Join Tor Books at San Diego Comic-Con!

The Tor Books team is thrilled to be back at in-person San Diego Comic-Con this year, with a full lineup of panels, author signatures, and giveaways. Read on for the full schedule of Tor events – and if you can’t have fun in San Diego, you can always play at home with Tor’s SDCC sweepstakes; the details are here!

Thursday July 21

From idea to shelves: the remix
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Room 24ABC
A comprehensive and honest look at the state of the book publishing industry post-pandemic. How have publishing, agenting, book to film and related fields changed over the past two years? What do you need to know about the industry today to present your project or improve your career? Agents, managers, and publishing professionals come together to answer questions about how to take your writing career from blank page to sale. Ava Jamshidi (Industry Entertainment), Kelly Lonesome (Tor Books), Kathleen Ortiz (KO Media Management), Holly Root (Root Literary), Lars Theriot (Industry Entertainment) and Erika Turner (Little Brown, Books for Young Readers) discuss strategies and tips for writing the group project and getting representation. Moderated by Nathan Bransford.

friday july 22

Shaping the Future: Transgressing Gender in Science Fiction
11am-12pm

Room 32AB
Charlie Jane AndersDreams bigger than sorrow), Ryka Aoki (Uncommon starlight), Pierce Brown (red climb), Blake Crouch (Upgrade), and Paul Cornell (Rosebud) discuss their individual approaches to SF and what makes it such an inclusive and groundbreaking genre for exploring the possibilities of the future. Each of these authors pushes the boundaries of what science fiction can be, merging it with other genres to explore new worlds and new adventures. Moderated by Dr. Jeanelle Horcasitas (educator, tech writer, and speculative futurist).

Tor overview panel
5:30-6:30 p.m.

Room 29CD
Tor publishes some of the greatest science fiction, fantasy and horror stories. This panel highlights some of the books that Tor, Tor Teen, Tordotcom Publishing, and Nightfire have to offer. Book lovers from the Tor teams – Desirae Friesen (advertising manager), Jordan Hanley (senior marketing manager), Alexis Saarela (senior associate advertising director) and Renata Sweeney (deputy marketing manager) – preview new and upcoming SFF, and maybe even a few surprises.

Saturday July 23

Tor Teen + MCPG Presents: Families of Blood and Magic
10am-11am
Room 7AB
The saying goes that blood is thicker than water, but what happens when magic is thrown into the mix or when galactic friendships are formed? Susan Dennard (The lights), Aiden Thomas (Cemetery Boys), Lizz Huerta (The lost dreamer), and Namina Forna (Walleyes), join moderator Anne Heltzel (Just like mom) for a discussion of found and biological families – and all the positives, negatives and complexities that come with the territory.

Create the scary moments of crawling and grabbing the throat
11am-12pm
Room 29AB
The creators examine the writing of horror scenes, from slow construction to metaphorical jump scares. Scare yourself with Kiersten White (To hide), Anne Heltzel (Just like mom), Clay McLeod Chapman (ghost eaters), and moderator Maryelizabeth Yturralde.

Something Wicked Happens Around Here: Spooky Fantasy
3-4 p.m.
Room 23ABC
Monsters, ghosts and witches – oh my! Even an apocalypse can’t ruin this party! Seanan McGuire (Seasonal fears), James Rollin (The starless crown) and Heather Walter (Malice) discuss writing at the intersection of fantasy, horror, and suspense. This panel is for anyone who loves their dark side fantasy and generally prefers to chill with bad guys. Moderated by Michelle Bucud (Social Media Coordinator, Mysterious Galaxy).

The best trot: prove love to all real buckaroos
8-9 p.m.
Room 25ABC
Moderator Dr. Chuck Tingle hosts a group of real buckaroos for a panel on how the best place to find your true self is often between the pages of books. Authors Ryka Aoki (Uncommon starlight), Heather Walter (Malice) and Foz Meadows (A strange and stubborn endurance) discuss everything from using speculative fiction to exploring ideas of gender and sexuality, to what “proving love” means to them. There will also be talks about aliens, donuts, spooky summer camps, magic.

Sunday July 24

Tor Books: It’s Us Against The World
2:30-3:30 p.m.
Room 23ABC
Defeating the villain is hard work, and no one can do it alone. A panel of writers discuss what it takes to bring together a motley crew to defeat incredible odds. The chosen ones are out and the dream teams (or nightmare teams) are here. Olivie Blake (The Atlas Six), Susan Dennard (The lights), James Rollin (The starless crown), and RR Virdi (The first binding) join moderator Ryka Aoki (Light from an uncommon stars) for a discussion of difficult alliances, fraternities and found families. Whether it’s a shadow thief and her shady friends, exiles from the secret society, a hustler claiming old favors, a seer gathering a crew to fight the moon, or From a cast of six uniquely talented magicians, these writers prove that what’s important isn’t what you know, it’s who you know.

And here’s the full list of author signings and giveaways, all of which take place at Tor Books, booth #2701:

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