Calling all Sci-Fi/ Fantasy Readers!

Calling all Sci-Fi/ Fantasy Readers!

Pillar to the Sky jacketLike a Mighty Army jacketGoblin Emperor jacketWords of Radiance jacketMy Real Children jacketLock In jacket
Here's the scoop on the latest greatest and soon-to-come SF & Fantasy from Tor Books:

PILLAR TO THE SKY by William Forstchen
PILLAR TO THE SKY is part of NASA-inspired Works of Fiction–a partnership between NASA and Tor/Forge aimed at raising awareness of science, technology, engineering, and math, and attracting students to those fields. The titular pillar is a controversial supertower developed by a visionary rocket scientist intent on finding a new energy source. "Forstchen’s work is as convincingly told as it is diverting." – Kirkus Reviews

LIKE A MIGHTY ARMY by David Weber
In the seventh entry in Weber's popular Safehold series, Merlyn Athrawes, the cybernetic avatar of a thousand-year-old warrior, has one purpose: to restart the history of the too-long-hidden human race. "Weber’s seventh far-future Safehold novel is a complex and fascinating epic about change, identity, and the nature of faith." – Publishers Weekly 

THE GOBLIN EMPEROR by Katherine Addison
A half-goblin named Maia unwittingly inherits the throne to the Imperial Court and struggles to navigate the politics of being Emperor. "Addison patiently and tellingly paints in the backdrop, mingling steampunk elements and low-key magic with imperial intricacies. The result is a spellbinding and genuinely affecting drama. Unreservedly recommended." – Kirkus Reviews, starred review

WORDS OF RADIANCE by Brandon Sanderson
In the second volume of New York Times bestseller Sanderson's Stormlight Archive (after THE WAY OF KINGS), the war with the Parshendi will move into a new, dangerous phase, Jasnah and Shallan search for the legendary city of Urithiru, and Kaladin is learning how to fulfill his new role as leader of the restored Knights Radiant. "... the novel is weighty without being ponderous, and delivers a satisfactory story despite being part of an episodic secondary world fantasy series." – Publishers Weekly 

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NASA and Tor–Finally Going Steady

NASA and Tor–Finally Going Steady

Let's be honest, we've all been waiting for this announcement for a long time.

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.

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2011 Locus Award-finalists Announced

2011 Locus Award-finalists Announced

Locus Magazine has announced their 2011 Locus Award-nominees! Look at all this amazing work from Tor and St. Martin's Press:

Fantasy Novel
THE SORCERER'S HOUSE
Gene Wolfe

First Novel
SHADES OF MILK AND HONEY
Mary Robinette Kowal

THE QUANTUM THIEF
Hannu Rajaniemi

Novella
“The Mystery Knight”
George R.R. Martin (WARRIORS)

Anthology
THE YEAR'S BEST SCIENCE FICTION: TWENTY-SEVENTH ANNUAL COLLECTION
Gardner Dozois, ed.

WARRIORS
George R.R. Martin & Gardner Dozois, eds.

Non-fiction
Robert A. Heinlein: In Dialogue with His Century: Volume 1: 1907-1948: Learning Curve 
William H. Patterson, Jr.

And More
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!

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10 Can’t-Miss SFF Books from Kirkus Reviews

10 Can’t-Miss SFF Books from Kirkus Reviews

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." [...]

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io9’s Spring Title Parade!

io9’s Spring Title Parade!

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. [...]

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Geek Week Event Recap & Trade of Queens GIVEAWAY!

Geek Week Event Recap & Trade of Queens GIVEAWAY!

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!).

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Geek Week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Geek Week at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe

Geek Week FlierTonight 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.

Geek Week

Tor.com event announcement and details here
RSVP to the Facebook event here

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Winter 2011 Catalogs!

Winter 2011 Catalogs!

Dear Librarian, 

Our Winter 2011 catalogs are now
available here.  
And I know that we’re not supposed to have favorites… But we just couldn’t help
ourselves!  So check out our you-can’t-live-without-these-titles list here.

Enjoy!

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Why I love fantasy. And our newest fantastic giveaway!

Why I love fantasy. And our newest fantastic giveaway!

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. [...]

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