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Stubby the Rocket
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Tue
Jul 15 2014 12:30pm

Hey, You Coming to Our 6th Birthday Party This Week?

Tor.com party 6th birthday

Now we are six! And we’re having a meet-up this Thursday, July 17th!

And you’re invited! You should come and waggle elbows with sci-fi/fantasy publishing people. (Get us tipsy we are full of secrets.)

The party is in the upstairs bar at our Professor Thom’s in Manhattan (2nd Ave between 13th and 14th). It’s from 6 to 11 and we’ll be there, whomever we are, to talk about comic book movies, gender representation, funky fresh dance moves...whatever brings the fun. You can RSVP on Facebook here. Or just show up and say hello!

Fri
Jul 11 2014 12:10pm

The Tor.com Summer Meet-Up is Next Week!

Stubby the Rocket

Now we are six! And we’re having a meet-up next Thursday, July 17th!

YOU SHOULD COME WE LIKE YOU to the upstairs bar at our Professor Thom’s in Manhattan (2nd Ave between 13th and 14th). It’s from 6 to 11 and we’ll be there, whomever we are, to talk about comic book movies, gender representation, funky fresh dance moves...whatever brings the fun. You can RSVP on Facebook here. Or just show up and say hello!

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.

Fri
Jul 19 2013 10:30am

Tor.com 5th Birthday Sweepstakes!

If you're in NYC, we want to see you at our birthday bash, but if you're located elsewhere, here's your chance to win one of the goody bags we'll be giving out at the party! Each limited edition Stubby the Rocket tote bag comes with an assortment of cool books, Stubby buttons, and a set of postcards featuring art and quotations from original Tor.com stories. 

So how do you win one of these five swag-stuffed goody bags? Just comment in the post to enter!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 or older. To enter, comment on this post beginning at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on July 19, 2013. Sweepstakes ends at 12:00 p.m. ET July 23, 2013. Void outside of the 50 US, and DC where prohibited by law. Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Tor.com, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

Wed
Aug 1 2012 6:00pm

Our Hyperbolically Perfect Birthday Meet-up Is Tomorrow Night in NYC!

Our Inadvisably Awesome Tor.com Meet-Up/4th Birthday Meet-Up is Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, party peoples. The night you’ve been waiting for. Tor.com is having a 4th birthday meet-up, and we want you to be there! (You and your friends.) If you’re in New York City this Thursday, August 2nd, then you’ll be at our party.

The details: the meet-up is FREE and starts at 6 PM on Thursday, August 2nd. Professor Thom’s is located at 219 2nd Avenue between East 13th and 14th Street. We’ll be in the upstairs bar. Come have a drink and hang out! Our special “Rocket Fuel” cocktail from Barker and Mills will be on hand to get you blasted alongside our rocket-themed cakes and party favors. At this point, our meet-ups are legendary, so you can’t miss it.

RSVP at our Facebook invite here.

Kirk/Spock DJ illustration by Chris Whetzel


Stubby the Rocket is the voice and mascot of Tor.com and will make an appearance at this party.

Fri
Jul 20 2012 5:00pm

I, Rocket: What We Learned About Stubby in 2012

The Tor.com mascot Stubby the Rocket is a mysterious creature. It is at times sheltering and nurturing and at times impulsive and devil-may-care. It’s also dodgy about what it reveals about itself, communicating mainly through the little biographical squibs at the bottom of its posts.

Last year, during our 3rd birthday we tallied up what Stubby had revealed that year. Today marks the 4th year anniversary of Tor.com’s inception and now we return to our beloved rocket’s rantings to see if the veil has parted any farther. Join us below.

[I, Rocket 2012]

Thu
Jul 19 2012 3:30pm

Reminder: Tor.com’s 4th Birthday Party in Two Weeks!

For those of you lamenting August and its lack of excitement, Stubby will deliver you from boredom! Tor.com is having a 4th birthday meet-up, and we want you to be there! (Especially you.)

The details: the meet-up is FREE and starts at 6 PM on Thursday, August 2nd. Professor Thom’s is located at 219 2nd Avenue between East 13th and 14th Street. Come have a drink and hang out!  We’ll have a special cocktail and some special party favors, and at this point, our meet-ups are legendary, so you can’t miss it.

RSVP at our Facebook invite here.

Kirk/Spock DJ illustration by Chris Whetzel


Stubby the Rocket loves all its people puppets. Ahem, the crew, it meant to say.

Sun
Jan 8 2012 1:00pm

Happy Birthday from the Spiders From Mars!: Announcing Bowie Week on Tor.com

Happy birthday to rock demigod David Bowie, who turns 65 today…although somehow, we can’t quite believe it. One of the most versatile, innovative performers of the last century, Bowie’s shifting musical personas— from psychedelic spaceman to androgynous Messianic alien to trippy Orwellian antihero to retro-futuristic cabaret act—have put him in a completely different class from most mortals. He hasn’t simply evolved over the years: he practically regenerates. We’re not saying that he’s a secret Time Lord...but if he was, would anyone really be surprised?

[Freak out in a Moonage Daydream with us]

Wed
Jul 20 2011 6:13pm

I, Rocket: What We Know About Stubby the Rocket

Many of us here at Tor.com are frequently asked just who or what is Stubby the Rocket? The official answer is this: a handle all the staff uses to do straightforward news posts that don’t involve the site or a Tor Books property, or pieces in which a specific voice or viewpoint is not attached.

However, that answer is a lie. Stubby is a sentient machine in a geosynchronous orbit above the Flatiron building in New York City. Stubby is literally a living rocket. It appeared at the same time the website launched three years ago, although unlike the website, we’re not sure how old Stubby really is. In Earth years Stubby is three. But in Rocket years? We have no idea.

All we know about Stubby is what it shares with us in the bio squibs of its posts. Here’s what we have managed to learn about Stubby the Rocket thus far.

[Read more]

Wed
Jul 20 2011 11:35am

Tor.com Birthday Estes Rocket Sweepstakes!

Today is our 3rd birthday and the 42nd anniversary of man walking on the moon. The timing of Tor.com’s launch in 2008 and the moon landing anniversary was no accident, of course. The idea being  to link this new community site of ours to the same spirit of exploration and wonder that the moon landing inspired in humanity. Our site’s motto, “Science fiction. Fantasy. The universe.” reflects this desire, and our mascot, Stubby the Rocket, represents a way to achieve it.

So on this day, our 3rd birthday, we have a rocket sweepstakes for you!

Enter in the comments below to win this Estes model rocket kit, and plan an exploration mission of your own. Because you deserve all the wonder that Stubby brings to our office.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia, who are 18 or older. To enter, fill out entry on this post beginning at 10:35 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) July 20, 2011. Sweepstakes ends at 12:00 p.m. ET July 22, 2011. Void outside of the 50 US and DC and where prohibited by law. Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Macmillan Publishers, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

Wed
Jul 20 2011 10:00am

Tor.com Turns 3 (It’s a Magic Number!)

Today is officially Tor.com’s third birthday — we launched the site on July 20th, 2008, and we’ve been having an amazing time ever since, exploring the universe (and related subjects) with help from our loyal crew, brilliant bloggers, authors, and artists, and especially our wonderful readers. Thanks so much to all of you for coming along for the ride!

Here’s to three exceptionally magical years, and to the many more still ahead...

Thu
Jul 14 2011 1:34pm

Jane Espenson Doesn’t Write Television, It Creates Itself Around Her

Today is the birthday of Jane Espenson, writer of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Torchwood, Warehouse 13, Dollhouse, Game of Thrones, Dinosaurs, Andy Barker PI, Caprica, Tru Calling, Gilmore Girls, The Inside, The OC, Firefly, Something So Right, Deep Space Nine, Ellen, and Nowhere Man. If you’re on this site and you haven’t seen a few of Jane’s shows, you probably don’t watch TV. Good for you. She’s also written a pile of comics, to my great delight....

[How to celebrate Jane Espenson’s birthday]

Mon
Jul 11 2011 7:23pm

Reminder: Tor.com Meet-Up Is Tomorrow! We’re Turning 3!

Tomorrow if you’re in NYC, we demand your presence at the Tor.com meetup/3rd birthday celebration! The place is Professor Thom’s and the time is 6 PM until whenever. All the info is here.

Come have cake and a drink with us, gossip of A Dance With Dragons and maybe experience Manhattanhenge.

The Tor.com staff will be on hand, as will many of our bloggers.  See you there!

Kirk/Spock DJ illustration by Chris Whetzel


Stubby the Rocket is the voice and mascot of Tor.com. Stubby only turns three once.

Tue
Feb 8 2011 10:57am

Happy 183rd Birthday Jules Verne

Jules VerneToday, February 8, is the 183rd birthday of Jules Verne, and there is more than enough reason for us to celebrate it. (As those of you doing internet searches today may have noticed, Google certainly has.)

[And on the off chance you aren’t familiar with him...]

Fri
Jan 21 2011 12:17pm

Weekly Who: Happy Birthday, Tom Baker!

Welcome to our Weekly Who roundup! Every Friday morning we collect random/cool Doctor Who-related news and things that we’ve found in our internet travels. Feel free to point out your own finds in the comments!

This week, we open with a Dalek poetry reading:

[News, David Tennant being weird, and a happy birthday to the Fourth Doctor!]

Wed
Jan 19 2011 6:11pm

Happy Birthday, Buffy! Whitney Sorrow Pays Homage to the Slayer With Edgy Bibliopegy

Mr. PointyWhitney Sorrow loves books. No, really. She loves books. Not just reading them, but making them. At her website, Edgy Bibliopegy, you can see all the lovely fruits of her labor. And, as today is Buffy Summer’s 30th birthday, as well as the release of the final issue of the Buffy: Season Eight comic, do yourself a favor and check out Sorrow’s “Geekery” line, which features handmade journals, sketchbooks, and other gorgeous volumes inspired by Buffy the Vampire Slayer, as well as other stuff from the Whedonverse and Doctor Who!

I had the chance to speak with Whitney about the art of bibliopegy, her love of Buffy and the Whedonverse, and why kung fu movies go best with Wu Tang Clan.

[Celebrate Buffy with books! And a miniature Mr. Pointy...]

Tue
Jul 20 2010 6:51pm

Stubby the Rocket wallpapers

StubbyH. M. S. StubbingtonBirthday wrapping for your desktop! We kinda have a crush on our rocket. You can read all about his evolution here. Or, just skip to the shinny stuff and download your own Stubby wallpaper. (Also comes in steampunk flavor.)

[Download under the cut]

Tue
Jul 20 2010 5:46pm

It Is What They Call the Best of the Best: Two Years of Tor.com Highlights

Since it’s our birthday, we thought we’d indulge and share our favorite moments—funny, poignant, eloquent, and wacky—from the last two years.

Patrick Nielsen Hayden:
Tor.com is terrific, and many people write great stuff on Tor.com. I can’t possibly rate two years and hundreds, maybe thousands of posts. But Jo Walton is my favorite blogger on Tor.com, just as she’s one of my favorite novelists, bloggers, and human beings in general. My two favorite Jo Walton posts:

(1) Her contribution to our moon-landing 40th-anniversary event. Specifically this:

I was at an outdoor party once. There was a beautiful full moon sailing above the trees, above the whole planet. And there was a guy at the party who proclaimed loudly that the boots of the Apollo astronauts had contaminated the magic of the moon and that it should have been left untouched. I disagreed really strongly. I felt that the fact that people had visited the moon made it a real place, while not stopping it being beautiful. There it was, after all, shining silver, and the thought that people had been there, that I could potentially go there one day, made it better for me. That guy wanted it to be a fantasy moon, and I wanted it to be a science fiction moon. And that’s how the day of the moon landing affected me and my relationship with science fiction, twenty years after it happened. It gave me a science fiction moon, full of wonder and beauty and potentially within my grasp.

I have been thinking about this paragraph ever since she wrote it.

(2) Her review of Robert A. Heinlein’s The Stone Pillow, which (as Flann O’Brien once said) filled a much-needed gap in the literature.

[More staff picks below the cut!]

Tue
Jul 20 2010 9:55am
Original Comic

How Tor.com Is Like (And Not Like) A Two-Year-Old

Happy birthday to us!

Tue
Jul 13 2010 9:40am

Become a member of Tor.com and get a John Scalzi story a week early

To commemorate our upcoming second birthday, John Scalzi has written an original short story which will go public on Tor.com on our actual anniversary, July 20. But! If you’re already a registered member of Tor.com, this morning we’re emailing you this new Scalzi opus directly, a week in advance of its general availability. Call it our “thank you” for being part of Tor.com. And if you’re not a member but are now saying to yourself “Drat! I'd better go become a member!”, once you sign up (it’s free) and log in, you’ll be able to follow this link to the Scalzi tale.

And why wouldn’t you want to become a member? Membership in Tor.com gives you powers on the site unavailable to the common horde. It makes you more attractive to members of the appropriate sex, and it builds strong bones and a glossy coat. Tor.com members include writers, agents, rocket scientists, ballerinas, astronauts, and international men and women of mystery. Act now, act without thinking, sign up today.

Moreover, to answer the question that you were surely about to ask, Mr. Scalzi’s new narrative is, as you would expect, a very serious, deeply rigorous, and morally earnest work that will bring us all face to face with some of the most salient issues of our time. Called “The President’s Brain Is Missing.”