The Shape of My Name March 4, 2015 The Shape of My Name Nino Cipri How far can you travel to claim yourself? 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.
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March 4, 2015
Writing Women Characters as Human Beings
Kate Elliott
March 2, 2015
A Ranking of 1980s Fantasy That Would Please Crom Himself!
Leah Schnelbach
February 27, 2015
Goodbye, Mr. Nimoy — What Spock Meant to One Geeky 12-Year-Old Girl
Emily Asher-Perrin
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
Tue
Mar 3 2015 11:00am

The Coode Street Podcast Episode 222: Forthcoming Books with Locus Magazine’s Liza Trombi

Locus Magazine March 2015 Welcome to The Coode Street Podcast, an informal weekly discussion about science fiction and fantasy featuring award-winning critics and editors Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe. The Coode Street Podcast debuted in 2010 and has been nominated for the Hugo, British Science Fiction, and Aurealis awards.

We are always on the look-out for new and exciting books to read, and always want to know what we should keep an eye out for. For years we’ve relied on Locus’s quarterly Forthcoming Books issues as a guide on what to look for.

One of the very earliest ideas for the Coode Street Podcast was that each month we’d sit down and discuss the newest issue of Locus. That didn’t happen, but hopefully this is the start of a new series where, once every three months, we sit down with Locus Editor-in-Chief Liza Trombi to discuss what’s new and exciting, and what we all should be looking for in the months ahead. Our thanks to Liza for making time to record the podcast. The March issue of Locus is on sale now.

[Listen to Coode Street]

Tue
Mar 3 2015 10:30am

Chicagoland Vampire Series Sweepstakes!

The latest installment in Chloe Neill’s Chicagoland Vampire series, Dark Debt, hits shelves today, and we want to send one lucky winner all eleven books in the series to celebrate!

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Tue
Mar 3 2015 10:00am

Short Fiction Spotlight: A New-Format Smorgasbord

Clarkesworld 101 Atilgan Asikuzun

Welcome back to the Short Fiction Spotlight, a space for conversation about recent and not-so-recent short stories. While the format has been the same for the past forty-something columns from me in the series, we’re switching things up a bit based on reader feedback: from here on out I’ll be talking about more stories at less length, so we’ll be covering more than just a few things per month. This means more coverage of more folks, which is something people have been looking for, so—here we are for a fresh take on a familiar project.

Stories this installment come from various publications, though as this new format goes forward we’ll also often cover whole issues of one magazine (or chunks from a single anthology) as well. This time around, I looked at pieces from Lightspeed, Clarkesworld, and Weird Fiction Review.

[Onward.]

Tue
Mar 3 2015 9:00am

Bridge of Snow

Ignore the stirrings of war. Let the carriage to a royal ball wait. There is a story to be told: of a starless night, a mother and her sick son, and a mortal who falls in love with the snow god, and will do anything to have her...

Read “Bridge of Snow,” originally published January 28, 2014 on Tor.com. The story is set in the world of Rutkoski’s novel The Winner’s Curse and its new sequel, The Winner’s Crime.

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by Mac Kids editor Janine O’Malley.

[Read “Bridge of Snow” by Marie Rutkoski]

Tue
Mar 3 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Check Out Disney Characters Drawn in the Style of Pixar

Rafael Mayani Disney Pixar master class art

With the perpetual Disney princess fanart overload, it’s refreshing to see someone take on all of Disney’s beloved characters. On his blog Disney Animated Features, Barcelona-based artist Rafael Mayani tasked himself with drawing one illustration per animated Disney movie (excluding direct-to-video releases). Manyani watched the films in chronological order before illustrating them, starting in April 2013 with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and concluding this past December with Big Hero 6. Even better, Manyani had concluded a Pixar master class before starting the blog, so all of his illustrations are in the Pixar house style.

Morning Roundup brings you Ursula K. Le Guin on identifying with fantasy, Brandon Sanderson movie news, and a Bob’s Burgers/Game of Thrones crossover!

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Mon
Mar 2 2015 5:05pm

“Count Your Sisters”: Watch the Orphan Black Season 3 Trailer

Orphan Black season 3 trailer

Season 2 of Orphan Black ended with so many revelations about who and what the Clone Club was really dealing with, but season 3 seems to contain even more secrets for Sarah and her sisters to uncover. After months of short, character-based videos with vague hints, BBC America has released the first full trailer.

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Mon
Mar 2 2015 5:00pm

Agatha Christie Meets 19th-century Romance: The Buried Life by Carrie Patel

Carrie Patel The Buried Life The best thing I can say about The Buried Life, Carrie Patel’s debut novel from Angry Robot Books, is that it’s an interesting mess of a book. In its favour, it’s not a boring mess, but structurally and in terms of its approach to exposition, it feels more like a treatment for a videogame than a novel proper.

In the underground city of Recoletta, Inspector Liesl Malone finds herself called to the scene of a murder. The victim is a historian, one of the few at work within the city: for in Recoletta the study of history, especially history that predates the Catastrophe that resulted in the city’s founding, is tightly controlled by the secretive Directorate of Preservation. Before her investigation gets very far, a second, connected murder among Recoletta’s elite sees Malone pulled off the case. But this second murder has left a potential witness: the laundress Jane Lin. And Malone doesn’t appreciate being sidelined while Recoletta’s ruling council sends its own investigators after the murderer. She’s determined to get to the truth, even when Recoletta’s elite don’t want it uncovered.

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Mon
Mar 2 2015 4:00pm

Daniel Polansky Assembles an Evil Authors Team and Talks Fantasy Noir in His Reddit AMA

Daniel Polansky Reddit AMA highlights Those Above Low Town Tor.com novellaFantasy author Daniel Polansky recently took to Reddit’s r/fantasy subreddit to talk about his new novel Those Above (which kicks off his The Empty Throne duology) and The Builders, part of Tor.com’s inaugural novella list. The AMA (Ask Me Anything) discussion thread spanned from definitions of noir fantasy to how best to kill characters to who he would want on his “evil author supervillains” team.

Polansky gamely poked fun at himself, first referring to himself as “a writer of genre fiction, which is a rather precious way of saying that at some point in my books (generally speaking, early and often) people die violently.” When asked to suggest a clickbait article title for Those Above, he jokingly offered up “Elves with swords! Chainmail bikinis! Small words! BEYONCE BEYONCE BEYONCE!” Check out the highlights from his r/fantasy AMA!

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Mon
Mar 2 2015 3:30pm

George R.R. Martin Donates a First-Edition of The Hobbit to Texas A&M’s Library

George R.R. Martin first-edition The Hobbit Texas A&M library

Since 1993, George R.R. Martin has used Texas A&M’s Cushing Memorial Library and Archives as the official respository for his manuscripts, books, and memorabilia. Over the years, he has donated various papers and texts to the library for protection and archiving. This past weekend, Martin added another book to the list: A first-edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Even better, this donation marked the library’s five millionth text.

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Mon
Mar 2 2015 3:00pm

Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks for March

Barnes and Noble Bookseller's Picks

For over a decade, Jim Killen has served as the science fiction and fantasy book buyer for Barnes & Noble. Every month on The B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog and Tor.com, Jim shares his curated list of the month’s can’t-miss new SF/F releases.

[B&N Picks for March]

Mon
Mar 2 2015 2:00pm

Tiamat’s Terrain: Asking the Big Questions

Celtic Welsh Owl

This month at Tiamat’s Terrain the cluster of SFF features frame big questions: Both Israeli writer Tidhar and Cypriot director Kyriacou want to know “What’s a superhero anyhow?” Palestinian-American Abdelrazaq and Lebanese-Canadian El-Mohtar think through the ever-present questions of displacement and coping in times of war. Noura Al Noman explores what Arabic fantasy literature and world building look like, while Franscesco Verso has started a publishing house for speculative fiction in translation, wanting to open doors into how other cultures and languages write about tomorrow. And finally, last year’s IPAF winner has an English publication date.

[Read on for all the gritty details!]

Mon
Mar 2 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: “Live Long and Prosper” From Space

Vulcan salute space Leonard Nimoy death

Over the weekend, the Leonard Nimoy tributes just kept rolling in. We were particularly touched by astronaut Terry W. Virts’ Vulcan salute all the way from the International Space Station. The Washington Post has more of NASA’s history with Star Trek and Nimoy. Plus, Star Trek Online will create an in-game memorial for its millions of players.

Afternoon Roundup brings you a new sci-fi adventure from the woman who brought us Divergent, an Adventure Time movie, and office cats galore!

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Mon
Mar 2 2015 1:00pm

Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Servant of the Empire, Part 24

Servant of the Empire Raymond E Feist Janny WurtsWelcome back to the reread of Servant of the Empire by Raymond E Feist and Janny Wurts! If you’re here for the political drama, look no further than this chapter. House of Cards, eat your heart out.

Chapter 26—Resolution

Okay, I was kidding about this last week, but really? A chapter called Resolution? Was this a placeholder?

On the other hand, after all the tension of the book so far, I’m quite looking forward to some resolution. Bring it.

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Mon
Mar 2 2015 12:15pm

Five Books with Snarky Sidekicks

Batman and Robin

Sidekicks are the spice you throw into a novel to liven up a bland hero. Who else is going to contradict your hero’s bold morality, joyfully argue for the benefits incurred by walking away from this noble quest, then pull their fat out of the fire when they get in over their head? Bruce Campbell knew the answer in Sky Highso say it along with me now, children...

But freed from the need to be nice to people, sidekicks get all the best lines. Which is why I’ve rounded up the five snarkiest sidekicks in all of literature to bring you some of the wittiest, most lovable buddies you could ever hope to have at your side.

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Mon
Mar 2 2015 12:00pm

SFWA Names Larry Niven the 2014 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master

Larry Niven SFWA Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award Nebula AwardsThe Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has announced that Larry Niven will be honored with the organization’s Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award at this year’s Nebula Awards. Past grand masters have included Samuel R. Delany, Gene Wolfe, and Connie Willis, among others.

Best known for his Hugo- and Nebula-winning novel Ringworld, Niven has also written television scripts, comics, and political action in support of the conquest of space. He will be honored at the 50th annual Nebula Awards Weekend held June 4-7 in Chicago, Illinois, at the Palmer House Hilton.

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Mon
Mar 2 2015 11:30am

Pirate’s Alley Sweepstakes!

After vanquishing undead serial killers and discovering the dark secrets of her family history, wizard sentinel DJ Jaco must now stop the coming preternatural war in Suzanne Johnson’s Pirate’s Alley, out on April 21st from Tor Books.

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

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Mon
Mar 2 2015 11:00am

Not NEARLY Enough Puppies: Once Upon a Time, Darkness on the Edge of Town

Once Upon a Time Darkness at the Edge of Town

Beautiful princesses! Sexy pirates! Questionable plots! Villains pulled directly from Disney cartoons! Truly awesome evil cars! (Well, one truly awesome evil car, at least.) Yes, we’re back for the return of the fourth season of ABC’s Once Upon a Time! SPOILERS AHEAD.

[Did I mention spoilers? Because, spoilers. Lots of spoilers.]

Mon
Mar 2 2015 10:00am

The Last Herald Mage: It Gets Better

Magic's PawnWhen we left our hero last week, he was slouching moodily towards Haven, hoping he would someday be a Bard. This week, we’re looking at chapters four through six (and a tiny sliver of chapter seven) of Magic’s Pawn.

Here, Vanyel meets his aunt Savil for the second time, and begins to settle in to his new life. At first, things look bleak, but Vanyel’s mood improves dramatically by the end of the section.

[There’s this weird smudge on the front lobe of my left side brain]

Mon
Mar 2 2015 9:00am

A Ranking of 1980s Fantasy That Would Please Crom Himself!

The Beastmaster

Long before Game of Thrones, there was a time in history when HBO stood for “Hey, Beastmaster’s on!” A time when, if you asked for a dragon, you got a puppet instead of CGI. A time when the words “fantasy hero” didn’t call to mind a pensive Viggo Mortenson or a bespectacled Daniel Radcliffe—nay, but a shirtless, bemuscled Arnold Schwarzenegger (or cheaper facsimile) dripping with oil.

I have travelled back to that time to bring forth the Ultimate 1980s Fantasy Epic Ranking List Post! And By Crom, I swear I’ve gotten… most of them. Join me below to celebrate the 1980s fantasy epic, in all of its loincloth-wearing, phallic-sword-waving, secret-wing-unfurling, spandex-bulging, camel-punching glory.

[By Crom!]

Mon
Mar 2 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: A Scar That Truly Looks Like a Lightning Bolt!

Oh, this is gorgeous. Artist Burdge (a.k.a. Brigid Vaughn) has given us a more realistic take on Harry Potter’s lightning-shaped scar! It makes sense that something as devastating as the Avada Kedavra curse would leave this raised burn mark rather than the perfectly angled scar we’re used to...

Morning Roundup brings you thoughts on diversity in SFF, Ice-T improving our childhoods, and a look at the making of Chappie!

[Plus a perfectly-constructed, avant garde action figure!]