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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 13 2014 10:00am

Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks for July

Barnes & Noble Bookseller's Picks July 2014

For over a decade, Barnes & Noble buyer Jim Killen has been a driving force behind Barnes & Noble’s science fiction and fantasy sections. Each month on Tor.com, Mr. Killen curates a list of science fiction & fantasy titles, sometimes focused on upcoming titles and sometimes focused on a theme.

Here are the Barnes & Noble science fiction and fantasy picks for July!

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Tue
Jun 3 2014 12:30pm

Highlights from Trudi Canavan’s Reddit AMA!

Trudi Canavan reddit AMA highlights

Trudi Canavan, artist and multi-award-winning author of The Black Magician and Age of the Five trilogies, participated in an AMA on reddit!

She answered questions about both of her most famous series as well as her newest work, Thief's Magic, the first installment in the Millenium's Rule trilogy. Plus she shared some writing tips and thoughts on gender and fantasy. We’ve collected some highlights below!

[click through for AMA highlights!]

Wed
May 21 2014 1:00pm

Highlights from Jim Butcher’s Reddit AMA!

Jim ButcherJim Butcher, author of The Dresden Files, the Codex Alera series, and the upcoming “steam opera” trilogy The Cinder Spires, held court on Reddit last week, answering questions and teasing some of the drama that will be found in his upcoming (15th!) Harry Dresden book, Skin Game. There was also talk of kickstarting an event in which Butcher would “benchpress Patrick Rothfuss,” who, being “mostly beard” is eminently benchpressable. We will obviously update immediately if this even comes to pass.

We pulled some of our favorite moments out for you!

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Tue
Apr 29 2014 1:45pm

Newly Discovered Octavia Butler Stories to be Published in June!

Two newly-discovered Octavia Butler stories are coming out this summer! “A Necessary Being” and “Childfinder” will be compiled in a single volume titled Unexpected Stories. The ebook will be released by Open Road Media on June 24, and will feature an introduction from Walter Mosley, who previously praised the author’s novel Kindred as “everything the literature of science fiction can be.”

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Mon
Apr 14 2014 4:00pm

Highlights from Peter V. Brett’s AMA!

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

Tor Author Randy Henderson Wins the Writers of the Future Award!

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 Begins His Comic Con Tour of America This Week!

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

Always Be Worldbuilding: Highlights from The Waking Engine Author David Edison’s AMA

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

Jedediah Berry’s “A Window or a Small Box” has been Selected for The Year’s Best SFF!

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

Are You Tough Enough to Accept Mary Robinette Kowal’s Correspondence Challenge?

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

Edgar Allan Poe and the Cult of the Unusual

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 is The Eternal Champion

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 Tour for The One-Eyed Man!

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 Tour: It’s Not Just About the Editing

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

Steven Utley, 1948-2013

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

FREE: Neil Gaiman. Hair Foppish But Otherwise in Good Condition

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

SFWA’s Author Signing Schedule at BEA

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

Adam Christopher Talks Noir and Superheroes at NYPL’s Empire State Reading

“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 Article 5 Tour!

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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