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Introducing Seanan McGuire’s Middlegame — A Contemporary Tale of Truly Epic Proportions

Set your alarm for spring 2019, and the publication of Seanan McGuire’s most ambitious novel to date—Middlegame.

Tor.com Publishing is thrilled to be able to being you one of the most exciting books we’ve read this year. It’s a story of friendship, of family, of designer gods, and of life versus death, good versus evil. You know – pretty major stuff. Middlegame tells the tale of twins separated at birth, who may be destined to become the most powerful beings in the universe, and what comes with great power…?

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Feminist High Plains Drifter …in Space! Announcing Una McCormack’s The Undefeated

Threatened with annexation by the interstellar Commonwealth, the settlers of the strategically important planet Sienna were able to prolong their independence only by submitting to a never-ending ordeal of intimidation and extortion. Now, with nowhere else to turn, the settlers hire a strange jenjer—a genetically engineered working class—woman to drive off their oppressors…

But a revolution is surging up through the ranks of the jenjers themselves, and what follows is nothing at all like what the settlers bargained for.

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Living in a House on Fire: A New Katherine Vaz Novella for Tor.com

We’re delighted to be able to announce the acquisition of a new novella by the amazing Katherine Vaz!

When Ellen Datlow brought us a new Katherine Vaz novella—and described it as Alice in Wonderland meets The Book Thief—we knew we had to take a look. And the more we read, the more we knew we had to publish it.

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Announcing Acadie by Dave Hutchinson

Dave Hutchinson’s work has been shortlisted for many awards, including The John W Campbell Memorial Award, the Locus Award, the Kitschies, the Arthur C Clarke Award, and more.

We are thrilled to be able to bring you his new novella, Acadie.

They keep on running, but the original humans keep on chasing.

Dave said:

“It’s actually come as something of a surprise to find myself writing and publishing short fiction again after a very long layoff, and it’s a joy and an honour to be working with Tor.com, which for quite some time has been on my bingo card of places I most wanted to publish.”

Acadie was acquired by Tor.com’s senior editor, Lee Harris, who said:

“The scale of the story and the quality of the writing had me hooked right from the very start. I could not be happier to be publishing this book.”

Acadie will be published this coming fall in ebook and trade paperback formats.

Seanan McGuire Signs Up for Three More Novellas

Last year’s Every Heart a Doorway proved to be a resounding success! A winner of the 2017 ALA Alex Award (which recognise adult books that are suitable for teen readers), Every Heart a Doorway is the first book in an exciting new series from Seanan McGuire, introducing us to the boarders at Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children—young men and women who have returned home from magical adventures only to find themselves unsuited for “normal” life.

NPR described the novella as “A mini-masterpiece of portal fantasy that deserves to be shelved with Lewis Carroll’s and C. S. Lewis’ classics”, and iO9 said it’s “So mindblowingly good, it hurts.”

We are delighted to be able to announce that we’ve recently agreed to buy another three novellas from McGuire, including at least one new Wayward Children story!

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Announcing Two New Nightshades Stories from Melissa F Olson

A little over four months ago we published Nightshades by Melissa F Olson—a gruesome tale of special agents and vampires. It’s a great book, but don’t just take our word for it—urban fantasy legend Charles de Lint said of it:

Everything rings true in this short novel. The pace is fast, but the characterization runs deep, and under Olson’s deft control, it feels as though we’re reading these concepts for the very first time.

So, when the opportunity presented itself to commission more in the series we jumped at the chance! Book two in the series—Switchback—will be published in the fall of 2017, with book three—Outbreak—to follow in 2018.

Melissa told us:

I have been so gratified by the response to Nightshades, and I’m honored to once again be working with Lee Harris and the Tor.com team to bring more of Alex and Lindy’s world to the page. Nightshades was always designed to be the kickoff to a series, so it’s really exciting to have this story moving forward just as I’d hoped.

Switchback and Outbreak were commissioned by Tor.com senior editor Lee Harris through Ethan Ellenberg of the Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency.

Announcing Andy Remic’s An Impossible War Omnibus

This year, we published Andy Remic’s dark fantasy trilogy of novellas—A Song for No Man’s Land, Return of Souls and The Iron Beast. Now we’re excited to collect Remic’s demonic tour de force in a single ebook volume—An Impossible War.

Robert Jones signed up for the British Expeditionary Force with visions of honour and glory, of fighting for king and country, of making his family proud at last. He got an eternity of muddy trenches, clouds of poison gas, and a bullet for his troubles. Despite the mundane horrors of the Great War, however, things were about to get much worse.

As armies begin to shapeshift into demonic entities, a new face of war is displayed. The Great War has been chosen as the battleground in an eternal, metaphysical struggle, and Jones finds himself caught in no man’s land.

An Impossible War will be published in ebook format in February 2017 for just $5.99! Pre-order now for the Nook, or from your favorite ebook retailer!

Chow Down with Sin du Jour: The First Course

In January, mere weeks before the fourth installment of Matt Wallace’s delicious Sin du Jour novella series, we’ll be publishing the first three—Envy of Angels, Lustlocked, and Pride’s Spellin a single ebook volume.

The Sin du Jour catering agency specialises in catering for New York’s supernatural community (though they sometimes get commissions a little further afield). It’s one of the freshest and funniest fantasy series on the market. If you’ve not yet had the opportunity to consume these treats, this will be an excellent opportunity to eat your fill of the first part of the story before Idle Ingredients hits the shelves (or should that be tables?) in February. And at just $6.99, it’s amazing value!
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Announcing The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

I’ve been sitting on this news for a little while, and I’m so happy to be able to finally announce that Tor.com Publishing has acquired two books in a new science fiction series—The Murderbot Diaries—from the brilliant Martha Wells.

All Systems Red is the first book in the series, and it follows a security droid assigned to protect a team of scientists on a new planetary expedition. But when a neighbouring expedition suddenly becomes silent it’s up to the newly self-aware droid and its distinctly unadventurous charges to investigate. But sometimes things are best left alone…

Martha said:

This novella came out of nowhere, when I was in the middle of writing the climax to my next fantasy novel.  I thought, “I’ll just write down a few lines so I don’t forget this before I have time to come back to it,” and before I knew it I had five pages written. I went back to it the day after I finished the rough draft of the novel and fell into a new world. I’m thrilled and delighted that this novella and its sequel could find a home at Tor.com.  I hope people enjoy reading about Murderbot as much as I enjoy writing it.

The books were acquired by Tor.com Publishing’s senior editor, Lee Harris, from Jennifer Jackson at the Donald Maass Literary Agency.

All Systems Red will be published in ebook and trade paperback in summer 2017.

A New Novella from Caitlin Kiernan — Agents of Dreamland

A new story from the winner of multiple World Fantasy, Tiptree, Locus, Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild awards is always something to look forward to, and Agents of Dreamland doesn’t disappoint!

We’ll just let commissioning editor Jonathan Strahan dive straight in:

About a year ago a fragment of a new Caitlin Kiernan story fell into my hands. It was intense and hypnotic and came on like a parched, hypnotic, sage-soaked amalgam of Lovecraft, Tom Robbins and every X-Files nightmare you ever had. It was practically poetry.

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