This Chance Planet October 22, 2014 This Chance Planet Elizabeth Bear We are alone, except for the dog. Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza October 15, 2014 Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza Carrie Vaughn A Wild Cards story. The Girl in the High Tower October 14, 2014 The Girl in the High Tower Gennifer Albin A Crewel story. Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch October 8, 2014 Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch Kelly Barnhill An unconventional romance.
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October 23, 2014
Devil in a Blue Dress: Horns by Joe Hill
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October 21, 2014
Happily Remixed and Mashed-Up Ever After: Modern Fairy Tales!
Leah Schnelbach
October 20, 2014
Snow White: The Blankest Slate of Them All
Natalie Zutter and Emily Asher-Perrin
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The Bloody Books of Halloween: The October Country by Ray Bradbury
Will Errickson
Wed
Oct 22 2014 1:00pm

Rereading Melanie Rawn: Dragon Prince, Chapters 25 and 26

dragon prince reread melanie rawnWelcome to the weekly Wednesday reread of Dragon Prince! This week Andrade and Pandsala choose sides (or do they?), Sioned and Rohan get out of jail, and the war ramps up, with special bonus moral dilemmas.

Chapter 25

So This Happens: Andrade has a prophetic nightmare about Pandsala and her family, faradhi, and killing with Fire. She wakes on the road, disguised as Pandsala’s servant, and afflicted with Chiana as a stowaway. The news from elsewhere is almost uniformly bad: Tiglath under siege, Tobin and the twins safe in a nearly deserted Stronghold, and no sign of Rohan or Sioned.

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Wed
Oct 22 2014 12:30pm

Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy Sweepstakes!

The Daughter of Smoke & Bone Trilogy Hardcover Gift Set is available now from Little, Brown, and we want to send the complete set to one lucky winner! The set includes hardcover copies of Daughter of Smoke & Bone, Days of Blood & Starlight, and Dreams of Gods & Monsters by New York Times bestselling author Laini Taylor. (Check out Laini Taylor’s Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe here!)

Comment in the post below to enter!

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Wed
Oct 22 2014 12:10pm

Tom Doherty and George R.R. Martin to Be the First Recipients of Brown University Library’s Harris Award

Tom Doherty George R.R. Martin Harris Award Brown University Library

On October 23, the Brown University Library will honor Tor Books president and publisher Tom Doherty and author George R.R. Martin with the first-ever Harris Collection Literary Award. According to the Library, the award (inspired by Brown class of 1838 alumnus Caleb Fiske Harris and his love of the arts) “celebrates the influence of literature in pop culture.”

The evening will begin with a brief awards ceremony, followed by an interview with Doherty and Martin, led by Modern Culture and Media Professor Lynne Joyrich and local author Jon Land (Brown '79), followed by a reception. You can find ticketing information here.

You can also follow along with the event on Twitter with the hashtag #HarrisAward.

Wed
Oct 22 2014 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: The Crippled God, Chapter Twenty-Four (Part One)

Malazan Crippled God rereadWelcome 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 (with Amanda, new to the series, going first), and finally comments from Tor.com readers. In this article, we’ll cover part one of chapter twenty-four of The Crippled God.

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.

Note: 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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Wed
Oct 22 2014 11:00am

Batgirl’s New Creative Team is Already Punching Sexism in the Face — With Science!

Batgirl

I’m a sucker for youthful superheroics of any kind, from the Teen Titans to the Great Saiyaman. But all too often, super-powered kids get written as slightly less verbose adults, with no concern for young people’s actual tastes, tendencies, or—most importantly—problems. The new creators on DC Comics’ Batgirl, on the other hand, are doing a bang-up job portraying college student Barbara Gordon’s hectic life as an academic superstar by day and hip vigilante by night. But what’s coolest of all—besides her kickin’ new outfit—is that Batgirl is finally standing up for modern young women everywhere. And she’s doing it with science.

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Wed
Oct 22 2014 10:00am

Fantasy’s Raw Materials: Five Questions with Brian Staveley

The Emperor's Blades Brian Staveley

With The Emperor’s Blades now out in paperback in both the US and the UK, we wanted to check in with author Brian Staveley. We wanted to find out how it feels to have two books out (even if they are the HB and PB of the same book) and interrogate him about his Machiavellian mind! Here is what he said...

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Wed
Oct 22 2014 9:00am
Original Story

This Chance Planet

“This Chance Planet” by Elizabeth Bear is a near future science fiction story about a young Russian waitress with ambitions to become an engineer and her musician boyfriend, who wants her to gestate a liver for money so his band can tour. Plus, there’s a dog.

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by consulting editor Ellen Datlow.

[Read “This Chance Planet” by Elizabeth Bear]

Wed
Oct 22 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: We’ve Found the Purrfect Friend for Spot!

Oh god the kitty’s name is Levar Purrton and we can’t handle this it’s just too cute and too perfect and we need to look at something else now.

Morning Roundup has soooo much horror to balance out the cute! We’ve got a definitive list of Horrific Treehouses, the feminist ethos of Resident Evil, and a history of the greatest pea soup movie of the 70s!

[Plus, a real-life Horrorstör!]

Tue
Oct 21 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Karen Akins

Karen Akins pop quiz interviewWelcome 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 YA author Karen Akins! When not writing or reading, she loves taking care of her son and hanging out with her husband. And watching Downton Abbey. Karen has been many things in her life: an archery instructor, drummer for the shortest-lived garage band in history, and a shockingly bad tic-tac-toe player. Karen’s debut novel, Loop, is available now from St. Martin’s Press. At a school for time travelers, sixteen-year old Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage... Read an excerpt here on Tor.com!

Karen may just be the smartest person to have around in our hypothetical SFF duel. Find out why below!

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Tue
Oct 21 2014 4:00pm

Cosmic Chaos: Bathing the Lion by Jonathan Carroll

Jonathan Carroll Bathing the Lion

Jonathan Carroll’s first full-length work of fiction in six years is as rooted in the real as it is the surreal its synopsis suggests. Bathing the Lion is about a quintet of cosmic mechanics who can read minds and remake the mundane recovering their talents in advance of the arrival of a fearsome force called Chaos—which seems, I’m sure, like a properly science fictional plot. But it’s not.

To wit, the World Fantasy Award-winning author evidences precious little interest in the ultimate result of this clash between... not good and evil, exactly, but order and its opposite. Rather, Carroll restrains his tale to the strictly small scale, in the process pointedly refusing the reader’s needs.

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Tue
Oct 21 2014 3:30pm

Star Wars: Imperial Handbook Poster Sweepstakes!

Out now, Star Wars: Imperial Handbook offers a rare glimpse into the military governance and philosophy of the Empire, complete with mission reports, classified documents, illustrations, and annotations from members of the Rebel Alliance, who managed to intercept a copy of this top-secret manual. We want to send you a poster with this image from the book, of stormtroopers ready to strike!

Five lucky winners will receive a poster, so comment in the post to enter!

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Tue
Oct 21 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “His Way”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: His Way“His Way”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Directed by Allan Kroeker
Season 6, Episode 20
Production episode 40510-544
Original air date: April 22, 1998
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Bashir’s latest holosuite program from Felix—the guy who put together his secret agent program—is Las Vegas, 1962, and he invites Kira, Odo, Worf, Dax, and O’Brien to join him in watching Vic Fontaine perform. Fontaine is a self-aware hologram; he knows full well that he’s a “light bulb.” (“If you’re gonna work Vegas in the 60s, you’re gonna have to know the score. Otherwise you’re gonna look like a Clyde.”) He also immediately picks up on the fact that Worf and Dax are married, can tell that O’Brien is also married and misses his wife, and cops to the romantic tension between Kira and Odo, but decides to remain discreet in terms of mentioning it.

[Cool!]

Tue
Oct 21 2014 2:30pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Nicholas Sansbury Smith

 Nicholas Sansbury Smith pop quiz interviewWelcome 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 Nicholas Sansbury Smith, author of several post-apocalyptic books and short stories. When he isn’t daydreaming about the apocalypse he’s likely racing in triathlons around the Midwest. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his family and several rescued animals. Smith’s latest apocalyptic sci-fi novels, Orbs and Orbs II: Stranded, are available now from Simon451, a new ebook imprint from Simon & Schuster. The third book in the trilogy, Orbs III: Redemption, is forthcoming in March 2015.

Join us!

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Tue
Oct 21 2014 2:17pm

Dave and HAL Just Can’t Work Things Out in the New Trailer for 2001: A Space Odyssey!

For the first time in 40 years, Stanley Kubrick's masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey has gotten a new trailer! The trailer was made to promote the digitally restored film’s special limited U.K. release, part of the British Film Institute's “Sci-Fi: Days of Fears and Wonder” series. The new trailer highlights the battle of wills between Dave and HAL, to great, chilling effect.

[Click through for the new trailer!]

Tue
Oct 21 2014 2:15pm

The Walking Dead Fans Sure Hope Robert Kirkman Doesn’t End the Series With “It Was All a Dream”

The Walking Dead fan conspiracy theory Rick coma dream

Uproxx recently shed light on a troubling conspiracy theory put out by fans of The Walking Dead: What if the whole thing was Rick Grimes' coma fever dream? What if the ending of the series is him either waking up or flatlining in the hospital with Carl, Lori, and Shane by his side, and the zombie apocalypse never happened?

However, as much time and speculation as fans have put into this as a possible ending, no one seems to actually want Kirkman to follow through with this  story trope.

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Tue
Oct 21 2014 2:00pm

Witchy Woman vs. Weeping Woman! Sleepy Hollow: “The Weeping Lady”

Sleepy Hollow The Weeping Lady

In this week’s episode we meet a Weeping Lady of the Hudson, and we get more complicated backstory for Ichabod and Katrina! These two are slowly being revealed to be the, I don’t know, Kanye and Kim? of the colonial Northeast. So much drama! Plus Abbie once again finds herself in danger!

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Tue
Oct 21 2014 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 5

Γειά σου! Welcome back to the Wheel of Time Reread Redux!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 7 and 8 of The Eye of the World, originally reread in this post.

All original posts are listed in The Wheel of Time Reread Index here, and all Redux posts will also be archived there as well. (The Wheel of Time Master Index, as always, is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general on Tor.com.)

The Wheel of Time reread is also now available as an ebook series, except for the portion covering A Memory of Light, which should become available soon.

All Reread Redux posts will contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series, so if you haven’t read, read at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[“Now keep in mind that the typical Greek myth goes something like this: innocent shepherd boy is minding his own business, an overflying god spies him and gets a hard-on, swoops down and rapes him silly; while the victim is still staggering around in a daze, that god’s wife or lover, in a jealous rage, turns him—the helpless, innocent victim, that is—into let’s say an immortal turtle and e.g. power-staples him to a sheet of plywood with a dish of turtle food just out of his reach and leaves him out in the sun forever to be repeatedly disemboweled by army ants and stung by hornets or something.”]

Tue
Oct 21 2014 12:54pm

The Way James Cameron Worked Arnold Schwarzenegger Into Terminator: Genisys is Very Sweet

Terminator: Genisys alternate universe Arnold Schwarzenegger James Cameron

With nine months left until Terminator: Genisys comes to theaters (wait really?), the title is still dumb, but at least one part of the movie sounds fascinating. In a recent interview, James Cameron shared his alternate-universe take on how Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 fits into the latest film, and it’s surprisingly sweet.

[“I’ll be back... and here’s how.”]

Tue
Oct 21 2014 12:00pm

The Most Merciful Thing in the World: “The Call of Cthulhu”

The Call of Cthulhu HP Lovecraft rereadWelcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s original stories. Today we’re looking at “The Call of Cthulhu,” written in Summer 1926 and first published in the February 1928 issue of Weird Tales. You can read the story here. Spoilers ahead.

Summary: This manuscript was found among the papers of Francis Wayland Thurston, deceased.

Thurston’s grand-uncle Angell leaves everything to him when he dies, apparently after being jostled by a “nautical-looking negro.” These possessions include a disturbing bas-relief and a series of notes and clippings.

[“I shall never sleep calmly again when I think of the horrors that lurk ceaselessly behind life in time and in space, and of those unhallowed blasphemies from elder stars which dream beneath the sea, known and favoured by a nightmare cult ready and eager to loose them on the world whenever another earthquake shall heave their monstrous stone city again to the sun and air.”]

Tue
Oct 21 2014 11:30am

Got Milk? Gotham: “Viper”

Gotham Viper

This week’s episode of Gotham was all about the good things in life: food, sex, and drugs. And also Lil’ Baby Brucy doing detective work like a real grown-up Batman, plus the kind of drug-addled super-villainy that you expect find with a real grown-up Batman. But mostly it’s about food, sex, and drugs.

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