The Hell of It February 25, 2015 The Hell of It Peter Orullian What will he wager? Schrödinger’s Gun February 18, 2015 Schrödinger’s Gun Ray Wood Maybe in some other timeline it would have gone smooth. Acrobatic Duality February 11, 2015 Acrobatic Duality Tamara Vardomskaya The two of her are perfectly synchronized. The Language of Knives February 4, 2015 The Language of Knives Haralambi Markov They share the rites of death, and grief.
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March 2, 2015
A Ranking of 1980s Fantasy That Would Please Crom Himself!
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Goodbye, Mr. Nimoy — What Spock Meant to One Geeky 12-Year-Old Girl
Emily Asher-Perrin
February 26, 2015
Introducing the Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch
Keith DeCandido
February 23, 2015
Oh No, She Didn’t: The Strong Female Character, Deconstructed
Ilana C. Myer
February 20, 2015
Evil Eighties: The Paperback Horrors of Lisa Tuttle
Grady Hendrix
Wed
Mar 4 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: These Earrings Are Wonderful Conversational Companions!

Labyrinth Door Knocker Earrings

One of the best things about Labyrinth is how the fairy tale elements merged with the pure silliness of Terry Jones's script. The door knockers are a perfect example of this, and now they are also a perfect pair of earrings. Art by Aelia creates many fantasy-inspired pieces (including an awesome Toothless!) but these are our favorites!

Morning Roundup brings you the hidden secrets of Agent Carter, a complete history of The Inhumans, and a look behind the scenes of the biggest game in the history of ever.  

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Tue
Mar 3 2015 5:00pm

Forget Me Not: The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro

Buried Giant Kazuo Ishiguro

Like The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and The Hundred-Year-Old Man who Climbed out of the Window and Disappeared, Kazuo Ishiguro’s first new novel since Never Let Me Go a decade ago appears to be another of those elderly odysseys we’ve seen with such zeitgeist-like regularity recently—albeit one with the trappings, and the characters, of a classical fantasy.

There be dragons in this book, to be sure—alongside sprites, ogres, wizards and warriors—and you can practically taste the magic in the air of its Arthurian England. But never mind that, or the fact that its narrative is arranged around an epic quest, because The Buried Giant is at its best when it’s about Axl and Beatrice, a loving couple who leave their humble home ostensibly to travel to a village a few days walk away. There, the pair hope to renew their relationship with their estranged son.

A simple enough thing, you might think, but the kicker—the tragedy, in truth—is that they don’t really remember him. They don’t really remember much of anything.

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Tue
Mar 3 2015 4:10pm

Community Season 6 Trailer! Everything is New, But Nothing has Chang-ed

Community Season 6

Allow Dan Harmon to show you something beautiful. In the new trailer for the probability-defying new season of Community, Age of Yahoo, we meet a new allies, old friends, and we get to watch Dean Pelton have entirely too much fun with VR! We have lost Troy and Original Shirley, but it looks like we're gaining some prime Chang moments, and possibly more Garrett?  

Will Jeff Winger ever get out of Greendale? Will New Shirley replace Original Shirley in our hearts? Is Keith David the fourth Ghostbuster? Check out the trailer below, and watch the new season of Community via Yahoo on March 17th!

[Nothing will replace Original Shirley.]

Tue
Mar 3 2015 3:00pm

Five Books About Weird Metropolises

Weird Metropolises

Fantastical settings are one of the major draws of speculative fiction. The places where novels are set don’t just provide a backdrop for the plot, they often drive it. They establish the tone of the story and inform the sensibilities of the characters. Nowhere is this truer than in fictional cities, which are both the product of and the backdrop for the characters and their cultures.

These cities are Weird-with-a-capital-W. They’re freakish and fascinating. They’re constructs that reflect the anxieties and aspirations of their societies, and they’re palimpsests for histories that have been built, destroyed, and redefined over generations. Their crooked alleys and towering buildings frame the stories of savvy world-beaters and set the stage for epic clashes of ideology.

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Tue
Mar 3 2015 2:00pm

Fox Mulder and the Problem of the Romantic Conspiracy Theorist

X-Files

There’s this thing called the “Twenty Year Rule” that pertains to collective cultural nostalgia, and if one is to give credence to this idea, then the recent resurgence of interest in The X-Files comes as no surprise. IDW Publishing has been running a well-received comic adaptation over the last several years, and just a few weeks ago Fox confirmed that they’re in talks to reboot the series, original cast and everything. And the nerdosphere rejoiced! Are you excited? I’m kind of excited! Kind of.

Okay, “mixed feelings” is more the appropriate descriptor.

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Tue
Mar 3 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: “The Iron One” and Kapteeni Amerikka Will Save the Day!

superheroes in other languages

Manchester-based artist James Chapman publishes weekly “international sound” comics, which illustrate onomatopoeia and examine sounds in other languages. Recently, he posted International Heroes, which presents various Marvel superheroes by their names in other languages. “Some of these are from the comics and some are from the movies,“ he explained. ”They change their names more often than they change into their costumes.” We just love that Spider-Man and Rocket Raccoon’s names translate to “Pokémber” and “Blunderbuss” in Hungarian.

Afternoon Roundup brings you a possible Spider-Man director, Jurassic World’s new and old beasties, and dream wizarding schools across the globe.

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Tue
Mar 3 2015 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 20

This is the Wheel of Time Reread Redux, or I’ll be a Tiaraed Fightin’ Duchess!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 36 through 38 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!

[“RAT FACT—In London you’re never more than 20 feet away from somebody telling you you’re never more than 20 feet away from a rat.”]

Tue
Mar 3 2015 12:30pm

The Skull Throne Shown

Demon Cycle Peter V Brett

Hotly anticipated doesn’t quite cut the mustard as a means of describing the excitement surrounding the publication of The Skull Throne, and though the fourth volume of Peter V. Brett’s bestselling fantasy saga is almost upon us, it wasn’t until this week that we knew what it would look like.

The design isn’t quite as striking as I’d like, but it’s what happens under the covers that counts, and from the synopsis it sounds as if The Skull Throne stands a chance of making up for the momentum The Demon Cycle lost in The Daylight War.

[The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty.]

Tue
Mar 3 2015 12:00pm

Lovecraft’s Most Bigoted Story, No Really: “The Horror at Red Hook”

The Horror at Red Hook

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 Horror at Red Hook,” written in August 1-2 1925 and first published in the January 1927 issue of Weird Tales. We read it so you don’t have to, but if you really want to it’s here. Spoilers ahead, and also bigotry.

[“Here cosmic sin had entered, and festered by unhallowed rites had commenced the grinning march of death that was to rot us all to fungous abnormalities too hideous for the grave’s holding.”]

Tue
Mar 3 2015 11:15am

The Coode Street Podcast Episode 223: Alisa Krasnostein, Sean Wright, Tehani Wessely, and the Aurealis Awards

2014 Aurealis Awards shortlistWelcome to The Coode Street Podcast, an informal weekly discussion about science fiction and fantasy featuring award-winning critics and editors Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe. The Coode Street Podcast debuted in 2010 and has been nominated for the Hugo, British Science Fiction, and Aurealis awards.

As the Aurealis Awards reach their twentieth anniversary, Jonathan sits down with Aurealis Awards judging coordinator Tehani Wessely, publisher Alisa Krasnostein, and critic Sean Wright to discuss the Aurealis Awards, their history and the recently released 2014 Aurealis Awards shortlist.

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Tue
Mar 3 2015 11:00am

The Coode Street Podcast Episode 222: Forthcoming Books with Locus Magazine’s Liza Trombi

Locus Magazine March 2015 Welcome to The Coode Street Podcast, an informal weekly discussion about science fiction and fantasy featuring award-winning critics and editors Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe. The Coode Street Podcast debuted in 2010 and has been nominated for the Hugo, British Science Fiction, and Aurealis awards.

We are always on the look-out for new and exciting books to read, and always want to know what we should keep an eye out for. For years we’ve relied on Locus’s quarterly Forthcoming Books issues as a guide on what to look for.

One of the very earliest ideas for the Coode Street Podcast was that each month we’d sit down and discuss the newest issue of Locus. That didn’t happen, but hopefully this is the start of a new series where, once every three months, we sit down with Locus Editor-in-Chief Liza Trombi to discuss what’s new and exciting, and what we all should be looking for in the months ahead. Our thanks to Liza for making time to record the podcast. The March issue of Locus is on sale now.

[Listen to Coode Street]

Tue
Mar 3 2015 10:30am

Chicagoland Vampire Series Sweepstakes!

The latest installment in Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire series, Dark Debt, hits shelves today, and we want to send one lucky winner all eleven books in the series to celebrate!

If you haven’t already jumped the adventures of Caroline Evelyn Merit—former ballet dancer, avid sports fan, and reluctant vampire—here's your chance to read all of the books, from Some Girls Bite to Dark Debt. And if you’re already a fan, we know you’ll want to get your hands on the complete series!

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Tue
Mar 3 2015 10:00am

Short Fiction Spotlight: A New-Format Smorgasbord

Clarkesworld 101 Atilgan Asikuzun

Welcome back to the Short Fiction Spotlight, a space for conversation about recent and not-so-recent short stories. While the format has been the same for the past forty-something columns from me in the series, we’re switching things up a bit based on reader feedback: from here on out I’ll be talking about more stories at less length, so we’ll be covering more than just a few things per month. This means more coverage of more folks, which is something people have been looking for, so—here we are for a fresh take on a familiar project.

Stories this installment come from various publications, though as this new format goes forward we’ll also often cover whole issues of one magazine (or chunks from a single anthology) as well. This time around, I looked at pieces from Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, and Weird Fiction Review.

[Onward.]

Tue
Mar 3 2015 9:00am

Bridge of Snow

Ignore the stirrings of war. Let the carriage to a royal ball wait. There is a story to be told: of a starless night, a mother and her sick son, and a mortal who falls in love with the snow god, and will do anything to have her...

Read “Bridge of Snow,” originally published January 28, 2014 on Tor.com. The story is set in the world of Rutkoski’s novel The Winner’s Curse and its new sequel, The Winner’s Crime.

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by Mac Kids editor Janine O’Malley.

[Read “Bridge of Snow” by Marie Rutkoski]

Tue
Mar 3 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Check Out Disney Characters Drawn in the Style of Pixar

Rafael Mayani Disney Pixar master class art

With the perpetual Disney princess fanart overload, it’s refreshing to see someone take on all of Disney’s beloved characters. On his blog Disney Animated Features, Barcelona-based artist Rafael Mayani tasked himself with drawing one illustration per animated Disney movie (excluding direct-to-video releases). Manyani watched the films in chronological order before illustrating them, starting in April 2013 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and concluding this past December with Big Hero 6. Even better, Manyani had concluded a Pixar master class before starting the blog, so all of his illustrations are in the Pixar house style.

Morning Roundup brings you Ursula K. Le Guin on identifying with fantasy, Brandon Sanderson movie news, and a Bob’s Burgers/Game of Thrones crossover!

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Mon
Mar 2 2015 5:05pm

“Count Your Sisters”: Watch the Orphan Black Season 3 Trailer

Orphan Black season 3 trailer

Season 2 of Orphan Black ended with so many revelations about who and what the Clone Club was really dealing with, but season 3 seems to contain even more secrets for Sarah and her sisters to uncover. After months of short, character-based videos with vague hints, BBC America has released the first full trailer.

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Mon
Mar 2 2015 5:00pm

Agatha Christie Meets 19th-century Romance: The Buried Life by Carrie Patel

Carrie Patel The Buried Life The best thing I can say about The Buried Life, Carrie Patel’s debut novel from Angry Robot Books, is that it’s an interesting mess of a book. In its favour, it’s not a boring mess, but structurally and in terms of its approach to exposition, it feels more like a treatment for a videogame than a novel proper.

In the underground city of Recoletta, Inspector Liesl Malone finds herself called to the scene of a murder. The victim is a historian, one of the few at work within the city: for in Recoletta the study of history, especially history that predates the Catastrophe that resulted in the city’s founding, is tightly controlled by the secretive Directorate of Preservation. Before her investigation gets very far, a second, connected murder among Recoletta’s elite sees Malone pulled off the case. But this second murder has left a potential witness: the laundress Jane Lin. And Malone doesn’t appreciate being sidelined while Recoletta’s ruling council sends its own investigators after the murderer. She’s determined to get to the truth, even when Recoletta’s elite don’t want it uncovered.

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Mon
Mar 2 2015 4:00pm

Daniel Polansky Assembles an Evil Authors Team and Talks Fantasy Noir in His Reddit AMA

Daniel Polansky Reddit AMA highlights Those Above Low Town Tor.com novellaFantasy author Daniel Polansky recently took to Reddit’s r/fantasy subreddit to talk about his new novel Those Above (which kicks off his The Empty Throne duology) and The Builders, part of Tor.com’s inaugural novella list. The AMA (Ask Me Anything) discussion thread spanned from definitions of noir fantasy to how best to kill characters to who he would want on his “evil author supervillains” team.

Polansky gamely poked fun at himself, first referring to himself as “a writer of genre fiction, which is a rather precious way of saying that at some point in my books (generally speaking, early and often) people die violently.” When asked to suggest a clickbait article title for Those Above, he jokingly offered up “Elves with swords! Chainmail bikinis! Small words! BEYONCE BEYONCE BEYONCE!” Check out the highlights from his r/fantasy AMA!

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Mon
Mar 2 2015 3:30pm

George R.R. Martin Donates a First-Edition of The Hobbit to Texas A&M’s Library

George R.R. Martin first-edition The Hobbit Texas A&M library

Since 1993, George R.R. Martin has used Texas A&M’s Cushing Memorial Library and Archives as the official respository for his manuscripts, books, and memorabilia. Over the years, he has donated various papers and texts to the library for protection and archiving. This past weekend, Martin added another book to the list: A first-edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Even better, this donation marked the library’s five millionth text.

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Mon
Mar 2 2015 3:00pm

Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks for March

Barnes and Noble Bookseller's Picks

For over a decade, Jim Killen has served as the science fiction and fantasy book buyer for Barnes & Noble. Every month on The B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog and Tor.com, Jim shares his curated list of the month’s can’t-miss new SF/F releases.

[B&N Picks for March]