Download a Free Ebook of Witchmark by C.L. Polk Before February 16, 2019!


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Each month, the Tor.com eBook Club gives away a free sci-fi/fantasy ebook to club subscribers.

We’re excited to announce that Witchmark by C. L. Polk is the Ebook Club pick for February 2019!

In an original world reminiscent of Edwardian England in the shadow of a World War, cabals of noble families use their unique magical gifts to control the fates of nations, while one young man seeks only to live a life of his own.

Magic marked Miles Singer for suffering the day he was born, doomed either to be enslaved to his family’s interest or to be committed to a witches’ asylum. He went to war to escape his destiny and came home a different man, but he couldn’t leave his past behind. The war between Aeland and Laneer leaves men changed, strangers to their friends and family, but even after faking his own death and reinventing himself ...

Witchmark by C.L. Polk

Listen to an Audiobook Excerpt from Cory Doctorow’s Unauthorized Bread


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From bestselling author Cory Doctorow comes a DRM-free tale of DRM-locked appliances, refugees, and resistance.

Unauthorized Bread is the first of four audiobooks that together make up Doctorow’s forthcoming book Radicalized.

In this new story, you’ll be transported to a near future America where technology is tightly controlled and danger lurks. It all starts with Salima, just out of a refugee detention center and freshly moved into subsidized housing in Boston. While happy for a room of her own, Salima discovers every appliance is locked and strictly regulated including a toaster that only accepts authorized bread. The situation spirals from there…


Unauthorized Bread is available now from Macmillan Audio—look for the next three audiobooks in the series and the full Radicalized book from Tor Books on March 19th!

Listen to an excerpt of the audiobook, read by actress Lameece Issaq, now:

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Listen to the First 17(!!) Chapters of New Epic Fantasy The Ruin of Kings for Free


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The Ruin of Kings audiobook Jenn Lyons

Debut author Jenn Lyons has created one of the funniest, most engrossing new epic fantasy novels of the 21st century in The Ruin of Kings—an eyebrow-raising cross between the intricacy of Brandon Sanderson’s worldbuilding and the snark of Patrick Rothfuss.

We’ve already shared the first 17 chapters of the novel (which you can read here), but we couldn’t stop there! Now you can fully immerse yourself in the story of Kihrin, a bastard orphan who is claimed against his will as the long-lost son of a treasonous prince with this extended excerpt from the audio book edition!

 

 

Pre-order The Ruin of Kings Audio Book:

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When destiny calls, there’s no fighting back.

Kihrin grew up in the slums of Quur, a thief and a minstrel’s son raised on tales of long-lost princes and magnificent quests. When he is claimed against ...

“The Blair Witch Project meets The Andy Griffith Show” — Revealing T. Kingfisher’s The Twisted Ones


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Sometimes the things that go bump in the night are real, and they’re looking for you…

We’re excited to share the cover for The Twisted Ones, a horror novel by T. Kingfisher (the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author also known as Ursula Vernon), inspired in part by the author’s childhood love of ghost stories and unexplained mysteries. Check out the full design and learn more about the novel below!

When Mouse’s dad asks her to clean out her dead grandmother’s house, she says yes. After all, how bad could it be?

Answer: pretty bad. Grandma was a hoarder, and her house is packed to the gills with useless garbage. That would be horrors enough, but there’s more. Mouse stumbles across her step-grandfather’s journal, which at first seems to be the ravings of a broken mind.

Until she encounters some of the terrifying things he described herself. Alone in the woods ...

Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks for February


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For two decades, Jim Killen has served as the science fiction and fantasy book buyer for Barnes & Noble. Every month on Tor.com and the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog, Jim shares his curated list of the month’s best science fiction & fantasy books.

 

A People’s Future of the United States: Speculative Fiction from 25 Extraordinary Writers edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams (February 5, One World—Paperback)

Twenty-five stories examining America’s many possible futures, written by some of the best and brightest in sci-fi and fantasy? Sign us up. Overseen by award-winning author Victor LaValle (The Ballad of Black Tom) and editor John Joseph Adams, and featuring contributions from N.K. Jemisin, Justina Ireland, A. Merc Rustad, Omar El Akkad, Charlie Jane Anders, Charles Yu, Lesley Nneka Arimah, and 18 others, this collection is packed with stories that extrapolate the realities our fraught present into ...

All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in February!


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From Demogorgons to the Joker to supernatural bands to Cain and Abel, this month’s round of genre-benders will take you on a journey! Whether you love Ursula K. Le Guin, Batman, or Weird Westerns, this list has a story you’ll want in your life.

Keep track of all the new releases here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

 

WEEK ONE

Stranger Things: Suspicious MindsGwenda Bond (February 5, Del Rey)
It’s the summer of 1969, and the shock of conflict reverberates through the youth of America, both at home and abroad. As a student at a quiet college campus in the heartland of Indiana, Terry Ives couldn’t be farther from the front lines of Vietnam or the incendiary protests in Washington.

But the world is changing, and Terry isn’t content to watch from the sidelines. When word gets around about ...

All the Young Adult SFF Books Coming Out in February!


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New young adult books coming out in February 2019

Here we go, Young Adult SFF fans: Get your Vikings, your duchesses, your healers, and waning teens here, as we round the corner into the second month of the year!

Keep track of all the new releases here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

 

WEEK ONE

Station Zero (Railhead #3)—Philip Reeve (February 1, Capstone Editions)
What happens after the adventure of a lifetime? For Zen, it’s a safe, comfortable life of luxury. But it’s not what Zen wants. He misses the thrill of riding the rails, of dodging danger, and of breathing the air of different planets. Most of all of course he misses Nova—lost to him forever in a distant world. But then one day a mysterious message arrives, and that’s all Zen needs to head right off, ready for anything. Except that no one could be ready ...

All the New Science Fiction Books Coming Out in February!


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Come February, will it be the frigid cold of the dark side of January (the planet, not the month), or will the sun burn us in its unforgiving light? There’s no way to know, but Charlie Jane Anders’ The City in the Middle of the Night will tell you how to find the happy medium between both! This month’s science fiction releases also includes the Library of America edition of Ursula K. Le Guin’s Always Coming Home, Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti trilogy collected in omnibus form, contemporary Chinese SF in translation, and a most ambitious undertaking that honors the memory of the late Gardner Dozois—the very best of the very best SF of the year! With so many short stories, novellas, and new novels, there’s something for everyone.

Keep track of all the new releases here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

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All the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in February!


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As we approach midwinter, you’ll need some engrossing new reads to keep you warm until spring! You could delve into fantasy intrigue through the eyes of bastard-orphan-turned-royal-heir Kihrin in Jenn Lyons’ The Ruin of Kings, or through the nose of the enigmatic Tracker in Marlon James’ Black Leopard, Red Wolf—both the start of epic new series. Or maybe this February you’re feeling soft-hearted about such misunderstood creatures as the Beast or Sasquatch. Peruse this month’s new fantasy releases, from haunted tram cars to haunted pork processing plants, from L.E. Modesitt, Jr.’s 12th Imager novel to Ann Leckie’s first fantasy adventure—and get started on that blanket fort. Lord knows you’ve got enough in your TBR stacks for the foundations.

Keep track of all the new releases here. Note: All title summaries are taken and/or summarized from copy provided by the publisher.

 

WEEK ONE

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Hidden Depths: Revealing C.S.E. Cooney’s Desdemona and the Deep


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The spoiled daughter of a rich mining family must retrieve the tithe of men her father promised to the world below….

Award-winning author C.S.E. Cooney indulges in luxurious, dizzying fantasy with Desdemona and the Deep, forthcoming July 23rd from Tor.com Publishing. Check out the cover below!

On the surface, her world is rife with industrial pollution that ruins the health of poor factory workers while the idle rich indulge themselves in unheard-of luxury.

Below are goblins, mysterious kingdoms, and an entirely different hierarchy. A goblin market narrative that’s also a steep drop into an uncanny, richly painted underworld, C.S.E. Cooney combines 1920s luxury with deeply felt questions of identity and justice that strike at the heart of who we are, human or otherwise.

Cover art by Alyssa Winans; Design by Christine Foltzer

 

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Meet the Voices Behind Kihrin, Talon, and Thurvishar in Excerpts from The Ruin of Kings Audiobook


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The Ruin of Kings audiobook narrators announcement Jenn Lyons

In The Ruin of Kings, Jenn Lyons’ debut epic fantasy, Kihrin is a bastard orphan who grew up on storybook tales of long-lost princes and grand quests. When he is claimed against his will as the long-lost son of a treasonous prince, Kihrin finds that being a long-lost prince isn’t what the storybooks promised.

This long-lost prince’s story is so epic that it requires more than just one narrator. While Kihrin explains how he wound up in his less-than-pleasant circumstances at the novel’s start, a thousand-year-old demon named Talon recounts her own version of the bastard-turned-royal-heir’s tale; and royal servant Thurvishar D’Lorus, who has helpfully transcribed this full accounting of the events leading up to the Burning of the Capital, adds a third layer of color commentary via footnotes. And now you’ll get to hear the voices behind all three narrators, in these audiobook excerpts from Macmillan Audio!

 

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Challenging Your Average Human Lifespan — Revealing Longer by Michael Blumlein


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We’re excited to share the cover for Longer, a new novella from Michael Blumlein that asks big questions about mortality, aging, the persistence and changeability of love, and the search for meaning in our lives.

Gunjita and Cav are orbiting in space performing R & D pharmaceutical studies for Gleem Galactic. They are wealthy enough to participate in rejuvenation: rebooting themselves from old age to jump their bodies back to their twenties. You get two chances. The third time is a calculated risk.

Gunjita has “juved” for her second and last time, but Cav is reluctant to join her. Instead he’s obsessed with the unidentified object that they encounter out in space. Is it alive? He believes that it just might be. The prospect of first contact is possible, but their marriage may not survive the challenge…

Longer is available May 28th from Tor.com Publishing.

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Robert Jordan’s Never-Before-Seen First Novel is Coming From Tor Books in 2019


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Warrior of Altaii Robert Jordan

Tor Books is honored to announce the forthcoming publication of Warrior of the Altaii, the never-before-seen first novel by epic fantasy titan Robert Jordan.

Warrior of the Altaii is a fascinating formative work by The Wheel of Time creator, offering an abundance of the epic themes that Jordan would continue to develop in The Wheel of Time itself. A standalone fantasy story told with implacable momentum, readers new to Robert Jordan will find Warrior of the Altaii an easy gateway to the author’s artistry.

Tor Books Chairman and Founder Tom Doherty reveals the enduring journey of the manuscript itself:

When I first acquired Warrior of the Altaii, back in early ’79, I was still publisher of Ace. I knew we had a Storyteller. I thought for a first novel this is great, but Harriet had acquired Fallon Blood from him as his publisher. Ace distributed Fallon Blood first ...

Revealing Radicalized, A New Book From Cory Doctorow


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New York Times bestseller Cory Doctorow, one of the most on-pulse genre voices of our generation, returns with Radicalized, a timely book comprised of four SF novellas connected by social, technological, and economic visions of today and what America could be in the near, near future.

Unauthorized Bread is a tale of immigration, the toxicity of economic and technological stratification, and the young and downtrodden fighting against all odds to survive and prosper.

In Model Minority, a Superman-like figure attempts to rectify the corruption of the police forces he long erroneously thought protected the defenseless… only to find his efforts adversely affecting their victims.

Radicalized is a story of a dark web-powered violent uprising against insurance companies told from the perspective of a man desperate to secure funding for an experimental drug that could cure his wife’s terminal cancer.

The fourth story, Masque of the Red Death, ...

Tor.com Community is Seeking an In-House Publicity Coordinator


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Tor.com Community is seeking an in-house publicity coordinator with at least 2 years of experience to coordinate book coverage for upcoming genre titles and work with Tor.com staff, publishing contacts, and authors to create and ensure completion of long-term plans for coverage. Candidates should have an extensive knowledge of the science fiction and fantasy genre and experience interacting with online communities. We are looking for someone highly organized and detail-oriented with an enthusiasm for SF/F and its community.

 

Position Description:

To coordinate marketing and publicity coverage for relevant SF/F titles across publishing, including developing plans for comprehensive book coverage on Tor.com; communicating daily with publicists, editors, and authors; and creating/managing/moderating conversations with readers on social media and on the site.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate publicity and marketing for all relevant SF/F titles on Tor.com;
  • Liaise with marketing and publicity departments across publishing, including Tor Books, and ...

Download a Free Ebook of The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander Before January 19, 2019!


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Each month, the Tor.com eBook Club gives away a free sci-fi/fantasy ebook to club subscribers.

We’re excited to announce that the first pick for 2019 is Brooke Bolander’s devastating novelette The Only Harmless Great Thing.

This heart-wrenching alternative history by Brooke Bolander imagines an intersection between the Radium Girls and noble, sentient elephants.

In the early years of the 20th century, a group of female factory workers in Newark, New Jersey slowly died of radiation poisoning. Around the same time, Topsy, an Indian elephant was deliberately put to death by electricity in Coney Island.

These are the facts.

Now these two tragedies are intertwined in a dark alternate history of rage, radioactivity, and injustice crying out to be righted. Prepare yourself for a wrenching journey that crosses eras, chronicling histories of cruelty both grand and petty in search of meaning and justice.

The Only Harmless Great Thing Brooke Bolander

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Announcing the Nominees for the 2019 Philip K. Dick Award


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The nominees for 2019’s Philip K. Dick Award have been announced–congratulations to all!

Here are the nominees:

Time Was by Ian McDonald (Tor.com)
The Body Library by Jeff Noon (Angry Robot)
84K by Claire North (Orbit)
Alien Virus Love Disaster: Stories by Abbey Mei Otis (Small Beer Press)
Theory of Bastards by Audrey Schulman (Europa Editions)
Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories by Vandana Singh (Small Beer Press)

The Philip K. Dick Award is presented annually with the support of the Philip K. Dick Trust for distinguished science fiction published in paperback original form in the United States during the previous calendar year.  The award is sponsored by the Philadelphia Science Fiction Society and the Philip K. Dick Trust and the award ceremony is sponsored by the Northwest Science Fiction Society. Last year’s winner was Bannerless by Carrie Vaughn (Mariner/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), with a special citation to After the ...

Listen to an Audiobook Excerpt from David Weber’s Through Fiery Trials


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With new alliances forged and old regimes fractured, Merlin—the cybernetic avatar of Earth’s last survivor and immortal beacon to humanity—and the colonies of Safehold have many adventures ahead in Through Fiery Trials, the continuation of David Weber’s bestselling military science fiction series.

Listen to a clip from the audiobook below, read by Jonathan Davis!

Those on the side of progressing humanity through advanced technology have finally triumphed over their oppressors. The unholy war between the small but mighty island realm of Charis and the radical, luddite Church of God’s Awaiting has come to an end.

However, even though a provisional veil of peace has fallen over human colonies, the quiet will not last. For Safefold is a broken world, and as international alliances shift and Charis charges on with its precarious mission of global industrialization, the shifting plates of the new world order are bound to clash.

Yet, an ...

A Monster with a Name: Revealing the Cover to Jennifer Giesbrecht’s The Monster of Elendhaven


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The Monster of Elendhaven Jennifer Giesbrecht

Tor.com Publishing is offering some cruel, sexy energy in September 2019.

The Monster of Elendhaven—Jennifer Giesbrecht’s dark fantasy about murder, a monster, and the magician who loves bothwraps its glassy fingers around you on September 24, 2019.

The city of Elendhaven sulks on the edge of the ocean. Wracked by plague, abandoned by the South, stripped of industry and left to die. But not everything dies so easily. A thing without a name stalks the city, a thing shaped like a man, with a dark heart and long pale fingers yearning to wrap around throats. A monster who cannot die. His frail master sends him out on errands, twisting him with magic, crafting a plan too cruel to name, while the monster’s heart grows fonder and colder and more cunning.

These monsters of Elendhaven will have their revenge on everyone who wronged the city, even if they ...

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Visit the Goblin Market in Illustrated Scenes from Seanan McGuire’s In An Absent Dream


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With Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire introduced us to a vivid intersection of portal worlds containing magic, mystery, and occasional mayhem. Within its pages, readers were introduced to Lundy, a therapist at Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children. With In an Absent Dream, we step back in time and walk through the doorway that first transported Lundy to the Goblin Market—a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies.

Artist Rovina Cai has been with the Wayward Children books from the beginning, illustrating select scenes from each book—Every Heart a Doorway, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, and Beneath the Sugar Sky—and we’re happy to have her on board again. Her illustrations for In an Absent Dream may be our favorite yet, bringing to life McGuire’s darkly magical world…

 

Illustration by Rovina Cai; Click to enlarge.

If a carnival and a ...