Long ago, around 1983, and before 1984, when I was an already devout fan of F and SF, I discovered that Tor books were a reasonable gamble; even if I didn’t know the author’s work, I had a 90% or better chance of finding anything this small publisher called Tor published. And by 1990, when I’d started learning about typesetting and book design, and my eyes started their downward spiral, I noticed that Tor books, even the paperbacks, were more legible, and just plain prettier than most other books.
For those of you who don’t know, Tor publishes Emma Bull, (Finder, War for the Oaks, Territory,) Joan Vinge, Charlie Stross, Peter Watts, Elizabeth Bear, John M. Ford (Last Hot Time), Vernor Vinge (“True Names,” Fire Upon The Deep, Deepness in the Sky), Caroline Stevermer, Sarah Zettel, Martha Wells (City of Bones, John Scalzi, Charles de Lint, Madeleine E. Robins (Point of Honour, Petty Treason).
These are authors I initially read and bought because they were published by Tor, and I trusted Tor; even if I didn’t love a book, I felt confident that I wouldn’t be hurling a Tor book at the wall for quality issues.
So I’m especially pleased that Tor has a blog!