Dog March 25, 2015 Dog Bruce McAllister "Watch the dogs when you're down there, David." The Museum and the Music Box March 18, 2015 The Museum and the Music Box Noah Keller History is rotting away, just like the museum. The Thyme Fiend March 11, 2015 The Thyme Fiend Jeffrey Ford It's not all in his head. The Shape of My Name March 4, 2015 The Shape of My Name Nino Cipri How far can you travel to claim yourself?
From The Blog
March 24, 2015
Protecting What You Love: On the Difference Between Criticism, Rage, and Vilification
Emily Asher-Perrin
March 23, 2015
Language as Power in Shakespeare’s The Tempest
Katharine Duckett
March 16, 2015
What Changes To Expect in Game of Thrones Season Five
Bridget McGovern
March 13, 2015
Five Books with Fantastic Horses
Patricia Briggs
March 13, 2015
Is Ladyhawke the Best Fairy Tale of Them All?
Leah Schnelbach
Wed
Mar 25 2015 12:00pm

Cover Reveal for Lindsay Smith’s Dreamstrider

Dreamstrider Lindsay Smith

Tor.com is pleased to reveal the cover for Lindsay Smith’s Dreamstrider, a high-concept espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

Below, get a look at the full cover designed by Elizabeth H. Clark and illustrated by NastPlas, a creative duo based in Madrid, Spain. Author Lindsay Smith also shares her thoughts on the inspirations behind writing the novel, as well as what dreams mean in the world she has created. Dreamstrider publishes October 6th from Roaring Brook Press.

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Wed
Mar 25 2015 11:00am

Five Books that Twist History Until it Begs for Mercy

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

Starships are so last century. Hey, I’m the first to admit that they look neat on the big screen, but in written fiction spaceships stopped doing it for me a while ago. Same with dystopian futures and post-apocalyptic nightmares. Why read about dystopias when I can just drive into town?

But, oh, the broad, glorious, panoramic sweep of history—that’s where it’s at! History is the big playground. In bitter reality most of history was brutal and unpleasant, inexplicable and capricious, but reimagined by a good writer it can be fascinating. For me, history is always new.

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Wed
Mar 25 2015 10:00am

“I Have Never Been Terribly Good at Holding My Tongue.” Marie Brennan’s Voyage of the Basilisk

Marie Brennan Voyage of the Basilisk Lady TrentWith Voyage of the Basilisk, the third volume of her Memoirs of Lady Trent series, Marie Brennan takes us to new lands in search of new species of dragon. Isabella, several years widowed and the mother of a nine-year-old son, is a dragon naturalist and pioneering natural philosopher in a world similar to our own in the Victorian period, from a nation with resemblances to Victorian Britain: while (some) women are beginning to set themselves against the social and cultural forces that would prefer to confine them to hearth and home, the role of adventurous scientist is still one that only the most strong-minded of gentlewomen would ever take up.

No one could ever accuse Isabella Camherst of lacking determination. Her latest adventure takes her on a long voyage, even further from home than ever before, to eventually conduct research among volcanically active archipelagos that resemble our own 19th century Pacific and South East Asian island chains—down to the presence of competing colonial and local expansionist interests. Once again, Isabella’s scientific curiosity leads her into dangerous territory, on the slopes of an active volcano. And once again she finds herself playing an active part in politically significant events.

[May contain spoilers. Contents may have settled during transit.]

Wed
Mar 25 2015 9:45am

Announcing Europe at Midnight by Dave Hutchinson

Europe in Autumn Dave Hutchison

Europe in Autumn was among my favourite books of 2014. An “awesome concoction of sci-fi and spies,” I called it in the spring, that reminded me of “John le Carré meets Christopher Priest.”

What I didn’t know then, and what has only deepened my appreciation of Dave Hutchinson’s tremendous debut, is how incredibly prescient it would prove. When the summer came and went, and with it the Scottish Independence Referendum, the separatist prospect it posited—of a world in which “pocket nations” proliferate— suddenly seemed real. All too real, to tell the truth. That said, if this is the way we’re headed, then I’d rather know what’s to be expected before we get there.

Ask and ye shall receive, it seems! Because there’s more where Europe in Autumn came from—much more, according to Hutchinson. To wit, today, it gives me immeasurable pleasure to reveal the cover art and a few key details about the surprise sequel: Europe at Midnight.

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Wed
Mar 25 2015 9:00am
Original Story

Dog

“Dog” by Bruce McAllister is a chilling horror story about a young American couple who encounter dogs in Mexico very unlike any domesticated variety north of the border and what happens.

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by consulting editor Ellen Datlow.

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Wed
Mar 25 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: A Transformative Father-Son Bonding Project

Transformers

Yu Zhilin and his son have found a lucrative hobby! The two farmers, who live in the Hunan Province of China, work together to transform used car parts into robots that may seem…familiar. After much practice and hard work, Yu Zhilin has become “the unquestioned top amateur Transformers-builder in Hunan province” and they’ve turned their hobby into a lucrative, killer-robot-providing business! Just look at those suckers! They should definitely be able to defeat the robot dinosaurs when they come to Earth to kill us all. You can see more photos of the pair’s work at Laughing Squid!

Morning Roundup brings you deep thoughts echoing up from the mind of Haruki Murakami, a fond farewell from Mary Robinette Kowal, and thoughts on diversity in Dragon Age: Inquisition.

[Plus TIE Fighters!]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 10:00pm

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “Love in the Time of Hydra” Discussion Thread

Agents of SHIELD: Love in the Time of HYDRA

Let's take a quick break from the ol' S.H.I.E.L.D. quake-and-dagger to check in on Ward and Agent 33. They've done alright for themselves after the collapse of the Temple and the Many Shots To The Abdomening that Skye laid out. He took his time recuperating and Agent 33 seems to be adjusting post-Whitehall and now, well, they just want some hearty pumpkin pan...oh wait, nope. They're still crazy.

But it's a comforting kind of crazy, you know? Like how cats will sometimes climb up a door for no reason. So let's talk crazy and “Love in the Time of Hydra.”

To follow Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recaps and discussion threads on Tor.com, visit the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. tag page.

Tue
Mar 24 2015 5:00pm

Now You Can Join the Clone Club with the Orphan Black Fashion Collection

Orphan Black fashion collection Hot Topic

So, you love Orphan Black, and you’ve already snatched up the Funko Smart POP figurines of the Clone Club to join you in your season 3 viewing party. And you know without thinking about it which clone you are, right? (Helena when you’re on a sugar high, Alison when you’re feeling crafty.) Well, here’s your chance to dress up as any and all of Project Leda’s offspring.

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Tue
Mar 24 2015 4:00pm

SFWA’s Humble Bundle Provides Tons of Post-Apocalyptic Reading Material

Humble Bundle post apocalypse

Not only is the new Humble Bundle post-apocalypse-themed, but it’s also the organization’s first mixed-media bundle. You know, in case we wind up in a Fahrenheit 451-esque future and need different media through which to remember our favorite stories. The Humble Post-Apocalyptic Bundle includes books, graphic novels, magazines, an audiobook, and a game.

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Tue
Mar 24 2015 3:00pm

Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: “Mudd’s Women”

Star Trek, Mudd's Women“Mudd’s Women”
Written by Gene Roddenberry and Stephen Kandel
Directed by Harvey Hart
Season 1, Episode 3
Production episode 6149-04
Original air date: October 13, 1966
Stardate: 1329.8

Captain’s log: The Enterprise is pursuing an unidentified Class-J cargo ship. The cargo ship is pushing its engines to the limit in its running-away strategy, and refusing to communicate. When the ship’s engines finally overheat, it’s adrift in an asteroid field. Kirk orders Lieutenant John Farrell to extend the deflectors around the cargo ship, but that starts to mess with the Enterprise’s engines. Scotty and Spock try to beam the crew aboard by locking onto their distress signal—but by the time they complete the transport, the Enterprise has burned out all its lithium crystals but one, and the last one has a hairline fracture.

Scotty beams aboard the shipmaster, a piratical looking chap—seriously, he’s got the floppy hat, the handlebar mustache, the poofy shirt, big belt, earring—who speaks with a comedy Irish accent and identifies himself as Leo Walsh. The only other crew on board are three hot babes—two blondes and a brunette—whose very presence turns Scotty and McCoy into drooling idiots, and also turns the camera settings to soft-focus.

[Take it! It’s not a cheat!]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 2:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Thor Loooves Yogurt

Avengers Nine-Nine illustratedkate Tumblr

Brooklyn Nine-Nine is already one of our favorite non-genre TV shows, but then Tumblr user illustratedkate had to go and make it even better by Avengers-izing the opening credits. Of course Tony has an Iron Man action figure, and Natasha gets cranky about technology on the fritz, but the best is Clint Barton dancing around with his cell phone and a doofy grin. We need this crossover parody yesterday.

Afternoon Roundup brings you Russo brothers domination; Tom Felton meeting Harry Potter superfans; and every argument ever made about Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

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Tue
Mar 24 2015 2:30pm

When the Heavens Fall Sweepstakes!

Marc Turner’s debut epic fantasy novel, When the Heavens Fall, arrives from Tor Books on May 19th, and we want to send you a copy right now!

If you pick a fight with Shroud, Lord of the Dead, you had better ensure your victory, else death will mark only the beginning of your suffering.

A book giving its wielder power over the dead has been stolen from a fellowship of mages that has kept the powerful relic dormant for centuries. The thief, a crafty, power-hungry necromancer, intends to use the Book of Lost Souls to resurrect an ancient race and challenge Shroud for dominion of the underworld.

Check for the rules below!

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Tue
Mar 24 2015 2:00pm
Excerpt

The Grace of Kings (Excerpt)

The Grace of Kings excerpt Ken Liu Two men rebel together against tyranny—and then become rivals—in The Grace of Kings, the first sweeping book of an epic fantasy series from Ken Liu, available April 7th from Saga Press.

Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, and shapeshifting gods.

Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they each find themselves the leader of separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.

[Read an Excerpt]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 1:30pm

Empowering, Tear-Forming Graphic Novel I Kill Giants Finally Coming to the Big Screen

I Kill Giants

I was on an overnight flight when I first read I Kill Giants, a young adult graphic novel written by Joe Kelly and drawn by J.M. Ken Niimura, and while a long flight can bring out high levels of emotion, you don’t expect one of those emotions to be a surprising relief at being made suddenly, overwhelmingly sad. I Kill Giants moves at one thousand miles an hour even as its heroine remains stuck at a perfect standstill. It deals with maturation, self-image, grief, fantasy, and imagination all wrapped up in a tremendous bundle that seems far too large for a child to deal with but is nevertheless realistic. It’s also intensely visual, and I’m happy to see that it’s finally being brought to the big screen by Christopher Colombus and Treehouse Pictures.

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Tue
Mar 24 2015 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 23

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux is go!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 42 and 43 of The Eye of the World, originally reread in this post.

All original posts are listed in The Wheel of Time Reread Index here, and all Redux posts will also be archived there as well. (The Wheel of Time Master Index, as always, is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general on Tor.com.)

The Wheel of Time Reread is also available as an e-book series! Yay!

All Reread Redux posts will contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series, so if you haven’t read, read at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[DREAMSHARD!]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 12:00pm

BookCon is Excited to Announce an Evil SFF Panel!

Darth Vader

It’s a question philosophers have been asking since philosophizing became a thing: why does evil exist? And maybe more importantly, why do humans seem to love a good villain so much? Later this spring, BookCon plans to get us one step closer to answering these questions with a panel featuring some of our favorite authors!

[Full panel details below!]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 12:00pm

Buffy Meets the Mythos? “The Horror in the Museum”

The Horror in the Museum Lovecraft

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 Horror in the Museum,” written in October 1932 with Hazel Heald, and first published in the July 1933 issue of Weird Tales. You can read it here. Spoilers ahead.

[“Even in the light of his torch he could not help suspecting a slight, furtive trembling on the part of the canvas partition screening off the terrible “Adults only” alcove.”]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: Marie Brennan Answers Six Questions

Sleeps With Monsters Marie Brennan InterviewTo celebrate the release of Marie Brennan’s Voyage of the Basilisk next week, please enjoy this Sleeps With Monsters encore post, originally published March 26, 2013.

Today we’re joined by Marie Brennan, who’s kindly agreed to answer some of my importunate questions. Some of you, no doubt, are already familiar with her work: her first two novels, Warrior and Witch; her four-book Onyx Court series of historical fantasy out of Tor (Midnight Never Come, In Ashes Lies, A Star Shall Fall, and With Fate Conspire), and her Lies and Prophecy from the Book View Café.

Most recently, her A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir of Lady Trent has hit the shelves. If you haven’t read it already, you should all go read it as soon as you can.

[And now, some questions are answered!]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 10:49am

Martin Scorsese to Adapt Kenneth Branagh’s Take on Macbeth for the Big Screen

Macbeth movie Kenneth Branagh Martin Scorsese

What great timing! While we’re reading Shakespeare on Tor.com, yet another adaptation is in the works.

In early February, several outlets reported that Martin Scorsese was considering taking his first leap into Shakespearean lore, intrigued as he was by Kenneth Branagh’s 2013 production of Macbeth at the Manchester International Festival. Now, Branagh has confirmed that Scorsese will indeed direct the film adaptation.

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Tue
Mar 24 2015 10:00am

Protecting What You Love: On the Difference Between Criticism, Rage, and Vilification

J.J. Abrams, Star Trek

Criticism is part of how fandom functions. But there is a substantial difference between thoughtful discussion and hyper-fueled teeth-gnashing destructor mode. And when that sort of festering anger gets leveled at people over making a lukewarm piece of continuity? It’s ugly.

And it’s not what fandom is about.

[But! Lens flare!]