Where the Trains Turn November 19, 2014 Where the Trains Turn Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen His imagination runs wild. The Walk November 12, 2014 The Walk Dennis Etchison Creative differences can be brutal. Where the Lost Things Are November 5, 2014 Where the Lost Things Are Rudy Rucker and Terry Bisson Everything has to wind up somewhere. A Kiss with Teeth October 29, 2014 A Kiss with Teeth Max Gladstone Happy Halloween.
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Fri
Nov 28 2014 1:00pm

I Hate Boats

Boat voyages in epic fantasy

When you spend years and years immersed in any genre, I think it’s inevitable that you will come to develop prejudices. Patterns will begin to emerge before your eyes that change the way you experience the fiction you consume. Some of these biases will be reasonable, some will be arbitrary, and some will be, well, practically inexplicable. I know people who love fantasy but hate swords. This baffles me, because clearly swords are very great, but I won’t judge that preference. I certainly have my own prejudices, and today I’m going to explain one of them.

I absolutely loathe boats.

[Nautical readers may wish to avert their eyes.]

Fri
Nov 28 2014 9:00am
Excerpt

The Providence of Fire: Chapter Four (Excerpt)

Brian Staveley

The Providence of Fire excerpt prologue Brian StaveleyThe Providence of Fire, the second volume in Brian Staveley’s Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, sees the heirs of the assassinated Emperor of Annur fighting one another as well as the forces that conspired against their father.

Adare has learned the identity of her father’s killer, but she has few allies to challenge the coup against her family. While she rallies the people—who believe her touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire—to help her retake the city, she must face her brother Valyn’s rebel forces. Having allied with nomad forces, he brings war to the Annurian Empire.

Caught in the middle is Adare and Valyn’s brother Kaden, rightful heir to the throne. He has infiltrated the capital with the help of two strange companions, who possess knowledge that may save Annur... or destroy it.

The Providence of Fire publishes January 13, 2015 from Tor Books and Tor Books UK. Read chapter four below, and check back every day this week for additional excerpts!

[Read Chapter Four]

Thu
Nov 27 2014 9:00am
Excerpt

The Providence of Fire: Chapter Three (Excerpt)

Brian Staveley

The Providence of Fire excerpt prologue Brian StaveleyThe Providence of Fire, the second volume in Brian Staveley’s Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, sees the heirs of the assassinated Emperor of Annur fighting one another as well as the forces that conspired against their father.

Adare has learned the identity of her father’s killer, but she has few allies to challenge the coup against her family. While she rallies the people—who believe her touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire—to help her retake the city, she must face her brother Valyn’s rebel forces. Having allied with nomad forces, he brings war to the Annurian Empire.

Caught in the middle is Adare and Valyn’s brother Kaden, rightful heir to the throne. He has infiltrated the capital with the help of two strange companions, who possess knowledge that may save Annur... or destroy it.

The Providence of Fire publishes January 13, 2015 from Tor Books and Tor Books UK. Read chapter three below, and check back every day this week for additional excerpts!

[Read Chapter Three]

Wed
Nov 26 2014 9:00am
Excerpt

The Providence of Fire: Chapter Two (Excerpt)

Brian Staveley

The Providence of Fire excerpt prologue Brian StaveleyThe Providence of Fire, the second volume in Brian Staveley’s Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, sees the heirs of the assassinated Emperor of Annur fighting one another as well as the forces that conspired against their father.

Adare has learned the identity of her father’s killer, but she has few allies to challenge the coup against her family. While she rallies the people—who believe her touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire—to help her retake the city, she must face her brother Valyn’s rebel forces. Having allied with nomad forces, he brings war to the Annurian Empire.

Caught in the middle is Adare and Valyn’s brother Kaden, rightful heir to the throne. He has infiltrated the capital with the help of two strange companions, who possess knowledge that may save Annur... or destroy it.

The Providence of Fire publishes January 13, 2015 from Tor Books. Read chapter two below, and check back every day this week for additional excerpts!

[Read Chapter Two]

Tue
Nov 25 2014 9:00am
Excerpt

The Providence of Fire: Chapter One (Excerpt)

Brian Staveley

The Providence of Fire excerpt prologue Brian StaveleyThe Providence of Fire, the second volume in Brian Staveley’s Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, sees the heirs of the assassinated Emperor of Annur fighting one another as well as the forces that conspired against their father.

Adare has learned the identity of her father’s killer, but she has few allies to challenge the coup against her family. While she rallies the people—who believe her touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire—to help her retake the city, she must face her brother Valyn’s rebel forces. Having allied with nomad forces, he brings war to the Annurian Empire.

Caught in the middle is Adare and Valyn’s brother Kaden, rightful heir to the throne. He has infiltrated the capital with the help of two strange companions, who possess knowledge that may save Annur... or destroy it.

The Providence of Fire publishes January 13, 2015 from Tor Books and Tor Books UK. Read chapter one below, and check back every day this week for additional excerpts!

[Read Chapter One]

Mon
Nov 24 2014 5:00pm

Fiction Affliction: December Releases in Fantasy

new releases fantasy december 2014Ten new fantasies hit the shelves this month in time to fill holiday stockings (digital or textile), including series additions from, among others, Katherine Kurtz, K.V. Johansen, and K.J. Taylor. Also look for an all-star charity anthology to benefit colon cancer research, and Shannon Page’s completion of the late Jay Lake’s unfinished novel, Our Lady of the Islands.

Fiction Affliction details releases in science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal romance, and “genre-benders.” Keep track of them all here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

[Read about this month’s releases.]

Mon
Nov 24 2014 10:00am
Excerpt

The Providence of Fire: Prologue (Excerpt)

Brian Staveley

The Providence of Fire excerpt prologue Brian StaveleyThe Providence of Fire , the second volume in Brian Staveley's Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne, sees the heirs of the assassinated Emperor of Annur fighting one another as well as the forces that conspired against their father.

Adare has learned the identity of her father's killer, but she has few allies to challenge the coup against her family. While she rallies the people—who believe her touched by Intarra, patron goddess of the empire—to help her retake the city, she must face her brother Valyn's rebel forces. Having allied with nomad forces, he brings war to the Annurian Empire.

Caught in the middle is Adare and Valyn's brother Kaden, rightful heir to the throne. He has infiltrated the capital with the help of two strange companions, who possess knowledge that may save Annur... or destroy it.

Read the prologue of The Providence of Fire, coming January 13, 2015 from Tor Books and Tor UK!

 

[Read the Prologue]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 10:00am

Never Wait for a Sequel Again: 17 Standalone Fantasy Novels

One of the things you get used to as a fantasy fan is that each new book is a commitment. Some people commit to other people, marriages, children, careers.... When fantasy fans start a new book, they do it knowing that they may still have to be reading about these characters 20 years later.

As a guide for those who maybe want a fling rather than a marriage, we asked Twitter to suggest standalone fantasies, and you did not disappoint: From Goblin Emperors to Fox Women to Raven Kings, here are 17 of your favorites!

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Thu
Nov 20 2014 2:35pm

“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.

[Read more]

Thu
Nov 20 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: A Dance with Dragons, Part 1

Welcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is Part 1 of A Dance with Dragons, in which we cover the Prologue and Chapter 1 (“Tyrion”).

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[“Part of me says I need to stop drinking like this. The other parts of me say ‘Stop listening to her, she’s drunk.’”]

Wed
Nov 19 2014 1:10pm

Cover Reveal for Elizabeth Bear’s Karen Memory

Karen Memory Elizabeth Bear

I’m very excited to show-off the cover to Elizabeth Bear’s upcoming novel Karen Memorypublishing February 2015 from Tor Books. The art is by Cynthia Sheppard. She’s done a brilliant job of depicting a strong and resourceful character, someone that you believe has a story to tell. This is only the second time I have worked with Cynthia, I’m looking forward to many more covers from her in the future.

Head below the cut for the full cover art, and to learn more about Elizabeth Bear's new novel!

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Wed
Nov 19 2014 9:00am
Original Story

Where the Trains Turn

I don’t like to think about the past. But I cannot stop remembering my son.

Emma Nightingale prefers to remain grounded in reality as much as possible. Yet she’s willing to indulge her nine year-old son Rupert’s fascination with trains, as it brings him closer to his father, Gunnar, from whom she is separated. Once a month, Gunnar and Rupert venture out to follow the rails and watch the trains pass. Their trips have been pleasant, if uneventful, until one afternoon Rupert returns in tears. “The train tried to kill us,” he tells her.

Rupert’s terror strikes Emma as merely the product of an overactive imagination. After all, his fears could not be based in reality, could they?

Published here for the first time in English, “Where the Trains Turn” won first prize in the Finnish science-fiction magazine Portti’s annual short story competition and then went on to win the Atorox Award for best Finnish science fiction or fantasy short story.

This novella was acquired and edited for Tor.com by Peter Joseph. Translation by Liisa Rantalaiho.

[Read “Where the Trains Turn” by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen]

Tue
Nov 18 2014 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 9

Lay on, Macduff, and welcome back to the Wheel of Time Reread Redux!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 16 and 17 of The Eye of the World, originally reread in this post.

All original posts are listed in The Wheel of Time Reread Index here, and all Redux posts will also be archived there as well. (The Wheel of Time Master Index, as always, is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general on Tor.com.)

The Wheel of Time reread is also now available as an ebook series, except for the portion covering A Memory of Light, which should become available soon.

All Reread Redux posts will contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series, so if you haven’t read, read at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[Come, you spirits/ That tend on mortal thoughts, unsex me here]

Mon
Nov 17 2014 2:15pm

Robson Returns

Justina Robson Silver Screen

I have a real soft spot for Justina Robson.

I don’t know exactly what it was about Silver Screen that caught my eye. It might have been the Giger-esque qualities of the art on the first edition’s front cover; it might have been the thoughtful concepts the synopsis suggested; it might merely have been because I fancied some sci-fi—a much rarer impulse in those days than these—and the South African bookshop I bought it in didn’t exactly specialise in speculative fiction.

Whatever it was, I spent the next few nights with my nose buried in that book, and I knew, even sixteen or so years ago, that I’d read something remarkable. I remember feeling oddly fulfilled when the markedly more informed minds behind the Arthur C. Clarke Award and the BSFAs agreed with me.

Justina Robson has been busy since: with Mappa Mundi, the Natural History novels, and the five volumes of the Quantum Gravity saga. The last we heard from her, however, was with respect to her short story collection, Heliotrope, in early 2011. Only recently have there been rumblings about her next novel.

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Thu
Nov 13 2014 1:00pm

A Read of Ice and Fire: ASoS Review and Predictions for A Dance with Dragons

George RR Martin A Storm of SwordsWelcome back to A Read of Ice and Fire! Please join me as I read and react, for the very first time, to George R.R. Martin’s epic fantasy series A Song of Ice and Fire.

Today’s entry is, um, Part 53 of A Storm of Swords? I guess? In which I do some memory-related cheating. Sort of.

Previous entries are located in the Index. The only spoilers in the post itself will be for the actual chapters covered and for the chapters previous to them. As for the comments, please note that the Powers That Be have provided you a lovely spoiler thread here on Tor.com. Any spoileriffic discussion should go there, where I won’t see it. Non-spoiler comments go below, in the comments to the post itself.

And now, the post!

[So kiss a little longer, stay close a little longer, hold tight a little longer—longer with Big RED WEDDING AAAAAAAAGGGHH]

Wed
Nov 12 2014 9:00am
Original Story

The Walk

“The Walk,” by Dennis Etchison, is a neat little horror story about the dog eat dog world of Hollywood in which a director and writer have very different ideas of how their collaboration should proceed.

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

[Read “The Walk” by Dennis Etchison]

Tue
Nov 11 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Karina Sumner-Smith

Karina Sumner-Smith pop quizWelcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on Tor.com featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Karina Sumner-Smith, a Canadian fantasy author. Her short fiction has appeared in The Living Dead 2, The Best Horror of the Year Volume Three, and Children of Magic, and her work has been nominated for the Nebula Award. Her new novel, Radiant, is the first book in the Towers trilogy—available now from Talos!

We definitely want to visit Karina’s dream-shop in Diagon Alley. Join us to find out why we love it so much!

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Tue
Nov 11 2014 4:00pm
Excerpt

Cold Hillside (Excerpt)

Nancy Baker

Cold Hillside Nancy Baker excerpt In the remote city of Lushan, they know that the Fey are not fireside tales, but a dangerous reality. Generations ago, the last remnants of a dying empire bargained with the Faerie Queen for a place of safety in the mountains and each year the ruler of Lushan must travel to the high plateau to pay the city’s tribute.

When an unexpected misfortune means that the traditional price is not met, the Queen demands the services of Teresine, once a refugee slave and now advisor to the Sidiana. Teresine must navigate the treacherous politics of the Faerie Court, where the Queen’s will determines reality and mortals are merely pawns in an eternal struggle for power.

Years later, another young woman faces an unexpected decision that forces her to discover the truth of what happened to Teresine in the Faerie Court, a truth that could threaten everything she loves.

From acclaimed author Nancy Baker comes Cold Hillside, a new novel about the price of safety and the cost of power—available November 18th from ChiZine!

[Read an excerpt]

Tue
Nov 11 2014 1:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux: The Eye of the World, Part 8

Hi there! Welcome back to the Wheel of Time Reread Redux!

Today’s Redux post will cover Chapters 14 and 15 of The Eye of the World, originally reread in this post.

All original posts are listed in The Wheel of Time Reread Index here, and all Redux posts will also be archived there as well. (The Wheel of Time Master Index, as always, is here, which has links to news, reviews, interviews, and all manner of information about the Wheel of Time in general on Tor.com.)

The Wheel of Time reread is also now available as an ebook series, except for the portion covering A Memory of Light, which should become available soon.

All Reread Redux posts will contain spoilers for the entire Wheel of Time series, so if you haven’t read, read at your own risk.

And now, the post!

[“New York is cold, glittering, malign. The buildings dominate. There is a sort of atomic frenzy to the activity going on; the more furious the pace, the more diminished the spirit. A constant ferment, but it might just as well be going on in a test tube. Nobody knows what it’s all about. Nobody directs the energy. Stupendous. Bizarre. Baffling. A tremendous reactive urge, but absolutely uncoordinated.” ~HENRY MILLER, Tropic of Cancer]

Sun
Nov 9 2014 2:45pm

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.

[Read more]