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April 17, 2015
Spring 2015 Anime Preview: The Hellish Life of a Pizza Delivery Boy
Kelly Quinn
April 16, 2015
The Disney Read-Watch: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Mari Ness
April 15, 2015
Recasting The Rocky Horror Picture Show
Stubby the Rocket
April 15, 2015
The 10 Strangest Transports in Non-Driving Games
N. Ho Sang and Peter Tieryas
April 14, 2015
An Open Letter to HBO from House Greyjoy
Theresa DeLucci
Mon
Apr 20 2015 10:30am

Superposition Sweepstakes!

David Walton’s Superposition (excerpt here) is out now from Pyr, and we want to send you one of our three copies!

Jacob Kelley’s family is turned upside down when an old friend turns up, waving a gun and babbling about an alien quantum intelligence. The mystery deepens when the friend is found dead in an underground bunker…apparently murdered the night he appeared at Jacob’s house. Jacob is arrested for the murder and put on trial.  

As the details of the crime slowly come to light, the weave of reality becomes ever more tangled, twisted by a miraculous new technology and a quantum creature unconstrained by the normal limits of space and matter. With the help of his daughter, Alessandra, Jacob must find the true murderer before the creature destroys his family and everything he loves.

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Mon
Apr 20 2015 10:00am

Game of Thrones Season 5, Episode 2 “The House of Black and White”

After last week’s pity party premiere, Game of Thrones is back for a second episode filled with people ready to take some action—especially with the pointy end of a sword.

Now that we’ve watched Arya say something extremely dark and awesome for a young child, Game of Thrones is officially back. And with some welcome surprises.

Spoilers for the episode ahead. Spoilers from George R. R. Martin’s published novels are also discussed in the review and fair game in the comments. Please don’t post open spoilers from any leaked episodes or preview chapters of The Winds of Winter. Tread carefully and play nice.

[“Hiss.”]

Mon
Apr 20 2015 9:00am

Tribes For The Twenty-First Century: The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson

The Affinities Robert Charles WilsonIn Robert Charles Wilson’s new novel The Affinities, as in many of his other novels, the world as we know it is about to be remade. The difference with many of Wilson’s previous works is that, this time, the change seems relatively mild—or at least, at first it does. There are no aliens. There are no disappearing continents or mysterious artifacts from the future or impermeable spheres surrounding the entire planet.

Instead, the big change arrives gradually, brought on by very human advances in social teleodynamics. New technologies, algorithms and testing methods allow a company known as InterAlia (“Finding Yourself Among Others”) to sort people who pay a modest testing fee into twenty-two Affinities. The members of each affinity are supposed to be hyper-compatible: they are more likely to cooperate with each other in all areas of life, from the personal to the professional.

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Mon
Apr 20 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: HND>JFK>DGB

Star Wars airplane

Among the many fabulous premieres at Star Wars Celebration 2015, All Nippon Airways found a way to stand out. Who cares about a new toy when you can fly somewhere in R2-D2? This new Boeing 787 Dreamliner is part of a whole fleet of Star Wars-themed planes designed to bring ANA to a larger audience. We’re assuming that their next one will be a real-live working Millennium Falcon, ’cause we need that to exist.

Morning Roundup has found the freakier side of Disney, and discovers that it’s the best side. Plus we delve into the mind of Ada Lovelace and share some newly-discovered moments from a classic work of sci-fi!

[Plus Vin Diesel.]

Sat
Apr 18 2015 10:30am

The Blondes Sweepstakes!

Emily Schultz’s The Blondes hits shelves from St. Martin’s Press next Tuesday, and we want to send you one of our three galleys now!

Hazel Hayes is a grad student living in New York City who learns she is pregnant (from an affair with her married professor) at an apocalyptically bad time: random but deadly attacks on passers-by, all by blonde women, are terrorizing New Yorkers. Soon it becomes clear that the attacks are symptoms of a strange illness that is transforming blondes—whether CEOs, flight attendants, students or accountants—into rabid killers.

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Sat
Apr 18 2015 8:33am

Check Out the First Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer

The first Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is here, in glorious HD! And in case you were wondering why “Batman” comes first in that title, it’s because everyone hates Superman.

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Fri
Apr 17 2015 3:00pm

The Stargate Rewatch: SG-1 Season Four

Stargate, season 4

Stargate SG-1 Season 4
Executive producers: Brad Wright, Michael Greenburg, Richard Dean Anderson
Executive consultant: Jonathan Glassner
Original air dates: June 30, 2000 – February 23, 2001

Mission briefing. O’Neill, Carter, and Teal’c are rescued with the second gate being installed in the SGC. However, the primary gate goes down with the Biliskner, the Asgard ship that was overrun by Replicators. While Carter helps the Asgard deal with the Replicators in their home galaxy, O’Neill and Teal’c have to deal with a new set of Replicators in the Pacific thanks to a Russian submarine that tries to salvage the Biliskner.

[“Wait a minute, you’re actually saying that you need someone dumber than you are?” “You may have come to the right place.”]

Fri
Apr 17 2015 2:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: Hodor Joins Up with the X-Men

Professor X Hodor pop culture mashup artist Marco D'Alfonso

Professor X has upgraded from his wheelchair to the kind of transportation that not only gets you places, but deals with nastiness along the way, and responds to your sage advice with only one word. This Professor X/Hodor match made in heaven is just one of many pop culture mashups by Marco D’Alfsonso (collected on Imgur and his deviantART page).

Afternoon Roundup brings you Wonder Woman in South Africa; your dream library; and the one thing you never noticed about Star Trek.

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Fri
Apr 17 2015 1:00pm

Rereading Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy, Last Argument of Kings: “Picked Up a Shadow” and “Questions”

Joe Abercrombie reread The Last Argument of KingsWelcome back to our reread of Joe Abercrombie’s First Law Trilogy!

This week, Ferro beats someone up in both chapters! Meanwhile, Glokta learns more about the challenges ahead.

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Fri
Apr 17 2015 12:00pm

Spring 2015 Anime Preview: The Hellish Life of a Pizza Delivery Boy

Spring is in the air and we all know what that means…that’s right, new cartoons! In addition to the return of a few favorites—Fate/stay night UBW begins its second half and cynical school comedy My Teen Romantic Comedy SNAFU is back, among others—this season brings a slew of anticipated adaptations. From the ultra-stylish Blood Blockade Battlefront to the sweeping historical landscapes of The Heroic Legend of Arslan and the genuine and sweet Ore Monogatari, there’s something for everyone this season. And with simulcasts of basically everything airing in Japan, there’s no reason to wait. The sunshine outside might tempt you to go out, but here are six new shows that are worth staying in for!

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Fri
Apr 17 2015 11:15am

We Could Get a Doctor Who Movie in the Next Eight Years

Doctor Who movie news Sony email leak

With the entirety of the leaked Sony emails getting uploaded to Wikileaks, we now know that the BBC wants to make another Doctor Who movie. An email exchange from January 2014 between Andrew Wong (president of International Production for Sony) and Sony chief executive Michael Lynton details how BBC Worldwide wants to capitalize on the brand’s resurgence in popularity, but the showrunners are worried about it being done badly.

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Fri
Apr 17 2015 11:00am

Evil Eighties: The Killer Kids of Somebody Come and Play

Clare McNally Somebody Come and Play

Kids: you can’t live with ‘em, you can’t kill ‘em. Whether it’s an unhappy baby that keeps you awake for days until your mind snaps, a demented infant that seems determined to drown you in its own poop, or a toddler who screeches a high-pitched wail until your face explodes, children are the ultimate evil.

In the 70’s and 80’s creepy kids became a mainstay of horror fiction, with one stepback cover of an evil child blurring into another on the racks. John Saul swung between putting kids in peril and making them evil, Ruby Jean Jensen was a one-woman evil baby machine, and Andrew Niederman gave us Brainchild, Child’s Play, Playmates, Teacher’s Pet, and Sister, Sister. Slogging it out down there in the trenches with them was Clare McNally, who wrote about 13 books between 1980 and 1997. Killer kids were an industry because, as Alain Robbe-Grillet once said, “What do little girls dream about? Knives and blood.”

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Fri
Apr 17 2015 10:53am

Ryan Gosling May Join the Blade Runner Sequel!

Ryan Gosling joins Blade Runner

The Blade Runner sequel seems to be on track! According to Variety, Ryan Gosling is negotiating to join the film, and according to People, this will make the film “even sexier.” Because, while thoughtful meditations on corporate soullessness and the relentless march of mortality are always super-hot, the addition of Ryan Gosling to a project adds at least 20% more sexiness. Harrison Ford, who is currently making us all weep tears of joy in the new Star Wars trailer, has already signed on to reprise his role as Rick Deckard. But since he's become America's irascible grandpa, he can no longer be relied upon to provide enough pure, uninhibited smolder to films that encourage us to stare into the void of our own existence. It was good of Gosling to answer the call.

[So...which sexy character will Ryan Gosling add even more sexiness to?]

Fri
Apr 17 2015 10:00am

The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 11 and 12

Dragons of Autumn Twilight Dragonlance

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Chronicles Reread! Last week we ended on a cliffhanger. Or a forest-hanger: the party have been driven off the road, into the woods and along a magical path. There were deer, but also spectres.

This week’s chapters... do we have a turning point? Do we get to know what’s going on? Will we get a few more monsters? Where are our dragons?!

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

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Fri
Apr 17 2015 9:00am

The Cover of Each Max Gladstone Book Has Predicted the Cover of the Next One

Max Gladstone covers

We all knew Max Gladstone was some kind of red mage-ish wizard, but who knew that his wily magic influenced all who work on his books?

The other day, Tor Books designer Jamie Stafford-Hill noticed something peculiar...it turns out that the type color of the book title on each of Max Gladstone’s books in the Craft Sequence of novels has unintentionally become the thematic color for the following novel, before that novel is even finished!

[Proof!]

Fri
Apr 17 2015 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Cards Against Injustice!

Batman Cards Against Humanity

Now this is how you play Cards Against Humanity! It’s also how you become Batman.

Morning Roundup finds Joss Whedon sitting in a corner, talking about blood, death, and sacrifice...and then the Game of Thrones director talks about blood, death, and wine, so that’s some improvement. Plus, the rebirth of Archie!

[And we take an intimate look at The Matrix.]

Thu
Apr 16 2015 4:30pm
Excerpt

Hoshruba: The Land and the Tilism: Book 1, Episode 14

Musharraf Ali Farooqi

Hoshruba Volume 1 Episode 1 Tor.com Musharraf Ali FarooqiWhen Tilism-e Hoshruba was first published in Lucknow, India in 1883, it was already a beloved oral history that had been performed for years in public and private. What Hoshruba’s fans did not know, however, was that professional storyteller Mir Ahmed Ali and his disciples had engineered a massive literary hoax, writing Hoshruba themselves and falsely attributing it to the epic poem cycle The Adventures of Amir Hamza. But less important than Hoshruba’s provenance was its impact: The story of the tilism (an inanimate object transformed into its own world) of Hoshruba, defended by Emperor Afrasiyab against rival tilism as well as the trickster Amar Ayyar, has become one of the foremost fantasy tales in Urdu. For a more in-depth look at the epic’s sorcerers, formidable women, and grimdark (long before the genre existed) battles, read Mahvesh Murad’s Under the Radar review.

Hoshruba (which translates to “ravishing the senses”) is part of the dastan tradition of oral storytelling and is being translated into English for the first time as Hoshruba: The Land and the Tilism. In its original form, Hoshruba was published in Urdu, in eight volumes totaling over eight thousand pages. In translating the epic into English, Pakistani-Canadian writer Musharraf Ali Farooqi has split each volume into three, for a total of 24 volumes. Over the next few months, you will be able to read all 50 episodes—the entire first volume of Hoshruba—on Tor.com, with one new episode going up every day. You can also purchase the entire novel through Barnes & Noble or Amazon.

[After a long journey, Amar Ayyar arrived at the shores of the River of Flowing Blood.]

Thu
Apr 16 2015 3:35pm

6 Things We Learned from Star Wars Celebration’s The Force Awakens Panel

Star Wars The Force Awakens panel highlights

At the tenth annual Star Wars Celebration, The Force Awakens writer-director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy took to the stage to talk about the special effects, the characters, and their excitement to bring the new trilogy to the fans. (And to share a new teaser!)

Joined by cast members old and new, they shared details about the characters who popped up in the first trailer, and intel on that desert planet (it’s not Tatooine). Plus, BB-8 rolled on up and stole the show, as always. Check out the panel highlights below!

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Thu
Apr 16 2015 2:21pm

Watch the New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens new teaser trailer Han Solo Chewbacca

At Star Wars Celebration today, J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy closed off their The Force Awakens panel with another new look at the film! We start with a shot of an Imperial Star Destroyer crashed on the desert planet of Jakku (not Tatooine!) and end with Han Solo saying, “Chewie, we’re home.” Yep, this is wonderful.

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Thu
Apr 16 2015 2:00pm

Afternoon Roundup: Tatiana Maslany is ALL of the Emojis

Tatiana Maslany emojis Clone Club Autostraddle

Presenting Tatiana Maslany’s greatest acting triumph yet: embodying every single emoji! In Autostraddle’s amazing chart, they realized that if you can think of a facial expression, one of the members of the Clone Club has probably made it. People should be texting these instead of emoji! While we’re at it, let’s just bring back LiveJournal mood themes!

Afternoon Roundup knocks back a geeky drink with Chuck; wishes that Ian McKellen would journal all of his movie experiences; and finds out if your cat is a Time Lord.

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