When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami September 16, 2014 When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami Kendare Blake A Goddess Wars story As Good As New September 10, 2014 As Good As New Charlie Jane Anders She has three chances to save the world. Tuckitor’s Last Swim September 9, 2014 Tuckitor’s Last Swim Edith Cohn A hurricane is coming. Headache September 3, 2014 Headache Julio Cortázar Translated by Michael Cisco.
From The Blog
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
Tue
Sep 16 2014 3:30pm

Cover Reveal for Robert Brockway’s The Unnoticeables

We’re excited to show off our latest cover from designer Will Staehle! Will is one of the most generous designers I know. Anytime I’ve worked with him, he’s provided a dozen incredibly well-conceived and beautifully realized comps. The only trouble with working with Will is deciding which comp makes the cover. After living with them (literally just taped up in the hallway) and consulting with the editor, author, and agent, we finally chose the design for The Unnoticeables, the first novel in a new series by author Robert Brockway.

See the full cover image as well as some alternate designs below!

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Tue
Sep 16 2014 3:16pm

Former Power Rangers Stuntman is Really Good at Robbery

Power Rangers stuntman robber

According to Kotaku, 32-year-old Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers stuntman Yasutomo Ihara—who donned Power Rangers uniforms for many of the show’s fight sequences—has turned from his career of making sure his punches are always 6 feet away from the person he’s supposed to be punching to...alleged robbery. And he’s really good at it.

[Go go Blu-ray takers!]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 3:00pm

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Waltz”

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch on Tor.com: Waltz“Waltz”
Written by Ronald D. Moore
Directed by Rene Auberjonois
Season 6, Episode 11
Production number 40510-535
Original air date: January 3, 1998
Stardate: 51408.6

Station log: The U.S.S. Honshu is transporting Dukat to a Federation special jury at Starbase 621, and Sisko is aboard as well to testify to that jury. Dukat has recovered from the madness that gripped him after the Federation retook DS9. Sisko visits Dukat in the brig. He won’t tell Dukat what he intends to say on the stand but he does offer his condolences for death of Ziyal. Dukat also is now referring to Sisko as “Benjamin.”

The Honshu is attacked by Cardassian ships and destroyed. A few escape pods and one shuttle do manage to escape and send out distress calls. Starfleet can only spare two ships for the search, one of which is the Defiant—but Worf can only take 52 hours for the search, as the Defiant is needed to protect a troop convoy as it comes out of the Badlands.

[The Emissary has spoken!]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 2:30pm

Short Fiction Spotlight: The Great Lake

Jay Lake Last Plane to Heaven

Welcome back to the Short Fiction Spotlight, a weekly column dedicated to doing exactly what it says in the header: shining a light on the some of the best and most relevant fiction of the aforementioned form.

Some stories stay with you. Most, entertaining as they often are in the moment, don’t.

I encountered Jay Lake’s ‘The Passion of Mother Vajpaj’ for the first time three years or so ago, in the course of reviewing the second Subterranean Tales of Dark Fantasy for Strange Horizons. Then, as now, I saw anthologies as opportunities to broaden my reading horizons, and this one indubitably did. There were better stories in it, I think—by Caitlin R. Kiernan and K. J. Parker, to the best of my recollection—but not a one was more memorable or moreish than this richly erotic and irresistibly exotic exploration of the milieu mined in Green, Endurance and Kalimpura.

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Tue
Sep 16 2014 2:00pm

Vincit Qui Patitur: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The Infinite Sea 5th Wave Rick Yancey review Following the first phases of the invasion revealed in Rick Yancey’s breakthrough book, the world of The 5th Wave “is a clock winding down,” with each tick of which, and every tock, what little hope there is left is lost.

No one knows exactly how long the last remnants of humanity have, but they’re looking at a matter of months, at most... unless someone, somewhere, can conceive of a means of driving the aliens away—aliens who, as the big bad of the series says, have nowhere else to go.

“You’ve lost your home,” Vosch asks The Infinite Sea’s central character—not Cassie, as it happens—to imagine. “And the lovely one—the only one—that you’ve found to replace it is infested with vermin. What can you do? What are your choices? Resign yourself to live peaceably with the destructive pests or exterminate them before they can destroy your new home?”

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Tue
Sep 16 2014 1:00pm

Revealing the Cover for The Dark Forest, Sequel to The Three-Body Problem

The Dark Forest Three Body Problem cover Cixin Liu

With the release of Cixin Liu’s hotly anticipated The Three-Body Problem just around the corner, we thought we’d give you a preview of its sequel, The Dark Forest. Once again, Stephan Martinière has worked his magic with a high-concept style that nicely echoes the first book’s cover, while also evoking the novel’s themes. We’ll be spending the next few weeks sharing sample excerpts and essays about Liu’s groundbreaking series, in the meantime, enjoy the new cover and synopsis for The Dark Forest!

[Check out the full cover and original painting below!]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 12:05pm

The Avengers: Age of Ultron Official Synopsis Seems Like Sad Panda Times For Tony

Avengers: Age of Ultron official synopsis

Most of our Avengers: Age of Ultron speculation thus far has been based on set photos, story leaks, and the comics themselves. But now Walt Disney Studios has released the first official synopsis for Joss Whedon’s follow-up to The Avengers. While it still keeps things pretty vague, we get a sense for the direction of the plot, and even more insight into why Tony Stark is going to be a sad panda by the end of this movie.

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Tue
Sep 16 2014 12:00pm

Eldritch Fruit: “The Color Out of Space”

HP Lovecraft The Colour Color Out of SpaceWelcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s original stories. Today we’re looking at “The Color Out of Space,” written in March 1927 and first published in the September 1927 issue of Amazing Stories. You can read the story here. Spoilers ahead.

Summary: A surveyor for the new reservoir tours the area to be inundated. He’s heard the shunned countryside west of Arkham is “not good for the imagination.” Even he is spooked by the “blasted heath:” five acres of gray dust like a “great spot eaten by acid into the woods and fields” where a well releases vapors that stain the sunlight with strange hues.

[“The reservoir will soon be built now, and all those elder secrets will be safe forever under watery fathoms. But even then I do not believe I would like to visit that country by night—at least, not when the sinister stars are out; and nothing could bribe me to drink the new citywater of Arkham.”]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 11:30am

The Witch’s Boy Sweepstakes!

The Witch's BoyKelly Barnhill stopped by to take our Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe yesterday, and now we want to send you a copy of her new book, The Witch's Boy! Out today from Algonquin Young Readers, this richly imagined fantasy story has witches, enchanted forests, and a magic-stealing Bandit King. We’ve got four bewitching copies for you to win!

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 11:30 AM Eastern Time (ET) on September 16. Sweepstakes ends at 12:00 PM ET on September 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.

Tue
Sep 16 2014 11:00am

Sleeps With Monsters: Laurie R King’s The Beekeeper’s Apprentice

Sleeps With Monsters The Beekeeper's ApprenticeThe Beekeeper's Apprentice, or, On the Segregation of the Queen is the first in a series of mystery novels by Laurie R. King, which feature an elderly Sherlock Holmes and a youthful half-American student of theology, one Mary Russell. It was first published in 1994, and has to date seen eleven novel-length sequels. It’s not science fiction or fantasy—I may have felt the need for a wee break from SFF—except inasmuch as it involves Sherlock Holmes, a character frequently beloved of many people who’re also SFF fans—but it is a brilliant book.

I may be the last person in the world to realise that this book existed, and that it was good. But in case there are any other poor benighted souls out there who, like me, somehow escaped hearing about its virtues in the last couple of decades, I propose to tell you about them.

[It has many admirable virtues.]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 10:30am

Revealing the Cover for Wesley Chu’s Time Salvager

Wesley Chu Time Salvager Richard Anderson

A new Richard Anderson cover is always a pleasure to reveal. This time, especially so, since Wesley Chu, author of Time Salvager, was an Anderson fan to begin with! So when Chu’s editor, Marco Palmieri, said he had a gritty futuristic Chicago to portray and asked if Anderson was free, I couldn’t deny that it was a the perfect match of subject matter and artist.

[Check out the full cover image and original painting below!]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 10:00am
Excerpt

The Three-Body Problem: “King Wen of Zhou and the Long Night”

Cixin Liu

The Three-Body Problem Cixin Liu King Wen of Zhou and the Long Night

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, a secret military project sends signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization on the brink of destruction captures the signal and plans to invade Earth.

Meanwhile, in “King Wen of Zhou and the Long Night,” a self-contained story within the novel, scientist Wang Miao is encouraged to play an online VR game by the name of “3Body.” He becomes immersed in a planet that is itself a puzzle, a puzzle that, once encountered, may just explain why Earth is such a tempting target for invasion.

The Three-Body Problem is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience this multiple award-winning phenomenon from China’s most beloved science fiction author, Cixin Liu. The English edition, available November 11th from Tor Books, was translated by Ken Liu. Learn more about Stephan Martiniere’s cover art, and read Cixin Liu’s article about Chinese science fiction here on Tor.com.

[Read an excerpt]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 9:00am
Original Story

When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami

“When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami” is the story of when immortal teen goddess Athena is mistaken for a vampire by a desperate youth who refuses to leave her side until she turns him. This tale takes place in the world of the Goddess Wars series for young adults by award-winning author Kendare Blake.

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by senior editor Susan Chang.

[Read “When Gods and Vampires Roamed Miami” by Kendare Blake]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 8:35am

Legendary TV Acquires John Scalzi’s Lock In

John Scalzi Lock In TV show

While John Scalzi is still on tour for the release of his near future thriller, Lock In, Legendary TV announced that they have acquired the rights to create a pilot episode and potentially a series adaptation of the novel. Exciting news for Scalzi fans as the SyFy Channel is also developing his Old Man’s War universe as a series.

You can read the first five chapters of Lock In here on Tor.com, as well as the free prequel novella “Unlocked.”

Tue
Sep 16 2014 8:00am

Morning Roundup: We’ve Found a Delicious Alternative to Fish Fingers and Custard

So we’re good with the Police Box doughnut, and Lime Lord makes a certain kind of sense, although we agree with The Mary Sue that it’s a terrible pun. But what makes the Weeping Angel doughnut a Weeping Angel doughnut? If you blink, does it inch closer to your mouth? If so, we’ll just sit here with our eyes shut until one leaps into our waiting maws... And if you would like a Doctor Who doughnut in your maw, travel to The Donut Whole in Wichita!

Morning Roundup comes to you, fresh from dreams of donuts and time travel, and offers you links. Ben Affleck talks about Batman’s anger! Patrick Rothfuss says enough with the dragons already! And Ursula K. Le Guin puts a bird on it!

[Plus, the transportation system of the future!]

Mon
Sep 15 2014 5:00pm

The YA Roundup: Rowling Will Have None of That

Dumbledore Gay

Welcome to the YA Roundup, giving you the inside scoop on bookish news, book deals, new releases and cover reveals for the YA genre! READ! READ ALL THE YA!

This week, JK Rowling replies to a homophobic tweeter, some YA authors join the wealthiest authors list, Usher partners with Scholastic, and so much more!

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Mon
Sep 15 2014 4:15pm

Neil Gaiman Confirms a Multi-Part Anansi Boys Mini-Series

Anansi Boys miniseries confirmed Neil GaimanIt’s a great week to be a Neil Gaiman fan and a TV watcher. Not only did last week give us an update on where American Gods is in pre-production, but now we’re getting new intel on the adaptation of Gaiman’s Anansi Boys, from the man himself.

The last we’d heard about Anansi Boys coming to television came via a blog post from Gaiman in February. At the time, he confirmed that Red Productions would be overseeing the miniseries for the BBC. But with no update since then, when Gaiman was Skyping in to the Bangalore Comic Con, one of Bleeding Cool’s readers had to ask about the status of the adaptation:

He gave me the best answer possible with a resounding “Yes!” and a deep nod as he confirmed a multi part mini-series of hour long episodes is in the works AND it’s not being given the Hollywood treatment and is being made in the UK! Best news all week!

So... it’s still happening! And sounds like it’s all on the right track. Here’s hoping the next update includes some actual details about casting and which divine karaoke numbers we'll see.

Mon
Sep 15 2014 4:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Kelly Barnhill

Kelly Barnhill 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 Kelly Barnhill! Kelly writes novels for children and short stories for adults and poetry that she whispers in the dark when no one is listening. Her first novel, The Mostly True Story of Jack, received four-starred reviews, and her second, Iron Hearted Violet, received a Parents’ Choice Gold Award.

Kelly’s latest novel, The Witch's Boy, takes classic fairy tale elements–speaking stones, a friendly wolf, and a spoiled young king–and weaves them into a richly detailed narrative that explores good and evil, love and hate, magic, and the power of friendship. Look for it September 16th from Algonquin Young Readers.

[Join us!]

Mon
Sep 15 2014 3:30pm

Jackaby Sweepstakes!

William Ritter’s debut novel, Jackaby, comes out from Algonquin Young Readers on September 16th. You can find out more about Ritter and his love of lemurs, Fraggle Rock, and LeVar Burton in our Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe!

Jackaby, the first book in a series described as “Doctor Who meets Sherlock,” follows R.F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with an ability to see supernatural beings, and his assistant, Abigail Rook, who is drawn into a case involving a serial killer—who may in fact be a nonhuman creature—her first day on the job.

We have five copies of Jackaby to send your way, so 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 3:30 PM Eastern Time (ET) on September 15. Sweepstakes ends at 12:00 PM ET on September 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.

Mon
Sep 15 2014 3:00pm

Highlights from Steven Erikson’s Reddit AMA!

Steven Erikson Malazan Author

Steven Erikson has so much to tell us, reddit could barely contain it all! He’s nearing the end of the second novel in the Kharkanas trilogy, Fall of Light, which he hopes to finish “sometime in the next two months.” Plus, he took a break from working on that book to write a seventy-five thousand word Star Trek spoof called Willful Child (read an excerpt here). From the author himself:

“So here you all thought I’d spend this time writing and talking about Fantasy novels, huh? Wrong. This Trekker’s come out of the wardrobe closet, in public for the first time! Eat tribbles and die!”

In his comprehensive AMA, Erikson talked about Willful Child, the intricacies of Malazan, and his overall writing process. He also mentioned that he’ll be appearing at next year’s World Fantasy Awards Con in Saratoga Springs, so mark your calendars now!

[Check out the AMA highlights!]