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The Week in Review

October 11, 2013 Leave a comment

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.

 

  • This must have taken a massive amount of time, and it looks like it was entirely worth it. Helm’s Deep, in Lego. Awesome, in the truest sense of the word.

The Tor/Forge newsletter went out this week! Check out these fascinating articles from our authors:

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

Tor Books Announces Programming for New York Comic-Con 2013

October 7, 2013 2 comments

Celebrating LOCUS Magazine’s Best Publisher for the 26th 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 and autographings featuring debut authors house favorites and special Ender’s Game official movie tie-in merchandise throughout the show!

Stop by Tor’s Booth (#2223), and pick up a schedule for a full listing of events!

Thursday, October 10th

GIVEAWAYS

5pm Booth giveaway, HALO: The Thursday War, the riveting new sequel in the New York Times bestselling Kilo-Five trilogy, based on the popular gaming franchise.

7pm Tor Booth giveaway, Ender’s Game official movie tie-in! Coming to theaters November 1st!

Friday, October 11th

PANELS

11am – 12:00pm THE WHEEL OF TIME TURNS, AGES COME AND PASS…AND STILL, EPIC FANTASY ALWAYS REMAINS EPIC |  Room 1A17

We invite you to stamp down the hobbit weed in your Churchwarden pipe, pleas, we beg you: throw out that invitation to Robb Stark’s red wedding (although it’s a killer affair. Join authors Elizabeth Bear, Peter Brett, Drew Karpyshyn, Scott Lynch, Brian Staveley and Michael J. Sullivan for an absolutely epic panel on high fantasy. In order to complete your quest to conquer this realm, you must learn what sets epic fantasy apart from other works of literary swords and sorcery…and beware of the Dark One, for lies are his dominion….

Moderated by Maryelizabeth Hart, Mysterious Galaxy

Autographing to follow.

1:30pm – 2:30pm KILL OR BE KILLED: CRAFTING A POWERFUL FEMALE PROTAGONIST |  Room 1A17

 

Five of YA’s most distinct voices discuss what/who was the inspiration for their female protagonist, the dilemmas that can define and shape a character’s sense of empowerment and clever tricks and tips for getting a heroine into/and out of the most diabolical or deadly of situations unscathed.

With Kendare Blake (Antigoddess), moderated by Thea James of The Book Smugglers

Autographing to follow.

2:45pm MYTH AND MAGIC IN THE CITY |  Room 1A17

Alternate histories, parallel worlds, mages and saints shape modern day fantasy and new legends in the making Max Gladstone and others discuss the art of writing urban fantasy with F. Paul Wilson, one of the originals in the genre.

Autographing to follow.

SIGNINGS & GIVEAWAYS

11am Tor Booth signing with F. Paul Wilson, signing copies of Cold City, a Repairman Jack novel.

12pm Tor Booth signing with V.E. Schwab, signing copies of Vicious. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question

2pm Tor Booth signing with Hugo award-winning author Elizabeth Bear, signing copies of Range of Ghosts, Vol. 1 of The Eternal Sky trilogy.

5pm Tor Booth signing with debut author Brian Staveley, signing copies of THE EMPEROR’S BLADES, the first novel in The Chronicle of the Unhewn Throne coming from Tor in January.

Saturday, October 12thWe’ll be giving away Dragon Age posters and Halo tattoos all day!

PANELS

1:30pm PUBLISHER’S PARADISE: ADULT PUBLISHER SPOTLIGHT  |  Room 1A17

Get the inside scoop on upcoming SF/F novels publishing houses are buzzing about! Editors from Tor Harper Voyager, Orbit, Del Rey Spectra, Ace and Roc, and Harper Voyager 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.

1:30pm ODE TO NERDS |  Room 1A14

Geek is chic, especially at NYCC, the center of the geekoverse. Everyone knows that published science fiction authors reign on the Geek Hierarchy 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! Featuring V.E. Schwab, author of Vicious 

Autographing to follow.

5pm KIDS/YA PUBLISHER SPOTLIGHT   |  Room 1A17

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!

SIGNINGS & GIVEAWAYS

12pm  Tor Booth signing with Kendare Blake signing copies of Anna Dressed in Blood, one of NPR’s Top 5 YA Books for 2011!

2pm Booth giveaway, Dragon Age: Asunder.  Return to the dark fantasy world created for the award-winning, triple platinum game, Dragon Age™: Origins in this third tie-in novel!

5pm Tor Booth signing with Max Gladstone, signing copies of Three Parts Dead, his brilliant debut novel  (October 2012).

Sunday, October 13th

PANEL

10:45am   THE MAGIC OF STORYTELLING  |  Room 1A17

Entertain your reader with stories of ghouls, time traveling weenies, lurking monsters, outlandish outlaws and the intrepid teens that keep them all in line. Join David Lubar (Weenies series), Lemony Snicket (When Did You See Her Last?) and others as they discuss crafting stories rich with humor, adventure and mystery for young readers. Autographing to follow.

SIGNINGS & GIVEAWAYS

12pm Tor Booth signing with Mindee Arnett signing The Nightmare Affair, a brand new YA urban fantasy series featuring 16-year-old Dusty Everhart, an honest to goodness nightmare – literally!

2pm Tor Booth signing with David Lubar, signing Attack of the Vampire Weenies and giving away Vampire Weenie teeth, just in time for Halloweenie! 

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

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The Week in Review

October 12, 2012 1 comment

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.


 

  • You can now get a PhD in comics. Yup, comics. Appropriate news for this weekend, right?

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

Tor Books Announces Programming for New York Comic-Con 2012!

October 9, 2012 2 comments

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

PANELS

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

PANELS

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

12pm – Tor Booth giveaway, Bard’s Oath, the long-awaited sequel to the epic fantasy Dragon and Phoenix coming in November.

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

PANELS

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!

12pm – Tor Booth signing with Halo: Silentium artist, Sparth. Come by for a copy of Halo: Cryptum, Halo: Glasslands, a poster, or a patch!

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

PANELS

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.

With David Lubar (Weenies Series) and Annette & Gina Cascone (Deadtime Stories Series), moderated by Matthew Cody. (Signing from 1:30pm – 2:30pm at autographing tables 2, 3, and 4.)

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

11am – Tor Booth joint signing with David Lubar, signing Attack of the Vampire Weenies, and Annette & Gina Cascone, signing Grave Secrets.

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.

#Not at NYCC 2011 Sweepstakes

October 13, 2011 238 comments

Tor Books is heading to New York Comic-Con!

We hope to see many of you there. Stop by booth #945 to chat or participate in one of our many events and signings.

But for those of you who couldn’t make it out to New York we wanted to offer you the chance to grab some of the same awesome swag and books that we’re bringing with us to NYCC. And better yet…here’s your chance to win some special prizes that NYCC attendees won’t be able to pick up such as an ARC of the next installment in the Dune universe – The Sisterhood of Dune by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson!

To enter for the chance to win one of these five prize bundles, leave a comment on this post telling us one fabulous thing that you’ll be doing this week while you are #NotAtComicCon.

Whether you’re stealing ancient treasure from a Faerie Queen or just out for a stroll and enjoying the fall weather, we hope that you have a great week. Here’s a peak at the books included in this sweepstakes. For a full list of prizes included in this bundle, please see the official rules

The Omen Machine by Terry Goodkind
All Men of Genius by Lev AC Rosen
After the Golden Age by Carrie Vaughn
The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton
Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Down the Mysterly River by Bill Willingham
A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
Awakenings by Edward Lazellari
Dragon Age: The Stolen Throne by David Gaider
Ganymede by Cherie Priest
Inside Straight edited by George R. R. martin
Lady Lazarus by Michelle Lang
Eve: The Empyrean Age by Tony Gonzales
Halo: Evolutions vol. 2 by various authors
Mistborn by Brandon Sanderson
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi
Dracula Everlasting by Nunzio DeFillipis
Laddertop by Orson Scott Card and Emily Janis Card
Sisterhood of Dune by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert
Dear Creature by Jonathan Case

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. You must be 18 or older and a legal resident of the 50 United States or D.C. to enter. Promotion begins October 13th, 2011 at 10 a.m. ET. and ends October 16, 2011, 11:59 p.m. ET. Void in Puerto Rico and wherever prohibited by law. Please see full details and official rules go here. Sponsor: Tom Doherty Associates, LLC.