Announcing a New Novella from Nebula Award-winner Rachel Swirsky

Tor.com Publishing has bought The Woman at the Tower Window, a radical retelling of a classic damsel in distress fairytale from one of the genre’s luminaries that upends the idea of the sheltered princess waiting for her prince. Here, Rapunzel is a young woman who has retreated from the world by choice. Her older lover, a female professor of anthropology, is a witch only in the eyes of her suitor, a man who feverishly misreads the situation.

Rachel Swirsky received an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers Workshop, and has been nominated for the Hugo, Locus and World Fantasy Awards, and twice won the Nebula Award. She recently moved to Portland, Oregon where she is currently in love with the rain (though aware she might not be later). Follow her on Twitter, visit her website, or support her Patreon.

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Orisha, Airships, and Djinn: Announcing a Pair of Steampunk Novellas by P. Djèlí Clark

Dead Djinn in Cairo

P. Djèlí Clark has already delighted Tor.com readers with tales of an otherworldly Cairo in “A Dead Djinn in Cairo” and Tor.com Publishing is thrilled to announce that it will be publishing not one but two novellas from him: The Black God’s Drums and The Haunting of Tram Car 015.

In The Black God’s Drums, an alternate New Orleans is caught in the tangle of the American Civil War. A wall-scaling thief yearns to escape the streets for the air onboard 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 soon the whole crew is pulled into a perilous mission to save the city.

The Haunting of Tram Car 015 returns to the alternate Cairo of Clark’s short fiction, where humans live and work alongside ...