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Burnt Sugar

by Lish McBride Tom Doherty Associates (December 09, 2014)

Ava, Lock, and Ezra are on assignment—for the magical mafia, of course. Faced with a gingerbread house, they're pretty sure that what's inside isn't nearly as sweet as the outside. It never is.

Featuring characters...


The Tallest Doll in New York City

by Maria Dahvana Headley Tom Doherty Associates (November 26, 2014)

Nebula Award-nominated author Maria Dahvana Headley has always loved Damon Runyon's stylized faux-reporting on New York City. This is her version of a Runyon tale—this one dealing with the architectural guys...


The Collected Stories of Frank Herbert

by Frank Herbert Tom Doherty Associates (November 18, 2014)

Frank Herbert, the New York Times bestselling author of Dune, is one of the most celebrated and commercially successful science fiction writers of all time. But while best known for originating the character...


The Colonel

by Peter Watts Tom Doherty Associates (July 29, 2014)

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 alien race. He is presently tasked by his superiors...


The Lady Astronaut of Mars

by Mary Robinette Kowal Tom Doherty Associates (May 27, 2014)

Winner: 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 longing to go back up there, to once more explore the stars....


Among the Thorns

by Veronica Schanoes Tom Doherty Associates (April 30, 2014)

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 murder of her peddler father many years earlier,...


The Ugly Woman of Castello di Putti

by A. M. Dellamonica Tom Doherty Associates (April 01, 2014)

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 this fascinating world, the site of her new fantasy...


Noma Girl

by Elizabeth Fama Tom Doherty Associates (March 25, 2014)

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 of darkness—Smudges—and those known as Rays,...


Doppel

by Lindsay Smith Tom Doherty Associates (March 18, 2014)

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 guarding a great and powerful secret, he must decide...


Nothing to Fear

by Eric Walters Tom Doherty Associates (March 11, 2014)

"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 faced by an ordinary suburban kid, his family, and his...


The Price of Doing Business

by D. B. Jackson Tom Doherty Associates (February 19, 2014)

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 naive nor without considerable personal resources. He...


The Wily O'Reilly: Irish Country Stories

by Patrick Taylor Tom Doherty Associates (February 04, 2014)

Long before Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly made most readers' acquaintance in Patrick Taylor's bestselling novel An Irish Country Doctor, he appeared in a series of humorous columns originally published in Stitches:...


Mad Maudlin

by Marie Brennan Tom Doherty Associates (February 05, 2014)

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

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The Bridge of Snow

by Marie Rutkoski Tom Doherty Associates (January 28, 2014)

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

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Ekaterina and the Firebird

by Abra Staffin-Wiebe Tom Doherty Associates (January 01, 2014)

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

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Nighttime in Caeli-Amur

by Rjurik Davidson Tom Doherty Associates (January 15, 2014)

Caeli-Amur is a city-state where magic and technology are interchangeable; where minotaurs and sirens are real; where philosopher-assassins and seditionists are not the most dangerous elements in a city alive...


The Cartography of Sudden Death

by Charlie Jane Anders Tom Doherty Associates (January 15, 2014)

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

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The Eighth-Grade History Class Visits the Hebrew Home for the Aging

by Harry Turtledove Tom Doherty Associates (January 08, 2014)

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 be the protagonist of The Eighth-Grade History Class...


The Writ of Years

by Brit Mandelo Tom Doherty Associates (December 18, 2013)

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

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In the Greenwood

by Mari Ness Tom Doherty Associates (December 04, 2013)

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 conflicted love, a translation and transformation of a very...


House of Dreams

by Michael Swanwick Tom Doherty Associates (November 27, 2013)

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 magic, mystery, and intrigue.

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Friedrich the Snow Man

by Lewis Shiner Tom Doherty Associates (December 11, 2013)

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

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The Christmas Show

by Pat Cadigan Tom Doherty Associates (December 01, 2013)

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 producing local theatrical productions. This Xmas,...


Thirteen Steps in the Underworld

by Su-Yee Lin Tom Doherty Associates (November 20, 2013)

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 still managed to find modern resonance and new territory...


Feature Development for Social Networking

by Benjamin Rosenbaum Tom Doherty Associates (November 13, 2013)

Critically acclaimed and Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Award nominated author Benjamin Rosenbaum makes his first appearance on Tor.com with an epistolary storyof a sort. Rosenbaum is a software developer by...


The Oregon Trail Diary of Willa Porter

by Andy Marino Tom Doherty Associates (November 06, 2013)

"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 and stranger.

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Thief of War

by Beth Bernobich Tom Doherty Associates (September 18, 2013)

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 infiltrate the palace and steal the Empire's more...


Rocket Ship to Hell

by Jeffrey Ford Tom Doherty Associates (August 28, 2013)

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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The Death of Me

by Jonathan L. Howard Tom Doherty Associates (September 10, 2013)

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 him. Well, perhaps not that kindly.

At the Publisher's...


Cayos in the Stream

by Harry Turtledove Tom Doherty Associates (August 07, 2013)

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 around your beloved Cuba. What happens when you actually...


Brimstone and Marmalade

by Aaron Corwin Tom Doherty Associates (October 30, 2013)

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 for her birthday was a pony. Instead, she got a demon....


All the Snake Handlers I Know Are Dead

by Dennis Danvers Tom Doherty Associates (July 31, 2013)

"Well-done fantasy. Happy ending without dripping sentiment. Not a lot of big surprises but deftly sprung, and nice dialogue and narrative voices."--Locus

All the Snake Handlers I Know Are Dead, by Dennis Danvers,...


Freeze Warning

by Susan Krinard Tom Doherty Associates (October 23, 2013)

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, and she's slowly settling into a normal life...


Come Back to the Sea

by Jason Vanhee Tom Doherty Associates (October 15, 2013)

"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 her head? Or is the sea really coming for her?

At...


Slayers: The Making of a Mentor

by C. J. Hill Tom Doherty Associates (October 08, 2013)

Before dragon eggs landed on American soil. Before a Slayer camp existed. And before Tori discovered her powers . . . there was an island. Lush forests, jutting peaks, and sloping hills covered St. Helena—the...


Wakulla Springs

World Fantasy Award for Best Novella 2014

by Andy Duncan & Ellen Klages Tom Doherty Associates (October 02, 2013)

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 variety of curious creatures have left a record of their...


The Rain is a Lie

by Gennifer Albin Tom Doherty Associates (October 01, 2013)

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 Arras are as controlled as the Spinsters who work...


Fireworks in the Rain

by Steven Brust Tom Doherty Associates (September 25, 2013)

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 make the world better -- just a little bit at a...


Business As Usual

by David Barnett Tom Doherty Associates (September 04, 2013)

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 Walsingham pulls strings to keep the often outlandish...


Work Sets You Free

by David Barnett Tom Doherty Associates (August 21, 2013)

"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 Books [US] and Snowbooks [UK], September 2013)....


Warm Up

by V. E. Schwab Tom Doherty Associates (August 20, 2013)

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 son with her, and a devastated David hasn't left his...


The Ministry of Changes

by Marissa Lingen Tom Doherty Associates (July 03, 2013)

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

A Tor.Com original.

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Jake and the Other Girl

by Emmy Laybourne Tom Doherty Associates (June 26, 2013)

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, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with...


The Stranger

by Anna Banks Tom Doherty Associates (June 18, 2013)

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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Burning Girls

by Veronica Schanoes Tom Doherty Associates (June 19, 2013)

"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 in an increasingly hostile environment in Poland...


A Visit to the House on Terminal Hill

by Elizabeth Knox Tom Doherty Associates (June 11, 2013)

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 that controls the whole valley, that a large dam project...


Porn & Revolution in the Peaceable Kingdom

by Micaela Morrissette Tom Doherty Associates (June 12, 2013)

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 Mimi and her recent animal urges. He only wants her...


A Window or a Small Box

by Jedediah Berry Tom Doherty Associates (June 05, 2013)

"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 themselves on the run from "goons" in an alternative...


The Too-Clever Fox

by Leigh Bardugo Tom Doherty Associates (June 04, 2013)

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 and Storm, the second book in the Grisha Trilogy....


The Elephant in the Room

by Paul Cornell Tom Doherty Associates (May 29, 2013)

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 publication of new Wild Cards books (like 2011's Fort...