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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 nearly 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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Fritz Foy, President and Publisher of Tom Doherty Associates

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My path to Tom Doherty Associates began in January 1967—the day that I bought the first Star Trek novel, the Ace edition of The Fellowship of the Ring, and a used copy of Detective Comics #326 at Marley’s in East Hampton, NY. I still have all three.

After beginning my career at Simon & Schuster, I’ve spent the last 21 years working at Macmillan in a variety of roles: sales, marketing, operations, technology, workflow, production, and analytics, and most recently as the Senior Vice President of Strategic Technology and the proud Publisher of Tor.com.

I want a book to show me a new world—be it a season of history I’ve not yet explored, a new scientific frontier, or a cosmos that only previously existed within the soul of its author. My hope as the Publisher of Tom Doherty Associates is to create well-written books that impart a sense of wonder through the pleasure of reading and the beauty of language. If you can approach a story with the same limitless excitement and curiosity as if it were a storybook from childhood, you can explore further than you ever thought possible.

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Devi Pillai, Vice President and Publisher, Tor, Tor Teen, and Starscape

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As publisher of Tor, Tor Teen and Starscape, I believe very strongly in a few things—great author care, great books, and great talent.  Tor is the top science fiction and fantasy publisher in North America, and perhaps the world. We’re always looking for new and diverse voices, innovative publishing models, and people who want to bring joy to what they do, whether it’s editorial, sales, production, marketing, or publicity. We love what we do —and I think it shows.

I bring a variety of experiences from different science fiction and fantasy houses, and I’ve worked in mainstream fiction as well. Prior to Tor, I spent ten years at Orbit US. My tastes are wide-ranging, from epic fantasy and dystopian science fiction to women’s fiction and, yes, thrillers.  I’m a sucker for pacing and deftly sketched characters; I also have the bloody-minded nature of a thirteen-year-old boy. I love to be thrown head first into the story. 

Current authors include Brandon Sanderson, Christopher Paolini, Jenn Lyons, and Arkady Martine. Past authors include New York Times bestselling authors such as Brent Weeks, Gail Carriger, Lilith Saintcrow, and Joe Abercrombie; World Fantasy and Nebula nominee Kate Elliott; and Hugo award-winning author N. K. Jemisin.

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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, Executive Editor, Tor, Forge, Nightfire

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

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Since 2013, I’ve been HEA with Tor/Forge Books where I’m actively acquiring speculative fiction as well as select works of nonfiction for all ages.

For Tor, Tor Teen, and Starscape: I’m interested in character-driven fantasy, near-future science fiction, and original horror. I’m particularly fond of speculative and secondary-world stories that reflect and comment on our current social and political climate. I’m eager for submissions featuring underrepresented and marginalized characters.

For Forge: I’m mostly interested in smart works of humor and fun, feminist nonfiction of the Jenny Lawson, Allie Brosh, Mary Roach, or Sarah Knight variety.

I’m a fan of whatever makes me laugh—crow’s feet for days over here—so I’d love to see anything told in a smart, funny voice. I’m a sucker for stories about journalism, surveillance, conspiracies, the occult, and best friendships. Bonus points if they’re set in the Pacific Northwest.

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Bob Gleason, Executive Editor, Tor, Forge

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I prepared for the New York publishing industry by getting a Masters in English Literature and attending the Sorbonne, all of which was bankrolled by seven nightmarish years in Gary in steel mills. I’ve been in the book business pretty much forever. (When I started out, we first chiseled books out of the walls of caves.)

I’ve worked at S&S-Pocket Books and Playboy Press, and I’ve been at Tor/Forge for the last three decades. Some of the books I have worked on have included Douglas Preston’s The Kraken Project, William Forstchen’s One Second After, Howie Carr’s Hitman, Robert Heinlein’s Requiem, Harold Robbins’s The Predators, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle’s Beowulf ’s Children, Gary Jennings’ Aztec Autumn, Heather Graham and Jon Land’s The Rising, and Whitley Strieber’s Alien Hunter, which became a hit TV series called Hunters. I’ll work on pretty near anything, but I have an instinctive affinity for global thrillers of apocalyptic dimensions (I occasionally write them myself).

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. I love science fiction and fantasy, and I enjoy a horror story now and again. 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, and I like both commercial and literary fantasy and science fiction. I would also like to see 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 fantasy worlds, new science, and how these impact the everyday lives of people.

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 L. E. Modesitt, Sue Burke, Brian Staveley, Karen Osborne and Sarah Kozloff.

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

Voicey as hell adventure, in the vein of KINGS OF THE WYLD by Nicholas Eames, AUTONOMOUS by Annalee Newitz, VICIOUS by V. E. Schwab, NEVERNIGHT by Jay Kristoff

Upmarket but accessible fiction set in our real world with light/beautiful touches of magic woven into it, along the lines of reads like of A SECRET HISTORY OF WITCHES by Louisa Morgan, AMONG OTHERS by Jo Walton, STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel

Modern-feeling epic fantasy with inclusive worlds, like some of my recent favorites: THE RUIN OF KINGS by Jenn Lyons, THE POPPY WAR by R. F. Kuang, THE BLACK TIDES OF HEAVEN by J. Y. Yang, THE UNSPOKEN NAME by A. K. Larkwood

Gorgeous writing and enchanting, immersive worlds that completely steal you away as they do in books like A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V. E. Schwab, THE FIFTH SEASON by N. K. Jemisin, THE BEAR & THE NIGHTINGALE by Katherine Arden

Fresh takes on magic school, that feel as original and engaging and fresh as in MAGIC FOR LIARS by Sarah Gailey and EVERY HEART A DOORWAY by Seanan Mcguire

I’m currently looking for reads more on the fantasy/fantastical/mystical 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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Will Hinton, Executive Editor

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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, adventure with a breakneck pace and plenty of bloodshed; 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, James Islington, Sam Sykes, Seanan McGuire (as Mira Grant), and the duo behind James S. A. Corey.

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 as senior editor for Nightfire in November 2019, following a stint as an indie bookseller 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 love cleverly subverted horror tropes with contemporary twists. I’m seeking speculative fiction with a dark bent, surreal Twilight Zone-type stories gone malicious, and literary stories with subtle horror veins throughout. I want creatively reinvented nightmarish fairytales & folklore — from all cultures please, not just Western! And I’m eager to find coming of age stories with monsters as metaphors, or where the monsters are inside of us. Most importantly, I want to promote and champion diverse authors, own voices, and multicultural stories rooted in experiences and worlds that may be otherwise marginalized.  

I’m so excited to see what fresh horror stories are out there, but I’m especially eager to be surprised by manuscripts that blow away all my expectations!

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Beth Meacham, Executive Editor, Tor Books

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I’ve been with Tor for more than thirty years, joining Tom Doherty and company in 1984, only a few years after the company was founded. My primary focus has always been science fiction and fantasy, though I have also acquired and edited historical novels, science-related nonfiction, thrillers, and mysteries.

I love SF, and I am always looking for books that ignite my sense of wonder, that show me the universe in a way I’ve never seen it before—and also tell a great story about interesting and fully created characters. My recent projects include science fiction novels by Orson Scott Card (the Ender universe books and the current Lost Gate series), David Brin (Existence), Steven Gould (Jumper and the newest sequel, Exo, as well as all his other novels), Ken Scholes (The Psalms of Isaak), fantasies by Melanie Rawn (Touchstone and sequels), Elizabeth Bear (Range of Ghosts and its sequels), and Randy Henderson (Finn Fancy Necromancy).

Like my favorite genres, I seek the new, the wonderful, the stories that need to be told, and the writers who can show those things to us.

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Chris Morgan, Editor, Tor, Forge

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Before my move to Tom Doherty Associates, I spent time helping build two different genre-based communities focused on putting the readers and fans first. I am a lifetime fanboy who was lucky enough to turn his passions into something positive for readers everywhere. This philosophy continues to shape my own personal tastes as I am constantly searching for projects that inspire excitement and more than 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 look forward to building a list that is 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, high-tech and science based thrillers, near-future military fiction, and epic fantasies. 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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Melissa Ann Singer, Senior Editor, Tor, Forge, Nightfire

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I often refer to myself as an “editor of all work” and I’ve edited just about every kind of adult fiction we publish, from westerns to horror, historicals to police procedurals, spy novels to epic fantasy, and back again. If it’s genre fiction, I’m happy.

As an editor, I tend to be plot-driven—a story must be well-structured and play fair with the reader—but I also demand convincing settings and living, breathing, characters. I don’t believe all protagonists must be likable, though they should be sympathetic.

Books for adult readers only, please.

I’m looking for:

Horror fiction: I’m open to nearly anything creepy, frightening, or unsettling. Authors sourcing from non-Western and non-Christian traditions especially welcome.

Epic fantasy/“muscular fantasy”: Quests, battles, and/or continent-spanning journeys of adventure and self-discovery. Magic, sailing ships, horses/camels/beasts of burden, and good swordplay. Rebellion and revolution. Definitely looking for non-Western-derived cultures/worlds/magic/deities.

Science fiction: space opera or space adventure. Let’s explore planets; make first or second contact; bring down an evil, galaxy-spanning empire.

Disaster stories: killer avalanches or wildfires, horrible diseases, plane crashes, technology gone bad…preferably with a diverse cast.

Mystery and suspense: I prefer professional sleuths—cops and private eyes, forensic specialists and scientists–and spies (including the corporate variety).

Historical: I love historical fiction but my desires here are very niche. Please query!

I’m eager to see characters who represent the full spectrum of people in the real world and works by writers whose voices we have not heard before.

I am not currently accepting unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.

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Miriam Weinberg, Senior Editor, Tor, Tor Teen

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Having been in publishing for nearly 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, and I’m most actively looking for books across the speculative fiction field–and I like to keep an eye on related subgenres, like horror (more Shirley Jackson than Freddy Kreuger),  modern noir (think Megan Abbott), and historical fiction (particularly if it has an unusual focus or added bit of magic).

I’ve always been a huge fan of authors who can exemplify the best traits of genre writing, and books that can use speculative conventions to shine a light on the world as it is. I’m partial to those authors who have been able to walk the line between mainstream and genre fiction; authors like N. K. Jemisin, Kelly Link, and Elizabeth Acevedo. Voice is one of the crucial draws for me–and I’m particularly interested in finding those that are underrepresented in the current marketplace. 

Above all, I look for compelling storytelling, evocative world-building, and strong writing—and I am very willing to be surprised by a submission unlike any of the above. 

I tweet as @miriamannew, where you can often find me talking about more specific things on my wishlist.

I am not currently taking unagented or unsolicited manuscripts.