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All of Tor.com’s Original Short Fiction From 2019

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 2019, we published 13 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 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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D. C. Fontana, 1939-2019

We are saddened to report the passing of Dorothy Catherine “D. C.” Fontana on December 2nd, 2019 following a brief illness. She was 80 years old.

A script writer, story editor, and producer, Fontana was best known for her work on the original Star Trek series, penning and editing some of the most memorable science fiction stories in the pop culture consciousness. She lent her voice to many shows in the course of her career as a screenwriter, from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century to He-Man and the Masters of the Universe to The Six Million Dollar Man to Babylon 5. Though her pen name initially masked the fact that she was a woman, D. C. Fontana became known as one of the trailblazers for women writers in television.

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All of Tor.com Publishing’s Books From 2019

In 2019, Tor.com 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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Some of the Best Articles on Tor.com in 2019

Sometimes the weirdest, best stuff happens outside the pages of our favorite books!

Every year, Tor.com publishes original sci-fi and fantasy fiction stories, along with its popular weekly columns.

We also publish hundreds of stand-alone feature articles, so each year the Tor.com staff gather up a handful of notable stand-outs from the past 12 months for a fun round-up. [2018, 2017]

And 2019 was particularly crazy.

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All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming out in December!

The door creaks open. Beyond there is darkness, but there is something pulling you in. Slowly, everything around you starts to change. This month’s genre-bending releases are sure to make you question your surroundings. Explore mental health and community in The Revisionaries by A.R. Moxon; and read the sequel to Josh Malerman’s smash hit in Malorie: A Bird Box novel!

Head below for the full list of genre-bending titles heading your way in December!

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All the New Young Adult SFF Books Coming out in December!

You know you’re on the right path. There are things standing in your way, but you remember your strength. You make your own magic. December’s YA SFF books are full of new worlds and epic battles. Enter a world of glitter and mystery in Ryan LaSala’s Reverie; learn new spells at the Academy of Unseen Arts in Daughter of Chaos, a new Sabrina adventure by Sarah Rees Brennan; and get ready for the next chapter in Tomi Adeyemi’s epic series Legacy of Orisha, Children of Virtue and Vengeance.

Head below for the full list of YA SFF titles heading your way in December!

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All the New Science Fiction Books Coming out in December!

No one tells you how cold space is, or how lonely. You can see your planet in the distance, you’re so close to home. But are you ever truly safe? This month’s science fiction titles are all about finding out who you really are in the face of danger. Escape an alien kidnapping in K.B. Wagers’ Down Among the Dead; transfer your consciousness into another body in Anyone by Charles Soule; and read the new story in the Borne universe from Jeff VanderMeer, Dead Astronauts.

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

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All the New Fantasy Books Coming out in December!

The snow begins to fall around you, and you pull your cape tight across your body for warmth. The way is long and dangerous, but there’s no turning back now. This month’s fantasy titles are all about spells and monsters: strategize against a powerful enemy in Blood of Empire by Brian McClellan; lead the fight against a city of monsters in This Will Kill That by Danielle K. Roux; and read the next installment of the Spellslinger Chronicles in Crownbreaker by Sebastien de Castell.

Head below for the full list of fantasy titles heading your way in December!

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On Fragile Waves, the Debut Novel From E. Lily Yu, to Publish in Fall 2020 With Erewhon Books!

Erewhon Books will be publishing the debut novel from Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award nominee, and winner of the Astounding Award for Best New Writer of 2012, E. Lily Yu.

This exquisite and unusual magical realist novel, On Fragile Waves, is a heartbreaking and haunting story about one refugee family’s quest for a new home in an unwelcoming world, told in prose that’s both beautifully economical and intensely lyrical. On Fragile Waves will be published in the Fall 2020 season.

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Tor Books to Publish a New Science Fiction Novel From Eragon Author Christopher Paolini

Christopher Paolini, author of the blockbuster Inheritance Cycle fantasy series, is venturing into new frontiers.

Tor Books has announced the acquisition of To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, a new science fiction novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christopher Paolini, to publish on September 15, 2020.

What can we expect from the author of Eragon? Read on:

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Revealing Aliya Whiteley’s The Loosening Skin

When people shed their skin every seven years, it’s just a fact of life that we will cast off all the attachments of our old life. And when our loves are part of us, those memories of love can be bought, if you know the right people. Introducing the new drug, Suscutin, that will prevent the moult. Now you can keep your skin forever. Now you never need to change who you are…

We’re excited to share the cover and preview an excerpt from Aliya Whiteley’s The Loosening Skin, publishing in June 2020 with Titan Books!

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Tor.com Reviewers’ Choice: The Best Books of 2019

2019 has been (and still is) 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 Tor.com 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, Tor.com’s regular book reviewers talk about notable titles they read in 2019.

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For Your Book Wishlist: Burn Our Bodies Down, the Next YA Thriller From Rory Power!

Stuck in a run-down apartment in the Middle of Nowhere, Margot has spent her whole life trying to get closer to her secretive, mercurial mother. She thinks she’s found the key when she discovers the name of her mother’s hometown: Phalene, still the home of Margot’s grandmother. But Phalene is also home to a hundred secrets, hidden beneath the floorboards of Gram’s sprawling farmhouse, buried under the golden cornfields. And if Margot’s not careful, she’ll end up buried there, too.

We are thrilled to share the beautiful cover for Burn Our Bodies Down, a gothic thriller full of twists and turns from New York Times bestselling author Rory Power! According to the author, the book includes “grandmother/mother/daughter angst, a lesbian main character who stays single, fake science, and a lot of corn.” Power also calls the book “the most personal thing [she’s] ever written.”

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