A Galaxy Far, Far Away Meets The Great White Way With #broadWAYthe4thBeWithYou

Thanks in small part to Hamilton, Broadway and musical theater are getting more attention on the Internet, through hashtags and memes as their fandoms find one another. (This year marked the first BroadwayCon.) And while we already knew that #Force4Ham was a thing, today’s Star Wars Day celebration has made room for the return of a hilarious hashtag: #broadWAYthe4thBeWithYou. That’s right, people are mashing up Broadway and Star Wars on Twitter, and the results are wonderfully witty.

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The Queen of Sheba Versus The Beautiful Menace From Mars: Joanna Russ’s “My Boat”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

Today we’re looking at Joanna Russ’s “My Boat,” first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in January 1976. Spoilers ahead.

[ “Be careful, Jim. Look again. Always look again.”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

Is Bran Stark the Hero of Game of Thrones?

As they say in pop-culture parlance, “Hang onto your butts”. In only two episodes, Game of Thrones Season 6 has established—for anyone who may have forgotten in the last 5 seasons of letter writing, sword-poking and sexposition—that it is the most magic-filled series on television. This overt acknowledgement of the whole Fantasy part of this fantasy series may point to a new trend for what we can expect on Game of Thrones. It’s got to be hard to downplay all the magic stuff when a main character is performing ongoing feats of hair-based miracle working… But we digress.

While nearly every major character is gifted in some way, there are some characters that are just more magical than others. They function as center points of regional beliefs and as the nexus of converging plot points. While some may focus on the powerful possibilities of the followers of R’hllor or the ingrained abilities of the descendants of Valyria we want to introduce you to the most important character in ASOIAF. Period. The coincidentally-newly-returned-to-the-show…Bran Stark.

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Series: HBO’s Game of Thrones

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: Blood and Bone, Chapter Thirteen (Part Three)

Welcome back 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 Chapter Thirteen (Part Three) of Ian Cameron Esslemont’s Blood and Bone.

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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Series: Malazan Reread of the Fallen

Pathfinder Tales: Liar’s Bargain Sweepstakes!

We want to send you a galley copy of Tim Pratt’s Pathfinder Tales: Liar’s Bargain, available June 7th from Tor Books!

The sequel to Hugo Award Winner Tim Pratt’s Liar’s Island! For charming con man Rodrick and his talking sword Hrym, life is all about taking what you can and getting away clean. But when the pair are arrested in the crusader nation of Lastwall, Rodrick faces immediate execution, with Hrym spending the rest of eternity trapped in an enchanted scabbard. Their only hope lies in a secret government program in which captured career criminals are teamed up and sent on suicide missions too sensitive for ordinary soldiers.

Trapped between almost certain death and actual certain death, the two join forces with a team of rogues and scoundrels, ready to serve their year-long tenure as best they can. Yet not everyone in their party is what they seem, and a death sentence may only be the start of the friends’ problems.

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Kendare Blake’s Anna Dressed in Blood Movie Casts Its Leads

Twilight author Stephenie Meyer is adapting Kendare Blake’s YA ghost story Anna Dressed in Blood (from Tor Teen) for the big screen, Deadline reports, and the leads have just been announced. Cameron Monaghan (Shameless) will star as Cas Lowood, who is tasked with killing the dead—destroying ghosts that have stayed on for unfinished business, especially of the murderous sort. But when he comes across a deserted Victorian that has claimed the lives of everyone who enters it, he finds that the ghost, known as Anna Dressed in Blood (Maddie Hasson, who stars on Freeform’s Twisted) is less killer than cursed.

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The Temeraire Reread: Black Powder War

Hello, everyone! Welcome back to the Temeraire Reread, in which I recap and review Naomi Novik’s Temeraire series, one novel a week, leading up to the release of the final volume, League of Dragons, on June 14th. We continue this week with the third novel, Black Powder War, in which we return to Europe—and the Napoleonic Wars—via Istanbul. You can catch up on past posts at the reread index, or check out Tor.com’s other posts about Naomi Novik’s works through her tag.

Reminder: these posts may contain spoilers through all currently-published novels, but will contain no spoilers for the forthcoming League of Dragons (I’ve now read it, but I’m pretending I haven’t). If you have read League, absolutely no spoilers! But there’s no need to warn for spoilers about the published books, so spoil—and comment!—away.

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Series: The Temeraire Reread

Sexy Texas: Night Shift by Charlaine Harris

Midnight is a tiny village in of Texas at the crossroads of the middle nowhere to even more nowhere. It’s a place that attracts transients and those looking to live under the radar. Like the town of Bon Temps in Charlaine Harris’ other more famous series, Midnight is a quirky country town with a preponderance of magic. A lovelorn witch, an empathetic psychic, a vampire, a pair of fallen angels, a pack of weretigers, a mystical quickie mart manager, and a talking cat all call the town home, not to mention the professional hitwoman, the restaurant owners who aren’t who they claim, and the equally lovelorn pawnshop owner.

In the first two books of the “Midnight, Texas” rural fantasy trilogy, Charlaine Harris explores the deepest, darkest secrets of the townsfolk, and in Night Shift she digs into the evil under the town that drew them there and may end up killing them all. When strangers wander into the crossroads and start killing themselves in increasingly brutal ways, the Midnighters rally together to figure out why. Lemuel acquires help translating the ancient books Bobo found in the shop, and what he discovers offers no good news. A newcomer sparks the locals’ interest, especially since about the same time as his arrival a voice begins talking to Fiji. Turns out the town is built over an imprisoned demon and he wants out. Now. Unfortunately for Fiji, she’s the key to his escape as well as his continued imprisonment.

As bad as the spellwork required to battle the demon is, it’s her collapsing unrequited romance with Bobo that hurts her the most. It’s time for Fiji to take her life into her own hands. Saving the town and finding happiness are up to her, but only if the creeps following Olivia, the threat posed by Teacher and Madonna, and Lemuel’s risky dealmaking don’t get in the way first.

[“Fiji was not a happy witch.”]

Star Wars: Bloodline Should Definitely Be a Movie

Claudia Gray’s new Star Wars novel, Bloodline, is tense and exciting and galaxy-spanning in scope. You might even say it’s… cinematic. It would make such a good movie, is what I’m trying to say here. And as soon as that occurred to me, I starting dream-casting the new characters. Read on for my vision for Bloodline, and add your own in the comments! I’ve kept the post spoiler-free, but beware of any lurking in the comments—you can also check out my review of the book if you need more convincing that this movie NEEDS to happen.

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Announcing the 2016 Locus Award Finalists!

Locus Magazine has announced the finalists in each category of the 2016 Locus Awards! The winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 24-26, 2016; Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony.

We are honored to see various Tor Books and Tor.com authors and contributors nominated, including Gene Wolfe, Elizabeth Bear, and Daryl Gregory, as well as Kai Ashante Wilson (for Sorcerer of the Wildeeps) and Nnedi Okorafor (for Binti). We’re also gratified to see Ellen Datlow, Jonathan Strahan, and David Hartwell nominated in the Editor category, and Tor.com itself nominated in the Best Magazine category. Congratulations to all the nominees!

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Met Gala or Jupiter Ascending II?

The theme for this year’s Met Gala—the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual Costume Institute benefit—was “Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology,” which gave fashionable Hollywood types an excuse to get really, really shiny. Some people interpreted the theme differently (or very loosely), but for the most part, it looked less like a regular red carpet and more like a very elaborate audition for a Jupiter Ascending sequel that we would absolutely watch. Claire Danes as a space queen in a light-up dress? Zoe Saldana in the longest space-train? Yes, please.

For the best take on the gala’s silver-dress spectacular, check out Genevieve Valentine’s glorious red-carpet rundown, which will tell you who looked like the patron saint of androids, and who enjoys feeling like a beautiful moon princess. (Besides Stubby, that is.)

Fiction Affliction: May Releases in Fantasy

May’s twenty-two fantasy novels are full of dragons, intrigue, and strange lands. Illustrator Todd Lockwood releases his first novel; Sarah J. Maas delves further into her Court of Thorns and Roses series; Ian C. Esslemont starts a new Malazan trilogy; and Guy Gavriel Kay returns. At this rate, your summer reading is already set!

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“It’s Make-believe, Isn’t It?” — Falling in Love with Little, Big

Little, Big by John Crowley is a brilliant, complex, perplexing paradox of a book. It’s deeply serious and yet utterly evanescent: a sophisticated, moving adult novel about fairyland. I first came across it on the recommendation of a very well-read friend, and I fell hard for it within the first few pages. The moment I want to shout about here is the one that first prompted this headlong topple.

So, some background: the novel is that rare and old-fashioned thing, a family saga. The Drinkwaters are an American family whose home, Edgewood, is a many-faced, labyrinthine, Beaux Arts country pile, not too distant from an unnamed city that is clearly New York. Yet the Drinkwaters are special, and what makes them special is that they’re related (by marriage) to fairies. Their family history, at diverse and unpredictable points, is implicated in “the Tale”—a longstanding fairy narrative that unfolds in a rhythm too slow, too magical, for human comprehension.

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Series: That Was Awesome! Writers on Writing