This Chance Planet October 22, 2014 This Chance Planet Elizabeth Bear We are alone, except for the dog. Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza October 15, 2014 Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza Carrie Vaughn A Wild Cards story. The Girl in the High Tower October 14, 2014 The Girl in the High Tower Gennifer Albin A Crewel story. Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch October 8, 2014 Mrs. Sorensen and the Sasquatch Kelly Barnhill An unconventional romance.
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A Category Unto Himself: The Works of China Miéville
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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Reread: Part 1
Kate Nepveu
Thu
Oct 23 2014 2:30pm

The Harry Potter Reread: The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 19 and 20

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban coverThe Harry Potter Reread was thinking about how horcruxes would probably make the most awkward of Christmas presents. “Here, I’m giving you this piece of my soul! Sweet, huh? I did have to do something really horrible to chip away at it like that, though. Hope you like the vase.” Here’s hoping that Voldemort actually did this.

We’re going to chat with old friends and witness our very first werewolf transformation! We’re closing in on the end with chapters 19 and 20 of The Prisoner of Azkaban—The Servant of Lord Voldemort and The Dementor’s Kiss.

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
Oct 23 2014 2:00pm

Devil in a Blue Dress: Horns by Joe Hill

Joe Hill HornsI have Amanda Palmer to thank for my discovery of Joe Hill. About five years ago, she blogged about a “kind gentleman” and a friend of Neil Gaiman who brought her beer in the janitor’s closet at a concert venue she was playing at in Portland, Maine. As an ardent AFP+NFG acolyte,  that same afternoon I checked out every Joe Hill work from my local library, which, at the time was 20th Century Ghosts and Heart-Shaped Box.

I fell madly in love almost immediately, and by the time Horns came out the following spring, neither Hell nor high water could keep me from seeing him read on his book tour. I even still have the light-up horns he passed out as party favors. So when I was asked if I wanted to review Horns the book and Horns the movie, I jumped at the chance so fast I practically lit my email on fire.

[“Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name”]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 1:15pm

Why Edward Norton is Glad He Stopped Being the Hulk

Edward Norton the Incredible Hulk Birdman Avengers

Edward Norton’s The Incredible Hulk does not occupy a proud spot in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, if/when Marvel winds up doing a Mark Ruffalo solo Hulk movie, Norton’s turn at playing Bruce Banner will definitely be rendered non-canon. Furthermore, when Marvel was assembling its Avengers in 2010, there seemed to be bad blood between the studio and Norton’s camp, with shots fired on both sides. Then we got Mark Ruffalo, and all was wonderful (and always angry) with the world.

At the time, Norton gracefully withdrew from the conversation, saying that he had been blessed to have played one of the Hulk’s many incarnations. In a recent interview to promote his new film Birdman, he added some context that shows just how good he feels about his decision, four years later.

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Thu
Oct 23 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: “The Mystery Knight” Part 2

Welcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 2 of “The Mystery Knight: A Tale of the Seven Kingdoms,” which originally appeared in the anthology Warriors, edited by George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois.

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[This is your brain. This is your brain on heraldry.]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 12:50pm

Those Lost Lovegroves

James Lovegrove

Think you know James Lovegrove? Think again.

Having read Redlaw, large parts of the punchy Pantheon saga and several of his Sherlock Holmes stories, including The Stuff of Nightmares—highly recommended, by the by, to those looking to spend some time with the great detective after his absence from Anthony Horowitz’s Moriarty—I thought I knew him too. I may have been... mistaken.

He’s the author, as it happens, of an alarming number of novels—almost forty if you figure in his fiction for children—which predate by decades this wave of his work. A fair few of those lost Lovegroves were nominated for prestigious prizes, too: Days and Untied Kingdom, for instance.

Both books have fallen out of print since. A sad thing, that. A happy thing, then, that The James Lovegrove Collection—a series of three volumes collecting the early work of the aforementioned bestseller—is poised to resolve the problem posited.

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Thu
Oct 23 2014 12:00pm

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 15

Brandon Sanderson Words of Radiance Stormlight ArchiveWelcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com! Last week, Carl checked in on Adolin’s first “real” duel in years, in the spiffy new dueling arena at the warcamps. This week, we return to Shallan’s slog across the wilderness with Tvlakv and his merry band, as she looks forward to meeting her betrothed… and getting some shoes.

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. The index for this reread can be found here, and more Stormlight Archive goodies are indexed here. Click on through to join the discussion.

[Expectation wasn’t just about what people expected of you. It was about what you expected of yourself.]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 11:15am

Check Out the Cover of Neil Gaiman’s New Short Fiction Collection, Trigger Warning

Trigger Warning cover reveal Neil Gaiman introduction excerpt

USA Today has posted the cover reveal for Neil Gaiman’s new short story collection, Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances. In addition to an enigmatic cover—just what is that girl thinking?—the site also shared Gaiman’s introduction, in which he explains why he decided to beat everyone else to slapping a trigger warning on his writing.

[Click through to see the full cover]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 11:00am

Look, This Mouse is a Jerk: Stuart Little

Stuart Little EB WhiteE.B. White was many things—a writer for The New Yorker, a stickler for certain elements of style, a poet, an essayist, and—according to James Thurber—someone very good at hiding from random visitors. He is perhaps best remembered, however, as a children’s writer, thanks to a set of three remarkable books featuring animal protagonists, starting with Stuart Little, a little book about a talking mouse that later spawned three films and became a classic of children’s literature.

Full disclosure: I hate it.

[And to explain why, I must spoil pretty much everything in it.]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 10:00am

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Daryl Gregory

Daryl Gregory 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 Daryl Gregory, the award-winning author of novels including Pandemonium, The Devil’s Alphabet, and Raising Stony Mayhall, which was named one of Library Journal's best books of the year. His comics work includes Planet of the Apes and Dracula: The Company of Monsters (with Kurt Busiek). His latest novel, We Are All Completely Fine, is available now from Tachyon Press. Read an excerpt here on Tor.com!

Join us, as Daryl breaks all the rules of internet security!

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Thu
Oct 23 2014 9:00am

Cover Reveal for Ayize Jama-Everett’s The Liminal War and The Entropy of Bones

John Jennings Liminal War cover art

Next summer Small Beer Press will publish two novels by Ayize Jama-Everett. Jama-Everett self-published his first novel, The Liminal People, in 2010. After mutual friend Nalo Hopkinson recommended he send a copy to me, it was reprinted in January 2012 by Small Beer.

Jama-Everett’s next two novels, The Liminal War and The Entropy of Bones, will be published in May and August 2015 and are set in the same world as The Liminal People. I wanted these covers to show the propulsive energy and world-spanning breadth of the stories. In the meantime, Jama-Everett had begun working on a comic with John Jennings and suggested him for the covers.

[Full cover images and more on the design process below!]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 8:30am

Fearie Tales Sweepstakes!

Fearie Tales is a fantastical mix of spellbinding retelling of classic stories such as Cinderella, Rapunzel, Hansel and Gretel, and Rumpelstiltskin, along with unsettling tales inspired by other children's classics, all interspersed with the original tales of their inspiration.

These modern masterpieces of the macabre by Neil Gaiman, Garth Nix, Ramsey Campbell, Joanne Harris, Markus Heitz, John Ajvide Lindquist, Angela Slatter, Michael Marshall Smith, and many others, and are illustrated by Oscar-winning artist Alan Lee.

We have five copies of the newly released paperback, so comment in the post to enter!

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Thu
Oct 23 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: We Bring Apathy from the Night’s Plutonian Shore!

Grammarly shared Jim Benton’s frustrated raven, just in time for Halloween! We’re guessing this bird won’t have much useful news regarding the poet’s lost Lenore...

Morning Roundup brings you a Johnny Depp in wolf’s clothing, real estate tips of the damned, and spooooooky reading suggestions!

[plus, nothing goes with s’mores like a good Bill Murray tale!]

Wed
Oct 22 2014 10:41pm

Watch the First Trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron!

Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer

The first trailer for Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer is here! It's a week early. Maybe HYDRA leaked it? Good job, Hydra! Click through to watch Ultron rise! It's pretty intense.

[Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer]

Wed
Oct 22 2014 5:08pm

Ann Leckie’s Hugo-Winning Ancillary Justice Optioned for Television

Ancillary Justice TV showFans of Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch series will be excited to learn that her Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award-winning novel Ancillary Justice has been optioned for television!

Leckie shared the news on her blog, adding in the necessary caveats that “option” doesn’t automatically mean “greenlit.” However, she’s already had at least one talk with the production companies emphasizing how she would like the series to handle gender and race.

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Wed
Oct 22 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Fred Venturini

Fred Venturini 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 Fred Venturini, whose short fiction has been published in the Booked Anthology, Noir at the Bar 2, and Surreal South ’13. His story “Gasoline” is featured in Chuck Palahniuk’s Burnt Tongues collection. Fred’s darkly comic superhero tale, The Heart Does Not Grow Back, publishes November 4th from Picador. Read an excerpt from the novel here on Tor.com!

Join us!

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Wed
Oct 22 2014 4:10pm

Live-Action Static Shock Series Leads Warner Bros’ Digital Programming Slate

Static Shock TV show Warner Bros digital content Blue Ribbon Content

Today Warner Bros unveiled its new digital division, called Blue Ribbon Content, which will release a number of live-action, short-form series across various digital platforms. The programming ranges from a satire series about backstabbing Girl Scouts to several genre picks, including an original horror thriller series and two adaptations of comic book properties.

One of the most interesting projects announced is Static Shock—based on the comic Static, which was originally published through DC Comics’ Milestone Comics, an imprint that promoted greater representation of minority heroes.

[“I put a shock to your system!”]

Wed
Oct 22 2014 4:00pm
Excerpt

The Hero and the Crown (Excerpt)

Robin McKinley

Robin McKinley The Hero and the Crown Aerin is an outcast in her own father’s court, the daughter of the foreign woman who, it was rumored, was a witch, and enchanted the king to marry her.

She makes friends with her father’s lame, retired warhorse, Talat, and discovers an old, overlooked, and dangerously imprecise recipe for dragon-fire-proof ointment in a dusty corner of her father’s library. Two years and many burnt twigs (and a few fingers) later, Aerin is present when someone comes from an outlying village to report a marauding dragon to the king. Aerin slips off alone to fetch her horse, her sword, and her fireproof ointment…

But modern dragons, while formidable opponents fully capable of killing a human being, are small and accounted vermin. There is no honor in killing dragons. The great dragons are a tale out of ancient history. That is, until the day that the king is riding out at the head of an army. A weary man on an exhausted horse staggers into the courtyard where the king’s troop is assembled to announce that Maur, the Black Dragon, has awakened.

On November 18th, Robin McKinley’s Newbery Medal-winning novel The Hero and the Crown will be available for the first time as an ebook from Open Road Media.

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Wed
Oct 22 2014 3:00pm

Who’s Your Daddy? Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “A Hen in the Wolf House”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., season 2, episode 5: Hen in the Wolf House

Yeah! Now this is how you do an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.! Whip those plotlines around like a meth-addled Simon Belmont, tangle them up, introduce a Marvel superhero, and convey the emotional conflict from last week more potently in two brief scenes than you did in the entirety of last week’s ignorable episode. “A Hen in the Wolf House” was a lean, energetic installment that moved a ton of plotlines forward while giving almost everyone a moment to shine. And it didn’t even have to include the vampire cow!

[But obviously I’m glad it did.]

Wed
Oct 22 2014 2:00pm
Excerpt

Child of Earth (Excerpt)

David Gerrold

Child of Earth David Gerrold When Kaer’s extended family signs up to emigrate to Linnea, a planet known for horses as large as houses and dangerously mistrustful natives, Kaer is certain the move will bring the divided household closer together. What none of them are prepared for is the grueling emigration training in the Linnean dome, a makeshift environment designed to be like Linnea in every possible way, from the long, brutally harsh winters to the deadly kacks— wolf-like creatures as tall as men.

The training is tough, but Kaer’s family is up to the challenge. Soon they begin working like Linneans, thinking like Linneans, even accepting Linnean gods as their own. The family’s emigration seems to be just around the corner. But then a disaster on Linnea itself changes everything.

David Gerrold’s Child of Earth, book one in The Sea of Grass trilogy, is available from BenBella Books. Check out an excerpt below!

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Wed
Oct 22 2014 1:00pm

Rereading Melanie Rawn: Dragon Prince, Chapters 25 and 26

dragon prince reread melanie rawnWelcome to the weekly Wednesday reread of Dragon Prince! This week Andrade and Pandsala choose sides (or do they?), Sioned and Rohan get out of jail, and the war ramps up, with special bonus moral dilemmas.

Chapter 25

So This Happens: Andrade has a prophetic nightmare about Pandsala and her family, faradhi, and killing with Fire. She wakes on the road, disguised as Pandsala’s servant, and afflicted with Chiana as a stowaway. The news from elsewhere is almost uniformly bad: Tiglath under siege, Tobin and the twins safe in a nearly deserted Stronghold, and no sign of Rohan or Sioned.

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