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September 11, 2014
The Ghostbusters are an Antidote to Lovecraft’s Dismal Worldview
Max Gladstone
September 11, 2014
Five Underrated Doctor Who Companions (And One Scoundrel)
David Cranmer
September 9, 2014
My Favourite Apocalypses, or, How to End the World for Fun and Profit
Gary Gibson
September 9, 2014
Sleeps With Monsters: Another Post About Some Books
Liz Bourke
September 8, 2014
Come With Us to All the Magical Londons!
Leah Schnelbach
Mon
Sep 8 2014 3:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Kelly Link

Monstrous Affections Gavin GrantWelcome 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 short fiction author Kelly Link, whose collections include Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, and Pretty Monsters. Together with Gavin Grant, Kelly co-edited the acclaimed anthology Steampunk! as well as The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror for five years. Kelly and Gavin also run the independent publishing house Small Beer Press.

The pair’s newest anthology, Monstrous Affections, is available September 9th from Candlewick Press. Get a better look at Yuko Shimizu’s cover art for the anthology as well as the full table of contents here on Tor.com. And keep track of all our Monstrous Affections content, including Pop Quizzes from editors and authors, here!

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Mon
Sep 8 2014 2:00pm

Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Daughter of the Empire, Part 15

Welcome back to the Daughter of the Empire Reread! Since I last opened this book, I’ve been to London and back for Loncon 3, this year’s amazing and truly multi-national Worldcon. It was lovely to see old friends, to “meet” longtime online friends, and to make new friends. I was very pleased when people came up to introduce themselves, having heard me on Galactic Suburbia and Verity!, or through my writing, but a special shout out to those of you who came up and said hi because you’ve been reading this very column!

Also, if you haven’t already, go read Liz Bourke’s description of the Hugo ceremony—everything she said and more! Liz is one of the many people I was so delighted to get to meet in person instead of in internet.

And now, the end is here—of Book 1, that is. When we last saw Mara, she was grieving, shocked and under siege from all sides, but still capable of manipulating one murderous concubine, one panicked First Strike Leader, and Lord Jingu of the Minwanabi himself.

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Mon
Sep 8 2014 1:00pm

This is Not Nancy: Watching “The Man Trap” As Your First Star Trek Ever Is Bonkers

Some prissy dude with a dorky bowl haircut repeatedly punches a creepy middle-aged lady in the face right before she pushes him into a pile of books while some other older dude watches and another guy screams a scream which seems like it’s supposed to be a fake scream. It’s not a David Lynch movie; it’s the first aired episode of Star Trek, ever, and if it were everyone’s first exposure to Star Trek today, then, honestly, no one would like Star Trek.

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Mon
Sep 8 2014 12:00pm

Come With Us to All the Magical Londons!

Magical London skyline panorama

Every city has a certain literary quality that draws writers back again and again. Paris inspires stories of romance and revolution, for instance, while New York seems mired in tales of power and corruption.

London, though... London is all about finding that one tiny crack, twisting alley, or Magical Doorway that leads you into another world. Sometimes the encounter is horrifying, and sometimes it’s filled with wonder. Either way, once you’ve found the magic, there’s simply no turning back. We’ve gathered some of our favorite hidden and alternate-Londons below—come, follow us underground!

[And be sure to Mind the Gap.]

Mon
Sep 8 2014 11:00am

A Read of the Dark Tower Redux: Constant Reader Tackles The Wind Through the Keyhole: “The Wind Through the Keyhole,” Part 1

Stephen King Dark Tower The Wind Through the Keyhole

Once upon a time, a ka-tet of readers found themselves at tor.com on a long quest to reach Stephen King’s Dark Tower. During the journey, the author (or perhaps it was simply ka) tried to throw our hardy band of pilgrims into confusion by telling a new story. Undeterred, their path followed the Beam until the end, and only now, when we know what is at the clearing at the end of the path, do we return to Mid-World once again, to join our old friends for The Wind Through the Keyhole (Dark Tower 4.5, if it do ya). Welcome. There be spoilers ahead.

When we last left our again-whole ka-tet, they were holed up to wait out the starkblast, and Roland had sidetracked himself from his story of Debaria by sharing a story within a story, one from his young childhood called “The Wind through the Keyhole.”

[Read this week’s post.]

Mon
Sep 8 2014 10:00am

Designing the Dress for Of Noble Family’s Cover Image

Author Mary Robinette Kowal played a huge role in designing the cover for her upcoming novel Of Noble Family—she hand-sewed the dress worn by the cover model! Below, Ms. Kowal shares her thoughts on the process, including in-progress photos and early alternate designs. And of course get a look at the full cover image.

The final book of Kowal’s acclaimed Glamourist Histories, Of Noble Family is the magical adventure that might result if Jane Austen walked on the darker side of the Regency—publishing April 2015 from Tor Books.

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Mon
Sep 8 2014 9:00am
Excerpt

Dangerous Women: “The Princess and The Queen, or, The Blacks and The Greens” (Excerpt)

George R. R. Martin

Dangerous Women Paperback volume 1 Commissioned by editors George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, these tales of dangerous women by the most stellar names in fiction are publishing this autumn from Tor Books as a three-volume paperback!

Dangerous Women: Volume One features an original 35,000 word novella by George R.R. Martin set in the world of his Song of Ice and Fire series. Other authors in this volume of warriors, bad girls and dragonriders include worldwide bestselling authors Brandon Sanderson, Lawrence Block and Nancy Kress.

George R.R. Martin’s “The Princess and The Queen, or, The Blacks and The Greens,” gives us a Westerosi history lesson on the Targaryen Civil War. Known as the Dance of the Dragons, the war pits Targaryen against Targaryen and dragon against dragon. Read on, then join Bridget McGovern for her review and analysis of the full story.

[Read an excerpt]

Sun
Sep 7 2014 12:01pm

Announcing the 2014 British Fantasy Awards Winners

The winners of the British Fantasy Awards 2014, as announced on Sunday, 7 September 2014, at the awards banquet at FantasyCon 2014 in York. The nominees in each category were decided by the voters of the British Fantasy Society, FantasyCon 2012 and FantasyCon 2014, with the juries having a discretion to add up to two further egregious omissions in each category.

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Sat
Sep 6 2014 10:00pm

Much Better to Be A Story—Doctor Who: “Robot of Sherwood”

Doctor Who, Robot of Sherwood

Doctor Who/Robin Hood crossover? This is me making grabby hands as irritatingly as possible. See the grabby hands? Give. Give episode. Give it to me for cuddling.

That’s actually pretty close to my true impression of the episode, as you will see below.

[I have a spoon.]

Sat
Sep 6 2014 11:00am

Descend into the Tower and Get Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation for Just 2.99!

You can now purchase the ebook of Annihilation, the first book in the Southern Reach Trilogy, for only 2.99! Get started on the trilogy that concludes with the newly released Acceptance, the end of the the dark tale of Area X, which contains both horror and weird, compelling beauty…

The Southern Reach Trilogy has been praised by Warren Ellis as “original and beautiful, maddening and magnificent,” and by the L.A. Times as “a clear triumph for VanderMeer, who […] has suddenly transcended genre with a compelling, elegant, and existential story.”

You can read Niall Alexander’s review of Acceptance here on Tor.com! Much like the sanity of those who explore Area X, this offer will only last for a limited time, so order your copy today!

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Fri
Sep 5 2014 5:00pm

Three Years Worth the Wait: The Caller by Juliet Marillier

The Caller Juliet Marillier reviewWith all genre series, but in the YA set in particular, it is so utterly rare to uncover one that truly builds as it goes. But Juliet Marillier’s Shadowfell series does just that, the three books acting as one long, slow-burning story that improves with each step along the way.

It’s a series where I started with little more than disdain for the Care Bear main character, and ended with her burrowed deep into my heart. The final book in the trilogy is part epic revolution, part sweeping romance—The Caller brings to life two characters who risk love for everything rather than risking everything for love.

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Fri
Sep 5 2014 4:40pm

Did We Just Learn the Plot of True Detective Season Two?

True Detective season 2

The most recent hints about the shape of True Detective season two came out today as Deadline reported that Justin Lin, director of Fast and Furious 6, is in talks to direct the season. HBO has declined to comment, as they have with every rumor that's circulated so far, but if confirmed, Justin Lin is an exciting pick for the second season.

But the Deadline article contained another kernel of information that might reveal the underpinnings of next season's plot. True Detective is moving from Louisiana to California.

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Fri
Sep 5 2014 4:30pm

Broadchurch Sweepstakes!

You’ve seen David Tennant as Detective Alec Hardy, and now we want to send you a copy of Broadchurch, the adaptation of the hit British TV show. If you need an engrossing, intricate mystery to start off your fall reading, we’ve got just the thing for you: a chance to win one of our five copies of the novel, out on September 16th from Minotaur Books!

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Fri
Sep 5 2014 4:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Nik Houser

Monstrous AffectionsWelcome 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 Nik Houser, an author whose work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Best American Fantasy, and his mom’s refrigerator. He also writes and draws a weekly web comic called Gentleman Caveman, and he has recently tried his hand at stand-up comedy. Find him on Twitter.

Nik’s story “Son of Abyss” will be published in Monstrous Affections, an anthology edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant, available September 9th from Candlewick Press. Get a better look at Yuko Shimizu’s cover art for the anthology as well as the full table of contents here on Tor.com.

[Join us!]

Fri
Sep 5 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Resurrection”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Resurrection“Resurrection”
Written by Michael Taylor
Directed by LeVar Burton
Season 6, Episode 8
Production number 40510-532
Original air date: November 17, 1997
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Dax wants to have Kira over to dinner at her and Worf’s place, and she makes several suggestions for who Kira can bring as a date—Captain Boday, a three-eyed doctor, Odo—but Kira insists she’ll be alone.

The transporter is activated, and Bareil beams aboard, holding a disruptor on Kira when she tries to check on him. Using her as a hostage, he asks for a ship, and Sisko orders Odo to clear a path to a runabout landing pad. Bareil takes Kira to the pad on foot. He confirms that he’s from the Mirror Universe, and then Kira points out that the power cell on his disruptor is cracked and it’s useless as a weapon. Bareil tries to get away, but Kira takes him down in half a second and hands him over to Odo, who was waiting on the landing pad with his deputies.

[You’re in for a rough ride.]

Fri
Sep 5 2014 2:30pm

Preview The Art of Greg Spalenka: Visions from the Mind’s Eye

The Art of Greg Spalenka

Greg Spalenka’s distinctive, dreamlike images haunt the mind, invoking new and old myths, populated with fire beings, desert spirits, and winged, ethereal creatures. His vast landscapes of extraordinary worlds lend themselves to exploration and contemplation, with vivid touches and tangible details that bring alien expanses, charmed forests, and mysterious labyrinths alike to life.

Spalenka has worked in a wide variety of fields in his long and accomplished career, and his recent work has included concept design for films like The Ant Bully, The Golden Compass, Escape from Planet Earth (2012 release), and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

We’re excited to present the following preview of The Art of Greg Spalenka, out on September 23rd from Titan Books. This 176-page volume, printed in metallic ink, highlights more than 30 years of Spalenka’s career as an artist, along with instructional elements to inspire the reader.

[Preview some of the art and full cover image below]

Fri
Sep 5 2014 2:05pm

Margaret Atwood’s Next Book Won’t Be Readable Until 2114

Margaret Atwood Future Library art project Katie Paterson

Margaret Atwood’s seminal novel The Handmaid’s Tale includes a fascinating metafictional epilogue in which a symposium in the year 2125 discusses the dystopian period in which the book is set, as well as heroine Offred’s story. It’s incredibly fitting, then, that our descendants in 2114 will be the first to read Atwood’s latest work, thanks to the innovative Future Library art project.

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Fri
Sep 5 2014 2:00pm
Excerpt

Lailah (Excerpt)

Nikki Kelly

Lailah Nikki Kelly excerpt The girl knows she’s different. She doesn’t age. She has no family. She has visions of a past life, but no clear clues as to what she is, or where she comes from. But there is a face in her dreams – a light that breaks through the darkness. She knows his name is Gabriel.

On her way home from work, the girl encounters an injured stranger whose name is Jonah. Soon, she will understand that Jonah belongs to a generation of Vampires that serve darker forces. Jonah and the few like him are fighting with help from an unlikely ally, a rogue Angel named Gabriel.

In the crossfire between good and evil, love and hate, and life and death, the girl learns her name: Lailah. But when the lines between black and white begin to blur, where in the spectrum will she find her place? And with whom?

Nikki Kelly’s Lailah, the first book in the Styclar Saga, is available October 7th from Feiwel & Friends.

[Read an excerpt]

Fri
Sep 5 2014 1:10pm

Supergirl May Hit TV Screens Soon!

Supergirl, Superman animated series

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Supergirl is getting prepped for a small screen debut! Greg Berlanti (No Ordinary Family, Blindspot) and Ali Adler (Glee, The New Normal) have plans to get her on television...

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Fri
Sep 5 2014 1:05pm

Who Could Al Pacino Play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Al Pacino Guardians of the Galaxy Marvel Cinematic Universe

So, good news, Al Pacino let his kids drag him to see Guardians of the Galaxy and loved it so much that he’s now interested in considering a role in a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.

Nancy Tartaglione of Deadline got him to consider it at the recent Venice Film Festival. The famous actor had a lot to say about Guardians as a film, and had a well-considered response to the question of whether would like to be in the next one...

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