Cold Wind April 16, 2014 Cold Wind Nicola Griffith Old ways can outlast their usefulness. What Mario Scietto Says April 15, 2014 What Mario Scietto Says Emmy Laybourne An original Monument 14 story. Something Going Around April 9, 2014 Something Going Around Harry Turtledove A tale of love and parasites. The Devil in America April 2, 2014 The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson The gold in her pockets is burning a hole.
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April 13, 2014
Game of Thrones, Season 4, Episode 2: “The Lion and the Rose”
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April 11, 2014
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April 8, 2014
Let’s Completely Reimagine Battlestar Galactica! Again. This Time as A Movie!
Emily Asher-Perrin
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The Age of Heroes is Here. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Chris Lough
April 3, 2014
A Spoonful of Music Makes the Nanny: Disney’s Mary Poppins
Mari Ness
Wed
Apr 16 2014 10:00am

Rocket Talk Tor.com podcast

In this episode of Rocket Talk, we take a break to present an original audio story by Mari Ness! “In the Greenwood” is a beautifully told tale of complicated and conflicted love, a look at the folklore of Robin Hood from Marian's point of view, as read by Emily Asher-Perrin.

The short story, acquired and edited by Liz Gorinsky, can be read online for free here.

[Listen to “In the Greenwood” by Mari Ness this week on Rocket Talk]

Wed
Apr 16 2014 9:40am

X-Men Days of Future Past Trailer 3

A plethora of mutants make appearances in the third trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Logan tries his best to explain the plot of the movie to past-Charles: essentially it boils down to “the Sentinels are bad,” but we all knew that already, right? We’re still not convinced that Logan is the best choice for this mission, but it sure is fun watching him interact with—and occasionally punch—the old (young?) gang!

[Watch the trailer]

Wed
Apr 16 2014 9:00am
Original Story

“Cold Wind,” by Nicola Griffith, is a dark fantasy tale about a woman who enters a Seattle bar on a cold wintry night in the midst of the Christmas holidays, searching for something . . . or someone.

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by consulting editor Ellen Datlow.

[Read “Cold Wind” by Nicola Griffith]

Wed
Apr 16 2014 8:30am

Apex Magazine is currently wrapping up Operation Fourth Story, their two-week showcase of the best of Apex and push to add an additional story (or longer pieces of fiction) to each issue of the magazine. They're offering a special subscription and renewal deals (plus a free Apex eBook of your choice!) through April 17th in the hopes of bringing readers even more weird, wonderful fiction each month.

We want to help introduce you to Apex by sending three lucky winners The Book of Apex: Volume 4 of Apex Magazine, which includes stories by Catherynne M. Valente, Cat Rambo, Elizabeth Bear, and many more.

Comment in the post to enter!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States and D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec). To enter, comment on this post beginning at 8:30 PM Eastern Time (ET) on April 16. Sweepstakes ends at 12:00 PM ET on April 20. Void outside the United States and Canada and where prohibited by law. Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Tor.com, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

Wed
Apr 16 2014 8:00am

Tumblr royalty DesignMischief posted this sparkly Winter Soldier. If the Marvel Universe decides to go in this direction, we will completely support them. Just look at the way that bright pink bow complements his hair!

Morning Roundup ponders the responsibilities of representation, the true nature of time, and Thanos itself. Heavy topics for a Wednesday? Yes. But we owe you nothing less.

[Plus there’s a barbershop quartet waiting for you after all the philosophizing!]

Wed
Apr 16 2014 7:30am

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus, Tor.com’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

Today, Terry Pratchett does dragons and diaries, Anthony Horowitz moots Moriarty, Damien Walter decries the straightness of science fiction, David Mitchell signs on for a sequel, J. K. Rowling takes over the radio... and that?

That’s just a taste of all that’s to come in this week’s edition of the British Genre Fiction Focus.

[Read More]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 5:00pm

Seanan McGuire InCryptid Sparrow Hill Road I’ve lost track of how many novels the amazingly prolific Seanan McGuire, and her alter ego Mira Grant, have published between them. Suffice to say that at this point, McGuire’s had a great deal of practice, and it shows.

Sparrow Hill Road is her latest book, set in the same universe as her InCryptid series but not featuring any overlap with characters or events introduced in those novels. It is more a collection of linked stories than a single unified novel—which makes sense, because Sparrow Hill Road originated as a series of short stories first published at Edge of Propinquity in 2010. These are the stories of Rose Marshall, dead at the age of sixteen in 1954, killed by a man called Bobby Cross who made a deal at the crossroads to live forever.

She’s been wandering America’s highways as a ghost ever since.

[Read more. Some spoilers for the book.]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 4:00pm
Excerpt
Stephanie Saulter

Gemsigns Stephanie Saulter Revolutions excerpt

Gemsigns, the first novel in Stephanie Saulter’s ®evolition series, will be published for the first time in the US on May 6th by Quercus Books. Read an excerpt from Gemsigns below, and if you’re in the UK you can pick up the sequel, Binary, from Jo Fletcher!

For years the human race was under attack from a deadly Syndrome, but when a cure was found – in the form of genetically engineered human beings, Gems—the line between survival and ethics was radically altered. Now the Gems are fighting for their freedom, from the oppression of the companies that created them, and against the Norms who see them as slaves.

A conference at which Dr Eli Walker has been commissioned to present his findings on the Gems is the key to that freedom. But with the Gemtech companies fighting to keep the Gems enslaved, and the horrifying godgangs determined to rid the earth of these ‘unholy’ creations, the Gems are up against forces that may just be too powerful to oppose.

[Read an Excerpt]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: The Quickening“The Quickening”
Written by Naren Shankar
Directed by Rene Auberjonois
Season 4, Episode 23
Production episode 40514-495
Original air date: May 20, 1996
Stardate: unknown

Station log: Sisko travels to the planet Zeist, and—

Whoops. Wrong The Quickening...

Kira, Dax, and Bashir are doing a bio-survey of a planet in the Gamma Quadrant. En route, they get a distress call from a planet just outside Dominion territory. Dax and Bashir beam down to find a settlement that looks badly wrecked. A woman suffering from an obvious illness collapses in front of them. While Dax tries to find out where the local hospital is, Bashir treats her, and another local tells them to go away now while they still have the chance.

Dax trades her hair clip for a ride to the “hospital”—in truth a near-empty structure that doesn’t seem to have any actual facilities. It turns out that Trevean, the head of the hospital, is in truth running a hospice—and he helps death along by providing a poison once the Blight has quickened. Once the quickening happens, the person is all but dead.

[Come to Quark’s, Quark’s is fun / Come right now, don’t walk, run!]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 2:30pm

The Days of the Deer is the first in an epic trilogy, and Argentinian author Liliana Bodoc’s first work translated into English. In the late 15th century, South America is menaced by a great encroaching darkness, which is linked in some way to the approaching European explorers.

The new edition of this engrossing, vividly imagined novel is out this month from Corvus, and we want to send you one of our three copies right now!

Comment in the post to enter!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States and D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec). To enter, comment on this post beginning at 2:30 PM Eastern Time (ET) on April 15. Sweepstakes ends at 12:00 PM ET on April 19. Void outside the United States and Canada and where prohibited by law. Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Tor.com, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

Tue
Apr 15 2014 2:15pm

Captain America, Winter Soldier, FrozenThere are lots of Frozen mashups in the world already, but when you have a title character called “The Winter Soldier,” he would seem an apt analog for Queen Elsa, no? And considering Cap's feelings in the newly released sequel, we're just gonna cry a lot and present you with this piece of fanart.

Just... just build a snowman with your Steve. Please? It doesn't have to be a snowman.

Fan art via 9gag.com.

Tue
Apr 15 2014 2:00pm

Since it happens to be poetry month, the time seems more or less just right for talking about the transitional last print issue of long-running speculative poetry magazine Mythic Delirium. It’s issue #30, and in honor the magazine’s Kickstarter funded shift to digital publication and a new format, editor Mike Allen had gathered up a retrospective from the past fifteen years’ worth of issues—poems ranging from the first from their first issue, to the most recent MD poem to win a Rhysling Award.

It is an interesting sort of project, a goodbye to the old and a remembrance of the past that also happens to be signaling a fresh start for the magazine, with different guiding principles and a radically different format. I look forward to seeing what the Allens (Mike and Anita) do with the upcoming magazine, but for now, there’s the retrospective issue and the poems in it.

[A review.]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 1:00pm

It’s that time again, kids!

Once more, your Auntie Leigh has returned from the seriously over-pollinated wilds of Atlanta, Georgia, fresh from attending the 6th annual JordanCon, this year known as “Asha’Con.” And also once more, I bring you excess verbiage and mostly shamelessly pirated photos to share the experience with you!

Well, most of the experience, anyway. I figure y’all will appreciate it if I keep the allergy attack and hangover symptoms to myself, so I will. That’s because I love you.

(Seriously, So. Much. Pollen. And booze, but that was a given.)

…And as it turns out, there is way too much awesome to fit into one post, so this is actually only Part ONE of my Report!

Anyway, be warned for many many (many) photos under the cut, and click on!

[Remember when we were such fools]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 12:15pm

William Campbell Powell Cory Doctorow Expiration Day

William Campbell Powell’s book Expiration Day takes place in a not-too-distant future where a decline in global fertility has resulted in a decidedly commercial response: Start making sophisticated androids for those who want children.

Powell’s story zeroes in on the formative teenage years of Tania Deeley and her experience as she realizes that the friends and school she has always accepted as rote may in fact consist predominantly of androids. Including her best friend Siân.

But how does a teenager not realize their friends are androids? Little Brother and Homeland author Cory Doctorow was curious about this himself, and after reading an early copy of Powell’s book, sat down with the author to discuss how easy it is to cocoon yourself unquestioningly inside the information you are given, and how hard it is to bust out of that.

[Watch the video of Doctorow and Powell’s discussion]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 12:00pm

Welcome back to the Short Fiction Spotlight, a space for conversation about recent and not-so-recent short stories. In my last installment we returned to Lightspeed Magazine to look at a few recent stories; this week, I’d like to shift focus to another magazine I haven’t talked so much about: Beneath Ceaseless Skies. Their April issue contains two stories, “Golden Daughter, Stone Wife” by Benjanun Sriduangkaew and “At the Edge of the Sea” by Raphael Ordoñez.

I feel like I keep running into stories by Sriduangkaew—I know I’ve covered at least a few in this column series! Seems like this is a good year for her work, too, because I have enjoyed the majority of those stories. A name I hadn’t encountered before, though, was Ordoñez, who according to good ol’ ISFDB is a fairly new writer (first professional publications in 2013). His work has appeared primarily in past issues of BCS.

[Onward.]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 10:30am

Oscar Wilde once said, “Art is the most intense form of individualism the world has ever known.”

And perhaps he’s right. When I’m working on my comics, I lock myself in my art studio (i.e. spare bedroom) for hours. At least once a day, my four-year-old will tiptoe down our hallway. She’ll scratch at my door quietly, like a cat. After her scratches don’t bring any response, she’ll try whispering. Then knocking. Then shouting. “Daddy?! When are you coming out, Daddy?! Daddy, can you even hear me?!”

[Thoughts on art, selfishness, cosplay, and livers...]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 10:10am

John Scalzi's Old Man's WarMedieval scholar Michael Livingston has graced us all with rare treat indeed—he has taken excerpts from various genre novels (by the likes of John Scalzi, Mary Robinette Kowal, and Robert Jordan) and “Chaucer'd” them, translating them into Middle English and recording them for your listening pleasure!

So if history and excellent fiction is your thing, this is definitely something you want to check out.

[More info on the project and Livingston.]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 9:40am

Unlocked John Scalzi Lock In Novella Preview HugoLock In, Hugo-award winning author John Scalzi’s exciting new venture into near-future thrillers, is coming August 26, but we at Tor.com are way too pumped up to wait that long. We’re pleased to announce that on May 7th we will be publishing “Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome.” “Unlocked” traces the medical history behind a virus that will sweep the globe and affect the majority of the world’s population, setting the stage for Lock In.

The novella will be priced at $1.99, and although we will later be releasing it for free, as we do with all our original fiction, the ebook version will contain a one chapter preview of Lock In for your reading pleasure. It is now available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

Tue
Apr 15 2014 9:00am
Original Story

Despite all his disaster planning, and the bomb shelter he built under his shed, Mario Scietto was not prepared for the apocalypse that hit Monument, Colorado. A series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a terrible chemical weapons spill that affects people differently depending on blood type, has torn the world as he knows it apart. “What Mario Scietto Says” is set in the world of Emmy Laybourne’s Monument 14. The final book in the series, Monument 14: Savage Drift, goes on sale May 6th.

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by Feiwel & Friends editor Holly West.

[Read “What Mario Scietto Says” by Emmy Laybourne]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 8:00am

Disney Firefly fanart

Awww, Stephen Byrne, you have looked into our hearts and created the thing we most want to see! There’s a horse!!! And Lil’ River!!! And a real firefly!!!

Morning Roundup is still taking a series of deep breaths after that Game of Thrones episode, so you may need to give us a minute. But, we’ve got news about Peggy Carter and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., a graphic novel first, and a doc about making it as an illustrator!

[Plus an uninterrupted cover of “Rains of Castamere!”]