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April 18, 2014
The Return of Zita the Spacegirl Sweepstakes Rules
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April 13, 2014
Game of Thrones, Season 4, Episode 2: “The Lion and the Rose”
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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
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.

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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.

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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!]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 11:05am

Author Randy Henderson has won L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Award for 2014! Henderson, who had previously amassed a series of honorable mentions, won with a story called “Memories Bleed Beneath the Mask,” which will be published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 30.

Henderson’s describes his debut novel, Finn Fancy Necromancy, as “a one-two punch of Awesome by a robot gorilla wearing enchanted gloves of Happiness.” Look for it from Tor Books in February 2015! Find out more about the book below.

[Necromancy! Murder! Black Humor!]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 11:00am

Stephen King The Dark Tower

“There they stood, ranged along the hillsides, met
To view the last of me, a living frame
For one more picture! In a sheet of flame
I saw them and I knew them all.”

—Robert Browning, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came”

Welcome to A Read of the Dark Tower series. Join me each week as I, Constant Reader, tackle the magnum opus of Stephen King’s career for the first time. If you want to discuss in general terms or talk about these or preceding sections, join me by commenting here.

Last week, with Susannah off burying Eddie and Sheemie about to short-circuit, Roland, Jake and Oy transport to June 19, 1999, in an attempt to save the lazy author Stephen King and, thus, themselves and the Tower.

[Read this week’s post.]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 10:45am

Kim Harrison The Witch With No Name release dateFor fans of Kim Harrison's urban fantasy series, The Hollows, we have the most excellent of news! The thirteenth and final book in the series—The Witch With No Name—finally has a release date! Mark your calendars for September 9th, 2014, folks, because that's when you'll be able to lay your hands on a copy. That's only five months away!

Mon
Apr 14 2014 9:00am
Excerpt
Ben Hatke

The Return of Zita the Spacegirl Ben Hatke graphic novel excerpt

Ben Hatke brings back our intrepid space heroine for another delightful sci-fi/fantasy adventure in this New York Times‑Bestselling graphic novel trilogy for middle grade readers. Read an excerpt from The Return of Zita the Spacegirl below, and get a copy of the graphic novel May 13th from First Second Books!

Zita the Spacegirl has saved planets, battled monsters, and wrestled with interplanetary fame. But she faces her biggest challenge yet in the third and final installment of the Zita adventures. Wrongfully imprisoned on a penitentiary planet, Zita has to plot the galaxy’s greatest jailbreak before the evil prison warden can execute his plan of interstellar domination!

[Read an Excerpt]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 10:00am

Charlie Jane Anders Hugo Award

Writers are a special type of human. They write because they feel like they have to—very few of them actually enjoy it. Because of this, the internet has spawned an entire cottage industry of writing columns, ostensible to give advice, but really to offer frustrated wordsmiths a (slightly) less guilt-inducing form of procrastination.

Many of these columns focus on “literary” writing, but one of our favorites is a genre-writing crash course taught by Charlie Jane Anders. Anders, co-editor of io9, Tor.com contributor, and author of the Hugo Award-winning “Six Months, Three Days,” offers “Writing Advice” posts on io9 that deftly pull off the most difficult trick: they actually make you want to pick up pen or keyboard, and dive into the work!

[Words of Writerly Wisdom!]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 8:00am

Llama Batman Indiana State Fair

It’s not what that llama is underneath, but what he does that defines him.

Llama Batman made his stunning entrance this past weekend at the Indiana State Fair, shocking the villainous Bane, who had thought the Dark Camelidae broken and buried in darkness. While chewing an apple hilariously, Llama Batman rallied Indiana to a thrilling rout of Bane, who was later revealed to be just a bunch of prize hogs taped together.

Your morning roundup is warning everyone about the blood moon, taking your past creative output to the mat, and summarizing Aliens through poetry.

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Sun
Apr 13 2014 9:58pm

Game of Thrones: The Lion and the Rose

So. That was Game of Thrones season 4 episode 2 “The Lion and the Rose." We have to talk about this!

Consider this your SPOILER WARNING for the commentary and comments below. Not just for this episode but most likely for the events in the proceeding episodes and Song of Ice and Fire books. INTERNET FIRE AHEAD!

[Reactions to Game of Thrones “The Lion and the Rose”]

Sun
Apr 13 2014 10:00am
Poetry

Sofia Samatar Poem National Poetry Month The Death of AraweiloPresenting “The Death of Araweilo,” an original poem by Sofia Samatar in celebration of National Poetry Month, acquired for Tor.com by editor Liz Gorinsky.

Tor.com is celebrating National Poetry Month by featuring science fiction and fantasy poetry from a variety of SFF authors. You’ll find classic works, hidden gems, and new commissions featured on the site throughout the month. Check out the Poetry Month index for more poems!

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Fri
Apr 11 2014 4:30pm

Plus One by Elizabeth FamaSome of you may remember that Fama’s much praised and beloved Monstrous Beauty and I did not get along. At all. For me, that book was like a train wreck, I finished it because I just couldn’t look away from the mess.

But (yes, there is a but!), I have to hand huge props to Elizabeth Fama who reached out to me after I posted one of my nastier reviews, and never once told me I was wrong in my opinion. She only wanted to discuss where she was coming from in the book, and did so in such a resoundingly positive way that I became a massive fan of the author, even if I really disliked Monstrous Beauty itself (I’ll take a sec here to remind you that many many people did love Monstrous Beauty, so don’t let my experience hold you back if you’re thinking of going there).

At any rate, Fama’s awesome attitude convinced me to give her another go, so when Plus One rolled around I (somewhat shakily) raised my hand to volunteer.

[Will there be blood? ]

Fri
Apr 11 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: To the Death“To the Death”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by LeVar Burton
Season 4, Episode 22
Production episode 40514-496
Original air date: May 13, 1996
Stardate: 49904.2

Station log: The Defiant returns from driving Breen privateers away from a Bajoran colony to find that the station has been attacked. The top of one of the upper pylons has been completely blown off. Kira reports that a Jem’Hadar strike team beamed in from a civilian transport, blew off the top of the pylon, and then stole a bunch of stuff from the science lab. They were gone before anybody knew what hit them.

Sisko takes the Defiant after them, as their ion trail is still traceable. It leads to the wormhole, so they cloak as soon as they reach the Gamma Quadrant. Dax tracks a badly damaged Jem’Hadar warship, broadcasting a distress signal. Sisko beams the seven survivors on board, and they’re greeted by six security guards, Sisko, Worf, and Odo—and their weapons have been removed in transport.

[“There’ll be a joint briefing session at 1900 hours.” “Followed by a get-to-know-you buffet at 1930.”]

Fri
Apr 11 2014 2:00pm

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. posterAs the credits rolled on Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier, I turned to my friend and said, “That movie was everything that I’ve wanted Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. to be.” But despite what the producers might think, it wasn’t because of the marquee names and big explosive action scenes. I was talking about the espionage, the intrigue and excitement of plainclothes heroes digging deeper and deeper into a conspiracy and trying to do what's objectively “right” in an increasingly complicated world. 

Fortunately, this week’s game-changing episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. got me pretty excited. Unfortunately, that’s also the problem with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and why I fear it’s doomed to fail. (*spoilers for the show and Captain America: The Winter Soldier* to follow, obviously)

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Fri
Apr 11 2014 1:00pm

This is the first videogame tie-in novel that I’ve had for review. It’s been a little difficult for me to figure out where to start talking about it. Do I start with the world, with the games, or with a story that should stand on its own: a story that, without the context provided by Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age 2, never actually will?

Maybe a media franchise tie-in novel doesn’t need to stand on its own, though. Certainly I’m not alone in really having enjoyed Dragon Age: Origins and DA:2 (for all their flaws) and in wanting to see more exploration of the interesting aspects of the world of Thedas, and places that have not yet been visited in the videogames. Dragon Age: The Masked Empire does a little of this, but it fails to avoid the major problem with the majority of media franchise tie-ins.

[Minor spoilers follow.]

Fri
Apr 11 2014 1:05pm

Don’t you wish that there was a place where you could go to find out what Macmillan e-books were on sale? Well, you’re special, and so are your wishes, so Macmillan eDeals is now a reality! Head on over to find out what books have currently hopped down in price, sorted helpfully by genre. Read all the things!