10 Years To The End of Humanity: Revealing Permafrost, a New Novella From Alastair Reynolds

Fix the past. Save the present. Stop the future.

2080: at a remote site on the edge of the Arctic Circle, a group of scientists, engineers and physicians gather to gamble humanity’s future on one last-ditch experiment. Their goal: to make a tiny alteration to the past, averting a global catastrophe while at the same time leaving recorded history intact. To make the experiment work, they just need one last recruit: an aging schoolteacher whose late mother was the foremost expert on the mathematics of paradox.

2028: a young woman goes into surgery for routine brain surgery. In the days following her operation, she begins to hear another voice in her head… an unwanted presence which seems to have a will, and a purpose, all of its own—one that will disrupt her life entirely. The only choice left to her is a simple one.

Does she resist … or become ...

The Sacred Throne Series Sweepstakes!

The Sacred Throne series by Myke Cole

The second book in Myke Cole’s Sacred Throne series, The Queen of Crows, is available now from Tor.com Publishing—and to celebrate, we want to send you a copy of it, along with a copy of the first book in the series, The Armored Saint!

In this epic fantasy sequel, Heloise stands tall against overwhelming odds—crippling injuries, religious tyrants—and continues her journey from obscurity to greatness with the help of alchemically-empowered armor and an unbreakable spirit.

No longer just a shell-shocked girl, she is now a figure of revolution whose cause grows ever stronger. But the time for hiding underground is over. Heloise must face the tyrannical Order and win freedom for her people.

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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.

Trauma and Triumph: Myke Cole’s The Queen of Crows

Myke Cole surprised readers last year when the author of primarily military fantasy fiction told the grim but complex story of a young woman named Heloise, living in a world where wizardry would summon devils into the world, and only the tyrannical Order could keep the people of the world safe.

In The Armored Saint, Heloise lives in Lutet with her mother and father, and does her best to obey them, help the town where she can, and spend time with her friend Basina, for whom she harbors a love beyond friendship. But throughout the book, we see time and again the brutality of this world: how the Order cuts down any who oppose them, no matter how small the infraction, and how they force other civilians to aid them in “the knitting,” a fancy name for utter destruction of a town and its citizens who they fear have ...

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 ...

Dynamic Tension: State Tectonics by Malka Older

Malka Older’s Centenal Cycle began in 2016 with Infomocracy. Now it ends, at least for now, with State Tectonics, the third book in the sequence.

Those titles reward examination. At first glance, “infomocracy” looks like a portmanteau, a combination of “information” and “democracy,” implying a system where access to democracy is increased through greater provision of information. And as Infomocracy revolves around elections, access to information, and democratic processes (and with antagonists who attempt to subvert such processes), this reading seems to fit.

But Information is also an organisation within the world of the Centenal Cycle: a well-meaning organisation that disseminates information and validates elections, that possesses essentially a monopoly on information infrastructure within the microdemocracy system that exists within the world of the Centenal Cycle. A different reading of Infomocracy turns it into a portmanteau relating to democracy’s roots: the rule of information (or of Information).

Both, it ...

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!

War and Genre Fiction: War Cry by Brian McClellan

War: what is it good for, in genre fiction? War stories can provide a framework and reason for pulse-pounding action that compels readers to turn pages. They can be used to examine small unit dynamics, how a band of sisters and brothers forms, reacts to each other, and deals with external pressure. Sometimes war stories present higher strategic narratives, as when characters caught in a council of wars see the conflict as a gameboard, a battle of wits, determination and skill—a game played with human lives, but no less a game for that. There is also the more basic need for stories to have conflict to increase tension and keep the reader’s interest. There are many ways to ramp up that tension, but bombs falling, and the enemy army coming across the trenches at our heroes, is a straightforward way of doing so.

All of these elements are present in ...

Should We Save Earth, or Abandon it for the Stars? Announcing Ruthanna Emrys’ Next Novel The Fifth Power

After the joy of watching Ruthanna Emrys turn the Cthulhu Mythos on its head with her groundbreaking, Locus and Crawford Award finalist novels Winter Tide and Deep Roots, readers have been eager to know what’s next for the author. I’m excited to provide the answer. With her next novel The Fifth Power, Ruthanna Emrys will look forward t0 the near-future, to a time when humanity’s earnest efforts to reverse climate change come into conflict with the arrival of aliens in Chesapeake Bay, who insist that the only way to survive is to leave Earth’s fragile cradle behind and join them among the stars.

The Fifth Power explores the tension between the drive to save our planet and the pull of escaping to the stars, and with her experience advocating for intelligent systems of governance that respect both human needs and ecological demands, Ruthanna Emrys is the perfect author ...

Should We Save Earth, or Abandon it for the Stars? Announcing Ruthanna Emrys’ Next Novel The Fifth Power

After the joy of watching Ruthanna Emrys turn the Cthulhu Mythos on its head with her groundbreaking, Locus and Crawford Award finalist novels Winter Tide and Deep Roots, readers have been eager to know what’s next for the author. I’m excited to provide the answer. With her next novel The Fifth Power, Ruthanna Emrys will look forward t0 the near-future, to a time when humanity’s earnest efforts to reverse climate change come into conflict with the arrival of aliens in Chesapeake Bay, who insist that the only way to survive is to leave Earth’s fragile cradle behind and join them among the stars.

The Fifth Power explores the tension between the drive to save our planet and the pull of escaping to the stars, and with her experience advocating for intelligent systems of governance that respect both human needs and ecological demands, Ruthanna Emrys is the perfect author ...

Ancient Gods and Deadly Magic: The Black God’s Drums by P. Djèlí Clark

It’s the 1880s and the Civil War has gone cold but racist rage still simmers. In this alternate history, California was settled by the Russians rather than Spain or Great Britain, the southwest belongs to New Mexico, and the Union and the Confederates are locked in a tense truce. New Orleans is a bastion of neutrality in a sea of slavery, an independent city-state where all are welcome to trade, even those with ill-intent. Men like the Rebels, a faction of the Confederates still fighting for secession.

On the streets of that fair city lives Creeper, a 13-year-old pickpocket who carries within her an ancient, unfathomable power: the goddess Oya. When Creeper happens upon a deal that could reignite the war, she decides to trade information for a chance to see the world. She strikes a deal with Ann-Marie, an airship captain from the Free Isles (Haiti and the decolonized ...

Escaping the Default Future When Writing Science Fiction

At one point in my new novella The Million, our hero Gavin is crossing Europe by airship. Gazing out the windows, he sees this:

There were no settlements. Elephants, boars, lions, and the ancient bull of legend, the aurochs, wandered at will. Now and then the zeppelin would pass one of the museum cities. Often, nothing remained but the cathedrals, which had been built to last. Some cities had been tended well, and thousands of years of architectural glory were on display, all of it lovingly tended by the bots that walked their plazas and alleys.

Dusk chased the sun into France and Iberia, and the Alps rolled by. Their peaks were the last to catch the light, and the mountaintops blazed like a thousand bonfires for a few minutes before night fell entirely. Now the land below was invisible, cloaked in a blackness it had not seen while ...

Part SF Thriller, Part Bildungsroman: The Million by Karl Schroeder

The Million is the latest work by acclaimed science fiction author Karl Schroeder. It’s related in setting to his 2014 novel Lockstep: the lockstep of that title plays a significant role in The Million.

One million people live on Earth, wealthy custodians of its culture, heritage, architecture and lands. They are the Million, their numbers restricted by treaty, their lifestyles lavish. They want for nothing—but they’re custodians for the ten billion humans who live in the lockstep, who sleep in suspended animation beneath Earth’s cities, waking for a month every thirty years in order to participate in an interstellar society where no faster than light transport or communication exists.

Gavin Penn-of-Chaffee is an illegal child, an orphan from the lockstep raised in secret among the Million. The only people who know of his existence are his adoptive father and his adoptive brother Bernie. Bernie has difficulties ...

Part SF Thriller, Part Bildungsroman: The Million by Karl Schroeder

The Million is the latest work by acclaimed science fiction author Karl Schroeder. It’s related in setting to his 2014 novel Lockstep: the lockstep of that title plays a significant role in The Million.

One million people live on Earth, wealthy custodians of its culture, heritage, architecture and lands. They are the Million, their numbers restricted by treaty, their lifestyles lavish. They want for nothing—but they’re custodians for the ten billion humans who live in the lockstep, who sleep in suspended animation beneath Earth’s cities, waking for a month every thirty years in order to participate in an interstellar society where no faster than light transport or communication exists.

Gavin Penn-of-Chaffee is an illegal child, an orphan from the lockstep raised in secret among the Million. The only people who know of his existence are his adoptive father and his adoptive brother Bernie. Bernie has difficulties ...

The Black God’s Drums Sweepstakes!

The Black God's Drums by P. Djeli Clark

We want to send you a galley copy of P. Djèlí Clark’s The Black God’s Drums, available August 21st from Tor.com Publishing!

In an alternate New Orleans caught in the tangle of the American Civil War, the wall-scaling girl named Creeper yearns to escape the streets for the air—in particular, by earning a spot on-board the airship Midnight Robber. Creeper plans to earn Captain Ann-Marie’s trust with information she discovers about a Haitian scientist and a mysterious weapon he calls The Black God’s Drums.

But Creeper also has a secret herself: Oya, the African orisha of the wind and storms, speaks inside her head, and may have her own ulterior motivations.

Soon, Creeper, Oya, and the crew of the Midnight Robber are pulled into a perilous mission aimed to stop the Black God’s Drums from being unleashed and wiping out the entirety of New Orleans.

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State Tectonics

The future of democracy must evolve or die.

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.

Malka Older concludes her cyberpunk political thriller series The Centenal Cycle with State Tectonics—available September 11th from Tor.com Publishing.

 

 

Chapter 1

The Dhaka street swarms with people, objects, and all of the existing data about all of these people and ...

The Empathetic Murderbot: Rogue Protocol by Martha Wells

“…I went from being told what to do and having every action monitored to being able to do whatever I wanted, and somewhere along the way my impulse control went to hell.”

Rogue Protocol is the third Murderbot novella by acclaimed author Martha Wells, following directly on from Artificial Condition. The rogue Security Unit (SecUnit) that calls itself Murderbot and answers to no human authority has answered some questions about its past. Now it has decided to answer some questions about GrayCris, the corporation that nearly killed most of its clients in All Systems Red.

Murderbot claims not to like humans at all, and to want to spend all its time watching entertainment media—its favourite is The Rise and Fall of Sanctuary Moon—but it worries about Dr. Mensah and her team. Information about GrayCris’s nefarious activities might speed up the legal proceedings that are preventing Mensah and company ...

JY Yang’s Tensorate Series Sweepstakes!

Tensorate series by JY Yang

The third book in JY Yang’s Tensorate series, The Descent of Monsters, is now available from Tor.com Publishing—and to celebrate, we want to send you a set of all three books in the series!

You are reading this because I am dead.

Something terrible happened at the Rewar Teng Institute of Experimental Methods. When the Tensorate’s investigators arrived, they found a sea of blood and bones as far as the eye could see. One of the institute’s experiments got loose, and its rage left no survivors. The investigators returned to the capital with few clues and two prisoners: the terrorist leader Sanao Akeha and a companion known only as Rider.

Investigator Chuwan faces a puzzle. What really happened at the institute? What drew the Machinists there? What are her superiors trying to cover up? And why does she feel as if her strange dreams are forcing her down ...

Expectations of Genre: The Expert System’s Brother by Adrian Tchaikovsky

The protocols and expectations of reading science fiction and fantasy can differ remarkably for me. In a fantasy novel, I am looking for certain things from the worldbuilding: how the world holds together; the magic system if there is one; the coherence of the world compared to the characters and the plot. Fantasy offers a world that could not be, or could never have been, and I know that going in by the very tag of the genre. Science fiction, on the other hand, presents different issues of worldbuilding: how the world holds together and its coherence, but also seeing how we get to there from here, or could have gotten there from here.

Stories that partake of both genres can either wind up an incoherent tonal mess where the author’s intent is hard to understand, resulting in a “boat car” of a story or novel, or a chance for ...