Music and Madness: Revealing Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You by Scotto Moore

Rock and roll messiahs are really scary…

We’re excited to share the cover for Scotto Moore’s debut novella, Your Favorite Band Cannot Save You, a mind-melting, sardonic, gonzo trip coming in February 2019 from Tor.com Publishing!

Your Favorite Band Can’t Save You is available February 5, 2019. From the catalog copy:

I was home alone on a Saturday night when I experienced the most beautiful piece of music I had ever heard in my life.

Beautiful Remorse is the hot new band on the scene, releasing one track a day for ten days straight. Each track has a mysterious name and a strangely powerful effect on the band’s fans.

A curious music blogger decides to investigate the phenomenon up close by following Beautiful Remorse on tour across Texas and Kansas, realizing along the way that the band’s lead singer, is hiding an incredible, impossible secret.

Download a Free Ebook of All The Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders Before Sept. 22, 2018!

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 September 2018 is the Nebula Award-winning ALL THE BIRDS IN THE SKY by the Hugo Award-winning Charlie Jane Anders! (Wow.)

An ancient society of witches and a hipster technological startup go to war in order to prevent the world from tearing itself apart. To further complicate things, each of the groups’ most promising followers (Patricia, a brilliant witch and Laurence, an engineering “wunderkind”) may just be in love with each other.

As the battle between magic and science wages in San Francisco against the backdrop of international chaos, Laurence and Patricia are forced to choose sides. But their choices will determine the fate of the planet and all mankind.

In a fashion unique to Charlie Jane Anders, All the Birds in the Sky offers a humorous ...

Charlie Jane Anders All the Birds in the Sky

Amoral Alchemy: Revealing Middlegame, A New Standalone Fantasy From Seanan McGuire

Seanan McGuire introduces readers to a world of amoral alchemy, shadowy organizations, and impossible cities in a new standalone fantasy—Middlegame, coming May 7, 2019 from Tor.com Publishing.

We’re thrilled to reveal the cover below!

America is run in the shadows by the Alchemical Congress, a powerful society focused on transmuting reality itself.

Meet Roger. Skilled with words, languages come easily to him. He instinctively understands how the world works through the power of story.

Meet Dodger, his twin. Numbers are her world, her obsession, her everything. All she understands, she does so through the power of math.

Roger and Dodger aren’t exactly human, though they don’t realise it. They aren’t exactly gods, either. Not entirely. Not yet.

Meet Reed, skilled in the alchemical arts like his progenitor before him. Reed created Dodger and her brother. He’s not their father. Not quite. But he has a plan: to raise the ...

Magical Intrigue: Revealing The True Queen by Zen Cho

In the follow-up to the Regency fantasy novel Sorcerer to the Crown, a young woman with no memories of her past finds herself embroiled in dangerous politics in England and the land of the fae…

We’re thrilled to share the cover for Zen Cho’s The True Queen, publishing with Ace in March 2019. Check out the full design below, with art by Kate Forrester!

When sisters Muna and Sakti wake up on the peaceful beach of the island of Janda Baik, they can’t remember anything, except that they are bound as only sisters can be. They have been cursed by an unknown enchanter, and slowly Sakti starts to fade away. The only hope of saving her is to go to distant Britain, where the Sorceress Royal has established an academy to train women in magic.

If Muna is to save her sister, she must learn to navigate high ...

See Brandon Sanderson on Tour for Skyward!

Brandon Sanderson Skyward book tour author tour venues dates

Spensa’s world has been under attack for decades. Now pilots are the heroes of what’s left of the human race, and becoming one has always been Spensa’s dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father’s–a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa’s chances of attending flight school at slim to none.

No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, yet fate works in mysterious ways. Flight school might be a long shot, but she is determined to fly. And an accidental discovery in a long-forgotten cavern might just provide her with a way to claim the stars.

The first book in Brandon Sanderson’s epic new series about a girl who dreams of becoming a pilot in a dangerous world at war for humanity’s future, ...

State Tectonics Audio Excerpt

The future of democracy must evolve or die…

We’re excited to share an audio excerpt from the cyberpunk political thriller State Tectonics, the conclusion Malka Older’s The Centenal Cycle. Listen to the clip below, as read by Christine Marshall.

The last time Information held an election, a global network outage, two counts of sabotage by major world governments, and a devastating earthquake almost shook micro-democracy apart. Five years later, it’s time to vote again, and the system that has ensured global peace for 25 years is more vulnerable than ever.

Unknown enemies are attacking Information’s network infrastructure. Spies, former superpowers, and revolutionaries sharpen their knives in the shadows. And Information’s best agents question whether the data monopoly they’ve served all their lives is worth saving, or whether it’s time to burn the world down and start anew.

State Tectonics is available September 11th from Tor.com Publishing. You can find ...

Tor.com Publishing is Giving Away 100 Copies of Nnedi Okorafor’s Binti!

Binti Nnedi Okorafor

If you haven’t picked up Binti, the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novella by Nnedi Okorafor, now may be the time! Tor.com Publishing is running a sweepstakes where 100 people will win a copy of the first book in Okorafor’s star-spanning trilogy.

The sweepstakes runs from now until 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, September 9th.

Also this month, lucky sweepstakes winners (and folks who have already read Binti, which just makes you lucky already) will also be able to talk about the book with…Lena Dunham? Yes! The Girls showrunner and writer has launched a new book club under the hashtag #keepit100LD and this month’s selection is Binti! Just post your thoughts on Twitter with the hash.

Happy reading!

Angry Robot to Publish English Translation of The Heart of the Circle by Keren Landsman

Sorcerers fight for the right to exist and fall in love in The Heart of the Circle, an extraordinary alternate world fantasy thriller by award-winning Israeli author Keren Landsman. Angry Robot will publish the first English language edition, translated by Daniella Zamir, in July 2019 in both the US and the UK/Commonwealth.

Throughout human history there have always been sorcerers, once idolised and now exploited for their powers. In Israel, the Sons of Simeon, a group of religious extremists, persecute sorcerers while the government turns a blind eye. After a march for equal rights ends in brutal murder, empath, moodifier and reluctant waiter Reed becomes the next target. While his sorcerous and normie friends seek out his future killers, Reed complicates everything by falling hopelessly in love. As the battle for survival grows ever more personal, can Reed protect himself and his friends as the Sons of Simeon close ...

Visit Space Prisons, Faerie Kingdoms, and Alternate Futures in Barnes & Noble Booksellers Picks for September

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.

 

Halo: Silent Storm: A Master Chief Story, by Troy Denning
(September 4, Gallery Books—Hardcover)

The complexity of the universe spawned by the Halo video game franchise rivals any other in the speculative genres. Telling the story of a galaxy-spanning war between humanity and a coalition of aliens called The Covenant who worship an extinct race known as the Forerunners who were destroyed by a horrifying symbiotic parasite called The Flood. And that’s just the basics—over the course of several games, graphic novels, books, comics, and animated shorts the story and universe have become incredibly detailed and rich. This all-new standalone novel is ...

Tor.com Call for Contributors: Fantasy Bloggers

Stubby the Rocket

Writers wanted! The Tor.com blog is looking for fantasy experts to contribute in-depth essays, commentary, and analysis of your favorite books, authors, and series.

Do you know everything worth knowing about The Black Company? Do you have deeply held opinions about the magic systems of Robin Hobb, Max Gladstone, or Brandon Sanderson? Is there some aspect of The Wheel of Time or Harry Potter or Malazan that you’d love to discuss with other fans? Is there something everyone seems to be missing about Game of Thrones or some angle of A Song of Ice and Fire you haven’t seen explored? What are your theories about The Kingkiller Chronicle? Let’s talk about the work of Octavia Butler and Ursula Le Guin, Gene Wolfe, Ken Liu, and Philip Pullman—let’s ask weird and interesting questions about the worlds of Elizabeth Bear, N.K. Jemisin, Scott Lynch, Terry Pratchett, and J.R.R. ...

The Jim Henson Company Options Susan Dennard’s Witchlands Books

The Jim Henson Company has optioned The Witchlands books, written by best-selling author Susan Dennard, to be developed as a live-action television series. The announcement was made today by Halle Stanford, President of Television for The Jim Henson Company, at a Dragon Con panel led by Dennard and Stanford entitled Two Misfits Who Dream: Women Who Create Fantasy Worlds.

The series is set in a world where three empires rule and every member of the population is born with a magical skill set, known as a “witchery.” Now, as the Twenty-Year Truce in a centuries-long war is about to come to an end, the balance of power will fall on the shoulders of two young women, Safiya and Iseult, who must accept their fate, and themselves, to survive. Published by Tor Teen, with two of the books and a spinoff already on the shelves, the third release in the ...

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

We hope you’d like to be creeped out next month, because… there’s a lot of horror heading your way this month. You can choose from: a creepy house; a creepy reissue of a creepy Stephen King book; a creepy anthology about terrible things that might happen to you whilst flying; a creepy boarding school…

There are a few non-terrifying options as well, like a new book from Patrick Ness, a biography of Hayao Miyazaki, Mu Lafferty’s Solo novelization, and a beautiful collection of Philip Pullman’s essays, talks, and more. Still, the creepy stuff is calling…

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 Chrysalis—Brendan Deneen (September 4, Tor Books)
Barely employed millennials Tom and Jenny Decker have to grow up fast when they lose their cheap Manhattan apartment. Leaving the city ...

Listen to an Excerpt from Glen Cook’s Port of Shadows

The soldiers of the Black Company don’t ask questions, they get paid. But being “The Lady’s favored” is attracting the wrong kind of attention and has put a target on their backs. And the Company’s historian, Croaker, has the biggest target of all…

We’re excited to share an excerpt from the audiobook edition of Port of Shadows, the newest dark fantasy in Glen Cook’s Chronicles of the Black Company series. Check out the clip below, read by Brian Troxell.

Port of Shadows is available September 11th from Tor Books. You can find the audio edition with Macmillan Audio, or get the print and ebook editions at the links below!

Transcend Borders in the New Anthology Shades Within Us

An American father shields his son from Irish discrimination. A Chinese foreign student wrestles to safeguard her family at the expense of her soul. A college graduate is displaced by technology. A Nigerian high school student chooses between revenge and redemption. A bureaucrat parses the mystery of Taiwanese time travellers. A defeated alien struggles to assimilate into human culture. A Czechoslovakian actress confronts the German WWII invasion. A child crosses an invisible border wall. And many more.

Edited by Susan Forest & Lucas K. Law, Shades Within Us features stories that transcend borders, generations, and cultures. Each is a glimpse into our human need in face of change: to hold fast to home, to tradition, to family; and yet to reach out, to strive for a better life. Available September 8th from Laska Media.

Below, we’re pleased to share both the introduction to the anthology, written by Eric Choi and ...

All the New Science Fiction Books Coming Out in September!

Whether you’d like to start a new series or finish one up this month, science fiction has got you covered. Pick up Tade Thompson’s Rosewater if you want just the start of a story; if you need the whole thing, all at once, you can now read all three of Malka Older’s Centenal Cycle books, closing the trilogy out with State Tectonics! Or maybe you’d like something in the middle? September’s got you covered there, too—and it’s got movie novelizations, classic reissues, exciting anthologies, the whole shebang. Ready to blast off?

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

Terra Nullius—Claire Coleman (September 4, Small Beer Press)
The Natives of the Colony are restless. The Settlers are eager to bring peace to their new home, and they have a plan for how ...

All the New Fantasy Books Coming Out in September!

Hope you got your summer reading sorted, because fall—the books, if not the temperatures—is coming in fast with a massive pile of books on its heels. The latest from Brandon Sanderson! A new October Daye book from Seanan McGuire! New Drizzt! New Black Company! New Demon Cycle! New young adult books from Heidi Heilig, L.L. McKinney, Tessa Gratton, and more! Where will you start??!?

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

Magefall (Age of Dread #2)—Stephen Aryan (September 4, Orbit)
The land is in turmoil. Mages are hunted by men and gods alike. Even their own kind betray each other in the name of safety and protection. With their last refuge fallen, two young mages must conspire against a god to show the world that their abilities aren’t a curse; they ...

Download a Free Ebook of The Black Company by Glen Cook Before August 31, 2018!

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 second pick for August 2018 is THE BLACK COMPANY by Glen Cook, a landmark of grimdark fantasy, kicking off a trend that continues with Game of Thrones today.

Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hard-bitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead.

Until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her….

So begins one of the greatest fantasy epics of our age—Glen Cook’s Chronicles of the Black Company.

The Black Company Glen Cook

THE BLACK COMPANY is available from August 27, 12:01 AM ET to August 30, 11:59 ...

Port of Shadows Glen Cook

Is That Zenyatta…? Announcing the Narrators of The Ruin of Kings Audiobook!

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. Read the first two chapters here.

We are excited to announce the narrators for the audiobook edition of the first installment in The Godslayer Cycle: Vikas Adam (Kihrin), Feodor Chin (Thurvishar), and Soneela Nankani (Talon).

“When I found out who would be narrating The Ruin of Kings,” Lyons said, “I had two reactions: the first, professional—wow, these actors are amazing.—and the second, more geek-appropriate reaction—ZENYATTA IS NARRATING MY BOOK. (I suppose you might say I’m just a little excited.) I’m having a hard time imagining better voices than ...

See John Scalzi on Tour for The Consuming Fire

John Scalzi’s The Consuming Fire, sequel to the 2018 Hugo Award Best Novel finalist and 2018 Locus Award-winning space opera The Collapsing Empire, hits shelves on October 16th! The new novel will continue Scalzi’s Interdependency Series, picking up the story as humanity’s interstellar empire, teeters on the verge of collapse. The Flow, the extra-dimensional conduit that makes travel between the stars possible, is disappearing, leaving entire star systems stranded. When it goes, human civilization may go with it—unless desperate measures can be taken.

Emperox Grayland II, the leader of the Interdependency, is ready to take those measures to help ensure the survival of billions. But nothing is ever that easy. Arrayed before her are those who believe the collapse of the Flow is a myth—or at the very least, an opportunity that can allow them to ascend to power.

While Grayland prepares for disaster, others are preparing for ...

37 New Epic Fantasy Books Coming Soon

Just as the prophecy foretold…

Between now and summer 2019, there are a staggering number of new and returning epic fantasy novels in the works. Thieves, mercenaries, royal bastards, princesses’ doubles, armored saints, and many more fill the pages of these tales (some illustrated!) of alliances forged, wars waged, magic lost and rediscovered.

For every end, there is a beginning…

For every epic fantasy trilogy or series wrapping up in the coming months, there are just as many new sagas unfolding. Some return to familiar fantasy lands—Middle-earth, the Forgotten Realms, Osten Ard, Earthsea, Westeros—for new adventures, while others draw upon real-world settings and mythologies, like Morocco or India’s Mughal Empire, to create dazzling new epics.

Adventure awaits…

 

Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett (The Founders Trilogy #1)
August 21, Crown

In a city that runs on industrialized magic, a secret war will be fought to overwrite ...