Tor.com’s Birthday Blind Date With a Book Sweepstakes #5

It’s our birthday, and we want to send you a present!

Tor.com turns 8 today, and in celebration, we’re hosting eight Blind Date With a Book giveaways. Inside each shiny, mysterious package you’ll find a delightful reading companion. If you guess the book, try not to give away the answer (though feel free to drop additional hints in the comments).

Don’t your favorite t-shirts give you superpowers? Prize #5 is an award-winning graphic novel published by our friends at First Second—and an autographed print of an image from the book!

Comment in the post to enter! (Dinosaurs not included.)

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 2:30 PM Eastern Time (ET) on July 20th. Sweepstakes ends at 12:00 PM ET on July 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.

Bright Days, Dark Fiction: 5 Horror Reads for Summer

Is this summer too hot for you? Have you grown weary of sunshine and the monotony of green leaves and whatever ubiquitous pop song that is that’s drifting from the open windows of passing cars? Do you resent the fact that the term “beach reads” means books that are frivolous, light, and somehow more fun than quality novels about werewolves, societal collapse, and suicide?

Here is a collection of five books perfect for the kind of person who enjoys being chilled, who’s counting down the days until Halloween. But don’t worry, none are too gloomy. Why, some even have sun-baked California hills and sweeping desert vistas as a backdrop for sexy scorpion-women and homicidal cult leaders.

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Tor.com’s Birthday Blind Date With a Book Sweepstakes #4!

It’s our birthday, and we want to send you a present!

Tor.com turns 8 today, and in celebration, we’re hosting eight Blind Date With a Book giveaways. Inside each shiny, mysterious package you’ll find a delightful reading companion. If you guess the book, try not to give away the answer (though feel free to drop additional hints in the comments).

Prize #4 is a pair of books from a single award-winning author! One is out, the other is an galley copy; one is a tale of love at first sight, the other a dangerous trek through time and space, and a story that blends science and magic. They go together, but they’re not a series.   

Comment in the post to enter! (Black Panther Pop not included.)

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 1:30 PM Eastern Time (ET) on July 20th. Sweepstakes ends at 12:00 PM ET on July 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.

Rearranging Angels: Revealing The House of Binding Thorns by Aliette de Bodard

In the conclusion of my rave of a review, I spoke of The House of Shattered Wings as emblematic of an intelligence and an elegance as rare and precious as angel essence. It was, in a word, a wonder, and one I wanted more of.

My wish was Aliette de Bodard’s command, apparently, as Gollancz has unveiled book two of Dominion of the Fallen: it’s called The House of Binding Thorns, and it “continues the epic story of the fallout of the war in heaven that saw the angelic Great Houses of Paris assaulted and torn apart by mistrust and betrayal” in the winner of last year’s British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel. “Among the ruins of Paris, the Great Houses, shaken to their foundations, now struggle to put themselves back together, as powerful forces, gods and angels, men and demons, begin to circle”—attracted, perhaps, to the power vacuum left in the aftermath of that masterful narrative.

Gollancz didn’t have much more to say about The House of Binding Thorns today, I’m afraid, but I did a bit of digging on de Bodard’s blog this morning, and found the following…

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Series: British Fiction Focus

Thoreau Meets the Unnamable: Algernon Blackwood’s “The Wendigo”

Welcome back to the Lovecraft reread, in which two modern Mythos writers get girl cooties all over old Howard’s sandbox, from those who inspired him to those who were inspired in turn.

Today we’re looking at Algernon Blackwood’s “The Wendigo,” first published in 1910 in The Lost Valley and Other Stories. Spoilers ahead.

[“No one troubled to stir the slowly dying fire.”]

Series: The Lovecraft Reread

American Gods‘ Bilquis and The Technical Boy Look Perfect

The good people behind American Gods continue to tease us with lovely images! In the last two weeks they released shots of The Technical Boy and Bilquis. Those of you who have read the novel probably remember the first moment you met Bilquis. Those of you who haven’t…well, we don’t want to spoil anything for you. Bilquis is a modern version of the Queen of Sheba, one of the old guard of ancient gods that battles the new gods like the aforementioned Technical Boy and Media, (played by Gillian Anderson!!!) for the hearts and minds of the American populace.

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Invasive

Hannah Stander is a consultant for the FBI—a futurist who helps the Agency with cases that feature demonstrations of bleeding-edge technology. It’s her job to help them identify unforeseen threats: hackers, AIs, genetic modification, anything that in the wrong hands could harm the homeland.

Hannah is in an airport, waiting to board a flight home to see her family, when she receives a call from Agent Hollis Copper. “I’ve got a cabin full of over a thousand dead bodies,” he tells her. Whether those bodies are all human, he doesn’t say.

What Hannah finds is a horrifying murder that points to the impossible—someone weaponizing the natural world in a most unnatural way. Discovering who—and why—will take her on a terrifying chase from the Arizona deserts to the secret island laboratory of a billionaire inventor/philanthropist. Hannah knows there are a million ways the world can end, but she just might be facing one she could never have predicted—a new threat both ancient and cutting-edge that could wipe humanity off the earth.

Chuck Wendig’s Invasive is available August 16th from Harper Voyager.

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Tor.com’s Birthday Blind Date With a Book Sweepstakes #3!

It’s our birthday, and we want to send you a present!

Tor.com turns 8 today, and in celebration, we’re hosting eight Blind Date With a Book giveaways. Inside each shiny, mysterious package you’ll find a delightful reading companion. If you guess the book, try not to give away the answer (though feel free to drop additional hints in the comments).

Prize #3 is a hardcover from Tor Books:

A long history of wars fought over magical artifacts. People living in search of understanding. Not for readers with an attachment to lush green landscapes.

Comment in the post to enter! (Toothless not included.)

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 11:30 AM Eastern Time (ET) on July 20th. Sweepstakes ends at 12:00 PM ET on July 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.

Announcing Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones

Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce that Ellen Datlow has acquired an original novella from Stephen Graham Jones. Mapping the Interior is the story of a fifteen-year-old who awakens in the middle of the night to see someone stepping through a doorway. It’s not his mother, his little brother, or his dead father, he thinks. In following the intruder he finds that his family home is bigger and deeper than he imagined. This year Stephen Graham Jones is nominated for a World Fantasy Special Award — Professional, and has been nominated for numerous horror awards in the past. Tor.com is proud to have him on board.

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See the Ash vs. Evil Dead: Season Two Trailer That’s Too Bloody for Comic-Con

Poor Ash. The guy tries to take an early retirement in Jacksonville, where he can spend his remaining years with kegs and bikinied young people, and then the Deadites have to come along and ruin everything, and then San Diego Comic-Con bans his trailer! Apparently SDCC thought this gory, bloody, decapitation-heavy Ash vs Evil Dead: Season Two clip would be a bit much for the younger Comic-Con attendees, but we’re happy to show it here!

Just be warned, it’s super gross, and probably NSFW, unless you work somewhere incredibly cool.

[And it’s all set to Motörhead!]

Five Views of the English Regency

Technically, the English Regency—when George IV acted as regent for his father George III—lasted only from 1811 to 1820, yet the period’s popularity in popular culture, especially in genre literature, is much bigger than its brief duration in time would suggest. What makes this period so significant and well-loved?

The Regency period was is a critical hinge point in English history and especially in English culture. It was a time of great social, political, economic, artistic, and technological change, largely driven by the Napoleonic Wars. In addition to the political changes arising from the aftereffects of the American and French Revolutions and the domination of Europe by Napoleon, the Regency saw significant new developments in art, architecture, and fashion, largely driven by the Regent himself; a population boom and corresponding economic expansion; and a vibrant and highly stratified social scene populated by larger-than-life characters like Beau Brummell, Horatio Nelson, Ada Lovelace, and Mary Shelley. All of these things make it a significant and emotionally resonant era and a great time period for historical fiction.

[Here are five books about the Regency]

Series: Five Books About…

Robert Kirkman Adapting Roger Zelazny’s The Chronicles of Amber for Television

With Game of Thrones gearing up for its final two seasons, there’s a ticking clock to develop another science fiction and/or fantasy television epic to take its place. The Hollywood Reporter suggests that Roger Zelazny’s The Chronicles of Amber could be next, as The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman is adapting it for the small screen with Skybound Entertainment (who brought The Walking Dead to AMC as well as its prequel series Fear the Walking Dead).

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The Japanese Trailer for Disney’s Moana is Heart-Melting

This movie looks so good already! This morning io9/Gizmodo shared the Japanese trailer for Moana, emphasizing its “Miyazaki-ness” and we are completely on board with that. If there’s anything we need right now, it’s a little more Miyazaki-ness. The clip introduces us to a younger Moana than we’ve previously seen, and we get to see her wondrous relationship with the sea. Check out the full trailer below!

[It turns out the ocean makes a pretty good BFF]

Speculative Fiction in Translation: 15 Works to Watch Out For in 2016

You might think that speculative fiction in translation is hard to come by in the U.S., and on the surface, that seems true. But if you dig a little deeper (Google, Edelweiss, etc.), you’ll find a number of fantastic-sounding books to keep your SFF-heavy TBR pile stacked way too high. But don’t worry about doing all that work—I’ve done it for you!

Allow me, then, to present an annotated list of the speculative fiction in translation out between now and December. You’ve got your Caribbean zombies, your Iraqi Frankensteins, your literary polar bears, and much more. Enjoy, and tell us what books you’re looking forward to!

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Tor.com’s Birthday Blind Date With a Book Sweepstakes #2!

It’s our birthday, and we want to send you a present!

Tor.com turns 8 today, and in celebration, we’re hosting eight Blind Date With a Book giveaways. Inside each shiny, mysterious package you’ll find a delightful reading companion. If you guess the book or books, try not to give away the answer (though feel free to drop additional hints in the comments).

Good things come in small packages, and that’s certainly true of prize #2, which includes three galleys of upcoming titles from the Tor.com Publishing novella line! This one has a little bit of everything for wide-ranging readers: a little science fiction, a dollop of fantasy, a slice of contemporary horror…

Comment in the post to enter! (Small rabbit not included.)

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 9:30 AM Eastern Time (ET) on July 20th. Sweepstakes ends at 12:00 PM ET on July 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.

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