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Mon
Dec 23 2013 2:19am

The super-popular fantasy community on Reddit announced their readers’ choice awards, “The Stabbies,”  and, lo and behold, Tor.com won for best speculative fiction site. We are ecstatic! Really, to be held in such high regard by a community of blog readers is truly an honor. You have given us fuel to start the New Year with! 

You may be wondering about their other categories, you can check out the winners for best novel, art, debut novel, and many others on the Reddit fantasy forums.  Congrats to all our fellow Stabbys! 

Sat
Dec 21 2013 11:00am

Picturing Winter, a Solstice Celebration: A massive set of art and illustration depicting winter.

“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.” — Andrew Wyeth

I’m no fan of the cold and yet winter images and Christmas are among my favorite things in life. There is a calm about winter that is beautiful, harsh, and mysterious.

So, on this Solstice Day, with so few hours of sunshine to warm us, I asked a number of artists to send me some of their favorite winter paintings. I asked nearly 20 people, expecting about half to respond. In fact, everyone responded, often multiple times. Clearly, I am not the only one that finds both comfort and mystery in these images.

Without further ado, here are some of the images that some of today’s finest illustrators think of when they think of winter.

[An enormous collection of winter images]

Sat
Dec 21 2013 10:00am

R. O. Blechman CBS spot: Christmas with all the charm you would expect from Mr. Blechman. (1:03 minutes)

The Legend of the Turning Stone: A creepy Christmas tale. (6:38 minutes)

Frosty the Snowman: Oddly manic and sweet. From UPA, as so many good animated shorts are. (2:41 minutes)

[Watch Them All!]

Thu
Dec 12 2013 11:00am

How all 13 dwarves from The Hobbit were painted onto a 150 foot tall wall in New York City

This post originally appeared December 11, 2012 in anticipation of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. With The Desolation of Smaug due out this Friday, we thought you might like to see it again!

For those of you that missed the 150 foot Batman post, I couldn’t resist this redux, now with a 100% more dwarves! 315 Park Avenue South is exactly halfway between my apartment and the Tor offices. For nearly two decades I’ve watched an anonymous group of painters create 150 foot movie poster murals on the side of the building.

I’ve always wondered how they construct the image and what it might look like from up close while it’s being put together. It’s one of the very few places where advertising is still painted—it’s an original work and it changes up about once every six weeksI even joked that one day I would sit outside the building all day and wait for the crew to come out.

[Then they did. With dwarves!]

Sat
Dec 7 2013 11:00am

Imago: An orphaned boy dreams of his father. If this doesn’t make you both smile and get teary-eyed, then you have no heart. Equally beautiful for its storytelling and drawing, sentimental in the best possible way. (11:38 minutes)

Leo’s Song: “When a geometric visitor from another planet becomes your new roommate and shares with you the tragic state of its home world, you drop your guitar and see what you can do.” This will make you feel happy all day long. (2;46 minutes)

[Watch both!]

Fri
Dec 6 2013 11:00am

The Hobbit as depicted in art over the decades

With Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug a week away, the world is in a three-foot-high frenzy. Of course, The Hobbit has been inspiring artists and readers for generations. Artwise, I’ve always had a soft spot for The Hobbit; I love that it lends itself equally well to delightful and weighty interpretations. Below, let’s take a look at how just a few of the unofficial band of “Tolkien artists” have approached Bilbo’s story.

Above, The Battle of Five Armies by Justin Gerard.

[The Hobbit as depicted in art over the decades]

Thu
Nov 28 2013 11:00am

Art depicting the worlds of Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury’s passing was a loss for everyone who enjoys storytelling in all of its forms. Not the least of which are artists and illustrators. Bradbury’s tone, the poetry and atmosphere of his worlds, have inspired artists for decades. Looking at his book covers, extending back over many printings, you see generations of artists reinterpreting the same works for their own era.

At the link is just a small collection of Bradbury’s worlds....

[Art depicting the worlds of Ray Bradbury]

Tue
Nov 26 2013 10:00am

Step by step photos of A Memory of Light being printed at the bindery.

I’ve worked at Tor Books for nearly twenty years and I had never visited our bindery before. As the art director, I’ve been to our jacket printer, of course, but my job usually ends there. I had never been to the place where the guts of the books are printed, bound, and shipped. What better excuse to remedy that than to watch A Memory of Light—the final volume of a series that has been with me my entire career—go from rolls of clean white paper to shiny new hardcover books? A trip to historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to Quad Graphics was definitely in order.

[A Memory of Light comes off the belt]

Sat
Nov 23 2013 11:00am

Tir Nan Og: A little sad and a lot sweet.  (3:59 minutes)

Syrinx: Pan and Syrinx, a ballet in charcoal. (2:55 minutes)

[Watch Both!]

Sat
Nov 16 2013 11:00am

Flutter: Two high school students: the boy runs and runs while the girl paints...and runs. It’s pure energy and expression. (6:52 minutes)

Walls: Claustrophobia, isolation, and observation. (8:10 minutes)

[Watch Both]

Wed
Nov 13 2013 7:11pm

Paramont has released just a few frames of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah (yes, that Noah) staring Russell Crowe (in the titular role), Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman, and Anthony Hopkins. It’s hard to get much sense of the movie from this but it looks lush and intriguing. We’ll be on the look out for more. Noah will be out in theaters in March 2014.

[Watch the trailer]

Wed
Nov 13 2013 11:00am

Nicolas Delort A Rumor of Angels Dale Bailey

Congratulations to Nicolas Delort for winning a gold medal at the Society of Illustrators for his scratchboard image on the Tor.com story, “A Rumor of Angels” by Dale Bailey.

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Tue
Nov 12 2013 6:30pm

Gravity behind the scenes Alfonso Cuaron visial effects

Count me in as one of those that cringed anytime someone spoke during Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity. Which was such a shame, as the film was breathtaking otherwise. The video below is an in-depth breakdown of the visual effects and shows just how “hand-made” the movie was. Incredible work... Now if someone could just dub the movie with better dialog, we’d be set!

[Watch the Video]

Sat
Nov 9 2013 11:00am

Rabbit: Dick and Jane turn very dark in this surreal cautionary tale. (8:41 minutes)

Herr Bar: Trippy, sensual, and experiential—body parts as landscape. (3:08 minutes)

[Watch Both!]

Fri
Nov 8 2013 12:30pm

I have a confession: I am obsessed with Iceland. I’ve only been there once, but I’ve been mesmerized by the place ever since. (Would you like to see my 3500 vacation photos? Seriously, I’d be happy to show you them. All of them. One by one.) So it was not terribly surprising to me that Iceland has become Hollywood location scouts’ darling of late. Being there, you cannot help but to feel that the Earth is a living thing, in constant flux—with thousands of dramatic waterfalls, volcanoes, geysers (in fact, the geyser), and otherworldly landscapes shaped by old and new eruptions, it’s a natural stand-in for both the beginning of time and the ends of the earth.

With Thor: The Dark World —filmed in part in Iceland—opening this weekend, I thought I’d take a look at some other science fiction and fantasy movies that have been shot on this spectacular island...

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Wed
Nov 6 2013 10:47pm

Winter's Tale Still

“He is neither angel nor demon, how is he still alive?”

Mark Helprin’s novel, Winter’s Tale, shows New York City at its most magical. Will the movie adaptation, starring Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Russell Crowe, live up to the book? I’m excited and terrified to find out. Either way, I know what I’m doing on Valentine’s Day this year.

[Watch the trailer]

Wed
Nov 6 2013 11:59am

John Scalzi, Lock In

There’s a new John Scalzi book in the works and that means there’s a new cover from designer Peter Lutjen in the world. You can often describe an art director’s job as being a match-maker for author and designer and the John/Peter pairing has been good for us. Here is the latest for Lock In, a near future thriller where a mysterious virus affects a portion of the population. Peter created a cover that expressed both their isolation and connectivity by painting tiny train model people. Below is a look behind the scenes.

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Sat
Oct 26 2013 10:15am

Windy Day: A perfect movie, in my book. John and Faith Hubley record their two daughters talking about love, marriage, and growing old and dying. Delightful without even being saccharine. Includes princesses and dragons. (9:22 minutes)

Josie’s Lalaland: A sad and quiet meditation on a little girl’s last days. A beautiful and atmospheric landscape. (3:40 Minutes)

[Watch Both!]

Sat
Oct 19 2013 10:00am

“The Tell-Tale Heart”: Edgar Allen Poe’s story narated by James Mason and animated by the UPA. Of course it’s a classic. (7:48 minutes)

“The End”: A scarecrow is on trial for being kind to the crows. (6:14 minutes)

“Chainsaw Maid”: A zombie breakout rendered in claymation glory...I mean gory. “Chainsaw Maid” is violent, tasteless, gross...and very funny. (If you occasionally think that kind of thing can be funny.) (6:52 minutes)

[Watch All Three!]

Mon
Oct 14 2013 9:00am

Some of the Best f Tor.com 2013

We are thrilled to announce the 2013 edition of Some of the Best from Tor.com, an anthology of twenty-one of our favorite stories, selected from the sixty-plus stories we published this year. Of course, you can always read these—and all other—Tor.com stories for free whenever you’d like, but starting November 5th they will be available world-wide as a single, easy to read, free mini ebook.  This offer is available world-wide throughout all ebook retailers. (Kindle readers can pre-order it now.)

These stories were acquired and edited for Tor.com by Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Ellen Datlow, Ann VanderMeer, Liz Gorinsky, George R. R. Martin, Noa Wheeler, Melissa Frain, and Claire Eddy. Each story is accompanied by an original illustration.

[Table of Contents below]