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Thu
Mar 11 2010 4:07pm

200 free copies of Cory Doctorow’s For The Win, for young reviewers

Tor Books is making available 200 copies of Cory Doctorow’s new YA novel, For the Win (an awesome chronicle of youth labour organizing within online gaming sites; I liked it even better than Makers!) to under-19-years-old gamers who would like to review the book for their blog or school paper. From Cory’s post on BoingBoing:

We did this with Little Brother a couple years back, on the grounds that books for young people should be available for young reviewers to write about, rather than just adult reviewers who try to figure out whether young people will enjoy them. It was a real success and I'm happy to be repeating it.

This is being launched in honor of the American Library Association’s Teen Tech Week, and is open to Canadians and Americans. I'm working on a similar offer for the UK edition, for Britons, Aussies, South Africans and Kiwis, and will post about it as soon as I have details.

If you’re interested, send an email with your snail mail address to torpublicity@tor.com; put “FTW” in the subject line, and include the name of your blog or school paper. For fun, also share a game you enjoyed recently and why.


Pablo Defendini was a political agitator for the left in a past life. Surprise, surprise, surprise.

Wed
Feb 3 2010 4:35pm

SFsignal giveaway: Rocket Boy and the Geek Girls

SFSignal.com is giving away two copies of Rocket Boy and the Geek Girls, a Book View Press anthology edited by Phyllis Irene Radford. The ebook consists of classic and favorite science fiction stories by Book View Cafe authors, never before gathered in a single collection. Contributors include Vonda N. McIntyre, Brenda W. Clough, Katharine Kerr, Judith Tarr, P.R. Frost, Pati Nagle, Madeleine Robins, Nancy Jane Moore, Sarah Zettel, Amy Sterling Casil, Maya Kaathryn Bohnhoff, Jennifer Stevenson, and Sylvia Kelso. The book is ready to read on the Kindle, Sony eReader, B&N Nook, iPhone and most ebook readers and cell phone apps. Available formats include PDF, EPUB, MOBI, .prc, .lit, .lrf

For a chance to win a free copy, visit the SFSignal contest page.

Note: contest ends Sunday, February 7th 2010 (11:59 PM U.S Central time).

Mon
Feb 1 2010 12:14pm

Dan Goldman and Red Light Properties on RADAR

Those of you who are diggin’ Dan Goldman’s new comic on Tor.com, Red Light Properties (about a Miami-based psychedelic real estate exorcist), might want to also check out RADAR’s fascinating video profile of Dan, filmed on the eve of him finishing the first volume of RLP, as he moves out of NYC to work remotely from South America.

RADAR is a weekly mini-doc series produced by WBP LABS, a division of the Workbook Project. The series is a timely, insiders’ view into the cutting edge of storytelling & creativity, and the attendant tools, tech, models and community. Dan’s profile focuses heavily on his work process: how he integrates photo reference as well as 3D modeling into his layouts for Red Light Properties. If nothing else, seeing the panels progress from sketch to comp to finish is a treat.

           

Tue
Jan 19 2010 3:16pm

Makers Tile Game, final 9x9 iteration now live

It’s complete! I’m happy to announce that the Makers Tile Game, developed by Malloc Media, has been updated today to its ultimate, final, 9 x 9-tile iteration, featuring all 81 of Idiots’Books illustrations. Additionally, don’t forget about the embeddable Flashtoy version of the game, which you can put on your own site! Happy remixing!

 


Pablo Defendini has been sucked into a clicktrance on the Makers Tile Game more times than he’d care to remember.

Fri
Jan 15 2010 1:00pm

Year’s Best Fantasy 9, Part nine

Earlier this year, Tor.com debuted as an imprint independent from Tor Books by publishing Year’s Best Fantasy 9, David G. Hartwell’s and Kathryn Cramer’s definitive anthology of fantastical stories.

While YBF9 is still available as a print-on demand edition, and you can buy your very own print copy at our store, we’re posting segments of the anthology on Tor.com, for your reading pleasure. Each of these segments feature three or four stories from the anthology, and are available to all registered users of Tor.com. It’s a great way to sample some of the content in the book before deciding to part with your hard-earned cash, or of simply getting a shorter does of wonder and the fantastical.

Segment number nine features the following stories:

“A Guided Tour in the Kingdom of the Dead” by Richard Harland 
“The First Editions” by James Stoddard 
“The Forest” by Kim Wilkins 

Registered users, download it here


Pablo Defendini is partial to first editions.

Fri
Jan 8 2010 1:00pm

Year’s Best Fantasy 9, Part eight

Earlier this year, Tor.com debuted as an imprint independent from Tor Books by publishing Year’s Best Fantasy 9, David G. Hartwell’s and Kathryn Cramer’s definitive anthology of fantastical stories.

While YBF9 is still available as a print-on demand edition, and you can buy your very own print copy at our store, we’re posting segments of the anthology on Tor.com, for your reading pleasure. Each of these segments feature three or four stories from the anthology, and are available to all registered users of Tor.com. It’s a great way to sample some of the content in the book before deciding to part with your hard-earned cash, or of simply getting a shorter does of wonder and the fantastical.

Segment number eight features the following stories:

“Childrun” by Marc Laidlaw 
“Skin Deep” by Richard Parks
“Avast, Abaft!” by Howard Waldrop 

Registered users, download it here


Pablo Defendini knows the meaning of “skin deep.”

Fri
Jan 1 2010 1:00pm

Year’s Best Fantasy 9, Part seven

Earlier this year, Tor.com debuted as an imprint independent from Tor Books by publishing Year’s Best Fantasy 9, David G. Hartwell’s and Kathryn Cramer’s definitive anthology of fantastical stories.

While YBF9 is still available as a print-on demand edition, and you can buy your very own print copy at our store, we’re posting segments of the anthology on Tor.com, for your reading pleasure. Each of these segments feature three or four stories from the anthology, and are available to all registered users of Tor.com. It’s a great way to sample some of the content in the book before deciding to part with your hard-earned cash, or of simply getting a shorter does of wonder and the fantastical.

Segment number seven features the following stories:

“A Buyer’s Guide to Maps of Antarctica” by Catherynne M. Valente 
“King Pelles the Sure” by Peter S. Beagle 
“Gift from a Spring” by Delia Sherman 

Registered users, download it here


Pablo Defendini enjoys fine cartography.

Mon
Dec 28 2009 2:16pm

H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast, Part Two

Here’s the latest installment of Chris Lackey and Chad Fifer’s H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast: part two of a telling of Lovecraft’s story “Herbert West: Reanimator,” as read by Andrew Leman. The podcast also features guest-host Stuart Gordon, the director of the classic movie, Reanimator. You can find part one here, and part two is below. If you’re into Lovecraftiana, you should definitely check out the H.P.L.L.P.’s aural stylings.

[More horrors beyond the cut!]

Fri
Dec 25 2009 1:00pm

Year’s Best Fantasy 9, Part six

Earlier this year, Tor.com debuted as an imprint independent from Tor Books by publishing Year’s Best Fantasy 9, David G. Hartwell’s and Kathryn Cramer’s definitive anthology of fantastical stories.

While YBF9 is still available as a print-on demand edition, and you can buy your very own print copy at our store, we’re posting segments of the anthology on Tor.com, for your reading pleasure. Each of these segments feature three or four stories from the anthology, and are available to all registered users of Tor.com. It’s a great way to sample some of the content in the book before deciding to part with your hard-earned cash, or of simply getting a shorter does of wonder and the fantastical.

Segment number six features the following stories:

“Araminta, or, The Wreck of the Amphidrake” by Naomi Novik 
“If Angels Fight” by Richard Bowes 
“Queen of the Sunlit Shore” by Liz Williams 

Registered users, download it here


Pablo Defendini doesn’t believe in angels. But if they did exist, they’d probably fight dirty.

Tue
Dec 22 2009 5:31pm

Makers Tile Game, now embeddable!

The boys at Malloc are at it again! This time they’ve come up with a mini-version of the full Makers Tile Game, specifically for embedding into your favourite blog post, website, or any other spot that takes HTML. Below is the embedded game, and below that the code you need to copy and paste in order to embed it into your site. Have fun!

Mon
Dec 21 2009 6:36pm

H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast

Chris Lackey and Chad Fifer, the folks behind the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast, have been kind enough to allow us to license their most recent podcast: a telling of Lovecraft’s story “Herbert West: Reanimator,” as read by Andrew Leman. The podcast also features guest-host Stuart Gordon, the director of the classic movie, Reanimator. Part one is live now, and part two is forthcoming. You can listen to part one below, and we’ll put it up here when it goes live, but if you’re into Lovecraftiana, you should definitely check out the H.P.L.L.P.’s aural stylings.

[Horrors beyond the cut!]

Fri
Dec 18 2009 4:28pm

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Fri
Dec 18 2009 1:00pm

Year’s Best Fantasy 9, Part five

Earlier this year, Tor.com debuted as an imprint independent from Tor Books by publishing Year’s Best Fantasy 9, David G. Hartwell’s and Kathryn Cramer’s definitive anthology of fantastical stories.

While YBF9 is still available as a print-on demand edition, and you can buy your very own print copy at our store, we’re posting segments of the anthology on Tor.com, for your reading pleasure. Each of these segments feature three or four stories from the anthology, and are available to all registered users of Tor.com. It’s a great way to sample some of the content in the book before deciding to part with your hard-earned cash, or of simply getting a shorter does of wonder and the fantastical.

Segment number five features the following stories:

“The Illustrated Biography of Lord Grimm” by Daryl Gregory 
“The Film-makers of Mars” by Geoff Ryman 
“Caverns of Mystery” by Kage Baker 

Registered users, download it here


Pablo Defendini once wanted to be a film-maker, but the hours suck.

Thu
Dec 17 2009 6:34pm

Hutch's Free Holiday Sampler

Who’s a badass? Hutch is a badass. In my inbox today, a note from podnovelist extraordinaire J.C. Hutchins, who, aside from allowing us to post links to the free-for-listening audio of his novel,7Th Son, The Descent, is also a guest blogger on Tor.com:

I recently coordinated and created a free “holiday sampler” PDF featuring excerpts from 12 authors, designed to expose their books to new readers. SFF is proudly represented throughout....

A quick look at the page for In the Nick of Time, the aforementioned holiday sampler, and it’s clear what a fantastic idea this is:

[List of authors beyond the cut!]

Fri
Dec 11 2009 1:00pm

Year’s Best Fantasy 9, Part four

Earlier this year, Tor.com debuted as an imprint independent from Tor Books by publishing Year’s Best Fantasy 9, David G. Hartwell’s and Kathryn Cramer’s definitive anthology of fantastical stories.

While YBF9 is still available as a print-on demand edition, and you can buy your very own print copy at our store, we’re posting segments of the anthology on Tor.com, for your reading pleasure. Each of these segments feature three or four stories from the anthology, and are available to all registered users of Tor.com. It’s a great way to sample some of the content in the book before deciding to part with your hard-earned cash, or of simply getting a shorter does of wonder and the fantastical.

Segment number four features the following stories:

“Running the Snake” by Kage Baker 
“Dearest Cecily” by Kristine Dikeman 
“Ringing the Changes in Okotoks, Alberta” by Randy McCharles

Registered users, download it here


Pablo Defendini is afraid of snakes. They know too much.

Fri
Dec 4 2009 1:00pm

Year’s Best Fantasy 9, Part three

Earlier this year, Tor.com debuted as an imprint independent from Tor Books by publishing Year’s Best Fantasy 9, David G. Hartwell’s and Kathryn Cramer’s definitive anthology of fantastical stories.

While YBF9 is still available as a print-on demand edition, and you can buy your very own print copy at our store, we’re posting segments of the anthology on Tor.com, for your reading pleasure. Each of these segments feature three or four stories from the anthology, and are available to all registered users of Tor.com. It’s a great way to sample some of the content in the book before deciding to part with your hard-earned cash, or of simply getting a shorter dose of wonder and the fantastical.

Segment number three features the following stories:

“The Rabbi’s Hobby” by Peter S. Beagle 
“26 Monkeys and the Abyss” by Kij Johnson 
“Philologos; or, A Murder in Bistrita” by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald 

Registered users, download it here


Pablo Defendini has a hobby, but it doesn't involve monkeys. 

Wed
Dec 2 2009 11:32am

Santoro on Starshipsofa for the Robinsons

 In my inbox, a note from Larry Santoro:

Friends, Colleagues:

This coming Wednesday, December 2, my novella, LORD DICKENS’S DECLARATION, will begin a three-part podcast at StarShipSofa.com.

Each episode is about an hour long. Parts two and three will be ’cast on December 9 and 16. The podcasts are free.

Simultaneously, the StarShip will release an illustrated download of the print version of “Lord Dickens...” The art is by Skeet Scienski.

Here’s the important thing: money from the sale of the book—about two pounds in the UK—will go to science fiction authors Spider and Jeanne Robinson. You may have heard, Jeanne has cancer and even though they live in Canada, the illness has pretty much sapped the Robinson finances.

So apart from stroking my ego, I want LORD DICKENS’S DECLARATION to sell well. I hope you’ll listen, that you’ll buy a copy and then recommend it to friends and relatives who are fans of the Robinsons. Even if they’re not.

For more information on this project, stop by my blog. Apart from anything else, there’s nice music to listen to so enjoy.

Larry


Pablo Defendini is spreading the word. Word.

Tue
Dec 1 2009 6:24pm

Announcing Discounted Books on the Tor Store for Cthulhu Month!

In celebration of Cthulhu Month here on Tor.com, we’ve decided to continue our discounting program on the Tor.com Store with a selection of H.P. Lovecraft-related titles from all publishers. This list of books and comics was compiled by editor extraordinaire Ellen Datlow, and represents some of the best of Lovecratiana. All the books on this list are discounted at 30% in the Tor.com Store, which isn’t a bad deal, and comparable to what you’ll find at other online book retailers. They will remain at 30% until 30 December. Look for the nifty badge on the book covers (shown here); that’s how you'll know the book is eligible.

Below is the full list, with links to each book in the Tor.com Store. Additionally, all the books are on the featured spot of the Tor.com Store homepage, and collected in a list, as special picks. Enjoy, and happy reading!

[Check out the list after the cut]

Fri
Nov 27 2009 1:00pm

Year’s Best Fantasy 9, Part two

Earlier this year, Tor.com debuted as an imprint independent from Tor Books by publishing Year’s Best Fantasy 9, David G. Hartwell’s and Kathryn Cramer’s definitive anthology of fantastical stories.

While YBF9 is still available as a print-on demand edition, and you can buy your very own print copy at our store, we’re posting segments of the anthology on Tor.com, for your reading pleasure. Each of these segments feature three or four stories from the anthology, and are available to all registered users of Tor.com. It’s a great way to sample some of the content in the book before deciding to part with your hard-earned cash, or of simply getting a shorter dose of wonder and the fantastical.

Segment number two features the following stories:

“Shoggoths in Bloom” by Elizabeth Bear 
“From the Clay of His Heart” by John Brown
“The Olverung” by Stephen Woodworth 

Registered users, download it here


Pablo Defendini’s heart is made of clay, but is also housed in a seamless unibody enclosure carved from a single piece of aluminum.

Fri
Nov 20 2009 1:00pm

Year’s Best Fantasy 9, now in bite-size chunks for your downloading pleasure

Earlier this year, Tor.com debuted as an imprint independent from Tor Books by publishing Year’s Best Fantasy 9, David G. Hartwell’s and Kathryn Cramer’s definitive anthology of fantastical stories.

While YBF9 is still available as a print-on demand edition, and you can buy your very own print copy at the Tor.com Print Book Store, starting today, and once a week for the following eight weeks, we’ll be posting segments of the anthology on Tor.com as a PDF, for your reading pleasure.

Each of these segments will feature three or four stories from the anthology, and will be available to all registered users of Tor.com. It’s a great way to sample some of the content in the book before deciding to part with your hard-earned cash, or of simply getting a shorter dose of wonder and the fantastical.

Our first segment features the following stories:

“Dalthree” by Jeffrey Ford 
“The Salting and Canning of Benevolence D.” by Al Michaud
“Reader’s Guide” by Lisa Goldstein 

Registered users, download it here!


Pablo Defendini likes salty and canned things. He doesn’t expect to live past 50.