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Wed
Nov 19 2014 1:10pm

Cover Reveal for Elizabeth Bear’s Karen Memory

Karen Memory Elizabeth Bear

I’m very excited to show-off the cover to Elizabeth Bear’s upcoming novel Karen Memorypublishing February 2015 from Tor Books. The art is by Cynthia Sheppard. She’s done a brilliant job of depicting a strong and resourceful character, someone that you believe has a story to tell. This is only the second time I have worked with Cynthia, I’m looking forward to many more covers from her in the future.

Head below the cut for the full cover art, and to learn more about Elizabeth Bear's new novel!

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Wed
Nov 12 2014 2:30pm

“To Eternity” Wins the Society of Illustrators Medal

A mighty congratulations to Wesley Allsbrook and Barrie Potter for winning a silver medal at the Society of Illustrators for their haunting Tor.com original comic, “To Eternity.”

The Society of Illustrators Annual Awards are one the premiere showcases for outstanding work created worldwide throughout the year. Thousands of entries are received and juried by a team of illustrators and art directors. It is truly an honor to be selected for the annual, and a great honor to be one of the few chosen for a medal. 

“To Eternity” will be on display at the Museum of American Illustration in February 2014 and will be included in Society's annual, Illustrators, coming out in winter 2016. 

Wed
Nov 5 2014 11:35am

Pre-order (For Free!) Some of the Best from Tor.com 2014

tor.com best of 2014

We are thrilled to announce the 2014 edition of Some of the Best from Tor.com, an anthology of twenty-six of our favorite short stories, novelettes, and novellas, selected from the seventy-plus stories we published this year.

Of course, you can always read these—and all other—Tor.com stories for free whenever you’d like, but starting January 6th they will be available world-wide as a single, easy to read, free mini ebook. This offer is available world-wide throughout all ebook retailers. (Kindle readers can pre-order it now.)

These stories were acquired and edited for Tor.com by Ellen Datlow, Carl Engle-Laird, Liz Gorinsky, David G. Hartwell, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Peter Joseph, Marco Palmieri, Paul Stevens, and Ann VanderMeer. Each story is accompanied by an original illustration.

[Table of Contents below]

Mon
Sep 29 2014 5:25pm

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar trailer

Could you decide between seeing your family again or the future of the human race? Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, starring Rust Cohle Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, follows a group of people that give up their own Earth timelines to save the planet.

Interstellar opens November 7th.

[Check out the latest trailer.]

Thu
Sep 25 2014 2:00pm

Dave Palumbo Paints (on the) Classics

Dave Palumbo book art

IlluxCon, an annual science fiction and fantasy illustration showcase, was held this past weekend in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Among all the debuted paintings and drawings was a new series from Dave Palumbo inspired by some of his favorite books, painted straight on those books. According to the artist:

“This series, like most of my personal projects, began almost as an accident. [...] Another artist had given me some drawings and I wanted to return the favor, but he said he’d be fine with just some books to read. That seemed unfair to me and ultimately I decided to paint on a book cover (a 1963 American edition of Planet of the Apes) and meet him in the middle. The piece was so much fun, I began thinking of other books I might enjoy working with and, before I knew it, I had a monster list which strangely just seems to get longer the more that I do.”

Dave tries to obtain as early a printing as possible at a reasonable price. The history of a vintage copy, even if it isn’t a first edition, adds something to the piece. He is, clearly, as much of fan of the literature as he is of genre painting and has developed a deeply personal way of exploring a love of both. Check out some of the book paintings below!

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Wed
Sep 24 2014 12:15pm

Knights Riding Dinosaurs! Revealing the Cover to The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán

The Dinosaur Lords cover Victor Milan Richard Anderson

What can be better than just dinosaurs? Knights on dinosaurs! We have a long, proud history of dinsoaur-love on Tor.com. Remember that time we collected nearly a hundered dinosaur paintings into one post? So imagine our delight when Tor Books editor Claire Eddy said she was editing the start of a new book series that basically puts 15th century knights on the backs of dinosaurs.

I have to admit, artist Richard Anderson was the first name that popped into my head when it came time to illustrate the cover.

[See the full cover below]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 2:30pm

Cover Reveal for Robert Brockway’s The Unnoticeables

We’re excited to show off our latest cover from designer Will Staehle! Will is one of the most generous designers I know. Anytime I’ve worked with him, he’s provided a dozen incredibly well-conceived and beautifully realized comps. The only trouble with working with Will is deciding which comp makes the cover. After living with them (literally just taped up in the hallway) and consulting with the editor, author, and agent, we finally chose the design for The Unnoticeables, the first novel in a new series by author Robert Brockway.

See the full cover image as well as some alternate designs below!

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Tue
Sep 16 2014 12:00pm

Revealing the Cover for The Dark Forest, Sequel to The Three-Body Problem

The Dark Forest Three Body Problem cover Cixin Liu

With the release of Cixin Liu’s hotly anticipated The Three-Body Problem just around the corner, we thought we’d give you a preview of its sequel, The Dark Forest. Once again, Stephan Martinière has worked his magic with a high-concept style that nicely echoes the first book’s cover, while also evoking the novel’s themes. We’ll be spending the next few weeks sharing sample excerpts and essays about Liu’s groundbreaking series, in the meantime, enjoy the new cover and synopsis for The Dark Forest!

[Check out the full cover and original painting below!]

Tue
Sep 16 2014 9:30am

Revealing the Cover for Wesley Chu’s Time Salvager

Wesley Chu Time Salvager Richard Anderson

A new Richard Anderson cover is always a pleasure to reveal. This time, especially so, since Wesley Chu, author of Time Salvager, was an Anderson fan to begin with! So when Chu’s editor, Marco Palmieri, said he had a gritty futuristic Chicago to portray and asked if Anderson was free, I couldn’t deny that it was a the perfect match of subject matter and artist.

[Check out the full cover image and original painting below!]

Sun
Sep 7 2014 11:01am

Announcing the 2014 British Fantasy Awards Winners

The winners of the British Fantasy Awards 2014, as announced on Sunday, 7 September 2014, at the awards banquet at FantasyCon 2014 in York. The nominees in each category were decided by the voters of the British Fantasy Society, FantasyCon 2012 and FantasyCon 2014, with the juries having a discretion to add up to two further egregious omissions in each category.

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Fri
Aug 15 2014 1:00pm

Announcing the 2014 Chesley Award Winners

The winners for the 2014 Chesley Awards, celebrating science fiction and fantasy art, have been announced! The Chesleys are given by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists each year. This year’s ceremony took place on August 15th at the 72st World Science Fiction convention, LonCon.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners!

[Chesley Award 2014 winners]

Wed
Jul 16 2014 9:00am

Picturing Dragons

Picturing Dragons

Dragons are arguably the most ubiquitous and most beloved fantastical creature. Initially I shied away from dragons as a theme—they’re everywhere, where do you even start!? But they are everywhere because they are cool, and seeking out dragon images meant going down a delightful rabbit-hole through all ages, cultures, styles, and dispositions. So without further ado, welcome to Picturing Dragons, at 170 drawings and paintings, it is perhaps the largest installment of the Picturing series yet!

We start off (above) with one of the most beautiful renditions of one of the most famous dragons of them all, Alan Lee’s Smaug.

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Wed
Jul 9 2014 9:58pm

Announcing the 2014 World Fantasy Nominees

The finalists for the 2014 World Fantasy Awards have been announced. This year’s judges are Andy Duncan, Kij Johnson, Oliver Johnson, John Klima,  and Liz Williams. Winners will be announced at the 2014 World Fantasy Convention held in Washington DC in November.  

Congratulations to all the nominees!

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Tue
Jul 8 2014 11:47pm

2014 World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Awards Announced

world fantasy lifetime achievement award ellen datlow chelsea quinn yabro

From November 6th to the 9th in Washington, DC, the 2014 World Fantasy Convention will convene, where, among many events, it will honor this year’s lifetime achievement awards. Past winners have included Jane Yolen, Robert Bloch, Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin and many, many others. This year, World Fantasy will be honoring Ellen Datlow and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro. 

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Tue
Jul 8 2014 11:06pm

Trailer for Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings

Exodus Gods and Kings trailer Gladiator

Is Ridley Scott back in Gladiator form? Maybe not, but I’m a sucker for a “sword and sandal” movie. Exodus: Gods and Kings, the story of Moses and Ramses, staring Christian Bale, Sigourney Weaver, and Joel Edgerton, is due out this December. Watch the trailer below, along with a promo for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

[Watch the trailer below!]

Fri
Jul 4 2014 12:15pm

Announcing the 2014 Chesley Award Nominees

The nominees for the 2014 Chesley Awards, celebrating science fiction and fantasy art, have been announced. The Chesleys are given by the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists each year. This year’s ceremony will take place at the 72st World Science Fiction convention, LonCon, August 14-18th,

Congratulations to all the nominees!

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Sun
Jun 29 2014 8:22am

Announcing the 2014 Locus Award Winners

Locus Magazine has announced the winners of the 2014 Locus Awards last night in Seattle, WA. Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony.

Congratulations to all the nominees and winners! 

We are especially honored that Tor Books won for Best Publisher and Ellen Datlow for Best Editor!

[All the winners and nominees below]

Wed
May 28 2014 5:28pm

Orbit Books Releases New UK Covers for Wheel of Time

Orbit Books revealed a full set of covers for the UK editions of Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson’s The Wheel of Time. Like their previous editions, the new covers use the iconic snake wheels as their only visual element but, this time, take on the hand-crafted feel of a woodcut on handmade paper. The new covers will come out in the UK in September. You can view the whole set on their blog.

Fri
May 16 2014 10:00am

How the Cover Was Decided for V. E. Schwab’s New Book A Darker Shade of Magic

V.E. Schwab A Darker Shade of Magic cover Will Staehle

We’ve got an exciting bundle of announcement for fans of V.E. Schwab’s debut novel Vicious. The author has a new book coming on February 25, 2015 titled A Darker Shade of Magic and you can check the cover out right now!

London itself can be too much for the average citizen, but stack a succession of unseen Londons on top of that and...well, read on to see how artist Will Staehle went about turning that idea into a book cover.

[How the cover of V.E. Schwab’s A Darker Shade of Magic came to be]

Sat
May 10 2014 9:22pm

Tran Nguyen Wins Spectrum Gold Medal for “The Insects of Love”

Tran Nguyen Spectrum Award The Insects of Love

We are extremely proud that Tran Nguyen’s illustration for Genevieve Valentine’s upcoming Tor.com short story, “Insects of Love,” has won the 2014 Spectrum Fantastic Art gold medal! (A full list of winners here.)

Tran did a spectacular job of encompassing a beautiful and complex story into a single image. The image is a success at every level—emotionally, technically, and conceptually. Author Genevieve Valentine had this to say of the artist’s work, “Tran's haunting art for ‘The Insects of Love’ is gorgeous; the heroine's piercing gaze, the use of texture and light, and the leached-out palette are a ghost story all its own. But of course I love seeing my story in the details: one sister seeming to eclipse the other, surrounded (crushed?) by the natural world, unable to quite tell where one begins and the other ends.”

Our greatest thanks and congratulations to Tran!