When the seeds rained down from deep space, it may have been the first stage of an alien invasion—or something else entirely. How much time do we have left, and do we even understand what timescale to use? As a slow apocalypse blooms across the Earth, planets and plants, animals and microbes, all live and die and evolve at different scales. Is one human life long enough to unravel the mystery?
As announced at San Diego Comic-Con, CBS is bridging the gap between seasons of Star Trek: Discovery with Star Treks: Short Treks, four mini-episodes following various Starfleet characters and other familiar faces from Discovery. These standalone installments, more resembling short stories than television episodes, will premiere the first Thursday of every month starting October 4.
We want to send you a copy of S.L. Huang’s Zero Sum Game, available October 2nd from Tor Books!
Cas Russell is good at math. Scary good. The vector calculus blazing through her head lets her smash through armed men twice her size and dodge every bullet in a gunfight, and she’ll take any job for the right price.
As far as Cas knows, she’s the only person around with a superpower … until she discovers someone with a power even more dangerous than her own. Someone who can reach directly into people’s minds and twist their brains into Moebius strips. Someone intent on becoming the world’s puppet master.
Cas should run, like she usually does, but for once she’s involved. There’s only one problem…
She doesn’t know which of her thoughts are her own anymore.
Comment in the post to enter!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States and D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec). To enter, comment on this post beginning at 3:30 PM Eastern Time (ET) on September 20th. Sweepstakes ends at 12:00 PM ET on September 24th. Void outside the United States and Canada and where prohibited by law. Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Tor.com, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.
David Peace’s literary career began with the Red Riding Quartet: four literary novels set in a specific period of time and a specific place, with a stylized and haunted prose approach that signified a penchant for the works of James Ellroy. In the years since then, Peace’s fiction has expanded in scope: he’s continued to tell crime stories, but he’s also brought his approach to fiction to bear on a number of different projects.
Chief among them are his pair of novels about soccer, The Damned United and Red or Dead. In these books, especially the latter, Peace uses language and structure to echo the rhythms and nuances of the game at the heart of the real-life subjects of the novels. It’s an unconventional approach to storytelling, but it’s one that fits its subjects well. All of which is to say that Peace’s latest novel, Patient X: The Case-Book of Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, echoes his novels about soccer, even as it’s nothing like them at all.
There was something particular that struck me when I was watching the Captain Marvel trailer earlier this week. (Aside from general excitement over how great it looks.) It’s not the costumes or the CGI or the gorgeous music. It’s that Captain Marvel herself rarely ever smiles. In fact, Carol Danvers looks entirely, miraculously indifferent to be on a movie screen. Or anywhere at all.
As far as I can tell, that’s a first for the entire superhero film genre.
Strange Grace is a standalone young adult novel from Tessa Gratton (also author of recently-released The Queens of Innis Lear) set in a town that knows no lasting hardship due to a pact with the devil. Illnesses pass in a night; wounds heal without infection; babies are born healthy with safe mothers; crops thrive under perfectly timed rains. However, the pact is upheld by the sacrifice of a young man every seven years to run the devil’s forest and see if he comes out victorious. The sacrifice of one allows all to live peacefully. None are forced—the trial is an honor.
Mairwen Grace is the only daughter of the town’s bloodline of witches, linked to the forest as her ancestors were before her, all the way back to the woman who made the original bargain. The witches form the liminal border between forest and town, life and death. However, when the bargain falls awry only three years after the last sacrifice, Mairwen and her closest companions, Arthur and Rhun, have a duty to determine the cause—whether they agree with the true nature of the bargain or not.
Fix the past. Save the present. Stop the future.
2080: at a remote site on the edge of the Arctic Circle, a group of scientists, engineers and physicians gather to gamble humanity’s future on one last-ditch experiment. Their goal: to make a tiny alteration to the past, averting a global catastrophe while at the same time leaving recorded history intact. To make the experiment work, they just need one last recruit: an aging schoolteacher whose late mother was the foremost expert on the mathematics of paradox.
San Antonio, home of the Alamo, is also host to the nation’s top high school jazz competition, and the musicians at Xavier Desmond High are excited to outplay their rivals. They are also jokers, kids with strange abilities and even stranger looks. On top of that, well, they are teenagers, apt for mischief, mishaps, and romantic misunderstandings.
Michelle Pond, aka The Amazing Bubbles, thinks that her superhero (and supermom) know-how has prepared her to chaperone the event. But when her students start going wayward, she’ll soon discover the true meaning of “Don’t mess with Texas.”
Part of George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards universe, Texas Hold’em features the writing talents of David Anthony Durham, Max Gladstone, Victor Milan, Diana Rowland, Walton Simons, Caroline Spector and William F. Wu. Available October 23d from Tor Books.
This week in Bible Study with Matt Murdock, we’re turning to Deuteronomy 30:15: “See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, and death and adversity.” Which one do you think Daredevil—interestingly, not wearing his cool suit in this new teaser—will choose? Well, the more pressing question at the moment is, when will viewers find out? Netflix has also shared the premiere date, and it’s a month from now.
Sure, The Ugly Duckling is better known. Sure, The Little Mermaid became a multi-million—probably edging towards a billion now—franchise property. Sure, Thumbelina and The Six Swans show up in more fairy tale collections. And sure, The Emperor’s New Clothes is referenced far more frequently.
But when I was a child, the Hans Christian Andersen stories that most haunted me were the ones that featured storks.
With summer vacation done and school back in session, we’re back for more medieval movies, gang. First film on the syllabus? Michael Bay’s Transformers: the Last Knight (2017).
I sorta can’t believe I just wrote that sentence. I mean, there’s only one reason to watch a Transformers movie, and that’s to hear Optimus Prime doing The Voice. It is not—I repeat, not—to learn about Medieval History.
That probably should go without saying, but the fact is that Transformers: The Last Knight exists.
It shouldn’t. I mean, seriously, who the hell was sitting around brainstorming Transformers ideas and came up with “needs more knights”?
Series: Medieval Matters
“I’m the Doctor. When people need help, I never refuse.”
SHE SAID THE THING.
The new trailer for Doctor Who finally shows new Doctor Jodie Whittaker helping people and using a screwdriver for good! It also gives us a glimpse of a whole team of companions, and some potential new worlds to visit.
Click through for the full trailer!
Right off the bat, we are getting super existential in the latest trailer for Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2: “If I’m not a racer, what am I?” Vanellope asks Ralph after Sugar Rush gets unplugged due to a broken part. The replacement can be found on the Internet, which is what sends these two video game characters to the world wide web—but her answer might exist there, too.
This fall is really something—can we just say we’re looking forward to all the books? No? You want specifics? Alrighty: we’ve listed 17 of our upcoming favorites, from the gorgeous illustrated Earthsea omnibus to the giant George R.R. Martin history of the Targaryens; from Jane Yolen’s Baba-Yaga-in-verse novella to V.E. Schwab’s return to the Villains duology; and from a debut YA novel with a new take on Alice (the one who went to Wonderland) to the conclusion to Sarah J. Maas’s epic Throne of Glass series.
Do we have enough bookmarks? Snacks? Beverages? It’s important to stay hydrated when you don’t plan to get off the sofa.
What books will keep you warm til the winter solstice? Our picks are below—leave yours in the comments!
Greetings, fellow rereaders! Buckle yourselves in and prepare for some fun as Aubree, Alice and I continue the debate on Moash from last week and witness two more members of Bridge Four find their places in the group.
AP: Along with a very special tuckerization!
Series: Oathbringer Reread
Astronomers at the University of Florida, Tennessee State University, and the University of Arizona, have detected a “super-Earth” around the star 40 Eridani A, the real-life star that also has the honorable distinction of being the home solar system of Vulcan from the Star Trek franchise.
But it’s not all good first-contact-that-propels-humanity-into-post-scarcity news. The paper detailing the discovery notes that the super-Earth is orbiting extremely closely to its star (its orbital period is only 42.4 days) and is thus entirely too hot to support life. Still, astronomers are only just now forming a detailed study of the system, and typically if there’s one confirmed exoplanet around a distant star, there tend to be multiple planets still awaiting discovery.
So anyway. Star Trek is real. Spock is real. Love is real.