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The true "golden age" of science fiction and fantasy is now. Tor Essentials presents
science fiction and fantasy from recent decades, reintroduced for readers of today.

An omnibus of the acclaimed trilogy from the 1980s, each set in a different possible future California. Includes The Wild Shore, The Gold Coast, and Pacific Edge. Introduction by Francis Spufford.

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A young, gay, Chinese American man makes his way in a future, Chinese governed world that disapproves of his sexuality and his Americanness. Introduction by Jo Walton.

A teenage girl is enmeshed in a subtle magical battle, and her escape route is lit by the dozens of classic SF and fantasy novels she's reading on the way. Introduction by Ursula K. Le Guin.

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An alien contact novel of outstanding originality and rigor, dramatizing a ruthlessly materialistic model of what consciousness is and where it leads. Introduction by Elizabeth Bear.

Thousands of years in the future, humanity is no longer alone in a universe where a mind's potential is determined by its location in space. Introduction by John Clute.

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A young man is transported into a magical realm with seven levels of reality. Transformed into a grown hero, he sets out to find the sword that has been promised to him. Introduction by Yves Meynard.

Four people will wage a campaign against the might of the Byzantium to secure the English throne for Richard, Duke of Gloucester—and make him Richard III. Introduction by Scott Lynch.


Darroti has been accused of a brutal murder. Now, his entire family must share in his punishment: exile to the unknown world that lies beyond a mysterious gate. Introduction by Jo Walton.

One night, the stars went out and probes revealed an alien barrier around the Earth. Time passes faster outside the barrier, and the death of the Sun is now only forty years away. Introduction by John Scalzi.


Maggie Black’s mentor, the acclaimed poet Davis Cooper, has mysteriously died in the canyons east of Tucson, bequeathing her his estate and the mystery of his life—and death. Introduction by Delia Sherman.

The Best of R. A. Lafferty presents 22 of his best flights of offbeat imagination, ranging from classics like “Nine-Hundred Grandmothers” and “The Primary Education of the Cameroi,” to his Hugo Award-winning “Eurema’s Dam.” Introduction by Neil Gaiman.


Genetic engineering is routine, corporations have usurped democracy, technology governs human relationships, and mass-marketed psychosomatic drugs keep billions docile. Introduction by Bruce Sterling.