George R.R. Martin Limited Edition Box Sweepstakes!

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the publication of A Game of Thrones, Random House has created three boxes in partnership with author George R. R. Martin and HBO—and we want to send you a Limited Edition box!

The boxes contain collectibles, exclusive items, and a special, illustrated edition of A Game of Thrones, the first book in A Song of Ice and Fire, Martin’s internationally bestselling fantasy series. This edition is not available in stores and includes an alternate cover and a full-color insert of illustrations. The Limited Edition box contains:

  • Exclusive book: Collectible 20th anniversary illustrated edition of A Game of Thrones bound in eco-trim fiber, featuring gilded edged paper, color illustrations, color endpaper maps, and ribbon marker
  • Exclusive HBO Game of Thrones t-shirt, featuring map of Westeros and sigils (size large)
  • Exclusive reproduction of Robert Baratheon’s Will from the HBO series
  • Living Language Dothraki online course
  • Iron Coin of the Faceless Man from Shire Post Mint
  • Dead Man Set of coins from Westeros (previously unreleased) from Shire Post Mint
  • A Game of Thrones: The Card Game with exclusive Daenerys as Khaleesi card from Fantasy Flight
  • Holiday sigil shield lights from Kurt Adler
  • Exclusive Lord Commander Jon Snow and Queen Daenerys miniatures from Dark Sword Miniatures
  • Exclusive Maester’s journal from Insight Editions
  • Exclusive silk map of King’s Landing (2 feet x 3 feet)
  • Exclusive keepsake printed box with GRRM insignia, individually numbered

If you absolutely need one of these right now, you can get 15% off the box price with the code TOR15. Order here!

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Merriam-Webster Tackles Worldbuilding

As LitHub pointed out in a recent interview, Merriam-Webster’s social media game is on point. Yes, Merriam-Webster as in the dictionary—and the many clever, irreverent folks who dream up snappy tweets and thoughtful blog posts about etymology and wordplay. The site has a keen eye for which words are trending in pop culture, and their choices are impressively up-to-date: in omnia paratus after the premiere of Netflix’s Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Lifemonolith after Jon Stewart dropped it multiple times in one interview; and so forth. What’s more, the site’s Words We’re Watching feature highlights those bits of slang or evolutions in language that are on Merriam-Webster’s radar but haven’t yet gotten the official stamp of approval for inclusion. Take, for instance, when Daniel José Older tweeted:

Merriam-Webster responded within six weeks—and their Words We’re Watching entry for worldbuilding delved into the SFF community for answers.

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The Lost Child of Lychford Signed Copy Sweepstakes!

We want to send you an autographed copy of Paul Cornell’s The Last Child of Lychford, available now from Tor.com Publishing! Read an excerpt here.

It’s December in the English village of Lychford – the first Christmas since an evil conglomerate tried to force open the borders between our world and… another.

Which means it’s Lizzie’s first Christmas as Reverend of St. Martin’s. Which means more stress, more expectation, more scrutiny by the congregation. Which means… well, business as usual, really.

Until the apparition of a small boy finds its way to Lizzie in the church. Is he a ghost? A vision? Something else? Whatever the truth, our trio of witches (they don’t approve of “coven”) are about to face their toughest battle, yet!

The Lost Child of Lychford is the sequel to Paul Cornell’s Witches of Lychford.

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Holy Rewatch Batman! “Ring Around the Riddler”

“Ring Around the Riddler”
Written by Charles Hoffman
Directed by Sam Strangis
Season 3, Episode 2
Production code 1707
Original air dates: September 21, 1967

The Bat-signal: The Riddler is hiding out in a little-used gymnasium (conveniently labelled “LITTLE USED GYMNASIUM”) and trying to get Kid Gulliver to throw a fight. He won’t do it, so Riddler tosses him in the steam room to convince him. His plan is to take over Gotham’s boxing industry.

Kid Gulliver takes a dive in the third round. Bruce, Dick, and Alfred are watching, and Bruce solemnly calls an emergency meeting of the Gotham Boxing Commission (of which he is the chair), as he’s SHOCKED! to learn that there are undesirable elements getting involved in boxing.

[What do you throw away that keeps returning?]

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Your First Look at Elisabeth Moss as Offred in Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale

“We never wanted the show to be this relevant,” Elisabeth Moss recently told Entertainment Weekly on the set of The Handmaid’s Tale, which gives you a sense of the mindset within which Hulu is adapting Margaret Atwood’s 1985 dystopian novel. Moss is both a producer on the project as well as its star, playing Offred: the eponymous handmaid in the totalitarian Republic of Gilead, stripped of her previous identity, family, and autonomy and prized for her fertility. Hulu has released a handful of first-look photos revealing Offred’s iconic outfit, plus a glimpse of other handmaids and The Commander (Joseph Fiennes).

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All the Birds in the Sky and Ghost Talkers Among the Best SFF Audiobooks of 2016

AudioFile Magazine, which reviews thousands of audiobooks a year (nearly 400 every 60 days, according to the website), has released its list of the best audiobooks of 2016. The recommendations, based on best listening and most interesting performances, number 126 audiobooks across nine genres. Fifteen of those titles make up the sci-fi and fantasy list, including Charlie Jane Anders’ All the Birds in the Sky, N.K. Jemisin’s The Obelisk Gate, Joe Hill’s The Fireman, and Mary Robinette Kowal’s Ghost Talkers.

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The Horrors of Healthcare: William Woolfolk’s The Sendai

Congratulations! You survived seven more days on this planet! You deserve a freaky Friday, where I dig into the vault and pull out some weird and forgotten horror book that smells like cat hair.

It’s open enrollment period on the health insurance marketplace so what better time to read The Sendai? If you’re looking for new health insurance, and especially if you’re thinking of having yourself a litter of babies, it can be scary trying to pick the right doctor. Fortunately, The Sendai is here with some tips! First, stay away from any clinic or doctor with a name out of a Cronenberg movie. Second, do not give birth in a delivery room that includes a conveyor belt leading to The Off-Limits Building. Also, maybe don’t have a baby in a clinic that has something referred to as The Off-Limits Building.

Basically, do not have your baby at The Karyll Clinic in The Sendai, unless you want to have your newborn child replaced with a lifeless rubber dummy you’ll weep over while your actual suckling babe is conveyed off to its horrible new life as a genetic mutant.

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Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Assail, Chapter Ten, Part One

Welcome 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, and finally comments from Tor.com readers. Today we’re continuing Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Assail, covering chapter ten, part one.

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, but 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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Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in Talks to Apparate to Broadway

Ever since Harry Potter and the Cursed Child opened in London in June 2016, it seemed inevitable to ask when (not if) it would make it across the pond to New York City and, specifically, the Great White Way. While there have been rumors for months about just how the show would transfer, the producers have officially confirmed to Pottermore that they’re in talks to secure a theater for a spring 2018 opening.

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New Brandon Sanderson Interview on Google Discover Drops Stormlight 3 Hint

Brandon Sanderson is currently touring his new book Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection (he hits the NYC and Chicago areas this weekend!) and recently stopped by Google Discover for a “post-Arcanum” interview.

Naturally, Sanderson’s next big project–Stormlight Archive Book 3–came up, and this interesting tidbit appeared:

However, as a teaser, I did “sneak” a few flashbacks in from another character as well, someone whose past you might not expect to play a role in this book.

Is it Szeth? But readers would perhaps be expecting a Szeth flashback, wouldn’t they? So maybe it’s someone else… The full interview is available on Google Discover.

Revealing Kat Howard’s An Unkindness of Magicians

We’re pleased to share the cover for An Unkindness of Magicians, a new fantasy thriller by acclaimed author Kat Howard!

There is a dark secret hiding at the heart of New York City, where magic controls everything. The power of magic is fading, and Sydney—a new, rare magician with incredible power that has been unmatched in decades—may be the only person who is able to stop the darkness. But Sydney doesn’t want to help the system, she wants to destroy it…

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Five Books About Human Horror

I love what an eclectic, wide-ranging genre horror can be. I’m always down for some zombies, werewolves, monsters, killer plants, dark magic, etc. But to me, nothing is scarier than humans and the terrible things they do to one another—for love, for money, for fame; out of rivalry or desperation or fear.

All in Fear, a new queer horror anthology from Open Ink Press, explores horror in all its forms, from the supernatural to the domestic, but every story includes an element of terror that is chillingly human. In honor of its release, here are five of my favorite horror stories where the real danger is human, rather than paranormal.

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