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9 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books That Exist in Multiple Versions

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9 Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books That Exist in Multiple Versions

Alternate universes are a pretty popular trope in sci-fi and fantasy—as are secret histories, and strange texts that alter your perception of reality....
Your Favorite Fantasy Magic Systems, Rated

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Your Favorite Fantasy Magic Systems, Rated

There was a time in the fantasy genre when magic was simply, er, magical, and didn’t require a whole lot of explanation. But time has a habit of making...
Cover detail of The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien

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Science Fiction & Fantasy’s Love Affair with Towers, Explored

To the untrained eye, science fiction and fantasy might look like very different genres, but once you apply Clarke’s law about sufficiently advanced...
This Week’s New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: Kate Daniels’ Last Dance, Rocking Epic Fantasy, and One Last Trip to Middle Earth

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This Week’s New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: Kate Daniels’ Last Dance, Rocking Epic Fantasy, and One Last Trip to Middle Earth

Magic Triumphs, by Ilona Andrews  The tenth and final (!) Kate Daniels book opens with Kate in a precarious holding pattern, raising her family with...
The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of August 2018

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The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of August 2018

For two decades, Jim Killen has served as the science fiction and fantasy book buyer for Barnes & Noble. Every month on Tor.com and the B&N...
7 Hidden Cameos in Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books

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7 Hidden Cameos in Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books

Once in a while, a writer loves someone else’s work so much, they decide to honor it by slipping a subtle cameo into their own books as both a tribute...
The Other Time They Handed Out a Hugo Award for Best Series

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The Other Time They Handed Out a Hugo Award for Best Series

Puppies be damned—the hottest topic during this year’s Hugo Award (which will be handed out tomorrow night at WorldCon 75 in Helsinki, Finland) is...
Why We Still Read The Lord of the Rings

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Why We Still Read The Lord of the Rings

I love J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. I know, I know: it’s not exactly an uncommon opinion. But if I’m being completely honest,...
This Week’s New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: Steampunk Mysteries, a Tale of Middle-Earth, and the Beginning of Shannara’s End

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This Week’s New Sci-Fi & Fantasy Books: Steampunk Mysteries, a Tale of Middle-Earth, and the Beginning of Shannara’s End

The Black Elfstone, by Terry Brooks Technically this book opens a new series set in the Shannara universe, but since it’s also the start of a four-book...
6 Non-Authors Who Helped Make SFF What It Is Today

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6 Non-Authors Who Helped Make SFF What It Is Today

As most readers of sci-fi and fantasy are probably aware, there are these things called tropes—bits of storytelling shorthand that convey something about...
10 Stories That Prove SFF is Lousy with Giant Spiders

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10 Stories That Prove SFF is Lousy with Giant Spiders

If asked to list common tropes of epic fantasy, the obvious choices come readily to mind: robed wizards, elven archers, dark armies of engineered orcs....
Sibling Rivalries in Fantasy, Ranked

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Sibling Rivalries in Fantasy, Ranked

Kat Howard’s eerily beautiful debut novel, Roses and Rot, introduces a mysterious, secluded school; a compelling modern fantasy world; and a sibling...

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