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Devil in a Blue Dress: Horns by Joe Hill
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Thu
Oct 30 2014 3:00pm

Let’s Ruin Some Childhoods: Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte's Web EB White

It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.

E.B. White’s Charlotte’s Web is the story of two unlikely friends: a pig saved from early slaughter only to find himself being fattened up for Christmas, and a rather remarkable spider with a gift for spinning words. Also, a very mean rat, a wise old sheep, a goose very focused on her eggs, a determined girl, a bit where a lot of people fall down in the mud, and a Ferris wheel. Warm, funny, wonderful—at least, that’s how I remembered it.

And then someone on Twitter had to spoil all of these happy childhood memories in one tweet.

[Her tweet, and this post, are both very spoilery.]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 2:30pm

A Sci-Fi Casserole: Peter F. Hamilton’s The Abyss Beyond Dreams

The Abyss Beyond Dreams reviewPeter F. Hamilton is a steak dinner, with sides, and a big helping of desert. He probably comes with an after dinner espresso too. He makes you feel like a bloated carcass when you push away from the table and stumble out of the restaurant, your top button straining to stay in place. He makes you feel like an elbow to the gut will result in the carnage of the last two hours of debauchery emptying into the gutter. He doesn’t just give you a story and move on, he gives you all the stories and then a few more. He’s delicious.

This sounds like a precursor to an episode of The Walking Dead. It’s actually an entry point in discussing his most recent novel, The Abyss Beyond Dreams, which aspires to be just as addictively bloating as his previous work. Unfortunately, it’s more like a tapas experience full of disparate tastes that won’t quite leave you satisfied.

[More food metaphors...]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 2:00pm

Gaming Roundup: Kick Into Sunset Overdrive This Halloween

Sunset Overdrive isn’t exactly your classic Halloween video game, but hey—there are mutant zombies, so... close, right? Insomniac Games’ fast-paced rail-based shooter took E3 by unexpected storm earlier this year, going from virtual unknown to being touted as a franchise-defining title for a console sorely in need of one at the time—the Xbox One. The much anticipated game launched this week, just in time for October 31st. Is it worth your time?

[“My life didn’t start until the world came to an end.”]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 1:46pm

Interstellar Remembers the Moon Landing Differently

Interstellar clip moon landing fake denial

We’ve spent so much time talking about the space and science of Interstellar that we haven’t touched too much upon what’s actually happening on Earth in Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi drama. The first clip from the movie gives you a better sense of this world’s particular history, and part of what motivates Matthew McConaughey to search out new worlds.

[Watch the clip: “Useless Machines”]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 1:30pm

Steampunk Events for November 2014

As the days grow colder, we’re looking for more reasons to eat, drink, and be merry—with some historical subversiveness thrown in for good fun. Stop in for a dance (or a bite) at the historically-inclined vampire balls on All Hallow’s Day. Attend steampunk conventions in San Antonio, TX, Wichita, Kansas, or Lafayette, Louisiana. Gab with authors at Clockwork Couture’s book signing or party on the Prime Meridian at the Greenwich’s National Maritime Museum. These events and more are the gems that Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambassador, and I had pulled out from the brassy bits of the internetz to add to your social calendar.

[November steampunk events]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: “The Mystery Knight” Part 3

Welcome 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 3 of “The Mystery Knight: A Tale of the Seven Kingdoms”, which originally appeared in the anthology Warriors, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.

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 Tor.com. 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!

[I’m guessing the “constant attempts at rebellion” glitch is not a patchable bug in the Blackfyre OS]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 12:40pm

Pan Macmillan to Publish Naomi Novik’s New Novel, Uprooted!!

Uprooted cover Naomi Novik

Naomi Novik, the author of the much-loved Temeraire series, has a new novel coming out! Uprooted, a dark fairy tale, was acquired by Pan MacMillan’s Editorial Director Julie Crisp for the UK and Commonwealth. Crisp said of the deal: “I have been a huge fan of Naomi’s since reading the first novel in her thrilling Temeraire series. When I read her fantasy Uprooted I was absolutely blown away by the beautifully-written and richly-imagined world - it is in every way an enchanting read.”

Uprooted tells the story of Agnieszka, whose village is surrounded by a terrible enchanted wood. While a grim local wizard can keep the horrors at bay, he demands a high fee: ten years of service from a young girl of his choosing. Now the choosing is approaching, and Agnieszka fears that her best friend, the lovely Kasia, will be taken. But what if the wizard makes a different choice?

Thu
Oct 30 2014 12:30pm

The Harry Potter Reread: The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 21 and 22

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, coverThe Harry Potter Reread has howled at the full moon and found that nothing seems to howl back. It was an all around disappointing experience.

We’re at the end of book three! Time to wrap up those time travel plots and give the kiddies some end-of-the-year gossip. We’re closing on chapters 21 and 22 of The Prisoner of Azkaban—Hermione’s Secret and Owl Post Again.

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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Thu
Oct 30 2014 12:00pm

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 16

Brandon Sanderson Words of Radiance Stormlight ArchiveWelcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com! Last week, Shallan continued to have neither shoes nor a boyfriend. This week, Kaladin continues to have neither self-esteem nor the respect of the priestly class. Have-nots, am I right?

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. In particular, this week will contain material that may spoil sections of Warbreaker for those who haven’t read it yet. Go read Warbreaker! It’s relevant! The index for this reread can be found here, and more Stormlight Archive goodies are indexed here. Click on through to join the discussion.

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Thu
Oct 30 2014 11:45am

Amy Poehler Quizzed George R.R. Martin on Game of Thrones Characters, and It Was Adorable

George R.R. Martin Amy Poehler quiz Game of Thrones characters video

George R.R. Martin and Amy Poehler are both currently promoting very different books—she a memoir and he The World of Ice & Fire—but that was (presumably) what brought them together on Late Night with Seth Meyers. There, Poehler challenged Martin to match quotes to his A Song of Ice and Fire characters. Although he starts out with a seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of his own words, Poehler manages to stump him more than once—but once you watch the video, you’ll see why.

Can Poehler appear on the next season of Game of Thrones, preferably as Mrs. Puddlefinch?

Thu
Oct 30 2014 11:30am

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger pop quizWelcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on Tor.com featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Gail Carriger, author of comedic steampunk novels mixed with urbane fantasy. Her debut novel, Soulless, won the ALA’s Alex Award. She was once an archaeologist and is overly fond of tea. Waistcoats & Weaponry, the third book in her Finishing School series, is available November 4th from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

Join us!

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Thu
Oct 30 2014 11:10am

Terminator: Genisys Will Turn Sarah Connor Into Someone Unrecognizable

Terminator: Genisys synopsis Sarah Connor twist wtf Emilia Clarke

It turns out we should stop thinking of Terminator: Genisys as the fifth movie in the Terminator franchise, and instead as the first movie of a rebooted franchise. At least, that’s what Paramount’s plan is, according to this Entertainment Weekly cover story. Genisys is the first of three planned films intended to “reconnect fans to what made [the] first two movies so cool, while tweaking audience expectations.”

The first way they’re going to do that? By going back in time and making Sarah Connor into a completely different person.

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Thu
Oct 30 2014 11:00am

Twelve Books to Bewitch You!

Hermione Granger

Halloween approaches, and in the interest of providing you with All Hallow’s Eve reading material, we took to Twitter and asked you for some of your favorite literary witches! Below, we gathered some of your picks (and a few of our own)—from Hermione Granger to Granny Weatherwax, these ladies are sure to cast a spell on you. Let us know who we missed in the comments!

[Click through for restless spirits on endless flights!]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 10:05am

George R. R. Martin’s The Ice Dragon Debuts on the YA New York Times Bestseller List

The Ice Dragon George R. R. Martin

Congrats to Tor Teen and that huge scary guy up yonder for debuting at #5 on the New York Times Young Adult Bestseller list! George R. R. Martin's The Ice Dragon, out recently, is a bedtime story told by denizens of the world of Ice and Fire, and this new edition features all new illustrations by Luis Royo. Check out more of them here and read a chapter from The Ice Dragon here.

Interestingly enough, ice dragons are also briefly mentioned in the World of Ice and Fire history book out this week.

Congrats again, Tor Teen! Now show us where you're hiding the real ice dragon.

Thu
Oct 30 2014 10:00am

The Worst of All Possible Universes and the Best of All Possible Earths: Three Body and Chinese Science Fiction

The Three-Body Problem Cixin Liu

Article translated by Ken Liu.

A few years ago, a science fiction novel appeared in China under the strange title of Three Body.

There were, in total, three volumes, and the title for the entire work is Remembrance of Earth’s Past. After volume I, Three Body (note: the official English title for volume I is The Three-Body Problem), the next two volumes are The Dark Forest and Death’s End. However, Chinese readers habitually refer to the entire work as Three Body.

Science fiction is not a genre that has much respect in China. Critics have long been discouraged from paying attention to the category, dismissed as a branch of juvenile literature. The subject of Three Body—an alien invasion of Earth—is not unheard of, but rarely discussed.

[Science fiction and cultural history in China...]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 9:30am

Rich and Strange: “Witch, Beast, Saint” by C. S. E. Cooney

Grooming Earlier this autumn I was infuriated enough by a bigoted and incompetent review of a talented writer’s work that I decided to review it myself. The result was Rich and Strange, a commitment to review short fiction on a weekly basis, focusing on work in magazines that I’ve especially loved. I reviewed three stories—Sam J. Miller’s “We Are the Cloud,” Alyssa Wong’s “Santos de Sampaguitas,” and Kate Hall’s “The Scrimshaw and the Scream”—before taking Tor.com up on the invitation of running the column here.

Partly in honour of Liz Bourke’s Sleeps With Monsters column but mostly just because it’s dazzling, the first story I want to single out for praise in this venue is C. S. E. Cooney’s “Witch, Beast, Saint: an Erotic Fairy Tale.”

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Thu
Oct 30 2014 9:30am

Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution Sweepstakes!

Just in time for Halloween, we’ve got a chance for you to win one of our five copies of Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution by Tor.com’s own Keith R.A. DeCandido, available now from Crown Publishing! Check out our excerpt and review, and then find out about Ichabod Crane’s connection to George Washington (and his secret war against the demon hordes) by winning a copy of the book!

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Thu
Oct 30 2014 9:00am

Check Out Dragonstone and Other Art Pieces From The World of Ice & Fire

The World of Ice & Fire book art Dragonstone Philip Straub George R.R. Martin

One of the best things about George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series is the utter detail he puts into the world of Westeros (and beyond), down to its castles, thrones, and warring families. Pick up The World of Ice & Fire, the new history compendium, and you’ll get to see these details that have lived in your imagination made real.

In addition to the 19 factoids, family trees, and prophecies we found hiding within its 300+ pages, there’s a breathtaking array of art depicting every corner of Westeros and beyond. Readers will get to see the Iron Throne (the much scarier version than what’s on the HBO series) up close, as well as detailed views of castles like Dragonstone and portraits of historical figures including Rhaegar Targaryen and Princess Nymeria. Check out a preview of the art below!

[Feast your eyes on the art of The World of Ice & Fire]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Dark Wings, Dark Words? No, Just a Halloween Greeting!

Mental Floss shared a whole pillowcase full of vintage Halloween cards! They range from sweet “Haunting Licenses” to creepy scenes of elves sawing sentient pumpkins in half, but they all make us wish people still sent these...maybe we can hijack Christmas? We especially loved this one, because, as if the terrible puns weren’t enough, it contains a mystery! Why is Ghost Kid bound in chains? Did it somehow rob from widows and swindle the poor before its fifth birthday? And maybe most importantly: What the heck is it doing with that salt shaker?

Morning Roundup brings you terrifying renditions of Poe stories, the top ten film phobias, and all the ways your life is different from Harry Potter’s.

[Plus, George R.R. Martin takes a Game of Thrones quiz!]

Wed
Oct 29 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: David Gerrold

David Gerrold pop quizWelcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on Tor.com featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by David Gerrold, the author of over 50 books, hundreds of articles and columns, and over a dozen television episodes—including the Star Trek Original Series classic “The Trouble with Tribbles.” David recently released 12 of his classic works in ebook format, including When Harlie Was One, Moonstar, and Child of Grass. Find out more about all of the ebook releases at Gerrold’s site, and check out an excerpt from Child of Earth, book one in The Sea of Grass trilogy, here on Tor.com!

[Join us!]