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Sat
Mar 1 2014 3:38pm

The Opening Scene of The Veronica Mars Movie

The Veronica Mars Movie is coming and the opening scene has been released. It’s merely a recap of the TV show but Mars fandom must be getting excited. Veronica Mars will be out March 14th.

[Watch the trailer]

Tue
Feb 18 2014 12:16am

Announcing the 2013 James Tiptree Jr. Award Honors

The James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Council has just announced the winner and honor list. The Tiptree Award “is presented annually to a work of science fiction or fantasy that explores and expands gender roles. The award seeks out work that is thought-provoking, imaginative, and perhaps even infuriating. It is intended to reward those writers who are bold enough to contemplate shifts and changes in gender roles, a fundamental aspect of any society.”

The James Tiptree Award goes to Rupetta by N. A. Sulway.

N. A. Sulway’s imaginative and highly original novel tells the story of Rupetta, an artificial intelligence created 400 years ago from cloth, leather, and metal, brought to life by the touch of her creator’s hand on her clockwork heart. Although Rupetta is a constructed being, she is not a robot. Her consciousness is neither digital nor mechanical. Nor is she an android, a creature that is, etymologically, male. (The word is not “gyndroid”). Rupetta’s power does not come from her brain, but from her heart. Sulway has placed her construct not in the future, but the past, and made her female, created with traditionally feminine technology: sewing and weaving. Rupetta is a woman, made by a woman in the image of a woman, and the world changes to accommodate her existence.

A deft blend of fantasy, science fiction, romance, and even gothic horror, this beautifully written story challenges the reader’s expectations about gender and of a gendering society. It examines power and what makes an object of power, relationships and love, sexuality and identity, and how culture is shaped and history is made.

In addition to selecting the winner, the jury chooses a Tiptree Award Honor List. The 2013 honorees:

  • Eleanor Arnason, Big Mama Stories
  • Aliette de Bodard, “Heaven Under Earth”
  • Nicola Griffith, Hild
  • Alaya Dawn Johnson, The Summer Prince
  • Ann Leckie, Ancillary Justice
  • Bennet Madison, September Girls
  • Sarah McCarry, All our Pretty Songs
  • Janelle Monae, Electric Lady
  • Helene Wecker, The Golem and the Jinni
  • S. M. Wheeler, Sea Change

N. A Sulway will be honored during Memorial Day weekend at WisCon in Madison, Wisconsin and will receive $1000 in prize money.

The 2013 jurors were Ellen Klages (chair), Christopher Barzak, Jayna Brown, Nene Ormes, and Gretchen Treu.

Tue
Feb 11 2014 8:58pm

Watch Johnny Depp Become Superhuman in the Transcendence Trailer

Warner Brothers just released the trailer for Transcendence, an artificial intelligence (complete with anti-technology extremists) thriller starring Johnny Depp:

“A terminally ill scientist downloads his mind into a computer. This grants him power beyond his wildest dreams, and soon he becomes unstoppable.”

Superhuman or abomination? Transcendence releases in April.

[Watch the trailer...]

Sat
Feb 1 2014 8:40am

The 2013 Locus Recommended Reading List

The 2013 Locus Recommended Reading List is out. The list is a consensus by Locus editors and reviewers. Essays by many of these contributors, highlighting their  favorite books and stories, are published in the February issue. 

We are very proud and excited to see eleven Tor.com stories on the list!

[Read more]

Fri
Jan 31 2014 10:00am

Picturing Horses

John Bauer

Today marks the Lunar New Year! To celebrate the Year of the Horse, we’re rerunning this horse-themed edition of Picturing..., originally posted in February 2013.

You don’t have to be an accomplished equestrian to see that horses are magnificent creatures—majestic, fierce, gentle, wise, often all at once. They are a staple throughout art history in general, as well as in fantasy illustration. Putting this collection  together, it was tough to know when to stop building; the amount of fantastic drawing and painting about horses seems limitless.

Above: Scandinavian folklore painter John Bauer. I have Charles Vess to thank for introducing me to Bauer’s wonderful fantasy work—he is now an all-time favorite of mine (both Charlie and Bauer.)

[Picturing horses]

Wed
Jan 29 2014 8:44am

Announcing the 2013 BSFA Nominees

The British Science Fiction Association announced the short-list for their annual BSFA awards. Congratulations to all the nominees. Winners will be announced at Satellite Easter Con in Glasgow, Sunday April 20th. 

We are especially proud to see our own Liz Bourke nominated for her Tor.com column, Sleeps With Monsters!

[Read more]

Sat
Jan 18 2014 10:04pm

Jonathan Strahan’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year

Jonathan Strahan just released the Table of Contents for his annual anthology, The Best Science Fiction and Fanatsy of the Year, Volume 8. Tor.com is thrilled and honored to have three stories included! Congratulations to Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Priya Shrama, Karin Tidbeck, and all the other writers included. 

The Ink Readers of Doi Saket” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Rag and Bone” by Priya Sharma
Sing” by Karin Tidbeck
And, by way of reprint, “Some Desperado” by Joe Abercrombie, originally published in Dangerous Women.

You can see the full Table of Contents on Strahan’s website

Tue
Jan 14 2014 11:00am

Behold The Providence of Fire, the Sequel to Brian Staveley’s The Emperor’s Blades

The Providence of Fire Brian Staveley cover Richard Anderson

Today is the book birthday for Brian Staveley’s The Emperor’s Blades, and, what better way to celebrate than to unveil the cover for book two in the Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne series! Okay, that might just be my art dierctor’s prespective, but the illustration was created by Richard Anderson and that means I’m excited!

[How the cover to The Providence of Fire was constructed]

Wed
Jan 8 2014 2:31pm

Watch Anne Frank Experience All the Years Denied to Her

For Harry Turtledove’s alternate history story, “The Eighth-Grade History Class Visits the Hebrew Home for the Aging,” artist Robert Hunt was tasked with creating a portrait of Anne Frank as an old woman. The story itself speculates on what may have happened if Frank was never killed by the Nazis and went on to live a very ordinary life after World War II.

Usually art commissioned for Tor.com stories is a still image, but after completing this assignment Hunt went a step further and created this deceptively simple, haunting, and surprisingly touching time-lapse of one little girl getting to live to an old age. Watch it above.

Wed
Jan 8 2014 12:15pm

Victo Ngai: Behind the Images

Victo Ngai has illustrated many of our short stories over the past few years, Thomas Olde Heuvelt’s “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket,” Jedediah Berry’s “A Window or a Small Box,” and Ann Aguirre’s “Foundation,” to name a few. In 2013 she won a gold medal from the Society of Illustrators for her work on Marie Rutoski’s “Jacks and Queens at the Green Mill.” She also created the cover for V. E. Schwab’s Vicious and its companion story, “Warm Up.” 

Now, in this five minute documentary, you can see the person behind the art. Forget the part where she calls herself “old,” she is clearly personable, smart and very serious about her work. It’s no wonder she’s accomplished so much at such a relatively young age. I can’t imagine where her artwork will take her over the upcoming decades but I’m very much looking forward to following her career and finding out.

[Watch the Video]

Wed
Jan 1 2014 9:00am

Chesley Bonestell: Striving Towards the Stars

Chesley BonestellToday would have marked Chesley Bonestell’s 126th birthday.

Throughout the 1930s Bonestell worked as both an architect and a movie matte painter on high profile projects ranging from New York’s Chrysler building and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, to Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane and George Pal’s War of the Worlds. But it is astronomical art where Bonestell is best known and revered.

[Read more...]

Mon
Dec 30 2013 3:00pm

Art History Through Sci Fi Colored Glasses

Historical art redone with science fiction figures

Pastiche? Mash-up? The best form of flattery? Whatever you want to call it, artists have enjoyed riffing on historical paintings for ages. For some, it’s a fun way to learn and explore issues of color, composition, and application of paint by intimately copying from a master. For others, it’s a means to tap into the feelings and emotions already assoctiated with the original image, (for humour or drama.) Seeing John Mattos’ great modernist takes on Star Wars made me want to seek out other views of science fiction via the classics. Here’s what I found....

[Step into our gallery...]

Mon
Dec 23 2013 2:19am

Stubby wins a Stabby! The Reddit Awards

The super-popular fantasy community on Reddit announced their readers’ choice awards, “The Stabbies,”  and, lo and behold, Tor.com won for best speculative fiction site. We are ecstatic! Really, to be held in such high regard by a community of blog readers is truly an honor. You have given us fuel to start the New Year with! 

You may be wondering about their other categories, you can check out the winners for best novel, art, debut novel, and many others on the Reddit fantasy forums.  Congrats to all our fellow Stabbys! 

Sat
Dec 21 2013 11:00am

Picturing Winter: A Solstice Celebration

Picturing Winter, a Solstice Celebration: A massive set of art and illustration depicting winter.

“I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape – the loneliness of it, the dead feeling of winter. Something waits beneath it, the whole story doesn’t show.” — Andrew Wyeth

I’m no fan of the cold and yet winter images and Christmas are among my favorite things in life. There is a calm about winter that is beautiful, harsh, and mysterious.

So, on this Solstice Day, with so few hours of sunshine to warm us, I asked a number of artists to send me some of their favorite winter paintings. I asked nearly 20 people, expecting about half to respond. In fact, everyone responded, often multiple times. Clearly, I am not the only one that finds both comfort and mystery in these images.

Without further ado, here are some of the images that some of today’s finest illustrators think of when they think of winter.

[An enormous collection of winter images]

Sat
Dec 21 2013 10:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: The Christmas Edition

R. O. Blechman CBS spot: Christmas with all the charm you would expect from Mr. Blechman. (1:03 minutes)

The Legend of the Turning Stone: A creepy Christmas tale. (6:38 minutes)

Frosty the Snowman: Oddly manic and sweet. From UPA, as so many good animated shorts are. (2:41 minutes)

[Watch Them All!]

Thu
Dec 12 2013 11:00am

This is How You Paint a 150 Foot Tall Hobbit (And Some Dwarves)

How all 13 dwarves from The Hobbit were painted onto a 150 foot tall wall in New York City

This post originally appeared December 11, 2012 in anticipation of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. With The Desolation of Smaug due out this Friday, we thought you might like to see it again!

For those of you that missed the 150 foot Batman post, I couldn’t resist this redux, now with a 100% more dwarves! 315 Park Avenue South is exactly halfway between my apartment and the Tor offices. For nearly two decades I’ve watched an anonymous group of painters create 150 foot movie poster murals on the side of the building.

I’ve always wondered how they construct the image and what it might look like from up close while it’s being put together. It’s one of the very few places where advertising is still painted—it’s an original work and it changes up about once every six weeksI even joked that one day I would sit outside the building all day and wait for the crew to come out.

[Then they did. With dwarves!]

Sat
Dec 7 2013 11:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “Imago” and “Leo’s Song”

Imago: An orphaned boy dreams of his father. If this doesn’t make you both smile and get teary-eyed, then you have no heart. Equally beautiful for its storytelling and drawing, sentimental in the best possible way. (11:38 minutes)

Leo’s Song: “When a geometric visitor from another planet becomes your new roommate and shares with you the tragic state of its home world, you drop your guitar and see what you can do.” This will make you feel happy all day long. (2;46 minutes)

[Watch both!]

Fri
Dec 6 2013 11:00am

Picturing The Hobbit

The Hobbit as depicted in art over the decades

With Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug a week away, the world is in a three-foot-high frenzy. Of course, The Hobbit has been inspiring artists and readers for generations. Artwise, I’ve always had a soft spot for The Hobbit; I love that it lends itself equally well to delightful and weighty interpretations. Below, let’s take a look at how just a few of the unofficial band of “Tolkien artists” have approached Bilbo’s story.

Above, The Battle of Five Armies by Justin Gerard.

[The Hobbit as depicted in art over the decades]

Thu
Nov 28 2013 11:00am

Picturing Ray Bradbury

Art depicting the worlds of Ray Bradbury

Ray Bradbury’s passing was a loss for everyone who enjoys storytelling in all of its forms. Not the least of which are artists and illustrators. Bradbury’s tone, the poetry and atmosphere of his worlds, have inspired artists for decades. Looking at his book covers, extending back over many printings, you see generations of artists reinterpreting the same works for their own era.

At the link is just a small collection of Bradbury’s worlds....

[Art depicting the worlds of Ray Bradbury]

Tue
Nov 26 2013 10:00am

This is How Huge Door-stopper Fantasy Novels Get Made

Step by step photos of A Memory of Light being printed at the bindery.

I’ve worked at Tor Books for nearly twenty years and I had never visited our bindery before. As the art director, I’ve been to our jacket printer, of course, but my job usually ends there. I had never been to the place where the guts of the books are printed, bound, and shipped. What better excuse to remedy that than to watch A Memory of Light—the final volume of a series that has been with me my entire career—go from rolls of clean white paper to shiny new hardcover books? A trip to historic Gettysburg, Pennsylvania to Quad Graphics was definitely in order.

[A Memory of Light comes off the belt]