Feb 1 2012 12:30pm

Coming Soon: Some of the Best of, a Free Mini Ebook Anthology

Some of the Best of in 2011We have collected a few of our favorite stories from 2011 and put them together in a mini free ebook, free for downloading. Of course, you can always read the stories for free right here, whenever you’d like, but for those that like to move about Some of the Best of 2011 will be available Feb 14th. Kindle readers can pre-order now, it will be available at other retailers on the 14th. 





The Table of Contents


Short Stories:

A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel” by Yoon Ha Lee

Among the universe’s civilizations, some conceive of the journey between stars as the sailing of bright ships, and others as tunneling through the crevices of night.  Some look upon their far-voyaging as a migratory imperative, and name their vessels after birds or butterflies....


Hello, Moto” by Nnedi Okorafor

There is witchcraft in science and a science to witchcraft. Both will conspire against you eventually.


Ragnarok,“ an epic poem by Paul Park

A tale of post-apocalyptic Iceland, told in the manner of the ancient verse Eddas. After the end of the world, there’s still love. And revenge.


The Dala Horse“ by Michael Swanwick

Long after the wars, there are things abroad in the world—things more than human. And they have scores to settle with one another.



Six Months, Three Days” by Charlie Jane Anders

The man who can see the future has a date with the woman who can see many possible futures.


A Clean Sweep With All the Trimmings” by James Alan Gardner

A Damon Runyon-esque tale of courteous guys, bulletproof dolls, and the fedora-clad spacemen that bring them together.


Beauty Belongs to the Flowers” by Matthew Sanborn Smith

In Miho’s world, nanos, plastic surgery, and robot girlfriends can fix just about anything…or break it.




Shtetl Days” by Harry Turtledove

Professional actors Veit Harlan and his wife Kristi are happy citizens of the prosperous, triumphant Reich. It’s been over a century since the War of Retribution cleaned up Europe, long enough that now curious tourists flock to the painstakingly recreated ”village“ of Wawolnice, where—along with dozens of colleagues—Veit and Kristi re-enact the daily life of the long-exterminated but still frightening ”Jews."

Veit and Kristi are true professionals, proud of their craft. They’ve learned all there is to know about this vanished way of life. They know the dead languages, the turns of phrase, the prayers, the manners, the food. But now they’re beginning to learn what happens when you immerse yourself long enough in something real...


Jim @anoved
1. Jim @anoved
Looks like a great collection. I missed a number of these when they came out so I look forward to reading them.
Jim @anoved
2. European
Thanks! But, er, does not allow me to preorder, saying that it's "not currently available". Is that because I'm in Europe?
Michael Ellis
3. mkellis
This looks very cool. One question: any chance of getting it in a non-DRM'ed ePub edition (through your publishing system of choice)?
Irene Gallo
5. Irene
i Byzkitt,

As we mentioned, it will be available through the other retailers (iBooks, Nook, etc.) however, Amazon system allows people to pre-order. The others have different rules and timing. By the 14th, it should be in all US accounts.


I'm afraid we do not have European distribution rights. All the stories are, howver, still alavailbe to read on the site through the links above.
Jose Solis
6. bludemos
Uh... From Amazon: "Not currently available" ... here in Mexico, at least...
7. nenssa
Pre-ordered! Thank you so much for putting this together.
Jim @anoved
8. KaranR
Ragnarok's link points to Hello, Moto
Jim @anoved
9. Patrik919
Hello Irene, your with TOR, and don't know how to use spellcheck. It's like using a typewriter without a backspace.Why not say," Your a peon"?
Alexander Gieg
10. alexgieg
As usual, some more of American publishers' typical geographism:
"You're... NOT... withIN AMERICA!? Sorry, but we only serve InAmericans here! Next!"
Irene Gallo
11. Irene
I am with Tor and just about the worst speller you're likely to meet. For some reason they have yet to fire me. Thanks for the heads-up on the typos.
Jim @anoved
12. Patrik919
Irene, my bad. All apologies, just having fun.
Jim @anoved
13. Punsive1
Preordered from Amazon in California - no problems. This is a really cool idea - keep it up, Tor!
Jim @anoved
14. gilmae
I can read them for free on the web when I live outside of America, but I can't read them for free on my kindle when I live outside of the USA. Except...when I instapaper them, then I can read them for free on my Kindle, or my iPad, or whatever. Makes sense.

But don't worry, Tor, since you don't have rights to distribute them outside of North America, I totally won't Instapaper them and read them offline on my Kindle. I wouldn't want to get you in trouble.
Jim @anoved
15. DGT
Just to let someone know I've unsubscribed from the TOR.COM email. I'm sick of being 2nd class for not being in America. I wont be buying any more TOR eBooks (let alone paper books) until this gets sorted. Rediculous that I can order the paper version to be sent to me in England but not the eBook!
Please contact me once you find the 21st century.
Hope you don't go bust in the mean time.
Jim @anoved
16. JGS
The rest of the world thanks Tor for allowing Instapaper!
Jim @anoved
17. ymmv
I can buy a paper book from every (online) retailer on the planet. I've bought tons of old fashioned regular paper books from, B&N, etc. But when it comes to ebooks, I'm suddenly a second class customer. Oh wait, I'm not even that, because I simply can't buy any digital content.

When will publishers adjust to the digital age and realize the world is bigger than just the US? That includes Tor books!
Jim @anoved
18. Mongolian death worm
It took me what, an hour to put all the text into a word file and build a mobi to be read on kindle. For free. Indignation can be a cathartic thing, but when you have the option of actually reading all that stuff for free easily, it makes you look a bit stupid and lazy.

Wah wah. Some people really have problems.

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