The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit Sweepstakes!

David, a college student, is drawn to the resort where his father disappeared fifteen years before. His family warns him not to go, but he can’t shake the feeling that something is calling him there. When he takes a job at the same resort over the summer, David finds himself slipping further and further into the mystery of his father’s disappearance and the town itself. Plagued by visions of a mysterious man and embroiled in a torrid love triangle, David is determined to find some answers, no matter what the cost. 

Out on August 5th from Doubleday, we have three copies of The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit that we want to share with you!

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Get Ready to Love This Face Again. Alice in Wonderland 2 Will Be Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter’s Origin Story

In case you mistakenly thought that the star of Disney’s 2010 Alice in Wonderland and its forthcoming sequel was Alice Kingsleigh (Mia Wasikowska), let us disabuse you of that notion. The true star appears to be Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter, because Disney has signed on Depp for Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass long before any other castmember has even thought about committing.

Then there’s the interesting casting of Rhys Ifans as the Mad Hatter’s father. Basically, you had better love tea parties and wacky headwear if you want to enjoy the second Wonderland movie.

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The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit (Excerpt)

David, a college student, takes a summer job at a run-down family resort in a dying English resort town. This is against the wishes of his family… because it was at this resort where David’s biological father disappeared fifteen years earlier. But something undeniable has called David there.

A deeper otherworldliness lies beneath the surface of what we see. The characters have a suspicious edge to them… David is haunted by eerie visions of a mysterious man carrying a rope, walking hand-in-hand with a small child… and the resort is under siege by a plague of ladybugs. Something different is happening in this town.

When David gets embroiled in a fiercely torrid love triangle, the stakes turn more and more menacing. And through it all, David feels as though he is getting closer to the secrets of his own past.

Graham Joyce’s darkly magic and suspenseful new novel The Ghost in the Electric Blue Suit publishes August 5th from Doubleday. Check out an excerpt below!

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Sony Has Its Own Female Superhero Movie in the Works—Could It Be Black Cat or Spider-Woman?

While we’re awaiting Wonder Woman’s part in Batman v Superman and the rumors of a Black Widow movie keep coming and going, Sony has beaten DC and Marvel to the punch, by announcing a female-led superhero movie for 2017.

Thing is, we don’t actually know who it’s about yet. So, while Sony has effectively called dibs, the actual follow-up is still a ways off.

[Our best guesses]

Is Studio Ghibli Actually Closing or Just Restructuring?

After Hayao Miyazaki announced his final-final retirement in February, fans of Studio Ghibli were understandably worried about the animation studio’s future. Unfortunately, half-formed rumors and conflicting translations don’t do anything to give audiences a sense of security either way.

Just this past weekend, a Ghibli producer’s quote was taken out of context to mean that the studio was being dismantled. It was quickly followed up by another translation clarifying that what we may be looking at is more of a restructuring.

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The Legend of Korra‘s “Stakeout” Yields Answers to Big Questions.

This episode of The Legend of Korra gives us what we’ve been waiting for—a glimpse into the inner workings of Zaheer and his “Red Lotus” gang. I’m going to unpack that and sort through what we learn about our antagonists a-plenty, but that isn’t all we get, not by a long shot.

Last week I’d said we’d seen almost every kind of specialized bending, except the plantbending of the swamp folk. Well, now we’ve seen the Mos Eisley of the sandbenders, so check one more off the list. The desert seems “painted,” more brightly colored than the one where Sokka went cactus-juice crazy, but it still vibes Tattooine, right down to spirits being denied access to a saloon the way droids might be kicked out of a cantina. All this casual discrimination and political oppression! Almost makes you wish someone would do something about it, doesn’t it?

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Series: The Legend of Korra on Tor.com

Does Thor Qualify as a Disney Princess?

The recent fuss about the new female Thor, combined with the fact that Disney owns Marvel Entertainment, has sparked jokes about whether this makes Thor a Disney Princess. Disney says the Marvel movieverse is separate from their Princess line, but it’s still a remarkably telling question if we take it seriously and actually look at what qualities make a Disney Princess, which Thor has, and what this shows about the Disney-patented princess obsession which has such an enormous impact on millions of kids (especially girls) and on our culture as a whole.

Before anyone protests that the new female Thor isn’t actually Odin’s son, but a different person carrying Mjollnir, we can look instead at Thor from Marvel’s Earth X, when the thunder god actually was transformed into a woman (Marvel has no shortages of any given character being turned into any given thing).

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Never Too Late for Your First Space Derby — Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights: Return to Ord Mantell

There was this guy in the Star Wars EU called Gallandro, who was basically their version of an Old West gunslinger type. Wait, isn’t that Boba Fett already? you may ask. Nah—they needed a more direct knock-off. Fett has a rifle so he can’t draw at high noon.

No, really, Gallandro was known for being a fast draw.

But he and Han had unfortunate run-in and Gallandro didn’t make it out alive. Don’t worry; if you know anything about the EU, you know that everyone’s got kids except Lando. (Lando should have kids. Boo.) And they’re usually girls because there aren’t enough women in Star Wars. Let’s jump into Return to Ord Mantell and find out exactly what is going on with Gallandro’s legacy.

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Series: Star Wars on Tor.com

Science Fiction and Fantasy 101: Thinking Academically About Genre

At ReaderCon this past month, I discussed the idea of introductory (100-200-level), intermediate (300-400-level), and advanced (500-700 level) texts in the Fantasy and Science Fiction genres. I’ve thought about books as being 100-level for a while, but only in that conversation did I really flesh out the idea from 100-level to 700-level.

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Rereading the Empire Trilogy: Daughter of the Empire, Part 11

Welcome back to the reread of Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts’ Daughter of the Empire! This week, Bruli’s seduction doesn’t work out quite the way he hopes, and Arakasi really needs a smart phone. Actually, Bruli’s life would have been much improved if he also had a smart phone. Sadly, there are no smart phones on Kelewan.

Chapter 13: Seduction

Summary: Mara’s courtship of Bruli of the Kehotara has been going on for some time. They have shared several dinners, she has flirted with him, and Nacoya has given him ridiculous amounts of advice as to how to impress the Ruling Ladies, which mostly is about conspicuous wealth and glamour. Arakasi always attends these dinners as a servant, because Bruli’s apparently mindless conversation often includes some significant gems of information, which the Spymaster can add to his portfolio.

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Series: Rereading The Empire Trilogy

Please Love This Thing You’ve Never Heard Of: The History of Sci-Fi Hype

Even at seventeen years-old, I thought it was weird how many people were doing the camp-out thing for Star Wars: The Phantom Menace while sitting in an inflatable Darth Maul chair they bought at Target. Sure, Maul looked cool in the movie trailer, but I didn’t know he was cool yet. (And to be fair, that particular cool jury is still out.) This weekend, Guardians of the Galaxy opened, and depending on what feelings you’re hooked on, it’s been stamped a certified genre classic. But it was also specifically and meticulously pruned to get us all excited, well before it opened. And in the history of sci-fi and fantasy movies, why do we so often believe the hype?

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San Diego Comic-Con is Bigger On the Inside

San Diego Comic-Con is the parable of the blind men and the elephant. It’s the Mirror of Erised. It’s the cave on Dagobah—what is in there is what you take with you. It is huge, it is sprawling, it contains multitudes, its name is Legion.

It’s been a few days and I’ve put a few more nights of actual sleep between me and the convention. I still have one more thing I want to write up—the best panel that I went to there, and why you should be reading Saga if you aren’t already—but I wanted to go ahead and get some thoughts on the whole business out there before the con hangover completely fades away and while the memories are still reasonably fresh.

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Morning Roundup: Stitch Will Make Sure No One in the Galaxy is Left Behind!

So you’ve all seen it right? So we can freak out about it? It was so good! Like really really good, and there was maybe some crying, and there was definitely some laughing, and we maybe want to be a Guardian of the Galaxy, too? And its all we’ve been able to think about this weekend, so when we found Dennis Culver’s SFF-GotG mashp art, we yelped a little and grabbed Stitch and mentally scratched his ears in a way that was somehow simultaneously awkward and endearing. Go look at the rest!

OK, there are other things to talk about, we know, so here they are: Morning Roundup is proud to bring you the finest links! Links to, um, more stuff about Marvel, mostly, but also a reconsideration of Warlock! And a look at African-American comics creators at SDCC! Plus a tutorial on spaceship building!

[Add ragey, machine-gun-wielding raccoons to your spaceship room at your discretion.]

British Genre Fiction Hitlist: Early August New Releases

From the fold of the British Genre Fiction Focus comes the British Genre Fiction Hitlist: your biweekly breakdown of the most notable new releases out of the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

The Focus may be on hiatus over the holidays, but the Hitlist is still here, readers! Just as well, what with all of the awesome new releases due out in early August, beginning with a bunch of big hitters—such as the start of Robin Hobb’s new series, Fitz and the Fool; a bumper alien invasion tale from award winner Peter Watts; Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami; and the very end of The Malazan Empire, by way of Assail.

Add to all that an array of exciting debuts, headlined by The Buried Life by Carrie Patel and The Godless by Ben Peek; the continuation of The Dagger and the Coin by Daniel Abraham; the conclusion of The Skyscraper Throne series by Tom Pollock; and the completion of The Fourth Gwenevere by the late, great John James.

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Series: British Fiction Focus

Fiction Affliction: August Releases in Paranormal Romance

Seventeen new paranormal romance titles promote the love of all things finned, fanged, and furry this month, including new series additions from, among others, Lara Adrian (Midnight Breed), Kresley Cole (Immortals After Dark), Terry Spear (Heart of the Wolf), Mimi Jean Pamfiloff (Accidentally Yours), Kristen Callihan (Darkest London), Cynthia Eden (Phoenix Fire), Janet Chapman (Spellbound Falls), and Jessica Sims (Midnight Liaisons).

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

[Read about this month’s releases.]

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: C.L. Wilson

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 C.L. Wilson, author of the Tarien Soul epic fantasy romance series. C.L’s novels have won numerous awards including, LifetimeTV.com’s Best Paranormal debut of 2007, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, two National Reader’s Choice awards, the Colorado Award of Excellence, and the Holt Medallion. She is also the honored recipient of the PEARL award from Paranormal Romance as the best new author of 2007, and winner of the 2009 PEARL award for best Romantic Fantasy novel. Her latest standalone novel, The Winter King, is available now from Avon Books.

Join us!

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Series: The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch: “Call to Arms”

“Call to Arms”
Written by Ira Steven Behr & Robert Hewitt Wolfe
Directed by Allan Kroeker
Season 5, Episode 26
Production episode 40510-524
Original air date: June 16, 1997
Stardate: 50975.2

Station log: Rom and Leeta are having trouble picking out a wedding dress, as they can’t agree on any of the 150 that Garak shows them—and the wedding’s in two weeks. Ziyal suggests that Garak design a dress for her instead. They interrupt this argument to approach Sisko about marrying them, to which the Emissary agrees.

The Dominion has been sending regular convoys through the wormhole. War seems imminent, to the point that Keiko, Molly, and Kirayoshi are visiting family on Earth (O’Brien misses them horribly, but it’s for the best), and Sisko wishes he could convince Jake to do likewise.

[Here, in this place where I belong.]

Series: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Rewatch

The Midnight Queen (Excerpt)

Gray’s deep talent for magick has won him a place at Merlin College. But when he accompanies four fellow students on a mysterious midnight errand that ends in disaster and death, he is sent away in disgrace—and without a trace of his power.

He must spend the summer under the watchful eye of his domineering professor, Appius Callender. And it is there, toiling away on a summer afternoon, that he meets the professor’s daughter.

Even though she has no talent of her own, Sophie Callender longs to be educated in the lore of magick. Her father has kept her isolated at the estate and forbidden her interest; everyone knows that teaching arcane magickal theory to women is the height of impropriety.

Sophie and Gray’s meeting touches off a series of events that begins to unravel secrets about each of them. And after the king’s closest advisor pays the professor a closed-door visit, they begin to wonder if what Gray witnessed in Oxford might be even more sinister than it seemed…

Check out Sylvia Izzo Hunter’s The Midnight Queen, available September 2nd from Ace!

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