The Hell of It February 25, 2015 The Hell of It Peter Orullian What will he wager? Schrödinger’s Gun February 18, 2015 Schrödinger’s Gun Ray Wood Maybe in some other timeline it would have gone smooth. Acrobatic Duality February 11, 2015 Acrobatic Duality Tamara Vardomskaya The two of her are perfectly synchronized. The Language of Knives February 4, 2015 The Language of Knives Haralambi Markov They share the rites of death, and grief.
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February 26, 2015
Introducing the Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch
Keith DeCandido
February 23, 2015
Oh No, She Didn’t: The Strong Female Character, Deconstructed
Ilana C. Myer
February 20, 2015
Evil Eighties: The Paperback Horrors of Lisa Tuttle
Grady Hendrix
February 19, 2015
The Pinocchio Factor
Jen Williams
February 17, 2015
The Mummy was the Indiana Jones Successor that We Deserved
Emily Asher-Perrin
Thu
Feb 26 2015 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons, Part 12

Dance with DragonsWelcome 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 12 of A Dance With Dragons, in which we cover Chapter 19 (“Davos”) and Chapter 20 (“Reek”).

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 Tor.com. 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!

[He’s the hairy-handed gent / Who ran amok in Kent]

Thu
Feb 26 2015 12:00pm

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 30

Words of Radiance reread Chapter 28Welcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com! Last week, Alice waded through one of the filthiest sewers of one of the wickedest minds of Roshar. This week, I get to read about pretty eels! Our distribution of labor continues to be, like, INSANE fair.

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. The index for this reread can be found here, and more Stormlight Archive goodies are indexed here. Click on through to join the discussion.

[The fairest in the land]

Thu
Feb 26 2015 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 45: Ferrett Steinmetz and Monica Byrne

Monica Byrne Ferrett Steinmetz

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin is joined by authors Ferrett Steinmetz and Monica Byrne. They talk about their experience at the Clarion Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers’ Workshop in 2008, how genre classifications worry them as writers, and about how alt-sex influences their writing.

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Thu
Feb 26 2015 10:00am

Introducing the Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch

Star Trek Original Series Rewatch

Having spent the last four years of my life doing rewatches of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, I am now turning my attention back to the show that started it all back in 1966: Star Trek. The original, as it were.

“But wasn’t there already one of those?” I hear you cry. And yes, Eugene Myers and Torie Atkinson did an excellent rewatch of the first two seasons, followed by my good buddies Dayton Ward and David Mack doing the third season (as well as “The Cage”). But that was five years ago now (yes, really) and that’s an eternity in Internet time.

[To seek out new life and new civilizations...]

Thu
Feb 26 2015 9:00am

Rich and Strange: “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead” by Brooke Bolander

Lightspeed 57 Hereabouts on Rich and Strange, I like to keep things from getting same-y—odd streak of tiger/beast-lover stories notwithstanding—since part of my project with this column is to broaden my own reading as well as comment on the stuff I like. So I’m delighted to add a no-holds-barred pulp action cuss-fest to the roster with Brooke Bolander’s amazing “And You Shall Know Her by the Trail of Dead,” from this month’s issue of Lightspeed.

Full Disclosure: I’m a columnist for Lightspeed; my first column there will appear next week. Brooke Bolander and I follow each other on Twitter and share a passion for cucumbers so intense that it may well lead to some sort of unexamined bias in her favour.

[Knock that shot back before you get shot in the back]

Thu
Feb 26 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Can Rockets Earn Merit Badges in Rocketeering? Or Is That Cheating?

Rocketeer Merit Badge

DIY is a new educational program that encourages kids to learn new skills on their own. And not just regular skills like building fires or tying knots, or proficiency in archery or bugling—these merit badges, designed by Isaiah Saxon, celebrate things like engineering darkness, creative use of tape, and being a Yeti. But the best, obviously, is the merit badge you get for being a Rocketeer. This is even better than becoming an Eternal Scout. [via Boingboing!]

Morning Roundup brings you a report from the sequel to The LEGO Movie, a ranking of the cinematic oeuvre of one Mr. Tim Burton, and wacky religious art from R. Crumb!

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Wed
Feb 25 2015 4:00pm

Fiction Affliction: Genre-Benders for March

new releases genre MarchTwenty books defy genrification in March, including creepalicious new anthologies edited by Ellen Datlow and Mark Teppo, and new series starts from Carrie Patel (Buried Life), Ian Tregillis (The Alchemy Wars), Alan Smale (Clash of Eagles), and Gail Carriger (The Custard Protocol).

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

[Read about this month’s releases.]

Wed
Feb 25 2015 3:00pm

I Know My Value. Agent Carter: “Valediction”

Agent Carter: Valediction

I’m having a hard time remembering the first 30 minutes or so of the Agent Carter finale “Valediction.” The really gripping stuff, the takedown of Faustus and Dottie and the showdown between Peggy and Captain America’s emotional shadow doesn’t happen until near the end, and until that happens the show isn’t so much about Agent Carter as it is about Agent Carter’s Friend Howard.

How did we get here? Let us re-select the episode on Hulu and part the veil of time.

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Wed
Feb 25 2015 2:00pm

The Great Divide: Our Endless Numbered Days by Claire Fuller

Our Endless Numbered Days Claire Fuller

Kids. They’ll believe almost anything if the “truth” comes from someone they trust. And why wouldn’t they? The world is wide and full of wonders we expect our children to accept without question. In that sense, the thought that a big ol’ bunny rabbit brings them chocolate eggs each Easter isn’t much less credulous than the idea that a thing called gravity keeps them from flying into the sky.

But there’s a big difference between a little white lie told with the best of intentions and the apocalyptic fiction Peggy Hillcoat’s father passes off as a fact at the start of Claire Fuller’s disarmingly dark, if indisputably beautiful debut.

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Wed
Feb 25 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: Channing Tatum Three-Wolf Jupiter is Everything

Channing Tatum three wolf tee shirt Jupiter Ascending

Unfortunately, there’s not much Jupiter Ascending merchandise out there, but we would proudly wear or display this brilliant parody (by fan Stefanie via society6) of the iconic Three-Wolf Moon poster. You can snatch it up in print or tank top form. While you’re at it, read this great piece from The Daily Dot on why Tumblr is Jupiter Ascending’s true fandom.

Afternoon Roundup brings you Godzilla peeking into your hotel room, Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick on your TV, and your first glimpse of more Frozen!

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Wed
Feb 25 2015 1:00pm

Rereading Melanie Rawn: The Star Scroll, Chapters 27 and 28

Melanie Rawn Dragon Prince Star Scroll rereadWelcome to the weekly Wednesday reread of The Star Scroll! This week we have a battle that goes in directions no one expected. Several plot lines come to an end, a number of secrets are finally revealed, and we get a glimpse of what’s likely to happen next.

Chapter 27

So This Happens: Sioned and Rohan tuck Pol into bed and discuss what just happened with Pol and Andry. They don’t like Andry’s reaction to Pol’s interference. There’s going to be conflict. That frightens them.

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Wed
Feb 25 2015 12:30pm

Harrison Squared Sweepstakes!

Harrison Squared by Daryl GregoryWe've given you an excerpt from Daryl Gregory’s Harrison Squared, out on March 24th from Tor Books, and now we want to send you a galley!

Harrison Harrison—H2 to his mom—is a lonely teenager who's been terrified of the water ever since he was a toddler in California, when a huge sea creature capsized their boat, and his father vanished. One of the “sensitives” who are attuned to the supernatural world, Harrison and his mother have just moved to the worst possible place for a boy like him: Dunnsmouth, a Lovecraftian town perched on rocks above the Atlantic.

On Harrison's first day at school, his mother, a marine biologist, disappears at sea. Harrison must attempt to solve the mystery of her accident, which puts him in conflict with a strange church, a knife-wielding killer, and the Deep Ones, fish-human hybrids that live in the bay. It will take all his resources—and an unusual host of allies—to defeat the danger and find his mother.

Check for the rules below!

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Wed
Feb 25 2015 12:15pm

Tor Books Has Chosen the London In Which It Would Prefer to Live

Darker Shade of Magic Tor Books

And in classically individualistic fashion, the Tor Books staff has not chosen just one, but four different Londons to call home. The question was prompted by this week’s release of A Darker Shade of Magic, V.E. Schwab’s newest novel, in which being a magician in London means having access to different types of London.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George and inhabited by the Tor folks in the back middle of the picture. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, where the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire, and where Tor.com’s Creative Director and Associate Publisher Irene Gallo hails from. (She’s the hooded being on the far left.)

[And then there’s the others...]

Wed
Feb 25 2015 12:00pm

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

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 four 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
Feb 25 2015 11:30am

Rocket Talk Episode 44: James L. Sutter and Mordicai Knode

Pathfinder Tales

James L. Sutter, the managing editor at Paizo Publishing, and Mordicai Knode, a National Accounts Coordinator for Macmillian, visit Rocket Talk to discuss the Pathfinder Tales novels and their new arrangement with Tor Books. The conversation looks at the nature of series fiction, how tie-in fiction works (or doesn’t work), and what Pathfinder is all about.

[Listen Now!]

Wed
Feb 25 2015 11:00am

Of Masks and Mary Sues: Kushiel’s Chosen, Part 1

Kushiel's Reread Tor.com Kushiel's Chosen Jacqueline CareyWe’re continuing Kushiel’s Reread with Kushiel’s Chosen, the perennial middle book: It has to recapture the magic of the original, while upping its stakes without getting ludicrous. In many ways, Chosen tracks Phèdre nó Delaunay’s development into a better Servant of Naamah, spy, and peer of the realm. In other ways, the book is the weakest of the trilogy by dint of being a bridge between the naïve girl of Kushiel’s Dart and the worldly woman of Kushiel’s Avatar. But first, let’s find out what happens when Phèdre rededicates herself to serving and spying!

We’re going to get spoilery—because it turns out there is a ton of foreshadowing for later books and trilogies—so feel free to do the same in the comments. As Shemhazai said, all knowledge is worth having. And as he might have said… Reread as thou wilt!

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Wed
Feb 25 2015 10:00am

Pull List: Sex Criminals

Can this whole intro just be the lyrics to “Fat Bottomed Girls”? No? Fine. In that case, let’s talk about sex, baby. Specifically, sex involving bank-robbing, library-saving, relationship-ruining criminals as written by the kind of comics creators who do great work in the mainstream and off-the-wall-awesome work at Image Comics. This is the story of a fledgling relationship, of two young people struggling with the whole “adulthood” thing, of people who can stop time, of sex scientists and sex cops and sex criminals, of the ways we live and love and screw and screw up. So put down that street muffin, brimpers. This is about to get weird.*

*But not that weird. This review is totally SFW. Unless you click the links. So maybe wait to do that until you get home. Ok? Ok.

[“Anyway, so… Freddie Mercury huh?”]

Wed
Feb 25 2015 9:00am
Original Story

The Hell of It

Peter Orullian

Some heroes don't carry blades or go to war. Some heroes are fathers desperately trying not to fail their sons.

Like some other stories published on Tor.com, “The Hell of It” contains scenes and situations some readers will find upsetting and/or repellent. [—The Editors]

 

This novelette was acquired and edited for Tor.com by senior editor Claire Eddy.

[Read “The Hell of It” by Peter Orullian]

Wed
Feb 25 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Where Does Tony Stark Get Those Wonderful Toys?

Tony Stark fixing his Batmobile

Photographer Hrjoe has created some great scenes with his superhero toys, but our favorite has to be getting to see Tony Stark tuning up his awesome Batmobile toy. You can see more of his work here! But a few of these are slightly NSFW, so exercise caution.

Morning Roundup brings you the happy fate of a Batsuit, a farewell to Parks, Recreation, and The Greatest Mini-Horse of All Time, and reading suggestions from SF Signal!

[Plus, the return of an American Hero.]

Tue
Feb 24 2015 5:30pm

The Exile Sweepstakes!

In The Exile by C.T. Adams, Brianna Hai runs an occult shop that sells useless trinkets to tourists—and real magic supplies to witches and warlocks. The magical painting that hangs in Brianna's apartment is the last portal between the fae and human worlds.

A shocking magical assault on her home reveals to Brianna that her father, High King Liu of the Fae, is under attack. With the help of her gargoyle, Pug, her friend David, and Angelo, a police detective who doesn't believe in magic, Brianna recovers what was stolen from her and becomes an unwilling potential heir to the throne.

We want to send you a galley now, so check for the rules below!

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