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Wed
Oct 1 2014 10:30am

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Tue
Sep 30 2014 3:20pm

Visit Tor Books at New York Comic-Con and New York Super Week!

Tor Books NYCC schedule 2014

Celebrating the 27th year in a row of being named LOCUS Magazine's Best Publisher, Tor Books has tons of exciting programming for both New York Comic-Con 2014 and the first-ever New York Super Week!

Visit them at booth #2223 for author signings and giveaways, and check out our geeky game show at the Javits Center. Plus, you can swing by Barnes & Noble for a Family Feud-style showdown between sci-fi and fantasy authors, and check out an erotic fanfiction showdown at The Bell House!

[Check out the full Tor Books schedule for Super Week and NYCC!]

Tue
Sep 30 2014 9:30am

Angry Robot Books Purchased by Etan Ilfeld

Angry Robot books Caroline Lambe, Angry Robot Books’ Publicity Manager, announced that on Thursday, 25 September 2014, American entrepreneur Etan Ilfeld bought Angry Robot Books, as well as Watkins Publishing (mind, body and spirit books) and Nourish (wellbeing cookbooks) from administration. In addition to saving the jobs of all the employees, Ilfeld is intent on combining these imprints to form a diverse media company, Watkins Media Limited, which includes magazine publishing, a flagship retail store, and mobile apps.

As a die-hard sci-fi fan, Ilfeld is “thrilled about purchasing Angry Robot,” delight which Marc Gascoigne, Angry Robot MD, shares:

“I’m absolutely delighted to be able to share this great news. There were several companies in the running to buy Angry Robot, but we’re so pleased that our new owner is someone who shares our vision for the imprint, and modern, innovate science fiction publishing. After the brief hiatus while we change hands, we look forward to Angry Robot resuming publication from March of next year, bring you new books from many familiar names and of course some amazing new talent too.”

This purchase reunites Watkins Books and Watkins Publishing after they were split two decades ago. Ilfeld bought Watkins Books from administration in 2010, and has followed suit by acquiring Watkins Publishing last week. Both the Watkins bookshop and publishing imprint were founded by John Watkins in 1893.

Fri
Sep 26 2014 2:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Beth Cato

Beth Cato pop quiz interview 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 author Beth Cato! Beth hails from Hanford, California, but currently writes and bakes cookies in a lair outside of Phoenix, Arizona. She shares the household with a hockey-loving husband, a numbers-obsessed son, and a cat the size of a canned ham. Beth's debut novel, The Clockwork Dagger, is available now from HarperVoyager. Check out an excerpt from the steampunk fantasy here on Tor.com!

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Fri
Sep 26 2014 10:30am

Get The Way of Kings for Free from iBooks!

Brandon Sanderson The Way of Kings

Are you looking for a new bestselling epic fantasy series? Are you interested in The Stormlight Archive, but are still looking for a sign that now is the time to jump in? Are you just tired of lugging a gigantic physical book around? We have triply-good news for you!

Apple is launching an initiative in tandem with their new iOS 8 system, and in addition to some other fine books, they’re making Brandon Sanderson’s novel The Way of Kings available as a free download from iBooks. Brandon Sanderson was excited to be part of this Apple promotion and was happy to offer the book to readers for free, saying “I believe that people’s investment of time in a book like The Way of Kings is worth more than their investment of money.”

The book will be available for free through the end of the year, so head over to iBooks to download. Note: Unfortunately, it appears that iBooks is offering this only to U.S. users right now.

Thu
Sep 25 2014 2:15pm

Get Ender’s Shadow, Mistborn, and Emperor’s Blades for $2.99 from Google Play

Google Play Emperor's Blades Mistborn Ender's Shadow

From today until September 28th, Google Play is offering the ebooks of Orson Scott Card's Ender's Shadow, Brandon Sanderson's Mistborn, and Brian Staveley's The Emperor's Blades for $2.99 each. Click through for the sale links.

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Thu
Sep 25 2014 2:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Cherie Priest

Cherie Priest pop quiz interview 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 Cherie Priest, author of more than a dozen novels, including the award-winning Clockwork Century series and the Cheshire Red books. Her latest novel, Maplecroft, is available now from Roc. The first book of The Borden Dispatches, Maplecroft follows Lizzie Borden after the brutal (and possibly supernatural) murder of her father and stepmother. Learn more about the cover design here on Tor.com!

Join us as Cherie shares a whole host of guilty pleasures she doesn’t feel the least bit guilty about!

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Wed
Sep 24 2014 3:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Alan Gratz

Alan Gratz pop quiz interview 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 Alan Gratz, author of Samurai Shortstop, an ALA 2007 Top Ten Book for Young Adults. His latest book, The League of Seven, begins a new action-packed, steampunk series for middle grade readers—available now from Starscape. Read an excerpt here on Tor.com, and check out Alan’s thoughts on the cover, illustrated by Brett Helquist. (Spoiler: he loves it!) Alan also gives us a brief history lesson on New York City’s pneumatic postal system! And be sure to read “The Hero of Five Points,” a Tor.com Original story set in the world of The League of Seven.

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Tue
Sep 23 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Stefan Bachmann

Stefan Bachmann pop quiz interview 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 musician and author Stefan Bachmann! Stefan plays five instruments and is currently studying composing at the Zürich University of Arts in Switzerland. His debut novel, The Peculiar, is a middle-grade fantasy tale set in an alternate Victorian world of elegant upper-class homes and squalid faerie slums. Its companion novel, The Whatnot, is available now in paperback from HarperCollins.

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Mon
Sep 22 2014 2:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Grady Hendrix

Grady Hendrix pop quiz interview 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 writer and journalist Grady Hendrix, who heads up The Great Stephen King Reread and Under the Dome recaps, plus co-writes the Summer of Sleaze pulp fiction reread here on Tor.com. A former film critic for the New York Sun, Grady has also written for Slate, the Village Voice, Time Out New York, Playboy, and Variety.

Grady’s latest novel, Horrorstör, is traditional haunted house story in a thoroughly contemporary setting—available September 23rd from Quirk Books. While researching the novel, Grady learned some weird Ikea facts, which he happily shares with us below!

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Fri
Sep 19 2014 3:05pm

Lou Anders Leaving Prometheus Books

According to a Publisher's Weekly announcement, Lou Anders—editorial director and art director of Prometheus's Pyr imprint—will be leaving the company. He has been with the imprint since its inception 10 years prior, but now plans to dedicate his time to being a novelist. His first book, Frostborn, was just released this August.

Rene Sears will be rejoining Pyr as the interim editor in Anders' absence. We wish both of them good luck in their endeavors!

Fri
Sep 19 2014 11:00am

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Peter Watts

Peter Watts pop quiz interview 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 Peter Watts, a biologist and science fiction writer. His first book, Starfish, was a New York Times Notable Book, while his sixth, Blindsight—a philosophical rumination on the nature of consciousness with an unhealthy focus on space vampires—has become a core text in diverse undergraduate courses ranging from philosophy to neuropsych, and is rumored to have ended up in the occasional Real Neuro Lab. His latest novel, Echopraxia, is available now from Tor Books. Read an excerpt here on Tor.com!

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Wed
Sep 17 2014 5:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Alys Arden

Alys Arden pop quiz interview 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 Alys Arden, debut author of The Casquette Girls, a Southern Gothic tale of history, magic, and vampires, set in the city of New Orleans. Alys grew up in the Vieux Carré, cut her teeth on the streets of New York, and has worked all around the world since. She tends to talk a lot. Travel a lot. And obsessively document things. She still plans to run away with the circus one day.

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Tue
Sep 16 2014 4:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: David Barnett

David Barnett pop quiz interview 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 an award-winning journalist and author David Barnett! David is the multimedia content manager of the Telegraph & Argus, the cultural reviewer for The Guardian and the Independent on Sunday, and has done features for the Independent and Wired.

His steampunk/Victoriana novel Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl and its sequel, Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon, are both available from Tor Books. Read excerpts from Mechanical Girl and Brass Dragon here on Tor.com.

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Tue
Sep 16 2014 8:35am

Legendary TV Acquires John Scalzi’s Lock In

John Scalzi Lock In TV show

While John Scalzi is still on tour for the release of his near future thriller, Lock In, Legendary TV announced that they have acquired the rights to create a pilot episode and potentially a series adaptation of the novel. Exciting news for Scalzi fans as the SyFy Channel is also developing his Old Man’s War universe as a series.

You can read the first five chapters of Lock In here on Tor.com, as well as the free prequel novella “Unlocked.”

Mon
Sep 15 2014 4:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Kelly Barnhill

Kelly Barnhill pop quiz interview 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 Kelly Barnhill! Kelly writes novels for children and short stories for adults and poetry that she whispers in the dark when no one is listening. Her first novel, The Mostly True Story of Jack, received four-starred reviews, and her second, Iron Hearted Violet, received a Parents’ Choice Gold Award.

Kelly’s latest novel, The Witch's Boy, takes classic fairy tale elements–speaking stones, a friendly wolf, and a spoiled young king–and weaves them into a richly detailed narrative that explores good and evil, love and hate, magic, and the power of friendship. Look for it September 16th from Algonquin Young Readers.

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Mon
Sep 15 2014 12:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Tad Williams

Tad Williams pop quiz interview 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 Tad Williams. Tad is co-founder of an interactive television company, and is currently writing comic books and film and television scripts as well as novels. Sleeping Late on Judgement Day, available now from DAW, is the third installment of Tad Williams’s urban fantasy Bobby Dollar series.

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Fri
Sep 12 2014 3:35pm

Join Farel Dalrymple and The Wrenchies on Tour!

Farel Dalrymple The Wrenchies

Farel Dalrymple is going on tour this autumn for his graphic novel, The Wrenchies! The book takes us to a most unusual apocalypse:

Leking Snipes has been turned into a bug. A bug with a gun. This isn’t making the apocalypse—already filled with nightmarish soul-sucking creatures, loss, and abandonment—any easier to deal with. But at least in the apocalypse, there’s always something new to fight—whether it’s demons or the insanity of the world he lives in.

You can check out a Tor.com Original comic set in the world of The Wrenchies, and see Dalrymple on tour in one of the following cities. The tour kicks off this weekend at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland!

[Full Tour Schedule]

Fri
Sep 12 2014 1:30pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Djibril al-Ayad

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 Djibril al-Ayad, a French-born historian and archaeologist with research interests including ancient magic and futuristic technology. He runs The Future Fire, an online magazine of social-political speculative fiction, and is the co-editor of the anthologies Outlaw Bodies (with Lori Selke) and We See a Different Frontier (with Fabio Fernandes), and the forthcoming Accessing the Future (with Kathryn Allan).

Read on for one of the best slashfic cross-over SFF pairings we’ve ever encountered...

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Fri
Sep 12 2014 9:00am

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Giacomo Cimini

Giacomo Cimini pop quiz interview 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 Giacomo Cimini, director of The Nostalgist, a short sci fi film based on a Tor.com original story by New York Times best-selling author Daniel H. Wilson (Robopocalypse, Amped). In the futuristic city of Vanille, with properly tuned ImmerSyst Eyes & Ears the world can look and sound like a paradise. But the life of a father and his young son threatens to disintegrate when the father’s device begins to fail. Desperate to avoid facing his own traumatic reality, the man must venture outside to find a replacement, into a city where violence and danger lurk beneath a skim of beautiful illusion. The film is available for pre-order at We Are Colony.

Find out Giacomo’s very simple solution to Jeff Goldblum’s fly problem, and watch the trailer for The Nostalgist below!

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