NASA and Tor have been making eyes at each other for years, insisting it was only mutual respect. Well, the rest of us were getting sick of it. Thankfully, they broke down and admitted they like like each other.
Here are a few highlights from the press release:
In an effort to introduce, inform and inspire readers about NASA, the agency's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. has partnered with Tor-Forge Books to develop and publish a series of science-fiction-themed books.
Referred to as "NASA Inspired Works of Fiction," these books will be based on concepts pertinent to current and future agency missions and operations.
Many people who work in science and technology often credit science fiction as a significant inspiration for their career choices.
NASA will pair scientists and engineers with Tor-Forge writers to help raise awareness and enhance public interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). NASA's goal is to attract and retain students focused on STEM studies, strengthening the agency and the nation's future workforce.
Here's to a very exciting and unapologetically nerdy union! We wish you only happiness in your deep future.Read more
Locus Magazine has announced their 2011 Locus Award-nominees! Look at all this amazing work from Tor and St. Martin's Press:
THE SORCERER'S HOUSE
SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY
Mary Robinette Kowal
THE QUANTUM THIEF
“The Mystery Knight”
George R.R. Martin (WARRIORS)
THE YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION: TWENTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL COLLECTION
Gardner Dozois, ed.
George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds.
Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1: 1907-1948: Learning Curve
William H. Patterson, Jr.
Congratulations are also in order for David G. Hartwell, nominated in the Editor category, Tor, nominated in the Publisher category, and Tor.com, nominated in the Magazine category!
This week Kirkus Reviews highlighted 10 Can't-Miss Science Fiction and Fantasy Books for 2011 including a few of our in-house favorites!
They selected Jo Walton's AMONG OTHERS because, "All SF fans will get what Morwenna is about, particularly the joy she experiences discovering new books and other people to talk to about them."
Richard Matheson's OTHER KINGDOMS caught their eye for the "accomplished and tragic" story: a "star-crossed romance between two lovers from different worlds."
Finally, THE QUANTUM THIEF made the list because author Hannu Rajaniemi, "is clearly one of those disgustingly brilliant people whom you could hate if you didn't admire him so much."Read more
io9, that great hub of all things science and science fiction, announced which spring titles are making them wiggly with anticipation. Six of the must-haves are available from Tor:
THE GRAVITY PILOT, by M.M. Buckner
DEATHLESS, by Catherynne M. Valente
AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE, by Carrie Vaughn
ALL THE LIVES HE LED, by Frederik Pohl
FUZZY NATION, by John Scalzi
THE QUANTUM THIEF, by Hannu Rajaniemi
Having just finished Carrie Vaughn's AFTER THE GOLDEN AGE, I can only agree that this modern heroine story is an April must. It's the kind of book that lives in front of your face making getting off the bus at the right stop or pouring coffee in the cup, instead of all over the counter, impossible. Next up for me from this list is Hannu Rajaniemi's debut, THE QUANTUM THIEF, a hard sci-fi May release handed to me by our old buddy Ben.Read more
You guys remember Ben, right? Oh, you know, Ben! From waaay back when (a month ago)?
He's agreed to be my unofficial Tor liaison: slipping me galleys hot off the press and passing on whispers about upcoming Tor excitement, so I can pass it on to you! Last night Ben was gentleman enough to escort the new girl (me) to that super awesome Tor reading and concert at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe I told you all about.
It's beyond me how Jo Walton and Charles Stross have escaped reading in New York for this long since they were both eloquent and hilarious readers. If you get the chance to see either of them read, do it.
I also managed to scrounge up two copies of Stross' latest, THE TRADE OF QUEENS, for you librarians! If you would like to be entered into the drawing, send an email this week to: library at macmillanusa dot com (subject: Stross Giveaway!).
Tonight I'll be at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in NYC with a slew of my fellow Tor fanatics chatting up authors Jo Walton (AMONG OTHERS) and Charles Stross (THE TRADE OF QUEENS), scoping out the giveaways, jammin to Ninja Sex Party, and wearing a pair of wicked red galaxy leggings. If you're in the area, stop on by!
TONIGHT, Tuesday, February 22 at 7:00 PM
126 Crosby Street, New York, NY 10012
And after the event, when you're all geeked out, get your drink on with the Tor.com team at the Botanica Bar.
So I just finished book two of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, The Great Hunt. It was a fantastic read, and reinforced my huge, enormous, colossal love for fantasy. Jordan really stepped up the intrigue in the second installment. While I loved the first book, I was a bit worried that the series might devolve into a reductive battle of good and evil. But in The Great Hunt, he shows that there are many more factions than we had believed, and even within those factions there is infighting as goals clash.Read more