The End of the End of Everything April 23, 2014 The End of the End of Everything Dale Bailey How do you face ruin? 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.
From The Blog
April 19, 2014
Announcing the 2014 Hugo Award Nominees
Tor.com
April 18, 2014
Wings Gleaming Like Beaten Bronze: Elizabeth Bear’s Eternal Sky Trilogy
Liz Bourke
April 17, 2014
Gaming Roundup: PAX East Edition
Pritpaul Bains and Theresa DeLucci
April 16, 2014
Victorian-era Magical Societies, Telepathy, and Interplanetary Space Travel
Felix Gilman
April 13, 2014
Game of Thrones, Season 4, Episode 2: “The Lion and the Rose”
Theresa DeLucci
Wed
Apr 23 2014 4:00pm

Peacemaker Marianne de PierresVirgin Jackson is a park ranger, but not just for any park. She is responsible for making sure Birrimun Park in Australia remains a crime-free zone. It is, after all, the largest natural landscape in the world of this near future world, so her job is no small thing. When Virgin notices a couple of unsavory individuals in the park—unsavory individuals with guns who have entered the park by no means she can immediately determine—Marianne de Pierres’s Peacemaker kicks into full gear.

Told from Virgin’s point of view, de Pierres’s narrative is very intimate. We see everything through her eyes, including the United States Marshall assigned to shadow her on the strange goings-on at the park, Nate Sixkiller. (Yeah, just go with the name). He comes across as polite and mannered in a classic cowboy sort of fashion, yet quite stoic and unbending.

[Ride along with some Cowboys in Australia…]

Wed
Apr 23 2014 3:00pm

Agents of SHIELD season 1, episode 19: The Only Light in the Darkness

As supervillain powers go, “turning off the lights without having to get out of bed” is dubious. You can jazz it up like this week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode did and claim that what Blackout is really doing is absorbing energy, but that still means your villain’s greatest weakness is A Bunch of Flashlights. Thanks for the takedown, trick-or-treating group of kids! We’ll call you next time he escapes.

If this was earlier on in the season, I feel like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. would have tried to hang its entire episode on this monster chase in an attempt to dazzle the viewer with the concept alone. It’s a sign of the continued growth of the show that “The Only Light in the Darkness” now pushes that to the margins in favor of spending its time with our non-super-powered—but more interesting by the week!—team of agents.

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Wed
Apr 23 2014 2:00pm

Sofia Samatar I’ve been more or less obsessed with Sofia Samatar since I first read her debut novel, A Stranger in Olondria (2013). Her work is gorgeous and innovative, breaking new ground while evoking the best of classic SFF. And I’m not the only one to think so; Sofia has recently been nominated for the John W. Campbell Award For Best New Writer.

She was kind enough to answer a few questions about her writing, below.

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Wed
Apr 23 2014 1:00pm

Gojira Godzilla 1954

Right now, and for the rest of the summer, touring in select movie theatres in America is a cinematic 60th Anniversary Restoration of Ishiro Honda’s immortal monster film Gojira, or as we came to know him in the US, Godzilla. And with Bryan Cranston getting ready to do battle with the big G in the newest American reboot of Godzilla, this is the perfect time to revisit the first footprint from “the king of monsters.” And I do mean literally, because even in 1954, that footprint shows up way before the monster does.

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Wed
Apr 23 2014 12:30pm

Yesterday Wired published an exhaustive oral history of the Greatest Show of All Time, Mystery Science Theater 3000, and in the last two paragraphs dropped the bombshell that Joel Hodgson is planning to resurrect the show. Already plenty of pop culture sites have weighed in, and obviously the consensus has been YES WE WANT THIS NOW. And there is already a gleeful reddit debate about who could host. And while I am one of those jumping up and down in Muppet-like enthusiasm, the reaction has also made me ask: why? Why are we still debating Joel vs. Mike after all these years? Why is this show the one that continues to speak to us, even to people who were infants when the show started?

Why, in 2014, with so many options, do we keep returning to the Satellite of Love?

[This may just be a show, but I can relax when I’m dead.]

Wed
Apr 23 2014 12:00pm

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 the second half of chapter nineteen of Dust of Dreams.

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
Apr 23 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk: Tor.com podcast

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin Landon is joined by Joe Monti, Executive Editor for Simon & Schuster’s new SFF imprint, Saga Press. Justin and Joe talk about what direction the press will go, adjusting to life as an editor vs. an agent, why grimdark isn't a movement, and the impact of blogs on book selling.

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Wed
Apr 23 2014 10:00am

Grimdark

Now, before we get started, allow me to be clear: grimdark is great! It has its place in the fantasy spectrum, and many works that fall under the grimdark or gritty heading are classics. Obviously, we here at Tor.com love our Abercrombie and Martin—which, really, they need to also be a vaudeville team—but sometimes we want a fantasy that’s more optimistic. Just a little, guys! C’mon, we’re not asking for much...

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Wed
Apr 23 2014 9:00am
Original Story

“The End of the End of Everything,” by Dale Bailey, is an sf/horror story about a long-married couple invited by an old friend to an exclusive artists’ colony. The inhabitants of the colony indulge in suicide parties as the world teeters on the brink of extinction, worn away by some weird entropy.

Like some other stories published on Tor.com, “The End of the End of Everything” contains scenes and situations some readers will find upsetting and/or repellent. [—The Editors]

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

[Read “The End of the End of Everything” by Dale Bailey]

Wed
Apr 23 2014 8:30am
Excerpt
Neal Asher

Jupiter War Neal Asher Owner trilogy

Check out Jupiter War, the conclusion to Neal Asher's Owner trilogy. Jupiter War is available now from TorUK, and a US edition is coming May 6th from Night Shade Books!

Alan Saul is now part human and part machine. He craves the stars, yet his human side still controls him. But Saul’s robots make his crew feel increasingly redundant, sowing the seeds of mutiny and betrayal.

Serene Galahad, Earth’s ruthless dictator, hides her crimes from a cowed populace as she desperately readies a new attack on Saul. She aims to destroy her enemy in a vicious display of violence.

The Scourge limps back to Earth, its earlier mission to annihilate Saul a failure. Some members of the decimated crew plan to murder Galahad before she has them executed for their failure, but Clay Ruger plans to negotiate for his life. Events build to a climax as Ruger holds humanity’s greatest asset—seeds to rebuild a dying Earth. This stolen Gene Bank data is offered at a price, but what will Galahad pay for humanity’s future?

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Wed
Apr 23 2014 8:00am

Dave Collinson has gifted us with a wonderful visual pun! But our poor Dark Knight looks so forlorn in this image—is he too shy to engage with these lovely women, or is trying to avoid a conversation about gardening? Alfred would talk to them about their gardening, Bruce.

Morning Roundup has news of the Fantastic Four reboot, an update on sequel to The Goonies, and some thoughts on optimism in fantasy!

[Plus, on more Nana!]

Wed
Apr 23 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.

From Friday through Monday, thousands came to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Glasgow, the better to celebrate speculative fiction in all its forms, but judging by the conversation that followed, Satellite 4 (aka Eastercon) was all about the awards. For that matter, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the con was all about one award, the shortlists for which have dominated the conversation in the days since their unveiling.

We will of course touch on the Hugo Awards shortlist shortly, by way of comments from a couple of the country’s most insightful interpreters, but in the interests of balance, not to mention our focus on British genre fiction, I want to talk about the other honours announced and awarded at this year’s Eastercon.

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Wed
Apr 23 2014 7:00am

Tom Doherty On This DayOn this day in 1935, one of the great figures in science fiction publishing was born: Tom Doherty, president and publisher of Tor Books.

His career in books began in the late 1950s, when he worked as a salesman for Pocket Books, eventually rising to National Sales Manager. He was an avid SF and fantasy reader from an early age, and he paid particular attention to our genres even when he was responsible for selling all kinds of books. His first contact with science fiction’s social world was probably in the early 1960s, when his selling territory included Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, home of the longtime SF writer (and reviewer for Analog) P. Schuyler Miller, with whom Tom became friends.

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Tue
Apr 22 2014 4:30pm

We've got an out-of-this-world sweepstakes for Earth Day: a chance to win the official movie novelizations of Alien and Aliens by science fiction author Alan Dean Foster, both out this month from Titan Books!

Watch Foster explain why science fiction matters on Earth Day in this new video, then enter to be one of the three lucky winners to receive the adventures of Ellen Ripley as a double feature prize pack!

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Tue
Apr 22 2014 4:00pm

We weren’t sure at first, but now we want these Nacho Punch people to transform every single page of Harry Potter’s adventures into 1980s anime. From Neo-Hogsmeade to Harry’s sweet red bike to Hermione’s kitty ears, this parody is a perfect love note to both J.K. Rowling’s world and Katsuhiro Otomo’s—all that’s missing is Harry screaming “RON WEASLEYYYYY!!!” repeatedly while stuffed animals explode. And the final confrontation between Harry and Voldemort is perfect, but we don’t want to spoil it. Watch below!

[Click through for the full anime experience!]

Tue
Apr 22 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Broken LinkRewatcher’s note: Due to a massive deadline on the 28th, the Fourth Season Overview will be postponed until Tuesday the 29th, with the fifth season kicking off with “Apocalypse Rising” on the 2nd of May.

“Broken Link”
Written by George Brozak and Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by Les Landau
Season 4, Episode 25
Production episode 40514-498
Original air date: June 17, 1996
Stardate: 49962.4

Station log: Garak lures Odo to his shop to try to set him up with Chalan Aroya, who runs a new Bajoran restaurant. She’s obviously interested—Odo obviously isn’t. Suddenly, in mid-conversation, he has a seizure and collapses, with parts of him reverting to liquid form as he convulses.

Bashir doesn’t know much about changeling physiology—no one does—but he does have other previous scans of Odo, and his mass and density are different from what they normally are when he’s in humanoid form, and in a state of flux.

In the wardroom, Sisko, Kira, Worf, and Dax watch a recording made by Gowron refusing to give up the Cardassian colonies they’ve annexed, and also demanding that the Federation abandon the Archanis sector. The Klingons gave up their claim on Archanis four centuries ago, so Sisko assumes Gowron is saber-rattling. Either way, war is looking inevitable.

[Captain, I’m reading a heart, a pair of lungs and a digestive system—almost as if he were...human.]

Tue
Apr 22 2014 2:00pm

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 Jeremy Robinson! Jeremy began his creative career as an illustrator for comic books and comic strips and worked on several small indie projects, before switching gears to writing, first screenplays and then novels. He is now the author of nearly twenty novels, including Secondworld, Pulse, Instinct, and Threshold. His latest novel, XOM-B, is available April 29th from Thomas Dunne Books. You can read an excerpt here on Tor.com!

Join us as we cover subjects ranging from beetles to space exploration, and more!

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Tue
Apr 22 2014 1:00pm

Wheel of Time A Memory of Light Brandon Sanderson Robert JordanParty people in the HOWWWWSE toNIGHT, everybody’s gonna have a Wheel of Time Reread!

(Yes, it’s been stuck in my head all day, and if I have to suffer SO DO YOU. Mlah!)

Today’s entry covers Chapters 45 and 46 of A Memory of Light, in which a slayer is slain, and a joker finally turns face up.

Previous reread entries are here. The Wheel of Time Master Index is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general. The index for all things specifically related to the final novel in the series, A Memory of Light, is here.

Also, for maximum coolness, the Wheel of Time reread is also now available as an ebook series, from your preferred ebook retailer!

This reread post, and all posts henceforth, contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series. If you haven’t read, continue at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[Obligatory Inside Joke: Hail Hydra!]

Tue
Apr 22 2014 12:30pm

In The Serpent of Venice, out today from William Morrow, New York Times bestselling author Christopher Moore channels Shakespeare and Edgar Allan Poe to craft a rousing literary satire featuring the irrestibly mischevious Pocket of Dog Snogging, the epoymous hero of Fool.

We want to send you one of our three gorgeous copies of this hardcover, which comes complete with blue-stained edges on the text block, two-page spread endpapers decorated with a sepia-toned map of Venice, an antique map of Italy in the book's front matter, and gold foil embellishing the title and illustration detail.

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Tue
Apr 22 2014 12:20pm

Star Wars: Unified

Screenwriter Simon Kinberg has got the internet all in a tizzy over comments he made regarding the current Star Wars spin-off screenplay he is writing. The quote given by the Hollywood Reporter seems to indicate that the entire Star Wars Expanded Universe is being trashed.

Not just the books and comics. Literally everything.

[But is it really?]