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We’re excited to share the cover for Elizabeth Bear’s The Stone in the Skull—the first book in a new trilogy set in the world of the Eternal Sky. The series makes a great entry point for new readers and fans alike who wish to explore Bear’s exotic and intriguing fantasy world, as The Stone in the Skull takes readers over the dangerous mountain passes of the Steles of the Sky and south into the Lotus Kingdoms.
Check out the full cover by artist Richard Anderson below!
We’re pleased to share the cover for Spencer Ellsworth’s action-packed A Red Peace, forthcoming in August from Tor.com Publishing. A Red Peace is the first installment of the Starfire trilogy, a space opera with plenty of adventuring, alien arachnids, and cyborg-controlled planets—with a great cover by Sparth to match!
We’re excited to share the cover for Victor LaValle’s The Changeling, the wildly imaginative story of one man’s thrilling odyssey through an enchanted world to find his wife, who has disappeared after having seemingly committed an unforgivable act of violence—available this June from Spiegel & Grau. Below, LaValle shares the experience and creeping dread that inspired the story, plus Yuko Shimizu’s quietly haunting cover illustration…
Imagine an American frontier infested with feral hippos. Sound outlandish? It’s not: the U.S. government once considered hippos for meat production. Only Sarah Gailey could bring this alternate history of America to life with such humor, depth, and vibrant detail, and we’re thrilled to unveil the cover and first excerpt from River of Teeth, her fantastic fiction debut about the hard-living, knife-wielding mercenary cowboys tasked with taking back the Mississippi from the bloodthirsty ferals who have claimed it, out this May from Tor.com Publishing.
Tor.com readers already know and love Sarah Gailey for her series on the women of Harry Potter and smart, original takes on science fiction and fantasy culture like her passionate defense of villainesses. (You may also know from her live tweets about her first viewing of Star Wars: who could forget Space Voldemort?) Sarah is a major talent in the making, and River of Teeth is the fun, fast-paced alternate vision of America you never knew you needed, packed with a diverse cast, romance, betrayal, and of course, man-eating hippo mayhem. River of Teeth is the first in a duology, and the sequel is expected later this year.
See Richard Anderson’s cover and meet one of River of Teeth’s hippo-riding mercenaries in an exclusive excerpt below!
Horatio Hornblower and Honor Harrington fans will find a new hero in Sikander North! We’re pleased to share the cover for Valiant Dust, the first entry in a new military SF series from Richard Baker, with elements of colonial diplomacy and explosive action. Check out the full cover by artist Larry Rostant below.
Malka Older’s debut novel Infomocracy took the world by storm, blazing a bold path towards a not-too-distant future and earning widespread acclaim. It has been praised as one of the best books of 2016 The Washington Post, The Verge, Book Riot, Flavorwire, and Barnes & Noble, and The Huffington Post declared it “one of the greatest literary debuts in recent history.”
On September 19, readers will take the next step into the future with Null States, and today we’re pleased to reveal Will Staehle’s stunning cover for the second novel in the Centenal Cycle.
We’re excited to show off the cover for Horizon, the thrilling finale to Fran Wilde’s Bone Universe fantasy series. Following Updraft and Cloudbound, Horizon concludes the story of Kirit and Nat, as their society faces the threat of ultimate extinction.
Learn more about the novel and check out the full cover design by artist Tommy Arnold below!
We are very excited to offer a free download of the 2016 edition of Some of the Best from Tor.com, an anthology of 25 of our favorite short stories and novelettes from the last year. Readers worldwide can download the ebook for free by signing up for the Tor.com Publishing newsletter from midnight EST on January 10th until 11:59 P.M. EST on January 17th.
Of course, you can always enjoy all of our free weekly short stories by visiting Tor.com’s fiction index. These stories were acquired and edited for Tor.com by Ellen Datlow, Ann VanderMeer, Carl Engle-Laird, Liz Gorinsky, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Justin Landon, Diana Pho, and Miriam Weinberg. Each story is accompanied by an original illustration.
See the table of contents below, along with download instructions for the giveaway!
Eight genre-benders are here to enliven your January, from a new Elizabeth Hand collection to an eerie Salem-set murder! Samata Schweblin’s Fever Dream arrives in an English translation; Ellen Klages’ Passing Strange brings magic to San Francisco; and two kinds of high-school horror refresh your memory about the difficulties of growing up.
For nearly two decades, Jim Killen has served as the science fiction and fantasy book buyer for Barnes & Noble. Every month on Tor.com and the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, Jim shares his curated list of the month’s can’t-miss new SF/F releases.
Seventeen science fiction books kick off the year, featuring time travel, space diplomats, space murders, digital privacy, and so much more. Charles Stross begins a new series with Empire Games, Neil Clarke presents a selection of Galactic Empires, Marissa Meyer transforms her fictional world into graphic novel form, and—last on this list but certainly not least—Nnedi Okorafor returns to the world of her award-winning Binti with Binti: Home. What to read first?
Around the 1st of each month (certainly later if there’s a holiday!) the Tor.com eBook Club gives away a free sci-fi/fantasy ebook to club subscribers.
We’re happy to announce that the pick for January 2017 is: OFF ARMAGEDDON REEF by David Weber, the first book in Weber’s “Safehold” space saga.
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