The Brilliance Trilogy Sweepstakes!

Marcus Sakey’s Brilliance Trilogy came to a conclusion with Written in Fire, available now from Thomas & Mercer—and we want to send you a set of all three books!

For thirty years humanity struggled to cope with the brilliants, the one percent of people born with remarkable gifts. For thirty years we tried to avoid a devastating civil war.

We failed.

The White House is a smoking ruin. Madison Square Garden is an internment camp. In Wyoming, an armed militia of thousands marches toward a final, apocalyptic battle.

Nick Cooper has spent his life fighting for his children and his country. Now, as the world staggers on the edge of ruin, he must risk everything he loves to face his oldest enemy—a brilliant terrorist so driven by his ideals that he will sacrifice humanity’s future to achieve them.

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Holy Rewatch, Batman! “Death in Slow Motion” / “The Riddler’s False Notion”

“Death in Slow Motion” / “The Riddler’s False Notion”
Written by Dick Carr
Directed by Charles R. Rondeau
Season 1, Episodes 31 and 32
Production code 8731
Original air dates: April 27 and 28, 1966

The Bat-signal: A silent film festival at a fancy new cinema in Gotham comes to an end. As the crowd gathers in the lobby, the head of the festival thanks Mr. Van Jones, who lent the festival films from his private collection of silent pictures.

[You’re an ignorant oaf, Chief O’Hara!]

Series: Holy Rewatch Batman!

Hi Steve, Here Are Your Friends–Oh, Awkward…

You might have noticed Facebook celebrating its 12th birthday on February 4 with the introduction of “Friends Day” videos on users’ walls: strolls through memory lane via algorithm and whether anyone remembers to tag each other in photos anymore. Marvel Entertainment, particularly the marketing team behind Captain America: Civil War, decided to get in on the fun with a cheeky parody on Steve Rogers’ timeline… mostly funny because it’s sad, and sad because it’s true.

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The Real Monster is Stephen Colbert in this Homage to The Twilight Zone

Some were concerned when Stephen Colbert left basic cable for CBS that he would need to soften his humor. So far, I think he’s avoided giving in to the demands of The Man admirably, and this week he also showed us one of the benefits of working or a corporate overlord: you can totally use all their stuff! Yes, just as NBC’s acquisition of Universal back in 2004 gave us Conan O’Brien’s greatest triumph: “The Walker, Texas Ranger Lever“, so has CBS’ mighty vault coughed forth Colbert’s “Twilight Zone: Just the Twists”.

[Also, how weird is it to see smoking on TV?]

Quantum Night

Experimental psychologist Jim Marchuk has developed a flawless technique for identifying the previously undetected psychopaths lurking everywhere in society. But while being cross-examined about his breakthrough in court, Jim is shocked to discover that he has lost his memories of six months of his life from twenty years previously—a dark time during which he himself committed heinous acts.

Jim is reunited with Kayla Huron, his forgotten girlfriend from his lost period and now a quantum physicist who has made a stunning discovery about the nature of human consciousness. As a rising tide of violence and hate sweeps across the globe, the psychologist and the physicist combine forces in a race against time to see if they can do the impossible—change human nature—before the entire world descends into darkness.

Available March 1st from Ace Books, Robert J. Sawyer’s Quantum Night explores the thin line between good and evil…

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Check Out the Cover Art for Tor.com’s Spring and Summer Titles

We’ve been busy this week revealing the covers for Tor.com Publishing’s spring and summer line-up, with a little help from the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog and SF Signal. It’s an exciting season for us—we’ve got something for everyone, from cyberpunk to high fantasy, and everything in between! We’re also excited to publish our first novel with Malka Older, plus new series additions from Matt Wallace, Tim Lebbon, and Andy Remic.

Check out all the covers below!

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The Dragonlance Chronicles Reread: Dragons of Winter Night Part II, Chapter 10

Welcome back to the Dragonlance Reread!

Remember waaaay back when we were super-excited about following #TeamLaurana and their adventures? Those halcyon days of youth, when elf-politics seemed exciting, and the worst thing we had to complain about was Gilthanas’ dating technique? That was a long time ago. But, huzzah! We are at the end of this section! No more wandering in the wilderness, and best of all, time to learn…

[Silvara’s Secret]

Series: Dragonlance Reread

We’re Going Back…to a Galaxy Long Ago and Far, Far Away

A mad Parisian genius known as Thirsty Bstrd has given us the single greatest work of nostalgia we’ve seen in a long time. What would happen if one combined the power of Star Wars and Back to the Future? What happens is that Obi Wan Kenobi has to guide young Luke Skywalker into the past, to ensure that Anakin and Amidala find true, if brief, love.

Let’s not dwell on just how much incest is happening, OK?

[Poor Luke really can’t catch a break here, can he?]

The Harry Potter Reread: The Deathly Hallows, Chapters 7 and 8

The Harry Potter Reread was on Facebook the other day and a picture of Hanson (the band) popped up, and the Reread was like “whaaaaaaa?” The Reread has no idea why it needed to inform you of that. Other than the fact that it was a very jarring situation.

This week we’re going to celebrate a very important birthday and attend a fancy to-do at the Burrow. It’s chapters 7 and 8—The Will of Albus Dumbledore and The Wedding.

Index to the reread can be located here! Other Harry Potter and Potter-related pieces can be found under their appropriate tag. And of course, since we know this is a reread, all posts might contain spoilers for the entire series. If you haven’t read all the Potter books, be warned.
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Series: The Harry Potter Reread

FX Developing Marvel Pilot Legion About Professor X’s Son

Pilot season brings us news of another network taking on a Marvel Entertainment property: FX is developing the pilot for Legion, about a man named David Haller, troubled by voices in his head… and also (in the Marvel Comics, at least) the mutant son of Professor Charles Xavier. While the network ordered the pilot a few months ago, casting news announced today brings the project closer to a greenlight. Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens and the wonderful Aubrey Plaza have signed on to play the two leads.

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Pierce Brown Prize Pack Sweepstakes!

The final book in Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Trilogy, Morning Star, comes out February 9th from Del Rey—and we want to send you a shiny set of all three books in hardcover!

Darrow would have lived in peace, but his enemies brought him war. The Gold overlords demanded his obedience, hanged his wife, and enslaved his people. But Darrow is determined to fight back. Risking everything to transform himself and breach Gold society, Darrow has battled to survive the cutthroat rivalries that breed Society’s mightiest warriors, climbed the ranks, and waited patiently to unleash the revolution that will tear the hierarchy apart from within.

Finally, the time has come.

But devotion to honor and hunger for vengeance run deep on both sides. Darrow and his comrades-in-arms face powerful enemies without scruple or mercy. Among them are some Darrow once considered friends. To win, Darrow will need to inspire those shackled in darkness to break their chains, unmake the world their cruel masters have built, and claim a destiny too long denied—and too glorious to surrender.

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Mapping Time and Tesseracts!

Author and Illustrator Andrew DeGraff spent 140 hours hand-painting this fantastic map of A Wrinkle in Time for his book Plotted: A Literary Atlas. Most the maps featured in Plotted are from literary fiction, and remain firmly on land. While the map for A Christmas Carol shows Scrooge’s travels with ghosts, it stays in a historically accurate London; the Watership Down map resembles nothing so much as a particularly grim Family Circus; maps for Robinson Crusoe, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and Invisible Man are all based in solid reality.

For their one truly sci-fi map, however, DeGraaf had to go in a very different direction.

[It was a dark and stormy map…]