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Fairy Tale No More: Doctor Who is a Science Fiction Show Again
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Fri
Oct 31 2014 4:39pm

The Annihilation Movie Brings On Ex Machina Director Alex Garland

Annihilation movie director Alex Garland Jeff VanderMeerParamount has signed a director for its adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation: Alex Garland, whose directorial debut Ex Machina has gotten some attention lately. Variety reports that Garland—who also wrote 28 Days Later and Sunshine—will adapt the script and direct. Producer Scott Rudin acquired the rights in 2013.

Annihilation is the first book of VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, about a scientific expedition into the closed-off Area X, long since reclaimed by nature and filled with lethal mysteries that have ruined the previous eleven expeditions. Read our review, and an interview with VanderMeer in which he discusses just how alien our world is.

Thu
Oct 30 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: “The Mystery Knight” Part 3

Welcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 3 of “The Mystery Knight: A Tale of the Seven Kingdoms”, which originally appeared in the anthology Warriors, edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois.

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[I’m guessing the “constant attempts at rebellion” glitch is not a patchable bug in the Blackfyre OS]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 11:00am

Twelve Books to Bewitch You!

Hermione Granger

Halloween approaches, and in the interest of providing you with All Hallow’s Eve reading material, we took to Twitter and asked you for some of your favorite literary witches! Below, we gathered some of your picks (and a few of our own)—from Hermione Granger to Granny Weatherwax, these ladies are sure to cast a spell on you. Let us know who we missed in the comments!

[Click through for restless spirits on endless flights!]

Tue
Oct 28 2014 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 6

The Eye of the World The Wheel of Time rereadHappy Hallow’s Eve-Eve-Eve-Eve, Tordotcommers! Welcome back to the Wheel of Time Reread Redux!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapter 9 of The Eye of the World, originally reread in this post, and Chapters 10 and 11, originally reread in this post.

All original posts are listed in The Wheel of Time Reread Index here, and all Redux posts will also be archived there as well. (The Wheel of Time Master Index, as always, is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general on Tor.com.)

The Wheel of Time Reread is also available as e-books, except for the portion covering A Memory of Light, which should become available soon.

All Reread Redux posts will contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series, so if you haven’t read, read at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[“I decided to be and therefore I am. Socrates said that.” “No, that was Decartes.” “That was the cologne we wore in high school.” “That was Drakkar Noir.” “No, that's a wine.” “That's pinot noir.”]

Tue
Oct 28 2014 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: Again With The Books

Laughing in Ancient Rome book recommendations

Every time I set out to write one of these book round-up posts, I feel simultaneously as though I should have read more books faster, and that I’m talking too much about too many books. Since I can’t resolve this mental contradiction, let’s just roll right on into the literature of the moment...

Although this time I’m going to diverge from talking about SFF novels not just once, but twice: there’s a lovely historical YA and a delightful piece of historical nonfiction that I think are perfectly relevant to our interests around here.

[Can you hear the laughter in Ancient Rome?]

Mon
Oct 27 2014 5:34pm

George R.R. Martin Reveals What Would Happen to Westeros if the Others Win

The World of Ice & Fire Others plan White Walkers

George R.R. Martin’s The World of Ice & Fire is an exhaustive history of Westeros, Essos, and the other lands that make up his A Song of Ice and Fire series, but you might be interested to learn that the book looks forward in time as well as backwards. Specifically, there’s a passage in the 300-page tome hinting at the terrifying Others’ endgame.

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Thu
Oct 23 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: “The Mystery Knight” Part 2

Welcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 2 of “The Mystery Knight: A Tale of the Seven Kingdoms,” which originally appeared in the anthology Warriors, edited by George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois.

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[This is your brain. This is your brain on heraldry.]

Tue
Oct 21 2014 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 5

Γειά σου! Welcome back to the Wheel of Time Reread Redux!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 7 and 8 of The Eye of the World, originally reread in this post.

All original posts are listed in The Wheel of Time Reread Index here, and all Redux posts will also be archived there as well. (The Wheel of Time Master Index, as always, is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general on Tor.com.)

The Wheel of Time reread is also now available as an ebook series, except for the portion covering A Memory of Light, which should become available soon.

All Reread Redux posts will contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series, so if you haven’t read, read at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[“Now keep in mind that the typical Greek myth goes something like this: innocent shepherd boy is minding his own business, an overflying god spies him and gets a hard-on, swoops down and rapes him silly; while the victim is still staggering around in a daze, that god’s wife or lover, in a jealous rage, turns him—the helpless, innocent victim, that is—into let’s say an immortal turtle and e.g. power-staples him to a sheet of plywood with a dish of turtle food just out of his reach and leaves him out in the sun forever to be repeatedly disemboweled by army ants and stung by hornets or something.”]

Tue
Oct 21 2014 7:00am

Imaginative Anthropology: In Celebration of Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K Le Guin Art by David A JohnsonUrsula K. Le Guin was raised by an anthropologist and a writer. Not just any anthropologist: her father Alfred L. Kroeber, was the first person to earn a Ph.D. in anthropology in the United States, and after graduating from Columbia University he founded the first anthropology program at Berkeley.

This was where Le Guin grew up, in a redwood house near the school, and spending summers in Napa Valley. The descriptions of it sound idyllic, actually like something out of one of Madeleine L’Engle’s novels. She sent her first story to Astounding Science Fiction when she was 11, but was unfortunately rejected. During World War II her three brothers were away in the military, and she spent the summers of her teen years sharing the house with her parents.

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Thu
Oct 16 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: “The Mystery Knight” Part 1

George R R Martin Song of Ice and Fire Mystery Knight Dunk & EggWelcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 1 of “The Mystery Knight: A Tale of the Seven Kingdoms,” which originally appeared in the anthology Warriors, edited by George RR Martin and Gardner Dozois.

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[I was going to say “Alexander McQueen” but wasn’t sure if non-fashionistas would get the reference. Not that I am a fashionista, really really really not, actually, but, you know. Right. Yeah, just click the link, I clearly got nothing.]

Tue
Oct 14 2014 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 4

Hola, chicos y chicas! Welcome back to the Wheel of Time Reread Redux!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 5 and 6 of The Eye of the World, originally reread in this post.

All original posts are listed in The Wheel of Time Reread Index here, and all Redux posts will also be archived there as well. (The Wheel of Time Master Index, as always, is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general on Tor.com.)

The Wheel of Time reread is also now available as an ebook series, except for the portion covering A Memory of Light, which should become available soon.

All Reread Redux posts will contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series, so if you haven’t read, read at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[“Do you know what’s going on?” “Maybe it’s another drill.”]

Tue
Oct 14 2014 12:00pm

A Category Unto Himself: The Works of China Miéville

China Mieville

China Miéville’s presence looms over genre fiction. Over the course of a dozen books, Miéville has ranged freely across categories and classifications—epic and urban fantasy, social and hard science fiction, crime, horror and more. And in each case, he addresses, dances with, pokes at and, ultimately, departs from, the traditions and expectations therein. Although many thousands of words have been written trying to put Miéville’s work into neat buckets (“New Weird!” “Fantastika!” “Literary Speculation!” “Hauntological Slipstream!” “Tentacular Metafusion!”), time has proven that a China Miéville book is ultimately, well—Miévillian. The man is a category unto himself.

And what is Miévillian? I’m tempted to use words like “tremendous,” “mind-blowing,” “amazeballs,” and “unmitigated brilliance,” but that doesn’t help especially. As each book is wildly different from its predecessor, the trick is to look at the qualities instead—a Miévillian book is packed with glorious entertainment, epic scale, powerful themes, intellectual depth, creativity of language, subversive approaches and, with a few rare exceptions, monsters.

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Mon
Oct 13 2014 4:00pm

A Failed Tragedy: Clariel by Garth Nix

Clariel Garth Nix review It has been nearly twenty years since the first publication of Australian author Garth Nix’s acclaimed Sabriel, the first of the “Old Kingdom” novels: more than ten since the publication of the well-received second pair, Lirael (2001) and Abhorsen (2003), which together form a tightly-connected duology. It’s hardly to be wondered at that Nix should chose to return to a world that has in the past been the site of such triumphantly entertaining stories.

The wonder is that Clariel is less a triumphant success than an interesting failure.

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Fri
Oct 10 2014 2:00pm

Engaging Explosions: A Call To Duty by Timothy Zahn and David Weber

A Call to Duty Honorverse David Weber Timothy Zahn review

A Call To Duty is the latest novel in the universe of David Weber’s Honor Harrington novels. In some respects one could just as easily refer to it as the earliest: it’s set shortly after the founding of the Star Kingdom of Manticore, before the discovery of the Manticore Junction wormhole, at a period where its fledgling navy’s very existence is under threat from political manoeuvring and budget squabbles.

Our protagonist is Travis Uriah Long, who enlists in the Royal Manticorean Navy at the age of seventeen in search of structure. Travis believes in following the rules, but also has a strong sense of loyalty and an ability to think outside the box when the situation warrants. His rule-following tendencies bring him trouble when he runs up against slackness up the chain of command in his specialty training school after bootcamp; his ability to think outside the box brings him to the attention of his officers during a crisis—even if the captain never puts the idea into practice, and even denies him credit for it.

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Thu
Oct 9 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 33 (An Overview)

George R R Martin Song of Ice and Fire A Feast for CrowsWelcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 33 of A Feast for Crows, in which I do something resembling a review of the whole novel.

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[Are you watching closely?]

Tue
Oct 7 2014 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 3

The Eye of the World Robert Jordan Wheel of Time rereadAhoy, mateys! (Or, as my four-year-old nephew Remy puts it, “A boy, ladies!”) Welcome back to the Wheel of Time Reread Redux!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 3 and 4 of The Eye of the World, originally reread in this post.

All original posts are listed in The Wheel of Time Reread Index here, and all Redux posts will also be archived there as well. (The Wheel of Time Master Index, as always, is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general on Tor.com.)

The Wheel of Time reread is also now available as an ebook series, except for the portion covering A Memory of Light, which should become available soon.

All Reread Redux posts will contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series, so if you haven’t read, read at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[Take a ride in the sky/It’s just calling]

Tue
Oct 7 2014 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: Sea Change and September Girls

Sea Change SM Wheeler September Girls Bennett Madison

S.M. Wheeler’s Sea Change, along with Bennett Madison’s September Girls, are not quite last two novels on the James Tiptree Jr. Award shortlist for 2013 that I haven’t yet discussed in this column. (I haven’t talked about Alaya Dawn Johnson’s The Summer Prince yet—nor N.A. Sulway’s winning Rupetta, for which paper copies are thin on the ground.)

Warning: Contains spoilers.

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Mon
Oct 6 2014 1:30pm

Exciting Highlights from the First-Ever New York Super Week!

New York Super Week event highlights 2014While New York Comic-Con doesn’t kick off until October 9, you can get in the mood early with New York Super Week! This first-annual pop culture festival runs from October 3rd-12th, with panels, parties, screenings, and much more in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Even better, you don’t need an NYCC pass to enjoy the festivities.

Check out some highlights, including a reunion of the Star Trek: The Next Generation cast (moderated by William Shatner), an erotic Watchmen fanfiction competition, and DJ Hodor’s Rave of Thrones!

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Thu
Oct 2 2014 3:00pm

Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks for October

Barnes & Noble Bookseller's Picks for October

For over a decade, Barnes & Noble buyer Jim Killen has been a driving force behind Barnes & Noble’s science fiction and fantasy sections. Each month on Tor.com, Mr. Killen curates a list of science fiction & fantasy titles, sometimes focused on upcoming titles and sometimes focused on a theme.

Here are the Barnes & Noble science fiction and fantasy picks for October!

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Tue
Sep 30 2014 5:00pm

Popcorn Reading: The Lost Stars: Imperfect Sword by Jack Campbell

Jack Campbell Lost Stars Imperfect Sword review I have a small wee habit of complaining about the difficulties of reviewing series books. And yet I still find myself saying “Oh yes, definitely, I’ll review that! Love to!”

If you’re already familiar with Jack Campbell’s The Lost Stars series, a spin-off to his ever-longer-running The Lost Fleet sequence, you already know whether or not you’re interested in reading this one. You also know what you can expect: Campbell is nothing if not predictable. If you’re not familiar with this series, here isn’t the place to start: The Lost Stars: Imperfect Sword is the third book in a series that began with The Lost Stars: Tarnished Knight and continued in The Lost Stars: Perilous Shield.

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