Tor Books Selected for RUSA Reading List, Alex Award, and Stonewall Award

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine AddisonMy Real Children by Jo WaltonLock In by John ScalziThe Midnight Plan of the Repo Man by W. Bruce Cameron

We’re pleased to announce our winners and short list selections from the 2015 RUSA Reading Lists:

From the press release: “Winners were selected by the Reading List Council whose members include up to twelve expert readers’ advisory and collection development librarians. The eight genres currently included in the Council’s considerations are adrenaline, fantasy, historical fiction, horror, mystery, romance, science fiction, and women’s fiction.”

RUSA compiles a list of read-alike titles for each genre’s winning book: The Goblin Emperor read-alikes are The Spirit Ring by Lois McMaster Bujold, Cold Magic by Kate Elliott, and The Ruins of Ambrai by Melanie Rawn.

The My Real Children read-alikes are Life After Life by Kate Atkinson, The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, and Sliding Doors.

Two of these honorees also received other accolades:

Lock In by John Scalzi was selected for the 2015 Alex Award list which highlights the ten best adult books that appeal to teen audiences. Just a reminder that Lock In was also selected for the LibraryReads and Texas Lariat Reading Lists.

See the full 2015 Youth Media Awards list here (PDF).

My Real Children by Jo Walton was also selected as a 2015 Stonewall Honor Book in Literature by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Round Table of the American Library Association.

See the full list of 2015 Stonewall Book Awards winners and honorees here. Read more about the history of this award here. And see all of the other 2015 RUSA Reading List selections here.

Congratulations to all the winners and nominees! 

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Goodreads Sweepstakes: The Goodreads Choice Awards Final Round

Words of Radiance by Brandon SandersonLock In by John ScalziEarth Awakens by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

It’s the final round of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards and three Tor titles have made the cut! To celebrate each of these authors, we’re offering the chance to win a copy of their nominated books. Click through the images or the links below to enter on Goodreads.

Science Fiction:

Earth Awakens by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

Lock In by John Scalzi

Fantasy:

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite book in each category! Check out all the lists here. Sweepstakes end on November 24th, just in time for some holiday reading.

Goodreads Sweepstakes: The Goodreads Choice Awards Edition

The Emperor's Blades by Brian StaveleyWords of Radiance by Brandon SandersonThe Goblin Emperor by Katherine AddisonLock In by John ScalziEarth Awakens by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

The nominees have been announced for the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards and five Tor titles have made the cut! To celebrate each of these authors, we’re offering the chance to win a copy of their nominated books. Click through the images or the links below to enter on Goodreads.

Science Fiction:

Earth Awakens by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

Lock In by John Scalzi

Fantasy:

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite book in each category! Check out all the lists here. Sweepstakes end on November 24th, just in time for some holiday reading.

2014 Goodreads Choice Awards Nominees

Lock In by John ScalziThe Emperor's Blades by Brian StaveleyWords of Radiance by Brandon SandersonThe Goblin Emperor by Katherine AddisonEarth Awakens by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

The nominees have been announced for the 2014 Goodreads Choice Awards and fiveTor titles have made the cut!

 In the Science Fiction category:

Earth Awakens by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

Lock In by John Scalzi

In the Fantasy category:

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison

In the Debut Goodreads Author category:

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley

Voting is open now! You can check out all the lists here.

Tor Books Announces Programming for New York Comic-Con 2014

Celebrating LOCUS Magazine’s Best Publisher for the 27th year in a row!

New York Comic Con is upon us once again and this year we’re pleased to welcome Greenlight Bookstore in our booth! They will be selling titles for our in-booth signings, featuring Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, Cory Doctorow and others!  There will also be panels featuring old and new authors, and special events around the city celebrating B&N Superweek as well as an event at The Bellhouse.

Read on and stop by Tor’s Booth (#2223) to pick up a schedule for a full list of events! For a full list of NYCC happenings at the Tor booth, excerpts, and more visit tornycc2014.com.

Sunday, October 5th

2pm B&N Superweek Fantasy Audiobook Performance Q&A | B&N Tribeca
Rebecca Soler, narrator of Marissa Meyers Lunar Chronicles, Fred Berman, narrator of Walking Dead series and others discuss the acting and voice work that goes into an audio book. Moderate by debut Tor author, Leanna Hieber.

Tuesday, October 7th

8pm ShipwreckSF & Word Bookstores Present Alan Moore’s Watchmen for New York Superweek | The Bell House
Good theatre for bad literature? Marital aid for book nerds? A literary erotic fanfiction competition for the ages? Shipwreck is all of these things. Six Great Writers will destroy one Great Book, one Great (Watchmen) Character at a time, in service of the transcendent and the profane (and also laughs). Featuring John Scalzi, Naomi Novik and others!

Thursday, October 9th 

2pm Booth signing, Steven Gould signs copies of his new novel, Exo, in which he returns to the world of his classic novel, Jumper.

4pm Tor Booth signing, John Scalzi will raffle off 50 ARCS of his latest New York Times bestseller, Lock In. Didn’t win but want a signed book? Finished copies as well as Scalzi’s backlist will be available for purchase.

8pm B&N Superweek Round Robin | B&N Union Square
Watch as your favorite genre authors spin a quick tale as dictated by the audience! Q&A to follow. Moderated by Steven Gould and featuring Paul Wilson, Simon R. Green, SJ Harper and others!

Friday, October 10th

12pm Tor Booth signing with A.M. Dellamonica, signing copies of her latest book, Child of a Hidden Sea.

1:00pm – 1:45pm Tor Geek Geek Revolution | Room 1A21
A no-holds-barred geek culture game show featuring six science fiction/fantasy authors competing for the chance to be TOP GEEK makes its second appearance at NYCC. Featuring John Scalzi, Rachel Caine, Patrick Rothfuss and others.
3:15 – 4:15pm Autographing at Table 19

1:15pm – 2:15pm Playing with Magic | Room 1A01
Magic is central to fantasy, whether it takes place in our world or one completely foreign. How does using magic affect storytelling? Django Wexler (The Shadow Throne) leads fellow authors A.M. Dellamonica, Sam Sykes and others discussing incorporating magic into the fabric of their worlds.
2:15pm – 3:15pm Autographing at Table 19

5pm Tor Booth signing with bestselling author Cory Doctorow. Copies of his backlist including his latest New York Times bestseller, Homeland, will be available for purchase. Buy one, get one free!

8pm B&N Superweek Family Feud Science Fiction vs Fantasy |  B&N Union Square
John Scalzi plays host as science fiction authors compete against fantasy authors Family Feud style. Will Scalzi give contestants a loving kiss on the cheek? Come to Union Square B&N and find out! With Amber Benson, Peter Brett, Pierce Brown, Richard Kadrey, Caitlin Kittredge and C.L. Wilson.

Saturday, October 11th

2pm Tor Booth signing with Brandon Sanderson! We’ll have plenty of Brandon Sanderson’s titles both old and new available for purchase. Free Way of Kings sampler with every purchase!

3pm – 3:45pm Not Your Mother’s Fairy Tales | Room 1B03
Get ready to travel over the river and through the woods, to a panel where standard fairytales get transformed into something more. Featuring Tor Teen debut author Ben Tripp discussing The Accidental Highwayman.
4pm – 5pm Autographing at Table 19

5pm Tor Booth signing with Ben Tripp. Limited edition art pack with original prints designed by the author will be available for free with each purchase of The Accidental Highwayman. A Comic Con exclusive!

Sunday, October 12th-*ALL BOOKS ON THIS DAY ARE FREE

12pm Tor Booth signing with Paul Park, signing All Those Vanished Engines.

2pm Trust Me, I’m The Doctor | Room 1A18
Calling all Time Lords and their Companions! Having just reached its 50-year milestone this past year, Doctor Who has proven itself to be an enduring staple of nerd culture. With Paul Park, Simon R. Greene and others.
1pm – 1:45pm Autographing at Table 19

2pm Tor Booth signing with Dan Krokos signing Planet Thieves, the first thrilling installment of a new middle grade series!

*All giveaways are on a first come, first serve basis

New Releases: 9/23/2014

Copperhead by Tina ConnollyDance in the Vampire Bund: The Memories of Sledge Hammer Vol. 3 by Nozomu TamakiD-Frag Vol. 2 by Tomoya HarunoGirls Und Panzer, Vol. 2 by Girls Und Panzer Production Committee, art by Ryouichi SaitaniyaI Am Alice: Body Swap in Wonderland Vol. 1 by Ayumi KanouThe Seventh Sigil by Margaret Weis and Robert KrammesTwenty-First Century Science Fiction edited by David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen HaydenWorld War Blue Vol. 7 by Anastasia Shestakova and illustrated by Crimson

See upcoming releases.

New Releases: 8/26/2014

Assassin's Game by Ward LarsenBurning Paradise by Robert Charles WilsonThe Cure by Douglas E. RichardsThe Clockwork Sky, Volume Two by Madeleine RoscaEchopraxia by Peter WattsThe Emperor's Blades by Brian StaveleyThe Incrementalists by Steven Brust and Skyler WhiteKitty's Greatest Hits by Carrie VaughnLock In by John ScalziSandstorm by Alan L. LeeShadows of the New Sun: Stories in Honor of Gene Wolfe edited by J.E. Mooney and Bill FawcettSun River and Bannack by Richard S. WheelerWhat Are the Chances by Kenny Rogers with Mike Blakely

See upcoming releases.

Starred Review: Lock In by John Scalzi

Lock In by John Scalzi“Another brilliant novel from a writer who has quickly become one of the genre’s most successful and intriguing practitioners.”

John Scalzi’s Lock In got a starred review in Booklist!

Here’s the full review, from the August issue:

This tightly plotted, highly imaginative SF/mystery takes place about 25 years after a virus called Haden’s syndrome left a small percentage of the world’s population locked inside their own bodies, conscious and aware of their surroundings but unable to interact in any way. The protagonists are a couple of very unusual FBI agents. Leslie Vann used to be an Integrator, someone who would allow a Haden’s patient to slip their consciousness inside her body (by way of a neutral network that could link the locked-in person with Vann’s own mind); Chris Shane is a Haden’s patient who, like many others, uses a “threep”—a mechanical personal transport controlled remotely via a neural network—to interact with the world. Together they must solve a most tantalizing mystery: Who used the body of an Integrator to commit murder? Like Isaac Asimov, in his classic novels featuring human detective Elijah Baley and his robot partner R. Daneel Olivaw, Scalzi builds a complete world from the ground up, layering on top of it a captivating mystery that could only exist in a world like this one. Another brilliant novel from a writer who has quickly become one of the genre’s most successful and intriguing practitioners.

Lock In will be published on August 26.

Starred Review: Lock In by John Scalzi

Lock In by John Scalzi“[T]he novel–which contains plenty of action, great character development, vivid and believable worldbuilding and a thought-provoking examination of disability culture and politics–is definitely worth the ride.
This SF thriller provides yet more evidence that Scalzi (The Human Division, 2013, etc.) is a master at creating appealing commercial fiction.”

John Scalzi’s Lock In got a starred review in Kirkus!

Here’s the full review, from the June 26 issue:

In the near future, a meningitis-like disease has killed millions and left a small percentage of survivors “locked in”–fully conscious, but unable to move any part of their bodies.

Government-funded research has allowed the locked-in Haden’s syndrome survivors to flourish in a virtual environment, and to interact with the real world via humanoid robots known as “threeps.” They can also use the bodies of a small group of Haden survivors known as “Integrators,” who have found that they can allow their bodies to be controlled by others. Right before a major rally by Haden activists to protest a law cutting support for survivors, a series of murders and the bombing of a major pharmaceutical company suggest that someone has developed the ability to take over Integrators’ bodies against their will. Rookie FBI agent and Haden survivor Chris Vance and his new partner, troubled former Integrator Leslie Vann, must find the culprit before an even more devastating act is committed. There’s only one real suspect from the get-go, so most of the mystery lies in determining his motives and finding the evidence to make an arrest before his plan can be fulfilled; but the novel–which contains plenty of action, great character development, vivid and believable worldbuilding and a thought-provoking examination of disability culture and politics–is definitely worth the ride.

This SF thriller provides yet more evidence that Scalzi (The Human Division, 2013, etc.) is a master at creating appealing commercial fiction.

Lock In will be published on August 26.