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25 Years in the Making — City Under the Stars by Gardner Dozois and Michael Swanwick

City Under the Stars completes a journey undertaken by Gardner Dozois and Michael Swanwick 25 years ago, when they published the novella The City of God. Over two decades later, the two realized there was more to the story, and began the work of expanding it. Now, after Gardner Dozois’ tragic passing, the story can be told in full.

City Under the Stars publishes in August 2020 with Publishing—we’re thrilled to share the cover below.

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How Robert Jordan’s The Eye Of The World Came To Be, 30 Years After Its Debut

On January 15, 1990, Tor Books released Robert Jordan’s The Eye of the World, the first volume in what would become a truly epic 14-volume fantasy saga.

Right from the start, Tor Books publisher Tom Doherty and then-editorial director Harriet McDougal knew they were putting something special out into the world. Still, no one could have predicted how elaborate Jordan’s world would become, the heights it would achieve, nor the heights it continues to achieve. (Though hopefully not all paths in these heights are paved with daggers…)

Here, McDougal and Doherty sit down and discuss in detail the rise of Robert Jordan and the circumstances surrounding the creation of The Eye of the World, the beginning–well, a beginning–to The Wheel of Time.

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Seanan McGuire Becomes A. Deborah Baker For Over the Woodward Wall, a Book That Was Never Supposed to Be Real

Over the Woodward Wall by A. Deborah Baker wasn’t supposed to be real.

The book, a young-at-heart tale of talking trees and sarcastic owls, of dangerous mermaids and captivating queens, only existed within the story of the shadowy world of Seanan McGuire’s Middlegame. A charming, and increasingly important, respite from the intrigues in McGuire’s 2019 novel.

But sometimes a book decides what it wants to be without you.

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Revealing Drowned Country by Emily Tesh

Even the Wild Man of Greenhollow can’t ignore a summons from his mother, when that mother is the indomitable Adela Silver, practical folklorist. Henry Silver does not relish what he’ll find in the grimy seaside town of Rothport, where once the ancient wood extended before it was drowned beneath the sea—a missing girl, a monster on the loose, or, worst of all, Tobias Finch, who loves him.

In this stunning sequel to Silver in the Wood, Emily Tesh once again invites readers to lose themselves in the story of Henry and Tobias, and the magic of a myth they’ve always known. Drowned Country arrives June 16, 2020 from Publishing—check out the full cover art below!

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All of’s Original Short Fiction Published in 2019

Since launching in 2008,’s short fiction program has been producing touching, funny, and thought-provoking stories, and this year was no different. In 2019, we published 14 original novelettes and 22 short stories that ran the gamut from hard science fiction to epic fantasy, from horror to steampunk, from fairy tales to space opera. We’ve rounded them all up below, and you can also find Publishing’s impressive output of novellas and novels here.

We are tremendously proud of our authors, illustrators, and editors for creating such wonderful short fiction this year. We hope that you will nominate your favorites for the Hugos, Nebulas, and other upcoming awards which honor outstanding works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror—but most of all, we hope that you have enjoyed reading these stories as much as we have!

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All of Publishing’s 2019 Titles

In 2019, Publishing published over 30 novels, novellas, anthologies, and collections, including the finale of Myke Cole’s The Sacred Throne trilogy, the follow-up to the Nommo Award-winning novella The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson, the necromantic science fiction sensation Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir featuring everyone’s favorite galactic dirtbag, and so much more!

We are tremendously proud of our authors, illustrators, and editors for creating such wonderful works this year. We hope that you will nominate your favorites for the Hugos, Nebulas, and other upcoming awards which honor outstanding works of science fiction, fantasy, and horror—but most of all, we hope that you have enjoyed reading these stories as much as we have!

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All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in January!

You feel the air changing all around you. Palms open, you close your eyes and allow yourself to feel. Something is coming, they are coming, and you are connected to all of them. This month’s genre-bending releases blur the lines between what is real and what is strange. Explore a Cuban neighborhood that lives in the shadow of a strange cathedral in in The Black Cathedral by Marcial Gala; work against the algorithms of a giant corporation in Qualityland by Marc-Uwe Kling; and uncover the history of a hidden stop on the underground road to freedom in Remembrance by Rita Woods!

Head below for the full list of genre-bending titles heading your way this month!

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Seanan McGuire Recaps the Wayward Children Series

Hi, I’m Seanan McGuire, the author of the Wayward Children Series, and I’m currently visiting the offices in Manhattan, where they’ve asked me to come in here and record this “Previously on the Wayward Children Series” memo for you as we approach the release of Come Tumbling Down. Now, as a warning, there are going to be some pretty heavy spoilers for the rest of the series in this, so if you’re not caught up, this is where you should press the ‘stop’ button. It’s the big square one. ‘Kay, I’m gonna trust that all those of you that needed to stop, have stopped, and will not come yell at me later because we put out spoilers for the series…

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All the New Young Adult SFF Books Coming Out in January!

There is only a little more to go, you know you can make it through. The path is dark and winding, but there is strength in finding your own way. The light comes from within you. January’s YA SFF books are an answer to a call. Spin celestial thread in Isabel Ibañez’s magical Woven in Moonlight; fight alongside your brother in Infinity Son by Adam Silvera; and head back to Brooklyn for Daniel José Older’s epic Shadowshaper Legacy.

Head below for the full list of Young Adult SFF titles heading your way this month!

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All the New Science Fiction Books Coming out in January!

It is up to you now, only you are in control of your future. You have never had to fight this hard before, you don’t know what you’re capable of. All you can do is gather all the power you’ve got. This month’s science fiction titles are all about accepting both the good and the bad. Find hope after the apocalypse in Mike Chen’s A Beginning at the End; embrace your gifts in Vanished Birds by Simon Jimenez; and find power in anger in the new book from Tochi Onyebuchi, Riot Baby.

Head below for the full list of science fiction titles heading your way in January!

[Read more] Reviewers Pick the Best Books of 2019

2019 has been an amazing year of book releases in the genres of science fiction, fantasy, young adult, and beyond. The following highlights from the book reviewers on take place in tomorrows both near and far, and in time wars both personal and catastrophic. Necromancers clawed for our attention in imaginative new ways and the number 9 came up a lot. Space opera nearly ran the table!

Below,’s regular book reviewers talk about notable titles they read in 2019.

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