Upcoming Fiction on Tor.com in December and January

Looking for original short fiction in December and January? Look no further! Tor.com has nine wonderful short stories coming over the course of the next two months, including a stand-alone Kim Stanley Robinson short story, plus other tales from Brian Staveley, Melissa Marr, and Angela Slatter. Welsh Gold, mysterious disappearances, pirates and Supreme Court Justices populate these stories. To keep track of our upcoming fiction, you can always check this page.

 

December 2

phantom-maze“The Phantom in the Maze”
Written by Michael Swanwick
Illustrated by Gregory Manchess
Edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden

We tamper with time at our peril. A new story in the Mongolian Wizard series.

 

 

December 7

oralargument_cov3“Oral Argument”
Written by Kim Stanley Robinson
Illustrated by Wesley Allsbrook
Edited by Beth Meacham

We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to publish internationally bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson’s first stand-alone short story in twenty-five years.  In it, we get a glimpse of a very green future through the lens of a Supreme Court transcript.

 

December 9

loggoblin_cov1“The Log Goblin”
Written by Brian Staveley
Illustrated by John Jude Palencar
Edited by Marco Palmieri

On a cold winter’s night, a goblin is caught stealing firewood. Then things start getting weird.

 

January 6

glassgalago_cov2“The Glass Galago”
Written by A. M. Dellamonica
Illustrated by Richard Anderson
Edited by Stacy Hague-Hill

A. M. Dellamonica is at it again! The thrilling adventures of Gale Filachild and Captain Perrish continue in a series of prequel stories that offers to take us deeper into the fascinating world of Stormwrack.

When Gale and the crew of the Nightjar are called back to the fleet to handle an issue involving a law regulating new patents and a missing magical inscription, they soon find themselves embroiled in a plot that is could potentially pit island against island. Now, they must discover the mystery of the glass galago before time runs out for both it and the fleet.

 

January 13

finnegansfield_cov1“Finnegan’s Field”
Written by Angela Slatter
Illustrated by Greg Ruth
Edited by Ellen Datlow

“Finnegan’s Field” by Angela Slatter is a dark fantasy novelette about a six year old child who mysteriously disappears for three years, only to return home just as mysteriously—but not quite the same. At least, not to her mother.

January 19

smallwars_cov“Small Wars”
Written by Matt Wallace
Illustrated by Goñi Montes
Edited by Lee Harris

The Sin du Jour procurement team has been tasked with acquiring a substantial cache of rare Welsh gold for a rather important event, but when they stumble upon rivals factions of the smallest warriors they’ve ever encountered, they’ll need to bring out the big guns if they’re to survive.

January 20

thecaretakers_covW4“The Caretakers”
Written by David Nickle
Illustrated by Greg Ruth
Edited by Ellen Datlow

“The Caretakers” by David Nickle is a strange tale about a group of people called to a  meeting with their intimidating boss. The newest member of their organization is not so sure she wants to even be there.

 

January 26

firstkill_cov2“First Kill”
Written by Jennifer Fallon
Illustrated by Tommy Arnold
Edited by Claire Eddy

How do you kill with honor?  When is murder not a murder? In “First Kill,” assassin Kiam Miar will find out when his first assignment goes awry and he is faced with an ethical choice… as if assassins could have ethics. And if  he makes the wrong choice, he could not only lose his life but throw a good chunk of his world into chaos…

 

January 27

maidenthief_cov3“The Maiden Thief”
Written by Melissa Marr
Illustrated by Rovina Cai
Edited by Ellen Datlow

“The Maiden Thief” by Melissa Marr is a dark fantasy novelette about a teenager whose town is plagued by the annual disappearances of girls and young women. Her father blames her when once of her sisters is one of the taken.

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