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Wed
Aug 27 2014 9:15am

Read “Unlocked,” the Free Prequel Novella to John Scalzi’s Lock In

Lock In John Scalzi Unlocked prequel

At first it seems like the flu. Then you’re permanently trapped inside your body. Awake and unable to scream. You’re “locked in.”

Read “Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome,” the FREE science fiction novella prequel to John Scalzi’s new book Lock In and learn how humanity began to transform itself as it slowly learned how to become free from the bonds of its own flesh.

Tue
Aug 26 2014 3:30pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Rod Duncan

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 Rod Duncan, novelist, screenwriter, and proud dyslexic. The Bullet-Catcher's Daughter, the first book in his Gas-Lit Empire series, is available now from Angry Robot. Find out more about the novel's cover from designer Will Staehle, and join us below to learn which magic spell would be vital to Rod's fighting style.

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Fri
Aug 22 2014 3:30pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Patrick Swenson

Patrick Swenson 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 writer, publisher, editor, and teacher Patrick Swenson. Patrick has sold stories to the anthology Like Water for Quarks, and magazines such as Marion Zimmer Bradley’s Fantasy Magazine, Figment, and others.

Amazon buy link Ultra Thin Man

Patrick's debut novel, The Ultra Thin Man, is available now from Tor Books. A blend of Golden Age SF and pulp, The Ultra Thin Man is about two detectives standing in the way of an interstellar terrorist organization intent on manipulating, infiltrating and threatening the galaxy. Read an excerpt here on Tor.com.

Read on to find out Patrick's delicious secret to getting some writing done!

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Thu
Aug 21 2014 4:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Sarah J. Maas

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 Sarah J. Maas, the New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series, including Throne of Glass, Crown of Midnight, and five novellas. The third book in the series, Heir of Fire, is available September 2nd from Bloomsbury. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Southern California with her husband and dog.

Sarah’s patronus suggests that she is a very clever girl indeed...

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Thu
Aug 21 2014 11:00am

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: John Scalzi (Part Two)

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!

We’re joined once again by John Scalzi, one of the most popular and acclaimed SF authors to emerge in the last decade. His massively successful debut Old Man’s War won him science fiction’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and Redshirts won 2013’s Hugo Award for Best Novel. Material from his widely read blog The Whatever has also earned him two other Hugo Awards.

Scalzi’s new science fiction thriller, Lock In, is available August 26th from Tor Books! Read the first five chapters here on Tor.com for free, and listen to audiobook excerpts narrated by Amber Benson and Wil Wheaton!

Check out the first part of Scalzi’s pop quiz, then read on!

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Tue
Aug 19 2014 10:00am

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: John Scalzi (Part One)

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 John Scalzi, one of the most popular and acclaimed SF authors to emerge in the last decade. His massively successful debut Old Man’s War won him science fiction’s John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, and Redshirts won 2013’s Hugo Award for Best Novel. Material from his widely read blog The Whatever has also earned him two other Hugo Awards.

Scalzi’s new science fiction thriller, Lock In, is available August 26th from Tor Books! Read the first five chapters here on Tor.com for free, and listen to audiobook excerpts narrated by Amber Benson and Wil Wheaton!

What dastardly villain lurks in Scalzi’s family tree? Read on to find out!

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Mon
Aug 18 2014 12:15pm

Congratulations to Tor.com’s Hugo Award-Winners!

Hugo Awards

The 2014 Hugos were awarded at LonCon3 this past weekend, and, out of an extremely strong field, we’re thrilled that several pieces of Tor.com original short fiction were honored.

Congratulations to all of this year’s nominees and winners, in particular to Best Short Story Winner John Chu (“The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere”), Best Novelette Winner Mary Robinette Kowal (“The Lady Astronaut of Mars”), and Best Novella Winner Charles Stross (“Equoid”)! Learn more about each of the winning entries below, and check out more of Tor.com’s Original fiction!

[Fabulous stories await!]

Sun
Aug 17 2014 3:00pm

Announcing the 2014 Hugo Award Winners

2014 Hugo Award nominees The winners of the 2014 Hugo Awards have been announced!

The Hugo Awards have been given since 1953, and every year since 1955, by the annual World Science Fiction Convention (the “Worldcon”). The first Worldcon occurred in New York City in 1939, and Worldcons have been held annually since then, except during World War II. This year’s Worldcon, LonCon 3, was held in London, England.

Congratulations to all the 2014 winners and nominees!

[2014 Hugo nominees]

Fri
Aug 15 2014 12:30pm

Highlights from Delia’s Shadow Author Jaime Lee Moyer’s AMA!

Jamie Lee Moyer books Delia's Shadow A Barricade in Hell

Author Jaime Lee Moyer recently travelled the lands of reddit to hold an AMA! Her novels are about magic and murder, friendship, betrayal and kissing, and ghosts. Lots of ghosts. She grew up in San Francisco, where her ‘Gabe and Delia’ series is set, but now lives in Texas, where she maintains a “secret identity of Responsible Adult(tm).” Her first novel, the Columbus Literary Award-winning Delia’s Shadow, and its sequel, A Barricade in Hell, are available from Tor Books. The third book in the series, Against a Brightening Sky, will be released in 2015.

Moyer’s first story, written when she was eleven, caused controversy when her best friend’s mother “read it, frowned, and said, ‘This isn’t appropriate subject matter for a girl your age to write about.’ And with that, she walked away with my story in hand. She kept it! I never did get that story back. That was my very first rejection, and the moment I knew I was born to be a writer. I’ve been writing ever since.”

Check out more highlights from Moyer’s AMA below, including the reveal of what made that childhood story so scandalous!

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Fri
Aug 15 2014 9:30am

Uncanny Magazine Announces Full Funding

Uncanny Magazine

Authors and fans of speculative short fiction and speculative non-fiction alike have reason to celebrate today, as Uncanny: A Magazine of Science Fiction and Fantasy’s Kickstarter has been fully funded. Founders Lynne M. Thomas and Michael Damian Thomas, veteran editors of Apex magazine, have announced their intention to bring out stories that combine “astonishing ideas, strong characterization, gorgeous writing, and distinctive points of view from around the world.” So far they’ve solicited original fiction, poetry, and non-fiction prose from the likes of Neil Gaiman (wow!), Charlie Jane Anders (wow!), Amal El-Mohtar (wow!), Catherynne M. Valente (wow!), Ken Liu (wow!), Kameron Hurley (wow!), Tor.com’s own Diana Pho (wow!), and many more (whoo!), with cover art by Tran Nguyen, Julie Dillon, and other groundbreaking artists (::head asplode::). They are also expecting to fill slots with unsolicited submissions, so aspiring authors should keep an eye out for opportunities to submit.

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Thu
Aug 14 2014 4:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Jess Row

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 Jess Row, author of the story collections The Train to Lo Wu and Nobody Ever Gets Lost. Named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists in 2007, he has won two Pushcart Prizes and a PEN/O. Henry Prize, and has appeared in The Best American Short Stories three times. He lives in New York and teaches at the College of New Jersey. Jess’ debut novel, Your Face in Mine, is available now from Riverhead.

Join us to find out why Jess chooses a lightsaber in his fight to the death!

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Thu
Aug 14 2014 3:49pm

Announcing the Winners of the 1939 Retro Hugo Awards!

The Hugo Awards have been given since 1953, and every year since 1955, by the annual World Science Fiction Convention (the “Worldcon”). The first Worldcon occurred in New York City in 1939, and Worldcons have been held annually since then, except during World War II.

The Retro Hugo Awards celebrate the works that attendees would have known at the time of the very first Worldcon, held in New York in 1939. These prestigious awards recognise the best in science fiction, fantasy, and fandom from 1938.

This year, the Retro Hugo Awards were co-presented by Mary Robinette Kowal and Rob Shearman at LonCon3 in London, England.

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Wed
Aug 13 2014 3:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Heather Masri

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 Heather Masri, a full-time faculty member at New York University, where she earned her Ph.D. in literature and has served as assistant dean in the General Studies Program, an interdisciplinary liberal arts program. Science Fiction: Stories and Contexts grows out of her popular seminar on science fiction and technology, one of a series of writing intensive courses she’s taught on literature and critical theory. The compact edition of the textbook arrives August 15th from Bedford St. Martin’s.

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Tue
Aug 12 2014 12:00pm

The Wheel of Time Reread REDUX Begins on August 19th!

The Wheel of Time Reread Redux Leigh Butler Tor.com

Many many years ago the intrepid Leigh Butler began the Wheel of Time Reread on Tor.com and not so many years ago, 15 books and one short story later, she reached the conclusion of this epic undertaking.

But the wheel of time turns and ages come and pass and sometimes the most massive fantasy series of our time concludes while you’re rereading it, offering up a wealth of new information and casting the initial volumes in a new light.

Hence, the Wheel of Time Reread Redux! Leigh Butler will begin poring through the initial volumes of the series starting on Tuesday, August 19th, taking a closer chapter by chapter look at the early days of Rand, Perrin, Mat, Egwene, Nynaeve, Lan, Moiraine, Elayne, and so on.

Reread Redux posts will be added to the existing Wheel of Time reread index as they go live, so you can keep checking there for new installments. We’ll see you next Tuesday!

Mon
Aug 11 2014 2:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Nick Cole

Nick Cole 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 Nick Cole, an army veteran and working actor living in Southern California. Nick is also the the author of The Wasteland Saga and his new standalone novel, Soda Pop Soldier, is available August 12th from Harper Voyager. Read an excerpt from the book here on Tor.com!

If we’re real nice, maybe we can get Nick to do his Connery impression for us...

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Fri
Aug 8 2014 2:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Avery Hastings

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 Avery Hastings, author of Feuds, the first book in a new YA series published by St. Martin’s Press. Feuds is available September 2nd, and Rival, a novella set in the same universe, publishes in December. When she’s not reading or writing, Avery can usually be spotted lying around in the park with her affable dog. Like her protagonists, she knows how to throw a powerful right hook and once dreamed of becoming a ballerina.

Join us as we squee over Avery's childhood dog!

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Thu
Aug 7 2014 3:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Ben Peek

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 Ben Peek, an Australian author who lives in Sydney with books, a cat, and a photographer named Nik. He has written several books and contributed to many, many anthologies. His first novel in the Children trilogy, The Godless, publishes August 19 from Tor Books in the US and Thomas Dunne in the UK.

amazon buy link The Godless Join us to find out which classic 1980s toys would make the perfect birthday gift for Ben!

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Wed
Aug 6 2014 12:40pm

Read a New Stormlight Archive Scene Set After Words of Radiance!

Stormlight Archive Brandon Sanderson Tor.com

A WARNING FROM BRANDON: This scene gives major spoilers for Words of Radiance. Please don’t continue unless you’ve finished that book. This is a very short sequence of Jasnah’s backstory I’ve been reading at signings. It’s not a polished draft. I often read very rough (and potentially continuity-error filled) sequences at signings as a special treat to people who attend. This scene is even rougher than most—first draft, and shouldn’t be taken as canon quite yet, as I haven’t firmed up or fixed all the terminology or Shadesmar interactions.

We’re excited to share with you a scene from somewhere in between the second and third book of the Stormlight Archive, containing back story that may or may not appear in the forthcoming Book Three. As Brandon says above, there are BIG SPOILERS for Book Two, so don’t dive in to this before you’ve read that volume.

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Tue
Aug 5 2014 2:00pm

The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe: Lou Anders

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 Lou Anders, Hugo Award winning editorial director of Pyr Books, as well as the WFC award nominated editor of many critically-acclaimed anthologies. Lou’s first novel, Frostborn, book one in a three-book middle grade fantasy adventure series called Thrones and Bones, is available now from Crown Books for Young Readers.

Benedict Cumberbatch might have a bone or two to pick with Lou after our interview...

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Tue
Aug 5 2014 10:30am

New Tor.com Original Fiction in August and September

Tor.com upcoming fiction August September

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 August and September by Jo Walton, Seanan McGuire, Charlie Jane Anders, and more.

August and September’s fiction contains selfies of a sinister variety, kappas who want to be friendly, rigid airships, and much more. To find out all the details, check below the cut.

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