Aug 1 2013 9:30am
Five Years of Stories Free Download Extended!

Download Five Years of Stories on Tor.comTo celebrate our fifth birthday, assembled the last five years of our award-winning original fiction into downloadable ebook files!

This ebook is free to’s registered users to download, as a thank you for joining and contributing to our community over the years. We’ll be taking it down by Thursday, August 1st So many folks are still discovering and downloading the anthology that we’re going to keep the offer going for another week! We are overjoyed at this response to’s original fiction. Come back every Wednesday (and then some!) to see new fiction, new art, and new authors featured. New stories always appear at the very top of the site and are collected in our Prose index.

What exactly is contained within these near-4000 pages of fiction? Check out the table of contents below!


Download The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on


Note: If you’re getting an “invalid token” response or other hiccup from the download page, try logging in through the home page first, then accessing the download page.

Note #2: These files are massive—the largest is over 500 MB—and full of images. We’ve attempted to compress them since originally releasing them but haven’t been able to come up with files that are reliably clean, and we’d rather present the stories as they are meant to be seen.

However! The comment thread in the original announcement has some tips from our community regarding compressing the files to manageable sizes.


Table of Contents

1.     When We Were Heroes, by Daniel Abraham
2.     Olga, by C.T. Adams
3.     Foundation, by Ann Aguirre
4.     The Department of Alterations, by Gennifer Albin
5.     The Fermi Paradox is Our Business Model, by Charlie Jane Anders
6.     Six Months, Three Days, by Charlie Jane Anders
7.     Intestate, by Charlie Jane Anders
8.     Legacy Lost, by Anna Banks
9.     The Witch of Duva, by Leigh Bardugo
10.    The Too-Clever Fox, by Leigh Bardugo
11.    The Girl Who Sang Rose Madder, by Elizabeth Bear
12.    The Horrid Glory of Its Wings, by Elizabeth Bear
13.    Faster Gun, by Elizabeth Bear
14.    The Final Now, by Gregory Benford
15.    Grace Immaculate, by Gregory Benford
16.    Backscatter, by Gregory Benford
17.    River of Souls, by Beth Bernobich
18.    A Window or a Small Box, by Jedediah Berry
19.    Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes, by Michael Bishop
20.    Catch ‘Em in the Act, by Terry Bisson
21.    TVA Baby, by Terry Bisson
22.    The Cockroach Hat, by Terry Bisson
23.    Shall We Gather, by Alex Bledsoe
24.    Prophet, by Jennifer Bosworth
25.    The Ruined Queen of Harvest World, by Damien Broderick
26.    Time Considered as a Series of Thermite Burns in No Particular Order, by Damien Broderick
27.    The Memory Coder, by Jessica Brody
28.    The Desecrator, by Steven Brust
29.    Brother. Prince. Snake., by Cecil Castellucci
30.    We Have Always Lived on Mars, by Cecil Castellucci
31.    Our Human, by Adam Troy Castro
32.    The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere, by John Chu
33.    Fare Thee Well, by Cathy Clamp
34.    The Commonplace Book, by Jacob Clifton
35.    What Makes a River, by Deborah Coates
36.    The Ghosts of Christmas, by Paul Cornell
37.    The Elephant in the Room, by Paul Cornell
38.    Day One, by Matthew Costello
39.    Am I Free To Go?, by Kathryn Cramer
40.    Tourists, by Sean Craven
41.    Eve of Sin City, by S.J. Day
42.    The Cage, by A.M. Dellamonica
43.    Among the Silvering Herd, by A.M. Dellamonica
44.    Wild Things, by A.M. Dellamonica
45.    Things That Make Me Weak and Strange Get Engineered Away, by Cory Doctorow
46.    On 20468 Petercook, by Andy Duncan
47.    The Strange Case of Mr. Salad Monday, by G.D. Falksen
48.    Men Who Wish to Drown, by Elizabeth Fama
49.    The Iron Shirts, by Michael Flynn
50.    A Clean Sweep With All the Trimmings, by James Alan Gardner
51.    Lightbringers and Rainmakers, by Felix Gilman
52.    Shade, by Steven Gould
53.    Bugs in the Arroyo, by Steven Gould
54.    Steampunk Quartet, by Eileen Gunn
55.    Mother, Crone, Maiden, by Cat Hellisen
56.    The Ink Readers of Doi Saket, by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
57.    Too Fond, by Leanna Renee Hieber
58.    At the Foot of the Lighthouse, by Erin Hoffman
59.    Ghost Hedgehog, by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
60.    A Spell of Vengeance, by D.B. Jackson
61.    The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles, by Kij Johnson
62.    Ponies, by Kij Johnson
63.    Crazy Me, by James Patrick Kelly
64.    First Flight, by Mary Robinette Kowal
65.    How to Make a Triffid, by Kelly Lagor
66.    A Water Matter, by Jay Lake
67.    The Speed of Time, by Jay Lake
68.    The Starship Mechanic, by Jay Lake and Ken Scholes
69.    Dress Your Marines in White, by Emmy Laybourne
70.    A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel, by Yoon Ha Lee
71.    Uncle Flower’s Homecoming Waltz, by Marissa Lingen
72.    Earth Hour, by Ken MacLeod
73.    Farewell Performance, by Nick Mamatas
74.    Though Smoke Shall Hide the Sun, by Brit Mandelo
75.    The Finite Canvas, by Brit Mandelo
76.    The Hanging Game, by Helen Marshall
77.    The Courtship of the Queen, by Bruce McAllister
78.    Heads Will Roll, by Lish McBride
79.    Swift, Brutal Retaliation, by Meghan McCarron
80.    Preparations, by Mark Mills
81.    About Fairies, by Pat Murphy
82.    Fire Above, Fire Below, by Garth Nix
83.    Ruled, by Caragh M. O’Brien
84.    Hello, Moto, by Nnedi Okorafor
85.    Sacrifice of the First Sheason, by Peter Orullian
86.    The Great Defense of Layosah, by Peter Orullian
87.    The Battle of the Round, by Peter Orullian
88.    Sweetheart, by Abbi Mei Otis
89.    Ragnarok, by Paul Park
90.    Four Horsemen, at Their Leisure, by Richard Parks
91.    The Rotten Beast, by Mary E. Pearson
92.    Angel Season, by J.T. Petty
93.    Silver Linings, by Tim Pratt
94.    The Button Man and the Murder Tree, by Cherie Priest
95.    Clockwork Fairies, by Cat Rambo
96.    The Next Invasion, by Robert Reed
97.    Our Candidate, by Robert Reed
98.    Swingers, by Robert Reed
99.    The Cairn in Slater Woods, by Gina Rosati
100.  Jack of Coins, by Christopher Rowe
101.  Jack and the Aktuals, or, Physical Applications of Transfinite Set Theory, by Rudy Rucker
102.  Good Night, Moon, by Rudy Rucker
103.  Loco, by Rudy Rucker
104.  Jacks and Queens at the Green Mill, by Marie Rutkoski
105.  The Film-Makers of Mars, by Geoff Ryman
106.  Firstborn, by Brandon Sanderson
107.  After the Coup, by John Scalzi
108.  The President’s Brain is Missing, by John Scalzi
109.  Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City: Prologue, by John Scalzi
110.  A Weeping Czar Beholds the Fallen Moon, by Ken Scholes
111.  Making My Entrance Again With My Usual Flair, by Ken Scholes
112.  Two Stories, by Ken Scholes
113.  If Dragon’s Mass Eve Be Cold and Clear, by Ken Scholes
114.  Rag and Bone, by Priya Sharma
115.  Do Not Touch, by Prudence Shen
116.  The Night Children: An Escape From Furnace Story, by Alexander Gordon Smith
117.  King of Marbury, by Andrew Smith
118.  Beauty Belongs to the Flowers, by Matthew Sanborn Smith
119.  Overtime, by Charles Stross
120.  Down on the Farm, by Charles Stross
121.  A Tall Tail, by Charles Stross
122.  Zeppelin City, by Michael Swanwick
123.  The Trains That Climb the Winter Tree, by Michael Swanwick
124.  The Dala Horse, by Michael Swanwick
125.  The Mongolian Wizard, by Michael Swanwick
126.  The Fire Gown, by Michael Swanwick
127.  Day of the Kraken, by Michael Swanwick
128.  Eros, Philia, Agape, by Rachel Swirsky
129.  A Memory of Wind, by Rachel Swirsky
130.  The Monster’s Million Faces, by Rachel Swirsky
131.  Portrait of Lisane da Patagnia, by Rachel Swirsky
132.  Sing, by Karin Tidbeck
133.  What Doctor Gottlieb Saw, by Ian Tregillis
134.  Vilcabamba, by Harry Turtledove
135.  The Star and the Rockets, by Harry Turtledove
136.  The House That George Built, by Harry Turtledove
137.  We Haven’t Got There Yet, by Harry Turtledove
138.  Shtetl Days, by Harry Turtledove
139.  Lee at the Alamo, by Harry Turtledove
140.  Running of the Bulls, by Harry Turtledove
141.  The City Quiet as Death, by Steven Utley
142.  The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland—For a Little While, by Catherynne M. Valente
143.  Terrain, by Genevieve Valentine
144.  Last Son of Tomorrow, by Greg van Eekhout
145.  Errata, by Jeff VanderMeer
146.  A Stroke of Dumb Luck, by Shiloh Walker
147.  Last Train to Jubilee Bay, by Kali Wallace
148.  Escape to Other Worlds with Science Fiction, by Jo Walton
149.  The Nostalgist, by Daniel H. Wilson
150.  Super Bass, by Kai Ashante Wilson
151.  The Palencar Project, by Gregory Benford, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., James Morrow, Michael Swanwick, and Gene Wolfe, Edited by David G. Hartwell

1. ihatelife
This is great, thanks. Going to play havoc with my goodread's 2013 reading challenge though. I've set myself a challenge to read 50 books this year. And this will still only count as one, even with it's thousands and thousands of pages. Not complaining though.

Great stuff.
Juan Avila
2. Cumadrin
I downloaded this last week or so already but good deal!
3. TheaNishimori
I was able to download the mobi file, but my e-mail server doesn't handle files this big. :(
I tried downloading the PDF file next, but that wouldn't work, either.
Finally tried hardwiring it. Ah! Sweet success. :)
ricardo cardenas
4. kidentropia
this is great!!!! thank you guys!!!!!!!!!!! congratulations on your fifth birthday!!!!
Karalee Dickerson
5. Karalee
Thanks so much for all the great reading, and Happy 5th Birthday to!
Benni Amato
6. bennitheblog
Thank you so much for extending the download period! I had forgotten to download by August 1...and also, congrats, of course. :-)
9. lbrice
#68. The Starship Mechanic, by Jay Lake and Ken Scholes, seems to be missing from my copy. Has anyone else encountered this?
10. Forstlaufer
@lbrice That's funny. My original copy had 2 of those (no joke) and I was missing #66. I just re-downloaded it and everything's there that I know of. You'll find Starship Mechanic under #111.

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