All stories and comics published on Tor.com including reprints, originals, and excerpts.

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January 30 2015

“The Great Speck” (Excerpt)

Terry Pratchett
This never-before-published collection of fourteen funny and inventive tales by acclaimed author Sir Terry Pratchett features a memorable cast of inept wizards, sensible heroes, and unusually adventuresome tortoises.
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January 29 2015

Dark Intelligence (Excerpt)

Neal Asher
Thorvald Spear wakes in a hospital to find he’s been brought back from the dead. What’s more, he died in a human vs. alien war that ended a century ago... Dark Intelligence is the explosive first novel in a brand new trilogy from military SF master Neal Asher and a new chapter in his epic Polity universe.
prose
January 28 2015

The Sound of Useless Wings

In this prequel to Tin Star, we meet Heckleck, the Hort alien who befriends Tula Bane on the space station Yertina Feray in her fight for survival. In his modest beginnings, Heckleck is raised to understand that breeding and propagating his own kind is the sole reason for living. When he is called upon to settle on a new planet, he meets the daughter of a politician, Goglu, with whom he falls helplessly in love, and is determined to win over. But nothing is easy in love and space exploration, and when his plans become thwarted, he must find a new way of life.
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January 27 2015

The Sculptor (Comic Excerpt)

Scott McCloud
David Smith is giving his life for his art—literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding what to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the 11th hour isn't making it any easier!
reprints
January 27 2015

Scarecrow

Alyssa Wong
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January 26 2015

Classical Antiquity and Western Identity in Battlestar Galactica

Vince Tomasso
Classical Traditions in Science Fiction—edited by Brett M. Rogers and Benjamin Eldon Stevens—is the first collection dedicated to the rich study of science fiction's classical heritage, offering a much-needed mapping of its cultural and intellectual terrain.
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January 23 2015

Shadow (Excerpt)

Will Elliott
The Wall at World’s End has been brought down, and war is coming to the magical world of Levaal. Eric and his newfound friends are forced to flee from the Tormentors, dreadful creatures that have poured through the breach. Worse yet, the mad Lord Vous’s journey to godhood is almost complete, and a mysterious being called Shadow is wandering Levaal with great power but no purpose it yet understands...
prose
January 21 2015

Damage

In the extremities of war, we may know what we’ve been, but not what we will become. “Damage” is a tale of desperate times, desperate measures, and the inner life of a fighter spacecraft.
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January 19 2015

Beyond Redemption Excerpt and Cover Reveal

Michael R. Fletcher
When belief defines reality, those with the strongest convictions-—the crazy, the obsessive, the delusional-—have the power to shape the world. And someone is just mad enough to believe he can create a god.
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January 16 2015

Fortune’s Blight (Excerpt)

Evie Manieri
Fortune’s Blight by Evie Manieri continues the conflict begun in the novel Blood’s Pride. Victory for the Shadari rebels has come at a terrible price...
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January 15 2015

Finn Fancy Necromancy (Excerpt)

Randy Henderson
Finn Gramaraye was framed for the crime of dark necromancy at the age of 15, and exiled to the Other Realm for twenty five years. But now that he’s free, someone—probably the same someone—is trying to get him sent back.
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January 14 2015

The Glass Arrow (Excerpt)

Kristen Simmons
Aya has spent her whole life in the mountains, looking out for her family and hiding from the world, until the day the Trackers finally catch her. Stolen from her home, and being groomed for auction, Aya is desperate to escape her fate and return to her family.
prose
January 14 2015

And the Burned Moths Remain

The shape of treason is a trunk of thorns, and Jingfei climbs knowing forgiveness waits at the zenith. But for the traitorous Record of Tiansong, who let their planet burn under the guns of the Hegemony, a second treason may be the only escape from their eternal prison.
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January 13 2015

The Eterna Files (Excerpt)

Queen Victoria appoints Harold Spire of the Metropolitan Police to Special Branch Division Omega, a group that secretly investigates paranormal and supernatural events and persons. Spire's first mission: find the Eterna Compound, which grants immortality.
reprints
January 13 2015

The Last Abbot of Ashk’lan

Brian Staveley
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January 12 2015

Karen Memory (Excerpt)

Elizabeth Bear offers something new in Karen Memory, an absolutely entrancing steampunk novel set in Seattle in the late 19th century —- an era when airships plied the trade routes bringing would-be miners heading up to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront.
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January 9 2015

Uprooted (Excerpt)

Naomi Novik
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January 9 2015

Red Equinox (Excerpt)

Douglas Wynne
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January 7 2015

Inside a Silver Box (Excerpt)

Walter Mosley
Walter Mosley’s Inside a Silver Box continues to explore the cosmic questions entertainingly discussed in his Crosstown to Oblivion. From life’s meaning to the nature of good and evil, Mosley takes readers on a speculative journey beyond reality.
prose
January 7 2015

A Beautiful Accident

Peter Orullian
In a culture where ritualized torture is used to teach its people strength through long-suffering, a foreign sufferer unintentionally teaches them something stronger . . . something gentler.
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January 6 2015

Three (Excerpt)

Kristen Simmons
Ember Miller and Chase Jennings are ready to stop running. After weeks spent in hiding as two of the Bureau of Reformation’s most wanted criminals, they have finally arrived at the safe house, where they hope to live a safe and quiet existence. But all that’s left is smoking ruins...
prose
January 6 2015

Kia and Gio

Kia’s a week shy of her seventeenth birthday, which is about how old her cousin Gio was six years ago when he just up and went away. Kia’s a little bit in love with Giovanni (and who wasn’t, really?) but she hasn’t thought about him this much since the day he disappeared. It’s not until a run-of-the-mill work shift at Baba Eddie’s botánica goes awry that she begins to understand why he’s on her mind…
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December 19 2014

The Book of Storms (Excerpt)

Ruth Hatfield
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December 18 2014

Unbreakable (Excerpt)

W.C. Bauers
The colonists of the planet Montana are accustomed to being ignored. Situated in the buffer zone between two rival human empires, their world is a backwater: remote, provincial, independently minded. Montana merits little consideration, until it becomes the flashpoint in an impending interstellar war.
prose
December 18 2014

A Long Spoon

You may have heard of Johannes Cabal; he is a necromancer and a little infamous. He is also very sensitive to attempts on his life. When a murder of crows tries to... well, murder him, and the contents of his bath are transmuted into hot nitric acid, he suspects someone may mean him harm. The trail leads to one of the less travelled parts of Hell itself, and there Cabal will need a guide.
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December 17 2014

Half-Resurrection Blues (Excerpt)

Carlos Delacruz is an inbetweener, partially resurrected from a death he barely recalls suffering, after a life that’s missing from his memory. As an agent of the New York Council of the Dead, Carlos thinks he is one of a kind, until he encounters other entities walking the fine line between life and death.
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December 16 2014

“The Maiden in the Ice” (Excerpt)

Angela Slatter
Angela Slatter’s The Bitterwood Bible and Other Recountings returns to the world of Sourdough and Other Stories, introducing readers to the tales that came before.
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December 15 2014

The Just City (Excerpt)

Created as an experiment by the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, the Just City is a planned community, populated by over ten thousand children and a few hundred adult teachers from all eras of history, along with some handy robots from the far human future—all set down together on a Mediterranean island in the distant past.