WOW, do we have so many people to be proud of!
Squees of joy go out to Tor.com original fiction contributors Charles Stross, Andy Duncan, and Ellen Klages for their Best Novella nominations, Mary Robinette Kowal for her Best Novelette nomination, and Thomas Olde Heuvelt and John Chu for their nominations in the Best Short Story Category.
High fives go out to editor Ellen Datlow for her nomination in the Best Editor - Short Form category and Liz Bourke for her Best Fan Writer nomination! We’d call you up to congratulate you but all you’d hear is us going “EEEEEEE!”
Wide-eyed wonder also goes out to Tor Books editor and Tor.com contributing editor Liz Gorinsky for her nomination in the Best Editor - Long Form category and to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series for its nomination in the Best Novel category! (Here’s more info on the rules behind that nomination.)
To celebrate, we've rounded up our nominated works for your reading convenience. Below you'll find each of our stories, along with their artwork, a brief description, and a link to the page where you can read our stories for free. Congratulations again to all our nominated authors!
The nominees for the 2014 Hugo Awards have been announced and we are feeling galaxies of pride at the Tor.com and Tor Books nominees on the list.
Congratulations to all the 2014 nominees! Check out the full list below, including the Retro 1939 Hugo Award nominees announced this evening.
In Kevin J. Anderson’s The Dark Between the Stars, out on June 3rd, galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and factions of humanity are pitted against each other. Heroes rise and enemies make their last stands in the climax of an epic tale seven years in the making.
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Detective Inspector James Quill is back in Paul Cornell’s The Severed Streets—a police procedural tinged with fantasy—available May 20th from Tor Books!
Desperate to find a case to justify the team’s existence, with budget cuts and a police strike on the horizon, Quill thinks he’s struck gold when a cabinet minister is murdered by an assailant who wasn’t seen getting in or out of his limo. A second murder, that of the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, presents a crime scene with a message identical to that left by the original Jack the Ripper.
The new Ripper seems to have changed the MO of the old completely: he’s only killing rich white men. The inquiry into just what this supernatural menace is takes Quill and his team into the corridors of power at Whitehall, to meetings with MI5, or ‘the funny people’ as the Met call them, and into the London occult underworld. They go undercover to a pub with a regular evening that caters to that clientele, and to an auction of objects of power at the Tate Modern.
Only 30 seconds and we get to know who our human surrogates are and we get a clear look at the Thunder Lizard his/her/itself! Take a gander at the new TV spot for the Godzilla movie coming in May.
We gave you an early look at The Return of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke this week, and now we want to send you the out-of-this-world graphic novel, out from First Second on May 13th! Be the first to get your hands on Zita’s third and final adventure as she faces her biggest challenge yet: plotting the galaxy's greatest jailbreak before the evil prison warden can execute his plan of interstellar domination!
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Written by Louis P. DeSantis & Robert J. Bolivar and Hans Beimler
Directed by Avery Brooks
Season 4, Episode 24
Production episode 40514-497
Original air date: June 10, 1996
Station log: Quark is back from two weeks on Ferenginar with some pretty awful news from his annual insurance physical: he has Dorek Syndrome, which is incurable, and he’ll be dead in a few days. It’s very rare, afflicting only one in five million Ferengi—Quark comments morbidly that he finally beat the odds. Rom is beside himself, suggesting he get a second opinion from Bashir, but Quark dismisses the notion. How good a doctor can he be when he doesn’t even charge?
Quark’s biggest concern is the paying off of his debts so he can get into the Divine Treasury after death. Rom suggests selling his vacuum-desiccated remains on the futures market. Quark doesn’t think anyone will buy, as he considers himself a joke. Rom’s assurances that he’s a pillar of the community and an important businessman on the station fall on deaf (if very large) ears, because the only opinions Quark cares about are those of other Ferengi. To them, he’s just small-time, but he doesn’t have any other way of paying off his debts, so he goes ahead and puts his body up for sale.
After giving some info on the history of Quidditch over at Pottermore recently, J.K. Rowling is at it again—a new section of the website has appeared for the Daily Prophet, the U.K.'s primary wizarding newspaper. What's intriguing is the content available via the publication: coverage of this year's Quidditch Cup from Ginny Potter (née Wealsey).
No one on the Noah knows how or why or when the Earth went to hell—only that it did, and if humanity is to stand the slightest chance of surviving, the monolithic generation ship that these several thousands souls call home for the moment must succeed in its ambitious mission: to populate the planet Canaan.
Even the best laid plans have a habit of unravelling, however, and 800 years yet from its eventual destination, unrest is on the rise aboard the Noah.
“Better a storm crow than a carrion bird.”
–Range of Ghosts, Elizabeth Bear
This is not a review. The Powers That Be here at Tor.com have asked me to write about Elizabeth Bear’s Eternal Sky trilogy as a whole now that it’s available in its entirety for your reading pleasure. Because I love it, you see. I love it so much, now that it is done, that the small criticisms I may have had for the middle book fade into insignificance: it has the kind of conclusion that raises up everything that has gone before, that adds fresh meanings to previous events in the light of new knowledge, new developments, new triumphs and griefs.
Welcome to the Malazan Reread of the Fallen! Every post will start off with a summary of events, followed by reaction and commentary by your hosts Bill and Amanda (with Amanda, new to the series, going first), and finally comments from Tor.com readers. In this article, we’ll cover chapter nineteen of Dust of Dreams.
A fair warning before we get started: We’ll be discussing both novel and whole-series themes, narrative arcs that run across the entire series, and foreshadowing. Note: The summary of events will be free of major spoilers and we’re going to try keeping the reader comments the same. A spoiler thread has been set up for outright Malazan spoiler discussion.
In all likelihood you’ve heard of both God’s War by Kameron Hurley and Tome of the Undergates by Sam Sykes. Both were debut novelists with big pushes among the online community due in no small part to each author’s interesting social media persona. They were, in their moment, the kinds of titles that everyone talked about. They appeared on dozens of blogs and have managed long tails when it comes to name recognition. Hurley’s God’s War slightly more so due to her delayed release in the United Kingdom and a number of significant award nominations.
But despite the early successes of these authors, their second and third novels seem to have fallen into the black chasm of no one cares.
During Brandon Sanderson’s book tour for Words of Radiance, super-fan Val Alston traveled from Mexico to attend a signing event at The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, Arizona in order to meet the author and present him with this amazing homemade Shardblade!
We reached out to Val to get the full scoop on the design and creation of the Shardblade, and he was nice enough to share his story. Check out Val’s process below, including some in-progress photos!
In the folklore of various cultures and ancient civilizations, rabbits have represented a kind of Trickster figure; in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean mythology, rabbits live on the moon. The Aztecs worshipped a group of deities known as the Centzon Totochtin, a group of 400 hard-partying rabbits who were the gods of drunkenness, and in a slightly more recent mythos, bunnies were the bête noir of a certain thousand-year-old former vengeance demon.
As we head into the weekend, I’d like to take a minute to pay tribute to some of the more memorable bunnies and assorted rabbit-like creatures who have hopped, time-traveled, and occasionally slaughtered their way through science fiction and fantasy, beginning (in no particular order), with everybody’s favorite hard-drinking, invisible lagomorph….
It’s not who we are underneath, but what we do that defines us—and we always return our books to the library! That you for the reminder, Jayme Linton!
Moning Roundup has an argument for the solo Black Widow movie America deserves, an analysis of the latest Game of Thrones wedding, and some hints about the Man of Steel sequel!
PAX East hit Boston this week, and massive throngs of gamers turned out to explore the industry’s latest offerings, indie and mainstream alike. There was the odd game reveal, a plethora of indie offerings, and updates on some previously announced mainstream titles, including such highly anticipated titles as Evolve, Shinji Makami’s The Evil Within, and Telltale Games’ first foray into the Borderlands universe.
We are sorry to report that author Gabriel Garcia Marquez has died at age 87, after a long illness. Marquez, considered the master of magical realism, published novels, novellas, short stories, and non-fiction throughout his career, including the classics One Hundred Years of Solitude, Love in the Time of Cholera, Autumn of the Patriarch, and Chronicle of a Death Foretold.
One Hundred Years of Solitude, published in 1967, has been translated into thirty-seven languages, sold more than 20 million copies, and has exerted a massive influence on literature around the world. In 1982, Marquez became the first Colombian and fourth Latin American to win a Nobel Prize for Literature. You can read his Nobel Lecture here.
His work, particularly his dedication to using fantastical elements in otherwise realistic settings, made an enormous impact on writers around the globe, and his influence can be seen in much of today’s writing that blurs the line between solid reality and amorphous truth. He will be terribly missed.
New York Times bestselling author Douglas Preston gives readers a thrilling tale of space exploration and artificial intelligence in his new novel, The Kraken Project, out on May 13th from Forge. We gave you a look at the novel here, and now we want to send you a galley!
And don't forget to catch Douglas Preston on tour in May!
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Check out Bird Box, Josh Malerman’s debut novel, available May 13th from Ecco!
Something is out there. Something terrifying that must not be seen. One glimpse and a person is driven to deadly violence. No one knows what it is or where it came from.
Five years after it began, a handful of scattered survivors remain, including Malorie and her two young children. Living in an abandoned house near the river, Malorie has long dreamed of fleeing to a place where her family might be safe. But the journey ahead will be terrifying: twenty miles downriver in a rowboat—blindfolded—with nothing to rely on but Malorie’s wits and the children’s trained ears. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them. But is it man, animal, or monster?