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Fiction and Excerpts [7]

Fiction and Excerpts [7]

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.

Illustrated Scenes from Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway

Artist Rovina Cai illustrated a few select scenes from Seanan McGuire's EVERY HEART A DOORWAY, bringing to life the students of Eleanor West's Home for Wayward Children, where teenage survivors of portal fantasies go when the doors to their lands of wonder close.

Sci-Fi and Mystery Author Sheri S. Tepper, 1929-2016

Locus Magazine reports the passing of horror, science fiction, and mystery author Sheri S. Tepper. A prolific voice whose works were often known for themes of feminism and ecology, Tepper published dozens of novels, short works, and essays, some of them under pseudonyms. She won the World Fantasy Life Achievement Award in 2015, and many of her novels were shortlisted for various awards, including the Hugo, Tiptree, and Clarke Awards. As a single mother of two during the 1960s, Tepper began by writing poetry and children’s stories before remarrying in the late 60s. She worked at Planned Parenthood for 24 years–eventually as Executive Director at the Rocky Mountain Colorado branch–before leaving to write full-time, later running a guest ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She is known for her True Game Series, as well as the Arbai Trilogy, and standalone novels such as Beauty, The Fresco, The Gate to Women’s Country, and Gibbon’s Decline & Fall.

In an interview with Locus Magazine back in September, 1998, Tepper had a few words about the universe and the passage of time that seem truly fitting:

“What do I have to say to the universe? A soul ought to have something to say to the universe if it’s going to be immortal. But the world has something to say to the universe, all of these systems have things to say to the universe, and we’re part of that. You go in the ground, and the grass grows over your bones, and that’s good too! I take a lot more comfort out of that than I would out of some notion of the feathery form rising up, strumming a harp. Harp music can get dreadfully dull!”

Tepper passed away on October 22, 2016. She was 87 years old. Our thoughts are with her family and friends, and everyone who was touched by her work–she will be dearly missed.

Join Brandon Sanderson on His Arcanum Unbounded Tour!

We are thrilled to announce that #1 New York Times bestselling epic fantasy author Brandon Sanderson is touring for the upcoming release of Arcanum Unbounded: The Cosmere Collection (on sale Nov. 22)! Sanderson’s first compilation of short fictionArcanum Unbounded includes a total of nine works: novellas and short stories set in the Shardworlds, the worlds of Stormlight, Mistborn, Elantris, and others. An all-new 40,000-word Stormlight Archive novella is the crown jewel appearing in this collection for the first time anywhere!

Thus far, Publishers Weekly says, “This collection is required reading for Sanderson fans, offering plenty for new readers who are undeterred by learning too much.” And Kirkus Reviews touts “…fans of Sanderson’s other works will eagerly devour this collection, in which familiar characters return and familiar worlds are further explored.”

Check out the full list of tour dates below.

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Revealing the Table of Contents for The Djinn Falls in Love

Imagine a world filled with fierce, fiery beings, hiding in our shadows, in our dreams, under our skins. Eavesdropping and exploring; savaging our bodies, saving our souls. They are monsters, saviours, victims, childhood friends. Some have called them genies: these are the Djinn.

Editors Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin have teamed up for The Djinn Falls in Love, and Other Stories, bringing together over 20 new and classic tales of Djinn from amazing authors from all around the world. The anthology publishes in March 2017 with Solaris, and we’re excited to share the full table of contents—including works from K.J. Parker, Nnedi Okorafor, and Neil Gaiman—below!

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Tor Acquires Debut Fantasy Series from Author Sam Hawke!

Diana Gill, Executive Editor at Tor Books, has acquired two novels in a nice five-figure deal for World rights from Julie Crisp Literary Agency. Crisp, formerly an editorial director of fiction at Pan Macmillan running the Tor UK imprint, left the company last year to set up her own business. Diana Gill, formerly Executive Editor at Berkley, recently joined Tor US and is acquiring for her own list of genre authors.

Sam Hawke is an Australian fantasy author. Hawke’s novel, City of Lies, is the first book in The Poison Wars series, and is an intelligent epic fantasy full of action, drama, and original characters. Hawke has wanted to write books since realizing as a child that they didn’t just breed between themselves in libraries. Having contemplated careers as varied as engineer, tax accountant, and zookeeper, Hawke eventually settled on the law. After marrying a jujitsu training partner and traveling to as many countries as possible, Hawke now resides in Canberra raising two small ninjas and two idiot dogs. You can find Sam Hawke online at, and follow Hawke on Twitter and on Facebook.

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Get Cozy with Publishing’s Winter 2017 Titles

Autumn breezes are rushing over New York, and as temperatures begin to dip we’re already dreaming of chill winter nights with hot mugs of cocoa—and of course the books we can’t wait to curl up with! Below, check out the cover designs and descriptions for all the novellas and novels that Publishing will be bring out in Winter 2017, from January though early April.

It’s an exciting new season for us—a little scary, a bit futuristic, sometimes funny, often adventurous, and always (we hope) compelling.

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Check Out All the Tor Books Events at New York Comic-Con 2016!

Tor Books is storming New York Comic-Con and BookCon! From October 6-9, 2016, Tor Books will be at Booth #2136, offering you a chance to meet your favorite authors and pick up free books.

We’ve got a great lineup with appearances by John Scalzi, Fran Wilde, Paul Cornell, and more. Our authors will also be all around town at panels, from YA authors V.E. Schwab and Sarah Porter throwing down to Amberlough author Lara Elena Donnelly discussing diversity and class systems in fantasy. Click through for the full schedule!

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Range of Ghosts by Elizabeth Bear is the Ebook Club Pick for October!

Around the 1st of each month (the 3rd, in this instance) the eBook Club gives away a free sci-fi/fantasy ebook to club subscribers.

We’re happy to announce that the pick for October 2016 is: RANGE OF GHOSTS, the first book in Elizabeth Bear’s “Eternal Sky” historical fantasy trilogy!

Overhead, the heavenly bodies in the sky reflect the primacy of the land’s ruler, and the given faith of its people.

So what happens when the sky…changes?

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Revealing Jo Walton’s An Informal History of the Hugos

We’re pleased to share the cover for Jo Walton’s An Informal History of the Hugos, publishing in July 2017 with Tor Books. The book collects a series of essays written by Walton—herself a winner of the Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards—for, surveying the Hugo finalists and winners from 1953 up to the year 2000. Engaged, passionate, and consistently entertaining, this is an excellent companion to Walton’s previous essay collection, What Makes This Book So Great.

Learn more about the collection and check out the full cover below!

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Fiction Affliction: October Releases in Science Fiction

Thirty-two books take us to space, the future, and beyond in October, including Laurie Penny’s novella Everything Belongs to the Future; E.K. Johnston’s Star Wars: Ahsoka, about the fan-favorite character; and the second Illuminae Files book, Gemina. The month also brings new books from Wesley Chu, Mira Grant, and Walter Jon Williams, so get reading already!

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Visit First Second at New York Comic-Con 2016!

First Second Books will be exhibiting at New York Comic-Con and BookCon October 6-9, 2016 at Booth #2239! But that’s not all—they also have a great group of authors, illustrators, and comics professionals appearing at panels on each day of NYCC and BookCon, discussing SFF worldbuilding and comics in real life, as well as celebrating First Second’s 10th anniversary! First Second will also be doing in-booth signings and giveaways.

Be sure to stop by and say hello, and check out all of their programming below. (And for more updates, follow along on First Second’s Tumblr.)

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Fiction Affliction: October Releases in Fantasy

Fifty fantasy books fly onto the shelves this month, including a new entry in Garth Nix’s Old Kingdom; the 20th anniversary edition of A Game of Thrones; Ken Liu’s The Wall of Storms; and Kai Ashante Wilson’s A Taste of Honey. Sequels and series titles about, but there are stand-alones hidden in these lists, too—including new books from Keith Donohue and Daniel Polansky, and a gorgeous collection of Grimm-inspired art from Shaun Tan.

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Brent Weeks Gives Dates for Blood Mirror Book Tour!

Brent Weeks’s The Blood Mirror will be released on October 25th in the US! To welcome the fourth book of his Lightbringer series in style, Weeks will be on tour in late October and early November. Check the list below to see if he’ll be swinging by your neck of the woods!

Weeks is also looking for Blackguard Captains to be help out and the signings—they’ll be rewarded with front row seats and more, so check below for details….

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This Week: NYC Meet-Up! Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 6 PM.

It’s been a while, but we’re having a meet-up! This week! Wednesday, September 28th. 6 PM to 9 PM. Second floor of Professor Thom’s bar in NYC, 2nd Ave between 13th and 14th. No cover, obviously. You can get the full details and RSVP over on Facebook! See you there?

One other thing: We tend to leave lots and lots and lots of books laying around our meet-ups, free for the taking. Tote as you will.

(An other, other thing: We’ve had questions regarding bringing tabletop games. We are SUPER INTO THAT but there’s not really gonna be any room for it. Sorry!)