Tor.com has now spent a month as a fully operational publishing station, and it’s time to look towards the future. Today I have the honor of announcing two new novellas, both by debut authors. City of Wolves is a fantasy detective adventure by Willow Palecek, while S.B. Divya’s Runtime is a near-future science fiction story. Both are fast-paced thrill rides with a kick, and I’m delighted to be bringing them to you.
Willow Palecek and City of Wolves
Alexander Drake, Investigator for Hire, doesn’t like working for the Nobility, and doesn’t prefer to take jobs from strange men who accost him in alleyways. A combination of hired muscle and ready silver have a way of changing a man’s mind. A lord has been killed, his body found covered in bite marks. Even worse, the late lord’s will is missing, and not everyone wants Drake to find it. Solving the case might plunge Drake into deeper danger.
Willow Palecek is the writer of the role-playing games Awesome Adventures, Escape from Tentacle City, and The Arm. Willow resides in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and their two cats. She had this to say:
“I’m excited that City of Wolves has found a home at Tor. It’s a Pseudo-Historical Urban Detective Fantasy, and hopefully you’ll enjoy reading it as much as I did writing it.”
S.B. Divya and Runtime
The Minerva Sierra Challenge is a grueling spectacle. Rich thrill-seekers with corporate sponsorships, extensive support teams, and top-of-the-line exoskeletal and internal augmentations pit themselves against the elements in a day-long race across the Sierra Nevadas. Marmeg Guinto doesn’t have funding, and she doesn’t have support. She cobbled her gear together from parts she found in rich people’s dumpsters and spent the money her mother wanted her to use for nursing school to enter the race. But the race is the only chance she has at a better life for herself and her younger brothers, and she’s ready to risk it all.
S.B. Divya is a lover of science, math, fiction, and the Oxford comma. She enjoys subverting expectations and breaking stereotypes whenever she can. In her past, she’s used a telescope to find Orion’s nebula, scuba dived with manta rays, and climbed to the top of a thousand year old stupa. You can find more of her writing at www.eff-words.com. She had this to say:
“I am thrilled to be part of Tor.com’s novella imprint! Runtime was written for a Codex contest and then sat on a (virtual) shelf collecting dust until I heard about Tor’s open call window. The deadline pushed me to finish my edits and send it in—and I’m so glad I did! The story touches on several of my favorite topics: bioengineering, class differences, gender divides, and survival in the great outdoors. This is my first novella, and I’m excited to share it with the world.”
Both these novellas will be available as ebooks, trade paperbacks, and audiobooks in Summer 2016. To keep up with Tor.com Publishing news, you can follow us on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up for our newsletter.