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Mar 3 2015 1:30pm

The Skull Throne Shown

Demon Cycle Peter V Brett

Hotly anticipated doesn’t quite cut the mustard as a means of describing the excitement surrounding the publication of The Skull Throne, and though the fourth volume of Peter V. Brett’s bestselling fantasy saga is almost upon us, it wasn’t until this week that we knew what it would look like.

The design isn’t quite as striking as I’d like, but it’s what happens under the covers that counts, and from the synopsis it sounds as if The Skull Throne stands a chance of making up for the momentum The Demon Cycle lost in The Daylight War.

[The Skull Throne of Krasia stands empty.]

Oct 24 2014 11:55am

Tributaries of Rivers of London

Ben Aaronovitch

You can take the copper out of London—you can take him, to wit, to “a small village in Herefordshire where the local police are reluctant to admit that there might be a supernatural element to the disappearance of some local children”—but you can’t take the London out of urban fantasy’s favourite copper, can you?

Foxglove Summer, the fifth of the bestselling PC Peter Grant series—which began with the wonderful Rivers of London—is, at long last, almost upon us. With the hardcover out hereabouts in early November, news of a tour in support of said text, and the announcement of an upcoming comic based on the books, I borrowed Ben Aaronovitch and Andrew Cartmel, his partner in sequential art, for a chat about Body Work and beyond.

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Jun 11 2014 11:06am

Doctor Who World Tour is Coming!

Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, Doctor Who

Series 8 is coming up soon and it's time to introduce the Twelfth Doctor to a global audience! It's been officially announced that Peter Capaldi, Jenna Coleman, and Steven Moffat will go on a world tour to promote the show.

Five continents in less than a month. Whoa.

[Here's the schedule!]

Apr 11 2014 9:45am

Join Jo Walton on Tour for My Real Children!

Jo Walton is going on tour this summer in support of My Real Children, available May 20th from Tor Books!

The novel is set in 2015, and Patricia Cowan remembers things that don’t seem possible. She remembers marrying Mark and having four children. And she remembers not marrying Mark and raising three children with Bee instead. She remembers the bomb that killed President Kennedy in 1963, and she remembers Kennedy in 1964, declining to run again after the nuclear exchange that took out Miami and Kiev. Two lives, two worlds, two versions of modern history; each with their loves and losses, their sorrows and triumphs.

Read an excerpt from My Real Children here, and see below for the full list of tour dates!

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Apr 10 2014 4:00pm

Join Douglas Preston on Tour for The Kraken Project!

Douglas Preston Kraken Project

The Kraken Project will be published on May 13th and author Douglas Preston is going on tour!

In this thrilling new novel, we meet “Dorothy,” a powerful, self-modifying AI whose true potential is both revolutionary and terrifying. When miscalculations lead to a catastrophe during testing, Dorothy flees into the internet. Traumatized, angry, and relentlessly hunted, Dorothy has an extraordinary revelation—and devises a plan. But is the AI bent on saving the world… or on wiping out the cancer that is humankind?

You can read an excerpt of The Kraken Project here, and check below to see if Preston is visiting your town!

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Apr 9 2014 4:30pm

Join Four Great YA Authors for the “Fierce Reads” Tour!

Join four fabulous authors for the Fierce Reads tour! Marie Rutkoski (The Winner’s Curse), Lindsay Smith (Sekret), Katie Finn (Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend), Anna Banks (Of Neptune) are hitting the road this May in support of some fantastic books!

Check below for more details, including a full list of scheduled tour stops!

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Apr 9 2014 2:30pm

Join Printz Award Winner Marcus Sedgwick on Tour!

Marcus Sedgwick, author of the Printz Award-winning Midwinter Blood and the forthcoming She is Not Invisible, is going on tour!

In Midwinter Blood, seven stories of passion and love are separated by centuries but mysteriously intertwined—this is a tale of horror and beauty, tenderness and sacrifice. She is Not Invisible is an intricate puzzle of a novel that sheds a light on the delicate ties that bind people to each other; when her father goes missing, Laureth and her seven-year-old brother, Benjamin, are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City, where surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness.

You can read an excerpt from Midwinter Blood here, and check the list below to see if Sedgwick is coming to your town!

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Apr 8 2014 4:30pm

Crash Daryl Gregory’s Afterparty Tour!

Afterparty tour Daryl Gregory

To celebrate the release of Afterparty on April 22nd, Daryl Gregory is going on tour! In the novel, a seventeen-year-old street girl finds God through a new brain-altering drug called Numinous, but withdrawal leads to her suicide. Lyda Rose, one of the original scientists who developed the drug, sets out to find the other three survivors of the five who made Numinous in a quest to set things right.

You can read an excerpt from Afterparty here, and check below to see if Gregory is visiting your town!

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Apr 8 2014 1:20pm

Join Marie Brennan and Mary Robinette Kowal on Tour!

Marie Brennan and Mary Robinette Kowal are going on tour together this May! Both authors have recently released period fantasy novels, so there may be costumes involved on tour...

Brennan’s Tropic of Serpents joins Isabella Camherst on an expedition to the war-torn continent of Eriga—home of such exotic draconian species as the grass-dwelling snakes of the savannah, arboreal tree snakes, and, most elusive of all, the legendary swamp-wyrms…

Valour and Vanity, the fourth book in Kowal’s Glamourist Histories series, is a combination of the best parts of magical fantasy and heist novels, set against a glorious Regency backdrop.

You can read excerpts from Tropic of Serpents and Valour & Vanity here on, and check below to see if Brennan and Kowal are visiting your town!

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Jan 29 2014 11:42am

Announcing the Words of Radiance Brandon Sanderson Book Tour

Words of Radiance Brandon Sanderson tour

Tor Books has announced the dates and locations for Brandon Sanderson's Words of Radiance book tour! Take a look at the itinerary below for details.

You can also read over 10 chapters from the second volume of the Stormlight Archive right here on Keep an eye on our Stormlight Archive index for more news and sneak peeks at Words of Radiance, out on March 4th from Tor Books.

[Words of Radiance tour dates]

Jan 21 2014 2:30pm

See Marissa Meyer During the February Cress Tour!

Marissa Meyer Cress tour February 2014

Marissa Meyer is going on tour for her latest book, Cress! In Cress, the third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, now with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, a hacker trapped on a satellite since childhood who’s only ever had her netscreens as company. Unfortunately, she’s being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. When a daring rescue of Cress goes awry, the group is splintered, but Queen Levana will let nothing prevent her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only hope the world has.

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Mar 28 2013 11:00am

Announcing John Scalzi’s The Human Division Tour!

After having been published online as an episodic narrative, John Scalzi’s The Human Division, the latest story set in his Old Man’s War universe, comes out as a full-length novel May 14th. You can check out the first episode here:

You can also follow our ongoing coverage in the Human Division Read-along, and catch him on tour. See if he’s coming to a location near you below the cut.

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Mar 20 2013 10:30am

Brandon Sanderson on Tour for The Rithmatist

The Rithmatist Brandon Sanderson tourMore than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity’s only defense against the Wild Chalklings—merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles....

And so begins The Rithmatist, Brandon Sanderson’s new young adult fantasy book, out on May 14th from Tor Books. Read a free excerpt from the novel, pre-order the book from your favorite retailer, and catch Brandon on tour throughout the U.S. in the latter half of May!

[Tour dates and locations below]

Mar 20 2013 7:30am

British Genre Fiction Focus: Fantastical Fiction and the Folio Prize

British Genre Fiction Focus March 20

Welcome back to the British Genre Fiction Focus,’s weekly column dedicated to news and new releases from the United Kingdom’s thriving speculative fiction industry.

This time last week, I was gearing up to pop off on a short holiday. And pop off I did! To the Isle of Skye on the west coast of Scotland, where I celebrated a belated birthday—mine—drank some excellent ale—the Black Cuillin—and read a few phenomenal novels—The Machine by James Smythe and River of Stars by Guy Gavriel Kay. But you know what I didn’t do? What I couldn’t? Check the internet.

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Feb 4 2013 3:30pm

Announcing the Without a Summer Tour

Announcing the Without a Summer is pleased to announce the tour dates for Mary Robinette Kowal’s Without a Summer, sequel to Glamour in Glass. Without a Summer comes out on April 2nd, and to celebrate Mary Robinette Kowal will be visiting three locations to meet fans and sign books. Check out the full information below.

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Feb 1 2013 3:30pm

Tour Dates and Locations for Cory Doctorow’s Homeland

Homeland, the sequel to Cory Doctorow's wildly successful near-future dystopia Little Brother, will be released on February 5th, and you can catch Doctorow on tour! Information about his signings and appearances are below.

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Jan 31 2013 12:45pm

Catch Marissa Meyer’s Scarlet Tour

This February, catch Marissa Meyer on tour for Scarlet, the second volume in Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles series, available on February 5th from Feiwel & Friends. The tour begins on the 7th, and you can find all the information on when and where she’ll be signing below.

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Jan 23 2013 4:30pm

Conspire With Seanan McGuire, Diana Gabaldon and More on the Mad Scientist Tour

Tour dates and info for The Mad Scientist's Guide to World Domination

Check out the current tour dates for The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination, a new anthology exploring the world of mad scientists and evil geniuses from their own twisted and ingenious points of view. Editor John Joseph Adams is joined on tour by guest authors Austin Grossman, Seanan McGuire, and Diana Gabaldon. The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination hits shelves on February 19th, and the tour itself begins on February 22nd.

Check the tour dates below to see when the Mad Authors will be visiting a bookstore near you.

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Nov 30 2012 4:00pm

Eviction Notice: Occupants May Be Subject to Sudden Eviction

Do be do be do.

An innocent prank starts a chain reaction that could end in the eviction of every living thing from Earth, with no time to grab a space suit.

Aloon Zigilbraxis has to deliver a Glen Fairy to the Zorgons. However, the crop circle he created in New Jersey has just been replicated in Iowa as part of a prank, and the life pod crash lands at the wrong crop circle. In order to save his neck, he offers up Earth as collateral to buy him time to locate the Glen Fairy. Enter Alice Abel. Alice is down on her luck and ready to cash out when a pair of Council Investigators shows up to validate Aloon's claim on Earth. Can Alice, a police chief, and some teenagers save the Earth?

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Nov 26 2012 5:44pm

Be a Memory Keeper on the Tour for A Memory of Light

Information on joining the Memory Keepers for the Memory of Light tourInterested in getting a little behind-the-scenes on the signing tour for A Memory of Light? Apply to join the Memory Keepers! Fans will be recruited at each tour stop to help out with the tour and signing events. You can find out more about what is entailed and how to sign up over at Dragonmount.