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Daughter of Necessity
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Marie Brennan
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By day she crafts; by night she unmakes. Surely somewhere, in all the myriad crossings of the threads, there is a future in which all will be well. Marie...


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Available 10/1/2014
Selfies
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Lavie Tidhar
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"Selfies", by Lavie Tidhar, is a creepy little horror tale about the fate of a young woman who makes the mistake of a lifetime when she buys a new phone in the...


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Available 9/17/2014
Tuckitor's Last Swim
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Edith Cohn
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Tuckitor Hatterask had a fierce desire to go for a swim, even though a storm was brewing and he knew it wasn’t a good idea to go into the water. But the forces...


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Available 9/9/2014
A Cup of Salt Tears
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Isabel Yap
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Makino’s mother taught her caution, showed her how to carve her name into cucumbers, and insisted that she never let a kappa touch her. But when she grows up...


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Available 8/27/2014
Seven Commentaries on an Imperfect Land
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Ruthanna Emrys
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Tikanu, land of laws and patterns, magic and wild mint, is not found behind hidden doors. It passes across borders and takes root wherever its people settle....


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Available 8/20/2014
The Angelus Guns
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Max Gladstone
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During a celestial civil war, an angel-like soldier searches for her missing brother.


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Available 8/19/2014
La Signora
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Bruce McAllister
Tor Books

"La Signora", by Bruce McAllister, is a dark fantasy about a teenage American living in an ancient Italian fishing village with his parents. He’s invited by...


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Available 8/13/2014
Sleeper
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Jo Walton
Tor Books

History is a thing we make—in more senses than one. And from more directions.


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Available 8/12/2014
In the Sight of Akresa
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Ray Wood
Tor Books

Claire's lover has no tongue. A slave liberated from a heathen temple, Aya cannot tell the story of her stolen voice, or of her and Claire's unfolding love....


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Available 8/6/2014
A Cost-Benefit Analysis of the Proposed Trade-Offs for the Overhaul of the Barricade
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John Chu
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Generation after generation, engineers have maintained the barricade, a shield that protects civilization against Turbulence, this strange force that destroys...


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Available 8/5/2014
The Colonel
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Peter Watts
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Colonel Keaton is in trouble. His wife has retreated into a virtual heaven and his son remains missing after joining an extrasolar mission to track down an...


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Available 7/29/2014
Brisk Money
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Adam Christopher
Tor Books

Raymond Chandler famously hated science fiction, saying “They pay brisk money for this crap?” However, it has recently come to light that Chandler secretly...


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Available 7/23/2014
Sleep Walking Now and Then
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Richard Bowes
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"Sleep Walking Now and Then", by Richard Bowes, is a weird, futuristic novelette about an interactive theater production in The Big Arena (aka New York City)...


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The Devil in the Details
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Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald
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 A new adventure of Peter Crossman, special agent of the Knights Templar — a man prepared to administer last rites with one hand while wielding a flamethrower...


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A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon a Star
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Kathleen Ann Goonan
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"A Short History of the Twentieth Century, or, When You Wish Upon a Star", by Kathleen Ann Goonan, is about the daughter of a rocket scientist in the post...


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Three Tales from the Laundry Files
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Charles Stross
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Enjoy two short stories and a novella from the Laundry Files. Originally published on Tor.com, these stories by Charles Stross continue the adventures of the...


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The Color of Paradox
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A.M. Dellamonica
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"The Color of Paradox", by A.M. Dellamonica, is a science fiction story about one of a series of time travelers sent back to the past in order to buy more time...


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Little Knife
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Leigh Bardugo
Tor Books

This eOriginal includes a new Ravkan folk tale and  the first chapter of Ruin and Rising (Grisha Trilogy, Book 3). In this third Grisha Trilogy folk tale from...


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Combustion Hour
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Yoon Ha Lee
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This story is about the eschatology of shadow puppets.


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Chapter Six
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Stephen Graham Jones
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"Chapter Six", by Stephen Graham Jones, is an anthropological zombie story about Crain, a grad student, who has a theory of mankind’s evolution. As he and his...


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The Insects of Love
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Genevieve Valentine
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The Insects of Love, by Genevieve Valentine, is a dream-like science fiction/fantasy puzzle about two sisters and several possible realities. The only...


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The Walking-stick Forest
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Anna Tambour
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The Walking-Stick Forest, by Anna Tambour, is a dark fantasy about a recluse who creates collectible walking sticks in post WWI Scotland by manipulating the...


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The Lady Astronaut of Mars
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Mary Robinette Kowal
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A Finalist for the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Novelette. Thirty years ago, Elma York led the expedition that paved the way to life on Mars. For years she's been...


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Friends 'Til the End
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Bethany Neal
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In Bethany Neal's “Friends ’Til the End,” death isn’t the end for Emily Winstead, not even close. She died with a wrong to make right, and she’s been given a...


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Island in a Sea of Stars
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Kevin J. Anderson
Tor Books

An adventure from The Saga of Shadows: The Dark Between the Stars


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The Litany of Earth
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Ruthanna Emrys
Tor Books

The state took Aphra away from Innsmouth. They took her history, her home, her family, her god. They tried to take the sea. Now, years later, when she is just...


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Unlocked: An Oral History of Haden’s Syndrome
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John Scalzi
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A new near-future science fiction novella by John Scalzi, one of the most popular authors in modern SF. Unlocked traces the medical history behind a virus that...


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The Madonna of the Abattoir
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Anne M. Pillsworth
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In Victorian-era Arkham, Redemption Orne observes that art is indeed long and life only too short when a painter chooses Orne's wife Patience, mistress of the...


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The Mothers of Voorhisville
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Mary Rickert
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From multiple World Fantasy Award winner and Nebula, Bram Stoker, International Horror Guild, Sturgeon, and British Science Fiction Award nominated author Mary...


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Among the Thorns
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Veronica Schanoes
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Among the Thorns, by Veronica Schanoes, is a dark fantasy taking place in seventeenth century Germany, about a young woman who is intent on avenging the brutal...


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The End of the End of Everything
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Dale Bailey
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The End of the End of Everything, by Dale Bailey, is an sf/horror story about a long-married couple invited by an old friend to an exclusive artist’s colony....


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Cold Wind
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Nicola Griffith
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"Cold Wind", by Nicola Griffith, is a dark fantasy tale about a woman who enters a Seattle bar on a cold wintry night in the midst of the Christmas holidays,...


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What Mario Scietto Says
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Emmy Laybourne
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Despite all his disaster planning, and the bomb shelter he built under his shed, Mario Scietto was not prepared for the apocalypse that hit Monument, Colorado....


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Something Going Around
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Harry Turtledove
Tor Books

From the Hugo-winning, bestselling author of The Guns of the South, a tale of love, parasitism, and loss.


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The Devil in America
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Kai Ashante Wilson
Tor Books

Scant years after the Civil War, a mysterious family confronts the legacy that has pursued them across centuries, out of slavery, and finally to the idyllic...


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The Ugly Woman of Castello di Putti
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A.M. Dellamonica
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Returning to the world of Stormwrack where she set the tor.com story "Among the Silvering Herd," A.M. Dellamonica offers a new story that takes us deeper into...


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Anyway: Angie
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Daniel José Older
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Reza's job has put her in the face of every kind of death. Thanks to her guns, her car, and her dapper style, she came through the Bad Years alive, but since...


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Noma Girl
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Elizabeth Fama
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Because of a quirk of history during the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918, present-day America is rigidly divided between people who live and work during the hours...


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Doppel
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Lindsay Smith
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Told in a series of espionage transmissions, DOPPEL is the story of a British agent in occupied France. When he meets a charismatic SS officer who seems to be...


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Nothing to Fear
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Eric Walters
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“Nothing to Fear” is an episode inspired by The Rule of Three, the opening novel in Eric Walter’s trilogy of the same name about the terrifying challenges...


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Jubilee
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Karl Schroeder
Tor Books

"Jubilee" is a new story by Karl Schroeder. His new novel, Lockstep, will be published in March 2014.


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Cold War
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Adam Christopher
Tor Books

Dropped on a frozen planet under suspicious circumstances, a group of marines struggles to discover the true objective of their mission. “Cold War” is set in...


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The Price of Doing Business
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D. B. Jackson
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Ethan Kaille is a Thieftaker in Boston in the years leading up to the American Revolution. Having suffered losses and reversals in his life, he is neither...


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Mad Maudlin
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Marie Brennan
Tor Books

For to see mad Tom o'Bedlam, ten thousand miles she's traveled.


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The Anderson Project
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Ken Liu; Judith Moffett; Kathleen Ann Goonan
Tor Books

The second in a series of story groupings based upon a pre-existing work of art, in this case a Richard Anderson painting. The first such group, The Palencar...


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The Bridge of Snow
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Marie Rutkoski
Tor Books

In Arin’s childhood, before the war, there was still time to tell stories.


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Nighttime in Caeli-Amur
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Rjurik Davidson
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Caeli-Amur is a city-state where magic and technology are interchangeable; where minotaurs and sirens are real; where philosopher-assassins and seditionists...


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The Cartography of Sudden Death
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Charlie Jane Anders
Tor Books

Time travel doesn’t actually solve problems. It just makes them more complex….


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The Intelligence Director
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Jessica Brody
Tor Books

Hidden deep in the southwest desert, away from civilization, a top-secret, high-tech research facility is experimenting with many forbidden things. Things that...


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The Eighth-Grade History Class Visits the Hebrew Home for the Aging
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Harry Turtledove
Tor Books

Some people will tell you that world-class fame is better than living to a contented old age. Other people disagree. One of those other people might possibly...


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Ekaterina and the Firebird
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Abra Staffin-Wiebe
Tor Books

"Ekaterina and the Firebird" is a new Tor.com short story by Abra Staffin-Wiebe.


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The Writ of Years
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Brit Mandelo
Tor Books

Few things can be as terrible as to get your heart's desire.


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Friedrich the Snow Man
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Lewis Shiner
Tor Books

If you gaze long enough into the holidays, the holidays will gaze back into you.


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In the Greenwood
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Mari Ness
Tor Books

Tor.com blogger, fantasy writer, and insatiable reader Mari Ness makes her Tor.com short fiction debut with a beautifully told tale of complicated and...


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The Christmas Show
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Pat Cadigan
Tor Books

The Christmas Show, by Pat Cadigan, is the perfect Christmas story about a pair of sisters under a mysterious curse that forces them to travel around the US...


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House of Dreams
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Michael Swanwick
Tor Books

The fourth in Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Michael Swanwick's "Mongolian Wizard" series of tales set in an alternate fin de siècle Europe shot through with...


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Thirteen Steps in the Underworld
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Su-Yee Lin
Tor Books

Stories about mortals travelling into hell have been omnipresent in our literary canon for almost as long as weve had one, but young writer Su-Yee Lin has...


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Feature Development for Social Networking
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Benjamin Rosenbaum
Tor Books

Critically acclaimed and Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award nominated author Benjamin Rosenbaum makes his first appearance on Tor.com with an epistolary...


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The Oregon Trail Diary of Willa Porter
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Andy Marino
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“The Oregon Trail Diary of Willa Porter” is a collection of diary entries from Willa Porter’s journey west with her family, into territory which gets stranger...


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Some of the Best From Tor.com, 2013 Edition
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Various
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A collection of some of the best original short fiction published on Tor.com in 2012. Includes stories by Dale Bailey, Leigh Bardugo, Cory Doctorow, Charles...


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Brimstone and Marmalade
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Aaron Corwin
Tor Books

Just in time for Halloween, we have a funny, sweet, and slightly skewed short story by Aaron Corwin, an up-and-coming writer from Seattle. All Mathilde wanted...


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Freeze Warning
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Susan Krinard
Tor Books

As a nearly immortal Valkyrie, Mist is the guardian of the greatest of the Norse god’s Treasures—Odin’s spear Gungnir. But Mist believes all the gods are dead,...


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Equoid: A Laundry novella
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Charles Stross
Tor Books

The "Laundry" is Britain's super-secret agency devoted to protecting the realm from the supernatural horrors that menace it. Now Bob Howard, Laundry agent,...


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Come Back to the Sea
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Jason Vanhee
Tor Books

“Come Back to the Sea” is the story of Yukio, who hears the sea singing and sees disturbing visions of the water swallowing everything she knows. Is it all in...


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Slayers: The Making of a Mentor
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C.J. Hill
Tor Books

Before dragon eggs landed on American soil. Before a Slayer camp existed. And before Tori discovered her powers . . . there was an island. Lush forests,...


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Wakulla Springs
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Andy Duncan and Ellen Klages
Tor Books

Wakulla Springs, in the deep jungle of the Florida panhandle, is the deepest submerged freshwater cave system in the world. In its unfathomable depths, a...


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The Rain is a Lie
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Gennifer Albin
Tor Books

In Arras, space and time aren't ideas, they are tangible substances woven together by beautiful girls into the very fabric of reality. The looms that create...


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Fireworks in the Rain
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Steven Brust
Tor Books

A tale from the world of Steven Brust and Skyler White's novel The Incrementalists, a September 2013 release. The Incrementalists are an ancient conspiracy to...


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Thief of War
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Beth Bernobich
Tor Books

Arbija will do anything to stop the Erythandran Empire from conquering her homeland. She will take on a new name, a new past, even a new face, all so she can...


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A Rumor of Angels
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Dale Bailey
Tor Books

"A Rumor of Angels", by Dale Bailey, is a fantasy novelette that takes place during the period of the dust bowl in the American Midwest. A teenage boy walks...


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The Death of Me
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Jonathan L. Howard
Tor Books

Johannes Cabal, a necromancer of some little infamy, has this much in common with Emily Dickinson; because he could not stop for Death, she kindly stopped for...


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Business As Usual
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David Barnett
Tor Books

Spring, 1890, and England needs a hero. Gideon Smith is yet to step up to the role as public protector of the Empire, but in the background and the shadows, Mr...


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Lawful Interception
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Cory Doctorow
Tor Books

An all-new tale of Marcus Yallow, the hero of the bestselling novels Little Brother and Homeland -- as he deals with the aftermath of a devastating Oakland...


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Rocket Ship to Hell
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Jeffrey Ford
Tor Books

The story of a secret, privately funded, late 60's space mission as told by the science fiction writer who was aboard.


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Work Sets You Free
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David Barnett
Tor Books

"Work Sets You Free", by David Barnett, is an original short story featuring the protagonist of the forthcoming novel Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl (Tor...


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Warm Up
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V.E. Schwab
Tor Books

It's been 297 days since David died--and came back. He may have survived the avalanche, but the aftermath has been far worse. His wife moved out, taking his...


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Cayos in the Stream
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Harry Turtledove
Tor Books

You're the greatest writer of the age, gone to ground and subsiding into drink. You always said you wanted to catch some of those Nazi bastards in the waters...


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All the Snake Handlers I Know Are Dead
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Dennis Danvers
Tor Books

All the Snake Handlers I Know Are Dead, by Dennis Danvers, is dark, magical realism tale about a lone woman building a cabin in the mountains of Appalachia and...


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A Terror
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Jeffrey Ford
Tor Books

"A Terror", by Jeffrey Ford, is a dark fantasy/horror novelette about a strange encounter Miss Emily Dickinson has one early September morning, and the...


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Dragonkin
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Lavie Tidhar
Tor Books

There are kin and there are –kin. There are not many dragons, but there are many who think they are, or want to be, or claim to remember being.


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Contains Multitudes
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Ben Burgis
Tor Books

Being a teenager is tough. Being part of the first generation of teenagers to share their body and soul with one of the aliens who just barely destroyed the...


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One
One
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Nancy Kress
Tor Books

"One," by Nancy Kress, is a science fiction novella about an angry young boxer who, after experiencing a concussion in a bout, is able to sense what people are...


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Old Dead Futures
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Tina Connolly
Tor Books

In "Old Dead Futures," a young boy's ability to change the future makes him valuable to the government.  But that same ability keeps him trapped in a...


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The Best We Can
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Carrie Vaughn
Tor Books

First contact was supposed to change the course of human history. But it turns out, you still have to go to work the next morning.


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Homecoming
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Susan Palwick
Tor Books

Homecoming, by Susan Palwick, is a dark fantasy novelette about  a young girl on the cusp of womanhood who yearns to leave her village and go to sea with her...


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The Ministry of Changes
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Marissa Lingen
Tor Books

The War is endless. It's time that's scarce.


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Jake and the Other Girl
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Emmy Laybourne
Tor Books

The apocalypse has hit Monument, Colorado, and Jake Simonsen, captain of the football team, is caught in the middle of it. A series of escalating disasters,...


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Burning Girls
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Veronica Schanoes
Tor Books

"Burning Girls", by Veronica Schanoes, is a fascinating dark fantasy novella about a Jewish girl educated by her grandmother as a healer and witch growing up...


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The Stranger
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Anna Banks
Tor Books

The Syrena don’t trust many humans. Rachel is one of them. The story of how Galen met her – and how they bonded -- is both exciting and heartbreaking.


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Porn & Revolution in the Peaceable Kingdom
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Micaela Morrissette
Tor Books

In a possible far future animals have taken over and democratized the world where humans once ruled. Tim, a lonely slime mold, is worried about his human pet...


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A Visit to the House on Terminal Hill
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Elizabeth Knox
Tor Books

Tom Teal and Albert Barnes are government employees tasked with visiting a hard-to-reach house and convincing its inhabitant, a member of the Zarene family...


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A Window or a Small Box
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Jedediah Berry
Tor Books

"A Window or a Small Box," by Jedediah Berry, is a charming and weird contemporary novelette of magic realism about a couple about to get married who find...


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The Too-Clever Fox
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Leigh Bardugo
Tor Books

In Ravka, just because you avoid one trap, it doesn't mean you'll escape the next. This story is a companion folk tale to Leigh Bardugo’s upcoming novel, Siege...


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The Elephant in the Room
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Paul Cornell
Tor Books

George R. R. Martin's Wild Cards multi-author shared-world universe has been thrilling readers for over 25 years. Now, in addition to overseeing the ongoing...


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Super Bass
A Tor.Com Original
Kai Ashante Wilson
Tor Books

Gian returns to Sea-john from the Kingdom's wars certain that he has skills beyond killing, death and destruction. He needs to prove to himself that love is...


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The Button Man and the Murder Tree
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Cherie Priest
Tor Books

George R. R. Martin's Wild Cards multi-author shared-world universe has been thrilling readers for over 25 years. Now, in addition to overseeing the ongoing...


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Shall We Gather
A Tor.Com Original
Alex Bledsoe
Tor Books

When one world brushes another, asking the right question can be magic…


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Fire Above, Fire Below
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Garth Nix
Tor Books

"Fire Above, Fire Below" is about the crisis that the dying of a dragon living below a major city causes, and the pact made many years earlier to deal with...


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Jack of Coins
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Christopher Rowe
Tor Books

Jack of Coins, by Christopher Rowe, is about a strange, amnesiac man who is befriended by a rebellious group of teenagers living in a repressive city. ...


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We Have Always Lived on Mars
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Cecil Castellucci
Tor Books

Nina, one of the few descendants of human colony on Mars that was abandoned by Earth, is surprised to discover that she can breathe the toxic atmosphere of the...


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The Ink Readers of Doi Saket
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Thomas Olde Heuvelt
Tor Books

People send their dreams and wishes floating down the Mae Ping River with the hope that those dreams will be captured, read and come true. It is a surprise...


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Do Not Touch
A Tor.Com Original
Prudence Shen
Tor Books

Lane doesn't understand why people have such a hard time following directions. All these paintings are clearly marked "DO NOT TOUCH" for a reason.


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Sing
A Tor.Com Original
Karin Tidbeck
Tor Books

In a village on the distant colony of Kiruna, the outcast Aino has worked hard to created a life for herself. The fragile status quo is upset when the...


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Rag and Bone
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Priya Sharma
Tor Books

Rag and Bone, by Priya Sharma, is about Tom, who buys unwanted household items and scavenges other materials (including bones) and resells them in an...


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Backscatter
A Tor.Com Original
Gregory Benford
Tor Books

Life might emerge under the most unlikely conditions...or in the last extremity.


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Running of the Bulls
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Harry Turtledove
Tor Books

There's what we know...and what we assume.


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The Hanging Game
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Helen Marshall
Tor Books

Sometimes a game, even a sacred game, can have far-reaching consequences. In bear country young Skye learns just how far she is willing to go to play the game...


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Border Dogs: A SEAL Team 666 Adventure
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Weston Ochse
Tor Books

Sent to Southern Arizona to investigate rumors of chupacabra running rampant, SEAL Team 666 becomes embroiled in Mexican cartel politics, the loss of one of...


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Terrain
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Genevieve Valentine
Tor Books

Terrain, by Genevieve Valentine, is a steampunk western about six diverse people living and working together on a farm outside a small town in Wyoming. The...


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The Memory Coder
A Tor.Com Original
Jessica Brody
Tor Books

When a security breach is detected, the Memory Restoration Department is called upon to do what they do best: make you forget. But with every memory that’s...


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The Water That Falls on You from Nowhere
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John Chu
Tor Books

In the near future water falls from the sky whenever someone lies (either a mist or a torrential flood depending on the intensity of the lie). This makes life...


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Angel Season
A Tor.Com Original
J.T. Petty
Tor Books

Jeremy’s girlfriend is pregnant, and he returns home to the mountains to tell his drunken, ne’er-do-well father. The only thing Jeremy’s dad was ever good at...


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Last Train to Jubilee Bay
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Kali Wallace
Tor Books

After the sickness and quarantine almost destroyed the city, the traders arrived creeping out from the sea to live off the memories of those people left...


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When We Were Heroes
A Tor.Com Original
Daniel Abraham
Tor Books

George R. R. Martin's Wild Cards multi-author shared-world universe has been thrilling readers for over 25 years. Now, in addition to overseeing the ongoing...


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Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2012 Edition
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Edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Liz Gorinsky, and David G. Hartwell, with stories by Elizabeth Bear, Adam Troy Castro, Paul Cornell, Kathryn Cramer, Brit Mandelo, Pat Murphy, Charles Stross, Michael Swanwick, Rachel Swirsky, and Gene Wolfe
Tor Books

A collection of some of the best original short fiction published on Tor.com in 2012. Includes stories by Elizabeth Bear, Adam Troy Castro, Paul Cornell,...


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Intestate
A Tor.Com Original
Charlie Jane Anders
Tor Books

By now, it's hard to tell how human my father still is. But we're still family. What that means...is another question.


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Am I Free To Go?
A Tor.Com Original
Kathryn Cramer
Tor Books

The line between utopia and dystopia...is, often, who you are. Or who your neighbors think you are.


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The Finite Canvas
A Tor.Com Original
Brit Mandelo
Tor Books

We are marked by what we have been. And erasing either of those can have unpredictable consequences...


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The Fierce Reads Anthology: Volume 2
A Tor.Com Original
Ann Aguirre; Gennifer Albin; Elizabeth Fama; Lish McBride; Caragh M O'Brien; Marie Rutkoski
Tor Books

This anthology includes short stories from six fierce young adult authors! Inside, you’ll find a futuristic zombie tale from Ann Aguirre, a science fiction...


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The Ghosts of Christmas
A Tor.Com Original
Paul Cornell
Tor Books

Which is harder: seeing your own future -- or truly knowing your past? A science fiction tale of Christmases past and yet to come.


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Heads Will Roll
A Tor.Com Original
Lish McBride
Tor Books

Lena’s not your typical animal trainer. And when she and her unicorn partner, Steve, decide to enter a fight, it’s definitely not your typical fight…


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How to Make a Triffid
A Tor.Com Original
Kelly Lagor
Tor Books

A chilling tale of science, science fiction, and how we break.


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Wild Things
A Tor.Com Original
A.M. Dellamonica
Tor Books

Ah, love. A many splendored thing. Here is a rather unusual love story, sweet and strange as could only happen in the post-magical reality of the Indigo...


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Too Fond
A Tor.Com Original
Leanna Renee Hieber
Tor Books

A Tor.com original short story by Leanna Renee Hieber.


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Foundation
A Tor.Com Original
Ann Aguirre
Tor Books

In Ann Aguirre’s award-winning novel, Enclave, humans have taken refuge in colonies below ground. Here is the story of what drove them there, told through the...


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Jacks and Queens at the Green Mill
A Tor.Com Original
Marie Rutkoski
Tor Books

Few know that the Great Chicago Fire was started deliberately, as a genocide of deadly creatures called Shades. Fewer still know that they didn't die, not...


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King of Marbury
A Tor.Com Original
Andrew Smith
Tor Books

Marbury is another world, a dark world that best friends Jack Whitmore and Conner Kirk have fallen into before. A stranger had given Jack a pair of glasses –...


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The Commonplace Book
A Tor.Com Original
Jacob Clifton
Tor Books

The first piece of short fiction by popular Television Without Pity writer Jacob Clifton is like nothing we’ve ever read, a piece of postmodern steampunk...


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The Department of Alterations
A Tor.Com Original
Gennifer Albin
Tor Books

In a world woven of secrets, a woman seeks a back-alley tailor for a sinister procedure, but she can't escape from her own tangled web of lies. The women of...


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Day of the Kraken
A Tor.Com Original
Michael Swanwick
Tor Books

The third in Hugo and Nebula Award-winning Michael Swanwick's "Mongolian Wizard" series of tales set in an alternate fin de siècle Europe shot through with...


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A Tall Tail
A Tor.Com Original
Charles Stross
Tor Books

From the author of Rule 34 and Halting State, a tale of deception, engineering, and the most unlikely rocket propulsion technology imaginable.


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Ruled
A Tor.Com Original
Caragh M. O'Brien
Tor Books

The bracelet sits in his pocket, patiently waiting to be slipped around Gaia's wrist. Leon needs to see her again. He finds out that Gaia is delivering a baby...


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Men Who Wish to Drown
A Tor.Com Original
Elizabeth Fama
Tor Books

From the Falmouth Historical Society Collection Cited as the only extant firsthand record of a mermaid encounter in New England waters, this deathbed letter...


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Portrait of Lisane da Patagnia
A Tor.Com Original
Rachel Swirsky
Tor Books

The line between art and magic is a treacherous thing.


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The Fire Gown
A Tor.Com Original
Michael Swanwick
Tor Books

A second “Mongolian Wizard” tale from Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Michael Swanwick – continuing an epic of magic and deception in an alternate Europe...


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Faster Gun
A Tor.Com Original
Elizabeth Bear
Tor Books

It's hundreds of miles from the nearest ocean, and a hundred times too big to be a ship. It looks like nothing anyone ever saw. And it's crashed just outside...


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The Cairn in Slater Woods
A Tor.Com Original
Gina Rosati
Tor Books

Dylan has just moved to New Hampshire to live in a house his family has inherited from a great aunt he's never met. There he meets his cousin, a bully who...


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Brother. Prince. Snake.
A Tor.Com Original
Cecil Castellucci
Tor Books

A retelling of the Prince Lindwurm fairy tale, Brother Prince Snake is a story of love, sibling rivalry, and how a monster became King.


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The Mongolian Wizard
A Tor.Com Original
Michael Swanwick
Tor Books

With "The Mongolian Wizard," Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author Michael Swanwick launches a new fiction series at Tor.com -- beginning with this story of a...


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Loco
A Tor.Com Original
Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling
Tor Books

“The feds aren’t going to fund you anymore. Not when your boss is a self-flattening radioactive pancake.” Desperate times call for desperate inventions....


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The Fierce Reads Anthology
A Tor.Com Original
Anna Banks, Leigh Bardugo, Jennifer Bosworth, Emmy Laybourne, and Marissa Meyer
Tor Books

This anthology includes short stories from five fierce young adult authors! Inside, you’ll find a magical mermaid tale from Anna Banks, a fantastical...


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A Spell of Vengeance
A Tor.Com Original
D.B. Jackson
Tor Books

Ethan Kaille is a thieftaker in Colonial Boston, scratching out a living by restoring stolen property to its rightful owners. But unlike others in his...


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The Witch of Duva
A Tor.Com Original
Leigh Bardugo
Tor Books

There was a time when the woods near Duva ate girls…or so the story goes. But it’s just possible that the danger may be a little bit closer to home. This story...


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Our Human
A Tor.Com Original
Adam-Troy Castro
Tor Books

On a savage backwater world, the last ragged survivors of an expedition to hunt down the infamous war criminal known as The Beast Magrison set off into an...


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Dress Your Marines in White
A Tor.Com Original
Emmy Laybourne
Tor Books

It was just a test report. Like one of many, many he’d written up in the past. Except this time, several of the test subjects are dead…” At first, Dr. James...


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Legacy Lost
A Tor.Com Original
Anna Banks
Tor Books

He is a mer-prince, she is the mermaid princess that his family orders him to marry so that their kingdoms unite. Grom dreads this arrangement, until he meets...


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Six Months, Three Days
A Tor.Com Original
Charlie Jane Anders; Read by James MacKenzie
Macmillan Audio

Doug and Judy have both had a secret power all their life. Judy can see every possible future, branching out from each moment like infinite trees. Doug can...


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Shadow War of the Night Dragons, Book One: The Dead City: Prologue
A Tor.Com Original
John Scalzi
Macmillan Audio

Old Man's War author John Scalzi's sendup of the heroic fantasy genre, now a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Short Story.


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About Fairies
A Tor.Com Original
Pat Murphy
Tor Books

Some things happen whether or not you clap your hands. A Tor.Com original.


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At the Foot of the Lighthouse
A Tor.Com Original
Erin Hoffman
Tor Books

I am American. We are all Americans. The year is 1942. A Japanese-American girl’s life is turned upside down by Executive Order 9066, and she must cope with a...


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Prophet
A Tor.Com Original
Jennifer Bosworth
Tor Books

Some men are born monsters . . . others are made so.  In “Prophet,” Rance Ridley, the teenage son of a cult leader, lives on an isolated compound, disconnected...


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On 20468 Petercook
A Tor.Com Original
Andy Duncan
Tor Books

To the Fringe…and Beyond.A Tor.Com Original.


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Mother, Crone, Maiden
A Tor.Com Original
Cat Hellisen
Tor Books

Knowing the future is not about knowing the future. It’s about knowing which path to take.   Ilven comes from a family of Saints—future-tellers—but she knows...


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The Palencar Project
A Tor.Com Original
David G. Hartwell, ed.
Tor Books

Five stories inspired by the same painting. Contributors include Gene Wolfe, L. E. Modesitt, Jr., Gregory Benford, Michael Swanwick, and  James Morrow....


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Among the Silvering Herd
A Tor.Com Original
A.M. Dellamonica
Tor Books

For centuries, the island nation of Redcap has been obligated to pay tribute to the powerful nation of Sylvanna.  Suffering under the heavy burden of the...


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Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2011 Edition
A Tor.Com Original
Edited by Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Liz Gorinsky, with stories by Charlie Jane Anders, James Alan Gardner, Yoon Ha Lee, Nnedi Okorafor, Paul Park, Matthew Sanborn Smith, Michael Swanwick and Harry Turtledove
Tor Books

A collection of some of the best original short fiction published on Tor.com in 2011. Includes stories by Charlie Jane Anders, James Allan Gardner, Yoon Ha...


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If Dragon's Mass Eve Be Cold And Clear
A Tor.Com Original
Ken Scholes
Tor Books

Do you believe in Santa? And in his terrible swift sword? A Tor.Com original.


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Uncle Flower's Homecoming Waltz
A Tor.Com Original
Marissa K. Lingen
Tor Books

In the war that never ends, dreaming the future is not an unmixed blessing.


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Swift, Brutal Retaliation
A Tor.Com Original
Meghan McCarron
Tor Books

You can't win a ghostly prank war with your dead big brother. Only survive it.


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A Clean Sweep With All the Trimmings
A Tor.Com Original
James Alan Gardner
Tor Books

Award-winning science fiction author James Alan Gardner brings us Damon Runyon-esque tale of courteous guys, bulletproof dolls, and the fedora-clad spacemen...


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The Rotten Beast
A Tor.Com Original
Mary E. Pearson
Tor Books

A new, original science fiction story by Mary E. Pearson which features characters from and takes place in the near-future world of The Jenna Fox Chronicles....


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Ghost Hedgehog
A Tor.Com Original
Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Tor Books

With all the places ghosts could go, why do they keep hanging around me?


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Hello, Moto
A Tor.Com Original
Nnedi Okorafor
Tor Books

There is witchcraft in science and a science to witchcraft. Both will conspire against you eventually.


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Grace Immaculate
A Tor.Com Original
Gregory Benford
Tor Books

When we encountered the aliens, we thought we knew the story they were telling. But we were looking at the wrong end . . .


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Day One
A Tor.Com Original
Matthew J. Costello
Tor Books

The electrifying prequel to VACATION by Matthew Costello, debuting this fall from St. Martin's Press. 76th Precinct, Union Street, Brooklyn - 8 a.m. NYPD...


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Lee at the Alamo
A Tor.Com Original
Harry Turtledove
Tor Books

In the history we know, General Robert E. Lee felt compelled to fight on the Confederate side, because honor (as he saw it) forbade him to take up arms against...


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Swingers
A Tor.Com Original
Robert Reed
Tor Books

The aliens have arrived. And they want to Join. Yes, that means what you think it does.


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A Vector Alphabet of Interstellar Travel
A Tor.Com Original
Yoon Ha Lee
Tor Books

Among the universe's civilizations, some conceive of the journey between stars as the sailing of bright ships, and others as tunneling through the crevices of...


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