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All the New Science Fiction Books Coming Out in December

We don’t know where to start this month. Truly. Do we go to Canto Bight, the casino planet that’s both a new book and a new location in The Last Jedi? Do we get back on the Rocinante for the seventh Expanse book, Persepolis Rising? Do we hang out with the Wild Cards? Venture into Ada Palmer’s Terra Ignota series? Or pick up the newly reissued second book in Joan Vinge’s Snow Queen series, World’s End? Clearly we need the month off to read them all.

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All the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in December

Don’t finish your wishlists just yet—the year’s not quite over! Cozy up with The Girl in the Tower, Katherine Arden’s sequel to The Bear and the Nightingale; visit Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar with a whole host of writers in Pathways; consider Alice through a different glass in Ellen Datlow’s new anthology, Mad Hatter and March Hares; or pick up Nora Roberts’ magically post-apocalyptic Year One—among other wintry fantasies.

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Meet the Hippo Stars of Sarah Gailey’s River of Teeth

Sarah Gailey’s River of Teeth and its sequel Taste of Marrow feature a diverse cast of memorable characters: Winslow Remington Houndstooth, leader of the gang tasked with clearing the Mississippi of feral hippos; Regina “Archie” Archaumbault, charming con artist; Hero Shackleby, the quietly deadly poisons expert brought out of retirement for one last job; and Adelia Reyes, assassin extraordinaire. (And then there’s Cal. That’s really all we need to say about Cal.)

But none of these mercenaries would be quite as bad-ass without their trusty hippo steeds.

So we want to introduce you to the hippos at the heart of Sarah’s alternate history adventure, and asked Sarah herself to provide the stats on each—from size to breed to quirky traits and middle names—to accompany these original illustrations by Gregory Manchess! Plus, today only (November 27, 2017) you can get an ebook of River of Teeth for $2.99 from your preferred retailer. (And look out for other great ebooks deals this week!)

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Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer Debuts at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List

Oathbringer, the eagerly awaited third volume in Brandon Sanderson’s epic Stormlight Archive fantasy series, has debuted at #1 on the New York Times Hardcover Fiction Bestseller list!

Congratulations to the author and his hard-working prep team!

For those who have finished the book and want to talk about the surprises and implications, check out the full spoiler review.

If you’re interested in picking up Oathbringer but aren’t sure how to jump on, here’s a handy refresher of what occurred in the first two Stormlight Archive novels.

All of Tor.com Publishing’s Fiction from 2017

2017 was a big year for Tor.com Publishing! On top of our long-established, award-winning short fiction program, Tor.com published 40 novels and novellas, plus one short fiction collection, and we’d like to take this opportunity to round up all of them.

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 of Tor.com’s Original Short Fiction from 2017

Since launching in 2008, Tor.com’s short fiction program has been producing touching, funny, and thought-provoking stories, and this year was no different. In 2017, we published 12 original novelettes and 28 short stories, plus 11 flash fiction pieces 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 Tor.com 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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Oathbringer: I-3 The Rhythm of the Lost (Audio)

We’re excited to share an excerpt from Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer audiobook, read by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading.

The third volume in Sanderson’s Stormlight Archive epic, Oathbringer is available November 14th from Tor Books and Macmillan Audio—and you can get a jump start with chapters 1-32 here on Tor.com! Listen to Interlude 3: The Rhythm of the Lost below, and find our other excerpts collected here in the Oathbringer index.

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Series: Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

The First 33 Chapters of Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer Are Free to Read!

Oathbringer, the highly-anticipated third volume in Brandon Sanderson’s fantasy epic The Stormlight Archive, hits shelves on November 14. But you can start reading it NOW, for free on Tor.com!

The first 33 chapters of Brandon Sanderson’s Oathbringer

Don’t worry, while these chapters contain some exciting developments, this section is only the first of five parts. (Brandon Sanderson definitely brings the epic.)

Enjoy!

Strange Rumors: Revealing Francesco Dimitri’s The Book of Hidden Things

We’re thrilled to reveal the cover for The Book of Hidden Things, the debut English novel from the Italian fantasy master Francesco Dimitri, and a story about the nature of mystery itself.

Editor Ella Chappell describes the novel:

This literary fantasy is set in the harsh and seductive landscape of southern Italy and follows the story of three old friends who return to their home town to find that the fourth of their group, the charismatic and enigmatic Art, has gone missing. As the friends investigate his disappearance, they begin to uncover strange and unexplained things; rumours of Art curing a young woman’s cancer, worrying evidence of his involvement in the local mafia, and a manuscript in a room piled high with books and notes: The Book of Hidden Things, a beguiling document that reveals Art’s apparent belief that he can access another world, a paradise of hidden things. This is a gripping thriller with a vivid vein of magic running through it, a story about friendship and landscape, love and betrayal.

The Book of Hidden Things publishes May 22, 2018 with Titan Books. Check out the full cover, and read an excerpt from the novel below!

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Some of the Best Tor.com Non-Fiction in 2017 (Thus Far)

Tor.com publishes between 3000 and 4000 non-fiction articles each year. Within that mix of news and book reviews and essays and columns are inevitably certain articles about science fiction and fantasy that hit you in a memorable way and make you go “wow”—pieces of writing that sit in your mind, conversing with you long after you’ve finished reading them.

Here are 10 such pieces (plus one bonus!) published on Tor.com in 2017 from amongst the 100+ that immediately stood out to us, along with the reasons why they made us go “wow”! Of course, every reader will have different favorites, so if there’s an article from the last year that has stuck with you or made you think differently, please share in the comments…

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Tor.com Reviewers’ Choice: The Best Books of 2017

“Pretty much the only thing keeping me going is fiction,” our reviewer Alex Brown says, below. That could sound despairing—but there’s so much good fiction in this year’s crop that maybe you can read it as a celebration as well. We loved the ends and the beginnings of series; we loved debuts and new work from established writers; we loved eerie stories, translations, award-winners, sequels, and everything in between. If you’re looking for a story to keep you company as the nights get longer and the year draws to a close, may we suggest some of the following?

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