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Carl Engle-Laird

Announcing the Starfire Trilogy by Spencer Ellsworth

Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce that Executive Editor Beth Meacham has acquired three short novels from debut author Spencer Ellsworth. The Starfire trilogy, the first of which is currently titled A Red Peace, is an action-packed space opera in which the oppressed half-Jorian Crosses have risen up to supplant humanity and dominate the galaxy.

Spencer Ellsworth has been writing since he learned how. His short fiction has previously appeared in Lightspeed Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, and many other places, including here at Tor.com. He lives in the Pacific Northwest with his wife and three children, works as a teacher and administrator at a small tribal college on a Native American reservation.

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Romanov-Inspired Fantasy: Announcing Two Novels by Leena Likitalo

Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce that Senior Editor Claire Eddy has acquired two novels from debut author Leena Likitalo. The duology, which begins with The Five Daughters of the Moon, magically reimagines the fall of the Romanov dynasty from the perspective of five sisters in mortal peril.

Leena Likitalo is a writer from Finland, the land of thousands of lakes and at least as many untold tales. She breaks computer games for living and plays polocrosse for fun. She enjoys embarking on new adventures, be it participating in a surfer sauna ritual or getting lost on her way back from a volcano and having to hitchhike home aboard a garbage truck. Likitalo is also a Clarion San Diego graduate and Writers of the Future 2014 winner. Her short fiction has appeared in several international venues, including Clarkesworld, Weird Tales, and Galaxy’s Edge.

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Elementalists and Engineers: Announcing Two Novellas from JY Yang

I’m thrilled to announce the acquisition of two novellas from rising short fiction author JY Yang. The Red Threads of Fortune and The River Runs Red chart the lives of Mokoya and Akeha, the twin children of Protector Sanao, as they struggle to find their place in Ea, a world rent by terrible divisions of power. Mokoya, a prophet and a Tensor, wields all the power and fury of the five elements, but feels powerless to overcome the dire visions that have haunted her since her childhood. Akeha, resentful of his twin sister’s gifts, finds power among the controversial Machinists, wielding technological advances that are reshaping society around them.

With two such strong and different characters, we couldn’t see our way to imposing primacy over one of their stories of the other. As such, Tor.com plans to release both novellas simultaneously, allowing readers to discover Mokoya and Akeha in the order they prefer as their stories interweave. Look forward to a lot more information about the twins, the Tensors, the Machinists, and the fascinating world Yang has created!

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Exploring a Haunted Spaceship in The Ghost Line by Andrew Neil Gray and J.S. Herbison

I’m pleased to announce the acquisition of The Ghost Line, the debut collaborative novella from the writing team of Andrew Neil Gray and J.S. Herbison.

The Ghost Line is a haunting work of science fiction in which a team of space scavengers explore a decommissioned luxury spaceship. The ship promises vast riches to those who can claim it, but conceals a lurking threat that could change the scavengers’ lives forever. The Ghost Line was acquired during Tor.com Publishing’s recent open submissions period. I’m excited to be working with Gray and Herbison on their atmospheric and thought-provoking debut!

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Announcing Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones

Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce that Ellen Datlow has acquired an original novella from Stephen Graham Jones. Mapping the Interior is the story of a fifteen-year-old who awakens in the middle of the night to see someone stepping through a doorway. It’s not his mother, his little brother, or his dead father, he thinks. In following the intruder he finds that his family home is bigger and deeper than he imagined. This year Stephen Graham Jones is nominated for a World Fantasy Special Award — Professional, and has been nominated for numerous horror awards in the past. Tor.com is proud to have him on board.

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Announcing Sarah Gailey’s River of Teeth Novella Duology

I’m proud to announce on behalf of Tor.com that consulting editor Justin Landon has acquired two novellas from debut author Sarah Gailey. The novellas—the first of which is titled The River of Teeth—takes one truth, that hippos were once considered by the U.S. government for meat production, and spins a tale of an America that could have been.

Winslow Remington Houndstooth and his band of killers have a simple job to do—clean up the Mississippi and the bloodthirsty feral hippos who’ve claimed it. These mercenary cowboys come from every corner of the hippo-infested American frontier, and none of them are afraid to get blood on their hands in the name of fortune. They’ll wade into the Mississippi astride their hippopotamuses with their six shooters and Bowie knives in hand, and they’ll show you what the American West was ​really​ about.

[Find out more about Sarah Gailey and The River of Teeth]

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Tor.com Publishing Opening to Science Fiction Novellas on June 5th

Over the course of our unsolicited submissions open periods, we at Tor.com Publishing have found a wonderful variety of novellas to acquire and publish. Slush brought us such novellas as The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, Runtime, The Drowning Eyes, and more. To date Tor.com has purchased half a dozen novellas from slush, and we’d like to keep up that good work.

As such, Tor.com Publishing will soon be reopening to unsolicited novella submissions! Starting June 5th, Lee Harris and Carl Engle-Laird will be reading and evaluating original novellas submitted by hopeful authors to http://submissions.tor.com/tornovellas/. You can find full guidelines here, and we highly recommend you read the guidelines, because we’re doing things a little differently this time.

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Announcing Null States, the Sequel to Malka Older’s Infomocracy

Malka Older’s debut novel Infomocracy is coming out in just a month, and it’s getting rave reviews. Infomocracy has already been awarded a Kirkus Star and rave reviews from Publishers Weekly and RT. But the story won’t end with Infomocracy: If you’re excited for Malka Older’s upcoming novel I’ve got fantastic news for you. Tor.com has acquired Null States, a sequel to the globe-trotting, post-cyberpunk, political technothriller. Here’s Malka Older on her second novel:

Infomocracy takes place during an election, which is an exciting and informative time to visit a world, but it’s not the whole story. I am so excited to continue to explore the intrepid characters, wide range of governments, and powerful extra-governmental bureaucracies of micro-democracy in the sequel, Null States. After elections is when governing happens; it’s also when the plays for power are variously more subtle and more drastic. There are some election shenanigans in this installment, because that’s what happens when there’s an assassination and no clear order of succession, but at the same time new centenals are struggling with their first experience of Information, the elite Specialized Voter Action Tactics team is trying to prevent conflict from breaking out, and Information spies hunt terrorists among the high ranks of major governments. The greatest threat, however, might come from outside micro-democracies borders. The remaining sovereign nations, shrunken and isolated but still powerful, are threatening military force. Beyond the reach of Information’s surveillance, these antiquated countries are unknown quantities, blank areas on the data map with governments that might or might not be functioning: null states.”

Null States is expected to publish in 2017. You can pre-order Infomocracy now wherever books are sold.

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Announcing The Keeper’s House, a New Novella by Elizabeth Hand

I’m proud to announce on behalf of Tor.com Publishing that consulting editor Ellen Datlow has acquired a new novella from bestselling author Elizabeth Hand. Her new novella The Keeper’s House is about a young man from Brooklyn, recovering from a broken heart and failed career in the restaurant business, who responds to a Craigslist ad to home-school children on a remote Maine island, site of a decommissioned lighthouse and an abandoned research station. When an ornithologist arrives to do the annual survey of the island’s bird population, strange things ensue.

Hand is the author of thirteen award-winning novels and four collections of short fiction. Her critically acclaimed novels featuring Cass Neary, “one of literature’s great noir anti-heroes” have been compared to those of Patricia Highsmith. She is a longtime critic and book reviewer whose work appears regularly in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Salon, the Boston Review, among many others, and writes a regular column for the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction. Her books and short fiction have been translated into numerous languages and optioned for film and television. She teaches at the Stonecoast MFA Program in Creative Writing and divides her time between the coast of Maine and North London, where she is working on the fourth Cass Neary novel, The Book of Lamp and Banners. Tor.com is proud to have her onboard.

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Kai Ashante Wilson wins the 2016 Crawford Award for The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps

I’m honored to announce that Kai Ashante Wilson has won the 2016 Crawford Award for his debut Tor.com book The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps. The Crawford Award is presented annually by the International Association for the Fantastic in the Arts, and honors an author’s first book of fantasy fiction. The judges cited Wilson’s “fresh and powerful voice,” “gorgeous language, great characters, and wonderfully imagined setting.”

The award will be presented at the 37th International Conference of the Fantastic in the Arts on March 19th in Orlando, Florida. More information about the conference and the award can be found here.

Announcing A Taste of Honey by Kai Ashante Wilson

I knew I wanted to edit Kai Ashante Wilson long before he sent me The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps on submission. Way back in 2013, when I’d just started working for Tor.com, I had the pleasure of putting his short story “Super Bass” on the website. Even though I was just checking the punctuation and making sure the HTML code didn’t explode, I knew I was reading something special. In 2014, when we published his novelette “The Devil in America,” I felt my mind stretch and deform under the weight of his writing, and I was downright envious of consulting editor Ann VanderMeer that she, not I, got to edit him. My mind was still reeling when, no more than a week after we opened to unsolicited submissions, I saw an email from him in my inbox. There waited for me The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps, albeit under a different name and in need of a small amount of editing. Working with Kai has been rewarding and enriching, and seeing the reception the book has received (cough cough PW best book of the year cough) has humbled me. I’d be a fool not to try to keep that excellence going.

Folks, I’m announcing A Taste of Honey, another novella from Kai Ashante Wilson set in the same world as The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps.

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Tor.com Acquires Two Aphra Marsh Novels from Ruthanna Emrys

Today’s announcement is something of a dream come true for me. Before Tor.com Publishing expanded to novellas and novels, I had the pleasure of acquiring short fiction for the website. The first story I bought was “The Litany of Earth” by Ruthanna Emrys, the gripping and groundbreaking subversion of H.P. Lovecraft’s Cthulhu mythos. Today, two years later, I’m proud to announce that Tor.com will be publishing two novels by Ruthanna Emrys in partnership with Tor Books. These novels will expand on the story of Aphra Marsh, survivor of the Deep One internment camps, as she attempts to pick up the shattered pieces of her people’s history and legacy.

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Announcing Novellas from Willow Palecek and S.B. Divya

Tor.com has now spent a month as a fully operational publishing station, and it’s time to look towards the future. Today I have the honor of announcing two new novellas, both by debut authors. City of Wolves is a fantasy detective adventure by Willow Palecek, while S.B. Divya’s Runtime is a near-future science fiction story. Both are fast-paced thrill rides with a kick, and I’m delighted to be bringing them to you.

[Find out more about City of Wolves and Runtime]

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