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Jul 11 2014 12:10pm

The 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!

Jul 7 2014 3:15pm

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

Jun 26 2014 9:30am

Announcing the Appointment of Lee Harris as the Imprint Senior Editor

Lee Harris The Imprint is pleased to announce today the hire of a Senior Editor. Lee Harris, of Angry Robot, will join the team late summer.

Lee Harris started working for Angry Robot in January 2009, six months before they launched their list, as an Assistant Editor to publisher Marc Gascoigne. As an early member of Angry Robot, he took on a number of non-editorial jobs as well, doing a great deal of marketing. He was promoted to Editor a year later and to Senior Editor in 2013. He is a former Chair of the British Fantasy Society and a finalist for the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Editor, Long-Form. He published the debut novels of two of this year’s five John Campbell Nominees, Ramez Naam and Wesley Chu.

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May 28 2014 4:30pm

Rocket Talk, Episode 11: Irene Gallo, Carl Engle-Laird, and the Imprint

Rocket Talk

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin Landon talks with Associate Publisher Irene Gallo and Editorial Assistant Carl Engle-Laird on the newly announced Imprint!

[Listen here!]

May 28 2014 4:12pm

Removing Roadblocks to Community: Tom Doherty on DRM at Book Expo of America

Tom Doherty Book Expo America 2014

“Ultimately it comes down to the desire to be where our customers are, to play fair with them in the assumption that they’ll play fair with us. And you know something? It’s worked.”

Tor Books president and publisher Tom Doherty had a lot to say during his speech at the International Digital Publishing Forum at this year’s 2014 Book Expo of America, but the main item on the agenda was Tor/Forge Books’ decision to strip Digital Rights Management software from the ebook versions of their titles and whether, two years later, that decision has had any negative impact.

In the case of Tor Books it appears that it hasn’t, but as Doherty pointed out in today’s speech, the implications of DRM go beyond the financial impact to publishers, authors, and readers. Insidiously, it chips away at the very connectivity that the entire publishing community has always relied upon.

[More information and one big announcement]

May 28 2014 3:50pm is Seeking a Fiction Editor, Marketing Manager, and Publicity Manager is excited to announce that we will be expanding our original fiction program via a new imprint dedicated to publishing novellas, shorter novels, serializations, and any other pieces of fiction that exceed the traditional novelette length (17,499 words).

Each DRM-free title will be available exclusively for purchase, unlike the current fiction that is offered for free on the site, and will have full publisher support behind it. It will have a heavy digital focus but all titles will be available via POD and audio formats. We will also consider traditional print publishing for a select number of titles a year. All titles will be available worldwide.

We are using this opportunity to reevaluate every step of the publishing process and are looking forward to creating a program with a fresh, start-up mentality, but with the rich legacy of Tor Books and behind us. For more information on the imprint and its mission, please read the full description here.

[Job descriptions for the Imprint]

May 28 2014 3:50pm

Announcing the Imprint Imprint is excited to announce that we will be expanding our original fiction program via a new imprint dedicated to publishing novellas, shorter novels, serializations, and any other pieces of fiction that exceed the traditional novelette length (17,499 words).

[More information]

May 10 2014 10:22pm

Tran Nguyen Wins Spectrum Gold Medal for “The Insects of Love”

Tran Nguyen Spectrum Award The Insects of Love

We are extremely proud that Tran Nguyen’s illustration for Genevieve Valentine’s upcoming short story, “Insects of Love,” has won the 2014 Spectrum Fantastic Art gold medal! (A full list of winners here.)

Tran did a spectacular job of encompassing a beautiful and complex story into a single image. The image is a success at every level—emotionally, technically, and conceptually. Author Genevieve Valentine had this to say of the artist’s work, “Tran's haunting art for ‘The Insects of Love’ is gorgeous; the heroine's piercing gaze, the use of texture and light, and the leached-out palette are a ghost story all its own. But of course I love seeing my story in the details: one sister seeming to eclipse the other, surrounded (crushed?) by the natural world, unable to quite tell where one begins and the other ends.”

Our greatest thanks and congratulations to Tran!

Apr 28 2014 9:30am Welcomes Stefan Raets!


We are delighted to officially welcome writer and reviewer Stefan Raets to the staff as the newest member of our moderation team! Stefan will be joining the other site moderators in our efforts to cultivate a safe, fun, vibrant space for people to discuss and exchange ideas, opinions, and theories in the comments, as our ever-growing community continues to thrive and expand.

Stefan is a lifelong reader of science fiction and fantasy, and has been an active participant in the community since the earliest days of the site. Over the last several years, he has become one of our most valued and dedicated reviewers (and will, of course, continue to contribute reviews to the site, in addition to moderating comments). He also blogs and posts book reviews at his own site, Far Beyond Reality.

In addition to sharing moderation duties, Stefan will also be helping out on the social media front and posting on the Facebook page and Twitter feed from time to time. We hope you’ll join us all in warmly welcoming Stefan to Team Stubby—we’re thrilled to have him aboard!

Apr 22 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk, Episode 5: The Hugo Awards

Rocket Talk: podcast

Tune in for this Very Special Episode of Rocket Talk, in which’s Associate Publisher Irene Gallo, Editorial Assistant Carl Engle-Laird, and Hugo-nominated columnist Liz Bourke talk with Justin Landon about this weekend’s announcement of the Hugo Awards finalists. Newsiness and reactions abound!


Apr 2 2014 11:45am

We Did An AMA on Reddit!

So we did an Ask Me Anything on Reddit/fantasy yesterday and had a blast! If you’ve ever been curious about: should check it out! There’s much more of course, including musings on what fantasy means to us and what it’s like to work in that iconic New York skyscraper you see in the picture above. (We basically figured out that we were ghosts? Or we work with them? Ghosts smell like books?) We had so much fun chatting, and we hope those of you who participated—or are heading over to read it right now to read—did too!

Apr 2 2014 10:30am is Seeking a Summer Intern!

Want to work on a rocketship for the summer? is looking for a summer intern to assist with daily post production, research, and social media outreach. This person will work with the team from our offices in Manhattan, attending content meetings, helping to brainstorm posts, and assisting with everything from sweepstakes to the weekly newsletter. This is a full-time, paid position.

If you’re interested in learning more about how digital marketing works in science fiction and fantasy publishing, and are enthusiastic, organized, and knowledgeable about the genre, we would love to have you on board. Applicants must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program.

Please apply here, and state that you are interested in interning for in your cover letter.

Apr 1 2014 9:40am

Ask the Staff Anything on Reddit Fantasy Today! staff

The crew of the Rocket is doing an AMA on Reddit Fantasy today and we want you to ask us anything! Because the format requires that you ask us ANYTHING, like “How handsome are you?” and “Did reading make you that handsome?” and also “Stubby sounds seriously unhinged sometimes.” (That’s not a question, Professor!)

The Reddit Fantasy thread where you should post your questions is here. We’ll be around this evening between 7 and 9 PM to answer them. We are a normally punchy bunch, but since it’s April Fool’s Day we’re probably even punchier than usual. We can’t promise you hilarity but seriously, we promise you hilarity.

Post your questions over there!

Mar 25 2014 3:10pm Art Featured in Spectrum 21

I’m excited and honored that has sixteen illustrations selected for the upcoming Spectrum 21 art annual, two of which are short-listed for medals. Thank you to all our artists. You guys bring a depth to that we could not achieve without you.

For those outside of the science fiction and fantasy art world, think of Spectrum Fantastic Art as the Hugos, Nebulas, and “Best of” all rolled up into one. Each year a jury selects a few hundred art pieces from the thousands that enter. Gold and silver medals are also awarded in eight categories, the winners of which will be announced at Spectrum Art Live in May. All of these images will be collected into Spectrum 21, available this fall.

Below, take a look through a gallery of the images that will appear in Spectrum 21!

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Feb 4 2014 10:30am

When Pop Quizzes Lead To Books: Announcing Adam Christopher’s L.A. Trilogy!

Announcing Adam Christopher's L.A. trilogy from Tor BooksAdam Christopher, author of Hang Wire, recently participated in an upcoming installment of our interview series, The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe. While most of the talk centered around his latest novel, The Burning Dark (coming out on March 25th), in the course of conversation Christopher came up with an elaborate reason behind Raymond Chandler’s rejection of science fiction, musing that Chandler was a secret SF fan who had destroyed his manuscripts featuring a robot detective. But what would happen, Christopher wondered, if some of the stories survived?

[More on the origin of this new trilogy]

Feb 1 2014 8:40am

The 2013 Locus Recommended Reading List

The 2013 Locus Recommended Reading List is out. The list is a consensus by Locus editors and reviewers. Essays by many of these contributors, highlighting their  favorite books and stories, are published in the February issue. 

We are very proud and excited to see eleven stories on the list!

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Jan 18 2014 10:04pm

Jonathan Strahan’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year

Jonathan Strahan just released the Table of Contents for his annual anthology, The Best Science Fiction and Fanatsy of the Year, Volume 8. is thrilled and honored to have three stories included! Congratulations to Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Priya Shrama, Karin Tidbeck, and all the other writers included. 

The Ink Readers of Doi Saket” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Rag and Bone” by Priya Sharma
Sing” by Karin Tidbeck
And, by way of reprint, “Some Desperado” by Joe Abercrombie, originally published in Dangerous Women.

You can see the full Table of Contents on Strahan’s website

Jan 7 2014 1:00pm

Short Fiction Spotlight: Stories from Kat Howard, Indrapramit Das, and John Chu

Short Fiction Spotlight John Chu The Water that Falls on You from Nowhere Welcome back to the Short Fiction Spotlight, a space for conversation about recent and not-so-recent short stories. Last time around we talked about two recent novelettes from Lightspeed (one by Christopher Barzak and one by Ken Liu). In this installment, still looking at the wide world of short fiction periodicals, there are a few more stories I’d like to draw a little attention to: “Stage Blood” by Kat Howard, “Karina Who Kissed Spacetime” by Indrapramit Das, and “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu.

When I say recent, of course, I’m being slightly generous: the Chu story was published on in February, while the Howard and Das pieces are both from this past summer (in Subterranean and Apex Magazine, respectively). But as the season nears for recommended-reading (and awards ballots) I’ve been doing some brushing up on pieces from earlier in the year. These were the ones, out of the bunch, that I most wanted to chat about this week.

[Onward to the discussion.]

Dec 23 2013 2:19am

Stubby wins a Stabby! The Reddit Awards

The super-popular fantasy community on Reddit announced their readers’ choice awards, “The Stabbies,”  and, lo and behold, won for best speculative fiction site. We are ecstatic! Really, to be held in such high regard by a community of blog readers is truly an honor. You have given us fuel to start the New Year with! 

You may be wondering about their other categories, you can check out the winners for best novel, art, debut novel, and many others on the Reddit fantasy forums.  Congrats to all our fellow Stabbys! 

Nov 13 2013 11:00am

Nicolas Delort Wins Society of Illustrators Gold Medal for “A Rumor of Angels”

Nicolas Delort A Rumor of Angels Dale Bailey

Congratulations to Nicolas Delort for winning a gold medal at the Society of Illustrators for his scratchboard image on the story, “A Rumor of Angels” by Dale Bailey.

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