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Down Among the Sticks and Bones Audio Excerpt

|| Listen to an audio excerpt from DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES. Twin sisters Jack and Jill were 12 when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices. Read by author Seanan McGuire.

Meet Starfire: A Red Peace Author Spencer Ellsworth!

Spencer Ellsworth’s debut trilogy kicks off with the thrilling (and giant bug-infested!) space adventure Starfire: A Red Peace next week, and you can catch Spencer at events throughout August and September to get your own copy signed and hear him read from and discuss the book! Read an excerpt from A Red Peace at the Barnes & Noble Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, and download our Summer of Space Opera Sampler for additional sneak peeks at some of the other interstellar stories available from Tor.com Publishing right now.

See all the details on Spencer’s events below!

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Listen to Steal the Stars Episode 3: “Turndown Service”

Steal the Stars is the story of Dakota Prentiss and Matt Salem, two government employees guarding the biggest secret in the world: a crashed UFO. Despite being forbidden to fraternize, Dak and Matt fall in love and decide to escape to a better life on the wings of an incredibly dangerous plan: they’re going to steal the alien body they’ve been guarding and sell the secret of its existence.

If you haven’t yet listened to Tor Labs’ sci-fi noir audio drama written by Mac Rogers and produced by Gideon Media, you can read our non-spoiler review and catch up on Episode 1: “Warm Bodies” and Episode 2: “Three Dogs.” Then click through for this week’s installment, in which we learn how to survive the Harp and just what “Turndown Service” is…

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Read Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer, Stormlight Archive Book 3, for Free on Tor.com!

Oathbringer, the eagerly-awaited third installment of Brandon Sanderson’s epic Stormlight Archive fantasy series, arrives on bookshelves on November 14, 2017. Fans of the series can start reading it here on Tor.com for free, starting on Tuesday, August 22!

Tor.com will be hosting a weekly serialization of Oathbringer, leading all the way up to the release day. Every Tuesday, readers will be able to read the next three chapters of Book 3 of the Stormlight Archive, starting with the Prologue: “To Weep” on August 22, then continuing on August 29 with Chapters 1 through 3, and onward up to Chapter 32!

Yes, that’s a lot of the book.

But it’s not nearly all of the book.

Every installment of the serialization will be collected here in the Oathbringer index.

Here’s a handy refresher on the events that occurred in the first two Stormlight Archive novels, as well.

Happy reading! We’ll see you back here bright and early on August 22!

Series: Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

Announcing the 2017 Hugo Award Winners

The winners of the 2017 Hugo Awards have been announced! You can read the full list below.

The 2017 Hugo Awards were presented on the evening of Friday, August 11, 2017 at a ceremony at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland. With 108 finalists, this was the most extensive Hugo ballot on record. 3319 valid ballots, the second highest in the history of the award, were received and counted from the members of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 World Science Fiction Conventions. This year’s award statue base was designed by Helsinki-based artist Eeva Jokinen.

This also marked the year that the Hugo Award was certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the longest running Science Fiction Award ever!

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Celebrate The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion with Margaret Killjoy!

Margaret Killjoy’s punk fantasy The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion comes out in print and ebook worldwide next week from Tor.com Publishing, and we’re celebrating with events at Firestorm Books in Asheville, North Carolina and Red Emma’s in Baltimore, Maryland! (Read an excerpt from the book here, and look out for its sequel in spring 2018.)

See details on Margaret’s appearances below!

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Listen to Steal the Stars Episode 2: “Three Dogs”

Steal the Stars is the story of Dakota Prentiss and Matt Salem, two government employees guarding the biggest secret in the world: a crashed UFO. Despite being forbidden to fraternize, Dak and Matt fall in love and decide to escape to a better life on the wings of an incredibly dangerous plan: they’re going to steal the alien body they’ve been guarding and sell the secret of its existence.

If you haven’t yet listened to Tor Labs’ sci-fi noir audio drama written by Mac Rogers and produced by Gideon Media, you can read our non-spoiler review and catch up on Episode 1: “Warm Bodies.” This week’s installment picks up right where last week’s left off, and it’s a doozy…

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13 Fantasies Inspired by Legends from the British Isles

For centuries the myths and legends of Ireland, Scotland, Wales, and England have carried down through stories told around firesides, in halls, and finally transcribed and adapted in the pages of books—from The Mabinogion to The Lord of the Rings to The Once and Future King. We’ve gathered some of our favorite tales, some modern, and some quite ancient, to celebrate the Celtic spirit. The list is by no means exhaustive, so be sure to add your own picks in the comments!

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All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in August

In this month’s genre-bending titles, you’ll find demons in the internet, ghosts in houses, prophecies in the north, and spellbooks in the woods. Natasha Pulley returns with The Bedlam Stacks; Patrick Hemstreet continues his God Wave series; Moïra Fowley-Doyle’s Irish teens find a Spellbook of the Lost and Found; and, in Brian Allan Carr’s Sip, people start getting drunk on their own shadows. (Don’t try this at home, kids.)

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Listen to Steal the Stars Episode 1: “Warm Bodies”

Dakota Prentiss runs security at the secretive Quill Marine compound, run by private defense conglomerate Sierra. Today she’s breaking in a new security staffer, Matt Salem. Which means Matt has to pass a crucial test: how he reacts to the secret at the heart of Quill Marine.

So begins Episode 1 of Steal the Stars, Tor Labs’ brand-new sci-fi audio thriller written by Mac Rogers (The Message, LifeAfter). Steal the Stars is the story of Dakota Prentiss and Matt Salem, two government employees guarding the biggest secret in the world: a crashed UFO. Despite being forbidden to fraternize, Dak and Matt fall in love and decide to escape to a better life on the wings of an incredibly dangerous plan: They’re going to steal the alien body they’ve been guarding and sell the secret of its existence.

Steal the Stars will be serialized in 14 episodes. Click through to listen to Episode 1: “Warm Bodies”!

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Check Out Brandon Sanderson’s Tour Dates for Oathbringer, Book 3 of The Stormlight Archive

Brandon Sanderson will be stopping in selected cities following the release of Oathbringer, the eagerly awaited third volume in the epic Stormlight Archive fantasy series.

In Oathbringer, out on November 14th from Tor Books, humanity faces a new Desolation with the return of the Voidbringers, a foe with numbers as great as their thirst for vengeance. Find out more by following the Oathbringer tag here on Tor.com.

Check out the dates below to see if Sanderson will be swinging by your town!

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All the Science Fiction Books Coming Out in August

There’s not quite as much SPACE! on the docket as there has been in the preceding months, but that doesn’t mean August’s science fiction releases lack excitement. Head out on a clone-staffed generation ship in Marina Lostetter’s Noumenon; catch up with another Spider-Man, Miles Morales, in Jason Reynolds’ new Spider-Man novel; consider a world where you have to pay for every word you speak in Gregory Scott Katsoulis’s All Rights Reserved; and venture forth on a whole host of other adventures.

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All the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in August

It’s August! Which means, depending on your hemisphere, you’ve got one more month to take your books to the beach, get them full of sand, and neglect to put on sunscreen before getting so absorbed you forget about the passage of time. (Protip: Don’t do that.) Your fantasy selections this month include the anthology New Voices of Fantasy, wherein you can surely find your next favorite author; Victor Milan’s third Dinosaur Lords book, The Dinosaur Princess; Leigh Bardugo’s young adult Wonder Woman novel, Wonder Woman: Warbringer; and the third book in N.K. Jemisin’s Broken Earth series, The Stone Sky. Do you have vacation days to spare? You might need them.

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Tade Thompson’s The Murders of Molly Southbourne Optioned for Film

Just in from Deadline: Hollywood, Tade Thompson’s forthcoming Tor.com publishing novella The Murders of Molly Southbourne has been been optioned by Cathy Schulman’s Welle Entertainment. They reported, “Schulman will produce Southbourne as a feature film with Krishnan Menon and Adam Stone (Sleepless, The Voices) at Phenomenon Entertainment, who brought the project to Welle. Brendan Deneen (Gangland Undercover) and the book’s editor Carl Engle-Laird will serve as executive producers through Macmillian Entertainment.”

The Murders of Molly Southbourne is a dark, twisted story that kept me up late the first night I read it and has haunted my imaginations ever since,” said Carl Engle-Laird, editor at Tor.com Publishing. “I’m thrilled to see what they will do with it, and look forward to more people sharing my plight.”

For as long as Molly Southbourne can remember, she’s been watching herself die. Whenever she bleeds, another molly is born, identical to her in every way and intent on her destruction. Any instance of bleeding—a scrape, a scuffle, and every month for a couple of harrowing days. And so, she has been trained in how to destroy the mollys first. Molly knows every way to kill herself, but she also knows that as long as she survives she’ll be hunted. Growing more bitter, she finds herself wondering whether it’s better to kill herself or be killed by the inescapable horde

The Murders of Molly Southbourne will be available October 3 from Tor.com Publishing.

Revealing a New Fantasy Series From R.A. Salvatore

As the Blood Moon rises high upon the mountain of the Usgar a demon hunts.

But this is not the demon’s story.

Child of a Mad God is the story of a young woman, the daughter of a witch, born under the Blood Moon, how she finds herself alone in a tribe of vicious barbarians, and how she came to know the world. The novel, out from Tor Books on February 6, 2018, kicks off a new fantasy series from R.A. Salvatore, the same author beloved for his Legend of Drizzt series.

Check out Larry Rostant’s full cover below.

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