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Cover Reveal: Time Siege by John W. Campbell Award-winning Wesley Chu!

Cover Reveal

Here’s your first peek at the time twisting sequel to Time Salvager, continuing the harrowing adventures of chronman James Griffin-Mars and scientist Elise Kim across the toxic ruins of future Earth.

James and Elise have allies: Grace Priestly, the venerated inventor of time travel herself; Levin, James’s mentor and former pursuer, now disgraced; and the Elfreth, a population of downtrodden humans who want desperately to believe that James and his friends will heal their ailing home world.

They also have enemies: the full military might of benighted solar system ruled by corporate greed and a desperate fear of what James will do next. The sword’s point of their campaign is Kuo, the ruthless security chief, who wants James’s head on a pike and will stop at nothing to get it.

Be sure to keep an eye on for more about Time Siege!

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How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Unrealistic Science Fiction

by Catherynne M. Valente

Over the last many years, I have darted back and forth between children’s literature and adult fiction like a banged-up cargo ship between space-ports. It’s a strange balancing act: remembering when I am and am not allowed to swear, to use five-syllable words and sub-clauses, to depict sex, murder, despair, or a solar system populated with worlds nothing like the ones New Horizons sees.

Now, with Radiance, my first adult novel in four years about to be unleashed upon the world, I look at that funny little hardback beast, stuffed full of a Venus with breathable air and scarlet swamps, and feel a familiar tingle of trepidation: am I allowed to do that?

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Snow Queen

On The Radical Notion That Women Are People

by Joan D. Vinge

Around 1970, feminism (“the radical notion that women are people” —Marie Shear) began inspiring many women to realize that if they loved science fiction, they could write it too. So they did, and became published writers of science fiction in significant numbers. The thing that impressed me about this trend was not just that editors actually bought their work, but that they published it with a woman’s name on it.

I felt that science fiction was actually living up to its reputation, sociopolitically as well as technologically--embracing change and acknowledging the movement toward greater equality between the sexes at a much faster rate than society in general.

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Last Song Before Night

My Big Bad Theory

by Ilana C. Myer

Recently at Bookcon I participated in a panel about villains in science fiction and fantasy, and it got me thinking. I have some pretty strong ideas about villains in fiction, which panel moderator Charlie Jane Anders’ incisive questions forced me to re-examine. And having these ideas clarified in one’s mind is invaluable for a writer’s toolbox.

I thought about how dissatisfied I often am with commentary on Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. One of the most common criticisms of Tolkien is that his characterization is “Manichean” (the critics’ word, not mine)—the good guys are very good, the bad guys very bad, and there’s no nuance. I’m done wondering if we read the same book. I’ll just lay out what I think, in the context of what it means to create an effective villain.

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On the Road: Author Events in October

Author Events

Tor/Forge authors are on the road in October! Once a month, we’re collecting info about all of our upcoming author events. Check and see who’ll be coming to a city near you.

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