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Irene Gallo

Announcing the Spectrum 22: The Best In Contemporary Fantastic Art Award Recipients

The Spectrum 22 awards were presented May 23 at a gala celebration at the Folly Theater in Kansas City, MO as part of Spectrum Fantastic Art Live.

This year’s jury consisted of Justin Gerard, Virginie Ropars, Greg Ruth, Annie Stegg Gerard, and Dice Tsutsumi, and determined Silver and Gold recipients in eight categories. The Spectrum Advisory Board also selected the 2015 Grand Master Honoree.

Please join us in congratulating all of the finalists and recipients!

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More Dinosaur Lords Art from Richard Anderson

We released the Richard Anderson cover for Victor Milán’s The Dinosaur Lords last year with a bit of fanfare….Mostly of the “Holy Sh*t!” variety. The book roughly mirrors 14th century Europe with its dynastic rivalries, religious wars, and byzantine politics…but the weapons of choice are dinosaurs. As I said then, a painting of knights riding dinosaurs was either going to be a cheesy disaster or pure awesome. Thankfully (if not surprisingly) Richard Anderson delivered the awesome.

The subject matter was just too rich not to indulge a little, so we commissioned Anderson to create a few interior drawings for the chapter heads. While Anderson is busy on the cover art for the sequel, The Dinosaur Knights, I thought I’d show off a couple of these drawings.

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Cover Reveal for Cixin Liu’s Death’s End

Tor Books is proud to present the cover for Death’s End, the concluding book in the tour de force near-future adventure trilogy from China’s best-selling and most beloved science fiction writer, with yet another beautiful image from Stephan Martinière!

Cixin Liu’s first book in the series, The Three-Body Problem, came out last year and is currently on the Hugo and Nebula Awards ballot. Book two, The Dark Forest, will be out this summer. Death’s End, the exciting concluding volume, will be out January 2016.

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Series: Cixin Liu’s The Three-Body Trilogy

Joint US and UK Cover Reveal for V. E. Schwab’s A Gathering of Shadows

Launching V. E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic was, in a word, a blast. We had a popular and energetic writer who was getting a great response for her previous standalone book (Vicious), plus an intriguing premise for the new novel with an awesome cover by Will Staehle. Titan Books, the UK publisher of A Darker Shade of Magic, has an equally great cover by Julia Lloyd. (The two publishing houses even created double-sided posters so fans could switch back and forth.)

So, when it came time to work on the the follow-up, A Gathering of Shadows, we were excited and primed to have a good time with it and see what both deisgners had in store.

[Check out both the US and UK covers!]

Cover Reveal for Charlie Jane Anders’ All the Birds in the Sky

We are particularly proud to share Will Staehle’s amazing cover for Charlie Jane Anders’ All the Birds in the Sky. For one thing, there is the usual excitement over any cover Will Staehle creates (and the wonderful torture of having to pick only one), but also because it’s Charlie Jane Anders’ first novel. Not only is she the beloved editor of io9, but she has long been a favorite contributor to Tor.com’s orginal fiction. When All the Birds in the Sky came up for auction, everyone at Tor was delighted that editor Patrick Nielsen Hayden was able to land it for us.

The book is described as blending literary fantasy and science fiction, telling the story of the decades-long, on-and-off romance between a sorceress and a computer genius, beginning in childhood and proceeding against a background of increasingly catastrophic climate change.

[Check out the full cover and alternate designs below!]

Announcing the 2014 James Tiptree Jr. Award Honors

The James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award Council has just announced the 2014 winners and honor list. The Tiptree Award “is presented annually to a work of science fiction or fantasy that explores and expands gender roles. The award seeks out work that is thought-provoking, imaginative, and perhaps even infuriating. It is intended to reward those writers who are bold enough to contemplate shifts and changes in gender roles, a fundamental aspect of any society.”

The 2014 James Tiptree Award goes to My Real Children by Jo Walton and The Girl in the Road by Monica Byrne. More on this year’s winners, and the complete honor list, below the fold…

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Sam Weber’s Stunning Artwork for the Illustrated Edition of Dune

The Folio Society has been publishing premium illustrated editions of classic works since 1947, including many iconic science fiction and fantasy titles. They’ve just released a beautiful edition of Frank Herbert’s Dune with art by Sam Weber, and that’s a reason for both fans of Dune and fans of great art to rejoice. This 50th anniversary edition contains eleven full color illustrations, black and white spot illustrations, as well as a gorgeous slipcase featuring the desert landscape of Arrakis.

[Check out the art below!]

Jonathan Strahan Reveals the ToC of The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Vol 9

Jonathan Strahan has released the table of contents for The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year Vol 9. Congratulations to all the authors selected! We are extremely proud to have three stories included—“The Devil in America” by Kai Ashante Wilson, “The Insects of Love” by Genevieve Valentine, and “Cold Wind” by Nicola Griffith.

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Cover Reveal for Adam Christopher’s Made to Kill

Behold, the Will Staehle cover for Adam Christopher’s scifi noir thriller Made to Kill! We are particularly excited about this title here at Tor.com, as Adam Christopher came up with the idea for the novel while taking one of our “Pop Quiz” author interviews. What started as a passing notion—what would a science fiction story written by Raymond Chandler look like—became a novelette, and now a series of novels.

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Announcing the Firefight Brandon Sanderson Book Tour

Random House has announced the dates and locations for Brandon Sanderson’s Firefight book tour! Take a look at the itinerary below for details.

2015 Firefight Tour

January 5th 6:00 PM / Barnes & Noble (West Jordan), Salt Lake City, UT

January 6th at 7:00 PM / University Bookstore, Seattle, WA  

January 8th at 8:00 PM /Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL

January 16th at 7:00 PM / Powell’s Books (Cedar Hills Crossing), Seattle, WA

January 17th at 4:00 PM / Barnes & Noble, El Cerrito, CA

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Chesley Bonestell: Striving Towards the Stars

Today would have marked Chesley Bonestell’s 127th birthday.

Throughout the 1930s Bonestell worked as both an architect and a movie matte painter on high profile projects ranging from New York’s Chrysler building and San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, to Orson Welles’ Citizen Kane and George Pal’s War of the Worlds. But it is astronomical art where Bonestell is best known and revered.

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Series: On This Day

Picturing Dragons

This gallery was originally posted July 16, 2014 on Tor.com

Dragons are arguably the most ubiquitous and most beloved fantastical creature. Initially I shied away from dragons as a theme—they’re everywhere, where do you even start!? But they are everywhere because they are cool, and seeking out dragon images meant going down a delightful rabbit-hole through all ages, cultures, styles, and dispositions. So without further ado, welcome to Picturing Dragons, at 170 drawings and paintings, it is perhaps the largest installment of the Picturing series yet!

We start off (above) with one of the most beautiful renditions of one of the most famous dragons of them all, Alan Lee’s Smaug.

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Trailer for Song of the Sea, From the Same Team that Brought Us The Secret of Kells

The Secret of Kells was pretty much the greatest in feature length animation in the 21st Century. (I know! Fighting words for Miyazaki and Pixar fans…) So I really can’t tell you how excited I am to see that the same team is bringing us Song of the Sea, a selkie story, later this month. It’s a limited release but judging from this trailer and the screen shots below, it’ll be well worth seeking out!

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Cover Reveal for Elizabeth Bear’s Karen Memory

I’m very excited to show-off the cover to Elizabeth Bear’s upcoming novel Karen Memorypublishing February 2015 from Tor Books. The art is by Cynthia Sheppard. She’s done a brilliant job of depicting a strong and resourceful character, someone that you believe has a story to tell. This is only the second time I have worked with Cynthia, I’m looking forward to many more covers from her in the future.

Head below the cut for the full cover art, and to learn more about Elizabeth Bear’s new novel!

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“To Eternity” Wins the Society of Illustrators Medal

A mighty congratulations to Wesley Allsbrook and Barrie Potter for winning a silver medal at the Society of Illustrators for their haunting Tor.com original comic, “To Eternity.”

Society of IllustratorsThe Society of Illustrators Annual Awards are one the premiere showcases for outstanding work created worldwide throughout the year. Thousands of entries are received and juried by a team of illustrators and art directors. It is truly an honor to be selected for the annual, and a great honor to be one of the few chosen for a medal. 

“To Eternity” will be on display at the Museum of American Illustration in February 2014 and will be included in Society’s annual, Illustrators, coming out in winter 2016. 

Pre-order (For Free!) Some of the Best from Tor.com 2014

We are thrilled to announce the 2014 edition of Some of the Best from Tor.com, an anthology of twenty-six of our favorite short stories, novelettes, and novellas, selected from the seventy-plus stories we published this year.

Of course, you can always read these—and all other—Tor.com stories for free whenever you’d like, but starting January 6th they will be available world-wide as a single, easy to read, free mini ebook. This offer is available world-wide throughout all ebook retailers. (Kindle readers can pre-order it now.)

These stories were acquired and edited for Tor.com by Ellen Datlow, Carl Engle-Laird, Liz Gorinsky, David G. Hartwell, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Peter Joseph, Marco Palmieri, Paul Stevens, and Ann VanderMeer. Each story is accompanied by an original illustration.

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Dave Palumbo Paints (on the) Classics

IlluxCon, an annual science fiction and fantasy illustration showcase, was held this past weekend in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Among all the debuted paintings and drawings was a new series from Dave Palumbo inspired by some of his favorite books, painted straight on those books. According to the artist:

“This series, like most of my personal projects, began almost as an accident. […] Another artist had given me some drawings and I wanted to return the favor, but he said he’d be fine with just some books to read. That seemed unfair to me and ultimately I decided to paint on a book cover (a 1963 American edition of Planet of the Apes) and meet him in the middle. The piece was so much fun, I began thinking of other books I might enjoy working with and, before I knew it, I had a monster list which strangely just seems to get longer the more that I do.”

Dave tries to obtain as early a printing as possible at a reasonable price. The history of a vintage copy, even if it isn’t a first edition, adds something to the piece. He is, clearly, as much of fan of the literature as he is of genre painting and has developed a deeply personal way of exploring a love of both. Check out some of the book paintings below!

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Knights Riding Dinosaurs! Revealing the Cover to The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán

What can be better than just dinosaurs? Knights on dinosaurs! We have a long, proud history of dinsoaur-love on Tor.com. Remember that time we collected nearly a hundered dinosaur paintings into one post? So imagine our delight when Tor Books editor Claire Eddy said she was editing the start of a new book series that basically puts 15th century knights on the backs of dinosaurs.

I have to admit, artist Richard Anderson was the first name that popped into my head when it came time to illustrate the cover.

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