For months we’ve followed the Watch the Skies campaign â€“ a glimpse of things to come, myriad free novels (including heavy hitters like Brandon Sanderson’s Mistborn, John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War, Robert Charles Wilson’s Spin and many others) and other goodies been given away. All the festivities were leading up to the launch of the new Tor.com.
Well, the wait’s over â€“ in a slightly buggy form.
Tor.com, a site for news and discussion of science fiction, fantasy, and all the things that interest SF and fantasy readers, is an initiative of Tor Books and of the Macmillan group of publishers. It presents original short fiction, new sequential art, extensive art galleries, and commentary on science fiction and related subjects by a wide range of writers from all corners of the science fiction and fantasy field. Its aim is to provoke, encourage, and enable interesting and rewarding conversations with and between its readers.
Things are already looking up at Tor.com with a load of free reading, lots of blog posts and articles by well known authors and editors and even exclusive content (like a new short story by John Scalzi in the Old Man’s War universe) and even a growing community of Speculative Fiction fans (I’ve joined!).
Between this and Random House’s recently launched Suvudu, it looks like some of the larger publishers are finally stepping up to the plate and really embracing the idea of the blogosphere. Tor.com and Suvudu are going in different directions, but together I expect this can only be a good thing for all fans of good genre fiction!
Tor.com can be found HERE.