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Tor Books & SCI FI Channel Create SCI FI Essential Books Program

Tor Books has teamed up with SCI FI Channel to bring readers the finest new voices in science fiction and fantasy. Each month, one Tor title will receive the SCI FI Essential stamp of approval, which will appear on the spine and cover of the book. Tor and SCI Fi will partner on live author chats on SCIFI.COM, and sample chapters and sneak peeks of upcoming books in the program on the site www.scifimonthlypick.com. Possible promotional plans to support the SCI FI Essential program may also include promotion on SCI FI's handheld AvantGo channel, highlights in the SCI FI MAGAZINE books section and on-air coverage of select titles.

"We are very excited about our new partnership with Tor books and the creation of the SCI FI Essentials program," said Adam Stotsky, SCI FI Channel's svp of marketing. "This is a terrific opportunity to extend the SCI FI brand deeper into the world of publishing."

"Tor and SCI FI represent the best the genre has to offer in the worlds of publishing and television," added Craig Engler, gm of SCIFI.COM and SCI FI MAGAZINE. "You can bet these titles are going to be exceptional reads from visionary authors."

The SCI FI Essential books program will launch this July with the publication of Cory Doctorow's SOMEONE COMES TO TOWN, SOMEONE LEAVES TOWN ($24.95), a novel set on the streets of Toronto today.

Other SCI FI Essential Book picks will include:* Karl Schroeder's 'LADY OF MAZES* Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert, and Kevin J. Andersons THE ROAD TO DUNE* Timothy Zahns NIGHT TRAIN TO RIGEL* Kage Baker's sixth book in her famed Company series, THE CHILDREN OF THE COMPANY'

Tor Books is the largest publisher of science fiction and fantasy in the world. Books from Tor have won every major award in the science fiction and fantasy fields, and for the last 17 years in a row, Tor has been named Best Publisher in the Locus Poll, the largest consumer poll in science fiction.

SCI FI Channel is a television network where "what if" is what's on. SCI FI broadcasts original series and events, blockbuster movies and classic science fiction and fantasy programming, as well as produces tits website (www.scifi.com) and magazine. Launched in 1992, and currently in 85 million homes, SCI FI Channel is a network of NBC Universal, one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies.

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