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Fri
Feb 13 2015 8:15am

Announcing The Kitschies’ 2014 Shortlists!

The Kitschies 2014 shortlists PornokitschThe Kitschies, the annual tentacle-themed prize for works containing elements of the “speculative and fantastic,” have released their shortlists for the most “progressive, intelligent, and entertaining” fiction of 2014.

This year’s shortlists have been narrowed down from 198 submissions, coming from over 40 different publishers and imprints. This year also features the prize’s first self-published finalist.

Another change is new director Glen Mehn organizing and overseeing this year’s group of judges, authors, and artists. Congratulations to all of the finalists—we can’t wait to see who will take home the coveted squid statue!

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Tue
Feb 10 2015 12:36pm

Genre Fiction Honored by the Alex and Stonewall Book Awards and the RUSA Reading List

ALA Midwinter awards Lock In John Scalzi My Real Children Jo Walton

Last week was the ALA’s annual Midwinter Meeting, at which the American Library Association announced the winners and honorees for a number of prestigious awards. We are very excited to highlight the Macmillan books and authors to be honored this year by the Alex Award, the Stonewall Book Award, and the RUSA Reading List!

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Tue
Feb 3 2015 4:50pm

This One Summer is the First Graphic Novel to Receive the Caldecott Honor

This One Summer Caldecott Honor first graphic novelAmong the 2015 Caldecott Medal and Honor Books announced this week is This One Summer, the coming-of-age graphic novel by cousins Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki, published by First Second Books. This One Summer is the first graphic novel to be awarded the Caldecott Honor, one of the most prestigious awards for children’s picture books. (While The Invention of Hugo Cabret won the Caldecott Medal in 2008, it was considered a “hybrid” word/picture book.)

This One Summer also received the Printz Honor, only the second graphic novel to do so after Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese.

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Sun
Feb 1 2015 8:35am

The 2014 Locus Recommended Reading List

The 2014 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 fifteen Tor.com stories on the list this year!

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Thu
Jan 29 2015 6:30am

The Shortlist for the First Annual James Herbert Award for Horror Writing

James Herbert Books

Pan Macmillan has just announced the shortlist for the first annual James Herbert Award for Horror Writing! Celebrating work “from the darkly fantastical and post-apocalyptic to desolate rural mysteries, gut-wrenching body horrors and modern re-imaginings of classic horror tropes,” the shortlist represents a diverse array of writing from some of our favorite writers.

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Thu
Jan 22 2015 11:00am

Midnight in Karachi, Episode 4: Adam Roberts

Midnight in Karachi Adam Roberts

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a bi-weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

This week's guest is Adam Roberts—academic, critic and prolific writer with a number of pseudonyms and a couple of dozen novels. He’s been nominated for the Clarke Award three times and has won both the BSFA Award and the Campbell Memorial Award. Adam talks about writing in various forms, Tolkien, judging awards, and how all his books are secretly outsourced to someone else.

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Thu
Jan 22 2015 10:30am

Tor.com’s Hugo and Nebula-Eligible Fiction from 2014

Tor.com original fiction 2014 Hugo Nebula eligibleAwards season is upon us, with nominations open for both the Hugos and Nebulas. With nomination deadlines coming up in February and March, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of Tor.com’s awards-eligible works from 2014.

We are tremendously proud of our authors, illustrators, and editors for creating such wonderful novellas, novelettes, short stories, graphic stories, and illustrations this year. We hope that you will nominate your favorite stories for the Hugos, Nebulas, and other upcoming awards which honor outstanding works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror—but most of all, we hope that you have enjoyed reading these works as much as we have!

As a reminder, you can download our free anthology Some of the Best From Tor.com from your favorite ebook retailer.

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Fri
Jan 16 2015 3:55pm

The 2015 Hugo Award Nominations Are Now Open!

2015 Hugo Awards nominations openNominations are now open for the 2015 Hugo Award and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. All those who are or will be members of the 2014, 2015, or 2016 Worldcons as of January 31 are eligible to nominate works published or appearing in the calendar year 2014. This includes both hard-copy and online publication as well as graphic works, films, televison shows, serialized works, and more.

You can set your nominations on the 2015 Worldcon (or Sasquan) website’s nominating ballot. Nominations close at 11:59 p.m. PST on March 10.

Wed
Jan 14 2015 8:04pm

Jonathan Strahan Reveals the ToC of The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Vol 9

Jonathan Strahan has released the table of contents for The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Vol 9. Congratulations to all the authors selected! We are extremely proud to have three stories included—“The Devil in America” by Kai Ashante Wilson, “The Insects of Love” by Genevieve Valentine, and “Cold Wind” by Nicola Griffith.

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Thu
Nov 20 2014 3:35pm

“A Giant of Literature”: Ursula K. Le Guin and Neil Gaiman at the 2014 National Book Awards

Ursula K. Le Guin National Book Awards

Last night at the 2014 National Book Awards in New York City, Neil Gaiman presented science fiction and fantasy legend Ursula K. Le Guin with the National Book Foundation’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, an honor that has previously gone to such luminaries as Joan Didion, Ray Bradbury, and Toni Morrison.

Gaiman spoke of the debt he owes Le Guin, who was a major influence on him as a young writer, while Le Guin’s acceptance speech highlighted the importance of the award as a recognition of the place of science fiction and fantasy in literature. She also called upon the next generation of writers to push for the liberation of their art from corporate demands and profiteering.

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Wed
Nov 12 2014 3:30pm

“To Eternity” Wins the Society of Illustrators Medal

A mighty congratulations to Wesley Allsbrook and Barrie Potter for winning a silver medal at the Society of Illustrators for their haunting Tor.com original comic, “To Eternity.”

The Society of Illustrators Annual Awards are one the premiere showcases for outstanding work created worldwide throughout the year. Thousands of entries are received and juried by a team of illustrators and art directors. It is truly an honor to be selected for the annual, and a great honor to be one of the few chosen for a medal. 

“To Eternity” will be on display at the Museum of American Illustration in February 2014 and will be included in Society's annual, Illustrators, coming out in winter 2016. 

Sun
Nov 9 2014 3:45pm

Announcing the 2014 World Fantasy Winners!

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2014 World Fantasy Awards, held in Washington DC this year! This year’s judges were Andy Duncan, Kij Johnson, Oliver Johnson, John Klima, and Liz Williams.

Check out who was nominated and who was chosen as this year's winners.

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Wed
Oct 22 2014 12:10pm

Tom Doherty and George R.R. Martin to Be the First Recipients of Brown University Library’s Harris Award

Tom Doherty George R.R. Martin Harris Award Brown University Library

On October 23, the Brown University Library will honor Tor Books president and publisher Tom Doherty and author George R.R. Martin with the first-ever Harris Collection Literary Award. According to the Library, the award (inspired by Brown class of 1838 alumnus Caleb Fiske Harris and his love of the arts) “celebrates the influence of literature in pop culture.”

The evening will begin with a brief awards ceremony, followed by an interview with Doherty and Martin, led by Modern Culture and Media Professor Lynne Joyrich and local author Jon Land (Brown '79), followed by a reception. You can find ticketing information here.

You can also follow along with the event on Twitter with the hashtag #HarrisAward.

Fri
Oct 17 2014 1:52pm

Congratulations to the storySouth Million Writers Award Nominees!

storySouth nominees

The 2014 storySouth Million Writers Award nominees have been announced, and we're pleased that the Tor.com stories “A Rumor of Angels” by Dale Bailey, “A Window or a Small Box” by Jedediah Berry, “Burning Girls” by Veronica Schanoes, “Jack of Coins” by Christopher Rowe, and “Rag and Bone” by Priya Sharma have all been nominated!

storySouth, an online journal founded in 2001, publishes Southern fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Past winners of the Million Writers Award include Richard Bowes and Catherynne M. Valente, and in 2012, storySouth published an anthology of their SFF publications, Million Writers Award: The Best Online Science Fiction and Fantasy.

You can find links to all the nominated stories here. Happy reading, and congratulations to all the nominees!

Wed
Oct 15 2014 11:53am

Congratulations to the National Book Award Finalists!

National Book Award finalist 2014 Station Eleven Emily St. John MandelThe National Book Award finalists were announced this morning on NPR! Among the more genre-heavy books selected were Emily St. John Mandel’s post-apocalyptic traveling Shakespeare troupe mystery Station Eleven, and John Corey Whaley’s Noggin, about a teenager who is resurrected from death when his head gets reattached to a new body.

Several Macmillan titles also made the list, including Marilynne Robinson’s Lila, Louise Glück’s Faithful and Virtuous Night, and Steve Sheinkin’s The Port Chicago 50. Congratulations to all the honorees!

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Wed
Oct 15 2014 11:10am

The Man Booker and the Future

The Man Booker Prize

More than a year ago, at an impromptu press conference scheduled after the Sunday Times had gone and given the game away, the Man Booker Prize announced a novel new order. Going forward, the award would go—to paraphrase administrator Ion Trewin—to the best book to be released in the English-speaking world each year.

The eligibility of American texts in a field formerly exclusive to books from British or Commonwealth countries inevitably ruffled a few feathers. Just the other day, Peter Carey—one of only three writers to have won the prize twice—spoke to The Guardian about how the “particular cultural flavour” that set the Man Booker Prize apart would likely be lost in the process of this exercise in what he described as “global marketing.”

[Turns out... there was nothing to worry about!]

Mon
Sep 29 2014 11:45am

The YA Book Prize

YA Book prize

Late last week, following an article examining the array of awards on offer to Young Adult authors, The Bookseller—in association with Movellas, a “story-sharing start-up”—announced another: the YA Book Prize.

Its unique selling point? It’s only open to authors who have lived for six months or more in the UK or Ireland.

Nigel Roby, publisher and chief executive of The Bookseller Group, explained that the YA Book Prize came into being after close consultation with a number of publishers: “We have one simple desire that underpins everything we do: we want more readers reading more books. The YA Book Prize gives us a wonderful opportunity to put that desire into practice.”

[But as we all know by now, the devil’s in the details...]

Sun
Sep 7 2014 12:01pm

Announcing the 2014 British Fantasy Awards Winners

The winners of the British Fantasy Awards 2014, as announced on Sunday, 7 September 2014, at the awards banquet at FantasyCon 2014 in York. The nominees in each category were decided by the voters of the British Fantasy Society, FantasyCon 2012 and FantasyCon 2014, with the juries having a discretion to add up to two further egregious omissions in each category.

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Tue
Sep 2 2014 12:00pm

Short Fiction Spotlight: Time Will Tell

The Bone Clocks David Mitchell

Welcome back to the Short Fiction Spotlight, a weekly column dedicated to doing exactly what it says in the header: shining a light on the some of the best and most relevant fiction of the aforementioned form.

The longlist of novels nominated for this year’s Man Booker Prize is notable for any number of reasons. The prevalence of American authors in a field formerly dominated by Brits and writers hailing from the countries of the Commonwealth can hardly come as a surprise, being a direct effect of the new rules, but the lack of big hitters—foremostly favourites like Martin Amis and Ian McEwan—indubitably does.

David Mitchell’s longlisting for his new book, The Bone Clocks, bucks both of the aforementioned trends. Aside a sojourn in Sicily and eight years of teaching in Hiroshima, he’s a University of Kent-educated Englishman who has been what you might describe as a Booker bridesmaid not once or twice but thrice: for number9dream, Cloud Atlas, and finally, four Prizes past, for The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. Could 2014 be his year? Having read ‘The Right Sort,’ an experimental short set in the same world as the author’s upcoming novel, I’d put to you that it’s a real possibility.

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