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.
- San Diego Comic-Con is here! We’re following all the news coming out of San Diego pretty closely, and are extremely jealous of everyone there (especially our fellow Tor staffers!). If you’re not there either, you may have missed the above video, and it’s totally worth watching – it features George R.R. Martin and Neil Gaiman being awesome.
- Happy birthday, Tor.com! For their fifth birthday, Tor.com is offering a massive (and massively awesome) free download of five years of stories, five new stories, and a fifth birthday sweepstakes!
- Over on LitReactor, Ben Umstead has a great article about where we read, and why we read there. What’s your favorite place to read?
- More news out of SDCC: looks like Firefly may become an MMO. Plus: Hailee Steinfeld has awesome nerdy nails.
- There’s a new Ender’s Game video from SDCC, featuring Harrison Ford welcoming recruits to Battle School. Would you go, given the chance?
- Last but definitely not least, if you’re at San Diego Comic-Con, come say hi!
And, just to make Friday that much sweeter, here’s a list of sweepstakes and sales we have going on!
- Not at Comic-Con Sweepstakes (Ends 7/22)
- Goodreads First Reads: Antigoddess by Kendare Blake (Ends 7/23)
- Goodreads First Reads: The Lost Prince by Edward Lazellari (Ends 7/24)
- Ender’s Game Sweepstakes (Ends 7/31)
- Goodreads First Reads: What Are the Chances by Kenny Rogers with Mike Blakely (Ends 8/1)
- Goodreads First Reads: Alien Hunter by Whitley Strieber (Ends 8/2)
- Goodreads Giveaway: The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (Ends 8/8)
- eBook Sale: The Grays, by Whitley Strieber, is on sale for $2.99 (Ends 8/9)
- eBook Sale: Royal Street, by Suzanne Johnson, is on sale for $2.99 (Ends 8/9)
- Goodreads First Reads: UFO Hunters by William J. Birnes (Ends 8/13)
- Goodreads First Reads: The Wrong Girl by Hank Phillippi Ryan (Ends 8/14)
Celebrating LOCUS Magazine’s Best Publisher for the 26th year in a row!
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 CORY DOCTOROW, BRANDON SANDERSON, and a special appearance and celebration for beloved Tor author JAY LAKE, author of Mainspring, Escapement, Green, Pinion, Endurance, and Kalimpura.
The big news this year is Summit Entertainment’s showcase for the highly anticipated film adaptation of
Coming to theaters November 1, 2013!
Summit will present never-before-seen new footage, appearances by cast members and filmmakers, and several massive, interactive fan events. A full slate of activities related to the film to be unveiled at this year’s Comic-Con, including:
Hall H Panel – The studio’s panel on Thursday, July 18th 3:50-4:50pm will feature ENDER’S GAME filmmakers and cast, including producer Bob Orci, director Gavin Hood, and cast members Harrison Ford, Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld and Abigail Breslin.
Exclusive Fan Experience – Attendees will be able to visit an elaborate, specially constructed ENDER’S GAME exhibit outside of the Hilton Gaslamp, featuring 8 unique rooms representing the most iconic environments of Ender’s world, complete with original film props and set pieces used in the movie. Throughout the experience, attendees will be able to see exclusive film footage on LED screens, interact with new digital content, integrate photos of themselves into the highly anticipated Battle Room, and register to win a home make over.
Convention Floor Booth – Summit Entertainment’s booth located within the Grand Hall will highlight ENDER’S GAME footage. Premium promotional items will be distributed to the 120,000 attendees walking the convention floor, and booth visitors will be given the opportunity to win “fast passes” to the ENDER’S Game Exclusive Fan Experience, granting them entry without having to wait in line.
Thursday, July 18th
- 10:30 – 11:30am Panel: Paranormal Passion, Room 24ABC
Tor Teen favorite Kendare Blake (Antigoddess) joins Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy for a discussion with Christine Feehan (Guest of Honor), Claudia Gray (Spellcaster) and others to discuss the inclusion of romantic elements in their action-packed novels.
- 12 – 1pm Signing to follow in the autographing area, Table AA09
- 12pm Tor Booth (#2707) Giveaway! The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe, a Kirkus Reviews Top Pick for 2011!
- 1:45 – 2:45pm Panel: Ode to Nerds, Room 6A
Everyone knows that published science fiction authors reign on the Geek Heirarchy charts because the Internet tells us so! Join us on this epic panel as the genre’s top names in publishing celebrate all things geeky and nerdy with Charlie Jane Anders of io9.com! Geek out with Charlie Jane and Cory Doctorow (The Rapture of the Nerds), Chuck Palahniuk (Doomed), Austin Grossman and others.
- 3:15 – 4:15pm Signing to follow in the autographing area, Table AA09
- 2pm Tor Booth (#2707) KENDARE BLAKE will sign advanced copies of Antigoddess
- 5pm Tor Booth (#2707) Bestselling author CORY DOCTOROW will sign copies of Pirate Cinema
Friday, July 19th
- 12pm Tor Booth (#2707) JAY LAKE has candidly documented his battle with cancer on his blog and will appear at Comic-Con thanks to the kindness of friends and family. Tor is proud to host an in-booth signing and will offer copies of Green.
- 2pm Tor Booth (#2707) Dr. Who writer, PAUL CORNELL will sign copies of London Falling
- 2:30 – 3:30pm Panel: Epic Fantasy, Room 24ABC
Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn and the Wheel of Time series) joins genre’s biggest authors as they discuss the worlds of their own creation and what fantasy has to say about our own world: Robin Hobb (Blood of Dragons), Christopher Paolini (the Inheritance cycle), and Daniel Abraham (The Tyrant’s Law) and others.
- 4 – 5pm Signing to follow in the autographing area, Table AA09
- 5pm Tor Booth (#2707) New York Times bestselling author BRANDON SANDERSON will sign copies of The Way of Kings
- 7 – 8pm Panel: Publishing SF/F in the Digital Age, Room 25ABC
Moderated by Timothy Travaglini (Open Road Integrated Media); authors Kevin J. Anderson (Sisterhood of Dune), Rebecca Moesta (WordFire Press), Cory Doctorow (Homeland), Andy Briggs (Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy), Sherri L. Smith (Orleans), and Nick Cole (The Old Man and the Wasteland), and bookseller Maggie Tokuda-Hall (Books, Inc) discuss impact of the digital age on writing, publishing, reading, bookselling, and the traditional book as we know it.
Saturday, July 20th
- 10 – 11am Panel: Urban Fantasy, Room 7AB
Paris, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Tucson, and cities of our own imagination come to life when tales of myth and magic are blended with the urban landscape. These stories are collectively known as Urban Fantasy, and many of today’s popular authors are adding their otherworldly ingredients to the melting pots of modern (and not-so-modern) society. Join authors Max Gladstone (Three Parts Dead), Jim Butcher (Cold Days), Kevin J. Anderson (Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.) and others.
- 11:30 – 12:30am Signing to follow in the autographing area, Table AA09
- 12pm Tor Booth (#2707) Giveaway of signed copies of the Ender’s Game movie tie-in novel
- 5pm Tor Booth (#2707) MAX GLADSTONE will sign advanced copies of Two Serpents Rise
Sunday, July 21st
- 12pm Tor Booth (#2707) S. M. WHEELER burst on the scene this year with her critically acclaimed debut novel, Sea Change. Meet the author and get a signed copy while supplies last.
- 2pm Giveaway of The Omen Machine
- 2 – 3pm Panel: Witches and Fey, Room 24ABC
That vamp’s a tramp; this witch is a real bitch. Pixies will pinch; and the fey go beyond fairly frightening. The ghouls are ghastly, and we mere mortals are growing testy. S. M. Wheeler (Sea Change) joins Brom (Krampus), Amber Benson (The Calliope Reaper-Jones series), Seanan McGuire (The October Daye series) and Rachel Caine (the Morganville Vampires series) to provide perspective on the monsters of myth.
- 3:30 – 4:30pm Signing to follow in the autographing area, Table AA08
Make sure to follow @Torbooks on Twitter for up to date information and last minute events!
*All Tor Booth signings are on a first come first serve basis and while supplies lasts. Limit one book per person.
Book Expo America 2013 takes place in New York City from May 29th to June 1st and we’ll be there! Take a look below to see which Tor authors, editors, and more will be appearing. Meet Brandon Sanderson, Ellen Datlow, Kendare Blake, and more!
Tor Books will also be present in the Macmillan section at booth 1557 for the entirety of the conference. Stop by and say hello!
Wednesday May 29th
- Book Blogger Conference Editor Insight Panel with Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Senior Editor at Tor Books (Location TBD). 10:10am-11am.
- Children’s Librarians Dinner w/Kendare Blake (Anna Dressed in Blood, Antigoddess). 7pm-9pm at the Princeton Club of NY, 15 W. 43rd Street.
Thursday May 30th
Author Signings at Autographing Area (Tor Table #17)
- Kendare Blake (Anna Dressed in Blood, Antigoddess) 9:30 am-10:30am
- Dan Krokos (Planet Thieves) 11:30am-12:30pm
- Brandon Sanderson (The Way of Kings, The Rithmatist) 2pm-3pm (Note: This event is ticketed.)
Friday May 31th
Horror Writers of America Signing at Table #24
- Ellen Datlow (Queen Victoria’s Book of Spells, Tor.com) 2:30pm-3:30pm
Signings at Booth 1557
- Brandon Sanderson (The Way of Kings, The Rithmatist) 3:00-4:30pm
Author Signings at Autographing Area (Tor Table #17)
- V.E. Schwab (Viscious) 2pm-3pm
- Edward Lazellari (The Lost Prince) 3pm-4pm
Cory Doctorow attended the Tools of Change (TOC) in Publishing Conference in New York this month, to talk about copyright and piracy in the digital age, as well as his new novel, Homeland.
About Homeland: In Cory Doctorow’s wildly successful Little Brother, young Marcus Yallow was arbitrarily detained and brutalized by the government in the wake of a terrorist attack on San Francisco—an experience that led him to become a leader of the whole movement of technologically clued-in teenagers, fighting back against the tyrannical security state.
A few years later, California’s economy collapses, but Marcus’s hacktivist past lands him a job as webmaster for a crusading politician who promises reform. Soon his former nemesis Masha emerges from the political underground to gift him with a thumbdrive containing a Wikileaks-style cable-dump of hard evidence of corporate and governmental perfidy. It’s incendiary stuff—and if Masha goes missing, Marcus is supposed to release it to the world. Then Marcus sees Masha being kidnapped by the same government agents who detained and tortured Marcus years earlier.
Marcus can leak the archive Masha gave him—but he can’t admit to being the leaker, because that will cost his employer the election. He’s surrounded by friends who remember what he did a few years ago and regard him as a hacker hero. He can’t even attend a demonstration without being dragged onstage and handed a mike. He’s not at all sure that just dumping the archive onto the Internet, before he’s gone through its millions of words, is the right thing to do.
Meanwhile, people are beginning to shadow him, people who look like they’re used to inflicting pain until they get the answers they want.
Fast-moving, passionate, and as current as next week, Homeland is every bit the equal of Little Brother—a paean to activism, to courage, to the drive to make the world a better place.
TOC: Cory Doctorow on how we’ll get beyond the piracy debate.
TOC: Henry Jenkins in Conversation with Brian David Johnson and Cory Doctorow.
Celebrating LOCUS Magazine’s Best Publisher for the 25th year in a row!
Once again, we continue our popular *in-booth signings and giveaways, offering you a chance to meet your favorite authors up close and personal! There will also be panels, autographings and spotlight stages including New York Times Bestselling author CORY DOCTOROW!
Stop by Tor’s Booth (#920), and pick up a schedule for a full listing of events!
Thursday, October 11
5pm – 6pm | JUSTICE IS SERVED | Room 1A14
Cops, P.I.’s, government agents and regular Joe’s fight for all that is good and just in these Science-Fiction and Fantasy tales, even if the villains are vam | pires, telepaths, and the magically gifted. These protagonists solve crimes, kick-ass, and don’t let anyone – supernatural or otherwise – stand in the way of justice.
With Christopher L. Bennett (Only Superhuman), moderated by Michael P. Spradlin.
Friday, October 12
11am | CHARACTERS: HARDCORE vs. BADASS | Author Spotlight Stage
What makes one character HARDCORE and another BADASS? Is there really a difference? Novelist Max Gladstone breaks it down by dissecting some of the greatest heroes and villains from books, gaming, comics, film, and television, revealing the unique alchemy of each one and what every writer needs to think about in order to create truly unforgettable characters.
With Max Gladstone (Three Parts Dead).
4pm – 5pm | PUBLISHER’S PARADISE: ADULT PUBLISHER SPOTLIGHT | Room 1A06
Get the inside scoop on upcoming SF/F novels publishing houses are buzzing about! Editors from Harper Voyager, Orbit, Del Rey Spectra, Ace and Roc, and Tor dish on forthcoming books from our exciting authors and licensed properties. You can expect lots of giveaways you won’t see anywhere else at the convention, including free advance reading copies!
With Tor’s own Melissa Frain.
SIGNINGS & GIVEAWAYS
2pm – Tor Booth Way of Kings (by #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson) giveaway! First 25 fans in line will receive a Wheel of Time® bag.
3:30pm – Tor Booth signing with Max Gladstone, signing copies of Three Parts Dead, his brilliant debut novel (October).
5pm – Tor Booth signing with Christopher L. Bennett, signing copies of Only Superhuman, described by Kevin J. Anderson as a “heady comic book fix for the discerning SF reader” (October).
5pm – You can also head over to the autographing area and meet New York Times bestselling author, Cory Doctorow. Barnes and Noble will be on hand with a variety of books from his back list.
Saturday, October 13
12pm | INFORMATION DOESN’T WANT TO BE FREE, BUT KIDS DO | Author Spotlight Stage
Every single kid in America is a presumed copyright criminal. We spy on them in school, we raid their parents’ life savings, we censor their creative works. And oh, how we LIE to them: “It’s not creative if you’re copying something else.” “All great art starts with permission and ends with a lawyer.” “Giving more money to the record industry will make musicians richer.” Kids are in the streets over SOPA, PIPA and ACTA. They know that the locks we put on their information aren’t for their benefit – because we won’t give them the keys.
With Cory Doctorow (Pirate Cinema).
12:15pm – 1:15pm | MYTH MIXOLOGY: HOW URBAN FANTASISTS CREATE THE PERFECT COCKTAIL | Room 1A08
Many New Yorkers know their Manhattans, Cosmos, and Long Island Iced Teas. While the average happy hour drink takes gin, rum, or vodka, these authors spice things up with mystics, witches, daemons, Celtic gods, and other magical beings. Join top-shelf authors, F. Paul Wilson, Kevin Hearne, Theo Lawrence, Anton Strout, Faith Hunter, Nancy Holzner, Allison Pang, and Nicole Peeler, as they discuss the elements of mythology that go into making your favorite cocktails of urban fantasy.
With F. Paul Wilson (Repairman Jack Series), moderated by Kim Alexander.
1:30pm – 2:30pm | HOCUS POCUS: MAGIC & MONSTERS IN SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY | Room 1A08
Science-Fiction and Fantasy authors discuss the costs and consequences of “magic” in their novels. Moderator Beth Revis will have authors Andrea Cremer, Jacqueline Carey, Jocelynn Drake, Kim Harrison, Max Gladstone, Cecil Castellucci, Victoria Schwab, and Richard Kadrey dishing about the the scary, hairy, and dangerous creatures that lurk in the worlds they have created.
With Max Gladstone (Three Parts Dead), moderated by Beth Revis. (Signing from 2:45pm – 3:45pm at autographing tables 2, 3, and 4.)
2:45pm – 3:45pm | GENRE BENDERS: OUT-OF-THE-BOX SCIENCE-FICTION AND FANTASY NOVELS THAT BLUR THE LINES OF FANTASY, SF, HORROR, ROMANCE, STEAMPUNK, YOU NAME IT! | Room 1A01
Join authors in a discussion about stories that can’t be bound by the constraints of any genre. Whether mixing elements of romance with horror, or fantasy with thrillers, these authors show that a good tale can be spun from multiple traditions.
With Steven Walker (The Battle of Blood and Ink), moderator Cici James of Singularity & Co. (Signing from 4:45pm – 5:45pm at the autographing area.)
5:15pm – 6:15pm | HERO’S QUEST: SWORDS AND SORCERY IN FANTASY FICTION | Room 1A08
Some of the most unforgettable heroes in literature are characters that embark on a fantastical journey. Whether their tales tell of slaying dragons, overthrowing regimes, or magical lands, these authors put the EPIC in Fantasy fiction. Join authors Joanne Bertin, Peter Brett, Rae Carson, Peter Lerangis, Steve Bein, Stefan Bachmann, Sarah Beth Durst, and Matt Myklush as they discuss all things fantastical, from swords and sorcery to horselords and warlords.
With Joanne Bertin (Bard’s Oath), moderated by Gwen Reyes. (Signing from 11:45am – 12:45pm at autographing tables 2, 3, and 4.)
5:15pm – 6:15pm | GEEK THOUGHTS: TOP BLOGS DISCUSS WRITING ABOUT SCIENCE FICTION, FANTASY AND FANDOM | Room 1A01 (otherwise known as The Sauce)
Your favorite Geek Blogs: Live! Join Tor.com, Boing Boing, The Mary Sue, io9, The Beat, and Bleeding Cool as they discuss how their blogs approach the conversation of science fiction, fantasy, genre and fandom online.
With Cyriaque Lamar, Heidi McDonald, Jamie Frevele, Jill Pantozzi, Rich Johnston. Moderated by Ryan Britt of Tor.com.
7:45pm – 8:45pm | THE WORLD OF GRAPHIC NOVELS | Room 1A06
Restaurants, outer space, fantastical worlds, high school – graphic novels today will take readers to all these places and more! How do graphic novelists combine words and pictures to create the worlds within their books? Authors discuss how world-building works in the world of comics.
With Fred Chao (Johnny Hiro: Half Asian, All Hero), moderated by Scott Robins. (Signing from 3:45pm – 4:45pm at autographing tables 4 and 5.)
SIGNINGS & GIVEAWAYS
11am – Tor Booth Dead Space: Martyr (by B. K. Evenson) giveaway!
3pm – Tor Booth signing with Cory Doctorow, signing copies of For the Win, which Scott Westerfeld has called “a rousing tale of techno-geek rebellion.”
5pm – Tor Booth signing with F. Paul Wilson, signing copies of The Tomb, the first in his Repairman Jack series.
Sunday, October 14
12:15pm – 1:15pm | OTHERWORLDLY WEENIES, TIME TRAVELING TWEENS, UNEXPECTED ADVENTURE, AND OTHER THINGS KIDS LOVE | Room 1A01
From creepy tales set in a spooky pet cemetery, to dreamy stories of time-traveling in style, to epic journeys featuring dynamic young heroes (with swords!), these middle grade authors know the secrets to entertaining the tween set. Join the group as they discuss superpowers, supervillians, and super-hilarious storytelling.
1:30pm – 2:30pm | KIDS/YA PUBLISHER SPOTLIGHT | Room 1A07
Come hear the advance buzz about what’s coming up from Disney-Hyperion, First Second, Macmillan Kids, HarperCollins, Little, Brown, Random House, Penguin Young Readers, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster, and Tor! Editors and marketing staff come together to recommend their favorite upcoming books by exciting new authors and illustrators – accompanied with giveaways, trivia, and most of all, FUN!
With Tor’s own Susan Chang.
SIGNINGS & GIVEAWAYS
1pm – Tor Booth signing with Evie Manieri, signing Blood’s Pride, her epic fantasy debut coming in February.
3pm – Tor Booth giveaway of YA dystopian smash hit and series opener Article 5 (by Kristen Simmons)!
*All giveaways are on a first come, first serve basis.