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. Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch October 8, 2014 Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch Kelly Barnhill An unconventional romance.
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Oct 22 2014 4:00pm

The Hero and the Crown (Excerpt)

Robin McKinley

Robin McKinley The Hero and the Crown Aerin is an outcast in her own father’s court, the daughter of the foreign woman who, it was rumored, was a witch, and enchanted the king to marry her.

She makes friends with her father’s lame, retired warhorse, Talat, and discovers an old, overlooked, and dangerously imprecise recipe for dragon-fire-proof ointment in a dusty corner of her father’s library. Two years and many burnt twigs (and a few fingers) later, Aerin is present when someone comes from an outlying village to report a marauding dragon to the king. Aerin slips off alone to fetch her horse, her sword, and her fireproof ointment…

But modern dragons, while formidable opponents fully capable of killing a human being, are small and accounted vermin. There is no honor in killing dragons. The great dragons are a tale out of ancient history. That is, until the day that the king is riding out at the head of an army. A weary man on an exhausted horse staggers into the courtyard where the king’s troop is assembled to announce that Maur, the Black Dragon, has awakened.

On November 18th, Robin McKinley’s Newbery Medal-winning novel The Hero and the Crown will be available for the first time as an ebook from Open Road Media.

[Read an Excerpt]

Oct 23 2014 9:00am

Cover Reveal for Ayize Jama-Everett’s The Liminal War and The Entropy of Bones

John Jennings Liminal War cover art

Next summer Small Beer Press will publish two novels by Ayize Jama-Everett. Jama-Everett self-published his first novel, The Liminal People, in 2010. After mutual friend Nalo Hopkinson recommended he send a copy to me, it was reprinted in January 2012 by Small Beer.

Jama-Everett’s next two novels, The Liminal War and The Entropy of Bones, will be published in May and August 2015 and are set in the same world as The Liminal People. I wanted these covers to show the propulsive energy and world-spanning breadth of the stories. In the meantime, Jama-Everett had begun working on a comic with John Jennings and suggested him for the covers.

[Full cover images and more on the design process below!]

Oct 23 2014 8:30am

Fearie Tales Sweepstakes!

Fearie Tales is a fantastical mix of spellbinding retelling of classic stories such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, and Rumpelstiltskin, along with unsettling tales inspired by other children's classics, all interspersed with the original tales of their inspiration.

These modern masterpieces of the macabre by Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix, Ramsey Campbell, Joanne Harris, Markus Heitz, John Ajvide Lindquist, Angela Slatter, Michael Marshall Smith, and many others, and are illustrated by Oscar-winning artist Alan Lee.

We have five copies, so comment in the post to enter!

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Oct 23 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: We Bring Apathy from the Night’s Plutonian Shore!

Grammarly shared Jim Benton’s frustrated raven, just in time for Halloween! We’re guessing this bird won’t have much useful news regarding the poet’s lost Lenore...

Morning Roundup brings you a Johnny Depp in wolf’s clothing, real estate tips of the damned, and spooooooky reading suggestions!

[plus, nothing goes with s’mores like a good Bill Murray tale!]

Oct 22 2014 2:00pm

Child of Earth (Excerpt)

David Gerrold

Child of Earth David Gerrold When Kaer’s extended family signs up to emigrate to Linnea, a planet known for horses as large as houses and dangerously mistrustful natives, Kaer is certain the move will bring the divided household closer together. What none of them are prepared for is the grueling emigration training in the Linnean dome, a makeshift environment designed to be like Linnea in every possible way, from the long, brutally harsh winters to the deadly kacks— wolf-like creatures as tall as men.

The training is tough, but Kaer’s family is up to the challenge. Soon they begin working like Linneans, thinking like Linneans, even accepting Linnean gods as their own. The family’s emigration seems to be just around the corner. But then a disaster on Linnea itself changes everything.

David Gerrold’s Child of Earth, book one in The Sea of Grass trilogy, is available from BenBella Books. Check out an excerpt below!

[Read an Excerpt]

Oct 22 2014 10:41pm

Watch the First Trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron!

Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer

The first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer is here! It's a week early. Maybe HYDRA leaked it? Good job, Hydra! Click through to watch Ultron rise! It's pretty intense.

[Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer]

Oct 22 2014 5:08pm

Ann Leckie’s Hugo-Winning Ancillary Justice Optioned for Television

Ancillary Justice TV showFans of Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch series will be excited to learn that her Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novel Ancillary Justice has been optioned for television!

Leckie shared the news on her blog, adding in the necessary caveats that “option” doesn’t automatically mean “greenlit.” However, she’s already had at least one talk with the production companies emphasizing how she would like the series to handle gender and race.

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Oct 22 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Fred Venturini

Fred Venturini pop quiz interviewWelcome 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 Fred Venturini, whose short fiction has been published in the Booked Anthology, Noir at the Bar 2, and Surreal South ’13. His story “Gasoline” is featured in Chuck Palahniuk’s Burnt Tongues collection. Fred’s darkly comic superhero tale, The Heart Does Not Grow Back, publishes November 4th from Picador. Read an excerpt from the novel here on!

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Oct 22 2014 4:10pm

Live-Action Static Shock Series Leads Warner Bros’ Digital Programming Slate

Static Shock TV show Warner Bros digital content Blue Ribbon Content

Today Warner Bros unveiled its new digital division, called Blue Ribbon Content, which will release a number of live-action, short-form series across various digital platforms. The programming ranges from a satire series about backstabbing Girl Scouts to several genre picks, including an original horror thriller series and two adaptations of comic book properties.

One of the most interesting projects announced is Static Shock—based on the comic Static, which was originally published through DC Comics’ Milestone Comics, an imprint that promoted greater representation of minority heroes.

[“I put a shock to your system!”]

Oct 22 2014 3:00pm

Who’s Your Daddy? Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “A Hen in the Wolf House”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., season 2, episode 5: Hen in the Wolf House

Yeah! Now this is how you do an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! Whip those plotlines around like a meth-addled Simon Belmont, tangle them up, introduce a Marvel superhero, and convey the emotional conflict from last week more potently in two brief scenes than you did in the entirety of last week’s ignorable episode. “A Hen in the Wolf House” was a lean, energetic installment that moved a ton of plotlines forward while giving almost everyone a moment to shine. And it didn’t even have to include the vampire cow!

[But obviously I’m glad it did.]

Oct 22 2014 1:00pm

Rereading Melanie Rawn: Dragon Prince, Chapters 25 and 26

dragon prince reread melanie rawnWelcome to the weekly Wednesday reread of Dragon Prince! This week Andrade and Pandsala choose sides (or do they?), Sioned and Rohan get out of jail, and the war ramps up, with special bonus moral dilemmas.

Chapter 25

So This Happens: Andrade has a prophetic nightmare about Pandsala and her family, faradhi, and killing with Fire. She wakes on the road, disguised as Pandsala’s servant, and afflicted with Chiana as a stowaway. The news from elsewhere is almost uniformly bad: Tiglath under siege, Tobin and the twins safe in a nearly deserted Stronghold, and no sign of Rohan or Sioned.

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Oct 22 2014 12:30pm

Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy Sweepstakes!

The Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy Hardcover Gift Set is available now from Little, Brown, and we want to send the complete set to one lucky winner! The set includes hardcover copies of Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Days of Blood & Starlight, and Dreams of Gods & Monsters by New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor. (Check out Laini Taylor’s Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe here!)

Comment in the post below to enter!

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Oct 22 2014 12:10pm

Tom Doherty and George R.R. Martin to Be the First Recipients of Brown University Library’s Harris Award

Tom Doherty George R.R. Martin Harris Award Brown University Library

On October 23, the Brown University Library will honor Tor Books president and publisher Tom Doherty and author George R.R. Martin with the first-ever Harris Collection Literary Award. According to the Library, the award (inspired by Brown class of 1838 alumnus Caleb Fiske Harris and his love of the arts) “celebrates the influence of literature in pop culture.”

The evening will begin with a brief awards ceremony, followed by an interview with Doherty and Martin, led by Modern Culture and Media Professor Lynne Joyrich and local author Jon Land (Brown '79), followed by a reception. You can find ticketing information here.

You can also follow along with the event on Twitter with the hashtag #HarrisAward.

Oct 22 2014 12:00pm

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

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 readers. In this article, we’ll cover part one 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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Oct 22 2014 9:00am
Original Story

This Chance Planet

“This Chance Planet” by Elizabeth Bear is a near future science fiction story about a young Russian waitress with ambitions to become an engineer and her musician boyfriend, who wants her to gestate a liver for money so his band can tour. Plus, there’s a dog.

This short story was acquired and edited for by consulting editor Ellen Datlow.

[Read “This Chance Planet” by Elizabeth Bear]

Oct 22 2014 11:00am

Batgirl’s New Creative Team is Already Punching Sexism in the Face — With Science!


I’m a sucker for youthful superheroics of any kind, from the Teen Titans to the Great Saiyaman. But all too often, super-powered kids get written as slightly less verbose adults, with no concern for young people’s actual tastes, tendencies, or—most importantly—problems. The new creators on DC Comics’ Batgirl, on the other hand, are doing a bang-up job portraying college student Barbara Gordon’s hectic life as an academic superstar by day and hip vigilante by night. But what’s coolest of all—besides her kickin’ new outfit—is that Batgirl is finally standing up for modern young women everywhere. And she’s doing it with science.

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Oct 22 2014 10:00am

Fantasy’s Raw Materials: Five Questions with Brian Staveley

The Emperor's Blades Brian Staveley

With The Emperor’s Blades now out in paperback in both the US and the UK, we wanted to check in with author Brian Staveley. We wanted to find out how it feels to have two books out (even if they are the HB and PB of the same book) and interrogate him about his Machiavellian mind! Here is what he said...

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Oct 22 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: We’ve Found the Purrfect Friend for Spot!

Oh god the kitty’s name is Levar Purrton and we can’t handle this it’s just too cute and too perfect and we need to look at something else now.

Morning Roundup has soooo much horror to balance out the cute! We’ve got a definitive list of Horrific Treehouses, the feminist ethos of Resident Evil, and a history of the greatest pea soup movie of the 70s!

[Plus, a real-life Horrorstör!]

Oct 21 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Karen Akins

Karen Akins pop quiz interviewWelcome 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 YA author Karen Akins! When not writing or reading, she loves taking care of her son and hanging out with her husband. And watching Downton Abbey. Karen has been many things in her life: an archery instructor, drummer for the shortest-lived garage band in history, and a shockingly bad tic-tac-toe player. Karen’s debut novel, Loop, is available now from St. Martin’s Press. At a school for time travelers, sixteen-year old Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage... Read an excerpt here on!

Karen may just be the smartest person to have around in our hypothetical SFF duel. Find out why below!

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Oct 21 2014 4:00pm

Cosmic Chaos: Bathing the Lion by Jonathan Carroll

Jonathan Carroll Bathing the Lion

Jonathan Carroll’s first full-length work of fiction in six years is as rooted in the real as it is the surreal its synopsis suggests. Bathing the Lion is about a quintet of cosmic mechanics who can read minds and remake the mundane recovering their talents in advance of the arrival of a fearsome force called Chaos—which seems, I’m sure, like a properly science fictional plot. But it’s not.

To wit, the World Fantasy Award-winning author evidences precious little interest in the ultimate result of this clash between... not good and evil, exactly, but order and its opposite. Rather, Carroll restrains his tale to the strictly small scale, in the process pointedly refusing the reader’s needs.

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