Read an Excerpt from M.T. Hill’s Sci-Fi Thriller Zero Bomb

We’re excited to share the cover and a preview excerpt from M.T. Hill’s Zero Bomb, a startling near-future sci-fi mystery focused on the real-world issues of increased automation, state surveillance, and how a society reacts when technology replaces the need to work.

Zero Bomb publishes March 19, 2019 with Titan Books.

The near future. Following the death of his daughter Martha, Remi flees the north of England for London. Here he tries to rebuild his life as a cycle courier, delivering subversive documents under the nose of an all-seeing state.

But when a driverless car attempts to run him over, Remi soon discovers that his old life will not let him move on so easily. Someone is leaving coded messages for Remi across the city, and they seem to suggest that Martha is not dead at all.

Unsure what to believe, and increasingly unable to trust his memory, ...

Hugo Award-Winning Editor Liz Gorinsky Launches New Publishing Company Erewhon Books

Liz Gorinsky, Hugo Award-winning long form editor, is starting her own publishing company—Erewhon Books. Named for the Samuel Butler Victorian utopian novel Erewhon, the company will focus on novel-length works of speculative fiction, especially those which might appeal to both science fiction and fantasy readers and fans of mainstream fiction who enjoy work with speculative elements.

Erewhon will be distributed by Workman Publishing, which also houses the imprints Algonquin Books and Artisan Books. Workman’s only SFF titled until working with Erewhon was Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s Good Omens, and their CEO Daniel P. Reynolds has said, “[…]it’s about time we got back into this category. We can’t wait to help Erewhon develop their own list of bestsellers.”

From the press release:

Erewhon’s founder, President, and Publisher Liz Gorinsky came to Erewhon after nearly fifteen years at SF&F publisher Tor Books, where she edited a list that included acclaimed and ...

Revealing Gareth L. Powell’s Ragged Alice

A detective in a small Welsh town can literally see the evil in people’s souls…

We’re excited to share the cover for Gareth L. Powell’s Ragged Alice, forthcoming from Tor.com Publishing in April 2019.

Orphaned at an early age, DCI Holly Craig grew up in the small Welsh coastal town of Pontyrhudd. As soon as she was old enough, she ran away to London and joined the police. Now, fifteen years later, she’s back in her old hometown to investigate what seems at first to be a simple hit-and-run, but which soon escalates into something far deadlier and unexpectedly personal—something that will take all of her peculiar talents to solve.

Cover design by Fort; Photo © Andrew Davis / Trevillion Images

Gareth L. Powell is the author of five science-fiction novels and two short story collections. His third novel, Ack-Ack Macaque, book one ...

Revealing Stealing Worlds, a New Science Fiction Novel from Karl Schroeder

From Karl Schroeder, author of Lockstep and The Million, comes the near-future, science fiction, hacker’s heist, Stealing Worlds.

Sura Neelin is on the run from her creditors, from her past, and her father’s murderers. She can’t get a job, she can’t get a place to live, she can’t even walk down the street: the total surveillance society that is mid-21st century America means that every camera and every pair of VR glasses is her enemy.

But Sura might have a chance in the alternate reality of the games. People can disappear in the LARP game worlds, into the alternate economy of Notchcoin and blockchains.  The people who build the games also program the surveillance networks—she just needs an introduction, and the skills to play.

Turns out, she has very valuable skills, and some very surprising friends.

Stealing Worlds publishes June 18, 2019 with Tor Books.

Download a Free Ebook of The Ballad of Black Tom by Victor LaValle Before October 13, 2018!

The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle

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 pick for October 2018 is the Shirley Jackson Award-winning horror novella THE BALLAD OF BLACK TOM by Victor LaValle, a gripping revisit of H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Horror at Red Hook” from the viewpoint of a black man.

People move to New York looking for magic and nothing will convince them it isn’t there.

Charles Thomas Tester hustles to put food on the table, keep the roof over his father’s head, from Harlem to Flushing Meadows to Red Hook. He knows what magic a suit can cast, the invisibility a guitar case can provide, and the curse written on his skin that attracts the eye of wealthy white folks and their cops. But when he delivers an occult tome to a reclusive sorceress in the heart of Queens, Tom ...

The Ballad of Black Tom Victor LaValle

Revealing An Illusion of Thieves by Cate Glass

In Cantagna, being a sorcerer is a death sentence…

We’re excited to reveal the cover for An Illusion of Thieves, the start of a new epic fantasy series from author Cate Glass!

Book one in the Chimera series, An Illusion of Thieves publishes May 21, 2019 with Tor Books.

Romy escapes her hardscrabble upbringing when she becomes courtesan to the Shadow Lord, a revolutionary noble who brings laws and comforts once reserved for the wealthy to all. When her brother, Neri, is caught thieving with the aid of magic, Romy’s aristocratic influence is the only thing that can spare his life—and the price is her banishment.

Now back in Beggar’s Ring, she has just her wits and her own long-hidden sorcery to help her and Neri survive. But when a plot to overthrow the Shadow Lord and incite civil war is uncovered, only Romy knows how to stop it. ...

Revealing The Iron Dragon’s Mother, A New Standalone Fantasy from Michael Swanwick

The urban edge of The Magicians meets Gene Wolfe’s The Wizard Knight in Michael Swanwick’s new adventure fantasy. A return to the gritty, post-industrial faerie world of Swanwick’s previous novels The Iron Dragon’s Daughter and The Dragons of Babel, The Iron Dragon’s Mother publishes June 2019 from Tor Books! Check out the full cover by artist Gregory Manchess below.

Caitlin of House Sans Merci, the young half-human pilot of a sentient mechanical dragon, is framed for the murder of her brother.

To save herself she must disappear into Industrialized Faerie, looking for the one person who can clear her.

Unfortunately, the stakes are higher than she knows. Her deeds will change her world forever.

Michael Swanwick is the winner of five Hugo Awards for his short fiction. His several novels include the Nebula-winning Stations of the Tide, the time-travel novel Bones of the Earth, and the “industrial ...

Revealing A People’s Future of the United States, A New Anthology from Editors Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams

We’re excited to share the cover for A People’s Future of the United States, a new anthology edited by Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams showcasing twenty-five speculative stories that challenge oppression and imagine new futures for America. Get more details and check out the full cover below!

A People’s Future of the United States publishes February 2019 with One World.

In these tumultuous times, in our deeply divided country, many people are angry, frightened, and hurting. Knowing that imagining a brighter tomorrow has always been an act of resistance, editors Victor LaValle and John Joseph Adams invited an extraordinarily talented group of writers to share stories that explore new forms of freedom, love, and justice. They asked for narratives that would challenge oppressive American myths, release us from the chokehold of our history, and give us new futures to believe in.

They also asked that the stories be badass.

...

Meet Hackers, Gunslingers, and Witches in Barnes & Noble Booksellers Picks for October

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.

 

Street Freaks, by Terry Brooks
(October 2, Grim Oak Press—Hardcover)

Terry Brooks has been buried deep in the universe of Shannara for so long, it’s big news when he publishes something outside of that series. The fact that he would choose to write a sci-fi novel might seem strange for someone so linked to epic fantasy, but then again, under the fantasy trappings, Shannara is a secret sci-fi setting of sorts. Here, Brooks imagines a futuristic world where robots enforce the law and adults twist their children with technology to the point where they’re no longer considered human. Ash Collins receives a warning from his ...

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

From anthologies to serial tales, story story collections to nonfiction, fairy tales in translation to a critical take on The X-Files, October’s genre-benders are here to cheerfully and delightfully resist categorization. You’ve got potential new literary loves from cult favorites (Shelley Jackson’s Riddance), pop culture icons (Stephen King’s Elevation), small presses (Cristina Rivera Garza’s The Taiga Syndrome) and podcast masters (Joseph Fink’s Alice Isn’t Dead). Which path will you dance down first?

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

The Best of the Best Horror of the Year—Ellen Datlow, editor (October 2, Night Shade Books)
Bringing you the most frightening and terrifying stories, Ellen Datlow always has her finger on the pulse of what horror readers crave. In this anniversary edition, Datlow brings back her ...

All the New Young Adult SFF Books Coming Out in October!

It was time—time to give all the young adult science fiction and fantasy books their own list! And what a list it is: October brings Laini Taylor’s Muse of Nightmares, the sequel to her Strange the Dreamer; a new book in the Every Day world from David Levithan; a new series-starter from The 100 author Kass Morgan; the final book in Sarah J. Maas’s epic fantasy Throne of Glass; and new books from dozens of excellent authors including Destiny Soria, Julie Kagawa, Elana K. Arnold, Mackenzi Lee, Neal Shusterman, Tochi Onyebuchi, and many, many more!

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

Damsel—Elana K. Arnold (October 2, Balzer + Bray)
The rite has existed for as long as anyone can remember: When the king dies, his son the ...

Witness the UK Cover for The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons, and Start Reading It For Free

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We’re excited to unveil the fiery UK cover for The Ruin of Kings, the start of a new epic fantasy series by Jenn Lyons, coming from Tor Books UK on February 7th, 2019! (And in the U.S. and Canada on February 5th.)

Want to know more? We’ve included the first two chapters below, free to read!

Ruin of Kings Jenn Lyons UK cover

 

For the U.S. and Canada:

 

 

THE RUIN OF KINGS

 

Your Majesty,

Enclosed within is a full accounting of the events that led up to the Burning of the Capital. Much of the first section is based on transcripts derived from a conversation between two of the most pivotal individuals to the events; other sections consist of my own reconstruction. I used eyewitness accounts whenever possible, and tried to remain true to the essential spirit of events when I was forced ...

All the New Science Fiction Books Coming Out in October!

Would you like your SF more mathy, or more piratey? More space or more Muderbots? More time travel or more near-future? More empress of the future or classic SF? Or maybe some nice nonfiction? There’s so much to choose from this month, including (but by no means limited to) new work from John Scalzi, K.B. Wagers, David Weber, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Julie E. Czerneda. Start stockpiling your winter reading now!

(Looking for the new YA SF titles? Starting this month, all the new YA SFF books get their own list!)

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

Search Image (Web Shifter’s Library #1)—Julie E. Czerneda (October 2, DAW)
Esen’s back! And the dear little blob is in trouble, again. Things began so well. She and her Human friend ...

Visit Tor Books and Tor.com Publishing at New York Comic-Con 2018!

Tor Books Tor.com Publishing New York Comic-Con NYCC 2018 schedule authors panels

Tor Books and Tor.com Publishing have just released their lineup for this year’s New York Comic-Con, running October 4-7, 2018! Don’t miss all the phenomenal programming including panels and signings featuring Charlie Jane Anders, Mark A. Altman and Edward Gross, K Arsenault Rivera, Myke Cole, S.L. Huang, Sherrilyn Kenyon, David Mack, Arkady Martine, Seanan McGuire, Annalee Newitz, Mark Oshiro, and V.E. Schwab. Plus a #FearlessWomen panel on Friday!

You’ll find all the excitement at the Tor Booth #2136, where they’ll be hosting author signings, giveaways, and gifts-with-purchase (including ARCs of The Ruin of Kings, A Memory Called Empire, The City in the Middle of the Night, #FearlessWomen totes, and Vengeful totes), and more. And don’t forget to follow @TorBooks and @TorDotComPub on Twitter for up-to-date information and last-minute events.

Check below for the full schedule—we can’t wait to see you in New York City!

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Revealing Drew Williams’ New Novel A Chain Across the Dawn

We’re excited to share the cover for A Chain Across the Dawn, the second novel in Drew Williams’ the Universe After series—an epic space opera chase across the galaxy with witty banter, fantastical planets, and a seemingly unbeatable foe!

A Chain Across the Dawn publishes May 2019 from Tor Books. For fans of Firefly and James S. A. Corey’s Expanse series, A Chain Across the Dawn is the next installment in Drew Williams’ Universe After series that began with The Stars Now Unclaimed.

It’s been three years since Esa left her backwater planet to join the ranks of the Justified. Together, she and fellow agent Jane Kamali have been traveling across the known universe, searching for children who share Esa’s supernatural gifts.

On a visit to a particularly remote planet, they learn that they’re not the only ones searching for gifted children. They find themselves on the tail of a ...

All the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in October!

Welcome to your fall reading list! Excuse us: the start of your fall reading list. The menu is quite extensive: Can we interest you in some mermaids? Perhaps a vampire or two? Or maybe you’d like to start with a hag? If your tastes are bit more classic, maybe a gladiator? This month’s new releases range from old favorites given new life (The Complete Tales of Earthsea, a new book in the world of Anne McCaffrey’s dragons) to brand-new debuts (A Conspiracy of TruthsMage Against the Machine) to stories and sequels and more. Baru is back! Charlaine Harris has a new series! What will you read first?

(Looking for the new YA fantasies? Starting this month, all the new YA SFF titles get their own list!)

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

Revealing Sarah Gailey’s Debut Novel Magic for Liars

We’re excited to share the cover for Magic for Liars, a darkly enchanting debut novel from Hugo Award-winning author Sarah Gailey, author of the American Hippo novella duology.

Ivy Gamble was born without magic and never wanted it.

Ivy Gamble has an almost-sustainable career as a private investigator, and an empty apartment, and a slight drinking problem. She doesn’t in any way wish she was like Tabitha, her estranged, magically gifted twin sister.

Ivy Gamble is a liar.

Magic for Liars publishes June 2019 from Tor Books, in the tradition of SyFy’s The Magicians and perfect for fans of Megan Abbott, set at a private academy for mages hidden in modern-day Northern California.

Cover design by Will Staehle

Hugo Award winner and Campbell finalist Sarah Gailey came onto the scene in 2015 and has since become one of the sharpest, funniest voices in pop culture ...

10 Years To The End of Humanity: Revealing Permafrost, a New Novella From Alastair Reynolds

Fix the past. Save the present. Stop the future.

2080: at a remote site on the edge of the Arctic Circle, a group of scientists, engineers and physicians gather to gamble humanity’s future on one last-ditch experiment. Their goal: to make a tiny alteration to the past, averting a global catastrophe while at the same time leaving recorded history intact. To make the experiment work, they just need one last recruit: an aging schoolteacher whose late mother was the foremost expert on the mathematics of paradox.

2028: a young woman goes into surgery for routine brain surgery. In the days following her operation, she begins to hear another voice in her head… an unwanted presence which seems to have a will, and a purpose, all of its own—one that will disrupt her life entirely. The only choice left to her is a simple one.

Does she resist … or become ...

17 Fall Books We Cannot Wait to Read!

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This fall is really something—can we just say we’re looking forward to all the books? No? You want specifics? Alrighty: we’ve listed 17 of our upcoming favorites, from the gorgeous illustrated Earthsea omnibus to the giant George R.R. Martin history of the Targaryens; from Jane Yolen’s Baba-Yaga-in-verse novella to V.E. Schwab’s return to the Villains duology; and from a debut YA novel with a new take on Alice (the one who went to Wonderland) to the conclusion to Sarah J. Maas’s epic Throne of Glass series.

Do we have enough bookmarks? Snacks? Beverages? It’s important to stay hydrated when you don’t plan to get off the sofa.

What books will keep you warm til the winter solstice? Our picks are below—leave yours in the comments!

 

SEPTEMBER

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Vengeful (Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab (September 25, Tor Books)

The sequel to 2013’s Vicious, Vengeful will pick up on ...

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Who Benefits From Your Fear? Announcing Vigilance, a New Novella From Robert Jackson Bennett

Robert Jackson Bennett Vigilance

Ripped from the author’s heart by a constant stream of real-life headlines, award-winning fantasy author Robert Jackson Bennett’s forthcoming novella is a dark science fiction action parable about an America that has permanently surrendered to paranoia, distrust, and gun violence. Tor.com Publishing is proud to announce the acquisition of Vigilance.

The United States. 2030. John McDean executive produces “Vigilance,” a reality game show designed to make sure American citizens stay alert to foreign and domestic threats. Shooters are introduced into a “game environment,” and the survivors get a cash prize.

The TV audience is not the only one that’s watching though, and McDean soon finds out what it’s like to be on the other side of the camera.

Said acquiring editor Justin Landon:

Robert pitched me this book right after the Parkland shooting in February 2018. As Central Texas residents, both Robert and I had just observed the Sutherland Springs ...

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