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In This Issue

  A Conversation with Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross

  Me Jane

  Blood Sucking Lawyers (For Real)

  Books, the Universe, and Cosmic Oddities

  The Clockwork Sky Sneak Peek

  Graphic Novel Sweepstakes

  More Stories

Wheel of Time News

  A Memory of Light moves one step closer to publication!

  Download free wallpaper of the ebook cover of Crossroads of Twilight

  Audiobook Sweepstakes: The Path of Daggers

  Learn more about one of the admins of the amazing WoT fan site Dragonmount

  Win a copy of The Eye of the World: Graphic Novel, Volume 1

  Follow Leigh Butler’s Wheel of Time reread on


Check out our monthly #TorChat, featuring Tor/Forge authors chatting with fans on Twitter!

We have a very special #TorChat planned for September 19th, featuring Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross, talking about their new collaboration The Rapture of the Nerds!

Rapture of the NerdsA Conversation with Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross

Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross recall the nine year writing process that resulted in The Rapture of the Nerds.

Cory Doctorow: Charlie, do you remember what you had in mind when you wrote the opening passage to Jury Service? Were you explicitly thinking of Ken Macleod's idea that the Singularity was like a rapturous, transcendant end-time for nerds?

Charlie Stross: Actually, no!



JaneMe Jane

By Robin Maxwell

When Tor's art department presented me with Mark Summers's amazing cover art, I was a bit thrown. All earlier concepts had included Tarzan, and here he was nowhere to be found except in the subtitle. Yet my gut reaction to the image was overwhelmingly positive. "Yes!" I thought, this was the Jane I'd written—at least as she'd evolved during the course of the book.



This Case is Gonna Kill MeBlood Sucking Lawyers (For Real)

By Phillipa Bornikova

This month the first volume in my urban fantasy series, This Case is Gonna Kill Me, is going to land. Because of my training and background as a lawyer, I chose to set the action in an up-scale vampire-run law firm in New York. It's an ideal setting to use to begin exploring questions about how the levers of power would be affected if vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural creatures were actually in the world.



In a FixBooks, the Universe, and Cosmic Oddities

By Linda Grimes

Sometimes the stars and planets align, and you find out something you've written isn't as batshi—er, batpoop crazy as you originally feared it might be.

I love it when that happens. It's validating. And when you can email your agent and editor about it, and crack them up long-distance, it can downright warm the cockles of your heart.



The Clockwork SpyThe Clockwork Sky Sneak Peek

By Madeleine Rosca

Madeleine Rosca is perhaps best known as the creator of Hollow Fields, a manga trilogy that won Japan's first International Manga Award. For The Clockwork Sky, this talented Australian writer-artist created a steampunk version of Victorian London that is undergoing class warfare.



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More Stories

  The Mars Curiosity Rover has landed, and has opened its eyes for the first time! Over at, you can check out some amazing small moments from the landing.

  Harry Harrison, the author of Make Room! Make Room!, has died. RIP, Mr. Harrison.

  Did you miss Sea Monster Week on Check out their wonderful list of monsters from A to Z.

  SF Signal has an interview with legendary science fiction writer and editor Ben Bova.

  We've announced tour dates for Steven Erikson! See where he'll be promoting his new novel Forge of Darkness.

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