New Releases: 10/21/2014

Alice in the Country of Diamonds: Bet On My Heart by Sana Shirakawa; illustrations by Nana FumitsukiArpeggio of Blue Steel Vol. 2 by Ark PerformanceDance in the Vampire Bund: Secret Chronicles by Nozomu TamakiHaganai: I Don't Have Many Friends Vol. 9 by Yomi Hirasaka; art by ItachiHeart of Stone by Debra MullinsThe Ice Dragon by George R.R. MartinAn Irish Doctor in Peace and At War by Patrick TaylorThe Ninth Talisman by Lawrence Watt-EvansNo Game, No Life Vol. 1 by Yuu Kamiya & art by Mashiro Hiiragi

See upcoming releases.

Ice Dragon Poster Sweepstakes

Ice Dragon Poster

We’re offering you the chance to win a poster that features the gorgeous artwork Luis Royo created for George R.R. Martin’s The Ice Dragon!

Comment below to enter for a chance to win.

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From the Archives: Unexpected Dangers

Dangerous Women edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois

Written by Brandon Sanderson

What makes a woman dangerous? Well, what makes a person dangerous?

To me, the best kind of danger—which is, in a way, also the worst kind—is unexpected. It’s that twisted kind of dangerous that takes something familiar and safe and reveals it as something deadly. Wolves are frightening. To me, a loyal pet going mad and killing a child is ten times more terrifying.

For the Dangerous Women anthology, I wanted to find a way to express this unexpected sort of danger. I didn’t want a lean, professional assassin or a warrior in her prime, dangerous though those characters might be. I wanted something closer to home, a blend of the expected and unexpected. That is where I found Silence Montane.

The first name is one I ran across while reading puritan names. It was the second piece of the puzzle, as it raised questions. Who names their daughter Silence, and what does it imply? What is it like to grow up with this name? The answers built into the concept of a stout pioneer woman who ran an inn on the frontier, drawing the seediest criminals the land had to offer. She’d then track them after they left her inn and murder them for their bounties.

Familiar, yet unexpected. Kindly, yet deadly. The story turned out better than I could have hoped, and I’m thrilled to have had the chance—and the prompting—to write it.

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More from the October Tor/Forge newsletter:

New Releases: 9/30/2014

Ask Not by Max Allan CollinsBeloved Enemy by Eric Van LustbaderDangerous Women 1 edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner DozoisEnergized by Edward M. LernerThe Spirit of the Border and The Last Trail by Zane GreyStrong Darkness by Jon LandTo Dance with the Devil by Cat AdamsTranscendental by James GunnTwilight Forever Rising by Lena Meydan

See upcoming releases.

Goodreads Sweepstakes: The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin

The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin

About The Ice Dragon: The Ice Dragon is an enchanting tale of courage and sacrifice for young readers and adults by the wildly popular author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Song of Ice and Fire series, George R.R. Martin. Lavish illustrations by acclaimed artist Luis Royo enrich this captivating and heartwarming story of a young girl and her dragon.

In the world of A Song of Ice and Fire the ice dragon was a creature of legend and fear, for no man had ever tamed one. When it flew overhead, it left in its wake desolate cold and frozen land. But Adara was not afraid. For Adara was a winter child, born during the worst freeze that anyone, even the Old Ones, could remember.

Adara could not remember the first time she had seen the ice dragon. It seemed that it had always been in her life, glimpsed from afar as she played in the frigid snow long after the other children had fled the cold. In her fourth year she touched it, and in her fifth year she rode upon its broad, chilled back for the first time. Then, in her seventh year, on a calm summer day, fiery dragons from the North swooped down upon the peaceful farm that was Adara’s home. And only a winter child—and the ice dragon who loved her—could save her world from utter destruction.

This new edition of The Ice Dragon is sure to become a collector’s item for fans of HBO’s megahit Game of Thrones.

Enter for a chance to win here!

(Ends October 21)

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Goodreads Sweepstakes: Lowball edited by George R. R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass

Lowball edited by George R. R. Martin and Melinda M. Snodgrass

About Lowball: Decades after an alien virus changed the course of history, the surviving population of Manhattan still struggles to understand the new world left in its wake. Natural humans share the rough city with those given extraordinary—and sometimes terrifying—traits. While most manage to coexist in an uneasy peace, not everyone is willing to adapt. Down in the seedy underbelly of Jokertown, residents are going missing. The authorities are unwilling to investigate, except for a fresh lieutenant looking to prove himself and a collection of unlikely jokers forced to take matters into their own hands—or tentacles. The deeper into the kidnapping case these misfits and miscreants get, the higher the stakes are raised.

Edited by #1 New York Times bestselling author George R. R. Martin and acclaimed author Melinda M. Snodgrass, Lowball is the latest mosaic novel in the acclaimed Wild Cards universe, featuring original fiction by Carrie Vaughn, Ian Tregillis, David Anthony Durham, Melinda M. Snodgrass, Mary Anne Mohanraj, David D. Levine, Michael Cassutt, and Walter John Williams.

Perfect for old fans and new readers alike, Lowball delves deeper into the world of aces, jokers, and the hard-boiled men and women of the Fort Freak police precinct in a pulpy, page-turning novel of superheroics and mystery.

Enter for a chance to win here!

(Ends October 10)

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Not at San Diego Comic-Con Sweepstakes – Swag Bag #2

Tor Books is heading to San Diego Comic-Con!

We hope to see many of you there. Stop by Booth #2707 to say hi or to participate in one of our many events and signings.

But for those of you who couldn’t make it out to California, we wanted to offer you the chance to grab some of the same amazing swag and books that we’re promoting at #SDCC. To enter for the chance to win one of these three prize bundles, leave a comment on this post telling us one amazing thing that you’ll be doing this week while you are #NotAtComicCon. Whether you’re training your dragon, building your own TARDIS, or dealing with that pesky deadline at work, we hope you have a wonderful week. Here’s a look at the prize:

SDCC 2014 Swag Bag Prize

And here’s a list of what’s included in each prize bundle:

    • Signed copy of Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
    • ARC of Lowball: A Wild Cards Novel edited by George R.R. Martin and Melinda Snodgrass
    • Audibook of A Natural History of Dragons by Marie Brennan
    • Among Others by Jo Walton
    • Blood’s Pride by Evie Manieri
    • Blindsight by Peter Watts
    • Dangerous Women edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois
    • Dragon Age: The Masked Empire by Patrick Weekes
    • The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan
    • Glamour in Glass by Mary Robinette Kowal
    • Halo: Cryptum by Greg Bear
    • Kitty’s Greatest Hits by Carrie Vaughn
    • The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind
    • Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
    • Royal Street by Suzanne Johnson
    • The Thief Queen’s Daughter by Elizabeth Haydon
    • Three Parts Dead by Max Gladstone
    • And a tote bag

Plus, one winner will receive this display exclusive – a signed Three Parts Dead booth poster!

Three Parts Dead Poster

And, after you comment below to enter this sweepstakes, head over here to enter for a chance to win our other amazing swag bag!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 or older as of the date of entry. To enter, leave a comment here beginning at 10:00 AM Eastern Time (ET) July 24, 2014. Sweepstakes ends at 12:00 PM ET July 28, 2014. Void outside the United States and Canada and where prohibited by law. Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

Tor Finalists for the World Fantasy Awards

A NATURAL HISTORY OF DRAGONS and THE LAND ACROSS are finalists in the Novel category, and QUEEN VICTORIA’S BOOK OF SPELLS and DANGEROUS WOMEN are a finalists in the Anthology category.

Two Tor authors are being awarded the Life Achievement Award: Ellen Datlow and Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, and Irene Gallo is a finalist for the Special Award–Professional for art direction for Tor.com.

Tor.com also has two finalists in the Novella category and one in the Short Story category.

Here is the complete list of Tor’s finalists:

This year’s judges are Andy Duncan, Kij Johnson, Oliver Johnson, John Klima, and Liz Williams. Winners will be announced at the 2014 World Fantasy Convention held in Washington, D.C. in November.

The Week in Review

Welcome to the week in review! Every Friday, we comb through the links and images we found and shared this week, and pull the very best for this post. Consider it concentrated genre goodness from all around the web.

  • We have more amazing art for you this week! Check out the cover for the upcoming novel The Three-Body Problem, by Liu Cixin and translated from the original Chinese by Ken Liu. We can’t wait for this one to come out in October.

 
The Tor/Forge Newsletter went out this week!

 
And, just to make Friday that much sweeter, here’s a list of sweepstakes and sales we have going on!

Book Trailer: The Time Traveler’s Almanac edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer


The Time Traveler’s Almanac edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer

The Time Traveler’s Almanac is the largest and most definitive collection of time travel stories ever assembled. Gathered into one volume by intrepid chrononauts and world-renowned anthologists Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, this book compiles more than a century’s worth of literary travels into the past and the future that will serve to reacquaint readers with beloved classics of the time travel genre and introduce them to thrilling contemporary innovations.

This marvelous volume includes nearly seventy journeys through time from authors such as Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, William Gibson, Ursula K. Le Guin, George R. R. Martin, Michael Moorcock, H. G. Wells, and Connie Willis, as well as helpful non-fiction articles original to this volume (such as Charles Yu’s “Top Ten Tips For Time Travelers”).

In fact, this book is like a time machine of its very own, covering millions of years of Earth’s history from the age of the dinosaurs through to strange and fascinating futures, spanning the ages from the beginning of time to its very end. The Time Traveler’s Almanac is the ultimate anthology for the time traveler in your life.

Contributors:
Geoffrey Landis, Richard Matheson, Robert Silverberg, Alice Sola Kim, Eric Schaller, C.J. Cherryh, Michael Swanwick, Steve Bein, Ursula K. Le Guin, Cordwainer Smith, H.G. Wells, Michael Moorcock, Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore, John Chu, Harry Turtledove, David Langford, Connie Willis, George R. R. Martin, Kage Baker, Steven Utley, Ellen Klages, Garry Kilworth, Rosaleen Love, Elizabeth Bear, George-Oliver Châteaureynaud, Max Beerbohn, Edward Page Mitchell, Theodore Sturgeon, Kim Newman, Douglas Adams, Joe Lansdale, Peter Crowther, Karin Tidbeck, Barrington J. Bayley, Greg Egan, Adrian Tchaikovsky, Gene Wolfe, Langdon Jones, David I. Masson, Vandana Sing, Tony Pi, Dean Francis Alfar, Norman Spinrad, Eric Frank Russell, Ray Bradbury, Genevieve Valentine, Jason Heller, Stan Love, Tanith Lee, Karen Haber, Isaac Asimov, Bob Leman, Tamsyn Muir, Carrie Vaughn, Richard Bowes, Nalo Hopkinson, Adam Roberts, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Rjurik Davidson, E.F. Benson, Molly Brown, Pamela Sargent, William Gibson, and Charles Stross.

The Time Traveler’s Almanac, edited by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer, publishes on March 18th.