The first trailer for the new Godzilla movie is here! Is the monster happy? Sad? Inconclusive! See for yourself.
The first trailer for the new Godzilla movie is here! Is the monster happy? Sad? Inconclusive! See for yourself.
I bear witness of the Wheel of Time Reread, for the Wheel of Time Reread is true!
Today’s entry covers Part 6 of Chapter 37 of A Memory of Light, in which trends are bucked, truth is spoken, and a dear friend is lost.
Previous reread entries are here. The Wheel of Time Master Index is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general. The index for all things specifically related to the final novel in the series, A Memory of Light, is here.
Also, for maximum coolness, the Wheel of Time reread is also now available as an ebook series, from your preferred ebook retailer!
This reread post, and all posts henceforth, contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series. If you haven’t read, continue at your own risk.
And now, the post!
We’re a little ashamed that we forgot Community returns on January 2nd, but only a little. After all, isn’t Community a show that embraces the full shame, despair, and joy of being odd? Yes.
Now let’s watch this trailer for the forthcoming fifth season, because god it hurts to see Jeff and Britta and Troy and Abed and Shirley and Chang and Dean and Leonard again. It hurts so good.
Words of Radiance is coming, and we're delighted to be able to share with you this stand-alone excerpt from the book!
“Lift,” by Brandon Sanderson, is an interlude chapter from his upcoming novel, but new readers or those afraid of spoilers need not fear; it introduces a new character and a new land entirely removed from the plot of The Way of Kings, and stands very well on its own.
Lift, a young thief who augments her skills with some magical “awesomeness,” infiltrates a palace where a council of viziers is choosing their new supreme leader from a large pack of applications. She wants to steal their dinners, but is being chased by a terrifying lawman she calls “Darkness.”
What kind of magic is she using? Is the word “awesomeness” commonplace in this part of Roshar? Read on!
Welcome back to the Short Fiction Spotlight, a weekly column dedicated to doing exactly what it says in the header: shining a light on the some of the best and most relevant fiction of the aforementioned form.
When we look up at the night sky, space is black as far as the eye can see. Yet, when we read novels about it or watch something on TV on in the movie theatre, it is white beyond all comprehension.
That was the thought that launched the collection we’ll be discussing today. Funded in part through a Kickstarter campaign, Mothership: Tales from Afrofuturism and Beyond is a colossal anthology of some forty short speculative stories, written by and (by and large) about people of colour.
The Wachowski Siblings are at it again! This time with something that... looks kind of like The Matrix, but with
Charlie Hunnam Channing Tatum elves. We’re okay with this, mostly belong he’s no long in 50 Shades of Grey.
Kathryn Allan, an independent scholar whose work focuses on the connections between technology and the body, has put together a rare beast. Disability in Science Fiction: Representations of Technology as Cure is an unusual collection of academic articles: it combines interesting scholarship with an remarkable degree of accessibility to the general reader.
If you have no real idea about disability studies and science fiction studies as areas of academic concern, much less their intersection, fear not! For the most part, the articles contained herein are quite plain about their bases and goals, and provide much food for thought about the way we read science fictional technologies, bodies, and (post)human futures.
This year’s edition of Spike TV’s Video Game Awards aired this past week, giving gamers a sneak-peek at some major new upcoming franchises, as well as the opportunity to debate the merits of the network’s 2013 award choices. One of the night’s biggest announcement came from Telltale Games, as the game developer confirmed that they acquired the rights to produce a series of games coming in 2014 based on George R. R. Martin’s ASOIAF universe, and likely serving as complementary content to HBO’s Game of Thrones television series.
Rejoice, Stormlight Archive fans! Words of Radiance, the eagerly awaited sequel to Brandon Sanderson’s bestselling novel The Way of Kings, is on our desks right now! Brandon just turned in the final draft to his editors, and production for the second novel in the Stormlight Archive series is underway.
While you’re waiting, feast your eyes on the massive size of the printed manuscript! We printed out all 2000 pages and you can take our word for it: this book is heavy. You can see it nearly destroyed Way of Kings rereader Carl Engle-Laird’s ability to hold things, and he’s like 11 feet tall.
Hugh Jackman tweeted this awesomely foamy pic under the hashtag “coffeeclaws.” We have to commend the barista for capturing Logan’s hair spiky hair as well as his wonderful claws. We can practically taste the snikt!
Morning Roundup features Steven Moffat speaking about Matt Smith’s final turn as the Doctor (in a possibly spoileriffic fashion, so don’t click the link if you don’t want any details), Peter Jackson and Ian McKellen talking about why Smaug is the best dragon, and some disturbing news from the World of Warcraft.
What do you get when you let the dude who wrote about Nazi superhumans battling English warlocks write a story about a murdered archangel, a tool of righteous fury, a heavenly host of pissed off beings that can alter the very shape or reality, a dead femme fatale, and a chain-smoking wannabe Philip Marlowe? What you get is something that shouldn’t work. At all.
Like any good detective story, Ian Tregillis’ newest book Something More Than Night (a book which got its title from a like from a Raymond Chandler story), is set in a world of murder, dames, a missing valuable, and lies and betrayals, all involving plot twists upon plot twists. Thrusting together 1930s-style hardboiled detective noir with a physics-drenched fantasy about cosmic beings should mix about as well as oil and water. Something More Than Night should feel jarring and disconnected, full of purple prose, slow plotting, and mismatched tones.
It shouldn’t work, but it does. And it is glorious to behold.
Winter is...oh, you’ve heard that one before? Well, no matter, you should still deck all of your various halls with these Game of Thrones snowflake patterns! Artist Krystal Higgins has created a snowflake design for each house, and she recently added Houses Arryn and Martel! (Maybe there should be an official “Snow”snowflake, for all the illegitimate Westerossians out there...)
As you can see in the above image, the detail is truly impressive. Each House is immediately recognizable, with stags for the Baratheons, Direwolves for the Starks, and rampant lions for the Lannisters, but they’re still simple, so you can festoon every imaginable surface with ease. You can download the patterns for free here!
Check out Work Done For Hire by Joe Haldeman, avaialble January 7th 2014 from Ace Hardcover.
Wounded in combat and honorably discharged nine years ago, Jack Daley still suffers nightmares from when he served his country as a sniper, racking up sixteen confirmed kills. Now a struggling author, Jack accepts an offer to write a near-future novel about a serial killer, based on a Hollywood script outline. It’s an opportunity to build his writing career, and a future with his girlfriend, Kit Majors.
But Jack’s other talent is also in demand. A package arrives on his doorstep containing a sniper rifle, complete with silencer and ammunitionand the first installment of a $100,000 payment to kill a bad man.” The twisted offer is genuine. The people behind it are dangerous. They prove that they have Jack under surveillance. He can’t run. He can’t hide. And if he doesn’t take the job, Kit will be in the crosshairs instead.
Out now from Razorbill, The Creature Department by Robert Paul Weston takes readers inside DENKi-3000, a mysterious electronics factory staffed by tentacled, horned, and otherwise fantastical creatures. The book features illustrations by the Oscar-winning animation firm Framestore, which also brought one of the book's giant, salamandar-like creatures, Gugor, to life. (You can see Gugor talking with his Framestore creator, Zack Lyndon, right here!)
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In “Advanced Readings in D&D,” Tor.com writers Tim Callahan and Mordicai Knode take a look at Gary Gygax’s favorite authors and reread one per week, in an effort to explore the origins of Dungeons and Dragons and see which of these sometimes-famous, sometimes-obscure authors are worth rereading today. Sometimes the posts will be conversations, while other times they will be solo reflections, but one thing is guaranteed: Appendix N will be written about, along with dungeons, and maybe dragons, and probably wizards, and sometimes robots, and, if you’re up for it, even more.
This week is a strange case, as it is the work of an editor, not a writer, that caught Mister Gygax’s eye: Andrew Offutt, and his Swords Against Darkness III anthology, to be specific!
Artist Marc Simonetti has revealed his cover art for the upcoming Brazilian edition of Mistborn: The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, and it looks amazing. Simonetti has captured a tense battle between the Mistborn Kelsier and a cell of Steel Inquisitors high above the streets of Luthadel. Although the cover has no sign of Vin, the series’ protagonist, the artist has stated that the covers for all three books will combine to form a complete triptych. We look forward to the finished product! Mistborn: The Final Empire, first novel in the epic Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson, is being released in Brazil by Leya Brazil.
Check out the full illustration below.
Is Liev Schreiber cursed? No matter how likeable the actor is, it seems he’s always stuck in some weird soulless movie which makes you wish he could escape and find his way into a better movie. This makes his new film—The Last Days on Mars—a fitting metaphor for his career: soulless space zombies (analogs for terrible films) try to kill poor Liev, while he endures anxiety-inducing flashbacks to a mistake he made on a space station (the rest of his career) before the film began. What’s frustrating about The Last Days on Mars? Well, sadly, it’s not that it could have been good. With a script like this, there’s no way it even orbits the planet “good.” Instead, what’s rough about the Last Days on Mars, is you keep wishing it was actually worse.
Look at all those sci-fi/fantasy/and then some authors! The 2013 edition of Some of the Best from Tor.com, an anthology of twenty-one of our favorite stories, selected from the sixty-plus stories we published this year, is currently available for FREE download world-wide through all major ebook retailers.
These stories were acquired and edited for Tor.com by Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Ellen Datlow, Ann VanderMeer, Liz Gorinsky, George R. R. Martin, Noa Wheeler, Melissa Frain, and Claire Eddy. Each story is accompanied by an original illustration.
Want more info on the stories themselves? Take a look below.
“Selfless,” by Drew Goddard
It’s another glorious morning in Sunnydale, and Dawn is briefing Willow on how to fit in at university as she unpacks some of her things. The message seems to be keep your head down and don’t make waves. Willow is taking it all on board very kindly. (What this advice says about Dawn and how things are going in high school, I’m not sure.)
Buffy and Xander, meanwhile, are worrying about Anya. Xander’s worry is that she’s sad. Buffy’s is more that she’s working her old vengeance gig. Oh no, says Xander. The thing with the worm-monster was totes an aberration.
Guess which one of them is right? Or don’t—no guessing is required. Across town, at a local fraternity, a whole bunch of guys are lying around with their hearts ripped out. Anya’s sitting in their midst, covered in blood, trying to figure out how she got there.
With Peter Jackson’s second Hobbit film coming out this week, Smaug is flying right toward us with flames billowing from his maw. J.R.R. Tolkien put years of thought and research in his dragon, shaping the idea of what that “Chiefest and Greatest of Calamities” should be, and setting a standard of intelligence and charisma that all dragons since have had to reckon with.
Thinking about Smaug made us want to look back at some of our other favorite fire-breathers. If there was a fantasy-animal Olympics (and there really, really should be) they would stand uncomfortably close to unicorns on the top of the podium, edging over a few inches at a time to try to claim the whole spot. They can fly, they can breathe fire, they are often hyper-intelligent, sometimes telepathic, and even the cute ones could probably kill us all in a second. But we desperately want them all to be real. (And they totally could be! Look, look at these facts!)