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April 13, 2014
Game of Thrones, Season 4, Episode 2: “The Lion and the Rose”
Theresa DeLucci
April 11, 2014
This Week’s Game-Changing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Was Exactly The Problem With The Show
Thom Dunn
April 8, 2014
Let’s Completely Reimagine Battlestar Galactica! Again. This Time as A Movie!
Emily Asher-Perrin
April 4, 2014
The Age of Heroes is Here. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Chris Lough
April 3, 2014
A Spoonful of Music Makes the Nanny: Disney’s Mary Poppins
Mari Ness
Mon
Apr 14 2014 9:00am
Excerpt
Ben Hatke

The Return of Zita the Spacegirl Ben Hatke graphic novel excerpt

Ben Hatke brings back our intrepid space heroine for another delightful sci-fi/fantasy adventure in this New York Times‑Bestselling graphic novel trilogy for middle grade readers. Read an excerpt from The Return of Zita the Spacegirl below, and get a copy of the graphic novel May 13th from First Second Books!

Zita the Spacegirl has saved planets, battled monsters, and wrestled with interplanetary fame. But she faces her biggest challenge yet in the third and final installment of the Zita adventures. Wrongfully imprisoned on a penitentiary planet, Zita has to plot the galaxy’s greatest jailbreak before the evil prison warden can execute his plan of interstellar domination!

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Mon
Apr 14 2014 10:00am

Charlie Jane Anders Hugo Award

Writers are a special type of human. They write because they feel like they have to—very few of them actually enjoy it. Because of this, the internet has spawned an entire cottage industry of writing columns, ostensible to give advice, but really to offer frustrated wordsmiths a (slightly) less guilt-inducing form of procrastination.

Many of these columns focus on “literary” writing, but one of our favorites is a genre-writing crash course taught by Charlie Jane Anders. Anders, co-editor of io9, Tor.com contributor, and author of the Hugo Award-winning “Six Months, Three Days,” offers “Writing Advice” posts on io9 that deftly pull off the most difficult trick: they actually make you want to pick up pen or keyboard, and dive into the work!

[Words of Writerly Wisdom!]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 8:00am

Llama Batman Indiana State Fair

It’s not what that llama is underneath, but what he does that defines him.

Llama Batman made his stunning entrance this past weekend at the Indiana State Fair, shocking the villainous Bane, who had thought the Dark Camelidae broken and buried in darkness. While chewing an apple hilariously, Llama Batman rallied Indiana to a thrilling rout of Bane, who was later revealed to be just a bunch of prize hogs taped together.

Your morning roundup is warning everyone about the blood moon, taking your past creative output to the mat, and summarizing Aliens through poetry.

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Sun
Apr 13 2014 9:58pm

Game of Thrones: The Lion and the Rose

So. That was Game of Thrones season 4 episode 2 “The Lion and the Rose." We have to talk about this!

Consider this your SPOILER WARNING for the commentary and comments below. Not just for this episode but most likely for the events in the proceeding episodes and Song of Ice and Fire books. INTERNET FIRE AHEAD!

[Reactions to Game of Thrones “The Lion and the Rose”]

Sun
Apr 13 2014 10:00am
Poetry

Sofia Samatar Poem National Poetry Month The Death of AraweiloPresenting “The Death of Araweilo,” an original poem by Sofia Samatar in celebration of National Poetry Month, acquired for Tor.com by editor Liz Gorinsky.

Tor.com is celebrating National Poetry Month by featuring science fiction and fantasy poetry from a variety of SFF authors. You’ll find classic works, hidden gems, and new commissions featured on the site throughout the month. Check out the Poetry Month index for more poems!

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Fri
Apr 11 2014 4:30pm

Plus One by Elizabeth FamaSome of you may remember that Fama’s much praised and beloved Monstrous Beauty and I did not get along. At all. For me, that book was like a train wreck, I finished it because I just couldn’t look away from the mess.

But (yes, there is a but!), I have to hand huge props to Elizabeth Fama who reached out to me after I posted one of my nastier reviews, and never once told me I was wrong in my opinion. She only wanted to discuss where she was coming from in the book, and did so in such a resoundingly positive way that I became a massive fan of the author, even if I really disliked Monstrous Beauty itself (I’ll take a sec here to remind you that many many people did love Monstrous Beauty, so don’t let my experience hold you back if you’re thinking of going there).

At any rate, Fama’s awesome attitude convinced me to give her another go, so when Plus One rolled around I (somewhat shakily) raised my hand to volunteer.

[Will there be blood? ]

Fri
Apr 11 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: To the Death“To the Death”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by LeVar Burton
Season 4, Episode 22
Production episode 40514-496
Original air date: May 13, 1996
Stardate: 49904.2

Station log: The Defiant returns from driving Breen privateers away from a Bajoran colony to find that the station has been attacked. The top of one of the upper pylons has been completely blown off. Kira reports that a Jem’Hadar strike team beamed in from a civilian transport, blew off the top of the pylon, and then stole a bunch of stuff from the science lab. They were gone before anybody knew what hit them.

Sisko takes the Defiant after them, as their ion trail is still traceable. It leads to the wormhole, so they cloak as soon as they reach the Gamma Quadrant. Dax tracks a badly damaged Jem’Hadar warship, broadcasting a distress signal. Sisko beams the seven survivors on board, and they’re greeted by six security guards, Sisko, Worf, and Odo—and their weapons have been removed in transport.

[“There’ll be a joint briefing session at 1900 hours.” “Followed by a get-to-know-you buffet at 1930.”]

Fri
Apr 11 2014 2:00pm

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. posterAs the credits rolled on Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier, I turned to my friend and said, “That movie was everything that I’ve wanted Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to be.” But despite what the producers might think, it wasn’t because of the marquee names and big explosive action scenes. I was talking about the espionage, the intrigue and excitement of plainclothes heroes digging deeper and deeper into a conspiracy and trying to do what's objectively “right” in an increasingly complicated world. 

Fortunately, this week’s game-changing episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. got me pretty excited. Unfortunately, that’s also the problem with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and why I fear it’s doomed to fail. (*spoilers for the show and Captain America: The Winter Soldier* to follow, obviously)

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Fri
Apr 11 2014 1:00pm

This is the first videogame tie-in novel that I’ve had for review. It’s been a little difficult for me to figure out where to start talking about it. Do I start with the world, with the games, or with a story that should stand on its own: a story that, without the context provided by Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age 2, never actually will?

Maybe a media franchise tie-in novel doesn’t need to stand on its own, though. Certainly I’m not alone in really having enjoyed Dragon Age: Origins and DA:2 (for all their flaws) and in wanting to see more exploration of the interesting aspects of the world of Thedas, and places that have not yet been visited in the videogames. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire does a little of this, but it fails to avoid the major problem with the majority of media franchise tie-ins.

[Minor spoilers follow.]

Fri
Apr 11 2014 1:05pm

Don’t you wish that there was a place where you could go to find out what Macmillan e-books were on sale? Well, you’re special, and so are your wishes, so Macmillan eDeals is now a reality! Head on over to find out what books have currently hopped down in price, sorted helpfully by genre. Read all the things!

Fri
Apr 11 2014 12:00pm

Greg Ruth illustration Lavie Tidhar Tor.com story Dragonkin

Time and again I seem to be required to craft two fully fleshed out final paintings for every single cover, mostly for Tor.com’s short online fictions, and it’s not a bad thing at all. Sort of. To date I still can only speculate as to the cause for this recent phenomenon, but I think if not fully on target, this theory hits close enough to brave an article about it. Not by request am I tasked to do this mind you, but by the process of making the pieces. Within this practice, at each turn are different causes for this seemingly time-wasting habit, which makes it hard to solve if solving it is even a good idea at all. So I’ll cleave out a few cases and hopefully you’ll see why.

[Tor.com art we never got to show you...until now]

Fri
Apr 11 2014 11:00am

Batman: Strange Days

Batman: The Animated Series co-creator Bruce Timm has created an animated short for the caped crusader on the event of his 75th birthday. We're getting all teary over here.

[Check it out!]

Fri
Apr 11 2014 10:30am

Sometimes it is called the Dark Wood, and sometimes Sordyr's Realm. Most often it is called the Thickety, but whatever the name, the rules are clear: you must never, under any circumstance, enter this mysterious forest.

Kara Westfall knows this, just as she knows she must never use magic, the crime of which her mother was convicted. But in J.A. White’s The Thickety: A Path Begins, out in May from Katherine Tegen Books, Kara prepares to break both rules, launching an elegantly written and masterfully plotted middle grade series that reads like a dark, enchanting collaboration between the Brothers Grimm and Neil Gaiman.

Check out the book trailer for The Thickety and enter to win a galley below!

[There is nothing more evil than magic...except, perhaps, the Thickety.]

Fri
Apr 11 2014 10:10am

The Empire of Time David Wingrove

It’s the year 2999, and what do you know? The world is at war... or else what’s left of it is.

Only “the remnants of two great nations” remain—Russia and Germany, refreshingly—and having lasted this long, and suffered so much over said centuries, neither side will accept anything less than the eradication of its eternal enemy. Thus, they fight. But with the Earth a nuclear blast-blackened shadow of its former self, the only battleground they have at hand is the past.

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Fri
Apr 11 2014 9:45am

Jo Walton is going on tour this summer in support of My Real Children, available May 20th from Tor Books!

The novel is set in 2015, and Patricia Cowan remembers things that don’t seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again after the nuclear exchange that took out Miami and Kiev. Two lives, two worlds, two versions of modern history; each with their loves and losses, their sorrows and triumphs.

Read an excerpt from My Real Children here, and see below for the full list of tour dates!

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Fri
Apr 11 2014 9:00am
Excerpt
Box Brown

Andre the Giant Life and Legend Box Brown graphic novel excerpt Andre Roussimoff is known as both the lovable giant in The Princess Bride and a heroic pro-wrestling figure. He was a normal guy who’d been dealt an extraordinary hand in life. At his peak, he weighed 500 pounds and stood nearly seven and a half feet tall. But the huge stature that made his fame also signed his death warrant.

Box Brown brings his great talents as a cartoonist and biographer to this phenomenal new graphic novel. Drawing from historical records about Andre’s life as well as a wealth of anecdotes from his colleagues in the wrestling world, including Hulk Hogan, and his film co-stars Billy Crystal, Robin Wright, and Mandy Patinkin, Brown has created Andre the Giant: Life and Legend (May 6, First Second Books), the first substantive biography of one of the twentieth century’s most recognizable figures.

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Fri
Apr 11 2014 8:00am

Steve Talkowski of Sketchbot Studios Inc. contributed some wonderful robots to Dacosta Bayley’s “March of Robots” daily sketch challenge, but our favorite was Hellboy-bot! Might we suggest adding a kitten-bot, to complete the tableau?

Morning Roundup can’t wait to tell you about the latest Star Wars rumor, The LEGO Movie sequel, and the greatest stingers of all time!

[Plus a consideration of the revolutionary superheroing of Kamala Khan!]

Thu
Apr 10 2014 5:00pm

The Revolutions Felix Gilman

John Carter from Mars meets Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell in Felix Gilman’s boisterous new novel, in which a man of fact finds himself face to face with the stuff of fantasy.

The tale takes place in London in the late 1800s: a dark and dirty and dangerous place. Jack the Ripper has finished his grisly business, though the murders attributed to this almost mythical figure remain in recent memory, so when the Great Storm strikes, some see it as the world’s way of cleansing the city of its sins.

Other individuals, thinking this wishful, seek escape via more mystical means—among them the members of the Ordo V.V. 341, which fashionable fraternity Arthur Shaw attends at the outset of The Revolutions, with the apple of his eye, Josephine Bradman, on his arm. A science writer for the Monthly Mammoth, recently made redundant, he has precious little interest in spiritualism, however it’s her bread and butter, as a typist and translator specialising in the supernatural.

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Thu
Apr 10 2014 4:53pm

Game of Thrones goats

We knew goats could be screaming horror shows, but combining them with Game of Thrones is just...next level.

Watch. Well...listen, mostly.

[Game of Thrones and goats]

Thu
Apr 10 2014 4:00pm
Excerpt
Douglas Preston

Douglas Preston The Kraken Project

Check out The Kraken Project, the thrilling new novel from New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston, available May 13th from Forge!

NASA is building a probe to be splashed down in the Kraken Mare, the largest sea on Saturn’s great moon, Titan. It is one of the most promising habitats for extraterrestrial life in the solar system, but the surface is unpredictable and dangerous, requiring the probe to contain artificial intelligence software.

To this end, Melissa Shepherd, a brilliant programmer, has developed “Dorothy,” a powerful, self-modifying AI whose true potential is both revolutionary and terrifying. When miscalculations lead to a catastrophe during testing, Dorothy flees into the internet.

Former CIA agent Wyman Ford is tapped to track down the rogue AI. As Ford and Shepherd search for Dorothy, they realize that her horrific experiences in the wasteland of the Internet have changed her in ways they can barely imagine...

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