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Fri
May 1 2015 10:00am

The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 13 and 14

Dragons of Autumn Twilight Dragonlance

Welcome back to the regularly scheduled Dragonlance Chronicles Reread! Last week Kamila Shamsie dropped by to chat about the impact of both Kitiara and the absence of Kitiara (think of it as Schrödinger’s Kitiara). But now we’re back with our intrepid party, and their quest to find the lost-ish city of Xak Tsaroth.

When we last saw them, they’d passed through the remains of Que-Shu, and were struggling to deal with what they’d seen... This week’s chapters are hopefully a little cheerier—for the heroes’ sake!

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

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Thu
Apr 30 2015 11:00am

Midnight in Karachi Episode 11: Genevieve Valentine

Midnight in Karachi

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a bi-weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

Genevieve Valentine is this week's guest on Midnight in Karachi. She tells us about her recent novel Persona, writing DC's Catwoman comics, Gotham, and her love for terrible TV. You can read an excerpt from Persona here on Tor.com.

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Wed
Apr 29 2015 3:00pm

Make Your Own Kind of Music: Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

Magonia Maria Dahvana Headley

Maria Dahvana Headley’s entry into YA fantasy is a strong, strong one. Magonia is the story of 16 year old Aza Ray Boyle, a girl who can not breathe the air of earth and has has been almost drowning in the atmosphere since shewas a baby.

Aza has always been different, always been unlike anyone else. ‘My history is hospitals’, she says at the very start of Magonia, describing her disease as something so unique that it is named after her, the only known carrier of Azaray Syndrome, with her tilted lungs and her strange heart. A miracle, the school nurse proclaims, and maybe she is, but mainly, Aza is just tired of being sick, tired of doctors not understanding her. ‘I'm dark matter’, she explains. ‘The universe inside of me is full of something, and science can't even shine a light on it. I feel like I'm mostly made of mysteries’.

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Fri
Apr 17 2015 10:00am

The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 11 and 12

Dragons of Autumn Twilight Dragonlance

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Chronicles Reread! Last week we ended on a cliffhanger. Or a forest-hanger: the party have been driven off the road, into the woods and along a magical path. There were deer, but also spectres.

This week’s chapters... do we have a turning point? Do we get to know what’s going on? Will we get a few more monsters? Where are our dragons?!

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

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Fri
Apr 10 2015 10:00am

The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 9 and 10

Dragons of Autumn Twilight Dragonlance

Last week we fought lizard-monster things and the party demonstrated a—rather fabulous—lack of strategy. But hey, Raistlin blew things up, so who’s complaining?

Will this week see more fireworks? Or are we going to return to the “old ways” of getting lost in the woods? Maybe a bit of both...

As always, we’re going to keep the reread post spoiler-free, but the comments are open to any and all discussion, so proceed with caution!

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Thu
Apr 9 2015 11:00am

Midnight in Karachi Episode 10: Andrew Smith and Musharraf Ali Farooqi

Midnight in Karachi

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a bi-weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

In this episode of Midnight in Karachi, Mahvesh speaks with writer Andrew Smith about learning from teenagers, whether YA can be too dark and a certain interview that created a bit of an uproar a few weeks ago. And on Under the Radar we hear from Musharraf Ali Farooqi, translator of the Urdu fantasy epic Hoshruba, which is being serialised right here on Tor.com.

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Thu
Apr 9 2015 9:00am

A Tale to Blow Your Senses Away: Hoshruba: The Land and the Tilism

This article was originally published July 24, 2014 as part of Tor.com’s Under the Radar series.

Imagine a magical realm, an alternate plane called a tilism, with a pre-ordained, limited life span. At its very creation, it is known that one day the land will all be unravelled by one man.

Within the tilism, called Hoshruba, ‘sorcerers exercised powers that defied the laws of God and the physical world. They created illusions, transferred spirits between bodies, transmuted matter, made talismans, and configured and exploited Earth’s inherent physical forces to create extraordinary marvels.’ They did all this knowing it would all come to an end one day. The Emperor Afrasiyab swore to protect the land from its destiny, with all his power.

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Fri
Apr 3 2015 10:00am

The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 7 and 8

Dragons of Autumn Twilight Dragonlance

We’re back with another entry in our reread of the Dragonlance Chronicles! After last week’s spectacular non-spectacular, the Heroes of the Lance are still... well... lost in the woods.

Are we going to get porridge? Or action? Will they keep ambling around the Solace suburbs? Or finally get somewhere? Will there be introspection... or a bit of action?

Only time, and the recap below, will tell.

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Fri
Mar 27 2015 9:00am

The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 5 and 6

Dragons of Autumn Twilight Dragonlance

We’re back! Before Sam Sykes’s minotaur-laden interlude, our Heroes of the Lance were sliding down ropes and making a hasty escape from Solace. In this week’s chapters, they’re doing... pretty much the same.

Please remember—although we’re keeping the content of these posts spoiler-free, the comments are fair game, and we encourage everyone to chip in with connections, stories and other fun facts from the 9,000+ Dragonlance materials out there.

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Thu
Mar 26 2015 11:00am

Midnight in Karachi Episode 9: Rebecca Levene and Lavie Tidhar

Jews Versus Aliens Zombies

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a bi-weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

This week Midnight in Karachi features the editors of the latest Jurassic London anthologies Jews versus Aliens and Jews versus Zombies. Rebecca Levene and Lavie Tidhar talk about how these anthologies came to be, the line between irreverence and offensiveness, and what’s next for each of them personally. And on Under the Radar, Mahvesh speaks with Bangladeshi writer Saad Hossain about his debut novel Escape from Baghdad, South Asian mythology, jinns, and gonzo literature.

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Fri
Mar 13 2015 10:00am

The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 3 and 4

Dragons of Autumn Twilight Dragonlance

Welcome back to our reread of the Dragonlance Chronicles! This week’s chapters contain the last of the character introductions, and all the niceties aside, things fling into action!

As always, although the recaps themselves are spoiler free, the comments are open to Dragonlance readers of all experience levels.

Caution, this week’s recap contains math.

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Thu
Mar 12 2015 9:00am

Midnight in Karachi Episode 8: Kelly Link and Becky Chambers

Kelly Link Get in Trouble Becky Chambers The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a bi-weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

This week Midnight in Karachi features two interviews, with writers Kelly Link and Becky Chambers. Kelly talks to Mahvesh about her new collection, Get in Trouble, unique reading experiences, creative writing degrees, identifying your readers, and that Ishiguro book. And on the Under the Radar segment, Mahvesh speaks with debut novelist Becky Chambers, whose self-published space opera The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet has been making waves with its recent award nomination and its sale to UK publisher Hodderscape.

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Tue
Mar 10 2015 9:30am

The Future of Diplomacy: Persona by Genevieve Valentine

Persona Genevieve Valentine

Tune in to any news report covering the meeting of heads of states and you’ll hear about the ‘relationship’ their countries have with each other. You’ll hear about how they plan on nurturing said relationship, or how it means a lot to them, or even that they want to take it further.

What if these relationships were played out physically by a single person representing each nation? What if international alliances were genuinely formed in and by a society of highly trained and specialised diplomats, whose actions in their very specific celebrity microcosm reflected where their nation stood on a global scale?

In Genevieve Valentine’s latest novel Persona, Suyana Sapaki is one such diplomat.

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Fri
Mar 6 2015 11:00am

The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Chapters 1 and 2

Dragons of Autumn Twilight Dragonlance

Welcome back to our reread of the Dragonlance Chronicles. Last week we plodded about in the prelude; this week we get into the action! Well, mostly.

After much discussion, we’re going to keep our reread posts spoiler-free, but the comments won’t be. This way if you’re reading the series for the first time—or revisiting it after a long hiatus—you won’t have the adventure ruined. But also, these books are full of connections and tie-ins and spin-offs and foreshadowing and shadowforing, and we don’t want to stop people from chatting about those connections. This solution, like the world of Krynn itself, seems totally True Neutral.

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Fri
Feb 27 2015 11:00am

The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Autumn Twilight, Prelude

Dragonlance Reread

Welcome to the very first week of our reread of the Dragonlance Chronicles by Tracy Hickman and Margaret Weis. The Chronicles—Dragons of Autumn Twilight (1984), Dragons of Winter Night (1985), Dragons of Spring Dawning (1985)—were originally published by TSR. They are tie-in fiction, but more than that—the Chronicles were written in parallel to, and by the same creative team as, a series of Advanced Dungeons & Dragons adventure modules. They’re not novelisations of the adventure as much as they are the world bible and underpinning and overarching story.

As well as (many) modules in (many) editions of Dungeons & Dragons, the Dragonlance setting grew to inspire computer games, board games, card games, and a movie that is better left unmentioned. And, of course, almost 200 novels, written by Weis, Hickman, and dozens of others. Not only is Dragonlance one of the most successful shared worlds in fantasy, it is also one of the most popular—influencing generations of fans and writers alike.

Over the next... counts on fingers... million weeks, we are going to poke and prod at these three fascinating, important, influential and really, really fun books, one chapter at a time. We’ll also take a few side-quests to talk about the history of these books, have chats with contemporary authors about Dragonlance, watch that terrible movie (argh) and maybe even play a game or two. Stick with us—Krynn won’t save itself!

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Thu
Feb 19 2015 12:00pm

Midnight in Karachi, Episode 7: Monica Byrne

Monica Byrne The Girl in the Road

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a bi-weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

This week’s podcast features Monica Byrne, whose debut novel The Girl in the Road has been featured on a number of Best of 2014 lists and has just been nominated for The Kitschies Golden Tentacle award. Mahvesh talks to Monica about diversity in fiction, the blurred genre that is both SF and ‘literary’ fiction, writing from privilege, and travelling the world.

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Wed
Feb 11 2015 5:00pm

Under the Radar: Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean

Eat the Sky Drink the OceanEat the Sky, Drink the Ocean is a collection of speculative fiction feminist shorts that brings together writers, illustrators and editors from India and Australia—some of whom had never met before they collaborated. It’s a wonderfully diverse collection of six illustrated stories, a play and ten short stories, some of which are a collaborative effort and some which were written independently but workshopped with other writers in the anthology.

Edited by Anita Roy, Kirsty Murray and Payal Dhar, Eat the Sky emerged as a response to a number of violent incidents against women that took place in both India and Australia in 2012. The stories imagine a different world—sometimes one in the future, sometimes an alternate vision of the past and sometimes very much in the present. Each story is a look at what life is for a girl or a woman, whether in this world or an imagined one.

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Thu
Feb 5 2015 11:30am

Midnight in Karachi, Episode 6: Robert Sharp

The Good Shabti Robert Sharp

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a bi-weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

This week Mahvesh talks to Robert Sharp, author of the novella The Good Shabti about writing mummy stories and thrillers, jumping between time lines, the importance of literature in translation, SF in translation, free speech and the work he does with English PEN. This week’s Under the Radar segment features the YA anthology Eat the Sky, Drink the Ocean.

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Tue
Feb 3 2015 11:00am

Should Fictions be Safe Places: Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman

Neil Gaimain Trigger Warning review Neil Gaiman’s latest collection of short stories, Trigger Warning, primarily consists of work that has been published, seen or heard previously, in some form or the other. It includes one story that is original to the collection, but this is not a ‘best of’ collection, though you’d be forgiven for thinking so at many instances, since Gaiman is, as always, a skilled storyteller.

The stories in Trigger Warning range from straight-up horror to the charming, odd little fabulist narratives Gaiman is often known for. There are regular-length stories, flash-fiction based on tweets from strangers, narratives that were once part of a performance and even a TV show spin-off story. There is fantasy and science fiction, aliens from other planets and secret casements leading to other worlds, questing dukes who may be rock stars, warrior-hero queens, Shadow from American Gods, revenge, love and loss.

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Thu
Jan 29 2015 11:00am

Midnight in Karachi, Episode 5: “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” by Usman T. Malik

Enthalpy exploding water balloon Edward Horsford

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a bi-weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

This episode takes a break from its usual transmission to bring you a story called “The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family” by Usman T Malik, as read by Mahvesh Murad. The story was originally published in Qualia Nous, edited by Michael Bailey. It can be read online for free here.

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