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Announcing Lina Rather’s Sisters of the Vast Black

Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce that consulting editor Christie Yant has acquired World English rights for Lina Rather’s debut science fiction novella, Sisters of the Vast Black.

Years ago, Old Earth sent forth sisters and brothers into the vast dark of the prodigal colonies armed only with crucifixes and iron faith. Now, the sisters of the Order of Saint Rita are on an interstellar mission of mercy aboard Our Lady of Impossible Constellations, a living, breathing ship which seems determined to develop a will of its own.

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Author and Grand Master Gene Wolfe, 1931-2019

The science fiction and fantasy community has lost a beloved icon. We are extremely sad to report that author and SFWA Grand Master Gene Wolfe passed away on Sunday, April 14, 2019 after his long battle with heart disease. He was 87.

Gene Wolfe was born in New York on May 7, 1931. He studied at Texas A&M for a few years before dropping out and fighting in the Korean War. After his return to the US he finished his degree at the University of Houston. He was an engineer, and worked as the editor of the professional journal Plant Engineering. He was also instrumental in inventing the machine that cooks Pringles potato chips. He pursued his own writing during his editorial tenure at Plant Engineering, but it took a few years before one of his books gained wider notice in the sci-fi community: the novella that eventually became The Fifth Head of Cerberus. The whole tale was finally released as three linked novellas in 1972, and this is the beautiful opening passage:

When I was a boy my brother and I had to go bed early whether we were sleepy or not. In summer particularly, bedtime often came before sunset; and because our dormitory was in the east wing of the house, with a broad window facing the central courtyard and thus looking west, the hard, pinkish light sometimes streamed in for hours while we lay staring out at my father’s crippled monkey perched on a flaking parapet, or telling stories, one bed to another, with soundless gestures.

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Meet Author Jay Kristoff on Tour For Aurora Rising

From the New York Times and internationally bestselling authors of the Illuminae Files comes Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff, the start of a new YA science fiction epic arriving on May 7th from Knopf Books for Young Readers.

And starting in May, readers can meet co-author Jay Kristoff on a book tour featuring some very special guests.

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Enter to Win a $1000 Game of Thrones Season 8 Prize Pack Before April 16

Winter has come. Iron Thrones are popping up all over Earth. And the eighth and final season of HBO’s Game of Thrones is almost here.

This is a momentous occasion, which is why Tor.com has partnered up with HBO Shop, Den of Geek, Inverse, The Week, The Portalist, Outer Places, and Captain Robot to offer a GIANT Game of Thrones season 8 prize pack, worth over $1000!

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Announcing Kathleen Jennings’ Debut Novella Flyaway

Tor.com Publishing is delighted to announce the acquisition of World English rights for Flyaway, a debut novella by Kathleen Jennings.

In a small Western Queensland town, a reserved young woman receives a note from one of her missing brothers—a note that makes question her memories of their disappearance and her father’s departure. Slowly, after reluctantly seeking help from two old schoolmates, she begins to unravel the truth of her own past and what lies her mother may have told her.

Transformation, enchantment, and the emotional truths of family history teem in Kathleen Jennings’ stunning debut.

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Vonda N. McIntyre, 1948-2019

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of author Vonda N. McIntyre on April 1, 2019.

McIntyre was born in Louisville, Kentucky on August 28, 1948, but her family settled in Seattle, Washington by the 1960s. She was an author and founder of the Clarion West Writer’s Workshop in 1971, which she began after attending the Clarion Writers Workshop in 1970. McIntyre was the third woman to receive a Hugo Award, and was a long-standing champion of feminist SFF. She won her first Nebula Award for the novelette “Of Mist, and Grass, and Sand”, and her Starfarers series had an incredible genesis: She made up the conceit on the spot while sitting on a panel at a convention, out of frustration at the general negativity she found around SF television. She convinced the entire audience of the panel that they had missed out on a great science fiction series, and then decided to write it.

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2019 Hugo Award Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2019 Hugo Awards, John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the World Science Fiction Society (WSFS) Award for Best Young Adult Book, and the 1944 Retrospective Hugo Awards have been announced! You can read the full list below.

There were 1800 valid nominating ballots (1797 electronic and 3 paper) received and counted from the members of the 2018 and 2019 World Science Fiction Conventions for the 2019 Hugo Awards. For the 1944 Retro Hugo Awards, 217 valid nominating ballots (214 electronic and 3 paper) were received. Voting on the final ballot will open later in April.

The webcast announcing the finalists is available for viewing on the Dublin 2019 YouTube channel.

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

April is an excellent month for anthologies, including a volume of 16 lush and surprising unicorn tales from fantasy icons, plus the 2018 edition of The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year from editor Jonathan Strahan. If you’re looking for a great genre-bending novel, choose from: Storm of Locusts, the post-apocalyptic follow-up to Rebecca Roanhorse’s Trail of Lighting; Amnesty, the conclusion to Lara Elena Donnelly’s glam spy thriller trilogy; and Sarah Blake’s Naamah, which re-centers the story of the Biblical flood on Noah’s wife.

Which will you read first?

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

This month’s young adult SFF titles cover a range of sub-genres, from science fiction adventure to urban fantasy! Two sisters struggle to survive on a harsh alien planet in Mira Grant’s Alien: Echo; a macabre Muse named Lenore threatens to upend a young artist’s life in Cat Winters’ The Raven’s Tale; and a cult interrupts a perfectly nice vacation in The Red Scrolls of Magic, the start of a new Shadowhunter series from Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu.

Which will you read first?

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