Entry updated 28 June 2021. Tagged: Publication.
Online Magazine in blog form, published since July 2008 by Tor Books. The domain had in the past been used as Tor's website in the conventional sense of a publisher's site. In May 2014, Tor.com was also announced as the name of a new Tor imprint for novella-length ebooks and audiobooks, with a print-on-demand option and possibly even standard print publishing for a select number of titles. The editorial staff includes Ellen Datlow, Patrick Nielsen Hayden and Ann VanderMeer [for full current list see the "About Us" page under links below].
Tor.com publishes original fiction in shorter forms, plus general sf commentary, reviews, and revisitings or rereadings of notable past sf and fantasy. Many items in the last category have been written by Jo Walton, with a representative selection gathered in book form as Walton's What Makes This Book So Great (coll 2014). Kage Baker's similar posts on early sf Cinema are assembled as Ancient Rockets: Treasures and Trainwrecks of the Silent Screen (coll 2011). Much strong fiction has first appeared at Tor.com: contributing authors with entries in this encyclopedia include Michael Bishop, Jonathan L Howard, Kij Johnson, Bruce McAllister, Rudy Rucker, John Scalzi with an Old Man's War story, Bruce Sterling, Charles Stross with tales in his Laundry sequence, Ian Tregillis, Harry Turtledove (see Baseball), Steven Utley, Jo Walton and Daniel H Wilson.
This free Webzine is both popular and successful. Several individual stories have been shortlisted for Awards. Kij Johnson's "Ponies" (17 January 2010) tied for the short-story Nebula; Charlie Jane Anders's "Six Months, Three Days" (8 June 2011) won the Hugo as best novelette; S L Huang's "As the Last I May Know" (23 October 2019) also won a Hugo as best short story. Tor.com itself won the Locus Award as best magazine in 2015 and each year from 2017 to 2021.
Following Six Tor.com Science Fiction & Fantasy Stories from the 2010 Locus Recommended Reading List (anth 2011 ebook), with no editorial credit, the annual anthology series beginning with Some of the Best from Tor.com (anth 2011 ebook) has been compiled by Patrick Nielsen Hayden with various co-editors, and issued in ebook form only. There have been several other samplers and selections, all published as ebooks, such as The Stories: Five Years of Original Fiction on Tor.com (anth 2013 ebook), and Future Dreams (anth 2018 ebooks), neither credited. The only print selection so far is Worlds Seen in Passing (anth 2018) edited by Irene Gallo. [DRL]
see also: Chesley Awards.
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