Selfies September 17, 2014 Selfies Lavie Tidhar Smile for the camera. When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami September 16, 2014 When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami Kendare Blake A Goddess Wars story As Good As New September 10, 2014 As Good As New Charlie Jane Anders She has three chances to save the world. Tuckitor’s Last Swim September 9, 2014 Tuckitor’s Last Swim Edith Cohn A hurricane is coming.
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September 18, 2014
Cast As Thou Wilt: Kushiel’s Dart Dream Cast
Natalie Zutter
September 17, 2014
How Goldfinger Bound Sci-Fi to James Bond
Ryan Britt
September 15, 2014
Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Servant of the Empire, Part 1
Tansy Rayner Roberts
September 13, 2014
If You Want a Monster to Hunt, You’ll Get It. Doctor Who: “Listen”
Chris Lough
September 11, 2014
The Ghostbusters are an Antidote to Lovecraft’s Dismal Worldview
Max Gladstone
Wed
Sep 17 2014 1:18pm

Just a Whole Bunch of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 is Coming At You

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 photos video

Lately our resident Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recapper Chris Lough has been hearing a long, slow train whistle just before he goes to bed. Every night it sounds a little bit closer, and every night he dreams of being tied down on the tracks, a tendril of coal plume just above the horizon...

In anticipation of the September 23rd season premiere of the show’s second season, ABC and Marvel are releasing a bunch of preview material. Take a look below at stills from the first episode “Shadows,” as well as some video of the opening scene, featuring Lucy Lawless, who should really just be going by her actual name in that show, shouldn’t she?

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 1:00pm

Rereading Melanie Rawn: Dragon Prince, Chapters 16 and 17

dragon prince reread melanie rawnWelcome to the weekly Wednesday reread of Dragon Prince! In this installment, Rohan gets to be a hero, love wins the day (or more accurately the night), Palila’s plot with Pandsala comes to a head, and Ianthe has an epiphany.

Chapter 16

So This Happens: Rohan is in his tent, royally drunk and wondering where his squire is. The dragon’s cries from the previous chapter flatten him. “A dragon, far from the usual flight paths, traveling at night when landmarks below were only dimly lit by the moons.” Something is distinctly not right.

Suddenly Urival bursts in. Roelstra has abducted Sioned. Rohan is abruptly, completely sober. Urival fills him in on the warning and on Crigo’s death, and urges Rohan to “Think!”

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 12:50pm

Dan Aykroyd Wants to Model the Ghostbusters Franchise On the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Dan Aykroyd Ghostbusters franchise Marvel universe

Despite the fact that we haven’t even cast the rumored female Ghostbusters reboot, Dan Aykroyd is projecting a decade into the future of the ghosthunting franchise. And what’s his model for churning out single-focus movies while still constructing a cohesive Ghostbusters universe? Why, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, of course!

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 12:26pm

Anthony Daniels Got J.J. Abrams to Make Him A New C-3PO Suit for Episode VII

Anthony Daniels C-3PO Star Wars Episode VII

Anthony Daniels was recently interviewed by Entertainment Weekly on the subject of his near-40 years(!) as one of the most beloved mechanical beings in cinema. He didn’t give anything away about the plot of Star Wars: Episode VII, but he did have some to say about the experience filming, and about his role in Star Wars Rebels.

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 12:00pm

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

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 nineteen 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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Wed
Sep 17 2014 11:30am

Under the Dome: “Turn”

Under the Dome Turn

There are two very important things that Under the Dome would like you to know. First, the Dome is shrinking. In the first five minutes of this episode Scarecrow Joe mentions it, Computer Hacker Guy mentions it, Fivehead Norrie mentions it, and so does Creepy Lyle, Rebecca Pine (high school science teacher and triage center setter-upper), Junior Rennie, Dale Barbie, and Julia Shumway. So guys, THE DOME IS SHRINKING OKAY?

Second, the actors have a very special message for you. “Thank god it’s warming up again,” says Pauline. “It seems warmer,” says Melanie. “The cold snap’s over,” says Junior Rennie. And, to bring it all home, Rebecca Pine, high school science teacher, “The Dome stopped spinning and inverting the atmosphere, that’s why the temperatures warmed up.” So guys, THE DOME IS WARM NOW OKAY? THE DOME IS WARM AND IT IS SHRINKING ALL RIGHT DID EVERYONE HEAR THAT? Good? Then let us begin.

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk, Episode 27: Karen Lord and Tobias Buckell

Rocket Talk

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin brings on Karen Lord and Tobias Buckell to discuss their most recent works, what they mean when they talk about Caribbean Science Fiction, and the challenge of reading western literature from a different point of view. Justin also manages to squeeze in some talk about how the two see series fiction.

[Listen here!]

Wed
Sep 17 2014 10:30am

The Time Roads Sweepstakes!

Out on October 14th from Tor Books, The Time Roads is a fantastical nineteenth century alternate historical steampunk romp from Beth Bernobich, the critically acclaimed author of the River of Souls trilogy. We want to send a galley your way right now!

Check for the rules below!

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 10:00am

How Goldfinger Bound Sci-Fi to James Bond

Goldfinger James Bond

When Q (Desmond Llewelyn) tells James Bond (Sean Connery) about his new car being equipped with an ejector seat, Bond is incredulous. “Ejector sh-eat! You’re joking!” Q isn’t, and 1964’s Goldfinger wasn’t messing around either. The first Bond blockbuster, released 50 years ago this week, was when the whole 007 jamboree permanently became a series of pseudo sci-fi flicks.

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 9:00am
Original Story

Selfies

“Selfies,” by Lavie Tidhar, is a creepy little horror tale about the fate of a young woman who makes the mistake of a lifetime when she buys a new phone in the local mall.

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by consulting editor Ellen Datlow.

[Read “Selfies” by Lavie Tidhar]

Wed
Sep 17 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: I Wonder if There’s Beer on the Twin Suns of Tatooine?

The Mad Butcher has created what may be the perfect film! And check out Mike Nelson rocking that Princess Leia pose! We’re guessing Crow and Tom aren’t quite the right fit for the R2 and Threepio roles, though...we shudder to think that those two would have the fate of the galaxy in their hands.

Morning Roundup brings you a condensed version of Harry Potter, the latest True Detective rumors, smashing Smash Bros., and an in-depth look at D&D’s Fifth Edition!

[Plus a magical creature from the magical land of Scotland!]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 5:00pm
Excerpt

Centaur Rising (Excerpt)

Jane Yolen

Centaur Rising Jane Yolen One night during the Perseid meteor shower, Arianne thinks she sees a shooting star land in the fields surrounding her family’s horse farm. About a year later, one of their horses gives birth to a baby centaur.

The family has enough attention already as Arianne’s six-year-old brother was born with birth defects caused by an experimental drug—the last thing they need is more scrutiny. But their clients soon start growing suspicious. Just how long is it possible to keep a secret? And what will happen if the world finds out?

Jane Yolen imagines what it would be like if a creature from another world came to ours in this thoughtfully written, imaginative novel, Centaur Rising—available October 21st from Henry Holt & Co.

[Read an excerpt]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 4:56pm

NASA Sending Astronauts to ISS in Commercial Craft While it Builds New Shuttles

NASA Boeing SpaceX Commercial crew

NASA announced during a live conference today that it is contracting Boeing and SpaceX to send U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station with commercial spacecraft beginning in 2017. This will remove the U.S.’s reliance on the Russian space launches that are currently the only access to the ISS and allow for work to continue on the station while NASA preps a new generation of shuttles.

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Tue
Sep 16 2014 4:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: David Barnett

David Barnett pop quiz interview 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 an award-winning journalist and author David Barnett! David is the multimedia content manager of the Telegraph & Argus, the cultural reviewer for The Guardian and the Independent on Sunday, and has done features for the Independent and Wired.

His steampunk/Victoriana novel Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl and its sequel, Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon, are both available from Tor Books. Read excerpts from Mechanical Girl and Brass Dragon here on Tor.com.

[Join us!]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 3:30pm

Cover Reveal for Robert Brockway’s The Unnoticeables

We’re excited to show off our latest cover from designer Will Staehle! Will is one of the most generous designers I know. Anytime I’ve worked with him, he’s provided a dozen incredibly well-conceived and beautifully realized comps. The only trouble with working with Will is deciding which comp makes the cover. After living with them (literally just taped up in the hallway) and consulting with the editor, author, and agent, we finally chose the design for The Unnoticeables, the first novel in a new series by author Robert Brockway.

See the full cover image as well as some alternate designs below!

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Tue
Sep 16 2014 3:16pm

Former Power Rangers Stuntman is Really Good at Robbery

Power Rangers stuntman robber

According to Kotaku, 32-year-old Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers stuntman Yasutomo Ihara—who donned Power Rangers uniforms for many of the show’s fight sequences—has turned from his career of making sure his punches are always 6 feet away from the person he’s supposed to be punching to...alleged robbery. And he’s really good at it.

[Go go Blu-ray takers!]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Waltz”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Waltz“Waltz”
Written by Ronald D. Moore
Directed by Rene Auberjonois
Season 6, Episode 11
Production number 40510-535
Original air date: January 3, 1998
Stardate: 51408.6

Station log: The U.S.S. Honshu is transporting Dukat to a Federation special jury at Starbase 621, and Sisko is aboard as well to testify to that jury. Dukat has recovered from the madness that gripped him after the Federation retook DS9. Sisko visits Dukat in the brig. He won’t tell Dukat what he intends to say on the stand but he does offer his condolences for death of Ziyal. Dukat also is now referring to Sisko as “Benjamin.”

The Honshu is attacked by Cardassian ships and destroyed. A few escape pods and one shuttle do manage to escape and send out distress calls. Starfleet can only spare two ships for the search, one of which is the Defiant—but Worf can only take 52 hours for the search, as the Defiant is needed to protect a troop convoy as it comes out of the Badlands.

[The Emissary has spoken!]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 2:30pm

Short Fiction Spotlight: The Great Lake

Jay Lake Last Plane to Heaven

Welcome back to the Short Fiction Spotlight, a weekly column dedicated to doing exactly what it says in the header: shining a light on the some of the best and most relevant fiction of the aforementioned form.

Some stories stay with you. Most, entertaining as they often are in the moment, don’t.

I encountered Jay Lake’s ‘The Passion of Mother Vajpaj’ for the first time three years or so ago, in the course of reviewing the second Subterranean Tales of Dark Fantasy for Strange Horizons. Then, as now, I saw anthologies as opportunities to broaden my reading horizons, and this one indubitably did. There were better stories in it, I think—by Caitlin R. Kiernan and K. J. Parker, to the best of my recollection—but not a one was more memorable or moreish than this richly erotic and irresistibly exotic exploration of the milieu mined in Green, Endurance and Kalimpura.

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Tue
Sep 16 2014 2:00pm

Vincit Qui Patitur: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The Infinite Sea 5th Wave Rick Yancey review Following the first phases of the invasion revealed in Rick Yancey’s breakthrough book, the world of The 5th Wave “is a clock winding down,” with each tick of which, and every tock, what little hope there is left is lost.

No one knows exactly how long the last remnants of humanity have, but they’re looking at a matter of months, at most... unless someone, somewhere, can conceive of a means of driving the aliens away—aliens who, as the big bad of the series says, have nowhere else to go.

“You’ve lost your home,” Vosch asks The Infinite Sea’s central character—not Cassie, as it happens—to imagine. “And the lovely one—the only one—that you’ve found to replace it is infested with vermin. What can you do? What are your choices? Resign yourself to live peaceably with the destructive pests or exterminate them before they can destroy your new home?”

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Tue
Sep 16 2014 1:00pm

Revealing the Cover for The Dark Forest, Sequel to The Three-Body Problem

The Dark Forest Three Body Problem cover Cixin Liu

With the release of Cixin Liu’s hotly anticipated The Three-Body Problem just around the corner, we thought we’d give you a preview of its sequel, The Dark Forest. Once again, Stephan Martinière has worked his magic with a high-concept style that nicely echoes the first book’s cover, while also evoking the novel’s themes. We’ll be spending the next few weeks sharing sample excerpts and essays about Liu’s groundbreaking series, in the meantime, enjoy the new cover and synopsis for The Dark Forest!

[Check out the full cover and original painting below!]