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October 21, 2014
Happily Remixed and Mashed-Up Ever After: Modern Fairy Tales!
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October 20, 2014
Snow White: The Blankest Slate of Them All
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The Bloody Books of Halloween: The October Country by Ray Bradbury
Will Errickson
Thu
Oct 30 2014 12:00pm

Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 16

Brandon Sanderson Words of Radiance Stormlight ArchiveWelcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com! Last week, Shallan continued to have neither shoes nor a boyfriend. This week, Kaladin continues to have neither self-esteem nor the respect of the priestly class. Have-nots, am I right?

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. In particular, this week will contain material that may spoil sections of Warbreaker for those who haven’t read it yet. Go read Warbreaker! It’s relevant! The index for this reread can be found here, and more Stormlight Archive goodies are indexed here. Click on through to join the discussion.

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Thu
Oct 30 2014 11:45am

Amy Poehler Quizzed George R.R. Martin on Game of Thrones Characters, and It Was Adorable

George R.R. Martin Amy Poehler quiz Game of Thrones characters video

George R.R. Martin and Amy Poehler are both currently promoting very different books—she a memoir and he The World of Ice & Fire—but that was (presumably) what brought them together on Late Night with Seth Meyers. There, Poehler challenged Martin to match quotes to his A Song of Ice and Fire characters. Although he starts out with a seemingly encyclopedic knowledge of his own words, Poehler manages to stump him more than once—but once you watch the video, you’ll see why.

Can Poehler appear on the next season of Game of Thrones, preferably as Mrs. Puddlefinch?

Thu
Oct 30 2014 11:30am

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger pop quizWelcome 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 Gail Carriger, author of comedic steampunk novels mixed with urbane fantasy. Her debut novel, Soulless, won the ALA’s Alex Award. She was once an archaeologist and is overly fond of tea. Waistcoats & Weaponry, the third book in her Finishing School series, is available November 4th from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

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Thu
Oct 30 2014 11:10am

Terminator: Genisys Will Turn Sarah Connor Into Someone Unrecognizable

Terminator: Genisys synopsis Sarah Connor twist wtf Emilia Clarke

It turns out we should stop thinking of Terminator: Genisys as the fifth movie in the Terminator franchise, and instead as the first movie of a rebooted franchise. At least, that’s what Paramount’s plan is, according to this Entertainment Weekly cover story. Genisys is the first of three planned films intended to “reconnect fans to what made [the] first two movies so cool, while tweaking audience expectations.”

The first way they’re going to do that? By going back in time and making Sarah Connor into a completely different person.

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Thu
Oct 30 2014 11:00am

Twelve Books to Bewitch You!

Hermione Granger

Halloween approaches, and in the interest of providing you with All Hallow’s Eve reading material, we took to Twitter and asked you for some of your favorite literary witches! Below, we gathered some of your picks (and a few of our own)—from Hermione Granger to Granny Weatherwax, these ladies are sure to cast a spell on you. Let us know who we missed in the comments!

[Click through for restless spirits on endless flights!]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 10:05am

George R. R. Martin’s The Ice Dragon Debuts on the YA New York Times Bestseller List

The Ice Dragon George R. R. Martin

Congrats to Tor Teen and that huge scary guy up yonder for debuting at #5 on the New York Times Young Adult Bestseller list! George R. R. Martin's The Ice Dragon, out recently, is a bedtime story told by denizens of the world of Ice and Fire, and this new edition features all new illustrations by Luis Royo. Check out more of them here and read a chapter from The Ice Dragon here.

Interestingly enough, ice dragons are also briefly mentioned in the World of Ice and Fire history book out this week.

Congrats again, Tor Teen! Now show us where you're hiding the real ice dragon.

Thu
Oct 30 2014 10:00am

The Worst of All Possible Universes and the Best of All Possible Earths: Three Body and Chinese Science Fiction

The Three-Body Problem Cixin Liu

Article translated by Ken Liu.

A few years ago, a science fiction novel appeared in China under the strange title of Three Body.

There were, in total, three volumes, and the title for the entire work is Remembrance of Earth’s Past. After volume I, Three Body (note: the official English title for volume I is The Three-Body Problem), the next two volumes are The Dark Forest and Death’s End. However, Chinese readers habitually refer to the entire work as Three Body.

Science fiction is not a genre that has much respect in China. Critics have long been discouraged from paying attention to the category, dismissed as a branch of juvenile literature. The subject of Three Body—an alien invasion of Earth—is not unheard of, but rarely discussed.

[Science fiction and cultural history in China...]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 9:30am

Rich and Strange: “Witch, Beast, Saint” by C. S. E. Cooney

Grooming Earlier this autumn I was infuriated enough by a bigoted and incompetent review of a talented writer’s work that I decided to review it myself. The result was Rich and Strange, a commitment to review short fiction on a weekly basis, focusing on work in magazines that I’ve especially loved. I reviewed three stories—Sam J. Miller’s “We Are the Cloud,” Alyssa Wong’s “Santos de Sampaguitas,” and Kate Hall’s “The Scrimshaw and the Scream”—before taking Tor.com up on the invitation of running the column here.

Partly in honour of Liz Bourke’s Sleeps With Monsters column but mostly just because it’s dazzling, the first story I want to single out for praise in this venue is C. S. E. Cooney’s “Witch, Beast, Saint: an Erotic Fairy Tale.”

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Thu
Oct 30 2014 9:30am

Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution Sweepstakes!

Just in time for Halloween, we’ve got a chance for you to win one of our five copies of Sleepy Hollow: Children of the Revolution by Tor.com’s own Keith R.A. DeCandido, available now from Crown Publishing! Check out our excerpt and review, and then find out about Ichabod Crane’s connection to George Washington (and his secret war against the demon hordes) by winning a copy of the book!

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Thu
Oct 30 2014 9:00am

Check Out Dragonstone and Other Art Pieces From The World of Ice & Fire

The World of Ice & Fire book art Dragonstone Philip Straub George R.R. Martin

One of the best things about George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series is the utter detail he puts into the world of Westeros (and beyond), down to its castles, thrones, and warring families. Pick up The World of Ice & Fire, the new history compendium, and you’ll get to see these details that have lived in your imagination made real.

In addition to the 19 factoids, family trees, and prophecies we found hiding within its 300+ pages, there’s a breathtaking array of art depicting every corner of Westeros and beyond. Readers will get to see the Iron Throne (the much scarier version than what’s on the HBO series) up close, as well as detailed views of castles like Dragonstone and portraits of historical figures including Rhaegar Targaryen and Princess Nymeria. Check out a preview of the art below!

[Feast your eyes on the art of The World of Ice & Fire]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: Dark Wings, Dark Words? No, Just a Halloween Greeting!

Mental Floss shared a whole pillowcase full of vintage Halloween cards! They range from sweet “Haunting Licenses” to creepy scenes of elves sawing sentient pumpkins in half, but they all make us wish people still sent these...maybe we can hijack Christmas? We especially loved this one, because, as if the terrible puns weren’t enough, it contains a mystery! Why is Ghost Kid bound in chains? Did it somehow rob from widows and swindle the poor before its fifth birthday? And maybe most importantly: What the heck is it doing with that salt shaker?

Morning Roundup brings you terrifying renditions of Poe stories, the top ten film phobias, and all the ways your life is different from Harry Potter’s.

[Plus, George R.R. Martin takes a Game of Thrones quiz!]

Wed
Oct 29 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: David Gerrold

David Gerrold pop quizWelcome 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 David Gerrold, the author of over 50 books, hundreds of articles and columns, and over a dozen television episodes—including the Star Trek Original Series classic “The Trouble with Tribbles.” David recently released 12 of his classic works in ebook format, including When Harlie Was One, Moonstar, and Child of Grass. Find out more about all of the ebook releases at Gerrold’s site, and check out an excerpt from Child of Earth, book one in The Sea of Grass trilogy, here on Tor.com!

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Wed
Oct 29 2014 4:00pm
Excerpt

Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison! (Excerpt)

Harry Harrison

Harry Harrison memoir excerpt Recollections of one of the grand masters of science fiction, on his storied career as a celebrated author and on his relationships with other luminaries in the field. This memoir is filled with all the humor and irreverence Harry Harrison’s readers have come to expect from the New York Times bestselling author of the uproarious Stainless Steel Rat series. This also includes black and white photos spanning his sixty-year career.

Harry Harrison’s memoir, Harry Harrison! Harry Harrison! is available November 4th from Tor Books. Read an excerpt below!

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Wed
Oct 29 2014 3:30pm

Doctor Who: The Secret Lives of Monsters Sweepstakes!

Doctor Who: The Secret Lives of Monsters is the ultimate guide to the monsters of Doctor Who! Co-published with the BBC, this unique, in-depth look into the hidden lives and mysteries of the monsters offers fans an inside look into the secrets and conspiracies that have been kept hidden for centuries.

Packed with iconic photographs, behind-the-scenes information, diagrams and illustrations, and sixteen removable color prints commissioned exclusively for the book, The Secret Lives of Monsters has everything you need to know to survive future alien invasions. Take a look inside the pages in the video below!

We’re also offering a free copy for one lucky Whovian. Check out the video and the rules below the cut!

[Weeping Angel not included.]

Wed
Oct 29 2014 3:23pm

This is What Happens When George R.R. Martin and Tom Doherty Visit H.P. Lovecraft’s Grave

George R.R. Martin Tom Doherty photo H.P. Lovecraft grave tentacles

After being honored with the Brown University Library’s first-ever Harris Award, where to next? For author George R.R. Martin and Tor Books president and publisher Tom Doherty, the choice was clear: visit H.P. Lovecraft’s final resting place! We like GRRM’s tentacles. (Or, alternately, he’s throwing up signs for his crew. Wassup, GEORGEY WEST[EROS]SIDE.)

Photo: Tor Books

Wed
Oct 29 2014 3:00pm

We Have to Save Belgium! Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “A Fractured House”

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: A Fractured House

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is really on a roll this season and “A Fractured House” continues this in fine form, widening the scope of the conflict against Hydra in a way that feels realistic and yet epic. Both organizations take a bold step out of the shadows in this episode, re-entering the world stage and taking their war public. S.H.I.E.L.D. pulls a victory out of this, but it’s not much of one. Hydra has become too effective a villain to be truly defeated.

[Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: “A Fractured House”]

Wed
Oct 29 2014 2:30pm

Amazing Grace: The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

The Book of Strange New Things Michael Faber review

Michel Faber’s first novel since The Fire Gospel—a sterling send-up of The Da Vinci Code and its ilk—is a characteristically compelling exploration of faith which takes place “in a foreign solar system, trillions of miles from home,” on a wasteland planet populated by hooded beings with foetuses for faces.

So far, so science fiction. Factor in first contact, a spot of space travel, and an awful lot of apocalypse, and The Book of Strange New Things seems damn near destined to be speculative. Unfortunately for fans of the form, as the author warns early on, “there was nothing here to do justice to [that] fact.” Or, if not nothing, then very little aside the superficial. Even in addition to the aforementioned trappings, honeydewed drinking water and a dizzying day/night cycle do not add up to much more than an unlikely lens through which to look at love: in the first between mere mortals, but above and beyond that, the love—and the love lost—between man and maker.

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Wed
Oct 29 2014 2:00pm

Pull List: Joe Hill’s Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland

It’s almost Halloween, which means the Brown household is in the middle of its annual Joe Hill October (Joetober? Octohill?) Celebration. Between consuming Wraith, Horns the movie, and Horns the book for Tor.com, I’ve also spent my lunch breaks at work binging on his ebook short stories.

At this point, most of you should be at least passingly familiar with Joe Hill, but to quickly sum up, he’s a masterful writer of horror fiction who has also spread his talents into graphic novels. For this special Halloween edition of Pull List, we’re talking Wraith: Welcome to Christmasland, but I also highly recommend The Cape (no, not the TV show Abed was obsessed with) and, of course, the excellent Locke & Key.

[“We’re on our way to Christmasland!”]

Wed
Oct 29 2014 1:30pm

Has Tom Hanks Written a Cautionary SF Story? On “Alan Bean Plus Four”

Alan Bean Plus Four Tom HanksSuper-famous non-writers who turn to writing for fun are undeniably irrating to the rest of us. We might love William Shatner in science fiction circles, but that doesn’t mean we’re crazy about his TekWar books or his fanfic-y Star Trek novels.

So is it possible to take seriously a science fiction story written by Tom Hanks that was just published in The New Yorker? Here’s what happens when we try.

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Wed
Oct 29 2014 1:00pm

Rereading Melanie Rawn: Dragon Prince, Chapters 27 and 28

Weldragon prince reread melanie rawncome to the weekly Wednesday reread of Melanie Rawn’s Dragon Prince! The war advances. Angsty Rohan is angsty, Andrade is Bored, and Pandsala shows her true colors.

Chapter 27

So This Happens: Ten days after the battle, Rohan shows up at Chay and Davvi’s camp, leading an armed escort and bringing Davvi’s son Tilal. Rohan is angsting over being Prince and having to tell Chay what’s been happening. He puts on a show for the troops, then retires with Chay and Maarken for some private time.

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