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Tor Books, an imprint of the Macmillan unit Tom Doherty Associates, is a New York-based publisher of hardcover and softcover books. Founded in 1980, Tor annually publishes what is arguably the largest and most diverse line of science fiction and fantasy ever produced by a single publisher. Books from Tor have won every major award in the SF and fantasy field, including a significant number of Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards. Tor authors include Orson Scott Card, Charlie Jane Anders, Cory Doctorow, V. E. Schwab, Robert Jordan, Catherynne M. Valente, L.E. Modesitt, Jr., Jo Walton, John Scalzi, Jacqueline Carey, David Weber, Annalee Newitz, Brandon Sanderson, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Charles Stross, Madeleine Ashby, Cixin Liu, Elizabeth Bear, and Terry Goodkind, among others. In addition, Tor Books has won the Locus Award for Best Publisher 30 years in a row.

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Tom Doherty, Chairman

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For over forty years, Tor Books, Forge Books, Tor Teen, and Starscape have been dedicated to publishing the best in genre fiction for adult, teen, and middle-grade readers. In 1979, when I founded the company, our intent was to focus on fiction, often grounded in science past, present, and future, starting with prehistoric fiction—which would be science fiction based on anthropology—and stretching across history and the present into a future which is often extrapolated from possibilities suggested in physics and other scientific fields of today.

The resulting list not only includes books from a wide range of genres, but has managed to win recognition in all of these fields. A diverse list like ours comes from an editorial staff with diverse interests. I want editors to reach beyond those founding concepts. To have the freedom to do work that interests them with authors that they enjoy reading. Our editors bring passion to every project and are dedicated to finding and publishing the best books in every genre. It is a pleasure to introduce them to you.

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Devi Pillai, President and Publisher of Tom Doherty Associates

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Devi Pillai is the President and Publisher of TDA (Tor, Tordotcom, Forge, Starscape, Tor Teen and Nightfire).

She has over twenty years of publishing experience at HarperCollins, Hachette, and Macmilian where she worked at a variety of science fiction, fantasy, and mainstream imprints. She was the founding editor at Orbit, where she worked for over a decade and which published The Witcher; James S. A. Corey’s Expanse series; the works of Brent Weeks, Gail Carriger, and Joe Abercrombie; and Hugo award-winning authors N. K. Jemisin and Ann Leckie.

Since joining Tor in 2016, she has overseen the publication of many award-winning and bestselling authors, including V. E. Schwab, Cixin Liu, and Mary Robinette Kowal. Her own authors currently include Brandon Sanderson, Christopher Paolini, Jenn Lyons, and Arkady Martine, whose debut novel A Memory Called Empire won the 2020 Hugo Award.

A fan at heart, she describes herself as having the bloody-minded reading tastes of a thirteen-year-old boy. She is always receptive to skillful pacing and deftly sketched characters, and of course assassins and dragons.

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Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Vice President, Associate Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief, Tor

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I’ve been with Tor Books for nearly thirty years, during which time I had the good fortune to work both with some of the great figures of SF and fantasy’s past—writers I grew up reading, like Arthur C. Clarke, Poul Anderson, and Damon Knight—and also with some of the best younger writers to emerge in the last quarter-century. I’m particularly proud of the debut novels I’ve published, by writers including Maureen F. McHugh, Susan Palwick, Cory Doctorow, Jo Walton, John Scalzi, Ada Palmer, and Charlie Jane Anders. Novels I edited for Tor have won Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards, and, to my amazement, I’ve won three Hugo Awards and a World Fantasy Award for editing.

In recent years I’ve come to spend more and more time in a management role, working alongside Devi Pillai to direct our SF and fantasy lines. So I’m being careful about adding to my personal editorial commitments. Today I’m just as likely to respond to an exceptional new opportunity by helping another editor acquire, position, package, and sell it.

That said, if there’s great unpublished SF or fantasy out there, I want to see it. There are certain storytelling qualities that always grab me. One of them is a strong distinctive voice. Another is the sense that in reading this story, I’m learning something real about the world. Works set on alien planets, or in invented fantasy universes, can tell us things that are as true as stories bounded by the here-and-now. Joanna Russ’s Whileaway doesn’t actually exist, but then, neither did Madame Bovary. What’s important—to me—is saying something real, and meaning it.

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Claire Eddy, Editorial Director for Tor, Nightfire, Tor Teen

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They say that those who can’t do, teach. In college, I envisioned becoming a professor in medieval studies, teaching generations of students and toiling away as a nameless handmaiden of history. But the editing life called its siren song and for more than thirty years I’ve worked at Tor, indulging in my many passions in genre fiction – fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mysteries. I’ve had the honor of  working with such wonderful authors as Jacqueline Carey, Juliet Marillier, Ramsey Campbell, Sherrilyn Kenyon, Gene Wolfe…and many others, too many to count. 

I’ve spent the better part of my adult life working with authors to (hopefully) make their stories and dreams the best that they can be, becoming that “third eye,” general nudge, and all around pain in the butt to accomplish this feat. I give encouragement when I can, instruct when possible, and, again, hopefully contribute in some small way to sharing in the dream, giving readers new worlds and delightful puzzles.

And the best part? I still get to do this and every day feels as fresh as my very first day at Tor did. There is no other feeling like that in the world…

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Will Hinton, Editorial Director for Tor, Nightfire, Tor Teen

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I joined Tor Books in August 2018 following five years at Orbit Books and nine years at Harper Voyager.

I love ambitious, original science fiction that illuminates truths about who we are and how we live, everything from sweeping space opera to accessible, visionary hard sf to high concept genre-bending novels which some might fail to see as SF; epic fantasy with grand, immersive worlds, absorbing and distinctive characters, and adventure with a breakneck pace; and the full range of exploratory, imaginative stories from unique voices that need to be heard.

I’ve had the good fortune to work with such authors as Ann Leckie, Kim Stanley Robinson, Christopher Paolini, Shelley Parker-Chan, T.L. Huchu, James Rollins, and the duo behind James S. A. Corey.

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Sanaa Ali-Virani, Assistant Editor, Tor, Tordotcom

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I have been with TDA since 2019 and am excited to be building my list. I am seeking science fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction, at novel- and novella-length, with a preference for character-driven stories.

Across sub-genre, I tend to be drawn to books that are ultimately hopeful, and that carry a sense of adventure and exploration—whether that means setting off on a quest, delving into secrets of the past, or uncovering new corners in one’s own home.

Some of my particular interests include:

Deep dives into religion. Hook me with an interesting take on the god-king, immortals, false idols, reluctant deities, dead gods, or another angle. I am especially interested in set-ups that are not a direct analog to an extant religion or to the Greco-Roman pantheon [Brandon Sanderson’s work, Kushiel’s Dart].

Myths, folktales, legends, and epics. A good retelling will absolutely catch my attention, but I am even more excited about fiction that feels like myth or folklore without necessarily being based on a specific tale [The Tiger’s Daughter], as well as fiction that draws on a body of lore and makes it its own [The Bird King, On Fragile Waves].

I love an ensemble cast that makes me change my mind about my favorite character depending on who’s currently on the page; stories centering families, born or made; a diversified group with niche roles that comes together to make a united whole (think heist team, D&D party, spaceship crew, sports team) [Leverage, Haikyu, Sufficiently Advanced Magic].

I also love to see BIPOC and/or LBGTQIA+ characters as well as fiction that looks beyond Western norms. I am eager for all sorts of these stories, but those with South Asian, East African, or Japanese touchstones; immigrant and refugee narratives; and frameworks that defy or subvert gender and gendered societal roles will hit personal notes for me.

I have a weakness for books that can’t decide if they’re fantasy or science fiction [Light From Uncommon Stars], and also enjoy stubbornly SFF stories that nevertheless stretch into adjacent genres, particularly romance or historical fiction [This Is How You Lose the Time War, The Watchmaker of Filigree Street].

I am actively seeking submissions from authors of underrepresented backgrounds. Above all I am looking for stories that push the borders of genre from within. And I am always open to falling in love with something I didn’t even know I wanted!

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Rachel Bass, Associate Editor

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I have been at Tor since late 2016 and I am so thrilled to begin building my list.

I’m seeking adult fantasy and science fiction for Tor Books, with a particular emphasis on character-driven stories and a unique narrative voice. I’m particularly drawn to less-explored fantasy settings (i.e. somewhere other than Europe), and am actively looking queer and/or BIPOC stories. I have a taste for literary SFF and queer retellings of classic stories (any queer Shakespeare retellings would be an absolute dream project for me), but there’s nothing like a good, commercial, voicey adventure. I love anything that makes me say, “I have never read anything quite like this before!”

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Ali Fisher, Executive Editor, Tor, Nightfire, Forge, Tor Teen, Starscape

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Since 2013, I’ve been HEA with TDA where I’m actively acquiring speculative fiction and humorous nonfiction.

I’ve had the honor of acquiring and editing work from so many incredible authors including #1 New York Times bestselling authors Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark (Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered), New York Times bestselling author TJ Klune (The House in the Cerulean Sea, The Extraordinaries), popular ao3 writer Everina Maxwell (Winter’s Orbit), comedian Joe Pera and illustrator Joe Bennett (A Bathroom Book for People Not Pooping or Peeing But Using the Bathroom as an Escape), and many more.

For Tor, Nightfire, Tor Teen, and Starscape: I’m interested in diverse and inclusive speculative stories under the umbrellas of character-driven fantasy, “five minutes into the future” science fiction, and original horror.

For Forge: I’m most interested in feel-good, humorous nonfiction.

I’d love to see submissions by BIPOC authors and I’m a fan of whatever makes me laugh—crow’s feet for days over here—so please send me funny manuscripts to read! I’m also a sucker for stories about best friendships.

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Jennifer Gunnels, Editor, Tor, Nightfire

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I would best describe myself as a genre omnivore. That said, I admit I love science fiction a bit more than fantasy. Hard SF, soft SF, squishy SF. Horror in space or on a planet. First contacts. You name it. I am particularly drawn to first contact and well-done alien cultures, and I also admire complex world building with political machination, heists, and compelling characters. Material that’s hard to categorize in terms of which genre it inhabits often delights me. I appreciate veins of weirdness, or dark humor. Novels with ensemble casts and found families engage me a great deal.

Both commercial and literary science fiction and fantasy are welcome. I would love to see some more “in-system” science fiction as well as more international material whether that be the author’s country of origin or the story’s characters and content. Material from indigenous peoples regardless of country would be very welcome in my inbox.

In all cases, however, I want nuance—in the worlds, in characters, in dialogue. The books that I find most compelling engage with new ideas, alternate or immersive worlds, and new science.

My current list includes military sf as well as epic and political fantasies. I have the pleasure of working with a number of talented Tor authors such as Sue Burke, J. S. Dewes, Karen Osborne, L. E. Modesitt, and Brian Staveley.

I am also open to considering SF/F novellas for Tor.com Publishing and short stories for Tor.com.

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Lindsey Hall, Senior Editor, Tor, Forge

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I’m looking for a wide range of adult speculative fiction for the Tor list, and below are just a few of the elements I’d love to see in my next reads —

Epic fantasy with inclusive worlds and fresh takes on fantasy tropes and archetypes: like the orcs and necromancy in A. K. Larkwood’s THE UNSPOKEN NAME; Kell’s very peculiar coat and the approach to fantasy portals in V. E. Schwab’s A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC; and reluctant partners / arranged relationships in WINTER’S ORBIT.

Dark contemporary fantasy with clear writing, instantly compelling voice, and high intensity pacing like in Sunyi Dean’s THE BOOK EATERS and V. E. Schwab’s VICIOUS.

Voice-y as hell adventures like Nicholas Eames’s KINGS OF THE WYLD, Christopher Buehlman’s THE BLACKTONGUE THIEF, and Annalee Newitz’s AUTONOMOUS (bonus points if the read makes me laugh but isn’t ‘comedic SFF’!)

Relationships that feel lived in, like the friendships in Kings of the Wyld and the family dynamics in Ryka Aoki’s LIGHT FROM UNCOMMON STARS. I’m open to seeing romantic relationships where the characters are already past the beginning / first falling in love stages when we meet them and are in the seemingly more ‘mundane’ stable years of a long-term partnership (+ fangirl forever for the moment when partners fight back to back!)

All things witchy, and particularly interested in sisterhoods and covens that are inclusive of POC, queerness, and aren’t strictly tied to the binary.

Grounded, earthy magics of all kinds (relating to plants, the moon, stars, dirt, blood, bone, etc!) in both high fantasy and fantasies set in our world. Like in T. Kingfisher’s NETTLE & BONE and Tessa Gratton’s QUEENS OF INNIS LEAR.

Family sagas and generational / multi-time period stories that show how events and magic play out across time and within families like in Rita Wood’s THE LAST DREAMWALKER or Louisa Morgan’s A SECRET HISTORY OF WITCHES.

I’m a sucker for magic school esque settings and loved the studying and training scenes in R. F. Kuang’s THE POPPY WAR, the found family feeling at the Home for Wayward Children in Seanan McGuire’s EVERY HEART A DOORWAY, and getting to see things from magical adults’ and teachers’ perspectives in Sarah Gailey’s MAGIC FOR LIARS.

I’m currently looking for reads more on the fantastical side of speculative fiction rather than outer space/technological side, but if a book has the right voice, I’ll read and love just about anything. Voice that hooks you right away and pacing and tension that won’t let you go are very important to me – with clear stakes and deeply felt consequences along the way ideally. And I’m always very open to falling in love with something I didn’t even know I wanted until I’ve seen it.

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Kelly O'Connor Lonesome, Senior Editor, Nightfire, Tor

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I joined Tor in 2019, following a stint as an indie bookseller in California, and careers at Orbit Books and Harper Voyager/William Morrow. I’m actively acquiring adult horror for Nightfire, and am searching for unique stories to keep me up at night.

I’d love to see submissions from writers of color, and I want to promote and champion multicultural stories rooted in experiences and worlds that may be otherwise marginalized.

I love cleverly subverted horror tropes with contemporary twists. I’m seeking speculative fiction with a dark bent, and thrilling stories that turn malicious. I want creatively reinvented nightmarish fairytales and folklore — and I am prioritizing those not from Western canon! My favorite themes and tropes include class & power imbalances, hauntings, false prophets, company towns, toxic relationships, meta horror, body horror, and psychological terror.

I’m so excited to see what new horror stories are out there, but I’m especially eager to be surprised by manuscripts that blow away all my expectations. If it doesn’t fit neatly into a category, it’s probably right for me!

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Chris Morgan, Editor, Tor, Forge

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I started my time at Tor and Tom Doherty Associates with one singular goal. Publish stories that I would want to read. I’m a lifetime fanboy who has been lucky enough to turn his passion for genre books into something positive for readers everywhere. I am constantly searching for projects that inspire excitement and more than a little bit of obsession.

Media tie-ins and genre fiction have always been my primary love when it comes to books. Now that I am here at Tor/Forge I find my list centered on fun, commercial fiction driven by great characters and told with a strong voice. I love exciting adult stories full of action. I am looking for all kinds of, Heroic and Epic Fantasy, high-tech and science based thrillers, and near-future military fiction. Most of all, I love a story that grabs your attention with a great hook and keeps you turning the page.

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Miriam Weinberg, Senior Editor, Tor, Tor Teen

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Having been in publishing for more than a decade, I’ve been lucky to work with a wide-range of wonderful authors and phenomenal colleagues.

I’m currently acquiring adult and YA books, with an emphasis on the former.

I’ve always been a huge fan of authors and books that can use speculative conventions to shine a light on the world as it is–and I am happiest when I can explode the lines of market conventions! Give me your genre mash-ups, your high-brow-low-brow subversive narratives, and characters that make a reader *feel*. I’m particularly interested in making space for authors with a novel approach to storytelling, and in encouraging a more inclusive readership (and supporting authors) that better represents the plethora of human experiences and joys.

While I tend first to look for evocative world-building, distinctive style, and strong writing–I am always delighted to be entirely surprised by voices and narratives that don’t match anything that I’ve previously known.

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.