The Two Weddings of Bronwyn Hyatt May 6, 2015 The Two Weddings of Bronwyn Hyatt Alex Bledsoe A Tufa double wedding. Ambiguity Machines: An Examination April 29, 2015 Ambiguity Machines: An Examination Vandana Singh A test for Junior Navigators of Conceptual Machine-Space. The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn April 22, 2015 The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn Usman Malik He will inherit the Unseen. The Ways of Walls and Words April 15, 2015 The Ways of Walls and Words Sabrina Vourvoulias Can the spirit truly be imprisoned?
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May 4, 2015
“A Suit of Armor Around the World": Avengers: Age of Ultron
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The Folklore Origins of The Avengers
Caitlyn Paxson
April 28, 2015
Five Books Where Music is Practically a Character
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April 27, 2015
Message Fiction: Politics in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Literature
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5 Extremely Accurate Predictions For Star Trek Beyond
Ryan Britt
Wed
May 6 2015 12:00am

Marvel CEO’s “No Female-Lead Movies” Email Makes No Sense

Recently, news outlets have been reporting on a leaked email between Sony Studios executive Michael Lynton and Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter which revealed that the resistance against a Black Widow or other female-lead Marvel movies comes from the very top of Marvel itself.

The email is only one part of a larger conversation between Lynton and Perlmutter, but it's still very strange.

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Wed
May 6 2015 5:30pm

The Devil’s Only Friend Sweepstakes!

We’ve given you a sneak peek at The Devil’s Only Friend by Dan Wells, the first book in a brand-new John Wayne Cleaver trilogy arriving from Tor Books on June 16th, and now we want to send you a galley!

John Wayne Cleaver hunts demons: they've killed his neighbors, his family, and the girl he loves, but in the end he's always won. Now he works for a secret government kill team, using his gift to hunt and kill as many monsters as he can. But the monsters have noticed, and the quiet game of cat and mouse is about to erupt into a full scale supernatural war.

Check below for the rules!

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Wed
May 6 2015 4:45pm

Syfy Will Adapt Brave New World as a Miniseries

Brave New World Aldous Huxley Syfy miniseries Steven SpielbergSyfy has been grabbing the adaptation rights to all manner of SFF classics and beloved series: Childhood’s End, 3001: The Final Odyssey, Old Man’s War, The Expanse, The Magicians. The network’s latest acquisition is Brave New World, Aldous Huxley’s 1932 searing satire of a materialistic, identity-less, ultimately negative utopia.

Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment will adapt the novel as a miniseries, with Taken (the 2003 Sci-Fi Channel miniseries, not the Liam Neeson franchise) writer Les Bohem writing the script.

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Wed
May 6 2015 4:00pm

Fiction Affliction: Genre-Benders for May

new releases genre benders

Twenty-four books cross the great genre divide in May, including new titles from, among others, Michael Z. Williamson, Heather Blake, Rod Duncan, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Kit Reed, P.N. Elrod, and Peter Higgins. Also on tap: a new mermaid anthology edited by Paula Guran and a look at the film settings from the world of Harry Potter.

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

[Read about this month’s releases.]

Wed
May 6 2015 3:03pm

Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven Wins the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award

Arthur C. Clarke Award 2015 winner

Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven has won the 2015 Arthur C. Clarke Award! The UK’s most prestigious prize for science fiction was announced on May 6 at Foyles Bookshop by Tom Hunter, Director of the Clarke Award.

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Wed
May 6 2015 3:00pm

10 Awesome and Unusual Mythological Creatures

The Novice

My debut novel, The Novice, the first in the Summoner Trilogy, features the summoning of demons to act as allies and protectors of their owners. In my research for potential candidates for The Novice’s demonology, I saw many of the better-known legendary and mythological creatures, such as Minotaurs, Griffins, Phoenixes, and Salamanders.

I also stumbled across other creatures that were just as fascinating but previously unknown to me. Some had been lost in the annals of history, others came from the folklore of cultures that we in the West are less familiar with. Below are just ten of my favourites, all of which exist as demons in the Summoner world.

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Wed
May 6 2015 2:40pm

Does Biology Need to Be Destiny in the Work of Joss Whedon?

Bruce and Natasha talking in Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron is about a lot of things. The film is a conversation about monsters, gods, what is right, what is wrong. Ultron is a monster, by our standards, but he thinks of himself as a god. Is Tony a monster for creating him? Will Steve ever be able to leave the war behind? Will Hawkeye ever finish the dining room?

The biggest question that my friends and I have been discussing, however, is what we’ve all already started calling “The Black Widow Monster Scene.” There are several ways to interpret the exchange between Natasha and Bruce, all of which seem valid, in my opinion. But I specifically want to examine how this scene functions in the context of Joss Whedon’s overall work, and the popular perception of Whedon as a feminist writer. Simply put: let’s look at how often Whedon has relied on this trope of a woman’s power or uniqueness or, yes, monstrosity, being inseparable from her gender and sexuality—why, in Whedon’s stories of women’s power, does their strength and talent always need to be bound to their bodies and biology?

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Wed
May 6 2015 2:00pm

Five Books with Geeky Heroes

Hermione Granger

I’ve always been drawn to characters who stand apart from “normal” people—the swordsman who studied every aspect of sword fighting for twenty years, the book nerd who saves the day with her knowledge, the enthusiastic inventor who spends more time with his inventions than people, and the FBI agent obsessed with the alien and unexplained.

Many of us can relate to the character who doesn’t quite fit in with the rest of society, and with Petra Wade, the protagonist of The Brass Giant, I knew I wanted her to be different, to stand out, perhaps even suffer social estrangement because of her passions. She’s an outcast for loving machines instead of embroidery, obsessed with learning everything she can about clockwork and mechanical engineering so that she might one day be able to join the Guild of Engineers.

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Wed
May 6 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Now You Can Have London Below in Your Living Room

Neverwhere London Below woodcut Martin Tomsky

Martin Tomsky’s woodcut art is stunning: His highly detailed pieces vividly bring to life worlds like the bathhouse from Spirited Away, crests from Game of Thrones, and London Below in Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. We weren’t kidding about being able to access London Below, either—but you’ll have to pay a pretty penny for it. (Hat-tip to Nerd Approved for finding these pieces.)

Afternoon Roundup looks back on last year’s TV shockers, looks forward to Wayward Pines, and looks beyond to Afrofuturist sci-fi and fantasy.

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Wed
May 6 2015 1:00pm

Rereading Melanie Rawn: Sunrunner’s Fire, Chapters 14 and 15

Sunrunner's Fire rereadWelcome to the weekly Wednesday reread of Sunrunner’s Fire! This week Andry comes to Stronghold, and Chiana plots with evil glee.

Note: We are a little crazed this week. It started with a propane leak in the hot-water heater. A week and many many many adventures later, the upper right quadrant of the house is gutted, and we are in medias renovationes yegodsandlittlefishes. Therefore, I cannot brain exceptionally well. But I can read! And this is grand stuff!

Chapter 14
Stronghold: 26 Spring

So This Happens: Andry is all agog at the Desert spring. His Sunrunners tease him about it.

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Wed
May 6 2015 12:30pm

Rocket Talk Episode 53: Renee Williams and Shaun Duke

Speculative Fiction 2014

In this week’s podcast episode, Justin talks with Renee Williams and Shaun Duke, editors of Speculative Fiction 2014. Available now from Book Smugglers Publishing, SpecFic ’14 is a survey of the years best online reviews, essays, and commentary. The conversation covers the contents of the anthology, the year’s themes, and the mechanics of identifying what makes a piece of non-fiction “the best.”

[Listen now!]

Wed
May 6 2015 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter Twenty

Ian C Esslemont Orb Sceptre Throne Malazan rereadWelcome 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 (with Amanda, new to the series, going first), and finally comments from Tor.com readers. In this article, we’ll cover chapter twenty of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Orb Sceptre Throne.

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. Note: 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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Wed
May 6 2015 11:00am

Historical Fiction for Genre Lovers: Burial Rites

historical fiction burial rites

I make no apologies for liking my books with a dash of dragons or a whiff of ghosts. Ever since I discovered there was such a thing as a fantasy section at the library, I have been a faithful devotee of the genre. But every now and then, I like to venture a little further afield, and when I do, I often land in the historical fiction section.

My latest foray into a historical novel was a book that straddles the line between fiction and creative non-fiction. One part mystery did-she-do-it and one part psychological study, Burial Rites by Hannah Kent is a lyrical foray into nineteenth-century Iceland that imagines the events surrounding the life and death of Agnes Magnusdottir, a real woman who was charged with the brutal murder of her employer. After being convicted of the crime, Agnes is sent to await her execution at a remote farmstead. At first the farm family and the priest charged with saving her soul are repelled by the mysterious murderess in their midst, but soon the routine and hardship of life in such a harsh landscape brings them together and allows them to look back upon Agnes’ life and the series of decisions that brought them all together.

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Wed
May 6 2015 9:00am
Original Story

The Two Weddings of Bronwyn Hyatt

Remember, never accept a gift without knowing the consequences. Set in the Tufa universe.

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by associate editor Diana Pho.

[Read “The Two Weddings of Bronwyn Hyatt” by Alex Bledsoe]

Wed
May 6 2015 10:00am

Cover Reveal for Marie Brennan’s In The Labyrinth of Drakes

Even those who take no interest in the field of dragon naturalism (and who are you?!?) have heard of Lady Trent’s expedition to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia. Her discoveries there are the stuff of romantic legend, catapulting her from scholarly obscurity to worldwide fame. The details of her personal life during that time are hardly less private, having provided fodder for gossips in several countries.

As is so often the case in the career of this illustrious woman, the public story is far from complete. In The Labyrinth of Drakes, the fourth volume of her memoirs, Lady Trent relates how she acquired her position with the Royal Scirling Army; how foreign saboteurs imperiled both her work and her well-being; and how her determined pursuit of knowledge took her into the deepest reaches of the Labyrinth of Drakes, where the chance action of a dragon set the stage for her greatest achievement yet.

[Take a look at the cover for In The Labyrinth of Drakes]

Wed
May 6 2015 8:30am

Dune Sweepstakes!

The 50th anniversary edition of Frank Herbert’s Dune has arrived from the Folio Society, and we want to send you a copy autographed by illustrator Sam Weber! Check out some of Weber's incredible illustrations here.

Two lucky winners will receive a copy of this new edition with a foreword by Michael Dirda and an afterword by Brian Herbert, plus a limited edition poster featuring Sam Weber’s illustration of Paul Atreides from the binding design!

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Wed
May 6 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Shouldn’t Cats be the Natural Enemy of Chain Chomps?

Chomp Chain Cate Bed

Do you have a cat? Does it like to sleep? Odds are, its favorite perches are either the nearest empty box, or some portion of your face, but perhaps you can interest it in this Chomp Chain Bed! This is the brainchild of Catastrophicreations, who have also gifted the feline universe with a Super Mario-themed cat playground, which is truly the perfect gift for any cat that also loves classic NES games. Learn how to make your own Chomp Chain here!

Morning Roundup brings you the latest steps of a Hobbit, a potentially punishing future, and the secret plot behind all of James T. Kirk’s decisions.

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Tue
May 5 2015 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: May Releases in Science Fiction

new releases science fiction May

Thirty-one new releases break the dystopian science fiction shelves this month (no, that’s not a typo), with new series titles from, among others, Gini Koch (Katherine “Kitty” Katt), Ramez Naam (Nexus), A. Bertram Chandler (John Grimes), Taylor Anderson (Destroyermen), Jack Campbell (The Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier), Ian Douglas (Star Carrier), and Mike Shepherd (Vicky Peterwald).

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

[Read about this month’s releases.]

Tue
May 5 2015 4:30pm

Aurora Australis: Blue Quandongs and Magenta Cherries

Blue Quandong Fruit

Welcome back to Aurora Australis, a monthly round-up of publishing news and highlights from Australia and New Zealand! After a quiet-ish March, April has exploded everywhere. I’ve got anthologies and collections, novels and trilogies. I’ve got awards news. My hometown of Melbourne is diving headfirst into winter, and Sydney recently experienced a not-cyclone (annual rainfall in 24 hours!). Read on to hear about small presses and large presses and blue quandongs, and watch me take a pot-shot at George RR Martin fans.

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Tue
May 5 2015 4:15pm

Watch the Trailer for Puppet Epic Yamasong: March of the Hollows

Yamasong: March of the Hollows trailer

Dark Dunes Productions has released the trailer/sizzle reel for Yamasong: March of the Hollows, an epic puppet adventure that’s equal parts The Dark Crystal and Princess Mononoke. It’s also the first major non-Muppet puppet film to be made in the U.S. since Team America. Sam Koji Hale is directing the film, written by Ekaterina Sedia, with Toby Froud (a.k.a. the baby from Labyrinth) and Heather Henson serving as executive producers,  Mallory O'Meara, recent Rocket Talk guest, is the producer.

[Watch the trailer]