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Start Reading Christopher Paolini’s To Sleep in a Sea of Stars!

To celebrate the upcoming release of Christopher Paolini’s first book for adults, To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, Tor Books will be releasing micro-excerpts over the course of this week! In partnership with The Mary Sue, Den of Geek, and others, you can get an exclusive sneak peak of the book, little by little. To Sleep in a Sea of Stars will be available on September 15, 2020, from Tor Books.

This epic novel follows Kira Navárez, who, during a routine survey mission on an uncolonized planet, finds an alien relic that thrusts her into the wonders and the nightmares of first contact. Epic space battles for the fate of humanity take her to the farthest reaches of the galaxy and, in the process, transform not only her—but the entire course of history.

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We Also Brought Our Demons: Announcing Veronica Schanoes’ Debut Story Collection, Burning Girls and Other Stories

Tordotcom Publishing is thrilled to announce that Ellen Datlow and Ruoxi Chen have acquired Burning Girls and Other Stories, a debut short fiction collection by award-winning author Veronica Schanoes. In Burning Girls and Other Stories—publishing in March 2021—Schanoes crosses borders and genres with stories of fierce women at the margins of society burning their way toward the center. This debut collection introduces readers to a fantasist in the vein of Karen Russell and Kelly Link, with a voice all her own. 

We’re also excited to reveal the gorgeous cover!

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South Asian Cli-Fi Takes Center Stage in Rise of the Red Hand by Olivia Chadha

A streetrat turned revolutionary and the disillusioned hacker son of a politician try to take down a ruthlessly technocratic government that sacrifices its poorest citizens to build its utopia.  We’re excited to share the cover for Olivia Chadha’s Rise of the Red Hand, a rare, searing portrayal of the future of climate change in South Asia—publishing in January 2021 with Erewhon Books.

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Download a Free eBook of Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton Before May 23!

Everyone in this novel is a dragon and now you can read it for free.

How it works: Subscribers to the eBook Club get a free sci-fi/fantasy book at least once a month (lately it’s been much more than that) just by signing up with a valid email address. You’ll get an email when the download window is open.

This week, the eBook Club is offering Tooth and Claw by Jo Walton, a novel filled with a world of politics and train stations, of churchmen and family retainers, of courtship and country houses….

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A Thrilling Pirate Eco-Fantasy: Revealing The Forever Sea by Joshua Phillip Johnson

We are thrilled to share a preview of The Forever Sea by Joshua Phillip Johnson, an environmental fantasy that addresses climate change and the exploitation of natural resources. It’s also a thrilling pirate fantasy that follows a crew of women that sail a sea of prairie grass, their ship powered by magic. The Forever Sea will be available from DAW on January 19, 2021!

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Introducing When the Sparrow Falls, the Debut Novel From Neil Sharpson

Will Hinton, executive editor at Tor Books, has acquired North American rights to two books by debut novelist Neil Sharpson, from his agent Jennie Goloboy at the Donald Maass Literary Agency. The first book, When the Sparrow Falls, is scheduled for publication in spring 2021.

Part thriller, part literary science fiction, When the Sparrow Falls is an exploration of the coming AI revolution, transhumanism, totalitarianism, loss, and the problem of evil.

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Download the March/April 2020 Short Fiction Newsletter

Note: In case you aren’t already, be sure to sign up for the Short Fiction Newsletter so you can get the April-May Short Fiction bundle!


This month, we’re featuring stories by:
  • Zin E. Rocklyn
  • Mark Lawrence
  • Alex Sherman
  • Naomi Kritzer
  • Ian Rogers
  • Fran Wilde
  • Melissa Marr
  • S. Qiouyi Lu

Download the story bundle—available in epub, mobi, and PDF formats—in one bundle here:

EPUB (29 MB)

MOBI (59 MB)

PDF (124 MB)

Note: If you’re having issues with the download process, please email [email protected].

A Portal Beyond the Pony Express: Check out the Cover for J.M. Lee’s The Nightland Express

In antebellum America, two teens bury their secrets and join the historic Pony Express—and soon discover the mortal world is not the only one on the brink of war…

We are thrilled to share the cover for a new YA adventure from J.M. Lee! The Nightland Express will release on September 29, 2020 from Erewhon Books.

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