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?
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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
Thu
Mar 26 2015 11:05am

New Avengers Line-Up Revealed

All-New All-Different Avengers

This summer, Marvel Comics is merging all of its various realities in a battle royale crossover event known as the Secret Wars, and today the new Avengers line-up that will emerge from that event has leaked (and then promptly officially released).

The new line-up reflects the changes that many of Marvel’s A-list characters have undergone in the past year—from Falcon taking up the mantle of Captain America to the power of Thor being passed on to a (currently) mystery woman—and seizing on the popularity of new characters such as Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man Miles Morales. Assembled, these characters present a bold representation of the Marvel Universe as it stands today.

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Thu
Mar 26 2015 11:00am

Midnight in Karachi Episode 9: Rebecca Levene and Lavie Tidhar

Jews Versus Aliens Zombies

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a bi-weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

This week Midnight in Karachi features the editors of the latest Jurassic London anthologies Jews versus Aliens and Jews versus Zombies. Rebecca Levene and Lavie Tidhar talk about how these anthologies came to be, the line between irreverence and offensiveness, and what’s next for each of them personally. And on Under the Radar, Mahvesh speaks with Bangladeshi writer Saad Hossain about his debut novel Escape from Baghdad, South Asian mythology, jinns, and gonzo literature.

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Thu
Mar 26 2015 10:00am

15 Secrets Hiding in the World of Game of Thrones

Ice Dragon Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is an intense political and character drama brought to life by its fantastic settings and engaging actors, but it’s also chronicling events within a fantasy world that expands in rich detail through author George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire book series. Not all of these details make it into the TV show. (Frankly, not all of these details make it into the books themselves!) But knowing them can make Game of Thrones an even richer television experience.

Here are 15 secrets about Westeros and the characters that will make the show and the books even more incredible.

[15 Secrets Hiding in the World of Game of Thrones]

Thu
Mar 26 2015 9:00am

“Rose” Introduced A New Generation to Doctor Who Ten Years Ago Today

Doctor Who Rose

Ten years ago to the day, Doctor Who returned to television screens. It’s been a wild decade so far, and for many fans, this was where their Whovian journey began. But with a show that evolves so quickly and so often, it can be easy to forget what made the world love Who all over again. For many of us, “Rose” was a gateway into the world of the Doctor and his TARDIS.

And what a gateway it was.

[“That is who I am. Now forget me, Rose Tyler.”]

Thu
Mar 26 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: We Would Never Let Go of These Kitties!

Sinking Titanic Cat Condo

All right, Hollywood Kitty Company, we like the cut of your jib. Taking a historic tragedy/blockbuster Billy Zane-vehicle like Titanic and turning it into a cat toy... well, it’s the sort of thing that makes us love the internet. As you can see, the Sinking Titanic Kitty Condo provides multiple portholes and smokestacks for the cats to climb through, all propped up by a scratching post the kitties can cling to when they leap overboard. You can find more photos of cats on the deck of the Titanic over at Laughing Squid!

Morning Roundup brings news of Jubilee, Star Trek 3, and Mulder & Scully!

[Also, a stellar cover of an interstellar ballad.]

Wed
Mar 25 2015 4:00pm
Excerpt

The Memory Painter (Excerpt)

Gwendolyn Womack

The Memory Painter Bryan Pierce is an internationally famous artist whose paintings have dazzled the world. But there’s a secret to his success: Every canvas is inspired by an unusually vivid dream.

When Bryan awakes, he possesses extraordinary new skills—the ability to speak obscure languages, or an inexplicable genius for chess. All his life, he has wondered if his dreams are recollections, if he is re-experiencing other people’s lives.

A meeting with neurogeneticist Linz Jacobs triggers Bryan’s most powerful dream yet: visions of a team of scientists who, on the verge of discovering a cure for Alzheimer’s, died in a lab explosion decades ago. As Bryan becomes obsessed with the mysterious circumstances surrounding the scientists’ deaths, his dreams begin to reveal what happened at the lab, as well as a deeper mystery that may lead all the way to ancient Egypt...

Gwendolyn Womack’s riveting debut novel The Memory Painter is available April 28th from Picador.

[Preview Chapter One]

Wed
Mar 25 2015 5:02pm

Steven Spielberg to Direct Ready Player One

Steven Spielberg Ready Player One movieAlthough a few months ago Christopher Nolan was rumored to be bringing Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One to the big screen, Deadline reports that Steven Spielberg has attached himself to the adaptation!

It’s very fitting, considering that Spielberg has a lot more ’80s experience, having helmed some of our favorite movies from that era: E.T., Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. (All of which are mentioned in the book!)

The man knows his stuff, which is what we’ll need to see in a production that must combine a bleak, dystopian future characterized by overpopulation and the virtual-reality OASIS, and the nostalgia of War Games, Joust, and other ’80s classics.

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Wed
Mar 25 2015 3:15pm

Cersei Flips Tables and Sansa Crushes on Margaery in The Real Housewives of Westeros

The Real Housewives of Westeros

What if Game of Thrones were on Bravo instead of HBO? For one, all of the women (and a few catty men) of Westeros would fight over the Iron Throne—and there would be so many banquet fights that the Red Wedding would look like amateur hour.

“No one even likes each other, but they’re only there because there’s only a few women in Westeros, and they have to rally together, but they hate each other secretly,” Sophie Turner explains in the beginning of her pitch for The Real Housewives of Westeros. It’s part of Vanity Fair’s Improv Imagination series, in which they let celebrities run wild with their stream-of-consciousness imaginings, and then illustrate their ramblings.

[“Winter may be coming, but I’m hella hot”]

Wed
Mar 25 2015 2:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: The Fall of Sauron Dance Party Derails the MTA

Fall of Sauron dance party fake MTA posters Puck Works

New York City’s MTA, which runs the subway system, has had its share of bad press lately, with winter delays and fare hikes. However, celebrating the Fall of the Dark Lord Sauron is one delay we would gladly endure, if it meant we got to attend the Book Festival in Minas Morgul and the Costume Dance Party in the Crack of Doom! ...Wait, how will we get there? (Hat-tip to Gothamist for spotting these posters around NYC.)

Afternoon Roundup brings you a memoir on the first season of Lost; the first look at Lex Luthor; and a triumph for geeks and inclusion.

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Wed
Mar 25 2015 1:45pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Orb Sceptre Throne, Chapter Ten

Ian C Esslemont Orb Sceptre Throne Malazan rereadWelcome back 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 ten of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Orb Sceptre Throne.

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
Mar 25 2015 1:00pm

Rereading Melanie Rawn: Sunrunner’s Fire, Chapters 3 and 4

Sunrunner's Fire rereadWelcome to the weekly Wednesday reread of Melanie Rawn’s Sunrunner’s Fire! This week we continue the summary and exposition, and various characters shift around and move into place. Lines of conflict, long since drawn, are etched in deeper.

Chapter 3
722: Skybowl

So This Happens: Riyan and Sorin discuss the rebuilding of Feruche. Miyon has been seriously foot-dragging in repaying his debt to Sioned, and Sorin has been facing numerous challenges. The conversation moves on to family matters, including the fact that Sionell (and Pol) is growing up.

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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.

[Read “Dog” by Bruce McAllister]

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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