Holy Rewatch Batman! “I’ll Be a Mummy’s Uncle”

“I’ll Be a Mummy’s Uncle”
Written by Stanley Ralph Ross
Directed by Sam Strangis
Season 3, Episode 23
Production code 1725
Original air date: February 22, 1968

The Bat-signal: King Tut is being treated at the Mount Ararat Psychiartric Hospital. Tut has gone on and on and on and on about his problems for so long that his shrink falls asleep, giving Tut the opportunity to make his escape. He immediately hits the Rosetta Stone Company (according to their sign, they are manufacturers of cornerstones, curbstones, cobblestones, and milestones) and steals $47,000.

[“Why me?” “Why not you?” “That’s logical.” “I’m nothing if not logical.”]

Series: Holy Rewatch Batman!

John Scalzi is Optimistic about Cockroaches, Novels, and the Future of Science Fiction

John Scalzi made his reputation when he serialized Old Man’s War online, and attracted a huge readership and the notice of Tor Books’ Patrick Nielsen Hayden. Now he’s tackling a brand new space opera, The Collapsing Empire. He recently spoke with the good folks of The Verge about his new book, the future of publishing, and the power of optimism. Check out a few highlights below!

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Reminder: Last Day to Download The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson for Free

Tor.com is offering a free download of the ebook edition of The Way of Kings, the first volume of Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive, on March 23rd and 24th, 2017.

The result of over ten years of planning, writing, and world-building, The Way of Kings is the opening movement of the Stormlight Archive, a bold masterpiece in the making. The new book in the Stormlight Archive series, Oathbringer, appears this November.


This free ebook download is only be available until 11:59 PM ET, March 24.

Download The Way of Kings, Book One of The Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

Note: This offer is only available in the US and Canada. We apologize for the geographic restriction, unfortunately it is required for various legal reasons.

If you’re having issues with the sign-up or download process, please email [email protected].

NASA Might Make High-Speed Space “Internet” a Reality

As NASA looks more towards exploring our solar system (and beyond) and sending astronauts to Mars, they’re also rethinking the way we will communicate with spacecraft, satellites, and astronauts.

Currently, NASA uses radio-frequency (RF) signals to communicate with space. These radio waves are a reliable, tested technology, but they have their downsides for deep space. First, signals degrade en route to the Earth; by the time we receive them, the quality has eroded. Second, they require giant radio receivers on the ground to receive these transmissions. Third, the quality of the signal severely affects data transfer speeds and bandwith.

This is why NASA is studying new communication technology, and it may have found it with the Laser Communication Relay Demonstration (LCRD). This new technology, still in the testing phases, uses lasers for communication. Currently radio transmissions only provide a limited bandwith for spacecraft to send data, which is why they must do so in very small packets. LCRD technology offers the equivalent of high speed Internet in space.

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Fabulous Despite Fascists. Lara Elena Donnelly’s Amberlough to Become Trilogy

In Amberlough, a gay double-agent schemed to protect his smuggler lover during the rise of a fascist government coup. That story was supposed to be over by the end of the book.

Supposed to be.

Tor Books is excited to announce that Lara Elena Donnelly’s alternate universe cabaret thriller Amberlough will now get two sequels, the first of which is set to arrive spring/summer 2018! Readers will get to explore more of Donnelly’s frankly fabulous alternate world, all thanks to some recent editorial developments…

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V.E. Schwab Expanding A Darker Shade of Magic With New Stories, Fan Art

On Halloween 2017, Tor Books and V.E. Schwab are releasing a new collector’s edition of A Darker Shade of Magic, the first volume in Schwab’s super popular Shades of Magic trilogy.

The new edition will feature, well, we’ll let the author tell you…

Things it will include:

  • Super Shiny Cover with Metallic Ink
  • Reading Ribbon of Great Fanciness
  • Fan Art End Papers
  • A Glossary of Arnesian and Antari Terms
  • An Interview Between Author and Editor
  • Original (never before seen!) Tales from within the Shades of Magic World

The Collector’s Edition of A Darker Shade of Magic can be pre-ordered now through your preferred retailer. [Amazon | Barnes & Noble]

The Depths of Paul La Farge’s The Night Ocean

These days, H.P. Lovecraft seems to appear in just as many works of fiction as Cthulhu. But I can’t imagine that Lovecraft, who held himself in such high regard, would be entirely happy with the new forms his literary immortality has taken. Paul La Farge’s new book The Night Ocean would appall its inspiration, and that’s one of the many reasons you should read it.

As Tobias Carroll wrote recently, it’s become very difficult to talk about the purveyor of the weird and master of the unnamable without bringing up the crank, the racist, and the misogynist who shared his body. Horror readers may remember the pompous “old-purple-prose” of Charles Stross’s novella Equoid; comics fans may have met the prissily vicious racist in Warren Ellis’s Planetary or the more sympathetic figure in Alan Moore’s Providence. Michel Houellebecq, best known in this country for being French and perennially controversial, wrote a biographical essay praising Lovecraft for the courage to be Against the World, Against Life.

Lovecraft’s protagonists have a tendency to disappear, though they tend to leave their manuscripts behind so that we, the readers, can find out what has happened to them. Usually “what has happened” involves some combination of nameless ritual, unutterable horror, degenerate cultists, and inhuman monster. The Night Ocean begins with a disappearance, but never once hints at the supernatural. Charlie Willett, writer, Lovecraft obsessive, and psychiatric patient, has fled a mental hospital, hitched a ride to a forest, and vanished into a lake. His wife, Marina, isn’t sure Charlie’s really dead, but she has no illusions of supernatural intervention. Cthulhu sleeps beneath the Pacific in R’yleh; he wouldn’t deign to rest beneath Agawam Lake in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

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Do You Hear the Magicians Sing? “Lesser Evils”

Previously on The Magicians: Everything is terrible. Currently on The Magicians: Everything is still—or possibly more—terrible, but at least we can burst into song!

“Lesser Evils” is an hour of heavy choices. What will you give up to save the world? To save a friend? To get revenge? What will you sing to fortify yourself before you go into battle?

Don’t we all consider that last question from time to time?

Spoilers for the show so far!

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Skullsworn: Prologue

Pyrre Lakatur is not, to her mind, an assassin, not a murderer—she is a priestess. At least, she will be once she passes her final trial.

The problem isn’t the killing. The problem, rather, is love. For to complete her trial, Pyrre has ten days to kill the seven people enumerated in an ancient song, including “the one who made your mind and body sing with love / who will not come again.”

Pyrre isn’t sure she’s ever been in love. And if she fails to find someone who can draw such passion from her, or fails to kill that someone, her order will give her to their god, the God of Death. Pyrre’s not afraid to die, but she hates to fail, and so, as her trial is set to begin, she returns to the city of her birth in the hope of finding love … and ending it on the edge of her sword.

Brian Staveley’s new standalone novel, Skullsworn, returns to the critically acclaimed Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne universe, following a priestess-assassin for the God of Death—publishing April 25th from Tor Books. If you’re new to the series (or just want to read them again) you can get the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne ebook edition—collecting The Emperor’s Blades, The Providence of Fire, and The Last Mortal Bond!

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Heroic Choices are Never Easy. The Expanse: “The Weeping Somnambulist”

This week’s episode of The Expanse, “The Weeping Somnambulist” continued with the crazy switchback emotional reversals. After packing a rollercoaster of trauma into Meng’s storyline last week: becoming a refugee, losing his daughter, deepening a friendship, watching that friend die, and, finally, discovering that his daughter might still be alive, we now get another tiny micro-tragedy, and the terrible choices that have to be made by Bobbie Draper.

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Questioning History Through Fairy Tale: Anatole France’s The Seven Wives of Bluebeard

It might seem just a touch difficult to defend Bluebeard. After all, if Charles Perrault is to be trusted—and we do trust him completely on the subject of talking cats—Bluebeard not only murdered several previous wives, but stored their corpses in a most unsanitary fashion.

And yet, some have noticed, shall we say, a touch of inconsistency in Perrault’s record, a few discrepancies that cannot be explained. Others, apparently, love the idea of a guy who is unafraid to have some bold color on his face. And so, Bluebeard has gained his defenders over the years—including one winner of the Noble Prize for Literature, Anatole France.

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