Cold Wind April 16, 2014 Cold Wind Nicola Griffith Old ways can outlast their usefulness. What Mario Scietto Says April 15, 2014 What Mario Scietto Says Emmy Laybourne An original Monument 14 story. Something Going Around April 9, 2014 Something Going Around Harry Turtledove A tale of love and parasites. The Devil in America April 2, 2014 The Devil in America Kai Ashante Wilson The gold in her pockets is burning a hole.
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Wed
Apr 16 2014 10:00am

Rocket Talk Tor.com podcast

In this episode of Rocket Talk, we take a break to present an original audio story by Mari Ness! “In the Greenwood” is a beautifully told tale of complicated and conflicted love, a look at the folklore of Robin Hood from Marian's point of view, as read by Emily Asher-Perrin.

The short story, acquired and edited by Liz Gorinsky, can be read online for free here.

[Listen to “In the Greenwood” by Mari Ness this week on Rocket Talk]

Wed
Apr 16 2014 9:00am
Original Story

“Cold Wind,” by Nicola Griffith, is a dark fantasy tale about a woman who enters a Seattle bar on a cold wintry night in the midst of the Christmas holidays, searching for something . . . or someone.

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by consulting editor Ellen Datlow.

[Read “Cold Wind” by Nicola Griffith]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 9:40am

Unlocked John Scalzi Lock In Novella Preview HugoLock In, Hugo-award winning author John Scalzi’s exciting new venture into near-future thrillers, is coming August 26, but we at Tor.com are way too pumped up to wait that long. We’re pleased to announce that on May 7th we will be publishing “Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome.” “Unlocked” traces the medical history behind a virus that will sweep the globe and affect the majority of the world’s population, setting the stage for Lock In.

The novella will be priced at $1.99, and although we will later be releasing it for free, as we do with all our original fiction, the ebook version will contain a one chapter preview of Lock In for your reading pleasure. It is now available for pre-order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iTunes.

Tue
Apr 15 2014 9:00am
Original Story

Despite all his disaster planning, and the bomb shelter he built under his shed, Mario Scietto was not prepared for the apocalypse that hit Monument, Colorado. A series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a terrible chemical weapons spill that affects people differently depending on blood type, has torn the world as he knows it apart. “What Mario Scietto Says” is set in the world of Emmy Laybourne’s Monument 14. The final book in the series, Monument 14: Savage Drift, goes on sale May 6th.

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by Feiwel & Friends editor Holly West.

[Read “What Mario Scietto Says” by Emmy Laybourne]

Fri
Apr 11 2014 12:00pm

Greg Ruth illustration Lavie Tidhar Tor.com story Dragonkin

Time and again I seem to be required to craft two fully fleshed out final paintings for every single cover, mostly for Tor.com’s short online fictions, and it’s not a bad thing at all. Sort of. To date I still can only speculate as to the cause for this recent phenomenon, but I think if not fully on target, this theory hits close enough to brave an article about it. Not by request am I tasked to do this mind you, but by the process of making the pieces. Within this practice, at each turn are different causes for this seemingly time-wasting habit, which makes it hard to solve if solving it is even a good idea at all. So I’ll cleave out a few cases and hopefully you’ll see why.

[Tor.com art we never got to show you...until now]

Wed
Apr 9 2014 9:00am
Original Story

From the Hugo-winning, bestselling author of The Guns of the South, a tale of love, parasitism, and loss.

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by senior editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden.

[Read “Something Going Around” by Harry Turtledove]

Wed
Apr 2 2014 11:30am

At the beginning of each month, we here at Tor.com will post the next two months of our schedule of original short fiction. Check back monthly to get excited for upcoming short stories, novelettes, and novellas on Tor.com! Below the cut you’ll find information on new stories in April and May by Nicola Griffith, Genevieve Valentine, Dale Bailey, Mary Rickert, and more.

April and May’s fiction contains end-of-the-world parties, deadly basements, magic fiddles, Cthulhu, and more. To find out all the details, check below the cut.

[Read more]

Wed
Apr 2 2014 9:00am
Original Story

Scant years after the Civil War, a mysterious family confronts the legacy that has pursued them across centuries, out of slavery, and finally to the idyllic peace of the town of Rosetree. The shattering consequences of this confrontation echo backwards and forwards in time, even to the present day.

Like some other stories published on Tor.com, “The Devil in America” contains scenes and situations some readers will find upsetting and/or repellent. [—The Editors]

This novelette was acquired and edited for Tor.com by consulting editor Ann VanderMeer.

[Read “The Devil in America” by Kai Ashante Wilson]

Fri
Mar 28 2014 4:00pm

Did you read Daniel José Older's skin-crawling short story “Anyway: Angie” earlier this week? Want to know where he got his twisted ideas?

You can catch him (@djolder) discussing the story with author Nathan Bransford (@NathanBransford) tomrrow, March 29th, at 4:00pm on Twitter! Check out their timelines, or follow the story at #AnywayAngie.

Wed
Mar 26 2014 9:00am
Original Story

Reza’s job has put her in the face of every kind of death. Thanks to her guns, her car, and her dapper style, she came through The Bad Years alive, but since losing Angie things haven’t been right. Tonight’s job threatens to bring the worst terrors of that time skittering back to life. “Anyway: Angie” is a new urban fantasy story with more than a touch of horror from rising star Daniel José Older, set in the world of his upcoming Bone Street Rumba series.

This short story was acquired and edited by acquiring editor Carl Engle-Laird.

[Read “Anyway: Angie,” by Daniel José Older]

Tue
Mar 25 2014 10:15am
Original Story
Elizabeth Fama

Because of a quirk of history during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, present-day America is rigidly divided between people who live and work during the hours of darkness—Smudges—and those known as Rays, who populate the day. A group of Smudges called the Noma live on the fringes of society in loose tribes, preying on Smudges and Rays alike. Gigi is a ruthless Noma, but in this prequel companion story to Plus One, she is ordered to abduct a cell phone hacker named Ciel Le Coeur and reveals a surprisingly tender heart.

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by Simon Broughton and Zoey Peresman.

[Read “Noma Girl” by Elizabeth Fama]

Tue
Mar 18 2014 9:00am
Original Story

Told in a series of espionage transmissions, “Doppel” is the story of a British agent in occupied France. When he meets a charismatic SS officer who seems to be guarding a great and powerful secret, he must decide whether to abandon his mission and discover what the Nazi is planning. But the truth might be darker and more dangerous than anything the British—or the Germans—can imagine.

This short story was acquired and edited for tor.com by editor Kate Jacobs.

[Read “Doppel” by Lindsay Smith]

Mon
Mar 17 2014 12:30pm

Free ebooks Burning Girls Veronica Schanoes Wakulla Springs Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages

We would like to congratulate our Nebula Award finalists Veronica Schanoes, Andy Duncan, and Ellen Klages! To celebrate their nomination, you can now download the ebooks of their novellas “Burning Girls” and “Wakulla Springs.”

[Free ebooks]

Tue
Mar 11 2014 9:00am
Original Story

“Nothing to Fear” is an episode inspired by The Rule of Three, the opening novel in Eric Walter’s trilogy of the same name about the terrifying challenges faced by an ordinary suburban kid, his family, and his neighbors, in the first days and weeks and months after a viral catastrophe causes the world to go dark. Sixteen-year-old Adam Daley is taking his girlfriend, Lori, on a picnic in his homemade ultralight aircraft—one of the few computer-free machines that still works. He wants to celebrate a surprise anniversary only he knows about (the first time he saw her at a junior high basketball game). But soon, this attempt at a normal date away from the fortified safety of their neighborhood feels increasingly risky. As their gripping misadventure unfolds, it is a reminder for Adam and Lori that there is nothing in particular for them to be afraid of, because in their world there is everything to fear.

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by MacKids editor Wes Adams.

[Read “Nothing to Fear” by Eric Walters]

Wed
Mar 5 2014 10:00am
Original Story
A.M. Dellamonica

Returning to the world of Stormwrack where she set the Tor.com story “Among the Silvering Herd,” A.M. Dellamonica offers a new story that takes us deeper into this fascinating world, the site of her new fantasy novel Child of a Hidden Sea. The Fleet, integral to the governing of a world that is mostly water sprinkled with a number of islands, must deal with a unique form of magic, Inscribing, which is so subtle that its effects can sometimes only be known in retrospect. When a ship of the fleet visits an island where scripping is common, the crew members of the sailing vessel Nightjar are at a disadvantage when faced with local matters of which they know little or nothing at all. Strangers on the shore, indeed, they may enjoy the local customs . . . but also may attract unwanted attention that could cost them more than embarrassment or money.

The Castello di Putti has a suggestive sound to it, but don’t be deceived. This is a story of civil strife, of culture shock, and ultimately of the risks and rewards of naval duty. Filled with Dellamonica’s fresh, inventive worldbuilding and the joie de vivre of a society in flux, it shows a side of Stormwrack very different from what she presented in the previous tale.

[Read “The Ugly Woman of Castello di Putti” by A.M. Dellamonica]

Mon
Mar 3 2014 12:00pm

Upcoming Fiction Tor.com

At the beginning of each month, we here at Tor.com will post the next two months of our schedule of original short fiction. Check back monthly to get excited for upcoming short stories, novelettes, and novellas on Tor.com! Below the cut you’ll find information on new stories in March and April by Harry Turtledove, Daniel José Older, Veronica Schanoes, Dale Bailey, and more.

March and April’s fiction contains end-of-the-world parties, deadly basements, magic fiddles, and more. To find out all the details, check below the cut.

[Read more]

Mon
Mar 3 2014 12:01pm

Free ebooks Burning Girls Veronica Schanoes Wakulla Springs Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages

We would like to congratulate our Nebula Award finalists Veronica Schanoes, Andy Duncan, and Ellen Klages! To celebrate their nomination, you can now download the ebooks of their novellas “Burning Girls” and “Wakulla Springs.”

[Free ebooks]

Wed
Feb 26 2014 10:00am
Original Story

“Jubilee” is a new story by Karl Schroeder. His new novel, Lockstep, will be published in March 2014.

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by editor Marco Palmieri.

[Read “Jubilee” by Karl Schroeder]

Tue
Feb 25 2014 12:57pm

Nebula Award 2013 nomineesThe Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the 2013 Nebula Awards nominees (presented 2013), for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy. We are personally pleased to announce that two Tor.com novellas have been nominated: ‘‘Wakulla Springs,’’ by Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages and edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden, and ‘‘Burning Girls,’’ by Veronica Schanoes and edited by Ellen Datlow. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

[Click through for the complete list of nominees!]

Tue
Feb 25 2014 1:01pm
Original Story

Wakulla Springs by Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages

Wakulla Springs, in the Florida panhandle, is the deepest submerged freshwater cave system in the world. “Wakulla Springs” is a novella by Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages, which we hope will surprise and delight you as much as it surprised and delighted us.

This Nebula-nominated novella was acquired and edited for Tor.com by senior editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden.

[Read “Wakulla Springs” by Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages]