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Cover Launch: WOLFHOUND EMPIRE by Peter Higgins

Gathered together for the first time is Peter Higgins’s complete, classic tale of myth and war: WOLFHOUND EMPIRE.  Reflecting the book’s epic scope and mysterious, dark plot is the brilliant cover design by Kirk Benshoff. Keep an eye out for Wolfhound Empire on September 6th!

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A spectre is haunting the empire—the spectre of war.

Huge stone creatures have fallen from the sky, their bodies littering the countryside. Blood-hungry golems are used to fight a never-ending war for political power. Secret police crush insurgency wherever it’s found.

Investigator Vissarion Lom has been summoned to Mirgorod to quell a new rebellion within the city limits. He’s been called because he’s an outsider. Because he isn’t enmeshed in the city’s politics. And because of the piece of stone embedded in his forehead.

“An amazing, fast-paced story in a fantasy world poised dangerously on the edge of quantum probability.” – Peter F. Hamilton

“Will grab you by the lapels and snap you to attention.”— io9

“Higgins’s world is a truly original creation.” – Hannu Rajaniemi

“Like vintage Mieville or Vandermeer, but with all the violent narrative thriller drive of Fleming at his edgiest.” – Richard Morgan

“Sentient water, censored artists, mechanical constructs, old-fashioned detective work, and the secret police are all woven together in this rich and fascinating tapestry.” – Publishers Weekly (Starred review)

Cover Launch: FEEDBACK by Mira Grant.

Introducing a new beginning, and long-awaited, full-length novel return, to Mira Grant’s New York Times bestselling Newsflesh series: FEEDBACK.

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We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we unleashed something horrifying and unstoppable. The infection spread leaving those afflicted with a single uncontrollable impulse: FEED.

Now, twenty years after the Rising, a team of scrappy underdog reporters relentlessly pursue the facts while competing against the brother and sister blog superstars, the Masons.

Surrounded by the infected, and facing more insidious forces working in the shadows, they must hit the presidential campaign trail and uncover dangerous truths. Or die trying. 

FEEDBACK is a full-length Newsflesh novel that overlaps the events of the acclaimed first novel in the series, Feed, and offers a new entry point to this thrilling and treacherous world. 

For news and updates on FEEDBACK, sign-up for the official Mira Grant newsletter.

Praise for the Newsflesh series:

Astonishing …a fascinating exploration of the future.” – New York Times

“Perfect summer apocalypse reading.” – io9 on Feed

Gripping, thrilling, and brutal.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Feed

As much brains as heart, and both are filling and delicious.”—The A. V. Club on Feed

“A wry and entertaining exploration of the way political corruption never stops – even after the zombie apocalypse.”—NPR Books on Blackout

“Zombie mayhem, political snark, and pointedly funny observations.” – Locus on Feed

Intelligent and exciting…raises the bar for the genre.” Telegraph on Deadline

“Feed is a proper thriller with zombies.” – SFX on Feed

“Campy and yet smart, horror with heart, a summer beach read that will stay in your head.” – RT Book Reviews on Deadline

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Design by Lauren Panepinto & Rob Sheridan

Cover Launch: LEGEND HAS IT by Elliott James

Have you ever wondered if magic and monsters might not just be the stuff of legends and fairy tales?

Have you been waiting for a Prince Charming to step into your life?

Well wait no longer. This Charming may not be a prince, but his sword (and his sense of humor) is quick and sharp and will come in handy while he’s stealing your heart. The fifth Pax Arcana novel, LEGEND HAS IT, will be out in Spring 2017.

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For John Charming, living the dream just became a nightmare.

Someone, somewhere, is reading a magic book that is reading them right back. Real life is becoming a fairytale: high school students are turning, quite literally, into zombies, subway workers into dwarves, drug addicts into vampires.

John Charming and his motley band of monster hunters are racing to find the villain of this story, following the yellow brick road through a not so wonderful wonderland. And if they can’t find Reader Zero before the book is closed, there won’t be a happily ever after again.

LEGEND HAS IT is the fifth novel in a series which gives a new twist to the Prince Charming tale. The first four novels are Charming, Daring, Fearless & In Shining Armor. If you haven’t had a chance to meet John Charming, check out the first chapter of Charming now.

See what your favorite authors are saying about the Pax Arcana series: 

“The Pax Arcana books are seriously good reads. Action, humor, and heart with unexpected twists and turns. If you are (like me) waiting for the next Butcher or Hearne — pick up Elliott James. Then you can bite your nails waiting for the next James, too.”
— Patricia Briggs, New York Times #1 bestselling author

“Loved it! Charming is a giant gift basket of mythology and lore delivered by a brilliant new voice in urban fantasy. Elliott James tells stories that are action-packed, often amusing, and always entertaining.”
— Kevin Hearne, New York Times bestselling author

“I loved this book from start to finish.  Exciting and innovative, Charming is a great introduction to a world I look forward to spending a lot more time in.”
— New York Times bestselling author Seanan McGuire

“James’s world is rich and complex and well worth diving into.”
— Richard Kadrey, New York Times bestselling author

Cover design by Wendy Chan

A New Look for the Immortal Empire series by Kate Locke

Introducing the new look for the Immortal Empire series in Premium MM coming out next summer.

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The undead matriarch presides over a Britain where the Aristocracy is made up of werewolves and vampires, where goblins live underground and mothers know better than to let their children out after dark. It’s a world where the nobility are infected with the Plague (side-effects include undeath), Hysteria is the popular affliction of the day, and leeches are considered a delicacy. And a world where technology lives side by side with magic. The year is 2012.

Xandra Vardan is a member of the elite Royal Guard, and it is her duty to protect the Aristocracy. But when her sister goes missing, Xandra will set out on a path that undermines everything she believed in and uncover a conspiracy that threatens to topple the empire. And she is the key — the prize — in a very dangerous struggle.

The fantastic start to The Immortal Empire series that continues with the spectacular undead books, The Queen is Dead and Long Live the Queen.

“Delightfully hard-boiled.”
—Locus

“Will leave readers breathless.”
—Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Super-cute.”
—RT Book Reviews 

Art Credits: Cover Design – Wendy Chan; Cover Images © Shutterstock

Orbit is Hiring

ORBIT LOGOThe universe is always expanding, and so are we!

You already know about our plans to substantially grow the number of new titles we publish every year. Now we’re looking for talented individuals to join our design and marketing teams.

If you are a designer with a passion for science fiction and fantasy, we want to hear from you. These are in-house positions based at our New York office.

To apply, visit the Hachette Book Group career portal for further information.

Meet the Author: An Interview with Ken MacLeod, Author of THE CORPORATION WARS

Brand new SF adventure THE CORPORATION WARS: DISSIDENCE publishes this week, so we spoke to Ken about rebel robots and the inspiration behind the book.

Hi Ken! Can you tell our blog readers how you would persuade someone to read The Corporation Wars in just one sentence?

“Robots and walking-dead space mercenaries fight for the future of humanity among the stars!”

What drew you to tell this story?

“As so often, it came from coincidence – I was browsing my bookshelves and was reminded of Hans Moravec’s idea that A.I. machinery working for human owners in space might end up following its own path, and at the same time I was flicking through a David Friedman book about the evolution of law. The book just happens to be called The Machinery of Freedom, and suddenly . . .”

The main human character, Carlos, spends a lot of time in a virtual reality and in a robot’s body. What is it that makes him still human?

“His memories, his subjective awareness, and his body image seem to do the job for him. Whether we’d think of him as human if we had the misfortune to meet him in a dark alley is another matter.”

Ken MacLeodThe robots of the Corporation Wars are truly compelling characters, even though they do not have any emotions per se. How did you tackle the challenge of writing robot conversation in human language?

“By using poetic licence, basically. I follow Brian Aldiss’s example, in his classic short story ‘Who Can Replace a Man?’ and have my robots arguing and thinking like rather annoyingly logical and literal-minded speakers of a natural language like English. And in my view they do have emotions, albeit ones that they express clunkily as ‘positive and negative reinforcement’.”

Who inspires you as a writer?

“Aldiss, Asimov, Atwood, Ballard, Bass, Banks, Blish, Brunner, Bujold, Delaney, Faber, Harrison, Heinlein, Le Guin, Miller . . . all the way through to Vinge, Wyndham and Zelazny.”

Although humanity is exploring the stars in the Corporation Wars, they’ve brought a lot of their old rivalries and allegiances with them. Do you think we’ll ever evolve past conflict, or is it part of what makes us human?

“Besides the conflict between human projects and machine purposes, the stories involve a literal resurrection of an old human conflict, over this very question: whether humanity can ultimately live at peace, whether in a co-operative or a peacefully competitive society, or whether war and domination are ineradicable and possibly even desirable, or at least necessary. I’m firmly of the opinion that peace is possible, though not easy to establish.”

Can you tell us a bit about your writing routine – are you a planner or are you more spontaneous?

“I strive to plan, but sometimes I let the story run away with me or take an unexpected turn. And as you know, sometimes this works and sometimes it doesn’t, and then has to be painfully unpicked after an editor has asked sharp questions. I really do find that painful, so the more planning the better, I think.”

The Corporation Wars trilogy grapples with big questions about A.I. and what it means to be really alive. How close do you think we are to true A.I., and at what point do you think A.I. machines can be considered alive?

“Philosophers talk about ‘the hard problem’ of consciousness, of subjective awareness. And they’re right, it is a hard problem! I used to be confident I had a consistent answer to it, but a lot of long online arguments way back in the 1990s and some further reading convinced me I was mistaken. There’s a consistent answer given in the books, but it’s not one I could necessarily defend in a rigorous way.”

Finally ­– why do so many great SF writers come from Scotland?

“There’s only been one great SF writer from Scotland, and we all know who he was.”

THE CORPORATION WARS: DISSIDENCE is out now! Listen to an extract from the audiobook here:

Listen to an audiobook extract of sci-fi epic, Dissidence! By Ken MacLeod

New Acquisition – KINGS OF THE WYLD by Nicholas Eames

Nicholas Eames - cr Kristine CofskyOrbit has acquired a rousing new fantasy, KINGS OF THE WYLD and two more standalone novels in The Band series by debut author Nicholas Eames. Kings of the Wyld introduces a group of retired mercenaries, who used to be the baddest of the bad, but whose glory days are long behind them. Now though, they must reunite for one last seemingly impossible mission. You can meet Clay ‘Slowhand’ Cooper and his band in Spring 2017. In the meantime, please join us in welcoming Nicholas to Orbit. You can find him on Twitter as @Nicholas_Eames.

GLORY NEVER GETS OLD.

Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best — the meanest, dirtiest, most feared crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld.

Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and grown old, fat, drunk  — or a combination of the three. Then an ex-bandmate turns up at Clay’s door with a plea for help. His daughter Rose is trapped in a city besieged by an enemy one hundred thousand strong and hungry for blood. Rescuing Rose is the kind of mission that only the very brave or the very stupid would sign up for. 

It’s time to get the band back together for one last tour across the Wyld.

Cover Launch: TAKE BACK THE SKY by Greg Bear

We are pleased to unveil the cover for TAKE BACK THE SKY, the anxiously awaited final book in Greg Bear’s beloved War Dogs trilogy. Cover design by Kirk Benshoff.

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Marooned beneath the icy, waxy crust of Saturn’s moon, Titan, Skyrine Michael Venn and his comrades face double danger from Earth and from the Antagonists, both intent on wiping out their growing awareness of what the helpful alien Gurus are really doing in our solar system.

Haunted by their glassy dead and by the ancient archives of our Bug ancestors, the former combatants must now team up with their enemies, forget their indoctrination and their training, and journey far beyond Pluto to the fabled Planet X, the Antagonists’ home world, a Sun-Planet in the comet-generating Kuiper belt. It’s here that Master Sergeant Venn will finally understand his destiny and the destiny of every intelligent being in the solar system — including the enigmatic Gurus.

Praise for the War Dogs series:

“Stuffed with adrenaline-pumping action and mystifying ambiguity, Bear’s series launch is a tempest of rousing SF adventure with a dash of Peckinpah.” — Publishers Weekly

“Packed with adventure and incident…and conveyed with gritty realism.” — Kirkus

“Bear, as a writer, seems almost more at home on the deadly flats of Mars and in the memory-haunted chambers of the eastern Drifter than he does back on planet Earth.” – San Diego Union-Tribune

“Keeps the thrills coming.” — Shelf Awareness

“Readers familiar with Haldeman’s The Forever War, Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, or Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series will feel right at home…a novel of big ideas and philosophical exploration.”— Booklist

Cover Launch: CONSPIRACY OF RAVENS and two more novels by Lila Bowen!

We’ve acquired two more novels by Lila Bowen, author of WAKE OF VULTURES (US | UK | ANZ). As you know, Wake of Vultures has had a ton of praise — and we’re excited to have a new series look coming this fall.

The new novels will both star Nettie Lonesome, or Rhett which is the name he goes by now. And they’re going to knock your socks off. Don’t believe me?

 

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Check out these reviews!

“A warm-hearted winner.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Absorbing.” — Kirkus (starred review)

“Awesome.” — B&N.com

“But if one of the things you enjoy about reading fantasy is getting to see different worlds, strange magics, and unique characters, and… well… just generally having new experiences in general. Then yeah. Then you owe it to yourself to read this. Because I’m willing to bet, just like me, you’ve never seen anything like it before….”
— Patrick Rothfuss

“WAKE OF VULTURES is, quite simply, brilliant. A mind-bending mix of history, fantasy and folklore, it’s a wild bronco of a read that’ll leave you breathless for more.
— Rachel Caine

Nettie Lonesome is a complex, tough, all-around wonderful protagonist. And Lila Bowen is equally wonderful for bringing us Nettie’s story, set in a magical old west full of harpies and monster-hunters and stolen children and more. I look forward to more of Nettie’s journey.”
— Jim C. Hines

“I don’t care what else you’ve seen in the bookstore today. Buy this book because it’s the thrilling, delightfully written, and important one you’ve always wanted to read.
— Kevin Hearne

WAKE OF VULTURES doesn’t just fly — it soars. Delilah S. Dawson brings in a wild fantasy quite unlike anything I’ve ever read, with a voice that’s weird and wonderful. Dawson is truly a talent to watch. Hot damn, is this book good.”
— Chuck Wendig

Sharp as a silver Bowie and unsentimental as a stray bullet, Lila Bowen’s Nettie Lonesome earns a place among the legends of the Weird West.”
–Matthew Strover

“Wake of Vultures is a ferocious, fascinating take on the magical Old West – creatively and unsentimentally grim, yet rich with hope and heart.
— Cherie Priest

Nettie Lonesome kicks major ass. There is something strange and wonderful going on in Lila Bowen’s head. It’s the weird west fantasy that I never knew I’ve always wanted to read. Now I need more!”
–Wes Chu

Design by Lauren Panepinto
Photos by Arcangel Images

Congratulations to the 2016 Hugo Award Finalists!

We’re elated to report that three Orbit books were nominated for Hugo Awards for Best Novel! Congratulations to Jim Butcher, N. K. Jemisin, and Ann Leckie.

  • THE AERONAUTS WINDLASS by Jim Butcher (UK | ANZ)
  • THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin (US | UK | ANZ)
  • ANCILLARY MERCY by Ann Leckie (US | UK | ANZ)

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Congratulations also to John Joseph Adams, who is up for a Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form), and who edited our WASTELANDS anthology.

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