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Carl Engle-Laird

The Deadliest Woman in Space Returns in a Third Voidwitch Saga Novella by Corey J. White

Mariam “Mars” Xi made her explosive, violent debut earlier this summer in Killing Gravity, ripping apart space fleets and hordes of imperial shock troops as she stayed one step ahead of MEPHISTO. In 2018 she’ll return to reap the bitter rewards of her escape in the second Voidwitch Saga novella, Void Black Shadow. Now, I’m proud to announce that Tor.com Publishing has acquired a third Voidwitch novella from Corey J. White in a deal with his agent, Martha Millard of Sterling Lord Literistic.

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Black Helicopters Circle Overhead as Caitlín R. Kiernan’s Signalman Returns

The Signalman, the enigmatic character introduced in this year’s tour de force novella Agents of Dreamland is coming back!

Tor.com is proud to present two novellas from winner of multiple World Fantasy, Tiptree, Locus, Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild awards, Caitlín R. Kiernan, with a new edition of her tour de force World Fantasy Award nominee Black Helicopters, and an entirely new follow-up story.

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You Will Not Know Whether to Love or Fear These Books: Announcing 2 New Tensorate Novellas from JY Yang

On September 26th you’ll be able to get your first tastes of JY Yang’s Tensorate series with The Black Tides of Heaven and The Red Threads of Fortune, twin standalone novellas that each offer entry into a deep and fascinating series that the author described as “Dragon Age meets Jurassic World meets Star Wars meets Mad Max” in an interview with io9.

The first line you read introduces a former prophet responding to her squad through a quantum-entangled remote communication device…

While directing her pack of raptors to hunt a sky-spanning monster…

While seated atop another, larger raptor.

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Karen Memory Will Return in…Stone Mad, a New Novella by Elizabeth Bear

Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce that we will be publishing Stone Mad, a new novella by Elizabeth Bear in the steampunk world of Karen Memory. When last we saw Karen Memery (“like memory only spelt with an e”) she was managing a high quality bordello in steampunk Seattle and hunting down the threat behind a curious device that could take over anyone’s mind.

Author Elizabeth Bear explains what Karen will get up to next:

It’s so great to be working with Tor.com and channeling Karen again. This story has been bugging me since the end of 2015, and it was one of the ones where I had to keep coming back to it from different angles to get it to come out right. I was trying to write a caper, actually, but the characters were too smart for the plot so it went in a direction that really surprised me! I’m thrilled to show a little more of Karen’s world, and watch her get into ever more trouble.

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A New Novel Written Entirely in Verse: Announcing Jane Yolen’s Finding Baba Yaga

Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce that we will be publishing Jane Yolen’s next book Finding Baba Yaga, a verse novel exploring the legacy of the great, iconic, Russian fairy tale witch who lives in a house in the woods that walks about on chicken feet. Finding Baba Yaga was acquired for Tor.com Publishing by Senior Editor Susan Chang in a deal facilitated by Elizabeth Harding at Curtis Brown Ltd.

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Tor.com Acquires the Third Centenal Cycle Novel from Malka Older

Malka Older’s 2016 debut novel Infomocracy swept readers into a frighteningly relevant world of big ideas, global government, and sinister machinations, in what The Huffington Post called “one of the greatest literary debuts in recent history.” It was named one of the best books of 2016 by The Washington Post, The Verge, Flavorwire, Kirkus, and Book Riot. Malka Older will continue her groundbreaking Centenal Cycle in 2017 with Null States, in which predators rise at the edges of the powerful Information’s control, and we’re proud to announce that Tor.com Publishing has acquired a third novel to cap off this exciting trilogy.

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Devote Yourself to Cthulhu with Five Days of Winter Tide

While any editor with a lick of political sense will tell you they love EVERY book they have the honor to publish, today I’m going to admit to playing favorites. Winter Tide holds a special place in my heart, and I think over the course of this week you’ll begin to see why.

The first novel from debut author Ruthanna Emrys kicks off a new historical fantasy series, the Innsmouth Legacy, that could enrapture readers for years to come. It’s about Aphra Marsh, last survivor of the Innsmouth internment camps, working with the U.S. government that imprisoned her people to prevent a magical war with the USSR. It’s about the found family she wraps around herself in a world she no longer recognizes. It’s about survival in the face of annihilation, kindness under the shadow of cruelty, and love as an antidote to hatred.

I first met Aphra Marsh in 2013, when I found Ruthanna’s novelette “The Litany of Earth” in Tor.com’s slush pile. Hers is the first work of fiction I ever edited, and I’m terribly proud to share the first five chapters of Aphra Marsh’s next journey with all of you.

[Come and discover an amazing world…]

Tor.com Publishing Acquires Witchmark and a Sequel from C. L. Polk

Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce that we have acquired two novels from debut author C. L. Polk, Witchmark and an as-yet-untitled sequel. Witchmark is a fantasy novel about Miles Singer, a war doctor who fakes his death to work at a cash-strapped veteran’s hospital. When a fatally poisoned patient exposes the doctor’s secret healing powers, he must put his anonymity and freedom at risk to investigate his patient’s murder.

Witchmark and its sequel were acquired by consulting editor Justin Landon, in a deal with Caitlin McDonald at Donald Maass Literary Agency.

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Logic Makes Monsters: Announcing Mandelbrot the Magnificent by Liz Ziemska

Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce that consulting editor Ann VanderMeer has acquired Mandelbrot the Magnificent, a historical fantasy novella, from author Liz Ziemska.

The novella presents a fantastical version of the life of Benoit Mandelbrot as he and his family flee the spreading threat of the Nazis, from the Warsaw ghetto to Paris to rural France. As antisemitism encroaches ever closer on Mandelbrot’s life, he relies more and more heavily on the magic of mathematics, through which he may find salvation for his family and himself.

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Announcing a New Novella by Jeffrey Ford

Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce that consulting editor Ellen Datlow has acquired The Twilight Pariah a new dark fantasy novella from Jeffrey Ford. Three friends home from college decide to excavate an abandoned outhouse on the edge of town, in the hopes of discovering treasure or adventure. Instead they find a sealed bottle filled with a red liquid and the bizarre skeleton of a horned child.

Jeffrey Ford is the author of the novels The Physiognomy, Memoranda, The Beyond, The Portrait of Mrs. Charbuque, The Girl in the Glass, The Cosmology of the Wider World, and The Shadow Year. His short story collections are The Fantasy Writer’s Assistant, The Empire of Ice Cream, The Drowned Life, Crackpot Palace, and A Natural History of Hell. Ford’s short fiction has appeared in a wide variety of magazines and anthologies. Both books and stories have been translated into nearly 20 languages worldwide. Ford is the recipient of the World Fantasy Award, Nebula, Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Shirley Jackson Award, the Hayakawa Award, and Gran Prix de l’Imaginaire. He lives in Ohio in a hundred and twenty year old farm house surrounded by corn and soybean fields and teaches part time at Ohio Wesleyan University.

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Announcing Two Novellas by Margaret Killjoy

Tor.com is proud to announce that we have acquired a series of two novellas from Margaret Killjoy. The first novella, The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion, follows Danielle Cain, a queer punk rock traveler, into the squatter utopia of Freedom, Iowa, where she searches for clues about her best friend’s suicide. She discovers that the people of Freedom summoned help to maintain their free community, and the spirit they brought into this world now presides over the town as judge and executioner. These novellas were acquired for Tor.com Publishing by Tor Books editor Diana Pho.

Margaret Killjoy is a genderqueer author, born and raised in Maryland, who has spent their adult life traveling with no fixed home. A life on the road has given them a healthy respect for hobos, street kids, and other elements of the criminal class. A 2015 graduate of Clarion West, Margaret’s short fiction has been published by Strange Horizons, Vice’s Terraform, and Fireside amongst others. They founded SteamPunk Magazine in 2006, and their nonfiction books have been published by anarchist publisher AK Press. Margaret’s most recent book is A Country of Ghosts, a utopian novel published by Combustion Books in 2014. They blog at Birds Before the Storm and say things as @magpiekilljoy on Twitter.

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Music to Stop the World: Announcing A Song for Quiet by Cassandra Khaw

Hammers on Bone, Cassandra Khaw’s first Tor.com Publishing novella is available to read right now, and I highly recommend you get to doing so. The book blends the hard-boiled aesthetic of neo-noir with the isolating horrors of the Cthulhu mythos in ways you’re sure to find fresh and original. However, if you need another reason to invest in the book, we’ve got just the thing for you. I’m happy to announce that I’ve acquired another novella in the world of Hammers on Bone for Tor.com Publishing!

A Song for Quiet is a standalone follow-up to Hammers on Bone. Rambling bluesman Deacon Jones meets trouble on his journey from Georgia to Arkham—visions of nightmares, gaping mouths and grasping tendrils, and a madman who calls himself John Persons. According to the stranger, Deacon is carrying an seed in his head, a thing that will destroy the world if he lets it hatch. I’ve had a fantastic time working with Cassandra, and truly believe her to be one of the most vibrant new voices in SFF. I’m thrilled to be able to continue the story of Hammers on Bone.

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Tor.com Publishing Opening to Fantasy Novellas on October 12th

Tor.com Publishing will soon be reopening to unsolicited novella submissions! Starting October 12, Lee Harris and Carl Engle-Laird will be reading and evaluating original novellas submitted by hopeful authors to https://tor.moksha.io/publication/tornovellas. You can find full guidelines here, and we highly recommend you read the guidelines before submitting. We will be open for three months, beginning on October 12th around 9:00 AM EDT (UTC-4:00) and ending on January 12th around 9:00 AM EST (UTC-5:00). We may extend this period depending on how many submissions we receive over the course of the open period.

Until the end of this open period, Tor.com will only be considering novellas of between 20,000 and 40,000 words that fit the epic fantasy, sword and sorcery, high fantasy, or quest fantasy genres, whether set on Earth or on an original fantasy world. However, we will only be considering novellas that inhabit worlds that are not modeled on European cultures. We are seeking worlds that take their influences from African, Asian, indigenous American, or Pacific cultures, or any diasporic culture from one of those sources. To qualify, novellas should center the experiences of characters from non-European-inspired cultures.

Both Lee Harris and Carl Engle-Laird actively request submissions from writers from underrepresented populations. This includes, but is not limited to, writers of any race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, nationality, class and physical or mental ability. We believe that good science fiction and fantasy reflects the incredible diversity and potential of the human species, and hope our catalog will reflect that.

If you have a novella you want to submit that doesn’t fit these parameters, don’t give up hope. Our plan is to rotate which genre we’re soliciting periodically, so check back here and on our submissions guideline page regularly. Once we’ve worked our way through these submissions, we’ll re-open for a different genre. Please don’t ask us what genre we’ll be moving to—we’ll be deciding that closer to the time.

 

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Blood Copies: Announcing The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

I’m thrilled to announce that Tor.com Publishing has acquired The Murders of Molly Southbourne, a new horror novella from Tade Thompson, author of Kitschie-winning author of Making Wolf. Thompson’s novella is the story of Molly Southbourne, a woman who creates a murderous copy of herself any time she bleeds. Trained her whole life to kill these mollys, Molly grows ever more bitter until she finds herself wondering whether it’s better to kill herself or be killed by the inescapable horde.

I made the mistake of opening The Murders of Molly Southbourne late one evening, and found myself so horrified and enraptured that I couldn’t stop reading. Hours later, the book completed, I remained haunted by the poignant and terrifying visions Thompson had conjured before my eyes. I’m proud to have acquired his novella for Tor.com, and for the opportunity to inflict on the readers what I experienced myself.

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Announcing The Warrior Within by Angus McIntyre

We’re proud to announce that Tor.com Publishing has acquired The Warrior Within, a science fiction adventure novella from debut author Angus McIntyre.

The Warrior Within stars Karsman, a man who struggles to restrain the artificial personae that inhabit and empower him. Whether the cautious Diplomat, the devious Strategist, or the berserker Warrior, any one of Karsman’s personae could overcome his inhibitions and destroy the peaceful life he’s worked hard to carve out in his small town along the Road. But when three strangers appear from another planet seeking to find and kill a woman, Karsman may have to give in to his other selves to protect his home. The Warrior Within was acquired through Tor.com’s open novella submissions by consulting editor Justin Landon.

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