Anne A. Wilson - Tor/Forge Blog

Heading_title

Close
post-featured-image

Female Characters Who Kick…Well, You Know

Female Characters Who Kick…Well, You Know

By Alison Bunis

Who doesn’t love a good thriller? A book fill of spine-tingling action, spine-tingling mysteries…and a truly awesome woman to figure out just what’s going on and how to stop it. Sure, there are plenty of action heroes and male tough guys. You could say the thriller genre was built on the backs of James Bond and his pals. And don’t get me wrong, I love a little Bond. But this is the 21st century, people, and women get to kick ass, too. So to satisfy everyone’s craving for smart, tough, resourceful women who could give any male spy a run for his money, here’s a quick list of some great books with truly badass heroines.


Placeholder of  -82The Nemesis Manifesto by Eric Van Lustbader

This is the start of a new series by the bestselling author Eric Van Lustbader, and what an incredible start. First, meet the woman at the helm of this book: Evan Ryder, a lone wolf field agent for a black-ops arm of the DOD, who has survived unspeakable tragedy and dedicated her life to protecting her country. She’s tough, she’s deadly, she’s smart…and her fellow agents are being systematically eliminated by a mysterious cabal known only as Nemesis. Evan sets out to expose the cabal and bring justice for the murdered agents, but she unearths something far larger than she’d imagined: a vast network of conspirators hell-bent on tearing the United States apart. Even Evan may not be able to uproot Nemesis before they eliminate her…and bring democracy to its knees.

Image Place holder  of - 27The Caitlin Strong novels by Jon Land

If you haven’t been reading Jon Land’s Caitlin Strong novels, what are you waiting for?? Caitlin is about as tough as they come: a fifth-generation Texas Ranger who hands out justice the Ranger way. She’s a guns-blazing heroine who deals with everything from drug lords to serial killers to terrorism. You can start at the beginning with Strong Enough to Die, or jump in anywhere else in the series―there are eleven books of nice, Strong goodness!

Poster Placeholder of - 58Hover by Anne A. Wilson

So this is pretty cool: a story about Navy lieutenant and helicopter pilot Sara Denning, written by former navy pilot Anne A. Wilson. With those kinds of credentials, this navy book is bound to be authentic―and exciting. Sara’s philosophy is simple: be competent, and never do anything to stand out as a woman in a
man’s world. But when she’s requested as the exclusive pilot for a Navy SEAL team, her usually orderly world is plunged into disarray. The endgame of the SEAL’s mission is so secret, even Sara doesn’t know the reason behind her mandated participation. And as the training missions become real, she’ll have to overcome her fears―and her possible feelings for one of her fellow officers―before they plunge her into danger.

Place holder  of - 5Zero Sum Game by S. L. Huang

If you want a little science fiction thrown in with your action, this is definitely the book for you. Meet Cas Russell. She’s good at math. Scary good. The vector calculus blazing through her head lets her smash through armed men twice her size and dodge every bullet in a gunfight, and she’ll take any job for the right price. As far as Cas knows, she’s the only person with a superpower…until she discovers someone who can reach directly into people’s minds and twist their brains into Moebius strips. Someone intent on being the world’s puppet master. Cas should run, like she usually does, but for once she’s involved. The problem is, she doesn’t know which of her thoughts are her own anymore. (If you love Cas, don’t worry, there are two more books in her series: Null Set and Critical Point!)

Image Placeholder of - 48Stealing from the Dead by A.J. Zerries

This one has a lot going for it: a determined New York City cop, a plot to steal millions of dollars from Holocaust survivors, and a vast terrorist conspiracy. Between 1933 and 1945, thousands of Jewish people deposited their money in Swiss banks, hoping they or their family might survive the Holocaust. But when the survivors returned to claim their money, the banks claimed the accounts never existed. Now, decades later, NYPD detective Greta Strasser, investigating the death of an elderly Jewish woman, uncovers a trail of ruthless murders connected to the list of Holocaust survivors who claimed money from those Swiss banks. And she’ll do just about anything to stop it all.

Restless by William Boyd

What would you do if you learned that everything you ever knew about your mother was a lie? In 1976, on a warm summer afternoon, Sally Gilmartin tells her daughter Ruth just that. Now a respectable widow in a picturesque Cotswold village, Sally was once Eva Delectorskaya: a rigorously trained World War II spy taught to lie, deceive, and never trust anyone. Now, decades after the war, Sally’s secrets still haunt her. Someone is trying to kill her, and she has no choice but to trust Ruth with her past. As Ruth struggles with her own life as a single mother, she and Sally dig deeper into a past that just won’t stay buried.

post-featured-image

On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events for September

tor-Everfair-2 forge-Stripped-Bare teen-Dark-Talent

Tor/Forge authors are on the road in September! See who is coming to a city near you this month.

Shannon Baker, Stripped Bare

Wednesday, September 7
Boulder Bookstore
Boulder, CO
7:30 PM
Also with Kevin Wolf

Thursday, September 8
Old Firehouse Books
Fort Collins, CO
6:00 PM

Tuesday, September 20
Bookworks
Albuquerque, NM
6:00 PM

Wednesday, September 21
Op. Cit. Books
Taos, NM
11:30 AM

Saturday, September 24
Barbed Wire Books
Longmont, CO
3:00 PM

Sunday, September 25
Hampden Hall
Englewood, CO
3:00 PM

Tuesday, September 27
Barnes & Noble
Cheyenne, WY
4:00 PM

Wednesday, September 28
Books-a-Million
Rapid City, SD
6:00 PM

Thursday, September 29
Tattered Cover
Littleton, CO
7:00 PM
Also with Kevin Wolf

Friday, September 30
Barnes & Noble
Pueblo, CO
4:00 PM

Robert Brockway, The Empty Ones

Saturday, September 3
Village Books
Bellingham, WA
7:00 PM

Blake Charlton, Spellbreaker

Wednesday, September 14
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA
7:30 PM

Max Gladstone, Four Roads Cross

Sunday, September 4
Decatur Book Festival
Decatur, GA
5:00 PM

David Hagberg, End Game

Sunday, September 4
Decatur Book Festival
International Covert Ops Panel, with David Hagberg, Bret Witter, moderated by Alice Murray
Decatur, GA
5:00 PM

Thursday, September 8
Bookstore 1
Sarasota, FL
7:00 PM

Kij Johnson The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe

Thursday, September 15
Kansas University, Jayhawk Ink Lounge
Lawrence, KS
5:30 PM

Sarah Porter, Vassa in the Night

Sunday, September 18
Brooklyn Book Festival
Magic and Mayhem in New York
Brooklyn, NY
4:00 PM

Sunday, September 25
Oblong Books
Also with Danielle Paige
Rhinebeck, NY
4:00 PM

Monday, September 26
Books of Wonder
Also with Kerri Maniscalco
New York, NY
6:00 PM

Thursday, September 29
One More Page Books
Fall for the Book YA Panel
Also featuring A. J. Hartley and Carrie Jones
Arlington, VA
7:00 PM

Cherie Priest, The Family Plot

Tuesday, September 20
Barnes & Noble
Chattanooga, TN
7:00 PM

Thursday, September 22
Star Line Books
Chattanooga, TN
6:00 PM

Brandon Sanderson, The Dark Talent

Tuesday, September 6
The King’s English Bookshop
Salt Lake City, UT
6:00 PM

Nisi Shawl, Everfair

Tuesday, September 6
University Bookstore
Seattle, WA
7:00 PM

Friday, September 9
Malvern Books
Also with Christopher Brown
Austin, TX
7:00 PM

Saturday, September 10
Poisoned Pen
Scottsdale, AZ
2:00 PM

Monday, September 12
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA
7:30 PM

Tuesday, September 13
Eso Won
Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM

Monday, September 19
A Room of One’s Own
Madison, WI
7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 21
Nicola’s Books
Ann Arbor, MI
7:00 PM

Friday, September 23
Charis Books & More
Atlanta, GA
7:30 PM

Kristen Simmons, Metaltown

Tuesday, September 20
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Crestview Hills, KY
7:00 PM

Thursday, September 22
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Lexington, KY
7:00 PM

Friday, September 23
Anderson’s Bookshop
Also with Paula Stokes
Downers Grove, IL
7:00 PM

Paula Stokes, Vicarious

Thursday, September 22
Left Bank Books
St. Louis, MO
7:00 PM

Friday, September 23
Anderson’s Bookshop
Also with Kristen Simmons
Downers Grove, IL
7:00 PM

Fran Wilde, Cloundbound

Tuesday, September 27
Barnes & Noble
With Chuck Wendig
Philadelphia, PA
7:00 PM

Anne A. Wilson, Clear to Lift

Thursday, September 22
Coronado Public Library
Books provided by Bay Books
Coronado, CA
6:00 PM

Simone Zelitch, Judenstaat

Saturday, September 3
Decatur Book Festival
Decatur, GA
12:30 PM

post-featured-image

New Releases: 7/12/16

Here’s what went on sale today!

Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine

Arabella of Mars by David D. Levine When William III of England commissioned Capt. William Kidd to command the first expedition to Mars in the late 1600s, he proved that space travel was both possible and profitable. Now, one century later, a plantation in a flourishing British colony on Mars is home to Arabella Ashby, a young woman who is perfectly content growing up in the untamed frontier. But days spent working on complex automata with her father or stalking her brother Michael with her Martian nanny is not the proper behavior of an English lady. That is something her mother plans to remedy with a move to an exotic world Arabella has never seen: London, England.

However, when events transpire that threaten her home on Mars, Arabella decides that sometimes doing the right thing is far more important than behaving as expected. She disguises herself as a boy and joins the crew of the Diana. Now Arabella just has to weather the naval war currently raging between Britain and France, learn how to sail, and deal with a mutinous crew…if she hopes to save her family remaining on Mars.

Clear to Lift by Anne A. Wilson

Clear to Lift by Anne A. Wilson Navy helicopter pilot Lt. Alison Malone has been assigned to a search and rescue team based at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, near the rugged peaks of the Sierra Nevada, and far from her former elite H-60 squadron. Alison is desperate to be transferred out of the boonies, where careers stagnate, and back to her life and fiancé in San Diego. Alison’s defenses start to slip when she meets mountain guide Will Cavanaugh during a particularly dicey mission. Will introduces her to a wild, beautiful world of adventure that she has never known before. Stranded on a mountain during a sudden dangerous blizzard, Alison questions every truth she thought she knew about herself. When Will braves the storm to save her life, she must confront the fact that she has been living a lie. But is it too late to change course?

The Monster War by Alan Gratz

The Monster War by Alan GratzThe Monster War is the third book in the action-packed, steampunk League of Seven series by acclaimed author Alan Gratz. Having discovered the monstrous secret of his origins, Archie Dent is no longer certain that he is worthy to be a member of the League of Seven. But with new enemies to face, he realizes that he may not have the luxury of questioning his destiny. Wielding the Dragon Lantern, the maniacal Philomena Moffett has turned her back on the Septemberist Society, creating her own Shadow League and unleashing a monster army on the American continent. Archie and his friends must race to find the last two members of their league in time to thwart Moffett’s plan and rescue humanity once more.

Necessity by Jo Walton

Necessity by Jo WaltonMore than sixty-five years ago, Pallas Athena founded the Just City on an island in the eastern Mediterranean, placing it centuries before the Trojan WarAmong the City’s children was Pytheas, secretly the god Apollo in human form. Sixty years ago, the Just City schismed into five cities, each devoted to a different version of the original vision. Forty years ago, the five cities managed to bring their squabbles to a close. But in consequence of their struggle, their existence finally came to the attention of Zeus, who can’t allow them to remain in deep antiquity, changing the course of human history. Convinced by Apollo to spare the Cities, Zeus instead moved everything on the island to the planet Plato, circling its own distant sun. Now, more than a generation has passed.

The Cities are flourishing on Plato, and even trading with multiple alien species. Then, on the same day, two things happen. Pytheas dies as a human, returning immediately as Apollo in his full glory. And there’s suddenly a human ship in orbit around Plato–a ship from Earth.

Rebellion by J. A. Souders

Rebellion by J. A. SoudersIn this conclusion to J. A. Souders’s thrilling, twist-filled Elysium Chronicles series, Evie Winters and Gavin Hunter return to the isolated, dangerous underwater city that they fought so hard to escape. Back in Elysium at last, Evie has finally found her true self hidden under layers and layers of false memories implanted by the woman she knew as Mother. Thanks to the intervention of her father, she knows the horrible truth about Mother and her insidious plans for the city. With the help of the love of her life, Gavin, and her best friend, Asher St. James, Evie is determined to free her people from the cruel dictatorship of Mother’s laws. But how do you free people who don’t know they need rescuing?

The Stars Askew by Rjurik Davidson

The Stars Askew by Rjurik DavidsonThe Stars Askew is the highly anticipated sequel to the New Weird adventure begun by talented young author Rjurik Davidson. With the seditionists in power, Caeli-Amur has begun a new age. Or has it? The escaped House officials no longer send food, and the city is starving. When the moderate leader Aceline is murdered, the trail leads Kata to a mysterious book that explains how to control the fabled Prism of Alerion. But when the last person to possess the book is found dead, it becomes clear that a conspiracy is afoot. At its center is former House Officiate Armand, who has hidden the Prism. Meanwhile, Maximilian is sharing his mind with another being: the joker-god Aya.

It seems the seditionists’ hopes for a new age of peace and prosperity in Caeli-Amur have come to naught, and every attempt to improve the situation makes it worse. The question now is not just whether Kata, Max, and Armand can do anything to stop the bloody battle in the city, but if they can escape with their lives.

Time Siege by Wesley Chu

Time Siege by Wesley ChuHaving been haunted by the past and enslaved by the present, James Griffin-Mars is taking control of the future. Earth is a toxic, sparsely inhabited wasteland–the perfect hiding place for a fugitive ex-chronman to hide from the authorities. James has allies, scientists he rescued from previous centuries, as well as the Elfreth, a population of downtrodden humans who want desperately to believe that James and his friends will heal their ailing home world. James also has enemies. They include the full military might of benighted solar system ruled by corporate greed and a desperate fear of what James will do next. At the forefront of their efforts to stop him is Kuo, the ruthless security head, who wants James’s head on a pike and will stop at nothing to obtain it.

NEW FROM TOR.COM:

The Ghoul King by Guy Haley

The Ghoul King by Guy HaleyQuinn returns in The Ghoul King, another story of the Dreaming Cities by Guy Haley. The Knight, Quinn, is down on his luck, and he travels to the very edge of the civilized world – whatever that means, any more – to restock his small but essential inventory. After fighting a series of gladiatorial bouts against the dead, he finds himself in the employ of a woman on a quest to find the secret to repairing her semi-functional robot. But the technological secret it guards may be one truth too many…

NOW IN PAPERBACK:

The Iron Assassin by Ed Greenwood

The Nightmare Charade by Mindee Arnett

Revelations by J. A. Souders

NEW IN MANGA:

Magical Girl Apocalypse Vol. 8 by Kentaro Sato

Monster Musume: I Heart Monster Girls Vol. 2 by OKAYADO

Pandora in the Crimson Shell: Ghost Urn Vol. 5 by Masamune Shirow

See upcoming releases.

post-featured-image

On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events for July

Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt Arabella of Mars BY David D. Levine Clear to Lift by Anne A. Wilson

Tor/Forge authors are on the road in July! See who is coming to a city near you this month.

Levi Black, Red Right Hand

Wednesday, July 27
Eagle Eye Books
Decatur, GA
7:00 PM

Max Gladstone, Four Roads Cross

Wednesday, July 27
Porter Square Books
Cambridge, MA
7:00 PM
Also with Malka Older.

Neal Griffin, A Voice from the Field

Thursday, July 21
Barr Memorial Library
Fort Knox, KY
12:00 PM

Thursday, July 28
Book Passage
Corte Madera, CA
10:00 AM

Thomas Olde Heuvelt, Hex

Monday, July 11
Brookline Booksmith
Brookline, MA
7:00 PM
Also with Joe Hill and Paul Tremblay.

Tuesday, July 12
Bear Pond Books
Montpelier, VT
7:00 PM
Also with Paul Tremblay, Kristin Dearborn, and Daniel Mills.

Wednesday, July 13
University Bookstore
Seattle, WA
7:00 PM

Friday, July 15
Old Firehouse Books
Fort Collins, CO
6:00 PM
Also with Stephen Graham Jones.

Sunday, July 17
American Bookbinders Museum
San Francisco, CA
6:30 PM
SF in SF – also with Richard Kadrey.

Tuesday, July 19
Dark Delicacies
Burbank, CA
7:00 PM

Wednesday, July 27
Eagle Eye Books
Decatur, GA
7:00 PM
Also with Levi Black.

Saturday, July 30
Malaprops
Asheville, NC
5:00 PM
Also with Jeff VanderMeer.

Jon Land, Strong Light of Day

Tuesday, July 19
Perks & Corks
Hosted by Savoy Bookshop and Café
Westerly, RI
7:00 PM
In conversation with Avram Noble Ludwig.

David D. Levine, Arabella of Mars

Wednesday, July 13
Powell’s Books
Beaverton, OR
7:00 PM

Friday, July 15
Mysterious Galaxy
San Diego, CA
7:30 PM

Saturday, July 16
Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum 
Hosted by Shades & Shadows.
Burbank, CA
8:00 PM

Wednesday, July 20
KGB Bar
New York, NY
7:00 PM
Also with Helen Marshall.

Thursday, July 28
Eagle Harbor Book Co
Bainbridge Island, WA
7:30 PM

Friday, July 29
University Bookstore
Seattle, WA
7:00 PM

Avram Noble Ludwig, Shooting the Sphinx

Tuesday, June 28
Barnes & Noble
New York, NY
7:00 PM

Tuesday, July 19
Perks & Corks
Hosted by Savoy Bookshop and Café
Westerly, RI
7:00 PM
In conversation with Jon Land.

Malka Older, Infomocracy

Wednesday, July 27
Porter Square Books
Cambridge, MA
7:30 PM
In conversation with Max Gladstone.

Ada Palmer, Too Like the Lightning

Monday, July 11
RiverRun Bookstore
Portsmouth, NH
7:00 PM
Also with Jo Walton.

Tuesday, July 12
Harvard Book Store
Cambridge, MA
7:00 PM
Also with Jo Walton.

Wednesday, July 13
WORD Bookstore
Brooklyn, NY
7:00 PM
Also with Jo Walton.

Ralph Peters, The Damned of Petersburg

Saturday, July 9, 2016
Barnes & Noble
Alexandria, VA
3:00 PM

Tuesday, July 12
E. Shaver Booksellers
Savannah, GA
5:00 PM

Wednesday, July 13
Magnolia Hall
Bluffton, SC
6:30 PM

Sunday, July 31
Southampton Books
Southampton, NY
5:00 PM

Katie Schickel, The Mermaid’s Secret

Thursday, July 7
BookTowne
Manasquan, NJ
6:30 PM

Jo Walton, Necessity

Monday, July 11
RiverRun Bookstore
Portsmouth, NH
7:00 PM
Also with Ada Palmer.

Tuesday, July 12
Harvard Book Store
Cambridge, MA
7:00 PM
Also with Ada Palmer.

Wednesday, July 13
WORD Bookstore
Brooklyn, NY
7:00 PM
Also with Ada Palmer.

Anne A. Wilson, Clear to Lift

Tuesday, July 12
Poisoned Pen
Scottsdale, AZ
7:00 PM

Thursday, July 14
Barnes & Noble
Scottsdale, AZ
7:00 PM

Saturday, July 16
Bookworks
Albuquerque, NM
3:00 PM

Tuesday, July 19
Warwick’s Books
San Diego, CA
7:30 PM

Wednesday, July 20
Book Carnival
Orange, CA
7:30 PM

F. Paul Wilson, Panacea

Monday, July 11
Poisoned Pen
Scottsdale, AZ
7:00 PM

Tuesday, July 12
Dark Delicacies
Burbank, CA
7:00 PM

Thursday, July 14
Norcross Cultural Arts Center
Hosted by the Gwinnett County Public Library. Books provided by Eagle Eye Books.
Norcross, GA
7:30 PM

Thursday, July 21
BookTowne
Manasquan, NJ
6:00 PM

post-featured-image

Hover eBook Now on Sale for $2.99

Hover eBook Now on Sale for $2.99

nook-1 ebooks.com-1 google play-1 ibooks2 32 kindle-1 kobo-1

Hover by Anne A. WilsonThe ebook edition of Anne A. Wilson’s Hover is on sale for only $2.99!*

About HoverHelicopter pilot Lt. Sara Denning joins a navy battle group with little fanfare—and that’s just the way she likes it. After her brother Ian’s tragic death, her career path seemed obvious: step into his shoes and enter the Naval Academy, despite her fear of water. Sara’s philosophy is simple—blend in, be competent, and above all, never do anything to stand out as a woman in a man’s world.

Somewhere along the way, Sara lost herself—her feminine, easygoing soul is now buried under so many defensive layers, she can’t reach it anymore.

When she meets strong, self-assured Lt. Eric Marxen, her defenses start to falter. Eric coordinates flight operations for a Navy SEAL team that requests Sara as the exclusive pilot. This blatant show of favoritism causes conflict with the other pilots; Sara’s sexist boss seems intent on making her life miserable, and her roommate and best friend, the only other woman on the ship, is avoiding her. It doesn’t help that her interactions with Eric leave her reeling.

The endgame of the SEALs’ mission is so secret, even Sara doesn’t know the reason behind her mandated participation. Soon, though, the training missions become real, and Sara must overcome her fears before they plunge her into danger. When Sara’s life is on the line, can she find her true self again and follow the orders of her heart before it is too late?

Anne A. Wilson’s Hover is a thrilling, emotional women’s journey written by a groundbreaking former navy pilot.

Buy Hover today:

nook ebooks.com Placeholder of google play -73 ibooks2 34 kindle kobo

Sale ends July 1st.

post-featured-image

Sneak Peek: Clear to Lift by Anne A. Wilson

Amazon-1 Place holder  of bn- 23 ibooks2 68 indiebound-1 powells-1

Clear to Lift by Anne A. WilsonNavy helicopter pilot Lt. Alison Malone has been assigned to a search and rescue team based at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, near the rugged peaks of the Sierra Nevada, and far from her former elite H-60 squadron. A rule follower by nature, Alison is exasperated and outraged every time she flies with her mission commander, “Boomer” Marks, for whom military procedures are merely a suggestion. Alison is desperate to be transferred out of the boonies, where careers stagnate, and back to her life and fiancé in San Diego.

Alison’s defenses start to slip when she meets mountain guide Will Cavanaugh during a particularly dicey mission. Will introduces her to a wild, beautiful world of adventure that she has never known before. Stranded on a mountain during a sudden dangerous blizzard, Alison questions every truth she thought she knew about herself. When Will braves the storm to save her life, she must confront the fact that she has been living a lie. But is it too late to change course?

Clear to Lift will be available July 12th. Please enjoy this excerpt.

1

Agitated snow tumbles and whirls across the cockpit windshield. I strain to see through it, to make out three figures clinging to a vertical wall of ice. Two are unmoving, dangling like rag dolls from the ends of a climbing rope. One, wearing a bright yellow jacket and neon-orange gloves, scampers up from below, gripping two ice axes, feet and hands a flurry of movement, scrambling up, up, up, over two hundred feet above the ground, and without a … rope?

“He doesn’t have a rope!” I say, squinting to be sure.

Although, wait. Maybe … it’s an optical illusion. We are flying at ten thousand feet, skirting the edge of a rock buttress three thousand feet high.

Yeah, right, Alison. You know why you can’t tell …

“You sure about that?” says Commander Benjamin “Boomer” Marks, the aircraft commander for the flight. A former offensive tackle for the University of Wyoming, he still packs every pound of his football-glory-days girth.

“No, sir, I’m not sure. Why? Because I can’t see a flippin’ thing! Which is what happens when you fly in a freakin’ snowstorm! Which, by the way, goes against every—”

“You mean, this insignificant nothing of a snow squall? The one we’ve been flying in for all of fifteen seconds? The one that’ll pass just as fast?”

“But what about—?”

“The deicing system is on, Malone. And look,” he says, motioning with his head to the outside. “It’s past history, anyway.”

The snowflake assault abruptly fades to nothingness.

“See? Already through it.” He flashes an I-told-you-so grin as we transition into improbably clear air, albeit in the midst of disturbingly unsettled weather—the clouds hanging heavy, threatening.

We’re doing a low-speed flyby, like we always do when called to a rescue, but at least now we have an unrestricted view of the fast-moving, agile climber, who apparently does not require a rope when scuttling up a frozen rock face hundreds of feet above the ground. I lean in my seat as far as the straps will allow, peering into a narrow couloir—a steep tunnel of snow and ice—that splits the east face of the formidable Mount Morrison.

“That is some serious risky shit,” says our ace crew chief, Beanie, otherwise known as Petty Officer First Class Billy Hilfenbein. “Soloing the Death Couloir? Jesus, Will.”

“Will? Who’s Will?” I ask.

“That loony!” Beanie pokes his head between the cockpit seats and points to the climber in yellow. “Lieutenant Malone, meet Will Cavanaugh, one of the best all-around mountaineers in the world.”

“Like literally the world, ma’am,” our star paramedic, Hap—officially Petty Officer First Class Hap Gentry—says. “The guy should like wear a cape or something.”

“Is he new, Hap? I’ve never heard of him.”

“He left for the Himalaya right after you checked in, ma’am. About four months ago, I think.”

“Best climber on the Mono County SAR Team,” Beanie says.

I watch, transfixed, as Will ascends Spiderman-like, quick and sure, negotiating the last few feet to the first victim.

“Rescue Seven, Mono County Sheriff, over.”

“Mono County Sheriff, Rescue Seven has you loud and clear,” Boomer says. “Whaddya got for us, Jack?”

“Just an update,” says Jack Smith, head of the Mono County Search and Rescue Team. He briefed the rescue scenario with us via radio during our transit—two climbers stranded, hit by rockfall—and reports now from the base of the mountain, where he waits with the rest of the ground crew, watching with binoculars, over six thousand feet below us. “As you can see, Will’s almost to the first victim. He passed the belayer on the way up, who’s conscious, possible broken arm. But the belayer thinks the lead guy is worse off. He’s been in and out of consciousness.”

“Roger that,” Boomer says. “We’ll plan for the lead guy, first. We’re rigged for rappel.”

And then to me. “Ready for the controls, Alison?”

I bring my gloved hands to my mouth and give a quick blow of hot air—god bless, it’s cold—before placing them on the flight controls. “I’ve got the controls.”

“Rescue Seven, Whiskey One,” a voice crackles on the radio. It must be Will. “I’m at the first victim now. He’s thirty-five years old, awake, alert, oriented. He was hit by rockfall and caught by his rope when he fell. He’s hanging right side up. Man reports loss of feeling from the waist down. Suspect spinal injury. After we get him off, I’ll down-climb to the second victim, over.”

“Whiskey One, Rescue Seven copies,” I say. “Inbound.”

I roll the aircraft to the left, rotor blades thwacking the air—thwack, thwack, thwack—continuing to arc around, until I arrive in a hover about forty feet away from the rocks, fifty feet above Will. I orient the helicopter parallel to the rock wall, sensing the winds more intimately now that I’m at the controls. Crap. I hate the winds in close quarters. Add to this, mushy flight controls, the result of not enough air particles at this altitude for our rotor blades to grip, and it means the aircraft is slow to react to my inputs. Crap and crap.

At least you’re not flying in the snow. Could be worse.

Wait. Don’t say that.

“Okay, ma’am,” Beanie says. “Ready to slide right?”

“Ready.”

“Clear to slide right thirty, right twenty, right ten … right ten … Ma’am? I need you to slide right ten.”

“Beanie, isn’t this close enough?”

I’d swear the rotor tips are less than ten feet from the wall now. No way we can slide farther.

“No, ma’am, we’re gonna need to get closer.”

My mind whirs. Rotor clearance limits. Ten feet of horizontal clearance required for the main rotor. Same for the tail rotor.

“Sir, I don’t know if we can do this. I don’t think we’re in rotor clearance limits.”

“There are no limits,” Boomer says.

“What? It’s ten feet! It’s—”

“In training, yes. If it’s the real deal, the only limits are your own.”

“Please tell me that’s not a Bruce Lee quote.”

“I’m paraphrasing.”

I peer out my side window at an unmoving face of black granite that is right there.

“I hate to break it to you, Malone, but you’re rock-steady in this hover, and you have the ability to do this. Not to mention, the guy with a spinal injury down there would appreciate the help.”

“Ma’am, why don’t we try it right here to start?” Beanie suggests. “Once Hap’s on the rope, he can try to swing over to the victim.”

“Let’s try that,” I say, copping out completely. Coward.

“Roger that. Stand by,” Beanie says.

I can’t see Boomer, because I’m looking out my right window, but his disappointed stare bores into the back of my skull. Will and the victim below remain out of sight, as well. Instead, I focus on a deformation in the rock face and hold there. If I keep the helicopter in this relative position to the rock, we should remain clear. Should …

Bracingly cold air sweeps into the cockpit when Beanie opens the cabin door, doing a thorough job of penetrating the thin material of my flight suit. Even though I’m wearing long underwear, it doesn’t make a bit of difference. The early-season winter storm that dropped ten inches of new snow on the Sierra Nevada yesterday also brought single-digit temperatures with it.

“Okay, ma’am, Hap’s at the door. Clear to exit?”

“Clear!”

“Hap’s exiting the aircraft,” Beanie calls. “He’s on the skids. Steady right there. I’m goin’ up hot mic.”

He’ll have to. He’ll need to be hands-free on the mic to do all the rope handling and hoisting.

The wind buffeting. There it is again. It was somewhat negligible when we were flying at speed away from the rocks, but when you’re attempting to hold a hover in a confined area, tiny wind gusts seem to morph into something convincingly more violent.

“Looking good on the gauges,” Boomer says. “Nice and steady on the controls.”

Hap stands on the skids—our landing gear that looks like skis—facing the helicopter’s open door. He wears his climbing harness, to which a rappel device is attached, and a rope runs through this, secured on one end to the anchoring system in the helicopter, while the rest of the rope hangs far below.

“Hap’s ready on the rappel, ma’am.”

“Clear to jump,” I say.

“Copy. Man’s off the skids!”

Hap leaps backward and slides several feet down the rope to arrive below the skids. From there, he lowers himself the roughly fifty feet to Will and the first victim.

“Hap’s adjacent the victim,” Beanie says. “Starting his swing.”

“Copy,” I say, imagining Hap kicking his legs out, like you would on a playground swing, to get the rope moving back and forth, so he can move into a position where he can reach the rocks.

“Swingin’ good now!” Beanie says, although the call really isn’t necessary, as we can all feel the helicopter rocking.

Come on, Hap. You can do this. Please do this.

As Beanie makes his calls, informing the crew of Hap’s progress, I blink my right eye, trying to clear the drop of sweat—sweat?—that just dripped there. It irritates, stings a bit, but I can’t move my hands from the controls to wipe it.

“Ma’am, I’m gettin’ a negative hand signal from Hap!”

“What?” Oh, no. “Can’t he—?”

“No, ma’am. He can’t reach the victim! We’re gonna have to slide closer, if we’re gonna make this happen!”

Closer …

“Sir?” I ask, reaching for a lifeline.

“You got this, Alison. You haven’t budged since we started. I know you can do it.”

I grind my teeth, and a steady trickle of sweat—oh yeah, it’s running now—slides down the back of my neck.

“Ma’am?” Beanie asks.

Deep breath in. Oh … all right. Shit. “Call me right.”

“Okay, ma’am, you’re clear to slide right eight,” Beanie says, using the number of feet to the stopping point he’s chosen. “Clear to slide right five, right four, three, two, one, steady. Steady right there, ma’am. We’ve got two feet of clearance at the blade tips.”

“Copy,” I say, my jaw throbbing because it’s clenched so tight.

Two feet from blade tip to solid rock. Sweat-inducing for sure, and by far the most difficult rescue scenario I’ve faced in my short tenure with this squadron.

“And only one foot of clearance at the tail,” Beanie continues. “Do not move the tail rotor right.”

Gulp. “Copy.”

The icy chill I felt earlier disappears as I become the literal embodiment of the phrase “You’re in the hot seat.” Perspiration blooms. I try not to think about the men in this aircraft who are entrusting their lives to me. Trusting I won’t waver. Trusting I won’t move the cyclic those tiny few millimeters to the right that would send us smashing into the side of this mountain. Trusting I’ll be able to manipulate the rudder pedals in time, if hit by a downdraft, before the tail spins. My grip tightens on the controls, my body rigid from the toes up.

“Hap’s at the victim,” Beanie says, continuing the play-by-play. “Hover’s lookin’ good. No rise, no drift. Nice and steady, ma’am.”

“Still good on the gauges,” Boomer says. “You’re a rock on the controls.”

“Tying off the belay!” Beanie says, huffing. On hot mic, you hear everything. Grunting, breathing, and the occasional stress-induced epithet. “Belay line is tied. Lowering the litter. Nice and steady on the hover, ma’am. Lookin’ good.”

As Beanie lowers the litter on the hoist cable, Hap is able to tug on the trail line below, keeping it taut so the litter doesn’t swing. The litter is oriented vertically to match the position of the victim. This way, Hap and Will can slide the litter behind the victim and keep him in an upright position while strapping him in.

I blink continually to keep the rock deformation in focus. The longer I stare at it, the more the eyes play tricks. From where I sit, I have no reference to a straight horizon. So easy to drift without a horizon.…

Damn it. My hands, slick with sweat, are slipping inside my gloves.

The wind gust hits, and I’m already pressing right pedal when Beanie’s oh-so-calm voice comes through my helmet. “Pivot the nose easy right, ma’am. That’s it. Still a foot of clearance at the tail. Nice and steady. Hap’s loading the man in the litter. Stand by.”

I start to wonder if I might draw blood, gnawing as I am on the inside of my cheek. My head pounds, straining from the concentration. Keep it steady, Ali. You’ve got this.

“Nice and steady, ma’am,” Beanie calls. “Man’s in the litter. Bringing tension in the hoist. We have a thumbs-up. Victim’s on the way up … he’s halfway up … he’s at the skids. Stand by. Bringing the litter in.…”

Hap remains on the rock below, still secured to the helicopter by his rappel rope and the belay line, as Beanie hauls the litter into the helicopter. After the victim is secure inside, Beanie will send the hoist down to get Hap, which means I only need to hold the helicopter in this tenuous position just a few more minutes.

“Shit!” Beanie shouts. “The guy’s not breathing! No pulse! We gotta go ASAP!”

Shit! Hap is still fifty feet below us.

“Hap, the victim just crashed!” Boomer says. “Strap in, Doc, you’re goin’ for an e-ticket ride!”

“Ma’am, you’re clear to slide left! Starting CPR!”

“Copy, sliding left!”

I sweep the cyclic to the left as Hap hangs on tight, attached to the ropes below us. He’ll “fly” like this all the way to the hospital, because we have no easy way to bring him up.

“… and twelve and thirteen and fourteen and fifteen…,” Beanie huffs as he counts out chest compressions. “… twenty-one, twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-four…”

“Jack, we’re gone,” Boomer reports. “The guy went into cardiac arrest. Be back for the second guy shortly.”

“Mono County copies.”

“Mammoth Hospital, Rescue Seven,” I say.

“Rescue Seven, Mammoth, go ahead.”

“Mammoth, we’ve got a thirty-five-year-old man who was ice climbing and hit by rockfall,” I say. “He was caught by his rope when he fell. Awake and alert when we got to him, complained of no feeling in his legs. While hoisting him up, he went into cardiac arrest. We’ve initiated CPR. Inbound. ETA four minutes.”

“… fifty-four, fifty-five, fifty-six, fifty-seven…”

And then to Will, “Whiskey One, Rescue Seven, over.”

“Go ahead, Rescue Seven.”

“Be advised, victim stopped breathing, and we’ve initiated CPR. En route to Mammoth Hospital.”

“Rescue Seven, Whiskey One copies. Climbing down to second victim now.”

I stretch my fingers, while still holding the controls, in an effort to relieve the tension. My toes remain numb, even though the rest of my body is soaked in sweat.

But who am I to complain? I peer around my cockpit seat to view Beanie in the cabin. He’s hunched over the victim, arms locked and straight, the model of concentration, banging out chest compressions. Sweat drips from his face, even though the main cabin door remains wide open, the grunts and huffs ringing loud and clear.

“… ninety-three, ninety-four, ninety-five, ninety-six…”

Copyright © 2016 by Anne A. Wilson

Buy Clear to Lift from:

Amazon Image Placeholder of bn- 34 ibooks2 67 indiebound powells

post-featured-image

New Releases: 5/3/16

Here’s what went on sale today!

Assassin’s Silence by Ward Larsen

Assassin’s Silence by Ward LarsenEvery so often, a great assassin novel comes along: Brad Meltzer’s The Fifth Assassin, David Baldacci’s The Hit, Daniel Silva’s The Kill Artist. Now Ward Larsen brings us Assassin’s Silence, featuring David Slaton, hero of Larsen’sAssassin’s Game and the award-winning The Perfect Assassin.

When it comes to disappearing, David Slaton has few equals. Police in three countries have written off trying to find him. His old employer, Mossad, keeps no forwarding address. Even his wife and son are convinced he is dead. So when an assault team strikes, Slaton is taken by surprise. He kills one man and manages to escape.

Bailey’s Story by Bruce CameronBailey’s Story by Bruce Cameron

Every dog has work to do. Every dog has a purpose.

When Bailey meets eight-year-old Ethan, he quickly figures out his purpose: to play with the boy, to explore the Farm during summers with the boy, and to tidy the boy’s dishes by licking them clean (only when Mom isn’t watching). But Bailey soon learns that life isn’t always so simple–that sometimes bad things happen–and that there can be no greater purpose than to protect the boy he loves.

Better Dead by Max Allan Collins

Better Dead by Max Allan CollinsIt’s the early 1950’s. Joe McCarthy is campaigning to rid America of the Red Menace. Nate Heller is doing legwork for the senator, though the Chicago detective is disheartened by McCarthy’s witch-hunting tactics. He’s made friends with a young staffer, Bobby Kennedy, while trading barbs with a potential enemy, the attorney Roy Cohn, who rubs Heller the wrong way. Not the least of which for successfully prosecuting the so-called Atomic Bomb spies, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. When famous mystery writer Dashiell Hammett comes to Heller representing a group of showbiz and literary leftists who are engaged in a last minute attempt to save the Rosenbergs, Heller decides to take on the case.

Fatal Thunder by Larry Bond

Fatal Thunder by Larry BondJerry Mitchell, skipper of the USS North Dakota, receives a message from Girish Samant, a submarine captain and former enemy of his, requesting a meeting. Girish once tried to kill Jerry, but now he and Aleksey Petrov, a former Russian sub captain, need the American’s help to uncover a terrible truth: Nuclear weapons of the fallen Soviet Empire are being sold to people more than willing to use them.

But who has stolen the nuclear weapons? ISIS? Al Qaeda? Iran? Hezbollah? No one knows. Furthermore, nuclear explosions destroy all evidence. The world may never know who stole the nukes and set them off.

Over Your Dead Body by Dan Wells

Over Your Dead Body by Dan WellsJohn and Brooke are on their own, hitchhiking from town to town as they hunt the last of the Withered through the midwest–but the Withered are hunting them back, and the FBI is close behind. With each new town, each new truck stop, each new highway, they get closer to a vicious killer who defies every principle of profiling and prediction John knows how to use, and meanwhile Brooke’s fractured psyche teeters on the edge of oblivion, overwhelmed by the hundreds of thousands of dead personalities sharing her mind. She flips in and out of lucidity, manifesting new names and thoughts and memories every day, until at last the one personality pops up that John never expected and has no idea how to deal with. The last of Nobody’s victims, trapped forever in the body of his last remaining friend.

NEW FROM TOR.COM:

The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran Wilde

The Jewel and Her Lapidary by Fran WildeThe kingdom in the Valley has long sheltered under the protection of its Jewels and Lapidaries, the people bound to singing gemstones with the power to reshape hills, move rivers, and warp minds. That power has kept the peace and tranquility, and the kingdom has flourished.

Jewel Lin and her Lapidary Sima may be the last to enjoy that peace.

The Jeweled Court has been betrayed. As screaming raiders sweep down from the mountains, and Lapidary servants shatter under the pressure, the last princess of the Valley will have to summon up a strength she’s never known. If she can assume her royal dignity, and if Sima can master the most dangerous gemstone in the land, they may be able to survive.

NOW IN PAPERBACK:

The Affinities by Robert Charles Wilson

Ellie’s Story by Bruce Cameron

Fast Shuffle by David Black

The Hollow Queen by Elizabeth Haydon

Hover by Anne A. Wilson

Journey of the Dead and the Undertaker’s Wife by Loren D. Estleman

Lash-Up by Larry Bond

The Memory of Earth and the Call of Earth by Orson Scott Card

Power Surge by Ben Bova

Quag Keep by Andre Norton

A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin

Valley of the Shadow by Ralph Peters

Vostok by Steve Alten

NEW IN MANGA: 

Arpeggio of Blue Steel Vol. 7 by Ark Performance

Shomin Sample: I Was Abducted by an Elite All-Girls School as a Sample Commoner Vol. 1 Story by Nanatsuki Takafumi; Art by Risumai

The Testament of Sister New Devil Vol. 2 by Tetsuto Uesu

See upcoming releases.

On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events in December

Hover by Anne A. WilsonMade to Kill by Adam ChristopherMystic by Jason Denzel

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

Jason Denzel, Mystic

Saturday, December 12
Barnes & Noble
Also with Brandon Sanderson.
Orem, UT
2:00 PM

William Forstchen, One Year After

Saturday, December 5
Books Unlimited
Franklin, NC
5:00 PM

Michael Livingston, The Shards of Heaven

Saturday, December 8
The Citadel
Charleston, SC
6:30 PM

Saturday, December 19
Fiction Addiction
Also with Clay and Susan Griffith.
Greenville, SC
1:00 PM

Brandon Sanderson, Shadows of Self

Saturday, December 12
Barnes & Noble
Also with Jason Denzel.
Orem, UT
2:00 PM

Catherynne M. Valente, Radiance

Friday, December 8
Letterpress Books
Portland, ME
6:00 PM

Fran Wilde, Updraft

Friday, December 8
Library of Congress
Washington, DC
12:00 PM

Anne A. Wilson, Hover

Friday, December 12
Tempe Public Library
Also with Donis Casey.
Tempe, AZ
2:00 PM

Friday, December 15
Desert Foothills Library
Also with Shona Patel.
Cave Creek, AZ
1:00 PM

Monday, December 21
Valley of the Sun Jewish Community Center
Also with Shona Patel.
Scottsdale, AZ
12:30 PM

On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events in November

Mystic by Jason DenzelWheel of Time Companion by Team JordanMade to Kill by Adam Christopher

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

Kendare Blake, Ungodly

Monday, November 2
University Bookstore
Also with Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
Seattle, WA
7:00 PM

Tuesday, November 3
Barnes & Noble
Also with Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.
Lynnwood, PA
7:00 PM

Saturday, November 7
Woodstock: Portland’s Book Festival
Toil and Trouble: Monsters, Witches, and Ghosts, Oh My! – also with Virginia Boecker, Paige McKenzie, McCormick Templeman, April Genevieve Tucholke, and Cat Winters.
Portland, OR
12:00 PM

Orson Scott Card, Gatefather

Tuesday, November 10
Barnes & Noble
Greensboro, NC
7:00 PM

Adam Christopher, Made to Kill

Tuesday, November 3
KGB Bar
New York, NY
7:00 PM

Wednesday, November 11
Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Lexington, KY
7:00 PM

Thursday, November 12
Fountain Books
Richmond, VA
6:30 PM

Friday, November 13
The Doylestown Bookshop
Doylestown, PA
6:30 PM

Saturday, November 14
Flyleaf Books
Chapel Hill, NC
6:00 PM

Jason Denzel, Mystic

Tuesday, November 3
Barnes & Noble
Also with Michael Livingston, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons.
Mt. Pleasant, SC
7:00 PM

Wednesday, November 4
University Temple United Methodist Church
Also with Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons.
Seattle, WA
7:00 PM

Thursday, November 5
Borderlands Books
Also with Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons.
San Francisco, CA
6:00 PM

Friday, November 6
Copperfield’s Books
Also with Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons.
Petaluma, CA

Saturday, November 7
Vroman’s Bookstore
Also with Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons.
Pasadena, CA
6:00 PM

Sunday, November 8
Mysterious Galaxy
Also with Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons.
San Diego, CA
2:00 PM

Monday, November 9
Clark County Library
Also with Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons
Las Vegas, NV
7:00 PM

Tuesday, November 10
Jean Cocteau Cinema
Also with George R.R. Martin, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons.
Sante Fe, NM
7:00 PM

Wednesday, November 11
Murder by the Book
Also with Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons.
Houston, TX
6:30 PM

Thursday, November 12
Anderson’s Bookshop
Also with Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons.
Naperville, IL
7:00 PM

Saturday, November 14
Barnes & Noble
Sacramento, CA
2:00 PM

Sunday, November 15
Trent’s Bookshelf
Elk Grove, CA
2:00 PM

Saturday, November 28
Avid Reader
Davis, CA
7:30 PM

Team Jordan, The Wheel of Time Companion

Tuesday, November 3
Barnes & Noble
Also with Michael Livingston and Jason Denzel.
Mt. Pleasant, SC
7:00 PM

Wednesday, November 4
University Temple United Methodist Church
Also with Jason Denzel.
Seattle, WA
7:00 PM

Thursday, November 5
Borderlands Books
Also with Jason Denzel.
San Francisco, CA
6:00 PM

Friday, November 6
Copperfield’s Books
Also with Jason Denzel.
Petaluma, CA
7:00 PM

Saturday, November 7
Vroman’s Bookstore
Also with Jason Denzel.
Pasadena, CA
6:00 PM

Sunday, November 8
Mysterious Galaxy
Also with Jason Denzel.
San Diego, CA
2:00 PM

Monday, November 9
Clark County Library
Also with Jason Denzel.
Las Vegas, NV
7:00 PM

Tuesday, November 10
Jean Cocteau Cinema
Also with George R.R. Martin and Jason Denzel.
Sante Fe, NM
7:00 PM

Wednesday, November 11
Murder by the Book
Also with Jason Denzel.
Houston, TX
6:30 PM

Thursday, November 12
Anderson’s Bookshop
Also with Jason Denzel.
Naperville, IL
7:00 PM

Saturday, November 21
Quail Ridge Books & Music
Raleigh, NC
4:00 PM

Michael Livingston, Shards of Heaven

Tuesday, November 3
Barnes & Noble
Also with Jason Denzel, Harriet McDougal, Alan Romanczuk, and Maria Simons.
7:00 PM

Sarah Monette & Elizabeth Bear, An Apprentice to Elves

Tuesday, November 3
Pandemonium Books and Games
Cambridge, MA
7:00 PM

Michael Ransom, The Ripper Gene

Saturday, November 14
The College of New Jersey
Ewing, NJ
2:00 PM

Monday, November 16
Penn Bookstore
Philadelphia, PA
6:00 PM

Hank Phillippi Ryan, What You See

Sunday, November 1
Book Carnival
Orange, CA
3:00 PM

Tuesday, November 3
Poisoned Pen
Scottsdale, AZ
7:00 PM

Monday, November 16
Bridgewater Library
Bridgewater, MA
6:30 PM

Tuesday, November 17
Tewksbury Public Library
Tewksbury, MA
7:00 PM

Wednesday, November 18
Abington Public Library
Abington, MA
7:00 PM

Monday, November 30
Bookends
Winchester, MA
6:00 PM

Catherynne M. Valente, Radiance

Thursday, November 5
The Toadstool Bookshop
Milford, NH
6:30 PM

Sunday, November 8
Phoenix Books
Burlington, VT
2:00 PM

Thursday, November 12
Gibson’s Bookstore
Concord, NH
7:00 PM

Anne A. Wilson, Hover

Saturday, November 7
Velma Teague Branch Library
Glendale, AZ
1:00 PM

Wednesday, November 11
Changing Hands Bookstore
Tempe, AZ
7:00 PM

On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events in September

Vienna by William S. KirbyUpdraft by Fran WildeLuna: New Moon by Ian McDonald

Tor/Forge authors are on the road in September! 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:

W. Bruce Cameron, The Dog Master

Sunday, September 6
AJC Decatur Book Festival
Decatur, GA
2:30 PM

Monday, September 21—Tuesday, September 22
McLean & Eakin Booksellers
Booktopia 2015
Petoskey, MI

William S. Kirby, Vienna

Thursday, September 3
Tattered Cover
Denver, CO
7:00 PM

Tuesday, September 8
Boulder Bookstore
Boulder, CO
7:30 PM

Wednesday, September 9
Poisoned Pen
Scottsdale, AZ
7:00 PM

Thursday, September 10
Murder by the Book
Houston, TX
6:30 PM

Friday, September 11
Auntie’s Bookstore
Spokane, WA
7:00 PM

Sunday, September 13
Mysterious Galaxy
Also with Reed Farrel Coleman
San Diego, CA
2:00 PM

Jane Lindskold, Artemis Invaded

Saturday, September 5
National Book Festival
Washington, D.C.
11:50 PM Presentation
1:00 PM Signing

Saturday, September 12
NMSU Bookstore
Also with Victor Milán and Melinda Snodgrass
Las Cruces, NM
1:00 PM

Tuesday, September 22
Sip Coffee & Beer House
Books provided by Poisoned Pen
Also with Victor Milán and Melinda Snodgrass
Scottsdale, AZ
7:00 PM

Ian McDonald, Luna: New Moon

Thursday, September 24
The Last Bookstore
Also with Melinda Snodgrass
Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM

Saturday, September 26
Borderlands Books
San Francisco, CA
3:00 PM

Monday, September 28
Powell’s Books
Beaverton, OR
7:00 PM

Victor Milán, The Dinosaur Lords

Saturday, September 12
NMSU Bookstore
Also with Jane Lindskold and Melinda Snodgrass
Las Cruces, NM
1:00 PM

Tuesday, September 22
Sip Coffee & Beer House
Books provided by Poisoned Pen
Also with Jane Lindskold and Melinda Snodgrass
Scottsdale, AZ
7:00 PM

John Scalzi, The End of All Things

Tuesday, September 1
Books and Company
Beavercreek, OH
7:00 PM

Thursday, September 3
Barnes & Noble at Ohio State
Columbus, OH
7:00 PM

Melinda Snodgrass, The Edge of Dawn

Saturday, September 12
NMSU Bookstore
Also with Victor Milán and Jane Lindskold
Las Cruces, NM
1:00 PM

Tuesday, September 22
Sip Coffee & Beer House
Books provided by Poisoned Pen
Also with Victor Milán and Jane Lindskold
Scottsdale, AZ
7:00 PM

Thursday, September 24
The Last Bookstore
Also with Ian McDonald
Los Angeles, CA
7:00 PM

Michael Swanwick, Chasing the Phoenix

Wednesday, September 9
The Future of Philly Sci-Fi and Fantasy at the Free Library of Philadelphia
Presented by Geekadelphia
Also with Gregory Frost, Stephanie Feldman, Fran Wilde, and Siobhan Carroll, moderated by Jon McGoran
Philadelphia, PA
7:00 PM

Monday, September 21
Penn Bookstore
Philadelphia, PA
6:00 PM

Greg van Eekhout, Dragon Coast

Tuesday, September 15
Borderlands Books
Also with Seanan McGuire and Fran Wilde
San Francisco, CA
5:00 PM

Saturday, September 19
Mysterious Galaxy
Also with Adam Rakunas and Fran Wilde
San Diego, CA
2:00 PM

Fran Wilde, Updraft

Tuesday, September 1
Barnes & Noble
Philadelphia, PA
7:00 PM

Wednesday, September 2
The Doylestown Bookshop
In conversation with Chuck Wendig
Doylestown, PA
6:30 PM

Sunday, September 6
AJC Decatur Book Festival
New Fantasy Fiction with Cindy Dees, moderated by Justin Colussy-Estes
Decatur, GA
3:45 PM

Wednesday, September 9
The Future of Philly Sci-Fi and Fantasy at the Free Library of Philadelphia
Presented by Geekadelphia
Also with Gregory Frost, Stephanie Feldman, Michael Swanwick, and Siobhan Carroll, moderated by Jon McGoran
Philadelphia, PA
7:00 PM

Saturday, September 12
Writers with Drinks
The Elbo Room
Also with Eli Horowitz, Ruth Galm, Bucky Sinister, Maisha Z. Johnson, and Debbie Yee
San Francisco, CA
7:00 PM

Tuesday, September 15
Borderlands Books
Also with Seanan McGuire and Greg van Eekhout
San Francisco, CA
5:00 PM

Saturday, September 19
Mysterious Galaxy
Also with Adam Rakunas and Greg van Eekhout
San Diego, CA
2:00 PM

Monday, September 21
University Bookstore
Seattle, WA
7:00 PM

Thursday, September 24
The Library of Congress
Washington, D.C.
12:00 PM

September 26—27
Baltimore Book Festival
Baltimore, MD

Monday, September 28
Main Point Books
Also with Gregory Frost
Bryn Mawr, PA
7:00 PM

Anne A. Wilson, Hover

Tuesday, September 1
Barnes & Noble
Scottsdale, AZ
7:00 PM

The owner of this website has made a commitment to accessibility and inclusion, please report any problems that you encounter using the contact form on this website. This site uses the WP ADA Compliance Check plugin to enhance accessibility.