“A Diary From the Future” — Read an Excerpt from Malka Older’s …and Other Disasters

…and Other Disasters, the smart and moving collection of short fiction and poetry from acclaimed author Malka Older, examines otherness, identity and compassion across a spectrum of possible existence. In stories about an AI built for empathy, a corps of fighting midwives traveling to a new planet, and a young anthropologist who returns to study the cultures of a dying Earth, Older’s characters grapple with what it means to belong and be othered, to cling to the past and face the future, all while navigating a precarious world, riddled with natural and man-made disasters.

…and Other Disasters publishes November 21st with Mason Jar Press, and the author and the publisher will each donate 10% of their earnings to organizations that work with migrants and/or refugees. We’re excited to preview an excerpt from the collection—from the story “The Divided”—below.

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Remembrance Sweepstakes!

Remembrance by Rita Woods is a breakout historical debut with a fantastic twist, perfect for the many fans of The Underground Railroad and Orphan Train – and we want to send you a copy!

 

Remembrance…It’s a rumor, a whisper passed in the fields and veiled behind sheets of laundry. A hidden stop on the underground road to freedom, a safe haven protected by more than secrecy…if you can make it there.

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Serial Box Is Launching Three New SFF Mystery Series — Get a Sneak Peek at Gods & Lies by Elizabeth Vail!

Genre-bender-lovers, rejoice! Serial Box has announced that three new sci-fi mystery series are coming to the ebook/audiobook app. They include a chiller about an uploaded brain that wakes up in the wrong body, a murder mystery involving demigods and “Pantheonic politics,” and a corporate espionage thriller about two rival AI companies. The authors behind the three series include Yoon Ha Lee, Max Gladstone, Sarah Gailey, Mary Robinette Kowal, Elizabeth Vail, Frank Wilde, Curtis C. Chen, and more.

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Worth Fighting For: The Killing Light by Myke Cole

Winter comes, and three communities come together to make an army of the people, as Heloise, the Queen of Crows, the Armored Saint, seeks change everything about the world she lives in. Tragedy after tragedy, bittersweet victory after tremendous loss, she finally finds herself at the head of a group of people all seeking to put an end to the death grip the tyrannical Order holds on the world. Part foreign army seeking to put down aggressors, part traveling community seeking peace, and part citizens sick of falling prey to the terror and oppression of those in power, each in their own way look to Heloise to lead them. Some see her as a holy figure, a Palantine, a saint sent by the Emperor to guide them. Others see a revolutionary who stood up for them, so that they may stand for her. And others still a weak, scared young woman in a war machine, barely holding it together. As the Sacred Throne trilogy ends, Heloise will find out exactly who she is, and what it is she is meant to do. If she can survive what the world throws at her.

In this final volume of his epic fantasy trilogy, Cole brings us a story that simultaneously celebrates the elements of grimdark fiction that were a staple of fantasy in the early 2000s, while also working to interrogate them rigorously.

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Rereading The Ruin of Kings: Chapters 70 and 71

Look, we all go way back, and I owe you from the thing with the guy in the place, and I’ll never forget it, Tor.com. In gratitude, I will help you rob a casino offer you this RROK post! Don’t say I never did nothin’ for ya!

This blog series will be covering The Ruin of Kings, the first novel of a five-book series by Jenn Lyons. Previous entries can be found here in the series index.

Today’s post will be covering Chapter 70, “The Raven Returns”, and Chapter 71, “The Trip Home.” Please note that from this point forward, these posts will likely contain spoilers for the entire novel, so it’s recommended that you read the whole thing first before continuing on.

Got that? Great! Click on for the rest!

[“You’re a thief and a liar.” “I only lied about being a thief. I don’t do that anymore.” “Steal?” “Lie.”]

Series: The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

Cast Your Vote in the 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards Semifinal Round!

The 2019 Goodreads Choice Awards continue apace! Following the close of the Opening Round, the semifinalists have been determined in each category, with more than a few write-ins including We Hunt the Flame by Hafsah Faizal, The Monster of Elendhaven by Jennifer Giesbrecht, Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir, Monstress, Vol. 4: The Chosen by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda, and more.

Below you’ll find your choices for the Semifinal Round in science fiction, fantasy, horror, the Best of the Best, and more!

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See the New and Improved Sonic in the Second Trailer for Sonic the Hedgehog

After the first Sonic the Hedgehog trailer resulted in much grumbling from fans, the team behind the film decided to give our supersonic anthropomorphic game mascot a make-over. Now that the second trailer has dropped, we finally get to see the fruits of their labor. Gone are the long, spindly legs, the cavernous maw crowded with teeth, those EYES. Instead, we have a more appropriately proportioned CGI creation who’s a lot closer to the Sonic we know and love.

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Choice, Powerful Women, and the Epic Weird: Announcing Kerstin Hall’s Debut Novel, Star Eater

Tor.com Publishing is thrilled to announce that Ruoxi Chen has acquired World English rights to Star Eater and a second untitled novel from Kerstin Hall. Pitched as Robin McKinley meets The Handmaid’s Tale, Star Eater will be Hall’s novel-length debut. Jennifer Jackson at the Donald Maass Literary Agency brokered the deal.

In this stunning debut fantasy reminiscent of Robin McKinley, Elfreda Raughn—bureaucrat, priestess, and practitioner of cannibalistic magic—must betray the Order in which she was raised so she can choose her own future…

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