mostly on Purpose

Agent Carter, Hayley Atwell

All hail Peggy Carter and her upcoming show where she beats up all the peoples who dare to step on her agency and all-around amazingness. At least, we assume that this is what the show is about given Hayley Atwell’s current Twitter stream, which seems to be a torrential downpour of apologies to the various stunt men and set pieces she has given injury to.

[The best. It is the best.]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 3:00pm

City of Contradictions: Retribution by Mark Charan Newton

Mark Charon Newton Retribution Drakenfeld

The laid-back detective drama of Drakenfeld marked a propitious departure for Mark Charan Newton: an assured move from the weird and sometimes wonderful fantasy with which he had made his name to a tale of mystery and alt-history not dissimilar to C. J. Sansom's Shardlake stories.

But with all-out war in the offing—in large part because of Drakenfeld's discoveries at the end of the text so titled—and a serial killer torturing and slaughtering some of most prominent people in the kingdom of Koton, the darkness of the Legends of the Red Sun series is back; a change of pace Newton paves the way for on the first page of his new book.

“In over thirty years of life, a decade of which has been spent as an Officer of the Sun Chamber,” Lucan Drakenfeld remarks, “the world has long since robbed me of my limitless optimism.” To be sure, he appears a pretty positive protagonist compared to grimdark Princes like this year's Jalan and Yarvi, yet the events of Retribution are still to take their toll—on its hero and, indeed, its reader.

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