The Shape of My Name March 4, 2015 The Shape of My Name Nino Cipri How far can you travel to claim yourself? The Hell of It February 25, 2015 The Hell of It Peter Orullian What will he wager? Schrödinger’s Gun February 18, 2015 Schrödinger’s Gun Ray Wood Maybe in some other timeline it would have gone smooth. Acrobatic Duality February 11, 2015 Acrobatic Duality Tamara Vardomskaya The two of her are perfectly synchronized.
From The Blog
March 4, 2015
Writing Women Characters as Human Beings
Kate Elliott
March 2, 2015
A Ranking of 1980s Fantasy That Would Please Crom Himself!
Leah Schnelbach
February 27, 2015
Goodbye, Mr. Nimoy — What Spock Meant to One Geeky 12-Year-Old Girl
Emily Asher-Perrin
February 26, 2015
Introducing the Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch
Keith DeCandido
February 23, 2015
Oh No, She Didn’t: The Strong Female Character, Deconstructed
Ilana C. Myer
Tue
Feb 24 2015 2:30pm

Fiction Affliction: March Releases in Science Fiction

Twenty new releases teleport to the science fiction shelves this month, with a new series edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois and new series additions from, among others, Peter Liney (Detainee Trilogy), David Drake and John Lambshead (Citizen), Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs (Virals), Christian Cantrell (Containment), and Nicholas Sansbury Smith (Orbs). Prefer your SF to be YA. You’re in luck this month…again.

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

[Read about this month’s releases.]

Tue
Feb 24 2015 2:00pm

Time Flies, and So Do Heads! Sleepy Hollow: “Tempus Fugit”

Sleepy Hollow Tempus Fugit

So. There was a scene, in Season One, that made me love this show. It was a scene in “The Sin Eater” (Remember? When we met Henry?) and in it Ichabod agreed to poison himself for the greater good, and tried to get Abbie to leave him, so she’d be spared watching him die. But she refused to let him die alone, and held his hand, with every intention of staying there to the end. This was a great moment for many reasons: the show opened itself up in a way to see the depth of love and trust between these two characters, and allowed you to imagine an entire world around them in the process.

Last night’s episode, “Tempus Fugit,” gave us another moment like that.

[The show is finally good again!]

Tue
Feb 24 2015 1:45pm

Afternoon Roundup: When You Play Game of Thrones Monopoly, You Win or You Die

Game of Thrones Monopoly

There have been several fan editions of Game of Thrones Monopoly, but now an official version is on the horizon! We’re talking Iron Throne and dragon egg tokens, and probably also ways to sabotage and murder your fellow players? Go directly to the Wall, do not pass Go, do not collect 200 gold—but you can pre-order it now, for June.

Afternoon Roundup brings you sci-fi clichés from a Hugo winner; baby’s first Stormlight Archive quote; and historically accurate Disney princesses in the flesh.

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Tue
Feb 24 2015 1:31pm

Tor Books to Publish Pathfinder Tales Novels Based on Paizo’s Tabletop Games

Pathfinder Tales Tor Books Paizo Lord of Runes Dave Gross

Tor Books, a leading global publisher of science fiction and fantasy, announced today that it will publish Pathfinder Tales, a series of novels based on Paizo Inc.’s best-selling Pathfinder tabletop adventure games. The first Tor Pathfinder Tales book, Lord of Runes, by Dave Gross, releases June 16th, 2015, with additional releases to follow bi-monthly.

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Tue
Feb 24 2015 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 19

Hail WOTers, full of grace! Or possibly Fritos, I don’t judge. Whatever you’re full of, welcome back to the Wheel of Time Reread Redux!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 34 and 35 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 available as an e-book series! Yay!

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!

[“Where would King Arthur be without Guinevere?” “Happily married, probably.” “Well, that’s a bad... that’s a bad example.”]

Tue
Feb 24 2015 12:00pm

Harry Houdini Versus Cosmic Horror: “Under the Pyramids”

Lovecraft Under the Pyramids Weird Tales

Welcome 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 “Under the Pyramids,” written in February 1924 and first published (as “Imprisoned With the Pharaohs” by Harry Houdini) in the May-July 1924 issue of Weird Tales. You can read the story here. Spoilers ahead.

[“It was the ecstasy of nightmare and the summation of the fiendish.”]

Tue
Feb 24 2015 11:20am

Gotham: Under “The Red Hood”

Gotham The Red Hood

This week’s episode of Gotham is a thematic continuation of “The Blind Fortune Teller” in the way that it continually trolled the true identity of the Clown Prince of Crime. What makes “The Red Hood” stand out is that it had stakes, drama, subtlety, emotion, genuine character interactions, and plenty of surprises.

“The Red Hood” was so good that I didn’t even hate the Barbara scene (that much).

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Tue
Feb 24 2015 11:00am

Fake Moustaches and Fabulous Coats: V.E. Schwab’s Pop Quiz Interview

V.E. SchwabWelcome 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 V.E. Schwab, author of YA novels  The Near Witch, The Archived, and The Unbound. Schwab’s first adult novel, Vicious, debuted to critical praise and reader accolades. Her latest novel, A Darker Shade of Magic, takes us on a journey through parallel Londons—available now in the US from Tor Books and publishing February 27th in the UK by Titan. You can read an excerpt here, and check out an in depth look at the US cover art by Will Staehle. You can also check out Schwab’s digital tour dates, as she stops by various blogs to answer your questions!

Join us!

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Tue
Feb 24 2015 10:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: WE WUZ PUSHED — Brit Mandelo on Joanna Russ and Radical Truth-Telling

Sleeps With Monsters: WE WUZ PUSHED. Brit Mandelo on Joanna Russ and Radical Truth-Telling

Please enjoy this Sleeps With Monsters encore post, originally published July 31, 2012.

“If silence is starvation, and silence is looking into a mirror and seeing nothing, the only way to fix this erasure is to speak radical truths.” [Mandelo 2012, 48.]

It’s hard to engage analytically with the ongoing conversation of a genre without reading its critical voices.[1][2] Often, it’s hard to read those critical voices. Sometimes they’re hard to find. Sometimes they’re just hard to read, since any continuing conversation soon acquires its own implicit assumptions and—on occasion—its own technical vocabulary.

[But WE WUZ PUSHED is a joy to read.]

Tue
Feb 24 2015 9:00am

The Coode Street Podcast Episode 221: Joe Abercrombie and Sean Williams

Joe Abercrombie Sean Williams Coode Street

Welcome to The Coode Street Podcast, an informal weekly discussion about science fiction and fantasy featuring award-winning critics and editors Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe. The Coode Street Podcast debuted in 2010 and has been nominated for the Hugo, British Science Fiction, and Aurealis awards.

Is there a difference to writing for younger readers? Do they want or need different kinds of stories? Do they have different expectations from older readers? How do you structure a series? What makes for a rewarding reading experience and how do genre expectations relate to that?

With new young adult novels published recently, Joe Abercrombie (whose Half the World, second volume in the Shattered Sea series, is just out) and Sean Williams (whose second Twinmaker novel, Crashland, came out late last year) sit down with Jonathan to discuss this and more during a fascinating conversation recorded during the Perth Writer’s Festival.

[Listen to Coode Street]

Tue
Feb 24 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Isn’t This Dalek a Little Young to Be In the Cult of Skaro?

Dalek Cann Baby

Gallifrey One is an annual Doctor Who con, and this year, amidst all the fezzes and brown pinstriped suits, writer and comedian Rye Silverman found the cutest thing to happen to an alien race bent on the universe’s total extermination! This baby and carriage ensemble has been turned into Dalek Caan, the wacky Dalek who turned on his own kind in “The Stolen Earth.”

Morning Roundup brings you post-Oscar stories of Birdman and The Theory of Everything, plus an interview with the creator of The Sculptor, and the technology you’ll need to become a LEGO award winner.

[And we have a video that might just blow your mind.]

Mon
Feb 23 2015 5:00pm

Is This a “Lost” Sherlock Holmes Story by Arthur Conan Doyle?

lost Sherlock Holmes story Arthur Conan Doyle Book o the Brig Walter Elliot

Scottish historian Walter Elliot recently discovered a “lost” Sherlock Holmes story sitting in his attic that may or may not have been written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. “Sherlock Holmes: Discovering the Border Burghs, and by deduction, the Brig Bazaar” is part of The Book o’ the Brig, a collection of shorts intended to raise money to repair a bridge in the Scottish village of Selkirk in the early 1900s.

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Mon
Feb 23 2015 4:35pm

The Horror Writers Association Has Announced the Ballot for the 2014 Bram Stoker Awards!

The Horror Writers Association, the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, today announced the 2014 nominees for the iconic Bram Stoker Award®. Named in honor of the author of the seminal horror novel Dracula, the Bram Stoker Awards® are presented annually for superior writing in eleven categories including traditional fiction of various lengths, poetry, screenplays and non-fiction. Previous winners include Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, George R. R. Martin, Joyce Carol Oates and Neil Gaiman.

The HWA also presents a Lifetime Achievement Award to living individuals who have made a substantial and enduring contribution to the genre. This year’s Lifetime Achievement recipients are Jack Ketchum and Tanith Lee.

[Click through for the full ballot!]

Mon
Feb 23 2015 4:00pm

Fiction Affliction: March Releases in Fantasy

new releases Fantasy March 2015Nineteen new fantasies make epic journeys to bookshelves in March, although most stop off in the Young Adult department. Look for series additions from, among others, Lili St. Crow (Tales of Beauty and Madness), L.E. Modesitt Jr. (Imager Portfolio), Claudia Gray (Spellcaster), Gillian Philip (Rebel Angels), Peter V. Brett (Demon Cycle), and Marie Brennan (A Natural History of Dragons).

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

[Read about this month’s releases.]

Mon
Feb 23 2015 3:00pm

Bad Blood: The Death House by Sarah Pinborough

The Death House

A slim, sorrowful volume that splits the difference between The Fault in Our Stars and The Girl with All the Gifts, The Death House documents the last days of several students in a school full of Defectives: young people who have been taken from their parents and installed in an isolated location because of something bad in their blood. Something that’ll kill them all before long.

It’s school but not school. Like this whole place is life but not life. At least the teachers, who disappear off to their own wing once lessons are done, will get out of here. Sometimes I’ll catch one watching us as we work as if we’re animals in a zoo. I can never decide quite what the look is. Fascination or fear, or maybe a bit of both.

Maybe a bit of both is appropriate...

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Mon
Feb 23 2015 2:00pm
Excerpt

Voyage of the Basilisk (Excerpt)

Marie Brennan

Marie Brennan Voyage of the Basilisk Lady Trent Devoted readers of Lady Trent’s earlier memoirs, A Natural History of Dragons and The Tropic of Serpents, may believe themselves already acquainted with the particulars of her historic voyage aboard the Royal Survey Ship Basilisk, but the true story of that illuminating, harrowing, and scandalous journey has never been revealed—until now.

Six years after her perilous exploits in Eriga, Isabella embarks on her most ambitious expedition yet: a two-year trip around the world to study all manner of dragons in every place they might be found. From feathered serpents sunning themselves in the ruins of a fallen civilization to the mighty sea serpents of the tropics, these creatures are a source of both endless fascination and frequent peril. Accompanying her is not only her young son, Jake, but a chivalrous foreign archaeologist whose interests converge with Isabella’s in ways both professional and personal.

Science is, of course, the primary objective of the voyage, but Isabella’s life is rarely so simple. She must cope with storms, shipwrecks, intrigue, and warfare, even as she makes a discovery that offers a revolutionary new insight into the ancient history of dragons.

The thrilling adventure of Lady Trent continues in Marie Brennan’s Voyage of the Basilisk, available March 31st from Tor Books!

[Read an Excerpt]

Mon
Feb 23 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: LEGOs Explain How Boba Fett Escaped the Sarlacc

LEGO Sarlacc diorama Boba Fett escape theory Daniel Stoeffler

You may think you’ve got the best theory for how Boba Fett escaped the sarlacc, but AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) Daniel Stoeffler has created the evidence to back up his harebrained idea. This incredibly detailed LEGO diorama explains how the Jawas use the Pit of Carkoon as a distillery, until one day a mysterious armored figure polluted their stores. You can read Stoeffler’s full theory and check out more photos on his Flickr page. (Hat-tip to Nerd Approved!)

Afternoon Roundup brings you Wolverine’s true inspiration to live, the secrets behind Pawnee’s futuristic tech, and the awesomest Oscars musical number.

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Mon
Feb 23 2015 1:10pm

Check Out the Cover for the Song of Ice and Fire 2016 Calendar!

A Song of Ice and Fire 2016 calendar cover revealed Magali Villeneuve

Random House has released the cover for the 2016 Song of Ice and Fire calendar! Magali Villeneuve—whose illustrations also appeared in The World of Ice & Fire—depicts the White Walkers in fearsome detail.

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Mon
Feb 23 2015 1:00pm

Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Servant of the Empire, Part 23

Servant of the Empire Raymond E Feist Janny WurtsWelcome back to the reread of Servant of the Empire by Raymond E Feist and Janny Wurts! Kevin fans, have tissue boxes at the ready, this one’s going to be a tearjerker.

Chapter 25: Confrontation

I swear, if I get a chapter title which is ‘Conflict’ I’m just going to go home. Why name chapters at all if you’re going to be super vague?

Someday I will write a book in which every chapter heading is either ‘Conflict,’ ‘Resolution,’ or ‘Ends on a Cliffhanger.’

[No, I really won’t]

Mon
Feb 23 2015 12:30pm

Mazel Tov! Jurassic London Celebrates Two New Anthologies

Jews Versus Aliens Zombies

The Chosen People are set to square off against two terrible, not to mention unexpected enemies in a pair of anthologies intended to “irreverently explore the links between speculative fiction and Judaism” showcasing a selection of stories that “run the gamut from the light-hearted to the profound, in turns surreal and enchanting.” Edited by World Fantasy Award winning author Lavie Tidhar and Rebecca Levene of Smiler’s Fair fame, Jews Versus Zombies and Jews Versus Aliens are to be released as ebook originals on March 19, with a limited physical edition to follow in the future.

As Theodor Herzl said, “If you will it, it is no dream!” No doubt he was speaking of just such a project.