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Valiant Dust by Richard Baker

Starships and Old Cruisers

by Richard Baker

The most important ship in Valiant Dust is USS Olympia.

You might think I’m referring to a starship that appears in my novel, but I’m not. I mean the old cruiser commissioned in 1895 and preserved as a museum ship in 1957. Olympia served as Commodore Dewey’s flagship at the Battle of Manila Bay, and you can see it today at the Independence Seaport Museum at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.

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A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Exclusive Art from the new A Darker Shade of Magic Collector’s Edition

We love the world V. E. Schwab created in her Shades of Magic series. Multiple magic Londons, a peculiar coat, and characters we desperately want to meet--even the dangerous ones. We’re not alone in that love. A Darker Shade of Magic, A Gathering of Shadows, and A Conjuring of Light have inspired fans around the world to paint, draw, and imagine the beloved characters in the series. What else could we do but create a special Collector’s Edition, including some of our favorite pieces of that art?

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All Those Explosions Were Someone Else's Fault by James Alan Gardner

Does It Have To Be...

by James Alan Gardner

Q: How many art directors does it take to change a light bulb?
A: Does it have to be a light bulb?

There’s a family of Hollywood jokes that have similar punchlines: “Does it have to be a...” Often, the joke is about a studio executive who wants to turn an innovative idea into the same-old-same-old that the film industry pumps out each year. (“Okay, it’s a story about Anne Frank. But does she have to be Jewish? And does it have to be a girl? I’m thinking Matt Damon...”)

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Who would you be in Brandon Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive series?

Stormlight Archive by Brandon Sanderson

Oathbringer, the third book in The Stormlight Archive series by Brandon Sanderson, will be out in just over a week. Have you ever wondered who you’re most like in the series? Are you serious, high minded Dalinar? Angry, noble Kaladin? Shy, smart Shallan? Find out who you’d be in our new Stormlight Archive quiz!

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