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Wed
Jan 28 2015 11:20am

Covering Crashing Heaven

Crashing Heaven Al Robertson

Bought eighteen months or so ago in what The Bookseller describes as “a major pre-empt ahead of an auction” that would probably have been hotly fought, Crashing Heaven is for my money among the most exciting debuts of the coming months.

According to Gollancz’s Simon Spanton, “Al Robertson [is] a writer completely in command of his material and totally at home in his chosen genre”—which is to say science fiction. “To find all this, fully formed, in the work of a debut writer is special indeed. It’s a long time since I’ve read a book that takes the familiar and fashions it into something that feels so fresh.”

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Wed
Jan 28 2015 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 41: Myke Cole

Rocket Talk Myke Cole

In this episode, Myke Cole visits Rocket Talk to discuss the challenges of writing things outside his experience. He and Justin discuss Cole’s newest release, Gemini Cell, and how a writer can and should push themselves.

[Listen Now!]

Wed
Jan 28 2015 10:00am

Heists and Capers Redux!

heist caper movies The Brothers Bloom

We here at Tor.com love any excuse for a heist! Last year we rounded up some classic caper stories; now, in order to assemble the best possible team, we’ve turned to Twitter to ask for your favorites. Check out this stellar list, and be sure to let us know if we missed any indispensable titles.

It’s like our very own version of Ocean’s Eleven!

[We wanted to dream a bit bigger, darlings.]

Wed
Jan 28 2015 9:30am

Joint US and UK Cover Reveal for The Traitor Baru Cormorant

The Traitor Baru Cormorant cover reveal

There’s already a lot of buzz around Seth Dickinson’s debut fantasy novel, The Traitor Baru Cormorant, and we are pleased to reveal both the Tor Books and Tor UK covers! Dickinson’s epic fantasy centers on Baru Cormorant, a character who rivals the entire Lannister clan in wit, cunning, and ambition.

“Seth Dickinson’s novel has everything I look for as an editor,” said Tor Books editor Marco Palmieri, “focusing on issues any 21st century reader can relate to: having to hide who you really are in a world that disapproves of you; becoming part of a monstrous system that oppresses those less powerful; and the moral compromises that are sometimes made for the sake of a greater good. It’s strong stuff, beautifully told, transcending genre, and it rips my heart out every time I read it.”

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Wed
Jan 28 2015 9:00am
Original Story

Useless Wings

In this prequel to Tin Star, we meet Heckleck, the Hort alien who befriends Tula Bane on the space station Yertina Feray in her fight for survival. In his modest beginnings, Heckleck is raised to understand that breeding and propagating his own kind is the sole reason for living. When he is called upon to settle on a new planet, he meets the daughter of a politician, Goglu, with whom he falls helplessly in love, and is determined to win over. But nothing is easy in love and space exploration, and when his plans become thwarted, he must find a new way of life.

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by Connie Hsu.

[Read “Useless Wings” by Cecil Castellucci]

Wed
Jan 28 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Who Needs Gold When You Have Books?

Dragon Hoard

We stumbled upon a gorgeous treasure pile on imgur!

Dont’WorryImMedicated posted a group of dragons who have chosen to hoard far more interesting things than gold. You see...knowledge is their treasure. Well, knowledge, pastries, and bunnies!

Morning Roundup brings you the best anti-prejudice statement we’ve seen in a while, news on Deadpool’s big screen adventures, and lessons from some of the best villains working today!

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Tue
Jan 27 2015 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: February Releases in Science Fiction

science fiction new releases February Nineteen new releases appear on the science fiction shelves this month, with adult series additions from, among others, Eric Flint and Ryk E. Spoor (Boundary), Timothy Zahn (Cobra Rebellion), and D.J. Molles (The Remaining), and young adult titles galore.

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

[Read about this month’s releases.]

Tue
Jan 27 2015 4:55pm

Paul Feig’s All-Female Ghostbusters Cast Announced!

The Hollywood Reporter has announced—and Paul Feig has confirmed—the all-female cast for the new Ghostbusters movie! According to THR, Melissa McCarthy has officially signed on, while Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon are in negotiations

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Tue
Jan 27 2015 4:00pm
Excerpt

The Sculptor (Comic Excerpt)

Scott McCloud

The Sculptor Scott McCloud David Smith is giving his life for his art—literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding what to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the 11th hour isn't making it any easier! 

This is a story of desire taken to the edge of reason and beyond; of the frantic, clumsy dance steps of young love; and a gorgeous, street-level portrait of the world's greatest city. It's about the small, warm, human moments of everyday life…and the great surging forces that lie just under the surface. Scott McCloud wrote the book on how comics work; now he vaults into great fiction with a breathtaking, funny, and unforgettable new work—The Sculptor, available February 3rd from First Second.

[Read an Excerpt]

Tue
Jan 27 2015 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “’Til Death Do Us Part”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Til Death Do Us Part“’Til Death Do Us Part”
Written by David Weddle & Bradley Thompson
Directed by Winrich Kolbe
Season 7, Episode 18
Production episode 40510-568
Original air date: April 14, 1999
Stardate: unknown

Station log: After a summary of the high points of “Penumbra,” we see Sisko telling Jake about his vision from the Prophets, which is interrupted by the arrival of Winn, along with two ranjens. The kai has come to assist in the preparations for the Emissary’s wedding. Sisko confides in Winn that the Prophets have warned him about a great trial ahead. (He doesn’t mention about them wanting him not to get married.)

As Winn enters Ops, she has a vision of her own. She is told that Emissary is faltering and that she must guide Bajor in the Restoration. A guide will come to her—she’ll know him because he will be a man of the land. Winn recovers, and waxes rhapsodic about the Prophets finally speaking to her after all her years of service and dedication.

[“Didn’t think you were going to make it.” “I just heard about it twenty minutes ago.” “Me too, and I’m the caterer! I can’t work under these conditions...”]

Tue
Jan 27 2015 2:30pm

Surgically Removing The Onions: Gotham “Welcome Back, Jim Gordon”

Gotham Welcome Back Jim Gordon

“Welcome Back, Jim Gordon,” is an interesting title choice for this episode, but not in the way that “Selina Kyle” or “Harvey Dent” or “Lovecraft” were. “Welcome Back, Jim Gordon” feels like almost a re-pilot for the entire Gotham series. It contains all of the show’s trademark elements, both good and bad, and presents them in a mostly adequate package. If you combined every single episode of Gotham up until this point and then divided to find the median, you’d probably end up with ‘Welcome Back, Jim Gordon.” In true Gotham fashion, the exposition re-hashes just about everything we already know about the world of the show, and even though it kind of does technically advance the overall plot, it also feels (with the exception of a few details) like it could have been slotted in at any point in the series, just to fill up space.

Still, it makes for a decent hour of procedural television—which, coming from me is some of the highest praise that I can offer this show.

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Tue
Jan 27 2015 2:00pm

Don’t Stop Believin’! Sleepy Hollow: “Kali Yuga”

Sleepy Hollow Kali Yuga

Oh what is this emotion? Could this be happiness? Or relief? I think it’s relief! Gentle reader, I think Sleepy Hollow might be back! It was pretty good! There was wit, and chemistry, and the Hawley subplot actually worked as part of a larger arc, and it was like the show that I used to love had returned to me! Which was also commented upon multiple times by the episode itself!

[More Sleepy Hollow comeback joy!]

Tue
Jan 27 2015 1:20pm

Tor.com is Seeking an Associate Art Director

Last summer, we announced the expansion of Tor.com’s fiction publishing to include commercially sold novellas. Since then our editors have been hard at work acquiring stories and it is now time to hire an Associate Art Director to help shape the look of Tor.com novellas.

Tor.com is seeking an associate art director with 4-5 years of experience to conceptualize and execute approximately 30 book covers and mechanicals a year, along with related advertising and promotional materials. The Tor.com imprint emphasizes ebooks but will include print and audio editions as well.

This position will have a strong influence on the look and feel of a complete line of titles. Candidates should have an extensive knowledge of science fiction and fantasy publishing and book design. We are looking for someone enthusiastic about the possibilities that working in a digital space can bring, someone that wants to try new ideas, learn, innovate, and adapt as the program develops. They will be part of a small creative team fully dedicated to the Tor.com imprint. This is a full-time position working in our New York office.

To apply, please contact Macmillan Human Resources.

For more information, see the posting on Macmillan’s job board.

Tue
Jan 27 2015 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 16

Look on my Wheel of Time Reread Redux, ye mighty, and despair! Or at least feel mildly bad about yourselves! Today’s Redux post will cover Chapter 29 and 30 of The Eye of the World, originally reread in this post.

All original posts are listed in The Wheel of Time Reread Index here, and all Redux posts will also be archived there as well. (The Wheel of Time Master Index, as always, is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general on Tor.com.)

The Wheel of Time reread is also now available as an ebook series, except for the portion covering A Memory of Light, which should become available soon.

All Reread Redux posts will contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series, so if you haven’t read, read at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[Nothing beside remains. Round the decay / Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare / The lone and level sands stretch far away.]

Tue
Jan 27 2015 12:17pm

The Most Brutal and Most Beautiful Snow Planets from Sci-Fi and Fantasy

snow planets ice planets Hoth Star Wars

Back in 2011, when our little corner of the universe was covered in snow, we asked our Twitter followers to name as many snow planets as they could. Four years later, with another Snowpocalypse upon us, we’ve had time to think up even more icy worlds (including our own, depending on who you ask).

Hoth from The Empire Strikes Back is an easy one, but what else is out there?

[Your cursor will freeze before you reach the first marker!]

Tue
Jan 27 2015 12:00pm

Haunted Winds and Ageless Glass: “The Nameless City”

The Nameless City LovecraftWelcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s original stories. Today we’re looking at “The Nameless City,” written in January 1921 and first published in the November 1921 issue of The Wolverine. You can read the story here.

Spoilers ahead.

[“This hall was no relic of crudity like the temples in the city above, but a monument of the most magnificent and exotic art.”]

Tue
Jan 27 2015 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: Competence is Important in Dragon Age: Inquisition

Dragon Age Inquisition

Having spent a little over 100 hours playing through Bioware’s latest RPG epic, I can say that Dragon Age: Inquisition is a seriously ambitious attempt to merge character-based storytelling and open-world exploration. As a purely narrative achievement, it’s less successful than its predecessors: the open-world gameplay tends to dilute narrative urgency, and—since the player-character opens the game with no existing ties and no solid contextual grounding—many of the choices the player gets to make during the narrative end up feeling as though they lack heft and meaning. They lack actual weight, since the writing never quite sells, on an emotional level, why any of those choices really matter.

But for all my complaints about its narrative effectiveness—and niggling irritations about gameplay and display, I mean seriously the font size and that menu screenDragon Age: Inquisition does at least two things that are the next best thing to revolutionary. And those two things primed me to love it, even despite its flaws.

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Tue
Jan 27 2015 10:33am

“With Every New Risk, There Are Consequences”: Watch the Fantastic Four Trailer

Fantastic Four trailer

The first trailer for Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four reboot is out! As io9 points out, it doesn’t look a lot like a superhero movie, but that may work to its advantage. Clearly, it won’t be in found-footage format like Trank’s superhero indie Chronicle (as rumored), but it seems less obsessed with big fight scenes and more interested in showing the risks of sending the best and the brightest to investigate an alternate universe.

[Watch the trailer]

Tue
Jan 27 2015 10:00am

Bone Up on Your Old English Phrases for Our Pop Quiz with Samantha Shannon

Samantha ShannonWelcome 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 Samantha Shannon, author of The Bone Season, the first in a series of seven fantasy novels. The second novel in the series, The Mime Order, publishes January 27th from Bloomsbury, and Samantha is currently busy working on the third. Find her on twitter @say_shannon.

Join us for a lesson in Old English that is both poetic and adorable!

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Tue
Jan 27 2015 9:30am

Fiction Affliction: February Releases in Fantasy

fantasy new releases February Twenty-five new fantasies slash and parry their way to bookshelves in February, albeit a large number of them directed toward the younger reader. Look for series additions from, among others, Alethea Kontis (Woodcutter Sisters), Ari Marmell (Widdershins Adventures), Brian McClellan (Powder Mage), Evie Manieri (Shattered Kingdoms), Joe Abercrombie (Shattered Sea), James Enge (Tournament of Shadows), and Will Elliott (Pendulum).

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

[Read about this month’s releases.]