A Kiss with Teeth October 29, 2014 A Kiss with Teeth Max Gladstone Happy Halloween. This Chance Planet October 22, 2014 This Chance Planet Elizabeth Bear We are alone, except for the dog. Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza October 15, 2014 Nuestra Señora de la Esperanza Carrie Vaughn A Wild Cards story. The Girl in the High Tower October 14, 2014 The Girl in the High Tower Gennifer Albin A Crewel story.
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October 23, 2014
Devil in a Blue Dress: Horns by Joe Hill
Alex Brown
October 21, 2014
Fall 2014 Anime Preview: Symbiotic Alien Hands Don’t Make Good Pets
Kelly Quinn
October 21, 2014
Happily Remixed and Mashed-Up Ever After: Modern Fairy Tales!
Leah Schnelbach
October 20, 2014
Snow White: The Blankest Slate of Them All
Natalie Zutter and Emily Asher-Perrin
October 17, 2014
The Bloody Books of Halloween: The October Country by Ray Bradbury
Will Errickson
Oct 29 2014 3:30pm

Doctor Who: The Secret Lives of Monsters Sweepstakes!

Doctor Who: The Secret Lives of Monsters is the ultimate guide to the monsters of Doctor Who! Co-published with the BBC, this unique, in-depth look into the hidden lives and mysteries of the monsters offers fans an inside look into the secrets and conspiracies that have been kept hidden for centuries.

Packed with iconic photographs, behind-the-scenes information, diagrams and illustrations, and sixteen removable color prints commissioned exclusively for the book, The Secret Lives of Monsters has everything you need to know to survive future alien invasions. Take a look inside the pages in the video below!

We’re also offering a free copy for one lucky Whovian. Check out the video and the rules below the cut!

[Weeping Angel not included.]

Oct 29 2014 3:23pm

This is What Happens When George R.R. Martin and Tom Doherty Visit H.P. Lovecraft’s Grave

George R.R. Martin Tom Doherty photo H.P. Lovecraft grave tentacles

After being honored with the Brown University Library’s first-ever Harris Award, where to next? For author George R.R. Martin and Tor Books president and publisher Tom Doherty, the choice was clear: visit H.P. Lovecraft’s final resting place! We like GRRM’s tentacles. (Or, alternately, he’s throwing up signs for his crew. Wassup, GEORGEY WEST[EROS]SIDE.)

Photo: Tor Books

Oct 29 2014 3:00pm

We Have to Save Belgium! Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “A Fractured House”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: A Fractured House

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is really on a roll this season and “A Fractured House” continues this in fine form, widening the scope of the conflict against Hydra in a way that feels realistic and yet epic. Both organizations take a bold step out of the shadows in this episode, re-entering the world stage and taking their war public. S.H.I.E.L.D. pulls a victory out of this, but it’s not much of one. Hydra has become too effective a villain to be truly defeated.

[Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “A Fractured House”]

Oct 29 2014 2:30pm

Amazing Grace: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

The Book of Strange New Things Michael Faber review

Michel Faber’s first novel since The Fire Gospel—a sterling send-up of The Da Vinci Code and its ilk—is a characteristically compelling exploration of faith which takes place “in a foreign solar system, trillions of miles from home,” on a wasteland planet populated by hooded beings with foetuses for faces.

So far, so science fiction. Factor in first contact, a spot of space travel, and an awful lot of apocalypse, and The Book of Strange New Things seems damn near destined to be speculative. Unfortunately for fans of the form, as the author warns early on, “there was nothing here to do justice to [that] fact.” Or, if not nothing, then very little aside the superficial. Even in addition to the aforementioned trappings, honeydewed drinking water and a dizzying day/night cycle do not add up to much more than an unlikely lens through which to look at love: in the first between mere mortals, but above and beyond that, the love—and the love lost—between man and maker.

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Oct 29 2014 2:00pm

Pull List: Joe Hill’s Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland

It’s almost Halloween, which means the Brown household is in the middle of its annual Joe Hill October (Joetober? Octohill?) Celebration. Between consuming Wraith, Horns the movie, and Horns the book for Tor.com, I’ve also spent my lunch breaks at work binging on his ebook short stories.

At this point, most of you should be at least passingly familiar with Joe Hill, but to quickly sum up, he’s a masterful writer of horror fiction who has also spread his talents into graphic novels. For this special Halloween edition of Pull List, we’re talking Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland, but I also highly recommend The Cape (no, not the TV show Abed was obsessed with) and, of course, the excellent Locke & Key.

[“We’re on our way to Christmasland!”]

Oct 29 2014 1:30pm

Has Tom Hanks Written a Cautionary SF Story? On “Alan Bean Plus Four”

Alan Bean Plus Four Tom HanksSuper-famous non-writers who turn to writing for fun are undeniably irrating to the rest of us. We might love William Shatner in science fiction circles, but that doesn’t mean we’re crazy about his TekWar books or his fanfic-y Star Trek novels.

So is it possible to take seriously a science fiction story written by Tom Hanks that was just published in The New Yorker? Here’s what happens when we try.

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Oct 29 2014 1:00pm

Rereading Melanie Rawn: Dragon Prince, Chapters 27 and 28

Weldragon prince reread melanie rawncome to the weekly Wednesday reread of Melanie Rawn’s Dragon Prince! The war advances. Angsty Rohan is angsty, Andrade is Bored, and Pandsala shows her true colors.

Chapter 27

So This Happens: Ten days after the battle, Rohan shows up at Chay and Davvi’s camp, leading an armed escort and bringing Davvi’s son Tilal. Rohan is angsting over being Prince and having to tell Chay what’s been happening. He puts on a show for the troops, then retires with Chay and Maarken for some private time.

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Oct 29 2014 12:40pm

Grady Hendrix’s Horrorstör is Coming to Television!

Horrorstor Grady Hendrix television

Grady Hendrix’s horror-comedy Horrorstör is coming to television! The novel is a classic haunted house story, but with a wonderful postmodern twist: rather than a spooky Victorian mansion, the house being haunted is a big-box furniture store called Orsk. It might bear a slight resemblance to IKEA...

Gail Berman, who previously spearheaded the development of Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel, acquired the novel for her company Jackal, saying, “Horrorstör tells a compelling, old-fashioned horror story but against a contemporary and relatable backdrop…this is truly a property that is meant to come to life in live action, and I am excited to be a part of it.”

Berman will executive produce the project with David Borgenicht, the CEO of Horrorstör’s publisher, Quirk Books. Hendrix himself, who Tor.com readers may know as our intrepid Under the Dome recapper, as well as the curator of The Great Stephen King Reread and co-host of The Bloody Books of Halloween, will serve as a consultant on the series. He weighed in on the news, saying “With Buffy The Vampire Slayer and Angel, Gail successfully conveyed stories that mixed horror and humor—a tone that is clearly inherent to Horrorstör.” Hendrix is also working on a follow-up novel due out in 2016.

The show may be a ways off, but you can read an excerpt from Horrorstör here to help ease the pain of waiting!

Oct 29 2014 12:30pm

The Slow Regard of Silent Things Sweepstakes!

It’s here. The Slow Regard of Silent Things: A Kingkiller Chronicle Novella by Patrick Rothfuss is out now from DAW Books, and we want to send you one of our three copies!

Delve into this bittersweet tale of the life of Auri, one of the Kingkiller Chronicle’s most engimatic characters. Deep below the University, there is a dark place. Few people know of it: a broken web of ancient passageways and abandoned rooms. A young woman lives there, tucked among the sprawling tunnels of the Underthing, snug in the heart of this forgotten place.

Her name is Auri, and she is full of mysteries.

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Oct 29 2014 12:27pm

“If We Burn, You Burn With Us!” Watch the Final The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 Trailer

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 final trailer

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1 comes out in less than a month (!), so here's the final trailer to tide you over until then. Yep, final—so you better squeeze out every bit of meaning you can from it before the film comes out. Lucky for us, there's a lot, from Katniss sifting through the wreckage of District 12 to Peeta sending her messages through Capitol airwaves to riots in the other districts.

[“I have a message for President Snow.”]

Oct 29 2014 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: The Crippled God, Chapter Twenty-Four (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 Tor.com readers. In this article, we’ll cover part three of chapter twenty-four 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 29 2014 11:45am

Now You Can Finally Watch the Avengers: Age of Ultron Mjolnir Party Scene

Avengers: Age of Ultron Mjolnir party scene

The “special look” clip that Marvel released during last night’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is basically just an extended Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer, but with one important addition: the Avengers getting drunk and playing Who Can Pick Up the Hammer!

[“Whosoever, be he worthy, shall have the power—whatever man, it’s a trick.”]

Oct 29 2014 11:30am

William Gibson on Urbanism, Science Fiction, and Why The Peripheral Weirded Him Out

William Gibson The Peripheral

William Gibson is one of those great writers who is also a great talker; his collected interviews provide a brilliant director’s commentary on his work. In advance of the release of his new novel, The Peripheral, I talked to him by phone about London, the “raging dystopia” of rural America, urbanism and gentrification, the influences behind The Peripheral, his approach to writing science fiction, and why his own novel ended up giving him the creeps.

Spoilers for The Peripheral follow, at some length. Just so you know.

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Oct 29 2014 11:15am

19 Strange Things Hiding in The World of Ice and Fire

The World of Ice and FireThe World of Ice and Fire history compendium is out this week and true to the nature of the fantasy series that birthed it, it is a massive and massively detailed read. Tie-in books can often be cynical cash-ins: repeating information that is readily available, or asserting non-canonical facts within a shared universe, or charging a ridiculous amount of money for a shoddily written and shoddily illustrated product. But AWOIAF avoids all of these aspects of tie-in books, containing a novel’s worth of material from series author George R. R. Martin, supplemented and fact-checked by Westeros.org heads Elio Garcia, Jr. and Linda Antonsson.

While there is some repetition, most of the material is brand new, offering new details for known peoples and lands and including tons of material about the lands at the edge of the map (and then some).

It’s also a gorgeous piece of work and you can see why the author and publisher needed extra time to work on it. Nearly every page is illustrated, from simple pencil and ink portraits in the margins to enormous painted spreads. There are a variety of styles on display, but they’re all consistently high quality and give you a very real sense of what it was like to inhabit this strange, strange world.

And it is strange. Hiding in this heavy tome are some interesting details about the world and characters of A Song of Ice and Fire, including what may be a look at the future of the series.

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Oct 29 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 32: Rachel Bach and Sam Sykes

Rocket Talk Rachel Bach Sam Sykes

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Rachel Bach and Sam Sykes visit the podcast to discuss their mutual love for thrilling and bright fantasy with a sense of humor.

Special note is made of the recent release of Sykes' new novel, The City Stained Red. Also, the back and forth makes for several sidebars, including one on He-Man, She-Ra, and erotica (separate from He-Man and She-Ra!).

[Listen here!]

Oct 29 2014 10:41am

Watch the Avengers: Infinity War Teaser Trailer!

Avengers: Infinity War teaser trailer

A wonderful fan at yesterday’s Marvel Event was able to think clearly enough during all the mind-blowing movie announcements to take this video of the Avengers: Infinity War teaser trailer. And then all the fans at the event clearly lost their minds again when they saw Thanos wielding the Infinity Gauntlet.

[Watch the trailer]

Oct 29 2014 10:00am

Bring Me a Cuddly Marshmallow Robot: Big Hero 6 Will Make You Cry, and That’s Okay

Big Hero 6

Another Disney-Marvel venture that comes from the pages of a comic book, Big Hero 6 was already set to combine our favorite sci-fi buzz words—superheroes, robots, alternate realities—and deliver something fun for the whole family. But the movie supersedes those expectations to ruminate on invention, family, and how grief transforms us all... for better or for worse.

Spoiler-light review below.

[I am satisfied with my care.]

Oct 29 2014 9:30am

Necessary Waste: The Strange Art of Killing Fictional Characters

The Emperor's Blades by Brian StaveleyImagine you are a gardener. Even before the last bank of snow has leached into the mud, you’re outside hoeing up the dirt, preparing rows, pounding stakes for the peas and beans, stringing electric wire to keep out the deer. You plant the seeds—heirloom tomatoes and cucumbers, carrots that will grow to be thick as your fist, cabbages—then watch each day as the shoots shove up through the soil, stretch toward the sun, unfurl into blossom and leaf.

You water and weed, brush away the bright-winged beetles, turn the pumpkins and watermelons so they don’t flatten against the ground. And then, when the harvest is finally ready, you take your old flamethrower out of the barn, test the tank, light the pilot. Satisfied, you go back to the garden, look at all those beautifully laden plants, and then, in half an hour, you burn those fuckers right down to the ground. Writing a fantasy novel can be like that.

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Oct 29 2014 9:00am
Original Story

A Kiss with Teeth

Vlad has grown distant from his wife. His son has trouble at school. And he has to keep his sharp teeth hidden.

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by editor Marco Palmieri.

[Read “A Kiss with Teeth” by Max Gladstone]

Oct 29 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Even Sea Monsters Celebrate Halloween!

Laughing Squid shared some images from the Great Jack-o-Lantern Blaze, an annual celebration of our favorite member of the squash family! This is the most festive Halloween sea monster we’ve ever seen.

Morning Roundup brings you a taxonomy of movie monsters, some little-known Tolkien facts, and interviews with Jeff Vandermeer, Lauren Beukes, and Victor LaValle!

[Plus we revisit The Matrix!]