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Carl Engle-Laird

Logic Makes Monsters: Announcing Mandelbrot the Magnificent by Liz Ziemska

Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce that consulting editor Ann VanderMeer has acquired Mandelbrot the Magnificent, a historical fantasy novella, from author Liz Ziemska.

The novella presents a fantastical version of the life of Benoit Mandelbrot as he and his family flee the spreading threat of the Nazis, from the Warsaw ghetto to Paris to rural France. As antisemitism encroaches ever closer on Mandelbrot’s life, he relies more and more heavily on the magic of mathematics, through which he may find salvation for his family and himself.

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Announcing a New Novella by Jeffrey Ford

Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce that consulting editor Ellen Datlow has acquired The Twilight Pariah a new dark fantasy novella from Jeffrey Ford. Three friends home from college decide to excavate an abandoned outhouse on the edge of town, in the hopes of discovering treasure or adventure. Instead they find a sealed bottle filled with a red liquid and the bizarre skeleton of a horned child.

Jeffrey Ford is the author of the novels The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, The Girl in the Glass, The Cosmology of the Wider World, and The Shadow Year. His short story collections are The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant, The Empire of Ice Cream, The Drowned Life, Crackpot Palace, and A Natural History of Hell. Ford’s short fiction has appeared in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies. Both books and stories have been translated into nearly 20 languages worldwide. Ford is the recipient of the World Fantasy Award, Nebula, Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Hayakawa Award, and Gran Prix de l’Imaginaire. He lives in Ohio in a hundred and twenty year old farm house surrounded by corn and soybean fields and teaches part time at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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Announcing Two Novellas by Margaret Killjoy

Tor.com is proud to announce that we have acquired a series of two novellas from Margaret Killjoy. The first novella, The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion, follows Danielle Cain, a queer punk rock traveler, into the squatter utopia of Freedom, Iowa, where she searches for clues about her best friend’s suicide. She discovers that the people of Freedom summoned help to maintain their free community, and the spirit they brought into this world now presides over the town as judge and executioner. These novellas were acquired for Tor.com Publishing by Tor Books editor Diana Pho.

Margaret Killjoy is a genderqueer author, born and raised in Maryland, who has spent their adult life traveling with no fixed home. A life on the road has given them a healthy respect for hobos, street kids, and other elements of the criminal class. A 2015 graduate of Clarion West, Margaret’s short fiction has been published by Strange Horizons, Vice’s Terraform, and Fireside amongst others. They founded SteamPunk Magazine in 2006, and their nonfiction books have been published by anarchist publisher AK Press. Margaret’s most recent book is A Country of Ghosts, a utopian novel published by Combustion Books in 2014. They blog at Birds Before the Storm and say things as @magpiekilljoy on Twitter.

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Music to Stop the World: Announcing A Song for Quiet by Cassandra Khaw

Hammers on Bone, Cassandra Khaw’s first Tor.com Publishing novella is available to read right now, and I highly recommend you get to doing so. The book blends the hard-boiled aesthetic of neo-noir with the isolating horrors of the Cthulhu mythos in ways you’re sure to find fresh and original. However, if you need another reason to invest in the book, we’ve got just the thing for you. I’m happy to announce that I’ve acquired another novella in the world of Hammers on Bone for Tor.com Publishing!

A Song for Quiet is a standalone follow-up to Hammers on Bone. Rambling bluesman Deacon Jones meets trouble on his journey from Georgia to Arkham—visions of nightmares, gaping mouths and grasping tendrils, and a madman who calls himself John Persons. According to the stranger, Deacon is carrying an seed in his head, a thing that will destroy the world if he lets it hatch. I’ve had a fantastic time working with Cassandra, and truly believe her to be one of the most vibrant new voices in SFF. I’m thrilled to be able to continue the story of Hammers on Bone.

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Tor.com Publishing Opening to Fantasy Novellas on October 12th

Tor.com Publishing will soon be reopening to unsolicited novella submissions! Starting October 12, 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 before submitting. We will be open for three months, beginning on October 12th around 9:00 AM EDT (UTC-4:00) and ending on January 12th around 9:00 AM EST (UTC-5:00). We may extend this period depending on how many submissions we receive over the course of the open period.

Until the end of this open period, Tor.com will only be considering novellas of between 20,000 and 40,000 words that fit the epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, high fantasy, or quest fantasy genres, whether set on Earth or on an original fantasy world. However, we will only be considering novellas that inhabit worlds that are not modeled on European cultures. We are seeking worlds that take their influences from African, Asian, indigenous American, or Pacific cultures, or any diasporic culture from one of those sources. To qualify, novellas should center the experiences of characters from non-European-inspired cultures.

Both Lee Harris and Carl Engle-Laird actively request submissions from writers from underrepresented populations. This includes, but is not limited to, writers of any race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class and physical or mental ability. We believe that good science fiction and fantasy reflects the incredible diversity and potential of the human species, and hope our catalog will reflect that.

If you have a novella you want to submit that doesn’t fit these parameters, don’t give up hope. Our plan is to rotate which genre we’re soliciting periodically, so check back here and on our submissions guideline page regularly. Once we’ve worked our way through these submissions, we’ll re-open for a different genre. Please don’t ask us what genre we’ll be moving to—we’ll be deciding that closer to the time.

 

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Blood Copies: Announcing The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

I’m thrilled to announce that Tor.com Publishing has acquired The Murders of Molly Southbourne, a new horror novella from Tade Thompson, author of Kitschie-winning author of Making Wolf. Thompson’s novella is the story of Molly Southbourne, a woman who creates a murderous copy of herself any time she bleeds. Trained her whole life to kill these mollys, Molly grows ever more bitter until she finds herself wondering whether it’s better to kill herself or be killed by the inescapable horde.

I made the mistake of opening The Murders of Molly Southbourne late one evening, and found myself so horrified and enraptured that I couldn’t stop reading. Hours later, the book completed, I remained haunted by the poignant and terrifying visions Thompson had conjured before my eyes. I’m proud to have acquired his novella for Tor.com, and for the opportunity to inflict on the readers what I experienced myself.

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Announcing The Warrior Within by Angus McIntyre

We’re proud to announce that Tor.com Publishing has acquired The Warrior Within, a science fiction adventure novella from debut author Angus McIntyre.

The Warrior Within stars Karsman, a man who struggles to restrain the artificial personae that inhabit and empower him. Whether the cautious Diplomat, the devious Strategist, or the berserker Warrior, any one of Karsman’s personae could overcome his inhibitions and destroy the peaceful life he’s worked hard to carve out in his small town along the Road. But when three strangers appear from another planet seeking to find and kill a woman, Karsman may have to give in to his other selves to protect his home. The Warrior Within was acquired through Tor.com’s open novella submissions by consulting editor Justin Landon.

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She’ll Kill You With Her Mind: Announcing Two Killing Gravity Novellas by Corey J. White

I’m proud to announce the acquisition of two novellas by debut author Corey J. White.

Killing Gravity and its sequel follow Mars Xi, an experimental psychic supersoldier who escaped the MEPHISTO labs and now lives on the run. Penned in by bounty hunters and MEPHISTO soldiers, Mars chases rumors of the friend who set her free and may have betrayed her. Killing Gravity was acquired through Tor.com’s unsolicited submissions program, and will be edited by assistant editor Carl Engle-Laird.

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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.

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