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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.

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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Dec 18 2014 10:30am

Jonathan Strange Meets Georgette Heyer: Pan Macmillan Acquires Zen Cho’s Regency Fantasy Sorcerer to the Crown

Zen Cho

Pan Macmillan has acquired the UK rights to Sorcerer to the Crown, the start of a new trilogy from debut author Zen Cho.

Pan Macmillan's Senior Commissioning editor Bella Pagan is excited for the trilogy, saying “Sorcerer to the Crown is warm, clever and witty. I just adored the characters, their dilemmas and the lively world Zen Cho has created. It’s very special and I just can’t wait to share this wonderful book with as many readers as possible.”

[Regency London and High Magic!]

Dec 18 2014 10:00am

Midnight in Karachi, Episode 2: Patrick Ness

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 Mahvesh is joined by Patrick Ness, author of the Chaos Walking trilogy, A Monster Calls and More Than This. He’s the winner of two Carnegie Medals, a Guardian Children’s Fiction prize, a Tiptree Award and a Costa Book Award, and he's also been on the Clarke Award shortlist in 2011. Patrick’s beautiful, frightening novel A Monster Calls is currently in development as a feature film starring Sigourney Weaver and Liam Neeson, so naturally we gushed about Sigourney on the podcast, as well as Prince. Patrick also tells us about his next book due out in 2015.

And in this week's Under the Radar segment, Mahvesh talks about an early feminist classic from the subcontinent called Sultana’s Dream.

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Dec 18 2014 9:30am

The Gospel of Loki U.S. Cover Reveal!

Joanne M Harris Gospel of Loki US cover Saga Press

Tor.com is excited to reveal the U.S. cover for The Gospel of Loki by Joanne M. Harris, author of Chocolat. The Gospel of Loki was a bestseller in the UK and will be published by Saga Press in the U.S. on May 5, 2015. Check out the full cover below, and read editor Joe Monti’s thoughts on the design!

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Dec 18 2014 7:00am

Michael Moorcock is The Eternal Champion

Michael Moorcock Portrait by David A. JohnsonToday marks the 75th birthday of celebrated and influential author and editor Michael John Moorcock. Involving himself in the SF/Fantasy scene practically as soon as he discovered it, Moorcock began editing Tarzan Adventures in 1957 when he was just 17. His love of high adventure, such as the work of Leigh Brackett and Edgar Rice Burroughs, influenced not only his early editorial work but also his own writing.

He is often self-deprecating about his style, saying in the introduction to Elric: The Stealer of Souls:

“I think of myself as a bad writer with big ideas, but I’d rather be that than a big writer with bad ideas”

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Dec 15 2014 10:00am

Steven Erikson: On Compassion, Completing Malazan, and Looking Toward the Future

Malazan Reread of the Fallen Steven Erikson

As many of you know, our ongoing Malazan Reread recently reached the end of The Crippled God, the final novel in the series. To mark the occasion, author Steven Erikson graciously offered to participate in a Q&A covering both the novel and the series as a whole.

You can read the entirety of the discussion here, but for those who might have missed it, we wanted to share the following statement from Steven, addressing all the fans who’ve followed the series, as well as our intrepid Tor.com rereaders, Bill Capossere and Amanda Rutter.

[Read Erikson’s post below!]

Dec 12 2014 11:00am

The Coode Street Podcast is Coming to Tor.com!

Coode Street Podcast

We are happy to announce that starting in January 2015, the Coode Street Podcast is coming to Tor.com! Launched in May of 2010, Coode Street quickly became an excellent source for intelligent and lively SFF discussion, and we’re excited to be their new home.

Find out more about our newest podcast below!

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Dec 12 2014 9:45am

Beta Testers Wanted to Break Our Website (Very Meticulously)

We’re excited to announce that Tor.com is undergoing a redesign!

Our last shape-up was in 2011 and since then we’ve been thinking up ways to keep our content easier to find and better organized, regardless of whether you’re viewing the site on a computer or on a mobile device. Towards that end we’ve been hard at work behind the scenes and we’re nearly ready to launch a spiffier, improved Tor.com.

[And we’d like your help]

Dec 11 2014 11:50am

We Need Diverse Books Returns to BookCon for an SFF Panel!

We Need Diverse Books

The We Need Diverse Books campaign is partnering with ReedPOP for a pair of excellent panels at this year’s BookCon!

The panels are scheduled May 30th and 31st, and will feature some extraordinary talent from worlds of SFF and children’s literature including Jacqueline Woodson and Sherman Alexie. The Saturday panel will feature Hugo Award winners Kameron Hurley (The Mirror Empire) and Ken Liu (The Paper Menagerie), World Fantasy Award winner Nnedi Okorafor (Who Fears Death), Daniel Jose Older (Shadowshaper), and the Executive Editor of Saga Press, Joe Monti, will come together to discuss diversity in genre fiction.

Brien McDonald, Show Manager of BookCon, expressed excitement for both the program, and WNDB movement as a whole:

“We’re thrilled that BookCon and We Need Diverse Books are teaming up once again to connect fans with a broader range of voices in the publishing industry. These panels will once again move the conversation of diversity in books forward and highlight authors who are addressing this head on with their fantastic work.”

BookCon will be held at the Javitz Center in New York on May 30th and 31st of 2015.

Dec 11 2014 9:00am

The Pure Joy of Flight is Yours: Sketches From Peter Sis’ Little Prince Biography

The Pilot and the Prince Peter Sis

The recent reveal of the stunning first trailer for the movie adaptation of classic children’s book The Little Prince reminded us... our friends over at FSG Books For Younger Readers recently showed us a bunch of great pages and sketches from The Pilot and the Little Prince, an illustrated biography of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, the French author of The Little Prince, that came out this past summer.

[Check them out below]

Dec 10 2014 11:00am

Rocket Talk Episode 37: Tina Connolly and Brad Beaulieu

Six by Six anthology

In this episode of Rocket Talk, Justin brings on authors Tina Connolly and Brad Beaulieu to chat about their joint anthology project, Six by Six. The discussion covers short fiction markets, how novelists come at short fiction, and how best to approach writing after a gluttonous Thanksgiving holiday.

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Dec 9 2014 9:30am

Tor.com Reviewers’ Choice: The Best Books of 2014

Other than robot unicorns, mugs of tea (Earl Grey, hot), and pictures of Tom Hiddleston, the sight most prevalent in our little rocket here at Tor.com are heaps and 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 rereads and regular columns including Under the Radar, Fiction Affliction, Short Fiction Spotlight, Sleeps with Monsters, and Genre in the Mainstream, we’re reading books and reviewing books around the clock! So with 2014 coming to a close, we invited our regular contributors to choose their three favorite books from the last year, and we’re sharing their responses and recommendations below.

Please enjoy this eclectic overview of some of our favorite books from 2013, and be sure to let us know about your own favorites in the comments!

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Dec 8 2014 3:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Marissa Meyer

Marissa Meyer 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 Marissa Meyer, author of the Lunar Chronicles. She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and three demanding cats. She’s a fan of most things geeky (Sailor Moon, Firefly, any occasion that requires a costume), and has been in love with fairy tales since she was a child. She may or may not be a cyborg. Fairest, the latest novel in the Lunar Chronicles, publishes January 27th from Feiwel & Friends.

Join us as Marissa shares what it was like writing the story of an evil queen!

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Dec 8 2014 12:00pm

2014 Fiction Wrap-Up from Tor.com

2013 Fiction Wrap-Up from Tor.com

It’s almost the end of 2014, and we’re unbelievably proud to have published so much excellent fiction this year! Over the past twelve months we have published 72 original short stories, novelettes, and novellas, each one accompanied by an original illustration. Our thanks and gratitude to all the authors, editors, and illustrators that have worked to make such a robust program. And, of course, thank you to the readers that make it all possible!

We hope that you will consider nominating 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!

And, as a reminder, for you can pre-order our free anthology Some of the Best From Tor.com.

[Here’s a look back at 2014’s fiction on Tor.com]

Dec 5 2014 10:15am

Midnight in Karachi, Episode 1: Audrey Niffenegger

Midnight in Karachi

Welcome to the first episode of Midnight in Karachi, a Tor.com podcast about writers, publishers, editors, illustrators, their books and the worlds they create, hosted by Mahvesh Murad.

This week Mahvesh is joined by Audrey Niffenegger, known best for her massively successful debut novel The Time Traveler’s Wife. Together they talk about Audrey’s books, what it’s like to write both novels and create illustrated works side by side, what’s up with The Time Traveler’s Wife sequel, and yes, bad taxidermy, too.

And in this week’s Under the Radar segment, Mahvesh talks about Kuzhali Manickavel’s strange, fascinating little shorts in her new anthology Things We Found During the Autopsy.

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Dec 5 2014 10:00am

Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks for December

Barnes and Noble Bookseller's Picks for February

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 December!

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Dec 4 2014 2:00pm

A Russian Brown Bear is the Best Patronus! Our Pop Quiz Interview with Sergei Lukyanenko

Sergei Lukyanenko 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 Sergei Lukyanenko, Moscow-based author of the Night Watch novels. Lukyanenko’s writing has been translated into more than twenty languages and continues to be hugely popular. His latest novel, The Genome, is available now in English from Open Road Media. Read an excerpt here on Tor.com!

Join us as Sergei answers all our Harry Potter-related questions (and a few non-magical ones, too)!

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Dec 4 2014 1:00pm

Spoiler Thread for A Read of Ice and Fire, Part 7!

Welcome to Part 7 of the Song of Ice and Fire thread, in conjunction with Leigh Butler’s fabulous Read of Ice and Fire. (The first, second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth threads are now massive, but you can read through them at your leisure.) Please join us below for our ongoing, spoiler-filled dissection of George R. R. Martin’s bloody fantasy epic.

(Please note that while the forums are closed for comments, you can still access them here if you’d like to read up on previous conversations in the the thread.)

[All the dirt that’s fit to print]

Dec 2 2014 12:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Warren Hammond

Warren Hammond 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 Warren Hammond, author of the gritty, futuristic KOP series—KOP Killer, the first in the series, won the 2012 Colorado Book Award for best mystery. Warren’s latest novel, Tides of Maritinia, is available now from HarperVoyager. His first book independent of the KOP series, Tides is a spy novel set in a science fictional world.

Read on to find out why Warren thinks the perils of demolecularization will be well worth it!

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