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Apr 23 2015 2:00pm

To Be a Ghost-Fly on the Wall: Our Pop Quiz Interview with Mike Johnson

Mike JohnsonWelcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Mike Johnson, a comics author who has worked on DC’s Supergirl and the current run of IDW’s Star Trek. He also works with co-creator and illustrator Rafael Albuquerque on the original series EI8HT, published by Dark Horse. Issues 1-3 are available now, with a collected edition forthcoming in October 2015.

Join us as we uncover the strange, alchemical secret to Mike’s writing, and he reveals his thoughts on who’s really the most Force-sensitive character in a galaxy far, far away. Plus, check out some preview pages below from the upcoming issue of EI8HT!

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Apr 23 2015 11:45am

Shakespeare Died 399 Years Ago Today and Sci-Fi/Fantasy Still Can’t Get Enough of Him

Shakespeare roundup

If you're reading this on April 23rd then we urge you to take a moment and consider how we sci-fi/fantasy readers and writers still can't get enough of William Shakespeare, even though he died 399 years ago today!

The classic figure provided a wealth of material in his lifetime, grounding epic tales with very human passions and packing them with dialogue that sparkles even today. Shakespeare's works are a standard that all writers yearn to achieve, and a richly rewarding experience that all readers yearn to have, regardless of form or even genre.

SFF readers and writers joyously pore through the worlds hiding in the words, and that focus produces some interesting interpretations of Shakespeare's works! A couple months ago, began featuring them regularly on the site...

[What are we saying 'bout Shakespeare?]

Apr 21 2015 9:01am

What’s in a Name? K.J. Parker, Revealed

For many years, one of our genre’s worst-kept secrets is the fact that K.J. Parker is the pseudonym of another popular author. Today, Pornokitsch has revealed that Parker is fantasy humourist, Tom Holt.

Additionally, the Hugo-nominated Coode Street Podcast, hosted by Jonathan Strahan and Gary K Wolfe is hosting Parker’s first ever “live” interview.

As Parker, Holt has been nominated for the World Fantasy “Best Novella” Award every year for the last three years, winning it twice.

Holt has written a K J Parker book for’s new novella lineThe Last Witness will be published the first week of October. Parker’s next novel—Savages—is to be published by Subterranean Press this summer, and his new novel—The Two of Swords—is currently being serialized by Orbit.

Apr 15 2015 1:19pm

Orbit to Serialize New K.J. Parker Fantasy!

Orbit, the science fiction and fantasy imprint of the Hachette Book Group, will serialize The Two of Swords! The new story by fantasy novelist K.J. Parker will premiere its first three episodes on April 21, with new installments coming in monthly e-book editions. The series will be collected in both print and digital editions after it’s complete.

Parker, whose epic stories center around complex politics and personalities, said the full story of The Two Swords isn’t finished yet. The story will feature a large cast of characters and, “a broad, unified sweep of significant events, witnessed by a wide spectrum of diverse characters—farm boys, soldiers, spies, tradesmen and emperors” with “a sort of relay-race structure, passing the narrative baton from observer to observer,” which will allow the author to “quite literally, make history.”

Parker is the author of the novellas “A Small Price to Pay for Birdsong” and “Let Maps to Others,” consecutive winners of the World Fantasy Award in 2012 and 2013, respectively. You can find the e-book installments at all major e-book retailers, and look for more information (and a readers’ discussion forum) at Plus, for more of Parker’s ingenious storytelling, check out’s reread of The Folding Knife!

Apr 14 2015 2:00pm

Historical Worldbuilding: A Conversation with Kameron Hurley and Ken Liu

Ken Liu and Kameron Hurley are two of the most talented and inventive writers working in fantasy today. The Grace of Kings, the first installment in Liu’s new epic fantasy series, arrived this month from Saga Press, and features shapeshifting gods, bamboo-and-silk airships, and a complex political drama that pits two best friends against each other in their quest for a more just world. Hurley will follow up her acclaimed novel The Mirror Empire with the next installment in the Worldbreaker Saga, The Empire Ascendant, later this year, and her standalone space opera, The Stars are Legion, is forthcoming from Saga in 2016.

Hurley and Liu recently came together to answer questions about the role of research in writing fantasy, how they each approach building plausible, fully realized worlds, and the authors they read when they’re not busy plotting their own fantastic creations.

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Apr 13 2015 12:45pm

Announcing the 2014 Aurealis Awards Winners!

2014 Aurealis Awards winnersThe winners of Australia’s 2014 Aurealis Awards—which recognize the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, and children’s fiction writers—were announced on April 11 at the University House, Canberra. Also announced was the 2014 recipient of The Convenors’ Award for Excellence, which recognizes a particular achievement in speculative fiction or related areas that is not otherwise eligible for an Aurealis Award.

The full list of winners is below. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

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Apr 9 2015 1:30pm

Revealing the Cover for Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn Book The Bands of Mourning

We’re thrilled to show off the cover for Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn book, The Bands of Mourning, coming in January 2016, right after Shadows of Self, the second book in the Wax and Wayne series.

We've already showed off the great Chris McGrath cover for Shadows of Self, now take a look at the next installment in the series!

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Apr 7 2015 1:30pm

Cover Art and Release Schedule for John Scalzi’s The End of All Things Novellas

The Life of the Mind End of All Things John Scalzi John Harris

John Scalzi’s The End of All Things, set in the Old Man’s War universe, has an official release schedule! As with The Human Division, The End of All Things will publish as as series of ebook novellas from Tor Books this summer, beginning with The Life of the Mind.

Get the full schedule below, and check out cover art for each novella, featuring pastel drawings by John Harris!

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Apr 7 2015 9:00am

16 Ecologically-Minded Speculative Fictions!

Deku Tree

Even as we’re zipping off to unexplored planets or strolling through the enchanted forests in our favorite novels, we sometimes get a little homesick. So in honor of Earth Day (and to celebrate the fact that it’s finally warm enough to go outside again), we’ve rounded up some ecologically-minded fiction, some based on Earth and some set beyond the stars. Join us as we journey from Jeff VanderMeer’s creepy-yet-beautiful Area X to Robert Charles Wilson’s Edenic planet Isis!

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Apr 4 2015 3:00pm

Announcing the 2015 Hugo Award Nominees

Hugo Awards

The nominees for the 2015 Hugo Awards have been announced. Check out the full list below.

The nominees that follow were chosen by popular vote of members of Loncon 3 (the 2014 Worldcon), Sasquan (the 2015 Worldcon) and MidAmeriCon II (the 2016 Worldcon).

A total of 2122 valid nomination forms were received (2119 online and 3 paper).

A list of the top 15 nominees in each category, along with the number of nominations received by each, will be released after the Hugo Awards Ceremony on Saturday, 22 August, 2015 at Sasquan in Spokane, Washington.

[The 2015 Hugo nominees]

Apr 1 2015 12:30pm

Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks for April

Barnes & Noble Bookseller's Picks for April 2015

For over a decade, Jim Killen has served as the science fiction and fantasy book buyer for Barnes & Noble. Every month on The B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog and, Jim shares his curated list of the month’s can’t-miss new SF/F releases.

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Apr 1 2015 7:00am

Anne McCaffrey Gave Us All Our Own Dragons to Ride

Anne McCaffreyToday marks what would have been the 89th birthday of the incomparable author Anne Inez McCaffrey. Not only one of the most prolific science fiction and fantasy writers of all time, McCaffrey’s lasting contributions changed the way the way we regard the most beloved of magical creatures of all; dragons. And thankfully, the world  has forever been enriched by the unique imagination of McCaffrey, an author who gave us new places we wanted to escape into.

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Mar 25 2015 12:00pm

Cover Reveal for Lindsay Smith’s Dreamstrider

Dreamstrider Lindsay Smith is pleased to reveal the cover for Lindsay Smith’s Dreamstrider, a high-concept espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

Below, get a look at the full cover designed by Elizabeth H. Clark and illustrated by NastPlas, a creative duo based in Madrid, Spain. Author Lindsay Smith also shares her thoughts on the inspirations behind writing the novel, as well as what dreams mean in the world she has created. Dreamstrider publishes October 6th from Roaring Brook Press.

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Mar 24 2015 12:00pm

BookCon is Excited to Announce an Evil SFF Panel!

Darth Vader

It’s a question philosophers have been asking since philosophizing became a thing: why does evil exist? And maybe more importantly, why do humans seem to love a good villain so much? Later this spring, BookCon plans to get us one step closer to answering these questions with a panel featuring some of our favorite authors!

[Full panel details below!]

Mar 13 2015 3:00pm

Writing in Motion: Our Pop Quiz Interview with Genevieve Valentine

Genevieve ValentineWelcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Genevieve Valentine, author of the critically acclaimed novel Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, which won the Crawford Award for Best Novel, as well as a nomination for the Nebula Award and the Romantic Times Best Fantasy of the Year. Her short fiction has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. Valtneine’s Persona, a near-future political thriller, is available now from Saga Press. Read an excerpt from the novel here on!

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Mar 12 2015 11:25am

Terry Pratchett, Author and Satirist, Passes Away at Age 66

Terry Pratchett

It is with heavy sadness that we report that Terry Pratchett, brilliant author and satirist, has passed away on March 12th, 2015 at the age of 66.

Pratchett’s daughter, author Rhianna Pratchett and his UK publisher Penguin Random House have confirmed the news with a statement via Larry Finlay, MD at Transworld Publishers:

I was deeply saddened to learn that Sir Terry Pratchett has died. The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds.

In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him. As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: he did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention.

Terry faced his Alzheimer’s disease (an ’embuggerance’, as he called it) publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come.

My sympathies go out to Terry’s wife Lyn, their daughter Rhianna, to his close friend Rob Wilkins, and to all closest to him."

Terry passed away in his home, with his cat sleeping on his bed surrounded by his family on 12th March 2015. Diagnosed with Posterior Cortical Atrophy in 2007, he battled the progressive disease with his trademark determination and creativity, and continued to write. He completed his last book, a new Discworld novel, in the summer of 2014, before succumbing to the final stages of the disease.

We ask that the family are left undisturbed at this distressing time.

A Just Giving page donating to the Research Institute to the Care of Older People (RICE) has been set up in his memory:

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Mar 11 2015 12:00pm

Introducing Shakespeare on!

First Folio by William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare is such an integral part of the firmament of our literary culture that almost everyone—even fictional Klingons—has an opinion on his work. The use of language, rhythm of dialogue, dramatic structure, how many times one can get away with using a “get thee hence!”...these aspects of Shakespearean storytelling have become so deeply ingrained in our reading and writing habits that they have become second nature, inherently understood, even if only on a subconscious level. Shakespeare was so masterful and unique in this regard that he is practically his own genre—and in the manner of something so vast and fuzzy-edged as genre, his works can be (and have been, and will always be) interpreted in a wide, seemingly infinite, variety of ways.

“Shakespeare on” aims to be just that: a wide variety of different interpretations of Shakespeare’s work, and particularly with his plays.

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Mar 11 2015 10:30am

13 Fantasies Inspired by Mythology from the British Isles

Katherine Kerr Daggerspell Art by Keith Parkinson

For centuries the myths and legends of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England have carried down through stories told around firesides, in halls, and finally transcribed and adapted in the pages of books—from The Mabinogion to The Lord of the Rings to The Once and Future King. We’ve gathered some of our favorite tales, some modern, and some quite ancient, to celebrate the Celtic spirit!

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Mar 11 2015 10:30am

Introducing Tor’s New Home on iBooks

Tor Books is excited to announce their new home on iBooks. Starting this month, iBooks readers will have a single destination that highlights new releases, deals, bestsellers, and’s own short fiction for easy browsing. With this new digital hub on iBooks, Tor Books is hoping to help you discover that next great book or new favorite author.

In addition, iBooks will feature a monthly themed list curated by As always, our chosen books will be publisher-neutral and from diverse authors like Brandon Sanderson, Nnedi Okorafor, Suzanne Collins, John Scalzi, or Naomi Novik. We hope to spotlight a broad range of books, from bestsellers to interesting obscure reads you might have missed. We’ll also ask for suggestions from readers on Twitter and Facebook, to give you a chance to recommend some of the SF/F authors and titles you love and discuss the theme of the month.

For this kick-off month’s theme, we’re highlighting books with a Celtic flavor. Stay tuned for next month’s list of our favorite environmentally themed fiction, and we’ve got lots more interesting features to come.

Head on over to Tor’s home on iBooks here. As always, Tor ebooks are DRM-free.

Mar 10 2015 4:00pm

Crushing on Villains: Damien Angelica Walters Takes Our Pop Quiz Interview

Damien Angelica WaltersWelcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Damien Angelica Walters, whose short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including Year’s Best Weird Fiction Volume One, The Best of Electric Velocipede, Strange Horizons, Nightmare, Lightspeed, Shimmer, Apex, What Fates Impose, and Glitter & Mayhem. She’s also a freelance editor, and until the magazine’s closing in 2013, she was an Associate Editor of the Hugo Award-winning Electric Velocipede. Sing Me Your Scars, a collection of her short fiction, is available now from Apex Publications.

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