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Fri
Oct 31 2014 2:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Martha Wells

Martha Wells 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 Martha Wells, author of over a dozen science fiction and fantasy novels, including the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as a number of short stories and nonfiction articles. Her books have been published in seven languages. In Stories of the Raksura: Volume One—available now from Night Shade Books—Wells returns to her Books of the Raksura series with two new novellas.

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Thu
Oct 30 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Katherine Howe

Katherine Howe 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 Katherine Howe, bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, The House of Velvet and Glass, and the young-adult novel Conversion, a modern-day retelling of The Crucible set in a Massachusetts prep school. She teaches in the American Studies program at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Her latest work, The Penguin Book of Witches, is a collection of historical accounts of witchcraft, dating from medieval Europe to early 19th-century America. Katherine is the descendant of two women accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials—Elizabeth Proctor, who survived the trials, and Elizabeth Howe, who did not.

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Thu
Oct 30 2014 12:40pm

Pan Macmillan to Publish Naomi Novik’s New Novel, Uprooted!!

Uprooted cover Naomi Novik

Naomi Novik, the author of the much-loved Temeraire series, has a new novel coming out! Uprooted, a dark fairy tale, was acquired by Pan MacMillan’s Editorial Director Julie Crisp for the UK and Commonwealth. Crisp said of the deal: “I have been a huge fan of Naomi’s since reading the first novel in her thrilling Temeraire series. When I read her fantasy Uprooted I was absolutely blown away by the beautifully-written and richly-imagined world - it is in every way an enchanting read.”

Uprooted tells the story of Agnieszka, whose village is surrounded by a terrible enchanted wood. While a grim local wizard can keep the horrors at bay, he demands a high fee: ten years of service from a young girl of his choosing. Now the choosing is approaching, and Agnieszka fears that her best friend, the lovely Kasia, will be taken. But what if the wizard makes a different choice?

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 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 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]

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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Tue
Oct 28 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Elizabeth Haydon

Elizabeth Haydon The Tree of WaterWelcome 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 Elizabeth Haydon, the author of the bestselling Symphony of Ages fantasy series, which began with Rhapsody. The Lost Journals of Ven Polypheme, set in the same enchanted world, is her first series for young readers and kicks off with The Tree of Water, out October 28 from Tor Teen.

One time she released a ton of bats into a movie theater. On purpose. Fear her.

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Tue
Oct 28 2014 2:30pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Nicola Griffith

Nicola GriffithWelcome 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 Nicola Griffith, author of historical tale Hild, out in paperback on October 28th from Picador. You can read an excerpt from Hild here. She has been a recipient of the Tiptree, Nebula, and World Fantasy awards, the Premio Italia, and the Lambda Literary Award (six times).

Find out what accessory Griffiths thinks the Doctor is long past due to receive, and which color has eluded her for her entire life.

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Tue
Oct 28 2014 9:00am

Read The Three-Body Problem Right Now on Tor.com

The Three-Body Problem Cixin Liu

Set against the backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution, Cixin Liu’s massively popular Chinese science fiction saga The Three-Body Problem starts with a secret military project sending signals into space to establish contact with aliens. An alien civilization repeatedly on the brink of destruction captures the signal and makes plans for contact. And eventual invasion.

On November 11, this trilogy of books debuts in English starting with the eponymous first volume, The Three-Body Problem. But you can read a variety of stories from the novel for free, right now.

  • In “King Wen of Zhou and the Long Night,” 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, if the reader can solve it before Miao himself can, may just explain why Earth is such a tempting target for invasion.
  • In “The Universe Flickers,” Miao demands proof that the aliens are real, and is given a terrifying—and completely silent—demonstration of their power.
  • In “Silent Spring,” young Ye Wenjie, a daughter of scientists, endures the madness of China’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960s as it brutally swallows her family in front of her. And here, this tale of first contact truly begins.

Click on any of the above links to read from the novel or preorder it at your preferred retailer.

Mon
Oct 27 2014 3:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Daniel Wallace

Daniel WallaceWelcome 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 Daniel Wallace, who specializes in exploring the underpinnings of popular fictional universes. In his books including Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Characters and the recently-released DC Comics: Super-Villains: The Complete Visual History, he uses his comic book and sci-fi expertise to compile exhaustive histories of your favorite Jedi, bounty hunters, demons, superheroes, and archnemeses. Wallace has also contributed to the universes of Supernatural, Indiana Jones, and Smallville.

Join us, and find out why villains are the most fun to write!

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Fri
Oct 24 2014 4:00pm

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

David Peterson pop quiz interviewWelcome 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 Peterson, who holds an M.A. in linguistics from UC San Diego. He’s been creating languages since 2000, and is one of the founders of the Language Creation Society. Perhaps his best known work is with HBO’s Game of Thrones, where he developed the Dothraki language—which fans can now learn with Living Language Dothraki, a guide available from Diversified Publishing. David has also helped create languages for Syfy’s Defiance and Dominion, as well as the CW’s Star-Crossed.

Join us, and learn why cats are clearly the best animals on the planet!

[Me nem nesa.]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Marly Youmans

Marly Youmans pop quiz interviewWelcome 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 Marly Youmans, award-winning poet, novelist and short story writer. A native of the Carolinas, Youmans now lives near the mouth of the Susquehanna with her husband and three children. Her latest novel, Glimmerglass, is a stylish, contemporary variation on the Bluebeard legend.

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Thu
Oct 23 2014 10:00am

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Daryl Gregory

Daryl Gregory pop quiz interviewWelcome 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 Daryl Gregory, the award-winning author of novels including Pandemonium, The Devil’s Alphabet, and Raising Stony Mayhall, which was named one of Library Journal's best books of the year. His comics work includes Planet of the Apes and Dracula: The Company of Monsters (with Kurt Busiek). His latest novel, We Are All Completely Fine, is available now from Tachyon Press. Read an excerpt here on Tor.com!

Join us, as Daryl breaks all the rules of internet security!

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Wed
Oct 22 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Fred Venturini

Fred Venturini pop quiz interviewWelcome 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 Fred Venturini, whose short fiction has been published in the Booked Anthology, Noir at the Bar 2, and Surreal South ’13. His story “Gasoline” is featured in Chuck Palahniuk’s Burnt Tongues collection. Fred’s darkly comic superhero tale, The Heart Does Not Grow Back, publishes November 4th from Picador. Read an excerpt from the novel here on Tor.com!

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Wed
Oct 22 2014 12:10pm

Tom Doherty and George R.R. Martin to Be the First Recipients of Brown University Library’s Harris Award

Tom Doherty George R.R. Martin Harris Award Brown University Library

On October 23, the Brown University Library will honor Tor Books president and publisher Tom Doherty and author George R.R. Martin with the first-ever Harris Collection Literary Award. According to the Library, the award (inspired by Brown class of 1838 alumnus Caleb Fiske Harris and his love of the arts) “celebrates the influence of literature in pop culture.”

The evening will begin with a brief awards ceremony, followed by an interview with Doherty and Martin, led by Modern Culture and Media Professor Lynne Joyrich and local author Jon Land (Brown '79), followed by a reception. You can find ticketing information here.

You can also follow along with the event on Twitter with the hashtag #HarrisAward.

Tue
Oct 21 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Karen Akins

Karen Akins pop quiz interviewWelcome 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 YA author Karen Akins! When not writing or reading, she loves taking care of her son and hanging out with her husband. And watching Downton Abbey. Karen has been many things in her life: an archery instructor, drummer for the shortest-lived garage band in history, and a shockingly bad tic-tac-toe player. Karen’s debut novel, Loop, is available now from St. Martin’s Press. At a school for time travelers, sixteen-year old Bree botches a solo midterm to the 21st century by accidentally taking a boy hostage... Read an excerpt here on Tor.com!

Karen may just be the smartest person to have around in our hypothetical SFF duel. Find out why below!

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Tue
Oct 21 2014 2:30pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Nicholas Sansbury Smith

 Nicholas Sansbury Smith pop quiz interviewWelcome 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 Nicholas Sansbury Smith, author of several post-apocalyptic books and short stories. When he isn’t daydreaming about the apocalypse he’s likely racing in triathlons around the Midwest. He lives in Des Moines, Iowa with his family and several rescued animals. Smith’s latest apocalyptic sci-fi novels, Orbs and Orbs II: Stranded, are available now from Simon451, a new ebook imprint from Simon & Schuster. The third book in the trilogy, Orbs III: Redemption, is forthcoming in March 2015.

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Mon
Oct 20 2014 3:30pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Elizabeth Bradley

Elizabeth Bradley pop quiz interviewWelcome 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 Elizabeth Bradley, a Brooklyn-based historian and journalist who has written widely on the literature and history of New York. She also provides the introduction to a new Penguin Classics edition of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Other Stories. Told true to the original, the tale of the Headless Horseman and his effect on Ichabod Crane is enhanced by brooding, fitting folk-art illustrations.

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Thu
Oct 16 2014 4:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Sarah Pinborough

Sarah Pinborough pop quiz interviewWelcome 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 Sarah Pinborough, a critically acclaimed horror, thriller and YA author. She has written for New Tricks on the BBC and has an original horror film in development. Sarah was the 2009 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story, and has three times been short-listed for Best Novel. She has also been short-listed for a World Fantasy Award. Her 2013 novel Poison, a modern retelling of Snow White, will be released in the US by Titan Books on November 18th.

Join us to get Sarah’s unique take on duels to the death...

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