Desdemona and the Deep & Bone Swans Sweepstakes!


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In Desdemona and the Deep, the spoiled daughter of a rich mining family must retrieve the tithe of men her father promised to the world below – and we want to send you a copy, paired with a copy C.S.E. Cooney’s first book, Bone Swans!

On the surface, her world is rife with industrial pollution that ruins the health of poor factory workers while the idle rich indulge themselves in unheard-of luxury. Below are goblins, mysterious kingdoms, and an entirely different hierarchy.

“A rococo romp through strange and eerily familiar worlds.” –Booklist

“Cooney’s glittering narrative skills and vivid worldbuilding [are] addictive, her diverse characters intriguing, and her message of justice and freedom stirring. This remarkable and richly detailed adventure is worth savoring.” –Publishers Weekly *STARRED* review

In Bone Swans, a swan princess hunted for her bones, a broken musician and his silver pipe, and a ...

Announcing The City Under the Stars by Gardner Dozois and Michael Swanwick


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Tor.com Publishing is delighted to announce the publication of The City Under the Stars by Gardner Dozois and Michael Swanwick.

This short novel began life as the novella The City of God, which was originally published in Omni online. The story was expanded by both authors prior to Dozois’ untimely death last year and completed by Swanwick, and will be presented for the first time by Tor.com in paperback and ebook.

From editor Lee Harris:

To say that I am excited to be working on The City Under the Stars is an understatement. I was not fortunate enough to have met Gardner while he was still with us, but, like many editors in my field, he was an inspiration to me in so many ways. Knowing that I am working on the last piece of fiction he ever wrote in the same year that I share a ...

Announcing a Debut Novel and Two New Novellas from P. Djèlí Clark


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Tor.com Publishing is thrilled to announce that Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated and Alex Award and Locus Award-winner P. Djèlí Clark will return to the historical fantasy universe from “A Dead Djinn in Cairo” with a full-length novel!

Cairo, 1912:

Though Fatma el-Sha’arawi is the youngest woman working for the Ministry of Alchemy, Enchantments and Supernatural Entities, she’s certainly not a rookie. After preventing the destruction of the universe last summer, Agent Fatma’s one of the Ministry’s top agents.

So when someone murders a secret brotherhood dedicated to one of the most famous men in history, Al-Jahiz, Agent Fatma is called onto the case. Al-Jahiz transformed the world forty years before when he opened up the veil between the magical and mundane realms, but had been missing since. This murderer, however, is also claiming to be Al-Jahiz, returned to condemn the modern age for its social oppressions against ...

Announcing Over the Woodward Wall, a New Fantasy Series from Seanan McGuire


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Over the Woodward Wall by Seanan McGuire book announcement

We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of a new fairy tale series from Seanan McGuire, writing as A. Deborah Baker.

Over the Woodward Wall is a delightful tale for all ages, and tells the story of Avery and Zib and how they became lost and how they became found, again (although not necessarily found as we might understand it).

For those of you who have already read Seanan’s epic modern fantasy Middlegame, you’ll already be familiar with some of the story, excerpted as it is at the start of the various Middlegame sections. If you’ve not yet read it, you can still enjoy Over the Woodward Wall as it is connected to, but not part of the story of Middlegame.

Said Seanan McGuire:

I have always loved the trope of the book within the book, for as far back as I can remember. When I turned in Middlegame ...

Multi-Dimensional Swashbuckling and Infinite IKEAs: Revealing Nino Cipri’s Finna


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We are delighted to share the cover for Finna, Nino Cipri’s science fiction novella set in infinite IKEAs. Sam J. Miller describes it as “[f]unny as hell, scary as f*ck, and so full of heart I didn’t want it to end. A magnificent must-read.” Meg Elison says, “Cipri has written the blue-collar fantasy I’ve wanted to read for decades, minimum wage and maximum weird.” And now you can check out Carl Wiens’ cover for Finna, coming February 25, 2020 from Tor.com Publishing.

Finna is a rambunctious, touching story that blends all the horrors the multiverse has to offer with the everyday awfulness of low-wage work. It explores queer relationships and queer feelings, capitalism and accountability, labor and love, all with a bouncing sense of humor and a commitment to the strange.

When an elderly customer at a big box furniture store slips through a portal ...

Irene Gallo Promoted to Vice President, Publisher of Tor.com


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Tom Doherty Associates is pleased to announce (and, you know, Tor.com is not unbiased here!) that effective immediately, Irene Gallo is promoted to Vice President, Publisher of Tor.com! In this newly created role, Irene will be fully dedicated to the Tor.com website and imprint.

Irene joined Tor Books twenty-six years ago and quickly rose to head the Art Department. She has won the World Fantasy Award, the Richard Gangel Award for Art Direction from the Society of Illustrators, thirteen Chesley Awards, and numerous gold and silver medals from Spectrum and the Society of Illustrators.

Irene was also one of the founding members of the Tor.com website. In its first decade Tor.com has become a must-read site for science fiction and fantasy fans, and one of the most frequented publishing websites. Tor.com has won numerous awards for its original fiction, nonfiction, and art, including ...

Read the First Chapter from The Monster of Elendhaven


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The city of Elendhaven sulks on the edge of the ocean. Wracked by plague, abandoned by the South, stripped of industry and left to die. But not everything dies so easily. A thing without a name stalks the city, a thing shaped like a man, with a dark heart and long pale fingers yearning to wrap around throats. A monster who cannot die. His frail master sends him out on errands, twisting him with magic, crafting a plan too cruel to name, while the monster’s heart grows fonder and colder and more cunning.

These monsters of Elendhaven will have their revenge on everyone who wronged the city, even if they have to burn the world to do it.

Debut author Jennifer Giesbrecht paints a darkly compelling fantasy of revenge in The Monster of Elendhaven, a dark fantasy about murder, a monster, and the magician who loves both. Available September ...

Read the First Chapter from The Monster of Elendhaven


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The Monster of Elendhaven Jennifer Giesbrecht

The city of Elendhaven sulks on the edge of the ocean. Wracked by plague, abandoned by the South, stripped of industry and left to die. But not everything dies so easily. A thing without a name stalks the city, a thing shaped like a man, with a dark heart and long pale fingers yearning to wrap around throats. A monster who cannot die. His frail master sends him out on errands, twisting him with magic, crafting a plan too cruel to name, while the monster’s heart grows fonder and colder and more cunning.

These monsters of Elendhaven will have their revenge on everyone who wronged the city, even if they have to burn the world to do it.

Debut author Jennifer Giesbrecht paints a darkly compelling fantasy of revenge in The Monster of Elendhaven, a dark fantasy about murder, a monster, and the magician who loves both. Available September ...

Read the First Chapter from The Monster of Elendhaven


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The Monster of Elendhaven Jennifer Giesbrecht

The city of Elendhaven sulks on the edge of the ocean. Wracked by plague, abandoned by the South, stripped of industry and left to die. But not everything dies so easily. A thing without a name stalks the city, a thing shaped like a man, with a dark heart and long pale fingers yearning to wrap around throats. A monster who cannot die. His frail master sends him out on errands, twisting him with magic, crafting a plan too cruel to name, while the monster’s heart grows fonder and colder and more cunning.

These monsters of Elendhaven will have their revenge on everyone who wronged the city, even if they have to burn the world to do it.

Debut author Jennifer Giesbrecht paints a darkly compelling fantasy of revenge in The Monster of Elendhaven, a dark fantasy about murder, a monster, and the magician who loves both. Available September ...

Magic x Mayhem for Tor Authors: Loving Jerks, Centering Women’s Voices, and Tossing Safety Nets


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BookCon Tor Presents Magic x Mayhem Sarah Gailey Annalee Newitz Kel Kade V.E. Schwab Charlie Jane Anders Tamsyn Muir

“Fantasy is a reaction to reality,” Vengeful author V.E. Schwab said at Tor’s BookCon panel Magic x Mayhem in Science Fiction & Fantasy. “It is reality plus ‘what if’?” In the case of Magic x Mayhem, it’s what if we shifted away from good-versus-evil narratives to more messy, morally ambiguous characters? Like a private detective who lies to everyone but especially herself. Or a swordswoman used to looking out only for herself, who must stand up for the Ninth House of her birth. Or, Schwab’s favorite, villains.

Charlie Jane Anders (The City in the Middle of the Night) moderated a spirited panel featuring Tor Books and Tor.com Publishing authors Schwab, Tamsyn Muir (Gideon the Ninth), Sarah Gailey (Magic for Liars), Annalee Newitz (The Future of Another Timeline), and Kel Kade (Fate of the Fallen). Read on for ...

Geeking Out About Fanfiction with Tor.com Publishing Authors at BookCon!


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The BookCon panel For Fans, By Fans: Fanfiction Addiction can best be summed up by the moment when Riot Baby author Tochi Onyebuchi mentioned a Superman fanfic about Martha Kent shooting every time traveler who tries to kill baby Clark—and then an audience member piped up with the name of the fic, and suddenly all the attendees were distracted bookmarking Empty Graves by Unpretty to read after they were finished gushing about fanfiction.

The panel featured four Tor.com Publishing authors with varying relationships to fic writing: Onyebuchi, who says “Gundam Wing MADE ME”; Tamsyn Muir (Gideon the Ninth) and Brooke Bolander (The Only Harmless Great Thing), who met in the Final Fantasy 7 fandom; and Katharine Duckett, whose Miranda in Milan is queer Shakespeare fanfiction.

Moderated by The Mary Sues’ Princess Weekes, the discussion ranged from thoughtful commentary on fanfiction as a subversive, queer, ...

The Only Harmless Great Thing by Brooke Bolander

Revealing The Menace from Farside, a New Novella from Ian McDonald


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In The Menace from Farside, Ian McDonald returns to his elegantly wound solar system of the twenty-second century, full of political intrigue and complicated families. Look for it November 12th from Tor.com Publishing, and check out the full cover from artist Richard Anderson below!

Remember: Lady Luna knows a thousand ways to kill you, but family is what you know. Family is what works.

Cariad Corcoran has a new sister who is everything she is not: tall, beautiful, confident. They’re unlikely allies and even unlikelier sisters, but they’re determined to find the moon’s first footprint, even if the lunar frontier is doing its best to kill them before they get there.

Cover art by Richard Anderson

Post-Humans In Space: Michael Blumlein’s Longer


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Some fiction explores the known; other fiction delves into the unknown. Michael Blumlein’s fiction takes another route altogether, revealing the unknown and the mysterious in some of the most nominally familiar places out there. It’s something that makes his work simultaneously revelatory and disconcerting: like a host of authors in the speculative realm, he concerns himself with myriad forms of alienation, but Blumlein’s take on these themes is distinctive and unique.

Blumlein frequently explores questions of gender and the human body in his work. The narrator of his acclaimed story “The Brains of Rats” ponders his own relationship to gender and, more broadly, whether or not to move forward with a plan that would forever shift humanity’s gender balance. His 1993 novel X, Y may be about a man and women who swap bodies, or about a woman experiencing a particularly dramatic psychological breakdown, or about something even stranger. Blumlein’s ...

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Longer Sweepstakes


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In LongerMichael Blumlein explores dauntingly epic topics—love, the expanse of the human lifespan, mortality—with a beautifully sharp story that glows with grace and good humor even as it forces us to confront deep, universal fears. And we want to send you a copy!

Gunjita and Cav are in orbit.

R&D scientists for pharmaceutical giant Gleem Galactic, they are wealthy enough to participate in rejuvenation: rebooting themselves from old age to jump their bodies back to their twenties. You get two chances. There can never be a third.

After Gunjita has juved for the second and final time and Cav has not, questions of life, death, morality, and test their relationship. Up among the stars, the research possibilities are infinite and first contact is possible, but their marriage may not survive the challenge.

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Revealing Sisters of the Vast Black by Lina Rather


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The sisters of the Order of Saint Rita captain their living ship into the reaches of space in Lina Rather’s debut novella, Sisters of the Vast Black—available October 29th from Tor.com Publishing. Check out the full cover below!

Years ago, Old Earth sent forth sisters and brothers into the vast dark of the prodigal colonies armed only with crucifixes and iron faith. Now, the sisters of the Order of Saint Rita are on an interstellar mission of mercy aboard Our Lady of Impossible Constellations, a living, breathing ship which seems determined to develop a will of its own.

When the order receives a distress call from a newly-formed colony, the sisters discover that the bodies and souls in their care—and that of the galactic diaspora—are in danger. And not from void beyond, but from the nascent Central Governance and the Church itself.

Catch Tor Books, Tor Teen, and Tor.com Publishing at BookExpo and BookCon 2019!


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If you’re planning to be at the Book Expo of America or Book Con this year in NYC from May 29th-June 2nd, come visit Tor Books, Tor Teen, and Tor.com Publishing! We’re at Booth 1544 for signings, giveaways, and much more—check the schedule below for the details…

 

Wednesday, May 29th

12pm
Ticket Drop for Leigh Bardugo Signing

3pm
Author Signing for Leigh Bardugo, Ninth House

4pm
Champagne Toast Celebrating Robert Jordan’s Warrior of the Altaii

 

Thursday, May 30th

9am
Ticket Drop for All Thursday Signings

12pm
Librarian Nook for Sci-Fi/Fantasy Adult Fiction

1pm
Author Signing for Charlotte Nicole Davis, The Good Luck Girls

2:30pm
Author Signing for Annalee Newitz, The Future of Another Timeline

 

Friday, May 31st

9am
Ticket Drop for All Friday Signings

9:30am
Author Signing for Kel Kade, The Fate of the Fallen

11am
Author Signing for Tochi Onyebuchi, Riot Baby

12pm
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Trauma and Disorientation: Her Silhouette Drawn in Water by Vylar Kaftan


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Bee doesn’t remember her life before prison, not really. She knows what she’s been told by the only other person who shares her confinement in a twisty maze of rock chambers occasionally filled with large insect-like alien lifeforms that compete with them for food and sustenance: that she’s a telepath, and that she’s here because she killed a lot of people.

That other person is Chela, her lover, a telepath like Bee. Chela is everything Bee’s not: a better climber and survival expert, tall and light-skinned and model-gorgeous, invested in exploring their prison and keeping alive. But unlike Bee, she’s not determined to map the limits of their prison, to find a way out—and in the meanwhile, to find what beauty she can in the inside.

But as Bee struggles to remember the truth about herself and her imprisonment, she begins to feel that everything’s not exactly as it seems. ...

Silver in the Wood Sweepstakes


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Old gods, new gods, and the deep dark woods are all weaved with magic in Silver in the Woods, a lush new novella by Emily Tesh, available June 18 from Tor.com Publishing—and we want to send you a copy!

There is a Wild Man who lives in the deep quiet of Greenhollow, and he listens to the wood. Tobias, tethered to the forest, does not dwell on his past life, but he lives a perfectly unremarkable existence with his cottage, his cat, and his dryads.

When Greenhollow Hall acquires a handsome, intensely curious new owner in Henry Silver, everything changes. Old secrets better left buried are dug up, and Tobias is forced to reckon with his troubled past—both the green magic of the woods, and the dark things that rest in its heart.

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Read Gideon the Ninth: Chapter 8


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PREVIOUSLY ON GIDEON THE NINTH:

Having landed on the waterlogged planet of the House of the First, hero G. Nav deals with some tiny Dumbledore-looking motherfucker called Teacher and gets a first look-in on the Third House, which consists of Tweedledee, Tweedledum, and a poser. She also heroically intervenes on the part of the lady of the Seventh House, who turns out to be quite cute but has Captain Trips, and is menaced by the lady’s cavalier primary, who is trepidatiously hench. Harrowhark is a useless goth as per usual.

 

 

Chapter 8

They were bidden to sit in a vast atrium—a cavern of a room; a Ninth House mausoleum of a room, except that through the glorious wreck of the smeared and vaulted ceiling light streamed down in such quantities it made Gideon halfway blind again. There were deep couches and seating benches, with cracked covers and ...

Read an Excerpt from P. Djèlí Clark’s The Black God’s Drums


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P. Djèlí Clark brings an alternate New Orleans of orisha, airships, and adventure to life in his Nebula Award-nominated novella The Black God’s Drums. Read an excerpt below!

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 ...