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Change is in the Air on The Legend of Korra!
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Wed
Jul 9 2014 10:58pm

Announcing the 2014 World Fantasy Nominees

The finalists for the 2014 World Fantasy Awards have been announced. This year’s judges are Andy Duncan, Kij Johnson, Oliver Johnson, John Klima,  and Liz Williams. Winners will be announced at the 2014 World Fantasy Convention held in Washington DC in November.  

Congratulations to all the nominees!

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Wed
Jul 9 2014 5:20pm

“I Volunteer as Tribute!”: Stuff YA Readers Say

Stuff YA Readers Say

Remember the “Shit [People] Say” viral video phenomenon of 2011? The original “Shit Girls Say” spawned “Shit Yogis Say,” “Shit Hipsters Say,” “Shit New Yorkers Say,” and basically a tongue-in-cheek, in-the-know video for every niche group.

Except for bookworms! Thankfully, Scholastic’s YA-championing online community This Is Teen has resurrected the meme with their new video, “Stuff YA Readers Say.” And they’ve got our number.

[Give it a look]

Wed
Jul 9 2014 5:00pm

The Last Last Policeman: Ben H. Winters’ World Of Trouble

World of Trouble The Last Policeman Ben H Winters reviewOurs is not the first generation to dream that it is the last generation. In some ways, you could say that the world has been looking forward to the end since the beginning. The end of things—the end of everything—has been foretold in most major religions, and around the world, throughout history, cults have sprung up and flourished and died based solely around some vision of apocalypse. There is nothing new about the end of the world.

And yet, doesn’t it feel as if we’re living in an age obsessed with End Time visions? Is it the aftermath of 9/11—the lingering trauma of seeing skyscrapers plummet to the earth? Was it the panic that followed, all those dark warnings about mushroom clouds over cities? Is it the ongoing wars in the Middle East, the land that gave us so much of our apocalyptic literature? Or is it the simple scientific fact—often discussed but seldom confronted—that we are poisoning our planet as fast as we can? Whatever the causes, contemporary American culture has produced a glut of doomsday images—so many now that global destruction is essentially the subject of most blockbusters these days. It’s as if we’re all waiting for the worst to happen.

[Maybe that’s why we need Hank Palace.]

Wed
Jul 9 2014 4:00pm
Excerpt

Mortal Danger (Excerpt)

Mortal Sanger Ann Aguirre excerpt

Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget.

In one short summer, her entire life changes and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly bad things are happening. It’s a head rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly…

amazon buy link Mortal Danger Ann Aguire’s Mortal Danger is the first book in the Immortal Game series. Check out an excerpt below, and get your copy August 5th from Feiwel & Friends!

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Wed
Jul 9 2014 3:45pm

Isaac Asimov’s Predictions for the Future Respond to Tyra Banks’ Predictions for the Future

In a recent editorial in the Wall Street Journal Tyra Banks made 10 predictions about what the future will hold.

Granted, she was speaking in regards to how we will perceive beauty and how it will be achieved in The Future A.D. but I couldn’t help but be reminded of another famous prognosticator and his vision of the year 2014 as relayed from the 1964 World’s Fair. Both Banks and Asimov’s lists stem from a healthy diet of science fiction, knowingly or not, and extrapolate current technologies and societal norms while adding a dash of imagination and a peppering of insanity. Don’t believe me? Behold the comparison.

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Wed
Jul 9 2014 3:30pm

The Laundry Files Sweepstakes!

If the three Tor.com originals from Charles Stross’ Laundry Files weren’t enough to keep you sated, you’re in luck—The Rhesus Chart is the fifth Laundry novel and it’s out now from Ace! Bob Howard’s job as newly appointed junior manager is about to get a lot more complicated. There’s a vampiric virus, bureaucratic red tape, an underlying conspiracy between monsters and men, and his work week is only getting started. 

We want to send one winner a Laundry Files prize pack that includes The Rhesus Chart, The Atrocity Archives, The Jennifer Morgue, The Fuller Memorandum, and The Apocalypse Codex

Comment below to enter!

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Wed
Jul 9 2014 3:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Paul Di Filippo

Paul Di FilippoWelcome 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!

Joining us today is prolific science fiction, fantasy, and horror writer Paul Di Filippo. Di Filippo has multiple collections to his credit, including The Emperor of Gondwanaland and Other Stories, Fractal Paisleys, Lost Pages, and many more. His latest collection, The Steampunk Trilogy, is available now from Open Road Media. Di Filippo has written a number of novels as well, including Joe’s Liver and Spondulix: A Romance of Hoboken.

We think Paul may have invented a kind of gross sandwich, but he swears we’ll love it...

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Wed
Jul 9 2014 2:00pm

SciFi in the Motor City: An Interview with the Committee of Detcon1

For SF/F fans who can’t make it out to London for Worldcon this summer, there is another event to put on your roster: Detcon1, this year’s North American Science Fiction Convention (NASFiC), happening in about two weeks in Detroit, Michigan. Recently, I’ve had the pleasure of talking to several of their committee members about what to expect at the convention, and more. Special kudos to Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad, member of Detcon1’s Diversity Advisory Board, for his help in arranging this chat.

 

[Rev up your engines and head down to Detroit, July 17-20]

Wed
Jul 9 2014 1:45pm

We Now Interrupt Your Next Mockingjay Teaser With a Message From District 13

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay teaser trailer Johanna Mason Jena Malone President Snow Peeta Mellark Jeffrey Wright Beetee District 13 transmission mockingjay Katniss Everdeen

In case you were thinking that eerie shot of President Snow and Peeta from the first The Hunger Games: Mockingjay teaser was looking a bit unbalanced, you were right. Find out who else is meant to be flanking Snow in the next chilling Capitol address, this time about unity. But that’s not the most exciting thing about the video!

[“Now, more than ever, Panem is speaking with one voice...”]

Wed
Jul 9 2014 1:00pm

“A Contract Requires Payment, or it Doesn’t Take.” Max Gladstone’s Full Fathom Five

Full Fathom Five review Max Gladstone Full Fathom Five is Max Gladstone’s third novel, after 2013’s Two Serpents Rise and 2012’s Three Parts Dead. This might be his third novel in as many years, but one could be forgiven for believing Gladstone had an entire previous career writing books under another name: Full Fathom Five reads like the work of a mature writer, one in full control of his craft and style. Not only that, but a writer conscious of his thematic arguments, and actively involved in a conversation with the fantasy genre.

[Spoilers be mild ones]

Wed
Jul 9 2014 12:55pm

George R. R. Martin to People Who Say He’ll Die Soon: “#$%@ You”

George R. R. Martin fuck you

A Song of Ice and Fire series author George R. R. Martin just laid it out during a recent interview to Swiss daily newspaper Tages-Anzeiger. When asked about how he felt in response to readers claiming that Martin will die before he ever finishes the book series:

I find that question pretty offensive. So...“fuck you” to those people.

With accompanying hand gesture, of course. And somewhere, Neil Gaiman shook his head to himself, muttering “I told them. I told them,” before stepping between worlds for a tea break.

You can watch GRRM’s response here.

Never forget.

[via Vulture]

Wed
Jul 9 2014 12:15pm

Jane Austen Looks Exactly Like Modern Day Regency Author Mary Robinette Kowal

Jane Austen Mary Robinette Kowal

After an extensive period of research, utilizing forensics, eyewitness accounts, and the expertise of a period costume designer, the Jane Austen Centre in Bath has determined what Austen really looked like during her life in the 18th century.

At which point we replied um, no, that’s Tor Books author Mary Robinette Kowal, puppeteer, Pat Rothfuss impersonator, and...regency author.

Hm.

Can someone please give Mary a call and check to see if the Weeping Angels got her? The Doctor does make secret cameos in her regency books kind of a lot....

Wed
Jul 9 2014 12:10pm

This Video Almost Convinces Us that American Doctor Who Actually Happened

American Doctor Who video Sam Rockwell Jeff Goldblum Gene Wilder Tony Shalhoub Donald Glover Nicolas Cage

Remember that awesome BuzzFeed article that laid out an almost-perfect alternate history of American Doctor Who? With Gene Wilder, Nicolas Cage, Sam Rockwell, and Jeff Goldblum (yesss) traveling through time and space as various incarnations of the Doctor?

Well, if BuzzFeed’s arguments weren’t enough to convince you, now savvy YouTuber Sam Vestey has cut together an actual reel of all of the Yankee Doctors. It’s like we’re reliving a half-century of this American television classic!

[Pinstriped suits, doubles, and darkest timelines!]

Wed
Jul 9 2014 12:00pm

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

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 two 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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Wed
Jul 9 2014 11:40am

Battling the Embuggerance

Discworld Con British Genre Fiction Focus Terry Pratchett

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus, Tor.com’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

Sometimes the news is good. In addition to informing folks about facts, it can inspire, entertain and engage us. Equally, of course, it can cause frustration, anger, sadness and so on. This week in the British Genre Fiction Focus, we walk the line—between an inescapably upsetting story about Sir Terry Pratchett’s early-onset Alzheimer’s and several exciting items, not least news of Adam Nevill’s imminent next novel and a new Harry Potter short by J. K. Rowling.

[Wait, you what?!]

Wed
Jul 9 2014 11:30am

The Apex Book of World SF 3 Sweepstakes!

Out now from Apex Publications, the The Apex Book of World SF 3 has gathered the best SF&F from Gambia, China, Mexico, Malaysia and all over the globe. Editor Lavie Tidhar has included stories that run the gamut from science fiction to horror to fantasy, and each of these authors showcases the diversity and vitality of their field. 

We want to broaden your horizons by sharing three copies now! Comment in the post to enter! 

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Wed
Jul 9 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 17: Hugo-Nominated Short Stories

Rocket Talk

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin is joined by bloggers Natalie Luhrs and Jenny Thurman to hash out the Hugo Award ballot for short stories. For reference purposes, those stories include:

The three argue over which story is best and then declare their winners at the end! Some jokes are made. Some serious stuff is discussed.

[Listen here!]

Wed
Jul 9 2014 10:00am

Under the Dome: “Infestation”

Under the Dome Infestation

Millions of people are still watching Under the Dome and scientists are baffled. Studies show that since UtD began last summer America has become smellier and 81% of forest animals now hate their bodies. So why do we continue to tune in? This week I had a revelation: UtD is not just a subpar television drama featuring cliché-ridden dialogue, cardboard characters, bad acting, bland camerawork, and poor writing. UtD is educational television and it is here to teach us lessons. As Big Jim says when he reveals that he’s cleaning out the feral pigs and reopening the high school with Rebecca Pine, high school science teacher, “She’s going to teach us things that matter!”

[And so is UtD.]

Wed
Jul 9 2014 9:30am

Visit Tor Books at San Diego Comic Con 2014!

Tor Books has just released its line-up for this year’s San Diego Comic Con International, including authors John Scalzi, Greg van Eekhout, debut author Ben Tripp, and panels on everything from the importance of fairy tales to 101 ways to kill a man!

You’ll find all the giveaways, signings, and other excitement at Tor Books’ Booth 2707. And don’t forget to follow Tor Books on Twitter for up-to-date information and flash giveaways!

Check below for the full schedule—we can’t wait to see you in San Diego!

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Wed
Jul 9 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Tiny Batman Fights for Tiny Justice, Your Happiness

tiny happy batman

Artist Red Scharlach decided to go off-canon with this “Tiny Happy Batman,” and we're glad she did. Imagine what a happy-go-lucky place Gotham could be, if this was the face of its greatest citizen crimefighter? 

Morning Roundup brings you behind-the-scenes shenanigans with the Guardians of the Galaxy, a rumination on Community's role in entertainment history, and an honestly terrifying report on the lives of writers in the UK. 

[But on a lighter note: GOATS!!!!]