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Wed
May 28 2014 5:28pm

Orbit Books Releases New UK Covers for Wheel of Time

Orbit Books revealed a full set of covers for the UK editions of Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson’s The Wheel of Time. Like their previous editions, the new covers use the iconic snake wheels as their only visual element but, this time, take on the hand-crafted feel of a woodcut on handmade paper. The new covers will come out in the UK in September. You can view the whole set on their blog.

Fri
May 16 2014 10:00am

How the Cover Was Decided for V. E. Schwab’s New Book A Darker Shade of Magic

V.E. Schwab A Darker Shade of Magic cover Will Staehle

We’ve got an exciting bundle of announcement for fans of V.E. Schwab’s debut novel Vicious. The author has a new book coming on February 25, 2015 titled A Darker Shade of Magic and you can check the cover out right now!

London itself can be too much for the average citizen, but stack a succession of unseen Londons on top of that and...well, read on to see how artist Will Staehle went about turning that idea into a book cover.

[How the cover of V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic came to be]

Sat
May 10 2014 9:22pm

Tran Nguyen Wins Spectrum Gold Medal for “The Insects of Love”

Tran Nguyen Spectrum Award The Insects of Love

We are extremely proud that Tran Nguyen’s illustration for Genevieve Valentine’s upcoming Tor.com short story, “Insects of Love,” has won the 2014 Spectrum Fantastic Art gold medal! (A full list of winners here.)

Tran did a spectacular job of encompassing a beautiful and complex story into a single image. The image is a success at every level—emotionally, technically, and conceptually. Author Genevieve Valentine had this to say of the artist’s work, “Tran's haunting art for ‘The Insects of Love’ is gorgeous; the heroine's piercing gaze, the use of texture and light, and the leached-out palette are a ghost story all its own. But of course I love seeing my story in the details: one sister seeming to eclipse the other, surrounded (crushed?) by the natural world, unable to quite tell where one begins and the other ends.”

Our greatest thanks and congratulations to Tran!

Sat
May 10 2014 9:00pm

Announcing the 2014 Spectrum Fantastic Art Award Winners

The winners for the 21st edition of the Spectrum Fantastic Art Annual were announced this evening at the grand Midway theatre in Kansas City, at Spectrum Live, a weekend long celebration of fantastic art.

The Spectrum awards are chosen from over five thousand entrees. This year’s jurors were Cory Godbey, Anthony Kosar, George Pratt, Shelly Wan, and Allen Williams.

Congratultions to everyone, in particular Tran Nguyen for her gold medal on “Insects of Love,” a Tor.com short story coming later this month!

[The gold and silver medalists are...]

Wed
May 7 2014 7:07pm

Announcing the 2014 Locus Award Finalists

Locus Magazine has announced the finalists in each category of the 2014 Locus Awards. Winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle, WA, June 27-29, 2014. Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony.

Congratulations to all the nominees! 

We are honored to see Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages’s “Wakulla Springs” and  Jeffrey Ford’s “A Terror” nominated in the short fiction categories, as well as our editors Ellen Datlow and Ann VanderMeer, and Tor.com nominated for Best Magazine! 

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Thu
Apr 10 2014 9:00am

Todd Lockwood Cover Reveal for Marie Brennan’s The Voyage of the Basilisk

We’re very excited to be able to show-off the latest Todd Lockwood cover for Marie Brennan’s next Lady Trent novel, The Voyage of the Basilisk. It’s always fun to  work on something that looks a little different than the rest of our list. Once we established the “naturalist journal” look and feel of the series on book one, A Natural History of Dragons, the tone was perfectly set for the rest of the series. I have to admit, at this point I feel a little guilty—after a  few fairly easy decisions are sussed out, I can just sit back and watch Todd to do his magic.

Check below for the full wrap-around cover image!

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Sat
Apr 5 2014 9:51pm

“This is not a natural disaster.” The Extended Godzilla Trailer

After a rash of mini trailers, Warner Brothers has released an extended trailer that actually makes it look pretty good. So, how many people are going to see this because of Godzilla and how many because of Walter White?

Godzilla will be released May 16th.

[Watch the trailer]

Sat
Apr 5 2014 7:40am

Announcing the 2013 Aurealis Award Winners

Winners  of  Australia’s  2013 Aurealis Awards and the Peter McNamara Convenors’ Award for Excellence were announced Saturday 5 April 2014 at  the Great Hall, University House, Australian National University, Canberra. Congratulations to all the nominess and winners!

 

Peter McNamara Convenors’ Award for Excellence:
Winner: Jonathan Strahan

[Read more]

Tue
Mar 25 2014 2:10pm

Tor.com Art Featured in Spectrum 21

I’m excited and honored that Tor.com has sixteen illustrations selected for the upcoming Spectrum 21 art annual, two of which are short-listed for medals. Thank you to all our artists. You guys bring a depth to Tor.com that we could not achieve without you.

For those outside of the science fiction and fantasy art world, think of Spectrum Fantastic Art as the Hugos, Nebulas, and “Best of” all rolled up into one. Each year a jury selects a few hundred art pieces from the thousands that enter. Gold and silver medals are also awarded in eight categories, the winners of which will be announced at Spectrum Art Live in May. All of these images will be collected into Spectrum 21, available this fall.

Below, take a look through a gallery of the Tor.com images that will appear in Spectrum 21!

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Mon
Mar 10 2014 11:09pm

Tor Books Announces the Acquisition of Charlie Jane Anders’s Novel All the Birds in the Sky

Tor Books editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden has acquired two novels from Charlie Jane Anders. The first, All the Birds in the Sky, is described as blending literary fantasy and science fiction, telling the story of the decades-long, on-and-off romance between a sorceress and a computer genius, beginning in childhood and proceeding against a background of increasingly catastrophic climate change. All the Birds in the Sky is slated for publication in 2015.

[Read more]

Mon
Mar 10 2014 9:30am

Preview The Art of John Harris: Beyond the Horizon

Art of John Harris

John Harris has been one of my personal favorite artists since I began working at Tor Books 20 years ago. Of course I love the scale of his work—everything feels weighty and important—but it’s his ability to portray a future that seems simultaneously possible and dream-like that resonates with me the most. His paintings are never labored or overly rendered. Instead they invite the viewer to participate in them, to contemplate that future, and its repercussions, in their own mind. It’s almost as if the viewer is left with a memory of the event.

Harris’ work has graced the covers of countless science fiction books science the early 80s, for authors such as John Scalzi, Orson Scott Card, Ben Bova, Ann Leckie, and many others. It is a testament to his work that book covers produced today are every bit as fresh and relevant as they have been throughout the past three decades.

Titan Books is now publishing The Art of John Harris: Beyond the Horizon, a 160 page hardcover collection that focuses on his wide variety of futuristic paintings, sketches, acrylics and watercolors.

[Preview some of the art below]

Wed
Mar 5 2014 4:05pm

Cover Reveal for The Three-Body Problem

Tor Books is very excited to reveal the cover to The Three-Body Problem. Stephan Martiniere, who created the cover art, had this to say about the process:

“I have always been attracted to complex and giant mechanical construct. When the assignment for the book came in I had just gotten back from Florence with tons of pictures from the Museo Galileo, which displays some incredible armillaries and other wonderful devices. The timing could not have been more perfect. All these references inspired me and gave me tons of ideas to create the elaborate construct depicted on the cover. This was a celestial experience.”

[Find out more about the series and see a text-free image below]

Mon
Mar 3 2014 4:08pm

Announcing the 2014 Spectrum Fantastic Art Award Finalists

Judging for the 21st edition of the Spectrum Fantastic Art Annual wrapped up yesterday. Five jurors looked at and evaluated over five thousand entries. A few hundred of the best entries will be complied into the Spectrum annual, due out next fall. Gold and silver medal winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at Spectrum Live, a weekend long celebration of fantastic art, in Kansas City, May 9-11th.

Congrualtions to everyone, in particular Tran Nguyen and Nicolas Delort for their work on Tor.com!

The gold and silver finalists are:

 

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Sat
Mar 1 2014 2:38pm

The Opening Scene of The Veronica Mars Movie

The Veronica Mars Movie is coming and the opening scene has been released. It’s merely a recap of the TV show but Mars fandom must be getting excited. Veronica Mars will be out March 14th.

[Watch the trailer]

Mon
Feb 17 2014 11:16pm

Announcing the 2013 James Tiptree Jr. Award Honors

The James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Council has just announced the winner and honor list. The Tiptree Award “is presented annually to a work of science fiction or fantasy that explores and expands gender roles. The award seeks out work that is thought-provoking, imaginative, and perhaps even infuriating. It is intended to reward those writers who are bold enough to contemplate shifts and changes in gender roles, a fundamental aspect of any society.”

The James Tiptree Award goes to Rupetta by N. A. Sulway.

N. A. Sulway’s imaginative and highly original novel tells the story of Rupetta, an artificial intelligence created 400 years ago from cloth, leather, and metal, brought to life by the touch of her creator’s hand on her clockwork heart. Although Rupetta is a constructed being, she is not a robot. Her consciousness is neither digital nor mechanical. Nor is she an android, a creature that is, etymologically, male. (The word is not “gyndroid”). Rupetta’s power does not come from her brain, but from her heart. Sulway has placed her construct not in the future, but the past, and made her female, created with traditionally feminine technology: sewing and weaving. Rupetta is a woman, made by a woman in the image of a woman, and the world changes to accommodate her existence.

A deft blend of fantasy, science fiction, romance, and even gothic horror, this beautifully written story challenges the reader’s expectations about gender and of a gendering society. It examines power and what makes an object of power, relationships and love, sexuality and identity, and how culture is shaped and history is made.

In addition to selecting the winner, the jury chooses a Tiptree Award Honor List. The 2013 honorees:

  • Eleanor Arnason, Big Mama Stories
  • Aliette de Bodard, “Heaven Under Earth”
  • Nicola Griffith, Hild
  • Alaya Dawn Johnson, The Summer Prince
  • Ann Leckie, Ancillary Justice
  • Bennet Madison, September Girls
  • Sarah McCarry, All our Pretty Songs
  • Janelle Monae, Electric Lady
  • Helene Wecker, The Golem and the Jinni
  • S. M. Wheeler, Sea Change

N. A Sulway will be honored during Memorial Day weekend at WisCon in Madison, Wisconsin and will receive $1000 in prize money.

The 2013 jurors were Ellen Klages (chair), Christopher Barzak, Jayna Brown, Nene Ormes, and Gretchen Treu.

Tue
Feb 11 2014 7:58pm

Watch Johnny Depp Become Superhuman in the Transcendence Trailer

Warner Brothers just released the trailer for Transcendence, an artificial intelligence (complete with anti-technology extremists) thriller starring Johnny Depp:

“A terminally ill scientist downloads his mind into a computer. This grants him power beyond his wildest dreams, and soon he becomes unstoppable.”

Superhuman or abomination? Transcendence releases in April.

[Watch the trailer...]

Sat
Feb 1 2014 7:40am

The 2013 Locus Recommended Reading List

The 2013 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 eleven Tor.com stories on the list!

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Fri
Jan 31 2014 9:00am

Picturing Horses

John Bauer

Today marks the Lunar New Year! To celebrate the Year of the Horse, we’re rerunning this horse-themed edition of Picturing..., originally posted in February 2013.

You don’t have to be an accomplished equestrian to see that horses are magnificent creatures—majestic, fierce, gentle, wise, often all at once. They are a staple throughout art history in general, as well as in fantasy illustration. Putting this collection  together, it was tough to know when to stop building; the amount of fantastic drawing and painting about horses seems limitless.

Above: Scandinavian folklore painter John Bauer. I have Charles Vess to thank for introducing me to Bauer’s wonderful fantasy work—he is now an all-time favorite of mine (both Charlie and Bauer.)

[Picturing horses]

Wed
Jan 29 2014 7:44am

Announcing the 2013 BSFA Nominees

The British Science Fiction Association announced the short-list for their annual BSFA awards. Congratulations to all the nominees. Winners will be announced at Satellite Easter Con in Glasgow, Sunday April 20th. 

We are especially proud to see our own Liz Bourke nominated for her Tor.com column, Sleeps With Monsters!

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Sat
Jan 18 2014 9:04pm

Jonathan Strahan’s Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year

Jonathan Strahan just released the Table of Contents for his annual anthology, The Best Science Fiction and Fanatsy of the Year, Volume 8. Tor.com is thrilled and honored to have three stories included! Congratulations to Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Priya Shrama, Karin Tidbeck, and all the other writers included. 

The Ink Readers of Doi Saket” by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Rag and Bone” by Priya Sharma
Sing” by Karin Tidbeck
And, by way of reprint, “Some Desperado” by Joe Abercrombie, originally published in Dangerous Women.

You can see the full Table of Contents on Strahan’s website