This summer marks Tor.com’s 15th anniversary—we officially launched the site on July 20, 2008 (Moon Landing Day!) and it’s been a wild, wonderful ride ever since. To help celebrate, we’ll be revisiting some of our favorite personal essays from the last few years starting today and continuing through the end of August. If you’d like to dig further back into our archives, you can also download (for free!) Rocket Fuel: Some of the Best of Tor.com Non-Fiction, the collection of essays we released for our tenth anniversary.
We hope you enjoy all of the essays to come this summer—we’ve grown and expanded so much as a site over the years that it’s impossible to include all of our favorites in the span of just a few short months, so please feel free to look back, share, and discuss the articles and columns that have stuck with you over time. There will be much more to come as the anniversary approaches, so for now we just want to take this opportunity to thank our entire editorial and production team for their incredible work over the years. And of course, to all of our amazing contributors, from longtime columnists to newer voices, and to our extraordinary community of readers and commenters—thank you all for making Tor.com such a thoughtful, lively, weird and wonderful place to be, today and every day!
All of our summer encore pieces will be collected here—jump right in with our first selection, in praise of SFF’s most tear-inducing moments.