Get 'em while they're free
Science fiction and fantasy publisher Tor is launching Tor.com, an online site with stories and art, authors blogging and facebook-like community features, all with a focus on otherworldly fiction. i09 editor Annalee Nuwitz writes, "Reading Tor.com is like jumping into a room where a lot of my favorite scifi writers and bloggers are chatting. Can't wait for more!"
This week - until Sunday - Tor.com is giving away books and digital versions of original art. You can download html, PDF or mobile versions of 24 titles, including John Scalzi's "Old Man War" and "Mistborn" by Brandon Sanderson. Just like the text, the art comes in cell phone, laptop and big screen sizes.
For people who already know the books, it's not a big deal, but for someone like me -- who has an abiding affection for science fiction but has fallen woefully behind -- it's a wonderful invitation to get back in the slipstream.
cover art for "Zoe's Tale" by John Scalzi copyright John Harris / Tor.com