Cold Wind April 16, 2014 Cold Wind Nicola Griffith Old ways can outlast their usefulness. What Mario Scietto Says April 15, 2014 What Mario Scietto Says Emmy Laybourne An original Monument 14 story. Something Going Around April 9, 2014 Something Going Around Harry Turtledove A tale of love and parasites. The Devil in America April 2, 2014 The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson The gold in her pockets is burning a hole.
From The Blog
April 13, 2014
Game of Thrones, Season 4, Episode 2: “The Lion and the Rose”
Theresa DeLucci
April 11, 2014
This Week’s Game-Changing Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Was Exactly The Problem With The Show
Thom Dunn
April 8, 2014
Let’s Completely Reimagine Battlestar Galactica! Again. This Time as A Movie!
Emily Asher-Perrin
April 4, 2014
The Age of Heroes is Here. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Chris Lough
April 3, 2014
A Spoonful of Music Makes the Nanny: Disney’s Mary Poppins
Mari Ness
Tue
Apr 15 2014 2:00pm

Since it happens to be poetry month, the time seems more or less just right for talking about the transitional last print issue of long-running speculative poetry magazine Mythic Delirium. It’s issue #30, and in honor the magazine’s Kickstarter funded shift to digital publication and a new format, editor Mike Allen had gathered up a retrospective from the past fifteen years’ worth of issues—poems ranging from the first from their first issue, to the most recent MD poem to win a Rhysling Award.

It is an interesting sort of project, a goodbye to the old and a remembrance of the past that also happens to be signaling a fresh start for the magazine, with different guiding principles and a radically different format. I look forward to seeing what the Allens (Mike and Anita) do with the upcoming magazine, but for now, there’s the retrospective issue and the poems in it.

[A review.]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 1:00pm

It’s that time again, kids!

Once more, your Auntie Leigh has returned from the seriously over-pollinated wilds of Atlanta, Georgia, fresh from attending the 6th annual JordanCon, this year known as “Asha’Con.” And also once more, I bring you excess verbiage and mostly shamelessly pirated photos to share the experience with you!

Well, most of the experience, anyway. I figure y’all will appreciate it if I keep the allergy attack and hangover symptoms to myself, so I will. That’s because I love you.

(Seriously, So. Much. Pollen. And booze, but that was a given.)

…And as it turns out, there is way too much awesome to fit into one post, so this is actually only Part ONE of my Report!

Anyway, be warned for many many (many) photos under the cut, and click on!

[Remember when we were such fools]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 12:15pm

William Campbell Powell Cory Doctorow Expiration Day

William Campbell Powell’s book Expiration Day takes place in a not-too-distant future where a decline in global fertility has resulted in a decidedly commercial response: Start making sophisticated androids for those who want children.

Powell’s story zeroes in on the formative teenage years of Tania Deeley and her experience as she realizes that the friends and school she has always accepted as rote may in fact consist predominantly of androids. Including her best friend Siân.

But how does a teenager not realize their friends are androids? Little Brother and Homeland author Cory Doctorow was curious about this himself, and after reading an early copy of Powell’s book, sat down with the author to discuss how easy it is to cocoon yourself unquestioningly inside the information you are given, and how hard it is to bust out of that.

[Watch the video of Doctorow and Powell’s discussion]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 12:00pm

Welcome back to the Short Fiction Spotlight, a space for conversation about recent and not-so-recent short stories. In my last installment we returned to Lightspeed Magazine to look at a few recent stories; this week, I’d like to shift focus to another magazine I haven’t talked so much about: Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Their April issue contains two stories, “Golden Daughter, Stone Wife” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew and “At the Edge of the Sea” by Raphael Ordoñez.

I feel like I keep running into stories by Sriduangkaew—I know I’ve covered at least a few in this column series! Seems like this is a good year for her work, too, because I have enjoyed the majority of those stories. A name I hadn’t encountered before, though, was Ordoñez, who according to good ol’ ISFDB is a fairly new writer (first professional publications in 2013). His work has appeared primarily in past issues of BCS.

[Onward.]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 10:30am

Oscar Wilde once said, “Art is the most intense form of individualism the world has ever known.”

And perhaps he’s right. When I’m working on my comics, I lock myself in my art studio (i.e. spare bedroom) for hours. At least once a day, my four-year-old will tiptoe down our hallway. She’ll scratch at my door quietly, like a cat. After her scratches don’t bring any response, she’ll try whispering. Then knocking. Then shouting. “Daddy?! When are you coming out, Daddy?! Daddy, can you even hear me?!”

[Thoughts on art, selfishness, cosplay, and livers...]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 10:10am

John Scalzi's Old Man's WarMedieval scholar Michael Livingston has graced us all with rare treat indeed—he has taken excerpts from various genre novels (by the likes of John Scalzi, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Robert Jordan) and “Chaucer'd” them, translating them into Middle English and recording them for your listening pleasure!

So if history and excellent fiction is your thing, this is definitely something you want to check out.

[More info on the project and Livingston.]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 9:40am

Unlocked John Scalzi Lock In Novella Preview HugoLock In, Hugo-award winning author John Scalzi’s exciting new venture into near-future thrillers, is coming August 26, but we at Tor.com are way too pumped up to wait that long. We’re pleased to announce that on May 7th we will be publishing “Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome.” “Unlocked” traces the medical history behind a virus that will sweep the globe and affect the majority of the world’s population, setting the stage for Lock In.

The novella will be priced at $1.99, and although we will later be releasing it for free, as we do with all our original fiction, the ebook version will contain a one chapter preview of Lock In for your reading pleasure. It is now available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

Tue
Apr 15 2014 9:00am
Original Story

Despite all his disaster planning, and the bomb shelter he built under his shed, Mario Scietto was not prepared for the apocalypse that hit Monument, Colorado. A series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a terrible chemical weapons spill that affects people differently depending on blood type, has torn the world as he knows it apart. “What Mario Scietto Says” is set in the world of Emmy Laybourne’s Monument 14. The final book in the series, Monument 14: Savage Drift, goes on sale May 6th.

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by Feiwel & Friends editor Holly West.

[Read “What Mario Scietto Says” by Emmy Laybourne]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 8:00am

Disney Firefly fanart

Awww, Stephen Byrne, you have looked into our hearts and created the thing we most want to see! There’s a horse!!! And Lil’ River!!! And a real firefly!!!

Morning Roundup is still taking a series of deep breaths after that Game of Thrones episode, so you may need to give us a minute. But, we’ve got news about Peggy Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a graphic novel first, and a doc about making it as an illustrator!

[Plus an uninterrupted cover of “Rains of Castamere!”]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 6:30am

Return to the noir-tinged London of Paul Cornell’s London Falling when its sequel, The Severed Streets, hits shelves on May 20th, or when you win a copy right now! We have ten galleys of this dark urban fantasy, which stands alone as a new story in the adventures of Detective Inspector James Quill and his three Sight-gifted colleagues. A killer in the vein of Jack the Ripper is targeting the rich and powerful men of London, and only the Sighted can see—and stop—the perpetrator.

Check below for the rules!

[Read more]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 5:00pm

Did you ever form your adventuring group into an organization: a secret society, a gang, a guild? Not just random folks who met at a bar and decided to rob and murder a dragon, but a group with an identity?

We did in Earthdawn; our group was called “LOOK BEHIND YOU!” because we would shout it and then try to run away, and our battle cry was “WHISTLE!” because we famously all blew our skill checks to make and discern the code of chirps and hoots we planned out in advance. We weren’t scoundrels per se... well, okay, our Illusionist made copper coins seem like gold so we could afford inns, but we were broke! And sure, maybe my character was hiding from the police, but he was a freedom fighter! You know how it goes.

The Rat Queens know how it goes, too; they put the “party” in “adventuring party.” Kurtis J. Weibe and Roc Upchurch’s first trade paperback, Rat Queens: Sass and Sorcery, is out now, and quite frankly, it’s a blast.

[Read More]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 4:20pm

How Frozen Should Have Ended

Frozen fandom has pretty much universally decided that Princess Elsa would have been much better off in childhood had her parents... been better at the whole parenting thing? Nothing like having your elders convince you to bottle up your emotions.

But how could they have done better? How It Should Have Ended has the answer.

[Who really gets kids like that?]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 4:00pm

Peter V. Brett

Peter V. Brett took to reddit fantasy to talk about the Demon Cycle, and answer questions about what fans can expect from the upcoming installment in the series.

He ended the previous book The Daylight War on a cliffhanger, which he worried might be a “dick move.” After some discussions with his editor he decided to release an excerpt from The Skull Throne to “ease (or at least redirect) tension for my readers.” He’s hard at work on The Skull Throne, saying “I am going as fast as I can while still making sure it doesn’t suck.” He even provided a progress report for his readers!

The AMA was funny and informative, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite moments!

[click through for highlights from the AMA!]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 3:00pm
Excerpt
Matthew Reilly

Matthew Reilly Troll Mountain

Check out Matthew Reilly’s Troll Mountain: Episode Two, available April 15th from Momentum Books. This is the second of three serialized ebook releases coming this month, so check back for additional excerpts!

The only unguarded entrance to Troll Mountain is the abandoned kingdom of the hobgoblins.

With no other route available to them, Raf and his newfound friends, Ko and Düm, enter the dark, dank world of the hobgoblins.

But is it truly abandoned?

[Read an Excerpt]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 2:00pm

Hannibal

Previously on Hannibal: Will aims at Hannibal and misses; Hannibal and Alana knock boots; Gideon disappears; Miriam reappears; Beverly is torn asunder; Jack misses the forest for the corpse-y trees; and everyone says fare thee well to Chilton. And puppies! So many puppies!

[“I want you to kill Hannibal Lecter.”]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 1:30pm

Welcome to the YA Roundup, the best source of movie news, bookish gossip, new releases and cover reveals from the YA genre!

In this week’s edition: Archie finally kicks the bucket in his Life With Archie comic series, The Queen of Teen nominations are now open, The Giver featurette responds to fans’ concerns, and we remember a great YA author.

[Read More]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 12:30pm

Sworn in Steel, the sequel to Douglas Hulick’s sword and sorcery novel Among Thieves, arrives on May 6th from Roc, and we want to send you copies of both books right now!

Check out our review of Among Thieves, then enter for a chance to be one of four lucky winners to receive both books in the Tales of the Kin series.

Comment in the post to enter!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States and D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec). To enter, comment on this post beginning at 12:30 PM Eastern Time (ET) on April 14. Sweepstakes ends at 12:00 PM ET on April 18. Void outside the United States and Canada and where prohibited by law. Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Tor.com, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

Mon
Apr 14 2014 12:15pm

Harrison Ford, Han Solo

Harrison Ford did a Reddit AMA yesterday! Between promoting his current environmental project, Years of Living Dangerously, and answering questions about filming Indiana Jones (that we already knew the answers to), there were a few perfect gems. Just some good old Ford-ian snark that we thought you’d appreciate. Check it out:

[Fordian is a great term, really.]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 12:00pm

Only Lovers Left Alive, Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston

When someone tells you that there’s a vampire film starring Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston out now, your first reaction is obviously, “Teleport me to a theater where I can clap eyes on this stunning achievement.” If you’re a fan of Jim Jarmusch’s work, that’s only going to make it more enticing.

But since Only Lovers Left Alive is not exactly on wide release, you might be wondering, “Is it worth it for me to search for a theater playing this film festival gem?” In this viewer’s succinct opinion: Run, do not pace thoughtfully.

For a less abridged version, read on.

[We are zombies, and we are ruining everything, by the way.]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 11:45am

The Expanse SyFy television

SyFy has ordered a 10-episode adaptation of James S.A. Corey’s space opera novel Leviathan Wakes, which will be titled The Expanse. The novel, which was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel and the Locus Award Best SF Novel in 2012, has been praised by both Annalee Newitz and Jo Walton, and described by George R.R. Martin as a “really kick-ass space opera.” Appropriately, The Expanse is being billed as “Game of Thrones in space.”

[Epic TV sci-fi in spaaaaace!]