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Tor.com Redesign Bug Fix Update

Pe’el! BIpIv’a’?* The redesigned Tor.com is now into its second week of life and we’ve been pretty busy behind the curtain fixing bugs and functionality issues. While we’re still working hard on fixes, here’s an update on the progress made so far.

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Spoiler Thread for A Read of Ice and Fire, Part 8!

Welcome to Part 8 of the Song of Ice and Fire thread, in conjunction with Leigh Butler’s fabulous Read of Ice and Fire. (The first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh threads are now massive, but you can read through them at your leisure.) Please join us below for our ongoing, spoiler-filled dissection of George R. R. Martin’s bloody fantasy epic.

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Series: A Read of Ice and Fire

Ask Ian Cameron Esslemont Your Orb Sceptre Throne Questions!

Now that Amanda and Bill have concluded their reread of Orb Sceptre Throne we’re opening the floor for questions to Ian Cameron Esslemont!

The procedure is pretty direct: just leave your question in the thread below before 12 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 20th. Once we’ve collected all the questions and submitted them to Ian, we’ll publish his responses as soon possible—please keep in mind that the timing of the answers is subject to Ian’s schedule, of course.

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Series: Malazan Reread of the Fallen

Welcome to the New Tor.com!

Welcome to the new Tor.com! We clean up nice.

We’ve been working on a redesigned Tor.com for a little while now and we’re happy to finally be able to roll it out for you! It’s a lot like the Tor.com you’re accustomed to—just a bit more intuitive to use.

Tor.com now features:

  • Responsive Design: Whether you’re on a mobile device or browsing through the giant screen in your supervillain lair, Tor.com will reshape itself to stay readable without sacrificing any of its features.
  • Favoriting. The comments and articles and authors that bring you joy can now be favorited and saved to your user account!
  • Get Your Favorite Post/Author/Series Automatically: You can now identify post topics through the colorful tags at the top of each post. Want more articles about that topic? Just click the RSS feed icon! You can also keep track of your favorite authors and series that way.
  • Cleaner Layout and Bigger Visuals

Take a look around! Have a question about our new features and design? See if we’ve answered it below.

[How to use the new Tor.com]

Cover Reveal for Thomas Olde Heuvelt’s HEX

We’re pleased to reveal the cover for HEX, the English language debut of the bestselling Dutch novel from Hugo and World Fantasy award-nominated author Thomas Olde Heuvelt. HEX, to be published by Tor Books in April 2016, combines horror and dark fantasy in a tale about medieval terrors and viral hauntings. Heuvelt has also written a Hugo-nominated Tor.com Original short story, “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket.”

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New Cover Art for Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices Trilogy!

We’re pleased to reveal the new covers for Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices trilogy of Shadowhunter novels—these new paperback editions will be available September 1st from Simon & Schuster! See the full covers for Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess below, and hear more about the process of creating the art from designer Russel Gordon and illustrator Cliff Neilsen.

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Werewolves and Other Beasts: Our Pop Quiz Interview with Lane Smith

Welcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on Tor.com featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Lane Smith, author and illustrator of a bunch of stuff, including It’s a Book; John, Paul, George & Ben; and Madam President. His titles with Jon Scieszka have included the Caldecott Honor-winner The Stinky Cheese Man; The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs; Math Curse; and Science Verse. Lane’s latest book, the paranormal werewolf story Return to Augie Hobble, is available now from Roaring Brook Press.

Join us to learn which gravelly-voiced singer is a perfect fit for Lane’s illustrated books!

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Series: The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe

Announcing the 2015 Finalists for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award!

Tor.com is pleased to announce that the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas has revealed the 2015 finalists for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best novel of the year. The nominees include five Tor novels: A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias, Afterparty by Daryl Gregory, The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, Lock In by John Scalzi, and Echopraxia by Peter Watts. Congratulations to them, and to all the other nominees!

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Tor to Publish The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley

Tor Books is very excited to announce The Geek Feminist Revolution by double Hugo Award-winning essayist and author Kameron Hurley.

The book collects dozens of Hurley’s essays on feminism, geek culture, and her experiences and insights as a genre writer, including “We Have Always Fought,” which won the 2013 Hugo for Best Related Work.  The Geek Feminist Revolution will also feature several entirely new essays written specifically for this volume.

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Check Out Shan Jiang’s Gorgeous Artwork for The Man in the High Castle

The Folio Society will be publishing a new edition of Philip K. Dick’s Hugo award-winning novel The Man in the High Castle! Considered by many to be Dick’s greatest novel, this edition features the work of artist Shanghai-born Shan Jiang, lead illustrator at the design group Shotopop. His graphic images, strongly influenced by Japanese manga, channels the text’s melding of cultures.

We’re thrilled to share the full cover below, plus some of Jiang’s interior illustrations!

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Nothing’s Really Where It’s At: Ayize Jama-Everett Takes Our Pop Quiz Interview

Welcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on Tor.com featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Born in 1974, Ayize Jama-Everett hails from the Harlem of old. He is the author of three novels—he self-published The Liminal People in 2010, and the next two novels in the series, The Liminal War and The Entropy of Bones, will be published this summer by Small Beer Press. He’s also written an upcoming graphic novel with illustrator John Jennings entitled Box of Bones. When he’s not writing, teaching, or sermonizing, he’s usually practicing his aim.

Join us to find out Ayize’s ideal theme music—it makes us want to be his lifetime friend!

[Grinnin’ like a Cheshire Cat]

Series: The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe

2014 Shirley Jackson Award Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award have been announced! Awarded every year in recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson, the awards honor exceptional work in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and dark fantasy. Tor.com is honored to announce that three Tor.com Originals are among the nominees: Mary Rickert’s The Mothers of Voorhisville is nominated in the Novella category, and Kai Ashante Wilson’s “The Devil in America” and Dale Bailey’s “The End of the End of Everything” are up for Best Novelette. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

The 2014 Shirley Jackson Awards will be presented on Sunday, July 12, at Readercon 26.

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China is the Guest of Honor at This Year’s BookExpo America and BookCon

The 2015 BookExpo America, the publishing industry’s annual convention, will host a 500-person delegation from China, including top publishing professionals and internationally acclaimed authors. In addition, there will also be events and panels highlighting the cultural relationship between American and Chinese publishing.

Tor Books will be at BEA and BookCon with a number of panels on the future of sci-fi and fantasy, crowdsourced stories, and more. We’ve also got author signings, giveaways, and other events.

BookExpo America takes place in New York City from May 27th-29th, BookCon May 30th-31st. Find out which Tor authors, editors, and more will be appearing. Plus, Tor Books will be present at the Macmillan booth #3056/57. Stop by and say hello!

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Space Badasses and Cranking Basslines: Nicole Kornher-Stace’s Pop Quiz Interview

Welcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on Tor.com featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Nicole Kornher-Stace, author of Desideria, Demon Lovers and Other Difficulties, and The Winter Triptych. Her latest novel, Archivist Wasp, publishes May 5th from Small Beer Press—you can read an excerpt here! Find her on Twitter @wirewalking.

Join us to find out which future tech Nicole has valiantly offered to test drive for the sake of humanity!

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Series: The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe

Devote May to the Undead with These 21 Zombified Classics!

Books about zombies are as tough and relentless as their shambling characters—just when you think every possible angle about the undead has been covered, a new author comes up with a fresh take and the whole genre is, if you’ll pardon the irony, revitalized!

From classic zombie tales to fresh interpretations, we’ve herded some of our favorite shambling corpses into the reinforced containment unit of a list post. Check out our picks below, and be sure to add your own in the comments!

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Announcing the 2015 Locus Award Finalists!

Locus Magazine has announced the finalists in each category of the 2014 Locus Awards! The winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 26-28, 2015; Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony.

We are honored to see many Tor Books nominated, including Jo Walton’s collection of Tor.com columns, What Makes This Book So Great, in the Non-Fiction category! We’re also pleased to see Jeff and Ann VanderMeer nominated together in the Editor category, and Tor.com itself nominated in the Best Magazine category. Congratulations to all the nominees!

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