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Tor Books is the primary imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, a publishing company based in New York City. It primarily publishes science fiction and fantasy titles, and publishes the online science fiction magazine Tor.com.

Tor Books
Tor Books 2016.jpg
Parent company Macmillan
Founded 1980; 38 years ago (1980)
Founder Tom Doherty
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Flatiron Building, New York City
Distribution Macmillan (US)
Melia Publishing Services (UK)[1]
Key people Tom Doherty
Publication types Books, E-books
Imprints Forge, Starscape, Tor Teen, Orb, Tor.com
Official website us.macmillan.com/torforge

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HistoryEdit

 
The Tor Books logo used until 2015.

Tor was founded by Tom Doherty in 1980. Tor is a word from Old English meaning the peak of a rocky hill or mountain,[2] as depicted in Tor's logo.[3] Tor Books was sold to St. Martin's Press in 1987. Along with St. Martin's Press; Henry Holt; and Farrar, Straus and Giroux, it became part of the Holtzbrinck group, now part of Macmillan in the US.[4]

ImprintsEdit

Tor is the primary imprint of Tom Doherty Associates.[5] There is also the Forge imprint that publishes an array of fictional titles, including historical novels and thrillers. Tor Books also publishes two imprints for young readers: Starscape (for readers 10 years of age and up) and Tor Teen (for readers 13 years of age and up).[6] Tor Books also has the Tor.com imprint that focuses on short works such as novellas, shorter novels and serializations.[7]

A United Kingdom sister imprint, Tor UK, also exists and specializes in science fiction, fantasy, and horror, while also publishing young-adult crossover fiction based on computer-game franchises.[5] Tor UK briefly maintained an open submission policy, which ended in January 2013.[8]

Orb Books publishes science-fiction classics such as A.E. Van Vogt's Slan.

Tor Teen publishes young-adult novels such as Cory Doctorow's Little Brother and repackages novels such as Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game for younger readers.

Tor Labs produces podcasts.[9]

A German sister imprint, Fischer Tor, was founded in August 2016 as an imprint of S. Fischer Verlag (which also belongs to Holtzbrinck Publishing Group).[10] It publishes international titles translated into German, as well as original German works. Fischer Tor also publishes the German online magazine Tor Online, which is based on the same concept as the English Tor.com online magazine, but has its own independent content.[10]

AuthorsEdit

E-booksEdit

Tor publishes a range of its works as e-books and, in 2012, Doherty announced that his imprints would sell only DRM-free e-books by July of that year.[11] One year later, Tor stated that the removal of DRM had not harmed its e-book business, so they would continue selling them DRM-free.[12]

AccoladesEdit

Tor won the Locus Magazine poll for best science fiction publisher in 29 consecutive years from 1988 to 2016 inclusive.[13]

In March 2014, Worlds Without End listed Tor as the second-most awarded and nominated publisher of science fiction, fantasy and horror books, after Gollancz.[14] At that time, Tor had received 316 nominations and 54 wins for 723 published novels, written by 197 authors.[14] In the following year, Tor surpassed Gollancz to become the top publisher on the list.[15]

By March 2018, Tor's record had increased to 579 nominations and 111 wins, across 16 tracked awards given in the covered genres, with a total of 2,353 published novels written by 576 authors.[16]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "List of client publishers". Melia Publishing Services. Archived from the original on December 27, 2017. 
  2. ^ "tor". Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House. Retrieved March 21, 2018. 
  3. ^ Mangu-Ward, Katherine (December 2008). "Tor's Worlds Without Death or Taxes". Reason. Archived from the original on August 11, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Tor Books". The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. December 20, 2017. Archived from the original on March 21, 2018. 
  5. ^ a b c "About Tor UK – A Blog from the Tor UK Team and Authors". Tor UK. Pan Macmillan. 2014. Archived from the original on July 24, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b "Tor/Forge". MacMillan Publishers. Macmillan. 2014. Archived from the original on November 28, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Announcing Tor.com the Imprint". Tor.com. Macmillan. May 28, 2014. Archived from the original on January 24, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Submitting a Novel to Tor UK". Blogs – Science Fiction and Fantasy. Pan Macmillan. January 29, 2013. Archived from the original on March 21, 2018. 
  9. ^ Liptak, Andrew (May 2, 2017). "Tor Books announces a new fiction imprint dedicated to experimental storytelling". The Verge. Archived from the original on December 25, 2017. 
  10. ^ a b "Fischer Tor". S. Fischer Verlage (in German). 2016. Archived from the original on August 19, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Tor/Forge E-book Titles to Go DRM-Free". Tor.com. Macmillan. April 24, 2012. Archived from the original on March 9, 2018. 
  12. ^ Geuss, Megan (May 4, 2013). "Tor Books says cutting DRM out of its e-books hasn't hurt the business – A look at the sci-fi publisher a year after it announced it would do away with DRM". Ars Technica. Archived from the original on March 21, 2018. Early this week, Tor Books, a subsidiary of Tom Doherty Associates and the world's leading publisher of science fiction, gave an update on how its decision to do away with Digital Rights Management (DRM) schemes has impacted the company. Long story short: it hasn't, really. 
  13. ^ "Locus Award Winners by Category – Publishers". The Science Fiction Awards Database. Archived from the original on September 4, 2017. 
  14. ^ a b "Top Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror (SF/F/H) Publishers". Worlds Without End. 2014. Archived from the original on March 31, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Top Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror (SF/F/H) Publishers". Worlds Without End. 2015. Archived from the original on March 22, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Top Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror (SF/F/H) Publishers". Worlds Without End. 2018. Archived from the original on March 21, 2018. 

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