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Wed
Dec 25 2013 9:00am

Encore Presentation: Overtime

We hope you enjoy this encore presentation of the 2009 Tor.com Christmas story “Overtime,” by Charles Stross, which takes place in the Laundry universe.

Overtime by Charles Stross

All bureaucracies obey certain iron laws, and one of the oldest is this: get your seasonal leave booked early, lest you be trampled in the rush.

I broke the rule this year, and now I’m paying the price. It’s not my fault I failed to book my Christmas leave in time—I was in hospital and heavily sedated. But the ruthless cut and thrust of office politics makes no allowance for those who fall in the line of battle: “You should have foreseen your hospitalization and planned around it” said the memo from HR when I complained. They’re quite right, and I’ve made a note to book in advance next time I’m about to be abducted by murderous cultists or enemy spies.

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Tue
Dec 24 2013 9:00am

“I, Cthulhu, or, What’s A Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing In A Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47° 9’ S, Longitude 126° 43’ W)?”

I, Cthulhu, or, What’s A Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing In A Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47° 9’ S, Longitude 126° 43’ W) by Neil Gaiman

Please enjoy what has fast become a quiet Christmas tradition in the Tor.com offices: the reading of Neil Gaiman’s original story: “I, Cthulhu, or, What’s A Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing In A Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47° 9’ S, Longitude 126° 43’ W)?”

Merry Christmas!

 

I.

Cthulhu, they call me. Great Cthulhu.

Nobody can pronounce it right.

Are you writing this down? Every word? Good. Where shall I start—mm?

Very well, then. The beginning. Write this down, Whateley.

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Mon
Oct 1 2012 10:00am

Steampunk Week 2012 on Tor.com

Steampunk Week 2012 on Tor.com

One of the first major blogging events we’ve done on Tor.com was for steampunk, and every autumn with the turning of the leaves, the H.M.S. Stubbington gets its engines stoked for another bout of gears, cogs, and 19th-century know-how. Now, Year Four into this brass madness, the question comes to mind: “Why does steampunk still matter?”

[Read more about what we’re featuring this week]

Sat
Dec 24 2011 12:00pm

“I, Cthulhu, or, What’s A Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing In A Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47° 9’ S, Longitude 126° 43’ W)?”

I, Cthulhu, or, What’s A Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing In A Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47° 9’ S, Longitude 126° 43’ W) by Neil Gaiman

Please enjoy what has fast become a quiet Christmas tradition in the Tor.com offices: the reading of Neil Gaiman’s original story: “I, Cthulhu, or, What’s A Tentacle-Faced Thing Like Me Doing In A Sunken City Like This (Latitude 47° 9’ S, Longitude 126° 43’ W)?”

Merry Christmas!

 

I.

Cthulhu, they call me. Great Cthulhu.

Nobody can pronounce it right.

Are you writing this down? Every word? Good. Where shall I start—mm?

Very well, then. The beginning. Write this down, Whateley.

[Read more]

Fri
Oct 7 2011 6:00pm

So Long & Thanks for All the Brass!

Wow, this week went by quickly!

Steampunk Week 2011 has come to an end, and in the process, we’ve taken our trip out into the aether and back again. It’s been short and sweet this time around, but, hopefully, satisfying. For those of you stumbling upon this post, feel free to revisit all of our articles, interviews, and giveaway listsings over on Steampunk Week’s index page. (Linked above.) I also encourage readers to continue the conversations in these posts, or just drop a line to show some love; feedback is the best gift you can give to a blogger.

[Many thank yous]

Mon
Oct 3 2011 10:00am

Steampunk Week on Tor.com

Steampunk has reached critical mass. At least, that’s the assumption in the greater SFF community. We’ve gotten to the point where a dozen different newspapers write an article per week explaining the subgenre to the mainstream. TV shows base episodes off the community (some better than others). Stores now have pre-fab Halloween outfits for sky pirates and adventurers.

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Mon
May 16 2011 5:34pm

Planet of Sound: Warren Zevon, “Werewolves of London”

Werewolves of London by Warren Zevon

(Planet of Sound is a weekly speculative-fiction music feature.)

The title of Warren Zevon’s song “Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead” was appropriated for a 1995 crime drama, but “Werewolves of London” is the one that really could have cashed in on cinematic treatment.

In his biggest hit, Zevon does for werewolves what Anne Rice did for vampires—except Zevon was writing in the 1970s. Brad Pitt’s a bit too shaved-chest smooth to star in this one. It’s more a Burt Reynolds role:

“I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic’s / His hair was perfect.”

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Tue
Mar 8 2011 9:54am

Audioslice: Winter’s Heart by Robert Jordan

Winter’s Heart by Robert JordanFor as long as I’ve worked at Macmillan Audio, I’ve been fielding questions about Robert Jordan’s Winter’s Heart audiobook.

“Why is Winter’s Heart so incredibly hard to find on CD?”

“When will I finally be able to buy the CD version of Winter’s Heart?”

And so go the laments.

Well, lament no more. It’s been years since the physical audiobook was readily available, but Winter’s Heart on CD (and digital download) is now here!

[Audio and giveaway below the cut]

Mon
Mar 7 2011 5:31pm

Under the Covers with a Flashlight: Our Lives as Readers

It was a sticky, scorching summer, made worse for the fact that I had been relegated to the third floor of my family’s house: I had to give up my room for guests who had come to visit, and heat rises, as you well know. The pink room had sloped ceilings, but it was no bother because I was rather short back then. Okay, I’m still short. I’m painting a picture of nostalgia, leave me alone.

I was supposed to be asleep; my mom was directing a summer musical for kids and we started rehearsal bright and early every morning, so I had to be awake. But hey, I was on the third floor, and no one would be the wiser if I kept this light on for a little longer, right? I had to finish this chapter; Boba Fett was taking a team of bounty hunters to meet Gheeta the Hutt, and I just knew the job was gonna go wrong in a bad way. Sleep was not an option, not until I found out if my instincts were right.

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Mon
Mar 7 2011 10:11am

Facebook Roundup: Singing Starship Captains & Zombie Rights!

Pinocchio on Tor.com Art Department

Last week on our Facebook Fringe, we visited a cafe in the underworld, calculated Death Star specs and had a set of mysterious prophecies explained to us. Take a look at what you missed!

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Fri
Mar 4 2011 11:06am

Will Wonder Woman ever look like an Amazon Woman?

Adrianne PalickiUpon hearing the casting news of the new Wonder Woman television series, there was quite a bit of optimism along with a healthy dose of “...who’s that again?” Although I haven’t seen Adrianne Palicki in anything, I’m aware that this could actually bode well for the franchise, and I’m certainly in no hurry to judge her acting chops before I’ve seen her take on the part. There is one thing that does bother me, though. See that picture on the right? While she is clearly a very attractive woman, I have a small bone to pick with producers and casting agents everywhere—

Why doesn’t she look like she could beat me up?

[Where have all the valkyries gone...]

Thu
Mar 3 2011 6:20pm

Reason #8769 Why 3D Isn’t Always a Good Thing

He’s-a coming right at yousa!I love Star Wars. 3D and I, on the other hand, we don’t get along so well. It was a bad break up and we’re currently seeing other people. (3D is seeing everyone, while I’m a bit more selective.) So for those of you who perhaps hadn’t heard the news, the Star Wars saga is currently being converted into 3D format for the big screen. The Phantom Menace will get there first, early in 2012, and... well, what more is there to say?

Other than the fact that we’re already having nightmares about Jar Jar trying to grab fruit with his tongue and strangling us instead?


Emily Asher-Perrin writes for a few websites, and tweets and all the rest of it.

Thu
Mar 3 2011 4:14pm

Malazan Giveaway of the Fallen!

The Crippled God by Steven EriksonThe Crippled God was released yesterday and everyone here at Tor.com would love to give a hearty congratulations to Steven Erikson, Ian Cameron Esslemont and the Malazan Empire! That’s right, the Malazan series is officially completed, so we’ve decided to give away a complete set of the entire series. We will also be giving one set a away on Facebook and one on Twitter, so keep an eye out for more chances to win!

The Official Rules: To enter, post a comment in this post—duplicates won’t count—by noon EST on Wednesday, March 9th. One winner will be randomly chosen from these comments. If we don’t hear back from the winner within 24 hours of being contacted, another winner will be chosen.

Wed
Mar 2 2011 3:36pm

SFF and the Classical Past, Part 7—Labyrinths

Pan’s Labyrinth

Labyrinths—physical ones, at least—don’t crop up all that often in fantasy and science fiction. When they do, I find them fascinating. There’s something about mazes: their nature as a physical riddle; their existence as a place which operates, metaphorically and occasionally literally, outside the normal rules of space; the monster that every labyrinth holds inside.

[Read more, but trail a string behind you]

Mon
Feb 28 2011 2:44pm

Tolkien Estate Set on Destroying a Handful of Books

Mirkwood by Steve HillardIn an interesting legal twist, it seems that the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien is attempting to sue author Steve Hillard for using Tolkien’s name—not for assuming the author’s name as his own, but for using Tolkien as a character. That’s right, Mirkwood: A Novel About JRR Tolkien, might be pulled from Amazon.com and pulped for portraying the late fantasy fiction king between its pages.

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Sun
Feb 27 2011 5:01pm

Tor.com Facebook Roundup: Mapping WOT Journeys, E.T. 2 & Strong Women

Wheel of Time map at Tor.com Wheel of Time

This week we’ve taken a peek into the lives of creative people, seen a trailer for a movie that will never exist and cooed at the undead. We’ve got it all here for you on our weekly Facebook Roundup!

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Fri
Feb 25 2011 12:26pm

Dinosaur Footprints Go Digital

AcrocanthosaurusOne day when the sun goes nova and our little planet is melted in an instant, everyone is going to be scrambling around to figure out exactly what famous historical artifacts we can throw on to our escaping spacecraft. But if we start digitizing our past now, there’s a chance that all of Earth’s fossils can be saved forever and possibly reconstructed at a later date by 3-D modeling. (There are, of course, other good reasons to archive our planet's biological history. We just like exploding suns.)

[Millions of years from now your footprints will also be digitally stored]

Thu
Feb 24 2011 5:40pm

Brent Weeks Chats with Peter Orullian

Brent WeeksI first met Brent Weeks the afternoon before his Seattle book signing for The Black Prism. Terry Brooks, Shawn Speakman, and I met Brent and his charming wife for some Mexican food before the evening’s festivities got rolling. I liked him from the get go. We had a great conversation at dinner, and sometime that evening I asked about doing an interview. He said yes and he and I have spent a few months casually trading emails. What follows is that exchange. Thanks, Brent!

Peter Orullian: Hey, Brent. Let’s roll first with the basics: books you’ve written, foreign languages, professional mentions, genre, and your thoughts on the meaning of life.

Brent Weeks: Oh, good, I thought this was going to be in-depth. I’ve written five books now—one of which shall never see the happy halogen glow of a bookstore—then The Night Angel Trilogy, and now the first book in a new series, The Black Prism. The Night Angel Trilogy is currently being published (or in the translation process) in thirteen languages. Let’s see if I can remember: English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Indonesian, Complex Chinese, Russian, Polish, Spanish, Czech, Hungarian, and Greek.

Professional mentions... um, I think most professionals try to avoid talking about me in polite conversation.

As for the rest—aha, I see, this is one of those Get the Author on His Heels and Overwhelm Him interviews, isn’t it?

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Thu
Feb 24 2011 4:56pm

Hail to the Chiefs! The Top SF&F Presidents

In addition to the fact that banks were closed and no mail was delivered, we suspect this past Monday also featured an inter-dimensional party where George Washington dance-battled Jimmy Carter to the thumping beats of Lady Gaga. Though we have no proof that this kind of thing happens every President’s Day, it seems totally feasible. But it also got us thinking about the chief executives in our favorite genre films, TV shows and books. Luckily, we have wonderful readers and followers here at Tor.com and via Facebook and Twitter, they helped us sort out who they’d elect in the universe of science fiction and fantasy presidents.

[Here’s the top three vote-getters from you, along with two of our dark horse candidates]

Thu
Feb 24 2011 12:28pm

Audioslice: Hellhole by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

Hellhole AudiobookWe’ve got a treat for those of you who enjoyed the excerpt of Hellhole, the new trilogy from the writing team of Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, out from Tor Books on March 15th. Macmillan Audio has provided a free audio excerpt encompassing Chapter Two! So give your eyes a break and let your ears do the work.

Longtime Dune narrator Scott Brick lends his services as the voice of this brand new epic series. Brick’s had plenty of experience turning Herbert and Anderson’s words into audio gold and he doesn’t disappoint here. Happy listening!

 


Samantha Beerman is spreading the word about audiobooks.