Tor Books has teamed up with SCI FI Channel to bring readers SCI FI Essentials, books that will be cross-promoted on SCIFI.COM, SCI FI Magazine and the SCI FI Channel.
Each month, one Tor title will receive the SCI FI Essential stamp of approval, which will mark it as a title to be promoted with such special features as sample chapters and sneak peeks of upcoming books on SCIFI.COM, possible promotion on SCI FI's handheld AvantGo channel, a highlight in SCI FI Magazine's books section and on-air coverage of select titles.
First up: Cory Doctorow's Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, described as "a novel of wrenching oddity, heartfelt technological vision and human pity set on the streets of Toronto today."
In August, the SCI FI Essential book is Karl Schroeder's Lady of Mazes, set in the distant future and centering on Teven Coronal, a huge multiplicity of human civilizations inhabiting a ringworld.
September's selection is The Road to Dune by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson.