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Apollo 8 Sweepstakes!

We want to send you a copy of Jeffrey Kluger’s Apollo 8: The Thrilling Story of the First Mission to the Moon, available now from Henry Holt!

In August 1968, NASA made a bold decision: in just sixteen weeks, the United States would launch humankind’s first flight to the moon. Only the year before, three astronauts had burned to death in their spacecraft, and since then the Apollo program had suffered one setback after another. Meanwhile, the Russians were winning the space race, the Cold War was getting hotter by the month, and President Kennedy’s promise to put a man on the moon by the end of the decade seemed sure to be broken. But when Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders were summoned to a secret meeting and told of the dangerous mission, they instantly signed on.

Written with all the color and verve of the best narrative non-fiction, Apollo 8 takes us from Mission Control to the astronaut’s homes, from the test labs to the launch pad. The race to prepare an untested rocket for an unprecedented journey paves the way for the hair-raising trip to the moon. Then, on Christmas Eve, a nation that has suffered a horrendous year of assassinations and war is heartened by an inspiring message from the trio of astronauts in lunar orbit. And when the mission is over—after the first view of the far side of the moon, the first earth-rise, and the first re-entry through the earth’s atmosphere following a flight to deep space—the impossible dream of walking on the moon suddenly seems within reach.

Here is the tale of a mission that was both a calculated risk and a wild crapshoot, a stirring account of how three American heroes forever changed our view of the home planet.

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River of Teeth Hippo Mayhem Sweepstakes!

Sarah Gaileys’s River of Teeth is available now from Tor.com Publishing–and to celebrate, we want to send you a copy … and a hippo!

(Not a real hippo. A squeezy stress-relief hippo! This kind fits in the mail much better.)

In the early 20th century, the United States government concocted a plan to import hippopotamuses into the marshlands of Louisiana to be bred and slaughtered as an alternative meat source. This is true.

Other true things about hippos: they are savage, they are fast, and their jaws can snap a man in two.

This was a terrible plan.

Contained within this volume is an 1890s America that might have been: a bayou overrun by feral hippos and mercenary hippo wranglers from around the globe. It is the story of Winslow Houndstooth and his crew. It is the story of their fortunes. It is the story of his revenge.

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Wicked Wonders Sweepstakes!

We want to send you a copy of Ellen Klages’s Wicked Wonders, available May 23rd from Tachyon Publications!

The award-winning author of The Green Glass Sea returns with smart and subversive new tales.

A rebellious child identifies with wicked Maleficent instead of Sleeping Beauty. Best friends Anna and Corry share one last morning on Earth. A solitary woman inherits a penny arcade haunted by a beautiful stranger. A prep-school student requires more than luck when playing dice with a faerie. Ladies who lunch—dividing one last bite of dessert—delve into new dimensions of quantum politeness.

Whether on a habitat on Mars or in a boardinghouse in London, discover Ellen Klages’ wicked, wondrous adventures full of wit, empathy, and courage.

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Twin Peaks Prize Pack Sweepstakes!

This weekend, Twin Peaks is back—and to celebrate, we want to send you a copy of Mark Frost’s The Secret History of Twin Peaks! One lucky reader will receive a copy of the book (now available from Flatiron Books) along with a tote bag and a button.

The Secret History of Twin Peaks enlarges the world of the original series, placing the unexplained phenomena that unfolded there into a vastly layered, wide-ranging history, beginning with the journals of Lewis and Clark and ending with the shocking events that closed the finale. The perfect way to get in the mood for the just-about-to-start Showtime series.

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Tor.com Publishing Space Opera Sweepstakes!

It’s the summer of space opera for Tor.com Publishing, and to celebrate, we want to send you a prize pack containing galley copies of five new and upcoming space opera novellas! Four lucky winners will receive copies of the following books.

A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red (available now), a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that interrogates the roots of consciousness through artificial intelligence.

Killing Gravity (available now) is the thrilling science fiction space adventure debut by Corey J. White. Mars Xi can kill you with her mind, but she’ll need more than psychic powers to save her.

The Ghost Line (available July 11th) is a haunting science fiction story about the Titanic of the stars by debut authors Andrew Neil Gray and J. S. Herbison that Lawrence M. Schoen calls “a delicious rush of the future and the past.”

Starfire: A Red Peace (available August 22nd), first in Spencer Ellsworth’s Starfire trilogy, is an action-packed space opera in a universe where the oppressed half-Jorian crosses have risen up to supplant humanity and dominate the galaxy.

In Dave Hutchinson’s Acadie (available September 5th), the first humans still hunt their children across the stars.

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Soleri Sweepstakes!

We want to send you a galley copy of Michael Johnston’s Soleri, available June 13th from Tor Books! Read an excerpt here.

The ruling family of the Soleri Empire has been in power longer than even the calendars that stretch back 2,826 years. Those records tell a history of conquest and domination by a people descended from gods, older than anything in the known world. No living person has seen them for centuries, yet their grip on their four subjugate kingdoms remains tighter than ever.

On the day of the annual eclipse, the Harkan king, Arko-Hark Wadi, sets off on a hunt and shirks his duty rather than bow to the emperor. Ren, his son and heir, is a prisoner in the capital, while his daughters struggle against their own chains. Merit, the eldest, has found a way to stand against imperial law and marry the man she desires, but needs her sister’s help, and Kepi has her own ideas.

Meanwhile, Sarra Amunet, Mother Priestess of the sun god’s cult, holds the keys to the end of an empire and a past betrayal that could shatter her family.

Detailed and historical, vast in scope and intricate in conception, Soleri bristles with primal magic and unexpected violence. It is a world of ancient and elaborate rites, of unseen power and kingdoms ravaged by war, where victory comes with a price, and every truth conceals a deeper secret.

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Roar Sweepstakes!

We want to send you a galley copy of Cora Carmack’s Roar, available June 13th from Tor Teen! Read an excerpt here.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

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Robin Hobb Prize Pack Sweepstakes!

The third book in Robin Hobb’s Fitz and the Fool trilogy, Assassin’s Fate, is available now from Del Rey—and to celebrate, we want to send you a set of all nine Fitz books! One winner will receive paperback copies of Assassin’s ApprenticeRoyal AssassinAssassin’s QuestFool’s ErrandGolden FoolFool’s FateFool’s Assassin, and Fool’s Quest, and a hardcover copy of Assassin’s Fate!

More than twenty years ago, the first epic fantasy novel featuring FitzChivalry Farseer and his mysterious, often maddening friend the Fool struck like a bolt of brilliant lightning. Now New York Times bestselling author Robin Hobb brings to a momentous close the third trilogy featuring these beloved characters in a novel of unsurpassed artistry that is sure to endure as one of the great masterworks of the genre.

Fitz’s young daughter, Bee, has been kidnapped by the Servants, a secret society whose members not only dream of possible futures but use their prophecies to add to their wealth and influence. Bee plays a crucial part in these dreams—but just what part remains uncertain.

As Bee is dragged by her sadistic captors across half the world, Fitz and the Fool, believing her dead, embark on a mission of revenge that will take them to the distant island where the Servants reside—a place the Fool once called home and later called prison. It was a hell the Fool escaped, maimed and blinded, swearing never to return.

For all his injuries, however, the Fool is not as helpless as he seems. He is a dreamer too, able to shape the future. And though Fitz is no longer the peerless assassin of his youth, he remains a man to be reckoned with—deadly with blades and poison, and adept in Farseer magic. And their goal is simple: to make sure not a single Servant survives their scourge.

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Cassandra Khaw Prize Pack Sweepstakes!

Cassandra Khaw’s Food of the Gods is out now from Abaddon, and to celebrate, we want to send you a copy of it—along with a galley copy of her upcoming novella from Tor.com Publishing, A Song for Quiet!

It’s not unusual to work two jobs in this day and age, but sorcerer and former triad soldier Rupert Wong’s life is more complicated than most. By day, he makes human hors d’oeuvres for a dynasty of ghouls; by night, he pushes pencils for the Ten Chinese Hells. Of course, it never seems to be enough to buy him a new car—or his restless, flesh-eating-ghost girlfriend passage from the reincarnation cycle—until opportunity comes smashing through his window.

In Kuala Lumpur, where deities from a handful of major faiths tip-toe around each other and damned souls number in the millions, it’s important to tread carefully. Now the Dragon King of the South wants to throw Rupert right in it. The ocean god’s daughter and her once-mortal husband have been murdered, leaving a single clue: bloodied feathers from the Greek furies. It’s a clue that could start a war between pantheons, and Rupert’s stuck in the middle. Success promises wealth, power and freedom, and failure… doesn’t. This full length debut from rising star Cassandra Khaw collects the stories Rupert Wong: Cannibal Chef and Rupert Wong And the Ends of the Earth.

A Song for Quiet‘s Deacon James is a rambling bluesman straight from Georgia, a black man with troubles that he can’t escape, and music that won’t let him go. On a train to Arkham, he meets trouble — visions of nightmares, gaping mouths and grasping tendrils, and a madman who calls himself John Persons. According to the stranger, Deacon is carrying a seed in his head, a thing that will destroy the world if he lets it hatch.

The mad ravings chase Deacon to his next gig. His saxophone doesn’t call up his audience from their seats, it calls up monstrosities from across dimensions. As Deacon flees, chased by horrors and cultists, he stumbles upon a runaway girl, who is trying to escape the destiny awaiting her. Like Deacon, she carries something deep inside her, something twisted and dangerous. Together, they seek to leave Arkham, only to find the Thousand Young lurking in the woods.

The song in Deacon’s head is growing stronger, and soon he won’t be able to ignore it any more.

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Rainbow Rowell Prize Pack Sweepstakes!

The paperback edition of Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On is available May 9th from St. Martin’s Griffin, and to celebrate, we want to send you a Rowell prize pack! One lucky winner will receive the new paperback edition of Carry On, a hardcover copy of Fangirl, and a Rainbow Rowell tote bag.

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he sets something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is a ghost story, a love story and a mystery. It has just as much kissing and talking as you’d expect from a Rainbow Rowell story—but far, far more monsters.

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D’Arc Dog Bag Sweepstakes!

Robert Repino’s D’Arc—the latest book in his War With No Name series—is available May 9th from Soho Press, and to celebrate, they’ve put together one heck of a doggy bag! One lucky winner will receive copies of all three books in the series so far (D’ArcMort(e), and Culdesac), as well as all of the following goodies—some for the winner, and some for the winner’s loyal canine companion…

• Survival Spark Magnesium Survival Fire Starter with Compass and Whistle
• frogg toggs Ultra-Lite Poncho
• Nature’s Variety Instinct Grain-Free Bully Stick Roasted Dog Treats
• KONG Ball Dog Toy
• Mardingtop Military Backpack/Tactical Molle Backpack/Rucksack Bug Out Bag
• Collapsible Travel Dog Water & Food Bowl Set
• SURVIVOR X Emergency Shelter Tube Tent
• BEST LED Headlamp
• Small Basic First Aid Kit
• Laken Clasica 1 Liter 34 oz Water Bottle Canteen
• LifeStraw Personal Water Filter
• Lifeunion Saddle Bag Backpack for Dog

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Serial Box & Saga Sweepstakes!

Tremontaine, the second collected Serial Box book, is available today from Saga Press—and to celebrate, we want to send you a copy of it, along with two other Serial Box/Saga tales! One lucky winner will received copies of Tremontaine and Bookburners and a galley copy of the upcoming The Witch Who Came in From the Cold!

In The Witch Who Came in From the Cold, spies and sorcerers face off during the Cold War, with the fate of the world in balance. Bookburners is a critically acclaimed urban fantasy about a secret team of agents that hunts down dangerous books containing deadly magic. And Tremontaine is the prequel to Ellen Kushner’s beloved Riverside series that began with Swordspoint!

A duchess’s beauty matched only by her cunning; her husband’s dangerous affair with a handsome scholar; a foreigner in a playground of swordplay and secrets; and a mathematical genius on the brink of revolution­. Suddenly long-buried lies threaten to come to light and betrayal and treachery run rampant in this story of sparkling wit and political intrigue.

Written serially by Kushner and six critically acclaimed authors—Malinda Lo, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Joel Derfner, Racheline Maltese, Patty Bryant, and Paul Witcover—Tremontaine is a tale of intrigue, manners, treachery, and cleverness that will delight readers.

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Down Among the Sticks and Bones Sweepstakes!

We want to send you a galley copy of Seanan McGuire’s Down Among the Sticks and Bones, available June 13th from Tor.com Publishing! Read an excerpt from the book here.

Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.

This is the story of what happened first…

Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.

Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you’ve got.

They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.

They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.

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Divine Cities Sweepstakes!

The third book in Robert Jackson Bennett’s Divine Cities series, City of Miracles, is available May 2nd from Broadway Books—and we want to send you a set of all three books in the series!

Revenge. It’s something Sigrud je Harkvaldsson is very, very good at. Maybe the only thing.

So when he learns that his oldest friend and ally, former Prime Minister Shara Komayd, has been assassinated, he knows exactly what to do—and that no mortal force can stop him from meting out the suffering Shara’s killers deserve.

Yet as Sigrud pursues his quarry with his customary terrifying efficiency, he begins to fear that this battle is an unwinnable one. Because discovering the truth behind Shara’s death will require him to take up arms in a secret, decades-long war, face down an angry young god, and unravel the last mysteries of Bulikov, the city of miracles itself. And—perhaps most daunting of all—finally face the truth about his own cursed existence.

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Memoirs of Lady Trent Sweepstakes!

The fifth and final book in Marie Brennan’s Memoirs of Lady Trent series, Within the Sanctuary of Wings, is available now from Tor Books! And to celebrate, we want to send you a hardcover set of all five books in the series.

After nearly five decades (and, indeed, the same number of volumes), one might think they were well-acquainted with the Lady Isabella Trent—dragon naturalist, scandalous explorer, and perhaps as infamous for her company and feats of daring as she is famous for her discoveries and additions to the scientific field.

And yet–after her initial adventure in the mountains of Vystrana, and her exploits in the depths of war-torn Eriga, to the high seas aboard The Basilisk, and then to the inhospitable deserts of Akhia–the Lady Trent has captivated hearts along with fierce minds. This concluding volume will finally reveal the truths behind her most notorious adventure–scaling the tallest peak in the world, buried behind the territory of Scirland’s enemies–and what she discovered there, within the Sanctuary of Wings.

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