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Wed
Feb 27 2013 4:50pm

Hear Lusty Genre Fiction in Brooklyn Tomorrow!

Tomorrow night, at Brooklyn’s excellent science fiction bookshop, Singularity & Co., genre fiction will get lusty! In keeping with Singularity & Co.’s “save the sci-fi” campaign the reading series I, Reader asks its readers and performers to select genre fiction they love. For the month of February, I, Reader will feature four readers sharing genre fiction that’s a little on racy side! 

[Details Below]

Tue
Dec 4 2012 1:45pm

The Colbert Report’s New York City as Middle-earth Map

NYC as Middle-earth as seen on The Colbert Report

It’s Hobbit Week over on The Colbert Report and while Stephen Colbert interviewing Ian McKellan, Peter Jackson, and more is all very, very awesome, what really tickled us was this map of New York City made up to look like Middle-earth.

Ahh the nights we’ve found ourselves in Little Rivendell or the Muttonpacking District or, more commonly, Hipsters’ Deep. We have to say, the NYC area really lends itself to Tolkien-esque names. What might we call the Flatiron Building, for instance...?


Stubby the Rocket is the mascot of Tor.com. You’d call it Talananga, duh.

Mon
Oct 22 2012 3:30pm

Hear Scary Stories Read Aloud this Friday in Brooklyn!

Hear Scary Stories Read Aloud this Friday in Brooklyn!

Ever wanted to know what Genevieve Valentine’s favorite scary story is? Or Maybe John Wray’s? Well, now you can find out! Along with Keith R. A. DeCandido, and Emily Asher-Perrin, they’ll be reading their favorite spooky stories out loud in Brooklyn, NYC this Friday night at the excellent new sci-fi bookshop Singularity & Co. at 7:00pm!

This is the second first installment of a new reading series I, Reader: Classic SF&F Readings from Our Favorite Humans, a show that features authors, performers, and personalities reading their favorite science fiction, fantasy, and genre stories from the past. In keeping with Singularity & Co.’s “Save the Sci-Fi” campaign, readers will perform their favorite old school stories!

[Details below]

Tue
Jun 5 2012 10:00am

Lev Grossman Explains Why No One Reads Books in Narnia

This past Tuesday, I had the good fortune of being in conversation with Lev Grossman in at Word Bookstore in Brooklyn, New York for the paperback launch of his novel, The Magician King. If anyone ever has a chance to catch Lev speaking or reading live and in person, I can’t recommend the experience enough. He’s a smart guy who wears his geek credentials on his sleeve like it’s never been out of style. Grossman is in some ways what a young geek ought to always aspire to be: casually cool, but successful at geekery. When asked later in the evening about being a book reviewer for a living; Grossman joked, “I would be unemployable otherwise.”  Below are a few more highlights from our conversation, including why Lev thinks Harry Potter wasn’t his hero.

[Read more. Mild spoilers for The Magicians and The Magician King]

Tue
May 29 2012 11:00am

Party With Lev Grossman Tonight in Brooklyn

If you’re in the New York City area tonight, then head over to Word Bookstore in Brooklyn for the paperback launch of Lev Grossman’s The Magician King. He’ll be in conversation with Tor.com’s own Ryan Britt, will be signing books and, in his own words “generally hang out.” We are told there will be wine!

Word Bookstore has a great SFF following, and their event coordinator Jenn Northington was responsible for the Indie Bookseller Picks on Tor.com back in March, as well as being a contributor to Genre in the Mainstream.

Lev Grossman is the author of the novel Codex, as well as the popular Magicans series. He is the book critic for Time and was last year’s John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

The event is at 7:00pm and is free. Full details on Facebook or on the Word website.

Check out an excerpt of The Magician King here.

Fri
Apr 27 2012 11:30am

We Saw the Enterprise Fly Over Our Heads!

About 45 minutes ago this morning, the space shuttle Enteprise was flown in to its new home in New York City. Tor.com managed to snap some photos! Check out a few below the cut.

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Thu
Oct 20 2011 3:00pm

“Can Steampunk Look Towards the Future?” Vintage Tomorrows Screening Report

What does a futurist, a cultural historian, and one of the world’s leading tech companies have to do with steampunk? Perhaps, well, a lot more than you think. The Tomorrow Project by Intel is a series of conversations with leading scientists, engineers, thinkers, historians, and science fiction writers about how today’s most imaginative minds can construct new ways of seeing the future. One of their documentaries, Vintage Tomorrows, filmed by Byrd McDonald of Porter Panther Productions and produced by Brian David Johnson, proposes that steampunk is one method people are using in order to understand the impact of technology today. A highlight of my weekend at New York Comic Con was watching a rough-cut version of this film, where the question of steampunk, technology, and social change comes into play.

[Using the past to understand the future]

Thu
Jul 14 2011 4:32pm

Learn How to Fight like Sherlock Holmes at Antagonistics!

Learn How to Fight like Sherlock Holmes at Antagonistics!

So, you’ve seen the new Sherlock Holmes 2 trailer with all the fight-y and explode-y and a cross-dressing Robert Downey Jr., but if you’re still disgruntled that Hollywood made Holmes into an Action Star, then think again.

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Wed
Apr 13 2011 12:42pm

The Enterprise Prepares to Dock with the Intrepid in NYC

Enterprise shuttle

It won’t be long before Stubby the Rocket isn’t the only spacecraft living in New York City. Unless you’ve been hiding underneath a space rock, you’ve probably heard that NASA’s space shuttle program is being retired this year and as such the space shuttles are all finding new homes in various museums around the country. Yesterday it was announced that New York City will be getting the Enterprise!

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Fri
Jan 21 2011 2:49pm

Sci-Fi Art Show Closes This Weekend in NYC!

The Suklord sci-fi toy art exhibitIf you’re in New York City and looking for something cool and geeky to do this weekend, then you should definetly check out the closing party for The SUKADELIC Art Toy Universe at the Boo-Hooray Gallery in Chelsea!

The artist, known only as The Suklord, has created a whole galaxy of faux science fiction themed action figures which exist as art objects. If you can’t make it to the Suklord’s closing party this Sunday, you can still check out the online catalogue on the Boo-Hooray website.

The gallery is located at 521 West 23rd Street New York, NY 10011. They are open from 11 AM - 6  PM. The closing party on Sunday is from 3 PM to 6 PM.

Wed
Sep 30 2009 9:19am

Last minute Zombieland ticket giveaway

Ruben Fleischer’s hilarious new film Zombieland starring Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg opens nationwide on October 2. But Sony Pictures is once again offering Tor.com readers 20 pairs of first-come first-served passes for tonight, September 30, 2009 @ 9PM!

Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has made a habit of running from what scares him. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson) doesn't have fears. If he did, he'd kick their ever-living ass. In a world overrun by zombies, these two are perfectly evolved survivors. But now, they're about to stare down the most terrifying prospect of all: each other.

Here is the trailer:
http://www.zombieland.com

The screening is TONIGHT at 9pm at the AMC Empire (42nd street & 8th avenue) in New York City. It is, again, FIRST-COME FIRST-SERVE so you will need to get there early—at least an hour if not more—if you want to get in to the film.

If you would like to go, you have to pick them up from us at our Flatiron offices during normal business hours today. E-mail Torie Atkinson (torie dot atkinson at tor dot com) for details. And for those who pick up tickets we have special Zombieland giveaways (Zombieland t-shirts, hats, hand sanitizers!) while supplies last.


Mike Sargent is a nationally quoted film critic for WBAI-FM in NYC. His late night radio show Web site is: Lifeislikesciencefiction.com. If Mike gets bit by a zombie and lives he hopes someone will shoot him before he turns.

Tue
Sep 8 2009 3:14pm

Last minute 9 screening tickets giveaway

I had a chance to see 9 and to talk with Tim Burton about the movie (more on that later) and I thought it was pretty terrific. Focus Features is offering Tor.com readers five pairs of tickets to tonight’s preview screening and a beautiful full-color “making of” book.

Just leave a comment on this post (once—duplicates won't count) and the first five commenters will receive the tickets. If you are one of the lucky winners, e-mail Torie Atkinson (torie dot atkinson at tor dot com) with your full name to claim the prize.

Because the screening is in New York City, you must be able to physically make it to the screening in NYC.

Screening is tonight, Tuesday, September 8th
9:00pm
UNION SQUARE STADIUM 14
13th & B’way

Winners names will be on the guest list. (You get to pass by the line! But you must arrive by 8:45 PM.)

Tue
Feb 3 2009 10:07am

1st Annual Global Game Jam NYC - Days 2 & 3 (1/31-2/1)

I was originally going to split these two days into their own posts (like my first post on the event), but when I wasn’t sleeping I was at the Jam. I was updating game design docs, making timeline designs, fixing the digital versions of our creative assets, and desperately trying to keep my team members, who were doing the real work without sleep, from passing out. I needed a day to recover before I could do anything else, and I just can’t separate out the blur properly enough for each day to have its own post.

After a multi-hour braining session and a little sleep on the first night, the design of our game had changed a great deal. What was originally a free-stylus defense building game had turned into a one-button (aka “twitch-play”) game where players tried desperately to defend the last remnants of humanity from mutated cockroaches by dropping random bits of civilization in the way of the oncoming beasts. The twist was that the bits were delivered via a moving pendulum that had great possibility of dropping them right on top of the humans’ heads (and killing them). The object of the game had morphed from building a bunker to save humanity from an onslaught of fiends to haphazardly dropping stuff from the sky to save humanity without killing them yourself.

[Programming the Apocalypse.]

Sat
Jan 31 2009 1:20pm

1st Annual Global Game Jam NYC - Day 1 (1/30) Recap

The Global Game Jam is a worldwide event lasting 48 hours. In that time period, volunteer game developers, including students, amateurs, and industry professionals get together in small groups (usually 5-6 team members) across 52 worldwide locations and create video games. Not just parts of games, proofs of concept, or model art. Whole. Games. The event is organized by the International Game Developers Association and is an excellent opportunity for industry professionals and hopefuls, to network, brainstorm, and just generally have fun doing what they love.

Each location has a set of not-necessarily-the-same constraints that developers need to apply to the games they create. The idea is that by being forced to work within those constraints (including the short time limit), developers need to quickly identify only one or two key gameplay mechanics they want to build their game around. There really isn’t time for plots and deep storylines (though many developers try anyway); quick, fast casual games are the flavor of the day, and developers need to be able to walk the line between spending too much time on the background of the game and not having an atmospheric hook with which to grab interest.

[Everyone loves the Jam...and Kitties.]