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January 21, 2015
Don’t Touch That Dial: Midseason SFF
Alex Brown
January 21, 2015
Agent Carter, I Think I’m in Love
Liz Bourke
January 21, 2015
The Illogic of Fairy Tales
Genevieve Cogman
January 16, 2015
Birdman is Actually Just a Muppet Movie
Max Gladstone
January 15, 2015
What Are Your Favorite Non-Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Shows?
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Wed
Jan 21 2015 5:00pm

Don’t Touch That Dial: Midseason SFF

Midseason Television

Caped crusaders not enough for you? Need an SFF fix? Well, you’re in luck. On our second misdseason installment of “Don’t Touch That Dial,” let’s take a gander at a time-traveller trying to prevent the end of the world (12 Monkeys), an exorcist with a chip on his shoulder trying to prevent the end of the world (Constantine), and a pair of holy witnesses trying to prevent the end of the world (Sleepy Hollow). I’m sensing a theme here...

[“Without the threat of apocalypse, what is my place in the world?”]

Wed
Jan 21 2015 4:47pm

The Apex Book of World SF 4, Edited by Mahvesh Murad, Coming in 2015

Apex Book of World SF 4 Mahvesh Murad editorLavie Tidhar, editor of the The Apex Book of World SF anthologies, announced today that he and Apex Book Company would be releasing The Apex Book of World SF 4, tentatively scheduled for later this year. Since 2008, each volume has collected international speculative fiction, both in translation and published originally in English.

But whereas Tidhar has edited the last three anthologies, this time around he’s introducing us to the series’ new editor: Mahvesh Murad, book reviewer, radio host, and the voice of Tor.com’s new podcast, Midnight in Karachi.

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Wed
Jan 21 2015 4:00pm

This 4-Hour The Hobbit Recut Focuses on Bilbo Baggins, Like It Should Have All Along

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Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy has been concluded for barely a month, but already one ambitious Tolkien fan has recut the bloated, eight-hour adaptation into a much more manageable affair clocking in at a little less than four and a half hours. How did the anonymous TolkienEditor do it? By cutting out the Tauriel/Legolas/Kili love triangle and by bringing us back to the movie’s star, who we forgot to care about along the way: Bilbo Baggins.

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Wed
Jan 21 2015 3:30pm

Extraction and Rebellion Sweepstakes!

Stephanie Diaz’s debut novel, Extraction, kicked off the trilogy that continues with Rebellion, out on February 10th from St. Martin's Press. We want to send you a galley of Rebellion, along with a copy of Extraction, so that you can catch up with the adventure right now right now!

The Extraction trilogy takes place on Kiel after the destruction of the ozone layer. The world’s population has retreated into the planet’s layers in order to survive, and the elite citizenry who live safely in the planet’s Core control the fates of those forced to work on the perilous Surface.

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Wed
Jan 21 2015 3:00pm

Supernatural: Dark and Monstrous

Supernatural

Previously on Supernatural: Dean creeps closer to evil, Sam becomes a total worry wort, Cas tries to figure out what women want, Crowley goes full mama’s boy, Rowena cackles and stabs her way through Hell’s hierarchy, Hannah takes a timeout, and Claire has some issues.

[“Ok, who talks like that?”]

Wed
Jan 21 2015 2:00pm
Excerpt

A Darker Shade of Magic (Excerpt)

A Darker Shade of Magic VE Schwab excerpt Tor cover Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. There’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London...but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see—a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason.

Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, who first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—and that is proving trickier than they hoped.

From V.E. Schwab comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic—available February 24th from Tor Books (US) and February 27th from Titan (UK).

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Wed
Jan 21 2015 1:00pm

Rereading Melanie Rawn: The Star Scroll, Chapters 17 and 18

Melanie Rawn Dragon Prince Star Scroll rereadWelcome to the weekly Wednesday reread of The Star Scroll! This week we have murder, mayhem, a knife fight, a royal board meeting, and a whole lot of plots getting as thick as fantasy stew.

Chapter 17

So This Happens: Pandsala is granted an audience with Kiele. Pandsala is emphatically not amused to be kept waiting, and even less amused to have her nose rubbed in Kiele’s married state. But she has a purpose, and she gets right to it: she tells Kiele that Masul’s real father has surfaced and approached Naydra for money.

The game goes back and forth for a while, with Kiele pretending surprise and Pandsala laying it on somewhat thick. The conversation then shifts to Chiana, and how the plot to present Masul as Roelstra’s son means presenting Chiana as a servant’s child. Kiele seems astonished.

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Wed
Jan 21 2015 12:00pm

Sleeps With Monsters: Agent Carter, I Think I’m in Love

Agent Carter Hayley Atwell

At the time of writing, I’ve seen the first two hours of Marvel’s Agent Carter miniseries.

And I think I’m in love.

[Which is not to pretend that it has no problems]

Wed
Jan 21 2015 11:30am

Marvel Comics is Destroying the Marvel Universe With Secret Wars

Marvel Secret Wars Battleworld announcement destroy Marvel Universe Ultimate Universe

This May, while Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Age of Ultron is tearing you apart from the inside, Marvel Comics will also be shaking things up. Yesterday the comic publisher announced Secret Wars, a New 52-esque event (but not a reboot!) that will destroy the Marvel Universe and then build it back up again.

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Wed
Jan 21 2015 11:00am

This Joss Whedon Shared Universe Theory Actually Makes a Lot of Sense

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It’s surprising that Joss Whedon’s main canon of work has existed for almost 20 years, and only recently have people started drawing mind-blowing connections between his various television series and movies. It made all sorts of crazy sense for Tim Burton, and now we’ve stumbled upon a fan theory that creates a literal Whedonverse.

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Wed
Jan 21 2015 10:30am

The Illogic of Fairy Tales

Cinderella Fairy Tale Disney

The trouble with fairy tales is that they’re not fair.

They seem fair enough at first: do the right thing, and you will be rewarded. Be nice to the old woman, help the trapped animals, work hard, get your mother’s blessing, and you can be the lucky child who wins a kingdom, marries the prince/princess, and lives happily ever after. But that all depends on the protagonist having drawn the right combination of cards in the first place: he or she is the lucky third or seventh child, and has a fairy godmother or patron witch, and is a nice person in the first place.

[You only get through a fairy tale by following the rules]

Wed
Jan 21 2015 10:00am

Creatureville: The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen

The Rabbit Back Literature Society review

Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen proposes that places, like people, have particular interests. Some specialise in film; some in food. Others areas boast about an abundance of athletes, or artists, or authors. The small town of Rabbit Back “was known to have no less than six writers’ associations, and that was without counting the most noteworthy writers’ association, the Rabbit Back Literature Society, which accepted members only at Laura White’s invitation.”

Laura White is an almost mythical figure in the Finland of this baffling but beautiful English-language debut, which is fitting considering the contents of her Creatureville series:

The local ceramicists for the most part produced water sprites, pixies, elves, and gnomes. Laura White had made these creatures popular all over the world through her children’s books, but in Rabbit Back in particular you ran into them everywhere you looked. They were presented as prizes in raffles, given as presents, brought to dinner as hostess gifts. There was only one florist in Rabbit Back, but there were seven shops that sold mostly mythological figurines.

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Wed
Jan 21 2015 9:00am
Original Story

Damage

In the extremities of war, we may know what we’ve been, but not what we will become. “Damage” is a tale of desperate times, desperate measures, and the inner life of a fighter spacecraft.

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by Senior Editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden.

[Read “Damage” by David Levine]

Wed
Jan 21 2015 8:30am

The Witcher Will Be Back

Sword of Destiny the Witcher

Look forward to much more Geralt of Rivia in the near future, folks!

Gollancz, who published Blood of Elves, Time of Contempt, and Baptism of Fire, announced on Monday morning that they’d acquired a further three books in The Witcher Saga by Polish author Andrzej Sapkowski.

The first book, The Sword of Destiny, will be published in May 2015 alongside the blockbusting new computer game The Witcher 3: The Wild Hunt, which won the Award for Most Anticipated Game during The Game Awards 2014. Sales for the previous two games in The Witcher franchise have totalled over 8 million copies worldwide. The Sword of Destiny is a collection of linked short stories which fills in some of the gaps in the Witcher’s legend.

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Wed
Jan 21 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: We’ll Never Get To Space on Horseback

Yuri Shwedoff White Castle

BoingBoing shared the most beautifully spooky images we’ve seen this week! Yuri Shwedoff’s post-apocalyptic fantasias take familiar objects and ratchet up the feelings of abandonment and existential hopelessness... in a good way. This one, titled White Castle, makes us want to hug the space program. Check out more of Shwedoff’s art here, or follow him on Twitter to see his takes on posters for Interstellar and Guardians of the Galaxy!

Morning Roundup stands up to Satan! Time-traveling kids experience jetlag! Picard adjusts his shirt!

[Plus the first buckets of advice from the deep well of Haruki Murakami’s mind!]

Tue
Jan 20 2015 5:47pm

Daniel José Older’s Bone Street Rumba Series Optioned for TV/Film

Half Resurrection Blues Bone Street Rumba optioned Daniel Jose Older Anika Noni RoseDeadline reports that Anika Noni Rose (Dreamgirls, Disney’s The Princess and the Frog, Elementary) has optioned the TV/film rights to Daniel José Older’s urban fantasy series Bone Street Rumba. The first book of the series, Half-Resurrection Blues, was published January 6 by Roc Books; you can read our review as well as an excerpt of the novel.

Rose has optioned the series through her production company Roaring Virgin Productions. It’s unclear if she plans to adapt the Bone Street Rumba books into a series of films, or if we’ll be seeing another urban fantasy TV series in the future.

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Tue
Jan 20 2015 5:00pm

Do That Pazuzu That You Do So Well: Constantine, “The Saint of Last Resorts” (Part 2)

Constantine

When last we left our curmudgeonly British anti-hero, he was dying in a Mexican sewer known as the “Friday 10pm time slot.” Will he survive the move to the 8pm Friday time slot, now that he is armed with the knowledge of the group behind the Rising Darkness?

Spoilers: of course he will, because he’s the title character, which kind of saps the dramatic tension out of an otherwise suitably creepy Exorcist homage.

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Tue
Jan 20 2015 4:30pm

The Rabbit Back Literature Society Sweepstakes!

We’ve given you an excerpt from The Rabbit Back Literature Society by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen, out today from St. Martin's Press, and now we want to send you a copy of the book! (You can also read Jääskeläinen's Tor.com original novella, “Where the Trains Turn,” here.)

Only nine people have ever been chosen by renowned children’s author Laura White to join the Rabbit Back Literature Society, an elite group of writers in the small town of Rabbit Back. Now a tenth member has been selected: a young literature teacher named Ella, who soon discovers that the Society is not what it seems...

Comment in the post to enter!

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Tue
Jan 20 2015 4:00pm

Short Fiction Spotlight: Uncanny #2, “Folding Beijing” by Hao Jingfang

Uncanny issue 2 Welcome back to the Short Fiction Spotlight, a space for conversation about recent and not-so-recent short stories. For this installment, I wanted to take a look at the second issue of Lynne and Michael Thomas’s newest project, Uncanny Magazine, since I found the first intriguing and enjoyable. I was particularly interested in the story-in-translation that headlines the issue’s fiction selection, “Folding Beijing,” written by Hao Jingfang and translated by Ken Liu.

The January/February issue of Uncanny also contains original work from Sam J. Miller, Amal El-Mohtar, Richard Bowes, and Sunny Moraine; a reprint from Anne Leckie; nonfiction including an essay from Jim C. Hines; and finally a handful of poems and interview. (It’s a little bit of a shame the remit of this column series is just the fiction, sometimes—there’s some other very good stuff here too.)

[Onward.]

Tue
Jan 20 2015 3:30pm

Always Wear Your Rubbers: Gotham, “What The Little Bird Told Him”

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I’m starting to think that Gotham might be the best comic book adaptation to ever make it to the small screen. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s good; I’ve still got my problems with it (then again, what do I know? It’s already been renewed for a second season). But ongoing serial superhero comics are all about the illusion of change, with Bold New Directions that circle right back to the beginning. At best, this allows our decades-old heroes to tip-toe forward in emotional and narrative progress, but in such a way that feels almost invisible to the reader.

By that assessment, Gotham is doing a remarkable of job of pretending like it’s going somewhere, or that its story is somehow progressing, when in fact, we’re just spinning our wheels. Or perhaps a more appropriate metaphor, given the topic of the episode, would be the Electric Slide, since we’re basically just shuffling left and right and then turning around in a square.

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