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Tue
Nov 18 2014 12:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Mallory Ortberg

Mallory Ortberg 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 Mallory Ortberg, co-creator of The Toast, a general-interest website geared toward women. She has written for Gawker, New York Magazine, The Hairpin, and The Atlantic. Her new book, Texts from Jane Eyre (available now from Henry Holt), is a collection of hilariously imagined text conversations—the passive aggressive, the clever, and the strange—featuring classic and modern literary figures, from Scarlett O’Hara to Jessica Wakefield.

Join us for a tale of dentistry that is equal parts horrifying and hilarious!

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Tue
Nov 18 2014 11:00am

Download Chapters 1-7 of Brian Staveley’s The Emperor’s Blades For Free!

The Emperor's Blades Brian Staveley

You can now download Chapters 1-7 of The Emperor’s Blades for Nook, Kindle, iPad, or your preferred e-reader, absolutely free! The Emperor's Blades is the first novel in Brian Staveley’s Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne fantasy series, which continues with The Providence of Fire—publishing January 2015 from Tor Books! We'll be previewing chapters from The Providence of Fire all next week here on Tor.com, so now's your chance to get caught up!

The emperor of Annur is dead, slain by enemies unknown. His daughter and two sons, scattered across the world, do what they must to stay alive and unmask the assassins.

Kaden, the heir to the Unhewn Throne, has spent eight years sequestered in a remote mountain monastery, learning the enigmatic discipline of monks devoted to the Blank God. An ocean away, Valyn endures the brutal training of the Kettral, elite soldiers who fly into battle on gigantic black hawks. At the heart of the empire, Minister Adare, elevated to her station by one of the emperor’s final acts, is determined to prove herself to her people. Will their quest for justice come at the cost of their own destinies?

 

Chapters 1-7 are available now in the US and many other territories from the retailers below, or your favorite ebook provider!

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Mon
Nov 17 2014 3:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: James Luceno

James Luceno 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 James Luceno, bestselling author of a number of Star Wars novels, including Darth Plagueis, Millennium Falcon, Dark Lord: The Rise of Darth Vader, Cloak of Deception, and Labyrinth of Evil, as well as The Visual Dictionary of Star Wars. His latest Star Wars novel, Tarkin, follows the dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator through the early days of the Empire—available now from Del Rey!

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Fri
Nov 14 2014 2:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Jack McDevitt

Jack McDevitt 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 Jack McDevitt, a former naval officer, taxi driver, English teacher, customs officer, and motivational trainer, and is now a full-time writer. His novel Seeker won a Nebula Award, and he is a multiple Nebula Award finalist. His latest novel, Coming Home, is the seventh book in his Alex Benedict series—available now from Ace!

Join us to read about Jack’s near-miss with American royalty!

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Thu
Nov 13 2014 4:30pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Greg D’Alessandro and Anne Beatrice Jarmain

Greg D'Alessandro pop quiz Welcome 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 Greg D’Alessandro and Anne Beatrice Jarmain, authors of Ava Blue, the first novel in the Seaspell series—available from Principio. Ava, abadoned as a baby on the shore of Lake Superior, is surprised to discover that she is the last surviving member of a great mermaid tribe.

Greg has had a prolific career of writing, directing and performing for theatre, TV, music and stand up comedy. He holds dual MFAs in screenwriting from USC and UCLA, and he currently lives in New York City. Anne is a native of Toronto, Canada. She has written for film and television in both Los Angeles and New York City, and she currently lives with her husband and two small children in Venice Beach, California.

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Wed
Nov 12 2014 2:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Ethan Reid

Ethan Reid 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 Ethan Reid, member of the Horror Writers Association, the International Thriller Writers and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association. Ethan’s debut novel, The Undying, is a post-apocalyptic thriller set in the vampire-infested ruins of Paris—available now as an ebook from Simon451!

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Tue
Nov 11 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Karina Sumner-Smith

Karina Sumner-Smith 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 Karina Sumner-Smith, a Canadian fantasy author. Her short fiction has appeared in The Living Dead 2, The Best Horror of the Year Volume Three, and Children of Magic, and her work has been nominated for the Nebula Award. Her new novel, Radiant, is the first book in the Towers trilogy—available now from Talos!

We definitely want to visit Karina’s dream-shop in Diagon Alley. Join us to find out why we love it so much!

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Mon
Nov 10 2014 9:00am

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Robert Repino

Robert Repino 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 author Robert Repino, whose fiction has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize among other awards, and has appeared in The Literary Review, Night Train, Hobart, Juked, Word Riot, The Furnace Review, The Coachella Review, JMWW, and the anthology Brevity and Echo. Robert has also taught for the Gotham Writers Workshop. His debut novel Mort(e), a science fiction story about a war between animals and humans, is forthcoming from Soho Press in January 2015. You can follow him on Twitter @Repino1.

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Sun
Nov 9 2014 2:45pm

Announcing the 2014 World Fantasy Winners!

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of the 2014 World Fantasy Awards, held in Washington DC this year! This year’s judges were Andy Duncan, Kij Johnson, Oliver Johnson, John Klima, and Liz Williams.

Check out who was nominated and who was chosen as this year's winners.

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Fri
Nov 7 2014 2:00pm

Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks for November

Barnes and Noble Bookseller's Picks for November

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 November.

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Fri
Nov 7 2014 11:30am

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Lavie Tidhar

Lavie Tidhar 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 Lavie Tidhar, the World Fantasy Award winning author of such books as Osama and of The Violent Century. Lavie works across genres, combining detective and thriller modes with poetry, science fiction and historical and autobiographical material. His latest novel, A Man Lies Dreaming, is available now in the UK from Hodder & Stoughton.

Join us as Lavie faces our toughest question yet—what’s the best sandwich?

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Thu
Nov 6 2014 11:30am

Cover Reveal for The Diabolical Miss Hyde

Tor.com is thrilled to reveal the cover for Viola Carr’s The Diabolical Miss Hyde—a steampunk fantasy retelling of the horror classic in which Dr. Eliza Jekyll, daughter of the infamous Dr. Henry Jekyll, pursues a dangerous murderer in an alternate Victorian London. The first in the Electric Empire series, The Diabolical Miss Hyde publishes February 2015 from HarperCollins.

See the full cover below, as well as some behind the scenes photos from the set!

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Thu
Nov 6 2014 9:30am

New Tor.com Original Fiction in November and December

Upcoming Tor.com Fiction

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 November and December by Rudy Rucker, Terry Bisson, Sabrina Vourvoulias, and more.

November and December’s fiction contains Hollywood drama, dangerous trains, and addicted zombies.

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Wed
Nov 5 2014 4:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Marcus Wynne

Marcus Wynne 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 Marcus Wynne, bestselling author of contemporary thrillers including No Other Option, Warrior in the Shadows, Brother in Arms, as well as With a Vengeance, Johnny Wylde, and Air Marshals. His latest novel, The Sword of Michael, is the first book in a new contemporary fantasy saga—available now from Baen.

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Wed
Nov 5 2014 12:00pm

Ask Steven Erikson Your Crippled God Questions!

The Crippled God Steven EriksonNow that Amanda and Bill have concluded the reread of the tenth (and final!) book in the Malazan Book of the Fallen series, The Crippled God, we’re opening the floor for questions to Steven Erikson!

The procedure is pretty direct. Steven will do his best to answer your questions in the thread below as soon as possible. Keep in mind that the timing of the answers is subject to Steven’s schedule, of course.

There are no strict guidelines for questions, but concise and well-composed questions are always always always best! And once again, a big thank you goes to Steven for taking time out of his schedule to engage in depth with fans of the Malazan series!

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Mon
Nov 3 2014 3:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Stephen Baxter

Stephen Baxter 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 Stephen Baxter, award-winning author and Vice-President of the British Science Fiction Association. Since 1987, Stephen has published over forty books—mostly science fiction novels—and over a hundred short stories. His latest novel, Proxima, features a penal colony on a distant planet.

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Fri
Oct 31 2014 1:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Martha Wells

Martha Wells 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 Martha Wells, author of over a dozen science fiction and fantasy novels, including the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as a number of short stories and nonfiction articles. Her books have been published in seven languages. In Stories of the Raksura: Volume One—available now from Night Shade Books—Wells returns to her Books of the Raksura series with two new novellas.

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Thu
Oct 30 2014 4:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Katherine Howe

Katherine Howe 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 Katherine Howe, bestselling author of The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, The House of Velvet and Glass, and the young-adult novel Conversion, a modern-day retelling of The Crucible set in a Massachusetts prep school. She teaches in the American Studies program at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Her latest work, The Penguin Book of Witches, is a collection of historical accounts of witchcraft, dating from medieval Europe to early 19th-century America. Katherine is the descendant of two women accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials—Elizabeth Proctor, who survived the trials, and Elizabeth Howe, who did not.

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Thu
Oct 30 2014 11:40am

Pan Macmillan to Publish Naomi Novik’s New Novel, Uprooted!!

Uprooted cover Naomi Novik

Naomi Novik, the author of the much-loved Temeraire series, has a new novel coming out! Uprooted, a dark fairy tale, was acquired by Pan MacMillan’s Editorial Director Julie Crisp for the UK and Commonwealth. Crisp said of the deal: “I have been a huge fan of Naomi’s since reading the first novel in her thrilling Temeraire series. When I read her fantasy Uprooted I was absolutely blown away by the beautifully-written and richly-imagined world - it is in every way an enchanting read.”

Uprooted tells the story of Agnieszka, whose village is surrounded by a terrible enchanted wood. While a grim local wizard can keep the horrors at bay, he demands a high fee: ten years of service from a young girl of his choosing. Now the choosing is approaching, and Agnieszka fears that her best friend, the lovely Kasia, will be taken. But what if the wizard makes a different choice?

Thu
Oct 30 2014 10:30am

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Gail Carriger

Gail Carriger 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 Gail Carriger, author of comedic steampunk novels mixed with urbane fantasy. Her debut novel, Soulless, won the ALA’s Alex Award. She was once an archaeologist and is overly fond of tea. Waistcoats & Weaponry, the third book in her Finishing School series, is available November 4th from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.

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