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Tue
May 5 2015 2:00pm

Space Badasses and Cranking Basslines: Nicole Kornher-Stace’s Pop Quiz Interview

Nicole Kornher-Stace

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 Nicole Kornher-Stace, author of Desideria, Demon Lovers and Other Difficulties, and The Winter Triptych. Her latest novel, Archivist Wasp, publishes May 5th from Small Beer Press—you can read an excerpt here! Find her on Twitter @wirewalking.

Join us to find out which future tech Nicole has valiantly offered to test drive for the sake of humanity!

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Mon
Apr 27 2015 4:00pm

Dress Up in Books: Maria Dahvana Headley’s Pop Quiz Interview

Maria Dahvana Headley

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 Maria Dahvana Headley, author of the young adult fantasy novel Magonia, available from HarperCollins. With Neil Gaiman, she is the New York Times-bestselling co-editor of the anthology Unnatural Creatures, and with Kat Howard, she is the author of the novella The End of the Sentence—one of NPR’s Best Books of 2014. She lives in Brooklyn with a seven-foot stuffed crocodile and a collection of star charts from the 1700s.

Join us to find out which classic monster fuels Maria’s creative fires, and which bizarre sandwiches help get her through the long nights of endless writing.

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Thu
Apr 23 2015 2:00pm

To Be a Ghost-Fly on the Wall: Our Pop Quiz Interview with Mike Johnson

Mike JohnsonWelcome 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 Mike Johnson, a comics author who has worked on DC’s Supergirl and the current run of IDW’s Star Trek. He also works with co-creator and illustrator Rafael Albuquerque on the original series EI8HT, published by Dark Horse. Issues 1-3 are available now, with a collected edition forthcoming in October 2015.

Join us as we uncover the strange, alchemical secret to Mike’s writing, and he reveals his thoughts on who’s really the most Force-sensitive character in a galaxy far, far away. Plus, check out some preview pages below from the upcoming issue of EI8HT!

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Tue
Apr 14 2015 2:00pm

Historical Worldbuilding: A Conversation with Kameron Hurley and Ken Liu

Ken Liu and Kameron Hurley are two of the most talented and inventive writers working in fantasy today. The Grace of Kings, the first installment in Liu’s new epic fantasy series, arrived this month from Saga Press, and features shapeshifting gods, bamboo-and-silk airships, and a complex political drama that pits two best friends against each other in their quest for a more just world. Hurley will follow up her acclaimed novel The Mirror Empire with the next installment in the Worldbreaker Saga, The Empire Ascendant, later this year, and her standalone space opera, The Stars are Legion, is forthcoming from Saga in 2016.

Hurley and Liu recently came together to answer questions about the role of research in writing fantasy, how they each approach building plausible, fully realized worlds, and the authors they read when they’re not busy plotting their own fantastic creations.

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Thu
Apr 9 2015 3:15pm

Salvaging Darkness and SFF Spirit Animals: Highlights from Wesley Chu’s Reddit AMA

Wesley Chu Reddit AMA highlights best answers

Kilimanjaro-climbing, ninja-fighting author Wesley Chu always makes for a wonderfully amusing Reddit AMA subject. Last time, he traded whiskey for “tuckerizing” a reader (i.e., making them a character who will most likely get killed off). This time around, he recalled his worst acting gig (it included Kanye West) and discussed the merits of the bathrobe as a “standard author uniform” that allows the wearer to “Jedi up” at a moment’s notice.

Chu also discussed the dark inspiration behind his new book Time Salvager (out July 7 from Tor Books), which follows “chronman” James Griffin-Mars, who must travel back in time to recover treasures and valuables from Earth before major accidents. The twist is, James can’t change the tragedies of the past that have made Earth the toxic landscape it is today.

[Read on for the highlights and dark insights of Chu’s AMA!]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: Marie Brennan Answers Six Questions

Sleeps With Monsters Marie Brennan InterviewTo celebrate the release of Marie Brennan’s Voyage of the Basilisk next week, please enjoy this Sleeps With Monsters encore post, originally published March 26, 2013.

Today we’re joined by Marie Brennan, who’s kindly agreed to answer some of my importunate questions. Some of you, no doubt, are already familiar with her work: her first two novels, Warrior and Witch; her four-book Onyx Court series of historical fantasy out of Tor (Midnight Never Come, In Ashes Lies, A Star Shall Fall, and With Fate Conspire), and her Lies and Prophecy from the Book View Café.

Most recently, her A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir of Lady Trent has hit the shelves. If you haven’t read it already, you should all go read it as soon as you can.

[And now, some questions are answered!]

Fri
Mar 13 2015 3:00pm

Writing in Motion: Our Pop Quiz Interview with Genevieve Valentine

Genevieve ValentineWelcome 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 Genevieve Valentine, author of the critically acclaimed novel Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, which won the Crawford Award for Best Novel, as well as a nomination for the Nebula Award and the Romantic Times Best Fantasy of the Year. Her short fiction has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. Valtneine’s Persona, a near-future political thriller, is available now from Saga Press. Read an excerpt from the novel here on Tor.com!

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Tue
Mar 10 2015 4:00pm

Crushing on Villains: Damien Angelica Walters Takes Our Pop Quiz Interview

Damien Angelica WaltersWelcome 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 Damien Angelica Walters, whose short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including Year’s Best Weird Fiction Volume One, The Best of Electric Velocipede, Strange Horizons, Nightmare, Lightspeed, Shimmer, Apex, What Fates Impose, and Glitter & Mayhem. She’s also a freelance editor, and until the magazine’s closing in 2013, she was an Associate Editor of the Hugo Award-winning Electric Velocipede. Sing Me Your Scars, a collection of her short fiction, is available now from Apex Publications.

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Thu
Mar 5 2015 12:00pm

We Want Mecha Wombats! Our Pop Quiz Interview with Catherynne M. Valente

Cat ValenteWelcome 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 Catherynne M.  Valente, the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan’s Tales series, Deathless, and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Own Making. The fourth book in the Fairyland series, The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, is available now from Feiwel & Friends.

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Thu
Mar 5 2015 11:00am

Girl Monsters: A Conversation With Nova Ren Suma

Nova Ren Suma The Walls Around Us

Critical darling Nova Ren Suma is already well-known for her gorgeous, genre-hopping, and distinctly sinister body of work. We talked about memory, ghosts, and unreliable and monstrous girls in advance of the March 23rd publication of her newest novel, The Walls Around Us, which is already garnering rave reviews.

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Tue
Feb 24 2015 12:00pm

Fake Moustaches and Fabulous Coats: V.E. Schwab’s Pop Quiz Interview

V.E. SchwabWelcome 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 V.E. Schwab, author of YA novels  The Near Witch, The Archived, and The Unbound. Schwab’s first adult novel, Vicious, debuted to critical praise and reader accolades. Her latest novel, A Darker Shade of Magic, takes us on a journey through parallel Londons—available now in the US from Tor Books and publishing February 27th in the UK by Titan. You can read an excerpt here, and check out an in depth look at the US cover art by Will Staehle. You can also check out Schwab’s digital tour dates, as she stops by various blogs to answer your questions!

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Tue
Feb 17 2015 5:30pm

Introducing the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog

Joel Cunningham B&N We’ve been loving the SF/F coverage from the new B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, from their recommendations for mouth-watering fantasy foods to speculative fiction road trips.

Joel Cunningham is an editor for B&N Reads and the B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, and he stopped by to talk about celebrating geekery, remembering the classics, and what he’s excited to cover this year.

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Thu
Feb 12 2015 4:00pm

“It is gross. It is amazing.”: Our Pop Quiz Interview with Laura van den Berg

Laura van den BergWelcome 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 Laura van den Berg! Her first collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All The Water Leaves Us was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Award, and her second collection of stories, The Isle of Youth won the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Her first novel, Find Me is available February 17th from Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Below, Laura shares her secret love of a particular fast food item.

[It is gross. It is amazing.]

Tue
Feb 10 2015 11:00am

Happy Haunting! Leanna Renee Hieber Takes Our Pop Quiz Interview

Leanna Renee HieberWelcome 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 actress, playwright, and author Leanna Renee Hieber. Leanna is the award-winning, bestselling author of gothic Victorian fantasy novels for adults and teens. Her new gaslamp fantasy series begins with The Eterna Files; available now from Tor Books, you can read an excerpt here on Tor.com!

Join us if you’re creepy, kooky, mysterious or spooky!

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Mon
Feb 9 2015 4:00pm

Pop Quiz with Victoria Aveyard

Victoria AveyardWelcome 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 Victoria Aveyard, an author and screenwriter living in Los Angeles who uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies. Her debut novel, Red Queen, is available February 10th from HarperTeen!

Which Disney earworm was ruining karaoke long before “Let it Go”? Find out after the cut!

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Tue
Feb 3 2015 3:00pm

Scott McCloud Gets an Entourage of Dancing Bears for Our Pop Quiz Interview

Scott McCloudWelcome 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 Scott McCloud, the award-winning author of Understanding Comics, Making Comics, Zot!, and many other fiction and non-fiction comics spanning 30 years. An internationally-recognized authority on comics and visual communication, technology, and the power of storytelling, McCloud has lectured at Google, Pixar, Sony, and the Smithsonian Institution.

McCloud’s latest graphic novel, The Sculptor, is the story of a desperate young artist who makes a deal with Death. Available now from First Second Books, you can read an excerpt here on Tor.com.

Join us as Scott finds himself accidentally part of an Internet sub-culture!

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Tue
Jan 27 2015 11:00am

Bone Up on Your Old English Phrases for Our Pop Quiz with Samantha Shannon

Samantha ShannonWelcome 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 Samantha Shannon, author of The Bone Season, the first in a series of seven fantasy novels. The second novel in the series, The Mime Order, publishes January 27th from Bloomsbury, and Samantha is currently busy working on the third. Find her on twitter @say_shannon.

Join us for a lesson in Old English that is both poetic and adorable!

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Thu
Jan 15 2015 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Stephanie Diaz

Stephanie DiazWelcome 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 Stephanie Diaz, who wrote her debut novel, Extraction, when she should've been making short films and listening to college lectures at San Diego State University. Its sequel, Rebellion, is available February 10th from St. Martin's Press. When she isn't lost in books, Stephanie can be found singing, marveling at the night sky, or fan-girling over TV shows.

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Tue
Jan 13 2015 5:00pm

Great Fanfic Pairing, or Greatest Fanfic Pairing? Oisín McGann Takes Our Pop Quiz!

Oisin McGannWelcome 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 Oisín McGann, a writer and illustrator who lives somewhere in the Irish countryside. Before becoming an author, he worked as a freelance illustrator, serving time along the way as a pizza chef, security guard, background artist for an animation company, and art director and copywriter in an advertising agency.

McGann has written several novels for young adults, including the Wildenstern Saga, a steampunk trilogy set in nineteenth-century Ireland, and the thrillers Strangled Silence and Rat Runners—all available now as ebooks from Open Road Media.

Join us as Oisín suggests a Muppet fanfic pairing that will either leave you laughing or cringing!

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Fri
Jan 9 2015 2:00pm

You’ve Been Targeted By WHAT Kind of God? The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Nick Lake

Nick LakeWelcome 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 Nick Lake, an expert on blood ninjas and a children’s book editor for Harper UK. His new book There Will Be Lies is out this week from Bloomsbury.

Nick Lake promises he isn’t the son of Ricki Lake (or IS HE?), but he might be the target of a Navajo rain god. Both of these things have perfectly reasonable explanations.

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