A Kiss with Teeth October 29, 2014 A Kiss with Teeth Max Gladstone Happy Halloween. This Chance Planet October 22, 2014 This Chance Planet Elizabeth Bear We are alone, except for the dog. Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza October 15, 2014 Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza Carrie Vaughn A Wild Cards story. The Girl in the High Tower October 14, 2014 The Girl in the High Tower Gennifer Albin A Crewel story.
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October 30, 2014
Rich and Strange: “Witch, Beast, Saint” by C. S. E. Cooney
Amal El-Mohtar
October 29, 2014
19 Strange Things Hiding in The World of Ice and Fire
Chris Lough
October 28, 2014
Fairy Tale No More: Doctor Who is a Science Fiction Show Again
Ryan Britt
October 27, 2014
Seven Science-Fiction Heroes with Swashbuckling Swagger
David Cranmer
October 24, 2014
9 Harry Potter Halloween Stories We’d Rather See Than Dolores Umbridge
Stubby the Rocket
Tue
Oct 28 2014 12:00pm

Marvel-Shadowed Providence: “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward,” Parts I & II

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s original stories. Today we’re looking at the first two parts of “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.” CDW was written in 1927, published in abridged form in the May and July 1941 issues of Weird Tales; and published in full in the 1943 collection Beyond the Wall of Sleep. You can read the story here. Spoilers ahead.

[“One must look back at Charles Ward’s earlier life as at something belonging as much to the past as the antiquities he loved so keenly.”]

Tue
Oct 28 2014 11:30am

The Goatman Bleateth! Gotham: “Spirit of the Goat”

Gotham: Spirit of the Goat

This week on a Very Special Halloween Episode of Gotham, we explore the past, as plot threads dovetail towards the future. Oh, and Bullock finally gets his due. Kind of.

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Tue
Oct 28 2014 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: Again With The Books

Laughing in Ancient Rome book recommendations

Every time I set out to write one of these book round-up posts, I feel simultaneously as though I should have read more books faster, and that I’m talking too much about too many books. Since I can’t resolve this mental contradiction, let’s just roll right on into the literature of the moment...

Although this time I’m going to diverge from talking about SFF novels not just once, but twice: there’s a lovely historical YA and a delightful piece of historical nonfiction that I think are perfectly relevant to our interests around here.

[Can you hear the laughter in Ancient Rome?]

Tue
Oct 28 2014 10:00am

Fairy Tale No More: Doctor Who is a Science Fiction Show Again

Doctor Who science fiction

If Doctor Who was like the psychic paper used by the Doctor—meaning we would only see the show we wanted to see—what would it look like? From seasons five through seven, it might have been superficially close to exactly what we thought we wanted: the adventures of a romantic, dazzling, fairy tale hero who is handsome, quirky, and a snappy-dresser. But now, the Doctor is grumpy and the stories he inhabits are more screwed up, because this season the show has gotten real by ditching fairy tales in favor of moodier science fiction.

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Tue
Oct 28 2014 9:00am

Read The Three-Body Problem Right Now on Tor.com

The Three-Body Problem Cixin Liu

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, Cixin Liu’s massively popular Chinese science fiction saga The Three-Body Problem starts with a secret military project sending signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization repeatedly on the brink of destruction captures the signal and makes plans for contact. And eventual invasion.

On November 11, this trilogy of books debuts in English starting with the eponymous first volume, The Three-Body Problem. But you can read a variety of stories from the novel for free, right now.

  • In “King Wen of Zhou and the Long Night,” scientist Wang Miao is encouraged to play an online VR game by the name of “3Body.” He becomes immersed in a planet that is itself a puzzle, a puzzle that, if the reader can solve it before Miao himself can, may just explain why Earth is such a tempting target for invasion.
  • In “The Universe Flickers,” Miao demands proof that the aliens are real, and is given a terrifying—and completely silent—demonstration of their power.
  • In “Silent Spring,” young Ye Wenjie, a daughter of scientists, endures the madness of China’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960s as it brutally swallows her family in front of her. And here, this tale of first contact truly begins.

Click on any of the above links to read from the novel or preorder it at your preferred retailer.

Tue
Oct 28 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: This Cookie Would Not Survive the Sarlacc Pit (of Your Mouth)

He’s not just the galaxy’s coolest bounty hunter, he’s also its most delicious cookie! Daily Dot shared the commendable work of StarCookies, a company that makes wonderfully detailed cookie cutters, including this Boba Fett. And while some of the shapes are for standard logos, most of them are perfect for fans of Doctor Who, Pokemon, and the Teen Titans.

Morning Roundup brings you the Starbucks orders of the literary world, reveals where Harry Potter fans go to get down in private, and, whether you want it or not, a love ballad from Ultron!

[Plus there’s a cat on a Roomba.]

Mon
Oct 27 2014 5:34pm

George R.R. Martin Reveals What Would Happen to Westeros if the Others Win

The World of Ice & Fire Others plan White Walkers

George R.R. Martin’s The World of Ice & Fire is an exhaustive history of Westeros, Essos, and the other lands that make up his A Song of Ice and Fire series, but you might be interested to learn that the book looks forward in time as well as backwards. Specifically, there’s a passage in the 300-page tome hinting at the terrifying Others’ endgame.

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Mon
Oct 27 2014 5:00pm

The YA Roundup: Learn History Entirely Through Young Adult Books

Epic Reads young adult history book timeline

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

This week covers new Harry Potter material from J. K. Rowling, the ramping up of the We Need Diverse Books campaign, and an infograph that separates out YA books by the century of history that they depict!

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Mon
Oct 27 2014 4:00pm
Excerpt

Knife Fight and Other Struggles (Excerpt)

David Nickle

Kife Fight and other struggers David Nickle excerpt A young man at loose ends finds he cannot look away from his new lover's alien gaze. A young woman out of time seeks her old lover in the cold spaces between the stars. The fleeing worshippers of an ancient and jealous deity seek solace in an unsuspecting New World congregation. In a suburban nursery, a demon with a grudge and a lonely exorcist face off for what could be the last time. And when a big city mayor who delineates his mandate by the slash of a blade faces an unexpected challenger, it turns into a struggle that threatens to consume everything.

In Knife Fight and Other Struggles, available now as a ebook and on November 4th in print from ChiZine, David Nickle follows his award-winning debut collection with a new set of dark tales that span space, time, and genre. Read an excerpt from “Looker” below!

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Mon
Oct 27 2014 3:30pm

“Your grandpa was a real pain in my butt!” The Legend of Korra: “The Calling”

The Legend of Korra: The Calling

Great news everybody: the sad times on The Legend of Korra are over! Well, for now, anyway. Thanks to the Amazing Airbending Kids setting out last episode, and thanks to Toph playing Iroh and, ultimately, thanks to Korra. I was glad to see the “recovery story” take a sideways turn in the second episode and become its own weird story about Korra seeking for answers, for help, for her own path. I appreciated that but I’m pretty much always glad for a gloomy plotline to wrap up in television. Now it has.

I wish Toph could be telling this story— “...and Sokka fell in a hole.”— but you’ve got yours truly instead. Alright! Korra learned important lessons! She overcame her own conflicts! Now let’s get out of this swamp and have Korra go solve some external conflicts. In sweet glorious bending battle and what have you.

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Mon
Oct 27 2014 3:08pm

It’s Looking More Likely That Benedict Cumberbatch Will Be Doctor Strange

Benedict Cumberbatch Doctor Strange

Could we finally have our Doctor Strange? Deadline reports that Benedict Cumberbatch is Marvel’s choice for the role, and that negotiations are about to begin.

Since the last time that we thought Cumberbatch might be announcing his involvement—when he oh-so-slyly shot down those rumors during San Diego Comic-Con—we’ve heard Joaquin Phoenix, Ewan MacGregor, and many others bandied about as contenders. But seeing as Cumberbatch’s answer at the time was a non-answer, and considering this new rumor, we might finally get an official announcement from Marvel soon.

Mon
Oct 27 2014 3:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Daniel Wallace

Daniel WallaceWelcome 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 Daniel Wallace, who specializes in exploring the underpinnings of popular fictional universes. In his books including Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters and the recently-released DC Comics: Super-Villains: The Complete Visual History, he uses his comic book and sci-fi expertise to compile exhaustive histories of your favorite Jedi, bounty hunters, demons, superheroes, and archnemeses. Wallace has also contributed to the universes of Supernatural, Indiana Jones, and Smallville.

Join us, and find out why villains are the most fun to write!

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Mon
Oct 27 2014 2:15pm

Chris Hadfield Shares His Secret for Taking Such Cool Photos from Space

Chris Hadfield taking photos in space zero-gravity video

When he wasn’t singing “Space Oddity” during his five months aboard the International Space Station, astronaut (and member of the Order of Canada) Chris Hadfield took absolutely breathtaking photos of the Earth from his unique vantage point in space. Now that he’s back on Earth, he’s collected 200 of his photographs (many never-before-seen) into a book, You Are Here: Around the Earth in 92 Minutes. But how did he get all of those insane shots without a tripod or any sort of mounting equipment?

[Hint: It has to do with gravity.]

Mon
Oct 27 2014 2:00pm

Emma Loves Pop Tarts. And Maybe Other Things. Once Upon a Time: “Breaking Glass”

Once Upon a Time: Breaking Glass

Princesses! True love! Large hulking snowmen! Men trapped in mirrors! Women trapped in terrible plot lines! A surprising interest in Pop Tarts! Yes, it’s time for ABC’s Once Upon a Time to mess with our childhood memories, or make us just wish we could build large hulking snowmen to smash our enemies, depending.

[Spoilers follow]

Mon
Oct 27 2014 1:30pm

Waistcoats & Weaponry Sweepstakes!

Waistcoats & Weaponry, the third in Gail Carriger’s Finishing School series, arrives in all of its finely clad glory on November 4th from Little, Brown!

We want to send you one of our three copies of the book right now so that you can jump back into Sophronia’s adventures at Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality, where young ladies learn the arts of dance, dress, etiquette— and espionage, of course.

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Mon
Oct 27 2014 1:10pm

Fiction Affliction: November Releases in Fantasy

New fantasy releases in November 2014Sixteen new fantasies hit the shelves this month, including series additions from, among others, Julie E. Czerneda (Night’s Edge), Jenna Rhodes (The Elven Ways), Charlie N. Holmberg (Paper Magician Trilogy), Orson Scott Card (Pathfinder), David Dalglish (Shadowdance), L.E. Modesitt Jr. (Saga of Recluce), Henry H. Neff (Tapestry), and Jeffe Kennedy (Twelve Kingdoms).

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

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Mon
Oct 27 2014 1:00pm

Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Servant of the Empire, Part 7

Welcome back to the reread of Servant of the Empire by Raymond E Feist and Janny Wurts.

This one features several meetings of an admin variety, though the administrative issues of Tsurani are quite diverse and can include agenda items such as “start a war” and “assassinate the military leaders of my enemy” to “estate management,” “fence posts” and “booty call.”

That is probably the most accurate chapter description I have ever provided. 

 

Chapter 8Reconciliation

SUMMARY: Tasaio is being subtle. This is not good news for anyone.

The first part of the Minwanabi plan against the Acoma is about to go ahead with a planted rumour that they are about to attack Mara’s silk wagons. Tasaio and Desio discuss whether “bandits” (land troops) are enough for this attack, or if they need to throw in some “pirates” (naval troops) too.

Don’t worry, the subtlety part will arrive later. Any day now.

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Mon
Oct 27 2014 12:30pm

Seven Science-Fiction Heroes with Swashbuckling Swagger

In another time they may have sailed with Blackbeard or Captain Kidd but these anachronistic swashbucklers live in a future of droids, Daleks, and mutants. They are heroes who laugh in the face of death, live to do battle against impossible chances, and know when to toss that one-line quip that sends proceedings up with a wink. Quite often they are hesitant protagonists who seem more prone to shady dealings than noble pursuits, but when the chips are down they rise to the occasion and balance the odds.

Without further ado, here are seven science-fiction heroes with swashbuckling swagger!

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Mon
Oct 27 2014 12:00pm

Nobody Puts Jarl in a Corner: The Way of Shadows Graphic Novel

The Way of Shadows graphic novel

Say one thing for Brent Weeks’ Night Angel Trilogy; say it’s full of action. I borrow that turn of phrase from Joe Abercrombie, whose main character Logen Ninefingers often uses it to demonstrate his ‘tell it like it is’ demeanor.

I borrow it in much the same way that Ivan Brandon and Andy MacDonald have borrowed for the graphic novel The Way of Shadows; we create something similar to the original, but also completely pervert it to our own ends. Where Weeks took time to develop his narrative beyond mere action, the graphic novel glosses over much of the detail, creating a shallower tale that focuses on the action and, really, only the action.

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Mon
Oct 27 2014 11:30am

5 Brilliant Things About Doctor Who Series 8, Episode 10: “In the Forest of the Night”

Doctor Who: In the Forest of the Night

Every week Tor Books UK rounds up the thoughts of author and Whovian Paul Cornell on this week’s episode of Doctor Who. This week: 5 brilliant things about “In the Forest of the Night.”

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