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February #TorChat lineup revealed

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It’s 2012, which means it’s time to start preparing for the upcoming apocalypse! This month, Tor Books is proud to present an apocalyptic chat, featuring three end-of-the-world authors: Tobias Buckell, Kristen Simmons, and Steven John! Join us this Wednesday, February 15th from 4 to 5 PM EST.

Tor Books (@torbooks) is thrilled to announce February’s #TorChat, part of a monthly series of genre-themed, hour-long chats created by Tor Books and hosted on Twitter.

In 2012, the Mayan calendar abruptly ends. A popular conspiracy theory holds that the end of the calendar means the end of the world as well, which means it’s time to celebrate the apocalypse! And what better way is there to celebrate the beginning of the end than by chatting with three authors who have looked into the future – and found it rather grim? Our special guests this month are Tobias Buckell (@tobiasbuckell), the New York Times best-selling author of Arctic Rising, an all-too-realistic look at a world in meltdown; Kristen Simmons (@kris10writes), a debut YA author whose book Article 5 features a chilling near future dystopia; and Steven John (@StevenJohn3AM), the debut author of Three A.M., featuring a man who wonders why he keeps going in a world with no sun and seemingly no hope. These authors will discuss why their written versions of the future are so dark, their personal views on the 2012 apocalypse, and anything else dystopia and apocalypse fans want to discuss!

The chat will be loosely moderated by Digital Marketing Manager Cassandra Ammerman (@leanoir) and fans are invited to follow or join using the Twitter hashtag #TorChat!

About the Authors

Tobias S. Buckell (@tobiasbuckell) is a Caribbean-born writer who grew up in Grenada, the British Virgin Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel Halo: The Cole Protocol. His most recent novel, Arctic Rising, publishes on February 28, 2012.

Kristen Simmons (@kris10writes) has a master’s degree in social work and is an advocate for mental health. She lives with her husband, Jason, and their precious greyhound Rudy in Tampa, Florida. Article 5, published January 31, 2012, is her first novel.

Steven John (@StevenJohn3AM) and his wife, an elementary school teacher, live in Los Angeles by way of Washington D.C. and New York, respectively. He splits his time between many things, most of which involve words. Three A.M., publishing March 27, 2012, is his first novel.

About #Torchat

#TorChat is a genre-themed, hour-long chat series created by Tor Books and hosted on Twitter. Guest authors join fans in lively, informative and entertaining discussions of all that’s hot in genre fiction, 140 characters at a time, from 4 – 5 PM EST on the third Wednesday of every month. Each #TorChat revolves around a different genre topic of interest, often of a timely nature, and strives to provide a new media opportunity for readers to connect with their favorite authors.

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