Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2016 Tor.com



A Dead Djinn In Cairo by P. Djeli Clark  Time: 41m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 05/18/16
(Historical Fantasy) In 1912 Cairo, the police investigate the apparent murder of an immortal Djinn.
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Breaking Water by Indrapramit Das  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 02/10/16
(Zombie) In modern India, Krishna encounters (and ignores) a dead woman's body by the river just before the dead start to walk. He feels guilty and determines to do something about it.
Chains by A.J. Hartley  Time: 37m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 06/22/16
(Steam Punk) Anglet is an indentured laborer working on a suspension bridge. Sir William sees something in her, and wants to pay off her indenture and give her better work.
Discards by David D. Levine  Time: 35m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 03/30/16
(Superhero SF; Wild Cards) Tiago, a fifteen-year-old orphan boy scraping by on his own in Rio de Janeiro, contracts the "Wild Card" virus and ends up horribly disfigured. But the virus has given him a gift too.
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Finnegan's Field by Angela Slatter  Time: 36m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 01/13/16
(Fantasy/Horror) Three years ago, nine-year-old Madrigal Baker disappeared. Recently, she returned, and she's still nine. But her mom is sure something else is wrong.
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Freedom is Space for the Spirit by Glen Hirshberg  Time: 49m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 04/06/16
(Modern Fantasy) Thomas travels from Berlin to St. Petersburg at the request of his old mentor. The man proves hard to find, but he must be connected with the bears walking the streets.
Her Scales Shine Like Music by Rajnar Vajra  Time: 31m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 08/03/16
(Hard SF) Left behind on an alien planet while his shipmates return to Earth to secure their claim, Ross struggles to fill the time. Then strange things start to happen.
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Once More Into The Abyss by Dennis Danvers  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 07/13/16
(Present-day SF; Stan) Stan is sure he's an alien, or at least that his parents were, and he's happy to accompany his wife to the abyss, an archaeological site out west associated with aliens.
(Present-day SF; Stan) Stan's dad told the most outrageous stories, and claimed their family were weird because they were really aliens. In retirement, Stan believes it might even be true.
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Recalled to Service by Alter S. Reiss  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 02/24/16
(Fantasy) At the end of the revolution, Ao Laiei raised the war hero Uroie Aei from the dead, but then he disappeared, and she's been seeking him ever since. A dream told her to wait at a cafe, and while she waits, a bomb goes off.
Red As Blood And White As Bone by Theodora Goss  Time: 31m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 05/04/16
(Historical Fantasy) In Eastern Europe between the wars, Klara works as a kitchen maid. One night she admits a woman she thinks is a lost fairy-tale princesses into the castle.
Small Wars by Matt Wallace  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 01/19/16
(Urban Fantasy; Sin du Jour) Ritter's "Sin du Jour" comes to Wales to extract some Welsh gold from an abandoned mine. Supposedly abandoned.
The Art Of Space Travel by Nina Allan  Time: 42m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 07/27/16
(SF/Mainstream) The crew of the new Mars mission are coming to the hotel where Emily works, and her mom is starting to say strange things about her involvement with the last Mars mission.
(Alternate History Fantasy) Oona works for The Company making the land across the Mississippi stand still so they can survey and tame it.
The Great Detective by Delia Sherman  Time: 42m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 02/17/16
(Steampunk) In 1880s London, Sir Arthur's "Illogic Engine" has gone missing, so he seeks help from Mycroft Holmes.
The Maiden Thief by Melissa Marr  Time: 32m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 01/27/16
(Dark Fantasy) Verena wants to stop the killer who takes one local girl every year. And she's just barely old enough to be a target herself.
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The Night Cyclist by Stephen Graham Jones  Time: 28m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 09/21/16
(Horror) There's a quiet war in Boulder between hikers and cyclists, but whatever ripped two hikers' throats out must have been the cyclist from Hell.
(Superhero SF; Wild Cards) In New York City, ugly mutants stay in Jokertown, but teenage Rikki and her friends want to do some exploring. It’s not exactly illegal, but it’s not exactly safe either.
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The Three Lives of Sonata James by Lettie Prell  Time: 26m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 10/05/16
(Mind Uploading) The prospect of living forever through "iterations" is still new, and not everyone likes it. Sonata wants to make a statement by declaring she will only upload twice.
The Weight Of The Dead by Brian Hodge  Time: 50m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 06/01/16
(Post Apocalypse) Melody's father pays the price for murder--exile with the corpse of his victim chained to his back. Despite the risks, she's willing to do anything to help him.
Tom, Thom by K.M. Ferebee  Time: 29m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 02/03/16
(Horror) What if the fairies brought a changeling but forgot to take the original child? Little Tom wanted a brother, but "Thom" is strange in many ways.
Typecasting by Harry Turtledove  Time: 30m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 06/15/16
(Alternate History) It's 1980, and a Sasquatch, Bill Williamson, is governor of "Jefferson," a state carved out of Oregon and California.
Up from Hell by David Drake  Time: 41m (Novelette)  IssueTor.com 08/18/16
(Historical Fantasy) Around 500 BC, mercenary soldier Taranis leaves camp for a few days after trouble over a captured woman who claim to be a witch.

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(Magical Realism) Hannah watched her sister Melanie die, incinerated with her own magic. Hannah can't accept that and sets out to use her own magic to put things right.
A Pest Most Fiendish by Caighlan Smith  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 11/16/16
(Historical Fantasy) Pippa and her automaton attempt to destroy an undead pest infesting the future site of a chalet.
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(Modern Fantasy) The young narrator is miserable in New York, and her only real friend is an old vampire who tries to mentor her.
Burned Away by Kristen Simmons  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 09/14/16
(Mannerpunk) 16-year-old Caris tries to investigate a labor riot to prove she's a journalist. She meets a boy who seems to enjoy it all too much.
Clover by Charlie Jane Anders  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 10/25/16
(Modern Fantasy) Anwar and Joe get an unexpected cat and a promise of nine years of good luck. Things are great, until nine years later they get another cat.
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Dragons of Tomorrow by Kathleen Baldwin  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 11/30/16
(Post Apocalypse) In the rural midwest, Nora and her little brother flee the approach of one of the "dragons" that destroyed civilization eleven years ago.
Dune Time by Jack Nicholls  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 04/19/16
(Modern Fantasy) Tariq, a young Arab revolutionary, joins his brother Hasan in the desert to hide from the police. They're taking time-lapse photos of the dunes for a documentary. How dangerous could that be?
Dune: Red Plague by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 11/01/16
(Space Opera; Dune) People on Walgis are dying, but the Butlerian Jihad dictates that no advanced medicine may be used.
Everything that Isn't Winter by Margaret Killjoy  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 10/19/16
(Post Apocalypse) Just as things are looking up, survivors in a Northwest community face a threat from the east.
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First Kill by Jennifer Fallon  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 01/26/16
(High Fantasy) To complete his apprenticeship in the Assassins Guild, Kiam Miar must prove himself. Oddly, his target is a prostitute, but how hard could that be?
(Fantasy) In which we read an exchange of letters between a naturalist who claims to have discovered a cockatrice and a lady who is skeptical.
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La Beauté Sans Vertu by Genevieve Valentine  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 04/27/16
(Fashion SF) Maria is a super model in a future that doesn't hesitate to modify the bodies of the models for maximum impact.
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Listen by Karin Tidbeck  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 03/09/16
(Fantasy Science) In the far future, Mika translates for a group of ambassadors who're looking for a new home on the moon of a gas giant.
Lullaby For A Lost World by Aliette de Bodard  Time: 08m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 06/08/16
(Horror) Charlotte's sacrifice kept the forces of chaos at bay, but only for a while, and in her grave, she grows resentful.
meat+drink by Daniel Polansky  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 10/26/16
(Horror) A group of homeless inner-city vampires struggles to survive in East Baltimore.
Ratspeak by Sarah Porter  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 08/24/16
(Urban Fantasy) Little Ivan wants nothing more than to learn the language of rats so he can talk to them, but the rats don't appreciate his interest in them.
Reverse Documentary by Marisela Navarro1  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 11/09/16
(Horror) Dino still loves Jennifer, seven months after her death, but he's not so fond of her ghost, which doesn't want him to move on.
(Time Travel) The time traveler sets up an apartment inside Lincoln's skull in the moment before the bullet arrives. Then things get strange.
(Hard SF; Jackaroo) On the planet First Foot, the small town of Joe's Corner faces conflict over building a radio telescope close to local alien artifacts.
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Terminal by Lavie Tidhar  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 04/13/16
(Planetary SF) A vast fleet of "jalopies" carry individuals on a one-way trip from Earth to Mars. People do it for different reasons, some of which we learn about in this story.
That Game We Played During the War by Carrie Vaughn  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 03/16/16
(SF) Despite not being a telepath, Calla worked out a way to play chess with her captor, Major Larn, during the recent war. Now they're going to finish their game.
The Caretakers by David Nickle  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 01/20/16
(Mainstream) A group of people travel from all over the country to meet their mysterious benefactor.
The City Born Great by N.K. Jemisin  Time: 20m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 09/28/16
(Modern Fantasy) A young hustler discovers that he's supposed to play a big role in transforming New York from a city to a City. If he can survive it.
The Destroyer by Tara Isabella Burton  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 04/20/16
(Scientific Fantasy) In an alternate history where Rome never fell, a woman scientist clones herself and looks for ways to augment her creation.
The Eye of the Swan by Kelly Robson2  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 10/11/16
(Mannerpunk) Newly raised to dutchess by the untimely death of her inlaws, Diane struggles to understand the role and not be dominated by others.
The Forest Girl by L.E. Modesitt Jr.  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 10/27/16
(High Fantasy) Alyiakal wants to join the Magi'i, but if he can't internalize the rules for Chaos and Order, he'll be stuck fighting with the Mirror Lancers, like his father. And his obsession the beautiful girl he sees slipping into the forest isn't help
The Glass Galago by A.M. Dellamonica  Time: 22m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 01/06/16
(High Fantasy; Stormwrack) Captain Gale Feliachild and her handsome first mate, Garland Parrish, must find the inscription for a spell that turns people's skins into glass. Entertaining.
The High Lonesome Frontier by Rebecca Campbell  Time: 13m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 09/07/16
(Musical SF) A song composed in 1902 influences people for the next 166 years.
The Key to the Coward's Spell by Alex Bledsoe  Time: 21m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 08/31/16
(High Fantasy) Eddie, a private eye with a sword, seeks help from an unusual quarter as he searches for a missing boy.
The Loud Table by Jonathan Carroll  Time: 17m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 11/02/16
(Present-day SF) Four retired men meet every day for conversation. One of them worries he's showing symptoms of Alzheimer's.
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The Pigeon Summer by Brit Mandelo  Time: 16m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 05/11/16
(Ghost Story) A young person mourning the loss of their best friend/lover, going days doing nothing but watching a nest of pigeons and writing letters to a ghost.
The Story of Kao Yu by Peter S. Beagle  Time: 24m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 12/07/16
(Chinese Fantasy) Sometimes a  unicorn assisted Judge Kao Yu, and because he was so just and honest, he never feared its judgment. Until now.
The Weather by Caighlan Smith  Time: 12m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 03/23/16
(SFF) Teenage Lolly lives in a dying, desert town. But something worse than economics is killing the town.
The Weight Of Memories by Cixin Liu  Time: 09m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 08/17/16
(Present-day SF) A woman communicates with her unborn baby, which has all of her memories as a result of an experiment.
There Will Always Be a Max by Michael R. Underwood  Time: 19m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 04/07/16
(Fantasy; Genrenauts) Genrenauts patrol the multiverse looking for stories about to break out. King plays a "Max" in a post apocalyptic South Africa.
Those Who Watch by Ruthanna Emrys  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 05/24/16
(Horror) Elaine works at the Crique Foudre Community College library, where the books can punish you for disrespect.
Through The Eyes Of A Bluebird by Laura Lam  Time: 15m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 05/19/16
(Near-Future SF) Once a year, the government sends someone to visit the secretive Mana's Hearth commune just outside San Francisco. Tobias shares his experience.
Totem Poles by Rudy Rucker and Bruce Sterling  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 08/10/16
(SF Humor) Space aliens have invaded, but they're repairing the world--not destroying it--and not everyone is happy with that.
Traumphysik by Monica Byrne  Time: 14m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 06/29/16
(Fantasy Science) During WWII, Lucy serves alone on a Pacific atoll. To pass the time, she conducts experiments to determine if physics works in dreams.
Two's Company by Joe Abercrombie  Time: 23m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 01/12/16
(High Fantasy Humor) A warrior woman and a thief fleeing from the south meet a male warrior fleeing from the north in the middle of a bridge. Then it gets complicated.
Your Orisons May Be Recorded by Laurie Penny1  Time: 18m (ShortStory)  IssueTor.com 03/15/16
(Fantasy Humor) Angels who operate the Celestial Switchboard fielding mortal prayer requests get frustrated and even depressed.
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