Ursula K. Le Guin in 2014: “I think hard times are coming… We will need writers who remember freedom.”

“I think hard times are coming,” Ursula K. Le Guin said to the audience assembled in her honor at the 2014 National Book Awards, “when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who can remember freedom. Poets, visionaries—the realists of a larger reality.”

Le Guin’s prescient warning was part of her larger speech that evening; a speech that adroitly placed speculative fiction’s importance within the pre-existing narratives of our reality. The author’s clarity is chilling in hindsight, but also inspiring. Le Guin warns of the dangers of fear that evening, but does not instill fear herself, thus illuminating a way to move forward in reality via fiction.

And it all began ...

Brooke Bolander Brings The Only Harmless Great Thing to NYC

Long acclaimed for her stunning short fiction, Brooke Bolander is breaking into full-length books with her heart-wrenching debut The Only Harmless Great Thing, out this month in print and ebook worldwide from Tor.com Publishing. (Read an excerpt here, and learn more about the story behind the book with this essay from Brooke.)

If you’re in the New York area, don’t miss your chance to see Brooke read from and discuss this radically visionary alternate history with authors like Maria Dahvana Headley (The Mere Wife, Magonia), Amal El-Mohtar (The Honey Month), and Sunny Moraine (Singing With All My Skin and Bone) at events in Brooklyn and Manhattan this January. Check out the details below!

January 9th, 7:00 PM
Brooke Bolander and Sunny Moraine
The New York Review of Science Fiction Readings
The Brooklyn Commons Cafe
388 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217

January ...

Sign Up for Tor.com Publishing’s Monthly Newsletter!

Tor.com Publishing Want to keep up on the latest from Tor.com Publishing authors like Seanan McGuire, Charles Stross, Paul Cornell, Nnedi Okorafor, and many more? Sign up for the monthly Tor.com Publishing newsletter! Every last Tuesday of the month, we’ll send you news on books like Down Among the Sticks and Bones and The Delirium Brief, including sneak peeks at chapters and cover art, interviews and guest posts from our authors, and other fun features. We’ll also include recommendations for Tor.com original short stories you can read for free online, and a photo of the month from our Instagram at @TorDotComPub (which usually features cats, the Flatiron Building, or science fiction/fantasy authors!). Sign up for the newsletter here, and follow Tor.com Publishing at @TorDotComPub on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more news on all of our titles!

Sign Up for Tor.com Publishing’s Monthly Newsletter!

Tor.com Publishing Want to keep up on the latest from Tor.com Publishing authors like Seanan McGuire, Charles Stross, Paul Cornell, Nnedi Okorafor, and many more? Sign up for the monthly Tor.com Publishing newsletter! Every last Tuesday of the month, we’ll send you news on books like Down Among the Sticks and Bones and The Delirium Brief, including sneak peeks at chapters and cover art, interviews and guest posts from our authors, and other fun features. We’ll also include recommendations for Tor.com original short stories you can read for free online, and a photo of the month from our Instagram at @TorDotComPub (which usually features cats, the Flatiron Building, or science fiction/fantasy authors!). Sign up for the newsletter here, and follow Tor.com Publishing at @TorDotComPub on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more news on all of our titles!

Celebrate Winter Tide With Ruthanna Emrys!

emrys-wintertide You may know Ruthanna Emrys from The Lovecraft Reread here on Tor.com, or from her acclaimed short story “The Litany of Earth,” which introduced Aphra Marsh, one of the last children of Innsmouth and survivor of the internment camps into which the U.S. government forced Cthulhu’s followers in the late 1920s. Next Tuesday, Aphra returns in Ruthanna’s debut novel, Winter Tide, the launch of her new Lovecraftian fantasy series! If you’re in D.C. or Baltimore, you’ll have the chance to celebrate Winter Tide with Ruthanna when the book comes out (and you can keep track of Ruthanna’s other upcoming events and convention appearances on her website)! See full details below. Winter Tide Launch Party!
April 5th at 6:30 PM
East City Book Shop
Washington, D.C. Winter Tide Reading
April 8th at 2:00 PM
Power Plant Barnes & Noble
Baltimore, MD

Chalk–Paul Cornell’s Most Important Work–Now Has its Own Soundtrack

Chalk Paul Cornell Paul Cornell’s Chalk, the novel he calls “the heart of all my work,” comes out today in print and ebook worldwide, and now there is a perfect auditory accompaniment for your reading experience. In addition to being a compelling dark fantasy about bullying and youthful trauma, Chalk is a love letter to ‘80s pop music: one character in the book practices a form of magic based on the tunes that are topping the charts, and every teen in school is keenly aware of which musicians are in (or out) from week to week. We’ve put together a YouTube playlist of the songs featured in the book, including a few bonus hits from the era that speak to the Chalk‘s themes. Listen along to songs by David Bowie, Blondie, Kate Bush, Michael Jackson, Bananarama, Culture Club, and many more as you read (and check out those amazing vintage ...

Join Tor.com Publishing and Tor Books at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books!

2014FOB_LOGO_bubbles We’re thrilled to have several Tor.com Publishing and Tor authors on panels at this year’s Los Angeles Times Festival of Books! The Festival will be held at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles on April 22nd and 23rd, and features a wide array of authors, from Margaret Atwood to George Saunders to Roxane Gay, celebrating great books and talking about the latest happenings in literature. This year, you can see Seanan McGuire, Ellen Klages, Matt Wallace, Brian Evenson, John Scalzi, and Cory Doctorow at various events over the weekend: see more information below!  

Saturday, April 22nd

2:00pm – 3:00pm
Science Fiction & Fantasy From All Angles
With Seanan McGuire, Ellen Klages, Becky Chambers, and Sarah Kuhn
Location: Hoffman Hall, Signing Area 1
Signing to follow  

Sunday, April 23rd

12:00pm – 1:00pm
Fiction: Slightly Surreal
With Matt Wallace, Brian Evenson, Paul Tremblay, and Chuck Wendig. Moderated by ...

Congratulations to Our 2016 Nebula Award Nominees!

torcom-nebulas-top The 2016 Nebula Awards were announced yesterday by the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, and we’re incredibly proud to have so many great books on the ballot from our first full year of publishing. Tor.com Publishing earned seven nominations for our novellas, novelettes, and short stories, and we want to congratulate all of our nominated authors for this recognition of their excellent work! Two of our Lovecraftian reads, The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle and The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe by Kij Johnson, made the list for Best Novella, as did Kai Ashante Wilson’s epic fantasy romance A Taste of Honey, S.B. Divya’s near-future cyberpunk thriller Runtime, and Seanan McGuire’s widely beloved Every Heart a Doorway—the first in her Wayward Children series, which continues with Down Among the Sticks and Bones this June. Fran Wilde’s The Jewel and Her ...
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Join Caitlín R. Kiernan to Celebrate Agents of Dreamland!

agents-event-fb-baner Caitlín R. Kiernan is an acclaimed writer of dark fantasy, and her new Lovecraftian novella Agents of Dreamland, out February 28th from Tor.com Publishing, pulses with hypnotic prose and mycological horrors. (Read an excerpt here.) This spring, the “Fungus Among Us” tour will take Caitlín across the reaches of the Northeast and New England, and you’ll have a chance to hear her read and discuss her newest work in Boston, New York, and Rhode Island! See the full list of events below! Saturday, February 25th, 6:30 p.m.
Agents of Dreamland Launch!
Lovecraft Arts and Sciences
Providence, RI Thursday, March 9, 6:00 p.m.
In conversation with C.S.E. Cooney
Savoy Bookshop & Cafe
Westerly, RI Friday, March 17th to Sunday, March 19th
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Suffolk County Community College
Grant Campus
Brentwood, NY Monday, March 20th, 7:00 p.m.
In conversation with Max Gladstone
Porter Square Books
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Join Caitlín R. Kiernan to Celebrate Agents of Dreamland!

agents-event-fb-baner Caitlín R. Kiernan is an acclaimed writer of dark fantasy, and her new Lovecraftian novella Agents of Dreamland, out February 28th from Tor.com Publishing, pulses with hypnotic prose and mycological horrors. (Read an excerpt here.) This spring, the “Fungus Among Us” tour will take Caitlín across the reaches of the Northeast and New England, and you’ll have a chance to hear her read and discuss her newest work in Boston, New York, and Rhode Island! See the full list of events below! Saturday, February 25th, 6:30 p.m.
Agents of Dreamland Launch!
Lovecraft Arts and Sciences
Providence, RI Thursday, March 9, 6:00 p.m.
In conversation with C.S.E. Cooney
Savoy Bookshop & Cafe
Westerly, RI Friday, March 17th to Sunday, March 19th
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Suffolk County Community College
Grant Campus
Brentwood, NY Monday, March 20th, 7:00 p.m.
In conversation with Max Gladstone
Porter Square Books
...

Join Caitlín R. Kiernan to Celebrate Agents of Dreamland!

agents-event-fb-baner Caitlín R. Kiernan is an acclaimed writer of dark fantasy, and her new Lovecraftian novella Agents of Dreamland, out February 28th from Tor.com Publishing, pulses with hypnotic prose and mycological horrors. (Read an excerpt here.) This spring, the “Fungus Among Us” tour will take Caitlín across the reaches of the Northeast and New England, and you’ll have a chance to hear her read and discuss her newest work in Boston, New York, and Rhode Island! See the full list of events below! Saturday, February 25th, 6:30 p.m.
Agents of Dreamland Launch!
Lovecraft Arts and Sciences
Providence, RI Thursday, March 9, 6:00 p.m.
In conversation with C.S.E. Cooney
Savoy Bookshop & Cafe
Westerly, RI Friday, March 17th to Sunday, March 19th
I-CON 32
Suffolk County Community College
Grant Campus
Brentwood, NY Monday, March 20th, 7:00 p.m.
In conversation with Max Gladstone
Porter Square Books
...

Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway Wins the Alex Award!

WaywardChildren-McGuire Tor.com Publishing is excited to announce that Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire has been selected as a 2017 Alex Award winner at the American Library Association Youth Media Awards! The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year’s publishing. The Alex Awards were first given annually beginning in 1998 and became an official ALA award in 2002. The award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and administered by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. Every Heart a Doorway, the first installment in the Wayward Children series, tells the story of what happens to children who tumble into magical worlds after they return from their adventures and find themselves unable to cope with their old, mundane ...

See Ellen Klages and Celebrate Passing Strange This Spring!

klages-passingstrange Next Tuesday, you’ll finally be able to get your hands on Passing Strange, the new novella from Nebula and World Fantasy Award winning author Ellen Klages. Called “a moving and genuine love story” by The Washington Post, the book takes place in San Francisco in 1940, and revolves around the intersecting lives of six women discovering romance and danger in the boundaries where magic, science, and art intersect. You can read an excerpt over at the Book Smugglers, and if you’re in the Bay Area, Oregon, or Orlando, you’ll have a chance to see Ellen as she celebrates the release of Passing Strange with readings and events this spring! See a full list of events from January to March below. Saturday, January 28th
Borderlands Books
San Francisco, CA
Passing Strange Book Launch!
3:00 PM Thursday, February 16th
Book Passage
Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA
6:00 PM Monday, February 27th
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See Ellen Klages and Celebrate Passing Strange This Spring!

klages-passingstrange Next Tuesday, you’ll finally be able to get your hands on Passing Strange, the new novella from Nebula and World Fantasy Award winning author Ellen Klages. Called “a moving and genuine love story” by The Washington Post, the book takes place in San Francisco in 1940, and revolves around the intersecting lives of six women discovering romance and danger in the boundaries where magic, science, and art intersect. You can read an excerpt over at the Book Smugglers, and if you’re in the Bay Area, Oregon, or Orlando, you’ll have a chance to see Ellen as she celebrates the release of Passing Strange with readings and events this spring! See a full list of events from January to March below. Saturday, January 28th
Borderlands Books
San Francisco, CA
Passing Strange Book Launch!
3:00 PM Thursday, February 16th
Book Passage
Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA
6:00 PM Monday, February 27th
Powell’s Books ...

See Infomocracy author Malka Older at the Harvard Coop!

MalkaOlder-Infomocracy Malka Older’s debut novel Infomocracy features a thrilling global election campaign, which makes it the perfect read for this political season! Catch up with Malka on November 12th at 7:00 PM at the Harvard Coop in Cambridge, MA, to hear her read from Infomocracy and talk about the parallels between her fiction and our own electoral politics. Malka Older is a writer, humanitarian worker, and PhD candidate at the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations studying governance and disasters. Named Senior Fellow for Technology and Risk at the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs for 2015, she has more than eight years of experience in humanitarian aid and development, and has responded to complex emergencies and natural disasters in Uganda, Darfur, Indonesia, Japan, and Mali. Infomocracy is her first novel. You can find additional details on the event here, and get started with the first five chapters of Infomocracy!

Celebrate the Launch of Laurie Penny’s Everything Belongs to the Future!

LauriePenny-Future On October 17th at 8 PM, join us at McNally Jackson Books in New York City to celebrate the launch of Laurie Penny’s new Tor.com Publishing novella Everything Belongs to the Future! Laurie will be joined by New York Times bestselling author Maria Dahvana Headley (Magonia, Aerie) for a conversation, and you can pick up your copy of Everything Belongs to the Future the day before it releases everywhere else. RSVP here, and learn more about Laurie and Maria below! Laurie Penny is a contributing editor and columnist for the New Statesman and a frequent writer on social justice, pop culture, gender issues, and digital politics for the Guardian, the New Inquiry, Salon, the Nation, Vice, the New York Times, and many other publications. Her blog Penny Red was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize in 2010. In 2012, Britain’s Tatler magazine described her as one ...
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See Paul Cornell, Zen Cho, and Cassandra Khaw at Forbidden Planet London!

ForbiddenPlanet-event London-based SFF fans, mark your calendars: on October 15th, Paul Cornell, Zen Cho, and Cassandra Khaw will join forces for a signing at the Forbidden Planet Megastore! All three writers have crafted visions of alternate Englands in their fiction, from a small village in the Cotswolds where supernatural forces converge to a Regency era rich with magic to a Croydon where monsters creep the streets. You can pick up a copy of Zen Cho’s lauded debut, Sorcerer to the Crown, and Cassandra Khaw’s Lovecraftian noir novella Hammers on Bone, out from Tor.com Publishing next week. And attendees will have a chance to get their hands on Paul Cornell’s The Lost Child of Lychford early—it’s not out until November 1st, but a small quantity will be available for purchase at the signing! The signing will take place from 1 PM to 2 PM at the Forbidden Planet London Megastore. Find out more here.

Win Every Book Tor.com Publishing Has Ever Published!

tordotcompub_everybooksweeps If you’ve been following the news from Tor.com Publishing, you know we’ve been releasing new novellas from writers like Victor LaValle, Seanan McGuire, Paul Cornell, and Nnedi Okorafor (who just won the Nebula Award for Binti!). Our line includes everything from contemporary fantasy to spine-tingling horror to science fiction adventure, and we want to give one lucky winner the chance to brag to all of their friends about having the whole Tor.com Publishing line on their bookshelf. We’re giving you a chance to win every book we’ve published from our launch in September 2015 to the first week of June, from Kai Ashante Wilson’s The Sorcerer of the Wildeeps to Malka Older’s Infomocracy. That’s right: Every. Single. Book. Just go here to sign up for the Tor.com Publishing newsletter and enter to win your very own novella library!

See Every Heart a Doorway Author Seanan McGuire in April!

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In two weeks, you’ll finally get to dive into the many worlds of Seanan McGuire’s Every Heart a Doorway—though you can prepare in the meantime by checking out our illustrated mini-excerpts or interview with Seanan and editor Lee Harris about the ideas behind the book.

And if you’re in the Bay Area, you’ll have a chance to see Seanan in person to celebrate Every Heart a Doorway next month! Drop by the Booksmith on Haight Street in San Francisco for the Every Heart a Doorway launch party at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 4th, where you can get your hands on the book a day early. And on Saturday, April 23rd at 6 p.m., see Seanan at Borderlands Books on Valencia Street in SF for even more EHaD goodness.

If you’re in Seattle, make sure to catch Seanan at Emerald City Comicon April 7-10th (and ...

Unreliable Histories: Language as Power in The Tempest

"Miranda" by John William Waterhouse, 1916 To me, The Tempest has always been Shakespeare’s most intriguing play, the one most open to interpretation and contemporary update. It is also one of the most difficult Shakespearean works to stage, from its stormy, chaotic first scene to its ethereal masque to its ambiguous resolution, with Prospero facing his silent, treacherous brother and renouncing the power that has made every action in the story possible. Advances in theater technology mean that directors can now stage The Tempest as everything from grandiose spectacle to minimalist dreamscape, but the slippery, potent language remains the central force and mystery of this fathomless play. Prospero speaks almost a third of the lines in The Tempest, and controls the amount of speech every other character on the island has through manipulation and magic. Sycorax, the only other woman of significance mentioned other than Miranda and her mother, is often talked about, but is ...
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