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Visit First Second at SDCC 2015!

First Second Books will be exhibiting at San Diego Comic-Con at Booth #1323! But that’s not all – they also have a great group of authors and comics professional appearing at panels on each day of SDCC, plus a day of informative programming scheduled for Saturday’s special “Kids Comics Publishers Library Day at San Diego Central Library”!

Be sure to stop by and say hello, and check out all of their programming below!

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Send in the Clones! Thirteen Books About Genetic Duplicates

We love stories about clones because they can go in so many different directions. Are the clones the heroes, oppressed people just fighting for understanding? Or are they not-quite-human usurpers, looking to replace a human in their own life? Were they created to save humanity from an apocalyptic future? Or are they a doomed immortality scheme, teaching us mortals the folly of tampering in God’s domain? It should come as no surprise that sometimes these tales are all of the above…

We’ve rounded up thirteen of our favorite clone stories below, but be sure to add your own picks in the comments!

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Join John Scalzi on The End of All Things Tour!

Join Hugo-award winning author John Scalzi on his upcoming tour for The End of All Things—set in the Old Man’s War universe and the direct sequel to The Human Division. Humans expanded into space, only to find a universe populated with multiple alien species bent on their destruction. Thus was the Colonial Union formed, to help protect us from a hostile universe…

The End of All Things will be available in hardcover and compiled ebook on August 11, and Tor.com is pleased to feature excerpts from all four novella-length episodes.

The tour begins this August, so check out the full schedule below and see if Scalzi’s coming to a town near you!

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The Wheel of Time Companion: “Serafelle Tanisloe”

The story of The Wheel of Time spans fifteen books, but the fantasy world which that story resides within is more complex and detailed than even those books could relate. Readers will be privy to those details on November 3, when the The Wheel of Time Companion encyclopedia arrives in stores, but you can get a sneak peek now.

Today we’re revealing the entry for Aes Sedai Serafelle Tanisloe. Although the character played only a bit part in The Great Hunt, Serafelle nonetheless had a backstory informing her actions; one that didn’t make it into the books. Serafelle’s entry also provides a way for readers to test the power chart recently revealed in the “Strength in the One Power” entry!

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The Wheel of Time Companion, Spin the Wheel #1 Entry: “Strength in the One Power”

On November 3, The Wheel of Time Companion encyclopedia will reveal some of Robert Jordan’s worldbuilding files (and by “some” we mean “800+ pages worth”), but you can get a sneak peek now on Tor.com!

The “Spin the Wheel” series on Tor.com gives readers a chance to choose which entries get revealed in these sneak peeks and it looks like our first randomly generated pick is a big one! Congrats to Comment #11 Samadai for selecting “Men’s One Power scale”!

And congrats to Wheel of Time readers, because that means they get the entirety of the “Strength in the One Power” entry, which details how power levels work for both men and women!

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Visit Tor Books at San Diego Comic Con 2015!

Tor Books has just released its line-up for this year’s San Diego Comic Con International, including appearances by Brandon Sanderson, Charlie Jane Anders, and Susan Dennard! As always, Tor Books will be hosting in-booth signings and giveaways, offering you a chance to meet your favorite authors and pick up free books*—you’ll find all the excitement at Tor Books’ Booth 2707.

For excerpts, a spotlight on our newest authors, panel schedules, giveaway times and much more, please visit www.torbooks2015.com. And don’t forget to follow Tor Books on Twitter for up to date information and last minute events!

Check below for the full schedule—we can’t wait to see you in San Diego!

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Spin the Wheel and Preview The Wheel of Time Companion

The story of The Wheel of Time spans fifteen books, but the fantasy world which that story resides within is more complex and detailed than even those books could relate. Only a fraction of what author Robert Jordan imagined ended up on the page, the rest going into his personal files.

On November 3, The Wheel of Time Companion encyclopedia will open those files, but you can get a sneak peek now.

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Revealing the Covers for The Builders and The Last Witness

Have you been keeping up with Tor.com’s week of cover reveals? You can check out covers for the new novellas from Kai Ashante Wilson, Nnedi Okorafor, Paul Cornell, and Michael R. Underwood on io9, plus get a look at the cover for Alter S Reiss’ Sunset Mantle on A Dribble of Ink, Sylvia Spruck Wrigley’s Domnall and the Borrowed Child at the B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog, and Angela Slatter’s Of Sorrow and Such and Matt Wallace’s Envy of Angels right here on Tor.com.

We’ve been saving some great covers for last. Today we’re revealing covers for K. J. Parker’s The Last Witness and Daniel Polansky’s The Builders. Click through for the scariest mouse you’ve ever seen.

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Christopher Lee, 1922 – 2015

We are saddened to report the passing of actor Sir Christopher Lee. He was 93 years old.

Lee was born on May 27, 1922, and took to the stage almost immediately, playing Rumpelstiltskin in grade school. After service in World War II, he began seeking work as a professional actor, and spent about a decade playing supporting roles, and ended up appearing in over 30 films during this “apprenticeship” period. He also made his first appearance beside frequent co-star Peter Cushing when he played a ‘spear carrier’ role in Laurence Olivier’s Hamlet, while Cushing played Osric. In 1957 he again appeared with Cushing, this time playing the monster in The Curse of Frankenstein in his first film for Hammer Studios. Finally, in 1958, Lee came to the role that would make him famous: Dracula in The Horror of Dracula. He continued to play the character for the next 15 years, despite the fact that he felt the role gave him “nothing to do” as an actor.

In 1973 he made the film that would become his personal favorite, the horror classic The Wicker Man. He loved the script (and the role of Lord Summerisle) so much that he performed in the film for free. He began edging away from horror films after that, appearing as Bond villain Francisco Scaramanga in The Man with the Golden Gun, and finally moving to America to try for a larger variety of roles.

In the 2000s he gave two iconic performances in two different science fiction and fantasy franchises. He played a chilling and powerful Saruman in Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, and did most of his own swordplay as Count Dooku in George Lucas’ Star Wars prequel trilogy. These two roles introduced him to a whole new audience of younger science fiction and fantasy fans. He also played several roles for Tim Burton, including Willy Wonka’s dentist father, in Burton’s adaptation of Dahl’s classic, and the Jabberwocky in Alice in Wonderland. He also reprised his role as Saruman when Jackson adapted The Hobbit into a trilogy. An accomplished singer, Lee also recorded a trilogy of heavy metal albums between 2012 and 2014.

Lee was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire “for services to Drama” in 2001. In 2009 he was knighted for services to drama and charity, and in 2011, Lee was honored with a tribute by University College Dublin on the 164th anniversary of the birth of Bram Stoker. He was awarded the Bram Stoker Gold Medal by the Trinity College Philosophical Society, of which Stoker was President, and a copy of Collected Ghost Stories of M.R. James by Trinity College’s School of English. Also in 2011, he was made a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters by the government of France.

Christopher Lee was one of the highest grossing actors of all time, he created iconic performances in some of the greatest genre films of all time, and gave audiences a new definition of horror with his chilling voice. He was an indispensable part of the film community, and he will be greatly missed.

Revealing the Covers for Of Sorrow and Such and Envy of Angels

Have you been keeping up with Tor.com’s week of cover reveals? You can check out covers for the new novellas from Kai Ashante Wilson, Nnedi Okorafor, Paul Cornell, and Michael R. Underwood on io9, plus get a look at the cover for Alter S Reiss’ Sunset Mantle on A Dribble of Ink, and Sylvia Spruck Wrigley’s Domnall and the Borrowed Child at the B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog.

With all the excitement, we couldn’t help but join in the fun. Today we’re revealing covers for Angela Slatter’s Of Sorrow and Such and Matt Wallace’s Envy of Angels. These two books present two drastically different takes on the paranormal, and we have two amazing and distinct covers to match!

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Announcing the 2014 Nebula Awards Winners!

The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the 2014 Nebula Awards winners (presented 2015), as well as the honorees for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the winners for the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

This year’s Nebula Awards Showcase took place from June 4 to 7 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago and was hosted by toastmaster Nick Offerman, who presumably taught the crowd how to fashion a sturdy canoe from their event program before departing in a stern cloud of whiskey musk.

Congratulations to all of the nominees! Your canoes look great.

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Things We Know and Things We’ll Never Know: A Conversation with Max Gladstone and Kit Reed

Recently, friends and Tor authors Kit Reed and Max Gladstone sat down to discuss Kit’s new novel, Where. Based around the sudden and enigmatic disappearance of an entire coastal town on the Outer Banks of Carolina, Where was inspired by mysteries like the ghost ship Mary Celeste and the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island.

Kit and Max, whose Craft Sequence novel Last First Snow arrives from Tor Books in July, talked about the connection between fiction and mysticism, why authors tend to read in the genre they write, and conversations that books have amongst themselves.

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Visit Tor/Forge Books at the 2015 American Library Association Conference!

The 2015 ALA Annual Conference takes place June 26-29 in San Francisco, and Tor/Forge Books has an exciting schedule filled with panels, author events, and book signings. Find out what speculative fiction gets right (and wrong) about technological innovation; hear from YALSA’s 2015 Alex Award winner John Scalzi and Stonewall Book Award honoree Jo Walton; and even participate in a speed-dating event with children’s authors and illustrators. Tor/Forge Books will be at booth #1013 for signings and more; stop by and say hello!

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