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. ...

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. ...

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. ...

New Hardcover Editions of Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti Trilogy Coming This July

Nnedi Okorafor Binti trilogy hardcover edition cover reveal Tor.com Publishing

This year we published the concluding volume of Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti trilogy, bringing to a close a series that started with one of the first books Tor.com Publishing ever released. Binti, the story of a Himba girl who leaves her people to seek her place among the stars at the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy, went on to win the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novella, and readers couldn’t wait to continue following her adventures with Binti: Home and Binti: The Night Masquerade.

This July, we’re thrilled to bring you all three Binti books in hardcover for the first time, complete with new covers featuring original art by Greg Ruth. Take a look at these stunning volumes below, and get a sneak peek at the new foreword to Binti by the Broken Earth trilogy author N.K. Jemisin.

Illustrator Greg Ruth has created art ...

Binti trilogy hardcover edition Nnedi Okorafor cover reveal Tor.com Publishing
Binti trilogy hardcover edition Nnedi Okorafor cover reveal Tor.com Publishing
Binti trilogy hardcover edition Nnedi Okorafor cover reveal Tor.com Publishing
Binti trilogy hardcover edition Nnedi Okorafor cover reveal Tor.com Publishing

New Hardcover Editions of Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti Trilogy Coming This July

Nnedi Okorafor Binti trilogy hardcover edition cover reveal Tor.com Publishing

This year we published the concluding volume of Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti trilogy, bringing to a close a series that started with one of the first books Tor.com Publishing ever released. Binti, the story of a Himba girl who leaves her people to seek her place among the stars at the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy, went on to win the Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novella, and readers couldn’t wait to continue following her adventures with Binti: Home and Binti: The Night Masquerade.

This July, we’re thrilled to bring you all three Binti books in hardcover for the first time, complete with new covers featuring original art by Greg Ruth. Take a look at these stunning volumes below, and get a sneak peek at the new foreword to Binti by the Broken Earth trilogy author N.K. Jemisin.

Illustrator Greg Ruth has created art ...

Binti trilogy hardcover edition Nnedi Okorafor cover reveal Tor.com Publishing
Binti trilogy hardcover edition Nnedi Okorafor cover reveal Tor.com Publishing
Binti trilogy hardcover edition Nnedi Okorafor cover reveal Tor.com Publishing
Binti trilogy hardcover edition Nnedi Okorafor cover reveal Tor.com Publishing

Space Adventure, Magical Mystery, and Lovecraftian Fantasy Await in Tor.com Publishing’s Spring/Summer 2018 Lineup!

Deep Ones and naga and hippos, oh my! Tor.com Publishing has all of your science fiction and fantasy summer fun lined up, from the next installments in some of our most popular and beloved series (more Murderbot!) to new books by Karl Schroeder, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Brian McClellan, and P. Djèlí Clark. We’re also publishing one of the year’s most anticipated debuts, Witchmark by C.L. Polk, and bringing you the prequel to John Scalzi’s Lock In, the story of how Haden’s Syndrome began, for the first time in print. Check out the covers for all of our books from May through August below and start planning your summer reading list now!

All titles will be available world-wide in print, ebook, and audio. As always, our ebooks are DRM-free.

 

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Written by Caitlín R. Kiernan
Design by Christine Foltzer
Photo © Don Seymour/Getty Images.
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Announcing The Kitschies’ 2017 Winners!

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The Kitschies, the annual tentacle-themed prize for works containing elements of the “speculative and fantastic,” have announced the winners for the most “progressive, intelligent, and entertaining” fiction of 2017.

The hand-crafted tentacle trophies were awarded at a ceremony held at London’s Star of Kings on April 9. The winners included a science fiction tale in a future of mercenaries and interstellar monopolies; the tale of sisters reunited and the struggle to believe memories over reality; and an epic narrative following three generations of beekeepers from the past, present, and future.

Below find the complete shortlist, with winners in bold.

The Red Tentacle (Novel), judged by Jon Courtenay Grimwood, Leila Abu El Hawa, Joshua Idehen, Ewa Scibor-Rylska, and Alasdair Stuart:

  • Winner: The Rift by Nina Allan (Titan)
  • Black Wave by Michelle Tea (& Other Stories)
  • We See Everything by William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury)
  • Fever by Deon Meyer, translated by L. Seegers (Hodder)
  • ...

Tor Books Presents a Year of #FearlessWomen

Tor Books #FearlessWomen

Women are shining in every genre of speculative fiction, and it is no longer enough to say “Women are here.” Instead, #FearlessWomen everywhere are taking a stand to say “Women will thrive here.”

Beginning this summer, meet a new generation of #FearlessWomen who are shaping new blockbuster worlds—and re-shaping our own. Highlighting major titles from bestselling authors V.E. Schwab, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Jacqueline Carey as well as titles from acclaimed and debut authors such as Mary Robinette Kowal, Tessa Gratton, Sam Hawke, and Robyn Bennis, #FearlessWomen will be a celebration encouraging fans to start a dialogue about women in publishing, their worlds, their voices, and their unique stories.

Tor Books’ handles across Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@torbooks) will be using the hashtags #FearlessWomen (and #FearlessFantasy and #FearlessSF) to promote excerpts, exclusive content, quizzes and giveaways beginning in May. We’ll also have exclusive giveaways at BookCon, ...

Vicious V.E. Schwab #FearlessWomen
Death Doesn't Bargain Sherrilyn Kenyon #FearlessWomen
The Queens of Innis Lear Tessa Gratton #FearlessWomen
Starless Jacqueline Carey #FearlessWomen
By Fire Above Robyn Bennis

Download a Free Ebook of All Systems Red by Martha Wells Before April 10th, 2018

Murderbot here. Get your free Murderbot!

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 April 2018 is ALL SYSTEMS RED by Martha Wells, the first installment of her “Murderbot” sci-fi series!

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it’s up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

ALL SYSTEMS RED is available from April 6, 12:01 AM ET to April 9, 11:59 PM ET.

Download before 11:59 PM ...

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All the New Genre-Bending Books Coming Out in April

Ghosts, secrets, rewritten classics, classics being newly collected, sequels, and a guy who knows the future—this month’s genre-benders are all over the map in the best possible way.

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 Great God Pan and Other Horror Stories—Arthur Machen (April 3, Oxford University PresS)
Perhaps no figure better embodies the transition from the Gothic tradition to modern horror than Arthur Machen. In the final decade of the nineteenth century, the Welsh writer produced a seminal body of tales of occult horror, spiritual and physical corruption, and malignant survivals from the primeval past which horrified and scandalized late-Victorian readers. Machen’s “weird fiction” has influenced generations of storytellers, from H. P. Lovecraft to Guillermo Del Toro. This new collection constitutes the most comprehensive critical edition of Machen yet ...

All the New Science Fiction Books Coming Out in April

There’s a lot of Mars in this month’s science fiction crop, but if the red planet isn’t your jam, never fear: You could learn the fates of those aboard the ship Australia in J.P. Smythe’s Long Dark Dusk; experience some of the best science fiction of the year courtesy of the latest anthology from Neil Clarke; revisit Sylvia Engdahl’s beloved Enchantress from the Stars; find out what Han and Lando got up to after the events of the original trilogy in Last Shot; or experience space rock (and other genres) in Catherynne Valente’s Space Opera. Readers, start your hyperdrives, and may the best book (for you) land at the top of your TBR stack!

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 City Where We Once Lived—Eric ...

All the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in April

April begins with an alternate reality where people’s physical size corresponds to their wealth, and goes out with a young warrior trying to unite rival clans. Just about everything you can imagine happens in between: psychics, zombies, werewolves, sorcerers, queens, missing royalty, scheming sisters, and ever so much more! Just for starters: Kendare Blake’s Queens of Fennbirn brings two Three Dark Crowns prequel stories into print for the first time; Fire Dance returns to the world of Ilana C. Myer’s Last Song Before Night; Andrzej Sapkowski presents a new Witcher story; Justina Ireland’s alt-history with zombies hits shelves; and Marie Brennan, Cassandra Khaw, Malka Older, and Michael Underwood debut the latest Serial Box tale, Born to the Blade.

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

Munmun—Jesse Andrews (April 3, Amulet)
Young adult. ...

Join Witches, Assassins, and Scoundrels in Barnes & Noble Booksellers Picks for April

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.

 

Witchy Winter, by D.J. Butler
(April 3, Baen—Hardcover)

Butler’s followup to last year’s Witchy Eye brings us back to a raw, unsettled alt-America as teenager Sarah Calhoun arrives in Ohio to sit the Serpent Throne of Cahokia, hers by right of birth. Before she can claim the crown, she must deal with the regent and seven of her relatives, all of whom also claim rites of succession. Sarah’s lack of familiarity with the culture and traditions of her own people also proves to be a stumbling block. Elsewhere, more trouble brews: in New Orleans, a new priest rises to take up ...

15 Spring Books We Cannot Wait to Read!

Spring has sprung—technically, at least. (Your narrator stares moodily out the window at the gray looming fog over New Jersey.) With a new season comes a new crop of books whose arrival we await with impatient delight, tearing into mailers until we are all coated in a thin layer of that mysterious dust inside those very special mailers—you know the ones. Nothing will stop us in our quest to find the best things in the mail—or the bookshop. Between now and the summer solstice, we’re anticipating new series from beloved authors, alternate histories full of spies and zombies, the conclusion to a vivid SF trilogy, and, of course, Murderbot.

 

April

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (April 3, Balzer + Bray)

Justina Ireland’s much-anticipated YA alternate history finds soldiers from both sides rising from the dead after the end of the Civil War. Jane McKeene, who was born just ...

2018 Hugo Award Finalists Announced

The finalists for the 2018 Hugo Awards and the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards have been announced! You can read the full list below.

1813 valid nominating ballots (1795 electronic and 18 paper) were received and counted from the members of the 2017, 2018, and 2019 World Science Fiction Conventions. For the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards, 204 valid nominating ballots (192 electronic and 12 paper) were received.

The final ballot to select this year’s winners will open in April 2018, and will be open to all full Attending and Supporting members of Worldcon 76. Worldcon 76’s Guests of Honor are writers Spider Robinson and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, artist John Picacio, musician Frank Hayes, and fans Pierre and Sandy Pettinger.

The winners of the 1943 Retrospective Hugo Awards will be announced at a highlighted formal ceremony at the convention, on the evening of Thursday, August 16. The winners of the 2018 Hugo Awards ...

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Carrie Vaughn’s Bannerless Wins the 2018 Philip K. Dick Award

Carrie Vaughn Bannerless 2018 Philip K. Dick Award winner

The Philip K. Dick Award, presented annually for distinguished science fiction published in paperback form in the previous year, was announced at Norwescon 41 in SeaTac, Washington, on March 30.

Bannerless, Carrie Vaughn’s murder mystery set in a post-apocalyptic society shaped by population control, took home the 2018 Philip K. Dick Award, while fellow nominee Deji Bryce Olukotun received the special citation for his novel After the Flare.

Some tweets from the award ceremony at Norwescon:

More about Bannerless:

Decades after economic and environmental collapse destroys much of civilization in the United ...

Join Jacqueline Carey, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Seanan McGuire, and Nnedi Okorafor at ALA 2018 in June!

The American Library Association’s annual convention will be held in New Orleans this year, and some fabulous Tor authors will be in attendance! Jacqueline Carey (The Kushiel’s Dart series, Starless), Sherrilyn Kenyon (Dark-Hunters novels), Seanan McGuire (Wayward Children series), and Nnedi Okorafor (Binti Series) will come together for a Fearless Women panel to talk about how gender and sexuality are reflected by today’s SFF-and how those depictions have changed over time, and most of all, how they’ve translated their fearlessness into fiction.

The panel will take place on Saturday, June 23, from 4:00-5:00 PM, with Dena Heilik, Department Head of the Free Library of Philadelphia, moderating the conversation. You can find more information on the event here!

 


 


 


 

Night Falls on the Republic: Revealing Jay Kristoff’s Darkdawn

Mia Corvere, escaped slave and infamous assassin, is on the run…

We’re excited to share the cover of Darkdawn, the epic conclusion of the Nevernight Chronicle from author Jay Kristoff. Check out the full cover by artist Jason Chan below!

From author Jay Kristoff:

It’s always incredible to work with an artist as talented as Jason Chan, but this is easily my favorite of all his covers. We usually bounce around a few ideas in the planning stages, but with this one, he knew exactly where to take it and knocked it out of the park first draft. It’s pure badass.

Cover art by Jason Chan; design by Young Lim and Meg Morley

Darkdawn publishes November 2018 with St. Martin’s Press. From the catalog copy:

The greatest games in Godsgrave’s history have ended with the most audacious murders in the history of the Itreyan Republic.

Mia Corvere, gladiatii, escaped ...

Queens of Innis Lear Audio Excerpt

Three Queens. One crown. All out war. Dynasties battle for the crown in Tessa Gratton’s debut adult epic fantasy, The Queens of Innis Lear. We’re excited to share two excerpts from the audio book below—the introduction to Part 1, and Chapter 1, The Fox—as read by Kate Reading.

It begins when a wizard cleaves an island from the mainland, because the king destroyed her temple…

 

The Queens of Innis Lear is available March 27th from Tor Books. From the catalog copy:

Gaela, Ruthless Commander: I am the rightful heir of Innis Lear. No more will I wait in the shadows and watch my mother’s murderer bleed my island dry. The King’s hold on the crown must end—willingly or at the edge of my sword.

Regan, Master Manipulator:  To secure my place on the throne, I must produce an heir. Countless times I have fed the island’s forests my blood. Yet, ...

Last Chance to Get The Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone at $2.99

This final week of March is your last chance to get all of the ebooks in Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence series for $2.99 each before their prices rise the first week in April. That includes the very newest (and very biggest) novel The Ruin of Angels!

Max Gladstone’s Craft Sequence has been lauded as one of the most intelligent and inventive fantasy series around, earning a Hugo Award nomination for Best Series and praise from NPR and The Washington Post. And there’s never been a better time to binge on all six books.

You can also get the e-bundle of the first five books in the series for just under $12, but hurry—this is the best deal you’ll get on one of the best series available!