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We hope to see many of you San Diego Comic-Con! If you are there, stop by Booth #2707 to say hi or to participate in one of our many events.

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Starred Review: Hurricane Fever by Tobias S. Buckell

Hurricane Fever by Tobias S. Buckell“Buckell has written a smart and well-constructed tale that’s filled with excitement and the flavor of the Caribbean isles… So don’t wait for a dark and stormy night to read this novel; you’ll have plenty of fun.”

Tobias S. Buckell’s Hurricane Fever got a starred review in Kirkus!

Here’s the full review, from the June 1 issue:

Place holder  of - 33 A stormy, aptly named thriller set in the Caribbean of the near future.

“Destruction brewed in the far-off trade winds,” writes the narrator, who spent his early years in Grenada and the Virgin Islands. In this story, hurricanes are rated up to Category 6, yet humans threaten to do even more damage than nature. Prudence “Roo” Jones is a former operative of the Caribbean Intelligence Group who now wants simply to enjoy sailing his catamaran, Spitfire II, and dodge an approaching hurricane. He thinks he has “left all that spy shit behind.” Then a friend and a relative die, a package arrives, and Roo is up to his dreadlocks in trouble. A mysterious woman named Kit claims to be the sister of Roo’s dead friend Zee, and a company named Beauchamp Industries may prove a bigger threat than the worst of storms. There are terrific action scenes with flying debris, falling bodies, poisoned projectiles and tattooed neo-Nazis. Roo (don’t call him Prudence) is a tough gent who can take seemingly endless physical abuse and never look like a victim. Violence is present, of course, but it’s never excessive or gory. The stakes are higher than one might expect, and even the specter of racism comes into play. Buckell has written a smart and well-constructed tale that’s filled with excitement and the flavor of the Caribbean isles. The only nit is the prominence of Aves Island, a rock squabbled over by Venezuela and Barbados that in reality barely peeks out of the ocean but in the story hosts skyscrapers and a harbor patrol. But any reviewer who points that out is just reaching for something to criticize.

So don’t wait for a dark and stormy night to read this novel; you’ll have plenty of fun.

Hurricane Fever will be published on July 1.


The Future is Hot, It’s Getting Hotter

Arctic Rising by Tobias S. Buckell

By Tobias S. Buckell

William Gibson was famous for saying the future was here already, it was just unevenly distributed. A quote I’ve loved, as I grew up on a boat in the Caribbean. I remember that in a five year period starting at around ten years old, I lived that quote as I traveled from an isolated area in the developing world all the way to ending up living near a US city.

I was living a very isolated existence in the southern Caribbean where most of the Western world was a science fiction-like setting I saw on the television occasionally (I saw TV when ashore, not as much on the boat). When I moved to the US and British Virgin Islands I used my first elevator, saw my first department store, ate my first fast food meal (and threw up, my body couldn’t even make sense of it). Was exposed to computers. It was a new sort of world.

It wasn’t more than a few years later I took a jet to Washington DC to visit my stepdad’s parents. Flying over the eastern seaboard of the US reminded me of the city-wide planet of Trantor from Isaac Asimov’s novels. The highway system we saw as my new grandparents drove us from DC to Ohio blew my mind. In five years I’d moved from one existence, to another. Unevenly distributed futures is a phrase that is very personal to me.

When I decided to explore the nature of global warming for Arctic Rising one of the things I wanted to explore was that sort of complexity. The world is large and the future that isn’t here yet will still also be unevenly distributed, and the fall out from a changing climate will be as well. It’s not that water will dry up and places will get warmer. It’s that some places will have get more arable land, and others get drought. Some places will get more rain. More snow. Some places will be colder. There will be more storms. Some people are going to get rich. There will be an oil boom in the Arctic. There will be Arctic Tiger nations. And it’s going to be an interesting mess of human activity.

How will ordinary people live in this unevenly distributed future?  For most, the primary concerns will be the same as always: having enough food, water, and shelter.  For others, like Anika Duncan, a polar airship pilot from Nigeria and my main character, the world will be a complex and challenging place as she is caught up in a geo-political storm.


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#TorChat February Sweepstakes

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We hoped you enjoyed today’s #Torchat and look forward to your participation next month. Many thanks to our guests, Tobias Buckell, Steven, John, and Kristen Simmons for joining us on Twitter today.

One lucky winner will receive an bundle of books from today’s special #TorChat guests. Leave a comment below to enter.

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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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