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5 Mystery & Thriller Books Set in Los Angeles

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By Lizzy Hosty

Australian novelist and #1 New York Times bestselling author Candice Fox’s newest novel Gathering Dark is a standalone thriller set in Los Angeles. To get you ready to read Gathering Dark, out March 16th, here are some more suspenseful novels also set in the City of Angels!

 

 


And Now She’s Gone by Rachel Howzell Hall

Placeholder of  -4Troubled by her past, Grayson Sykes is now tasked with finding Isabel Lincoln, but Grayson quickly discovers that Isabel might not be missing; she might not want to be found.

 

 

Dead West by Matt Goldman

Poster Placeholder of - 53The fourth entry in the critically acclaimed Nils Shapiro series, Dead West follows Minneapolis private detective Shapiro on yet another exciting case. What seems to be a cut and dry investigation – is Beverly Mayer’s grandson throwing away his trust fund in Hollywood in the wake of his fiancée’s tragic death? – soon turns deadly, as Nils Shapiro realizes there are people out there who want the Mayer family dead.

Indigo by Loren D. Estleman

Place holder  of - 62Indigo, book 6 in the Valentino Mysteries series, has Valentino tasked with collecting a prized donation to the university’s library; Bleak Street, classic noir movie thought lost to time. The rising star of the movie, Van Oliver, disappeared before the movie was finished, and everyone suspected his alleged ties to the mob had come back to haunt him. Now, Valentino wants to be the first to release the movie, and knows the best way to entice an audience: finding out what exactly happened to Van Oliver.

Made To Kill by Adam Christopher

Image Place holder  of - 38An ode to the classic film noir, Made to Kill is Adam Christopher’s fourth book following LA detective Ray Electromatic, who always solves the case – even if he forgets the case after 24 hours when his robotic memory gets wiped. His newest client is strangely familiar, and Ada, the supercomputer inside his ear, won’t tell him if he’s met her before. Racing against the clock to solve the case before his memory is wiped, Ray tries to solve the mystery of the missing Hollywood star, and figure out where he’s met the client before.

Gathering Dark by Candice Fox

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author Candice Fox comes a new mystery, this time set in California. Dr. Blair Harbour, once a respected surgeon and now an ex-con trying to reconnect with her son, is asked for help to find her former cell mate’s missing daughter. The only person standing in her way is the detective already on the case, and the person who arrested Blair for murder, Detective Jessica Sanchez.

 

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6 Fascinating Books to Read While Awaiting Season 2 of Westworld

Where will artificial intelligence take us? And what existential questions will the rise of AI pose? These six reads explore the potential for robots and artificial intelligence to save — or destroy — us all… perfect to tie you over until Season 2 of Westworld.

Autonomous by Annalee Newitz

Poster Placeholder of - 94 It’s the future (it’s always the future) and drug pirate Jack — known as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood — is giving poor people the medicines they need but can’t afford. All admirable until Jack’s the cause of many lethal overdoses. Eliasz, a military agent, and his robotic partner, Paladin, are tracking her down. While doing so, they form an unusually close bond… sound familiar? Newitz is a master storyteller, and this book is especially powerful because it probes philosophical topics like property, identity, and — of course — autonomy.

Made to Kill by Adam Christopher

Image Place holder  of - 45 Raymond Electromagnet is a detective. He’s also a robot. Programmed to always work to make a profit and with a memory tape limit of only 24 hours, Ray would do just about anything to get some cold hard cash, and he’s sure as hell good at keeping secrets. Hired to find a missing movie star, Ray the robot gets into some serious trouble… making the novel a thrill to read.

Infomocracy by Malka Older

Placeholder of  -38 Infomocracy was on tons of 2016 Best Books lists, and Huffington Post called it “one of the greatest literary debuts in recent history.” It deserves the praise! Political parties spar during an election cycle, twenty years after Information — a powerful search engine — ended international wars and introduced global micro-democracy. How often do you hear about awesome political thrillers?

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Image Placeholder of - 92 This one is really reminiscent of Westworld because it tackles the same fascinating (and scary) topic: consciousness in robots. In All Systems Red, a self-aware android on a mission in space has hacked its governor module and now refers to itself as “Murderbot,” scornful of humans. But when a neighboring mission goes dark, even the robot wants to find out what happened. This novel is especially frightening because it poses the question of what happens when robots outsmart humans… which seems to be very plausible in the near future.

The Boost by Stephen Baker

Place holder  of - 18 What happens when artificial intelligence gets installed into the brains of 99% of the human population? For one, a serious breach of privacy. In The Boost, Ralph notices that the new update to their brain chips will open a surveillance gate that could leave Americans extremely vulnerable… but in an attempt to expose this flaw, Ralph experiences resistance that threatens his life. His chip has been ripped out of his head, so now he has to fight back with his only analog tool: his brain.

Chasing Shadows by David Brin

We’re switching it up with a short story collection — and this anthology is hyper-realistic. Collected by David Brin (a legend) and written by other SF luminaries, Chasing Shadows examines the present-day increase in video surveillance and the state of technological transparency… ultimately revealing what the world might look like down the line (spoiler: dystopia).

If you’re looking for a quick yet horrifying non-fiction read, check out this 2-part article.

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8 Mysteries to Read This Fall

As the leaves turn red and gold and we all turn to tea and blankets for refuge from the cold, we’re on the prowl for more great mysteries to read during the long fall nights. Here’s what’s first up on our list to read with a steaming cup of coffee on a gray morning.

Gone to Dust by Matt Goldman

Poster Placeholder of - 20 A brutal crime. The ultimate cover-up. How do you solve a murder with no useable evidence?

Private detective Nils Shapiro is focused on forgetting his ex-wife and keeping warm during another Minneapolis winter when a former colleague, neighboring Edina Police Detective Anders Ellegaard, calls with the impossible. Suburban divorcee Maggie Somerville was found murdered in her bedroom, her body covered with the dust from hundreds of emptied vacuum cleaner bags, all potential DNA evidence obscured by the calculating killer.

City of Saviors by Rachel Howzell Hall

Place holder  of - 31 After a long Labor Day weekend, seventy-three-year-old Eugene Washington is found dead in his Leimert Park home. At first blush, his death seems unremarkable—heatwave combined with food poisoning from a holiday barbecue. But something in the way Washington died doesn’t make sense. LAPD Homicide Detective Elouise “Lou” Norton is called to investigate the death and learns that the only family Washington had was the 6,000-member congregation of Blessed Mission Ministries, led by Bishop Solomon Tate.

But something wicked is lurking among the congregants of this church.

The Lioness is the Hunter by Loren D. Estelman

Placeholder of  -16Detroit entrepreneur Carl Fannon hires Walker to trace Emil Haas, his partner, whose sudden disappearance has jeopardized their firm’s plans to purchase the historic Sentinel Building. Almost immediately, the missing man shows up and asks the detective to meet him in the empty Sentinel to discuss a top-secret concern. Walker complies, only to find not Haas, but Fannon’s suffocated corpse locked in a basement vault.

Made to Kill by Adam Christopher

Image Place holder  of - 64Raymond Electromatic is good at his job, the lone employee of the Electromatic Detective Agency—except for Ada, office gal and super-computer, the constant voice in Ray’s inner ear. Ray might have taken up a new line of work, but money is money, after all, and he was programmed to make a profit. Besides, with his twenty-four-hour memory-tape limits, he sure can keep a secret.

When a familiar-looking woman arrives at the agency wanting to hire Ray to find a missing movie star, he’s inclined to tell her to take a hike. But she had the cold hard cash, a demand for total anonymity, and tendency to vanish on her own. Plunged into a glittering world of fame, fortune, and secrecy, Ray uncovers a sinister plot that goes much deeper than the silver screen—and this robot is at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

The Bughouse Affair by Marcia Muller and Bill Pronzini

Image Placeholder of - 20In The Bughouse Affair, the first in a series of lighthearted historical mysteries set in 1890s San Francisco, former Pinkerton operative Sabina Carpenter and her detective partner, ex-Secret Service agent John Quincannon, undertake what initially appear to be two unrelated investigations. Sabina’s case involves the hunt for a ruthless lady “dip” who uses fiendish means to relieve her victims of their valuables at Chutes Amusement Park and other crowded places.

Vienna by William S. Kirby

When Justine’s current beau is murdered in the bathroom of her hotel room, she suddenly finds herself thrown into the middle of a deadly conspiracy focusing on a set of antique wooden mannikins-the same ones that are the centerpieces of the photo shoot.

What secret do the mannikins hide, and why is it worth killing over?

Inspired by a classic Sherlock Holmes story, William S. Kirby’s Vienna reimagines Holmes and Watson for the 21st century.

Night Life by David C. Taylor

Michael Cassidy has an unusual background for a New York cop. His father, a refugee from Eastern Europe, is a successful Broadway producer. His godfather is Frank Costello, a Mafia boss. Cassidy also has an unusual way of going about the business of being a cop-maybe that’s why he threw a fellow officer out a third story window of the Cortland Hotel.

Cassidy is assigned to the case of Alexander Ingram, a Broadway chorus dancer found tortured and dead in his apartment in Hell’s Kitchen. Complications grow as other young men are murdered one after the other. And why are the FBI, the CIA, and the Mafia interested in the death of a Broadway gypsy?

Endgame by Bill Pronzini

The Nameless Detective has taken many cases over the years… and this is one for the books.

Or rather, two cases that will test his agency’s resources. Love is in the air…more to the point, love gone awry. One case involves a woman whose husband died accidentally in a remote cabin in the Sierras. The wife isn’t buying that her husband was alone, and is determined to find out his secret and get closure…in spite of any potential heartbreak.

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The Made to Kill ebook is now on sale for $2.99

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The ebook edition of Adam Christopher’s Made to Kill is on sale for only $2.99!* His new novel, Killing is My Businesswill be available July 25th.

About Made to KillIn an alternate version of 1960s Los Angeles, the world’s only robot detective has been turned into a hit man by his corrupted master computer.

Raymond Electromatic is good at his job, the lone employee of the Electromatic Detective Agency—except for Ada, office gal and super-computer, the constant voice in Ray’s inner ear. Ray might have taken up a new line of work, but money is money, after all, and he was programmed to make a profit.

Besides, with his twenty-four-hour memory-tape limits, he sure can keep a secret.

When a familiar-looking woman arrives at the agency wanting to hire Ray to find a missing movie star, he’s inclined to tell her to take a hike. But she had the cold hard cash, a demand for total anonymity, and tendency to vanish on her own.

Plunged into a glittering world of fame, fortune, and secrecy, Ray uncovers a sinister plot that goes much deeper than the silver screen—and this robot is at the wrong place, at the wrong time.

Buy Made to Kill here:

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New Releases: 10/11/16

Here’s what went on sale today!

The Librarians and The Lost Lamp by Greg Cox

The Librarians and The Lost Lamp by Greg CoxTen years ago, only Flynn Carsen, the last of the Librarians, stood against an ancient criminal organization known as The Forty. They stole the oldest known copy of The Arabian Nights by Scheherazade, and Flynn fears they intend to steal Aladdin’s fabled lamp. He races to find it first before they can unleash the trapped, malevolent djinn upon the world.

Today, Flynn is no longer alone. A new team of inexperienced Librarians, led by Eve Baird, their tough-as-nails Guardian, investigates an uncanny mystery in Las Vegas. A mystery tied closely to Flynn’s original quest to find the lost lamp. . . and the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

Treachery’s Tools by L. E. Modesitt Jr.

Treachery’s Tools by L. E. Modesitt Jr.Treachery’s Tools is L. E. Modesitt’s tenth novel in the New York Timesbestselling Imager Portfolio fantasy series and begins thirteen years after the events of Madness in Solidar, Alastar has settled into his role as the Maitre of the Collegium. Now married with a daughter, he would like nothing better than to focus his efforts on improving Imager Isle and making it more self-sufficient.

However, the rise in fortune of the merchant classes in Solidar over the years does not sit well with the High Holders, who see the erosion of their long-enjoyed privileges. Bad harvests and worse weather spark acts of violence and murder. In the midst of the crisis, some High Holders call for repeals of the Codis Legis, taking authority away from the Rex.

Unhonored by Tracy Hickman and Laura Hickman

Unhonored by Tracy Hickman and Laura HickmanEllis Harkington is trapped in limbo between life and death, struggling to escape the domination of an evil force masquerading as her friend, Merrick. Only Ellis has ever escaped him, and now that she has discovered the truth, he wants to make sure she can never escape again.

Merrick’s dark power has turned the seaside town of Gamin, Maine, into a place of nightmares. The town is transformed into a decaying succession of infinite rooms, bottomless stairwells, and boundless corridors filled with never-ending masquerades, balls, and banquets. Each pageant is about the life Ellis lived before her return—each revelation more terrifying than the last.

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Hammer on Bone by Cassandra Khaw

Hammer on Bone by Cassandra KhawJohn Persons is a private investigator with a distasteful job from an unlikely client. He’s been hired by a ten-year-old to kill the kid’s stepdad, McKinsey. The man in question is abusive, abrasive, and abominable.

He’s also a monster, which makes Persons the perfect thing to hunt him. Over the course of his ancient, arcane existence, he’s hunted gods and demons, and broken them in his teeth.

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Made to Kill by Adam Christopher

Made to Kill by Adam ChristopherIn an alternate version of 1960s Los Angeles, the world’s only robot detective has been turned into a hit man by his corrupted master computer.

Ray is good at the job, too—not only does nobody suspect the world’s last robot is a hit man, his fame allows the Electromatic Detective Agency to continue as the perfect front, and with a twenty-four-hour memory limit, he sure can keep a secret.

NEW IN MANGA

How to Build a Dungeon: Book of the Demon King Vol. 1 Story by Yakan Warau; Art by Toshimasa Komiya

Land of the Rising Dead: A Tokyo School Girl’s Guide to Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse Written by Various; Art by Sakazaki Freddie

Magika Swordsman and Summoner Vol. 4 Story by Mitsuki Mihara; Art by MonRin

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R is for Robot

Made to Kill by Adam Christopher
Written by Adam Christopher

Y’know, there’s just something about robots that I like. Maybe it’s because they’re one of those rare creations that actually made the leap from sci-fi to the real world—what started out as a fictional concept of artificial workers ended up as real machines which build our cars and explore the solar system. Maybe it’s because robots are real that we can see what they might one day become. A warp drive that can take us to the next star in the blink of an eye is pure fantasy…but a walking, talking, thinking machine that can make coffee and take out the trash is tantalizingly possible.

Maybe I like robots because they’re just so damned retro, the term first coined in 1921 by Czech writer Karel Capek in his play, R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots). Here, the robots are synthetic, organic people, mass-produced in a factory—the Czech word “robota” meaning forced labor. A little different to what we would call a robot today, perhaps, but it’s the idea that’s key—artificial, manufactured life.

Robots may come and go according to science fiction fashion, but I have three particular favorites of my own.

D84 (Doctor Who: The Robots of Death, 1977)

It won’t surprise anyone to discover that one of my favorite Doctor Who stories is about a bunch of robots who throw Asimov’s three laws out the airlock and start slaughtering the human crew of a vast, floating sandminer that is sucking minerals from the dunes of a distant, unnamed planet. The robots, with their Art Deco stylings, are divided into three classes: Dums, mute worker drones; Vocs, the standard mechanical crewmen; and the Super Vocs, one of which runs the whole operation. As the story unfolds, it is revealed that one of the supposedly silent Dums—D84—can not only speak, but is a secret undercover agent on the trail of dangerous roboterrorist, Taren Capel.

Now, D84 is something of a hero of mine. Played with eerie calmness by Gregory de Polnay, he not only assists the Fourth Doctor and his companion, Leela, to uncover Taren Capel (hiding among the human crew of the sandminer) but, in a noble—and very human—act of self-sacrifice, destroys one of his killer kin to allow the Doctor’s plan to succeed.

Robbie the Robot (Forbidden Planet, 1956)

An obvious choice, but you can’t argue with the most famous robot in all of science fiction. One of the first robots to be shown as a distinct character with his own personality, Robbie’s impressive 7-foot bulk is a true design classic. While the original prop is now part of a private collection, 1:1 replicas are available—George R.R. Martin even has one in his hallway.

Andromeda (A for Andromeda, 1961)

From the famous to the obscure, Andromeda is closer to the R.U.R. concept of robots, being an artificial, organic creation. In the story, a newly operational radio telescope immediately begins receiving signals from the Andromeda galaxy; the signals turn out to be plans for an advanced alien supercomputer. Once the computer is built, it gives instructions for the creation of Andromeda, played by Julie Christie in the original production and by Susan Hampshire in the 1962 sequel, The Andromeda Breakthrough. It might sound a little hokey, but A for Andromeda was co-written by famous cosmologist and astronomer Fred Hoyle with producer John Elliot and is a remarkably ambitious piece of early television sci-fi. The 2006 remake, starring Kelly Reilly as Andromeda and Tom Hardy as her creator, Fleming, is well worth tracking down.

And then there’s this robot called Ray…

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On the Road: Tor/Forge Author Events in November

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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

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Tor Books Announces Programming for San Diego Comic-Con 2015

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Tor Books is heading to San Diego Comic-Con!

 

Once again Tor (Booth #2707) continues our wildly popular *in-booth signings and giveaways, offering you a chance to meet your favorite authors up close and personal and pick up free books. We’ve got a great line up including appearances by: Brandon Sanderson, Charlie Jane Anders, Susan Dennard, and more!

For excerpts, a spotlight on our newest authors, panel schedules, giveaway times and much more, please visit torbooks2015.com. And make sure to follow @TorBooks on Twitter for up to date information and last minute events.

Wednesday, July 8

Thursday, July 9

  • 1:00pm—2:00pm Resurgence of Science Fiction, Room 32AB
    Welcome to the promised land, oh geeks and nerds: your time has come. Star Wars is getting new movies, and so is Star Trek. Andy Weir’s The Martian and John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War are heading to the big and small screens and Mars One is looking for volunteers—Science Fiction and the draw of technology, futurism, space and the final frontier are hot on everyone’s mind. Come join Adam Christopher (Made To Kill), Margaret Stohl, Peter Clines, and others as they discuss this renaissance of SF and why now is an exciting time to live in, for both fiction and fact.
  • 2:30pm—3:00pm Signing to follow in the autographing area, Table AA06
  • 1:30pm—2:30pm Authors of Epic Fantasy, Room 24ABC
    How do you best describe stories of epic fantasy? Expansive worlds with long histories, huge casts of characters, political intrigue, massive battles, magic, legend, and much more… they are indeed epic! Join authors of fantasy fiction Peter Orullian (Trial of Intentions), Susan Dennard (Truthwitch), Peter Brett, and others as they discuss their own works, as well as other popular series that have made epic fantasy one of pop culture’s most successful genres.
  • 3:00pm—4:00pm Signing to follow in the autographing area, Table AA09
  • 2:00pm Tor Booth (#2707) Signing: Greg Van Eekhout, Pacific Fire
  • 3:00pm—4:00pm Worldbuilding, Room 25ABC
    Fact: worlds are important. But how are they made? Join our panel of top authors as they describe how they set the stage for their stories and create a living universe for their characters. Moderated by Charlie Jane Anders (All the Birds in the Sky).
  • 4:30pm—5:30pm Signing to follow in the autographing area, Table AA09
  • 4:00pm—5:00pm I’m Sleeping with the Lights On: Horror and Thriller Authors in Discussion, Room 25ABC
    Horror and thriller books have an amazing way of keeping readers up at night. From demons to zombies, and from historical to even seemingly mundane settings, certain authors can find bone-chilling ways to make sure the reader keep turning the pages. Join Robert Brockway (The Unnoticeables), Mary Kubica, Matthew Riley, and others as they discuss their books and what motivates them to scare you! Moderated by Del Howison (Midian Unmade), owner of the Dark Delicacies Bookstore.
  • 5:30pm—6:30pm Signing to follow in the autographing area, Table AA09

Friday, July 10

  • 11:30am—12:30pm Gender in Science Fiction, Room 24ABC
    Pizza rolls, not gender roles! From the strong female protagonist to the battle of the sexes, Science Fiction has long given us the ability to challenge the way we think about traditional gender roles. Come listen to Maryelizbeth Yturralde, owner of the bookstore Mysterious Galaxy, lead acclaimed authors such as Wes Chu (Time Salvager), Nick Cole, and more in a discussion about the importance of gender in Science Fiction, how Science Fiction novels open our minds to non-traditional ideas, and just what is the difference between gender and sex.
  • 1:00pm—2:00pm Signing to follow in the autographing area, Table AA09
  • 12:00pm—1:00pm Autographing Area, Table AA18 Signing: Luis Royo, The Ice Dragon
  • 2:00pm Tor Booth (#2707) Signing: Brandon Sanderson In-booth sales by Mysterious Galaxy

Saturday, July 11th

  • 12:00pm—1:00pm Family Feud: Sci-Fi vs. Fantasy, Room 7AB
    Calling all Nerds! Since the dawn of time we have argued and contemplated crucial matters: What’s cooler? Who would win in a fight? Who would lose? Star Trek or Star Wars? Ironman or Captain America? Now, in an open forum, join us as other diehard Nerds and geek experts—including Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn series), Chuck Palahniuk, Ernie Cline, and others—prove their mettle by squaring off into furious debates about the hottest topics in geek culture.
  • 1:30pm—2:30pm Signing to follow in the autographing area, Table AA09
  • 4:00pm—5:00pm Epic Fantasy, Room 29AB
    Learn about fantasy literature and book-to-movie adaptations from New York Times bestselling authors Heather Brewer, Jonathan Maberry, Kami Garcia, Brandon Sanderson (Mistborn series) and Maggie Stiefvater. Moderated by Henry Herz.
  • 5:00pm Tor Booth (#2707) Signing: Adam Christopher, Made to Kill

Sunday, July 12

All Tor Booth signings are on a first come first serve basis and while supplies lasts. Limit one book per person.

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