Wesley Chu Prize Pack Sweepstakes!

Wesley Chu’s latest novel, The Rise of Io, is out October 4th from Angry Robot. (You can read the first chapter here.) The book is set in the same world as Chu’s Lives of Tao series—and we want to send you a set of all four books set in that world!

Ella Patel—thief, con-artist and smuggler—is in the wrong place at the wrong time. One night, on the border of a demilitarized zone run by the body-swapping alien invaders, she happens upon a man and woman being chased by a group of assailants. The man freezes, leaving the woman to fight off five attackers at once, before succumbing. As she dies, to both Ella and the man’s surprise, the sparkling light that rises from the woman enters Ella, instead of the man. She soon realizes she’s been inhabited by Io, a low-ranking Quasing who was involved in some of the worst decisions in history. Now Ella must now help the alien presence to complete her mission and investigate a rash of murders in the border states that maintain the frail peace.

With the Prophus assigned to help her seemingly wanting to stab her in the back, and the enemy Genjix hunting her, Ella must also deal with Io’s annoying inferiority complex. To top it all off, Ella thinks the damn alien voice in her head is trying to get her killed. And if you can’t trust the voices in your head, who can you trust?

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Wesley Chu’s The Lives of Tao is Being Developed for Television

Deadline is reporting that a television series based on Wesley Chu’s Lives of Tao has been optioned by ABC Studios. Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas, the executive producers behind Agent Carter, will develop the series with Chris Dingess, late of Agent Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. writing and executive producing as well. Wesley Chu will also serve as a consultant on the series.

The Lives of Tao series follows IT consultant Roen Tan, who becomes a secret agent when he’s taken over by an ancient alien named Tao. He soon learns that whether he likes it or not, he’s part of a terrifying alien civil war – and one side is quite willing to wipe humanity out in order to win. Roen must fight to save his species, while also training to become a real secret agent.

We’ll bring you more details soon, but in the meantime: who would you like to see as Roen Tan?

[via Deadline]

Celebrate Robert Repino’s Culdesac With This Perfect Cat Poster

Did you know that if you preorder Robert Repino’s Culdesac (the novella sequel to Mort(e)) by November 15th, you could receive a copy of this poster? This poster, which is excellent for walls and the terrifying of roommates and/or coworkers, and also a handy slogan for the upcoming feline revolution? We think you probably need it.

Soho Press invites you to email them with your Proof of Purchase, and will then bequeath this thing of beauty unto you. Send it over to [email protected] and claim you glorious bounty. MAN MUST GO!

(Art by Justin Wolfson)

Fran Wilde on Why Her Characters Aren’t Defined by Their Disabilities

To celebrate the publication of Cloudbound earlier this week, Fran Wilde popped over to Mary Robinette Kowal’s blog to talk—as many authors do on Kowal’s blog—about “her favorite bit.” But whereas the sequel to Updraft shares its predecessor’s stunning worldbuilding, which naturally leads to conversation about the man-made wings and creative echolocation its flying characters employ, Wilde wanted to discuss an aspect of the story she doesn’t get a lot of questions about: the neurological and physical disabilities that describe, but do not define, several of the characters in the Bone Universe.

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Holy Rewatch Batman! “Catwoman Goes to College” / “Batman Displays His Knowledge”

“Catwoman Goes to College” / “Batman Displays His Knowledge”
Written by Stanley Ralph Ross
Directed by Robert Sparr
Season 2, Episodes 49 and 50
Production code 9747
Original air dates: February 22 and 23, 1967

The Bat-signal: Catwoman, currently incarcerated at Gotham State Penitentiary (and still in costume, albeit with her prisoner number on a sticker over her heart), is brought to Warden Crichton’s office to meet with the warden and Bruce to be informed that she’s been granted parole on the condition that Bruce be her parole officer. She then declares that she owes her career as a criminal to her being a dropout, so she enrolls in Gotham City University.

Not long after she matriculates, three guys steal the life-size statue of Batman that’s on campus. Gordon wouldn’t normally bother Batman with what’s probably a prank, but given that it’s the Caped Crusader’s graven image, they call, and he answers.

[Just a second while I retrieve my beanie, my hair, my tweezers, and my notes.]

Series: Holy Rewatch Batman!

Remote: Dead Air Sweepstakes!

We want to send you a copy of Remote: Dead Air—written by Bill Jemas and Michael Coast, with art by Young Heller—available now from Double Take!

Double Take’s new comic book universe expands upon the world established by the 1968 cult classic Night of the Living Dead. These graphic novels are populated by everything from hordes of walking dead to teams of teenage superheroes, from trigger-happy cops to mad scientists, from attractive aliens to a 51-foot tall woman. Each series can be read alone or as part of the larger universe, as the series cross over with one another: The couple who gets in a car accident in the opening pages of Honor ends up in the hospital featured in Medic. Samantha Stanton is the star of Remote, but her radio show can be heard throughout just about every other series. These character crossovers, overlapping news reports, and interweaved timelines all serve to create a world into which readers can delve for hours at a time.

One of the most vibrant new characters in Double Take’s universe is Remote‘s Samantha Stanton. What starts out as a fight for survival during an overnight shift in a radio station evolves into Samantha becoming a larger than life media sensation. While Samantha finds help from her undead assistants, her competitors, a bilious Bible-thumper and a sociopathic rock DJ, engage Samantha in a no holds barred ratings war. Meanwhile, the globe-trotting owner of all three stations pulls the strings behind the scenes.

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Illicit

When a border dispute between two bear clans destabilizes shapeshifter relations throughout Europe and threatens to reveal their existence to humans, the Sazi High Council orders both sides to the negotiation table. The peace talks take place in Luna Lake, the American community where all shifter species–wolf, cat, bird, bear, and more–live in harmony.

Diplomats, their families, and security personnel stream into town, among them Dalvin Adway, a Wolven agent. Dalvin is startled to find Rachel Washington in Luna Lake. The last time he saw her, they were children in Detroit. Then she was kidnapped and, he thought, murdered. But Rachel became an owl-shifter as a result of the attack and has avoided family and old friends ever since, knowing they would not understand her . She’s stunned to see Dalvin and learn that he, too, is an owl-shifter.

Their wary friendship is on the brink of becoming something more when conspiracy and betrayal cause the peace talks to break down. The fight between the bear clans will be settled through a form of traditional challenge–a risky tactic that might lead to full-blown war. Rachel is determined to prevent that, even if it means taking up the challenge herself!

Cathy Clamp’s Illicit, book 2 in the Luna Lake series, is available November 1st from Tor Books.

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Celebrate Halloween all Month with a Calendar of Horror Movies!

The horror-loving humans behind Movies, Films, and Flix have provided a great Halloween service and created a horror calendar, highlighting horror movies that are available on streaming services for each day of October! The calendar includes Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and HBO Go, and the films run the gamut from atmospheric ghost stories like The Babadook to gorier fare like From Dusk Till Dawn.

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I Am Not a Serial Killer Movie Adaptation Wins the Prestigious Silver Méliès Award

Author Dan Wells shared some exciting news earlier this week: The feature film adaptation of his novel I Am Not a Serial Killer received the Méliès d’Argent prize, or the Silver Méliès Award, at the Strasbourg European Fantastic Film Festival. Not only is that an honor in and of itself, but all films that receive the Méliès d’Argent are eligible to win the Méliès d’Or, the most renowned prize for the best European fantastic film.

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Is There Anything R2 Can’t Do?

It’s entirely possible that we here at Tor.com have been screaming “R2-D2 coffee press!!!” at each other all morning already. (We can do that because, as Chris Lough pointed out, unlike R2 we have mouths, and sometimes we must scream.) Like for instance when we learn that we can buy a tiny R2 who will give us delicious life-giving coffee. As if the creepy Jawa lawn ornaments weren’t enough, the mad geniuses of ThinkGeek have decided to bestow this piece of loveliness upon us.

We can only hope it beeps with increasing fury as the coffee brews.

[Beep! Boop! Coffee!!!]

Dark Angel: Suck it, Succubus!

Welcome to Freaky Friday, that day of the week when we all eat fish and have a good think about the sexy demons from Hell who are, right this minute, plotting ways to have sex with us and corrupt our immortal souls, according to paperback horror novels written in 1982.

Early Eighties horror loved succubi and incubi and horny ghosts, who filled the pages of Bedroom Intruder novels like Incubus (1976, Ray Russell), The Entity (1978, Frank De Felitta), The Night Visitor (1979, Laura Wylie), Succubus (1980, Kenneth Rayner Johnson), Queen of Hell (1981, J.N. Williamson), and Satyr (1981, Linda Crockett Gray). There was also a massive fascination with the Catholic church and horror novels like The Guardian (1979, Jeffrey Konvitz), The Piercing (1979, John Coyne), Virgin (1980, James Patterson), and In the Name of the Father (1980, John Zodrow) capitalized on the ascension of A New Pope.

Dark Angel was where the hunger for succubi collided with the fascination for Catholicism in an overheated hothouse of a novel that tells the story of how Pope John Paul II was stalked by a flesh-hungry succubus who wanted his baby, and how one lone wolf Irish-American priest risked everything to slake her insatiable thirst for man flesh and save the Pope’s sperm.

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Old Timey X-Men: Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children landed at Austin’s Fantastic Fest with an almighty splash. The Alamo Drafthouse has been gearing up for the release of this film with Septemburton, a celebration of Tim Burton’s work that includes special menu items, a Tim Burton issue of BirthMoviesDeath, and a slew of Burton programming. At the festival itself, each screening has been preceded by choice picks from the Burtonize This! contest (many of which have been uproariously funny, it must be said), and the day of the film’s screening was declared Keep Austin Peculiar Day—and Burton himself put in an appearance on the festival red carpet.

It’s quite a lot of froofraw, and there was a certain amount of high expectation going in. After all, the fit between Burton’s filmic sensibilities and the Gothic eeriness of Ransom Riggs’s bestselling novel and its sequels is one of the most natural imaginable. And for the most part, the movie delivers on its potential, save for a a third act that is overwhelmed by the sheer weight of CGI flash.

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Which Series Warrants a “Best Series” Hugo Award?

Worldcon 75, which will take place in Helsinki, Finland in 2017, has announced the trial inclusion of a new Hugo Awards category: Best Series. Worldcon 75 will test Best Series in 2017, with the potential for inclusion in 2018 based on fan response and suggested revisions.

If it goes through, this will be the first time that a new category may be added to the written fiction Hugo categories in fifty years. Eligible works will be multi-volume (at least three) series that are united by elements including plot, characters, setting, and presentation.

The full press release is below.

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