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Fiction and Excerpts [19]

Fiction and Excerpts [19]

Sky in the Deep Audio Exerpt

Raised to be a warrior, 17-year-old Eelyn fights alongside her Aska clansmen in an ancient rivalry against the Riki clan. Until the day she sees the impossible on the battlefield—her brother, fighting with the enemy. The brother she watched die five years ago...

Announcing the 2018 Eugie Award Nominees

The nominees for the third annual Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction have been announced. Established in honor of the late writer and editor Eugie Foster, the Eugie Award honors “irreplaceable” stories that “will become essential to speculative fiction readers.” Foster, who passed away in 2014, was a prolific short fiction writer; her novelette “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast” won the 2009 Nebula Award.

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Meet Tor and Publishing Authors at Phoenix Comic Fest!

Phoenix Comic Fest kicks off this year on May 23 and has a lot of phenomenal programming from Tor Books and Publishing, including a multi-author SFF event at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore!

Click through for the complete schedule, your guide to signings, and SFF panels galore. Cory Doctorow and Sylvain Neuvel talk transhumanism; K. Arsenault Rivera and John Scalzi compare notes on the weirdest research tidbits; Myke Cole and Sam Sykes play D&D; and V.E. Schwab is all over the place, talking mythology, magic systems, and #FearlessWomen, depending where you catch her. And that’s just scratching the surface. Plus, special solo panels with Schwab, Scalzi, Doctorow, and L.E. Modesitt.

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Visit Tor/Forge & Publishing at BEA and BookCon!

Tor Books, Tor Teen, Publishing, and Forge will be at BookExpo America (May 30-June 1) and BookCon (June 2-3)!

Click through for the complete schedule, your guide to in-booth signings and giveaways, plus awesome SFF panels. V.E. Schwab, Charlie Jane Anders, Seth Dickinson, and more will be in attendance to talk LGBTQ gender and identity in SFF and #FearlessWomen! Plus, Susan Dennard and Marissa Meyer wax poetic about NaNoWriMo, while Naomi Novik tells tiny stories live! And did we mention that there’s a bookstagram photo opp at Tor Booth 2444/45?

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Announcing the 2017 Nebula Awards Winners!

Presented in May 2018, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the 2017 Nebula Awards winners, as well as the winners for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The winners were announced at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s 52nd Annual Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, which took place from Thursday, May 17th through Sunday, May 20th at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center.

[Read more] Publishing & Tor Books’ Nebula Finalist Sweepstakes!

Tor Books and Publishing are offering readers a chance to get all of their 2017 Nebula Award finalists for free!

That bundle includes:

All Systems Red (MURDERBOT) by Martha Wells
The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang
Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly

So it’s pretty wild.

To enter, sign up through the Nebula Finalists sweepstakes page here.

Revealing A Memory Called Empire, a New Space Opera From Arkady Martine

For that moment when you tear through Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice trilogy, or all of Iain M. Banks’ Culture series, or you’re waiting for the next Expanse novel, and you just. want. more? Tor Books has some good news for you! is excited to reveal the cover to A Memory Called Empire, a new space opera novel by Arkady Martine coming from Tor Books on March 26, 2019. Check out this cover from artist Jaime Jones:

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Max Gladstone Conjures a Grizzly Bear Skeleton in His Reddit AMA!

Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence uses fantasy tropes and tales to filter the modern world, as he explained in his Talk at Google last year: bankruptcies that work like necromancy, corporations that work like gods, the like. Last week, Gladstone was on Reddit’s r/fantasy subreddit, further explaining what he does in books like the recently published The Ruin of Angels: “I like to use the leverage and distance genre offers to try to get into the meat of our fractured modern moment, when the real stuff happening outside our windows is big and strange and world-shaking and weird.”

Speaking of weird, he also talks penguins drinking martinis, weaponized high art, and the topsy-turvy experience of cowriting the time-traveling love letter novella This Is How You Lose the Time War with Amal El-Mohtar. Click through for the highlights of Gladstone’s AMA!

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All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in May

If you asked us to stack this month’s genre-bending releases in the order you should read them … it’d be impossible. We’d be sitting here forever, trapped under the weight of an impossible task. Should you start with Melissa Broder’s merman novel? One of several intriguing story collections? A nonfiction book about geek culture, or one about the military science of Star Wars? Bethany C. Morrow’s debut, Mem? A new Stephen King novel? Or maybe Nikhil Singh’s Taty Went West?

You tell us: Which first?

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I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing Audio Excerpt

A. D. Jameson celebrates the triumph of geekdom in I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing, an insightful and irreverent journey through the science fiction, fantasy, and superhero pop-culture cinematic icons whose legions of fans have put them at the top of the box office over and over. In honor of of May the Fourth, we’re excited to share an excerpt from the audiobook below, in which Jameson defends Star Wars against detractors who see George Lucas’s groundbreaking film as a simplistic spectacle, the death knell of the experimental New Hollywood style of the 1970s.

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