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Mon
Mar 2 2015 3:00pm

Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks for March

Barnes and Noble Bookseller's Picks

For over a decade, Jim Killen has served as the science fiction and fantasy book buyer for Barnes & Noble. Every month on The B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog and Tor.com, Jim shares his curated list of the month’s can’t-miss new SF/F releases.

[B&N Picks for March]

Mon
Mar 2 2015 12:00pm

SFWA Names Larry Niven the 2014 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master

Larry Niven SFWA Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award Nebula AwardsThe Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America has announced that Larry Niven will be honored with the organization’s Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award at this year’s Nebula Awards. Past grand masters have included Samuel R. Delany, Gene Wolfe, and Connie Willis, among others.

Best known for his Hugo- and Nebula-winning novel Ringworld, Niven has also written television scripts, comics, and political action in support of the conquest of space. He will be honored at the 50th annual Nebula Awards Weekend held June 4-7 in Chicago, Illinois, at the Palmer House Hilton.

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Fri
Feb 27 2015 12:39pm

Leonard Nimoy, 1931-2015

Leonard Nimoy, 1931-2015We are saddened to learn that Leonard Nimoy has passed away.

Nimoy was something of a Renaissance Man: an actor, a poet, a musician, a director, a writer, and so much more. His love of acting began when he was just a boy of eight, and he worked in theater, television, and film for practically all of his life.

But he is a pop culture icon to most of the world (and genre fans especially) for his portrayal of Spock on Star Trek. That role—easily one of the most famous in science fiction—followed Nimoy throughout his life, and he was known for his kindness to fans and enthusiasts the world over.

Last year, Nimoy revealed that he had COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), and he had been in and out of hospitals recently. He was taken to UCLA Medical Center on February 19th of this year, and passed away this morning at his home. He was 83 years old, and leaves behind a wife, two children (Julie and Adam Nimoy), one step-son, six grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Our condolences to his family, and to everyone who has been touched by his life.

Even in his final words to his audience, Nimoy was poetic and compassionate:

We'll miss you, Mr. Nimoy. We can never thank you enough for the impact you have made.

Fri
Feb 27 2015 10:52am

Announcing the 2014 Aurealis Awards Shortlist!

2014 Aurealis Awards shortlistThe Aurealis Awards—which recognize the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, and children’s fiction writers—have announced their 2014 shortlist! The finalists include Jonathan Strahan, Kathleen Jennings, Scott Westerfeld, Garth Nix, Deborah Biancotti, and more.

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Tue
Feb 24 2015 1:31pm

Tor Books to Publish Pathfinder Tales Novels Based on Paizo’s Tabletop Games

Pathfinder Tales Tor Books Paizo Lord of Runes Dave Gross

Tor Books, a leading global publisher of science fiction and fantasy, announced today that it will publish Pathfinder Tales, a series of novels based on Paizo Inc.’s best-selling Pathfinder tabletop adventure games. The first Tor Pathfinder Tales book, Lord of Runes, by Dave Gross, releases June 16th, 2015, with additional releases to follow bi-monthly.

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Tue
Feb 24 2015 11:00am

Fake Moustaches and Fabulous Coats: V.E. Schwab’s Pop Quiz Interview

V.E. SchwabWelcome 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 V.E. Schwab, author of YA novels  The Near Witch, The Archived, and The Unbound. Schwab’s first adult novel, Vicious, debuted to critical praise and reader accolades. Her latest novel, A Darker Shade of Magic, takes us on a journey through parallel Londons—available now in the US from Tor Books and publishing February 27th in the UK by Titan. You can read an excerpt here, and check out an in depth look at the US cover art by Will Staehle. You can also check out Schwab’s digital tour dates, as she stops by various blogs to answer your questions!

Join us!

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Mon
Feb 23 2015 4:35pm

The Horror Writers Association Has Announced the Ballot for the 2014 Bram Stoker Awards!

The Horror Writers Association, the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, today announced the 2014 nominees for the iconic Bram Stoker Award®. Named in honor of the author of the seminal horror novel Dracula, the Bram Stoker Awards® are presented annually for superior writing in eleven categories including traditional fiction of various lengths, poetry, screenplays and non-fiction. Previous winners include Stephen King, J.K. Rowling, George R. R. Martin, Joyce Carol Oates and Neil Gaiman.

The HWA also presents a Lifetime Achievement Award to living individuals who have made a substantial and enduring contribution to the genre. This year’s Lifetime Achievement recipients are Jack Ketchum and Tanith Lee.

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Mon
Feb 23 2015 11:30am

Cover Reveal for Brandon Sanderson’s Shadows of Self

Shadows of Self cover reveal Brandon Sanderson Mistborn

We’re thrilled to show off Chris McGrath’s cover for Brandon Sanderson’s latest Mistborn book, Shadows of Self. A few months ago, we announced that Sanderson will be publishing two Mistborn books in quick succession: Shadows of Self this fall, and Bands of Mourning, to be released early next year.

[Full cover image below!]

Fri
Feb 20 2015 12:10pm

Read Tor.com’s 2014 Nebula-Nominated Fiction

The Science Fiction Writers of America has announced their shortlist for the 2014 Nebula Awards, Tor.com is thrilled to have published three Nebula-nominated works of short fiction in 2014.

Want to see what all the fuss is about? You can read “The Mothers of Voorhisville” by Mary Rickert, “The Devil in America” by Kai Ashante Wilson, and “Sleep Walking Now and Then” by Richard Bowes for free!

Fri
Feb 20 2015 11:58am

Announcing the 2014 Nebula Awards Nominees!

Nebula Award 2013 nomineesThe Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the 2014 Nebula Awards nominees (presented 2015), for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

We are personally pleased to announce that one Tor.com novella and two Tor.com novelettes have been nominated: “The Mothers of Voorhisville,” by Mary Rickert and edited by Liz Gorinsky, “The Devil in America,” by Kai Ashante Wilson and edited by Ann VanderMeer, and “Sleep Walking Now and Then,” by Richard Bowes and edited by Ellen Datlow.

Congratulations to all of the nominees!

[Click through for the complete list of nominees]

Thu
Feb 19 2015 9:30am

Cover Reveal and Excerpt for The Black Cauldron 50th Anniversary Edition

The Black Cauldron 50th anniversary edition cover reveal excerpt Lloyd Alexander

To celebrate the half-century in which Lloyd Alexander’s The Black Cauldron has charmed and enthralled young fantasy readers, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers is releasing a special 50th anniversary edition of the second book in Alexander’s Chronicles of Prydain.

Coming in 2015, the new edition will follow the design of The Book of Three anniversary edition, with a black cloth cover and silver foil. It includes a new introduction by Newbery Award winner Rebecca Stead, a short story from Prydain, and three letters from Lloyd Alexander to his editor, Ann Durrell (one in which he expresses his joy at having received a Newbery Honor for the book).

Tor.com is pleased to reveal the new cover for The Black Cauldron! Check out the full image below, plus some thoughts on the book from editor Noa Wheeler. Henry Holt BYR has also provided an excerpt, so prepare to fall in love all over again with Lloyd Alexander’s epic tale!

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Tue
Feb 17 2015 9:30am

V.E. Schwab is Going on a Whirlwind Tour of the Digital Londons!

VE Schwab blog tour

In V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic—coming February 24th from Tor Books and February 27th from Titan—heroes, Kell and Lila, flit through magical doors to visit three very different versions of London. There’s Red London, which flourishes with life and magic; Grey London, with no magic but one very mad King; and White London, where people fight to control magic—and the magic fights back.

While each of these three cities is full of its own twists, turns, and secrets, they are also each home to some very special blogs! Starting today, February 17th, author Victoria Schwab is embarking on a whirlwind tour through all of them, and since (as Kell and Lila learn) it’s dangerous to linger, Victoria will only have time to answer one question at each stop.

Want to follow Victoria on her mad dash around the blogosphere? Check out the schedule below, along with a spiffing trailer for A Darker Shade of Magic!

[Check out the blog tour below!]

Fri
Feb 13 2015 7:15am

Announcing The Kitschies’ 2014 Shortlists!

The Kitschies 2014 shortlists PornokitschThe Kitschies, the annual tentacle-themed prize for works containing elements of the “speculative and fantastic,” have released their shortlists for the most “progressive, intelligent, and entertaining” fiction of 2014.

This year’s shortlists have been narrowed down from 198 submissions, coming from over 40 different publishers and imprints. This year also features the prize’s first self-published finalist.

Another change is new director Glen Mehn organizing and overseeing this year’s group of judges, authors, and artists. Congratulations to all of the finalists—we can’t wait to see who will take home the coveted squid statue!

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Thu
Feb 12 2015 3:00pm

“It is gross. It is amazing.”: Our Pop Quiz Interview with Laura van den Berg

Laura van den BergWelcome 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 Laura van den Berg! Her first collection of stories, What the World Will Look Like When All The Water Leaves Us was shortlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Award, and her second collection of stories, The Isle of Youth won the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters. Her first novel, Find Me is available February 17th from Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Below, Laura shares her secret love of a particular fast food item.

[It is gross. It is amazing.]

Tue
Feb 10 2015 2:45pm

Jim Butcher’s New Fantasy Series is Coming this September!

Author Jim Butcher

The first novel in Jim Butcher’s new steampunk fantasy series, The Cinder Spires: The Aeronaut’s Windlass, will be released in hardcover on September 29, 2015! The series is being published by Roc Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. Executive Editor Anne Sowards describes The Cinder Spires as, “Horatio Hornblower meets The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen—it’s a fantastic, creative new series of airships, privateers, warrior monks, and mad sorcerers. Honestly, it’s like Jim put all my favorite things in one book!”

The Cinder Spires is set in a fascinating new world, where an ancient evil has awoken, plunging the world into a shroud of mists filled with monstrous and fantastic creatures. The fate of humanity will rest on the loyalty and courage of a single airship’s crew. New York Times bestselling author David Weber said, “This is Jim Butcher at his best…It’s steampunk meets magic with a dose of sci-fi for seasoning.”

Head over to Jim Butcher's site for more information on this exciting new series!

Tue
Feb 10 2015 11:36am

Genre Fiction Honored by the Alex and Stonewall Book Awards and the RUSA Reading List

ALA Midwinter awards Lock In John Scalzi My Real Children Jo Walton

Last week was the ALA’s annual Midwinter Meeting, at which the American Library Association announced the winners and honorees for a number of prestigious awards. We are very excited to highlight the Macmillan books and authors to be honored this year by the Alex Award, the Stonewall Book Award, and the RUSA Reading List!

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Tue
Feb 10 2015 10:00am

Happy Haunting! Leanna Renee Hieber Takes Our Pop Quiz Interview

Leanna Renee HieberWelcome 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 actress, playwright, and author Leanna Renee Hieber. Leanna is the award-winning, bestselling author of gothic Victorian fantasy novels for adults and teens. Her new gaslamp fantasy series begins with The Eterna Files; available now from Tor Books, you can read an excerpt here on Tor.com!

Join us if you’re creepy, kooky, mysterious or spooky!

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Mon
Feb 9 2015 3:00pm

Pop Quiz with Victoria Aveyard

Victoria AveyardWelcome 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 Victoria Aveyard, an author and screenwriter living in Los Angeles who uses her career as an excuse to read too many books and watch too many movies. Her debut novel, Red Queen, is available February 10th from HarperTeen!

Which Disney earworm was ruining karaoke long before “Let it Go”? Find out after the cut!

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Mon
Feb 9 2015 2:55pm

Robert Jordan’s Estate Does Not Approve of the Wheel of Time “Pilot”

The Wheel of Time

Fans of Robert Jordan’s epic fantasy series The Wheel of Time were surprised this morning to find a pilot episode for a Wheel of Time TV series, titled “Winter Dragon,” suddenly airing on the FXX channel. They were not the only ones.

In a statement released early this afternoon, Harriet McDougal, the late author’s wife and CEO of the Bandersnatch Group, which contracted the TV and movie rights to the Wheel of Time book series to Universal Pictures, has made it clear that this pilot has never been seen or approved by the Jordan estate.

[Read the statement]

Fri
Feb 6 2015 12:30pm

Announcing Jason Denzel’s Mystic Trilogy, Coming Soon from Tor Books!

We’re excited to announce Jason Denzel’s Mystic trilogy will be published by Tor Books! Denzel is the founder of Dragonmount, a community and news site dedicated to Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series. Founded in 1998, the site provides news, forums, discussion groups, role-playing, and a podcast, as well as a hub for Twitter and Facebook communities, email, and games. It is now the largest and best-known WoT site.

Denzel's first novel will be published this fall. Read more about the series and check out the full cover image for Mystic below!

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