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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.

New Tor Mini Hardcovers Includes: Brandon Sanderson’s Edgedancer, Charlie Jane Anders Collection, And More

Miniature books! With miniature pages! And perfect miniature fingers and toes!

Okay, not the latter, but we’re delighted to announce a fistful of small-format 4×6 paper-over-board hardcovers selected from our distant and recent backlist, plus a new-to-book-form story collection by Charlie Jane Anders and the first standalone edition of Brandon Sanderson’s Edgedancer. All coming this October 3rd!

The full list of releases follows.
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Announcing the 2017 Eugie Award Nominees

The nominees for the second annual Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction have been announced. Established in honor of the late writer and editor Eugie Foster, the Eugie Award honors “irreplaceable” stories that “will become essential to speculative fiction readers.” Foster, who passed away in 2014, was a prolific short fiction writer; her novelette “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast” won the 2009 Nebula Award.

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A Quantum Mathematical Superhero: Tor Books Acquires S.L. Huang’s Cas Russell Series

In 2014, S.L. Huang introduced her heroine Cas Russell, a “retriever” whose quantum mathematics skills make her a superhero able to shoot around corners, drive anything anywhere, fall off buildings without hurting herself—think Trinity from The Matrix, but in our world. What she can’t do? Figure out her own past…

We’re pleased to announce that Tor Books has acquired the North American and audio rights to the first five books in Huang’s fast-paced, science fiction thriller series, and will be releasing a revised edition of Zero Sum Game (previously self-published) in September 2018!

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Revealing the Next Nightshades and Lychford Novellas

Tor.com Publishing is gearing up for an exciting fall season, including a return to two of our favorite series about vampires and witches—just in time for Halloween!

The Bureau of Paranormal Investigation returns to solve a new vampire-related case in Switchback, the sequel to Melissa F. Olson’s Nightshades. And Paul Cornell’s coven faces a new threat to their small British town in A Long Day in Lychford—this time with its roots in England’s political turmoil. Learn more about both novellas and check out the full covers below!

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Revealing the Cover for Greg Manchess’ Fully Illustrated Novel Above the Timberline

We’re thrilled to share the cover for Above the Timberline, Greg Manchess’ fully illustrated novel about the son of a famed polar explorer searching for his lost father in an alternate future in which the world is buried under snow, available October 2017 from Saga Press. While the novel contains 120 full-page illustrations, it all began because of just one piece of art…

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2017 Ditmar Awards Preliminary Ballot Announced

The Australian National Science Fiction Convention (or NatCon) has released the preliminary ballot for the 2017 Ditmar Awards. Fans and members of Australian NatCon nominated professional and fan works published in 2016, with the ballot compiled by an elected subcommittee. The preliminary ballot is open to comments and potential corrections, after which point the final ballot will be released. We’re especially thrilled to see Angela Slatter’s novelette “Finnegan’s Field” among the nominees!

The Ditmar Awards will be presented at Continuum 13, Melbourne’s annual fan-run speculative fiction and pop culture convention, June 9-12. The Guest of Honor is Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant.

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Catherynne M. Valente’s Deathless is the Tor.com eBook Club Pick for April!

At the beginning of each month, 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 April 2017 is Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente, a standalone novel that brings Russian folklore into the present day.

Prepare for Stalinist house elves, a peasant girl clever enough to trick Doom itself, and the collision of magical history with actual Russian history!

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Failure is Just the Beginning: Revealing Keeper of the Dawn by Dianna Gunn

We’re thrilled to share the cover for Dianna Gunn’s upcoming fantasy, Keeper of the Dawn—a tale of new beginnings, second chances, and the endurance of hope. Part of the new novella initiative from the Book Smugglers, Keeper of the Dawn publishes April 18th. Learn more about the story, and check out the full, fabulous cover by Reiko Murakami below!

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All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in April

Unlikely superheroes, human-AI mediums, alchemists, ferals—this month’s genre-benders are full of intriguing characters. Sofia Samatar presents her first collection of short fiction; Zachary Mason peers into the future of San Francisco in Void Star; Mariam Petrosyan’s massive Gray House sees U.S. publication; and Jeff VanderMeer follows up his Southern Reach trilogy with the mysterious Borne.

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All the New Science Fiction Books Coming Out in April

April’s a good time to go to space, right? This month’s science fiction releases are full of crowded future Earths and sleek spacecraft. C.J. Cherryh continues her Foreigner series; Claudia Gray dives into the life of a young soldier from another planet; Sylvain Neuvel continues his Themis Files; Lidia Yuknavitch re-imagines Joan of Arc in The Book of Joan; and Timothy Zahn explores the rise to power of Star Wars’ Grand Admiral Thrawn. Are your bookshelves groaning yet?

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Check Out the Short List for the 2017 Nommo Awards

The African Speculative Fiction Society holds the Nommo Awards to celebrate the year’s greatest speculative fiction written by African authors. The AFSF has just announced this year’s short list for Best Novel, Best Novella, Best Short Story, and Best Graphic Novel, chosen from eligible works published in 2015 or 2016. Congratulations to all the nominees—we’re especially excited to see Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti in the Best Novella category!

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2017 Hugo Award Finalists Announced

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

With 108 finalists, this is the most extensive Hugo ballot on record. 2464 valid nominating ballots (2458 electronic and 6 paper) were received and counted from the members of the 2016, 2017, and 2018 World Science Fiction Conventions. The convention officially announced the finalists via its social media feeds in a video featuring Guest of Honour Johanna Sinisalo; graphic novelist Petri Hiltunen; writer J. Pekka Mäkelä; translator Johanna Vainikainen; Worldcon 75 Chair Jukka Halme, and other members of the Worldcon 75 team.

The final round of voting will close on July 15th, and winners will be announced at the 75th World Science Fiction Convention in Helsinki, Finland, on August 11th.

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All the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in April

April blows in with a pretty exciting lineup of fantasy releases, from a new, standalone Brian Staveley to a collection of Tanith Lee’s twisted fairy tales. Marie Brennan brings her Lady Trent series to a close, Ruthanna Emrys debuts Winter Tide, Mark Lawrence introduces his Red Sister, and Claire North hangs out with Death—or rather, Charlie, the guy who visits before Death.

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Television Deal Announced for John Scalzi’s The Collapsing Empire

Publisher’s Marketplace has reported that television rights to John Scalzi’s The Collapsing Empire have gone to Working Title Television. The deal was brokered by Scalzi’s literary agent, Ethan Ellenberg and Joel Gotler of IPG. This has capped a week that saw The Collapsing Empire having the best first week sales of Scalzi’s titles, with Scalzi highlighting that he’s “sold more copies of it in a week than some of my novels (including at least one Hugo nominee) sold in their first year.” This is exciting news, and while it’s still obviously early in the process, it means that there may be more space opera coming to television in the near future.

[via Publisher’s Marketplace]