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September 11, 2014
The Ghostbusters are an Antidote to Lovecraft’s Dismal Worldview
Max Gladstone
September 11, 2014
Five Underrated Doctor Who Companions (And One Scoundrel)
David Cranmer
September 9, 2014
My Favourite Apocalypses, or, How to End the World for Fun and Profit
Gary Gibson
September 9, 2014
Sleeps With Monsters: Another Post About Some Books
Liz Bourke
September 8, 2014
Come With Us to All the Magical Londons!
Leah Schnelbach
Thu
Sep 18 2014 12:36pm

Gwen Stacy is Spider-Woman and Has an All-Girl Band Called The Mary Janes

Gwen Stacy Spider-Man The Mary Janes band

So it’s already cool that Gwen Stacy (embodiment of one of the saddest twists in comics history) gets to be Spider-Woman in a new alternate-universe comic, Edge of Spider-Verse #2 out this week, jumping off buildings instead of falling off them. She rocks a rad costume, saves Peter Parker from bullies, and has a much more emotionally grounded reason to hide her secret identity from her police chief dad.

But the best part? She’s in an all-girl band with Mary Jane Watson called—what else—The Mary Janes.

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Thu
Sep 18 2014 12:00pm

Words of Radiance Reread: Interlude 2

Welcome back to the Words of Radiance reread on Tor.com! This week we continue to plow through the interludes, exploring the far reaches of Roshar.

Our second interlude chapter takes us to Iri, a country on the far side of the world from the Shattered Plains, where a simple cobbler is wrestling with some big ideas. We will also meet one of the more sinister figures in Words of Radiance. I hope you’re ready for some hard justice.

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. The index for this reread can be found here, and more Stormlight Archive goodies are indexed here. Read on, and join us in the comments.

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Thu
Sep 18 2014 11:00am

Love as Contest in the Work of Mary Renault

Mary Renault

Mary Renault (1905-1983) wrote six contemporary novels between 1938 and 1955 and then The Last of the Wine (1956) and the other Greek novels that are what she is best known for. Like most Renault readers I’m aware of, I came to her Greek novels first, and read her contemporary novels later. For most of my life her Greek novels have been in print and easy to find, while her contemporary novels have been almost impossible to get hold of. Now they are all available as e-books, and this makes me really happy as it means it is possible to recommend them in good conscience.

The Greek novels are historical novels set in Ancient Greece, and I love them. It’s possible to argue that they’re fantasy because the characters believe in the gods and see their hands at work in the world, but that’s a fairly feeble argument. They do however appeal to readers of fantasy and SF because they provide a completely immersive world that feels real and different and solid, and characters who completely belong in that world. I recommend them wholeheartedly to anyone who likes fantasy not because they are fantasy but because they scratch the same kind of itch. I’ve written about The Mask of Apollo here on Tor.com before.

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Thu
Sep 18 2014 10:30am

In Real Life Sweepstakes!

Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang’s In Real Life hits shelves on October 14th, and we want to send you one of our five copies right now! Check out our excerpt of this new graphic novel from First Second about gaming, adolescence, and the complications that arise when real world problems cross the boundaries of virtual worlds.

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. Things become complicated, though, when Anda befriends a gold farmer—a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake.

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Thu
Sep 18 2014 10:00am

Cast As Thou Wilt: Kushiel’s Dart Dream Cast

Kushiel's Dart Legacy dream cast Jacqueline CareyEarlier this summer, author Jacqueline Carey put hope in the hearts of fans of her Kushiel’s Legacy trilogy when she said that Game of Thrones had opened the door for a potential adaptation of her sexy, brilliant, fantasy series. Now, there’s no specific project in the works right now, due (somewhat ironically) to the current glut of fantasy series. But now that we know television audiences like their courtly intrigue served with a generous helping of alternate fantasy and sexposition, it’s only a matter of time.

To that end, we couldn’t resist fantasizing about who should star in the hypothetical Kushiel’s Legacy TV show—starting with book one, Kushiel’s Dart. Check out our picks for Phèdre herself, the men who love and serve her, her teacher—the “Whoremaster of Spies”—and the dangerously alluring woman whose grip she can never quite escape.

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Thu
Sep 18 2014 9:00am

Cultivating Wonder: Robert J. Bennett’s City of Stairs

City of StairsI’ve been trying to read Robert Jackson Bennett’s books for some time. He’s got one of the most entertaining Twitter feeds around—a blend of absurdist, weird, nonsensical , and occasionally on the edge of off-color humor (I’ll sometimes find myself laughing at a tweet while thinking, “I don’t dare retweet this”). But there are all sorts of writers I like in other venues whose fiction just doesn’t do it for me.

Bennett writes a variety of books in a variety of genres, and is a two-time Shirley Jackson Award winner and winner of the Sydney J. Bounds Awards for Best Newcomer. Yet I’m not much of a horror or gothic fan outside a few classics, and thus his previous work was not quite up my alley. I’m terribly particular about what I read: lush writing, secondary world or seriously far-out science fiction, strong worldbuilding, dynamic characters. I need to have it all for it to work for me.

So when I heard Bennett was writing a secondary world fantasy—City of Stairs—I was intrigued. When early reviewers compared its themes to those in my own new epic fantasy, The Mirror Empire, I was doubly intrigued.

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Thu
Sep 18 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Cheeewwwwbacca! What a Yorkie!

Chewbacca Dog Costume

At least, we think that’s a Yorkie? Whatever he is, he’s the cutest little Wookiee EVER. We’d be totally fine with having some sort of life-debt situation with him, because then he could ride shotgun in our cars, his cute little Wookiee head sticking out the window...Pull your head in Li’l Chewy! We’re about to make the jump to light speed!

...what? Oh, right, Morning Roundup. Well, there’s nothing as CUTE as that picture in here, we can assure you of that. But we do have a giant frozen squid! And a giant archaeological discovery!

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Alys Arden

Alys Arden pop quiz interview Welcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on Tor.com featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Alys Arden, debut author of The Casquette Girls, a Southern Gothic tale of history, magic, and vampires, set in the city of New Orleans. Alys grew up in the Vieux Carré, cut her teeth on the streets of New York, and has worked all around the world since. She tends to talk a lot. Travel a lot. And obsessively document things. She still plans to run away with the circus one day.

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 4:00pm
Excerpt

Falling Sky (Excerpt)

Rajan Khanna

Falling Sky Rajan Khanna excerpt Ben Gold lives in dangerous times. Two generations ago, a virulent disease turned the population of most of North America into little more than beasts called Ferals. Some of those who survived took to the air, scratching out a living on airships and dirigibles soaring over the dangerous ground.

Ben has his own airship, a family heirloom, and has signed up to help a group of scientists looking for a cure. But that’s not as easy as it sounds, especially with a power-hungry air city looking to raid any nearby settlements.

To make matters worse, his airship, the only home he’s ever known, is stolen. Ben finds himself in Gastown, a city in the air recently conquered by belligerent and expansionist pirates. When events turn deadly, Ben must decide what really matters—whether to risk it all on a desperate chance for a better future or to truly remain on his own.

Check out an excerpt from Rajan Khanna’s debut novel, Falling Skyavailable October 7th from Prometheus Books.

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 3:00pm

Devouring a Book from Cover to Cover: Monstrous Affections, Edited by Kelly Link and Gavin Grant

Monstrous Affections anthology review Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales is an original anthology edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant, containing over four-hundred pages of stories—some dark, some silly, some intense—that approach the theme of the “monster” from a variety of angles. It’s a hefty tome featuring popular names like Paolo Bacigalupi, Nathan Ballingrud, Holly Black, Nalo Hopkinson, Alice Sola Kim and more, as well as several folks who are fresh to me. It’s even got one short graphic story by Kathleen Jennings.

Link and Grant are a dynamic and talented editorial pair—their press, Small Beer, publishes books I love with a statistically significant success rate; their previous anthology work is also strong—and Monstrous Affections is a solid addition to their oeuvre. It’s equal parts playful and sharp-edged, fooling around with tropes and clichés here while weaving disturbing and intimate fictions there. And as a part of a conversation on the generic conventions of “young adult” fiction, this is also a fascinating text—in part a challenge, in part a celebration.

[A review.]

Wed
Sep 17 2014 2:30pm

Cassandra Clare and Holly Black Talk About The Iron Trial!

The Iron Trial Holly Black Cassandra Clare

Cassandra Clare and Holly Black have teamed up for a new book, The Iron Trial, the first installment in the five-book Magisterium series—available now from Scholastic.

The novel follows Callum Hunt, a young man who tries his best to fail the magical test known as the Iron Trial. If he passes, he must join the Magisterium, against his father’s wishes and his own will...

The book’s co-authors hopped onto Twitter recently for an Apple iBooks chat about how their friendship affected their writing process, and we’ve gathered the highlights below!

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 2:00pm

Aloha HawaiiCon!

HawaiiCon

This past weekend was the first ever HawaiiCon. I was one of the 199 Kickstarter backers last year, and was excited for the chance to attend. In all, the new con had about 700 attendees (including guests and comps), with the split between Hawaiians and mainlanders about 50/50. Although the Kickstarter hailed it as a science and SFF con with a Hawaiian twist, and touted its authors, celebrities, and comic book artists, the con really ended up being roughly 60% hard science, 30% SF, and the rest a sundry mix.

[“The Science, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Convention with Aloha!”]

Wed
Sep 17 2014 1:18pm

Just a Whole Bunch of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 2 is Coming At You

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. season 2 photos video

Lately our resident Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. recapper Chris Lough has been hearing a long, slow train whistle just before he goes to bed. Every night it sounds a little bit closer, and every night he dreams of being tied down on the tracks, a tendril of coal plume just above the horizon...

In anticipation of the September 23rd season premiere of the show’s second season, ABC and Marvel are releasing a bunch of preview material. Take a look below at stills from the first episode “Shadows,” as well as some video of the opening scene, featuring Lucy Lawless, who should really just be going by her actual name in that show, shouldn’t she?

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 1:00pm

Rereading Melanie Rawn: Dragon Prince, Chapters 16 and 17

dragon prince reread melanie rawnWelcome to the weekly Wednesday reread of Dragon Prince! In this installment, Rohan gets to be a hero, love wins the day (or more accurately the night), Palila’s plot with Pandsala comes to a head, and Ianthe has an epiphany.

Chapter 16

So This Happens: Rohan is in his tent, royally drunk and wondering where his squire is. The dragon’s cries from the previous chapter flatten him. “A dragon, far from the usual flight paths, traveling at night when landmarks below were only dimly lit by the moons.” Something is distinctly not right.

Suddenly Urival bursts in. Roelstra has abducted Sioned. Rohan is abruptly, completely sober. Urival fills him in on the warning and on Crigo’s death, and urges Rohan to “Think!”

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 12:50pm

Dan Aykroyd Wants to Model the Ghostbusters Franchise On the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Dan Aykroyd Ghostbusters franchise Marvel universe

Despite the fact that we haven’t even cast the rumored female Ghostbusters reboot, Dan Aykroyd is projecting a decade into the future of the ghosthunting franchise. And what’s his model for churning out single-focus movies while still constructing a cohesive Ghostbusters universe? Why, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, of course!

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 12:26pm

Anthony Daniels Got J.J. Abrams to Make Him A New C-3PO Suit for Episode VII

Anthony Daniels C-3PO Star Wars Episode VII

Anthony Daniels was recently interviewed by Entertainment Weekly on the subject of his near-40 years(!) as one of the most beloved mechanical beings in cinema. He didn’t give anything away about the plot of Star Wars: Episode VII, but he did have some to say about the experience filming, and about his role in Star Wars Rebels.

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 12:00pm

Malazan Reread of the Fallen: The Crippled God, Chapter Nineteen

Welcome to the Malazan Reread of the Fallen! Every post will start off with a summary of events, followed by reaction and commentary by your hosts Bill and Amanda (with Amanda, new to the series, going first), and finally comments from Tor.com readers. In this article, we’ll cover chapter nineteen of The Crippled God.

A fair warning before we get started: We’ll be discussing both novel and whole-series themes, narrative arcs that run across the entire series, and foreshadowing.

Note: The summary of events will be free of major spoilers and we’re going to try keeping the reader comments the same. A spoiler thread has been set up for outright Malazan spoiler discussion.

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 11:30am

Under the Dome: “Turn”

Under the Dome Turn

There are two very important things that Under the Dome would like you to know. First, the Dome is shrinking. In the first five minutes of this episode Scarecrow Joe mentions it, Computer Hacker Guy mentions it, Fivehead Norrie mentions it, and so does Creepy Lyle, Rebecca Pine (high school science teacher and triage center setter-upper), Junior Rennie, Dale Barbie, and Julia Shumway. So guys, THE DOME IS SHRINKING OKAY?

Second, the actors have a very special message for you. “Thank god it’s warming up again,” says Pauline. “It seems warmer,” says Melanie. “The cold snap’s over,” says Junior Rennie. And, to bring it all home, Rebecca Pine, high school science teacher, “The Dome stopped spinning and inverting the atmosphere, that’s why the temperatures warmed up.” So guys, THE DOME IS WARM NOW OKAY? THE DOME IS WARM AND IT IS SHRINKING ALL RIGHT DID EVERYONE HEAR THAT? Good? Then let us begin.

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk, Episode 27: Karen Lord and Tobias Buckell

Rocket Talk

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin brings on Karen Lord and Tobias Buckell to discuss their most recent works, what they mean when they talk about Caribbean Science Fiction, and the challenge of reading western literature from a different point of view. Justin also manages to squeeze in some talk about how the two see series fiction.

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 10:30am

The Time Roads Sweepstakes!

Out on October 14th from Tor Books, The Time Roads is a fantastical nineteenth century alternate historical steampunk romp from Beth Bernobich, the critically acclaimed author of the River of Souls trilogy. We want to send a galley your way right now!

Check for the rules below!

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