<em>To Eternity</em> July 24, 2014 To Eternity Wesley Allsbrook and Barrie Potter If all things were normal, Stuart would be considered quite a catch. Brisk Money July 23, 2014 Brisk Money Adam Christopher It's hard out there for a robotic detective. A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon A Star July 20, 2014 A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon A Star Kathleen Ann Goonan A rocket story. The Angelus Guns July 16, 2014 The Angelus Guns Max Gladstone There's a war in heaven, outside of time.
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Thu
Jul 24 2014 11:30am
Original Comic

To Eternity

Wesley Allsbrook and Barrie Potter

To Eternity Wesley Allsbrook Barrie Potter

If all things were normal, Stuart would be considered quite a catch.

In this short (romance?) comic by Barrie Potter and Wesley Allsbrook, things are not normal.

[Read To Eternity by Wesley Allsbrook]

Wed
Jul 23 2014 9:00am
Original Story

Brisk Money

Raymond Chandler famously hated science fiction, saying “They pay brisk money for this crap?” However, it has recently come to light that Chandler secretly wrote a series of stories and novels starring a robot detective. He then burnt all the manuscripts and went on writing his noir masterpieces. Unknown to Chandler, his housekeeper had managed to save some of these discarded manuscripts from the grate in his study,  preserving the tales for future generations.

The first of these stories was recently unearthed by author Adam Christopher. On the topic of how the manuscript made its way from Chandler’s study in California to Christopher’s home in England, Christopher is suspiciously quiet.

This novelette was acquired and edited for Tor.com by editor Paul Stevens.

[Read “Brisk Money” by Adam Christopher]

Mon
Jul 21 2014 2:30pm

Ken Liu has Won a Seiun Award!

Ken Liu has won a Seiun Award! His 2013 work, “The Paper Menagerie,” won in the “Best Translated Short Story” category.

The Seiun Awards were founded in 1970, and are voted on by the participants of the annual Japan Science Fiction Convention. (While Seiun literally means “nebula” in Japanese, the award is not affiliated with the Nebulas.) Previous award winners in the translated short story category include Thomas Disch, Roger Zelazny, and Greg Bear.

“The Paper Menagerie” has already been awarded the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, and you can read it over at io9! You can also find original short fiction by Ken Liu here on Tor.com.

Sun
Jul 20 2014 9:00am
Original Story

A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon A Star

In honor of Tor.com’s sixth birthday, please enjoy this original rocket story. “A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon a Star”, by Kathleen Ann Goonan, is about the daughter of a rocket scientist in the post 1950s who wants to go to the moon, despite being discouraged because “girls don’t do that.” A novelette that’s science fiction by association.

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

[Read “A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon a Star” by Kathleen Ann Goonan]

Wed
Jul 16 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 18: “The Cage” by A.M. Dellamonica

Rocket Talk podcast

In this episode of Rocket Talk, we take a break to present an original audio story by A.M. Dellamonica! “The Cage” tells the story of a lesbian couple and their adopted baby werewolf, as read by Emily Asher-Perrin.

The short story can be read online for free here.

[Listen to “The Cage”]

Wed
Jul 16 2014 9:00am
Original Story

The Angelus Guns

During a celestial civil war, an angel-like soldier searches for her missing brother in the Crystal City.

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

[Read “The Angelus Guns” by Max Gladstone]

Tue
Jul 15 2014 10:30am

Tor.com is on Hiatus From Short Fiction Submissions During August & September

The minds behind Tor.com’s original short fiction program love our slush pile. Some of our favorite fiction has been pulled from the ranks of our unsolicited submissions. Because we take our mission of publishing great fiction by new authors seriously, we have decided to go on hiatus from accepting submissions in order to respond to the large quantity of stories our reputation has attracted. Tor.com will not be accepting submissions starting August 1st until October 1st. Please note that this applies only to Tor.com’s short story program, and that the imprint will stay open to novellas and short novels until the end of August.

Wed
Jul 9 2014 9:00am
Original Story

Sleep Walking Now and Then

“Sleep Walking Now and Then,” by Richard Bowes, is a weird, futuristic novelette about an interactive theater production in The Big Arena (aka New York City) and the mystery surrounding its inspiration.

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

[Read “Sleep Walking Now and Then” by Richard Bowes]

Tue
Jul 8 2014 2:45pm

Special Tor.com Birthday Story from Kathleen Ann Goonan!

Tor.com turns six this year, and to celebrate we’re giving Tor.com subscribers a free sneak peek at a special birthday story by Kathleen Ann Goonan! “A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon a Star,” is about the daughter of a rocket scientist in the post 1950s who wants to go to the moon, despite being discouraged because “girls don’t do that.”

You can register for Tor.com to get a free first access to this special birthday story, which will be emailed to you on July 14th. The story will be available for free online on July 20th, our birthday.

Wed
Jul 2 2014 9:00am
Original Story

The Devil in the Details

A new adventure of Peter Crossman, special agent of the Knights Templar—a man prepared to administer last rites with one hand while wielding a flamethrower with the other. Now an ancient manuscript of peculiar power has surfaced, and Crossman’s assignment is simple: Get it for the Temple at all costs. This will lead to conflict with entities secular and otherwise—and to a new encounter with Sister Mary Magdalene of the Special Action Executive of the Poor Clares.

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

[Read “The Devil in the Details” by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald]

Mon
Jun 23 2014 10:26am
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The Imitation Game

Jim Ottaviani and Leland Purvis

The Imitation Game by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Purvis

Today, Alan Turing is considered the father of theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence. The mathematician, born on June 23, 1912, was a brilliant World War II codebreaker and parlayed that insight into theorizing and creating the first stored-memory computers. Unfortunately, this Officer of the British Empire was persecuted by the British government of the time for his homosexuality and suffered through chemical castration before ending his life.

The Imitation Game by Feynman author Jim Ottaviani and Resistance illustrator Leland Purvis chronicles the life of Turing in a full-size graphic novel. Check back every day this week as Tor.com releases the entire graphic novel in four parts.

[The Imitation Game by Jim Ottaviani and Leland Purvis]

Thu
Jun 26 2014 11:45am

Listen to “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu

The Water That Falls On You From Nowhere John Chu

Thanks to the good folks at StarShipSofa, you can now listen to the Tor.com Original Hugo-nominated short story “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere.” This painful story of family, love, honesty, and ice-cold water that falls from nowhere on those who lie is narrated by the author, John Chu. If you want to listen, just follow this link.

Thu
Jun 26 2014 9:00am
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Little Knife

In this third Ravkan folk tale from Leigh Bardugo, a beautiful girl finds that what her father wants for her and what she wants for herself are two different things. It is a companion story to the third book of the Grisha Trilogy, Ruin and Rising, and the stories “The Witch of Duva” and “The Too-Clever Fox.”

This short story was acquired and edited for Tor.com by Mac Kids editor Noa Wheeler.

[Read “Little Knife” by Leigh Bardugo]

Wed
Jun 25 2014 9:00am
Original Story

The Color of Paradox

A.M. Dellamonica

“The Color of Paradox,” by A.M. Dellamonica, is a science fiction story about one of a series of time travelers sent back to the past in order to buy more time for the human race, which in the future is on the verge of extinction.

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

 

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

[Read “The Color of Paradox” by A.M. Dellamonica]

Wed
Jun 18 2014 1:00pm

Creating the Artwork for Yoon Ha Lee’s “Combustion Hour”

Combustion Hour Yoon Ha Lee Jeffrey Alan Love

This post originally ran on April 10, 2014.

Artist Jeffrey Alan Love has created a fantastic image to accompany Yoon Ha Lee’s short story “Combustion Hour,” available to read for free here on Tor.com. Below, Jeffrey was kind enough to share his process, including sketches and photos of the work at various stages.

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Wed
Jun 18 2014 9:00am
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Combustion Hour

This story is about the eschatology of shadow puppets.

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

[Read “Combustion Hour” by Yoon Ha Lee]

Fri
Jun 13 2014 10:30am

Rocket Talk, Episode 13: “The Litany of Earth” by Ruthanna Emrys

Rocket Talk podcast

In this episode of Rocket Talk, we take a break to present an original audio story by Ruthanna Emrys! “The Litany of Earth” is a post-Lovecraftian story of lost history and found community from an Innsmouth Deep One’s perspective, as read by Emily Asher-Perrin.

The short story, acquired and edited by Carl Engle-Laird, can be read online for free here.

[Listen to “The Litany of Earth”]

Wed
Jun 11 2014 9:00am
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Chapter Six

“Chapter Six,” by Stephen Graham Jones, is an anthropological zombie story about Crain, a grad student, who has a theory of mankind’s evolution. As he and his former professor scavenge on bone marrow left behind by the local zombie horde, he makes his well-reasoned argument.

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

[Read “Chapter Six,” by Stephen Graham Jones]

Mon
Jun 9 2014 2:00pm
Original Comic

Charcoal

Ian Daffern

Check out Charcoal, a supernatural story of revenge that takes place at a high school near you! Charcoal is written by Ian Daffern, drawn by Ho Che Anderson with layouts by Kalman Adrasofszky, and edited by Liz Gorinsky.

Trigger warning for self-harm and implied violence.

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Fri
Jun 6 2014 2:50pm

Harry Turtledove’s Tor.com Original Among 2014 Sidewise Nominees

The 2014 nominees for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History have been announced! Congratulations to Harry Turtledove for snagging a nomination for his Tor.com Original “Cayos in the Stream.”

The winners will be announced at Loncon 3, this year’s Worldcon in London, England. The Sidewise Awards have been presented annually since 1995 to recognize excellence in alternate historical fiction.

[See the list of nominees below!]