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Who Should Play The Magicians?
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July 14, 2014
A Long Overdue Nod to SciFi and Fantasy’s Best Librarians
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For Love or Money (And If You Do It Right, BOTH): Choosing a Career in Art
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Tue
Jul 22 2014 1:30pm

The Shotgun Arcana Sweepstakes!

In the follow-up to his debut novel, The Six Gun Tarot, R.S. Belcher returns to Golgotha, Nevada, a bustling frontier town that has survived more than its share of oddities and strange occurences. But it’s never faced anything quite like this. A grisly relic dating back to the Donner party, and perhaps beyond, is drawing 32 of the most vicious killers known to man toward Golgotha. Sheriff Jon Highfather and the people of his town will be tested as never before, and it’s certain that, if they survive, they will never be the same. 

We have ten galley copies of The Shotgun Arcana that we’d like to share with you before it’s October 7th release date from Tor Books! Check for the rules below! 

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Tue
Jul 22 2014 2:00pm

Short Fiction Spotlight: The Apex Book of World SF 3 (Part 1)

The Apex Book of World SF volume 3 Lavie Tidhar Welcome back to the Short Fiction Spotlight, a space for conversation about recent and not-so-recent short stories. Last week we discussed stories by N. K. Jemisin and Yoon Ha Lee from the most recent issues of Clarkesworld, but in this installment, I thought it might be high time to check out an anthology again. It’s been awhile. So, for the next two Short Fiction Spotlights—since it’s a whole book and all—I want to talk about The Apex Book of World SF 3, edited by Lavie Tidhar.

This is the third in a series of anthologies collecting international speculative fiction, both in translation and published originally in English. For the sake of convenience, I figured I’d divide the reading and discussion into halves—one for each week of coverage. So, this week, I’d like to talk about two stories from the first half of the anthology that stood out to me: “Act of Faith” by Fadzlishah Johanabas and “The City of Silence” by Ma Boyong.

[Onward.]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 1:00pm

The Hugos and The Wheel of Time: A Satisfying End to the Series

The Hugo Awards! The Wheel of Time! I feel like I have talked about this before!

Because I have. I talked about it back when I was advocating for the series to get nominated in the first place, and then I put together a big giant refresher post on it to boot. So this is not virgin territory to me.

However, given that the deadline for this year’s Hugo voting is fast approaching, it is probably meet that I should speak of it again, and talk about why I think the Wheel of Time deserves to win for Best Novel.

Because I think it does. Click the link to see why!

[Warning: Here there be opinions dragons. A Series of them, even]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 12:40pm

Is It Lucy Lawless vs. Agent Coulson For Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2?

Lucy Lawless Agents of SHIELD

It’s always a delight to see Lucy Lawless appear on different genre shows after Xena: Warrior Princess. She pissed us off in all the best ways as D’Anna on Battlestar Galactica; she’s scarily conniving on Spartacus; she tamed the mighty Ron Swanson on Parks & Recreation; and now, she’s joining the cast of ABC and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. for its second season.

But who will she play?

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Tue
Jul 22 2014 12:00pm

Queering SFF: Wilde Stories 2014, Edited by Steve Berman

Wilde Stories 2014 Lethe Press It’s mid-July, and that means it’s time for this year’s edition of Lethe Press’s long-running anthology of the year’s best gay speculative fiction, Wilde Stories. Over the years, I’ve appreciated being able to follow this anthology series (and have reviewed most of the past volumes in this space, if I recall correctly). Wilde Stories reliably introduces me to fresh voices doing interesting things in the world of gay sf, and its sister series Heiresses of Russ has begun to do the same for lesbian speculative stories.

So, of course I like to check up on each new installment and see what’s happening inside. This year’s volume is no exception: in fact, I was possibly extra-intrigued by the fact that none of the contributors for 2014 have appeared in the series before. A whole new slate of names—all writing gay spec-fic—is an interesting change, certainly.

[A review.]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 11:45am

Star Wars: Rebels Extended Trailer Proves That Where There’s a Will, There’s a Jedi

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We were decidedly underwhelmed by the first trailer for Star Wars: Rebels, worrying that the show was way too directed at Disney XD’s kid audience. But now the first extended trailer has dropped, and we’re getting much more of a Clone Wars vibe. You could say that we’re feeling... a new hope about this series.

[Watch the full trailer!]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 11:35am

Sleepy Hollow is Getting a New Sheriff?

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In an interview with the Television Critics Association, Sleepy Hollow producer Mark Goffman, said a new sheriff named Lena Reyes will join the Sleepy P.D. in Season Two! Obviously, Orlando Jones’ character wouldn’t be able to keep his job after the fallout from Season One, but we’re hoping that the former Capt. Irving sticks around in some capacity, because a world without Jones’ Twitter feed and Tumblr presence is not a world worth living in.

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Tue
Jul 22 2014 11:15am

Hellboy Artist Mike Mignola Made a Toy Story Poster

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Toy Story fans, rejoice! Dinosaur fans, rejoice! Because ABC is combining the two for this year’s holiday special, Toy Story That Time Forgot. And here’s the first look at the San Diego Comic-Con poster, designed by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola.

[Click through for the whole poster, synopsis, and guest stars]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry

Sarah McCarry All Our Pretty Songs Sarah McCarry’s All Our Pretty Songs is another member of this year’s James Tiptree Jr. Award Honor List. (I previously wrote about Tiptree honoree The Golem and the Djinni.)  Only a little over two hundred pages long, this is a short, beautiful novel—and one about which I can say very little without spoiling the quiet inevitability of its development and ending.

So if you haven’t read it, and you want to read it pristine and spoiler-free, look away now. (You can read an excerpt from the novel here on Tor.com in the meantime.)

[Spoilers ahead]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 10:00am

What Makes Chinese Science Fiction Chinese?

Xia Jia

Article translated by Ken Liu.

In the summer of 2012, I was on a panel on Chinese science fiction at Chicon 7. One of the attendees asked me and the other Chinese authors: “What makes Chinese science fiction Chinese?”

This is not at all an easy question to answer, and everyone will have a different response. It is true, however, that for the last century or so, “Chinese science fiction” has occupied a rather unique place in the culture and literature of modern China.

Science fiction’s creative inspirations—massive machinery, new modes of transportation, global travel, space exploration—are the fruits of industrialization, urbanization, and globalization, processes with roots in modern capitalism. But when the genre was first introduced via translation to China at the beginning of the twentieth century, it was mostly treated as fantasies and dreams of modernity, material that could be woven into the construction of a “Chinese Dream.”

[What happens when “where are we going?” can no longer be treated as an answered question?]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 9:28am

Extended Guardians of the Galaxy Clip Makes Us Wish We Were Friends With Groot

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We already wished we were friends with Groot anyway, since Vin Diesel seems like he’d be the most fun to hang out with. But this clip has us sold.

[Watch it]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 9:00am

Everything I Learned from the Buffy Rewatch

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Once upon a time, a girl was chosen for a singular destiny, a life of solitary combat, ending, inevitably, in a premature but possibly noble death. She wasn’t the first, and nobody expected her to be the last. She was a dutiful soul, and went to war with the forces of evil, just as fate seemed to require. Then she expanded the fight, redefining her destiny by putting together a group of committed and powerful allies. In the end, she and these followers remade the world.

Vast oversimplification, right?

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Tue
Jul 22 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: The Difference Becomes Pretty Academic Once You’ve Been Swallowed

We found this Bird and Moon comic on I [REDACTED] Love Science! And we do love science, but we’re glad that the scientifically improbable impromptu conference on the differences between “poisonous” and “venomous” allowed the adorable mouse to scamper away, and elude death for a few more minutes. We love science, but we also love anthropomorphized cartoon animals. If that’s wrong, we don’t wanna be right.

Morning Roundup features hidden backstory of some Guardians we’re fond of, an appreciation of Sansa Stark from her #1 fan, and a magical land where beaches are made of LEGO!

[Oh, and we mock a sacred peice of your childhood, probably, depending on when your childhood was.]

Mon
Jul 21 2014 5:00pm

The YA Roundup: Goosebumps to Scare Again

Welcome to the YA Roundup, giving you the inside scoop on bookish news, book deals, new releases and cover reveals for the YA genre!

This week covers the YA musical being penned by David Leviathan, a preview of Jack Black as R.L. Stine in Goosebumps, Stuff YA Readers Say, and more!

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Mon
Jul 21 2014 4:24pm

Dwayne Johnson’s DC Character Is Probably Most Likely Shazam

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Why hasn’t Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson—who’s made a name for himself as an intense action star able to run down bad guys and deliver great quips—ever gotten to play around in the DC Cinematic Universe? Simply because they haven’t found the absolute best role for him, it turns out.

But that’s about to change. On the press tour for his current film Hercules, the man formerly known as The Rock not only confirmed that he’s playing a DC Comics character, but he also dropped a lot of obvious hints that give us a pretty good idea who that is.

[“Just say the word.”]

Mon
Jul 21 2014 4:10pm

Competing J.R.R. Tolkien Biopics Present Different Takes on the Lord of the Rings Author

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What if we were to tell you that there are two J.R.R. Tolkien movies coming to theaters around 2015, and it's not further splitting up the third Hobbit film?

We've already written about the Tolkien origin story (appopriately titled) Tolkien, but now there's a competing biopic that has snagged an Easter 2015 release. Because while Tolkien is about how the author's World War I service influenced his writing, this new contender Tolkien & Lewis delves into religion, and a rivalry that goes even deeper than Gandalf vs. Saruman.

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Mon
Jul 21 2014 4:00pm
Excerpt

The Sovereign Hand (Excerpt)

Paul Gilbert

The Sovereign Hand Paul Gilbert excerpt

Thorn, the gilded capital: bedecked in steam and the dust of convoys bearing riches from all across the earth. From here, wise and ruling hands have ensnared all Aurawn in a great story, a Primacy of Peace. A land where every person—human, gobelin, or drake—can dream, toil hard and succeed.

Of course, not everyone sees things that way. But when Alexa Temperen stands above Crucible Square and denounces the First and all his government for their injustices, the last thing she imagines is that she’ll soon be working for them, as a champion: one of the Sovereign Hand.

Because prophecy has spoken. Evil is stirring, and Alexa is just one of five unlikely heroes chosen to face it. They each have their doubts, and in her darkest moment Alexa still must decide: put pride aside and fight for a government she despises, or turn her back on her calling, leaving millions at the mercy of an unimaginable terror...

The Sovereign Hand is the debut novel from Paul Gilbert, available in August from New Zealand publisher Steam Press.

[Read an Excerpt]

Mon
Jul 21 2014 3:30pm

A Love Letter to Carl Kolchak: The Night Stalker

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Carl Kolchak: Anybody important here today?
Receptionist: No, just a bunch of reporters.

—from “The Energy Eater” episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker

A lot of things contributed to me ultimately being a writer, but one of the most crucial was a guy in a bad suit and straw hat, with a camera and tape recorder slung over his shoulder. Yep, I mean the night stalker himself, Carl Kolchak, played by Darren McGavin.

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Mon
Jul 21 2014 3:05pm

Harry Potter and the Midlife Crises You Didn’t See in J.K. Rowling’s New Story

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A mysterious new scar and Rita Skeeter’s Dumbledore’s Army biography are just the beginning of Harry Potter’s middle-aged woes. Defeating Voldemort and becoming The Boy Who’s Still Living brings with it a certain ennui.

Sure, you can rest on your laurels, but where are the childhood thrills of prophecies and Quidditch matches and the revolving door of Defense Against the Dark Arts professors?

But even the most mundane conflicts are funny, in these faux-book covers dreamed up by someecards.

[Interestingly, there’s no Harry Potter and Having to Give Teddy Lupin “The Talk”]

Mon
Jul 21 2014 3:00pm

US Cover Reveal and Excerpt for Amy McCulloch’s The Oathbreaker’s Shadow

The Oathbreakers Shadow

Two completely different looks. One book.

The Oathbreaker’s Shadow came out in June 2013 in the UK and Canada, but is finally getting its US debut in Feburary 2015 from Flux Books! To give this edition its own unique spin, my publisher has chosen to do something a bit different for my cover. Whereas the UK and Canada went for a character-led cover, with Raim—my protagonist—looking ready for action on the front, the US have gone with something more iconic and more appealing to the crossover market.

[See the full cover and read an excerpt from the novel below!]