Selfies September 17, 2014 Selfies Lavie Tidhar Smile for the camera. When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami September 16, 2014 When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami Kendare Blake A Goddess Wars story As Good As New September 10, 2014 As Good As New Charlie Jane Anders She has three chances to save the world. Tuckitor’s Last Swim September 9, 2014 Tuckitor’s Last Swim Edith Cohn A hurricane is coming.
From The Blog
September 18, 2014
Cast As Thou Wilt: Kushiel’s Dart Dream Cast
Natalie Zutter
September 17, 2014
How Goldfinger Bound Sci-Fi to James Bond
Ryan Britt
September 15, 2014
Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Servant of the Empire, Part 1
Tansy Rayner Roberts
September 13, 2014
If You Want a Monster to Hunt, You’ll Get It. Doctor Who: “Listen”
Chris Lough
September 11, 2014
The Ghostbusters are an Antidote to Lovecraft’s Dismal Worldview
Max Gladstone
Mon
Sep 22 2014 1:10pm

Tywin Lannister Said Some Things About Game of Thrones Season 5

Tywin Lannister Game of Thrones season 5 rumor

Spoilers for Game of Thrones season 4 immediately ahead.

Charles “Tywin Lannister” Dance got to talking last week during the press tour for Dracula Untold and said some weird things to MTV UK about the forthcoming fifth season of Game of Thrones, which is largely expected to cover events that take place in A Feast For Crows and A Dance With Dragons.

[Read at your own risk!]

Mon
Sep 22 2014 1:00pm

Lock In and the Vacuum That Gender Creates

Lock In John Scalzi gender

John Scalzi’s near-future thriller Lock In throws out plenty of larger issues to consider in regards to robotics technology: where the consciousness truly sits, the civil and legal rights of non-human humans, the definitions of disability, and how current societal expectations of class and wealth affect these issues. What may not become immediately apparent to the reader, even after finishing the book, is what Lock In has to say about how the fluidity of gender would evolve in a world where one can exist separately from one's body.

By virtue of being a procedural thriller, Lock In is a quick read, and it’s easy to miss this aspect of the book, especially because the reason it is notable is primarily due to its absence. We see the main character, FBI detective Chris Shane, in a variety of mechanical bodies, avatars, and briefly in the flesh. We are given a multitude of perspectives with which to define Chris.

Spoilers ahead for Lock In. Make sure you've read the book before proceeding.

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Mon
Sep 22 2014 12:00pm

Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Servant of the Empire Part 2

Welcome back to the Servant of the Empire Reread.

This week in the ongoing adventures of Mara of the Acoma, it’s all about admin, flirting with sexy redhead barbarians, and the vengeance of her enemies. But mostly it’s about admin. Also you get two chapters, because one of them is full of nothing much happening at all!

Chapter 2: Planning

SUMMARY: Desio of the Minwanabi is not a happy man. He’s angry, scared, paranoid, mostly drunk and oh yes, regularly abusing the women who are sent to him as stress relief.

Incomo, the First Advisor of the Minwanabi, isn’t having a great time either, mostly because he has to deal with Desio. Desio is no fun to work with.

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Mon
Sep 22 2014 11:37am

Jeremy Renner Took Black Widow’s Face Oh God Give It Back

Jeremy Renner Scarlett Johansson mask

Are you ready for a combination of OTP glee and nightmare fodder? Because Jeremy Renner decided to wear Scarlett Johansson’s face, and now we can’t unsee it.

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Mon
Sep 22 2014 11:00am

A Read of the Dark Tower Redux: Constant Reader Tackles The Wind Through the Keyhole: “The Wind Through the Keyhole,” Part 3

Once upon a time, a ka-tet of readers found themselves at tor.com on a long quest to reach Stephen King’s Dark Tower. During the journey, the author (or perhaps it was simply ka) tried to throw our hardy band of pilgrims into confusion by telling a new story. Undeterred, their path followed the Beam until the end, and only now, when we know what is at the clearing at the end of the path, do we return to Mid-World once again, to join our old friends for The Wind Through the Keyhole (Dark Tower 4.5, if it do ya). Welcome. There be spoilers ahead.

When we last left our story, we were lost in Roland’s telling of his story of Debaria and, within that, his retelling of his childhood story The Wind Through the Keyhole. Young Tim Ross was concluding a disturbing visit in the Endless Forest to see the Covenant Man, and had discovered his father’s body in the water.

[Read this week’s post.]

Mon
Sep 22 2014 10:00am

A Map of Comic Book Burnings Across the U.S.

Comic book burnings map banned books Bad For You

In Bad for You, available from Henry Holt, authors Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham expose the long-standing campaign against fun for what it really is: a bunch of anxious adults grasping at straws, ignoring scientific data, and blindly yearning for the good old days that never were.

As part of our recognition of Banned Books Week, we’ve pulled this map of all known comic book burnings across the U.S. for perusal. Many date from before Fredric Wertham’s “classic” Seduction of the Innocent, and all of them seem almost-quaint considering how movies based on comic books now bring in billions of dollars every year.

[A map of comic book burnings across the U.S.]

Mon
Sep 22 2014 9:15am

Flintlocks and Freedom: Check Out these Revolutionary War Fantasies!

With the second season of Sleepy Hollow premiering tonight (yay!), we’re noticing a recent trend in popular fantasy. Gaslamp and Flintlock subgenres have begun to gain traction in the SFF world, so we’ve rounded up some of the historical fantasies that eschew the Napoleonic Wars or the dark alleys of London to focus instead on the American Revolution!

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Mon
Sep 22 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Let Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, and Weird Al Yankovic Tell You What Week It Is

Banned Books Week Neil Gaiman George R.R. Martin Weird Al Yankovic

Neil Gaiman and his literary/parody posse want to make sure that you spend this week reading banned books and comics. They’ll know if you don’t. They’ll know. (It’s well known that Weird Al can see into our minds. Oh hey, did George R.R. Martin return that typewriter?)

Morning Roundup brings you 3D-printed superhero action figures with your (yes, your) face, a new and easier way to watch MST3K, and Doctor Who Christmas special casting news!

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Sun
Sep 21 2014 1:30pm

Robbed A Bank. Robbed A Whole Bank. Doctor Who: “Time Heist”

Doctor Who, Time Heist

You’ve gotta have a heist episode, right?

It’s sort of remarkable that Who has avoided the heist play for this long, but perhaps you just need the right sort of Doctor for it. So, how does a robbery go when time travel is involved?

[Bow tie, embarrassing.]

Sun
Sep 21 2014 10:30am

Silverblind Sweepstakes!

Read our excerpt from Silverblind, the newest installment in Tina Connolly's historical fantasy series Ironskin, then enter to win a galley of the book!

Dorie Rochart has been hiding her fey side for a long time. Now, finished with University, she plans to study magical creatures and plants in the wild, bringing long-forgotten cures to those in need. But when no one will hire a girl to fight basilisks, she releases her shape-changing fey powers to disguise herself as a boy, and becomes a hunter of wyvern eggs. She encounters old friends, new threats, and basilisks and silvertails in this alternate 1930s England where human and fey co-exist.

Check for the rules below!

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Sun
Sep 21 2014 10:00am

H.G. Wells Invented Everything You Love

HG Wells Art by David A. Johnson H.G. Wells is considered one of the fathers of science fiction, and if you look at a brief timeline you’ll see why he’s so extraordinary:

  • 1895: The Time Machine
  • 1896: The Island of Doctor Moreau
  • 1897: The Invisible Man
  • 1898: The War of the Worlds
  • 1901: The First Men in the Moon

So basically for four consecutive years Wells got out of bed on New Year’s Day and said, “What ho! I think I’ll invent a new subgenre of scientific fiction!” And then he took a year off, only to return with a story about a moon landing. If it wasn’t for that gap in 1900, he probably would have invented cyberpunk, too.

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Sun
Sep 21 2014 10:00am

The Great Stephen King Birthday Cinema Celebration!

Stephen King Art by David A. JohnsonI love Stephen King, as a writer, as a proclaimer of the greatness of genre literature, and, maybe most of all, as a guy. He was the first author I knew who—actually, scratch that. Stephen King was the first author I knew.

I recognized the names of children’s authors, and some of the bigger pulpy adult authors that my parents read (my mother was a huge Dick Francis fan, and our house had the requisite copies of Clan of the Cave Bear and Shogun) but King was the first author I saw being interviewed on TV. He was the only author I knew who wrote introductions to his own books, and I got a real sense of him as a person form reading them.

Later, when I read Danse Macabre and On Writing, I discovered that he could carry that conversational, regular-guy writing style through an entire book, and the more I write myself, the more impressed I am. I think what really came through, more so even than in his fiction, was his weird, dark sense of humor.

It is in this spirit that I present to you, oh my brothers and sisters and neithers and others, a Stephen King Movie Moment Retrospective.

[Including the second-funniest moment in Maximum Overdrive.]

Sat
Sep 20 2014 10:30am

Lowball: A Wild Cards Novel Sweepstakes!

ILowball sweepst’s George R.R. Martin’s birthday, and we want to send you a galley of Lowball, out on November 4th, to celebrate! Edited by Martin and Melinda Snodgrass, Lowball is the latest mosaic novel in the acclaimed Wild Cards universe, featuring original fiction by Carrie Vaughn, Ian Tregillis, David Anthony Durham, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Mary Anne Mohanraj, David D. Levine, Michael Cassutt, and Walter John Williams.

Decades after an alien virus changed the course of history, the surviving population of Manhattan still struggles to understand the new world left in its wake. Natural humans share the rough city with those given extraordinary—and sometimes terrifying—traits. While most manage to coexist in an uneasy peace, not everyone is willing to adapt.

Check for the rules below!

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Sat
Sep 20 2014 10:00am

George R. R. Martin: The Rock Star of Genre Fiction

George R R Martin Art by David A. JohnsonOn this day 66 years ago, George Raymond Martin (the second R, for Richard, was added by him at his Confirmation) was born in Bayonne, New Jersey. As a child, between writing monster stories for the local kids (at a nickel a story), sending away “sticky quarters” for the earliest comic fanzines, and taking care of the turtles—which were the only pets he was allowed in the projects—George R.R. Martin dreamed of far-off places.

The Kill van Kull could be seen outside his window, ships constantly flowing up and down, and he would learn what countries the flags they flew represented and he would imagine what it was like to sail away to distant nations. That hunger for unseen vistas has served him well over the years as he went from fan to pro to... well, there’s nothing else for it but to say that he’s now at rockstar-like levels of fame.

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Fri
Sep 19 2014 5:00pm

The Horrifying Truth About the Matt Smith Years of Doctor Who

Karen Gillan, Arthur Darvill, Amy and Rory, Doctor Who

We found this on Tumblr, and now we cannot un-think it, and it hurts.

[Don’t say we didn’t warn you.]

Fri
Sep 19 2014 4:30pm

Fear City Sweepstakes!

Rage, terror, and redemption: these are the stones upon which F. Paul Wilson builds the concluding chapter of Repairman Jack: The Early Years, the prequel trilogy focusing on the formative years of Wilson's globally popular supernatural troubleshooter.

The strands of Jack's life, established in the first two books, Cold City and Dark City, are now woven into a complete pattern in Fear City, out from Tor Books November 11, and we want to send you a galley now!

Check for the rules below!

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Fri
Sep 19 2014 4:00pm
Excerpt

The Younger Gods (Excerpt)

Michael R Underwood

Michael Underwood The Younger Gods excerpt Jacob Greene was a sweet boy raised by a loving, tight-knit family… of cultists. He always obeyed, and was so trusted by them that he was the one they sent out on their monthly supply run (food, medicine, pig fetuses, etc.).

Finding himself betrayed by them, he flees the family’s sequestered compound and enters the true unknown: college in New York City. It’s a very foreign place, the normal world and St. Mark’s University. But Jacob’s looking for a purpose in life, a way to understand people, and a future that breaks from his less-than-perfect past.

When his estranged sister arrives in town to kick off the apocalypse, Jacob realizes that if he doesn’t gather allies and stop the family’s prophecy of destruction from coming true, nobody else will…

The Younger Gods, available October 13th from Simon and Schuster, is the start of a new series from author Michael R. Underwood. Read an excerpt below!

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Fri
Sep 19 2014 3:48pm

Supergirl TV Series Takes Flight With CBS!

Rumor no longer: Supergirl is coming to TV! CBS has given a full series commitment to Greg Berlanti’s hour-long drama based on Superman’s Kryptonian cousin Kara Zor-El, a twenty-something who decides to embrace her super destiny. Finally, the superhero boys’ club of primetime TV will have a lady representing!

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Fri
Sep 19 2014 3:05pm

Lou Anders Leaving Prometheus Books

According to a Publisher's Weekly announcement, Lou Anders—editorial director and art director of Prometheus's Pyr imprint—will be leaving the company. He has been with the imprint since its inception 10 years prior, but now plans to dedicate his time to being a novelist. His first book, Frostborn, was just released this August.

Rene Sears will be rejoining Pyr as the interim editor in Anders' absence. We wish both of them good luck in their endeavors!

Fri
Sep 19 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Who Mourns for Morn?”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Who Mourns for Morn?“Who Mourns for Morn?”
Written by Mark Gehred-O’Connell
Directed by Victor Lobl
Season 6, Episode 12
Production episode 40510-536
Original air date: February 4, 1998
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Morn has gone away on business for two weeks, and so Quark has replaced him with a hologram. It’s better for business if customers see Morn in his usual place at the bar, and the last time he was away from the station for an extended time, profits were down 5%. The hologram isn’t interactive, as that would be more expensive—besides, Quark prefers this version, as the real Morn just never shuts up.

Sisko and Dax enter the bar, taken aback by the sight of Morn, and relieved when told it’s not really him, as they just got a report that his transport was caught in an ion storm, and Morn was killed.

[“What is that smell?” “Your inheritance: Livanian beets. Very ripe.”]