Announcing the 2015 Finalists for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award!

John W. Campbell Memorial Award finalists 2015Tor.com is pleased to announce that the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas has revealed the 2015 finalists for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for the best novel of the year. The nominees include five Tor novels: A Darkling Sea by James L. Cambias, Afterparty by Daryl Gregory, The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu, Lock In by John Scalzi, and Echopraxia by Peter Watts. Congratulations to them, and to all the other nominees!

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Tor to Publish The Geek Feminist Revolution by Kameron Hurley

Kameron HurleyTor Books is very excited to announce The Geek Feminist Revolution by double Hugo Award-winning essayist and author Kameron Hurley.

The book collects dozens of Hurley’s essays on feminism, geek culture, and her experiences and insights as a genre writer, including “We Have Always Fought,” which won the 2013 Hugo for Best Related Work.  The Geek Feminist Revolution will also feature several entirely new essays written specifically for this volume. 

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Announcing the 2014 Bram Stoker Award Winners

2014 Bram Stoker Award winnersThe Horror Writers Association, the premier organization of writers and publishers of horror and dark fantasy, announced the winners of the 2014 Bram Stoker Award® during the World Horror Convention on May 9. The winners included Ellen Datlow, Jonathan Maberry, Usman T. Malik, and more.

“The past year had its challenges,” said HWA President Lisa Morton, referring to the passing of her predecessor Rocky Wood in 2014. “But on a night like this, we are reminded of the amazing talent in horror. The men and women honored tonight helped make 2014 an extraordinary year for the horror genre.”

Morton also announced the launch of StokerCon, an annual horror convention presented by the HWA. “When the HWA formed thirty years ago, the organization was small,” she said. “Over the last three decades, we’ve witnessed an explosive growth in horror. It seemed only natural for the premier association of horror ...

Check Out Shan Jiang’s Gorgeous Artwork for The Man in the High Castle

The Man in the High Castle Folio Society

The Folio Society will be publishing a new edition of Philip K. Dick’s Hugo award-winning novel The Man in the High Castle! Considered by many to be Dick’s greatest novel, this edition features the work of artist Shanghai-born Shan Jiang, lead illustrator at the design group Shotopop. His graphic images, strongly influenced by Japanese manga, channels the text’s melding of cultures.

We’re thrilled to share the full cover below, plus some of Jiang’s interior illustrations!

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Nothing’s Really Where It’s At: Ayize Jama-Everett Takes Our Pop Quiz Interview

Ayize Jama-Everett

Welcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on Tor.com featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Born in 1974, Ayize Jama-Everett hails from the Harlem of old. He is the author of three novels—he self-published The Liminal People in 2010, and the next two novels in the series, The Liminal War and The Entropy of Bones, will be published this summer by Small Beer Press. He’s also written an upcoming graphic novel with illustrator John Jennings entitled Box of Bones. When he’s not writing, teaching, or sermonizing, he’s usually practicing his aim.

Join us to find out Ayize’s ideal theme music—it makes us want to be his lifetime friend!

[Grinnin’ like a Cheshire Cat]

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2014 Shirley Jackson Award Nominees Announced

2014 Shirley Jackson Award nominees announced

The nominees for the 2014 Shirley Jackson Award have been announced! Awarded every year in recognition of the legacy of Shirley Jackson, the awards honor exceptional work in the literature of psychological suspense, horror, and dark fantasy. Tor.com is honored to announce that three Tor.com Originals are among the nominees: Mary Rickert’s The Mothers of Voorhisville is nominated in the Novella category, and Kai Ashante Wilson’s “The Devil in America” and Dale Bailey’s “The End of the End of Everything” are up for Best Novelette. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

The 2014 Shirley Jackson Awards will be presented on Sunday, July 12, at Readercon 26.

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Cixin Liu and John Scalzi Help Honor China at This Year’s BookExpo America and BookCon

Tor Books BookExpo America BookCon 2015China is the guest of honor at the 2015 BookExpo America, the publishing industry’s annual convention. In addition to China’s 500-person delegation including top publishing professionals and internationally acclaimed authors, there will also be events and panels highlighting the cultural relationship between American and Chinese publishing.

Tor Books will be at BEA and BookCon with a number of panels on the future of sci-fi and fantasy. Read on for more information about the next generation of Tor Books, as well as John Scalzi in conversation with The Three-Body Problem author Cixin Liu.

That’s not all! We’ve also got author signings, giveaways, and other events. BookExpo America takes place in New York City from May 27th-29th, BookCon May 30th-31st. Find out which Tor authors, editors, and more will be appearing. Plus, Tor Books will be present at the Macmillan booth #3056/57. Stop by and say hello!

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Space Badasses and Cranking Basslines: Nicole Kornher-Stace’s Pop Quiz Interview

Nicole Kornher-Stace

Welcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on Tor.com featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Nicole Kornher-Stace, author of Desideria, Demon Lovers and Other Difficulties, and The Winter Triptych. Her latest novel, Archivist Wasp, publishes May 5th from Small Beer Press—you can read an excerpt here! Find her on Twitter @wirewalking.

Join us to find out which future tech Nicole has valiantly offered to test drive for the sake of humanity!

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Devote May to the Undead with These 21 Zombified Classics!

Walking Dead zombie

Books about zombies are as tough and relentless as their shambling characters—just when you think every possible angle about the undead has been covered, a new author comes up with a fresh take and the whole genre is, if you’ll pardon the irony, revitalized!

From classic zombie tales to fresh interpretations, we’ve herded some of our favorite shambling corpses into the reinforced containment unit of a list post. Check out our picks below, and be sure to add your own in the comments!

[braiiiiiins....]

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Announcing the 2015 Locus Award Finalists!

Locus Magazine has announced the finalists in each category of the 2014 Locus Awards! The winners will be announced during the Locus Awards Weekend in Seattle WA, June 26-28, 2015; Connie Willis will MC the awards ceremony.

We are honored to see many Tor Books nominated, including Jo Walton’s collection of Tor.com columns, What Makes This Book So Great, in the Non-Fiction category! We’re also pleased to see Jeff and Ann VanderMeer nominated together in the Editor category, and Tor.com itself nominated in the Best Magazine category. Congratulations to all the nominees!

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New Tor.com Original Fiction in May and June

Upcoming Fiction Tor.com

At the beginning of each month, we here at Tor.com will post the next two months of our schedule of original short fiction. Check back monthly to get excited for upcoming short stories, novelettes, and novellas on Tor.com! Below the cut you’ll find information on stories in May and June by Kameron Hurley, Daniel José Older, Sherwood Smith, and more.

May and June’s fiction contains ghost kids, copse capers, and the other deadly shenanigans.

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Support the Annual Con or Bust Auction!

Con or Bust logo

It’s time for Con or Bust! The auction is administered by Kate Nepveu under the umbrella of the Carl Brandon Society, a not-for-profit organization named after fictional African-American fan author Carl Brandon. The Society is dedicated to increasing ethnic diversity in the SFF community, and holds this annual online auction to help fans of color attend the SFF con of their choosing. This year they're offering a wide range of fabulous prizes, including rare Wheel of Time art, signed first editions, and handmade gifts.

The auction closes at 4:00pm on Sunday, May 3rd, so get your bids in soon!

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Announcing the 2015 European Science Fiction Society Award Winners

European Science Fiction Society Awards 2015 winnersThe European Science Fiction Society announced the winners of the 2015 ESFS Awards on April 26 at Eurocon in St. Petersburg, Russia. Eugene Lukin was named European Grandmaster at the ceremony, which honored those who have made an impact outside of their country. Among the honorees were author China Miéville and Tor.com contributor Liz Bourke!

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Dress Up in Books: Maria Dahvana Headley’s Pop Quiz Interview

Maria Dahvana Headley

Welcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on Tor.com featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Maria Dahvana Headley, author of the young adult fantasy novel Magonia, available from HarperCollins. With Neil Gaiman, she is the New York Times-bestselling co-editor of the anthology Unnatural Creatures, and with Kat Howard, she is the author of the novella The End of the Sentence—one of NPR’s Best Books of 2014. She lives in Brooklyn with a seven-foot stuffed crocodile and a collection of star charts from the 1700s.

Join us to find out which classic monster fuels Maria’s creative fires, and which bizarre sandwiches help get her through the long nights of endless writing.

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To Be a Ghost-Fly on the Wall: Our Pop Quiz Interview with Mike Johnson

Mike JohnsonWelcome back to The Pop Quiz at the End of the Universe, a recurring series here on Tor.com featuring some of our favorite science fiction and fantasy authors, artists, and others!

Today we’re joined by Mike Johnson, a comics author who has worked on DC’s Supergirl and the current run of IDW’s Star Trek. He also works with co-creator and illustrator Rafael Albuquerque on the original series EI8HT, published by Dark Horse. Issues 1-3 are available now, with a collected edition forthcoming in October 2015.

Join us as we uncover the strange, alchemical secret to Mike’s writing, and he reveals his thoughts on who’s really the most Force-sensitive character in a galaxy far, far away. Plus, check out some preview pages below from the upcoming issue of EI8HT!

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Shakespeare Died 399 Years Ago Today and Sci-Fi/Fantasy Still Can’t Get Enough of Him

Shakespeare roundup

If you're reading this on April 23rd then we urge you to take a moment and consider how we sci-fi/fantasy readers and writers still can't get enough of William Shakespeare, even though he died 399 years ago today!

The classic figure provided a wealth of material in his lifetime, grounding epic tales with very human passions and packing them with dialogue that sparkles even today. Shakespeare's works are a standard that all writers yearn to achieve, and a richly rewarding experience that all readers yearn to have, regardless of form or even genre.

SFF readers and writers joyously pore through the worlds hiding in the words, and that focus produces some interesting interpretations of Shakespeare's works! A couple months ago, Tor.com began featuring them regularly on the site...

[What are we saying 'bout Shakespeare?]

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