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Wed
Sep 17 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Alys Arden

Alys Arden 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 Alys Arden, debut author of The Casquette Girls, a Southern Gothic tale of history, magic, and vampires, set in the city of New Orleans. Alys grew up in the Vieux Carré, cut her teeth on the streets of New York, and has worked all around the world since. She tends to talk a lot. Travel a lot. And obsessively document things. She still plans to run away with the circus one day.

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Tue
Sep 16 2014 4:00pm

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

David Barnett 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 an award-winning journalist and author David Barnett! David is the multimedia content manager of the Telegraph & Argus, the cultural reviewer for The Guardian and the Independent on Sunday, and has done features for the Independent and Wired.

His steampunk/Victoriana novel Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl and its sequel, Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon, are both available from Tor Books. Read excerpts from Mechanical Girl and Brass Dragon here on Tor.com.

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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.”

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.

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Mon
Sep 15 2014 12:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Tad Williams

Tad Williams 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 Tad Williams. Tad is co-founder of an interactive television company, and is currently writing comic books and film and television scripts as well as novels. Sleeping Late on Judgement Day, available now from DAW, is the third installment of Tad Williams’s urban fantasy Bobby Dollar series.

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Fri
Sep 12 2014 3:35pm

Join Farel Dalrymple and The Wrenchies on Tour!

Farel Dalrymple The Wrenchies

Farel Dalrymple is going on tour this autumn for his graphic novel, The Wrenchies! The book takes us to a most unusual apocalypse:

Leking Snipes has been turned into a bug. A bug with a gun. This isn’t making the apocalypse—already filled with nightmarish soul-sucking creatures, loss, and abandonment—any easier to deal with. But at least in the apocalypse, there’s always something new to fight—whether it’s demons or the insanity of the world he lives in.

You can check out a Tor.com Original comic set in the world of The Wrenchies, and see Dalrymple on tour in one of the following cities. The tour kicks off this weekend at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland!

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Fri
Sep 12 2014 1:30pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Djibril al-Ayad

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 Djibril al-Ayad, a French-born historian and archaeologist with research interests including ancient magic and futuristic technology. He runs The Future Fire, an online magazine of social-political speculative fiction, and is the co-editor of the anthologies Outlaw Bodies (with Lori Selke) and We See a Different Frontier (with Fabio Fernandes), and the forthcoming Accessing the Future (with Kathryn Allan).

Read on for one of the best slashfic cross-over SFF pairings we’ve ever encountered...

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Fri
Sep 12 2014 9:00am

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Giacomo Cimini

Giacomo Cimini 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 Giacomo Cimini, director of The Nostalgist, a short sci fi film based on a Tor.com original story by New York Times best-selling author Daniel H. Wilson (Robopocalypse, Amped). In the futuristic city of Vanille, with properly tuned ImmerSyst Eyes & Ears the world can look and sound like a paradise. But the life of a father and his young son threatens to disintegrate when the father’s device begins to fail. Desperate to avoid facing his own traumatic reality, the man must venture outside to find a replacement, into a city where violence and danger lurk beneath a skim of beautiful illusion. The film is available for pre-order at We Are Colony.

Find out Giacomo’s very simple solution to Jeff Goldblum’s fly problem, and watch the trailer for The Nostalgist below!

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Thu
Sep 11 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz

Cristin Aptowicz 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 Cristin O’Keefe Aptowicz, the award-winning writer of Words in Your Face: A Guided Tour Through Twenty Years of the New York City Poetry Slam and popular touring poet and spoken word performer. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Her second nonfiction book is a mesmerizing biography of the brilliant and eccentric medical innovator who revolutionized American surgery and founded the country’s most famous museum of medical oddities. Dr. Mütter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine, will be released by Gotham Books in Fall 2014.

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Tue
Sep 9 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: William Ritter

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 William Ritter, an author with degrees in English and education with certificates in creative writing and folklore. He currently teaches high school language arts, including reading and writing, mythology and heroes. He is a proud husband and father. When reading aloud, he always does the voices.

William’s debut novel, Jackaby, is available September 16th from Algonquin Young Readers. Described as Doctor Who meets Sherlock, the novel features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

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Tue
Sep 9 2014 1:25pm

Graham Joyce, 1954-2014

Graham Joyce

Gollancz reports that Graham Joyce has passed away after a long illness. Joyce, the author of novels including Dreamside, The Silent Land, and Some Kind of Fairy Tale, was born on October 22, 1954.

After studying education, he was a youth officer for the National Association of Youth Clubs until 1988, when he changed tracks to pursue a career as a writer. His first novel, Dreamside was published in 1991—Joyce then moved back to England to pursue a career as a full-time writer. He was the author of twenty-one novels and numerous short stories. He was awarded the British Fantasy Award an extraordinary seven times, and also won an O. Henry Award for “An Ordinary Soldier of the Queen,” which was published in The Paris Review in 2009.

He talks about the clarity that a cancer diagnosis brings in this dark and beautiful essay, but his stories were filled with this same clarity, jagged language, and dedication to mining meotional truth through fiction. He gave us many gorgeous stories, and he will be greatly missed.

Mon
Sep 8 2014 3:00pm

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

Monstrous Affections Gavin GrantWelcome 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 short fiction author Kelly Link, whose collections include Stranger Things Happen, Magic for Beginners, and Pretty Monsters. Together with Gavin Grant, Kelly co-edited the acclaimed anthology Steampunk! as well as The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror for five years. Kelly and Gavin also run the independent publishing house Small Beer Press.

The pair’s newest anthology, Monstrous Affections, is available September 9th from Candlewick Press. Get a better look at Yuko Shimizu’s cover art for the anthology as well as the full table of contents here on Tor.com. And keep track of all our Monstrous Affections content, including Pop Quizzes from editors and authors, here!

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Sat
Sep 6 2014 11:00am

Descend into the Tower and Get Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation for Just 2.99!

You can now purchase the ebook of Annihilation, the first book in the Southern Reach Trilogy, for only 2.99! Get started on the trilogy that concludes with the newly released Acceptance, the end of the the dark tale of Area X, which contains both horror and weird, compelling beauty…

The Southern Reach Trilogy has been praised by Warren Ellis as “original and beautiful, maddening and magnificent,” and by the L.A. Times as “a clear triumph for VanderMeer, who […] has suddenly transcended genre with a compelling, elegant, and existential story.”

You can read Niall Alexander’s review of Acceptance here on Tor.com! Much like the sanity of those who explore Area X, this offer will only last for a limited time, so order your copy today!

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Fri
Sep 5 2014 4:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Nik Houser

Monstrous AffectionsWelcome 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 Nik Houser, an author whose work has appeared in a number of magazines and anthologies, including Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror, Best American Fantasy, and his mom’s refrigerator. He also writes and draws a weekly web comic called Gentleman Caveman, and he has recently tried his hand at stand-up comedy. Find him on Twitter.

Nik’s story “Son of Abyss” will be published in Monstrous Affections, an anthology edited by Kelly Link and Gavin J. Grant, available September 9th from Candlewick Press. Get a better look at Yuko Shimizu’s cover art for the anthology as well as the full table of contents here on Tor.com.

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Fri
Sep 5 2014 2:30pm

Preview The Art of Greg Spalenka: Visions from the Mind’s Eye

The Art of Greg Spalenka

Greg Spalenka’s distinctive, dreamlike images haunt the mind, invoking new and old myths, populated with fire beings, desert spirits, and winged, ethereal creatures. His vast landscapes of extraordinary worlds lend themselves to exploration and contemplation, with vivid touches and tangible details that bring alien expanses, charmed forests, and mysterious labyrinths alike to life.

Spalenka has worked in a wide variety of fields in his long and accomplished career, and his recent work has included concept design for films like The Ant Bully, The Golden Compass, Escape from Planet Earth (2012 release), and The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

We’re excited to present the following preview of The Art of Greg Spalenka, out on September 23rd from Titan Books. This 176-page volume, printed in metallic ink, highlights more than 30 years of Spalenka’s career as an artist, along with instructional elements to inspire the reader.

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Thu
Sep 4 2014 4:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Robert Jackson Bennett

Robert Jackson Bennett 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 Robert Jackson Bennett, author of American Elsewhere, The Troupe, The Company Man, and Mr. Shivers. His books have been awarded the Edgar Award, the Shirley Jackson, and the Philip K. Dick Citation of Excellence.

His latest, City of Stairs, is an atmospheric and intrigue-filled novel of dead gods, buried histories, and a mysterious, protean city. The novel is available September 9th in the US (Crown Publishing) and October 2nd in the UK (Jo Fletcher Books). Read an excerpt here on Tor.com, and check out the Rocket Talk podcast episode where Bennett discusses the future of genre fiction!

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Thu
Sep 4 2014 9:00am

New Tor.com Original Fiction in September and October

Upcoming Fiction September October

At the beginning of each month, we here at Tor.com will post the next two months of our schedule of original short fiction. Check back monthly to get excited for upcoming short stories, novelettes, and novellas on Tor.com! Below the cut you’ll find information on stories in September and October by Julio Cortázar, Seanan McGuire, Charlie Jane Anders, and more.

September and October’s fiction contains crushing headaches, sasquatch(es?), and a dog. To find out all the details, check below the cut.

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Wed
Sep 3 2014 5:00pm

Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks for September

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For over a decade, Barnes & Noble buyer Jim Killen has been a driving force behind Barnes & Noble’s science fiction and fantasy sections. Each month on Tor.com, Mr. Killen curates a list of science fiction & fantasy titles, sometimes focused on upcoming titles and sometimes focused on a theme.

Here are the Barnes & Noble science fiction and fantasy picks for September!

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Wed
Sep 3 2014 3:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Jay Bonansinga

Jay Bonansinga 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 Jay Bonansinga, New York Times bestselling author of twenty books, including the Bram Stoker finalist The Black Mariah (1994), the International Thriller Writers Award finalist Shattered (2007), and the wildly popular Walking Dead novels (based on the original series created by Robert Kirkman). Jay’s work has been translated into eleven languages, and he has been called “one of the most imaginative writers of thrillers” by Chicago Tribune. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife, the photographer Jill Norton, and his two teenage boys.

Jay’s upcoming novel, The Walking Dead: Descent, follows the events of The Fall of the Governor, and Lilly Caul’s struggles to rebuild Woodbury after the Governor’s shocking demise. Look for it October 14th from Thomas Dunne Books!

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Wed
Sep 3 2014 11:30am

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Gavin Grant

Monstrous Affections Gavin GrantWelcome 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 science fiction writer and editor Gavin Grant. Together with Kelly Link, Gavin edited the acclaimed anthology Steampunk! They also edited the fantasy half of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror for five years. Gavin and Kelly also run the independent publishing house Small Beer Press

The pair’s newest anthology, Monstrous Affections, is available September 9th from Candlewick Press. Get a better look at Yuko Shimizu’s cover art for the anthology as well as the full table of contents here on Tor.com.

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