Fantasy || The language of the originators defines reality, every word warping the world to fit its meaning...
A Wild Cards story. A failed contestant of the superhero reality TV show, American Hero, Robin Ruttiger now works as a high school guidance counselor to reluctant students. Things change, however, when a favorite bakery in Jokertown becomes a target of vandalism, and Robin realizes he can play the hero after all.
Science Fiction || A provocative story about the relationship between the humans on a British airbase and the AI security system that guards that base. When a group of humans are killed, the question is who is responsible and why.
Science Fiction || When the seeds rained down from deep space, it may have been the first stage of an alien invasion—or something else entirely.
Collection and Anthologies || An anthology collecting some of the best short stories Tor.com has to offer, with Hugo and Nebula Award-winning short stories and novelettes chosen from all ten years of the program.
Science Fiction || When an alien walks into a human kite maker's store, coveting her kites, the human struggles with her guilt over her part in the alien massacres...
Science Fiction || After the world's end, the last young human learns a final lesson from Earth's remaining animals.
Science Fiction || Paxton and the neighbor's kid are inseparable—sweethearts, even, and Paxton barely six. He doesn't mind her antennae and clicking mandibles at all....
Science Fiction || Toby Benson has a chance to make history. The first mind to circle the moon without a body in tow. It's a golden opportunity, perhaps the only chance for a 19-year-old whose body failed him to become immortal. But as he reaches the dark side of the moon and loses signal from Earth, the cold of space threatens to overwhelm him.
When a detective, a new mother, is assigned to the case of a horrific triple murder, it appears to be a self-contained domestic tragedy--but it slowly becomes clear that something much darker may be at play.
A young food taster to the Traitor King must make a difficult choice in this story of pastries, magic, and revenge.
Science Fiction || A mother. A son. A virtual world they both share where each could live forever and achieve their fullest potential. Until one of them decides that isn't enough for life.
Science Fiction || Two women who have been friends since they were children—one a recovering alcoholic brought up by parents who believe they’re alien abductees, the other an orphan with an eating disorder—contend with a secret that might doom their friendship.