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Tor.com is a site for science fiction, fantasy, and all the things that interest SF and fantasy readers. It publishes original fiction, art, and commentary on science fiction and related subjects by a wide range of writers from all corners of the field; both professionals working in the genres and fans. Its aim is to provoke, encourage, and enable interesting and rewarding conversations with and between its readers.

Tor.com is publisher neutral, and as such, boasts contributors and content from many different SF/F publishers and fandoms. Tor.com debuted online on July 20, 2008.

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Tor.com Staff

staff_ireneIrene Gallo

Associate Publisher of Tor.com, Art Director for Tor Books, catsitter, and dogwalker.

staff_bmcgBridget McGovern

Bridget McGovern is the managing editor and moderator of Tor.com, and a full-time lit, film, and pop culture geek. When not commissioning posts or wrangling bloggers, she has something to say about everything from Alice’s Adventures, Batman, and Crow T. Robot to X-Ray Spex, Yggdrasil, and Zardoz, and is generally fun to have around at cocktail parties.

staff_chrislChris Lough

Chris Lough is the production manager for Tor.com and his job is literally to work in an iconic New York City skyscraper and ask people to write silly things about Star Trek. I know, right?!?

staff_kdKatharine Duckett

Publicity Coordinator Katharine Duckett has owed science fiction a debt of gratitude ever since Star Trek’s LeVar Burton saved her from a swarm of bees on an episode of the ‘90s television series Christy. She has worked for Small Beer Press, io9.com, and authors Ellen Kushner and Delia Sherman, and currently handles publisher outreach for Tor.com.

Sarah TolfSarah Tolf

Sarah Tolf is the production assistant for Tor.com. Finally, her lifetime devotion to nerdy pursuits and campaigns against misplaced modifiers have proven lucrative!

Emily Asher-Perrin

Emily Asher-Perrin is a staff writer for Tor.com and comes from an alternate universe. She is the sort of person who enjoys cosplaying, obscure quotes, and arguing the finer points of Jedi/Time Lord/Federation history over tequila/coffee/incredibly spicy food. Apparently, she could sing before she could talk.

Leah SchnelbachLeah Schnelbach

Leah Schnelbach is a staff writer for Tor.com. She earned her MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College in 2012, and her work has been published in Lumina and Anamesa. When she’s not writing for Tor.com she edits fiction for No Tokens Journal and works on a Novel of Unusual Size. Turn-ons include scruffy-looking nerf-herders, good espresso, and the Oxford comma. Turn-offs include Objectivism, unnecessary prequels, and the death of the author.

Stefan RaetsStefan Raets

Stefan Raets is a Tor.com moderator and a frequent book reviewer for the site. He’s usually reading and writing about SF/F whenever he’s not distracted by less important things like eating and sleeping. You can also find him on Twitter and his website Far Beyond Reality. Whatever you do, don’t ask him for book recommendations, because you’ll never get him to shut up again.

Jamie Stafford-HillJamie Stafford-Hill

Jamie Stafford-Hill designs book covers for Tor Books and engages in miscellaneous design activities for Tor.com.

Fritz FoyFritz Foy

Fritz Foy is the Senior Vice President of Strategic Technology at Macmillan. His involvement with Tor.com began in January 1967 when he bought the first Star Trek novel, the Ace edition of The Fellowship of the Ring, and a used copy of Detective Comics #326 in Marley’s in East Hampton NY. He still has all three. He is the Publisher of Tor.com.

Tom Doherty

Tom Doherty is the founder, President, and Publisher of Tor Books, which publishes the largest SF and fantasy list in the English-speaking world. He was there when the foundations of the earth were laid.


Fiction Editorial Staff

Patrick Nielsen HaydenPatrick Nielsen Hayden

Patrick Nielsen Hayden is a senior editor at Tor Books and the fiction editorial director of Tor.com. With his wife, Teresa Nielsen Hayden, he helped run the 1978 Worldcon, published the science fiction fanzine Izzard, and won TAFF in 1985; today, the Nielsen Haydens operate the weblog Making Light. He is the winner of three Hugo Awards and a World Fantasy Award for his editorial work. In the rest of his life, he teaches, edits the occasional anthology, and plays lead guitar for the New York City band Whisperado.

Lee HarrisLee Harris

Lee Harris is the Senior Editor at Tor.com’s novella program. He also writes—mainly short stories, though he has written professionally for the stage, too, and he’s partway through writing a novel—but then, isn’t everyone? In 2014 he became the first British editor to be nominated for a Hugo. He hates dried fruit, but loves mince pies, and no, he doesn’t understand that, either.

Ellen DatlowEllen Datlow

Ellen Datlow is a consulting editor at Tor.com and has had an impressive career in the field, having edited fiction at Omni from 1981-1998. She’s also edited The Years Best Fantasy and Horror from 1988-2008 and is responsible for Night Shade’s The Best Horror of the Year anthologies. Ellen was won numerous awards for her editorial achievements including the Hugo, three Bram Stoker Awards, and nine World Fantasy Awards. She’s been the co-host of the Fantastic Fiction series at the KGB bar since the year 2000.

Ann VanderMeerAnn VanderMeer

Ann VanderMeer is a consulting editor at Tor.com and a Hugo-award winning editor and publisher. From 2007-2011 she was the fiction editor of Weird Tales. She has edited the Best American Fantasy series as well as numerous other anthologies including The Thackery T. Lambshead Cabinet of Curiosities, Steampunk, and Fast Ships, Black Sails. She is the founder of Buzzcity Press. Upon leaving Weird Tales, Ann founded The Weird Fiction Review with her husband Jeff VanderMeer.

Carl Engle-LairdCarl Engle-Laird

Carl Engle-Laird is an editorial assistant at Tor.com, where he luxuriates in beautiful short fiction in between dives into the slush pile. After over a year in the slush trenches, it’s fair to say he’s seen some things, things you wouldn’t believe. Carl is also Tor.com’s resident chair of Stormlight Studies and former bucket-in-chief.

Liz GorinskyLiz Gorinsky

Liz Gorinsky is an editor at Tor Books and edits comics and short fiction for Tor.com. She probably spends too much time thinking about the robot uprising.

Mordicai KnodeMordicai Knode

Mordicai Knode is the Marketing & Publicity Manager for Tor.com. He is the sort of creature that roots for the Hive Queen in Aliens & sympathizes more with the Monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey than with the apes or machines. Mordicai feels about Galadriel & Lolth the way Tannhäuser felt about Venus. His homebrew RPG campaign is a post-historical Macabre Fantasy setting featuring Neanderthals, goblins & space elevators. The chorus to Sesame Street’s “Me & My Llama” gets stuck in his head at least once a day. He keeps a Tumblr stuffed full of spooky images & a Twitter jam packed with non sequiturs.

Christine FoltzerChristine Foltzer

Christine Foltzer is the Associate Art Director for Tor.com’s publishing imprint. She can often be found carrying way too many sketch books for her pack while getting lost in the mountains somewhere, or day dreaming of a world where her D20 would stop rolling 1’s every time.