Selfies September 17, 2014 Selfies Lavie Tidhar Smile for the camera. When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami September 16, 2014 When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami Kendare Blake A Goddess Wars story As Good As New September 10, 2014 As Good As New Charlie Jane Anders She has three chances to save the world. Tuckitor’s Last Swim September 9, 2014 Tuckitor’s Last Swim Edith Cohn A hurricane is coming.
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September 18, 2014
Cast As Thou Wilt: Kushiel’s Dart Dream Cast
Natalie Zutter
September 17, 2014
How Goldfinger Bound Sci-Fi to James Bond
Ryan Britt
September 15, 2014
Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Servant of the Empire, Part 1
Tansy Rayner Roberts
September 13, 2014
If You Want a Monster to Hunt, You’ll Get It. Doctor Who: “Listen”
Chris Lough
September 11, 2014
The Ghostbusters are an Antidote to Lovecraft’s Dismal Worldview
Max Gladstone
Sep 20 2014 10:30am

Lowball: A Wild Cards Novel Sweepstakes!

It’s George R.R. Martin’s birthday, and we want to send you a galley of Lowball, out on November 4th, to celebrate! Edited by Martin and Melinda Snodgrass, Lowball is the latest mosaic novel in the acclaimed Wild Cards universe, featuring original fiction by Carrie Vaughn, Ian Tregilis, David Anthony Durham, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Mary Anne Mohanraj, David D. Levine, Michael Cassutt, and Walter John Williams.

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.

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Sep 20 2014 10:00am

George R. R. Martin: The Rock Star of Genre Fiction

George R R Martin Art by David A. JohnsonOn this day 66 years ago, George Raymond Martin (the second R, for Richard, was added by him at his Confirmation) was born in Bayonne, New Jersey. As a child, between writing monster stories for the local kids (at a nickel a story), sending away “sticky quarters” for the earliest comic fanzines, and taking care of the turtles—which were the only pets he was allowed in the projects—George R.R. Martin dreamed of far-off places.

The Kill van Kull could be seen outside his window, ships constantly flowing up and down, and he would learn what countries the flags they flew represented and he would imagine what it was like to sail away to distant nations. That hunger for unseen vistas has served him well over the years as he went from fan to pro to... well, there’s nothing else for it but to say that he’s now at rockstar-like levels of fame.

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Sep 19 2014 5:00pm

The Horrifying Truth About the Matt Smith Years of Doctor Who

Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Amy and Rory, Doctor Who

We found this on Tumblr, and now we cannot un-think it, and it hurts.

[Don’t say we didn’t warn you.]

Sep 19 2014 4:30pm

Fear City Sweepstakes!

Rage, terror, and redemption: these are the stones upon which F. Paul Wilson builds the concluding chapter of Repairman Jack: The Early Years, the prequel trilogy focusing on the formative years of Wilson's globally popular supernatural troubleshooter.

The strands of Jack's life, established in the first two books, Cold City and Dark City, are now woven into a complete pattern in Fear City, out from Tor Books November 11, and we want to send you a galley now!

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Sep 19 2014 4:00pm

The Younger Gods (Excerpt)

Michael R Underwood

Michael Underwood The Younger Gods excerpt Jacob Greene was a sweet boy raised by a loving, tight-knit family… of cultists. He always obeyed, and was so trusted by them that he was the one they sent out on their monthly supply run (food, medicine, pig fetuses, etc.).

Finding himself betrayed by them, he flees the family’s sequestered compound and enters the true unknown: college in New York City. It’s a very foreign place, the normal world and St. Mark’s University. But Jacob’s looking for a purpose in life, a way to understand people, and a future that breaks from his less-than-perfect past.

When his estranged sister arrives in town to kick off the apocalypse, Jacob realizes that if he doesn’t gather allies and stop the family’s prophecy of destruction from coming true, nobody else will…

The Younger Gods, available October 13th from Simon and Schuster, is the start of a new series from author Michael R. Underwood. Read an excerpt below!

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Sep 19 2014 3:48pm

Supergirl TV Series Takes Flight With CBS!

Rumor no longer: Supergirl is coming to TV! CBS has given a full series commitment to Greg Berlanti’s hour-long drama based on Superman’s Kryptonian cousin Kara Zor-El, a twenty-something who decides to embrace her super destiny. Finally, the superhero boys’ club of primetime TV will have a lady representing!

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Sep 19 2014 3:05pm

Lou Anders Leaving Prometheus Books

According to a Publisher's Weekly announcement, Lou Anders—editorial director and art director of Prometheus's Pyr imprint—will be leaving the company. He has been with the imprint since its inception 10 years prior, but now plans to dedicate his time to being a novelist. His first book, Frostborn, was just released this August.

Rene Sears will be rejoining Pyr as the interim editor in Anders' absence. We wish both of them good luck in their endeavors!

Sep 19 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Who Mourns for Morn?”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Who Mourns for Morn?“Who Mourns for Morn?”
Written by Mark Gehred-O’Connell
Directed by Victor Lobl
Season 6, Episode 12
Production episode 40510-536
Original air date: February 4, 1998
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Morn has gone away on business for two weeks, and so Quark has replaced him with a hologram. It’s better for business if customers see Morn in his usual place at the bar, and the last time he was away from the station for an extended time, profits were down 5%. The hologram isn’t interactive, as that would be more expensive—besides, Quark prefers this version, as the real Morn just never shuts up.

Sisko and Dax enter the bar, taken aback by the sight of Morn, and relieved when told it’s not really him, as they just got a report that his transport was caught in an ion storm, and Morn was killed.

[“What is that smell?” “Your inheritance: Livanian beets. Very ripe.”]

Sep 19 2014 2:00pm

Summer of Sleaze: Ray Russell’s Incubus

Ray Russell Incubus

Summer of Sleaze is 2014’s turbo-charged trash safari where Will Errickson of Too Much Horror Fiction and Grady Hendrix of The Great Stephen King Reread plunge into the bowels of vintage paperback horror fiction, unearthing treasures and trauma in equal measure.

Here we’ve reached the Summer of Sleaze’s final chapter, mere days before the beginning of autumn. For this last part I present one of my sleazier favorites of the 1970s, a bit of salaciousness called Incubus, first published in hardcover in 1976—yes, hardcover! Fancy.

Author Ray Russell (b. Chicago, 1929; d. LA, 1999) may not be a familiar name to you, but you’ll appreciate his credentials: as an editor and contributor to Playboy magazine from the 1950s to the late 1970s, he brought to that esteemed publication authors like Kurt Vonnegut, Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Robert Bloch, as well as the writings of one Charles Beaumont, the all-too-soon-late scribe who contributed so much to the horror genre, most notably through episodes of “The Twilight Zone” and screenplays for some of those Roger Corman Poe flicks from the ’60s.

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Sep 19 2014 1:37pm

Why Of Course Peter Capaldi Dropped Acid With Craig Ferguson Long Ago

Peter Capaldi Craig Ferguson band

We knew that Craig Ferguson and current Doctor Peter Capaldi were in a punk band together when they were young, but Ferguson spilled some more to fellow late-night host Seth Meyers the other night.

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Sep 19 2014 1:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “Scars” and “Furious”

Before They Are Hanged Joe Abercrombie reread This week’s chapters hold more stuff than usual, stuffed full of world building in “Scars” and laden with a most intriguing character shift in “Furious.” Remember, this reread does not contain spoilers in the text itself, but I strongly encourage them in the comments. Go nuts.

This week in particular I’d love to see some speculation on Tolomei. What do folks think her story is? Are there any details I’ve missed so far? Educate me rereaders!

 On to this week’s chapters!

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Sep 19 2014 12:48pm

The Deadpool Movie Is Finally Happening and Has a Release Date

Deadpool movie release date

Remember that time we glimpsed the Deadpool test footage and it was everything we wanted from a Deadpool movie? The Internet’s overwhelmingly positive reaction has translated to action: Variety reports that Fox and Marvel have slotted a Deadpool movie for February 12, 2016!

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Sep 19 2014 12:30pm

Check Out the Cover to John Scalzi’s The End of All Things, the Sequel to The Human Division

John Scalzi The End of All Things John Harris Old Man's War

The “second season” of The Human Division has a title! And more art by John Harris!

The End of All Things by John Scalzi is slated for release next year and has been in the planning stages since the successful serialization of The Human Division back in 2013. Specific plans for the release and number of episodes for The End of All Things have yet to be finalized.

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Sep 19 2014 12:00pm

“WCKD is Good,” But The Maze Runner is Bad

The Maze Runner movie review

What does The Maze Runner want to be? At first glance it seems like a dystopian update of Lord of the Flies, with its society of adolescent males fending for themselves in a (fabricated) wilderness. But it lacks that book’s balls. Is the titular maze, which the boys must navigate to find their way out, supposed to be an elevated response to The Hunger Games’ arena? Because Catching Fire raised those stakes with their tick-tock-it’s-a-clock arena. Is this a futuristic tale of torturing training scrappy little smarties because they’re our future, à la Divergent? Because let me tell you now, you won’t be invested enough in this film to care what kind of future the stars are supposed to be saving.

This dystopian world (based on James Dashner’s book of the same name) is too jumbled to retain any sense of structure—ironic, for a story about a maze penning in the protagonists. Many narrative elements from Dashner’s series are lost in translation, making for a movie that seems to suffer from an identity crisis.

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Sep 19 2014 11:00am

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Peter Watts

Peter Watts pop quiz interview Welcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Peter Watts, a biologist and science fiction writer. His first book, Starfish, was a New York Times Notable Book, while his sixth, Blindsight—a philosophical rumination on the nature of consciousness with an unhealthy focus on space vampires—has become a core text in diverse undergraduate courses ranging from philosophy to neuropsych, and is rumored to have ended up in the occasional Real Neuro Lab. His latest novel, Echopraxia, is available now from Tor Books. Read an excerpt here on!

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Sep 19 2014 10:00am

Terry Gilliam Grabs Life by the Lapels and Demands Answers in The Zero Theorem

Terry Gillaim Cristoph Waltz Zero Theorum review

The Zero Theorem is the first screenplay from UCF writing professor Pat Rushin. It was in the running for Project Greenlight, and spent a decade shuffling around a production company and being rewritten, and each of the main roles has been cast multiple times—all of which removes it a bit from the more personal, auteurist Gilliam ventures. Having said all that, this is still a Terry Gilliam film, and we should all cherish it as we would a starving, bedraggled unicorn that stumbled up onto our porch one morning, looking for ambrosia.

If you like Gilliam even a little bit you should run out to see this movie if it’s playing anywhere near you—there are astonishing visuals, actors gleefully doing things they’d never get to do with any other director, giant thinky-thoughts, and lots of conversations about the meaning of life, or lack thereof, or irrelevance of the question. If you want more details click through, and if you wants some spoilery discussion of the meaning of the film—or lack thereof, or irrelevance of the question—there will be that below a spoiler line.

[And anyway, shouldn’t it be The Zero Conjecture?]

Sep 19 2014 9:00am

Angels and Ending: Jay Lake’s Last Plane to Heaven

Jay Lake Last Plane to Heaven The title story in Jay Lake’s Last Plane to Heaven: The Final Collection is about a girl who falls from the sky... and into the hands of those who see her, first and foremost, as a possible military asset. To that end, a team of mercenaries in the South Gobi desert is tasked with (really, blackmailed into) assessing her combat-readiness. Perhaps not surprisingly, this doesn’t end well for Team Free World.

“Last Plane to Heaven: A Love Story” is something of a tough love opener: it’s not without flashes of sweetness, but the mercenary at its core is rough-edged, unpleasant and at the end of his proverbial rope. The bleak backdrop of Outer Mongolia, vividly evoked in Lake’s always-precise prose, adds to the sense of menace in this piece. As an entry point into the book, it makes a definitive statement: these tales wind a path through places of shadow and fire.

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Sep 19 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: There’s Something Familiar About This Unlicensed Costume Accessory...

Do you love the concept of being a mother to dragons, but don’t necessarily agree with Danaerys’ militaristic tendencies? Good news, because redditor N3RDS_FTW has an oddly specific Halloween costume just for you! Don’t worry, Medieval Dragon Mother is definitely a thing that totally existed during the Middle Ages, and thus is an acceptable costume that all of your friends will recognize and enjoy.

Alternately, you could just go as Generic Fantasy Author.

Morning Roundup brings you more Game of Thrones cosplay, a fractious overview of Terry Gilliam’s career, and interactive Cliffs Notes for Interstellar!

[Plus an homage to the sweetest of all sweet rides!]

Sep 18 2014 5:00pm

Dungeon World Puts Narrative First

Dungeon World is having a very real, meaningful impact on how I look at games, and how I look at my game.

I’m a big believer in cross-product, system-neutral play, which is to say that I encourage everyone to steal from every game they own when building a campaign or creating an adventure. If the mechanical crunch doesn’t work, ignore it and take the story ideas or abstract rule concepts that you like. If flavor and genre don’t match, use the mechanical parts you like and just reskin the rest. I’ll use Pathfinder’s GameMastery Guide to roll up a random location for my World of Darkness game just as easily as I’ll repurpose the time travel rules from Transdimensional TMNT with a heaping serving of cosmic horror for my Great Race of Yith themed Call of Cthulhu mini-series.

No matter what, I’m always on the lookout for the next mechanical innovation to inspire my own homebrew campaign; last time is was Mouse Guard’s Trait system, and those are now being tempered by Dungeon World’s similar Tags and complications. I like this game enough to...already be thinking about how I could rebuild it from the ground up to suit my play style.

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Sep 18 2014 3:30pm

Moffat Admits Clara Oswald Was “Not A Participant” in Her Own Story Until Season 8 of Doctor Who

Clara Oswald, Doctor Who, Jena Coleman

Clara Oswald seems to be getting her due this season on Doctor Who, with more agency, her own personal storyline outside her orbit of the Doctor, and a far clearer picture of her character. And it would seem that Steven Moffat is ready to admit that she wasn’t done right by in the previous season, if a recent interview in Doctor Who Magazine is anything to go by...

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