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Coming to a Bookstore Near You: The Tor Books Fall Flights of Fantasy Tour

On Tuesday, October 13, three intrepid debut authors will board a northeast Amtrak train to begin an adventure.

Over the course of six days, Fran Wilde, author of Updraft; Seth Dickinson, author of The Traitor Baru Comorant; and Ilana Myers, author of Last Song Before Night, will travel to five Northeastern states in the US for the Tor Books Fall Flights of Fantasy Tour.

One hopes things will go better for them than the quest party in Last Song Before Night.

Are they coming to a bookstore near you? If you live in Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont or upstate New York, it’s possible!

Will they be wearing masks, a la The Traitor Baru Comorant? You have to find them to find out!

Come out to see Seth, Ilana, and Fran and hear them answer even your most off-the-wall questions! There’s a Fall Flights of Fantasy Facebook event page, and they’ve taken control of the Tor Books Instagram account for the week so they can better embarrass themselves!

(Er, we mean document the changing foliage in your beautiful states.)

Why don’t they fly on wings of silk and bone like in Updraft? The budget didn’t allow for wingmakers and a wind machine, sadly.

BUT don’t despair – we’ve obtained their packing lists. Here are a few of the things the Tor Books Fall Flights of Fantasy authors will be bringing with them on their journey, real and imagined… see if you can tell which is which:


  • A copy of Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia Mckillip (I’ve never read it and am curious)
  • Child of Saturn by Teresa Edgerton for a Secret Reason
  • A comfy sweater in which to blend into the New England landscape—and make a run for it if necessary
  • A Toledan rapier in case the opportunity for a duel presents itself
  • Copies of my book to hand-sell to passengers on the train
  • A cigarette holder with which to occasionally gesture at people and say “Dahhhling”


  • A mask that I wear every night when I sleep
  • A set of subliminal messaging tracks to play on bookstore speakers
  • A thread to hold my glasses together
  • A flask for mind-clarifying liquors
  • My laptop, so I can work hard every day on my next book!
  • A passport in case I have to flee the country


  • All my favorite pairs of geektastic socks (it’s socktober!)
  • Backup batteries, band-aids, yarn, and a list of safehouses
  • Messenger birds, so we can send for help if things go awry
  • The Secret Project and Karen Burnham’s Greg Egan (Modern Masters of Science Fiction)
  • A deck of cards
  • One invisible cephalopod (small)

Does it trouble the author of this blog post that two of the tour participants have equipped themselves to flee, if necessary? Yes, a little!

Please join these three authors at the event nearest you next week!

Ilana C. Myer’s Last Song Before Night is an epic fantasy of poets and dark enchantments. NPR praises its “breathtaking, beautifully orchestrated sense of adventure and mystery…Last Song Before Night is about music, but it’s also a work of music itself: Lyrical, dynamic, and winningly melodic.” RT Reviews writes, “With detailed worldbuilding and vivid characters…this lush and luminous story combines exquisite splendor and fathomless cruelty as it champions the power of art and the resilience of the human spirit.”

A world of wind and bone, songs and silence, secrets and betrayal — Fran Wilde’s Updraft is a high-flying adventure called “one of the most unique fantasy novels of the year” by NPR Books. Publishers’ Weekly, in a starred review, says of Updraft, “Extraordinary worldbuilding and cascading levels of intrigue make Wilde’s debut fantasy novel soar. Cities of living bone rise high above the clouds, and monsters hide in the wind while lawbreaker Kirit Densira tries to navigate her world and ends up changing it forever.”

While it’s been called ‘a perfectly formed crystal of a novel,’ Seth Dickinson’s The Traitor Baru Cormorant cannot be worn as jewelry or used in lasers. Brilliant young Baru Cormorant is only seven when the Empire of Masks subverts her home, conquering with money, education, and subtle treachery. As you do when your home is assimilated by an evil empire, Baru decides to join the Imperial civil service, claw her way to the top, take over the world, and destroy the Empire from the inside. She’ll pay any price to get there. So when the Empire offers her a chance to draw out and crush a local rebellion, she takes the job…even though she’s only trained as an accountant, and she’s starting to think the woman she’s falling for is the rebel leader.”

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