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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October 14, 2014
A Category Unto Himself: The Works of China Miéville
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October 10, 2014
Don’t Touch That Dial: Fall 2014 TV
Alex Brown
October 10, 2014
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Reread: Part 1
Kate Nepveu
October 7, 2014
Shell Shock and Eldritch Horror: “Dagon”
Ruthanna Emrys and Anne M. Pillsworth
October 3, 2014
The Bloody Books of Halloween: William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist
Will Errickson
Fri
Oct 24 2014 11:00am

The Bloody Books of Halloween: Wurm

Wurm Matthew J CostelloGrady Hendrix, author of Horrorstör, and Will Errickson of Too Much Horror Fiction are digging deep inside the Jack o’Lantern of Literature to discover the best (and worst) horror paperbacks. Are you strong enough to read THE BLOODY BOOKS OF HALLOWEEN???

Matthew J. Costello! He consulted on Titanic! He was a Bram Stoker Award finalist for his 1992 novel Homecoming! He bwrites children’s television! He writes videogames! He wrote an original prequel for Peter Jackson’s King Kong! And in 1991, between banging out the novelizations for Child’s Play 2 and Child’s Play 3 he published one of the funnest, dumbest, goopiest riffs on Alien I’ve ever read.

Imagine the xenomorph as a giant phallic symbol living in a pineapple under the sea and say it with me in a German accent… Ladies and gentlemen, Wurm.

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Fri
Oct 24 2014 10:30am

Gaming Roundup: Sid Meier’s Civilization: Beyond Earth Blasts Off This Week

Somewhere along the line, someone decided that Sid Meier’s Civilization—in space—would be a fantastic idea, and... well, they were right. It was an excellent pitch, ripe with possibility if pulled off successfully and billed as a spiritual successor to 1999’s excellent Alpha Centauri. So how did Firaxis Games fare with the much-anticipated Civilization: Beyond Earth?

[“A new beginning for mankind...”]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 10:00am

Between Two Evils: Horns

Horns Daniel Radcliffe

I’ve got to be one of the few Millennials who formed no opinion of Daniel Radcliffe during his Harry Potter years. I never had any interest in the books, and although I know I’ve seen the first HP movie, I couldn’t even begin to guess at what happened (something about owls and Maggie Smith?). It wasn’t until The Woman in Black that I really discovered him for the talent he is. It was a fairly meh horror flick that at least tried to be excellent rather than just settling for lazy scare tactics. But Radcliffe himself was impressive, an anchor in a sea of mediocre dialogue and stellar production design. He blew me away again as Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings. Kid’s got some serious acting chops.

Needless to say, I was thrilled to bits to hear he was cast as Ig Perrish in Alexandre Aja’s adaptation of Joe Hill’s Horns (not least of which was because it meant Shia LeBeouf was no longer up for the part). Horns is my favorite thing Hill’s ever crafted, and one of my favorite books in general. With the death of the Locke & Key TV show, I was more eager than ever for a Hill adaptation, particularly one with Radcliffe in the titular role.

[“...you just have to pick the sin you can live with.”]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 9:00am

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Reread: Part 3

Hello, everyone! Welcome back to the reread of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. You can find the full schedule for the reread in the introduction post; catch up on past posts at the reread index; or check out Tor.com’s other posts about this book through its tag.

Please note that these reread posts will contain spoilers for all of JS&MN plus The Ladies of Grace Adieu. There’s accordingly no need to warn for spoilers in the comments—and comments are highly encouraged.

This week, the reread covers chapters 11 to 16, in which there is a prophecy and Stephen Black and an unexpected room, and I loathe Jonathan Strange’s father with every fiber of my being.

[“It is the easiest thing in the world to turn a review to one’s own ends. One only need mention the book once or twice and for the rest of the article one may develop one’s theme just as one chuses.”]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Jim Henson’s Kitchen Nightmare Babies

Chef Gordon Ramsay has finally met his match! George Takei shared this picture, which we’re assuming was shot during the most important culinary summit of our time. We’re just hoping that Ramsay appreciated the Swedish Chef’s Shredded Wheat and Cranberry Sauce...

Morning Roundup is still to busy watching the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer on a continuous loop to think of much else, but still...links must be gathered and spread! And so, we bring you yet another legacy of the Romans, a list of great modern horror films for your Halloween edification, and a look back at Dragon magazine! 

[Plus, take flight with some Hobbits!]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Marly Youmans

Marly Youmans pop quiz interviewWelcome 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 Marly Youmans, award-winning poet, novelist and short story writer. A native of the Carolinas, Youmans now lives near the mouth of the Susquehanna with her husband and three children. Her latest novel, Glimmerglass, is a stylish, contemporary variation on the Bluebeard legend.

Join us!

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Thu
Oct 23 2014 4:13pm

Christopher Nolan Had to Pick and Choose Which Wormhole Science to Use in Interstellar

Interstellar science wormholes Christopher Nolan Kip Thorne

With just a few weeks left until the release of Interstellar (a.k.a. this year’s Gravity), director Christopher Nolan and the cast sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for a lengthy feature on the film’s development. One thing we learned was that, like Gravity, Interstellar is not 100% scientifically accurate. But rather than have Neil deGrasse Tyson call that out once the movie has hit theaters, Nolan copped to it from the beginning.

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Thu
Oct 23 2014 4:00pm
Excerpt

We Will All Go Down Together (Excerpt)

Gemma Files

We Will All Go Down Together Gemma Files Every family has its monsters...and some are nothing but. In the woods outside Overdeere, Ontario, there are trees that speak, a village that doesn’t appear on any map, and a hill that opens wide, entrapping unwary travellers.

It’s a place most people usually know better than to go, at least locally—until tonight, when five bloodlines mired in ancient strife will finally converge once more. Devize, Glouwer, Rusk, Druir, Roke—these are the clans who make up the notorious Five-Family Coven.

From downtown Toronto to the wilds beyond, where reality’s walls grow thin, dark forces are drawing the Coven’s last heirs to a final confrontation. All are haunted by a ghost beyond any one person’s power to exorcize unless they agree to stand together once more—at least long enough to wreak vengeance upon themselves!

Gemma Files’ short story collection We Will All Go Down Together is available December 31st from ChiZine. Read an excerpt from “Furious Angels” below!

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Thu
Oct 23 2014 3:20pm

Hayley Atwell Beats Up Everyone on the Set of Agent Carter, Mostly on Purpose

Agent Carter, Hayley Atwell

All hail Peggy Carter and her upcoming show where she beats up all the peoples who dare to step on her agency and all-around amazingness. At least, we assume that this is what the show is about given Hayley Atwell’s current Twitter stream, which seems to be a torrential downpour of apologies to the various stunt men and set pieces she has given injury to.

[The best. It is the best.]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 3:00pm

City of Contradictions: Retribution by Mark Charan Newton

Mark Charon Newton Retribution Drakenfeld

The laid-back detective drama of Drakenfeld marked a propitious departure for Mark Charan Newton: an assured move from the weird and sometimes wonderful fantasy with which he had made his name to a tale of mystery and alt-history not dissimilar to C. J. Sansom's Shardlake stories.

But with all-out war in the offing—in large part because of Drakenfeld's discoveries at the end of the text so titled—and a serial killer torturing and slaughtering some of most prominent people in the kingdom of Koton, the darkness of the Legends of the Red Sun series is back; a change of pace Newton paves the way for on the first page of his new book.

“In over thirty years of life, a decade of which has been spent as an Officer of the Sun Chamber,” Lucan Drakenfeld remarks, “the world has long since robbed me of my limitless optimism.” To be sure, he appears a pretty positive protagonist compared to grimdark Princes like this year's Jalan and Yarvi, yet the events of Retribution are still to take their toll—on its hero and, indeed, its reader.

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Thu
Oct 23 2014 2:30pm

The Harry Potter Reread: The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 19 and 20

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban coverThe Harry Potter Reread was thinking about how horcruxes would probably make the most awkward of Christmas presents. “Here, I’m giving you this piece of my soul! Sweet, huh? I did have to do something really horrible to chip away at it like that, though. Hope you like the vase.” Here’s hoping that Voldemort actually did this.

We’re going to chat with old friends and witness our very first werewolf transformation! We’re closing in on the end with chapters 19 and 20 of The Prisoner of Azkaban—The Servant of Lord Voldemort and The Dementor’s Kiss.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Thu
Oct 23 2014 2:00pm

Devil in a Blue Dress: Horns by Joe Hill

Joe Hill HornsI have Amanda Palmer to thank for my discovery of Joe Hill. About five years ago, she blogged about a “kind gentleman” and a friend of Neil Gaiman who brought her beer in the janitor’s closet at a concert venue she was playing at in Portland, Maine. As an ardent AFP+NFG acolyte,  that same afternoon I checked out every Joe Hill work from my local library, which, at the time was 20th Century Ghosts and Heart-Shaped Box.

I fell madly in love almost immediately, and by the time Horns came out the following spring, neither Hell nor high water could keep me from seeing him read on his book tour. I even still have the light-up horns he passed out as party favors. So when I was asked if I wanted to review Horns the book and Horns the movie, I jumped at the chance so fast I practically lit my email on fire.

[“Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name”]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 1:15pm

Why Edward Norton is Glad He Stopped Being the Hulk

Edward Norton the Incredible Hulk Birdman Avengers

Edward Norton’s The Incredible Hulk does not occupy a proud spot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, if/when Marvel winds up doing a Mark Ruffalo solo Hulk movie, Norton’s turn at playing Bruce Banner will definitely be rendered non-canon. Furthermore, when Marvel was assembling its Avengers in 2010, there seemed to be bad blood between the studio and Norton’s camp, with shots fired on both sides. Then we got Mark Ruffalo, and all was wonderful (and always angry) with the world.

At the time, Norton gracefully withdrew from the conversation, saying that he had been blessed to have played one of the Hulk’s many incarnations. In a recent interview to promote his new film Birdman, he added some context that shows just how good he feels about his decision, four years later.

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Thu
Oct 23 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: “The Mystery Knight” Part 2

Welcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 2 of “The Mystery Knight: A Tale of the Seven Kingdoms,” which originally appeared in the anthology Warriors, edited by George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois.

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[This is your brain. This is your brain on heraldry.]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 12:50pm

Those Lost Lovegroves

James Lovegrove

Think you know James Lovegrove? Think again.

Having read Redlaw, large parts of the punchy Pantheon saga and several of his Sherlock Holmes stories, including The Stuff of Nightmares—highly recommended, by the by, to those looking to spend some time with the great detective after his absence from Anthony Horowitz’s Moriarty—I thought I knew him too. I may have been... mistaken.

He’s the author, as it happens, of an alarming number of novels—almost forty if you figure in his fiction for children—which predate by decades this wave of his work. A fair few of those lost Lovegroves were nominated for prestigious prizes, too: Days and Untied Kingdom, for instance.

Both books have fallen out of print since. A sad thing, that. A happy thing, then, that The James Lovegrove Collection—a series of three volumes collecting the early work of the aforementioned bestseller—is poised to resolve the problem posited.

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Thu
Oct 23 2014 12:00pm

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 15

Brandon Sanderson Words of Radiance Stormlight ArchiveWelcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com! Last week, Carl checked in on Adolin’s first “real” duel in years, in the spiffy new dueling arena at the warcamps. This week, we return to Shallan’s slog across the wilderness with Tvlakv and his merry band, as she looks forward to meeting her betrothed… and getting some shoes.

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. The index for this reread can be found here, and more Stormlight Archive goodies are indexed here. Click on through to join the discussion.

[Expectation wasn’t just about what people expected of you. It was about what you expected of yourself.]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 11:15am

Check Out the Cover of Neil Gaiman’s New Short Fiction Collection, Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning cover reveal Neil Gaiman introduction excerpt

USA Today has posted the cover reveal for Neil Gaiman’s new short story collection, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances. In addition to an enigmatic cover—just what is that girl thinking?—the site also shared Gaiman’s introduction, in which he explains why he decided to beat everyone else to slapping a trigger warning on his writing.

[Click through to see the full cover]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 11:00am

Look, This Mouse is a Jerk: Stuart Little

Stuart Little EB WhiteE.B. White was many things—a writer for The New Yorker, a stickler for certain elements of style, a poet, an essayist, and—according to James Thurber—someone very good at hiding from random visitors. He is perhaps best remembered, however, as a children’s writer, thanks to a set of three remarkable books featuring animal protagonists, starting with Stuart Little, a little book about a talking mouse that later spawned three films and became a classic of children’s literature.

Full disclosure: I hate it.

[And to explain why, I must spoil pretty much everything in it.]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 10:00am

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Daryl Gregory

Daryl Gregory pop quiz interviewWelcome 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 Daryl Gregory, the award-winning author of novels including Pandemonium, The Devil’s Alphabet, and Raising Stony Mayhall, which was named one of Library Journal's best books of the year. His comics work includes Planet of the Apes and Dracula: The Company of Monsters (with Kurt Busiek). His latest novel, We Are All Completely Fine, is available now from Tachyon Press. Read an excerpt here on Tor.com!

Join us, as Daryl breaks all the rules of internet security!

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Thu
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!]