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Dec 18 2012 10:00am

2012 Fiction Wrap Up from

It’s the end of 2012, and we’ve been so proud to publish some excellent fiction  this year! We couldn't be more pleased to have championed such a diverse group of voices which continue to keep us on the cutting edge of short form science fiction and fantasy.

Many of these stories are eligible for the Hugo and Nebula Awards, which annually honor outstanding works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror.

[Here's a look back on 2012's fiction on]

Dec 18 2012 8:00am

Old Man’s War by John ScalziToday only, in the US you can purchase the ebook version of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War for just $2.99! Released by Tor Books in 2005 and the winner of’s 2011 Best SFF Novel of the Decade poll, Old Man’s War has generated three sequels so far, with a new new episodic novel called The Human Division set to debut on January 15th! Pick up the ebook of the novel that kicked it all off today if you want to catch up!

Publisher’s Weekly had this to say about Old Man’s War:

“Scalzi is not just recycling classic Heinlein. He’s working out new twists, variations that startle even as they satisfy. The novel’s tone is right on target, too—sentimentality balanced by hardheaded calculation, know-it-all smugness moderated by innocent wonder. This virtuoso debut pays tribute to SF’s past while showing that well-worn tropes still can have real zip when they’re approached with ingenuity.”

Get it for $2.99 for today only at these or your favorite ebook retailer.

Amazon / B&N / Apple

Dec 17 2012 1:30pm

Two stories originally published on have been selected for inclusion in two Best of the Year anthologies. The 30th edition of The Year’s Best Science Fiction (edited by Gardner Dozois) will feature “The Finite Canvas” by Brit Mandelo! (Brit is a frequent contributor to, with ongoing series like Queering SFF and the Cosmos Rewatch, alongside book reviews and other series.)

The Jonathan Strahan edited anthology—The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume Seven—will include “Swift, Brutal Retaliation” by Meghan McCarron, published on back in January 2012!

Congratulations to our short fiction authors!

Dec 17 2012 1:00pm

Memories of Light on

Welcome to the spoiler thread for the fourth week of the Memories of Light, the daily preview of the final volume of Robert Jordan’s epic Wheel of Time series, A Memory of Light. Some memories may shed new light on long-held theories and all are sure to have many different interpretations. Join the discussion of their meaning on the Memories of Light spoiler thread below!

[Spoilers ahead]

Dec 13 2012 6:00pm

“Robert Jordan has come to dominate the
world that Tolkien began to reveal.”

- New York Times

Download the First Half of Robert Jordan’s The Eye of the World

One day a wizard arrives in your sleepy village and insists you are to save the world. It’s a familiar tale, to be sure.

Now imagine that artful tale as it takes you through a world of astounding depth and detail, one that expands the boundaries of fantasy established by The Lord of the Rings, one that involves the hopes and fears of an entire world.

This is the tale of The Wheel of Time, created by Robert Jordan. It is an epic for our time.

And it all begins in the first book, The Eye of the World. Download the first portion right now:

.mobi (for Kindle)

ePub (Nook, iBooks, KoBo, Sony)


The final book in the series, A Memory of Light, the climactic end of a decades-long journey, hits shelves on January 8th.

Catch co-author Brandon Sanderson and Jordan’s editor Harriet McDougal on tour in January and February 2013 for A Memory of Light.

Learn all about The Wheel of Time on


Dec 13 2012 3:30pm

19 Gene Wolfe Books Now Available Again in Ebook

We’re sure we’re not the only ones who began to pine for classic Gene Wolfe stories upon hearing that he will be the recipient of the 2012 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. Thankfully, Tor Books has just announced that nineteen books formerly out of print (!!!) from his back catalog are now available as ebooks, including Peace, featuring a new afterword by Neil Gaiman.

[The list of books available]

Dec 13 2012 12:30pm Reviewers’ Choice 2012: The Best Books We Read This Year

Other than robot unicorns, mugs of space coffee, and pictures of Benedict Cumberbatch, the sight most prevalent in our little rocket here at are heaps of heaps of books! We get books any way we can here, and though we’re primarily a science fiction and fantasy website, we read across a myriad of genres.

Between our reviews, rereads, and regular columns such as Something Else Like..., Fiction Affliction, and Genre in the Mainstream, we’re talking about books, reading books and reviewing books around the clock! So with 2012 coming to a close, we invited our regular contributors to choose their three favorite books out of everything they’ve read in the last year, and we’re sharing their responses and recommendations below.

Please enjoy this eclectic overview of some of our favorite books, and be sure to let us know about your own favorites in the comments!

[Reviewers’ Choice 2012]

Dec 13 2012 11:25am

The Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) has announced that Gene Wolfe will be the recipient of the 2012 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award.

SFWA President John Scalzi, on choosing Wolfe, “You’d have to search far and wide to find a contemporary fantasy writer who has not been directly influenced by Gene Wolfe.”

Wolfe himself on the honor, “You’d better watch your step, folks; you’re raising me to a height I would never have imagined. If you keep this up I’ll start thinking I’m a good writer.”

You can read their extended statements, along with praise from Neil Gaiman, Connie Willis, at the above link.

Dec 11 2012 1:30pm

Get Paul Cornell’s New Story ’The Ghosts of Christmas’ Early!Is it us or is it just not Christmas unless there’s a bit of darkness to beat back? (It might just be us. Not a lot of light down here in the blog mines.) Every year, commissions a new original Christmas story to help beat back, or perhaps add to, said darkness. This year we’ve got a great new Xmas tale, “The Ghosts of Christmas,” from Paul Cornell (Saucer Country, London Falling, Doctor Who) with wonderful, creepy art by Scott Bakal.

The world shall know the pleasure of this new original story as the holiday approaches, but as a thank you to those of you on the mailing list, we’re sending it to you early! This Saturday, the 15th, to be exact.

Thanks for sticking with us! If you’re not on the mailing list, it’s easy and free to register

Dec 10 2012 2:00pm

Memories of Light on

Welcome to the spoiler thread for the Memories of Light, the daily preview of the final volume of Robert Jordan’s epic Wheel of Time series, A Memory of Light. Some memories may shed new light on long-held theories and all are sure to have many different interpretations. Join the discussion of their meaning on the Memories of Light spoiler thread below!

[Spoilers ahead]

Dec 7 2012 3:00pm

Harriet McDougal, Tom Doherty, and Brandon Sanderson Tell the Story of Robert Jordan’s Life

What was the moment where Robert Jordan dedicated himself to writing? How did he meet Harriet and what movie did they see on their first date? What did Tor Books publisher Tom Doherty think upon first reading The Eye of the World, and how did Jordan’s life grow with the series?

This new video by Tor Books and Rock Soup Productions 2012 presents a touching tribute to James Oliver Rigney, Jr., the man that Wheel of Time fans know as Robert Jordan. Watch it below.

[The life of Robert Jordan]

Dec 7 2012 10:30am

Pre-Order Some of the Best From 2012, a collection of a few of our favorite original stories from 2012Announcing the 2012 edition of Some of the Best From, a collection of a few of our favorite original stories published on the site in this past year. Beginning on January 14th, they’ll all be available as a single download in a free mini ebook. (Kindle readers can pre-order it now.) Of course, you can always read the stories for free right here, whenever you’d like, but for those that like to read as they’re moving about Some of the Best of 2012 presents an ideal single package.

[The list of included stories]

Dec 6 2012 12:30pm

Read Sylvia Day’s paranormal romance story Eve of Sin City for free!With the recent success of Sylvia Day’s steamy Crossfire series, we thought romance and paranormal fans would enjoy Sylvia Day’s (writing as S. J. Day) original story “Eve of Sin City,” a tale of a place where devils and angels both enjoy the delights that humanity has to offer...

Read it for free now or purchase it for your mobile reader device.

Dec 6 2012 10:00am

John Scalzi’s The Human Division Debuts on January 15th

The Human Division, the latest story set in the universe of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, will debut on January 15, 2013.

The episodic narrative will kick off with “The B-Team,” the first of 13 episodes available as serialized DRM-free ebooks every week. Much “Like the episodes of a good high-end cable drama, each one will have enough internal integrity to work as an enjoyable chunk of story on its own, but each will advance a ‘season’-long storyline as well,” according to the project’s editor, Patrick Nielsen Hayden. (Read more about the project here.)

Ron Hogan will be reading and talking about the developments of each episode every Tuesday here on, too. Just bookmark The Human Division Read-Along index for the latest.

Check out the episode titles and release dates below.

[Read more]

Dec 5 2012 2:00pm

Download free wallpaper of the ebook cover for Towers of Midnight, the 13th book in The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

As part of the run up to the release of A Memory of Light, the final book in the Wheel of Time series, is releasing free wallpapers of all available ebook art!

In honor of The Wheel of Time Reread reaching the end of Towers of Midnight, and thus all the currently-published books, we’re featuring the ebook art for Towers of Midnight, illustrated by Raymond Swanland and featuring Perrin Aybara, Lord of the Two Rivers and Wolfbrother, as he forges the hammer Mah’alleinir, the first new power-wrought weapon in hundreds of years. In doing so he not only reintroduces a technique that had been lost since the Trolloc Wars, he also fulfills the Prophecy of the Wolf King.

Check out this process post on how the ebook art was created, or just get straight to downloading!

[Download wallpapers of Towers of Midnight ebook cover]

Dec 5 2012 11:45am

The real cover of Greg Bear’s Halo: Silentium revealedTor Books, an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC—the largest publisher of science fiction in the world—and 343 Industries™ are excited to unveil the real cover art—previously hidden since it revealed too much about the now-released Halo 4—for the forthcoming hardcover and trade paperback edition of Halo: Silentium out on (March 19, 2013) by #1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Bear. The cover art is by Sparth, Robogabo, and Glenn Israel.

In Halo: Cryptum, Greg Bear began a three-book arc set in the era of the Forerunners, the ancient and enigmatic creators and builders of the Halos, which continued in Halo: Primordium. Now, in the last years of the Forerunner empire, chaos rules. The Flood—a horrifying shape-changing parasite—has arrived in force, aided by unexpected allies. Internal strife within the ecumene has desperately weakened Forerunner defenses.

[Read more]

Dec 3 2012 1:00pm

Memories of Light on

Welcome to the spoiler thread for the Memories of Light, the daily preview of the final volume of Robert Jordan’s epic Wheel of Time series, A Memory of Light. Some memories may shed new light on long-held theories and all are sure to have many different interpretations. Join the discussion of their meaning on the Memories of Light spoiler thread below!

[Spoilers ahead]

Nov 29 2012 6:30pm

The store on Zazzle is open for the holidays! We’ve got specific merchandise (t-shirts, etc.) plus holiday-themed items. What would the end of the year be without Cthulhu there to promise you naught but madness?

(The crew can personally attest to the swankiness of having a t-shirt with an adorable rocket on it.)

New this year is the Santaman card; featuring the awe-inspiring deathbringing visage of Santa-with-a-sword, illustrated by GregThis Could Be Your Family Christmas Card: Holiday Gifts from Tor.comManchess for last year’s Christmas story “If Dragon’s Mass Eve Be Cold and Clear” by Ken Scholes.

And nothing brings more joy to one’s fearful eyes than a zombie getting exactly what it wants in its stocking.

There are more cards and rocket-themed merchandise in the store, so head over and fill some stockings!

Nov 26 2012 5:44pm

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.

Nov 26 2012 5:20pm

Announcing the Tour for A Memory of Light

We are very excited to reveal the upcoming tour schedule for the highly anticipated final book in the Wheel of Time saga: A Memory of Light. Author Brandon Sanderson will kick things off with a midnight signing in Utah on the evening of January 7th, joined by Wheel of Time editor and caretaker of the series, Harriet McDougal.

Check the tour dates below to see when A Memory of Light is riding into your town. Expect a few more dates to be added in the next few weeks, as well. Want to help out on a particular tour stop? Here's info on how to join the Memory Keepers.

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