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Stephen King Writes The Shining Sequel, Doctor Sleep

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 27, 2011 | PERMALINK

Stephen King, master of horror, has crafted some of the most iconic phrases in the genre. Few are more recognizable than "redrum" and Jack Nicholson's "Here's Johnny" from King's 1977 novel The Shining and the 1980 film adaptation of directed by Stanley Kubric. Now, King has just announced that fans are in for more Shining-style horror with his nearly completed sequel, Dr. Sleep.

Horror-lovers should prepare themselves for the next adventure featuring Danny Torrance. The clarivoyant is all-grown up and now treats the terminally ill helping them die painlessly. (We give Danny big props for coming out of his Overlook Hotel experience still functional, because we're still scared and we were only reading the book!) In this new story Danny becomes entangled in a web of nomadic people called “The Tribe” that feed on psychic energy.


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Free E-read: Margaret Ronald's "Salvage"

BY Morgan Doremus, SEPTEMBER 22, 2011 | PERMALINK

The online magazine Beneath Ceaseless Skies has just released a free short story from author Margaret Ronald. “Salvage” is a steampunk fantasy that delves deeply into the collision between man and machine. 

“Salvage” takes place in the hostile territory of Parch where automations roam unchecked, protecting their inhospitable lands. Captain Dieterich braves this danger in order to rescue the survivors of an aborted salvage mission. Three weeks ago, a group of students went looking for the wreckage of Chiaro, a Titanic-like airship that had been lost. At the start of the story, Dieterich and his valet, Charles, have landed in Parch hoping to bring these students home. 

The story is told from Charles' viewpoint. He offers a unique perspective because while Charles is not friendly with the automations of Parch, he is at least familiar with the way they act, as Charles is kept alive with metal parts. 


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Free E-read: Connie Willis' "Nonstop to Portales"

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, SEPTEMBER 09, 2011 | PERMALINK

In the free e-read courtesy of Lightspeed Magazine, “Nonstop to Portales” by Connie Willis illustrates the potential significance of sci fi authors and their futuristic works.

In the short story, protagonist Carter Stewart’s mundane career traveling the country has brought him to deserted Portales, New Mexico, where he desperately tries to find a way to kill some free time. After perusing the tiny southwestern town, Carter comes across a tour bus packed with anxious fans headed to a local celebrity’s ranch. Unbeknownst to Carter, the “celebrity” is a science fiction author he’s never heard of — Jack Williamson. Having gone on one too many local tours during his travels, Carter can’t quite figure out what makes this tour especially unusual, as this crowd isn’t your average group of sci fi fans. They treat the visit to Williamson's estate more like one would expect people traveling to Mecca. What is it about the author that causes such adoration and why hasn't Carter heard of the author before?


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Whitney's Five Reasons To Check Out Stephen King's "Mile 81"

BY Whitney Sullivan, SEPTEMBER 01, 2011 | PERMALINK

In honor of bestselling author Stephen King's e-exclusive short story "Mile 81" hits stores today, I am wrapping up my top five reasons why this is a must-read.

1) It's writen by Stephen King. (In case you've been living on Mars, or have simply never picked up one of his novels, he's beloved for his sometimes horrifying, often terrifying and frequently mind-bending tales. And what better way to test the proverbial waters than with an e-short?)

2) I've been hooked on all things King since the Syfy channel's Haven — which is based on King's The Colorado Kid — came on the air. But I've been holding off on reading that story because I don't want to ruin the surprises the series has in store. So this makes the author's new e-short the perfect way to satisfy my need for "more King," without ever accidentally learning something about the series that I don't want to know until I see it happen on screen. 


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Free E-read: Laura Anne Gilman's Short Story "Crossroads"

BY Elisa Verna, AUGUST 29, 2011 | PERMALINK

Fantasy author Laura Anne Gilman popped up on RT's radar with her 2004 novel, Staying Dead. Earlier this year the talented author released Pack of Lies, a thrilling urban fantasy that received an RT Top Pick! Now Gillman's fans can enjoy her short story "Crossroads", which is available as a free e-read on fantasy-magazine.com.

"Crossroads" follows a traveler named John who comes across an execution in the middle of a crossroads, a place with unusual laws. Knowing that the man about to be hanged is a magician, John can't help but intervene.

In the world of "Crossroads" magicians have an immense power, and when one is killed that power gets absorbed by the nearest man "quick enough to catch it." John knows he can't let the magician's special power be transfered to the executioner, a man who may abuse it. So John decides to work some magic of his own, careful not to draw attention to his scheme.


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2011 Hugo Award Winners Announced

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 25, 2011 | PERMALINK

The 2011 Hugo Award Winners were announced late last week when genre fans and industry insiders gathered in Reno, Nevada. The annual awards ceremony has been conducted by the members of the World Science Fiction Convention (also known as "Worldcon") since 1955. This year's ceremony honored some of our favorite books and movies and introduced us to several new names in the genre. 

Connie Willis' duology, Blackout and All Clear took home the 2011 Hugo Award for Best Novel. The pair of books were nominated for the RT Reviewers' Choice Award for Best Science Fiction last year, but ultimately lost out to Nnedi Okorafor's Who Fears Death. Nonetheless, Willis' two-part tale about futuristic historians who get trapped in the Blitz while time traveling is both compelling and thought-provoking.


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Behind The Scenes Of Fantasy Author Richard Knaak's Upcoming Series

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 24, 2011 | PERMALINK

Today graphic novel author and RT BOOK REVIEWS columnist Anne Elizabeth sits down with fantasy author Richard A. Knaak. In this author or author interview, Anne Elizabeth gets all the details about Knaak's new series, Knight in Shadow. Dragon Mound will be in stores this October but today you can get a special look at the adventure ahead!

"You never know what you can do unless you try," said bestselling science fiction/fantasy author Richard A. Knaak as he shared news of his upcoming series releasing in October through Sea Lion Books LLC. This is a trilogy and following October's novel, there will be two additional books, Wake of the Wyrm and The Twilight Throne, to complete the series. Though straight fiction is a little off my usual comic-book venue, the opportunity to chat with this innovative author who wrote such acclaimed series as The Age of Conan, The Dragonrealm, and several WarCraft books had to be explored. For RT BOOK REVIEWS readers, he opened up about his newest novel ...


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Extended Review: A Handful Of Pearls And Other Stories By Beth Bernobich

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 22, 2011 | PERMALINK

Beth Bernobich's latest fantasy anthology A Handful Of Pearls and Other Stories, received an RT Top Pick! RT reviewer Victoria Frerichs who gave the collection a *Web Exclusive Review* says, "It is the most compelling ever read by this reviewer." Today Frerichs re-visits her review to explain why readers will connect with this brilliant anthology.

Sometimes, as a reviewer, you come across authors who stay with you well after the book is laid on the bedside table and the light is turned down. Some authors explore themes that disturb you, even as their characters touch you with their humanity.


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A Free E-Read From Yoon Ha Lee!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 18, 2011 | PERMALINK

Yoon Ha Lee's science fiction short story "A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel," is currently being hosted on Tor.com. The story introduces readers to five different civilizations and describes how their languages, alphabets, and/or other forms of communication — i.e. religion and styles of dance — connects to the civilization's vessels of transportation. According to Lee, in the story, "each mode of transport is an alphabet expressing their understandings of the universe’s one-way knell." Lee's interest in various forms of communication, like those expressed in "A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel", is not surprising considering Lee's math background as the discipline is often referred to as its own language.

The author, who has had several short stories published in print and around the web, is also a mathematician and former math teacher. Her first short story, “The Hundredth Question,” appeared in Fantasy & Science Fiction in 1999 and since that time Lee more than 24 stories published. Lee says that she sees herself as "someone who likes math even so, and can try to put it in words. I don't expect others to fall in love with the subject."


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HBO To Adapt Tom Perrotta's The Leftovers

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, AUGUST 17, 2011 | PERMALINK

HBO will adapt The Leftovers, Tom Perrotta's upcoming novel, as a television series. The cable television channel has had incredible success with series that are based on bestselling novels such as the quietly popular television show No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, adapted from Alexander McCall Smith's book series by the same name, and the breakout hit of this past season, Game of Thrones, based on George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire. However, to the best of our knowledge, The Leftovers is the first novel that HBO has ever decided to develop as a series before the book has even been published.

The Leftovers novel is slated to hit shelves at the end of the month. Perrotta's book will tell the tale of a group of people who are left behind after the Rapture. HBO has plans to turn this novel into an hour-long series with Perrotta both penning the pilot episode and coming on board as an executive producer alongside Ron Yerxa and Albert Berger.


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