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Oct 17 2014 1:52pm

Congratulations to the storySouth Million Writers Award Nominees!

storySouth nominees

The 2014 storySouth Million Writers Award nominees have been announced, and we're pleased that the stories “A Rumor of Angels” by Dale Bailey, “A Window or a Small Box” by Jedediah Berry, “Burning Girls” by Veronica Schanoes, “Jack of Coins” by Christopher Rowe, and “Rag and Bone” by Priya Sharma have all been nominated!

storySouth, an online journal founded in 2001, publishes Southern fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Past winners of the Million Writers Award include Richard Bowes and Catherynne M. Valente, and in 2012, storySouth published an anthology of their SFF publications, Million Writers Award: The Best Online Science Fiction and Fantasy.

You can find links to all the nominated stories here. Happy reading, and congratulations to all the nominees!

Oct 17 2014 1:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Before They Are Hanged: “Cold Comfort” and “The High Places”

Before They Are Hanged Joe Abercrombie rereadOnce Joe Abercrombie decided it was time for the sex he didn’t bandy about. He jumped right in. We saw this last week with the most deliciously awkward sex scene I’ve ever read. Naturally, once wasn’t enough, and this week’s chapters give us a sex scene each! It’s like we’re living in Van Nuys.

Where Logen and Ferro had their moment in private, the scenes this week are voyeuristic. Does that change things?

[Let’s find out...]

Oct 17 2014 12:07pm

For the Love of Those Above

She Who Waits Daniel Polansky

Over the course of the brillaint Low Town trilogy, which came to a suitably brutal conclusion in She Who Waits twelve months or so ago, I dare say Daniel Polansky established himself as one of the greats of grimdark.

Project Polansky has been paving the way for his next novel for some time. To wit, we’ve known its name for a bit: Those Above is the first half of The Empty Throne, an epic fantasy duology about race hatred.

“In a mountain stronghold amidst objects and architecture of great beauty and craftsmanship [lives] a sort of super-human elvish race,” and then there’s “the humans themselves, a subjugated race who live on the lower slopes of the mountain. Twenty-five years before [Those Above begins], the humans rose up against the Others, and were defeated. A single man, Bas, defeated one of the Others in combat, and took the sword of his foe as a trophy.”

That same sword plays a central part in the “truly iconic cover” released this week.

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Oct 17 2014 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: The Crippled God, Chapter Twenty-three (Part Three)

Malazan Crippled God rereadWelcome 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 readers. In this article, we’ll cover part three of chapter twenty-three 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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Oct 17 2014 11:46am

MST3K Alums Return to Space!

Paul Feig is sort of becoming our favorite person. Not only is he potentially expanding the Ghostbusters universe with a female-centric reboot, but now he’s creating a space comedy with his veteran Freak and Geeks co-stars, Joel Hodgson and Trace Beaulieu! Oh, they also starred on a different space comedy together once, too...

[We might have discussed it on this site once or twice before.]

Oct 16 2014 11:24am

They’re Sending Thor to Kill the White Whale!

Chris Hemsworth In the Heart of the Sea Moby Dick

When Chris Hemsworth isn’t daring the other Avengers to try and lift his hammer, he’s racing fast cars and shouting into the stormy waves at the white whale. To be clear, he’s not playing Captain Ahab in his new movie In the Heart of the Sea, but we are talking about the white whale.

[Watch the first trailer]

Oct 17 2014 11:00am

Under the Radar: Sultana’s Dream

Sultana's Dream Rokeya Sekhawat Hossain

There are a few texts that come up again and again in discussions of early feminist utopian fiction—Man’s Rights by Annie Denton Cridge from 1870, Mizora, by Mary E Bradley Lane from 1880-81, Arqtiq by Anna Adolph from 1899 and perhaps most famously, Charlotte Gilman’s Herland from 1905.

But these were all stories from the western world, stories that were part of a surge of utopian fiction written by women leading up to the women’s Suffrage movement of the early twentieth century. But what of the east? What of the countries that were not just weighed down by patriarchy, but colonialism as well? Did any of them create any important feminist narratives?

[As it happens, they did.]

Oct 17 2014 10:30am

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Reread Sweepstakes!

Want to jump into our Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell reread? Here's your chance! We've got twenty brand-new, paperback copies so that you can follow along and discuss Kate Nepveu's analysis of the book in anticipation of the forthcoming BBC adaptation.

We'll get your books out to you right away, so you’ll have plenty of time to catch up on Part 1 and Part 2 of the reread!

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Oct 17 2014 10:00am

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell Reread: Part 2

Hello, everyone! Welcome back to the reread of Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell. You can find the full schedule for the reread in the introduction post; catch up on past posts at the reread index; or check out’s other posts about this book through its tag.

Please note that reread posts will contain spoilers for all of JS&MN plus The Ladies of Grace Adieu. There’s accordingly no need to warn for spoilers in the comments—and comments are highly encouraged.

This week, the reread covers chapters 5 to 10, in which we meet Sir Walter Pole, Miss Emma Wintertowne, and the gentleman with the thistle-down hair.

[“It has been remarked (by a lady infinitely cleverer than the present author) how kindly disposed the world in general feels to young people who either die or marry.”]

Oct 17 2014 9:00am

The Bloody Books of Halloween: The October Country by Ray Bradbury

The October Country Ray Bradbury

Grady Hendrix, author of Horrorstör, and Will Errickson of Too Much Horror Fiction are digging deep inside the Jack o’Lantern of Literature to discover the best (and worst) horror paperbacks. Are you strong enough to read THE BLOODY BOOKS OF HALLOWEEN???

Isn’t autumn the most nostalgic, the most contemplative of seasons? Something about the cooling weather and changing leaves, as well as the nearing of year’s end, causes one’s mind to look back. When I lived in the South I was often disappointed by the brief fall season, and found myself aching to recapture the excitement of awaiting Halloween.

To what could I turn to give myself a feeling of autumn? What could provide the scent of burning leaves, apple cider, pumpkin spice, the early darks and the bone-white moons, the chilled air that nuzzles your neck, the growing thrill of the arrival of All Hallow’s Eve and the macabre treats upon which to feast...? You guessed it: this collection of poisoned confections entitled The October Country.

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Oct 17 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: We’re With You ’Til the End of the Line... or at Least Until Labor Day

Not to be nitpicky, but isn’t this guy more of a Spring Break Soldier? Whatever, we’re just happy to see that coming to America and getting at least some of his memory back is helping the former Winter Soldier to loosen up a little. Maybe next he’ll hit his awesome ’90s hair with some Sun In?

Morning Roundup brings you some more fabulous cosplay, the latest news about DC’s Suicide Squad, and an update on the culture wars! Um, yay?

[Plus, believe it or not, Luke Skywalker’s walkin’ on air! As his name would suggest.]

Oct 17 2014 7:00am

L’Esprit d’Escalier: A Tribute to Robert Jordan on his Birthday

Robert Jordan Art by David A. JohnsonWhen asked me to write up a thing celebrating what would have been the 66th birthday of Robert Jordan, I was initially at something of a loss. Firstly, because I’ve been writing about Mr. Jordan and his works for approximately a million years now (okay, or five, whatever), and I thought to myself, what could I possibly say about him that I haven’t said already? And secondly, I thought, surely everyone already knows about this man and who he was and what he’s done, right?

But then I remembered that hey, guess what, everyone in the world is not me! (Shocking!) And ergo, there may be people out there who don’t know about Mr. James Oliver Rigney, Jr., and what an amazing person he was, and how many amazing things he did in his life even aside from writing one of the most popular and beloved fantasy series of all time.

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Oct 16 2014 4:30pm

The Wilds Sweepstakes!

We gave you a sneak peek at one of the stories in Julia Elliott’s debut collection, The Wilds, and now we want to send you one of our five copies of the book from Tin House! In these genre-bending stories, teetering between the ridiculous and the sublime, Elliott’s language-driven fiction uses outlandish tropes to capture poignant moments in her humble characters’ lives. Without abandoning the tenets of classic storytelling, Elliott revels in lush lyricism, dark humor, and experimental play.

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Oct 16 2014 4:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Sarah Pinborough

Sarah Pinborough pop quiz interviewWelcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Sarah Pinborough, a critically acclaimed horror, thriller and YA author. She has written for New Tricks on the BBC and has an original horror film in development. Sarah was the 2009 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story, and has three times been short-listed for Best Novel. She has also been short-listed for a World Fantasy Award. Her 2013 novel Poison, a modern retelling of Snow White, will be released in the US by Titan Books on November 18th.

Join us to get Sarah’s unique take on duels to the death...

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Oct 16 2014 3:05pm

See Alexander Siddig as Game of Thrones’ Prince Doran, and the Surprising Change to the Book Storyline

Alexander Siddig Prince Doran

Winter is Coming has rustled up some set pics from the currently-filming fifth season of Game of Thrones, and they include our first long, long, maybe a little too long, look at Alexander “Dr. Bashir” Siddig as Prince Doran, along with other Dorne characters and set pieces.

The pics also include a VERY surprising character showing up in Dorne, in a marked departure from the A Feast For Crows storyline. Spoilers at the bottom of the post. (Don’t worry, we’ll mark it again so you’re not accidentally spoiled.)

[Dorne in season 5 of Game of Thrones]

Oct 16 2014 3:00pm

Witchcraft and Maggots: An Enemy at Green Knowe

An Enemy at Green Knowe LM BostonAll old houses, over time, gather some sort of magic, and none more so than Green Knowe, that old house, founded in Norman times, that turned into a refuge for ghosts, time travelers and gorillas alike.

This naturally makes it of great interest to those with an interest in magic—even if they might not be the sorts to use magic properly. Or honestly. Especially since Green Knowe has sheltered an evil magician before this, something that attracts the attention of An Enemy at Green Knowe.

[Gorilla ghost to the rescue!]

Oct 16 2014 2:19pm

Palpatine’s Newly Revealed First Name is More Appropriate Than You Think

Palpatine first name

Star Wars: Tarkin, the next novel in the news series of canonical Star Wars universe novels coming from Del Rey, has a casual surprise for its readers: the revelation of Emperor Palpatine’s first name.

It’s a reveal that makes you pause for a second. Don’t we already know his first name? Surely that got slipped in somewhere, in a deleted scene or an EU novel or on the back of some toy packaging. Is this really the first we’re hearing of it, more than 30 years after the character showed up?

Apparently so, according to Wookieepedia. Ladies and gentlemen and Jedi and death stick enthusiasts, say hello to Sheev Palpatine. He’ll be oppressing you for the next few decades.

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Oct 16 2014 2:00pm

Gaming Roundup: Dare to Survive The Evil Within

Legendary survival horror developer and creator Shinji Mikami made his return to the gaming world as his latest endeavor, The Evil Within, launched worldwide this week. Mikami, best known for his creation of the Resident Evil franchise and his work on Dino Crisis, was last heard from in 2011 when the underrated Shadows of the Damned released. Since then, he has been hard at work on returning to the roots of survival horror, the genre that made him a legend. How did he fare with The Evil Within?

[“What do you fear, little one?”]

Oct 16 2014 1:30pm

Now You Can Wear Phèdre’s Marque With RockLove’s Kushiel’s Dart Jewelry

Kushiel's Dart Phedre marque necklace RockLove jewelry Jacqueline Carey

Clearly, RockLove Jewelry is taking over all of your favorite fandoms. A week after debuting their Star Trek collection at New York Comic-Con, RockLove announced an exciting collaboration with Kushiel’s Legacy author Jacqueline Carey: the Phèdre’s Marque Necklace, depicting her iconic roses-and-thorns marque.

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Oct 16 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: “The Mystery Knight” Part 1

George R R Martin Song of Ice and Fire Mystery Knight Dunk & EggWelcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 1 of “The Mystery Knight: A Tale of the Seven Kingdoms,” which originally appeared in the anthology Warriors, edited by George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois.

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[I was going to say “Alexander McQueen” but wasn’t sure if non-fashionistas would get the reference. Not that I am a fashionista, really really really not, actually, but, you know. Right. Yeah, just click the link, I clearly got nothing.]