Star Trek The Original Series Rewatch: “The Squire of Gothos”

“The Squire of Gothos”
Written by Paul Schneider
Directed by Don McDougall
Season 1, Episodes 18
Production episode 6149-18
Original air date: January 12, 1967
Stardate: 2124.5

Captain’s log. Enterprise is proceeding to Beta VI to deliver supplies, and they’re travelling via a large void between star systems. To everyone’s surprise, a planet appears out of nowhere directly in their flight path. Spock finds it hard to believe nobody charted this before, but they don’t have time to investigate. Kirk orders Uhura to alert the authorities to this new planet, Spock to gather as much data as possible while they fly by, and Sulu to veer forty degrees to starboard.

However, Uhura can’t punch through subspace interference, and Sulu just disappears. Kirk runs over to the helm to see what happened—and he disappears, too.

[“Hip hip hoorah”? And I believe it is pronounced, “tally-ho!”]

Series: Star Trek: The Original Series Rewatch

Guy Gavriel Kay Explores Fantasy Renaissance Europe in New Novel Children of Earth and Sky

New American Library announced today that it will publish fantasy writer and Order of Canada member Guy Gavriel Kay’s 13th novel, Children of Earth and Sky. As with many of his works, Guy will use fantasy to recreate famous historical periods. Unlike his last two novels, Under Heaven and River of Stars, he won’t be looking to China’s Tang Dynasty for inspiration: Instead, Children of Earth and Sky is set in a world inspired by Renaissance Europe.

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Cover Art and Table of Contents for The Apex Book of World SF 4!

Tor.com is pleased to share this exciting new cover design for the fourth volume of The Apex Book of World SF! (Apex is also generously offering a special discount off their cover price for Tor.com readers, which you can take advantage of by following that link!) The series began in 2009 with Lavie Tidhar and Apex Publications putting the focus on global science fiction by showcasing authors from Africa, Latin American, Asia, and Europe. The fourth volume of World SF is back with incredible new stories, a new editor in Mahvesh Murad, and a sleek new cover design.

Find out more about the anthology below including an exclusive look at the full table of contents.

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If Someone Asks You if You’re a God, Do You Say Yes?

It’s a perennial question among comics fans: flight or invisibility? This is a simple test to see where your values are. If you answer flight, you’re a free-spirited romantic. Invisibility? You’re a skeevy perv not fit for human society. Insist that those choices suck, and that you want something really cool like invincibility or teleportation? Then your friends will just yell at you.

[The real point of the question is to force you to make a choice.]

Pluto Joins the Space Family Portrait

While Pluto is still a dwarf planet, it does get to join the ranks of hi-res planet images. Ben Gross, a research fellow at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, tweeted this “family portrait” that was over 40 years in the making. Meanwhile, could we be seeing Cthulhu on Pluto’s surface?

Afternoon Roundup brings you proof that the zombie genre is still coming strong, Twilight fan films, and several reasons why you probably shouldn’t accept a gift from Jared Leto.

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Reading Melanie Rawn’s Dragon Star Trilogy: An Introduction

A new week, a new trilogy. This is a read rather than a reread; I’m coming to it for the first time. I’ll be moving faster, taking in more with each post, and thinking more about the big picture.

If you haven’t read the Dragon Prince trilogy, there will be many spoilers, so be ready.

[Some things to expect as the series gets under way]

Series: Rereading Melanie Rawn

Angry Robot Books Acquires Peter Tieryas’ United States of Japan

Character artist and Bald New World author Peter Tieryas has sold a new novel, United States of Japan, to Angry Robot Books. As the spiritual successor to Philip K. Dick’s Hugo-winning The Man in the High Castle (which is being adapted by Amazon Studios), United States of Japan will take place in the same alternate-history world—with Japanese robots! The deal by agent Judy Hansen of Hansen Literary Agency includes translation, audio, and ebook rights.

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8 of SciFi and Fantasy’s Scariest Monsters

Morning commutes are nobody’s friend, at least not here in NYC. There’s so much to contend with: crowded subway platforms, late trains, shoulder-to-shoulder traffic on the sidewalks, and that smell. You know the one I’m talking about, like if Dante’s Inferno were a scratch-and-sniff book. But imagine if you looked in your rearview mirror one morning and found a Basilisk staring back at you. How about a manticore? Or Gmork from The NeverEnding Story? Worst. Commute. Ever.

We turned to Twitter to ask what nightmare creature you wouldn’t want to find in your backseat, and you all delivered the terror. We’ve collected eight of our favorite (er… least favorite?) backseat drivers below!

[Buckle up, kids, it’s going to be an ugly ride…]

The Alloy of Law Sweepstakes!

In anticipation of Brandon Sanderson’s new Mistborn novel, Shadows of Self, we are happy to offer ten copies of The Alloy of Law to some lucky winners! If you haven’t delved into the adventures of Wax and Wayne, here’s your chance to start before Shadows of Self hits shelves on October 6th from Tor Books!

In the three hundred years since the events of the Mistborn trilogy, science and technology have marched on. Scadrial is now on the verge of modernity, with railroads, electric lighting, and even the first steel-framed skyscrapers racing for the clouds.

Yet even with these advances, the magics of Allomancy and Feruchemy continue to play a role in this reborn world. Out in the frontier lands known as the Roughs, they are crucial tools for those attempting to establish order and justice.

One is Waxillium Ladrian, a rare Twinborn who can Push on metals with his Allomancy and use Feruchemy to become lighter or heavier at will. After twenty years in the Roughs, Wax must now put away his guns and assume the duties incumbent upon the head of a noble house–until he learns the hard way that the mansions and elegant tree-lined streets of the city can be even more dangerous than the dusty plains of the Roughs.

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The Unquiet Voice of Saruman

Saruman the White is one of literature’s greatest wizards. Not so household a name in pop culture, perhaps, as Merlin, Harry Potter, or Gandalf himself, but nearly so. Fantasy readers might at least consider him a B-lister like Ged, Kvothe, Raistlin, or Elminster. Though he was set up in J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium as the eldest and most “high” of the Istari, the order of wizards, he plays second fiddle to Gandalf in every way that counts. And he knows it, and it eats him up. It defines him.

[Read on if you would contend with the will of Sauron.]

Steer Clear of Hyena Country, New Horizons!

XKCD has taken a closer look at the New Horizons’ image of Pluto, and found a lot of details that the rest of us missed. Although, we kind of assumed Pluto has a candy shell all along…

Morning Roundup brings you Neil deGrasse Tyson’s love affair with Pluto! Thoughts on Duncan Jones’ World of Warcraft! And updates from the set of Ant-Man!

[Plus, why is Kurt Vonnegut trying to sell us coffee?]

Marie Brennan and Mary Robinette Kowal Adorably Wrote Fanfic for Each Other’s Books!

If you thought that the cuteness of Mary Robinette Kowal and Marie Brennan’s joint author tours begins and ends with them dressing up in period garb, then you’ve got a lot to learn. In fact, they’ve just shared their latest geeky bonding session from their tour earlier this year for (respectively) Of Noble Family and Voyage of the Basilisk: They wrote fanfic set in each other’s universes!

[Squeeing so hard right now.]

Five Books with Gods as Characters

What do you eat? Who do you pray to? How do you dispose of your dead? Looking back on the three books I’ve written so far in the Thrones & Bones series (Frostborn, Nightborn, and the just-finished third manuscript), I shouldn’t be surprised to see that I address these questions in each of the narratives. They appear to be staples of the way I world-build. But that second one—who do you pray to?—is really interesting. I put in a lot of work hammering out the pantheon of deities for each of my imaginary countries, but very little of it shows up in the finished product. A god of luck makes a minor intervention in Frostborn. A god is said to be responsible for a supernatural incident that is related to but not witnessed by the leads in Nightborn. In book three—well, no spoilers, but book three has a strong Grecian influence, and so divine beings may be a little more active than in the previous books.

When I look back at the books that I’ve loved over the years, I see that a lot of them deal with gods and goddesses as very large participants in their world, practically characters in their own right. Here are five books that have made a particularly strong impact on me and the way I think of the divine in fantasy fiction.

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