Tor Books is the primary imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, a publishing company based in New York City. It publishes science fiction and fantasy titles. Tor was founded by Tom Doherty in 1980. Tor is a word from Old English meaning the peak of a rocky hill or mountain, as depicted in Tor's logo. Tor Books was sold to St. Martin's Press in 1987. Along with St. Martin's Press. In June 2019, Tor and other Macmillan imprints moved from the Flatiron Building, to bigger offices in the Equitable Building. Tor is the primary imprint of Tom Doherty Associates. There is the Forge imprint that publishes an array of fictional titles, including historical novels and thrillers. Tor Books publishes two imprints for young readers: Starscape and Tor Teen. Tor Books has the Tor.com imprint that focuses on short works such as novellas, shorter novels and serializations. A United Kingdom sister imprint, Tor UK exists and specializes in science fiction and horror, while publishing young-adult crossover fiction based on computer-game franchises.
Tor UK maintained an open submission policy, which ended in January 2013. Orb Books publishes science-fiction classics such as A. E. Van Vogt's Slan. Tor Teen publishes young-adult novels such as Cory Doctorow's Little Brother and repackages novels such as Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game for younger readers. Tor Labs produces podcasts. A German sister imprint, Fischer Tor, was founded in August 2016 as an imprint of S. Fischer Verlag, it publishes international titles translated into German, as well as original German works. Fischer Tor publishes the German online magazine Tor Online, based on the same concept as the English Tor.com online magazine, but has its own independent content. Authors published by Tor and Forge include Kevin J. Anderson, Steven Brust, Orson Scott Card, Jonathan Carroll, Charles de Lint, Philip K. Dick, Cory Doctorow, Steven Erikson, Terry Goodkind, Steven Gould, Eileen Gunn, Brian Herbert, Glen Hirshberg, Robert Jordan, Andre Norton, Harold Robbins, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, V. E. Schwab, Skyler White, Gene Wolfe.
Tor UK has published authors such as Douglas Adams, Rjurik Davidson, Amanda Hocking, China Miéville, Adam Nevill, Adrian Tchaikovsky. Tor publishes a range of its works as e-books and, in 2012, Doherty announced that his imprints would sell only DRM-free e-books by July of that year. One year Tor stated that the removal of DRM had not harmed its e-book business, so they would continue selling them DRM-free. In July 2018, Macmillan Publishers and Tor prompted a boycott spread across social media websites and library bulletin boards after they announced that Tor's e-books would no longer be made available for libraries to purchase and lend to borrowers, via digital distribution services such as OverDrive, until four months after their initial publication date; the company cited the "direct and adverse impact" of electronic lending on retail eBook sales, but suggested that the change was part of a "test program" and could be reevaluated. Tor won the Locus Magazine poll for best science fiction publisher in 29 consecutive years from 1988 to 2016 inclusive.
In March 2014, Worlds Without End listed Tor as the second-most awarded and nominated publisher of science fiction and horror books, after Gollancz. At that time, Tor had received 316 nominations and 54 wins for 723 published novels, written by 197 authors. In the following year, Tor surpassed Gollancz to become the top publisher on the list. By March 2018, Tor's record had increased to 579 nominations and 111 wins, across 16 tracked awards given in the covered genres, with a total of 2,353 published novels written by 576 authors. Official website Official website Official website Tor.com community site Tor Online community site Tor Books profile at Reason, December 2008
Philip K. Dick was an American author known for his science fiction works with dystopian and drug related themes; some of his works have gone on to be adapted to films and series garnering much acclaim, such as the 1982 Ridley Scott film Blade Runner, an adaptation of Dick's 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, released three months posthumously to Dick's passing. The only adaptation released in his lifetime was a 1962 episode of the UK TV series Out of This World, based on Dick's 1953 short story Impostor. Other works such as the films Total Recall, Minority Report and A Scanner Darkly have gone on to critical or commercial success, while television adaptations such as The Man in the High Castle has gone on to long-form television adaptation successfully. In 2017, following the success of Netflix's science fiction short story series Black Mirror, its own success with The Man in the High Castle, streaming service Amazon Prime Video paired up with Channel 4 to produce a series of short stories released between 1953 and 1955 under the series title Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams, the only adaptation bearing the author's own name.
The following is a list of film and television adaptations of his writings
The Wheatland Ferry is a cable ferry that connects Marion County and Yamhill County across the Willamette River in the U. S. state of Oregon. The ferry travels 580 feet across the river, depending on the height of the river, is powered by two electric motors connected to an on-board diesel generator; the ferry is supported by two steel cables, one under water on the downriver side, one overhead on the upriver side. The ferry uses the overhead cable for steering; each time a replacement Wheatland ferry is launched, it is always named Daniel Matheny, after the person who established the ferry, followed by its number as a Roman numeral. The current ferry, launched in 2002 is Daniel Matheny V; this most recent ferry differs from its predecessors in that it has a capacity of nine cars, rather than the six Daniel Matheny IV carried, it has its own self-contained diesel-electric generator. As its source of electricity is now an onboard generator, the current ferry is no longer reliant on electricity from overhead wires.
The overhead cable serves the sole purpose of bracing the ferry against the current. The ferry is a joint operation of Marion and Yamhill counties, with Marion County taking the responsibility of staffing and operating the ferry, it operates. In summer, low water levels can cause the ferry to bottom out. Dredging is sometimes employed to deepen the ferry's crossing lane to keep it operating longer during the dry season. During rainy months, high water levels and fast currents can stop ferry operations. All vehicles must pay a toll. Pedestrians travel at no charge; the Wheatland Ferry is located at Willamette River mile 72, near the former community of Wheatland and Willamette Mission State Park and between the cities of Salem and Newberg. Its location is strategic, because the nearest bridge in either direction is 15 miles distant; the Wheatland Ferry is sometimes used as an alternative to the bridge which crosses the Willamette River in Salem. The first Daniel Matheny ferry was started by Daniel Matheny himself, in the 1850s.
The ferry was a wooden raft powered by men with wooden poles. The current ferry was built at Mar Com Shipyard in Portland Oregon in 2001; the Wheatland Ferry has been a catalyst for local political controversy. Some of this is the natural result of the challenges of inter-county politics and budget issues. Motorists who use the ferry are another factor, citing long wait times, frequent closures for maintenance and increasing prices; because of its proximity to Salem, the state's capital and second largest city and practical issues over Salem's own bridge issues affect the Wheatland Ferry. Additional concerns about the ferry's operation were raised after the ferry operator was found to be intoxicated while running the ferry on November 4, 2012; the estimated annual number of vehicle crossings for 2007 was 240,000. While Yamhill and Marion counties are trying to increase ridership, the wait for the ferry can be lengthy at peak times. During harvest seasons, the ferry is used by farmers delivering produce to canneries across the river.
Buena Vista Ferry Canby Ferry Boones Ferry Historic ferries of Oregon List of crossings of the Willamette River Wheatland Ferry Information from Marion County History of Wheatland Ferry Historic photos of the Wheatland Ferry from Salem Public Library