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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.

Celebrate Women Artists in Science Fiction and Fantasy at the Society of Illustrators!

On June 8th, a new exhibit curated by Tor’s own Irene Gallo and Orbit Books’ Lauren Panepinto opens at the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators, turning a spotlight on the incredibly rich array of science fiction and fantasy art created by women, from established icons in the field to new and upcoming artists. Point of Vision: Celebrating Women Artists in Fantasy and Science Fiction will run until August 20th; the opening reception is June 10th and is open to the public.

[Learn more and preview some of the art!]

Here’s a Chance to Win a Magical Pile of Books!

We’re giving you a chance to win every book we’ve published from our launch in September 2015 to the first week of June—from Kai Ashante Wilson’s The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps to Malka Older’s Infomocracy. That’s right: Every. Single. Book. Our line includes everything from contemporary fantasy to spine-tingling horror to science fiction adventure, and we want to give one lucky winner the chance to brag to all of their friends about having the whole Tor.com Publishing line on their bookshelf.

Just go here to sign up for the Tor.com Publishing newsletter and enter to win your very own novella library, and head below for a complete list of what you might win!

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Revealing the Cover for Cory Doctorow’s Walkaway

We’re excited to share the cover for Walkaway, Cory Doctorow’s first adult novel in eight years! Available in April 2017 from Tor Books, Walkaway is an epic tale of revolution, love, post-scarcity, and the end of death. In this multi-generation SF thriller Doctorow describes as “a utopian disaster novel,” he envisions a near-future in which technological advancements allow humans to simply walk away from oppressive economic and authority systems.

Learn more about the novel below, and check out the full cover by artist Will Staehle!

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M.R. Carey Talks The Girl With All the Gifts Movie and Myth vs. Reality in His Reddit AMA

While we’ve only known for about a year or so that M.R. Carey’s The Girl With All the Gifts was coming to the big screen, it turns out that Carey was writing the screenplay while plotting out the novel years ago! Which means that the movie—set to be released later this year in the UK, and hopefully soon in the U.S.—plays with perspective in a way that the novel didn’t, making for a different telling of a celebrated addition to the zombie genre. This is just one tidbit from Carey’s recent AMA (Ask Me Anything) thread in Reddit’s r/books subreddit, which covered plenty about the movie (including diverse casting choices) and the next form the book should take (Carey is all for a graphic novel version).

Carey also discussed his new novel Fellside: how he came up with this ghostly prison story, and what similarities its protagonist Jess shares with young Melanie. Not to mention some nostalgic musings on his work on Lucifer and The Unwritten… Read on for the highlights! (Beware, there are some spoilers for The Girl With All the Gifts in the questions and answers.)

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Support the 2016 Con or Bust Auction By Bidding on Amazing Prizes!

It’s time once again for Con or Bust! The annual auction, administered by Kate Nepveu, raises funds to help people of color/non-white people attend SFF conventions. Con or Bust, Inc. is dedicated to increasing ethnic diversity in the SFF community, and holds this annual online auction to help fans of color attend the SFF con of their choosing. As always, they’re offering a wide range of fabulous prizes, including rare Wheel of Time art, publishing prize packs, signed first editions, and handmade gifts.

The auction closes at 4:00pm on Sunday, June 5th, so get your bids in soon!

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See Every Heart a Doorway Author Seanan McGuire in New York City!

We’re excited to announce that Seanan McGuire will appear at Kinokuniya Bookstore in Midtown Manhattan on Saturday, June 11th at 3 p.m. to discuss Every Heart a Doorway, her Tor.com Publishing novella about what becomes of the children who step through to other realities, only to lose the portals to the fantastical homes they’ve found. (Read an excerpt here.) Copies of Every Heart a Doorway, as well as many of Seanan’s other titles, will be available for buying and signing!

Come spend a summer afternoon with Seanan and the Tor.com crew talking about portal fantasies, Narnia vs. Neverland, and the multiverse of magical worlds near beautiful Bryant Park. RSVP here!

Announcing John Scalzi’s Next Book: The Collapsing Empire

Tor Books is very happy to reveal The Collapsing Empire, author John Scalzi’s next book, a space opera coming to bookshelves in 2017 and available for pre-order now.

Our universe is ruled by physics and faster than light travel is not possible—until the discovery of The Flow, an extra-dimensional field we can access at certain points in space-time that transport us to other worlds, other stars.

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Get the Chance to Win Every Book Tor.com Publishing Has Ever Published!

If you’ve been following the news from Tor.com Publishing, you know we’ve been releasing new novellas from writers like Victor LaValle, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, and Nnedi Okorafor (who just won the Nebula Award for Binti!). Our line includes everything from contemporary fantasy to spine-tingling horror to science fiction adventure, and we want to give one lucky winner the chance to brag to all of their friends about having the whole Tor.com Publishing line on their bookshelf.

We’re giving you a chance to win every book we’ve published from our launch in September 2015 to the first week of June, from Kai Ashante Wilson’s The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps to Malka Older’s Infomocracy. That’s right: Every. Single. Book.

Just go here to sign up for the Tor.com Publishing newsletter and enter to win your very own novella library!

Revealing the Magical Rainforest of Thoraiya Dyer’s Crossroads of Canopy

We’re excited to show off the cover for Crossroads of Canopy, the highly-anticipated fantasy debut from Aurealis and Ditmar Award-winning author Thoraiya Dyer. Set in a giant mythical rainforest controlled by living gods, Crossroads of Canopy is the first installment of the Titan’s Forest trilogy—publishing January 2017 from Tor Books!

Below, get a full look at the cover art—both with and without text—by renowned genre artist Marc Simonetti. Plus, author Thoraiya Dyer shares her thoughts on both the design and overcoming the persistent superstition that green covers are “newstand poison.”

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Revealing Brian Evenson’s Mind-Bending Novella, The Warren

We’re excited to share the cover for Brian Evenson’s The Warren, with art by Victor Mosquera. Evenson is a master of literary horror whose work has been featured in NPR, Vice, and The New Yorker, among others.

Available in September from Tor.com Publishing, The Warren is a tense, thoughtful exploration of a battle for survival between two beings with competing claims to humanity. Learn more about the novella below, and check out the full cover design!

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Todd Lockwood Talks Illustrating (and Writing) Fantasy and a New Kind of Dragon in His Reddit AMA

You know Todd Lockwood’s gorgeous art from the ebook cover of The Gathering Storm and his fantastic illustrations of all the dragons in Marie Brennan’s A Natural History of Dragons series. Now, Lockwood is introducing his own take on those mythical creatures with The Summer Dragon, the first installment of a new epic fantasy series. You can read an excerpt and glimpse a handful of the 21 interior illustrations.

And now, Lockwood has taken to Reddit’s r/fantasy for an AMA about his favorite Magic: The Gathering cards to illustrate, his experience going from “planning a book of art to arting a planned book,” and excitedly chatting with Redditors about exactly which part of The Summer Dragon they’re currently reading. Read on for the highlights!

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Announcing the 2015 Nebula Award Winners

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the 2015 Nebula Awards winners (presented 2016), 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 Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s Annual Nebula Awards Weekend was held at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, Illinois, from May 12th through May 15th, 2016. The weekend included tours and workshops, plus the prestigious 50th Annual Nebula Awards hosted by comedian John Hodgman, taking place on May 14th.

 

Nominees are listed below, with winners in bold.

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Announcing Cold Counsel by Chris Sharp

Tor.com is proud to announce that Tor Books Associate Editor Jennifer Gunnels has acquired Cold Counsel, a new novel from Chris Sharp. Cold Counsel follows Slud, the last Troll of the Blood Claw Clan. He has been raised as an instrument of vengeance by his Aunt Agnes, but she’s created more than she bargained for. On his quest to exact revenge from the Rock Wolf goblin clan, Slud is reluctantly joined by a antisocial and indestructible goblin warrior, a power-hungry goblin mage, the last wolf descended from Fenris, a scribe, and the powerful entity who used to be his Aunt Agnes.

Every one of these characters is flawed, unscrupulous, and ruthless—and all the more delightful for it. It’s Conan the Barbarian meets Tolkien!

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Series: Editorially Speaking