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Jul 10 2014 2:10pm

Get Pop-Cultured with these Tor Books Authors!

We’re excited to announce a special Tor Books author event being held in conjunction with ReaderCon this weekend! You can join Felix Gilman, Max Gladstone, Paul Park, and Brian Staveley for a discussion and book signing this Sunday, July 13th at 3:30pm in Burlington, MA!

These four genre-bending SF&F authors will be talking Worldbuilding and Storytelling in Fantastical Universes, a topic they all know a thing or two about since each of them have novels out from Tor Books this year!

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Jul 10 2014 2:00pm

Gaming Roundup: Alien: Isolation Promises to Get It Right by Going Back to the Beginning

Alien Isolation

Last year brought us the travesty that was Aliens: Colonial Marines. Between Ridley Scott being involved with storyboarding the game and developer Gearbox Software being given license to make the game canon, potential was vast, but execution was deeply flawed—the game launched as a buggy, derivative, universally panned mess, rather than the tightly focused piece of survival horror gamers were hoping for. This year, developer The Creative Assembly took a stab at getting the IP back on track, taking E3 by storm with Alien: Isolation, and early word is this game does not disappoint.

Oh, and did we mention they reunited the cast of Alien for the game’s first DLC? Bet we’ve got your attention now.

[“I think... I think there’s something here.”]

Jul 10 2014 1:30pm

Voting the Categories: A Guide to the 2014 Hugo Short Story Finalists

Hugo Awards The Hugo ballot is officially open, and the time has come to perform the laborious task of deciding among excellence. And, while much of the attention of the voting community tends to concentrate on the Best Novel finalists, we at all felt that this year’s short fiction field was exceptionally strong. I’ve decided to help guide readers through the short story, novelette, and novella finalists in preparation for voting.

This week I discuss the short story category. This is, in my opinion, the most competitive category on the ballot. These stories are strong, interesting, compelling, and well-worth your time. So, without further ado, let’s get right to it.

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Jul 10 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 21

A Song of Ice and Fire George RR Martin A Feast for CrowsWelcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 21 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 29 (“The Reaver”).

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[“They want us alive when they eat us.”]

Jul 10 2014 12:20pm

Syfy Greenlights The Magicians Pilot

The Magicians pilot greenlight Syfy Lev Grossman Sera Gamble John McNamara

Author Lev Grossman best sums up the latest exciting news about his book series The Magicians in a tweet yesterday:

And here’s what it is. A tweet five years in the making: Magicians pilot is greenlit

We had previously reported that The Magicians would be coming to Syfy, but now it’s official!

Deadline’s latest report doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know: After an earlier version of the pilot didn’t get picked up by Fox in 2012, producers Michael London and Janice Williams brought on new writers. With a retooled script by Sera Gamble (Supernatural) and John McNamara (Lois & Clark), they shopped it around to other networks. (Interestingly, Deadline mentions that this second pilot might start earlier in the series than the Fox project did.)

Syfy further developed the pilot; as Grossman wrote on his blog in April, the project was still technically in development. Now that it’s greenlit, we’re excited to see it join Syfy’s roster of scripted shows, including Ascension (premiering in November) and the 2015 projects 12 Monkeys, The Killjoys, and The Expanse.

Jul 10 2014 12:00pm

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 4

Brandon Sanderson Words of Radiance reread Stormlight Archive Welcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on! Please come along with me as we follow Dalinar on a magical journey through the lands of yesteryear.

In Chapter 4: Take of Secrets, Dalinar enacts Navani’s scholarly plan to decode the Almighty’s voicemails, he dreams about chasing a face through a lake (Lakeface?), Navani asks again about when they’re finally going to move in together, and Dalinar sees the writing on the wall. I’m not sorry about that pun. No one makes me feel my own remorse.

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Jul 10 2014 11:30am

Genevieve Valentine is Going to Write Catwoman!

Catwoman Genevieve ValentineYou know what would make DC’s run of Catwoman cooler? Having someone as fabulous as Genevieve Valentine writing it! And we’re in luck, because it just so happens that she will be.

This is the best idea.

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Jul 10 2014 11:15am

Is Doomsday in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?

Batman v Superman Doomsday

Bleeding Cool is reporting that concept art exists for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice featuring the character Doomsday, whose primary claim to fame is beating the crap out of Superman so hard that Superman died. The 90's were like that.

And, you know, at this point why not? The film already features Batman, Superman, Lex Luthor, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Lois Lane, Alfred, Perry White, and is rumored to be including hints of Arrow, Aquaman, Green Lantern, The Flash, and others. Surely the addition of Doomsday will be the thing that finally excites us? We hope Paul Giamatti is playing him. His Rhino was effortless and beautiful.

Jul 10 2014 11:00am

The Harry Potter Reread: The Chamber of Secrets, Chapters 11 and 12

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets coverThe Harry Potter Reread is thinking about getting a jaunty hat to wear, because if a reread can’t be fashionable, then what’s the point? Also, because then it could use the word jaunty more often, which is depressingly underused in modern speech.

This week we’ll get our behinds handed to us after being taught some bogus curse defenses, and then turn into half-cats. Sort of. It’s chapters 11 and 12 of The Chamber of Secrets—The Dueling Club and The Polyjuice Potion!

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Jul 10 2014 10:35am

Here’s Your First Look at Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes

Ian McKellen Sherlock Holmes 93 years old first look A Slight Trick of the Mind Bill Condon Patrick Stewart Watson

We've known for almost a year that Sir Ian McKellen would be the next actor to take on the mantle of Sherlock Holmes—albeit a much older Holmes, in Bill Condon's upcoming film Mr. Holmes. Now, we finally get our first look at him in-character!

[The suspense is killing us, too]

Jul 10 2014 10:00am

If Wishes Were Horses, Apes Would Ride Them: Why Planet of the Apes Will Always Blow Our Minds

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

If we had an infinite amount of apes banging on an infinite amount of typewriters, I think we can all agree, they’d eventually write every single Planet of the Apes movie, and then rise up and enslave us humans as their copy-editors, gaffers, and interns who get them coffee.

Basically there’s no way any of us are ever going to get over the idea of talking apes, like, ever. But why?

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Jul 10 2014 9:30am

Signed Land of Love and Drowning Sweepstakes!

Tiphanie Yanique’s debut novel Land of Love and Drowning introduces the reader to three siblings orphaned by a shipwreck in the Caribbean Sea. Each of them is unusually beautiful and each possesses a particular magic that will either sink or save them. Out now from Riverhead Books, this unique story chronicles three generations worth of sons and daughters, love affairs, curses, births, deaths, and triumphs of a single family.

We have five signed copies that we want to share with you! Comment in the post to enter!

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Jul 10 2014 9:00am

Humorous Exposition: Roger Zelazny’s A Night in the Lonesome October

Roger Zelazny A Night in the Lonesome October

“I like being a watchdog better than what I was before [Jack] summoned me and gave me this job.”

When I encountered this line for the first time, on page 2 of Roger Zelazny’s A Night in the Lonesome October, I cracked up. I didn’t get the line’s full genius, though, until I finished the book.

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Jul 10 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Our Patronus is an Adorable Rocketship!

Yes, we admit, Snape’s doe Patronus made us choke up a little. And the fact that James and Harry share a mighty stag gives us goosebumps. But, what about the rest of us? Those of us who maybe don’t need quite so majestic a protector? Citizen of Tumblr HangingFire shared Alicia-MB's creative take on this question, and now Dementors  are being thwarted by everything from angler fish to cassowaries, plus a few caped superheroes!

Morning Roundup intends to scare Dementors away with news about apes, presidential encouters with horse-masked individuals, and images from Alejandro Jodorowsky’s Dune!

[Plus a look back at the greatest Weird Al film of the ’80s!]

Jul 10 2014 7:00am

Nikola Tesla Was a Great Scientist, But a Greater Nerd

Nikola Tesla by David A. JohnsonToday marks the 158th birthday of Nikola Tesla, a man so bizarre and scientifically curious that it’s easy to imagine him figuring out a method to cheat death and live to see this year, if only Thomas Edison or his suspected OCD weren’t interfering....

Tesla brought true advancements to the fields of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and talking about death ray urban legends while tipsy at parties. And although his scientific achievements are vital to the way we live today, I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that what we as fans of science fiction truly laud him for is for being a wildly imaginative outsider.

[And a snappy dresser]

Jul 9 2014 10:58pm

Announcing the 2014 World Fantasy Nominees

The finalists for the 2014 World Fantasy Awards have been announced. This year’s judges are Andy Duncan, Kij Johnson, Oliver Johnson, John Klima,  and Liz Williams. Winners will be announced at the 2014 World Fantasy Convention held in Washington DC in November.  

Congratulations to all the nominees!

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Jul 9 2014 5:20pm

“I Volunteer as Tribute!”: Stuff YA Readers Say

Stuff YA Readers Say

Remember the “Shit [People] Say” viral video phenomenon of 2011? The original “Shit Girls Say” spawned “Shit Yogis Say,” “Shit Hipsters Say,” “Shit New Yorkers Say,” and basically a tongue-in-cheek, in-the-know video for every niche group.

Except for bookworms! Thankfully, Scholastic’s YA-championing online community This Is Teen has resurrected the meme with their new video, “Stuff YA Readers Say.” And they’ve got our number.

[Give it a look]

Jul 9 2014 5:00pm

The Last Last Policeman: Ben H. Winters’ World Of Trouble

World of Trouble The Last Policeman Ben H Winters reviewOurs is not the first generation to dream that it is the last generation. In some ways, you could say that the world has been looking forward to the end since the beginning. The end of things—the end of everything—has been foretold in most major religions, and around the world, throughout history, cults have sprung up and flourished and died based solely around some vision of apocalypse. There is nothing new about the end of the world.

And yet, doesn’t it feel as if we’re living in an age obsessed with End Time visions? Is it the aftermath of 9/11—the lingering trauma of seeing skyscrapers plummet to the earth? Was it the panic that followed, all those dark warnings about mushroom clouds over cities? Is it the ongoing wars in the Middle East, the land that gave us so much of our apocalyptic literature? Or is it the simple scientific fact—often discussed but seldom confronted—that we are poisoning our planet as fast as we can? Whatever the causes, contemporary American culture has produced a glut of doomsday images—so many now that global destruction is essentially the subject of most blockbusters these days. It’s as if we’re all waiting for the worst to happen.

[Maybe that’s why we need Hank Palace.]

Jul 9 2014 4:00pm

Mortal Danger (Excerpt)

Mortal Sanger Ann Aguirre excerpt

Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly bad things are happening. It’s a head rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly…

amazon buy link Mortal Danger Ann Aguire’s Mortal Danger is the first book in the Immortal Game series. Check out an excerpt below, and get your copy August 5th from Feiwel & Friends!

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Jul 9 2014 3:45pm

Isaac Asimov’s Predictions for the Future Respond to Tyra Banks’ Predictions for the Future

In a recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal Tyra Banks made 10 predictions about what the future will hold.

Granted, she was speaking in regards to how we will perceive beauty and how it will be achieved in The Future A.D. but I couldn’t help but be reminded of another famous prognosticator and his vision of the year 2014 as relayed from the 1964 World’s Fair. Both Banks and Asimov’s lists stem from a healthy diet of science fiction, knowingly or not, and extrapolate current technologies and societal norms while adding a dash of imagination and a peppering of insanity. Don’t believe me? Behold the comparison.

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