The Journey Is Over: Revealing Vultures by Chuck Wendig

We’re excited to share the cover for Vultures, the heart-pounding conclusion to Chuck Wendig’s Miriam Black series. Check out the full cover below!

Chuck Wendig on concluding the series:

It’s over and I still don’t know how to feel. Writing the last Miriam Black story, Vultures, was like having all the stuffing ripped out of me and then shoved back inside before being crudely stitched shut once more. And that’s partly down to the subject matter, but also due to the fact that this series has been with me for a long, long time. It started my career as a novelist with Blackbirds and that book alone had been with me for five or more years before it ever landed on a bookshelf, and now it’s going to be seven years later with six books out and…

The journey is over. All things end. Which is cuckoo bananapants, ...

Announcing the 2018 Eugie Award Nominees

Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction Eugie Award Dragon Con 2016

The nominees for the third annual Eugie Foster Memorial Award for Short Fiction have been announced. Established in honor of the late writer and editor Eugie Foster, the Eugie Award honors “irreplaceable” stories that “will become essential to speculative fiction readers.” Foster, who passed away in 2014, was a prolific short fiction writer; her novelette “Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast” won the 2009 Nebula Award.

Eligible works are original speculative short fiction, no more than 20,000 words, published for the first time in the English language in the previous year. This is a juried award, with long list nominations coming from editors, reviewers, and select book readers. Catherynne M. Valente was the recipient of the inaugural award, for “The Long Goodnight of Violet Wild”; N.K. Jemisin was the 2017 recipient for “The City Born Great.”

The complete list of nominees:

Meet Tor and Tor.com Publishing Authors at Phoenix Comic Fest!

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Phoenix Comic Fest kicks off this year on May 23 and has a lot of phenomenal programming from Tor Books and Tor.com Publishing, including a multi-author SFF event at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore!

Click through for the complete schedule, your guide to signings, and SFF panels galore. Cory Doctorow and Sylvain Neuvel talk transhumanism; K. Arsenault Rivera and John Scalzi compare notes on the weirdest research tidbits; Myke Cole and Sam Sykes play D&D; and V.E. Schwab is all over the place, talking mythology, magic systems, and #FearlessWomen, depending where you catch her. And that’s just scratching the surface. Plus, special solo panels with Schwab, Scalzi, Doctorow, and L.E. Modesitt.

Galleys of The Stars Now Unclaimed by Drew Williams and select signed Tor Minis (Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Edgedancer by Brandon Sanderson, Wild Cards I edited by George R.R. Martin, and Old Man’s ...

Visit Tor/Forge & Tor.com Publishing at BEA and BookCon!

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Tor Books, Tor Teen, Tor.com Publishing, and Forge will be at BookExpo America (May 30-June 1) and BookCon (June 2-3)!

Click through for the complete schedule, your guide to in-booth signings and giveaways, plus awesome SFF panels. V.E. Schwab, Charlie Jane Anders, Seth Dickinson, and more will be in attendance to talk LGBTQ gender and identity in SFF and #FearlessWomen! Plus, Susan Dennard and Marissa Meyer wax poetic about NaNoWriMo, while Naomi Novik tells tiny stories live! And did we mention that there’s a bookstagram photo opp at Tor Booth 2444/45?

 

Tor/Forge schedule BookExpo America BEA

Wednesday, May 30th

  • ​School Library Journal Day of Dialog / Middle Grade Buzz Panel
    9:30am-10:20am, ​Kimmel Center (60 Washington Square)
    Featuring: Marie Miranda Cruz (Everlasting Nora)

 

Thursday, May 31st

  • Tor Presents: LGBTQ+ Authors on Gender and Identity in SFF
    10:00am-10:50 am, Room #1E16​
    ​Featuring:​ V.E. Schwab (Vicious / Vengeful), S....
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Announcing the 2017 Nebula Awards Winners!

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Presented in May 2018, the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America are pleased to announce the 2017 Nebula Awards winners, as well as the winners for the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.

The winners were announced at the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America’s 52nd Annual Nebula Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, which took place from Thursday, May 17th through Sunday, May 20th at the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center.

The winners (in bold) and nominees are as follows:

 

Novel

  • Amberlough, Lara Elena Donnelly (Tor)
  • The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter, Theodora Goss (Saga)
  • Spoonbenders, Daryl Gregory (Knopf; riverrun)
  • The Stone Sky, N.K. Jemisin (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Six Wakes, Mur Lafferty (Orbit US)
  • Jade City, Fonda Lee (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Autonomous, Annalee Newitz (Tor; ...
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Tor.com Publishing & Tor Books’ Nebula Finalist Sweepstakes!

Tor Nebula Award 2018 finalists

Tor Books and Tor.com Publishing are offering readers a chance to get all of their 2017 Nebula Award finalists for free!

That bundle includes:

All Systems Red (MURDERBOT) by Martha Wells
The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang
Autonomous by Annalee Newitz
Passing Strange by Ellen Klages
River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey
Amberlough by Lara Elena Donnelly

So it’s pretty wild.

To enter, sign up through the Nebula Finalists sweepstakes page here.

Revealing A Memory Called Empire, a New Space Opera From Arkady Martine

A Memory Called Empire Arkady Martine

For that moment when you tear through Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice trilogy, or all of Iain M. Banks’ Culture series, or you’re waiting for the next Expanse novel, and you just. want. more? Tor Books has some good news for you!

Tor.com is excited to reveal the cover to A Memory Called Empire, a new space opera novel by Arkady Martine coming from Tor Books on March 26, 2019. Check out this cover from artist Jaime Jones:

A Memory Called Empire Arkady Martine

Cover art by Jaime Jones

Ambassador Mahit Dzmare is far from home.

Her predecessor has been murdered.

Her one connection to home has gone silent.

Thus begins Martine’s A Memory Called Empire.

“Often I’ll get a book that feels like the perfect fit for a specific reader, or a fan of a certain type of book,” relays Devi Pillai, the acquiring editor for this title. ...

Empires Clash: Revealing the Cover for The Sword and the Dagger

When empires clash, a Princess, a Knight, and an Assassin embark on the quest of a lifetime…

We’re thrilled to reveal the cover for The Sword and the Dagger, an epic YA historical adventure by debut novelist Robert Cochran. Check out the full design by artist Cliff Nielsen below!

The Sword and the Dagger publishes April 2019 with Tor Teen. From the catalog copy:

During the time of the Crusades, an unlikely trio—a Christian princess, her affianced prince, and a Muslim assassin—embarks on a quest to the court of the most fearsome warrior the world has ever known: Genghis Khan.

A rousing tale of adventure and romance about three young people who must grapple with fundamental issues of loyalty, friendship, faith, honor, and courage against the backdrop of conflicts that still resonate today.

The Sword and the Dagger is an epic YA historical adventure by debut novelist Robert Cochran, the ...

Download a Free Ebook of The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi Before May 19th, 2018

The Quantum Thief Hannu Rajaniemi

At the beginning of each month, the Tor.com eBook Club gives away a free sci-fi/fantasy ebook to club subscribers. We’re happy to announce that the pick for May 2018 is THE QUANTUM THIEF by Hannu Rajaniemi, the first installment of his mind-bending sci-fi Jean le Flambeur series!

Jean le Flambeur is a post-human criminal, mind burglar, con artist, and trickster. His origins are shrouded in mystery, but his exploits are known throughout the Heterarchy— from breaking into the vast Zeusbrains of the Inner System to stealing rare Earth antiques from the aristocrats of Mars.

Now he’s confined inside the Dilemma Prison, where every day he has to get up and kill himself before his other self can kill him.

The Quantum Thief is a crazy joyride through the solar system several centuries hence, a world of marching cities, ubiquitous public-key encryption, people communicating by sharing memories, and a race of ...

The Quantum Thief Hannu Rajaniemi
Summerland Hannu Rajaniemi

Revealing Ship of Smoke and Steel by Django Wexler

We’re excited to reveal the cover for Ship of Smoke and Steel, the first book in an action-packed epic fantasy trilogy from Django Wexler, author of The Shadow Campaigns. Check out the full design by cover artist Richard Anderson below!

Book 1 in the Wells of Sorcery trilogy, Ship of Smoke and Steel is available January 2019 from Tor Teen. From the catalog copy:

In the lower wards of Kahnzoka, the great port city of the Blessed Empire, eighteen-year-old ward boss Isoka comes to collect when there’s money owing. When her ability to access the Well of Combat is discovered by the Empire―an ability she should have declared and placed at His Imperial Majesty’s service―she’s sent on an impossible mission: steal Soliton, a legendary ghost ship―a ship from which no one has ever returned. If she fails, her sister’s life is forfeit.

Revealing US and UK Covers for Do You Dream of Terra-Two?

How far would you go for a better world? We’re excited to share both the US and UK covers for Do You Dream of Terra-Two? the debut novel from Temi Oh in which ten astronauts—six of them teenagers—are on a mission to reach an Earth-like planet. Check out both covers below, and read a short excerpt from the novel!

Do You Dream of Terra-Two? publishes in March 2019 with Saga Press (US) and Simon & Schuster (UK)

A century ago, an astronomer discovered an Earth-like planet orbiting a nearby star. She predicted that one day humans would travel there to build a utopia. Today, ten astronauts are leaving everything behind to find it. Four are veterans of the 20th century’s space-race.

And six are teenagers who’ve trained for this mission most of their lives.

It will take the team 23 years to reach Terra-Two. Twenty-three years locked in close ...

Max Gladstone Conjures a Grizzly Bear Skeleton in His Reddit AMA!

Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence uses fantasy tropes and tales to filter the modern world, as he explained in his Talk at Google last year: bankruptcies that work like necromancy, corporations that work like gods, the like. Last week, Gladstone was on Reddit’s r/fantasy subreddit, further explaining what he does in books like the recently published The Ruin of Angels: “I like to use the leverage and distance genre offers to try to get into the meat of our fractured modern moment, when the real stuff happening outside our windows is big and strange and world-shaking and weird.”

Speaking of weird, he also talks penguins drinking martinis, weaponized high art, and the topsy-turvy experience of cowriting the time-traveling love letter novella This Is How You Lose the Time War with Amal El-Mohtar. Click through for the highlights of Gladstone’s AMA!

 

Necromancer Dilemmas

big_mario: What would be your go ...

All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in May

If you asked us to stack this month’s genre-bending releases in the order you should read them … it’d be impossible. We’d be sitting here forever, trapped under the weight of an impossible task. Should you start with Melissa Broder’s merman novel? One of several intriguing story collections? A nonfiction book about geek culture, or one about the military science of Star Wars? Bethany C. Morrow’s debut, Mem? A new Stephen King novel? Or maybe Nikhil Singh’s Taty Went West?

You tell us: Which 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

Hell! No Saints in Paradise—A.K. Asif (May 1, HarperCollins)
2050, New York. In the aftermath of a grueling spiritual cleansing quest, Ismael, a Pakistani-American student, enters into an alliance with spiritual beings who send him on a perilous ...

I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing Audio Excerpt

A. D. Jameson celebrates the triumph of geekdom in I Find Your Lack of Faith Disturbing, an insightful and irreverent journey through the science fiction, fantasy, and superhero pop-culture cinematic icons whose legions of fans have put them at the top of the box office over and over. In honor of of May the Fourth, we’re excited to share an excerpt from the audiobook below, in which Jameson defends Star Wars against detractors who see George Lucas’s groundbreaking film as a simplistic spectacle, the death knell of the experimental New Hollywood style of the 1970s.

Listen to an excerpt from the audiobook, read by Holter Graham:

 

Star Wars, Marvel superheroes, The Lord of the Rings—properties that were once supposedly the domain of socially maladroit youth have become mainstream entertainment, enjoyed by enormous audiences and by more than a few film critics too. But there are those commentators who ...

Revealing Sarah Pinsker’s New Short Fiction Collection

We’re excited to share the cover for Nebula and Sturgeon award-winning author Sarah Pinsker’s Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea—one of the most anticipated SFF collections of recent years. Check out the full cover by artist Matt Muirhead below!

Sooner or Later Everything Falls into the Sea publishes in March 2019 with Small Beer Press. The dozen stories gathered in the collection—including a new, previously unpublished story—turn readers into travelers to the past, the future, and explorers of the weirder points of the present. The journey is the thing as Pinsker weaves music, memory, technology, history, mystery, love, loss, and even multiple selves on generation ships and cruise ships, on highways and high seas, in murder houses and treehouses. They feature runaways, fiddle-playing astronauts, and retired time travelers; they are weird, wired, hopeful, haunting, and deeply human.

All the New Science Fiction Books Coming Out in May

How’s space doing this month? Things seem pretty stressful out there, between Avengers: Infinity War and a whole lot of books in which things are bleak and dangerous and war is just around the corner. May is also ready to meet all your dystopia needs, from a future in which a form of dementia afflicts people of all ages to one where there’s a literal price to be paid for every crime. On-the-run siblings, uncontrollable time-jumping, giant robots, clones, and ever so much more round out the month’s science fictional offerings!

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 Glory of the Empress—Sean Danker (May 1, Ace)
The war between Evagardian Empire and the Commonwealth is at its peak. The Evagardians have developed a weapon that could change everything, but they ...

All the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in May

There are five Tuesdays in May, so more May books, so you get more time to read. That’s how it works, right? We’re pretty sure that’s how it works. You’re going to need all that time, because there’s a lot to get to: R.F. Kuang’s debut, The Poppy War; the start of a new series from Raymond Feist; a new Court of Thrones and Roses book from Sarah J. Maas; Stephanie Garber’s sequel to CaravalLegendary; Victoria Aveyard’s fourth Red Queen book; and Lily Anderson’s endearingly named Undead Girl Gang, just for starters!

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

Dragon Road—Joseph Brassey (May 1, Angry Robot)
When portal-mage Harkon Bright and his apprentice are asked to help select a new captain for the immense skyship Iseult, ...

Seth Dickinson’s Baru Cormorant Series Gets A Fourth Novel

Originally envisioned as a trilogy, Seth Dickinson’s The Masquerade—which began with The Traitor Baru Cormorant and continues this fall with The Monster Baru Cormorant—will be getting a fourth novel, completing this critically acclaimed epic fantasy saga.

“Three books weren’t enough for Baru’s ambitions—or for the surprises she had in store for me,” Dickinson reveals. “A fourth book gives her the resources and scale she needs to reach for true world domination… and, harder yet, maybe a chance at real happiness. Of course, it’ll give her enemies more space to work, too.”

The Masquerade is the story of Baru Cormorant, a young queer woman whose island nation is subjugated by the Empire of Masks. To free her people and end the Masquerade’s tyranny, Baru sets herself on a course to be educated by the empire, rise within its ranks, and destroy it from the inside.

“It was intended ...

Announcing the 2018 Locus Award Finalists

Locus Magazine has announced the finalists in each category of the 2018 Locus Awards! The winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle, WA, June 22-24, 2018; Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony.

We are honored to see various Tor Books and Tor.com Publishing authors and titles nominated. Click through for the complete list of finalists. Congratulations to all the nominees!

SCIENCE FICTION NOVEL

  • Persepolis Rising, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Walkaway, Cory Doctorow (Tor; Head of Zeus)
  • The Stars Are Legion, Kameron Hurley (Saga; Angry Robot UK)
  • Provenance, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • Raven Stratagem, Yoon Ha Lee (Solaris US; Solaris UK)
  • Luna: Wolf Moon, Ian McDonald (Tor; Gollancz)
  • Seven Surrenders, Ada Palmer (Tor; Head of Zeus)
  • New York 2140, Kim Stanley Robinson (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
  • The Collapsing Empire, John Scalzi (Tor ...

Adventure Awaits in Barnes & Noble Booksellers Picks for May

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.

 

Dragon Road, by Joseph Brassey
(May 1, Angry Robot—Paperback)

Brassey returns to the world of Skyfarer, the city-sized ship Iseult, and the story of portal mage Harkon, his apprentice Aimee de Laurent, and new recruit Elias. The ship needs to appoint a new captain, but no single candidate in the officer’s court has enough support, so Harkon is called in to render. Politics in the court are ruthless and complicated, and their task is made more ominous by Elias’ dark dreams of an ancient terror slowly making its way through the ship, intent on sending millions of people to their deaths. ...