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I Loved These Books As a Teen — Do They Hold Up Now?
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I recently found myself combing through some boxes of old books and papers and came across a fascinating personal artifact. On the surface it’s a pretty unremarkable object, just a crumbling spiral-bound notebook covered in childish graffiti. But inside is over a decade of my life—a handwritten list of every book ...

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Ursula K. Le Guin’s Essential Internet Writing, Now Between Two Covers
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No Time to Spare, a collection of nonfiction drawn from Ursula K. Le Guin’s blog, draws its title from a statement she made at the very beginning of her first full post: “I am going to be eighty-one next week. I have no time to spare.” Anyone looking at her career must wonder if she ever had spare time. After all, in addition to her science ficti...

www.tor.com/2017/12/14/book...
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Why You Watch the Original Mad Max Trilogy
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We all know Fury Road is great, but perhaps you need some convincing that the original Mad Max trilogy is worth your time. Perhaps you missed Beyond Thunderdome each of the many times it was shown on a cable outlet, and are now leery of Tina Turner in a fright wig. Perhaps you think moviemakers couldn’t create a believable post-apocalyptic landscape ...

www.tor.com/2017/12/08/why-...
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Fantasy Writers That Make Great Use of Haunted Rivers, an American Literary Tradition
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On the gorgeous cover of the newest Wild Cards novel, Mississippi Roll, a ghostly man pilots a wide ship’s wheel, his form ebbing away into tendrils like mist. Previously the captain of the steamboat Natzchez, the incorporeal man now haunts the ship’s decks and halls as it plies the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers. In an inspired twist, the...

www.tor.com/2017/12/11/fant...
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The Shape of Water Frames Communication as a Revolutionary Act
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Watch a Guillermo del Toro film, and chances are you’re watching a story about communication. Some of his stories are fairy tales, some are epics, some are horror, but they all revolve around this central theme—who gets to communicate, who doesn’t, how important it is, and what it costs when you’re denied that ability to connect with others. But ...

www.tor.com/2017/12/04/the-...
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Move Over, Krampus — Meet the Witches of Winter
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These last few years, Krampus has broken into the American zeitgeist in movies such as Rare Exports, Krampus and, heaven help us, the William Shatner vehicle, A Christmas Horror Story. Those films and viral videos of the misidentified “Krampus parades” in Austria have conspired with our desire for a new, nastier way of celebrating Christmas,...

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Necessary Whimsy: Grumpy Chickens and Other Fun Ways to Escape the Hectic Holidays
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Oh, the holidays. Like many, I have a complicated relationship with them. On one hand, I love seeing far-flung members of my family, and I have a deep love of sweet potatoes and holiday films. On the other hand, I want to run through the streets ringing a giant bell while screaming, “The holidays are coming! The holidays are coming! Bring o...

www.tor.com/2017/11/30/nece...
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The “True Nature of the Force” is More Complicated Than You Think
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This is an updated version of an article that ran in 2012.

It started off pretty simple—there was a young man who wanted to become an agent of good, like his father before him. He would use a mystical energy known as “the Force” to become powerful enough to defeat darkness. Once he did, the universe would be restored to its balanced s...

www.tor.com/2017/12/07/the-...
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Death, Disguises, Centaurs, and Cat Ladies: Wild Cards V: Down and Dirty
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The fifth Wild Cards volume, Down and Dirty, appeared in 1988. In part, it is a companion novel to Wild Cards IV: Aces Abroad, partially overlapping the events of the international junket in 1986-1987. Down and Dirty’s events take ...

www.tor.com/2017/12/07/deat...
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Jean Grey is Literally Falling Apart in the First Look at X-Men: Dark Phoenix
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Entertainment Weekly has released its First Look issue, sharing sneak peeks at everything from Fantastic Beasts 2 to The Incredibles 2. But the cover star is Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), looking positively incendiary as the mutant’s galactically powerful alter ego Phoenix. As well she should, seeing as it took nearly a year of post-prod...

www.tor.com/2017/12/07/firs...