There’s nothing as exciting as the potential for greatness in a debut—it’s a Schrodinger’s Cat in ink-and-paper (or electronic) form. Who’s to say if brilliance lies within, until you open the
box cover to find out? Granted, sometimes the “box” goes a long way toward revealing the greatness it conceals. Take, for example, the covers that adorn the two debut novellas we’re showing off today. We can’t yet say for sure whether The Ghost Line, by Andrew Neil Gray & J.S. Herbison, or Killing Gravity, by Corey J. White, will rock your world, but the covers sure make the case for a positive outcome (see also: the track record of Tor.com Publishing, which is second-to-none).
That stretched metaphor out of the way, let’s get to it: below, find plot blurbs and full cover art for two 2017 sci-fi debuts forthcoming from everyone’s favorite novella-first imprint, and start planning your 2017 reading now.
The Ghost Line, by Andrew Neil Gray & J.S. Herbison
Available , 2017
Cover art by John Harris
The luxury cruise ship the Martian Queen was decommissioned years ago, set to drift back and forth between Earth and Mars on the off-chance that reclaiming it ever became profitable for the owners. For Saga and her husband Michel the cruise ship represents a massive payday. Hacking and stealing the ship could earn them enough to settle down, have children, and pay for the treatments to save Saga’s mother’s life.
But the Martian Queen is much more than their employer has told them. In the twenty years since it was abandoned, something strange and dangerous has come to reside in the decadent vessel. Saga feels herself being drawn into a spider’s web, and must navigate the traps and lures of an awakening intelligence if she wants to go home again.
Mariam Xi can kill you with her mind. She escaped the MEPHISTO lab where she was raised as a psychic supersoldier, which left her with terrifying capabilities, a fierce sense of independence, a deficit of trust and an experimental pet named Seven. She’s spent her life on the run, but the boogeymen from her past are catching up with her. An encounter with a bounty hunter has left her hanging helpless in a dying spaceship, dependent on the mercy of strangers.
Penned in on all sides, Mariam chases rumors to find the one who sold her out. To discover the truth and defeat her pursuers, she’ll have to stare into the abyss and find the secrets of her past, her future, and her terrifying potential.