Sleep Walking Now and Then July 9, 2014 Sleep Walking Now and Then Richard Bowes A tragedy in three acts. The Devil in the Details July 2, 2014 The Devil in the Details Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald A Peter Crossman adventure. Little Knife June 26, 2014 Little Knife Leigh Bardugo A Ravkan folk tale. The Color of Paradox June 25, 2014 The Color of Paradox A.M. Dellamonica Ruin, spoil, or if necessary kill.
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July 3, 2014
Gaming Roundup: Elite: Dangerous Gives You A Universe
Pritpaul Bains and Theresa DeLucci
July 3, 2014
Flintlocks and Freedom: Check Out these Revolutionary War Fantasies!
Leah Schnelbach
June 30, 2014
The YA Roundup: With News from the Capitol!
Kat Kennedy and Steph Sinclair
June 30, 2014
Queering SFF: Wrapping Up Pride Month Extravaganza (Redux)
Brit Mandelo
June 30, 2014
Change is in the Air on The Legend of Korra!
Mordicai Knode
Thu
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.

Thu
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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Thu
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]

Thu
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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Thu
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.

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Thu
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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Thu
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!]

Thu
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]

Wed
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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Wed
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]

Wed
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.]

Wed
Jul 9 2014 4:00pm
Excerpt

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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Wed
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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Wed
Jul 9 2014 3:30pm

The Laundry Files Sweepstakes!

If the three Tor.com originals from Charles Stross’ Laundry Files weren’t enough to keep you sated, you’re in luck—The Rhesus Chart is the fifth Laundry novel and it’s out now from Ace! Bob Howard’s job as newly appointed junior manager is about to get a lot more complicated. There’s a vampiric virus, bureaucratic red tape, an underlying conspiracy between monsters and men, and his work week is only getting started. 

We want to send one winner a Laundry Files prize pack that includes The Rhesus Chart, The Atrocity Archives, The Jennifer Morgue, The Fuller Memorandum, and The Apocalypse Codex

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Wed
Jul 9 2014 3:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Paul Di Filippo

Paul Di FilippoWelcome 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!

Joining us today is prolific science fiction, fantasy, and horror writer Paul Di Filippo. Di Filippo has multiple collections to his credit, including The Emperor of Gondwanaland and Other Stories, Fractal Paisleys, Lost Pages, and many more. His latest collection, The Steampunk Trilogy, is available now from Open Road Media. Di Filippo has written a number of novels as well, including Joe’s Liver and Spondulix: A Romance of Hoboken.

We think Paul may have invented a kind of gross sandwich, but he swears we’ll love it...

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Wed
Jul 9 2014 2:00pm

SciFi in the Motor City: An Interview with the Committee of Detcon1

For SF/F fans who can’t make it out to London for Worldcon this summer, there is another event to put on your roster: Detcon1, this year’s North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), happening in about two weeks in Detroit, Michigan. Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of talking to several of their committee members about what to expect at the convention, and more. Special kudos to Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, member of Detcon1’s Diversity Advisory Board, for his help in arranging this chat.

 

[Rev up your engines and head down to Detroit, July 17-20]

Wed
Jul 9 2014 1:45pm

We Now Interrupt Your Next Mockingjay Teaser With a Message From District 13

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay teaser trailer Johanna Mason Jena Malone President Snow Peeta Mellark Jeffrey Wright Beetee District 13 transmission mockingjay Katniss Everdeen

In case you were thinking that eerie shot of President Snow and Peeta from the first The Hunger Games: Mockingjay teaser was looking a bit unbalanced, you were right. Find out who else is meant to be flanking Snow in the next chilling Capitol address, this time about unity. But that’s not the most exciting thing about the video!

[“Now, more than ever, Panem is speaking with one voice...”]

Wed
Jul 9 2014 1:00pm

“A Contract Requires Payment, or it Doesn’t Take.” Max Gladstone’s Full Fathom Five

Full Fathom Five review Max Gladstone Full Fathom Five is Max Gladstone’s third novel, after 2013’s Two Serpents Rise and 2012’s Three Parts Dead. This might be his third novel in as many years, but one could be forgiven for believing Gladstone had an entire previous career writing books under another name: Full Fathom Five reads like the work of a mature writer, one in full control of his craft and style. Not only that, but a writer conscious of his thematic arguments, and actively involved in a conversation with the fantasy genre.

[Spoilers be mild ones]

Wed
Jul 9 2014 12:55pm

George R. R. Martin to People Who Say He’ll Die Soon: “#$%@ You”

George R. R. Martin fuck you

A Song of Ice and Fire series author George R. R. Martin just laid it out during a recent interview to Swiss daily newspaper Tages-Anzeiger. When asked about how he felt in response to readers claiming that Martin will die before he ever finishes the book series:

I find that question pretty offensive. So...“fuck you” to those people.

With accompanying hand gesture, of course. And somewhere, Neil Gaiman shook his head to himself, muttering “I told them. I told them,” before stepping between worlds for a tea break.

You can watch GRRM’s response here.

Never forget.

[via Vulture]

Wed
Jul 9 2014 12:15pm

Jane Austen Looks Exactly Like Modern Day Regency Author Mary Robinette Kowal

Jane Austen Mary Robinette Kowal

After an extensive period of research, utilizing forensics, eyewitness accounts, and the expertise of a period costume designer, the Jane Austen Centre in Bath has determined what Austen really looked like during her life in the 18th century.

At which point we replied um, no, that’s Tor Books author Mary Robinette Kowal, puppeteer, Pat Rothfuss impersonator, and...regency author.

Hm.

Can someone please give Mary a call and check to see if the Weeping Angels got her? The Doctor does make secret cameos in her regency books kind of a lot....