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Mon
Sep 22 2014 2:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Grady Hendrix

Grady Hendrix pop quiz interview 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!

Today we’re joined by writer and journalist Grady Hendrix, who heads up The Great Stephen King Reread and Under the Dome recaps, plus co-writes the Summer of Sleaze pulp fiction reread here on Tor.com. A former film critic for the New York Sun, Grady has also written for Slate, the Village Voice, Time Out New York, Playboy, and Variety.

Grady’s latest novel, Horrorstör, is traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting—available September 23rd from Quirk Books. While researching the novel, Grady learned some weird Ikea facts, which he happily shares with us below!

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Fri
Sep 19 2014 11:00am

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Peter Watts

Peter Watts pop quiz interview 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!

Today we’re joined by Peter Watts, a biologist and science fiction writer. His first book, Starfish, was a New York Times Notable Book, while his sixth, Blindsight—a philosophical rumination on the nature of consciousness with an unhealthy focus on space vampires—has become a core text in diverse undergraduate courses ranging from philosophy to neuropsych, and is rumored to have ended up in the occasional Real Neuro Lab. His latest novel, Echopraxia, is available now from Tor Books. Read an excerpt here on Tor.com!

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Alys Arden

Alys Arden pop quiz interview 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!

Today we’re joined by Alys Arden, debut author of The Casquette Girls, a Southern Gothic tale of history, magic, and vampires, set in the city of New Orleans. Alys grew up in the Vieux Carré, cut her teeth on the streets of New York, and has worked all around the world since. She tends to talk a lot. Travel a lot. And obsessively document things. She still plans to run away with the circus one day.

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 12:26pm

Anthony Daniels Got J.J. Abrams to Make Him A New C-3PO Suit for Episode VII

Anthony Daniels C-3PO Star Wars Episode VII

Anthony Daniels was recently interviewed by Entertainment Weekly on the subject of his near-40 years(!) as one of the most beloved mechanical beings in cinema. He didn’t give anything away about the plot of Star Wars: Episode VII, but he did have some to say about the experience filming, and about his role in Star Wars Rebels.

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Tue
Sep 16 2014 4:00pm

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

David Barnett pop quiz interview 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!

Today we’re joined by an award-winning journalist and author David Barnett! David is the multimedia content manager of the Telegraph & Argus, the cultural reviewer for The Guardian and the Independent on Sunday, and has done features for the Independent and Wired.

His steampunk/Victoriana novel Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl and its sequel, Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon, are both available from Tor Books. Read excerpts from Mechanical Girl and Brass Dragon here on Tor.com.

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Mon
Sep 15 2014 4:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Kelly Barnhill

Kelly Barnhill pop quiz interview 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!

Today we’re joined by Kelly Barnhill! Kelly writes novels for children and short stories for adults and poetry that she whispers in the dark when no one is listening. Her first novel, The Mostly True Story of Jack, received four-starred reviews, and her second, Iron Hearted Violet, received a Parents’ Choice Gold Award.

Kelly’s latest novel, The Witch's Boy, takes classic fairy tale elements–speaking stones, a friendly wolf, and a spoiled young king–and weaves them into a richly detailed narrative that explores good and evil, love and hate, magic, and the power of friendship. Look for it September 16th from Algonquin Young Readers.

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Mon
Sep 15 2014 12:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Tad Williams

Tad Williams pop quiz interview 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!

Today we’re joined by Tad Williams. Tad is co-founder of an interactive television company, and is currently writing comic books and film and television scripts as well as novels. Sleeping Late on Judgement Day, available now from DAW, is the third installment of Tad Williams’s urban fantasy Bobby Dollar series.

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Mon
Sep 15 2014 10:00am

Bigger on the Inside: Talking with Robert Jackson Bennett about City of Stairs

City of Stairs Robert Jackson Bennett’s City of Stairs—available now in the US (Crown Publishing) and October 2nd in the UK (Jo Fletcher Books), and excerpted here on Tor.com—is both a murder mystery and fantasy novel.

A spy from Saypur, a colonial power, is investigating the murder of a historian in Bulikov, an old city that is one of Saypur’s colonies. The murder investigation, however, requires the spy to deal with the histories of Saypur and Bulikov themselves; along the way, she discovers that Bulikov’s dead gods—deities on earth defeated in warfare when Bulikov fell to Saypur—may not be exactly dead after all.

I recently talked to Robert Jackson about this new direction in his writing.

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Fri
Sep 12 2014 4:00pm

“I Want It All” — A Conversation with Emily St. John Mandel

Station Eleven Emily St John Mandel I’ve been a fan of Emily St. John Mandel ever since her first novel, Last Night in Montreal, came out in 2009; she’s a stunningly beautiful writer whose complex, flawed, and well-drawn characters linger with you long after you set her books down.

Now, with the release of Station Eleven—a big, brilliant, ambitious, genre-bending novel that follows a traveling troupe of Shakespearean actors roaming a postapocalyptic world­—she’s poised for blockbuster success. Effortlessly combining her flawless craftsmanship, rich insights, and compelling characters with big-budget visions of the end of the world, Station Eleven is hands-down one of my favorite books of the year.

[After the jump: An interview with Emily St. John Mandel.]

Fri
Sep 12 2014 1:30pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Djibril al-Ayad

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!

Today we’re joined by Djibril al-Ayad, a French-born historian and archaeologist with research interests including ancient magic and futuristic technology. He runs The Future Fire, an online magazine of social-political speculative fiction, and is the co-editor of the anthologies Outlaw Bodies (with Lori Selke) and We See a Different Frontier (with Fabio Fernandes), and the forthcoming Accessing the Future (with Kathryn Allan).

Read on for one of the best slashfic cross-over SFF pairings we’ve ever encountered...

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Fri
Sep 12 2014 9:00am

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Giacomo Cimini

Giacomo Cimini pop quiz interview 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!

Today we’re joined by Giacomo Cimini, director of The Nostalgist, a short sci fi film based on a Tor.com original story by New York Times best-selling author Daniel H. Wilson (Robopocalypse, Amped). In the futuristic city of Vanille, with properly tuned ImmerSyst Eyes & Ears the world can look and sound like a paradise. But the life of a father and his young son threatens to disintegrate when the father’s device begins to fail. Desperate to avoid facing his own traumatic reality, the man must venture outside to find a replacement, into a city where violence and danger lurk beneath a skim of beautiful illusion. The film is available for pre-order at We Are Colony.

Find out Giacomo’s very simple solution to Jeff Goldblum’s fly problem, and watch the trailer for The Nostalgist below!

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Thu
Sep 11 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

Cristin Aptowicz 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!

Today we’re joined by Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, the award-winning writer of Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam and popular touring poet and spoken word performer. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Her second nonfiction book is a mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities. Dr. Mütter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine, will be released by Gotham Books in Fall 2014.

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Tue
Sep 9 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: William Ritter

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!

Today we’re joined by William Ritter, an author with degrees in English and education with certificates in creative writing and folklore. He currently teaches high school language arts, including reading and writing, mythology and heroes. He is a proud husband and father. When reading aloud, he always does the voices.

William’s debut novel, Jackaby, is available September 16th from Algonquin Young Readers. Described as Doctor Who meets Sherlock, the novel features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

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Mon
Sep 8 2014 3:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Kelly Link

Monstrous Affections Gavin GrantWelcome 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 short fiction author Kelly Link, whose collections include Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, and Pretty Monsters. Together with Gavin Grant, Kelly co-edited the acclaimed anthology Steampunk! as well as The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror for five years. Kelly and Gavin also run the independent publishing house Small Beer Press.

The pair’s newest anthology, Monstrous Affections, is available September 9th from Candlewick Press. Get a better look at Yuko Shimizu’s cover art for the anthology as well as the full table of contents here on Tor.com. And keep track of all our Monstrous Affections content, including Pop Quizzes from editors and authors, here!

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Fri
Sep 5 2014 4:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Nik Houser

Monstrous AffectionsWelcome 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 Nik Houser, an author whose work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Best American Fantasy, and his mom’s refrigerator. He also writes and draws a weekly web comic called Gentleman Caveman, and he has recently tried his hand at stand-up comedy. Find him on Twitter.

Nik’s story “Son of Abyss” will be published in Monstrous Affections, an anthology edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant, available September 9th from Candlewick Press. Get a better look at Yuko Shimizu’s cover art for the anthology as well as the full table of contents here on Tor.com.

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Thu
Sep 4 2014 4:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Robert Jackson Bennett

Robert Jackson Bennett 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!

Today we're joined by Robert Jackson Bennett, author of American Elsewhere, The Troupe, The Company Man, and Mr. Shivers. His books have been awarded the Edgar Award, the Shirley Jackson, and the Philip K. Dick Citation of Excellence.

His latest, City of Stairs, is an atmospheric and intrigue-filled novel of dead gods, buried histories, and a mysterious, protean city. The novel is available September 9th in the US (Crown Publishing) and October 2nd in the UK (Jo Fletcher Books). Read an excerpt here on Tor.com, and check out the Rocket Talk podcast episode where Bennett discusses the future of genre fiction!

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Wed
Sep 3 2014 3:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Jay Bonansinga

Jay Bonansinga pop quiz interview 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!

Today we’re joined by Jay Bonansinga, New York Times bestselling author of twenty books, including the Bram Stoker finalist The Black Mariah (1994), the International Thriller Writers Award finalist Shattered (2007), and the wildly popular Walking Dead novels (based on the original series created by Robert Kirkman). Jay’s work has been translated into eleven languages, and he has been called “one of the most imaginative writers of thrillers” by Chicago Tribune. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife, the photographer Jill Norton, and his two teenage boys.

Jay’s upcoming novel, The Walking Dead: Descent, follows the events of The Fall of the Governor, and Lilly Caul’s struggles to rebuild Woodbury after the Governor’s shocking demise. Look for it October 14th from Thomas Dunne Books!

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Wed
Sep 3 2014 11:30am

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Gavin Grant

Monstrous Affections Gavin GrantWelcome 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 science fiction writer and editor Gavin Grant. Together with Kelly Link, Gavin edited the acclaimed anthology Steampunk! They also edited the fantasy half of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror for five years. Gavin and Kelly also run the independent publishing house Small Beer Press

The pair’s newest anthology, Monstrous Affections, is available September 9th from Candlewick Press. Get a better look at Yuko Shimizu’s cover art for the anthology as well as the full table of contents here on Tor.com.

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Tue
Sep 2 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Sylvia Izzo Hunter

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!

Today we’re joined by Sylvia Izzo Hunter, whose various job titles have included a slinger of tacos, a filer of patient charts and answerer of phones, a freelance looker-up of unconsidered trifles, an Orff-singing stage monk, and an exam tutor, but mostly she’s worked in the not-for-profit scholarly publishing industry.

Sylvia’s debut novel, The Midnight Queen, is available now from Ace Books! The first book in the Noctis Magicae series, The Midnight Queen is a fantasy set in an alternate Regency England. Read an excerpt here on Tor.com!

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Tue
Sep 2 2014 3:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: G. Carl Purcell

Monstrous AffectionsWelcome 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 G. Carl Purcell, a science fiction writer whose work has appeared in magazines including New Genre, Open City, and The 2nd Hand. He was a frequent contributor to McSweeney’s website in its early days, and his work there has been anthologized in Created in Darkness By Troubled Americans: The Best of McSweeney’s Humor Category. He is also a co-creator of the No Slander blog.

Greg’s story “The Mercurials” will be published in Monstrous Affections, an anthology edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant, available September 9th from Candlewick Press. Get a better look at Yuko Shimizu’s cover art for the anthology as well as the full table of contents here on Tor.com.

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