Wednesday, January 3, 2018

2017 Tor Novellas

A Long Day in Lychford by Paul Cornell  Time: 1h:26m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 10/31/17
(Modern Fantasy; Lychford) Autumn learns that casting spells when drunk and angry has bad results when she accidentally shatters Lychford’s magical defenses and traps a number of people inside unstable space-time bubbles.
A Song For Quiet by Cassandra Khaw  Time: 59m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 08/29/17
(Horror; Persons Non Grata) Deacon James plays the blues, but on a train ride a new melody gets into his head. Something powerful enough to change people’s lives—or end them.
Acadie by Dave Hutchinson  Time: 1h:07m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 09/05/17
(SF Adventure) Even after 500 years, Earth is still after the founders of the Colony, so when a probe wanders into their system Duke has to find a way to get everyone to safety.
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Agents of Dreamland by Caitlin R. Kiernan  Time: 1h:17m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 02/28/17
(SF Horror) Signalman investigates the origins of a mysterious fungus that killed some cultists in California.
All Systems Red by Martha Wells  Time: 1h:43m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 05/02/17
(SF Thriller; Murderbot Diaries) A “security bot” assigned to support a survey team impresses them with its competence as a series of things go wrong. What they don’t know is that it has disabled the governor that prevents it from hurting people.
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Binti: Home by Nnedi Okorafor  Time: 1h:51m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 01/31/17
(Fantasy Science; Binti) After a year at college offworld, Binti comes back to Africa for a visit. Her relatives aren’t pleased with how she’s changed nor with the violent alien friend she brings with her.
Brother's Ruin by Emma Newman  Time: 2h:13m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 03/14/17
(Historical Fantasy; Industrial Magic) In order for her to marry her fiance, help her brother and pursue her secret career as an illustrator, Charlotte has to keep her magic a secret.
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Buffalo Soldier by Maurice Broaddus  Time: 1h:37m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 03/28/17
(Steampunk Thriller) In a very different 20th-Century North America, Desmond tries to smuggle a young boy across the border from independent Tejas to the free land of the Five Civilized tribes.
(Portal Fantasy; Wayward Children) Twin sisters, Jack and Jill, escape from overbearing parents into The Moors, a fantasy land where werewolves and vampires are real.
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Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by Seanan McGuire  Time: 2h:08m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 01/10/17
(Horror) Jenna has lived in New York City ever since she died forty years ago. Now something is happening to New York City’s ghosts, and she’s determined to find out what and stop it—if it doesn’t find her first.
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Gluttony Bay by Matt Wallace  Time: 1h:43m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 11/07/17
(Modern Fantasy Horror; Sin du Jour) Now that Sin du Jour is in open conflict with Allenby, something terrible is bound to happen. Allenby has something suitably sadistic in mind, tailored to the unique nature of Sin du Jour.
Greedy Pigs by Matt Wallace  Time: 1h:41m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 05/16/17
(Modern Fantasy; Sin du Jour) The staff of Sin du Jour are honored to be invited to cater the inauguration of the president of the magical “shadow government” that really runs the world.
Idle Ingredients by Matt Wallace  Time: 1h:45m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 02/07/17
(Modern Fantasy; Sin du Jour) Sin du Jour gets a new liaison, who mesmerizes the men, alienates the women, and starts making unwelcome changes.
Killing Gravity by Corey J. White1  Time: 1h:47m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 05/09/17
(Space Opera; Voidwitch) She calls herself Mars. She’s running from the authorities, who want to use her powerful telekinetic powers. Powers that leave scores of dead in her wake.
Lightning in the Blood by Marie Brennan  Time: 1h:27m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 04/25/17
(High Fantasy; Varekai) As Ree and Aadet track down a murderous band of rebels led by people loyal to the usurper they defeated a few years ago, Ree meets a migrant group who may hold the key to her forgotten past.
Mandelbrot the Magnificent by Liz Ziemska  Time: 1h:07m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 11/14/17
(Historical Fantasy) An account of how the young Benoit Mandelbrot learned he could affect physical reality with his mathematics and how he tried to mount a defense against the Nazi’s in France.
Mapping the Interior by Stephen Graham Jones  Time: 1h:15m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 06/20/17
(Horror) At 12, Junior thinks his dead father has returned to protect his family. There’s a lot Junior doesn’t know about his father—living or dead.
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Passing Strange by Ellen Klages  Time: 2h:08m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 01/24/17
(Historical Fantasy Romance) In San Francisco in 2015, an old Japanese woman spends her last days dealing with mysterious unfinished business involving the 1940 disappearance of a friend who illustrated pulp magazines.
Proof of Concept by Gwyneth Jones  Time: 1h:33m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 04/11/17
(Dystopia) A few centuries from now, on a dying Earth, Kir joins a team trying to build an interstellar teleportation device. Unfortunately, to get funding they have to incorporate the crew from a reality show.
River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey  Time: 1h:53m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 05/23/17
(Alternate History) Winslow Houndstooth takes a federal commission to clear feral hippopotamuses from the Mississippi valley, but he has another target in mind.
(Diesel Punk) In an alternate 1960s LA, Ray is the last robot in the world, and he's working as a hit man.
Taste of Marrow by Sarah Gailey  Time: 2h:06m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 09/12/17
(Alternate History) While Adelia and Hero try to rescue Adelia’s kidnapped baby, Archie and Houndstooth try to find Hero.
The Black Tides of Heaven by JY Yang  Time: 2h:13m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 09/26/17
(Epic Fantasy; Tensorate) The Protector’s twin children threaten her absolute rule. Their magic is almost as strong as hers, and they pursue technology as well.
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The Ghost Line by Andrew Neil Gray and J.S. Herbison  Time: 1h:36m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 07/11/17
(SF Thriller) Saga and her husband help a client take over a mothballed luxury spaceship between Earth and Mars. There’s something the client isn’t telling them, though. Something deadly.
(Near-Future Fantasy) In the dried-out ruins of an Iowa town, anarchists cope with a demon deer they summoned to protect themselves from “predators” but which seems to have its own definition of the word.
(Horror) Molly has an affliction: whenever she bleeds, the blood grows into duplicates of her. Duplicates who always want to kill her.
The Red Threads of Fortune by JY Yang  Time: 2h:04m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 09/27/17
(Fantasy Adventure; Tensorate) Mokoya and her brother use their powerful magic to defend Bataanar from external attack which her mysterious new love interest may be involved with.
The Twilight Pariah by Jeffrey Ford  Time: 1h:50m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 09/13/17
(Horror) College friends Henry, Maggie, and Russell decide to play archeologist in the back yard of an old, abandoned house, but things get serious when they find the deformed skeleton of a child.
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Weaver's Lament by Emma Newman  Time: 2h:03m (Novella)  IssueTor Novella 10/17/17
(Alternate History Fantasy Adventure; Industrial Magic) Charlotte’s brother Ben needs her help to stop a saboteur who keeps destroying looms at the factory where he’s apprenticed. Magic may be involved, but she has to keep her own abilities secret.

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