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Wed
Mar 25 2015 12:00pm

Cover Reveal for Lindsay Smith’s Dreamstrider

Dreamstrider Lindsay Smith

Tor.com is pleased to reveal the cover for Lindsay Smith’s Dreamstrider, a high-concept espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

Below, get a look at the full cover designed by Elizabeth H. Clark and illustrated by NastPlas, a creative duo based in Madrid, Spain. Author Lindsay Smith also shares her thoughts on the inspirations behind writing the novel, as well as what dreams mean in the world she has created. Dreamstrider publishes October 6th from Roaring Brook Press.

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Tue
Mar 24 2015 12:00pm

BookCon is Excited to Announce an Evil SFF Panel!

Darth Vader

It’s a question philosophers have been asking since philosophizing became a thing: why does evil exist? And maybe more importantly, why do humans seem to love a good villain so much? Later this spring, BookCon plans to get us one step closer to answering these questions with a panel featuring some of our favorite authors!

[Full panel details below!]

Fri
Mar 13 2015 3:00pm

Writing in Motion: Our Pop Quiz Interview with Genevieve Valentine

Genevieve ValentineWelcome 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 Genevieve Valentine, author of the critically acclaimed novel Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti, which won the Crawford Award for Best Novel, as well as a nomination for the Nebula Award and the Romantic Times Best Fantasy of the Year. Her short fiction has been nominated for a World Fantasy Award and the Shirley Jackson Award. Valtneine’s Persona, a near-future political thriller, is available now from Saga Press. Read an excerpt from the novel here on Tor.com!

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Thu
Mar 12 2015 11:25am

Terry Pratchett, Author and Satirist, Passes Away at Age 66

Terry Pratchett

It is with heavy sadness that we report that Terry Pratchett, brilliant author and satirist, has passed away on March 12th, 2015 at the age of 66.

Pratchett’s daughter, author Rhianna Pratchett and his UK publisher Penguin Random House have confirmed the news with a statement via Larry Finlay, MD at Transworld Publishers:

I was deeply saddened to learn that Sir Terry Pratchett has died. The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds.

In over 70 books, Terry enriched the planet like few before him. As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: he did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humour and constant invention.

Terry faced his Alzheimer’s disease (an ’embuggerance’, as he called it) publicly and bravely. Over the last few years, it was his writing that sustained him. His legacy will endure for decades to come.

My sympathies go out to Terry’s wife Lyn, their daughter Rhianna, to his close friend Rob Wilkins, and to all closest to him."

Terry passed away in his home, with his cat sleeping on his bed surrounded by his family on 12th March 2015. Diagnosed with Posterior Cortical Atrophy in 2007, he battled the progressive disease with his trademark determination and creativity, and continued to write. He completed his last book, a new Discworld novel, in the summer of 2014, before succumbing to the final stages of the disease.

We ask that the family are left undisturbed at this distressing time.

A Just Giving page donating to the Research Institute to the Care of Older People (RICE) has been set up in his memory: https://www.justgiving.com/Terry-Pratchett

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Wed
Mar 11 2015 12:00pm

Introducing Shakespeare on Tor.com!

First Folio by William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare is such an integral part of the firmament of our literary culture that almost everyone—even fictional Klingons—has an opinion on his work. The use of language, rhythm of dialogue, dramatic structure, how many times one can get away with using a “get thee hence!”...these aspects of Shakespearean storytelling have become so deeply ingrained in our reading and writing habits that they have become second nature, inherently understood, even if only on a subconscious level. Shakespeare was so masterful and unique in this regard that he is practically his own genre—and in the manner of something so vast and fuzzy-edged as genre, his works can be (and have been, and will always be) interpreted in a wide, seemingly infinite, variety of ways.

“Shakespeare on Tor.com” aims to be just that: a wide variety of different interpretations of Shakespeare’s work, and particularly with his plays.

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Wed
Mar 11 2015 10:30am

13 Fantasies Inspired by Mythology from the British Isles

Katherine Kerr Daggerspell Art by Keith Parkinson

For centuries the myths and legends of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England have carried down through stories told around firesides, in halls, and finally transcribed and adapted in the pages of books—from The Mabinogion to The Lord of the Rings to The Once and Future King. We’ve gathered some of our favorite tales, some modern, and some quite ancient, to celebrate the Celtic spirit!

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Wed
Mar 11 2015 10:30am

Introducing Tor’s New Home on iBooks

Tor Books is excited to announce their new home on iBooks. Starting this month, iBooks readers will have a single destination that highlights new releases, deals, bestsellers, and Tor.com’s own short fiction for easy browsing. With this new digital hub on iBooks, Tor Books is hoping to help you discover that next great book or new favorite author.

In addition, iBooks will feature a monthly themed list curated by Tor.com. As always, our chosen books will be publisher-neutral and from diverse authors like Brandon Sanderson, Nnedi Okorafor, Suzanne Collins, John Scalzi, or Naomi Novik. We hope to spotlight a broad range of books, from bestsellers to interesting obscure reads you might have missed. We’ll also ask for suggestions from readers on Twitter and Facebook, to give you a chance to recommend some of the SF/F authors and titles you love and discuss the theme of the month.

For this kick-off month’s theme, we’re highlighting books with a Celtic flavor. Stay tuned for next month’s list of our favorite environmentally themed fiction, and we’ve got lots more interesting features to come.

Head on over to Tor’s home on iBooks here. As always, Tor ebooks are DRM-free.

Tue
Mar 10 2015 4:00pm

Crushing on Villains: Damien Angelica Walters Takes Our Pop Quiz Interview

Damien Angelica WaltersWelcome 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 Damien Angelica Walters, whose short fiction has appeared in various magazines and anthologies, including Year’s Best Weird Fiction Volume One, The Best of Electric Velocipede, Strange Horizons, Nightmare, Lightspeed, Shimmer, Apex, What Fates Impose, and Glitter & Mayhem. She’s also a freelance editor, and until the magazine’s closing in 2013, she was an Associate Editor of the Hugo Award-winning Electric Velocipede. Sing Me Your Scars, a collection of her short fiction, is available now from Apex Publications.

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Mon
Mar 9 2015 9:30am

New Tor.com Original Fiction in March and April

Upcoming Fiction Tor.com

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 stories in March and April by Veronica Schanoes, Sabrina Vourvoulias, Usman T. Malik, and more.

March and April’s fiction contains jinni, doomed boys, and the Spanish Inquisition.

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Thu
Mar 5 2015 12:00pm

We Want Mecha Wombats! Our Pop Quiz Interview with Catherynne M. Valente

Cat ValenteWelcome 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 Catherynne M.  Valente, the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen works of fiction and poetry, including Palimpsest, the Orphan’s Tales series, Deathless, and the crowdfunded phenomenon The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Own Making. The fourth book in the Fairyland series, The Boy Who Lost Fairyland, is available now from Feiwel & Friends.

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Thu
Mar 5 2015 11:30am

Cover Reveal for Laura Anne Gilman’s Silver on the Road

Tor.com is pleased to reveal John Jude Palencar’s cover art for Silver on the Road. The first novel in Nebula award finalist Laura Anne Gilman’s new epic fantasy series, Silver in the Road publishes this October from Saga Press. Check out the full cover image and learn more about the series below!

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Wed
Mar 4 2015 5:52pm

Announcing The Kitschies’ 2014 Winners!

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

The prizes were awarded by judges Adam Roberts and Frances Hardinge at a ceremony held at London’s Seven Dials Club. The winners included a truly mind-blowing young adult novel and an episodic point-and-click adventure game; The Kitschies also honored an illustrator urging for more diversity in her peers’ work.

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Wed
Mar 4 2015 11:43am

Announcing the 27th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists

27th annual Lambda Literary award nomineesThe 27th Annual Lambda Literary Award finalists have been announced, marking a record year of submissions depicting the LGBTQ experience. The 818 submissions came from mainstream publishers, academic presses, and publishing-on-demand technologies; from LGBT publishers both established and emerging. The winners will be announced at a ceremony on June 1, 2015.

Three Tor Books authors were nominated in the category of LGBT Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror: A.M. Dellamonica, Max Gladstone, and Daryl Gregory.

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Mon
Mar 2 2015 4:00pm

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 1:00pm

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 1:39pm

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 11:52am

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 2:31pm

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 12:00pm

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!

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Mon
Feb 23 2015 5:35pm

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.

[Click through for the full ballot!]