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My Favourite Apocalypses, or, How to End the World for Fun and Profit
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Fri
Sep 12 2014 3:30pm

The Copernicus Complex Sweepstakes!

The Copernicus Complex by Caleb Scharf, out now from Scientific American/Farrar, Straus & Giroux, examines our place in the cosmic order. Renowned astrophysicist Scharf takes readers on a scientific adventure, from tiny microbes within the Earth to distant expoplanets, probability theory, and beyond, to explore the question of whether our existence in the universe is unique, insignificant, or far more complicated than either of those possibilities suggest.

Take a look at our excerpt, then enter to win one of our five copies of the book!

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Fri
Sep 12 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “The Magnificent Ferengi”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: The Magnificent Ferengi“The Magnificent Ferengi”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Hans Beimler
Directed by Chip Chalmers
Season 6, Episode 10
Production number 40510-534
Original air date: December 17, 1997
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Quark proudly announces that he has obtained syrup of squill. Odo thinks that means the drought is over on Balancar—but it turns out that there was never a drought, it was a story to allow the stockpiling of squill to drive the price up. But Quark heard that a prominent person on Balancar ordered a pair of Ferengi rain slippers, which he wouldn’t need if there was a drought. So Quark ordered several cases at a cheaper price, threatening to expose the scheme to the entire quadrant if they didn’t. (Of course, he just exposed it to the entire bar...)

Everyone’s thrilled with this story, right up until Dax, Bashir, and O’Brien walk in, having just returned from a dangerous mission on the Defiant. Quark is cranky because Starfleet just stole his audience.

[A child, a moron, a failure, and a psychopath. Quite a little team you’ve put together!]

Fri
Sep 12 2014 2:00pm
Excerpt

Mortal Gods (Excerpt)

Mortal Gods Goddess War Kendare Blake excerpt Ares, god of war, is leading the other dying gods into battle. Which is just fine with Athena. She’s ready to wage a war of her own, and she’s never liked him anyway. If Athena is lucky, the winning gods will have their immortality restored. If not, at least she’ll have killed the bloody lot of them, and she and Hermes can die in peace.

Cassandra Weaver is a weapon of fate. The girl who kills gods. But all she wants is for the god she loved and lost to return to life. If she can’t have that, then the other gods will burn, starting with his murderer, Aphrodite. The alliance between Cassandra and Athena is fragile. Cassandra suspects Athena lacks the will to truly kill her own family. And Athena fears that Cassandra’s hate will get them all killed.

The war takes them across the globe, searching for lost gods, old enemies, and Achilles, the greatest warrior the world has ever seen. As the struggle escalates, Athena and Cassandra must find a way to work together. Because if they can’t, fates far worse than death await.

Mortal Gods, the second Goddess War novel by Kendare Blake, is available October 14th from Tor Teen.

[Read an excerpt]

Fri
Sep 12 2014 1:30pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Djibril al-Ayad

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 Djibril al-Ayad, a French-born historian and archaeologist with research interests including ancient magic and futuristic technology. He runs The Future Fire, an online magazine of social-political speculative fiction, and is the co-editor of the anthologies Outlaw Bodies (with Lori Selke) and We See a Different Frontier (with Fabio Fernandes), and the forthcoming Accessing the Future (with Kathryn Allan).

Read on for one of the best slashfic cross-over SFF pairings we’ve ever encountered...

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Fri
Sep 12 2014 1:00pm

Gaming Roundup: Next-Gen Gaming Meets its Destiny

There was plenty going on this week in gaming—from the Xbox’s abject failure in Japan to the 15th anniversary of the Dreamcast—but one story pretty clearly stood out from all the rest. Destiny, Bungie’s much-anticipated post-Halo IP, launched, finally giving both next-gen (or is it current-gen? I feel like we can call them current-gen now) consoles their first true killer app (with apologies to the Xbox-exclusive Titanfall).

[“It doesn’t matter who you are. Only what you will become.”]

Fri
Sep 12 2014 12:07pm

New Star Wars: Episode VII Set Photos Reveal the Millennium Falcon and Maybe a Rebel Base?

Star Wars: Episode VII set photos

It’s wonderfully fitting that the latest Star Wars: Episode VII set photos come to us via drone. Latino-Review got their hands on a number of exciting images taken over RAF Greenham Common, a former airfield in Berkshire, England. Not only is the airfield housing several key ships from the new Star Wars film—including the beloved Millennium Falcon and some unusual-looking X-wings—but it appears to be an actual set for a battle scene, if the rumors are to be believed.

[See for yourself]

Fri
Sep 12 2014 12:00pm

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

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 eighteen 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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Fri
Sep 12 2014 11:00am

Summer of Sleaze: Guy Smith’s The Sucking Pit and The Walking Dead

The Sucking Pit Guy SmithSummer of Sleaze is 2014’s turbo-charged trash safari where Will Errickson of Too Much Horror Fiction and Grady Hendrix of The Great Stephen King Reread plunge into the bowels of vintage paperback horror fiction, unearthing treasures and trauma in equal measure.

He enjoys tobacco. He loves guns. He does not like street lights. Truly, Guy N. Smith is a man of many facets, but he’s best known for his crabs. From 1976 until 2012 he wrote Night of the Crabs, Killer Crabs, The Origin of the Crabs, Crabs on the Rampage, Crabs’ Moon, Crabs: The Human Sacrifice, and Killer Crabs: The Return. Along with about 93 other books. But apart from being a prolific writer of all things crab, what does Guy N. Smith have to offer the modern reader?

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Fri
Sep 12 2014 10:05am

Bryan Fuller Has No Plans to Whitewash American Gods’ Shadow for TV

American Gods Bryan Fuller Shadow

It’s pretty common for Hollywood to whitewash characters from books when their races are not explicitly stated in very exacting language. American Gods’ leading man is one of those characters—Shadow’s parentage is half-white in the form of Norse god Odin, and though it seems clear in the narrative that his mother is not white, she is never said to be black or any other ethnicity in particular.

Which is why it was so relieving to hear Byran Fuller—showrunner for the upcoming American Gods television series—assure fans that he has no intention of whitewashing the character.

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Fri
Sep 12 2014 10:00am

Liveblogging Season Six of Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Yoda

You know, I really didn’t want to finish this. At all. I think the only way I’m alright with it ending is knowing that Star Wars Rebels is coming, but even so, I’m going to miss these characters. I’m going to miss the prequels. If TCW has given me any great gift, that has to be the biggest of all.

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Fri
Sep 12 2014 9:30am

The Accidental Highwayman Sweepstakes!

We've given you a sneak peek at some of the rollicking adventure you can look forward to in The Accidental Highwayman by Ben Tripp, out from Tor Books on October 14th, and now we want to send you a galley, complete with footnotes and illustrations!

 In eighteenth-century England, young Christopher “Kit” Bristol is the unwitting servant of notorious highwayman Whistling Jack. One dark night, Kit finds his master bleeding from a mortal wound, dons the man’s riding cloak to seek help, and changes the course of his life forever. Mistaken for Whistling Jack and on the run from redcoats, Kit is catapulted into a world of magic and wonders he thought the stuff of fairy tales.

Check for the rules below! 

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Fri
Sep 12 2014 9:00am

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Giacomo Cimini

Giacomo Cimini 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 Giacomo Cimini, director of The Nostalgist, a short sci fi film based on a Tor.com original story by New York Times best-selling author Daniel H. Wilson (Robopocalypse, Amped). In the futuristic city of Vanille, with properly tuned ImmerSyst Eyes & Ears the world can look and sound like a paradise. But the life of a father and his young son threatens to disintegrate when the father’s device begins to fail. Desperate to avoid facing his own traumatic reality, the man must venture outside to find a replacement, into a city where violence and danger lurk beneath a skim of beautiful illusion. The film is available for pre-order at We Are Colony.

Find out Giacomo’s very simple solution to Jeff Goldblum’s fly problem, and watch the trailer for The Nostalgist below!

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Fri
Sep 12 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Would Freddie Cougar Even Need Metal Claws?

Some of these Illustrated Twitter Typos are ridiculous, and some of them are, well, kind of dumb. But we thought Freddy Cougar was perfect. Oh, and The Rocksack... there’s just something about his excited smile. Check out more illustrated typos over on Tumblr, and for Strunk-&-White’s-sake, disable autocorrect!

Morning Roundup brings you streaming sci-fi, an update on American Gods, and a Star Trek gag reel!

[Plus a touching exchange between a Captain America cosplayer and a fan!]

Thu
Sep 11 2014 5:30pm

Here’s Your First Full Look at the Batman v Superman Batmobile

first look Batmobile Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Although we glimpsed the shiny new Batmobile for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice a few months ago, we’re finally getting a close-up, detailed look at the thing without Sad Batman crying all over it. After some grainy Instagram photos (albeit featuring some cool, gull-wing-esque doors) circulated online, director Zack Snyder tweeted the actual photo, above.

Though at first we thought that the new Batmobile might share some inspiration with Tim Burton’s highly stylized take, we realize now that it hews much more closely to Christopher Nolan’s tumbler. Even so, it’s more armored tank than sleek car, especially the way it seems to extend out to either side. It’s the kind of car you’d notice on the street—which is interesting, considering the rumors that in the world of Batman v Superman, the Caped Crusader is an urban legend who no one has ever actually seen.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25, 2016.

Photo: Twitter/@ZackSnyder

Thu
Sep 11 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

Cristin Aptowicz 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 Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, the award-winning writer of Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam and popular touring poet and spoken word performer. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Her second nonfiction book is a mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities. Dr. Mütter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine, will be released by Gotham Books in Fall 2014.

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Thu
Sep 11 2014 4:00pm
Excerpt

Silverblind (Excerpt)

Silverblind Tina Connolly excerptDorie Rochart has been hiding her fey side for a long time. Now, finished with University, she plans to study magical creatures and plants in the wild, bringing long-forgotten cures to those in need. But when no one will hire a girl to fight basilisks, she releases her shape-changing fey powers—to disguise herself as a boy.

While hunting for wyvern eggs, she saves a young scientist who’s about to get steamed by a silvertail—and finds her childhood friend Tam Grimsby, to whom she hasn’t spoken in seven years. Not since she traded him to the fey.

The wyverns are being hunted to extinction for the powerful compounds in their eggs. The fey are dying out as humans grow in power. Now Tam and Dorie will have to decide which side they will fight for. And if they end up on opposite sides, can their returning friendship survive?

Tina Connolly’s historical fantasy series Ironskin continues with Silverblind, available October 7th from Tor Books.

[Read an excerpt]

Thu
Sep 11 2014 3:37pm

3D-Printed Prosthetic Hands Turn Little Kids Into Superheroes

3D prosthetic hand Wolverine kid

This might be the best thing to come out of 3D printing. First you’ve got Enabling the Future, an organization that utilizes this technology to create prosthetic fingers and hands for people in need. Then you have the creative, geeky types who have hacked Enable’s prosthetic hand model to create specialized, superhero-themed prosthetics for children whose hands aren’t fully developed. Two lucky little boys can now call themselves Wolverine and Iron Man.

[We just have something in our eye...]

Thu
Sep 11 2014 3:00pm

The Harry Potter Reread: The Prisoner of Azkaban, Chapters 7 and 8

Harry Potter and Prisoner of AzkabanThe Harry Potter Reread is going to undergo hypnosis therapy to conquer its fear of tipping over while riding a bike, and magical spoons. These are legitimate concerns, it swears. And hypnosis seems like such a nice way of getting rid of all that worry…

This week there is so much pet abuse! Also the first trip to Hogsmeade for all children lucky enough to attend. (Hint: Not Harry.) We’ve got Chapters 7 and 8 of The Prisoner of Azkaban—The Boggart in the Wardrobe and Flight of the Fat Lady.

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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Thu
Sep 11 2014 2:00pm
Excerpt

The Accidental Highwayman (Excerpt, Chapters 7 and 8)

Ben Tripp

Ben Tripp The Accidental Highwayman In eighteenth-century England, young Christopher “Kit” Bristol is the unwitting servant of notorious highwayman Whistling Jack. One dark night, Kit finds his master bleeding from a mortal wound, dons the man’s riding cloak to seek help, and changes the course of his life forever. Mistaken for Whistling Jack and on the run from redcoats, Kit is catapulted into a world of magic and wonders he thought the stuff of fairy tales.

Bound by magical law, Kit takes up his master’s quest to rescue a rebellious fairy princess from an arranged marriage to King George III of England. But his task is not an easy one, for Kit must contend with the feisty Princess Morgana, goblin attacks, and a magical map that portends his destiny: as a hanged man upon the gallows...

The Accidental Highwayman is author and illustrator Ben Tripp’s swashbuckling YA debut. Look for it October 14th from Tor Books, and find additional excerpts from the novel here on Tor.com!

[Read an excerpt]

Thu
Sep 11 2014 1:48pm

Rumor Has It Drax the Destroyer Will Join Avengers 3 to Put Fingers to Throats

Dave Bautista Drax Avengers 3

This is not a metaphor: Wrestling site PW Mania (via Slashfilm) claims that pro wrestler Dave Bautista is banking on his success as literal antihero Drax the Destroyer by signing on for more Marvel movies than just Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Specifically, rumor has it that he’ll play “a significant role” in Avengers 3.

Considering that (if the rumors are to be believed) Thanos will dominate the third Avengers film with his continuing search for the Infinity Stones/Gems, this makes a lot of sense. After all, Drax has the biggest bone to pick. Although he would probably ask why we think he should waste his time picking bones, and just use his bare hands on Thanos.

Really, we’re expecting all of the Guardians to appear in Avengers 3, especially after James Gunn confirmed that the two films were definitely connected.

Photo: Marvel Studios