A full trailer has arrived for Orphan Black season 2, premiering on April 19th on BBC America. Take a look at it below!
A full trailer has arrived for Orphan Black season 2, premiering on April 19th on BBC America. Take a look at it below!
Everyone knows why a sequel to 300 was made—it made monies and had lots of blood and swords in it and sequels are all we do now. Blood and swords can be fun; I made a trip to the first film to get a dose of exactly that. That doesn’t mean that a sequel is necessarily a good idea, though.
It wasn’t really, by the way. Unless you can tune out every time Eva Green is not delightfully gnashing her teeth at someone.
The fourth annual Suvudu Cage-Match is here! This March Madness-style original fiction tournament begins on March 10, and will feature five weeks of matches, resulting in one triumphant winner, selected by fans. The theme of Cage Match 2014 is “Page Versus Screen.” The rounds lead up to a final confrontation between a character from the literary side of SFF, and one from TV or movies.
Black Moon is a book which wants to confuse you, and in that sense, it’s a soaring success.
The thought behind its apocalypse is appallingly plausible: a plague of infectious insomnia has wounded the world, laying almost the lot of us low in the process. Without sleep, the larger part of the population is losing it. Unable “to distinguish fact from fiction,” to tell dreams apart from reality, the inflicted become zombies, of a sort. Thankfully they’re absent that habitual hankering for brains, but “the murderous rage they feel when seeing others sleep” has already led to indescribable violence on a scale that beggars belief.
It falls to the few who remain relatively rational to figure out what in God’s name is going on...
It’s funny; I didn’t expect to be the wrong audience for Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
I love space. It’s vast and full of dramatic extremes and it contains every story there is to tell. All you have to do is get me in the right mood (re: brunch) and I’ll relay how we could build a warp drive right now if we only had a type of matter that doesn’t exist, or how disappointed I’ll be if we don’t find evidence before I die of an exoplanet actively harboring life.
To be sure, Neil deGrasse Tyson’s renewed Cosmos mini-series conveys that same awe and excitement clearly and gorgeously. But its debut episode “Standing Up In the Milky Way” certainly made me feel alone in the universe, in ways both intended and not.
In Katja From the Punk Band, Simon Logan introduced us to Katja and the junkies, drug lords, and corrupt parole officers on the work island she'll do anything (including shoot and steal) to escape. Now Katja's back in the sequel, Get Katja, out on March 18th from ChiZine, and we want to give you both books right now!
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Are you satisfied with yourselves, True Detective fans? You crashed HBO Go! I’m hoping everyone did the responsible thing and ditched work this morning to finish the show.
So. Are all the questions answered? Not remotely! Is every clue explained? Hell no. Am I OK with that? …mostly? I think so? The longer it sits in my brain, the more I think this is one of the strongest finales I’ve seen, and that the resolution works so well thematically, I’m willing to overlook any loose threads that are still hanging. So join me if you will for one last wild tear through Carcosa!
Will there be spoilers? Sheeee-it yes, boy!
The artificial river Irenicon—created overnight by Concordian engineers using the Wave—was blasted through the middle of Rasenna in 1347, and now it is a permanent reminder that nothing can stand in the way of the Concordian Empire. The artificial river, created overnight by Concordian engineers using the Wave, runs uphill. But the Wave is both weapon and mystery; not even the Concordians know how the river became conscious—and hostile.
Times are changing. And only the young Contessa Sofia Scaglieri and the enemy engineer Giovanni understand they have to change too, if they are to survive the coming devastation—for Concord is about to unleash the Wave again…
“Empty Places,” by Drew Z. Greenberg
Sunnydale is emptying out as fast as humanly—and demonly—possible. Buffy’s strolling through the traffic-jammed streets, watching the exodus. The extent of the fear is underlined when she runs into, of all unpeople, Clem. He’s fleeing, too. He tries to express confidence in the Slayer’s ability to save the town, if not the world from the First. Sadly, he’s less than convincing.
It’s different this time, he says. But, you know. Good luck and all!
Then he zooms away.
Welcome 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 Jenna Black, author of the Faeriewalker series for teens as well as the Morgan Kingsley urban fantasy series. Replica, her YA SF romance series, continues with Resistance, available March 11th from Tor Teen. You can read an excerpt here on Tor.com, and catch Jenna on tour this March along with Mindee Arnett and Kristen Simmons!
Join us as we cover subjects ranging from elephants to robots, and more!
Ursula Le Guin and Molly Gloss were two of the keynote speakers at last week’s conference for the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. I’d never been to the conference before, but I couldn’t help but be surprised; there is a fairly common—and justified—defensiveness among SFF readers and writers when it comes to the mainstream literary world, whether due to its cooption of writers like Kurt Vonnegut and Angela Carter, or to its perpetuation of the high art/low art divide. Or, if you’re like my friends and me, you’ve been in college or even MFA classes that bar genre fiction entirely, that compare your work to Twilight, and that generally conflate genre with formula, heavy-handedness, and as Brook Wonders phrased it, a lack of “aesthetic ambition.”
The program for AWP, though, was pretty great. In addition to Le Guin and Gloss, there were numerous panels and readings dedicated to—or at least in the realm of—speculative fiction. More vital than that, though, was the ongoing conversation about genre that I encountered there. Not every dialogue was successful, and still more tended towards semantic nuance, but they were happening and they were easy and pleasing to find. MFA culture, if not the literary landscape at large, seems to slowly and surely be easing into a more diverse range of concepts and content.
“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 time, the ka-tet listened to the last of Ted’s tapes and realized that not only must they free (or kill) the breakers, but they must rush back to the “real” when to save Stephen King and Sheemie will have to help them decide which ones needs doing first.
John Harris has been one of my personal favorite artists since I began working at Tor Books 20 years ago. Of course I love the scale of his work—everything feels weighty and important—but it’s his ability to portray a future that seems simultaneously possible and dream-like that resonates with me the most. His paintings are never labored or overly rendered. Instead they invite the viewer to participate in them, to contemplate that future, and its repercussions, in their own mind. It’s almost as if the viewer is left with a memory of the event.
Harris’ work has graced the covers of countless science fiction books science the early 80s, for authors such as John Scalzi, Orson Scott Card, Ben Bova, Ann Leckie, and many others. It is a testament to his work that book covers produced today are every bit as fresh and relevant as they have been throughout the past three decades.
Titan Books is now publishing The Art of John Harris: Beyond the Horizon, a 160 page hardcover collection that focuses on his wide variety of futuristic paintings, sketches, acrylics and watercolors.
Just about every episode of The Walking Dead can be viewed as a study in parallel universes. In “Alone,” Bob, Maggie, and Sasha go on walkabout then split up due to go their own way, while Daryl and Beth decide to set down roots in the funeral home and eat pickled pigs feet together. Bob makes a failed romantic gesture toward Sasha, and who knows what’s going on between Daryl and Beth—Is it a deepening platonic bond? Are they becoming a close-knit family? Or do they just wanna bone?—while Glenn and Maggie are wrapped up in what they believe to be the greatest love story ever told. Daryl teaches Beth how to track walkers and hunt with a crossbow in a way that doesn’t involve drunkenly manhandling her, while Maggie hunts Glenn and Bob and Sasha track Maggie. Maggie, Bob, and Sasha break up and reunite by choice, while Daryl and Beth are forced apart by terrible, mysterious circumstances. The trio reunite with hope overflowing, while Daryl is conscripted into joining up with Jeff Kober and the Creeper Gang, and Beth is presumably being trafficked by an ex-preacher driving a Cadillac.
The truth is out there, somewhere. But pinning it down can be pretty tricky.
In “an iffy skiffy future like none I would or could have imagined in my teens,” Scotland is independent, airships ride high in the sky, everyone wears capture glasses, and the poke bonnet has come back into fashion. Ridiculous, right? But that’s reality for Ryan—a teenage boy at the beginning of Ken MacLeod’s Descent—whose coming of age is dictated by the close encounter he has in the company of his neanderthal pal Calum.
It’s not as if they set out to see something weird—they’re just bored boys who decide one day, mid revision, to hike up a hill—but “that’s how it always begins,” isn’t it? “You wanted a walk. It was a wet afternoon and you fancied a drive. The night was vile and you were minded to check on the cow.” And then the aliens came!
Josh Worth wants a tediously accurate solar system, dammit! While attempting to explain the placement of the Earth and moon to his daughter, he was inspired to create a project called “If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel.” From that initial Big Bang, his idea exploded outward until he had created an interactive graph depicting the entire solar system! Go play with it!
Morning Roundup features news for The Zero Theorem, stories of Bill Murray, and an interview with the designer behind True Detective horrifying arts and crafts projects.
Oh hi Titan of Braavos! Didn't expect to see you so soon!
A third trailer for Game of Thrones season 4 has arrived just as the first season of True Detective is coming to a close. Watch it below!
We have a special Words of Radiance sweepstakes for you, so get ready to unleash your Luckspren! Brandon Sanderson and Tor Books have teamed up to create die-cut cards with a pop-out action figure of Szeth “The Assassin in White,” one of the main characters in the series. Sanderson has contributed 15 cards for Tor.com readers! Comment on this post to enter!
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Stephen King has a complex relationship with the Devil. Throughout his career, he’s returned to a personification of ultimate evil, through Flaggs Randall and Roland, giant spiders, and the occasional Leland Gaunt. He's also dealth with religious beliefs and hypocrisy in far greater depth than many American writers. Now he’s channeling his inner Hawthorne for Revival. His latest, five-generation-spanning novel, coming out this fall, follows Charles Jacobs, a charismatic preacher, and Jamie Morton, a young boy in his congregation. The two men circle around each other, confronting evil, addiction losing faith, and finally making a pact that would make Lucifer a little nervous...we are maybe just a little excited about this book!