Tor Dot August Round-Up

You may have missed some of our posts this month; it’s a busy time of year, with all that back-to-school shopping and the mandatory month-long celebration of Jerry Garcia’s life and music (or is that just me?). Below are some of August’s newsletter highlights.

What’s My Line?

Let down by career day? Looking for a change? Well, Carolyn Crane and Chris Castle have a handy run-down of which jobs are hot in these crazy times. Every sexy demon-fighting detective needs support staff and a clean-up crew, so get out your leather-care kits, tattoo machines, and fifths of vodka and join the emerging urban fantasy workforce.

“When I started writing my first
monthly comic, Captain America….”

Steve Englehart started working at Marvel Comics when Stan Lee roamed the skies riding a pterodactyl, and boy, does he have some good stories to tell: superhero-themed Halloween parties in the woods, murderous production schedules, and, um, some actual murder. Also, the history of the comics industry and what writing comics does to your brain. You can find the whole series of posts here.

Orientalist Artists Want to Take You to the Casbah

Patrick Garson looks at how Victorian artists attempted to process the attraction and Otherness of the East: opulence, bold sensuality paired with the exoticism of the secluded harrm, and a color palette free of smog and rich with reds.

Reading, Reading Everywhere

How does Jo Walton get through so many books? In this post, she talks about reading a little bit everywhere she goes, and asks if we schedule reading into our busy lives or if, like her, we treat it like breathing and do it all the time.

(A hint for those who like to read in the tub: Dover Thrift Editions deal pretty well with humidity and recover from full or partial dunkings without too much warping. Not that I went through a poetry and bubble bath phase or anything.)

The Mockingjay Has Landed

The highly-anticipated third book in Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy came out last week, and the intrepid Faye Bi was at the midnight release party and done with the book by dawn. Here, she offers some spoiler-light (but not totally spoiler free!) thoughts on what makes the series such good YA. If you haven’t gotten a hold of the book yet, you can listen to Collins read the first chapter, and if you’re already mourning the end of the series, Thea James has a few recommendations for what to read next.

But Even We Don’t Know Who She Is

Literary agent’s assistant and anonymous blogger extraordinaire The Rejectionist is now on! She talks about why she reads science fiction and goes on to interview Elizabeth Hand about gender fluidity and the apocalypse (no causal relation implied!); Nnedi Okorafor about writing from the outside; and filmmaker Arwen Curry about growing up geeky and working on an Ursula K. Le Guin documentary.

The Knife of Dreams Ebook Cover is Here!

The Knife of Dreams cover is by Michael Komarck, who’s well-known for his photorealism and has worked extensively in George R. R. Martin’s Westeros. Here, Rand stands between a Forsaken and a loved one, and he’s about to pay the price for it. Irene Gallo writes about the perspective of the cover and the importance of this moment to Rand’s character at this point in the series; in the comments, there’s a lively discussion going about sword-forms.

August Fiction

“What Makes a River” by Deborah Coates

Something in Lake Michigan wants Amy. Beth isn’t sure how to solve this problem, but she’s got a shotgun and she’s got Paul, sort of, and that’s going to have to be enough.

Deborah Coates has published stories in Asimov’s, Strange Horizons, and SCIFICTION, and her stories have been reprinted in Best American Fantasy 2008, Year’s Best Fantasy 6, and Best Paranormal Romance. She recently sold her first novels, the beginnings of a new contemporary rural fantasy series, to Tor.

Reprint! “Divided by Infinity,” by Robert Charles Wilson

It started in the bookstore on Harbord Street, with a book called You Will Not Die, and it ended—well, who knows?

Robert Charles Wilson is the award-winning author of several novels, including the Philip K. Dick Award-winning Mysterium; Darwinia, which won Canada’s Aurora Award for best SF novel in English; The Chronoliths, which won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award; andSpin, which won the Hugo Award. His most recent novel is Julian Comstock: A Story of 22nd-Century America.

“The Fermi Paradox is Our Business Model” by Charlie Jane Anders

Jon and Toku’s mission is pretty simple and, as they explain to the humans, not personal at all. It’s just good business.

Charlie Jane Anders is the author of the Lambda Award-winning Choir Boy, and her short fiction has appeared in Strange Horizons, Flurb, and Rich Horton’s Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy 2009. She is the managing editor of io9.

“The Speed of Time” by Jay Lake

The plug has been pulled on the universe; now it’s only a matter of, well, time.

Jay Lake is the author of the novels Mainspring, Escapement, and Pinion; Green, set in the same world as his short story “A Water Matter”; and Trial of Flowers. He has also published many short stories and is the 2004 winner of the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.

Hungover Appa says, hope you enjoyed the round-up (bleeeerrrrgh).

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