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Fiction and Excerpts [16]

Fiction and Excerpts [16]

Children of Blood and Bone Audio Excerpt

|| Listen to an audio excerpt from Tomi Adeyemi's West African-inspired epic fantasy debut Children of Blood and Bone! Meet Zélie Adebola, who must avenge her mother and return magic to the land of Orïsha in the first volume of the Orïsha Legacy Series.

Revealing Brandon Sanderson’s Legion: The Many Lives of Stephen Leeds

Stephen Leeds is perfectly sane. It’s his hallucinations who are mad.

A genius of unrivaled aptitude, Stephen can learn any new skill, vocation, or art in a matter of hours. However, to contain all of this, his mind creates hallucinatory people—Stephen calls them aspects—to hold and manifest the information. Wherever he goes, he is joined by a team of imaginary experts to give advice, interpretation, and explanation. He uses them to solve problems… for a price.

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Announcing The Kitschies’ 2017 Shortlists

The Kitschies, the annual tentacle-themed prize for works containing elements of the “speculative and fantastic,” have released their shortlists for the most “progressive, intelligent, and entertaining” fiction of 2017.

This year’s shortlists have been narrowed down from 142 submissions, coming from over 48 different publishers and imprints. Award Directors Glen Mehn and Leila Abu El Hawa praised the pool of books from which the judges chose the shortlist:

Every year brings challenges, excitement, and something new: this year was no different. We’re thrilled to see the return of some old favourites as well as voices that mightn’t be considered speculative fiction. The breadth of all three lists is stunning.

We are pleased to have two Publishing titles nominated for Golden Tentacle: JY Yang’s The Black Tides of Heaven and Liz Ziemska’s Mandelbrot the Magnificent. Congratulations to all of the finalists—we can’t wait to see who will take home the coveted, hand-crafted squid statue!

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Check Out the Cover to The Black God’s Drum, a New Novella from P. Djèlí Clark

In an alternate New Orleans caught in the tangle of the American Civil War, the wall-scaling girl named Creeper yearns to escape the streets for the air—by earning a spot on-board the airship Midnight Robber. Creeper plans to earn Captain Ann-Marie’s trust with information she discovers about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls “The Black God’s Drums.” But Creeper also has a secret: Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, speaks inside her head, and may have her own ulterior motivations…

Rising SFF star P. Djèlí Clark brings an alternate New Orleans of orisha, airships, and adventure to life in his immersive debut novella The Black God’s Drums—click through to see the full (gorgeous) cover by artist Chris McGrath!

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Announcing the Winner and Honorees of the 2017 James Tiptree Jr. Award

The 2017 James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award winner is Virginia Bergin, for her YA novel Who Runs the World?, set in the aftermath of a plague that kills almost every organism with a Y chromosome. The Tiptree Award is presented annually to works of science fiction or fantasy that explore and expand our understanding of gender and gender roles. For more than 25 years, the award has been seeking out work that is thought-provoking, imaginative, and perhaps even infuriating. The Tiptree Award Literary Council’s goal is to encourage writers who are examining gender roles and imagining  futures that are very different from today, as Bergin does in her tale of transformative justice.

We are pleased to announce that several Tor and titles were also honored: JY Yang’s The Black Tides of Heaven and The Red Threads of Fortune were named to the Tiptree Honor List, while Ellen Klages’ Passing Strange, Annalee Newitz’s Autonomous, K. Arsenault Rivera’s The Tiger’s Daughter, and Alyssa Wong’s “A Fist of Permutations in Lightning and Wildflowers” were included in the Tiptree Long List.

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The Internet Remembers Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking, the acclaimed physicist whose work defied conventional conceptualization and which led to a much deeper understanding of the extreme forces of the cosmos, passed on March 14, 2018 (Einstein’s birthday, as many have noted) at the age of 76.

Remembrances have been pouring in from Hawking’s contemporaries across a variety of fields, from those who worked with him, to those inspired by him, to those who depicted him, and to those who just…kind of had fun messing around with him.

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All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in March

This month’s genre-bending list begins with a spooky version of the Donner Party and ends with a book that features the returning souls of murdered children, so … brace yourself, is all we’re saying! But you can also pick up Daniel H. Wilson’s new collection of short stories, Mallory Ortberg’s updated children’s stories in The Merry Spinster, the latest horror anthology edited by Ellen Datlow, and Elizabeth Bear’s new Karen Memory adventure. You might be up all night reading—but in a good way. We swear.

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All the New Science Fiction Books Coming Out in March

March roars in like a space lion (just go with it) with the much-hyped novelization of The Last Jedi, which purports to be full of intriguing scenes that we didn’t see in the movie. But that’s not all there is to read: you might continue with Nancy Kress’s Yesterday’s Kin series; pick up the latest from Tahereh Mafi; consider the implications of Nick Clark Windo’s The Feed; check out Victor LaValle’s take on Frankenstein, now become the Destroyer; or go to an ecologically damaged future with Kelly Robson in Gods, Monsters, and the Lucky Peach, among plenty of other scientifical options!

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Announcing the 30th Annual Lambda Literary Award Finalists

Lambda Literary has announced the finalists for the 30th annual Lambda Literary Awards, or “Lammys,” celebrating achievement in LGBTQ literature published in 2017. Chosen from nearly 1,000 submissions from over 300 publishers (mainstream, independent, and emerging publish-on-demand technologies), the finalists span both literary genres and queer experiences. The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony in New York City on June 4, 2018.

Tor Books authors Lara Elena Donnelly and Annalee Newitz were both recognized for their work in the category of LGBTQ Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror.

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All the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in March

Spring may be on the way, but times are still looking a little dark in some fantasy kingdoms! Sisters vie for the crown in Tessa Gratton’s The Queens of Innis Lear and Kim Wilkins’ Daughters of the Storm, while Princess Lira, in Alexandra Christo’s To Kill a Kingdom, is very busy collecting the hearts of princes. Rin Chupeco’s Bone Witch, Tea, returns from self-imposed exile in The Heart Forger, and peace is not exactly at hand. Bradley P. Beaulieu’s Song of Shattered Sands continues; Steven Brust offers up the standalone Good Guys; and Tomi Adeyemi debuts with Children of Blood and Bone, the start of a new YA fantasy series. These are large books, reader-friends; start marking reading hours on your calendars now!

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Announcing the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards Winners

The Horror Writers Association have announced the winners of the 2017 Bram Stoker Awards. The presentation of awards took place at the third annual StokerCon, held March 1-4 in Providence, Rhode Island.

“We are excited to announce this year’s winners from another impressive list of finalists,” HWA President Lisa Morton said in the official announcement. “The winners represent a broad spectrum of highly talented writers devoted to horror and dark fantasy. Our members and awards juries have demonstrated considerable dedication and objectivity to the selection process for outstanding works of literature, cinema, non-fiction, and poetry.”

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Fritz Foy Named President and Publisher of Tor and Forge Books

A Message from Tom Doherty:

Congratulations to the team at Tom Doherty Associates for an extraordinary effort in 2017. Tor won the Locus Award for Best Publisher for the 30th consecutive year. Forge had its best year ever as it continued to grow. Tor Teen and Starscape also had a great year, and are projected to do even better in 2018. The community website was once again voted Best Magazine in the Locus Awards and the British Fantasy Awards, and its novella program, now in its second year, dominated all major science fiction and fantasy novella awards around the English-speaking world. This team is the best, but we can’t sit still.

As technology continues to change the rules of our game, as the global community becomes increasingly important, and as our retailer base becomes more concentrated, online sales come to represent a majority of our sales. I am thus delighted to announce that Fritz Foy, Senior Vice President of Strategic Technology at Macmillan and Publisher of, will join Tom Doherty Associates as President and Publisher, with all the Tom Doherty Associates publishing units reporting to him.

Fritz has had an impressive career in publishing, first at Simon & Schuster, and for the last 21 years at Macmillan. He has had roles in sales, marketing, operations, technology, workflow, production, and analytics. He brings with him a passion for books and publishing. For the last decade he has been actively engaged with me at Tor Books.

Fritz will be reporting to me as I move into the role of Chairman and as he begins to lead Tom Doherty Associates into the future. Fritz will continue to divide his time between Santa Monica and New York City.


[Continued: A Message from Fritz Foy.]

Check Out the Cover to Vengeful, V.E. Schwab’s New Book

Magneto and Professor X. Superman and Lex Luthor.

Victor Vale and Eli Ever.

Sydney Clarke once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she’s alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol. And then there’s Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn’t know about his most recent act of vengeance.

Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.

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