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The Jewel and Her Lapidary Audio Excerpt

|| Listen to an audio excerpt from Fran Wilde's THE JEWEL AND HER LAPIDARY. The Jeweled Court has been betrayed. As screaming raiders sweep down from the mountains, and Lapidary servants shatter under the pressure, the last princess of the Valley will have to summon up a strength she’s never known. Read by Mahvesh Murad.

Announcing the 2016 Bram Stoker Awards Nominees

The Horror Writers Association are pleased to announce the 2016 Bram Stoker Awards Final Ballot. The presentation of the Bram Stoker Awards will take place during the second annual StokerCon, aboard the Queen Mary in Long Beach, California on the evening of April 29, 2017. Tickets to the banquet and the convention can be purchased here, and there will also be a live-stream of the event.

The nominees are as follows:

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Revealing The Cocktail Guide to the Galaxy

We’re excited to share the cover for The Cocktail Guide to the Galaxy! Author Andy Heidel has put together a variety of boozey recipes perfect for your next Star Wars-themed luau or a quiet night in with Game of Thrones. And Heidel knows a thing or two about nerdy cocktails—he’s the owner of The Way Station, a Doctor Who-themed bar located in New York City. Check out the full cover below!

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Announcing the 2016 Aurealis Award Finalists

The Western Australian Science Fiction Foundation (WASFF) has announced the shortlist for the 2016 Aurealis Awards, which recognize the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy, horror, young adult, and children’s fiction writers. Winners of the 2016 Aurealis Awards and the Convenors’ Award for Excellence will be announced at the Aurealis Awards ceremony on April 14, as part of the SwanCon convention at the Metro Hotel in Perth, Western Australia.

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Announcing George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards: The Reread!

With three new books and a TV series on the way, we are delighted to announce that our official reread of George R.R. Martin’s acclaimed Wild Cards series will begin on Wednesday, March 1st!

Begun in 1986, the Wild Cards world unfolds in numbered anthologies, all of them featuring short stories by notable sci-fi/fantasy authors; the shared world is guided by GRRM and Melinda Snodgrass. Each month, our resident expert Katie Rask will explore the stories and characters that drive the shared universe, one book at a time, beginning with 1987’s Wild Cards.

The series is primarily set in an alternate history version of the United States, in which some humans have contracted the alien “Wild Card virus,” which causes mutations ranging from utter incapacitating physical conditions (Jokers) to superpowers (Aces). Wild Cards, the original anthology, features stories by Roger Zelazny, Walter Jon Williams, and Martin himself, and explores a world grappling with unimaginable disaster, unthinkable loss, and new, extraordinary powers.

And that’s just the beginning.

[More about the series and Wild Cards stories below!]

Series: George R.R. Martin’s Wild Cards: The Reread

Announcing the 2016 Nebula Awards Nominees

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the 2016 Nebula Awards nominees (to be presented in 2017), for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the nominees for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The winners will be announced at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s 51st Annual Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, which takes place from Thursday, May 18th through Sunday, May 21st at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center.

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Escher Meets Noir: Revealing Jeff Noon’s A Man of Shadows

Jeff Noon, author of the Vurt series, makes his mind-bending return to science fiction with A Man of Shadows—and we’re excited to share the cover! Set in an alternate 1959, a private detective finds himself caught between worlds of literal light and dark…

Check out the full cover by artist Will Staehle, plus some thoughts on the design from author Jeff Noon below!

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Enter The Flow With Excerpts from John Scalzi’s The Collapsing Empire

In John Scalzi’s new space opera The Collapsing Empire, our universe is ruled by physics and faster than light travel is not possible—until the discovery of The Flow, an extra-dimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transport us to other worlds, around other stars.

Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war—and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

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Check Out Tor.com Publishing’s Upcoming Titles

Icy winds are howling through the streets of New York, and as we bundle ourselves against the chill, we’re dreaming of the spring thaw and summer road trips—and of course the books we can’t wait to read in the sunshine! Below, check out the cover designs and descriptions for all the novellas and novels that Tor.com Publishing will be bring out in Spring and Summer 2017, from May through September.

It’s an exciting new season for us—we’ve got murderous androids, rogue demon deer, a Titanic starship, feral hippos, and much more!

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Join John Scalzi on His The Collapsing Empire Tour!

In John Scalzi’s new space opera The Collapsing Empire, our universe is ruled by physics and faster than light travel is not possible—until the discovery of The Flow, an extra-dimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transport us to other worlds, other stars. Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets our home world and creates a new empire, the Interdependency, whose ethos requires that no one human outpost can survive without the others. It’s a hedge against interstellar war—and a system of control for the rulers of the empire.

The Flow is eternal—but it is not static. Just as a river changes course, The Flow changes as well, cutting off worlds from the rest of humanity. When it’s discovered that The Flow is moving, possibly cutting off every human world from faster than light travel forever, three individuals—a scientist, a starship captain and the Empress of the Interdependency—are in a race against time to discover what, if anything, can be salvaged from an interstellar empire on the brink of collapse.

The Collapsing Empire is available March 21 from Tor Books, and Scalzi is going on tour! Check out the full list of venues and dates below.

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Revealing A Plague of Giants

We’re excited to share the cover for A Plague of Giants, the start of a new fantasy series from Kevin Hearne publishing this October with Del Rey. When an army of giants invades, the kingdom’s only hope is a new discovery—a form of magic that will call the world’s wondrous beasts to fight by the side of humankind…

Check out the full cover by David G. Stevenson and Gene Mollica below!

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Fiction Affliction: Genre-Benders for February

Seventeen genre-shifting novels spin into the literary atmosphere this month, from John Darnielle’s sophomore novel, Universal Harvester, to the latest from Michael Tolkin, to Lara Elena Donnelly’s Amberlough. A 40-year-old cult Italian novel gets its first English translation; Elan Mastai imagines a world in which this IS the crappy dystopia; and Caitlín R. Kiernan goes Lovecrafty. You’ve got a lot to read; what are you still hanging out with the intro for?

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Revealing the Cover for April Daniels’ Sovereign

We’re excited to share the cover for April Daniels’ Sovereign, the sequel to her superhero adventure Dreadnought. In Dreadnought, readers were introduced to Danny Tozer, a trans teenager whose newfound superpowers thrust her into the limelight—and out of the closet. She may have won her first battle, but there are still plenty of challenges ahead…

Learn more about the sequel below, and check out the full cover image!

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