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Thu
Jul 24 2014 10:00am

The Harry Potter Reread: The Chamber of Secrets, Chapters 15 and 16

Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsThe Harry Potter Reread likens itself to the tightrope walker in the traveling circus… but it is probably more of a clown who spins plates on poles. Also a noble profession, but picking a clown face is far more difficult than picking a spangly catsuit. Alas, these are the trials of life.

This week, we’ve got more spiders than Emily will ever be comfortable with (the number she is comfortable with resting firmly at zero), and a reveal of everything wrong the this year’s Defense Against the Dark Arts Teacher. It’s chapters 15 and 16 of The Chamber of Secrets—Aragog and The Chamber of Secrets.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.

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Thu
Jul 24 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: The Meeting of a Fine Cup of Coffee and Tea, Earl Grey, Hot

Here, have this thing! We found it on Facebook. We traced it back to this Tumblr. Apparently it’s called Captain’s Log? It makes some of us all of us very happy! Yay, Twin Peaks! Yay, Star Trek: The Next Generation!

Morning Roundup features some news on the next season of Game of Thrones, explores a hidden talent with a Guardian of the Galaxy, and revels in the many death of Gary Oldman.

[Plus some deep thoughts on Brave, bravery, and Orphan Black.]

Wed
Jul 23 2014 5:00pm

Steampunk Events for August 2014

Mechanical Masquearade Atlantis

The hottest time of the summer is here, but you can stay cool at these fan- & propeller-friendly events. Attend a kinetic carnival in California or the Steampunk Experience in the UK. Stroll through retro-fitted small towns or party like its 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas at the Mechanical Masquerade: Atlantis in Atlanta, GA. All of these events and more are selected with the help of Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambassador and this month’s guest contributor author Tee Morris.

[August 2014 steampunk events]

Wed
Jul 23 2014 4:10pm

Sinister Six Will Come Out Before Amazing Spider-Man 3

Sony Columbia Pictures movies release dates Sinister Six 2016 The Amazing Spider-Man 3 2018 San Diego Comic-Con

Sony is pre-kicking off San Diego Comic-Con with a complete rearrangement of their film slate! Columbia Pictures announced today that they’ve pushed back Amazing Spider-Man 3 to an unspecified date in 2018 and are instead moving up Spidey villains film Sinister Six to November 11, 2016.

[Here’s a guess as to why]

Wed
Jul 23 2014 3:35pm

Robert Downey Jr. is Open to More Iron Man Movies: “Why Give Up the Belt?”

Robert Downey Jr. open to more Iron Man movies interview quote why give up the belt Avengers: Age of Ultron salary negotiations Iron Man 4 Tony Stark futurist

For the past year or more, we’ve been operating under the assumption that Robert Downey Jr. will be hanging up the mantle of Iron Man sooner rather than later, and that future Iron Man and Avenger films might star new characters jumping into the Iron Man suit, or that Disney and Marvel Studios might recast the role altogether. But a recent interview with RDJ gives us unexpected hope that he’s still game to play Tony Stark!

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Wed
Jul 23 2014 3:30pm

First Second Books Sweepstakes!

For everyone out there who can't make it to San Diego Comic Con this week—we feel your pain, and First Second Books wants to help ease your suffering by giving away some awesome books! Just look at all those books! You could build a very tiny fort with them. Or take them out for a nice dinner for two at the new Italian restaurant with the fancy chairs. Or maybe even read them! 

One lucky winner will receive a prize pack containing: Astronaut Academy: Zero Gravity, Feynman, Laika, Broxo, GeniusThis One Summer, Astronaut Academy: Re-Entry, Battling Boy, Andre the Giant: Life and Legend, Orcs: Forged for War, Koko Be Good, Jerusalem: A Family Portrait, Odd Duck, and Fairy Tale Comics

Comment in the post to enter! 

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Wed
Jul 23 2014 3:00pm

Something Wonderful This Way Comes: Smiler’s Fair by Rebecca Levene

review Smiler's Fair Rebecca Levene There’s something for everyone at Smiler’s Fair. Be you young or old, small or tall, green around the gills or hardened by the horrors of war, the travelling carnival will welcome you with open arms before attending to your every pleasure.

Say you want to drink yourself into oblivion or dabble in drugs from distant lands—head on over to the mobile market. Perhaps your deepest desire is to look Lady Luck in the eye at the high stakes tables, or earn enough money wheeling and dealing to make your way in the wider world—well, what’s stopping you? Maybe what you’ve always wanted is to satisfy some carnal fantasy with a well-kept sellcock. Smiler’s Fair doesn’t care... not so long as the coin keeps coming.

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Wed
Jul 23 2014 2:10pm

Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is Real! It’s Coming!

Captain Barbossa, Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp, Geoffrey Rush

Some people are surely sighing over this, but we have no problem with another Pirates of the Caribbean film on the loose! Let's do this people! More Jack-Barbossa adventures! It's now set to open on July 7, 2017, so we've got some time.

No plot details have been released as of yet, but having the release date set gives us an idea of when the film will go into production, which is likely sometime in 2016!

News via the Disney blog.

Wed
Jul 23 2014 2:00pm

Things Go BOOM: Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

Magic Breaks Iona Andrews Kate Daniels review

Magic Breaks is the seventh novel in wife-and-husband writing team Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, set in a version of our world where the return of magic has made technology unreliable, and made surviving in a world of werewolves, necromancers, witches, mythological beasts, and carnivorous things in the night more dangerous than ever.

Fortunately for her, Kate Daniels is one of the most dangerous people around. Unfortunately, her father is even more dangerous still. And now that he knows of her existence, he’s coming for her.

[Spoilers Ahead]

Wed
Jul 23 2014 1:00pm

According to Lock In, How You Feel About the Internet Now is How You’ll Feel About Robots Later

Asimo robot Lock In John Scalzi

It’s funny, although John Scalzi’s Lock In is primarily a crime procedural thriller it features a very detailed future, with a complexity of worldbuilding that is normally reserved for high fantasy and hard sci-fi. You find out more than just how the tech works. You see how it has impacted our culture legally, socially, and financially. And most importantly you see how it would alter the mundane details of our day to day lives. This sense of the future is an extremely important aspect of Lock In. After all, you need to know what the future is like for there to be any stakes to the story. What dramatic use is there to saving something the reader doesn’t understand?

In essence, Lock In needs to make you care about the maintenance and existence of robots and the humans who require them. Scalzi bridges this gap by subtly evoking another technological leap that has shaped our lives in the present day: the internet.

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Wed
Jul 23 2014 12:30pm

A Brief History of Batman’s Trunks

Batman’s trunksIn honor of Batman's 75th anniversary, we're rerunning this article on the caped crusader's costume, which originally appeared on Tor.com in February 2011.

Let’s get something straight here: they’re trunks, not underwear. Nobody but losers wear their underwear on the outside—and Batman ain’t no loser, see?

We’ve lost many precious things as a society over the centuries, but perhaps one of the saddest would have to be the racial memory of the origins of superhero costumes. The ability to look at the Caped Crusader’s fighting togs and see nothing but the proud heritage of the circus performer is slipping farther and farther away from us—and we are poorer for it. What was once simply a piece of apparel not too dissimilar to bathing trunks is now ridiculed as “underwear on the outside.” The universe weeps.

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Wed
Jul 23 2014 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: The Crippled God, Chapter Six

Malazan reread The Crippled God Steven Erikson Welcome 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 chapter six 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
Jul 23 2014 11:35am

The Stay Puft Mashmallow Man May Ruin Movies, but We’re Laughing too Hard to Notice

#AddAPuftRuinAMovie Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Ghostbusters best of Star Wars stormtroopers

The latest iteration of the #AddAWordRuinAMovie meme went wonderfully visual over the last few days, as some brilliant soul came up with #AddAPuftRuinAMovie. Because with the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, apparently we don’t have enough of the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man in our lives. And the Internet delivered. Oh, did it ever.

[“I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something I loved from my childhood. Something that could never ever possibly destroy us...”]

Wed
Jul 23 2014 11:30am

Voting the Categories: A Guide to the 2014 Hugo Novelette Finalists

Hugo award nominees 2014 novelette The Hugo ballot is officially open, and the time has come to perform the laborious task of deciding among excellence. And, while much of the attention of the voting community tends to concentrate on the Best Novel finalists, we at Tor.com all felt that this year’s short fiction field was exceptionally strong. I’ve decided to help guide readers through the short story, novelette, and novella finalists in preparation for voting.

This week I discuss the novelette category. While there are a number of very strong candidates on the novelette ballot, the inclusion of one story has made it controversial. I cannot claim that this will be a complete look at the category, as I have not and will not read one of the candidate stories.

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Wed
Jul 23 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 19: Michael R Underwood

Rocket Talk

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin talks New Weird with guest Michael R. Underwood. Underwood is the author of three novels, including the recently released Shield and Crocus, which mashes the New Weird with superhero fiction. The chat covers topics ranging from Planescape, to the origins of New Weird, to a RARE bonus discussion about pedantic genre stuff.

[Listen here!]

Wed
Jul 23 2014 10:35am

Power Rangers Reboot Will Uphold the Series’ Continuity—Wait, Power Rangers Has Continuity?

Power Rangers continuity Roberto Orci Mighty Morphin Power Rangers movie reboot timeline

In a recent interview, Roberto Orci assured fans that he “won’t ruin” the upcoming Power Rangers reboot because they’re making pains to uphold the series’ continuity. But that’s where things get tricky, because matching canon wholeheartedly means reconciling ninjas, aliens, and dinosaurs. Let’s tap into the Morphing Continuity Grid and see what’s what!

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Wed
Jul 23 2014 10:00am

Rereading Melanie Rawn: Dragon Prince, Chapter 2

Melanie Rawn reread Dragon Prince Welcome back to our weekly Wednesday reread of Melanie Rawn’s Dragon Prince! Here we meet a new key character. And Rohan’s plot gets thicker.

Chapter 2

So This Happens:

This chapter introduces a new character in a new setting: Sioned (sh’NED, we’re told as we read on), who serves and studies under Lady Andrade at Goddess Keep. We meet her first via flashback, in a dryly historical tone: “When Sioned was three years old, the death of her parents left her brother Davvi, her elder by twelve years, lord of River Run.” We even get a date: the year is 693, though we’re not told how that’s calculated.

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Wed
Jul 23 2014 9:00am
Original Story

Brisk Money

Raymond Chandler famously hated science fiction, saying “They pay brisk money for this crap?” However, it has recently come to light that Chandler secretly wrote a series of stories and novels starring a robot detective. He then burnt all the manuscripts and went on writing his noir masterpieces. Unknown to Chandler, his housekeeper had managed to save some of these discarded manuscripts from the grate in his study,  preserving the tales for future generations.

The first of these stories was recently unearthed by author Adam Christopher. On the topic of how the manuscript made its way from Chandler’s study in California to Christopher’s home in England, Christopher is suspiciously quiet.

This novelette was acquired and edited for Tor.com by editor Paul Stevens.

[Read “Brisk Money” by Adam Christopher]

Wed
Jul 23 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Our Coke is Also Named Bort

Come along, Bort.

Morning Roundup brings you an honest attempt to out-suck Vanilla Ice, the truth about Banthas, and some sympathy for Mr. Williams.

[Plus, we make our slow jams dreams come true!]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 5:00pm

Bringing Back the Golden Age: An Interview with Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig

Adam Christopher Chuck Wendig interview The Shield Archie Comics Archie Comics is pairing a new look and new writers with some of their best-known titles in their new Dark Circle superhero imprint. The Black Hood, The Shield, and The Fox are all scheduled for a reboot in early 2015. The Shield in particular is looking at some major changes, including a gender-swapped cast of characters that will introduce a female Shield in “Daughter of the Revolution.” 

Adam Christopher (The Burning Dark, Hang Wire) and Chuck Wendig (The Blue Blazes, Mockingbird) are pooling their experience with novels, film, comics, television, and everything in between to co-write The Shield. They recently answered a few questions about gender, the Golden Age, and the inspiration behind the new series. We’ve got their thoughts, along with a heaping pile of heroism and justice, below the cut! 

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