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Mon
Mar 2 2015 4:00pm

Daniel Polansky Assembles an Evil Authors Team and Talks Fantasy Noir in His Reddit AMA

Daniel Polansky Reddit AMA highlights Those Above Low Town Tor.com novellaFantasy author Daniel Polansky recently took to Reddit’s r/fantasy subreddit to talk about his new novel Those Above (which kicks off his The Empty Throne duology) and The Builders, part of Tor.com’s inaugural novella list. The AMA (Ask Me Anything) discussion thread spanned from definitions of noir fantasy to how best to kill characters to who he would want on his “evil author supervillains” team.

Polansky gamely poked fun at himself, first referring to himself as “a writer of genre fiction, which is a rather precious way of saying that at some point in my books (generally speaking, early and often) people die violently.” When asked to suggest a clickbait article title for Those Above, he jokingly offered up “Elves with swords! Chainmail bikinis! Small words! BEYONCE BEYONCE BEYONCE!” Check out the highlights from his r/fantasy AMA!

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Mon
Mar 2 2015 3:30pm

George R.R. Martin Donates a First-Edition of The Hobbit to Texas A&M’s Library

George R.R. Martin first-edition The Hobbit Texas A&M library

Since 1993, George R.R. Martin has used Texas A&M’s Cushing Memorial Library and Archives as the official respository for his manuscripts, books, and memorabilia. Over the years, he has donated various papers and texts to the library for protection and archiving. This past weekend, Martin added another book to the list: A first-edition of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Even better, this donation marked the library’s five millionth text.

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Mon
Mar 2 2015 1:30pm

Afternoon Roundup: “Live Long and Prosper” From Space

Vulcan salute space Leonard Nimoy death

Over the weekend, the Leonard Nimoy tributes just kept rolling in. We were particularly touched by astronaut Terry W. Virts’ Vulcan salute all the way from the International Space Station. The Washington Post has more of NASA’s history with Star Trek and Nimoy. Plus, Star Trek Online will create an in-game memorial for its millions of players.

Afternoon Roundup brings you a new sci-fi adventure from the woman who brought us Divergent, an Adventure Time movie, and office cats galore!

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Fri
Feb 27 2015 10:52am

Announcing the 2014 Aurealis Awards Shortlist!

2014 Aurealis Awards shortlistThe Aurealis Awards—which recognize the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, and children’s fiction writers—have announced their 2014 shortlist! The finalists include Jonathan Strahan, Kathleen Jennings, Scott Westerfeld, Garth Nix, Deborah Biancotti, and more.

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Thu
Feb 26 2015 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons, Part 12

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 12 of A Dance With Dragons, in which we cover Chapter 19 (“Davos”) and Chapter 20 (“Reek”).

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!

[He’s the hairy-handed gent / Who ran amok in Kent]

Wed
Feb 25 2015 11:00am

Of Masks and Mary Sues: Kushiel’s Chosen, Part 1

Kushiel's Reread Tor.com Kushiel's Chosen Jacqueline CareyWe’re continuing Kushiel’s Reread with Kushiel’s Chosen, the perennial middle book: It has to recapture the magic of the original, while upping its stakes without getting ludicrous. In many ways, Chosen tracks Phèdre nó Delaunay’s development into a better Servant of Naamah, spy, and peer of the realm. In other ways, the book is the weakest of the trilogy by dint of being a bridge between the naïve girl of Kushiel’s Dart and the worldly woman of Kushiel’s Avatar. But first, let’s find out what happens when Phèdre rededicates herself to serving and spying!

We’re going to get spoilery—because it turns out there is a ton of foreshadowing for later books and trilogies—so feel free to do the same in the comments. As Shemhazai said, all knowledge is worth having. And as he might have said… Reread as thou wilt!

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Tue
Feb 24 2015 1:31pm

Tor Books to Publish Pathfinder Tales Novels Based on Paizo’s Tabletop Games

Pathfinder Tales Tor Books Paizo Lord of Runes Dave Gross

Tor Books, a leading global publisher of science fiction and fantasy, announced today that it will publish Pathfinder Tales, a series of novels based on Paizo Inc.’s best-selling Pathfinder tabletop adventure games. The first Tor Pathfinder Tales book, Lord of Runes, by Dave Gross, releases June 16th, 2015, with additional releases to follow bi-monthly.

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Tue
Feb 24 2015 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 19

Hail WOTers, full of grace! Or possibly Fritos, I don’t judge. Whatever you’re full of, welcome back to the Wheel of Time Reread Redux!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 34 and 35 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!

[“Where would King Arthur be without Guinevere?” “Happily married, probably.” “Well, that’s a bad... that’s a bad example.”]

Fri
Feb 20 2015 3:00pm

The Yellow Wood Wields an Intimate and Disturbing Wizardry

review Melanie Tem Yellow Wood Sandi Kove left home as a young woman and has all but cut ties with her family of origin. She has a husband, two beautiful adopted teenagers, and a stable job writing marketing reports for a company that seems to appreciate her. When she hears from her sister that their elderly father is all but begging she return for a visit—and that he might not live much longer– she breaks a decades-long father-daughter silence and returns to a peculiar patch of scrub forest, a yellow wood where all of her other siblings have settled down within walking distance of Dad’s cabin.

It is clear that Sandi’s departure, years earlier, was an escape from something. Though she refers to her father as a wizard, it is clear that even she is not certain what she means, or exactly what it was that she was getting away from. Certainly Alexander Kove was a domineering parent, and as the two of them take the first tentative steps into their reunion we see that he is stubborn, racist, emotionally withholding, and afraid to show any of his considerable vulnerabilities.

[A review.]

Fri
Feb 20 2015 11:00am

Highlights from Kate Elliott’s Reddit AMA Include Unrestrained Romance, Secret Projects, and Chocolate Cake

Kate Elliott Reddit AMA best answers highlightsFor more than twenty-five years, Kate Elliott’s fantasy and science fiction has focused on (as she told us in Sleeps With Monsters) “how people function in the social space of the societies they live in.” That might range from crumbling empires rebuilding themselves to the immigrant experience and the culture clash experienced by two very different societies. Best known for her Crossroads and Spiritwalker trilogies and her Crown of Stars series, she has also just released a new short fiction collection, The Very Best of Kate Elliott.

Recently, Elliott took to Reddit’s r/fantasy subreddit to answer all manner of reader questions. During the talk—scheduled around the Hawaii-based Elliott’s outrigger canoe practice—she explained how J.R.R. Tolkien made her love worldbuilding, gamely accepted the commentary from one reader who didn’t enjoy her books, and shared her best chocolate cake recipe. Check out the highlights!

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Thu
Feb 19 2015 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons, Part 11

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 11 of A Dance With Dragons, in which we cover Chapter 17 (“Jon”) and Chapter 18 (“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!

[“Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible. I think it’s in my basement... let me go upstairs and check.”]

Thu
Feb 19 2015 9:30am

Cover Reveal and Excerpt for The Black Cauldron 50th Anniversary Edition

The Black Cauldron 50th anniversary edition cover reveal excerpt Lloyd Alexander

To celebrate the half-century in which Lloyd Alexander’s The Black Cauldron has charmed and enthralled young fantasy readers, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers is releasing a special 50th anniversary edition of the second book in Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain.

Coming in 2015, the new edition will follow the design of The Book of Three anniversary edition, with a black cloth cover and silver foil. It includes a new introduction by Newbery Award winner Rebecca Stead, a short story from Prydain, and three letters from Lloyd Alexander to his editor, Ann Durrell (one in which he expresses his joy at having received a Newbery Honor for the book).

Tor.com is pleased to reveal the new cover for The Black Cauldron! Check out the full image below, plus some thoughts on the book from editor Noa Wheeler. Henry Holt BYR has also provided an excerpt, so prepare to fall in love all over again with Lloyd Alexander’s epic tale!

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Wed
Feb 18 2015 5:00pm

Subterranean Press Celebrates 20 Years with a Humble Bundle

Humble Bundle Subterranean Press

To mark its 20th anniversary, Subterranean Press is teaming up with Humble Bundle to offer up a massive bundle of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror books! For the next few weeks, you can get $96 worth of DRM-free, multi-format books at whatever price you want.

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Wed
Feb 18 2015 1:35pm

Afternoon Roundup: What a Bunch of Helpful Ways to Learn Your Geeky ABCs

Otis Frampton ABCDEFGeek Vol 3 art

When artist Otis Frampton created the ABCDEFGeek series a few years ago, he could have stopped with his first geeky alphabet (including “R is for Regeneration” and “X is for Xenomorph”). But instead, he keeps topping himself by starting back over with “A”—with ABCDEFGeek Volume 3, it’s the Guardians of the Galaxy who get that honor. (You know why.) Frampton still has two letters left to go, so follow along on his deviantART page!

Afternoon Roundup includes a television adaptation of The Man in the High Castle, the plot of Pirates of the Caribbean 5, and the new Nightcrawler.

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Wed
Feb 18 2015 10:00am

That Which Yields is Not Always Weak: Kushiel’s Dart, Part 2

Kushiel's Dart Reread Tor.com Jacqueline Carey new cover trade paperbackWelcome back to Kushiel’s Reread! This week, we wrap up Part 2 of Kushiel’s Dart, in which Phèdre nó Delaunay and Joscelin Verreuil survive slavery in Skaldia, join a diplomatic delegation to the far shores of Alba, and bring Queen Ysandre’s betrothed to Terre d’Ange so he can help kick the Skaldi out.

In rereading Kushiel’s Legacy, we’re breaking each book into two parts; turns out there’s a very natural delineation between Part 1 and Part 2 of each of Phèdre’s adventures (hint: it involves her getting imprisoned and/or enslaved). Each reread will include a brief summary, some plot highlights, and our commentary. We’re going to get spoilery—because it turns out there is a ton of foreshadowing for later books and trilogies—so feel free to do the same in the comments.

As Shemhazai said, all knowledge is worth having. And as he might have said… Reread as thou wilt!

[From Skaldia to Alba to the Master of the Straits, and Phèdre finds a bedmate in every port...]

Fri
Feb 13 2015 7:15am

Announcing The Kitschies’ 2014 Shortlists!

The Kitschies 2014 shortlists PornokitschThe Kitschies, the annual tentacle-themed prize for works containing elements of the “speculative and fantastic,” have released their shortlists for the most “progressive, intelligent, and entertaining” fiction of 2014.

This year’s shortlists have been narrowed down from 198 submissions, coming from over 40 different publishers and imprints. This year also features the prize’s first self-published finalist.

Another change is new director Glen Mehn organizing and overseeing this year’s group of judges, authors, and artists. Congratulations to all of the finalists—we can’t wait to see who will take home the coveted squid statue!

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Thu
Feb 12 2015 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons, Part 10

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 10 of A Dance With Dragons, in which we cover Chapter 15 (“Davos”) and Chapter 16 (“Daenerys”).

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!

[“Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves; and, under a just God, can not long retain it.” ~Abraham Lincoln]

Thu
Feb 12 2015 10:30am

SFF Sexier Than Fifty Shades of Grey

SFF sexier than Fifty Shades of Grey Sex Criminals cover

Fifty Shades of Grey opens this weekend, with many audiences worried that the movie will repeat the mistakes of the book in depicting an unrealistic, unhealthy BDSM relationship. But it doesn’t have to be this way—after all, sci-fi and fantasy authors have written believable power exchanges and sexual agency into their books and comics for decades. Instead of headdesking over Christian and Ana once again, pick up these books by Samuel R. Delany, Octavia E. Butler, Matt Fraction, and more.

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Tue
Feb 10 2015 5:00pm

Something Oddly Elegiac: Signal to Noise by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Signal to Noise Silvia Moreno-Garcia Silvia Moreno-Garcia is to date perhaps best known as an anthology editor and the publisher of the small Canada-based Innsmouth Free Press, and as the author of two collections of short fiction. Signal to Noise, released this month by Solaris Books, is her debut novel: and a strangely compelling entry in the novel stakes it is, at that.

Spoilers ahead.

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Tue
Feb 10 2015 2:45pm

Jim Butcher’s New Fantasy Series is Coming this September!

Author Jim Butcher

The first novel in Jim Butcher’s new steampunk fantasy series, The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass, will be released in hardcover on September 29, 2015! The series is being published by Roc Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Executive Editor Anne Sowards describes The Cinder Spires as, “Horatio Hornblower meets The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen—it’s a fantastic, creative new series of airships, privateers, warrior monks, and mad sorcerers. Honestly, it’s like Jim put all my favorite things in one book!”

The Cinder Spires is set in a fascinating new world, where an ancient evil has awoken, plunging the world into a shroud of mists filled with monstrous and fantastic creatures. The fate of humanity will rest on the loyalty and courage of a single airship’s crew. New York Times bestselling author David Weber said, “This is Jim Butcher at his best…It’s steampunk meets magic with a dose of sci-fi for seasoning.”

Head over to Jim Butcher's site for more information on this exciting new series!