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Mon
Apr 14 2014 4:00pm

Peter V. Brett

Peter V. Brett took to reddit fantasy to talk about the Demon Cycle, and answer questions about what fans can expect from the upcoming installment in the series.

He ended the previous book The Daylight War on a cliffhanger, which he worried might be a “dick move.” After some discussions with his editor he decided to release an excerpt from The Skull Throne to “ease (or at least redirect) tension for my readers.” He’s hard at work on The Skull Throne, saying “I am going as fast as I can while still making sure it doesn’t suck.” He even provided a progress report for his readers!

The AMA was funny and informative, and we’ve rounded up some of our favorite moments!

[click through for highlights from the AMA!]

Mon
Apr 14 2014 11:05am

Author Randy Henderson has won L. Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Award for 2014! Henderson, who had previously amassed a series of honorable mentions, won with a story called “Memories Bleed Beneath the Mask,” which will be published in L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 30.

Henderson’s describes his debut novel, Finn Fancy Necromancy, as “a one-two punch of Awesome by a robot gorilla wearing enchanted gloves of Happiness.” Look for it from Tor Books in February 2015! Find out more about the book below.

[Necromancy! Murder! Black Humor!]

Tue
Mar 25 2014 5:00pm

Kevin J. Anderson is hitting the road this week! The author will be stopping by Comic Cons across the country to read from his latest books and meet his fans! March 11th saw the release of Mentats of Dune, the new extension of the Dune universe which Anderson wrote with Brian Herbert. You can read an excerpt here on Tor.com. This summer will mark the release of two new Anderson books: Dark Between the Stars (June 3rd), and Hellhole Inferno (August 12th), also with Brian Herbert.

See below for the full list of tour dates and see of Kevin J. Anderson is coming to your con!

[Click through for a full list of tour appearances!]

Wed
Mar 12 2014 4:15pm

Tor Books’ own David Edison recently took to Reddit to have even less of a filter than usual! Edison seemed positively ebullient as he participated in an AMA, answering questions about his debut novel, The Waking Engine, his work as co-founder of Gaygamer.net, and his familiar, the beautiful Lena. (She’s the one with black fur.) Several people in the thread confused him with David Eddings, so it was touching to see that Eddings’ work was actually Edison’s introduction to fantasy, and he “always wanted to be near him on a bookshelf!”

[Click through for AMA highlights!]

Wed
Feb 19 2014 12:15pm

Congratulations to Jedediah Berry, whose story “A Window or a Small Box” will be included in The Year’s Best Science Fiction & Fantasy 2014! The novelette was originally published on Tor.com on June 5, 2013, after being acquired by editor Ellen Datlow. You can read it here!

This sixth volume of The Year’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy features over thirty stories by some of the genre’s most acclaimed authors, including Yoon Ha Lee, James Patrick Kelly, Ken Liu, Robert Reed, Lavie Tidhar, Carrie Vaughn, selected from venues including Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, F&SF. Congratulations to all the authors included!

Tue
Feb 4 2014 12:15pm

Author and puppeteer Mary Robinette Kowal has a challenge for you! Become a part of lettermo, and for the month of February, send at least one item through the mail each day. (Or at least, each day the mail runs, which leaves you with 22 days to mail stuff.) Which, as Kowal points out, adds up to much less of a commitment than those NaNoWriMo people expect.

Why should you do this? For the answer, we must journey into the darkest reaches of the past, to a mythical land called 2010, when Kowal took a vacation from the internet. She asked people to write to her, and was delighted to find that old-fashioned, paper-based correspondence had a different feel and tone. After she returned to online life, she realized she missed the letters, and decided to make it an annual tradition!

Kowal encourages everyone to join in, because as she says, letter-writing “...is relaxing. It is intimate.” She finds it both “lasting,” (she often revisits the letters while replying) and “ephemeral” (there is only one, physical, copy of the letters). There is no cache of gmail replies, file full of unfinished drafts, or bright red pop-up numbers harassing you into checking on Facebook updates. Just you and your thoughts, some paper, and the ink of your choice. Now, we would never encourage you to leave the Internet entirely, because, well, we'd miss you. But writing letters sounds like a wonderful way to spend your time in the winter!

Sun
Jan 19 2014 11:00am

Portrait by David A. JohnsonEdgar Allan Poe gave American writers permission to plumb the subterranean depths of human depravity and transform it into art. This may sound obvious, but it’s worth remembering—on his 205th birthday—that Poe composed his pioneering gothic stories for a Yankee audience. Europeans already indulged in the profane poetry of Charles Baudelaire (Poe’s French translator) and attended the bloody spectacle of Grand Guignol theater so it’s no wonder they embraced the graveyard poet before America, whose prudish shores had never read anything like him.

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Wed
Dec 18 2013 8:00am

Michael Moorcock Portrait by David A. JohnsonToday is the 74th birthday of celebrated and influential author and editor Michael John Moorcock. Involving himself in the SF/Fantasy scene practically as soon as he discovered it, Moorcock began editing Tarzan Adventures in 1957 when he was just 17. His love of high adventure, such as the work of Leigh Brackett and Edgar Rice Burroughs, influenced not only his early editorial work but also his own writing. He is often self-deprecating about his style, saying in the introduction to Elric: The Stealer of Souls:

“I think of myself as a bad writer with big ideas, but I’d rather be that than a big writer with bad ideas”

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Tue
Sep 17 2013 12:35pm

Join L.E. Modesitt on his tour for The One-Eyed Man! In this exciting new novel, the colony planet of Stittara produces a drug called an anagathic that can more than double a normal human lifespan. But to harvest the drug, the government must wreak havoc on the lives of the colonists, with little regard for their well-being. Dr. Paulo Verano is offered a chance to study the planet and its people, but what he finds instead are skytubes—gigantic, mysterious airborne organisms that drift like clouds above the surface of the planet. What is their nature? What is their impact on the colonists, and their role in the production of anagathics? And finally, what is the measure of a human life: its quality, or its length?

Read an excerpt from the novel, check out an interview with L.E. Modesitt, and come out to meet the author at one of the tour stops below!

[Click through for scheduled tour dates!]

Fri
Mar 15 2013 11:00am

Tor UK Editing Team TorWe’ve recently started a series of blog posts over at Torbooks.co.uk aimed at shining a light on various aspects and roles of those of us involved in Team Tor at Pan Macmillan. To give you, the reader, a greater insight into how the book you so lovingly place on your bookshelf, got there. To help kick things off I’ve written a brief piece about what it is I do as the Editorial Director of Tor UK. Apart from, obviously, drink coffee and read books all day!

My job is two-fold, one to find, buy, publish and represent authors of quality speculative fiction—the other is to build and develop the imprint brand of Tor in the UK.

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Tue
Jan 15 2013 6:00pm

In remembrance of science fiction author Steven Utley, 1948-2012On January 12th, the science fiction community lost writer and editor Steven Utley. Though Utley was fond of referring to himself as “an internationally unknown author,” his work has been widely published in the last several decades, and his wit and elegant, explorative prose can be found in his stories, which often delve fearlessly into subjects such as time travel and parallel worlds. We’re proud to note that one of these wonderful stories, titled “The City Quiet As Death” and cowritten with Michael Bishop, first found a home here on Tor.com.

Utley was diagnosed with stage four cancer in December of 2012 and slipped into a coma shortly afterwards, succumbing to the disease only one month after diagnosis. This world, and all its various alternate dimensions, will be darker without him.

Thu
Aug 30 2012 6:00pm

It turns out that a rare Neil Gaiman was left out amongst various sundry the other day. Had we only been in the area, we would have been happy to fetch the Neil Gaiman and bring him to a good home. We hope this will serve as a cautionary tale to the rest of you: be careful where you leave your Neil Gaiman.

(This photo appeared on Amanda Palmer’s Tumblr. We quite like it.)


Stubby the Rocket is the Tor.com mascot. Stubby has a love of yard sales that the crew has never been able to parse out.

Mon
Jun 4 2012 7:27am

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America will, for the first time, be participating in Book Expo America, June 5-7, in New York City. They will have information, signings, and representatives from SFWA and Writer Beware.

Booth 3591.

 

[Signing schedule...]

Fri
Jan 20 2012 12:00pm

“I really wanted to write a pulp detective story and everything that it would entail, so I set in New York City,” Adam Christopher explained during his reading of Empire State at the Mid-Manhattan Library last Tuesday. Our reading location was in full view of the famous Library Lions of Fifth Avenue, which were draped in nighttime shadows as the faceless crowd, wrapped in their dark winter jackets, bustled by; looking at this atmospheric backdrop, I could understand how NYC can become a gritty inspiration to any outsider. But more than giving just a tip of the fedora to a classic American genre, Christopher talked about how superheroes, Prohibition, and alternate universes all play a role in his debut novel (read Tor’s excerpt or review).

[Road to Perdition meets caped crusaders in Empire State]

Thu
Jan 5 2012 3:30pm

Kristen Simmons, author of Article 5 will be going on tour next month and in March, and you don’t want to miss it! For those of you in need of a primer, here’s an excerpt from the book — and we have ARCs to give away if you just can’t wait for your copy. Check out the tour dates and locations below!

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Tue
Dec 13 2011 5:00pm

In March, Tobias S. Buckell will be going on tour to promote his new book, Arctic Rising. Here are his west coast tour dates!

Friday, March 2
7:00 PM
Powell’s Books
Beaverton, OR

Saturday, March 3
5:00 PM
Borderlands Books
San Francisco, CA

Monday, March 5
7:00 PM
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA

Tue
Dec 13 2011 4:00pm

In January, Jo Walton will be touring to promote the paperback release of her novel, Among Others. Here are the tour dates!

Sunday, January 8
1:00 PM
Uncle Hugo’s
Minneapolis, MN

Friday, January 13
7:00 PM
University Book Store
Seattle, WA

Wednesday, January 18
7:00 PM
Powell’s Books
Beaverton, OR

Saturday, January 21
3:00 PM
Borderlands Books
San Francisco, CA

Wed
Dec 7 2011 4:00pm

Last year, I asked noted science fiction writer Paul Park if making one’s protagonist a science fiction writer could cause the character to be more sympathetic to a reader, because the occupation comes with a built-in hardship. He chuckled and said “yes, I think that’s right.” But beyond pulling emotional strings, a science fictional science fiction writer inside of a science fiction story seems like the kind of paradox one could potentially use to the destroy the universe. Is this my real life or is the “story” of my “life”  ultimately the fabrication of a blogger named “Ryan” on a science fiction blog? Wait. Better stop thinking that thought or I may cease to exist.

While I struggle with the existential reality of being a science fiction version of myself, treat yourself to these six examples of invented SF writers who exist in science fiction narratives.

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Mon
Dec 5 2011 5:00pm

Coming up next month, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson will be touring to promote their new Dune novel, Sisterhood of Dune! Don’t miss out on a chance to see one of the authors in a bookstore near you.

The tour goes coast to coast — dates, locations, and which author is appearing where below the cut!

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Mon
Oct 17 2011 3:00pm

Coming soon to Oregon and Washington states, Jonathan Case will be signing copies of his new graphic novel, Dear Creature! Stop by and say hello if you’re in the neighborhood:

Thursday, October 20th - 7:00 PM
Powell’s Books, Beaverton, OR

Tuesday, October 25th - 7:30 PM
University Books, Seattle, WA