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April 19, 2014
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April 17, 2014
Gaming Roundup: PAX East Edition
Pritpaul Bains and Theresa DeLucci
April 16, 2014
Victorian-era Magical Societies, Telepathy, and Interplanetary Space Travel
Felix Gilman
April 13, 2014
Game of Thrones, Season 4, Episode 2: “The Lion and the Rose”
Theresa DeLucci
Tue
Apr 22 2014 4:30pm

We've got an out-of-this-world sweepstakes for Earth Day: a chance to win the official movie novelizations of Alien and Aliens by science fiction author Alan Dean Foster, both out this month from Titan Books!

Watch Foster explain why science fiction matters on Earth Day in this new video, then enter to be one of the three lucky winners to receive the adventures of Ellen Ripley as a double feature prize pack!

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Tue
Apr 22 2014 4:00pm

We weren’t sure at first, but now we want these Nacho Punch people to transform every single page of Harry Potter’s adventures into 1980s anime. From Neo-Hogsmeade to Harry’s sweet red bike to Hermione’s kitty ears, this parody is a perfect love note to both J.K. Rowling’s world and Katsuhiro Otomo’s—all that’s missing is Harry screaming “RON WEASLEYYYYY!!!” repeatedly while stuffed animals explode. And the final confrontation between Harry and Voldemort is perfect, but we don’t want to spoil it. Watch below!

[Click through for the full anime experience!]

Tue
Apr 22 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Broken LinkRewatcher’s note: Due to a massive deadline on the 28th, the Fourth Season Overview will be postponed until Tuesday the 29th, with the fifth season kicking off with “Apocalypse Rising” on the 2nd of May.

“Broken Link”
Written by George Brozak and Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by Les Landau
Season 4, Episode 25
Production episode 40514-498
Original air date: June 17, 1996
Stardate: 49962.4

Station log: Garak lures Odo to his shop to try to set him up with Chalan Aroya, who runs a new Bajoran restaurant. She’s obviously interested—Odo obviously isn’t. Suddenly, in mid-conversation, he has a seizure and collapses, with parts of him reverting to liquid form as he convulses.

Bashir doesn’t know much about changeling physiology—no one does—but he does have other previous scans of Odo, and his mass and density are different from what they normally are when he’s in humanoid form, and in a state of flux.

In the wardroom, Sisko, Kira, Worf, and Dax watch a recording made by Gowron refusing to give up the Cardassian colonies they’ve annexed, and also demanding that the Federation abandon the Archanis sector. The Klingons gave up their claim on Archanis four centuries ago, so Sisko assumes Gowron is saber-rattling. Either way, war is looking inevitable.

[Captain, I’m reading a heart, a pair of lungs and a digestive system—almost as if he were...human.]

Tue
Apr 22 2014 2:00pm

Welcome 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 Jeremy Robinson! Jeremy began his creative career as an illustrator for comic books and comic strips and worked on several small indie projects, before switching gears to writing, first screenplays and then novels. He is now the author of nearly twenty novels, including Secondworld, Pulse, Instinct, and Threshold. His latest novel, XOM-B, is available April 29th from Thomas Dunne Books. You can read an excerpt here on Tor.com!

Join us as we cover subjects ranging from beetles to space exploration, and more!

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Tue
Apr 22 2014 1:00pm

Wheel of Time A Memory of Light Brandon Sanderson Robert JordanParty people in the HOWWWWSE toNIGHT, everybody’s gonna have a Wheel of Time Reread!

(Yes, it’s been stuck in my head all day, and if I have to suffer SO DO YOU. Mlah!)

Today’s entry covers Chapters 45 and 46 of A Memory of Light, in which a slayer is slain, and a joker finally turns face up.

Previous reread entries are here. The Wheel of Time Master Index is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general. The index for all things specifically related to the final novel in the series, A Memory of Light, is here.

Also, for maximum coolness, the Wheel of Time reread is also now available as an ebook series, from your preferred ebook retailer!

This reread post, and all posts henceforth, contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series. If you haven’t read, continue at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[Obligatory Inside Joke: Hail Hydra!]

Tue
Apr 22 2014 12:30pm

In The Serpent of Venice, out today from William Morrow, New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore channels Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe to craft a rousing literary satire featuring the irrestibly mischevious Pocket of Dog Snogging, the epoymous hero of Fool.

We want to send you one of our three gorgeous copies of this hardcover, which comes complete with blue-stained edges on the text block, two-page spread endpapers decorated with a sepia-toned map of Venice, an antique map of Italy in the book's front matter, and gold foil embellishing the title and illustration detail.

Comment in the post to enter!

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Tue
Apr 22 2014 12:20pm

Star Wars: Unified

Screenwriter Simon Kinberg has got the internet all in a tizzy over comments he made regarding the current Star Wars spin-off screenplay he is writing. The quote given by the Hollywood Reporter seems to indicate that the entire Star Wars Expanded Universe is being trashed.

Not just the books and comics. Literally everything.

[But is it really?]

Tue
Apr 22 2014 12:00pm

Nirvana Adam Johnson

Welcome back to the Short Fiction Spotlight, a weekly column dedicated to doing exactly what it says in the header: shining a light on the some of the best and most relevant fiction of the aforementioned form.

Which, as it happens, is exactly what The Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award is trying to do too: raise readers’ awareness of a form of fiction that’s obscenely easy to overlook. That said, this a prize with a particularly high profile. Each year, the winner of the world’s richest and most rewarding award for a single short story takes home £30,000—a princely pot that has given short fiction valuable visibility since the Sunday Times first presented the prize in 2010.

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Tue
Apr 22 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk: Tor.com podcast

Tune in for this Very Special Episode of Rocket Talk, in which Tor.com’s Associate Publisher Irene Gallo, Editorial Assistant Carl Engle-Laird, and Hugo-nominated Tor.com columnist Liz Bourke talk with Justin Landon about this weekend’s announcement of the Hugo Awards finalists. Newsiness and reactions abound!

[Listen]

Tue
Apr 22 2014 9:30am

Dangerous Space Kelley Eskridge This week I’d like to consider (and offer up for discussion) a narrative device that I’ve read in several stories and heard in discussions about writing gender beyond the binary: not using any pronouns for a character. Not revealing their gender.

Usually this is achieved by a story being written in first person, from the character’s perspective. Other characters won’t use pronouns or other gender markers when referring to them. No one in the story will question their gender, but no one will state it.

[I like and dislike this.]

Tue
Apr 22 2014 8:00am

Kate or Die shared this response to Power Girl’s inconveniently drafty creative costume. Before you worry about the fact that this would make the proposed Power Boy a bit...er...vulnerable, just think about how freeing and empowering it’ll feel for him! Once he gets used to it.

Artist Cory Walker has given us this beautifully succinct argument for form following function when it comes to superhero couture. He also points out the creative physics of cleavage creases! He’s made our week, and it’s only Tuesday.

Morning Roundup has thoughts on diversity in publishing, art from Star Wars Rebels, and a reconsideration of the proliferation of villains in the modern superhero epic.

[Plus, Kermit and Fozzie engage in an existential debate!]

Mon
Apr 21 2014 5:50pm

Brandon Sanderson Firefight Steelheart Reckoners

Entertainment Weekly has the first look at the cover for Brandon Sanderson’s Firefight, the second book in The Reckoners trilogy. Publishing in January 2015, the action-packed sequel to last year’s Steelheart will continue David’s battle against the Epics.

Check out EW for a short interview with Sanderson himself! He discusses the new look for the series (the Steelheart paperback is also getting a new cover), plus what it’s like to reach a new YA audience.

Mon
Apr 21 2014 5:00pm

ZahirBatin, clone trooper action figure photography

Over at DeviantArt user ZahirBatin has an incredible array of action figure photopgraphy art, including an array that scenes from days in the life of clone troopers. And sure, some people have seen The Clone Wars and think they’ve got the full measure of it, but these pictures really are worth a look. In part for the fun, absolutely... but if you also happen to tear up, we wouldn’t be surprised.

[A few more to peek at...]

Mon
Apr 21 2014 4:00pm
Excerpt
Stephen Baker

The Boost Stephen Baker

Check out Stephen Baker’s The Boost, an Orwellian technological thriller available May 20th from Tor Books!

Ralf is a software prodigy. He works in the US government office that updates the software in the population’s boosts—networked supercomputers contained in a chip implanted within the brains of 99 percent of the world’s population. Invented by Chinese researchers in 2032, the boost is credited with leading humanity to its most significant cognitive leap since the discovery of fire.

Days before a national upgrade, Ralf notices that the update includes an open surveillance gate—meaning that Americans, who had negotiated high levels of privacy with the Chinese manufacturers, will now be subjected to the invasive Chinese standard. Ralf attempts to hack the boost, but is caught by agents working for Washington’s preeminent lobbyist. His boost is ripped from his head, and Ralf barely escapes with his life...

[Read an Excerpt]

Mon
Apr 21 2014 3:00pm

Terminator Robots

Everyone loves Arthur C. Clarke’s wonderful aphorism that “any sufficiently evolved technology is indistinguishable from magic.” It’s such a good description of how science, and its application—technology—can be so grossly misunderstood and reduced, while simultaneously be awe-inspiring. Hell, Natalie Portman even quoted the line in Thor.

But what about the cousin of science and technology: science fiction? Can we handily attach a pithy, Arthur C. Clarke-style aphorism to SF, too? Well, after viewing the first episode of The Real History of Science Fiction, the new serial documentary from the BBC this weekend, I think we can. But it’s not pretty. Ready? Here it is: Any sufficiently popularized science fiction can be made indistinguishable from bullshit.

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Mon
Apr 21 2014 2:00pm

If I Stay Chloe Moretz

Welcome to the YA Roundup, the best source of movie news, bookish gossip, new releases and cover reveals from the YA genre!

In this week’s edition: Movie trailers are coming out in a great rush as the If I Stay and Petals on the Wind trailers make their debut, and the ALA tabulates the most challenged books of 2013.

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Mon
Apr 21 2014 1:30pm

David Gemmel Award

The Gemmell Fantasy Award shortlist was announced during EasterCon. The David Gemmell Legend Awards, established in memory of David Gemmell and first awarded in 2009, honors fantasy novels that adhere to the ‘heroic’ or ‘epic’ subgenre that Gemmell himself worked in. Awards are given for Best Novel, Best Debut Novel, and Best Cover Art. Past honorees include Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, and Helen Lowe.

[The 2014 Shortlist]

Mon
Apr 21 2014 1:00pm

Transcendence Johnny Depp

I waited until the movie theatre lights were turned on after Transcendence ended with the hope that a secret post-credit sequence would reveal this movie to be a surprise prequel to either the impending rebooted-Battlestar Galactica, a movie version of Doctor Who, or even another new Star Trek. This isn’t to say I was offended by the derivative premises of Transcendence at all, instead, like the A.I. version of Dr. Castor (Johnny Depp) himself, I wanted the movie to expand outward and take over other movies!

Artfully unpacked, the film offers a classic (and suddenly urgent) science fiction question: when consciousness exceeds particular established mores, at what point do we freak out? Or to put it another way: when does an all-powerful computer brain cease to be benevolent?

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Mon
Apr 21 2014 12:30pm

Hugo Awards Wheel of Time

Ever since the announcement of the 2014 Hugo Finalists, we’ve been getting questions on all fronts about the Wheel of Time. Since 2006, the Worldcon has been making a collection of e-texts of the nominated works (subject to their authors’ and publishers’ willingness to make them available) available to Hugo voters, so that those voters can make informed choices. But no work as long as Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson’ Wheel of Time has previously been a finalist.

In answer to many inquiries, we’re happy to be able to say that the entire Wheel of Time will be made available in the Hugo Voters’ Packet. Voting on the Hugos will begin shortly, and any attending or supporting member of LonCon 3, this year’s World Science Fiction Convention, will be eligible to vote—see the LonCon site and their Hugo Awards page for further details. The Hugo winners will be announced at LonCon 3, the 72nd World Science Fiction Convention, on the evening of Sunday, August 17, 2014.

Mon
Apr 21 2014 12:00pm

Hugo Awards Well. It’s an interesting year for the ballot, isn’t it? I confess I’m rather disappointed to see indications of organised bloc voting in the fiction categories: it strikes me as not entirely in keeping with the spirit of the matter. (It is entirely understandable, even at times inevitable, in anything awarded by popular vote, and yet it still disappoints the idealist in me.)

Yet set the fiction categories aside for the moment, and we see an awards shortlist reflecting a decidedly newer, and in many cases—like the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer (which is not, as is constantly repeated, actually a Hugo, despite being voted on during the same process)—a more diverse vision of the SFF community than has often been the case.

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