Sleep Walking Now and Then July 9, 2014 Sleep Walking Now and Then Richard Bowes A tragedy in three acts. The Devil in the Details July 2, 2014 The Devil in the Details Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald A Peter Crossman adventure. Little Knife June 26, 2014 Little Knife Leigh Bardugo A Ravkan folk tale. The Color of Paradox June 25, 2014 The Color of Paradox A.M. Dellamonica Ruin, spoil, or if necessary kill.
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June 30, 2014
The YA Roundup: With News from the Capitol!
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Queering SFF: Wrapping Up Pride Month Extravaganza (Redux)
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Change is in the Air on The Legend of Korra!
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Wed
Jul 9 2014 12:47am

2014 World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Awards Announced

world fantasy lifetime achievement award ellen datlow chelsea quinn yabro

From November 6th to the 9th in Washington, DC, the 2014 World Fantasy Convention will convene, where, among many events, it will honor this year’s lifetime achievement awards. Past winners have included Jane Yolen, Robert Bloch, Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin and many, many others. This year, World Fantasy will be honoring Ellen Datlow and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. 

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Wed
Jul 9 2014 9:00am
Original Story

Sleep Walking Now and Then

“Sleep Walking Now and Then,” by Richard Bowes, is a weird, futuristic novelette about an interactive theater production in The Big Arena (aka New York City) and the mystery surrounding its inspiration.

This novelette was acquired and edited for Tor.com by consulting editor Ellen Datlow.

[Read “Sleep Walking Now and Then” by Richard Bowes]

Wed
Jul 9 2014 12:06am

Trailer for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus Gods and Kings trailer Gladiator

Is Ridley Scott back in Gladiator form? Maybe not, but I’m a sucker for a “sword and sandal” movie. Exodus: Gods and Kings, the story of Moses and Ramses, staring Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, and Joel Edgerton, is due out this December. Watch the trailer below, along with a promo for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

[Watch the trailer below!]

Tue
Jul 8 2014 5:15pm

Christoph Waltz Tries to Crack the Meaning of Life in New The Zero Theorem Trailer

The Zero Theorem trailer Terry Gilliam Christoph Waltz Tilda Swinton very cool creepy

Do you like your computer geniuses hairless, accented, and afflicted with several quirky tics? Then you’ll love Christoph Waltz in Terry Gilliam’s The Zero Theorem, a sci-fi farce about our neverending search for meaning and the corporate traps that keep us grounded.

After spending some time in limbo, the film is finally approaching a U.S. release this fall—and, judging from the new trailer, we’re excited for this wacky, colorful, mind-boggling romp.

[“Why would you want to prove that all is for nothing?”]

Tue
Jul 8 2014 5:00pm

How Did You Come Up With That?: Bygone Worlds as Springboards to Fantasy

Mayan ruins at Chichen Itza

When I was in fifth grade I had to do a social studies report on the Mayans. As a ten year-old my report, of course, included a hand-drawn map of the Yucatan peninsula, descriptions of Mayan architecture, government and money, religious practices, food and farming, their calendar, and maybe if I was lucky, I ripped a few pages out of a National Geographic with some pretty colorful pictures of their ruins being eaten up by the jungle. (Sacrilege, I know…)

It’s been a long time since I did that report and I can’t remember every detail about the Mayans, but I do remember one thing: my research couldn’t tell me what happened to them. It was a mystery which delighted my ten year-old self. It seemed that they had simply vanished off the face of the earth. There were even delicious musings that the Mayans had been aliens, and beamed up to their mother ship because they were done with Earth. An advanced civilization, pfft. Gone.

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Tue
Jul 8 2014 4:00pm
Excerpt

Slaves of Socorro (Excerpt)

John Flanagan

Brotherband Ranger's Apprentice Slaves of Socorro John Flanagan

John Flanagan’s Slaves of Socorro is available July 15th from Philomel! In this fourth book in the Brotherband Chronicles, a new battle unfolds as old rivalries are renewed, peace treaties are put to the test, and the action builds to a pulse-pounding finale.

Hal and his fellow Herons have returned home to Skandia after defeating the pirate captain Zavac and reclaiming Skandia’s most prized artifact, the Andomal. With their honor restored, the Herons turn to a new mission: tracking down an old rival turned bitter enemy. Tursgud—leader of the Shark Brotherband and Hal’s constant opponent—has turned from a bullying youth into a pirate and slave trader. After Tursgud captures twelve Araluen villagers to sell as slaves, the Heron crew sails into action with the help of one of Araluen’s finest Rangers.

[Read an Excerpt]

Tue
Jul 8 2014 3:45pm

Katniss Facepalming Hermione Is Everything

Jennifer Lawrence hang out Emma Watson photo Katniss Everdeen Hermione Granger Hunger Games Harry Potter crossover

In all of our Harry Potter/The Hunger Games crossover dreams, we never thought that seeing Katniss Everdeen and Hermione Granger together in the flesh would be so fun.

Or, if you’re being literal, Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson acting chummy at the Christian Dior show during Paris Fashion Week. But we like our version better.

[What adventures could these two get into? We have a few ideas.]

Tue
Jul 8 2014 3:30pm

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Sweepstakes!

We know you’re counting down the days until the July 11th release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, but before you get in line at the theater, let Titan Books take you behind the scenes with Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: The Art of the Films, out today. At 176 pages, this volume contains a wide array of the stunning artwork behind the popular films. 

We have three copies that we’d love to share with you! Comment in the post to enter! 

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Tue
Jul 8 2014 3:10pm

Neil Gaiman, Rainbow Rowell, and YOU Come Together for Lev Grossman’s The Magician’s Land Book Trailer

The Magician's Land book trailer Lev Grossman Neil Gaiman Rainbow Rowell Patrick Rothfuss Charles Stross Terry Brooks Gregory Maguire

We’re fans of book trailers where authors get their famous buddies to pop in as part of the joke, like Gary Shteyngart’s recent trailer for his memoir, Little Failure.

Now Shteyngart is paying it forward, as just one of the authors who help narrate the first chapter of Lev Grossman’s The Magician’s Land, out August 5. Check out the crowdsourced book trailer below!

[“The letter had said to meet at a bookstore...”]

Tue
Jul 8 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Ties of Blood and Water”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Ties of Blood and Water“Ties of Blood and Water”
Written by Edmund Newton & Robbin L. Slocum and Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by Avery Brooks
Season 5, Episode 19
Production episode 40510-517
Original air date: April 14, 1997
Stardate: 50712.5

Station log: Kira, Worf, and Dax welcome Tekeny Ghemor back to the station. With the Dominion having absorbed Cardassia, and with Ghemor’s history with the dissident movement that overthrew Central Command, he’s the best choice to lead the opposition to the new Dominion government. Unfortunately, Ghemor can’t do it because he’s terminally ill. He’s accepted that he’ll never see his daughter again (Kira says Bajoran Security is still looking for Iliana, but they haven’t found her yet), and he can’t lead a Cardassian government in exile. Bashir confirms the diagnosis, and has some treatments that might help, though nothing that will cure him.

Dukat contacts Sisko, demanding that Ghemor be returned to them. Since the Federation doesn’t recognize the current Cardassian government, and there are no extradition treaties between Cardassia and either the Federation or Bajor, Sisko smiles and says that Dukat shouldn’t get his hopes up before hanging up on him.

[Oh, my, that is quite toxic, isn’t it?]

Tue
Jul 8 2014 2:45pm

Special Tor.com Birthday Story from Kathleen Ann Goonan!

Tor.com turns six this year, and to celebrate we’re giving Tor.com subscribers a free sneak peek at a special birthday story by Kathleen Ann Goonan! “A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon a Star,” is about the daughter of a rocket scientist in the post 1950s who wants to go to the moon, despite being discouraged because “girls don’t do that.”

You can register for Tor.com to get a free first access to this special birthday story, which will be emailed to you on July 14th. The story will be available for free online on July 20th, our birthday.

Tue
Jul 8 2014 2:15pm

17 Minutes of Guardians of the Galaxy Was Not Enough

On Monday July 7, Marvel hosted an exclusive preview screening of Guardians of the Galaxy at several movie theatres across the country, and I was one of the lucky few who got to attend (Pro tip: Annual Plus Membership on Marvel’s Unlimited app gets you all kinds of sweet perks). However, unlike other preview screenings I’ve attended, this was only a 17-minute sneak peek, which is something I don’t think I’ve ever seen before. I know that sometimes movie studios will release a short scene for free online to promote the film, or attach it a 5-minute preview to another film in theatres, but...showing up at the movie theatres to watch 17-minutes of a movie that comes out in a month? That’s kinda weird, right?

And yet, I did it. I went, and I stood in line to watch a 17-minute “extended preview” of Guardians of the Galaxy, and I regret every second of it.

[Spoilers to follow]

Tue
Jul 8 2014 2:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Simon R Green

Welcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on Tor.com featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Joining us today is Simon R. Green, author of Blue Moon Rising, Beyond the Blue Moon, the Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, the Novels of the Nightside, the Secret Histories Novels, and the Ghost Finders Novels. Green revisits many of his worlds in the wide-ranging collection Tales of the Hidden World, available now from Open Road Media. Read an excerpt from “Quantum of Solace,” a brand new story of the Droods, here on Tor.com.

Join us!

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Tue
Jul 8 2014 1:45pm

Here’s Everything the New Harry Potter Story Reveals

Dumbledore's Army

J.K. Rowling has given quite a bit of information on the futures of the chosen generation that defeated Voldemort, but Rita Skeeter’s recently released gossip column on Pottermore has more to reveal. Interestingly, Rowling has gotten a bit more specific in her timeline, giving us a better idea of where the gang are. (Currently. This year. In 2014. Sorry, that’s a bit exciting.)

Full rundown ahead!

[Check it out.]

Tue
Jul 8 2014 1:30pm

Brandon Sanderson Reads First Chapter From Stormlight Archive Book 3!

Stormlight Archive book 3 Stones Unhallowed

Brandon Sanderson was a guest at this past July 4th weekend’s FantasyCon in Salt Lake City and took the opportunity to read a portion of the opening chapter of Stones Unhallowed, the third book in the Stormlight Archive! As Sanderson notes in the videos below, it was written only one week prior to the reading, so it’s very much not the finished version we’ll eventually see. Still exciting, though!

There’s video footage and a transcript below. It’s a Kaladin chapter and Words of Radiance spoilers are immediately present. Proceed with caution!

[First chapter from Stones Unhallowed]

Tue
Jul 8 2014 1:00pm

Short Fiction Spotlight: Stories from Clarkesworld #94

Clarkesworld issue 94 Welcome back to the Short Fiction Spotlight, a space for conversation about recent and not-so-recent short stories. Over the last two installments, I talked exclusively about the big June special issue over at Lightspeed Magazine (“Women Destroy Science Fiction!”)—so, this time around, I thought I’d shift attention to another recent publication: Clarkesworld #94 (July).

There were two stories in this issue that I found particularly compelling, one by N. K. Jemisin (“Stone Hunger”) and the other by Yoon Ha Lee (“The Contemporary Foxwife”). Both of these writers are familiar names, fairly well-discussed in the field, and their Clarkesworld stories this month make a solid case for why that is: they’re powerful and well-illustrated narratives that offer an engaging worldview.

[Also, hey, more speculative fiction by women. I sense a trend.]

Tue
Jul 8 2014 12:30pm

Sometimes Love Just Isn’t Enough: Rainbow Rowell’s Landline

Rainbow Rowell Landline reviewGeorgie McCool is at the peak of her TV writing career with the news of the one show she and her best friend, Seth, had been dreaming about since they first started working together right out of college. It’s everything she’s ever wanted. The only problem is, she’d have to skip the family Christmas vacation to Omaha that’s been planned weeks in advanced. Neal, being the kind and loving husband that he is, doesn’t push her, but is visibly upset that Georgie considers staying behind in California, spending Christmas away from him and their girls. But what can she do? It really is the big break she’s been waiting for, the chance of a lifetime. But is it worth it?

While separated from her husband and children, Georgie contemplates her marriage and how she and Neal went from deeply in love to a shockingly tense relationship. Through the help of a “magical fucking phone”—as Georgie calls it—she’s able to communicate with Neal from the past before they were even engaged. I was fascinated by this premise and was anxious to get my hands on a phone like that. Alas, Target does not sell it.

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Tue
Jul 8 2014 12:00pm

Preview The Art of Fred Gambino: Dark Shepherd

The Art of Fred Gambino: Dark ShepherdCombining CG imagery with digital paintings, Fred Gambino has created a lifetime of work that is as emotionally resonant as it is visually striking. Vivid and bold, Gambino’s work brings together the fragility and power of human beings with the vastness of their unknowable future. His illustrations seem to exist only a step away from our own reality and, while looking at them, it’s hard not to believe that humans could forge a new future, create complex technological advancements, and carve out a place for themselves among distant galaxies. Gambino makes it easy to see humans as being that daring, that important, that beautiful.

Gambino’s work as an artist and illustrator has been incredibly diverse, including the creation of sci-fi book covers and high-profile concept art for a number of television programs, films, and video games. He’s worked closely with Little Brown, National Geographic, Paramount, Scientific American, Lego, Mattel, and countless others.

We’re excited to present the following preview of The Art of Fred Gambino: Dark Shepherd, available July 19th from Titan Books. This 160-page volume contains a wide array of Gambino’s concept art, illustrations, paintings, sketches, and excerpts from his personal multimedia project, ‘Dark Shepherd.’

[Preview some of the art below]

Tue
Jul 8 2014 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: Eleanor Arnason’s Big Mama Stories and Aliette de Bodard’s “Heaven Under Earth”

Big Mama Stories Eleanor Arnason I mentioned in a previous column that I’m trying to read more of the James Tiptree Award nominees this year. I have to say, I’m not entirely sure to what extent my tastes and the judges' quite match up... but it’s proving an interesting experiment.

Both Big Mama Stories and “Heaven Under Earth” were named on the Tiptree Honor List this year. Stylistically, and thematically, they have very different concerns. Reading them back-to-back makes for a rather odd experience: one that heightens their contrasts—and reaffirms how much de Bodard’s short fiction just consistently blows me away.

[Possibly I have a bias. I’m okay with that.]

Tue
Jul 8 2014 10:40am

New Guardians of the Galaxy Trailer is Somehow Even Better Than the Rest!

Check out this even more extended Guardians of the Galaxy trailer! This movie, which already looks awesome, somehow looks better every time they release more footage. How is this possible? What feats of alchemy is James Gunn capable of??? Can he direct all the movies from now on? The new trailer features an extended (hilarious) argument between Starlord and Rocket, and a glimpse of Ronan the Accuser! Watch the full extended-ness below!

[GROOOOOT.]