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Fri
Jul 11 2014 5:10pm

Visit First Second Books at San Diego Comic Con 2014!

First Second Books has released their schedule for San Diego Comic Con International 2014 and it’s filled with signings from authors like Lucy Knisley and Gene Luen Yang, as well as awesome author panels and chances for you to snag some free advance copies of :01 books, including In Real Life, the upcoming comic from Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang!  

All the signings, give-a-ways, and other fun will be located at the First Second Books Booth #1323

Check out the full schedule below! We can’t wait to see you there! 

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Jul 11 2014 5:00pm

Dreamlike Confabulations: All Those Vanished Engines

All Those Vanished Engines Paul Park review

Paul Park’s latest novel, All Those Vanished Engines, is nothing if not ambitious. Part family history, part science fiction, the whole thing weaves together into one surreal metafiction.

The novel is separated into three parts. The first part, “Bracelets,” is set in an alternate version of post-Civil War Virginia where North and South are still divided and the Yankee forces are led by a Queen of the North. We start out seeing the world through the eyes of Paulina, a young woman who is writing a story about the future, about a war with Martian forces and a boy named Matthew. As the chapters progress, alternating between Paulina’s time and her fictions, the lines begin to blur and suddenly it seems maybe Paulina is the fiction as both stories bleed into each other. The result is something surreal and dreamlike and sets up the tone for the rest of the novel.

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Fri
Jul 11 2014 4:00pm
Excerpt

Hellhole Inferno

Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson

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The people of Hellhole and the shadow-Xayans scramble to rally against the threat from the still-living rogue Xayans.  Back on Sonjeera, the Monarchy is in an uproar after their surprising defeat and the breakaway of the Deep Zone planets.

The dowager Queen decides to go to Hellhole on a diplomatic mission, hoping to keep her power. But after touring Hellhole, Queen Michella is shaken, and begins to realize that she can never have the old Monarchy back. Before she can return to Sonjeera, the Queen  is captured by the rogue Xayans and learns the reason for their attack: the orthodox Xayans plan on triggering another Big Bang, wiping out everything. 

The rogue Xayans thought they succeeded in stopping the ascension, but the orthodox Xayans on Hellhole are nearly ready.  Now, twenty-two huge asteroids from the outer reaches of the solar system are bearing towards Hellhole, summoned by the rogue sect as a last resort. Can all these lives and the planet itself be saved?

amazon buy Hellhole Inferno Hellhole Inferno, publishing August 12th from Tor Books, is the thrilling conclusion to Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson's Hellhole trilogy.

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Fri
Jul 11 2014 3:45pm

Hannibal At the Zoo Twitter is “Terrifying Collision of the Sacred and the Profane”

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It’s a bit ironic that @ZooHannibal, the bizarre and weirdly funny Twitter account collecting Hannibal Lecter’s existential musings from a day at the zoo, is so pro-animal. You know, considering that the good doctor has such a predilection for feasting on human parts—the rawer, the better.

At any rate, the account (which was started in May) reads like an especially bizarre piece of fanfiction. @ZooHannibal’s random tour through the butterfly garden and marmoset enclosure brings us tweets on captivity, power, and feeding time, and even a message for his patient Will Graham.

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Fri
Jul 11 2014 3:30pm

Space Opera and Bad Porn: Vicky Peterwald: Target by Mike Shepherd

Vicky Peterwald Target Mike Shepherd review Content warning: spoilers, cursing, discussion of rape scene.

I spent two days casting around trying to think of a way to write this review that didn’t involve screaming, punching walls, and turning the air bluer than a sailor on a bender. But, ladies and gentlemen and honourable others, I’m not entirely sure I’ve succeeded. Because Vicky Peterwald: Target, Shepherd’s first entry in his spin-off from the long-running Kris Longknife series, is... well.

[WHAT THE HELL, BOOK?]

Fri
Jul 11 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Ferengi Love Songs”

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Ferengi Love Songs“Ferengi Love Songs”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Directed by Rene Auberjonois
Season 5, Episode 20
Production episode 40510-518
Original air date: April 21, 1997
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Quark’s has been closed for three days due to a vole infestation. He’s miserable, and Rom’s attempt to cheer him up with the news that he and Leeta are getting married is an abject failure. Rom suggests he go home to Ferenginar to be with his moogie.

Against all odds, Quark actually takes this advice, travelling home to a very surprised Ishka. She doesn’t seem entirely thrilled to find Quark there, but while she says it’s because they’ve never gotten along all that well, there’s another reason, as Quark learns when he goes to his room and sees Grand Nagus Zek and Maihar’du in his closet. At first, Quark runs from the room scared, because Zek says he shouldn’t be on Ferenginar because of his FCA ban, and it takes him until he runs to the living room before he realizes that, well, the grand nagus is hiding in his closet.

[“What are you doing in my closet?” “Conducting official FCA business.” “In my closet?”]

Fri
Jul 11 2014 2:10pm

MTV Orders Full Shannara Series!

Elfstones of Shannara TV show

The Shannara series is officially coming to TV! MTV has picked up a full 10-episode season based on Terry Brooks’ 1983 classic, The Elfstones of Shannara. Miles Millar and Al Gough are writing the show, and Terry Brooks took to his site to praise their adaptation, saying that he “really couldn’t be happier with how it’s all coming together, and I am very much involved in the process.” Jon Favreau, who was initially slated to direct, is staying on as executive producer. The first two episodes will now be directed by Jonathan Liebesman, currently in post-production on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. We look forward to the day when we complain that “MTV doesn't even play epic fantasy series anymore, man.”

Fri
Jul 11 2014 2:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Anna Kashina

Welcome 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 author Anna Kashina. Anna grew up in Russia and moved to the United States in 1994 after receiving her Ph.D. in cell biology from the Russian Academy of Sciences. Her fantasy novel Blades of the Old Empire is available from Angry Robot. Its sequel, The Guild of Assassins, publishes August 5th.

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Fri
Jul 11 2014 1:45pm

Guillermo del Toro Says Pacific Rim Animated Series Will Be “Long Arc,” Not Episodic

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We’ve got a good long wait until Pacific Rim 2 brings the kaiju smackdown on April 7, 2017, but thankfully, there’s an animated series to bridge the gap between films. And according to a recent interview, Guillermo del Toro seems committed to setting up some long-range storytelling instead of just an episodic cartoon.

[It’s gonna be all about drift. ALL about it.]

Fri
Jul 11 2014 1:30pm

Hellhole Inferno Sweepstakes!

Hellhole Inferno is the thrilling conclusion to Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson’s Hellhole trilogy. The people of Hellhole are scrambling to rally against the rogue Xayans that threaten them when Queen Michella is taken hostage by the rogues. With a missing monarch and twenty-two asteroids bearing down on their home planet, can the people of Hellhole defeat their enemies in time? 

We have ten galley copies of Hellhole Inferno that we want to share with you before its August 12th release date from Tor Books!

Check for the rules below! 

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Fri
Jul 11 2014 1:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “Prince Ladisla’s Stratagem” and “Until Sunset”

Joe Abercrombie Before They Are Hanged reread First Law trilogy I hope all our U.S. readers had a nice Fourth of July last week. I mean, I hope you all had a nice July 4th, but I figure it was just a regular Friday for the rest of you! As a result of the holiday the reread took a short break from its otherwise breakneck pace! In the interim, Joe Abercrombie’s Half a King hit the streets in the United Kingdom, debuting at number three on the Sunday Times Bestseller list. While the world enjoys his new offering, we’ll just keep picking apart the first things he ever published!

With this week’s chapters we find ourselves on the cusp of two battles. The one in the North is a situation that should be won, but won’t due to inept leadership. The one in the South is a situation that should surely be lost, but success seems possible due to Glokta’s capable hand. It’s an interesting juxtaposition Abercrombie has set up.

[First up! Ladisla’s Stratagem!]

Fri
Jul 11 2014 12:10pm

The Tor.com Summer Meet-Up is Next Week!

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Now we are six! And we’re having a meet-up next Thursday, July 17th!

YOU SHOULD COME WE LIKE YOU to the upstairs bar at our Professor Thom’s in Manhattan (2nd Ave between 13th and 14th). It’s from 6 to 11 and we’ll be there, whomever we are, to talk about comic book movies, gender representation, funky fresh dance moves...whatever brings the fun. You can RSVP on Facebook here. Or just show up and say hello!

Fri
Jul 11 2014 12:00pm

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

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 three 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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Fri
Jul 11 2014 11:15am

Timothy Zahn Says We Shouldn’t Assume That All Star Wars Expanded Universe Books Are Non-Canon

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Timothy Zahn conducted an AMA on Reddit on Wednesday to talk about his three-decade-plus writing career, but it’s no surprise that the majority of questions he fielded were about his Star Wars Expanded Universe novels. We’ve talked plenty about Zahn’s work, like how Heir to the Empire turned Star Wars into bonafide science fiction. In short, Zahn’s novels are seminal to the EU.

Which is why Star Wars fans were distraught to learn that what we all know as the EU is not being considered canon alongside the upcoming films. A press release from Disney and Del Rey in April classified the EU novels under the heading of Star Wars Legends, setting them apart from the original six films, the forthcoming sequels, Star Wars: Clone Wars, and Star Wars Rebels.

But Zahn said something very interesting in his AMA about the mindset in which readers should approach the EU, and how “canon” actually matches up with contradictions.

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Fri
Jul 11 2014 11:00am

Under the Radar: The Adventures of Amir Hamza

The Adventures of Amir Hamza Ghalib LakhnaviHere is a story to end all stories, a legendary tale of epic proportions, a fantastic riot of a narrative that even in its English translation retains the idiom and rhythm of its original oral form.

It follows the complicated adventures of one man, a hero to conquer all heroes, a man predestined to be ‘The Quake of Qaf, the Latter-day Sulaiman, the World Conqueror, the Lord of the Auspicious Planetary Conjunction, the Slayer of Sly Ifrit, and a believer in God Almighty—Amir Hamza.’

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Fri
Jul 11 2014 10:00am

For Love or Money (And If You Do It Right, BOTH): Choosing a Career in Art

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We have a rather warped ethos for how we look at and deal with art and artists as a culture. There are roughly two camps of art-making, those who do it for fun as a hobby or are lucky enough to have married well or receive a trust fund or live in a hut, and those of us who make a living out of art and must navigate the treacherous waters where the profit motive and the creative motive meet, clash and dance together. That’s what this week’s post is about (suck it, hut-people).

When we’re kids, we don’t do it for the money. Art is a playground and a wonderscape we’re encouraged to utilize as much as possible. No one complains that their kid draws too much, or likes art too much. That comes later when you’re a grownup and you’re supposed to have gotten rid of this childish habit. Those of us who wish to or in my case, have codified this act of play as a career have a rocky road to navigate. Really much of the issues that will come at you in terms of balancing your need to feed yourself/your family are only struggles you’ll have to wrestle with when you make it your full time gig.

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Fri
Jul 11 2014 9:30am

Why I’m Voting for Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice

Ancillary Justice Ann Leckie Hugo nomineeWhen thinking about Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice, the first thing that comes to my mind is gummy worms. Sour gummy worms, to be precise, are a very specific desire. When you want a sour gummy worm nothing else will do. Seriously, nothing else. The second thing that comes to mind are macaroons, those little delicious crispy baked goods that have replaced the cupcake as the pastry du jour.

Yes, Ancillary Justice is like gummy worms and macaroons, combined. Early buzz meant that readers were craving Ann Leckie’s debut novel, and finally getting to read it was both satisfying and sweet.

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Fri
Jul 11 2014 9:00am

Summer of Sleaze: The Universal Horrors of Charles L. Grant

Charles L Grant

Summer of Sleaze is 2014’s turbo-charged trash safari where Will Errickson of Too Much Horror Fiction and Grady Hendrix of The Great Stephen King Reread plunge into the bowels of vintage paperback horror fiction, unearthing treasures and trauma in equal measure.

Moonlight over a lonely town. Fog swirls. Whispering shadows. Footsteps in the forest. A voice from the darkness. A movement seen from the corner of the eye. A slowly spreading stain of red.

New Jersey-born writer and editor Charles L. Grant (1942–2006) championed these hallmarks of old-fashioned horror tales, even in spite of their simplicity, their overuse, indeed, their corniness, because he knew in the right hands such subtle details would build up to an overall mood of dis-ease and weirdness. Evoking fear of the unknown, not the graphic revelation of a psychopath with a gore-flecked axe or an unimaginable, insane Lovecraftian nightmare, is what a truly successful horror writer (or, for that matter, filmmaker) should do. And especially during the 1980s, when he published dozens of titles through Tor Books’ horror line, Grant did precisely that.

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Fri
Jul 11 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: We Were on the Edge of Salisbury When the Sand Began to Take Hold...

What are Neil Gaiman, Dirk Maggs, and Terry Pratchett doing? Is this, as Kevin O’Shea suggests, a writerly order of “Get in the car, losers, we’re going storytelling”? Or is it possibly a heist? A...magical heist, perhaps? Or maybe they’re setting off for some illegal streetracing with Joe Abercrombie and China Miéville? Whatever type of adventure they’re planning, we’re glad that Sir Terry shared the moment with Twitter.

Morning Roundup wants to share some good news about the Rapture! And also some thoughts on Mars, and the best cannibalistic Twitter feed we’ve yet discovered.

[Plus Box Trolls! Box TROLLLLLLS. We might be a little excited about this movie.]

Thu
Jul 10 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Thomas Sweterlitsch

thomas sweterlitsch 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 author Thomas Sweterlitsch, who lives in Pittsburgh with his wife and daughter. He has a Master’s Degree in Literary and Cultural Theory from Carnegie Mellon University. He worked for twelve years at the Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. His first novel, Tomorrow and Tomorrow, is available now from Putnam.

Join us as we learn the best defense against Freddy Krueger!

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