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Off Armageddon Reef

Safehold series #1

by David Weber

Humanity pushed its way to the stars - and encountered the Gbaba, a ruthless alien race that nearly wiped us out.

Earth and her colonies are now smoldering ruins, and the few survivors have fled to distant, Earth-like...


By Schism Rent Asunder

Safehold series #2

by David Weber

The world has changed. The mercantile kingdom of Charis has prevailed over the alliance designed to exterminate it. Armed with better sailing vessels, better guns and better devices of all sorts, Charis faced...


Earth Awakens

The First Formic War #3

by Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston

The story of The First Formic War continues in Earth Awakens.

Nearly 100 years before the events of Orson Scott Card's bestselling novel Ender's Game, humans were just beginning to step off Earth and out into...


Lock In

by John Scalzi

A blazingly inventive near-future thriller from the best-selling, Hugo Award-winning John Scalzi.

Not too long from today, a new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience...


Fate of Worlds

Fleet of Worlds #5, Ringworld #5

by Larry Niven & Edward M. Lerner

For decades, the spacefaring species of Known Space have battled over the largest artifact—and grandest prize—in the galaxy: the all-but-limitless resources and technology of the Ringworld. But without warning...


Out of the Dark

by David Weber

The Galactic Hegemony has been around a long time, and it likes stability--the kind of stability that member species like the aggressive, carnivorous Shongairi tend to disturb. So when the Hegemony Survey Force...


The Bloodline Feud (incorporating The Family Trade and The Hidden Family)

by Charles Stross

The Bloodline Feud: an omnibus edition of the first two novels in Charles Stross's The Merchant Princes series

The six families of the Clan rule the kingdom of Gruinmarkt from behind the scenes. They are a mixture...


All the Birds in the Sky

by Charlie Jane Anders

From the editor-in-chief of io9.com, a stunning novel about the end of the world--and the beginning of our future

Childhood friends Patricia Delfine and Laurence Armstead didn't expect to see each other again,...


The Girl Who Ruled Fairyland--For a Little While

by Catherynne M. Valente

This original short story tells the tale of how a girl named Mallow defeated King Goldmouth with the help of the Red Wind, Mr. Map, and many fairyland friends new and old--from Catherynne M. Valente, author...


Star Bridge

by James Gunn & Jack Williamson

The galaxy's inhabited planets are held together by the repressive Eron Company, the apparent holder of the secret to faster–than–light travel through the Tubes, the network linking the scattered worlds...


Grace Immaculate

by Gregory Benford

When we encountered the aliens, we thought we knew the story they were telling. But we were looking at the wrong end . . .


Some of the Best from Tor.com: 2011 Edition

by Charlie Jane Anders, James Alan Gardner, Yoon Ha Lee & Nnedi Okorafor et al.

A collection of some of the best original short fiction published on Tor.com in 2011. Includes stories by Charlie Jane Anders, James Allan Gardner, Yoon Ha Lee, Nnedi Okorafor, Paul Park, Matthew Sandborn Smith,...


After the Battle on Starship Hill

by Vernor Vinge

"After the Battle on Starship Hill" is more than 12000 words of prologue from Vernor Vinge's forthcoming novel, The Children of the Sky. Taking place on Tines World, this mini e-book describes events of the...


Redshirts: Chapters 1-4

by John Scalzi

THEY WERE EXPENDABLE . . . UNTIL THEY STARTED COMPARING NOTES

A free preview of Redshirts, the astonishing new science-fiction yarn from John Scalzi.

"Redshirts is (a) ruin-your-underwear funny, (b) a mind-bender...


Tor/Forge Author Voices: Volume 1

by Kristin Sevick

Ever wanted to hunt a notorious ghost through the halls of a spooky old house? Be swept away at a Regency ball? Solve a murder mystery, Vegas style? Then Tor and Forge might have the perfect summer read for...


Tor/Forge Author Voices: Volume 2

by Stacy Hague-Hill

Do you have the guts to steal from the Queen of England? Or the survival instincts to survive a zombie apocalypse? Have you ever wondered what your cat is staring at in a seemingly empty room? In this collection...


Tor/Forge Author Voices: Volume 3

by Stacy Hague-Hill

For over three decades Tor and Forge have been proud to publish some of the most beloved and respected works of genre fiction.

With this sampler, we are pleased to present a one-of-a-kind collection of articles...


Ender's Game

The Ender Saga #1

Hugo Award for Best Novel 1986, Nebula Award for Best Novel 1986

by Orson Scott Card

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy,...


Stealing Light

The Shoal Sequence #1

by Gary Gibson

For a hundred and fifty thousand years, the alien Shoal have been hiding a terrible secret behind a façade of power. In the twenty-fifth century, they dominate the galaxy and control all trade and exploration,...


Speaker for the Dead

The Ender Saga #2

Hugo Award for Best Novel 1987, Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel 1987, Nebula Award for Best Novel 1987

by Orson Scott Card

In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: The Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War.

Now, long years later, a second alien race has...