By Stacy Hague-Hill
Tor is well-known for publishing original and high-quality genre novels, but we also reprint classics of the field. January and February include several of our old favorites.
January saw the release of Puttering About in a Small Land by Philip K. Dick, in trade paperback. In the 1950s, Dick wrote several novels outside of genre, which have been re-released by Tor in all-new hardcover and trade paperback editions. Puttering About in a Small Land is a realistic novel filled with details of everyday life and skillfully told from three points of view, all featuring the emotional intensity and the finely-observed characterizations are a hallmark of Philip K. Dick’s work.
In 1991, Michael Swanwick won the Nebula Award for Best Novel for Stations of the Tide, which is now available in a new trade paperback edition from Orb. Stations of the Tide is a masterwork of radically altered realities and world-shattering seductions. If you haven’t read Swanwick yet, this is a great place to start.
Available this February is Trouble and Her Friends by Melissa Scott, winner of the 1995 Lambda Award for best SF novel. This one harkens back to the early days of cyberpunk, when the internet was imagined as a lawless frontier and hackers had powers akin to those of magicians.
Then we have the final book in our newly repackaged reprints of the classic Philip Jose Farmer Riverworld series: Gods of Riverworld. The Riverworld books are some of Farmer’s most famous works, and the series hit the New York Times bestseller list on initial publication. It’s easy to see why—in what other books can you travel on an old riverboat with Samuel Clemens? Explore a strange new land in the company of Sir Richard Burton? The characters in Riverworld are drawn from all of human history, so the possibilities are endless. And with five books in the series, imagine all the people you could meet!
Finally, we have a classic of horror, now back in print after nearly a decade: Legion, a novel of breathtaking energy and suspense by William Peter Blatty, author of the mega-bestseller and basis for the blockbuster film The Exorcist. Legion has everything fans of the genre love: strange ritualistic murders, an intriguingly creepy cast of characters, and a hero you can root (and fear) for.
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More from our February newsletter:
- Halo and Science Fiction by Greg Bear
- Beyond the Woo by Doranna Durgin
- New Life For a Fan Favorite—Gunslinger Girl by Laura Fitzgerald