The Gideon the Ninth Reread: Chapters 3 and 4

Welcome back, space fans! It’s time for another close read of Gideon the Ninth by Tamysn Muir! I’m your host, Malice Trebek, and today I’ll be discussing chapters three and four. A quick reminder that this post will be more spoiled that Veruca Salt, so if you haven’t read these chapters yet, you should bone up on them first.

Now: Grab that overhead strap, and hold on to your hot pockets, because here we go!

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Series: Gideon the Ninth Reread

Five SF Narratives About Global Cooling

Soaring temperatures may bring rising seas, disrupted agriculture, vast migrations, and the inundation of coastal cities around the world—and there are a lot of coastal cities around the world. Still, I live three hundred metres above sea level in a region that may well benefit from global warming (the risks of invasion, famine, war, mass extinction, and the complete collapse of civilization aside). What would really throw wooden shoes into Canada’s proverbial gears is cooling. Only a mere 12,000 years ago, the place where I live was just emerging from an ice sheet a mile thick. You may think Canadians hate shovelling snow now… wait until there’s nearly two kilometres of the stuff. Straight up.

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Reading the Wheel of Time: Dreams and Responsibilities in Robert Jordan’s The Shadow Rising (Part 17)

Hello dear friends and readers, and welcome back to the read of The Shadow Rising. I’d like to thank you all so much for your patience during our unexpected hiatus from Reading the Wheel of Time! We could have used some of that Aes Sedai healing in the Sylas household these past few weeks, if Moiraine had cared to stop by.

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A Horse for Every Human

Horseman’s wisdom says, There’s a horse for every human and a human for every horse.

Horses, like humans, are individuals. They have likes and dislikes, quirks and foibles, and particular ways of dealing with the world. When they interact with humans, they may get along splendidly. Or they may clash on every possible level. Or anywhere in between.

I like to say, “My horse is perfect—for me!” He may be your worst nightmare, but he’s my dreampony.

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Mazes of Power Sweepstakes!

Mazes of Power is a debut work of sociological science fiction that follows a deadly battle for succession, where brother is pitted against brother in a singular chance to win power and influence for their family — and we want to send you a copy!


The cavern city of Pelismara has stood for a thousand years. The Great Families of the nobility cling to the myths of their golden age while the city’s technology wanes.

When a fever strikes, and the Eminence dies, seventeen-year-old Tagaret is pushed to represent his Family in the competition for Heir to the Throne. To win would give him the power to rescue his mother from his abusive father, and marry the girl he loves.

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The Witcher Season 2 Will Dig Deeper Into Fringilla’s Past, Says Showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich

Season 2 of The Witcher is going to be a huge departure from season 1. In a Reddit AMA earlier this month, showrunner Lauren Schmidt Hissrich promised a whole host of changes, from a “much more linear” storyline to “more witchers” to a more complex exploration of the Nilfgaardians beyond their roles as villains. Speaking to Vulture, Hissrich revealed that the show will be doing a deep dive into sorceress Fringilla Vigo’s backstory.

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Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch: “Parallax”

Written by Jim Trombetta and Brannon Braga
Directed by Kim Friedman
Season 1, Episode 2
Production episode 103
Original air date: January 23, 1995
Stardate: 48439.7

Captain’s log. Deputy Chief Engineer Joe Carey is in sickbay with a broken nose, having been punched in same by Torres. Carey is livid. Tuvok wishes to confine Torres to the brig, while Chakotay just has her confined to quarters for now. He wants to make Torres chief engineer, a notion that Tuvok is dubious about, but Chakotay orders Tuvok to let him handle it. Tuvok agrees, but will make a note in his security log.

[Sometimes you just have to punch your way through…]

Series: Star Trek: Voyager Rewatch

Pedal Into the World of C.L. Polk’s Witchmark and Stormsong

C. L. Polk’s fantasy series The Kingston Cycle—including Witchmark and the forthcoming Stormsong—is set in an original world that loosely resembles our own around the turn of the 20th century. Kingston, the capital city in which the story unfurls, is an old town on the brink of transformation by recent inventions, bright lights and modern applications electrified by the new national Aether network. Below, Polk describes the fictional history of this booming era’s favorite method of commuting: the bicycle.

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All the New Fantasy Books Arriving in February!

Your sword has been sharpened, your armor mended and polished. You do not know what the outcome of this fight will be. You only know that you’re prepared, and you’re strong. This month’s fantasy titles feature masters of swords, deadly assassins, and savvy queens: follow the Diviner’s new adventure in King of Crows by Libba Bray; change your fate in the epic The Unspoken Name by A.K. Larkwood; and head out on your bicycle with the continuation of Witchmark, C.L. Polk’s Stormsong.

Head below for the full list of fantasy titles heading your way in February!

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Do Balrogs Have Wings? Artist Justin Gerard on Tolkien and Golden Age Illustration

Do Balrogs have wings? Does Carcharoth, the personal watchdog of the Dark Lord, have a big leonine mane? Are Gandalf’s eyebrows really longer than the brim of his hat? (That’s crazy!) Sometimes the answer is yes, but usually the answer is…only if an illustrator wants it so.

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