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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.

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.

Dan Wells Talks the I Am Not a Serial Killer Movie and Critiques Stranger Things in His Reddit AMA

Like Windwitch author Susan Dennard, Dan Wells recently swung by Reddit’s r/fantasy for an AMA (Ask Me Anything) thread to raise awareness for The Pixel Project, a virtual nonprofit devoted to raising awareness as well as funds and volunteer power to end violence against women. For Wells, this AMA was exceptionally well-timed with the release of I Am Not a Serial Killer, the indie movie adaptation of his novel about teenage sociopath John Wayne Cleaver. The movie, starring Where the Wild Things Are‘s Max Records and Christopher Lloyd, comes to limited theaters and Video OnDemand today; check out the trailer.

Of the movie, Wells said, “I have seen it four times, including the premiere at SXSW, and I say without any bias or exaggeration that it is the sum of all human achievement. I love it, and so will you.” If that’s not enough to convince you, our highlights of Wells’ Reddit AMA include plenty of talk about the movie and the books that inspired it. Plus, as one-quarter of the Writing Excuses podcast, Wells discusses how he would approach second-world fantasy and near-future sci-fi, while ribbing his co-host and longtime buddy Brandon Sanderson, who drops in for the AMA. Read all of the highlights below!

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Join Author Nisi Shawl on her Everfair Tour!

Next month, Nisi Shawl is heading out on tour with her new novel, Everfair, a Neo-Victorian alternate history that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium’s disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Shawl tells her story through a multiplicity of characters from Africans to Europeans to East Asians to African Americans, all in complex relationships with one another, in a compelling range of voices that have historically been silenced.

Everfair is available September 6th from Tor Books, and you can read an excerpt from the novel here on Tor.com. Click through for the full September tour schedule to see if she’s coming to your town!

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Susan Dennard Talks Epic Female Friendship and Brainstorms a Dragon Age Novel in Her Reddit AMA

Truthwitch author Susan Dennard is one of many authors donating her time to Reddit’s r/fantasy for The Pixel Project, a virtual nonprofit devoted to raising awareness as well as funds and volunteer power to end violence against women. Dennard’s AMA (Ask Me Anything) thread is the first of a two-part involvement with The Pixel Project; she’ll join almost a dozen other authors—including Max Gladstone and V.E. Schwab—in the Read for Pixels campaign in September. During a live Google Hangout, authors will read from their books and discuss why they support ending violence against women, their own writing, and women in pop culture; there will also be a live moderated Q&A session.

Speaking of Q&As, Dennard’s Reddit AMA was much like her last visit to r/fantasy: a mix of writing advice, Robin Hobb fangirling, some insights into Truthwitch and its forthcoming sequel Windwitch, and plenty of geeking out over video games—this time it’s Dragon Age: Inquisition instead of Fallout. Read on for the highlights!

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Announcing Tor Books Germany and Tor.com Germany

We are excited to announce that Tor Books is setting up shop in Germany, complete with a German equivalent to short fiction publisher/non-fiction magazine Tor.com!

The new label, called FISCHER Tor, will be the German counterpart of Tor Books, also publishing SF/F-books for a wide range of readers. The accompanying online magazine, Tor Online, launched on August 1st and aims to become the definitive German webpage for science fiction, fantasy and pop culture.

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Announcing the 2016 Hugo Award Winners

The winners for the 2016 Hugo Awards and the 1941 Retro Hugo Awards have been announced. You can read the full list below.

The 2016 Hugo Awards were presented on the evening of Saturday, August 20, 2016 at a ceremony at MidAmeriCon II, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention. Administration of the 2016 Hugo Awards is exclusively the responsibility of MidAmeriCon II.

Voting on the final ballot was open to all Attending, Young Adult, and Supporting members of MidAmeriCon II. The works or individuals with the five highest nominating ballot counts who did not decline nomination went on to the short list of finalists.

4032 valid nominating ballots (4015 electronically-submitted and 17 paper) were received and counted. Members of the 2015, 2016, and 2017 Worldcons as of the end of January 2016 were eligible to make up to five equally-weighted nominations in each category.

The voting statistics for the 2016 Hugo Awards are available here.

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Revealing the Print Edition of Bookburners from SAGA Press

We’re excited to share the cover of Bookburners, a collaborative novel featuring the talents of Max Gladstone, Margaret Dunlap, Mur Lafferty, and Brian Francis Slattery. It’s Supernatural meets The Da Vinci Code in this critically acclaimed urban fantasy about a secret team of agents that hunts down dangerous books containing deadly magic—previously released in 16 online installments by Serial Box, and available in print on January 10, 2017 from SAGA Press!

Learn more about the novel below, and check out the full cover by artist Marko Manev and designer Michael McCartney.

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Announcing the 2016 Aurora Awards Winners

The CSFFA (Canadian Science Fiction and Fantasy Association) announced the winners for the 2016 Aurora Awards at Canvention, hosted by When Worlds Collide in Calgary, Alberta. Honoring the best works and activities done by Canadians in 2015, the Aurora Awards recognize both professional works and fan works.

The list of nominees and winners is below. Winners for each category appear in bold.

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Revealing the Cover for Aliette de Bodard’s The House of Binding Thorns

We’re excited to share the cover for The House of Binding Thorns, the sequel to Aliette de Bodard’s award-winning The House of Shattered Wings, a dark Gothic fantasy set in a decayed and dangerous Paris riven between magical factions. As the city rebuilds in the aftermath of war, the Great Houses all vie for control of the capital. Available in April 2017 from Roc.

Check out the full cover below, as Aliette joins us to explain some of the visual inspiration and meaning behind the design.

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Fantasy Author Stephen R. Donaldson is Back with a New Trilogy!

Anne Sowards, Executive Editor at Berkley, has acquired The Great God’s War, a new high fantasy trilogy by New York Times and international bestselling author Stephen R. Donaldson. Sowards bought North American rights from Howard Morhaim at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency Inc. The first novel in the trilogy, Seventh Decimate, is scheduled to be published in hardcover in Fall 2017.

Set in a visionary new world in the midst of a magical war, the trilogy follows a prince who embarks on a desperate quest to find a sorcerous library that holds the knowledge required to save his kingdom. The prince’s journey is told in an intricate tale filled with Donaldson’s trademark ingenious worldbuilding, strong characterization, and riveting storytelling.

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Fiction Affliction: Genre-Benders for August

Twenty-one genre-hopping, bending, dancing, mashing, and otherwise mixing-up books join the uncategorizable category this month. Hang out with nature in Drew Magary’s The Hike or Ali Shaw’s The Trees; investigate some out-there threats with the FBI in Chuck Wendig’s Invasive; explore the Curioddity of comics-writer-turned-novelist Paul Jenkins; and pick up the latest from China Miéville. It’s a good month to get a little weird.

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See S.B. Divya and Greg van Eekhout at Mysterious Galaxy!

Don’t miss your chance to see Runtime author S.B. Divya and Greg van Eekhout, author of the Daniel Blackland series, at Mysterious Galaxy in San Diego this Saturday, August 6th, at 2 pm! These two authors explore SFF in uniquely Californian settings, and they’ll be signing, reading from, and discussing their work.

Get a head start on the Minerva Sierra Challenge (the cyborg’s Tour de France) with this excerpt from Runtime, and enter the Kingdom of Southern California by reading the first chapter of California Bones, the first book in the Daniel Blackland series!

RSVP on Facebook here!