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From The Blog
April 19, 2014
Announcing the 2014 Hugo Award Nominees
Tor.com
April 18, 2014
Wings Gleaming Like Beaten Bronze: Elizabeth Bear’s Eternal Sky Trilogy
Liz Bourke
April 17, 2014
Gaming Roundup: PAX East Edition
Pritpaul Bains and Theresa DeLucci
April 16, 2014
Victorian-era Magical Societies, Telepathy, and Interplanetary Space Travel
Felix Gilman
April 13, 2014
Game of Thrones, Season 4, Episode 2: “The Lion and the Rose”
Theresa DeLucci
Mon
Apr 21 2014 11:00am

Stephen King The Dark Tower

“There they stood, ranged along the hillsides, met
To view the last of me, a living frame
For one more picture! In a sheet of flame
I saw them and I knew them all.”

—Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”

Welcome to A Read of the Dark Tower series. Join me each week as I, Constant Reader, tackle the magnum opus of Stephen King’s career for the first time. If you want to discuss in general terms or talk about these or preceding sections, join me by commenting here.

Last week, we left Roland, Jake, and Oy racing to intercede as Brian Smith barreled his blue minivan down on an unsuspecting Stephen King, Roland drops his gun getting out of the truck being driven by Mrs. Tassembaum, and sorrow is to come.

[Read this week’s post.]

Mon
Apr 21 2014 10:05am

Game of Thrones Breaker of Chains Dany Daenerys

Last week’s Very Special Episode of HBO’s Game of Thrones was a tough act to follow, but “Breaker of Chains” provided only slightly fewer betrayals, Dornish burn victims, and dead kings. Well, actually, the dead king count remained at one. The actor must’ve had a really easy last day of work on set.

What this hour lacked in all of the above, it made up for it with more terrifying cannibals, some very tarnished buried treasure, and another case of non-book readers probably enjoying this episode way more than book-readers.

Episode spoilers after the jump and book spoilers very likely in the comments. Tread carefully.

[Are we sure it’s not called Meth’s Town...]

Mon
Apr 21 2014 10:00am

Sarah Pinborough Murder

Mayhem was “a moody whodunit with an horrific twist, set in London during Jack the Ripper’s red reign.” This was essentially set dressing, however.

Instead of simply reiterating that grisly business, as many such texts have been content to, Sarah Pinborough’s plot revolved around “another real life serial killer, namely the Thames Torso Murderer, and the factual figures who set out to apprehend him,” including Dr Thomas Bond, Police Surgeon, who returns—rather the worse for wear—in Murder.

Spoilers follow immediately for Mayhem, so beware.

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Mon
Apr 21 2014 9:00am
Excerpt
Matthew Reilly

Matthew Reilly Troll Mountain

Check out Matthew Reilly’s Troll Mountain: Episode Three, available April 15th from Momentum Books. This is the last of three serialized ebook releases  this month; head here for excerpts from parts one and two!

Raf’s mission to Troll Mountain is in ruins.

Having penetrated the mountain, only to be caught in the act of stealing the fabled elixir, Raf must now face the trolls’ champion in a fight to the death.

As the trolls gather to watch the fight, Raf watches them closely. If he can somehow survive this fight, his mission may not be over. The final battle for Troll Mountain is about to begin...

[Read an Excerpt]

Mon
Apr 21 2014 8:00am

We hope all those who celebrate had a lovely Easter and/or a lovely Game of Thrones episode! Here are some eggs, courtesy of Forevergeek!

Morning Roundup has some thoughts on free speech, words of hope from Theon Greyjoy, and a lovesong to Bill & Ted!

[And we’ve got a bit of a crush on our new favorite inventor-scientist!]

Sun
Apr 20 2014 2:00pm

The British Science Fiction Association announced the winners for their annual BSFA Awards at Satellite EasterCon today in Glasgow, Scotland. Congratulations to all the winners and nominees!

[2013 BFSA Award Winners]

Sat
Apr 19 2014 3:31pm

WOW, do we have so many people to be proud of!

Squees of joy go out to Tor.com original fiction contributors Charles Stross, Andy Duncan, and Ellen Klages for their Best Novella nominations, Mary Robinette Kowal for her Best Novelette nomination, and Thomas Olde Heuvelt and John Chu for their nominations in the Best Short Story Category.

High fives go out to editor Ellen Datlow for her nomination in the Best Editor - Short Form category and Liz Bourke for her Best Fan Writer nomination! We’d call you up to congratulate you but all you’d hear is us going “EEEEEEE!”

Wide-eyed wonder also goes out to Tor Books editor and Tor.com contributing editor Liz Gorinsky for her nomination in the Best Editor - Long Form category and to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series for its nomination in the Best Novel category! (Here’s more info on the rules behind that nomination.)

To celebrate, we've rounded up our nominated works for your reading convenience. Below you'll find each of our stories, along with their artwork, a brief description, and a link to the page where you can read our stories for free. Congratulations again to all our nominated authors!

[Read our Hugo Finalist Stories]

Sat
Apr 19 2014 3:30pm

2014 Hugo Award nomineesThe nominees for the 2014 Hugo Awards have been announced and we are feeling galaxies of pride at the Tor.com and Tor Books nominees on the list.

Congratulations to all the 2014 nominees! Check out the full list below, including the Retro 1939 Hugo Award nominees announced this evening.

[2014 Hugo nominees]

Sat
Apr 19 2014 10:30am

Twenty years after the elemental conflict that nearly tore apart the cosmos in The Saga of Seven Suns, a new threat emerges from the darkness. The human race must set aside its own inner conflicts to rebuild their alliance with the Ildiran Empire for the survival of the galaxy.

In Kevin J. Anderson’s The Dark Between the Stars, out on June 3rd, galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and factions of humanity are pitted against each other. Heroes rise and enemies make their last stands in the climax of an epic tale seven years in the making.

We want to send you a galley right now. Check below for the rules!

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Fri
Apr 18 2014 4:00pm
Excerpt

Paul Cornell The Severed Streets

Detective Inspector James Quill is back in Paul Cornell’s The Severed Streets—a police procedural tinged with fantasy—available May 20th from Tor Books!

Desperate to find a case to justify the team’s existence, with budget cuts and a police strike on the horizon, Quill thinks he’s struck gold when a cabinet minister is murdered by an assailant who wasn’t seen getting in or out of his limo. A second murder, that of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, presents a crime scene with a message identical to that left by the original Jack the Ripper.

The new Ripper seems to have changed the MO of the old completely: he’s only killing rich white men. The inquiry into just what this supernatural menace is takes Quill and his team into the corridors of power at Whitehall, to meetings with MI5, or ‘the funny people’ as the Met call them, and into the London occult underworld. They go undercover to a pub with a regular evening that caters to that clientele, and to an auction of objects of power at the Tate Modern.

[Read an excerpt]

Fri
Apr 18 2014 4:50pm

Godzilla movie

Only 30 seconds and we get to know who our human surrogates are and we get a clear look at the Thunder Lizard his/her/itself! Take a gander at the new TV spot for the Godzilla movie coming in May.

[Roarrrrr!]

Fri
Apr 18 2014 4:30pm

We gave you an early look at The Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke this week, and now we want to send you the out-of-this-world graphic novel, out from First Second on May 13th! Be the first to get your hands on Zita’s third and final adventure as she faces her biggest challenge yet: plotting the galaxy's greatest jailbreak before the evil prison warden can execute his plan of interstellar domination!

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Fri
Apr 18 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Body Parts“Body Parts”
Written by Louis P. DeSantis & Robert J. Bolivar and Hans Beimler
Directed by Avery Brooks
Season 4, Episode 24
Production episode 40514-497
Original air date: June 10, 1996
Stardate: 49930.3

Station log: Quark is back from two weeks on Ferenginar with some pretty awful news from his annual insurance physical: he has Dorek Syndrome, which is incurable, and he’ll be dead in a few days. It’s very rare, afflicting only one in five million Ferengi—Quark comments morbidly that he finally beat the odds. Rom is beside himself, suggesting he get a second opinion from Bashir, but Quark dismisses the notion. How good a doctor can he be when he doesn’t even charge?

Quark’s biggest concern is the paying off of his debts so he can get into the Divine Treasury after death. Rom suggests selling his vacuum-desiccated remains on the futures market. Quark doesn’t think anyone will buy, as he considers himself a joke. Rom’s assurances that he’s a pillar of the community and an important businessman on the station fall on deaf (if very large) ears, because the only opinions Quark cares about are those of other Ferengi. To them, he’s just small-time, but he doesn’t have any other way of paying off his debts, so he goes ahead and puts his body up for sale.

[“I thought you were going to break the contract!” “What are the key words there? ‘You thought’.”]

Fri
Apr 18 2014 2:10pm

Harry Potter, Hermione, Ron Ginny Weasley, Quidditch World Cup

After giving some info on the history of Quidditch over at Pottermore recently, J.K. Rowling is at it again—a new section of the website has appeared for the Daily Prophet, the U.K.'s primary wizarding newspaper. What's intriguing is the content available via the publication: coverage of this year's Quidditch Cup from Ginny Potter (née Wealsey).

[More info]

Fri
Apr 18 2014 2:00pm

The Forever Watch David Ramirez review

No one on the Noah knows how or why or when the Earth went to hell—only that it did, and if humanity is to stand the slightest chance of surviving, the monolithic generation ship that these several thousands souls call home for the moment must succeed in its ambitious mission: to populate the planet Canaan.

Even the best laid plans have a habit of unravelling, however, and 800 years yet from its eventual destination, unrest is on the rise aboard the Noah.

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Fri
Apr 18 2014 1:00pm

Eternal Sky Elizabeth Bear

“Better a storm crow than a carrion bird.”

–Range of Ghosts, Elizabeth Bear

This is not a review. The Powers That Be here at Tor.com have asked me to write about Elizabeth Bear’s Eternal Sky trilogy as a whole now that it’s available in its entirety for your reading pleasure. Because I love it, you see. I love it so much, now that it is done, that the small criticisms I may have had for the middle book fade into insignificance: it has the kind of conclusion that raises up everything that has gone before, that adds fresh meanings to previous events in the light of new knowledge, new developments, new triumphs and griefs.

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Fri
Apr 18 2014 12:00pm

Welcome 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 chapter nineteen of Dust of Dreams.

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
Apr 18 2014 11:00am

In all likelihood you’ve heard of both God’s War by Kameron Hurley and Tome of the Undergates by Sam Sykes. Both were debut novelists with big pushes among the online community due in no small part to each author’s interesting social media persona. They were, in their moment, the kinds of titles that everyone talked about. They appeared on dozens of blogs and have managed long tails when it comes to name recognition. Hurley’s God’s War slightly more so due to her delayed release in the United Kingdom and a number of significant award nominations.

But despite the early successes of these authors, their second and third novels seem to have fallen into the black chasm of no one cares.

[But why?]

Fri
Apr 18 2014 10:00am

Shardblade Val Alston Brandon Sanderson Stormlight Archive

During Brandon Sanderson’s book tour for Words of Radiance, super-fan Val Alston traveled from Mexico to attend a signing event at The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, Arizona in order to meet the author and present him with this amazing homemade Shardblade!

We reached out to Val to get the full scoop on the design and creation of the Shardblade, and he was nice enough to share his story. Check out Val’s process below, including some in-progress photos!

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Fri
Apr 18 2014 9:00am

In the folklore of various cultures and ancient civilizations, rabbits have represented a kind of Trickster figure; in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean mythology, rabbits live on the moon. The Aztecs worshipped a group of deities known as the Centzon Totochtin, a group of 400 hard-partying rabbits who were the gods of drunkenness, and in a slightly more recent mythos, bunnies were the bête noir of a certain thousand-year-old former vengeance demon.

As we head into the weekend, I’d like to take a minute to pay tribute to some of the more memorable bunnies and assorted rabbit-like creatures who have hopped, time-traveled, and occasionally slaughtered their way through science fiction and fantasy, beginning (in no particular order), with everybody’s favorite hard-drinking, invisible lagomorph….

[Follow me down the SFF rabbit hole]