Astronomers Find 7 Earth-Like Exoplanets Orbiting One Star

Today, NASA and the ESO announced that astronomers have discovered seven earth-like planets orbiting a star called TRAPPIST-1. The star system is located about 40 light years away.

Last August, scientists made headlines when they announced the discovery of Proxima b, a rocky Earth-sized planet located within the habitable zone of a nearby star, Proxima Centauri. The “habitable zone” is the distance a planet needs to be from a star in order to support liquid water. Too far, and all the water on the planet will be ice. Too close, and any water will boil off the surface.

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V.E. Schwab Prize Pack Sweepstakes!

V.E. Schwab’s A Conjuring of Light, the third book in the Shades of Magic series, is out now from Tor Books! To celebrate, we want to send you a prize pack of all three books in hardcover, and a nifty bookhugger that you can wrap around the whole trilogy (or put on your wall! It’s so pretty).

Londons fall and kingdoms rise while darkness sweeps the Maresh Empire, and the fraught balance of magic blossoms into dangerous territory while heroes struggle. The direct sequel to A Gathering of Shadows, and the final book in the Shades of Magic epic fantasy series, A Conjuring of Light sees the newly minted New York Times bestselling author V. E. Schwab reach a thrilling conclusion concerning the fate of beloved protagonists—and old foes.

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Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Forge of Darkness, Prelude

Welcome back to the Malazan Reread of the Fallen! Every post will start off with a summary of events, followed by reaction and commentary by your hosts Bill and Amanda, and finally comments from Tor.com readers. Today we’re tackling the prelude to Forge of Darkness.

A fair warning before we get started: We’ll be discussing both novel and whole-series themes, narrative arcs that run across the entire series, and foreshadowing, but the summary of events will be free of major spoilers and we’re going to try keeping the reader comments the same. A spoiler thread has been set up for outright Malazan spoiler discussion.

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Series: Malazan Reread of the Fallen

The Grisha Trilogy Reread: Ruin and Rising, Part Three

Well my friends, this is it: the last installment of the Grisha Trilogy Reread.

I forgot how much more there was to get through in Ruin and Rising, so I hope you all don’t feel like I’ve glossed over too much. There’s so many themes coming together here at the end, still more death and loss, questions about fate versus choice, and the idea of power and long life weighed against an ordinary existence.

[And just what is ordinary, anyway?]

Series: The Grisha Trilogy Reread

Catch a FIYAH: Notes on Building a Black Speculative Fiction Revolution

FIYAH, a literary magazine dedicated to Black Speculative Fiction, seemed to come out of nowhere earlier this year with its premiere issue. But FIYAH has a deep history due to seeds planted well before the magazine was announced in September 2016.

FIYAH was birthed from the minds and effort of a collective of Black SFF readers, writers, and fans who all congregate in a vantablack subspace time coil we call the Niggerati Space Station (NSS). Its purpose is to allow Black SFF writers to share, discuss, vent, build, or what have you, on all things speculative fiction. It functions as an incubator of creativity, a safe space to dream our dreams of the Black beyond.

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Losing Heart Among the Tall

A.M. Dellamonica is at it again! The thrilling adventures of Gale Feliachild and Captain Parrish continue in a series of prequel stories that offers to take us deeper into the fascinating world of Stormwrack.

When the crew of the Nightjar find a merman of the fleet wounded and stranded in the ocean, Gale’s sister, Beatrice, is forced to take a back seat while Gale and Parrish work to find out who would assault a member of the nation of Tallon’s intelligence service. They soon discover a plot that could shake the foundations of the fleet and Beatrice might be the key to preventing a catastrophic disaster.

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Mystery Science Theater 3000 Will Get Movie Sign on April 14th!

Netflix has given us the news we’ve been waiting for: MST3K will premiere on April 14th! And to be extra swell, they shared a new cast photo. The new cast features Jonah Ray as host Jonah Heston, Hampton Yount as Crow, and Baron Vaughn as Tom Servo, plus Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt as a new generation of Mad Scientists hell-bent on mayhem.

Now who’s joining us in the theater?

Congratulations to Our 2016 Nebula Award Nominees!

The 2016 Nebula Awards were announced yesterday by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and we’re incredibly proud to have so many great books on the ballot from our first full year of publishing. Tor.com Publishing earned seven nominations for our novellas, novelettes, and short stories, and we want to congratulate all of our nominated authors for this recognition of their excellent work!

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Close Encounters of the Fifth Kind: Supergirl, “Mr. and Mrs. Mxyzptlk”

Due to what I can only guess was some sort of scheduling snafu, Supergirl aired its Valentine’s Day episode almost a week after the holiday. So, right as we’ve all finished our boxes of half-price chocolate and thrown out dried flowers, here’s an episode to bring back all the butterfly-inducing, infuriating, and heartwarming things about love: rooms full of roses, reliving a bittersweet Valentine’s dance, and a not-so-secret admirer.

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Revealing The Cocktail Guide to the Galaxy

We’re excited to share the cover for The Cocktail Guide to the Galaxy! Author Andy Heidel has put together a variety of boozey recipes perfect for your next Star Wars-themed luau or a quiet night in with Game of Thrones. And Heidel knows a thing or two about nerdy cocktails—he’s the owner of The Way Station, a Doctor Who-themed bar located in New York City. Check out the full cover below!

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Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: “The Time Trap”

“The Time Trap”
Written by Joyce Perry
Directed by Hal Sutherland
Animated Season 1, Episode 12
Production episode 22010
Original air date: November 24, 1973
Stardate: 5267.2

Captain’s log. The Enterprise is surveying the Delta Triangle, a region of space where hundreds of ships have been lost, in an attempt to determine why so many ships have disappeared there.

They encounter a Klingon ship, the Klothos, under the command of Kor, which immediately fires upon the Enterprise. When Sulu fires back, the ship disappears—but the Klingon shields deflected the weapons fire. Nonetheless, it vanished. Two more Klingon ships arrive, and Commander Kuri accuses Kirk of destroying the Klothos.

[Get away from her, human, she is my woman!]

Series: Star Trek: The Original Series Rewatch

Margaret Atwood’s Angel Catbird Sweepstakes!

The second volume of Margaret Atwood’s Angel Catbird comic book series, To Castle Catula, is available now from Dark Horse Comics—and we want to send you a copy of it and a copy of Angel Catbird Vol. 1!

On a dark night, young genetic engineer Strig Feleedus is accidentally mutated by his own experiment and merges with the DNA of a cat and an owl. What follows is a humorous, action-driven, pulp-inspired superhero adventure—with a lot of cat puns.

In To Castle Catula, Atwood and artist Johnnie Christmas continue the cat-centric adventure. Strig Feleedus, also known as Angel Catbird, and his band of half-cats head to Castle Catula to seek allies as the war between cats and rats escalates.

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Spymaster

Captain Kate Fitzmaurice was born to sail. She has made a life of her own as a privateer and smuggler. Hired by the notorious Henry Wallace, spymaster for the queen of Freya, to find a young man who claims to be the true heir to the Freyan, she begins to believe that her ship has finally come in.

But no fair wind lasts forever. Soon Kate’s checkered past will catch up to her. It will take more than just quick wits and her considerable luck if she hopes to bring herself—and her crew—through intact.

Spymaster is the start of a swashbuckling adventure from Margaret Weis and Robert Krammes—available March 21st from Tor Books.

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The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Fires of Heaven, Part 1

It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day, it’s a new book for me, yeah! Come join me for today’s Wheel of Time Reread Redux!

Today’s Redux post will cover the Prologue and Chapter 4 of The Fires of Heaven, originally reread in this post and this post, respectively.

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 available as an e-book series! Yay!

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!

[whoo-oo-oooh whooo, and I’m feeling good]

Series: The Wheel of Time Reread