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Carl Engle-Laird

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.

Series: Editorially Speaking

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.

Series: Editorially Speaking

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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Series: Editorially Speaking

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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Series: Editorially Speaking

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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Revealing Tor.com’s January Novella Covers

Tor.com Publishing is releasing three great novellas in January 2016, and we’re excited to show off the great artwork we’ve got to match them! One of these stories takes place entirely on a boat—this changes everything. Another story features a heist where the prize is science itself. And in the third story, some party guests have a bad reaction to a magical food additive—a very bad reaction…

January sounds fun. Check out all the cover art below!

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The Nation is Dead — Check Out the Cover for Infomocracy by Malka Older

I’m thrilled to reveal the cover for Infomocracy by Malka Older, Tor.com’s first novel. Malka Older’s debut novel is a tense, fun, fast-paced story of electioneering, disaster response, and global sabotage, drawn from the author’s extensive experience in humanitarian aid and crisis relief. The cover had to express the mix of urgency and playfulness suffusing this post-cyberpunk adventure, and designer Will Staehle knocked it out of the park.

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Series: Editorially Speaking

Mistborn Mania! Casting Mistborn with Pro Wrestlers

Now, I don’t know a lot about the video movie stars or television fiction celebrities, so I’m not much for a traditional casting post. I’ve got other plans in mind. No one asked but I’m here anyway to tell you what WWE and NXT professional wrestlers I’d cast as the characters of Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn series.

(This post contains extensive spoilers for the first Mistborn trilogy, all NXT pay-per-views, and WWE Battleground.)

[Let’s Get Ready to Rummmble!]

Ellen Datlow Acquires The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle

I’m thrilled to announce that Ellen Datlow has acquired her first novella for the Tor.com imprint. Coming in 2016, Victor LaValle’s novella The Ballad of Black Tom is a chilling tale in the Cthulhu mythos, set in Brooklyn and Harlem in the early 20th century. Ellen Datlow, winner of the Hugo Award, the World Fantasy Award, and many others, has been a consulting editor for Tor.com for 2013, and we’re thrilled to have her bring such a fantastic book to us.

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Series: Editorially Speaking

Announcing Infomocracy, Tor.com’s First Novel

Today, I get to announce an exciting first for Tor.com. In 2016 we will publish Infomocracy by Malka Older, our first full-length novel. Published in partnership with Tor Books, Infomocracy will be traditionally distributed to bookstores near you.

We’re pleased to be collaborating with Tor Books on this title, and to be expanding our mission on behalf of such an intriguing book. Infomocracy is a science fiction political thriller that provides a fascinating vision of one possible future in which nation-states have died and been replaced with a globally distributed micro-democracy, overseen by an Information monopoly.

[Malka Older on her upcoming novel Infomocracy]

Series: Editorially Speaking

Tor.com is Open to Novella Submissions!

Tor.com’s novella program is once again open to unsolicited submissions! For the next month, Lee Harris and I 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, but you can also check below the cut for a brief summary of what we’re looking for.

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Words of Radiance Reread: Chapter 35

Welcome back to the Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com! Last week, Alice watched madness blossom in two interlude chapters. This week, I watch science (and maybe also some madness?) flourish on the Shattered Plains. I also make an announcement. You’ll get to it in time.

This reread will contain spoilers for The Way of Kings, Words of Radiance, and any other Cosmere book that becomes relevant to the discussion. This week’s chapter also contains spoilers for Carl’s career trajectory…

The index for this reread can be found here, and more Stormlight Archive goodies are indexed here. Click on through to join the discussion.

[It was not an ending WAIT NO WRONG SERIES]

Series: Words of Radiance Reread on Tor.com

Announcing Binti by Nnedi Okorafor

On behalf of Tor.com, I’m proud to announce Binti, a new science fiction novella by World Fantasy Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor, acquired by Lee Harris.

Binti is a story about a brilliant young woman, and the responsibilities she bears: to her society, her family, and to herself. While travelling through space for the first time in her life, Binti must survive and adapt to an encounter with fascinating and deadly aliens.

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