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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 5:00pm

Bringing Back the Golden Age: An Interview with Adam Christopher and Chuck Wendig

Adam Christopher Chuck Wendig interview The Shield Archie Comics Archie Comics is pairing a new look and new writers with some of their best-known titles in their new Dark Circle superhero imprint. The Black Hood, The Shield, and The Fox are all scheduled for a reboot in early 2015. The Shield in particular is looking at some major changes, including a gender-swapped cast of characters that will introduce a female Shield in “Daughter of the Revolution.” 

Adam Christopher (The Burning Dark, Hang Wire) and Chuck Wendig (The Blue Blazes, Mockingbird) are pooling their experience with novels, film, comics, television, and everything in between to co-write The Shield. They recently answered a few questions about gender, the Golden Age, and the inspiration behind the new series. We’ve got their thoughts, along with a heaping pile of heroism and justice, below the cut! 

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Tue
Jul 22 2014 4:15pm

Supernatural’s 200th Episode Will Feature Meta, Singing, Possibly Dancing

Supernatural, Cas, Sam, Dean

Supernatural is certainly no stranger to the meta narrative, but their 200th episodes (set to air this upcoming season), is going the road of many great shows before it... with song!

[Hear ye, hear ye!]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 4:00pm
Excerpt

The League of Seven (Excerpt)

Alan Gratz

excerpt The League of Seven Alan Gratz In an alternate 1875 America electricity is forbidden, Native Americans and Yankees are united, and eldritch evil lurks in the shadows. Young Archie Dent knows there really are monsters in the world. His parents are members of the Septemberist Society, whose job it is to protect humanity from hideous giants called the Mangleborn. Trapped in underground prisons for a thousand years, the giant monsters have been all but forgotten—but now they are rising again as the steam-driven America of 1875 rediscovers electricity, the lifeblood of the Mangleborn. When his parents and the rest of the Septemberists are brainwashed by one of the evil creatures, Archie must assemble a team of seven young heroes to save the world.

The League of Seven is the first book in an action-packed, steampunk series by the acclaimed author of Samurai Shortstop, Alan Gratz. Check out an excerpt below, and look for it August 19th from Starscape!

[Read an Excerpt]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 3:30pm

Under the Dome: “Revelation”

Under the Dome Revelation

When people are trapped underneath a dome, their thoughts naturally turn to love. This is a show that began with Junior Rennie imprisoning the love of his life in an old bomb shelter and Julia Shumway falling into the strong arms of the man who had just murdered her husband, so romance has always been in the air, but now, after two weeks of enforced isolation, passions have reached a boiling point. This episode of Under the Dome explores the ins and outs of dating when you’re under a dome.

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Tue
Jul 22 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Blaze of Glory”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Blaze of Glory“Blaze of Glory”
Written by Robert Hewitt Wolfe & Ira Steven Behr
Directed by Kim Friedman
Season 5, Episode 23
Production episode 40510-521
Original air date: May 12, 1997
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Nog is over for dinner at the Siskos, where they’re eating squid in a sauce made of pureed tube grubs. (Jake loves it right up until he hears what the sauce is.) Nog is currently on a security rotation, and he’s not happy at how Klingons aren’t taking him seriously, or even acknowledging him.

Martok reports to Sisko with a coded message from the Maquis—a bit of a surprise, since the Maquis were believed to be wiped out by the Dominion after they absorbed Cardassia. The message is for “Michael,” saying the missiles are en route to Cardassia. Martok reveals that the Klingons provided the Maquis with cloaking devices, which they could have used on the missiles themselves. Sisko and Martok fear that such a strike by humans will result in retaliation against the Federation.

[“And that’s when he hit you with the barstool and ran out onto the Promenade screaming ‘We’re all doomed’.” “Some people just don’t react well to stress.”]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 2:30pm

Lloyd Alexander’s Tales of War and Youth

Lloyd Alexander Prydain The Book of Three Long before I fell in love with writing I fell in love with reading. Sometimes, honestly, I feel like I’m cheating on my first love when I settle into my office chair to start work on the latest manuscript. Back in my younger years I read an average of a book a day. That was when I was going to school full time and working a job after school 30 hours or more a week. Even now, years later, there are stories that I remember vividly. Some of them I remember so well and love so deeply that despite never having enough hours in the day I go back and read them again.

One series that I’ve done that with several times is Lloyd Alexander’s The Chronicles of Prydain, including The Book of Three, The Black Cauldron, The Castle of Llyr, Taran Wanderer, and The High King.

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Tue
Jul 22 2014 2:06pm

Will Netflix’s Daredevil Merge Two Different NYCs?

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At the Guardians of the Galaxy premiere red carpet, Daredevil showrunner Steven S. DeKnight dropped some hints for what we could expect of Netflix’s upcoming Marvel series. Though he couldn’t talk specifics, he and the other producers do have a clear idea of what the tone of the series will be.

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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 1:30pm

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 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?

Sleepy Hollow new sherriff

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

Toy Story That Time Forgot special ABC Mike Mignola San Diego Comic-Con poster Woody Tom Hanks Buzz Lightyear Tim Allen Kristen Schaal

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

Guardians of the Galaxy in prison

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

Buffy rewatch wrap up

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.]