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Fri
Jan 23 2015 9:30am

Pan Macmillan Acquires Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter

Following an exciting multi-publisher auction, Pan Macmillan Editorial Director Julie Crisp has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Blake Crouch’s Dark Matter.

Imagine The Time Traveller’s Wife as written by Stephen King, and you’ve got the central concept of this pulse-pounding new thriller, publishing in summer 2016.

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Thu
Jan 22 2015 10:00am

Midnight in Karachi, Episode 4: Adam Roberts

Midnight in Karachi Adam Roberts

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a bi-weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

This week's guest is Adam Roberts—academic, critic and prolific writer with a number of pseudonyms and a couple of dozen novels. He’s been nominated for the Clarke Award three times and has won both the BSFA Award and the Campbell Memorial Award. Adam talks about writing in various forms, Tolkien, judging awards, and how all his books are secretly outsourced to someone else.

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Thu
Jan 22 2015 9:30am

Tor.com’s Hugo and Nebula-Eligible Fiction from 2014

Tor.com original fiction 2014 Hugo Nebula eligibleAwards season is upon us, with nominations open for both the Hugos and Nebulas. With nomination deadlines coming up in February and March, we would like to take this opportunity to remind you of Tor.com’s awards-eligible works from 2014.

We are tremendously proud of our authors, illustrators, and editors for creating such wonderful novellas, novelettes, short stories, graphic stories, and illustrations this year. We hope that you will nominate your favorite stories for the Hugos, Nebulas, and other upcoming awards which honor outstanding works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror—but most of all, we hope that you have enjoyed reading these works as much as we have!

As a reminder, you can download our free anthology Some of the Best From Tor.com from your favorite ebook retailer.

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Tue
Jan 20 2015 12:30pm

Tor.com is on Hiatus From Short Fiction Submissions From February Through April

The minds behind Tor.com’s original short fiction program love our slush pile. Some of our favorite fiction has been pulled from the ranks of our unsolicited submissions. Because we take our mission of publishing great fiction by new authors seriously, we have decided to go on hiatus from accepting submissions in order to respond to the large quantity of stories we have on consideration. Tor.com will not be accepting submissions starting February 1st until May 1st.

Fri
Jan 16 2015 2:55pm

The 2015 Hugo Award Nominations Are Now Open!

2015 Hugo Awards nominations openNominations are now open for the 2015 Hugo Award and the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. All those who are or will be members of the 2014, 2015, or 2016 Worldcons as of January 31 are eligible to nominate works published or appearing in the calendar year 2014. This includes both hard-copy and online publication as well as graphic works, films, televison shows, serialized works, and more.

You can set your nominations on the 2015 Worldcon (or Sasquan) website’s nominating ballot. Nominations close at 11:59 p.m. PST on March 10.

Thu
Jan 15 2015 4:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Stephanie Diaz

Stephanie DiazWelcome 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 Stephanie Diaz, who wrote her debut novel, Extraction, when she should've been making short films and listening to college lectures at San Diego State University. Its sequel, Rebellion, is available February 10th from St. Martin's Press. When she isn't lost in books, Stephanie can be found singing, marveling at the night sky, or fan-girling over TV shows.

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Tue
Jan 13 2015 4:00pm

Great Fanfic Pairing, or Greatest Fanfic Pairing? Oisín McGann Takes Our Pop Quiz!

Oisin McGannWelcome 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 Oisín McGann, a writer and illustrator who lives somewhere in the Irish countryside. Before becoming an author, he worked as a freelance illustrator, serving time along the way as a pizza chef, security guard, background artist for an animation company, and art director and copywriter in an advertising agency.

McGann has written several novels for young adults, including the Wildenstern Saga, a steampunk trilogy set in nineteenth-century Ireland, and the thrillers Strangled Silence and Rat Runners—all available now as ebooks from Open Road Media.

Join us as Oisín suggests a Muppet fanfic pairing that will either leave you laughing or cringing!

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Fri
Jan 9 2015 4:00pm

Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks for January

Barnes and Noble Bookseller's Picks

For over a decade, Barnes & Noble buyer Jim Killen has been a driving force behind Barnes & Noble’s science fiction and fantasy sections. Each month on Tor.com, Mr. Killen curates a list of science fiction & fantasy titles, sometimes focused on upcoming titles and sometimes focused on a theme.

Here are the Barnes & Noble science fiction and fantasy picks for January 2015.

[Click through for the Bookseller’s Picks!]

Fri
Jan 9 2015 1:00pm

You’ve Been Targeted By WHAT Kind of God? The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Nick Lake

Nick LakeWelcome 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 Nick Lake, an expert on blood ninjas and a children’s book editor for Harper UK. His new book There Will Be Lies is out this week from Bloomsbury.

Nick Lake promises he isn’t the son of Ricki Lake (or IS HE?), but he might be the target of a Navajo rain god. Both of these things have perfectly reasonable explanations.

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Fri
Jan 9 2015 11:00am

You Are Never Coming Home. Holly Black Traps Readers in The Darkest Part of the Forest

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black

Beware the justice of children.

A book trailer has surfaced that relays the story behind Holly Black's new book The Darkest Part of the Forest and even a few seconds of it is enough to scare you sweetly. Check it out below.

[The Darkest Part of the Forest]

Thu
Jan 8 2015 2:00pm

Midnight in Karachi, Episode 3: Megan Abbott

Midnight in Karachi

Welcome back to Midnight in Karachi, a bi-weekly podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

This week Midnight in Karachi is back from winter break and featuring an interview with writer Megan Abbott, who has been called the Queen of Noir. Megan’s 7 novels include the most recent The Fever and Dare Me. She’s been nominated for 3 Edgar Awards, the Hammett Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. In this episode, she tells us about her work and her influences, including the iconic Flowers in the Attic series.

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Thu
Jan 8 2015 11:00am

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Will Staehle

Will Staehle 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 Will Staehle, a Seattle-based artist and designer. A former art director for HarperCollins, he has designed and illustrated numerous jackets for Michael Chabon, Michael Crichton, and a host of best-selling authors. He has also designed several covers for Tor Books, including V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic and Robert Brockway’s The Unnoticables.

Under the pseudonym Wilhelm Staehle, Will is the creative force behind Silhouette Masterpiece Theater, painstakingly detailed etchings carved from a beautiful paintings; the results are gorgeous and very funny. Two postcard books—both available now from Quirk Books—collect some of Staehe’s silhouettes. Hugs and Misses features lovelorn ladies, roguish gentlemen, renegade Cupids, and indecent proposals, while Stars and Swipes offers farcical frontiersmen, prattling presidents, and other all-American oddities.

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Wed
Jan 7 2015 4:57pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Roger Ma

Roger Ma 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 Roger Ma, an author who specializes in hand-to-hand combat against the undead. He is the author of The Zombie Combat Manual, a comprehensive guide that demonstrates how anyone, from seasoned fighter to average citizen, can become an effective warrior in the inevitable battle against the undead. Its companion piece, The Zombie Combat Field Guide, is a coloring and activity book which will ensure maximum preparedness for the zombie apocalypse.

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Wed
Jan 7 2015 9:10am

The Wheel of Time Companion Arrives in 2015

The Wheel of Time Companion

The story of The Wheel of Time spans fifteen books, but the fantasy world which that story resides within is more complex and detailed than even those books could relate. Only a fraction of what author Robert Jordan imagined ended up on the page, the rest going into his personal files.

Now The Wheel of Time Companion sheds light on some of the most intriguing aspects of the world, including biographies and motivations of many characters that never made it into the books, but helped bring Jordan’s world to life.

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Tue
Jan 6 2015 2:30pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Robin McKinley

Robin McKinley 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 Robin McKinley, an American writer who lives in Hampshire, England with her husband, author Peter Dickinson, and two hellhounds nicknamed Chaos and Darkness. Open Road Media has recently released eight of Robin’s novels as ebooks, including Beauty, The Outlaws of Sherwood, and the Newbery Medal-winning The Hero and the Crown.

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Tue
Jan 6 2015 12:30pm

New Tor.com Original Fiction in January and February

Upcoming fiction January February 2015

At the beginning of each month, we here at Tor.com will post the next two months of our schedule of original short fiction. Check back monthly to get excited for upcoming short stories, novelettes, and novellas on Tor.com! Below the cut you’ll find information on stories in January and February by Daniel José Older, Peter Orullian, Ray Wood, and more.

January and February’s fiction contains insect aviators, quantum pistols, and trunks of thorns.

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Tue
Jan 6 2015 9:05am

Some of the Best from Tor.com 2014 is Free to Download Now!

tor.com best of 2014

We are thrilled to announce the 2014 edition of Some of the Best from Tor.com, an anthology of twenty-six of our favorite short stories, novelettes, and novellas, selected from the seventy-plus stories we published this year.

Of course, you can always read these—and all other—Tor.com stories for free whenever you’d like, but starting today they will be available world-wide as a single, easy to read, free mini ebook. This offer is immediately available for Kindle, B&N NOOK store, iBooks, and other online retailers.

These stories were acquired and edited for Tor.com by Ellen Datlow, Carl Engle-Laird, Liz Gorinsky, David G. Hartwell, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Peter Joseph, Marco Palmieri, Paul Stevens, and Ann VanderMeer. Each story is accompanied by an original illustration.

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Thu
Jan 1 2015 11:00am

Read the First Seven Chapters of The Providence of Fire on Tor.com

The Providence of Fire

The holidays are the ideal time to get engrossed in a new book. Why not start with the first seven chapters of The Providence of Fire, the second volume of Brian Staveley’s the Chronicles of the Unhewn Throne?

The first book in the series, The Emperor’s Blades, sees the three children of the slain emperor of Annur set out to discover their father’s killer. At the start of The Providence of Fire, with full knowledge of the conspiracy to usurp the emperor’s throne, his heirs must also grapple with one another and their conflicting allegiances. Staveley blends politics with ancient magic, prophecy with present action.

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Fri
Dec 19 2014 11:50am

The 2015 World Fantasy Award Judges Have Been Announced!

The 2015 World Fantasy Awards have their five judges!

Gemma Files, Nina K. Hoffman, Bénédicte Lombardo, Bruce McAllister, and Robert Shearman will award top honors in Life Achievement, Best Novel, Best Novella, Best Short Story, Best Anthology, Best Collection, and Best Artist, as well as Special Awards in both the Professional and Non-Professional categories.

The judges read and consider eligible materials between the date of this letter and June 1, 2015, so it is best for them to receive materials between now and June 1, the earlier the better. The trophies will be presented to the winners at the World Fantasy Convention, to be held Thursday, November 5 through Sunday, November 8, 2015 at the Saratoga City Center and Saratoga Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NY USA.

Thu
Dec 18 2014 4:00pm

Mistborn Fans Will Get TWO New Novels Next Year!

Mistborn Shadows of Self Bands of Mourning Brandon Sanderson

Tor Books is eye-wideningly excited to announce that TWO new Mistborn novels by Brandon Sanderson will be released in late 2015 and early 2016!

The novels will continue Wax and Wayne’s adventures in the world of Mistborn, a series begun by 2011’s The Alloy of Law, which was itself a short story that just kept growing and growing until, well, until it grew into a series of novels!

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