Barnes & Noble Bookseller’s Picks for June


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For over a decade, Jim Killen has served as the science fiction and fantasy book buyer for Barnes & Noble. Every month on the B&N Sci-Fi & Fantasy Blog and Tor.com, Jim shares his curated list of the month’s can’t-miss new SF/F releases.

 

The Fold, by Peter Clines (June 2, Crown—Hardcover)

BN-June1Mike Erickson is a genius blessed (or cursed) with perfect recall, a gift he’s done his best to avoid using as a small-town high school teacher. But then an old friend with a classified government job presents him a mystery that only Mike can solve—one that even he can’t resist: out in the California desert, scientists have invented a device they call the “Albuquerque Door.” It’s able to fold space, allowing those who pass through it to travel long distances with every step. Despite the fact that anyone who has ever read a science fiction thriller ...

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Celebrate June with Young Heroes!


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Somewhere in the liminal space between YA fiction and fiction, there exist books with young protagonists who are dearly beloved of full-fledged grownups! Books like Huckleberry Finn, To Kill a Mockingbird, and IT give us adult levels of emotional depth and world-weary truth, but seen through the eyes of youth. From Mia Havero to Kvothe, we’re excited to present a rambunctious gathering of young SFF protagonists…most of whom are in over their heads! And be sure to add your favorite young protagonists in the comments!

All of these titles can be found in the Tor Store on iBooks!

The Just City—Jo Walton

The Just CityCreated as an experiment by the time-traveling goddess Pallas Athene, the Just City is a planned community, populated by over ten thousand children and a few hundred adult teachers from all eras of history, along with some handy robots from the far human future—all set ...

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Vote on the 2015 David Gemmell Award for Fantasy Shortlist


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Voting on the shortlist for the 2015 David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy is now open. The award, established in memory of David Gemmell and first awarded in 2009, honors fantasy novels that adhere to the “heroic” or “epic” subgenre that Gemmell himself worked in. Awards are given for Best Novel, Best Debut Novel, and Best Cover Art. Past honorees include Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, and Helen Lowe.

You have until Friday, July 17 to cast your vote for the Legend Award, the Morningstar Award, and the Ravenheart Award. The David Gemmell Awards ceremony will take place at London’s Nine Worlds Geekfest on Saturday, August 8. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

 

Legend Award for Best Novel

  • Half a King by Joe Abercrombie (HarperCollins UK)
  • Valour by John Gwynne (Tor UK)
  • Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence (HarperCollins UK)
  • Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson (Gollancz)
  • The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks (Orbit)

 

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Read Hoshruba: The Land and the Tilism Book 1 in Its Entirety


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Hoshruba: The Land and the Tilism Book 1 Episodes 1-50

For the past two months, Tor.com has serialized the first volume of the Urdu fantasy epic Hoshruba: The Land and the Tilism. Now, the first 50 episodes comprising Book 1, translated into English for the first time by Musharraf Ali Farooqi, are fully available for your reading pleasure!

Each episode transports readers to the magical realm of the tilism, an entire world crafted out of an inanimate object, a world with a pre-ordained, limited lifespan. Emperor Afrasiyab and trickster Amar Ayyar face each other again and again, one man defending his home from the man who is destined to unravel it. Along the way are benevolent angels, trickster girls, enchanted artifacts, rivers of blood–all the makings of a fantasy epic.

As Mahvesh Murad wrote in her Under the Radar review of Hoshruba,

Hoshruba is a great tentacled beast of a tale, a powerful, craggy, raging beast that, having ‘consumed whole generations ...

Tanith Lee, 1947-2015


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We are saddened to report the passing of science fiction, fantasy, and horror writer Tanith Lee. Lee had a long and prolific writing career, publishing over 90 books and 300 short stories, as well as several poems, four BBC Radio plays, and two episodes of the BBC’s sci-fi television series Blake’s 7.

Born in 1947 to two professional dancers, Lee grew up with a love of weird fiction, sci-fi, and Shakespeare. Struggling with then-undiagnosed dyslexia, Lee was unable to read until the age of 8, when her father taught her. Thereafter, she made up for lost time, publishing her first vignette at the age of 21. She worked various jobs as file clerk and assistant librarian as she sent out her work. Her first published novels were children’s fantasies The Dragon Hoard and Animal Castle, published by Macmillan in 1971 and 1972.

In 1975, DAW published Lee’s first adult fantasy The Birthgrave...

So Glad She Stopped Playing Tennis! Why Sally Ride Still Amazes Us


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After responding to a newspaper ad looking for astronauts, Sally Ride found herself a bonafide member of NASA in 1978. Back then, we didn’t have a space shuttle and there had only been two women in space, both of them Russian. Throughout her amazing career as an astronaut, Sally Ride put up with a lot of nonsense, helped develop indispensable technology, and amazed the hell out of the whole world.

Today, on what would have been her 63rd birthday, we’re celebrating an awesome pioneer who was taken from us too soon.

Sally Kristen Ride hailed from Encino, California and was an incredibly bright, athletic student. Before becoming a physicist, Ride was briefly interested in playing professional tennis, and even helped pay for prep school with a tennis scholarship! How lucky we are that she traded in her dreams of playing at Wimbledon in favor of riding spaceships into orbit. Though ...

Tor Books Announces a Decade of John Scalzi


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Patrick Nielsen Hayden of Tor Books is pleased to announce a significant deal with award-winning and bestselling author John Scalzi. Thirteen books – 10 adult and three young adult titles – will be published over the next 10 years, with world English language rights acquired by Tor. The deal was set via Ethan Ellenberg of Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency.

The first book will launch a new far-future space opera series. Scalzi will also return to the Old Man’s War universe. Other titles will include sequels to 2014’s bestselling and critically acclaimed Lock In.

Says Nielsen Hayden, “It’s an unusually large deal, but it makes tons of sense. As far as we can tell, one of the commonest responses to reading a John Scalzi novel is to go out and inhale all the other John Scalzi novels. We see this reflected in his backlist sales, thousands of copies month after month....

Tor.com Redesign Bug Fix Update


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Pe’el! BIpIv’a’?* The redesigned Tor.com is now into its second week of life and we’ve been pretty busy behind the curtain fixing bugs and functionality issues. While we’re still working hard on fixes, here’s an update on the progress made so far.

  • Conversation tracking: We’ve heard your feedback on restoring conversation tracking and are working to get that back as soon as we can.
  • RSS feeds: Apologies to our regular subscribers for the brief interruption. All the RSS feeds should be back up, with full content. We’re still working on a bug in some of the new series feeds.
  • Comments: These should be fixed now. Please let us know in the thread below if you are still experiencing disappearing comments; having problems with preview; or seeing discrepancies between the sidebar and comments in the post, or errors with the “new comments” button.
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Spoiler Thread for A Read of Ice and Fire, Part 8!


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Welcome to Part 8 of the Song of Ice and Fire thread, in conjunction with Leigh Butler’s fabulous Read of Ice and Fire. (The first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh threads are now massive, but you can read through them at your leisure.) Please join us below for our ongoing, spoiler-filled dissection of […]

Ask Ian Cameron Esslemont Your Orb Sceptre Throne Questions!


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Now that Amanda and Bill have concluded their reread of Orb Sceptre Throne we’re opening the floor for questions to Ian Cameron Esslemont! The procedure is pretty direct: just leave your question in the thread below before 12 PM (EST) on Wednesday, May 20th. Once we’ve collected all the questions and submitted them to Ian, […]

Cover Reveal for Thomas Olde Heuvelt’s HEX


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We’re pleased to reveal the cover for HEX, the English language debut of the bestselling Dutch novel from Hugo and World Fantasy award-nominated author Thomas Olde Heuvelt. HEX, to be published by Tor Books in April 2016, combines horror and dark fantasy in a tale about medieval terrors and viral hauntings. Heuvelt has also written a Hugo-nominated Tor.com Original short story, “The Ink Readers of Doi Saket.”

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New Cover Art for Cassandra Clare’s Infernal Devices Trilogy!


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We're pleased to reveal the covers for Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices trilogy of Shadowhunter novels—these new editions will be available September 1st from Simon & Schuster! See the full covers for Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, and Clockwork Princess below, and hear more about the process of creating the art from designer Russel Gordon and illustrator Cliff Neilsen.

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Werewolves and Other Beasts: Our Pop Quiz Interview with Lane Smith


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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 Lane Smith, author and illustrator of a bunch of stuff, including It’s a Book; John, Paul, George & Ben; and Madam President. His titles with Jon Scieszka have included the Caldecott Honor-winner The Stinky Cheese Man; The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs; Math Curse; and Science Verse. Lane’s latest book, the paranormal werewolf story Return to Augie Hobble, is available now from Roaring Brook Press.

Join us to learn which gravelly-voiced singer is a perfect fit for Lane’s illustrated books!

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Notice: Regular Tor.com Users Should Save Bookmarks, Photos, and Shoutbox Threads


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Just a quick reminder: Tor.com is currently undergoing a redesign that will include the closure of the site features that allow users to save photos, bookmarks, and shoutbox messages to their accounts. Users who wish to back-up any of the content in these features should do so by Wednesday, May 13th.

The new and improved version of the site will be shinier, faster, and easier to use, but we don't want you to lose anything important as we make the switch—thanks!

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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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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