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Jul 14 2014 12:30pm

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Calcifies the New Era of the Post-Human Blockbuster

There has been a troubled tradition of humans sticking their noses in movies that are supposedly about robots, aliens, Draculas, sharknados, talking monkeys and all kinds of other cool critters. Caesar and his fellow apes aren’t new to this party, but the revolution they’re pushing in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes has the strong possibility of creating a new kind of genre movie: a seriously good blockbuster that actually features a ratio favoring non-humans way more than humans.

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Jul 14 2014 12:00pm

A Long Overdue Nod to SciFi and Fantasy’s Best Librarians

Doctor Who Library Donna

Chances are the Doctor won’t be showing up at your local library anytime soon—unless, of course, you have an infestation of Vashta Nerada (in which case, don’t forget to count the shadows!). But whether in fantasy or science fiction, there are any number of amazing fictional libraries we’d love to visit, especially to meet up with the guardians of the stacks.

So we turned to Twitter to find out where your SFF librarian loyalties lie. Here are your favorites, as well as a few of our own!

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Jul 14 2014 11:25am

True Blood Season 7, Episode 4: “Death is Not the End”

True Blood Death is not the End

Maybe it was my 90s nostalgia, maybe I was just in a forgiving mood, but that was not a terrible episode of True Blood. I know. Crazy, right?

Maybe we can get a spinoff miniseries of Eric and Pam’s misadventures in the past. Hell, I would settle for a whole episode of just Pam and Eric dealing with customers at their video store. Having once worked at just such a place, I imagine Pam would be ten times more merciless (and ten times more hilarious) when she revokes memberships due to late fees.

It wasn’t all pleated pants and Red Vines jokes though. Despite her most noble efforts to make everything about her, Sookie wasn’t as big a player last night. Oh wait; less Sookie = better episode. Eureka! If only True Blood thought of this formula three seasons ago.

[Spoilers and surprise guests after the jump.]

Jul 14 2014 11:00am

A Read of the Dark Tower: Constant Reader Tackles The Dark Tower, The Scarlet Field of Can’-Ka No Rey, Chapter 3

Stephen King The Dark Tower

“There they stood, ranged along the hillsides, met
To view the last of me, a living frame
For one more picture! In a sheet of flame
I saw them and I knew them all.”

—Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”

Welcome to A Read of the Dark Tower series. Join me each week as I, Constant Reader, tackle the magnum opus of Stephen King’s career for the first time. If you want to discuss in general terms or talk about these or preceding sections, join me by commenting here.

Last week, we bid farewell with broken hearts to Oy the Brave, and to Mordred, son of Roland and the Crimson King and Mia and Susannah, with more pity than perhaps he deserved because sai King can even make us care about the monsters among us.

[Read this week’s post.]

Jul 14 2014 10:00am

Grimdark for Young Adults: Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

Joe Abercrombie Half a King reviewJoe Abercrombie is two writers. He is the writer everyone ascribes him to be and the writer he actually is. The former is Lord Grimdark, a moniker even the man himself has adopted, in which he is accused of, or praised for, writing the most despicable characters and situations. The latter is one of the most thoughtful writers of fantasy fiction, who undermines tropes, points out their absurdity, and makes us feel good about loving them still.

I have always believed in him to be the second of the two.

[Half a review? No! Click through!]

Jul 14 2014 9:30am

Announcing the First English Translation of “Headache” by Julio Cortázar

Julio Cortazar Julio Cortázar was an influential Argentine writer who wrote poetry, essays, plays, novels and short fiction. Although considered one of the major writers of Latin American literature of the 20th century—along with Jorge Luis Borges, Carlos Fuentes and Gabriel Garcia Márquez— Cortázar wrote much of his important work while living in exile in France. During the 1960s and 1970s his work became world renowned and many of his more popular writings were translated, thereby reaching an even larger audience.

World literature is a passion of mine, and translated fiction is near and dear to my heart. Seeing the world from diverse perspectives is also near and dear to my heart. The nuances of culture and point of view add depth to the reader’s understanding and help break down barriers between people. Communications can occur, and influences, that might otherwise never happen. Indeed, Cortázar spent some time as a translator himself, bringing the work of such authors as Edgar Allen Poe and Daniel Defoe into Spanish.

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Jul 14 2014 9:00am

Hard(boiled) Magic: An Appreciation for Warbound and the Grimnoir Chronicles

Warbound Larry Correia Grimnoir Chronicles Hugo nomineeWarbound, the third book in Larry Correia’s Grimnoir Chronicles, is currently up for a Hugo, and rightly so. Given the remarkable diversity of this year’s nominees in various categories—among others, the entirety of The Wheel of Time series, essays and blog posts, and of course, some entries—it makes perfect sense to me that that a magic-infused, high-stakes, and genre-mixing-in-the-1930s tale like this one is a contender for Best Novel. And why not? It’s the bee’s knees.

Like The Return of the King or A Memory of Light (though resembling neither), Warbound isn’t a stand-alone story; it’s the culmination of everything leading up to it: in this case, the three books of the Grimnoir Chronicles. This one in particular demonstrates what seem to be the strong points in Correia’s wheelhouse: every goddamn thing.

[Read on for the spoiler-light scoop on this gun-toting, spell-flinging series.]

Jul 14 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Naaaants Ingonyama Bagithi, Batman!

We already suspected that everything would be better with Batman, but Reid Parker has proved it beyond all doubt with his Tumblr, It’s Better with Batman. Seinfeld? Better with Batman. True Detective? Better with Batman. Mike Tyson’s Punch-Out!! ? WAAAAY better with Batman.

Morning Roundup hopes everyone had a wonderful, ape-filled weekend! We have some links that will make this week feel like it’s worth starting. Guillermo del Toro has new projects bursting forth from his ears! Jeff VanderMeer talks about how to put the fear of God into people! And The Onion reviews Dawn of the Planet of the Apes!

[Plus, personally, we’re planning to name our baby Baboo.]

Jul 13 2014 4:27pm

Watch the First Trailer for Doctor Who Season 8!

Peter Capaldi Doctor Who season 8 trailer

The first trailer for Doctor Who season 8 is here! (Oddly enough, released on a weekend during the World Cup final game. It’s like the BBC doesn’t want anyone to see it...) The new season, and Peter Capaldi’s new Doctor, debuts worldwide on Saturday, August 23rd.

[Watch the first trailer for Doctor Who season 8]

Jul 13 2014 11:00am

2013 Shirley Jackson Award Winners Announced

The winners for the 2013 Shirley Jackson Awards have been announced! Awarded every year in recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson, the awards honor exceptional work in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and dark fantasy.

We are especially proud to report that Veronica Schanoes’ story “Burning Girls” won for Best Novella.

This year’s Shirley Jackson Awards were presented at Readercon 25. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

[Check out the winners!]

Jul 13 2014 10:00am

Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks for July

Barnes & Noble Bookseller's Picks July 2014

For over a decade, Barnes & Noble buyer Jim Killen has been a driving force behind Barnes & Noble’s science fiction and fantasy sections. Each month on, Mr. Killen curates a list of science fiction & fantasy titles, sometimes focused on upcoming titles and sometimes focused on a theme.

Here are the Barnes & Noble science fiction and fantasy picks for July!

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Jul 11 2014 5:10pm

Visit First Second Books at San Diego Comic Con 2014!

First Second Books has released their schedule for San Diego Comic Con International 2014 and it’s filled with signings from authors like Lucy Knisley and Gene Luen Yang, as well as awesome author panels and chances for you to snag some free advance copies of :01 books, including In Real Life, the upcoming comic from Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang!  

All the signings, give-a-ways, and other fun will be located at the First Second Books Booth #1323

Check out the full schedule below! We can’t wait to see you there! 

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Jul 11 2014 5:00pm

Dreamlike Confabulations: All Those Vanished Engines

All Those Vanished Engines Paul Park review

Paul Park’s latest novel, All Those Vanished Engines, is nothing if not ambitious. Part family history, part science fiction, the whole thing weaves together into one surreal metafiction.

The novel is separated into three parts. The first part, “Bracelets,” is set in an alternate version of post-Civil War Virginia where North and South are still divided and the Yankee forces are led by a Queen of the North. We start out seeing the world through the eyes of Paulina, a young woman who is writing a story about the future, about a war with Martian forces and a boy named Matthew. As the chapters progress, alternating between Paulina’s time and her fictions, the lines begin to blur and suddenly it seems maybe Paulina is the fiction as both stories bleed into each other. The result is something surreal and dreamlike and sets up the tone for the rest of the novel.

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Jul 11 2014 4:00pm

Hellhole Inferno

Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson

excerpt Hellhole Inferno Brian Herbert Kevin J Anderson

The people of Hellhole and the shadow-Xayans scramble to rally against the threat from the still-living rogue Xayans.  Back on Sonjeera, the Monarchy is in an uproar after their surprising defeat and the breakaway of the Deep Zone planets.

The dowager Queen decides to go to Hellhole on a diplomatic mission, hoping to keep her power. But after touring Hellhole, Queen Michella is shaken, and begins to realize that she can never have the old Monarchy back. Before she can return to Sonjeera, the Queen  is captured by the rogue Xayans and learns the reason for their attack: the orthodox Xayans plan on triggering another Big Bang, wiping out everything. 

The rogue Xayans thought they succeeded in stopping the ascension, but the orthodox Xayans on Hellhole are nearly ready.  Now, twenty-two huge asteroids from the outer reaches of the solar system are bearing towards Hellhole, summoned by the rogue sect as a last resort. Can all these lives and the planet itself be saved?

amazon buy Hellhole Inferno Hellhole Inferno, publishing August 12th from Tor Books, is the thrilling conclusion to Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's Hellhole trilogy.

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Jul 11 2014 3:45pm

Hannibal At the Zoo Twitter is “Terrifying Collision of the Sacred and the Profane”

@ZooHannibal Twitter Hannibal at the Zoo funny weird wtf best tweets

It’s a bit ironic that @ZooHannibal, the bizarre and weirdly funny Twitter account collecting Hannibal Lecter’s existential musings from a day at the zoo, is so pro-animal. You know, considering that the good doctor has such a predilection for feasting on human parts—the rawer, the better.

At any rate, the account (which was started in May) reads like an especially bizarre piece of fanfiction. @ZooHannibal’s random tour through the butterfly garden and marmoset enclosure brings us tweets on captivity, power, and feeding time, and even a message for his patient Will Graham.

[Check out our favorites]

Jul 11 2014 3:30pm

Space Opera and Bad Porn: Vicky Peterwald: Target by Mike Shepherd

Vicky Peterwald Target Mike Shepherd review Content warning: spoilers, cursing, discussion of rape scene.

I spent two days casting around trying to think of a way to write this review that didn’t involve screaming, punching walls, and turning the air bluer than a sailor on a bender. But, ladies and gentlemen and honourable others, I’m not entirely sure I’ve succeeded. Because Vicky Peterwald: Target, Shepherd’s first entry in his spin-off from the long-running Kris Longknife series, is... well.


Jul 11 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Ferengi Love Songs”

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Ferengi Love Songs“Ferengi Love Songs”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Directed by Rene Auberjonois
Season 5, Episode 20
Production episode 40510-518
Original air date: April 21, 1997
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Quark’s has been closed for three days due to a vole infestation. He’s miserable, and Rom’s attempt to cheer him up with the news that he and Leeta are getting married is an abject failure. Rom suggests he go home to Ferenginar to be with his moogie.

Against all odds, Quark actually takes this advice, travelling home to a very surprised Ishka. She doesn’t seem entirely thrilled to find Quark there, but while she says it’s because they’ve never gotten along all that well, there’s another reason, as Quark learns when he goes to his room and sees Grand Nagus Zek and Maihar’du in his closet. At first, Quark runs from the room scared, because Zek says he shouldn’t be on Ferenginar because of his FCA ban, and it takes him until he runs to the living room before he realizes that, well, the grand nagus is hiding in his closet.

[“What are you doing in my closet?” “Conducting official FCA business.” “In my closet?”]

Jul 11 2014 2:10pm

MTV Orders Full Shannara Series!

Elfstones of Shannara TV show

The Shannara series is officially coming to TV! MTV has picked up a full 10-episode season based on Terry Brooks’ 1983 classic, The Elfstones of Shannara. Miles Millar and Al Gough are writing the show, and Terry Brooks took to his site to praise their adaptation, saying that he “really couldn’t be happier with how it’s all coming together, and I am very much involved in the process.” Jon Favreau, who was initially slated to direct, is staying on as executive producer. The first two episodes will now be directed by Jonathan Liebesman, currently in post-production on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We look forward to the day when we complain that “MTV doesn't even play epic fantasy series anymore, man.”

Jul 11 2014 2:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Anna Kashina

Welcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by author Anna Kashina. Anna grew up in Russia and moved to the United States in 1994 after receiving her Ph.D. in cell biology from the Russian Academy of Sciences. Her fantasy novel Blades of the Old Empire is available from Angry Robot. Its sequel, The Guild of Assassins, publishes August 5th.

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Jul 11 2014 1:45pm

Guillermo del Toro Says Pacific Rim Animated Series Will Be “Long Arc,” Not Episodic

Pacific Rim 2 cartoon animated series long arc not episodic Guillermo del Toro jaegers kaijus drift cameos new characters

We’ve got a good long wait until Pacific Rim 2 brings the kaiju smackdown on April 7, 2017, but thankfully, there’s an animated series to bridge the gap between films. And according to a recent interview, Guillermo del Toro seems committed to setting up some long-range storytelling instead of just an episodic cartoon.

[It’s gonna be all about drift. ALL about it.]