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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.

Down Among the Sticks and Bones Audio Excerpt

With Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire introduced us to a vivid intersection of portal worlds containing magic, mystery, and occasional mayhem. 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. Now, readers will finally get to walk through the doorway that transported the pair to a world of vicious vampires and mad scientists in Down Among the Sticks and Bones, a new Wayward Children novella set before the events of Every Heart a Doorway.

We’re excited to share an audio excerpt from the novella below, read by Seanan herself!

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Unveiling the World Map for JY Yang’s Fantastical Tensorate Series

Welcome to The Protectorate, the dominant nation upon Ea for centuries; a land where naga float upon the horizon and where machinery fights with magic for primacy.

Readers will get to fully explore this fantasy in September 2017, when Tor.com Publishing releases JY Yang’s dual novellas The Red Threads of Fortune and The Black Tides of Heaven. Our story begins as a set of twins, one who can see the future and one who can realize the present, is born to the Protector. Each novella follows one of the twins as their lives become entangled with the larger forces of their world.

Here, author JY Yang reveals the land that the twins will be winding through, revealing the glorious history and deep schisms of the Protectorate.

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The Time for Peace is Ending: Revealing Dark State by Charles Stross

We’re excited to share the cover for Charles Stross’ Dark State, a sleek and provocative techno-thriller set in The Merchant Princes multi-verse. Dark State ups the ante on the already volatile situations laid out in Empire Games, as Stross dives deep into the underbelly of paratime espionage, nuclear warfare, and state surveillance.

Check out the full cover and read an excerpt from the novel below!

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Darkly Magical Illustrations from Seanan McGuire’s Down Among the Sticks and Bones

With Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire introduced us to a vivid intersection of portal worlds containing magic, mystery, and occasional mayhem. 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. Now, readers will finally get to walk through the doorway that transported the pair to a world of vicious vampires and mad scientists in Down Among the Sticks and Bones, a new Wayward Children novella set before the events of Every Heart a Doorway.

Artist Rovina Cai illustrated a few select scenes from the book for us, bringing to life McGuire’s darkly magical world. Rovina previously illustrated scenes from Every Heart a Doorway, and we’re happy to have her on board again. Take a look at the images below, and read selections from the story!

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All the Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in June

Genre-benders, genre-hoppers, genre-crossers, put-all-your-genres-in-a-blender-and-see-what-comes-out… no matter what you want to call ’em, these books do a lot of interesting things. From superheroes to strange teens, supervillains to demigoddesses, time travel to horror, there’s a little bit of everything in June’s releases! Meg Eden’s Post High School Reality Quest crosses life and a game; Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland give us witch-powered time travel in The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O.; Victor LaValle presents his take on a classic idea in The Changeling; and so much more.

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Prepare for Galactic Adventure: Revealing Michael Moreci’s Black Star Renegades

We’re excited to share the cover for Michael Moreci’s debut novel, Black Star Renegades, a galaxy-hopping adventure that blasts its way from seedy spacer bars to sacred temples guarded by deadly creatures—all with a cast of misfit characters who have nowhere to go and nothing to lose. Moreci is a contributor here at Tor.com—heading up sci-fi discussions on everything from the importance of faith in Arrival to a controversial defense of Star Wars: Attack of the Clones—and we can’t wait to see what he has in store for his own universe!

Learn more about the novel below, and check out the full cover by artist Wayne Haag.

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All the New Science Fiction Books Coming Out in June

Space pirates! Clones! Dystopias! Nanotech! There’s a lot going on in June’s varied science fiction offerings—a lot of conflict, a lot of aliens, a lot of troubled futures. Yoon Ha Lee’s Machineries of Empire series continues with Raven Stratagem; Bradley W. Schenck presents his illustrated Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom; Laura Lam returns to the world of False Hearts with Shattered Minds; Tanya Huff continues her Peacekeeper series; and ever so much more. Start on Earth, start on the moon, start all the way across the galaxy—just start reading.

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Visit Fantastic Realms, Bizarre Dystopias, and Distant Planets in Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks for June

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 SFF releases.

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Series: Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks

All the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in June

If warm weather is not your thing, June will provide you with plenty of reasons to stay indoors and read. In series, Tad Williams returns to the world of The Dragonbone Chair with The Witchwood Crown; Terry Brooks kicks off the new Fall of Shannara series; Seanan McGuire presents a tale about two more Wayward Children, Jack and Jill. (There are more series here than we can count on three or four hands, so that’s just for starters!) Catherynne Valente invents an entire superhero mythology in The Refrigerator Monologues; Cora Carmack makes her YA debut with Roar; Victoria Schwab closes her Monsters of Verity duology with Our Dark Duet; Callie Bates debuts with The Waking Land, and several dozen other novels slip onto shelves in their summer best. Where will you start?

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Visit Tor/Forge & Tor.com Publishing at BEA and BookCon!

Tor Books, Tor Teen, Tor.com Publishing, and Forge will be at BookExpo America (May 31-June 1) and BookCon (June 2-3)!

Click through for the complete schedule, your guide to in-booth signings and giveaways, plus awesome SFF panels. Annalee Newitz and Malka Older will be talking women in science fiction (with Charlie Jane Anders moderating); later, Newitz and Anders will join Cory Doctorow and John Scalzi in exploring technology, fantasy, and the future! For more information and updates, follow along on the Tor/Forge blog.

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Mayhem-Causing Hippos Not Done Causing Mayhem. Revealing Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey

Hippos overrun the southern U.S. of 1890, causing mayhem and abetting revenge in Sarah Gailey’s debut novella River of Teeth, out this week from Tor.com Publishing.

And they’ll be back this fall.

Tor.com Publishing is happy to reveal Richard Anderson’s cover to Taste of Marrow, the sequel to the rollicking adventure River of Teeth!

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