Krishna is quite unsettled when he bumps into a woman’s corpse during his morning bath in Kolkata’s Hooghly River, yet declines to do anything about it–after all, why should he take responsibility for a stranger? But when the dead start coming back to life en masse, he rethinks his position and the debate around how to treat these newly risen corpses gets a lot more complicated. In this story from Indrapramit Das, a journalist strives to understand Krishna’s actions and what they say about the rest of society and how we treat our dead.
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!
Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s original stories.
Today we’re looking at “The Horror in the Museum,” written in October 1932 with Hazel Heald, and first published in the July 1933 issue of Weird Tales. You can read it here. Spoilers ahead.
Series: The Lovecraft Reread
To celebrate the release of Marie Brennan’s Voyage of the Basilisk next week, please enjoy this Sleeps With Monsters encore post, originally published March 26, 2013.
Today we’re joined by Marie Brennan, who’s kindly agreed to answer some of my importunate questions. Some of you, no doubt, are already familiar with her work: her first two novels, Warrior and Witch; her four-book Onyx Court series of historical fantasy out of Tor (Midnight Never Come, In Ashes Lies, A Star Shall Fall, and With Fate Conspire), and her Lies and Prophecy from the Book View Café.
Most recently, her A Natural History of Dragons: A Memoir of Lady Trent has hit the shelves. If you haven’t read it already, you should all go read it as soon as you can.
Series: Sleeps With Monsters
What great timing! While we’re reading Shakespeare on Tor.com, yet another adaptation is in the works.
In early February, several outlets reported that Martin Scorsese was considering taking his first leap into Shakespearean lore, intrigued as he was by Kenneth Branagh’s 2013 production of Macbeth at the Manchester International Festival. Now, Branagh has confirmed that Scorsese will indeed direct the film adaptation.
Criticism is part of how fandom functions. But there is a substantial difference between thoughtful discussion and hyper-fueled teeth-gnashing destructor mode. And when that sort of festering anger gets leveled at people over making a lukewarm piece of continuity? It’s ugly.
And it’s not what fandom is about.
What, you don’t remember that time Trogdor helped Daenerys burninate Meereen? With so many characters and plot lines (not to mention major deviations from books) it’s easy to lose track of the finer details from Game of Thrones—like how did Stannis get all the way over there, and who the heck is Hizdhar zo Loraq, anyway? So with the new episodes just over the horizon, here’s a handy refresher guide to where all the key characters are before the start of season 5.
Spoilers ahead, naturally.
Welcome to The Coode Street Podcast, an informal weekly discussion about science fiction and fantasy featuring award-winning critics and editors Jonathan Strahan and Gary K. Wolfe. The Coode Street Podcast debuted in 2010 and has been nominated for the Hugo, British Science Fiction, and Aurealis awards.
This week Silvia Moreno-Garcia joins us to talk about her debut fantasy novel, Signal to Noise. Described in an upcoming issue of Locus as “one of the most important fantasy debuts of the year,” Signal to Noise is an engaging and compelling story of a woman returning to her family home in Mexico for her father’s funeral, and of a time in her teens when she discovered that the right music played just the right way could change the world.
Series: The Coode Street Podcast
What is it about Baymax that make him so infinitely mashable? Big Hero 6 did well at the box office, earned good reviews, and won an Oscar last month, but the biggest takeaway from the film is that people love taking the sweet, helpful robot and putting him in unlikely situations. Here, for instance, a Scottish artist named Demetria Skye Logan has run him through a whole gamut of Disney cosplay! From Donald Duck to Stitch, Baymax proves that he’s adorable no matter how he’s dressed. But we had to take moment to highlight his meeting with another animated juggernaut: here he is cosplaying as Frozen’s Elsa.
Morning Roundup brings you the greatest scientific study of all time, a challenge to spin the Wheel of Fish, and an update on the exciting development of Leviathan!
Even though Game of Thrones season 5 looks to be diverging from its source material to a greater degree than any of the prior seasons, the show’s creators have confirmed that the TV series and the books will end in the same place. And the show will get there first!
Speaking to the Oxford Union this weekend, D.B. Weiss and David Benioff confirmed what we’ve already suspected: Game of Thrones will outpace George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series, thus spoiling TV audiences for the books’ eventual ending.
Tumblr, you give us such gifts. When user nottonyharrison created a poster suggesting that Matt Fraction’s run of Hawkeye be turned into a television series, it led to an opening scene by interestinggin that is such utter perfection, we are crushed to know that it’s not being greenlit this instant.
Want Clint Barton’s story—as told by (the best Hawkeye) Kate Bishop? Oh, you do. Trust us, you do.
Update: Chris Carter has confirmed that the show is returning as a six episode miniseries! While there’s no premiere date yet, filming will begin this summer.
The shadowy conspiracy to bring us more X-Files is coming out into the light! David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson have agreed to reprise their roles as Mulder and Scully, Chris Carter will be writing and executive producing, and Fox is close to greenlighting the show! However, there’s an interesting twist in the details…
We want to send you one of our five galleys of Hugo & Rose by Bridget Foley, out on May 5th from St. Martin’s Press!
After a childhood accident, Rose’s dreams take her to a wondrous island fraught with adventure. On this island, she has never been alone: she shares it with Hugo, a brave boy who’s grown up with her into a hero of a man.
But when Rose stumbles across Hugo in real life, both her real and dream worlds are changed forever. Here is the man who has shared all of her incredible adventures in impossible places, who grew up with her, even if they aren’t what either one imagined. Their chance encounter begins a cascade of questions, lies, and a dangerous obsession that threatens to topple everything she knows.
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The new Hawkeye action figure, based on Matt Fraction and David Aja’s take on the Avengers, comes with trick arrows, a patched-up face, and lots of articulation. But none of that is as amazing as PIZZA DOG. Yes, Clint comes with his trusted pup Lucky, the star of one of the best Hawkeye comics—and, really, one of the best single-issue comics of 2013. Lookit how Toyark posed Hawkguy and Pizza Dog!
Afternoon Roundup brings you Margaret Atwood’s favorite thing about Game of Thrones, a Jules Verne musical, and a new perspective on Link.
Late last year, Alan Moore, author of the 1996 novel Voice of the Fire (amongst a number of other things) finally finished the first draft of his second prose piece: an expansive speculative study of his hometown of Northampton.
You must be wondering why it took him so gosh-darned long. Well, Leah Moore—who kept fans apprised of her father’s progress on Facebook—explained that it ran “to more than a million words in draft form.” A nonsense number without proper context, so let me make sense of the insensible: Jerusalem is bigger than the Bible, and fully twice the length of War and Peace.
Welcome back to the reread of Mistress of the Empire by Raymond E. Feist and Janny Wurts! This one’s going to be emotional. Damn those repressed Tsurani. Pack hankies!
Chapter 2: Confrontation
SUMMARY: Can we please refrain from murdering any more children in this chapter? Kthnxbye.
Jiro plays shah, which is chess. I’m hoping that this is the authors telling us through symbolism that as far as being Mara’s nemesis goes, he is more about calm strategy and less about the bloodsports and human sacrifice. Because seriously, I can’t take another Desio or Tasaio.