Time Travel Adventures, Political Intrigue, and Intimate Horror Arrive in Tor.com Publishing’s Fall 2018 Lineup

September marks the third anniversary of Tor.com Publishing, and we’re celebrating by bringing you one of our most exciting seasons yet. We’re packing a decade of incredible science fiction and fantasy stories into one volume with Worlds Seen in Passing: Ten Years of Tor.com Short Fiction, with contributions from authors like Charlie Jane Anders, N.K. Jemisin, Kai Ashante Wilson, and Jeff VanderMeer. We’re releasing brand-new installments in some of your favorite series, including The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells and The Laundry Files by Charles Stross. And we have the very first novel-in-verse from prolific and multi-award-winning author Jane Yolen, along with horror, time travel, and space opera to keep your reading list full all through the fall. Take a look at the covers for our Fall 2018 titles below!

All titles will be available in print, ebook, and audio. As always, our ebooks are DRM-free.


Worlds Seen in Passing

Edited by Irene Gallo
Cover design by Jamie Stafford-Hill
Available September 4th

What’s it about?

Since it began in 2008 Tor.com has explored countless new worlds of fiction, delving into possible and impossible futures, alternate and intriguing pasts, and realms of fantasy previously unexplored. Its hundreds of remarkable stories span from science fiction to fantasy to horror, and everything in between. Now Tor.com is making some of those worlds available for the first time in print.

This volume collects some of the best short stories Tor.com has to offer, with Hugo and Nebula Award-winning short stories and novelettes chosen from all ten years of the program. Including stories by: Charlie Jane Anders, N. K. Jemisin, Leigh Bardugo, Jeff VanderMeer, Yoon Ha Lee, Carrie Vaughn, Ken Liu, Kai Ashante Wilson, Kameron Hurley, Seth Dickinson, Rachel Swirsky, Laurie Penny, Alyssa Wong, Kij Johnson, David D. Levine, Genevieve Valentine, Max Gladstone, and many others.


State Tectonics (The Centenal Cycle #3)

Written by Malka Older
Cover design by Will Staehle
Available September 11th

What’s it about?

The future of democracy must evolve or die.

The last time Information held an election, a global network outage, two counts of sabotage by major world governments, and a devastating earthquake almost shook micro-democracy apart. Five years later, it’s time to vote again, and the system that has ensured global peace for 25 years is more vulnerable than ever.

Unknown enemies are attacking Information’s network infrastructure. Spies, former superpowers, and revolutionaries sharpen their knives in the shadows. And Information’s best agents question whether the data monopoly they’ve served all their lives is worth saving, or whether it’s time to burn the world down and start anew.


Sin du Jour: The Final Course (Omnibus)

Written by Matt Wallace
Available September 18th

What’s it about?

Everyone loves a well-catered event, and the supernatural community is no exception. Enter Sin du Jour, the expert caterers to demons, goblins, faeries, and everything in between.

This omnibus ebook edition contains books 4-7 of Matt Wallace’s Sin du Jour series: Idle Ingredients, Greedy Pigs, Gluttony Bay, and the conclusion, Taste of Wrath.


Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries #4)

Written by Martha Wells
Cover illustration by Jaime Jones
Cover design by Christine Foltzer
Available  October 2nd

What’s it about?

Murderbot wasn’t programmed to care. So, its decision to help the only human who ever showed it respect must be a system glitch, right?

Having traveled the width of the galaxy to unearth details of its own murderous transgressions, as well as those of the GrayCris Corporation, Murderbot is heading home to help Dr. Mensah—its former owner (protector? friend?)—submit evidence that could prevent GrayCris from destroying more colonists in its never-ending quest for profit.

But who’s going to believe a SecUnit gone rogue?

And what will become of it when it’s caught?


The Queen of Crows (The Sacred Throne #2)

Written by Myke Cole
Cover illustration by Tommy Arnold
Cover design by Christine Foltzer
Available October 16th

What’s it about?

Heloise stands tall against overwhelming odds—crippling injuries, religious tyrants—and continues her journey from obscurity to greateness with the help of alchemically-empowered armor and an unbreakable spirit.

No longer just a shell-shocked girl, she is now a figure of revolution whose cause grows ever stronger. But the time for hiding underground is over. Heloise must face the tyrannical Order and lay siege to the Imperial Palace itself.


Finding Baba Yaga

Written by Jane Yolen
Cover design by Jamie Stafford-Hill
Available October 30th

What’s it about?

You think you know this story.

You do not.

A harsh, controlling father. A quiescent mother. A house that feels like anything but a home. Natasha gathers the strength to leave, and comes upon a little house in the wood: A house that walks about on chicken feet and is inhabited by a fairy tale witch. In finding Baba Yaga, Natasha finds her voice, her power, herself….


The Labyrinth Index (Laundry Files #9)

Written by Charles Stross
Cover design by Peter Lutjen
Available October 30th

What’s it about?

The arrival of vast, alien, inhuman intelligences reshaped the landscape for human affairs across the world, and the United Kingdom is no exception. Things have changed in Britain since the dread elder god Nyarlathotep ascended to the rank of Prime Minister. Mhari Murphy, recently elevated to the House of Lords and head of the Lords Select Committee on Sanguinary Affairs (think vampires), finds herself in direct consultation with the creeping chaos, who directs her to lead a team of disgraced Laundry personnel into the dark heart of America. It seems the Creeping Chaos is concerned about foreign relations.

A thousand-mile-wild storm system has blanketed the midwest, and the President is nowhere to be found. In fact, for reasons unknown the people of America are forgetting that the executive branch ever existed. The government has been infiltrated by the shadowy Black Chamber, and the Pentagon and NASA have been refocused on the problem of summoning Cthulhu.

Somewhere, the Secret Service battle to stay awake, to remind the President who he is, and to stay one step ahead of the vampiric dragnet that’s searching for him.


Alice Payne Arrives

Written by Kate Heartfield
Cover illustration by Cliff Nielsen
Cover design by Christine Foltzer
Available November 6th

What’s it about?

It’s 1889 and Major Prudence Zuniga is once again attempting to change history—to save history—but seventy attempts later she’s still no closer to her goal.

It’s 2016 and… well, the less said about 2016 the better!

But in 2020 the Farmers and the Guides are locked in battle; time is their battleground, and the world is their prize. Only something new can change the course of the war. Or someone new.

Little did they know, but they’ve all been waiting until Alice Payne arrives.


Static Ruin (The Voidwitch Saga #3)

Written by Corey J. White
Cover illustration by Tommy Arnold
Cover design by Christine Foltzer
Available November 6th

What’s it about?

Mars Xi is on the run, a bounty on her head and a kill count on her conscience. All she has left are her mutant cat Ocho and her fellow human weapon Pale, a young boy wracked by seizures who can kill with a thought. She needs him treated, and she needs to escape, and the only thread left to pull is her frayed connection to her father, Marius Teo. That thread will take her to the outskirts of the galaxy, to grapple with witch-cults and privately-owned planets, and into the hands of the man who engineered her birth.



Written by Jeremy C. Shipp
Cover illustration by Greg Ruth
Hand lettering by Greg Manchess
Cover design by Christine Foltzer
Available November 13th

What’s it about?

When the… thing first insinuated itself into the Lund family household, they were bemused. Vaguely human-shaped, its constantly-changing cravings seemed disturbing, at first, but time and pressure have a way of normalizing the extreme. Wasn’t it always part of their lives?

As the family make more and greater sacrifices in service to the beast, the thrall that binds them begins to break down. Choices must be made. Prices must be paid. And the Lunds must pit their wits against a creature determined to never let them go.

It’s psychological warfare. Sanity is optional.



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