We gave you a sneak peek at Ben Bova’s Transhuman today, and now we want to send you a galley of the book so you can dive into the rest of the story before it hits shelves on April 15th from Tor Books!
Check for the rules below!
Most Americans know about Disneyland and Walt Disney World, but that’s about the extent of their Disney theme park knowledge. If you’re a fan of theme parks then you probably know about Disneyland Paris and a few will also know that there is a Tokyo Disneyland. More knowlegdable Disney fans know about Hong Kong and possibly the upcoming Shanghai Disneyland, but if you’re a avid or hard core Disney fan you know about the hidden jewel that sits next door to Tokyo Disneyland.
Check out Ben Bova’s Transhuman, available April 15th from Tor Books!
Luke Abramson, a brilliant cellular biologist who is battling lung cancer, has one joy in life, his granddaughter, Angela. When he learns that Angela has an inoperable brain tumor and is given less than six months to live, Abramson wants to try a new enzyme, Mortality Factor 4 (MORF4), that he believes will kill Angela’s tumor.
However, the hospital bureaucracy won’t let him do it because MORF4 has not yet been approved by the FDA. Knowing that Angela will die before he can get approval of the treatment, Abramson abducts Angela from the hospital with plans to take her to a private research laboratory in Oregon.
Luke realizes he’s too old and decrepit to flee across the country with his sick granddaughter, chased by the FBI. So he injects himself with a genetic factor that will stimulate his body’s production of telomerase, an enzyme that has successfully reversed aging in animal tests...
Like The Way of Kings before it, Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance is chock-full of gorgeous illustrations. Now he’s made all of them available online! So, if you have an audio edition, want to see it on the big screen, or just want to take a break in your reading to feast your eyes on the beauty, you can check them out here at Sanderson’s website. Images may contain spoilers for Words of Radiance.
To give you a sample of what’s inside, here’s a folio page depicting male fashion in Azir, a bureaucratic oligarchy far to the west of Alethkar.
“Return to Grace”
Written by Tom Benko and Hans Beimler
Directed by Jonathan West
Season 4, Episode 13
Production episode 40514-486
Original air date: February 5, 1996
Station log: Kira has been assigned by Bajor’s First Minister (who’s also her new boyfriend) to represent Bajor at a conference on a Cardassian outpost to discuss their intelligence on the Klingons. Because of the Klingon invasion, Cardassian healthcare is at an all-time low, so Bashir has to give an annoyed Kira more than a dozen inoculations. Her escort is the Groumall, a crappy ship that is now captained by Dukat. After bringing Ziyal home, his mother disowned him, his wife took their children and left, and he was demoted from legate back to gul and assigned to a not-very-glorified freighter.
On the Groumall, Kira is visited by Ziyal, who didn’t last long on Cardassia, as too many Cardassians couldn’t see past the Bajoran ridges on her nose, so she’s living on the freighter with her father.
Depending on how far along you are with Game of Thrones you may not know that Theon Greyjoy’s storyline in season 3 doesn’t actually occur in A Storm of Swords, the Song of Ice and Fire book that seasons 3 and 4 of the shows are based upon.
[Note: This article will be referencing events from Game of Thrones season 4 and the ensuing books. Spoilers ahead for the whole series, basically.]
Anne Rice recently announced that she is continuing her Vampire Chronicles with a new tale for Lestat set in present day. Check out her reveal below!
Listen to an audio excerpt from Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s Mentats of Dune, available now from Macmillan Audio!
Gilbertus Albans has founded the Mentat School, a place where humans can learn the efficient techniques of thinking machines. But Gilbertus walks an uneasy line between his own convictions and compromises in order to survive the Butlerian fanatics, led by the madman Manford Torondo and his Swordmaster Anari Idaho.
As heads is tails, just call me Wheel of Time Reread!
Today’s entry is a special edition of the Reread, in which we pause in our regularly-scheduled coverage of A Memory of Light to peruse a DVD extra, so to speak. OOOOHHHH. That’s right, we’re covering “River of Souls.”
Previous reread entries are here. The Wheel of Time Master Index is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general. The index for all things specifically related to the final novel in the series, A Memory of Light, is here.
Also, for maximum coolness, the Wheel of Time reread is also now available as an ebook series, from your preferred ebook retailer!
And now, the post!
Welcome to the YA Roundup, keeping you in the know with the latest YA news, book deals, releases and cover reveals!
This week covers authors who dress up as their favorite children’s book characters (spoiler: it’s awesome), an 8th grader’s poem that blows everyone’s mind, Archie Comics meets Girls, and more Harry Potter stuff in case you’re still into that sorta thing.
Ok, I admit, I’ve been waiting for this ever since the first season, when Once Upon a Time dropped various hints that the Enchanted Forest was someplace near Oz—a green door to another world, hints of flying monkeys. So when ABC announced that Oz would be making an appearance, or at least sorta making an appearance in the final half of the season, I got all excited and started watching the show again.
Which may have been a mistake (SPOILER: I was not fond of the first half of the third season). But I was ready to tune in again. Which may also have been a mistake. We shall see. And since I tuned in specifically for Oz, full warning, I’m mostly only focusing on the Oz stuff. With that out of the way:
Neil Gaiman is a badger now. We hate to say “I told you so” but...
Actually, Badger Gaiman over there is part of a photographic exhibition titled “26 Characters” put together by Cambridge Jones for The Story Museum in Oxford, UK. According to the museum:
Many of Britain’s best loved writers and storytellers have transformed themselves into the characters they most loved as children in our exciting new, interactive photographic exhibition.
Gaiman chose Badger from
Wind in the Willows: After Dark The Wind in the Willows for “his own reasons,” but he’s not the only author pitching in! Terry Pratchett features as Just William, while Children’s Laureate Malorie Blackman appears as a fantastic Wicked Witch of the West. You can check out a full list of the authors, as well as ticket info and visiting hours for the museum, at this link. We want to go! But then again, we are giant children.
Out today from Small Beer Press, Eileen Gunn’s Questionable Practices collects sixteen of the Nebula Award-winning author’s short stories (and one lonely poem). Strange, vivid, and darkly funny, these stories cover everything from steampunk to golems to the weirdness of corporate culture, all with Gunn’s signature touches and inimitable voice.
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Deservedly cleaning up at the Academy Awards and elsewhere, Gravity is a correctly praised film. Its compelling heart-pounding narrative drive is as relentless as the tone of the film is comfortingly sweet. If you haven’t seen it, you should, and in IMAX 3D and nowhere else. I loved the movie a lot and get pissed by those who dismiss it and/or snub its real-life inspirations.
And yet. I can’t help but feel that this is not Cuarón’s best film, in an all-around-kind of way. If Gravity is some kind of enraged dementor hovering in to deliver the death kiss, then my patronus here is definitely Harry Potter & The Prisoner of Azkaban. Or as I like to call it: a more watchable, better written, more complex and multi-layered film than Gravity in (almost!) every single way.
“Nothing to Fear” is an episode inspired by The Rule of Three, the opening novel in Eric Walter’s trilogy of the same name about the terrifying challenges faced by an ordinary suburban kid, his family, and his neighbors, in the first days and weeks and months after a viral catastrophe causes the world to go dark. Sixteen-year-old Adam Daley is taking his girlfriend, Lori, on a picnic in his homemade ultralight aircraft—one of the few computer-free machines that still works. He wants to celebrate a surprise anniversary only he knows about (the first time he saw her at a junior high basketball game). But soon, this attempt at a normal date away from the fortified safety of their neighborhood feels increasingly risky. As their gripping misadventure unfolds, it is a reminder for Adam and Lori that there is nothing in particular for them to be afraid of, because in their world there is everything to fear.
This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by MacKids editor Wes Adams.
Tor Books editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden has acquired two novels from Charlie Jane Anders. The first, All the Birds in the Sky, is described as blending literary fantasy and science fiction, telling the story of the decades-long, on-and-off romance between a sorceress and a computer genius, beginning in childhood and proceeding against a background of increasingly catastrophic climate change. All the Birds in the Sky is slated for publication in 2015.
We found this myriad of Bobas on the Facebook page for Nerds do it Better. Look at all the Bobas! There’s a Boba holding boba! And a Boba Vet, with an Ewok wearing a cone of shame! Awww....
Man do we ever have some links today! You want Constantine? We got him. You want Godzilla? We’ve got him, too. You want Constantine battling Godzilla? Well, OK, we don’t have that... but we do have a True Detective/Alan Moore crossover!
It’s easy to get caught up in big ideas and brand new worlds… and forget to laugh.
Douglas Adams—born today, March 11, in 1952—was not convinced of his own worth as a writer, a comedian, and thinker of remarkably thinky thoughts. Whenever there was a dry patch in his working life, he tended to question his abilities, to fall into spates of depression and low self-worth. It’s odd to think that the man responsible for Zaphod “if there’s anything more important than my ego around, I want it caught and shot now” Beeblebrox would fail to realize his own relevance in a world that so desperately required his special brand of madness.
After all, without him, who would have told us the answer to life, the universe, and everything?
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.