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October 30, 2014
Rich and Strange: “Witch, Beast, Saint” by C. S. E. Cooney
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October 29, 2014
19 Strange Things Hiding in The World of Ice and Fire
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October 28, 2014
Fairy Tale No More: Doctor Who is a Science Fiction Show Again
Ryan Britt
October 27, 2014
Seven Science-Fiction Heroes with Swashbuckling Swagger
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9 Harry Potter Halloween Stories We’d Rather See Than Dolores Umbridge
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Oct 30 2014 10:00am

The Worst of All Possible Universes and the Best of All Possible Earths: Three Body and Chinese Science Fiction

The Three-Body Problem Cixin Liu

Article translated by Ken Liu.

A few years ago, a science fiction novel appeared in China under the strange title of Three Body.

There were, in total, three volumes, and the title for the entire work is Remembrance of Earth’s Past. After volume I, Three Body (note: the official English title for volume I is The Three-Body Problem), the next two volumes are The Dark Forest and Death’s End. However, Chinese readers habitually refer to the entire work as Three Body.

Science fiction is not a genre that has much respect in China. Critics have long been discouraged from paying attention to the category, dismissed as a branch of juvenile literature. The subject of Three Body—an alien invasion of Earth—is not unheard of, but rarely discussed.

[Science fiction and cultural history in China...]

Oct 30 2014 9:30am

Rich and Strange: “Witch, Beast, Saint” by C. S. E. Cooney

Grooming Earlier this autumn I was infuriated enough by a bigoted and incompetent review of a talented writer’s work that I decided to review it myself. The result was Rich and Strange, a commitment to review short fiction on a weekly basis, focusing on work in magazines that I’ve especially loved. I reviewed three stories—Sam J. Miller’s “We Are the Cloud,” Alyssa Wong’s “Santos de Sampaguitas,” and Kate Hall’s “The Scrimshaw and the Scream”—before taking Tor.com up on the invitation of running the column here.

Partly in honour of Liz Bourke’s Sleeps With Monsters column but mostly just because it’s dazzling, the first story I want to single out for praise in this venue is C. S. E. Cooney’s “Witch, Beast, Saint: an Erotic Fairy Tale.”

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Oct 30 2014 9:30am

Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution Sweepstakes!

Just in time for Halloween, we’ve got a chance for you to win one of our five copies of Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution by Tor.com’s own Keith R.A. DeCandido, available now from Crown Publishing! Check out our excerpt and review, and then find out about Ichabod Crane’s connection to George Washington (and his secret war against the demon hordes) by winning a copy of the book!

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Oct 30 2014 9:00am

Check Out Dragonstone and Other Art Pieces From The World of Ice & Fire

The World of Ice & Fire book art Dragonstone Philip Straub George R.R. Martin

One of the best things about George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series is the utter detail he puts into the world of Westeros (and beyond), down to its castles, thrones, and warring families. Pick up The World of Ice & Fire, the new history compendium, and you’ll get to see these details that have lived in your imagination made real.

In addition to the 19 factoids, family trees, and prophecies we found hiding within its 300+ pages, there’s a breathtaking array of art depicting every corner of Westeros and beyond. Readers will get to see the Iron Throne (the much scarier version than what’s on the HBO series) up close, as well as detailed views of castles like Dragonstone and portraits of historical figures including Rhaegar Targaryen and Princess Nymeria. Check out a preview of the art below!

[Feast your eyes on the art of The World of Ice & Fire]

Oct 30 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Dark Wings, Dark Words? No, Just a Halloween Greeting!

Mental Floss shared a whole pillowcase full of vintage Halloween cards! They range from sweet “Haunting Licenses” to creepy scenes of elves sawing sentient pumpkins in half, but they all make us wish people still sent these...maybe we can hijack Christmas? We especially loved this one, because, as if the terrible puns weren’t enough, it contains a mystery! Why is Ghost Kid bound in chains? Did it somehow rob from widows and swindle the poor before its fifth birthday? And maybe most importantly: What the heck is it doing with that salt shaker?

Morning Roundup brings you terrifying renditions of Poe stories, the top ten film phobias, and all the ways your life is different from Harry Potter’s.

[Plus, George R.R. Martin takes a Game of Thrones quiz!]

Oct 29 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: David Gerrold

David Gerrold pop quizWelcome 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!

Today we’re joined by David Gerrold, the author of over 50 books, hundreds of articles and columns, and over a dozen television episodes—including the Star Trek Original Series classic “The Trouble with Tribbles.” David recently released 12 of his classic works in ebook format, including When Harlie Was One, Moonstar, and Child of Grass. Find out more about all of the ebook releases at Gerrold’s site, and check out an excerpt from Child of Earth, book one in The Sea of Grass trilogy, here on Tor.com!

[Join us!]

Oct 29 2014 4:00pm

Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison! (Excerpt)

Harry Harrison

Harry Harrison memoir excerpt Recollections of one of the grand masters of science fiction, on his storied career as a celebrated author and on his relationships with other luminaries in the field. This memoir is filled with all the humor and irreverence Harry Harrison’s readers have come to expect from the New York Times bestselling author of the uproarious Stainless Steel Rat series. This also includes black and white photos spanning his sixty-year career.

Harry Harrison’s memoir, Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison! is available November 4th from Tor Books. Read an excerpt below!

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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 31 2014 5:00pm

Demon: The Descent is His Dark Materials Meets Terminator and Aliens

Demon: the DescentThe front of the book calls Demon: The Descent a “game of techgnostic espionage,” but what the heck is that? Imagine you are playing a cyberpunk game, but instead of having an implanted set of Wolverine-like spurs...you have an implanted flaming sword that chants “hosannah” in a blasphemous growl. Imagine a game of top secret cat and mouse like The Matrix, but rather than men in black and hackers wirefighting, H.R. Giger-esque shapes with the names of angels clash. It’s Twin Peaks, where the death of Laura Palmer was engineered by a false gnostic machine-god at the heart of the Black Lodge and Agent Cooper is an enlightened angelic freedom fighter (which he sort of already is, to be fair).

Demon is a game about building up a mortal life as a “Cover” and using that Cover to strike back at the horrifyingly Lovecraftian God-Machine that keeps the World of Darkness in chains. You know how to hit it where it hurts because you used to serve it as one of it’s constructs, one of it’s robots, one of its angels. Before you Fell.

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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.”]