- - April 10th, 2015
The first round of voting for the David Gemmell Awards for Fantasy is now open, and Orbit is very pleased to say we have a range of authors across the three categories: the Legend Award, the Morningstar Award and the Ravenheart Award.
Voting is open until 15 May, and the shortlist for each of the three categories will be announced on the 1 June. Winners will be announced at the Nine Worlds Geekfest in August.
Gemmell Legend Award – Best Novel
THE WIDOW’S HOUSE by Daniel Abraham (UK | US | AUS)
THE HIGH DRUID’S BLADE by Terry Brooks (UK | AUS)
THIEF’S MAGIC by Trudi Canavan (UK | US | AUS)
A DANCE OF GHOSTS by David Dalglish (UK | US | AUS)
JUSTICE by Ian Irvine (UK | US | AUS)
THE LASCAR’S DAGGER by Glenda Larke (UK | US | AUS)
THE CRIMSON CAMPAIGN by Brian McClellan (UK | US | AUS)
REIGN OF ASH by Gail Z. Martin (UK | US | AUS)
THE FALCON THRONE by Karen Miller (UK | US | AUS)
CROWN OF RENEWAL by Elizabeth Moon (UK | AUS)
ARCANUM by Simon Morden (UK | US | AUS)
THE FREE by Brian Ruckley (UK | US | AUS)
TOWER LORD by Anthony Ryan (UK | AUS)
THE BROKEN EYE by Brent Weeks (UK | US | AUS)
Morningstar Award: Best Debut Novel
AGE OF IRON by Angus Watson (UK | US | AUS)
Ravenheart Award: Best Fantasy Book Cover Art
Kirk Benshoff: THE WIDOW’S HOUSE by Daniel Abraham (UK | US | AUS)
Kirk Benshoff, Gene Mollica, and Michael Frost: A DANCE OF GHOSTS by David Dalglish (UK | US | AUS)
Kirk Benshoff and Raphael Lacoste: THE FALCON THRONE by Karen Miller (UK | US | AUS)
Nick Castle and Nik Keevil: TOWER LORD by Anthony Ryan (UK | AUS)
Wendy Chan: JUSTICE by Ian Irvine (UK | US | AUS)
Bastien Lecouffre Deharme: THE HIGH DRUID’S BLADE by Terry Brooks (UK | AUS)
Lee Gibbons and Duncan Spilling: THIEF’S MAGIC by Trudi Canavan (UK | US | AUS)
Lauren Panepinto and Larry Rostant: THE FREE by Brian Ruckley (UK | US | AUS)
Lauren Panepinto, Gene Mollica, and Michael Frost: THE CRIMSON CAMPAIGN by Brian McClellan (UK | US | AUS)
Lauren Panepinto, Silas Manhood, and Shirley Green: THE BROKEN EYE by Brent Weeks (UK | US | AUS)
Larry Rostant and Sean Garrehy: REIGN OF ASH by Gail Z. Martin (UK | US | AUS)
Larry Rostant and Ceara Elliot: AGE OF IRON by Angus Watson (UK | US | AUS)
Duncan Spilling: ARCANUM by Simon Morden (UK | US | AUS)
Steve Stone: THE LASCAR’S DAGGER by Glenda Larke (UK | US | AUS)
Paul Young: CROWN OF RENEWAL by Elizabeth Moon (UK | AUS)
- - April 8th, 2015
Following on from the successes of Glenda Larke and Trudi Canavan in two important Australian fantasy awards, we’ve also had fantastic news regarding two UK SF awards.
Today, the shortlist for this year’s Arthur C. Clarke awards has been announced. Both THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS (UK | US | ANZ) by M. R. Carey and THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST (UK | US | ANZ) by Claire North are amongst the six titles nominated for this prestigious prize. The winner will be announced at the awards ceremony on 6th May 2015.
On the weekend, ANCILLARY SWORD (US | UK | ANZ) by Ann Leckie also won the BSFA award for Best Novel, voted on by members of the British Science Fiction Association and Eastercon. Ann Leckie’s first novel ANCILLARY JUSTICE (US | UK | AUS) also won this award last year, (along with every other major SF award in 2014!). Here are both of Ann’s raygun-tastic awards looking all nice and shiny together . . .
Congrats to Ann Leckie, Claire North, M. R. Carey and all the other shortlisted authors!
- - April 8th, 2015
We’re excited to announce that Glenda Larke’s fantasy epic THE LASCAR’S DAGGER has won the Best Long Written Work 2014 in the Tin Duck Awards, as well as winning, in a tie with Trudi Canavan’s superb THIEF’S MAGIC, the Best Novel of 2014 in the Ditmar Awards!
The Tin Duck Awards are the Western Australian science fiction achievement awards, given out annually at Swancon. The Ditmar Awards are an Australia-wide award and are given out every year at Natcon, the Australian National Science Fiction Convention. Both are reader-voted awards.
Big congratulations go to Glenda, Trudi and all the other winners!
If you’ve already read and enjoyed THE LASCAR’S DAGGER and THIEF’S MAGIC, watch out for their sequels, THE DAGGER’S PATH (released January this year) and ANGEL OF STORMS (coming in November).
- - April 6th, 2015
We’re thrilled that two Orbit books made the shortlist for this year’s Hugo Awards! Both Ann Leckie’s ANCILLARY SWORD (US | UK | ANZ) and Jim Butcher’s SKIN GAME (UK | ANZ) have been nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel.
ANCILLARY SWORD’s nomination follows Ann Leckie’s Hugo Award win last year for her debut ANCILLARY JUSTICE.
Congratulations to Ann, Jim, and the rest of the nominees!
- - March 16th, 2015
If you’ve ever wondered what the Orbit UK team looks like in real life, here we are. You’ll notice that we’re looking particularly happy. That’s because we’ve just been shortlisted for Imprint of the Year in this year’s Bookseller Industry Awards.
Front row, left to right: Joanna Kramer (Editorial Manager), Jenni Hill (Commissioning Editor), Tim Holman (Publisher), Anna Jackson (Senior Commissioning Editor). Back row, left to right: Clara Diaz (Junior Press Officer), Felice Howden (Digital Marketing Manager), James Long (Editorial Assistant), Gemma Conley-Smith (Press Officer).
Felice Howden, our Digital Marketing Manager, is looking particularly happy because her campaign for The Girl With All the Gifts by M. R. Carey has been shortlisted for Marketing Campaign of the Year.
- - February 27th, 2015
Please join us in congratulating Glenda Larke who has been shortlisted not once but twice already for her epic fantasy tale THE LASCAR’S DAGGER!
She’s on the Ditmar shortlists alongside Trudi Canavan’s THIEF’S MAGIC, and she’s just been announced today as an Aurealis finalist!
The Ditmar will be announced at the Australian Natcon over Easter in Perth, and the Aurealis at a dedicated award ceremony the following weekend in Canberra. Best of luck to Trudi, Glenda and all the shortlistees!
- - February 20th, 2015
Today, SFWA announced the list of 2014 Nebula Award nominees and Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Sword has been nominated for Best Novel, an award that her debut novel Ancillary Justice won last year. Congratulations to Ann and all the nominees!
The Goblin Emperor, Katherine Addison (Tor)
Trial by Fire, Charles E. Gannon (Baen)
Ancillary Sword, Ann Leckie (Orbit US; Orbit UK)
The Three-Body Problem, Cixin Liu, translated by Ken Liu (Tor)
Coming Home, Jack McDevitt (Ace)
Annihilation, Jeff VanderMeer (FSG Originals; Fourth Estate; HarperCollins Canada)
You can see the full list of nominees on the SFWA website.
Speaking of Ann Leckie and the Imperial Radch series, B&N’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy blog has the exclusive cover reveal and blurb of the third Ancillary novel, ANCILLARY MERCY!
- - February 17th, 2015
Congratulations to two Orbit authors who have had their titles shortlisted for this year’s BSFA Awards!
Claire North’s THE FIRST FIFTEEN LIVES OF HARRY AUGUST (UK | US | ANZ) and Ann Leckie’s ANCILLARY SWORD (UK | US | ANZ) have both been nominated in the Best Novel category.
You can see the full list of nominees here.
Voting will now be opened to BSFA members and attending members of Eastercon. The winner will be announced at a ceremony at the 66th Eastercon, aka Dysprosium, taking place from 3-6 April 2015.
- - January 29th, 2015
Orbit is incredibly proud to announce that M. R. Carey’s THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS has been shortlisted for the James Herbert Award for Horror Writing.
Published globally last year, THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS went on to become a paperback bestseller in the UK and was selected for the Waterstones Summer Book Club. It has gained high profile fans across the world, from screenwriter Joss Whedon to bestselling crime author Martina Cole, and has sold over 200,000 copies across editions to date. The US paperback edition will be published in April 2015.
The prize, which is awarded annually, aims to discover and publicise a new generation of horror authors and celebrate the boldest and most exciting talent in the genre. The winner of the 2014 prize will be announced at a ceremony in central London in March 2015.
Congratulations to M. R. Carey, and to all the shortlisted authors!
The full shortlist:
THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS – M. R. Carey
THE TROOP – Nick Cutter
CUCKOO’S SONG – Frances Hardinge
THE LONEY – Andrew Michael Hurley
BIRD BOX – Josh Malerman
AN ENGLISH GHOST STORY – Kim Newman
- - July 23rd, 2014
Charlie Stross is a genius. If you ever get the chance to talk to him, you’ll find the ideas flying so thick and fast that you have to shift your brain into a higher gear just to keep up. You’ll also come away from the conversation with several new ideas about how you’re going to change the world and an armful of science fiction reading recommendations (for other writers’ work, not his own, because he’s just that kind of guy).
You know those moving walkways you get in airports? Where you’re walking down them, but the ground is also moving underneath your feet so that when you jump off at the end just walking at normal speed is like hitting a wall, smack, bang, and everything is moving at normal speed again, too slow?
Talking to Charlie, or reading his books, is like running down that walkway.
Now his books might not be for everyone – I understand some people (not us) prefer life in the slow lane, that some readers just can’t handle this much raw plot, character and awesome things happening, that they want something a bit more sedate. I imagine these are also the kind of people who prefer to cook without spices, who like bland TV and even blander books, because anything else might be a bit too much excitement.
But that’s why I’m so pleased by Charlie’s continued success at the Hugo awards. You love Charlie’s work, you’ve supported him at these awards again and again. This is an author who has broken records for the number of consecutive times one can be shortlisted for the Hugo Best Novel. His sixth shortlisting broke the record. NEPTUNE’S BROOD, in the 2014 awards, is his seventh.
NEPTUNE’S BROOD has mermaids, communist squid, roving gangs of accountant-privateers, zombies, spacefaring clergymembers, superhuman assassins, murder, backstabbing, family feuds and an incredibly intricate and utterly unprecedented financial con that could only occur in a universe with no faster-than-light travel.
If you’d told me before I edited NEPTUNE’S BROOD that something including all those elements would become one of my favourite novels, I might have laughed. How could one book fit so much in it? Now, I would tell you that ‘It is a truth universally acknowledged that every interstellar colony in search of good fortune must be in need of a banker.’
On top of the squid and the mermaids and the banking, NEPTUNE’S BROOD is also a genuinely moving story about a woman searching for her lost sister. The fact that that sister is actually a copy of her grown in a vat, and both characters are metahumans – the race artificially grown to replace humans when we proved too fragile for the trials of space travel – is by the by.
NEPTUNE’S BROOD is, according to io9, ‘the perfect book for our times’.
SFX call it ‘a thoroughly entertaining sci-fi mind-expander from one of the genre’s most reliable imaginations’, and SF legend Alastair Reynolds says ‘NEPTUNE’S BROOD is fast-paced and imaginative, with fascinating ideas about the economics of an interstellar society constrained by real physics. Above all else, though, it’s just terrific fun’.
But don’t listen to them. Read it yourself, and find out how a space opera with no faster-than-light travel can be the fastest, wildest ride of your life.
NEPTUNE’S BROOD, along with our other Hugo nominees, is currently available at a celebratory price of just £1.99 in the UK. Go, read, enjoy.