Welcome, readers! We’ve had a busy summer in short fiction with stories about chess-playing bears, post-human civilizations, mystical Italian towns, interstellar rally races, AI cars, PIs dabbling with the unknown, a dragon going off the rails, and a job that never ends! Download the Summer 2023 Tor.com Short Fiction Bundle to check out all the amazing original stories we’ve published over the last few months!
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Our Summer 2023 Short Fiction bundle includes:
- “The Star-Bear” by Michael Swanwick
- “After the Animal Flesh Beings” by Brian Evenson
- “Ceffo” by Jonathan Carroll
- “Detonation Boulevard” by Alastair Reynolds
- “What It Means To Be A Car” James Patrick Kelly
- “Headhunting” by Rich Larson
- “The Three O’Clock Dragon” by John Wiswell
- “The Job at the End of the World” by Ray Nayler
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About the Authors
Michael Swanwick has received the Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon, World Fantasy and Hugo Awards, and has the pleasant distinction of having been nominated for and lost more of these same awards than any other writer. His novels include Stations of the Tide, Bones of the Earth, two Darger and Surplus novels, and The Iron Dragon’s Mother. He has also written over a hundred and fifty short stories – including the Mongolian Wizard series on Tor.com – and countless works of flash fiction. He lives in Philadelphia with his wife, Marianne Porter.
Brian Evenson is the author of a dozen books, most recently the story collection The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell (2021). His penultimate collection, Song for the Unraveling of the World (2019), won the Shirley Jackson Award and the World Fantasy Award and was a finalist for the Ray Bradbury Prize. Other recent books include A Collapse of Horses (2016) and The Warren (2016). His novel Last Days won the ALA-RUSA award for Best Horror Novel of 2009. His novel The Open Curtain was a finalist for an Edgar Award and an International Horror Guild (IHG) Award. His 2003 collection The Wavering Knife won the IHG Award. He is the recipient of three O. Henry Prizes, an NEA fellowship, and a Guggenheim Award. His work has been translated into more than a dozen languages. He lives in Los Angeles and teaches at CalArts.
Jonathan Carroll has written twenty books including Bathing the Lion, The Woman Who Married a Cloud, The Crow’s Dinner, and The Land Of Laughs. His new novel Mr. Breakfast was published by Melville House in January 2023. He lives in Vienna.
Alastair Reynolds was born in Wales in 1966. He has a Ph.D. in astronomy. From 1991 until 2007, he lived in The Netherlands, where he was employed by The European Space Agency as an astrophysicist. He is now a full-time writer. Alastair’s books include the Revelation Space novels and Permafrost.
James Patrick Kelly is the author of many novels and short stories, including Look Into the Sun, the Hugo-winning “Think Like a Dinosaur,” and the Nebula-winning Burn. He lives in New Hampshire.
Rich Larson was born in Galmi, Niger, has lived in Spain and Czech Republic, and currently writes from Montreal, Canada. He is the author of the novels Ymir and Annex, as well as the collection Tomorrow Factory. His fiction has been translated into over a dozen languages, including Polish, Italian, Romanian, and Japanese, and adapted into an Emmy-winning episode of LOVE DEATH + ROBOTS. Find him at instagram.com/richlarsonwrites or patreon.com/richlarson.
John Wiswell is a disabled writer who lives where New York keeps all its trees. He won the 2021 Nebula Award for Short Fiction for his story, “Open House on Haunted Hill,” and the 2022 Locus Award for Best Novelette for “That Story Isn’t The Story.” He has also been a finalist for the Hugo Award, British Fantasy Award, and World Fantasy Award. His stories have appeared in Uncanny Magazine, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Diabolical Plots, Nature Futures, and other fine venues. Hi debut novel, SOMEONE YOU CAN BUILD A NEST IN, will be published by DAW Books in Spring 2024. He can be found making too many puns and discussing craft on his Substack, johnwiswell.substack.com.
Ray Nayler is the author of the critically acclaimed, Locus Award winning novel The Mountain in the Sea. Called “One of the up-and-coming masters of SF short fiction” by Locus, Nayler’s stories have seen print in Asimov’s, Clarkesworld, Analog, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Lightspeed, Vice, and Nightmare, as well as in many “Best Of” anthologies. His stories have won the Clarkesworld Readers’ poll and the Asimov’s Readers’ Award, and his novelette “Sarcophagus” was a finalist for the Theodore Sturgeon Award.
Born in Quebec and raised in California, Nayler lived and worked abroad for two decades in Russia, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Vietnam, and Kosovo. A Russian speaker, he has also learned Turkmen, Albanian, Azerbaijani Turkish, and Vietnamese. He is currently a visiting scholar at the Institute for International Science and Technology Policy at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. He holds an MA in Global Diplomacy from the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy at SOAS, the University of London. His novella The Tusks of Extinction will be published by Tor.com in January of 2024.