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Thu
Aug 21 2014 2:30pm

Who Wants to Play Two Truths and A Lie with John Scalzi?

John Scalzi is celebrating the release of Lock In with a rousing game of Two Truths and a Lie! The game is simple: Scalzi tells three stories, and you guess which are the truths and which one is the big fat fib. Google Play is hosting the game, and that’s not all: they’re also offering e-books of the whole Scalzi backlist for 50% off!

Check out the video below, and then head over to Google Play to guess play along and and pick up Lock In or one of Scalzi’s other fine titles!

[Click through for LIES.]

Thu
Aug 21 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 27

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 27 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 37 (“Brienne”) and Chapter 38 (“Jaime”).

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!

[“Best thing for him, really. His therapy was going nowhere.”]

Tue
Aug 19 2014 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: Introductory Post

Hello, everyone. Welcome to the inaugural post of the Wheel of Time Reread Redux!

I know, right, some of y’all are probably all what the hell is this, Leigh, but fear not, O my Peeps, for I shall explain all in this handy-dandy introductory post right heah. Because I love you, even if I have not met you.

Therefore, click on to see what this crazy adventure is all about!

[Squirrel!]

Mon
Aug 18 2014 12:50pm

Syfy’s Childhood’s End Adaptation is Moving Forward Once More

Syfy adaptation Childhood's End Arthur C. Clarke Akiva Goldsman Michael De Luca Nick Hurran Matthew Graham Doctor Who writer director producers

Syfy has been teasing an adaptation of Arthur C. Clarke’s sci-fi classic Childhood’s End since 2013, but the project stalled when the network made some programming changes. But according to Deadline, Syfy is gearing back up on what will be a six-hour miniseries.

Producer Michael De Luca (The Social Network) is joined by Akiva Goldsman, who worked on I Am Legend and (the Keanu Reeves) Constantine, as well as contributed to the screenplay for I, Robot. Syfy has also roped in two Doctor Who alums to write and direct—respectively, Matthew Graham (“Fear Her”) and Nick Hurran (“The Angels Take Manhattan” and “The Day of the Doctor,” among other episodes).

Published in 1953, Childhood’s End tells how the peaceful alien Overlords took over Earth to erase war and create a near-utopia... but at global personal cost. Though several adaptations have been attempted, none have yet come to the big screen. Stanley Kubrick was at one point interested, but he and Clarke ended up collaborating on what would become 2001: A Space Odyssey. We’ve got our fingers crossed that Syfy finally gives Childhood’s End the greenlight.

Fri
Aug 15 2014 1:05pm

“Perhaps It Was Only an Echo”: The Giver

The Giver movie review Lois Lowry Jeff Bridges Brenton Thwaites Katie Holmes Meryl Streep Odeya Rush dystopia classic book vs movie

I liked the movie adaptation of Lois Lowry’s The Giver, but I didn’t love it. (Precision of language!) I was curious to see the depictions of the utopian Community, built on the safe and conflict-free notion of “sameness.” Jeff Bridges embodied the character of the Giver in a way familiar and comforting to those who grew up reading the book. Watching Jonas discover colors for the first time is a strangely emotional experience. But ultimately, the movie did not stir in me the same depth of feeling as reading that classic for the first time.

Now, let’s drop the Community syntax and actually talk about what did and didn’t work in this adaptation of the young adult classic.

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Fri
Aug 15 2014 12:30pm

Highlights from Delia’s Shadow Author Jaime Lee Moyer’s AMA!

Jamie Lee Moyer books Delia's Shadow A Barricade in Hell

Author Jaime Lee Moyer recently travelled the lands of reddit to hold an AMA! Her novels are about magic and murder, friendship, betrayal and kissing, and ghosts. Lots of ghosts. She grew up in San Francisco, where her ‘Gabe and Delia’ series is set, but now lives in Texas, where she maintains a “secret identity of Responsible Adult(tm).” Her first novel, the Columbus Literary Award-winning Delia’s Shadow, and its sequel, A Barricade in Hell, are available from Tor Books. The third book in the series, Against a Brightening Sky, will be released in 2015.

Moyer’s first story, written when she was eleven, caused controversy when her best friend’s mother “read it, frowned, and said, ‘This isn’t appropriate subject matter for a girl your age to write about.’ And with that, she walked away with my story in hand. She kept it! I never did get that story back. That was my very first rejection, and the moment I knew I was born to be a writer. I’ve been writing ever since.”

Check out more highlights from Moyer’s AMA below, including the reveal of what made that childhood story so scandalous!

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Thu
Aug 14 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 26

George RR 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 26 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 36 (“Cersei”).

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!

[“Get up in the morning, death, death, death, death, death, death, death, lunch, death, death, death, afternoon tea, death, death, death, quick shower…"]

Thu
Aug 14 2014 10:50am

Ice-T’s Dungeons & Dragons Audiobook is Out, and it’s Free!

Ice T Dungeons and Dragons audiobook

Remember when we told you that Ice-T narrated a Dungeons & Dragons story, despite the fact that he had no idea what it was about? Well, it’s out now, it’s about Drizzt Do’Urden, and it’s free! To help celebrate the 40th year of Dungeons & Dragons, Audible is releasing The Legend of Drizzt: The Collected Stories for free, but only for a limited time.

The anthology’s stories are written by R.A. Salvatore, and the audiobook includes narration from an insane roster of celebs, including Felicia Day, Dan Harmon, Greg Grunberg, Tom Felton, Danny Pudi, Sean Astin, Melissa Rauch, Wil Wheaton, Al Yankovic, Michael Chiklis, and David Duchovny. Sam Gamgee, Wesley Crusher, and Abed Nadir will read D&D stories to you! About Drizzt!

(Thanks to Tor.com user montsamu for letting us know about this amazing news!)

Wed
Aug 13 2014 3:11pm

Check Out the New Fantasy Series from Naomi Novik, Author of the Temeraire Series!

Uprooted Cover

Naomi Novik, author of the Temeraire novels, is taking us to a new world with Uprooted! The story is a dark fairy tale, where a grim wizard defends villagers from the horrors of an enchanted Wood. In return? He demands ten years of service from a young girl of his choosing. Now the choosing is approaching, and a young woman named Agnieszka fears that her best friend, the lovely Kasia, will be taken. But what if the wizard makes a different choice?

Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.

Uprooted is the start of a new series from author Naomi Novik, look for it next June from Del Rey! You can find more info at the link below.

[via SF Signal]

Tue
Aug 12 2014 3:50pm

Lev Grossman, Rainbow Rowell, and Other YA Authors Sort Their Characters Into Hogwarts Houses

YA authors sort their characters into Hogwarts houses photos Lev Grossman The Magician's Land

At this year’s LeakyCon, BuzzFeed asked young adult authors to play Sorting Hat and decide which Hogwarts house their most popular characters should go into. We’re big fans of sorting fictional characters, so of course we wanted to see where Quentin Coldwater, Hazel Lancaster, Tally Youngblood, and others ended up!

Also, they had to draw their characters, which was amusing in and of itself. (There was more than one excuse of “I’m an author, not an artist!”)

[“Hmm, difficult. VERY difficult...”]

Mon
Aug 11 2014 2:15pm

Is Gillian Anderson’s Debut Sci-Fi Novel Basically Scully X-Files Fic?

Gillian Anderson debut sci-fi novel A Vision of Fire The EarthEnd Saga Dana Scully oh my God mystical nuclear war

Back in January, we discovered that Gillian Anderson was writing a science fiction novel called A Vision of Fire, which will be published in October. Now, we know more about what protagonist Caitlin O’Hara—who we’re envisioning as Dana Scully, only better with kids—is actually in for in the first book of “The EarthEnd Saga.”

Jezebel noticed the official summary, which describes O’Hara as a child psychologist who’s also a single mom with a lackluster dating life (so, no pseudo-Mulder for her?) who has to unlock the secrets of several mystical phenomena in order to avert nuclear war. Wait, what?

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Thu
Aug 7 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 25

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 24 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 35 (“Samwell”).

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!

[zip-a-dee-doo-dah]

Thu
Aug 7 2014 10:00am

That Was Awesome: Starfish by Peter Watts

Starfish Peter Watts Rifters Peter Watts didn’t become my favorite hard-SF author right away.

Don’t get me wrong. There was a lot that I loved about Starfish from the get-go. The science was cutting edge, and as a practicing biologist, Watts was in an excellent position to write about his source material with both authority and panache. The book was indisputably inventive: a sort of bastard cousin of a first contact novel, one where the aliens are unknowable but the humans are, in their way, even more intricate and mysterious. It is laden with wonders and terrors, residents of a deep-sea setting that appeals to me on an almost visceral basis.

[But!]

Mon
Aug 4 2014 12:00pm

Science Fiction and Fantasy 101: Thinking Academically About Genre

At ReaderCon this past month, I discussed the idea of introductory (100-200-level), intermediate (300-400-level), and advanced (500-700 level) texts in the Fantasy and Science Fiction genres. I’ve thought about books as being 100-level for a while, but only in that conversation did I really flesh out the idea from 100-level to 700-level.

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Thu
Jul 31 2014 3:12pm

It’s Harry Potter’s Birthday — Let’s Celebrate With Fan Art!

Harry Potter, palnk, seven years

One of my favorite aspects of fandom has always been fan art. And since it’s Harry Potter (and J.K. Rowling’s) birthday, it seemed the perfect occasion to flood the gates with gorgeous/moving/hilarious Potter fan art, like you see above. That piece, detailing all seven of Harry’s years is by DeviantArt user palnk.

More treats below!

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Thu
Jul 31 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 24

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 24 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 33 (“Jaime”) and Chapter 34 (“Cat of the Canals”).

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 think we’ve all arrived at a very special place. Spiritually, ecumenically… grammatically…”]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 6:06pm

What’s Next for Star Wars Books? The SDCC New Dawn Panel is Here!

Asajj Ventress, Star Wars book

Star Wars fans have already been informed the all Star Wars books going forward will fit into the new canon, going along with the television shows and movies, but here is a sample of what's coming up! The Star Wars books panel at SDCC has tie-ins for Star Wars: Rebels and much more.

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Fri
Jul 25 2014 11:00am

Circumnavigate the World Through Genre!

When you spend time in science fiction and fantasy, you get detailed tours of mythical Shires and Hogsmeades, alternative Londons, dystopian San Franciscos, and steampunk Seattles. But what about the rest of the planet? We asked the Twittersphere, and then gathered up some examples of SFF set in cities far and wide around the world (plus a few other worlds, too).

[Tap into your inner Phileas Fogg!]

Thu
Jul 24 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Feast for Crows, Part 23

Song of Ice and Fire A Feast For Crows George RR MartinWelcome 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 23 of A Feast for Crows, in which we cover Chapter 32 (“Cersei”).

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!

[All of the other outlaws/ Used to laugh and call him names]

Tue
Jul 22 2014 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry

Sarah McCarry All Our Pretty Songs Sarah McCarry’s All Our Pretty Songs is another member of this year’s James Tiptree Jr. Award Honor List. (I previously wrote about Tiptree honoree The Golem and the Djinni.)  Only a little over two hundred pages long, this is a short, beautiful novel—and one about which I can say very little without spoiling the quiet inevitability of its development and ending.

So if you haven’t read it, and you want to read it pristine and spoiler-free, look away now. (You can read an excerpt from the novel here on Tor.com in the meantime.)

[Spoilers ahead]