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Down Among the Sticks and Bones Audio Excerpt

|| Listen to an audio excerpt from DOWN AMONG THE STICKS AND BONES. Twin sisters Jack and Jill were 12 when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices. Read by author Seanan McGuire.

The Future of Infomocracy Will Be Decided in State Tectonics, Coming Fall 2018

In 2016, Malka Older’s Infomocracy proposed a future where voters all over the planet choose which centenal–a group of 100,000 voters–represents them, regardless of origin or geographical placement.

Could this system possibly work? Infomocracy begins to explore that question, while the follow-up book, Null States, out September 19, reveals how states which opt-out of infomocracy function in this interconnected future.

Tor.com Publishing is happy to announce that this story will reach its conclusion in the final volume: State Tectonics, currently scheduled for publication in fall 2018!

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Listen to Steal the Stars Episode 7: “Altered Voices”

Steal the Stars is the story of Dakota Prentiss and Matt Salem, two government employees guarding the biggest secret in the world: a crashed UFO. Despite being forbidden to fraternize, Dak and Matt fall in love and decide to escape to a better life on the wings of an incredibly dangerous plan: they’re going to steal the alien body they’ve been guarding and sell the secret of its existence.

If you haven’t yet listened to Tor Labs’ sci-fi noir audio drama written by Mac Rogers and produced by Gideon Media, you can read our non-spoiler review and catch up on the first six episodes: “Warm Bodies,” “Three Dogs,” “Turndown Service,” “Power Through,” “Lifers,” and “900 Microns.” Then click through for this week’s installment, full of clickbait schemes and slow-burn sabotage.

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Celebrate Null States with Malka Older!

Null States, the sequel to Malka Older’s stunning debut Infomocracy, arrives next week, and readers in New York, D.C., and Baltimore have the chance to meet up with Malka to celebrate! She’ll be at the Brooklyn Book Festival and Baltimore Book Festival, as well as bookstore events in both areas.

Read an excerpt from Null States at io9, and see the full list of Malka’s events below!

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Download Fall of Fear, a Sampler of Forthcoming Horror from Tor.com Publishing!

Comfort yourself with horror this fall! Either through stories about witches, vampires who just won’t go away, houses that really hate you, or murderous clones of yourself that spawn whenever you bleed.

Sound good? GREAT. Tor.com Publishing is offering a free sampler of the four upcoming novellas featuring these tales! Fall of Fear holds portions from:

  • A Long Day in Lychford by Paul Cornell
  • The Twilight Pariah by Jeffrey Ford
  • Switchback by Melissa F. Olson
  • The Murders of Molly Southbourne by Tade Thompson

You can download the free sampler at the links below, or from your preferred ebook retailer:

Kindle  |  Nook

Science Fiction in Arabic Literature

The anthology Iraq + 100 poses a question to contemporary Iraqi writers: what might your home city look like in the year 2103—exactly 100 years after the disastrous American and British-led invasion of Iraq? How might that war reach across a century of repair and rebirth, and affect the state of the country—its politics, its religion, its language, its culture—and how might Iraq have finally escaped its chaos, and found its own peace, a hundred years down the line?

As well as being an exercise in escaping the politics of the present, this anthology is also an opportunity for a hotbed of contemporary Arabic writers to offer its own spin on science fiction and fantasy.

Below, two contributors to the anthology reflect on science fiction and Arabic literature.

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Read the First Five Chapters of Malka Older’s Infomocracy!

It’s been twenty years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global microdemocracy. The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections. With another election on the horizon, the Supermajority is in tight contention, and everything’s on the line.

With power comes corruption. For Ken, this is his chance to do right by the idealistic Policy1st party and get a steady job in the big leagues. For Domaine, the election represents another staging ground in his ongoing struggle against the pax democratica. For Mishima, a dangerous Information operative, the whole situation is a puzzle: how do you keep the wheels running on the biggest political experiment of all time, when so many have so much to gain?

Available now in paperback, it’s the perfect time to catch up on Malka Older’s cyberpunk thriller Infomocracy before its sequel, Null States publishes on September 19th. Get started with the first 5 chapters below!

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All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in September

Flying, falling, growing, baking, exploring, excavating—there’s a lot of activity in this month’s genre-bending tales. And it’s not all action: September will introduce you to some curious characters ranging from Robin Sloan’s curious sourdough starter to Kristin Cashore’s very peculiar dog, Jasper.  If you want something a little less cozy, get creeped out with Jeffrey Ford’s The Twilight Pariah or visit the sure-to-be-unnerving near-future of Stephen and Owen King’s Sleeping Beauties.

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All the New Science Fiction Books Coming Out in September

Probably you should just skip this introductory paragraph and get straight to the list, because you’re going to be very busy with books this month. Space is calling! Get the chrome captain’s backstory in Star Wars: Phasma; pick up the new Ann Leckie, Provenance, because of course you’re going to pick up the new Ann Leckie; treat yourself to the new collection of Ursula K. LeGuin’s Hainish Novels. Or, if you’re more in the mood for robots, you might start with the conflicted Brittle in C. Robert Cargill’s Sea of Rust, or the intriguing Paladin, in io9 founder Annalee Newitz’s debut novel. Is it fall yet? Fall is just for reading books, right?

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Listen to Steal the Stars Episode 6: “900 Microns”

Steal the Stars is the story of Dakota Prentiss and Matt Salem, two government employees guarding the biggest secret in the world: a crashed UFO. Despite being forbidden to fraternize, Dak and Matt fall in love and decide to escape to a better life on the wings of an incredibly dangerous plan: they’re going to steal the alien body they’ve been guarding and sell the secret of its existence.

If you haven’t yet listened to Tor Labs’ sci-fi noir audio drama written by Mac Rogers and produced by Gideon Media, you can read our non-spoiler review and catch up on the first five episodes: “Warm Bodies,” “Three Dogs,” “Turndown Service,” “Power Through,” and “Lifers.” Then click through for this week’s installment, full of Deep Throat-meets-Independence Day intrigue.

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All the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in September

It can’t be September already. We’re not ready! And neither are our bookshelves! What will we read first? What will you read first? Daniel José Older’s next Shadowshaper Cypher novel? JY Yang’s twin novellas? The latest novel in Max Gladstone’s Craft Cycle? Catherynne Valente’s magical tales of the Bronte children? Kij Johnson’s tale set in the world of The Wind in the Willows? The closing volume of Fran Wilde’s Updraft series? We’re already paralyzed with indecision, and we haven’t even gotten to the science fiction list yet…

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Listen to Steal the Stars Episode 5: “Lifers”

Steal the Stars is the story of Dakota Prentiss and Matt Salem, two government employees guarding the biggest secret in the world: a crashed UFO. Despite being forbidden to fraternize, Dak and Matt fall in love and decide to escape to a better life on the wings of an incredibly dangerous plan: they’re going to steal the alien body they’ve been guarding and sell the secret of its existence.

If you haven’t yet listened to Tor Labs’ sci-fi noir audio drama written by Mac Rogers and produced by Gideon Media, you can read our non-spoiler review and catch up on Episode 1: “Warm Bodies”Episode 2: “Three Dogs”Episode 3: “Turndown Service”, and Episode 4: “Power Through.” Then click through for this week’s installment, in which Dak is forced to do the worst possible thing while she yearns to do the best impossible thing.

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