5 Years of Stories – Free From Tor!

TheStories-smallI remember when Tor.com launched its wonderful website for scifi and fantasy fans — and now it’s already five years old!

One of the cool things about the Tor.com site is that they consistently post original short fiction from fabulous authors and it’s always available to subscribers for no charge. To celebrate its fifth birthday, Tor is now giving away an ebook anthology containing the best of these stories. All you need is to register on their website — which also costs nothing. What do you have to lose?

If you subscribe, you can also check out five new stories that will appear on the website on Weds.

Interested? Here’s the link:


Locus Award Winners

On June 15-17, 2012, the 2012 Locus Award winners were announced. If you’re looking for new reading material, you might want to check out the best of the best. There are so many categories that I’m only going to post the first place winners, with the exception of sci-fi and fantasy novels. For a more complete list that shows runners-up, follow the link below the list.

Science Fiction Novel:
Embassytown, China Miéville (Del Rey: Macmillan)
Leviathan Wakes, James S.A. Corey (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
11/22/63, Stephen King (Scribner; Hodder & Stoughton as 11.22.63)
Rule 34, Charles Stross (Ace; Orbit UK)
The Children of the Sky, Vernor Vinge (Tor)

Fantasy Novel:
A Dance with Dragons, George R.R. Martin (Bantam; Harper Voyager UK)
Snuff, Terry Pratchett (Harper; Doubleday UK)
The Wise Man’s Fear, Patrick Rothfuss (DAW; Gollancz)
Deathless, Catherynne M. Valente (Tor)
Among Others, Jo Walton (Tor)

First Novel:
The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern (Doubleday)

Young Adult Book:
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making, Catherynne M. Valente (Feiwel and Friends)

Silently and Very Fast, Catherynne M. Valente (WFSA; Clarkesworld)

White Lines on a Green Field, Catherynne M. Valente (Subterranean, Fall 2011)

Short Story:
The Case of Death and Honey, Neil Gaiman (A Study in Sherlock)

The Year’s Best Science Fiction: Twenty-eightth Annual Collection, Gardner Dozois, ed. (St. Martin’s Griffin)

The Bible Repairman and Other Stories, Tim Powers (Tachyon)

Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature, Gary K. Wolfe (Wesleyan)

Art Books:
Spectrum 18: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, Cathy Fenner & Arnie Fenner (Underwood)

Shaun Tan

Ellen Datlow



Click here for the complete list.

But Who Would Be Dumb Enough to Even Try It? A Collaborative Story From Marcher Lord Press

Cover created by Jeff Gerke

If you’ve followed my blog for some time, you know that I’m a fan of Marcher Lord Press and what they’re doing over there to promote Christian fantasy and science fiction. Now I see that they have started a new collaborative fiction project written by a handful of MLP authors.

The first leg of the tag-team effort was posted today and is written by Steve Rzasa, author of sci-fi fiction: The Face of the Deep series, and Broken Sight (2011). His installment opens with archer Barzillai Broadhead describing the beginning plans of recruiting thieves to pull off a job.

It will be interesting to see how this project pans out. You can find the story here.

All Tor/Forge E-books Going DRM-Free

Today’s post is a little different from usual, but because it will affect most if not all of you, I’m passing the news along.

You see, Tor, Forge, Orb, Starscape, and Tor Teen (all imprints of Tom Doherty Associates) will make its entire list of e-books DRM-free by July 2012. In case you’re not sure what that means, soon you’ll be able to purchase any of Tor/Forge’s e-books and put those books on one or more e-readers or your choice without having to buy additional copies for each e-reader.

To quote president and publisher Tom Doherty, “Our authors and readers have been asking for this for a long time. They’re a technically sophisticated bunch, and DRM is a constant annoyance to them. It prevents them from using legitimately purchased e-books in perfectly legal ways, like moving them from one kind of e-reader to another.”

Soon you’ll be able to purchase your titles free of digital rights management (DRM) from the same retailers as usual, plus the publisher also has plans in place to start selling titles through retailers that sell only DRM-free books.

Thank you, Tor for being responsive to the needs and wants of your readers.

Check Out Marcher Lord Press’s New List!

I’m getting this post up a couple of days later than I wanted to, but this is too important to omit. Marcher Lord Press (MLP) is getting ready to release its 2011 list and it looks like a good one.

First off, Kathy Tyers’ Firebird trilogy is being re-released by MLP after a long hiatus of being off the market. I have the old omnibus, but am seriously considering trying to get my hands on the new annotated volume. That’s right, kiddies! The new version is completely annotated by Kathy Tyers herself. The sci-fi geek in me is trembling in excitement. :) Check out the cover. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Second on the list is From Darkness Won, the final book in Jill Williamson’s “Blood of Kings” trilogy. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this one too. I thoroughly enjoyed Book 1 (By Darkness Hid) and Book 2 (To Darkness Fled).

The third MLP book being released this year is Mitchell Bonds’ Hero in Hiding, which is the sequel to Hero, Second Class, a charming, tongue-in-cheek fantasy. As I stated in my review way back in October 2009, Hero, Second Class reminded me of a cross between The Princess Bride and a Monty Python skit. Corny puns galore!

Ok, there. I’ve said it. Just gotta spread a little love around for one of my favorite publishers of Christian speculative, fantasy and sci-fi fiction. If you want more info, here’s a link to the web site:

Marcher Lord Press: http://marcherlordpress.com

Release date for these three new MLP books is slated for sometime in April.

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