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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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
February 19, 2015
The Pinocchio Factor
Jen Williams
February 17, 2015
The Mummy was the Indiana Jones Successor that We Deserved
Emily Asher-Perrin
Fri
Feb 20 2015 1:00pm

Reading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, The Last Argument of Kings: “Too Many Knives” and “Best of Enemies”

Joe Abercrombie reread The Last Argument of KingsI’m going to Disney World today, so thankfully, there isn’t much butchery in this week’s chapters. There’s something incompatible about meat cleavers and the Magic Kingdom. I mean, there is certainly some gruesome bits, per our favorite Inquisitor, but no one gets stabbed! Or slashed! Or burned! It’s almost like a Carebear episode.

Kind of…not really. There is that toe crushing hammer to contend with.

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Fri
Feb 20 2015 12:10pm

Read Tor.com’s 2014 Nebula-Nominated Fiction

The Science Fiction Writers of America has announced their shortlist for the 2014 Nebula Awards, Tor.com is thrilled to have published three Nebula-nominated works of short fiction in 2014.

Want to see what all the fuss is about? You can read “The Mothers of Voorhisville” by Mary Rickert, “The Devil in America” by Kai Ashante Wilson, and “Sleep Walking Now and Then” by Richard Bowes for free!

Fri
Feb 20 2015 11:58am

Announcing the 2014 Nebula Awards Nominees!

Nebula Award 2013 nomineesThe Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the 2014 Nebula Awards nominees (presented 2015), for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

We are personally pleased to announce that one Tor.com novella and two Tor.com novelettes have been nominated: “The Mothers of Voorhisville,” by Mary Rickert and edited by Liz Gorinsky, “The Devil in America,” by Kai Ashante Wilson and edited by Ann VanderMeer, and “Sleep Walking Now and Then,” by Richard Bowes and edited by Ellen Datlow.

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

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Fri
Feb 20 2015 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter Three

Ian C Esslemont Orb Sceptre Throne Malazan rereadWelcome back 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 Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Orb Sceptre Throne.

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
Feb 20 2015 11:00am

Highlights from Kate Elliott’s Reddit AMA Include Unrestrained Romance, Secret Projects, and Chocolate Cake

Kate Elliott Reddit AMA best answers highlightsFor more than twenty-five years, Kate Elliott’s fantasy and science fiction has focused on (as she told us in Sleeps With Monsters) “how people function in the social space of the societies they live in.” That might range from crumbling empires rebuilding themselves to the immigrant experience and the culture clash experienced by two very different societies. Best known for her Crossroads and Spiritwalker trilogies and her Crown of Stars series, she has also just released a new short fiction collection, The Very Best of Kate Elliott.

Recently, Elliott took to Reddit’s r/fantasy subreddit to answer all manner of reader questions. During the talk—scheduled around the Hawaii-based Elliott’s outrigger canoe practice—she explained how J.R.R. Tolkien made her love worldbuilding, gamely accepted the commentary from one reader who didn’t enjoy her books, and shared her best chocolate cake recipe. Check out the highlights!

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Fri
Feb 20 2015 10:52am

Jason Momoa Looks Appropriately Badass as Aquaman

With this tweet showing the first look at Jason Momoa in costume, Aquaman director Zack Snyder has ushered in the era of the badass Atlantean. We didn’t really doubt that the man who embodied Khal Drogo—and who made a pretty intimidating Drax, even just in test shots—would look like a marine killing machine, but it’s another thing to actually have him glaring at you to assert his status as the one king. Gone is the spandex, and his scales are replaced by tattoos—we like.

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Fri
Feb 20 2015 10:00am

Evil Eighties: The Paperback Horrors of Lisa Tuttle

Lisa Tuttle Familiar SpiritStarting last Friday the 13th, Grady Hendrix, author of Horrorstör, and Will Errickson of Too Much Horror Fiction are back to uncover the best (and worst) horror paperbacks from the 1980s.

Who is Lisa Tuttle and why is she such a pervert? We may never find an answer to that second question. After all, what drives an author to write some of the most psychologically harrowing, squick-inducing, “find your soft places and dig in with my fingernails” mass market paperbacks of the 1980s? Why does she seem to delight in our discomfort? But maybe the answer is easy.

Why is Lisa Tuttle so perverse? It might be because her books taste better that way.

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Fri
Feb 20 2015 9:00am

Five Books About the Perils of Education

Flowers for Algernon Charly

In this ongoing series, we ask SF/F authors to recommend five books based around a common theme. These lists aren’t intended to be exhaustive, so we hope you’ll discuss and add your own suggestions in the comments!

Most writers are, one way or another, trying to get some kind of message across, so it’s no surprise to discover that teachers and pupils are a common theme in fiction. No surprise, also, to discover that the process often goes wrong.

Below are a five of my favourite takes on the perils of education.

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Fri
Feb 20 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Now Can We Get Duchovny Dressed As Gomez?

Yeah, that’s Gillian Anderson cosplaying as Morticia Addams. Thank you, Lost-Carcosa and myfaithingravity. You’re welcome, everyone else.

Morning Roundup has discovered that there’s an APB out on Queen Elsa, Lucifer has decided to freelance for the LAPD, and Playmobil has some really weird ideas about what kids like to play with.

[Plus, Tina Belcher: Riot Grrrrl.]

Fri
Feb 20 2015 7:00am

Terror on a Deadline: Remembering Richard Matheson

Richard MathesonIn writing some of the On This Day features for Tor.com, I’ve been privileged to learn more about some of the greatest writers in the SFF canon. One thing that has continually impressed me is the way these people treated writing as a job. They didn’t wring their hands over their genre’s marginalization, or complain about writers block—they just told stories. Sometimes the stories hit, sometimes they didn’t, but these writers knew there’d always be another one to tell, and in the meantime the rent was due and the kids needed to be fed. Richard Matheson, whose birthday we celebrate today, is an excellent example of this old school work ethic.

[Cue evil Zuni doll cackling]

Thu
Feb 19 2015 4:00pm
Excerpt

Dead Spots (Excerpt)

Rhiannon Frater

Dead Spots Rhiannon Frater The stillbirth of Mackenzie’s son destroyed her marriage. Grieving, Mac reluctantly heads for her childhood home to seek refuge with her mother, who constantly reminds her of life’s dangers.

Driving across Texas, Mac swerves to avoid hitting a deer...and winds up in a dead spot, a frightening place that lies between the worlds of the living and the dead. If they can control their imaginations, people can literally bring their dreams to life—but most are besieged by fears and nightmares which pursue them relentlessly.

Mackenzie’s mother and husband haunt her, driving her to the brink of madness. Then she hears a child call for help and her maternal instincts kick into overdrive. Grant, Mac’s ally in the dead spots, insists Johnny is a phantom, but the boy seems so real, so alive. As the true horrors of the dead spots are slowly revealed, Mackenzie realizes that time is running out. But exits from the dead spots are nearly impossible to find, and defended by things almost beyond imagination.

Horror novelist Rhiannon Frater returns with Dead Spots, available February 24th from Tor Books!

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Thu
Feb 19 2015 3:00pm

You Mean Computers in Spines Aren’t A Great Idea? Devil on my Back

Monican Hughes Devil on my BackMonica Hughes’ Devil on my Back opens on a terrifying scene of five boys about to be hooked up to computers. The terror of this scene isn’t the computers, or the horrible food they are served directly before this (bad scrambled eggs and nearly inedible soy toast) but the people around them: slaves with horrible scars from surgically implanted sockets. The boys are thankful that they aren’t women who only think about worthless things.

And oh, yes, if they fail to access knowledge through their own surgically implanted sockets, their memories will be wiped and they will be turned into slaves. By page five, that happens to one of them. By page seven, another.

[This is the cheerful part!]

Thu
Feb 19 2015 2:00pm

Rich and Strange: “Tiger Baby” by JY Yang

Burnt Bright Artwork copyright © 2015 by Likhain

Happy Lunar New Year, readers! This week’s rich, strange story briefly features the event, which is actually a very happy coincidence, as I was reading the most recent issue of Lackington’s for this column anyway.

Full Disclosure: JY Yang was almost completely unknown to me before I met her at LonCon3, shared a panel with her on Writing SF/F in Non-Western Modes, and listened to her say super smart things. Now I follow her on Twitter so as to see her saying more smart things.

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Thu
Feb 19 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Open This Selfie and You’re Dead

Helsinki statue selfie weeping angels

The Weeping Angels have figured out how to take selfies! (Or, a Helsinki website teamed up with photographer Rio Gandara, but we won’t be fooled.) So, what’s the plan now? They Snapchat these to us and we can never blink again? #selfie #dontblink #blinkandyouredead

Afternoon Roundup brings you a personalized letter from J.K. Rowling, the cover for Mira Grant’s new book, and a Powers featurette.

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Thu
Feb 19 2015 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons, Part 11

Dance with DragonsWelcome 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 11 of A Dance With Dragons, in which we cover Chapter 17 (“Jon”) and Chapter 18 (“Tyrion”).

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!

[“Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it’s in my basement... let me go upstairs and check.”]

Thu
Feb 19 2015 12:11pm

Doctor Who Season 9 Villain and Episode Titles Revealed

Doctor Who season 9 two-parter The Magician's Apprentice The Witch's Familiar

As we knew, Doctor Who season 9 is kicking off with a two-parter—but now we know the episode titles and who’s coming back! Radio Times reports that the first two episodes of the new season will be “The Magician’s Apprentice” and “The Witch’s Familiar,” written by Steven Moffat and directed by Hettie MacDonald, who directed “Blink.”

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Thu
Feb 19 2015 12:00pm

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 29

Words of Radiance reread Chapter 28Welcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com! Last week, Carl danced with beautiful conwomen and the intricacies of the phonetic alphabet (I think he liked the first bit better). This week, we get inside the unwholesome mind of that leading slimebucket, Sadeas. Good times up in here, y’all.

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.

[“Pardon, Torol, but almost is a big distinction in assassinations.”]

Thu
Feb 19 2015 11:00am

Midnight in Karachi, Episode 7: Monica Byrne

Monica Byrne The Girl in the Road

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a bi-weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

This week’s podcast features Monica Byrne, whose debut novel The Girl in the Road has been featured on a number of Best of 2014 lists and has just been nominated for The Kitschies Golden Tentacle award. Mahvesh talks to Monica about diversity in fiction, the blurred genre that is both SF and ‘literary’ fiction, writing from privilege, and travelling the world.

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Thu
Feb 19 2015 10:30am

We’re Getting a Neill Blomkamp Alien Sequel After All!

Neil blomkamp's Alien Concept Art

After teasing us with some extraordinary concept art last month (and announcing that he had a certain terrifying head sitting on his desk) Neill Blomkamp broke our collective heart by saying he had dropped the project. But now, the director of District 9 and Chappie seems to be ready to climb into the air ducts after all, and took to Instagram with a message of hope!

[Again, our definition of “hope” involves being pursued by an acid-spitting alien…]

Thu
Feb 19 2015 10:00am

The Harry Potter Reread: The Goblet of Fire, Chapters 24 and 25

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire coverThe Harry Potter Reread is looking forward to rocking a casbah of some sort. If only someone would invite it to rock a casbah.

This week we’re getting another dose of horrible reporting and taking an awesome bath. We’re on Chapters 24 and 25 of The Goblet of Fire—Rita Skeeter’s Scoop and The Egg and the Eye.

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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