An Evening with Cixin Liu, Hosted by John Scalzi

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China’s best-selling and most beloved science fiction writer, Cixin Liu, will be joined by Hugo Award-winning sci-fi author John Scalzi (Old Man’s War) to discuss the art of sci-fi writing and the English-language publication of Liu’s groundbreaking trilogy The Three-Body Problem. A reception will be held afterwards where the authors will be signing their books, which will be available for sale.

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Time (Talk): 6:00-7:15 pm
Time (Reception): 7:15-8:30 pm
Location: China Institute Library, 125 East 65th Street, New York, NY
Event Fees:
Talk: $10 for members of the China Institute/$15 non-members. Reception Only: $5

To register for the event please visit http://www.chinainstitute.org/art-culture/programs-events/.

If you wish to only attend the reception, tickets can be purchased at the door starting at 7pm. Please register with Aaron Nicholson (anicholson@chinainstitute.org; 212-744-8181 ext 138).

Cixin Liu, or Da Liu, as he is affectionately called by his fans, is the most prolific and popular science fiction writer in the People’s Republic of China. Liu is an eight-time winner of the Galaxy Award (the Chinese Hugo) and a winner of the Nebula Award. Prior to becoming a writer he worked as an engineer in a power plant in Yangquan, Shanxi.

John Scalzi won the 2006 John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer, the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel for Redshirts, and his debut novel Old Man’s War was a finalist for Hugo Award. His other books include The Ghost Brigades, The Android’s Dream, The Last Colony, The Human Division and Lock In. He has won the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for science fiction, the Seiun, The Kurd Lasswitz and the Geffen awards. Material from his widely read blog Whatever has also earned him two other Hugo Awards.

Truth Be Told Wins Agatha Award

Truth Be Told by Hank Phillippi Ryan
At Malice Domestic this weekend, Hank Phillippi Ryan won the Agatha Award for Best Contemporary Novel for Truth Be Told!

This is the second year in a row Ryan has won Best Contemporary Novel. She also won for another Agatha for a non-fiction anthology she edited for Sisters in Crime. It was also announced that she will be Toastmaster at next year’s conference.

Here she is celebrating with her proud editor Kristin Sevick:

Hank Phillippi Ryan & Kristen Sevick

Congratulations, Hank!

Writers and Illustrators of the Future Volume 31

WOTF 31 Front CoverHollywood, CA — Twenty-five writers and artists from around the globe will see their work published in Writers of the Future Volume 31 to be officially released on Monday, May 4. The winners had been honored April 12th, at the 31st Annual L. Ron Hubbard Achievement Awards at the prestigious Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California. The two grand prize honors were captured by Sharon Roest (pen name Sharon Joss) of Aloha, OR who was awarded the The Golden Pen Award and a $5,000 cash prize and Michelle Lochamy of Browns Mills, NJ who was awarded the The Golden Brush Award and a $5,000 cash prize.

The 12 Writer winners included:

  • Michael T. Banker of Kew Gardens, NY
  • Daniel Davis of Winston Salem, NC
  • Krystal Claxton Grell of Brooklet, GA
  • Auston Habershaw of Dorchester, MA
  • Amy Hughes of Bountiful, UT
  • Samantha Murray of Perth, West Aus, Australia
  • Tim Napper of Ha Noi, Vietnam
  • Steve Pantazis of Oceanside, CA
  • Scott Parkin of Orem, UT
  • Sharon Roest (Sharon Joss) of Aloha, OR
  • Martin Shoemaker of Hopkins, MI
  • Kary English of Summerland, CA

In addition, writer Zach Chapman of San Antonio, TX was honored as a published finalist.

The 12 Illustrator winners included:

  • Alex Brock of Tucson, AZ
  • Amit Dutta of Upper Hutt, Wellington, NZ
  • Megan Kelchner of Tiverton, RI
  • Tung Chi Lee of San Francisco, CA
  • Shuangjian Liu of San Francisco, CA
  • Michelle Lockamy of Browns Mills, NJ
  • Megen Nelsen of Malabar, FL
  • Taylor Payton of Minneapolis, MN
  • Quinlan Septer of Ada, Michigan
  • Emily Siu of Pasadena, CA
  • Daniel Tyka of Warsaw, Poland
  • Choong Nyung Yoon of New York, NY

The annual event celebrated the winners in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests before a packed hall with over 1,000 guests and hundreds more who were logged on to watch the event as it streamed live. A unique characteristic of the Hubbard Achievement Awards event is its use of music and dance to both complement and celebrate writing and art. The evening’s event opened with a beautiful original song dedicated to writers and artists entitled “Voices of the Future,” performed by Stacy Francis and Gabriel Manro.Tom Doherty

Mr. Tom Doherty, Publisher of Tor Books, received the L. Ron Hubbard Lifetime Achievement Award and stated when receiving the honor, “To be given an award for what I’d do for play, what could be better.” He concluded by saying, “Thank you again to the Writers of the Future and its late founder, L. Ron Hubbard for having the vision and the foresight to make dreams come true. Together we build new tomorrows.”

The night’s keynote speaker was Mr. William Pomerantz, Vice President for Special Projects of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic, the world’s first spaceline. After speaking about his dreams as a youth of working in a spaceship factory, and then later in life being told that his dreams were impossible stated, “I owe a huge debt to you and to those who have come before you. It was through science fiction that I learned that optimism, and through science fiction that I reclaimed it rather than falling victim to that jaded skepticism of our modern world.” He concluded by congratulating all the evening’s Contest winners.
WOTF GROUP SHOTS 20150045
The event celebrated the annual winners in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contests, where twelve writer and twelve illustrator winners, and one writer finalist—who made it further than some several thousand others who entered the international competition—saw their story and artwork published in the bestselling Science Fiction anthology series—L. Ron Hubbard Presents Writers of the Future Volume 31, now available online at Amazon.com, KOBO.com and BN.com and soon to be available in print wherever books are sold.

With writers and illustrators coming from all walks of life, the winners attended a week long workshop taught by contest judges—including New York Times bestselling authors Dave Wolverton (Runelord series) and Kevin J. Anderson (Dune series), World Fantasy Award winner Tim Powers (On Stranger Tides, adapted as the 4th Pirates of the Caribbean film), multiple Hugo and Nebula award winner Robert J. Sawyer (Flash Forward and The WWW Trilogy), Hugo and Nebula award winning author Larry Niven (the Ringworld series), and internationally acclaimed artists, Cliff Nielsen (cover artist for Chronicles of Narnia), Dave Dorman (Star Wars character designs) and Larry Elmore (Dungeons & Dragons art design)—each one an experienced professional in the field providing sound advice based on hard-won experience.

Each writing and illustrating contest winner was presented their trophy by contest judges at the ceremony and combined cash prizes and royalties of over $30,000, and their story with artwork published in the L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Volume 31.

The Writers of the Future writing contest was initiated by L. Ron Hubbard in 1983 to provide a means for aspiring writers to get that much-needed break. Due to the success of the Writing Contest, the companion Illustrators of the Future Contest was created in 1988.

The intensive mentoring process has proven very successful. The 368 past winners of the Writing Contest have published 838 novels and nearly 4,000 short stories. They have produced 27 New York Times bestsellers and their works have sold over 50 million copies.

The 298 past winners of the Illustrating Contest have produced over 4,500 illustrations, 356 comic books, graced 594 books and albums with their art and visually contributed to 36 TV shows and 46 major movies.

For more information and to see the awards ceremony online, go to www.writersofthefuture.com.

Dragon Fire eBook is Now on Sale for $2.99

Dragon Fire by William S. CohenThe ebook for Dragon Fire by William S. Cohen is now on sale for $2.99!*

About Dragon Fire: William S. Cohen, former Secretary of Defense, US Senator and Congressman, has walked the most powerful corridors in the world. Now, in Dragon Fire, he takes us with him into the top-secret rooms where the fate of the world is held in the hearts and minds of men with dangerous and hidden agendas. Packed with action and espionage, intrigue and romance, Dragon Fire is a riveting, intricate, ripped-from-the-headlines thriller that so convincingly written, readers will wonder just how much of it is true.

Upon the assassination of the Secretary of Defense, former senator and Vietnam POW, Michael Patrick Santini, is called upon by his President to fill the vacancy. Once there, he discovers that the United States is under attack by a silent, sinister force, someone determined to alienate our allies and undermine our position as a global superpower. But America is hours away from going to war–with the wrong enemy. Rejecting direct orders from the president, Santini races across the world in a desperate attempt to prevent a catastrophic global war.

When Democratic President Bill Clinton chose Republican William S. Cohen to join his staff in 1997 as the 20th Secretary of Defense, it was the first time in modern U.S. history that a president selected a member of the opposing party for his cabinet. Cohen, the first Secretary of Defense to make biological warfare and terrorism almost a personal crusade, was integral in orchestrating a comprehensive strategy to deal with the threat of terrorism. In Dragon Fire, he takes his experience, knowledge, expertise, passion, and fears and melds fact and fiction into a political thriller only he could write.

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Three Andre Norton eBooks are Now on Sale for $2.99 Each

Beast Master's Quest by Andre Norton and Lyn McConchieBeast Master's Planet by Andre Norton and Lyn McConchieDragon Mage by Andre Norton and Jean Rabe

The ebooks for Beast Master’s Quest, Beast Master’s Planet, and Dragon Mage are now on sale for $2.99 each!*

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The Hollow City eBook is Now on Sale for $2.99

The Hollow City by Dan WellsThe ebook for The Hollow City by Dan Wells is now on sale for $2.99!*

About The Hollow City: Dan Wells won instant acclaim for his three-novel debut about the adventures of John Wayne Cleaver, a heroic young man who is a potential serial killer. All who read the trilogy were struck by the distinctive and believable voice Wells created for John.

Now he returns with another innovative thriller told in a very different, equally unique voice. A voice that comes to us from the realm of madness.

Michael Shipman is paranoid schizophrenic; he suffers from hallucinations, delusions, and complex fantasies of persecution and horror. That’s bad enough. But what can he do if some of the monsters he sees turn out to be real?

Who can you trust if you can’t even trust yourself? The Hollow City is a mesmerizing journey into madness, where the greatest enemy of all is your own mind.

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Old Man’s War eBook is Now on Sale for $2.99

Old Man's War by John ScalziThe ebook for Old Man’s War by John Scalzi is now on sale for $2.99!*

About Old Man’s War: John Perry did two things on his 75th birthday. First he visited his wife’s grave. Then he joined the army.

The good news is that humanity finally made it into interstellar space. The bad news is that planets fit to live on are scarce-and aliens willing to fight for them are common. The universe, it turns out, is a hostile place.

So: we fight. To defend Earth (a target for our new enemies, should we let them get close enough) and to stake our own claim to planetary real estate. Far from Earth, the war has gone on for decades: brutal, bloody, unyielding.

Earth itself is a backwater. The bulk of humanity’s resources are in the hands of the Colonial Defense Force, which shields the home planet from too much knowledge of the situation. What’s known to everybody is that when you reach retirement age, you can join the CDF. They don’t want young people; they want people who carry the knowledge and skills of decades of living. You’ll be taken off Earth and never allowed to return. You’ll serve your time at the front. And if you survive, you’ll be given a generous homestead stake of your own, on one of our hard-won colony planets.

John Perry is taking that deal. He has only the vaguest idea what to expect. Because the actual fight, light-years from home, is far, far harder than he can imagine-and what he will become is far stranger.

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Where to Find Tor at C2E2

C2E2

C2E2, Chicago’s premier comic and entertainment expo, celebrates its 5th year and once again Tor Books has a great line up of programming! Find our authors at the following panels and events:

Friday, April 24

Get Regency with Mary Robinette Kowal!
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Signing: 5:15PM – 6:15PM | Table 16
Room: S403
Celebrate all things regency with Author/Puppeteer, Mary Robinette Kowal! This month the fifth and final book in the Glamourist Histories, Of Noble Family, goes on sale and we want you to celebrate with us! Come dressed in your best regency attire for a fashion show and costume contest; authentic costume, steampunk, anime or Darth Vader in waist coat and ruffles, we want to see you strut your stuff! Attendees will receive an invitation for two at the off-site publication party, hosted by Tor.

Gallows Humor: Authors on Making Light During the Darkest Scenes
Time: 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM
Signing: 6:15 – 7:15PM | Table 18
Room: S401
Authors: Tim Lees, Wesley Chu, Daryl Gregory
It’s the end of the world as you know it. You are racing towards that last battle, heart in your throat, and someone cracks a joke. (“Get the Cheese to sickbay!”). You stop to laugh, breathe, relax, and breathe for a moment before the tension rachets up and throws you off the literary (not literal!) cliff. Join some of today’s top genre fiction as they discuss the art of integrating humor into horrific scenarios, and how this device elevates a good book into a great read.

Saturday, April 25

WTF is going on?
Time: 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM
Signing: 3-4PM | Table 18
Room: Room S402
Join Nils Johnson-Shelton (End Game: The Calling), Kristen Simmons (The Glass Arrow), T.M. Goeglein (Cold Fury series), Ian Doescher (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars) and Rachel Hartman (Seraphina), Arwen Elys Dayton (Seeker) and Melissa Grey (The Girl at Midnight) as they discuss the art of plotting and creating your world. Whether it be conspiracy theories, intricate mob plots or re-imagining a sci-fi classic, these authors draw the reader in and keep them riveted page after page. Moderated by Daniel Kraus (Booklist).

Ghosts and Grim Tidings: the Latest Trends in Horror Fiction
Time: 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM
Signing: 5:30 – 6:30PM | Table 18
Room: S405b
We’ve all had the experience of staying up all night to read a bone-chilling book…simply because we’re afraid to turn off the light and have the words play against the dark screen of their nocturnal imagination. Join celebrated psychological thriller and horror novelists Alex Gordon, Daniel Kraus, and Daryl Gregory as they discuss the most chilling trends in horror fiction. What truly scares jaded readers? What makes the authors themselves wake up in a cold sweat? Moderated by Ali T. Kokmen.

Sunday, April 26

Out of This World! Science Fiction Authors in Conversation
Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Signing: 1:15 – 2:15PM | Table 18
Room: 2405a
Science fiction is mainstream once again and deep space, time travel, galactic cataclysms, continue to draw readers in. Join authors Wesley Chu (The Lives of Tao, Time Salvager), and Mike Shepherd (Jump Universe, Kris Longknife) discuss their inspirations, research, thoughts on future themes and the never-ending race against time! Moderated by Gary K. Wolfe of Locus Magazine.

My Real Children Wins the Tiptree Award

My Real Children by Jo WaltonWe’re proud to share the news that Jo Walton has won the 2014 James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award for My Real Children!

Calling it a “moving, thought-provoking novel,” the Tiptree Award explains, “My Real Children is important for the way it demonstrates how things could have been otherwise — and might still be.”

The other winner of the Tiptree Award, Monica Byrne for The Girl in the Road, will be recognized at WisCon in May along with the Honor List and long list winners. Since Jo Walton is unable to attend WisCon this year she will be honored at an alternate celebration in San Francisco in August.

The James Tiptree, Jr. Award is an annual literary prize for science fiction or fantasy that expands or explores our understanding of gender.

See the complete list of winners and details about the award here. Congratulations, Jo!

Tom Doherty Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Tom DohertyTor/Forge Books publisher Tom Doherty will be honored with the Writers of the Future Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday, April 12th in recognition of his achievements as publisher of Tempo Books, then Ace Books and now as founder and publisher of Tor Books. Contest writer judges who will also be on hand for the celebration include Kevin J. Anderson, Gregory Benford, Nancy Kress, Todd McCaffrey, Rebecca Moesta, Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, and many more.