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  Dead Space: Martyr

  Space Cadets and Starship Troopers: The Voyage Continues

  Odd historical things Mary Robinette Kowal learned while writing Shades of Milk and Honey

  Writing a book—sort of—and Besmirching a great writer

  More Stories

Wheel of Time News

  Crossroads of Twilight ebook cover by Greg Ruth

  Transcript of Chatzy Q&A With Brandon Sanderson’s Wheel of Time Re-Read continues with Winter’s Heart

  The Thirteenth Depository’s Wheel of Time Re-Read continues with Knife of Dreams

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  Tor Books announces new Halo novels with #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Traviss


  Dreadnought by Cherie Priest

  Mr. Monster by Dan Wells

  Black Swan Rising by Lee Carroll

  Personal Demons by Lisa Desrochers

  The Long Man by Steve Englehart

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Dead Space: Martyr by B.K. EvensonDead Space: Martyr

By Brian Evenson

As my girlfriend knows all too well, I’m an unapologetic gamer.  I’m all too capable of sitting down at the computer at ten at night and only realizing that I’ve been playing for eight hours once I see the sun start to come up.  I read in something like the same way:  I like when I read to fall into another world and stay immersed in it, swimming around in it, only rarely coming up for air.



Robert A. Heinlein by William H. Patterson, Jr.Space Cadets and Starship Troopers: The Voyage Continues

By Stacy Hague-Hill, Your Captain for this Journey

In August, Tor will be releasing an all-new biography of a singular figure in the history of the genre: Robert A. Heinlein. This will be the first-ever authorized biography, and it’s a fascinating look at a famously private man.

As our own little celebration of Heinlein and his works, we thought it would be fun to find out just how much of an impact Heinlein’s stories and novels had on a number of our—and your—favorite sf writers. We asked them a simple question—what’s your favorite Heinlein novel?

We’ve been posting their answers once a week as we head toward publication of the biography and so far we’ve heard from David Brin, David Drake, David G. Hartwell, and L.E. Modesitt, Jr. Additionally, we’ve been picked up by and Boing Boing, and Cory Doctorow has been posting notes on the biography. In the coming weeks, you’ll see contributions from Michael Swanwick, Charles Stross, and many more.

Thanks to all of you who have jumped in to tell us about your favorites: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Starship Troopers, Stranger In a Strange Land, and JOB are just some of the novels discussed in the comments so far. What other Heinlein novels do you all love?


Shades of Milk and Honey by Mary Robinette KowalOdd historical things I learned while writing Shades of Milk and Honey

By Mary Robinette Kowal

When one decides to write a historical novel, even if it is a fantasy, one must brace oneself for copious amounts of research. Research which feels as though it will never end. The curious thing about all this research is that much of it does not show up on the page. While writing Shades of Milk and Honey, set in an alternate England in 1814 I learned a number of things which surprised me. Here are a few my favorites.



The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Undead by Mark Twain and Don BorchertWriting a book—sort of—and Besmirching a great writer

By Don Borchert

I like the whole idea of mash-ups.  The first time I heard the Grey Album by Danger Mouse (Jay Z’s Black Album mashed up with the Beatles White Album), I thought: genius.  You hear the whole thing in a completely different way, a new way that was unintended at its inception.



More Stories

 After 20 years, Steven Erikson completes the Malazon Book of the Fallen series

 The Way of Kings wallpapers from Michael Whelan

  GeekDad: Geeks of Note: Mary Robinette Kowal

 The Functional Nerds interviews L.E. Modesitt Jr.

 The Malazan Re-read of the Fallen continues on

  Locus Online interviews Laurence Yep

  The Dragon Page interviews David Drake

  New short stories: “Fare Thee Well” by Cathy Clamp, “Eve of Sin City” by S.J. Day & “The Cage” by A.M. Dellamonica

  John Scalzi - Random Thoughts on Predators, Inception, and Buzz Lightyear and Does Your Favorite Sci-fi Movie Do Right by Its Female Characters?

  Blast into the space age with vintage science book covers!

  SF Signal’s Mind Meld: The Best Writing Advice I Ever Received…


In This Issue

Comic-Con Interview: Brandon Sanderson

Discord's Apple Book Trailer

A Dog's Purpose Trailer

Fan Made Mistborn Trailer

A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron

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