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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.

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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Announcing the 2016 Nebula Awards Winners

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the 2016 Nebula Awards winners (presented in 2017), as well as the winners for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation and Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The winners were announced at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s 51st Annual Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, which took place from Thursday, May 18th through Sunday, May 21st at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center.

The winners and nominees are as follows:

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Explore New Universes with Tor.com Publishing’s Summer of Space Opera Sampler

Blast off into adventure with psychic powers, half-human revolutions, haunted luxury spaceships, murderous sentient robots, and genetic experiments! Tor.com Publishing’s free Summer of Space Opera sampler includes excerpts from five short works that will be lighting up the stars in Summer 2017:

  • Starfire: A Red Peace by Spencer Ellsworth
  • The Ghost Line by Andrew Neil Gray and J. S. Herbison
  • Acadie by Dave Hutchinson
  • All Systems Red by Martha Wells
  • Killing Gravity by Corey J. White

You can download the free sampler at the links below, or from your preferred ebook retailer:

iBooks  |  Kindle  |  Nook

The Tor.com “Hugo Bundle” Offers Lots of Books For Only $20

Tor.com Publishing has a rare ebook bundle up now that contains 4 novellas, 2 novelettes, and 3 short stories for only $20! This “Hugo bundle” is now available for purchase at your preferred ebook retailer.

What’s a “Hugo bundle”?

Voting in the Hugo Awards entails becoming a member of that year’s hosting Worldcon. That membership fee includes admission to the convention, the right to cast a ballot for the Hugo Awards, and ebook downloads of the written works of all the award finalists.

Considering that there are around 100 nominated works every year, and that some of those works include entire series of books (like the 15-volume Wheel of Time a few years ago or, this year, the 5-volume Craft Sequence), membership in that year’s Worldcon doubles as one of the biggest book sales in the entire sci-fi/fantasy industry!

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Jo Walton’s Next Book is a Big Space Adventure: Announcing Poor Relations

Award-winning speculative fiction writer Jo Walton explores futuristic science fiction in Poor Relations, a tale of relentless social climbing throughout the solar system.

Described by Walton as “Mansfield Park on Mars,” Poor Relations is an eye-opening exploration of social and financial precarity, deeply pertinent to today.

“When it came down to it, you couldn’t legislate against the economics of sex and gender any more than you could legislate against people being poor.”

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Announcing the 2017 Locus Award Finalists

Locus Magazine has announced the finalists in each category of the 2017 Locus Awards! The winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle, WA, June 23-25, 2017; Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony.

We are honored to see various Tor Books and Tor.com Publishing authors and titles nominated. Click through for the complete list of finalists. Congratulations to all the nominees!

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How Does Humanity Make First Contact With Plants? Revealing Semiosis by Sue Burke

After humanity arrives on the planet Pax, only mutual communication can forge an alliance with the planet’s sentient species and prove that mammals are more than tools.

Forced to land on a planet they aren’t prepared for, human colonists rely on their limited resources to survive. The planet provides a lush but inexplicable landscape—trees offer edible, addictive fruit one day and poison the next, while the ruins of an alien race are found entwined in the roots of a strange plant. Conflicts between generations arise as they struggle to understand one another and grapple with an unknowable alien intellect.

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The Tor.com Free Ebook for May is A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

The universe has a natural limit on the speed of light…but what if it does the same for the speed of thought?

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 May 2017 is Vernor Vinge’s now-classic space opera A Fire Upon The Deep!

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Presenting Beneath the Sugar Sky, the Third Book of Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children Series

On January 9, 2018, Beneath the Sugar Sky, the third book in Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children series, returns to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children in a standalone contemporary fantasy for fans of all ages. At this magical boarding school, children who have experienced fantasy adventures are reintroduced to the “real” world.

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Vernor Vinge’s Space Opera A Fire Upon The Deep is the Tor.com eBook Club Pick for May!

The universe has a natural limit on the speed of light…but what if it does the same for the speed of thought?

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 May 2017 is Vernor Vinge’s now-classic space opera A Fire Upon The Deep!

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Check out the Retro-Future in Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom

Rockets, robots, death rays, mad science—the future that never was is back! Bradley W. Schenck’s Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom is a hilarious take on retrofuturism, and we’re pleased to show off some of Schenck’s interior illustrations. Plus check out the book’s chapter titles, which take us on a pulp adventure journey from Spider Gods and Savage Planets to Forbidden Laboratories, and beyond!

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Revealing the Cover for Seanan McGuire’s The Brightest Fell

We’re excited to share the cover for Seanan McGuire’s The Brightest Fell, the eleventh book in her Hugo-nominated urban fantasy series starring October Daye, a half-fae misfit who finds herself drawn back into the affairs of her magical kin. After the events of Once Broken Faith, Toby enjoys a brief respite before an unexpected guest arrives to seriously ruin her day…

Get more details and check out the full cover by series artist Chris McGrath below!

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2016 Shirley Jackson Award Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 2016 Shirley Jackson Award have been announced! Awarded every year in recognition of Shirley Jackson’s legacy, the awards honor exceptional work in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and dark fantasy. We’re thrilled to announce that two Tor.com Originals (Indrapramit Das’ “Breaking Water” and Stephen Graham Jones’ “The Night Cyclist“) were nominated for Best Novelette, while three Tor.com Publishing titles (The Ballad of Black Tom, The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe, and The Warren) are up for Best Novella. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

The 2016 Shirley Jackson Awards will be presented on Sunday, July 16, at Readercon 28.

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All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in May

This month’s genre-bending releases feature a lot of worlds that never were—or almost, but not quite, look familiar. A time traveler slips to 1945; Word War II is rewritten by the earlier invention of the atomic bomb; hippos swim in the rivers of the US. Haruki Murakami releases a new short story collection; Scott Westerfeld presents his new graphic novel; Alex Flynn brings the Misshapes trilogy to a close; Ellen Klages’ short fiction is collected into Wicked Wonders. And did we mention the hippos?

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