24 Audiobooks to Match Your Travel Time

Fourth of July weekend is almost here and that has us thinking about SUMMER VACATION! We’ve planned our trip and packed our bags. The car is gassed up and ready to go. But here’s the hardest part: what audiobook are we going to listen to on the drive?

If we’re having this problem, we’re assuming you are too. So we decided to put together a list of recommended audiobooks of varying lengths. Whether it’s a short train ride or a long flight with transfers, here are 24 audiobooks that will help make the journey memorable!

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Tor Books Announces Programming for San Diego Comic-Con 2015

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Tor Books is heading to San Diego Comic-Con!

 

Once again Tor (Booth# 2707) continues our wildly popular *in-booth signings and giveaways, offering you a chance to meet your favorite authors up close and personal and pick up free books. We’ve got a great line up including appearances by: Brandon Sanderson, Charlie Jane Anders, Susan Dennard, and more!

For excerpts, a spotlight on our newest authors, panel schedules, giveaway times and much more, please visit torbooks2015.com. And make sure to follow @TorBooks on Twitter for up to date information and last minute events.

Wednesday, July 8

Thursday, July 9

  • 1:00pm—2:00pm Resurgence of Science Fiction, Room 32AB
    Welcome to the promised land, oh geeks and nerds: your time has come. Star Wars is getting new movies, and so is Star Trek. Andy Weir’s The Martian and John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War are heading to the big and small screens and Mars One is looking for volunteers—Science Fiction and the draw of technology, futurism, space and the final frontier are hot on everyone’s mind. Come join Adam Christopher (Made To Kill), Margaret Stohl, Peter Clines, and others as they discuss this renaissance of SF and why now is an exciting time to live in, for both fiction and fact.
  • 2:30pm—3:00pm Signing to follow in the autographing area, Table AA06
  • 1:30pm—2:30pm Authors of Epic Fantasy, Room 24ABC
    How do you best describe stories of epic fantasy? Expansive worlds with long histories, huge casts of characters, political intrigue, massive battles, magic, legend, and much more… they are indeed epic! Join authors of fantasy fiction Peter Orullian (Trial of Intentions), Susan Dennard (Truthwitch), Peter Brett, and others as they discuss their own works, as well as other popular series that have made epic fantasy one of pop culture’s most successful genres.
  • 3:00pm—4:00pm Signing to follow in the autographing area, Table AA09
  • 2:00pm Tor Booth (#2707) Signing: Greg Van Eekhout, Pacific Fire
  • 3:00pm—4:00pm Worldbuilding, Room 25ABC
    Fact: worlds are important. But how are they made? Join our panel of top authors as they describe how they set the stage for their stories and create a living universe for their characters. Moderated by Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky).
  • 4:30pm—5:30pm Signing to follow in the autographing area, Table AA09
  • 4:00pm—5:00pm I’m Sleeping with the Lights On: Horror and Thriller Authors in Discussion, Room 25ABC
    Horror and thriller books have an amazing way of keeping readers up at night. From demons to zombies, and from historical to even seemingly mundane settings, certain authors can find bone-chilling ways to make sure the reader keep turning the pages. Join Robert Brockway (The Unnoticeables), Mary Kubica, Matthew Riley, and others as they discuss their books and what motivates them to scare you! Moderated by Del Howison (Midian Unmade), owner of the Dark Delicacies Bookstore.
  • 5:30pm—6:30pm Signing to follow in the autographing area, Table AA09

Friday, July 10

  • 11:30am—12:30pm Gender in Science Fiction, Room 24ABC
    Pizza rolls, not gender roles! From the strong female protagonist to the battle of the sexes, Science Fiction has long given us the ability to challenge the way we think about traditional gender roles. Come listen to Maryelizbeth Yturralde, owner of the bookstore Mysterious Galaxy, lead acclaimed authors such as Wes Chu (Time Salvager), Nick Cole, and more in a discussion about the importance of gender in Science Fiction, how Science Fiction novels open our minds to non-traditional ideas, and just what is the difference between gender and sex.
  • 1:00pm—2:00pm Signing to follow in the autographing area, Table AA09
  • 12:00pm—1:00pm Autographing Area, Table AA18 Signing: Luis Royo, The Ice Dragon
  • 2:00pm Tor Booth (#2707) Signing: Brandon Sanderson In-booth sales by Mysterious Galaxy

Saturday, July 11th

  • 12:00pm—1:00pm Family Feud: Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy, Room 7AB
    Calling all Nerds! Since the dawn of time we have argued and contemplated crucial matters: What’s cooler? Who would win in a fight? Who would lose? Star Trek or Star Wars? Ironman or Captain America? Now, in an open forum, join us as other diehard Nerds and geek experts—including Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn series), Chuck Palahniuk, Ernie Cline, and others—prove their mettle by squaring off into furious debates about the hottest topics in geek culture.
  • 1:30pm—2:30pm Signing to follow in the autographing area, Table AA09
  • 4:00pm—5:00pm Epic Fantasy, Room 29AB
    Learn about fantasy literature and book-to-movie adaptations from New York Times bestselling authors Heather Brewer, Jonathan Maberry, Kami Garcia, Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn series) and Maggie Stiefvater. Moderated by Henry Herz.
  • 5:00pm Tor Booth (#2707) Signing: Adam Christopher, Made to Kill

Sunday, July 12

*All Tor Booth signings are on a first come first serve basis and while supplies lasts. Limit one book per person.

Short Story Collection Sweepstakes

Short Story Holiday Collection

We’re offering the chance for one lucky reader to win this collection of amazing anthologies.

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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 as of the date of entry. To enter, leave a comment here beginning at 11:00 AM Eastern Time (ET) December 8, 2014. Sweepstakes ends at 12:00 PM ET December 12, 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. Sponsor: Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

New Releases: 11/25/2014

Box Office Poison by Phillipa BornikovaDangerous Women Vol. 3 edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner DozoisDreams of the Golden Age by Carrie VaughnThe Land Across by Gene WolfeMonsters of the Earth by David DrakeRising Sun, Falling Shadow by Daniel KallaRogue Warrior: Curse of the Infidel by Richard Marcinko and Jim DeFeliceWild Cards III: Jokers Wild by George R. R. Martin and Wild Cards Trust

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The Soprano Sorceress by L. E. Modesitt, Jr.

See upcoming releases.

New Releases: 11/4/2014

Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight’s Knowledge Vol. 3 by Quinrose; art by Sai AsaiDemonWars: The First King by R. A. SalvatoreThe Tree of Water by Harry HarrisonLowball edited by George R. R. Martin and Melinda M. SnodgrassLucifer and the Biscuit Hammer Vol. 1-2 by Satoshi MizukamiThe Sacred Blacksmith Vol. 6 by Isao Miura; art by Kotaro YamadaThe Spook Lights Affair by Marcia Muller and Bill PronziniWillful Child by Steven EriksonZero’s Familiar Chevalier Vol. 3 by Noboru Yamaguchi; art by Yukari Higa See upcoming releases.

New Releases: 10/28/2014

Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liars Game Vol. 6 by QuinRose; art by Mamenosuke FujimaruDangerous Women Vol. 2 edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner DozoisEsrever Doom by Piers AnthonyThe Eye of the World: The Graphic Novel, Volume Three based on the novel by Robert Jordan, written by Chuck Dixon, illustrated by Marcio Fiorito and Francis NuguitLong Remember by MacKinlay Kantor; with an introduction by Jeff M. ShaaraThe Midnight Plan of the Repo Man by W. Bruce CameronPoison Pill by Glenn KaplanRedDevil 4 by Eric C. LeuthardtThe Man From Bar-20 and Johnny Nelson by Clarence E. MulfordThe Tree of Water by Elizabeth Haydon See upcoming releases.

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!

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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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