Listen to an Audiobook Excerpt from Cory Doctorow’s Unauthorized Bread


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From bestselling author Cory Doctorow comes a DRM-free tale of DRM-locked appliances, refugees, and resistance.

Unauthorized Bread is the first of four audiobooks that together make up Doctorow’s forthcoming book Radicalized.

In this new story, you’ll be transported to a near future America where technology is tightly controlled and danger lurks. It all starts with Salima, just out of a refugee detention center and freshly moved into subsidized housing in Boston. While happy for a room of her own, Salima discovers every appliance is locked and strictly regulated including a toaster that only accepts authorized bread. The situation spirals from there…


Unauthorized Bread is available now from Macmillan Audio—look for the next three audiobooks in the series and the full Radicalized book from Tor Books on March 19th!

Listen to an excerpt of the audiobook, read by actress Lameece Issaq, now:

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Read “Second Chances”, a Story from Megan Lindholm Featured in Unfettered III


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Lacking health insurance when he was diagnosed with cancer, Shawn Speakman asked friends in the science fiction and fantasy writing community to donate short stories he could use to counter mounting medical debt. The result was Unfettered, an anthology offering tales from some of the best authors working today.

Now, in Unfettered III from Grim Oak Press, Speakman continues to pay forward the aid he received, raising money to combat medical debt for SF&F artists and authors. He has gathered together a great mix of new and favorite writers―free to write what they like―the result a powerful new anthology perfect for all readers.

Tor.com is excited to offer an excerpt from “Second Chances”, a chilling ghost story from Megan Lindholm.

 

 

A Note from Megan Lindholm

I’ve always loved hearing the “behind the scenes” stories from friends in film. My dad was an extra ...

The Haunting of Tram Car 015


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Cairo, 1912: The case started as a simple one for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities—handling a possessed tram car.

Soon, however, Agent Hamed Nasr and his new partner Agent Onsi Youssef are exposed to a new side of Cairo stirring with suffragettes, secret societies, and sentient automatons in a race against time to protect the city from an encroaching danger that crosses the line between the magical and the mundane.

P. Djèlí Clark returns to the historical fantasy universe of “A Dead Djinn in Cairo” with the otherworldly adventure novella The Haunting of Tram Car 015—available February 19th from Tor.com Publishing.

 

 

CHAPTER ONE

The office of the Superintendent of Tram Safety & Maintenance at Ramses Station had all the decor befitting someone who had been elevated—or likely pushed along the lines of patronage—into such a vaulted position. A sprawling vintage Anatolian ...

Listen to the First 17(!!) Chapters of New Epic Fantasy The Ruin of Kings for Free


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The Ruin of Kings audiobook Jenn Lyons

Debut author Jenn Lyons has created one of the funniest, most engrossing new epic fantasy novels of the 21st century in The Ruin of Kings—an eyebrow-raising cross between the intricacy of Brandon Sanderson’s worldbuilding and the snark of Patrick Rothfuss.

We’ve already shared the first 17 chapters of the novel (which you can read here), but we couldn’t stop there! Now you can fully immerse yourself in the story of Kihrin, a bastard orphan who is claimed against his will as the long-lost son of a treasonous prince with this extended excerpt from the audio book edition!

 

 

Pre-order The Ruin of Kings Audio Book:

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When destiny calls, there’s no fighting back.

Kihrin grew up in the slums of Quur, a thief and a minstrel’s son raised on tales of long-lost princes and magnificent quests. When he is claimed against ...

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons: Chapter 17


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Debut author Jenn Lyons has created one of the funniest, most engrossing new epic fantasy novels of the 21st century in The Ruin of Kings. An eyebrow-raising cross between the intricacy of Brandon Sanderson’s worldbuilding and the snark of Patrick Rothfuss.

Which is why Tor.com has released the first 17 chapters leading up to the book’s release! This is our final installment, but don’t despair—the full novel publishes tomorrow, February 5th! Plus you can head on over to Reading The Ruin of Kings for some fresh commentary our resident Wheel of Time expert, Leigh Butler.

Our journey continues…

 

17: Waking the Old Man
(Kihrin’s story)

 

We swung round the fang at top speed, the ship tilting at an angle she was never built to endure, racing at a speed she was never meant to sustain. Maybe a sleeker warship could’ve handled the strain, but The Misery was ...

Read an Excerpt from Emmy Laybourne’s Ransacker


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Carter, Montana 1886.

Sissel Hemstad is the youngest sister in a family with a secret. An ancient Viking magic called the Nytte runs in their blood, and each of her siblings has inherited powers. Her sister Hanne is a Berserker, gifted with a supernatural ability to kill when someone she loves is in danger. Older brother Stieg is a Storm-Rend and can control the weather, while younger brother Knut is an Oar-Breaker, given extraordinary strength. Sissel herself has manifested no gift, and it’s a source of pain for her. It doesn’t help matters that she has a limp and suffers from poor health.

The Hemstad siblings, along with Hanne’s fiancé Owen, are living on a farm outside a small town, trying to stay out of trouble when Ransacker—the companion novel to Emmy Laybourne’s historical fantasy Berserker—begins. Read an excerpt from Chapter Two below.

 

 

 

The next ...

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons: Chapters 15 and 16


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Debut author Jenn Lyons has created one of the funniest, most engrossing new epic fantasy novels of the 21st century in The Ruin of Kings. An eyebrow-raising cross between the intricacy of Brandon Sanderson’s worldbuilding and the snark of Patrick Rothfuss.

Which is why Tor.com is releasing one or two chapters per week, leading all the way up to the book’s release on February 5th, 2019!

Not only that, but our resident Wheel of Time expert Leigh Butler will be reading along and reacting with you. So when you’re done with this week’s chapter, head on over to Reading The Ruin of Kings for some fresh commentary.

Our journey continues…

 

15: The Zherias Maw
(Kihrin’s story)

 

Surdyeh’s repertoire had always included sea tales, essential for a port town like the Capital. I was all too familiar with stories of the Desolation, an area of reef, broken ...

Read “A Fire Within the Ways,” a Wheel of Time Deleted Novella Featured in Unfettered III


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A Fire Within The Ways Wheel of Time Robert Jordan Brandon Sanderson Unfettered III Shawn Speakman

Lacking health insurance when he was diagnosed with cancer, Shawn Speakman asked friends in the science fiction and fantasy writing community to donate short stories he could use to counter mounting medical debt. The result was Unfettered, an anthology offering tales from some of the best authors working today.

Now, in Unfettered III from Grim Oak Press, Speakman continues to pay forward the aid he received, raising money to combat medical debt for SF&F artists and authors. He has gathered together a great mix of new and favorite writers―free to write what they like―the result a powerful new anthology perfect for all readers.

Tor.com is excited to offer an excerpt from “A Fire Within the Ways,” a deleted novella (!!) from The Wheel of Timeand a fascinating look into the process of A Memory of Light, the final volume in Jordan’s ...

For The Killing of Kings


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Their peace was a fragile thing, but it had endured for seven years, mostly because the people of Darassus and the king of the Naor hordes believed his doom was foretold upon the edge of the great sword hung in the hall of champions. Unruly Naor clans might raid across the border, but the king himself would never lead his people to war so long as the blade remained in the hands of his enemies.

But when squire Elenai’s aging mentor uncovers evidence that the sword in their hall is a forgery she’s forced to flee Darassus for her life, her only ally the reckless, disillusioned Kyrkenall the archer. Framed for murder and treason, pursued by the greatest heroes of the realm, they race to recover the real sword, only to stumble into a conspiracy that leads all the way back to the Darassan queen and her secretive advisors. They ...

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons: Chapter 14


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Debut author Jenn Lyons has created one of the funniest, most engrossing new epic fantasy novels of the 21st century in The Ruin of Kings. An eyebrow-raising cross between the intricacy of Brandon Sanderson’s worldbuilding and the snark of Patrick Rothfuss.

Which is why Tor.com is releasing one or two chapters per week, leading all the way up to the book’s release on February 5th, 2019!

Not only that, but our resident Wheel of Time expert Leigh Butler will be reading along and reacting with you. So when you’re done with this week’s chapter, head on over to Reading The Ruin of Kings for some fresh commentary.

Our journey continues…

 

14: Bedtime Stories
(Talon’s story)

 

When Ola looked through the green beaded curtain into her bathing room, she found Kihrin stripped of his torn, stained clothes and lounging in her special copper tub. Lantern light flared ...

Meet Murderbot in Chapter One of Martha Wells’ All Systems Red


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“As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure.”

We’re pleased to encore the first chapter of Martha Wells’ award-winning novella All Systems Red, the first entry in the bestselling science fiction series, The Murderbot Diaries. One of our favorite books of 2018, All Systems Red is now available in hardcover from Tor.com Publishing!

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

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 ...

Here and Now and Then


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To save his daughter, he’ll go anywhere—and any-when…

Mike Chen’s genre-bending debut, Here and Now and Then offers an intimate glimpse into the crevices of a father’s heart and its capacity to stretch across both space and time to protect the people that mean the most. Available January 29th from MIRA.

Kin Stewart is an everyday family man: working in IT, trying to keep the spark in his marriage, struggling to connect with his teenage daughter, Miranda. But his current life is a far cry from his previous career…as a time-traveling secret agent from 2142.

Stranded in suburban San Francisco since the 1990s after a botched mission, Kin has kept his past hidden from everyone around him, despite the increasing blackouts and memory loss affecting his time-traveler’s brain. Until one afternoon, his “rescue” team arrives—eighteen years too late.

Their mission: return Kin to 2142, where he’s only been gone weeks, ...

The Test


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Britain, the not-too-distant future. Idir is sitting the British Citizenship Test. He wants his family to belong.

Twenty-five questions to determine their fate. Twenty-five chances to impress. When the test takes an unexpected and tragic turn, Idir is handed the power of life and death. How do you value a life when all you have is multiple choice?

Award-winning author Sylvain Neuvel explores an immigration dystopia in The Test—available February 12th from Tor.com Publishing.

Warning: The following excerpt depicts gun violence.

 

 

1.

The Life in the United Kingdom Test

Question 1: Who is the patron saint of Wales and on which date is his feast day?

I know the answer! It’s Saint David, on March first. I met Tidir, my wife, on March first. It is our meeting anniversary. I remember that day. She came in for a root canal and I fell in love. Not ...

The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons: Chapter 13


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Debut author Jenn Lyons has created one of the funniest, most engrossing new epic fantasy novels of the 21st century in The Ruin of Kings. An eyebrow-raising cross between the intricacy of Brandon Sanderson’s worldbuilding and the snark of Patrick Rothfuss.

Which is why Tor.com is releasing one or two chapters per week, leading all the way up to the book’s release on February 5th, 2019!

Not only that, but our resident Wheel of Time expert Leigh Butler will be reading along and reacting with you. So when you’re done with this week’s chapter, head on over to Reading The Ruin of Kings for some fresh commentary.

Our journey continues…

 

13: The Determined Wizard
(Kihrin’s story)

 

I jumped up onto the railing and kept myself from falling overboard by grabbing the rigging. “Are those whales? I’ve never seen whales before.”

“Oh, those?” Teraeth looked ...

Vigilance


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The United States. 2030. John McDean executive produces “Vigilance,” a reality game show designed to make sure American citizens stay alert to foreign and domestic threats. Shooters are introduced into a “game environment,” and the survivors get a cash prize.

The TV audience is not the only one that’s watching though, and McDean soon finds out what it’s like to be on the other side of the camera.

Robert Jackson Bennett’s Vigilance is a dark science fiction action parable from an America that has permanently surrendered to gun violence—available January 29th from Tor.com Publishing.

 

 

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Alone in the elevator, John McDean shuts his eyes, listens to the hum of the machinery, and mentally recites his research.

His Ideal Person is between sixty-four to eighty-one years old. Their average net worth is $202,900, and they are male, Caucasian, and increasingly burdened with medical debt.

Living conditions, he thinks.

...

Luna: Moon Rising


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A hundred years in the future, a war wages between the Five Dragons—five families that control the Moon’s leading industrial companies. Each clan does everything in their power to claw their way to the top of the food chain—marriages of convenience, corporate espionage, kidnapping, and mass assassinations.

Through ingenious political manipulation and sheer force of will, Lucas Cortas rises from the ashes of corporate defeat and seizes control of the Moon. The only person who can stop him is a brilliant lunar lawyer, his sister, Ariel.

Witness the Dragons’ final battle for absolute sovereignty in Ian McDonald’s heart-stopping finale to the Luna trilogy—Luna: Moon Rising is available March 19th from Tor Books. Read chapter one below, and continue on with chapter two, here.

 

 

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Eight figures escort the casket across the Sea of Fecundity. Four to carry, one at each handle; four to guard the cardinal directions: ...

Listen to an Audiobook Excerpt from David Weber’s Through Fiery Trials


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With new alliances forged and old regimes fractured, Merlin—the cybernetic avatar of Earth’s last survivor and immortal beacon to humanity—and the colonies of Safehold have many adventures ahead in Through Fiery Trials, the continuation of David Weber’s bestselling military science fiction series.

Listen to a clip from the audiobook below, read by Jonathan Davis!

Those on the side of progressing humanity through advanced technology have finally triumphed over their oppressors. The unholy war between the small but mighty island realm of Charis and the radical, luddite Church of God’s Awaiting has come to an end.

However, even though a provisional veil of peace has fallen over human colonies, the quiet will not last. For Safefold is a broken world, and as international alliances shift and Charis charges on with its precarious mission of global industrialization, the shifting plates of the new world order are bound to clash.

Yet, an ...

Snow White Learns Witchcraft: “Conversations with the Sea Witch”


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A young woman hunts for her wayward shadow at the school where she first learned magic—while another faces a test she never studied for as ice envelopes the world. The tasks assigned a bookish boy lead him to fateful encounters with lizards, owls, trolls and a feisty, sarcastic cat. A bear wedding is cause for celebration, the spinning wheel and the tower in the briar hedge get to tell their own stories, and a kitchenmaid finds out that a lost princess is more than she seems. The sea witch reveals what she hoped to gain when she took the mermaid’s voice. A wiser Snow White sets out to craft herself a new tale.

In these eight stories and twenty-three poems, Theodora Goss retells and recasts fairy tales by Charles Perrault, the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and Oscar Wilde. Sometimes harrowing, sometimes hilarious, always lyrical, the works gathered in Snow ...

Visit the Goblin Market in Illustrated Scenes from Seanan McGuire’s In An Absent Dream


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With Every Heart a Doorway, Seanan McGuire introduced us to a vivid intersection of portal worlds containing magic, mystery, and occasional mayhem. Within its pages, readers were introduced to Lundy, a therapist at Eleanor West’s School for Wayward Children. With In an Absent Dream, we step back in time and walk through the doorway that first transported Lundy to the Goblin Market—a world founded on logic and reason, riddles and lies.

Artist Rovina Cai has been with the Wayward Children books from the beginning, illustrating select scenes from each book—Every Heart a Doorway, Down Among the Sticks and Bones, and Beneath the Sugar Sky—and we’re happy to have her on board again. Her illustrations for In an Absent Dream may be our favorite yet, bringing to life McGuire’s darkly magical world…

 

Illustration by Rovina Cai; Click to enlarge.

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The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons: Chapter 12


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Debut author Jenn Lyons has created one of the funniest, most engrossing new epic fantasy novels of the 21st century in The Ruin of Kings. An eyebrow-raising cross between the intricacy of Brandon Sanderson’s worldbuilding and the snark of Patrick Rothfuss.

Which is why Tor.com is releasing one or two chapters per week, leading all the way up to the book’s release on February 5th, 2019!

Not only that, but our resident Wheel of Time expert Leigh Butler will be reading along and reacting with you. So when you’re done with this week’s chapter, head on over to Reading The Ruin of Kings for some fresh commentary.

Our journey continues…

 

12: Behind the Veil
(Talon’s story)

 

Morea poured herself a glass of water from the pitcher at her bedside, swished the water around in her mouth, spat it back out again. She repeated the process until ...