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Thu
Apr 16 2015 11:22am

Gollancz Acquires The Medusa Chronicles by Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds

A Meeting with Medusa Arthur C. Clarke The Medusa Chronicles Stephen Baxter Alastair Reynolds GollanczGollancz has acquired world rights to The Medusa Chronicles by Stephen Baxter and Alastair Reynolds. This science fiction adventure is a loose sequel to Arthur C. Clarke’s Nebula-winning novella A Meeting with Medusa and “will be a true sense-of-wonder story,” according to the imprint’s announcement.

Clarke’s novella followed Howard Falcon, captain of an experimental airship, who after an accidental crash has most of his body replaced by prosthetics. Years later, he leads an expedition to explore the atmosphere of Jupiter, where he encounters a strange, jellyfish-like creature (the Medusa) before he must evacuate for the safety of the expedition.

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Wed
Apr 15 2015 1:19pm

Orbit to Serialize New K.J. Parker Fantasy!

Orbit, the science fiction and fantasy imprint of the Hachette Book Group, will serialize The Two of Swords! The new story by fantasy novelist K.J. Parker will premiere its first three episodes on April 21, with new installments coming in monthly e-book editions. The series will be collected in both print and digital editions after it’s complete.

Parker, whose epic stories center around complex politics and personalities, said the full story of The Two Swords isn’t finished yet. The story will feature a large cast of characters and, “a broad, unified sweep of significant events, witnessed by a wide spectrum of diverse characters—farm boys, soldiers, spies, tradesmen and emperors” with “a sort of relay-race structure, passing the narrative baton from observer to observer,” which will allow the author to “quite literally, make history.”

Parker is the author of the novellas “A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong” and “Let Maps to Others,” consecutive winners of the World Fantasy Award in 2012 and 2013, respectively. You can find the e-book installments at all major e-book retailers, and look for more information (and a readers’ discussion forum) at TwoOfSwords.net. Plus, for more of Parker’s ingenious storytelling, check out Tor.com’s reread of The Folding Knife!

Tue
Apr 14 2015 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 26

Live, from my laptop, it’s the Wheel of Time Reread Redux! APPLAUSE KTHXBI. Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 48 and 49 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 available as an e-book series! Yay!

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!

[“Men are from Earth, and women are from Earth. Deal with it.” –George Carlin]

Tue
Apr 14 2015 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: More Lesbian SFF Romance

Sleeps With Monsters

For the third year in a row, Sleeps With Monsters brings you a post dedicated to lesbian science fiction and fantasy romance. Mostly because this is what I’ve been reading lately—sometimes a person just wants a book that’s guaranteed to be filled with women having significant interactions with other women, with the promise of happy outcomes.

Unfortunately, more often than not, I find myself unhappy with the quality of those romance novels I do read. I could wish for smoother prose, or a narrative that integrates its romantic and action elements more cohesively. (When I do find one that works for me on all levels, like Courtney Milan’s The Duchess War or Heather Rose Jones’ Daughter of Mystery, I cling to it in delight.)

[Let me talk about the ones featuring queer ladies I’ve enjoyed.]

Mon
Apr 13 2015 4:00pm

Ken Liu Talks Silkpunk, Old Poems, and Contemporary Chinese SFF in His Reddit AMA

The Grace of Kings book cover Ken LiuIn his first novel The Grace of Kings, Ken Liu “remembers the future” by using nostalgia to reveal modernity; and in doing so, changes the way that epic fantasy stories are structured. Liu addressed questions about fantasy clichés and contemporary Chinese sci-fi and fantasy in his recent Reddit AMA, sharing both his influences and hinting at arcs he’s set up in this book and its sequels to come.

Liu also talked about translating Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Problem, including the surprising ease of translating science from Chinese to English, and why info dumps are the best part of hard sci-fi.

Check out the highlights from his AMA below!

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Mon
Apr 13 2015 12:45pm

Announcing the 2014 Aurealis Awards Winners!

2014 Aurealis Awards winnersThe winners of Australia’s 2014 Aurealis Awards—which recognize the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, and children’s fiction writers—were announced on April 11 at the University House, Canberra. Also announced was the 2014 recipient of The Convenors’ Award for Excellence, which recognizes a particular achievement in speculative fiction or related areas that is not otherwise eligible for an Aurealis Award.

The full list of winners is below. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

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Fri
Apr 10 2015 2:48pm

Orbit Books Announces Two New Ann Leckie Novels!

Ancillary Justice Ann Leckie new books Orbit BooksFans of Ann Leckie who are sad to see her Imperial Radch trilogy ending this year will be delighted to learn that Orbit Books has purchased two more novels from Leckie!

The first, tentatively scheduled for release in fall 2017, will take place in the same universe as Ancillary Justice (which won the Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Awards) and its follow-ups Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy.

The second will be an unrelated science fiction novel. Both will be published simultaneously in the United States and the UK.

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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!]

Thu
Apr 9 2015 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons, Part 17

A Dance with DragonsWelcome 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 17 of A Dance With Dragons, in which we cover Chapter 28 (“Jon”) and Chapter 29 (“Davos”).

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!

[“There are wild elephants in the country, and numerous unicorns, which are very nearly as big. They have hair like that of a buffalo, feet like those of an elephant, and a horn in the middle of the forehead, which is black and very thick… The head resembles that of a wild boar, and they carry it ever bent towards the ground. They delight much to abide in mire and mud. ’Tis a passing ugly beast to look upon, and is not in the least like that which our stories tell of as being caught in the lap of a virgin; in fact, ’tis altogether different from what we fancied.” –Marco Polo being hilariously disappointed by the lack of glitter or virgins around “real” unicorns]

Tue
Apr 7 2015 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 25

To Reread, or not to Reread, is that the question? Well, then: DUH.

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 46 and 47 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 available as an e-book series! Yay!

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!

[“Show me a hero and I’ll write you a tragedy.”]

Tue
Apr 7 2015 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: Young Adult Books You Should Be Reading

YA reviews sleeps with monsters

While my brain has been very slowly regenerating from the puddle of goo into which it dissolved at the end of February, I’ve been alternating my reading between romance novels and Young Adult books. (I’m not quite prepared to tackle anything that demands to be appreciated from several intellectual angles, rather than merely inviting one to do so.) Some of the YA novels are absolutely amazing, even with my presently-limited capacity.

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Thu
Apr 2 2015 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons, Part 16

A Dance with DragonsWelcome 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 16 of A Dance With Dragons, in which we cover Chapter 27 (“Tyrion”).

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!

[“When men sow the wind it is rational to expect that they will reap the whirlwind.” –Frederick Douglass]

Tue
Mar 31 2015 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 24

With unspeakable horror, the Wheel of Time Reread Redux comes howling FOR YOUR SOUL. Yay!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 44 and 45 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 available as an e-book series!

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 recognize terror as the finest emotion and so I will try to terrorize the reader. But if I find that I cannot terrify, I will try to horrify, and if I find that I cannot horrify, I’ll go for the gross-out. I’m not proud.”]

Fri
Mar 27 2015 5:12pm

See the First Pages from the Illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

illustrated Harry Potter Jim Kay

About a month ago, Imgur user SteampunkBrit got their hands on a preview copy of Bloomsbury’s fully-illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. They’ve shared several pages of Jim Kay’s fantastic illustrations; we’ve already seen a few previews, but this shows how the renderings of beloved wizarding world characters and locations actually interact with the text.

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Thu
Mar 26 2015 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons, Part 15

A Dance with DragonsWelcome 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 15 of A Dance With Dragons, in which we cover Chapter 25 (“The Windblown”) and Chapter 26 (“The Wayward Bride”).

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 probably would have been reconciled to it if he’d called the chapter “Silly Dornish K-nnnnnnigghets”]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 23

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux is go!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 42 and 43 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 available as an e-book series! Yay!

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!

[DREAMSHARD!]

Mon
Mar 23 2015 4:30pm

Game of Thrones Will Spoil the Remaining Song of Ice and Fire Books

Game of Thrones show spoil Song of Ice and Fire books

Even though Game of Thrones season 5 looks to be diverging from its source material to a greater degree than any of the prior seasons, the show’s creators have confirmed that the TV series and the books will end in the same place. And the show will get there first!

Speaking to the Oxford Union this weekend, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff confirmed what we’ve already suspected: Game of Thrones will outpace George R.R. Martin's Song of Ice and Fire series, thus spoiling TV audiences for the books’ eventual ending.

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Fri
Mar 20 2015 4:36pm

Lois McMaster Bujold Announces New Cordelia Vorkosigan Novel Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

Lois McMaster BujoldNext year will see a new installment in Lois McMaster Bujold’s Hugo- and Nebula-winning Vorkosigan Saga! Bujold recently announced on her Goodreads blog that her new novel Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen will be published in February of 2016 (tentatively) from Baen Books.

In a bit of great timing, 2016 will also mark the 30th anniversary of the publication of Bujold’s first three Vorkosigan Saga novels: Shards of Honor, The Warrior’s Apprentice, and Ethan of Athos.

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Thu
Mar 19 2015 11:00am

Rothfuss Reread: The Slow Regard of Silent Things Part 1: A Seemly Place

Patrick Rothfuss Kingkiller Chronicles The Slow Regard of Silent Things My obsessively detailed reread of Patrick Rothfuss’s Kingkiller Chronicles is over, but we want to keep on talking about the books. I’m going to post the occasional continuation post when the last one gets too long or if there’s something to say.

The Slow Regard of Silent Things is a novella published in book form. It is about Auri, Rothfuss himself says that this is not the place to start with his work, and it absolutely is not. This novella is strictly for the fans. That would be us then.

Spoilers for all of The Wise Man’s Fear andThe Name of the Wind and for The Slow Regard of Silent Things—these discussions assume you’ve read all of the books, and frankly they won’t make the slightest bit of sense if you haven’t. But we welcome new people who have read the books and want to geek out about them. This post is full of spoilers, please don’t venture beyond the cut unless you want them.

[Read more: OCD magic, and I’m not kidding about spoilers]

Wed
Mar 18 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: We’re So Glad These Lucas Lee Movie Posters Exist

Lucas Lee movie posters Scott Pilgrim Chris Evans

Chris Evans was one of the best parts of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, as growly movie star Lucas Lee. And such range! In these fake movie posters, he’s a Nicholas Sparks-caliber hero in Let’s Hope There’s a Heaven; the most dangerous physician you’ve ever met in Action Doctor (“The good news is... you are going to live. The bad news is he is going to kill you.”); and our personal favorite, clutching a telephone wire in the time travel action thriller You Just Don’t Exist.

Even cooler: A Redditor noticed that each of the movie titles are the names of Plumtree songs—Plumtree being the band who wrote the song that Scott Pilgrim itself was inspired by!

Afternoon Roundup brings you hypothetical fantasy series board games, the cover of Aliette de Bodard’s new book, and George R.R. Martin’s con schedule (or lack thereof).

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