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Wed
Jul 9 2014 3:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Paul Di Filippo

Paul Di FilippoWelcome 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!

Joining us today is prolific science fiction, fantasy, and horror writer Paul Di Filippo. Di Filippo has multiple collections to his credit, including The Emperor of Gondwanaland and Other Stories, Fractal Paisleys, Lost Pages, and many more. His latest collection, The Steampunk Trilogy, is available now from Open Road Media. Di Filippo has written a number of novels as well, including Joe’s Liver and Spondulix: A Romance of Hoboken.

We think Paul may have invented a kind of gross sandwich, but he swears we’ll love it...

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Wed
Jul 9 2014 9:30am

Visit Tor Books at San Diego Comic Con 2014!

Tor Books has just released its line-up for this year’s San Diego Comic Con International, including authors John Scalzi, Greg van Eekhout, debut author Ben Tripp, and panels on everything from the importance of fairy tales to 101 ways to kill a man!

You’ll find all the giveaways, signings, and other excitement at Tor Books’ Booth 2707. And don’t forget to follow Tor Books on Twitter for up-to-date information and flash giveaways!

Check below for the full schedule—we can’t wait to see you in San Diego!

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Tue
Jul 8 2014 2:45pm

Special Tor.com Birthday Story from Kathleen Ann Goonan!

Tor.com turns six this year, and to celebrate we’re giving Tor.com subscribers a free sneak peek at a special birthday story by Kathleen Ann Goonan! “A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon a Star,” is about the daughter of a rocket scientist in the post 1950s who wants to go to the moon, despite being discouraged because “girls don’t do that.”

You can register for Tor.com to get a free first access to this special birthday story, which will be emailed to you on July 14th. The story will be available for free online on July 20th, our birthday.

Tue
Jul 8 2014 2:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Simon R Green

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!

Joining us today is Simon R. Green, author of Blue Moon Rising, Beyond the Blue Moon, the Adventures of Hawk & Fisher, the Novels of the Nightside, the Secret Histories Novels, and the Ghost Finders Novels. Green revisits many of his worlds in the wide-ranging collection Tales of the Hidden World, available now from Open Road Media. Read an excerpt from “Quantum of Solace,” a brand new story of the Droods, here on Tor.com.

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Tue
Jul 8 2014 12:00pm

Preview The Art of Fred Gambino: Dark Shepherd

The Art of Fred Gambino: Dark ShepherdCombining CG imagery with digital paintings, Fred Gambino has created a lifetime of work that is as emotionally resonant as it is visually striking. Vivid and bold, Gambino’s work brings together the fragility and power of human beings with the vastness of their unknowable future. His illustrations seem to exist only a step away from our own reality and, while looking at them, it’s hard not to believe that humans could forge a new future, create complex technological advancements, and carve out a place for themselves among distant galaxies. Gambino makes it easy to see humans as being that daring, that important, that beautiful.

Gambino’s work as an artist and illustrator has been incredibly diverse, including the creation of sci-fi book covers and high-profile concept art for a number of television programs, films, and video games. He’s worked closely with Little Brown, National Geographic, Paramount, Scientific American, Lego, Mattel, and countless others.

We’re excited to present the following preview of The Art of Fred Gambino: Dark Shepherd, available July 19th from Titan Books. This 160-page volume contains a wide array of Gambino’s concept art, illustrations, paintings, sketches, and excerpts from his personal multimedia project, ‘Dark Shepherd.’

[Preview some of the art below]

Mon
Jul 7 2014 10:00am

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Samit Basu

Samit BasuWelcome 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 Samit Basu, a writer of books, films and comics. His first novel, The Simoqin Prophecies, published by Penguin India in 2003, was the first book in the bestselling Gameworld Trilogy and marked the beginning of Indian English fantasy writing. Samit’s other novels includes the superhero novel, Turbulence, which won Wired’s Goldenbot Award in 2012. Its sequel, Resistance, is available July 8th from Titan Books. Read an excerpt from the novel here on Tor.com, and follow Samit on Twitter @samitbasu.

Join us to benefit from Samit’s very sound advice regarding monkeys!

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Thu
Jul 3 2014 2:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Andrew Farago

Andrew FaragoWelcome 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!

Joining us today is Andrew Farago, is the curator of the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. His latest book, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Ultimate Visual History (available now from Insight), is the complete, never-before-told story of the enduring franchise—from their humble beginnings in black-and-white comics to their multimillion-dollar breakout success. He is also the author of The Looney Tunes Treasury, and has written for Marvel Comics, The Comics Journal, and Animation World Network. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, science fiction writer and cartoonist Shaenon K. Garrity.

Read on to learn about Andrew’s foolproof, musical-based plan for being more productive!

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Wed
Jul 2 2014 8:30am

New Tor.com Original Fiction in July and August

Tor.com Original Fiction July August

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 new stories in July and August by Adam Christopher, John Chu, Jo Walton and more.

July and August’s fiction contains knights, both Templar and otherwise, rocket science, barricades, and much more. To find out all the details, check below the cut.

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Tue
Jul 1 2014 9:30am

Three Tales From The Laundry Files by Charles Stross

Charles Stross’ The Rhesus Chart, fifth novel in his massively popular Laundry Files series, hits shelves July 1st. For those fans who want even more of the Laundry, we’ve collected all three of Stross’ Tor.com Originals.

Enjoy two short stories and a novella from the Laundry Files. Originally published on Tor.com, these stories by Charles Stross continue the adventures of the Laundry, a secret division of the British government dedicated to tracking down and containing breaches of reality by occult and otherworldly threats. The collection is available for $4.99 from all major ebook retailers.

Amazon | Barnes and Noble | iTunes

As with all Tor.com Original short fiction, “Overtime,” “Down on the Farm,” and “Equoid” are free to read online.

Mon
Jun 30 2014 4:30pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Keri Arthur

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 Keri Arthur, New York Times bestselling author of the Dark Angels and Riley Jenson Guardian series, has written more than thirty books. She’s been nominated in the Best Contemporary Paranormal category of the Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Awards and has won a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award for urban fantasy. Fireborn, available July 1st from Signet Select, is the first novel in Keri’s new series, Souls of Fire.

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Mon
Jun 30 2014 12:35pm

Frank M. Robinson, 1926 - 2014

Frank M. Robinson obituaryWe are saddened to note the passing of author Frank M. Robinson, as reported this morning on SFSite, at the age of 87.

Robinson was a noted pulp fiction enthusiast, novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. His notable works include The Glass Inferno (one of many works written with his partner Thomas N. Scortia), which was adapted into the film The Towering Inferno, as well as the Lambda Award-winning sci-fi novel The Dark Beyond The Stars, published in 1991.

Outside of genre fiction, Robinson’s many accomplishments included long editorial tenures at men’s magazines Rogue and Playboy, as well as a stint as Harvey Milk’s speechwriter during Milk’s San Francisco campaigns in the late 1970s.

Hard-working and gregarious, Frank M. Robinson leaves behind a rich history of work and we are thankful for the opportunity to experience the variety of what he left behind. You can find out more about Robinson at his website.

Read editor David Hartwell's tribute to Robinson.

Mon
Jun 30 2014 10:30am

Announcing John Scalzi’s Lock In Tour!

John Scalzi Lock In Tour

The dates for Tor Books author John Scalzi’s Lock In tour have been revealed!

Lock In takes place twenty-five years after a highly contagious virus swept across the globe, leaving more than five million people “locked in:” fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. When a murder involving one of the locked in takes place, it’s up to FBI agents Chris Shane and Leslie Vann to navigate from the halls of corporate power to the virtual spaces of the locked in to the very heart of an emerging, surprising new human culture.

You can read the first five chapters of Lock In here, and then visit John Scalzi at one of the tour dates listed below!

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Fri
Jun 27 2014 1:30pm

Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Inductees

Science Fiction Hall of Fame 2014 inductees

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame has announced the 2014 roster of inductees into the Hall of Fame, showing their commitment to celebrating the breadth and depth of the SFF community. Animation master Hayao Miyazaki will join classic painter Frank Frazetta, space opera queen Leigh Brackett, philosopher and writer Olaf Stapledon, and god-of-iconoclastic-directors Stanley Kubrick!

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Thu
Jun 26 2014 4:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Jacqueline West

Jacqueline West Pop Quiz at the End of the UniverseWelcome 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 Jacqueline West, author of the award-winning middle grade series The Books of Elsewhere. Volume five in the series, Still Life, is available July 1st from Dial Books for Young Readers (a division of Penguin Random House). Jacqueline’s short fiction for adults and children has appeared in a variety of publications, and her poetry has received many honors, including two Pushcart nominations, a Rhysling Award nomination, and a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize. If you are sharing a pizza, she will ask for the crust pieces. Don’t get her talking about Kurt Vonnegut, Tori Amos, Northern Exposure, or Sylvia Plath, or you’ll be sorry.

Join us as we cover topics ranging from Kurt Vonnegut (uh-oh!) to secret candy-based shame, and more!

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Thu
Jun 26 2014 11:45am

Listen to “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere” by John Chu

The Water That Falls On You From Nowhere John Chu

Thanks to the good folks at StarShipSofa, you can now listen to the Tor.com Original Hugo-nominated short story “The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere.” This painful story of family, love, honesty, and ice-cold water that falls from nowhere on those who lie is narrated by the author, John Chu. If you want to listen, just follow this link.

Thu
Jun 26 2014 9:30am

Announcing the Appointment of Lee Harris as the Tor.com Imprint Senior Editor

Lee Harris

Tor.com: The Imprint is pleased to announce today the hire of a Senior Editor. Lee Harris, of Angry Robot, will join the team late summer.

Lee Harris started working for Angry Robot in January 2009, six months before they launched their list, as an Assistant Editor to publisher Marc Gascoigne. As an early member of Angry Robot, he took on a number of non-editorial jobs as well, doing a great deal of marketing. He was promoted to Editor a year later and to Senior Editor in 2013. He is a former Chair of the British Fantasy Society and a finalist for the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Editor, Long-Form. He published the debut novels of two of this year’s five John Campbell Nominees, Ramez Naam and Wesley Chu.

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Wed
Jun 25 2014 2:30pm

Visit Tor Teen at the 2014 American Library Association Conference!

ALA Tor Teen 2014 The 2014 ALA conference is taking place June 26th through July 1st in Las Vegas, and Tor Teen has packed their schedule with author signings, star-studded panels, and a speed dating event where you can mingle with 15 children’s authors and illustrators, including Alan Gratz and P.J. Hoover! You’ll find all the Tor fun plus authors like Deborah Coonts and Rachel Howzell Hall at booth #532!

Come out and join the excitement!

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Tue
Jun 24 2014 2:30pm

Hurry! Get Max Gladstone’s Three Parts Dead Ebook for $2.99!

Max Gladstone Three Parts DeadYou can now purchase the ebook edition of Three Parts Dead, the first volume in Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence, for only $2.99! (U.S and Canada, and many other nations.) It will only be available at this sale price until July, so order your copy today!

With book three in the series, Full Fathom Five, just over the horizon, there’s never been a better time for new readers to see what all the fuss is about, or for other folks to get reacquainted with Gladstone’s secondary-world urban fantasy.

In Three Parts Dead, Tara, a first-year associate in the international necromantic firm of Kelethres, Albrecht, and Ao, must resurrect the fire god Kos before the city of Alt Coulumb falls apart. Without Him, the metropolis’s steam generators will shut down, its trains will cease running, and its four million citizens will riot. Her only help is Abelard, a chain-smoking priest of the dead god, who’s having an understandable crisis of faith.

If you’re still not convinced, you can check out an excerpt from Three Parts Dead here on Tor.com first. Get the ebook from the retailers below, or from your favorite ebook provider!

B&N NOOK | Google Play | iBooks | Kindle

Tue
Jun 24 2014 12:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Alyx Dellamonica

Alyx Dellamonica pop quiz interviewWelcome 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 Alyx Dellamonica, author of Indigo Springs, winner of the Sunburst Award for Canadian Literature of the Fantastic, and its concluding sequel, Blue Magic. Her short stories have appeared in a number of fantasy and science fiction magazines and anthologies, as well as here on Tor.com. “Among the Silvering Herd” and “The Ugly Woman of Castello di Putti” are prequel stories to her novel Child of a Hidden Sea, available now from Tor Books! You can read an excerpt from the novel here, and be sure to check out Alyx’s latest stand alone story, “The Color of Paradox,” appearing June 25th on Tor.com!

What sort of apocalypse really terrifies Alyx? Dive in to find out!

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Fri
Jun 20 2014 4:00pm

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

Marcus Sakey pop quiz interviewWelcome 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 Sakey, author of the Brilliance Saga—in an alternate present, one percent of people are born savants, able to overmatch and outperform the rest of us on every level. Book two in the series, A Better World, is available now from Thomas & Mercer. Marcus is also the host of the acclaimed television show Hidden City on Travel Channel, for which he is routinely pepper-sprayed and attacked by dogs. Prior to writing, he worked as a landscaper, a theatrical carpenter, a 3D animator, a woefully unprepared movie reviewer, a tutor, and a graphic designer who couldn’t draw. Marcus lives in Chicago with his wife and daughter.

What else might go well with fava beans and a nice chianti? Join us to find out!

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