Tor Books at Book Riot Live Prize Pack Sweepstakes!

On November 12th and 13th, three Tor Books authors—Charlie Jane Anders, Ken Liu, and Nisi Shawl—will be appearing at Book Riot Live, a two-day convention in New York City celebrating books and the reading life. And in that celebratory spirit, we want to send you a prize pack of these authors’ books!

Two lucky winners will each receive copies of Anders’ All the Birds in the SkyInvisible Planets: Contemporary Chinese Science Fiction in Translation, edited by Liu; and Shawl’s Everfair. Read on for more details about the books, and get all the details about Book Riot Live’s programming here!

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead, the main characters of All the Birds in the Sky, didn’t expect to see each other again after parting ways under mysterious circumstances during middle school. But now they’re both adults: Laurence is an engineering genius who’s working with a group that aims to avert catastrophic breakdown through technological intervention. Patricia is a graduate of Eltisley Maze, the hidden academy for the world’s magically gifted, and works with a small band of other magicians to secretly repair the world’s every-growing ailments. Little do they realize that something bigger than either of them, something begun years ago in their youth, is determined to bring them together—to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.

Ken Liu, the translator of The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, has assembled, translated, and edited an anthology of Chinese science fiction short stories. The thirteen stories in Invisible Planets are a strong and diverse representation of Chinese science fiction, including two by Liu Cixin. Some have won awards in translation, some have garnered serious critical acclaim, some have been selected for Year’s Best anthologies, and some are simply Ken Liu’s personal favorites. To round out the collection, there are several essays from Chinese scholars and authors, plus an illuminating introduction by Ken Liu.

Everfair is a Neo-Victorian alternate history novel that explores the question of what might have come of Belgium’s disastrous colonization of the Congo if the native populations had learned about steam technology a bit earlier. Fabian Socialists from Great Britian join forces with African-American missionaries to purchase land from the Belgian Congo’s “owner,” King Leopold II. This land, named Everfair, is set aside as a safe haven, an imaginary Utopia for native populations of the Congo as well as escaped slaves returning from America and other places where African natives were being mistreated. Shawl’s speculative masterpiece manages to turn one of the worst human rights disasters on record into a marvelous and exciting exploration of the possibilities inherent in a turn of history.

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States and D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec). To enter, comment on this post beginning at 12:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) on October 16th. Sweepstakes ends at 12:00 PM ET on October 20th. Void outside the United States and Canada and where prohibited by law. Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Tor.com, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

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