The Two Weddings of Bronwyn Hyatt May 6, 2015 The Two Weddings of Bronwyn Hyatt Alex Bledsoe A Tufa double wedding. Ambiguity Machines: An Examination April 29, 2015 Ambiguity Machines: An Examination Vandana Singh A test for Junior Navigators of Conceptual Machine-Space. The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn April 22, 2015 The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn Usman Malik He will inherit the Unseen. The Ways of Walls and Words April 15, 2015 The Ways of Walls and Words Sabrina Vourvoulias Can the spirit truly be imprisoned?
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May 4, 2015
“A Suit of Armor Around the World": Avengers: Age of Ultron
Emily Asher-Perrin
April 30, 2015
The Folklore Origins of The Avengers
Caitlyn Paxson
April 28, 2015
Five Books Where Music is Practically a Character
Sabaa Tahir
April 27, 2015
Message Fiction: Politics in Sci-Fi and Fantasy Literature
The G
April 24, 2015
5 Extremely Accurate Predictions For Star Trek Beyond
Ryan Britt
Wed
Apr 29 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Now Hayley Atwell Can Be Peggy Carter All the Time

Hayley Atwell DMV Pegg Carter license photo

Hayley Atwell, national treasure, who publicly apologizes to all the stunt men she beats up, has done yet another adorable thing. Over the weekend, she tweeted about how she had to go to the DMV dressed as Peggy Carter—hair, Spanx, and all. Of course fans demanded to see her new license photo, and Atwell delivered. (Hat-tip to Entertainment Weekly for spotting this.)

Afternoon Roundup brings you Hawkeye singing about being underrated; William Gibson on staying relevant; and every celebrity who has ever gotten lost in The Twilight Zone.

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Wed
Apr 29 2015 1:00pm

Rereading Melanie Rawn: Sunrunner’s Fire, Chapters 12 and 13

Sunrunner's Fire rereadWelcome to the weekly Wednesday reread of Sunrunner’s Fire! This week the family mourns one of its own, Rohan and Pol demonstrate how their relationship works, and the book ups the ante on several important plots and some potentially devastating conflicts. With bonus operetta-style action.

Chapter 12
Feruche: 9-10 Spring

So This Happens: The grieving family gathers in Feruche for Sorin’s funeral. Pol is in charge. Rohan will not enter the place, and Pol does not know why and doesn’t dare ask.

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Wed
Apr 29 2015 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter Eighteen

Ian C Esslemont Orb Sceptre Throne Malazan rereadWelcome back 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 eighteen of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Orb Sceptre Throne.

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
Apr 29 2015 11:00am

The (Welcome) Invasion of the Whippersnappers

free comic book day children's book week

The most wonderful time of year for comic book geeks is almost upon us. No, not the opening of comic book movie season, even one that includes premieres of the new Avengers world domination story, the awesome-looking Fantastic Four movie, or Batman and Superman Have a Pissing Contest while Wonder Woman Gets Bored and Goes Off to Save the World.

In a few short days, the first Saturday of May to be exact, is Free Comic Book Day! It is the day we give thanks to our ancestors for bestowing upon us this glorious medium by descending en masse on our local comic book shops and scrabbling to get everything on our wishlist. This year is also the first time Children’s Book Week and Free Comic Book Day are joining forces to help get kids interested in reading, which this librarian thinks is pretty darn great.

[“A great nation is a reading nation.”]

Wed
Apr 29 2015 10:00am

Catching Up with The Avengers and Friends!

The Avengers

Because the MCU is a sprawling beast, there are important plot threads dangling all over the ever-expanding Marvel Media Empire. The movies that began telling the story of a few superpowered humans are now also telling the stories of the normal humans who have to keep up with them, the significant others who have to compete with a world constantly in need of rescue, and villains who aren’t so villainous anymore... or wait maybe they are? Plus, half the characters are dead or pretending to be dead. So in case you don’t have time to (re)watch a gazillion hours of media, we thought we’d do our best to catch you up on everyone’s latest adventure before you head into Age of Ultron this weekend.

There are spoilers for literally everything in the MCU waiting below the fold, so proceed with caution.

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Wed
Apr 29 2015 9:00am
Original Story

Ambiguity Machines: An Examination

This tale is an unusual take on an engineering exam that explores new concepts in machine design and function. All new machine discoveries must be investigated and classified. This is the story of three such machines and the truth or lie of their existence.

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by consulting editor Ann VanderMeer.

[Read “Ambiguity Machines: An Examination” by Vandana Singh]

Wed
Apr 29 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Join the Battle for Hoth!

Hoth Tabletop Game

Salute 2015, a giant wargaming and gaming event in the UK, hosted an awe-inspiring tribute to The Empire Strikes Back this year! The Beasts of War gaming portal built this “Assault on Hoth” gaming table, which had to be transported in pieces all the way from Ireland, and reassembled in London! Check out more scenes from Hoth (and a making-of video) over at Nerd Approved!

Morning Roundup brings you hatching chameleons, the greatest team-ups from every era of comics, and an interview with the people behind Orphan Black!

[Plus Stan Lee will teach you how to become a cameo master!]

Tue
Apr 28 2015 5:00pm

Short Fiction Spotlight: Asimov’s Science Fiction #473

Asimov's Science Fiction June 2015 Welcome back to the Short Fiction Spotlight, a space for conversation about recent and not-so-recent short stories. It’s been some long while since I’ve taken a look at any of the genre’s long-running print magazines, so, this installment seems like a good opportunity to check out an issue that just arrived in my mailbox: Asimov’s June 2015. This also happens to be issue #473, pointing to the standing history of the publication; there’s a lot of heft behind the name, here.

The June issue contains four novelettes and two short stories, as well as a smattering of poetry and nonfiction. The novelettes are “The End of the War” by Django Wexler, “The Ladies’ Aquatic Gardening Society” by Henry Lien, “Ghosts of the Savannah” by M. Bennardo, and “Our Lady of the Open Road” by Sarah Pinsker. The short stories are “Mutability” by Ray Nayler and “The Muses of Shuyedan-18” by Indrapramit Das.

[Onward.]

Tue
Apr 28 2015 4:00pm
Excerpt

The Gospel of Loki (Excerpt)

Joanne M. Harris

Joanne M Harris The Gospel of Loki This novel is a brilliant first-person narrative of the rise and fall of the Norse gods—retold from the point of view of the world’s ultimate trickster, Loki. A #1 bestseller in the UK, The Gospel of Loki tells the story of Loki’s recruitment from the underworld of Chaos, his many exploits on behalf of his one-eyed master, Odin, through to his eventual betrayal of the gods and the fall of Asgard itself.

Using her lifelong passion for the Norse myths, New York Times bestseller Joanne M. Harris has created a vibrant and powerful fantasy novel—available May 5th from Saga Press!

[Read an Excerpt]

Tue
Apr 28 2015 3:45pm

The Final Mad Max: Fury Road Trailer Focuses on Imperator Furiosa

final Mad Max trailer Charlize Theron Imperator Furiosa

Warner Bros has released the final trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road a few weeks before its theatrical release, and it focuses on Charlize Theron’s character Imperator Furiosa. While Tom Hardy plays Max, Theron is the one who has captured fans’ attention, with her shaved head, bionic arm, and badass name. Now, we know some more about what brings Furiosa to the wasteland.

[What a lovely, lovely, lovely day]

Tue
Apr 28 2015 3:00pm

Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: “Balance of Terror”

Star Trek, Balance of Terror“Balance of Terror”
Written by Paul Schneider
Directed by Vincent McEveety
Season 1, Episode 8
Production episode 6149-09
Original air date: December 15, 1966
Stardate: 1709.1

Captain’s log. In the ship’s chapel, Kirk is performing a wedding for two crewmembers, Angela Martine and Robert Tomlinson. Before the ceremony, Spock reports Outpost #2 along the Romulan Neutral Zone still is quiet, and now Outpost #3 has gone dark as well. The ceremony itself is interrupted by a distress call from Outpost #4, which is under attack by an unidentified vessel.

[Danger and I are old companions.]

Tue
Apr 28 2015 2:00pm

Five Books Where Music is Practically a Character

Fantasy books and music became inextricably linked in my head one summer in the early 90s. My middle brother gave me his old Walkman, so I could finally listen to music wherever I wanted. My other brother got a job at a nearby bookstore, and brought home piles of Terry Brooks and David Eddings at my request. Walkman+books=happy place for nerdy young Sabaa. To this day, I associate Nirvana, Alice in Chains, and Stone Temple Pilots with Druids, Elves, and Murgos (not in that order).

Finding books that pay homage to music is easy. Finding fantasy books that do the same—a bit trickier. But when I do find them—oh, bliss.

[Here are my favorites]

Tue
Apr 28 2015 1:30pm

The Memory Painter Sweepstakes!

The Memory Painter by Gwendolyn Womack arrives from Picador today, and we want to send you one of our three copies now! Check out our excerpt here.

Bryan Pierce is an internationally famous artist whose paintings have dazzled the world. But there's a secret to his success: Every canvas is inspired by an unusually vivid dream. When Bryan awakes, he possesses extraordinary new skills...like the ability to speak obscure languages and an inexplicable genius for chess. All his life, he has wondered if his dreams are recollections, if he is re-experiencing other people's lives. When he meets Linz Jacobs, a brilliant neurogeneticist, the mystery deepens as they begin to discern the pattern linking his deeply detailed (and sometimes disturbing) visions.

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Tue
Apr 28 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Heeeere’s I-Rex!

Jurassic World Indominus Rex I-Rex first look photo

After skulking through several Jurassic World trailers, the big bad of the new movie finally bares its face. Meet the Indominus Rex. While this genetically-engineered dino resembles the T-Rex, its scaly head and, you know, unquenchable thirst for blood sets it apart. (Hat-tip to Blastr and Empire for this first photo.) Here’s more info on the I-Rex!

Afternoon Roundup misquotes Disney, pulls out the leg warmers, and practices Shakespeare with Brian Cox.

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Tue
Apr 28 2015 1:15pm

Watch the First Trailer for Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell!

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell trailer BBC One

BBC One’s adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell is getting closer to an actual premiere date! BBC One has released the first full-length trailer for the miniseries, and according to The A.V. Club, it will begin airing next month.

The trailer sees Mr. Norrell summoning the man with the thistle-down hair, setting into motion the faeries’ havoc-wreaking plan; and Jonathan Strange pledging himself as Norrell’s friend and assistant, only for something to come between the two magicians.

[“You’ve opened the door to hell and invited the devil into England!”]

Tue
Apr 28 2015 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 27

THE WHEEL OF TIME REREAD REDUX IS NOT HERE. EVEN THOUGH IT IS. I WILL TAKE NO PART. EVEN THOUGH I OBVIOUSLY AM.

#helping

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 50 and 51 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!

[“If in the present work I have dwelt at some length on the worship of trees, it is not, I trust, because I exaggerate its importance in the history of religion, still less because I would deduce from it a whole system of mythology; it is simply because I could not ignore the subject” –James Frazer, The Golden Bough]

Tue
Apr 28 2015 1:00pm

JordanCon 2015: Bride of Con Report, Part 2

What up, party people? Have you come to see Part 2 of my stupendous and no-doubt-soon-to-be-award-winning-cough report on JordanCon 2015? If so, then, look no further, for you have found it!

And if not, click here to read Part 1 first, and then come back, because by then you will be looking for it, I confidently predict!

Once again, many pictures lurk below. Like, no, really. Sacrifice incense and/or vintage Beanie Babies to your modem as necessary to weather the onslaught.

And then, click!

[Make a dragon wanna retire, man]

Tue
Apr 28 2015 12:00pm

When You’re Dead Ye’ll Ne’er Drink to Your King or Your Lass: “The Tomb”

Lovecraft The Tomb

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 “The Tomb,” written in June 1917 and first published in the March 1922 issue of The Vagrant. You can read it here.

Spoilers ahead.

[“I must have fallen asleep from fatigue, for it was with a distinct sense of awakening that I heard the voices.”]

Tue
Apr 28 2015 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: Ecology and Politics

Sleeps with Monsters

There are two books I’ve read recently that seem worth recommending to your attention. Although the authors and their works hardly to lack for people in conversation about them—at least in the first case, I seem to be quite late to the game, in internet time.

[Persona and Pocket Apocalypse]

Tue
Apr 28 2015 10:30am

Cover Reveal for Cixin Liu’s Death’s End

Tor Books is proud to present the cover for Death’s End, the concluding book in the tour de force near-future adventure trilogy from China’s best-selling and most beloved science fiction writer, with yet another beautiful image from Stephan Martinière!

Cixin Liu’s first book in the series, The Three-Body Problem, came out last year and is currently on the Hugo and Nebula Awards ballot. Book two, The Dark Forest, will be out this summer. Death’s End, the exciting concluding volume, will be out January 2016.

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