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Wed
Jul 23 2014 5:00pm

Steampunk Events for August 2014

Mechanical Masquearade Atlantis

The hottest time of the summer is here, but you can stay cool at these fan- & propeller-friendly events. Attend a kinetic carnival in California or the Steampunk Experience in the UK. Stroll through retro-fitted small towns or party like its 20,000 Leagues Under the Seas at the Mechanical Masquerade: Atlantis in Atlanta, GA. All of these events and more are selected with the help of Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambassador and this month’s guest contributor author Tee Morris.

[August 2014 steampunk events]

Tue
Jul 15 2014 12:30pm

Hey, You Coming to Our 6th Birthday Party This Week?

Tor.com party 6th birthday

Now we are six! And we’re having a meet-up this Thursday, July 17th!

And you’re invited! You should come and waggle elbows with sci-fi/fantasy publishing people. (Get us tipsy we are full of secrets.)

The party is in the upstairs bar at our Professor Thom’s in Manhattan (2nd Ave between 13th and 14th). It’s from 6 to 11 and we’ll be there, whomever we are, to talk about comic book movies, gender representation, funky fresh dance moves...whatever brings the fun. You can RSVP on Facebook here. Or just show up and say hello!

Fri
Jul 11 2014 12:10pm

The Tor.com Summer Meet-Up is Next Week!

Stubby the Rocket

Now we are six! And we’re having a meet-up next Thursday, July 17th!

YOU SHOULD COME WE LIKE YOU to the upstairs bar at our Professor Thom’s in Manhattan (2nd Ave between 13th and 14th). It’s from 6 to 11 and we’ll be there, whomever we are, to talk about comic book movies, gender representation, funky fresh dance moves...whatever brings the fun. You can RSVP on Facebook here. Or just show up and say hello!

Mon
Jul 7 2014 3:15pm

Come to the Summer Tor.com Meet-Up on July 17th!

Tor.com meetup

Man, we can’t remember the last time we threw a party that wasn’t a reading, or trivia, or the launch of an entire imprint!

Tor.com is having a summer meet-up this month, on Thursday, July 17th at the upstairs bar at our always-reliable mainstay Professor Thom’s in Manhattan (2nd Ave between 13th and 14th). It’s from 6 to 11 and we’ll be there, whomever we are, to talk about comic book movies, gender representation, funky fresh dance moves...whatever brings the fun. You can RSVP on Facebook here. Or just show up and say hello!

Kirk/Spock DJ illustration by Chris Whetzel

Tue
Jul 1 2014 3:00pm

Steampunk Events for July 2014

Summer steampunk is underway for July. Dance the night away at full costume balls in Cornwell, England or Brisbane, Australia. Discover the Lost Circus or a secret speakeasy in New York City. Learn how to fight like Sherlock Holmes for a weekend, or race through the streets of Vallejo, CA, on your DIY ride to win the Obtainium Cup. All of these events, conventions and more are happening this month, gathered with help from Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambassador, and guest contributor Jean Martin, editor-in-chief, writer and photographer for Science Fiction/San Francisco.

[July 2014 Steampunk Events]

Thu
Jun 26 2014 10:00am

The Magicians Author Lev Grossman Explains Why Larry Niven is So Great

Lev Grossman Larry Niven Lust for Genre

Tomorrow, the bookstore Singularity & Co. will once again host the reading series Lust for Genre. Curated and hosted by Ryan Britt, this series has been in existence since 2012. Its mission is to feature authors and performers reading from works of genre fiction which have influenced them in some way. Friday’s line-up includes Nelly Reifler, Emily Asher-Perrin, and Keith R.A. Decandido.

Below is a sample of what the series is like. Here, Lev Grossman (The Magicians trilogy) talks about why Larry Niven is not only great, but what wonderful ideas he stole outright from the author. It was a dark and stormy night at the time of this reading, so all that rain and thunder is totally not a special effect.

[Watch Lev read Niven]

Wed
Jun 18 2014 7:30am

A Festival of Ice and Fire

Edinburgh Internation Book Festival

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus, Tor.com’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

Last Wednesday, the programme for the Edinburgh International Book Festival 2014 was published. Taking place “just weeks before Scotland’s independence referendum on 18 September,” the hundreds of events it heralds include a fair few which will be of interest to genre fiction fans—including a signing by the author of a certain fantasy saga who threatens to overshadow everyone else in attendance—so while I can still safely consider myself British, I wanted to bring the best of the rest to your attention.

Also featured in the Focus this week: some compromising cover art by way of new books by Ben Aaronovitch and Tad Williams.

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Wed
May 28 2014 7:30am

A Touch of Tours

Half a King Joe Abercrombie

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus, Tor.com’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

This week, Claire North, AKA Kate Griffin, AKA Catherine Webb, talked about her next novel, Touch. Several exciting signings made headlines, not least Joe Abercrombie’s timely tour of the UK, and in Cover Art Corner, Mythago Wood gets a lovely new look.

Later on, in a particularly long Odds and Sods, news of note relating to the likes of Paul Cornell, Karen Lord, Jeff VanderMeer, Ben Okri, Nathan Hawke, Melinda Snodgrass, Ian Sales, and an array of other awesomesauce authors.

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Tue
May 27 2014 1:00pm

This Week at Book Expo America, Douglas Preston, John Scalzi, and Tom Doherty Discuss the Future

John Scalzi Lock In Douglas Preston The Kraken Project Book Expo America 2014The publishing industry’s annual convention Book Expo America is this week and Tor Books will be there to discuss...the future!

Read below for information on panels featuring science fiction authors Douglas Preston and John Scalzi. The pair will be discussing the similarities behind their near-future A.I.(-ish) techno-thrillers: Preston’s The Kraken Project and Scalzi’s upcoming Lock In.

Read the beginning of The Kraken Project.

Read the first five chapters of Lock In.

That’s not all! Read on for information on more panels, speeches, and book signings at Book Expo America 2014.

[Tor Books at Book Expo America]

Fri
May 23 2014 4:00pm

Steampunk Events for June 2014

Steampunk events June 2014

Steampunk conventions are rolling in like wildfire this June. Take a trip to Scandinavia to attend festivals in Iceland or Sweden, or head further south for convivials in the UK or Italy. Stateside, party during a retro-futuristic club night in Los Angeles, check out the newest steampunk artworks in Colorado, or attend your nearest local event in Washington, Michigan, or North Carolina.

With the help of Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambassador, and our guest contributor steampunk DJ and director of The Artifice Club, Doctor Q, check out some of the most exciting happenings to kick off the summer.

[June 2014 Steampunk Events]

Mon
May 5 2014 10:00am

Forbidden Planet Events and How We Run Them

Forbidden Planet Have you ever wondered what it is like to work for the world’s largest and best-known science fiction, fantasy and cult entertainment retailer? Last year I was lucky enough to secure a job working at Forbidden Planet’s head office.

I work closely with Danie Ware and together (with Danie in the lead), we run all the marketing and events for all nine Forbidden Planet stores and the website. We also represent Forbidden Planet at cons and other events. It’s a fantastic job, getting to work with books and merchandise that I love! But there’s a lot more to running the events than most people imagine. Here, I interview Danie about how we run our events…

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Wed
Apr 30 2014 7:30am

The First Confession of Claire North

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August Claire North

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus, Tor.com’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

This week, we begin with the first confession of Claire North, “a pseudonym for an acclaimed British author who has previously published several novels.” That’s what we knew. Now we know who.

Later on, a bunch of stuff about The Bone Clocks, including interactive cover art and a comment that indicates we’ll be seeing some familiar faces in David Mitchell’s exciting new novel. Stay tuned, too, for news of a live debate about gender in the genre, and loads of links in Odds and Sods, not least to two different and I dare say dismaying visions of the bookstores of the future.

Mon
Apr 28 2014 12:30pm

Join Team Tor.com for Star Wars Bar Trivia: Saturday, May 3rd!

Hey, New Yorkers—do you love Star Wars? Do you like bars (and/or cantinas)? Is your knowledge of the Original Star Wars Trilogy as deep and deadly as the Great Pit of Carkoon? Well, here’s your chance to shine, young padawan: Tor.com is sponsoring an epic afternoon of Star Wars-themed bar trivia, hosted by the amazing quizmasters of Trivial Dispute (voted NYC’s Best Bar Trivia by The Village Voice), from 3 to 6 PM on Saturday, May 3rd to celebrate Star Wars Day just a tiny bit early…

The showdown will take place at The Charleston (174 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn) and will feature Star Wars-inspired drinks, shot questions, and Star Wars prizes for the winning teams (including books from the fine folks at Del Rey!) Since this is bar trivia, you must be 21 or over to attend, and you may want to get there early to grab a table—check out the event page here for more info, and find out more about Trivial Dispute’s fabulous weekly trivia events and geeky theme nights over on their Facebook page…and may the force be with you!

Fri
Apr 25 2014 1:00pm

Steampunk Events for May 2014

May has always been a popular time of year for steampunk fests, this year being no exception. Conventions large and small abound: attend a steampunk con to help support women fighting cancer in West Virginia. Party like its 1899 at the Steampunk World’s fair in New Jersey. For the international folks, check out conventions and events in New Zealand, Germany, and France. As always, Kevin Steil the Airship Ambassador brings the best that the aethernetz are touting; we’re also joined by guest contributor author and editor Sarah Hans.

[May 2014 Steampunk Events]

Fri
Mar 21 2014 1:00pm

Steampunk Events for April 2014

Spring is here (at last, at long last!) and steampunk events are popping out in time for the warmer weather. Party with pirates in Las Vegas. Watch the industrial histories come alive in Springfield, MA, Bridgeport, CT, and other towns across the United States. Or take trip to Paris to see Abney Park perform! All of these events and more are gathered right here, brought to you by Kevin Steil the Airship Ambassador and our guest contributor author Eileen Gunn. We also had help from the newest events listing for aether-gatherings: the Steampunk Events Calendar sponsored by Steampunk World’s Fair. So take a gander after the jump!

[April 2014 Steampunk Events Around the World]

Fri
Feb 28 2014 2:00pm

Steampunk Events for March 2014

Nevermind thinking of lions and lambs, have some retrofuturistic adventures this March! Visit fesitvals in France, Argentina, and Tuscon, Arizona, get a taste of the Victorian Gothic in New York, or wander around Wales. Join Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambassador, and our guest contributor author Ellie Ann Soderstrom as we highlight our favorite events from around the world.

Did we miss out on your event? Trumpet your horns in the comments below. Looking to be featured here next month? Email me at attic.hermit@gmail.com with the details by the Ides of March (otherwise known as the 15th, for the Shakepeaean-disinclined).

Descriptions are taken from the events Facebook or website, unless stated otherwise.

[March 2013 Steampunk Events]

Mon
Feb 24 2014 11:00am

Party Time TONIGHT! 100 Free Drinks and 4 Tor Authors on Monday, February 24th

Tor Books Author Event Brian Staveley Ramona Wheeler James Cambias David Edison

Come party with Tor Books authors Brian Staveley, Ramona Wheeler, James Cambias, and David Edison TONIGHT, Monday, February 24th, at 7:30pm in NYC!

Housing Works Bookstore will host a party featuring drinks and nerdery as these debut authors mix and mingle. The first 100 drinks will be free, and purchased books will come with a brand new limited-edition Tor.com tote bag! Tor.com irregular Ryan Britt will act as host for the night’s festivities, so it promises to be a dapper evening.

For those that like to organize their social calendars via Facebook, here is the event page

[Learn more about these fabulous debut authors!]

Wed
Feb 19 2014 8:30am

Imagine Shenanigans

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus, Tor.com’s regular round-up of book news from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

In this edition, Patrick Ness—the multiple award-winning author of More Than This and more—makes an impassioned plea about power as it regards reading and writing... a plea which his peer Robert Muchamore describes as “some kind of doom laden literary crisis.”

Who’s in the right? You decide. But the answer is Ness, yes?

Later today, a quick Kitsch, because I couldn’t resist—then this week’s links, in which there’s news of another new Stephen King novel, self-publishing’s poster boy Hugh Howey discusses his specialist subject, and keep your eyes peeled for what must be the best wordplay of the week.

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Thu
Jan 23 2014 6:00pm

Steampunk Events for February 2014

Steampunk Events February 2014

February may be the shortest month of the year, but we have some big plans for it. Namely, check out the announcement from Kevin Steil, the Airship Ambassador, after the jump about “Steampunk Hands Around the World,” a new blogging even spanning the aetherwebz to highlight steampunk communities around the globe. If you are looking for some new people to meet, I highly recommend following along this month. For offline funtimes, people can check out the steampunk and “of-steam-interest” events below, gathered here with the help of our guest contributor & fellow Tor author Leanna Renee Hieber.

[Steampunk Events Around the World in 28 Days]

Tue
Dec 31 2013 2:00pm

Steampunk Events for January 2014

Still buzzing off the holiday cheer? Extend the celebration into 2014 by attending some steampunk events for your New Year’s Resolution. This is the third year that Kevin Steil the Airship Ambassador and I have brought you the latest retrofuturistically-inclinded events from around the world, and we’re excited to have a line-up of guest contributors to help give some additional insights. To begin 2014, we have returning contributor Pablo Vasquez, the co-chair for ’Aetherfest, on-hand to bring some Texas know-how to the list.’

Did we miss out on your event for January? Give a shout in the comments below. People can also submit future events to be featured too. Email attic.hermit@gmail.com by January 15th, 2014 with the details for upcoming February happenings.

All descriptions are taken from the event’s website or Facebook unless stated otherwise.

[Wind-up for 2014]