- - July 8th, 2015
This summer, Orbit is launching an online fantasy writing workshop, hosted on OrbitBooks.net. It will be led by Karen Miller – the million-copy bestselling author who rose to fame with her debut The Innocent Mage, and whose most recent release is the critically acclaimed epic fantasy The Falcon Throne (UK | US | ANZ).
The free week-long event, which starts on 27th July 2015, will invite aspiring authors to take part in a communal online “write-along” challenge, during which they will each be encouraged to pen their own sample of a new fantasy novel. They will also be invited to submit this sample into a competition at the end of the week.
Miller will be kicking off the writing workshop by setting a writing challenge for aspiring fantasy authors on 27th July, and will be providing advice and words of encouragement throughout the week. She will also taking part in a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session on 29th July, during which time participants will be able to put their own questions on writing to her.
Miller said: “One of the hardest things about starting a writing career is the feeling that you’re alone, that nobody understands what you’re going through, and that it’s really hard to figure out how to do it right! That’s why I’m so excited to share a little of what I’ve learned since I wrote my first fantasy novel. It’s been a wild ride, these past few years, and if a new writer can be helped by something I’ve said, it will make all the hard work worthwhile.”
Any aspiring authors interested in taking part should follow @OrbitBooks on Twitter and look for the hashtag #OrbitFantasyWorkshop for updates, or sign up to the Orbit newsletter here.
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- - March 5th, 2015
We release the paperback of Jim Butcher’s Number One Sunday Times bestselling SKIN GAME today, which seems like a fantastic time to announce some of the dates for Jim’s first ever UK visit! As well as appearing at Eastercon 2015 from 3-6 April, we can announce today that Jim will be appearing at:
Forbidden Planet, London (179 Shaftesbury Avenue, London WC2H 8JR) @ForbiddenPlanet
Tuesday 7th April, 6pm
Waterstones Deansgate, Manchester (91 Deansgate, Manchester M3 2BW) @WaterstonesMCR
Wednesday 8th April, 7pm
Waterstones Liverpool One (12 College Lane, Liverpool L1 3DL) @L1Geekery
Thursday 9th April, 6:30pm
There are more dates to be confirmed, so sign up below to stay up to date!
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- - July 18th, 2014
Going to San Diego Comic-Con next week? Here are some things you should definitely put on your schedule.
THURSDAY, JULY 24
11:00 AM: Mira Grant signing in the Orbit booth (#1116)
3:00 PM: Seanan McGuire (a.k.a. Mira Grant) on the “When Magic & Myth Meet Main Street” panel, Room 25ABC
4:00 PM: Brent Weeks, Joe Abercrombie, and Sam Sykes on the “Putting the Epic in Epic Fantasy” panel, Room 25ABC
SATURDAY, JULY 26
11:00 AM: Joe Abercrombie signing in the Orbit booth (#1116)
2:00 PM: Brent Weeks signing in the Orbit booth (#1116)
2:30 PM: Mira Grant on the “The Art of Fear” panel, Room 8
4:15 PM: Joe Abercrombie on the “Rules of the Realm” panel, Room 6A
We’ll have giveaways and books for sale in the booth (#1116) all weekend! Stop by and say hi.
- - July 1st, 2014
One of the hardest the things about being a fan is the waiting, especially when it’s something you really, really, really want.
Well, Brent Weeks fans, you have less than two months of waiting until the big release of THE BROKEN EYE, but those two months don’t have to be completely maddening. Join us on Goodreads for a Lightbringer Read-Along! This month we’ll be reading and discussing THE BLACK PRISM followed by THE BLINDING KNIFE in August.
In other news, Brent Weeks announced THE BROKEN EYE Book Tour on his blog yesterday! Mark your calendars and don’t forget to RSVP on Facebook or Goodreads!
- - February 3rd, 2014
Mur Lafferty will be appearing at the Southwest Regional Library, Durham, NC, 3 PM
M.R. Carey will appear at Topping & Company Booksellers, Bath, 8 PM
Mira Grant (Seanan McGuire) is Guest of Honor at Boskone in Boston, MA! Mur Lafferty will also be attending.
Simon Morden will be signing ARCANUM at Forbidden Planet Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne, at 1 PM
Christopher Brookmyre will be discussing BEDLAM at Primavera Bistro, The Avenue at Newton Mearns, 7:30 PM
M.R. Carey will appear at Waterstones Liverpool One, Liverpool, at 6 PM
Gail Z. Martin will be attending MystiCon in Roanoke, VA.
- - November 14th, 2013
This year, Barnes & Noble is debuting a new promotion called “Discovery Friday” to give you a start to your holiday shopping. On Friday, November 22nd, there will be events and activities at Barnes & Noble bookstores across the country. A number of Orbit authors will be participating at their local B&Ns. Check the list below to see if one of them will be near you!
- Rachel Aaron/Rachel Bach: B&N #2974, Athens, GA
- Amanda Carlson: B&N #2514, Edina, MN
- David Dalglish: B&N #2931, Springfield, MO
- Mira Grant: B&N #2569, Walnut Creek, CA
- Ann Leckie: B&N #2542, Ladue, MO
- Brian McClellan: B&N #2079, Mentor, OH
- Michael J. Sullivan: B&N #2238, Tyson’s Corner, VA
- - November 9th, 2013
You can still watch our online event, “A Night at the Space Opera,” on YouTube! Science fiction authors Daniel Abraham (James S.A. Corey), Ann Leckie, and Rachel Bach were joined by Scientific American associate editor Clara Moskowitz to talk about the genre and humanity’s future in space.
James S.A. Corey is the author of the Expanse series, starting with the Hugo Award nominated LEVIATHAN WAKES (US | UK | ANZ); the most recent book was ABADDON’S GATE (US | UK | ANZ). Look for CIBOLA BURN in June 2014!
Ann Leckie is the author of the debut novel ANCILLARY JUSTICE (US | UK | ANZ). io9 called it “the mind-blowing space opera you’ve been needing,” and NPR Books called it “assured, gripping, and stylish.”
Rachel Bach is the author of FORTUNE’S PAWN (US | UK | ANZ), which came out on Tuesday! Look for the sequel, HONOR’S KNIGHT (US | UK) in February 2014. She is also the author, as Rachel Aaron, of the Eli Monpress epic fantasy series.
- - November 1st, 2013
This weekend is World Fantasy Convention in Brighton, England, and the Orbit UK crew will be out in force! Good luck to all of the nominees for the World Fantasy Award.
November 1: Mira Grant’s PARASITE tour continues! B&N #2280, 401 NE Northgate Way #1100, Seattle, WA, 7 PM
November 2: Mira Grant’s PARASITE tour continues! B&N #2262, 12000 SE 82nd Avenue, Portland, OR, 2 PM
November 1-3: Marlene Perez at the Vegas Valley Book Festival
November 7: A Night at the Space Opera, a Google Hangout online event with James S.A. Corey, Ann Leckie, and Rachel Bach, 7:30 PM
November 9: Michael J. Sullivan at the Science Fiction Association of Bergen County, 7 PM
November 22: Several Orbit authors will be participating in Barnes & Noble’s “Discovery Friday,” a nationwide event with promotions and events at local stores!
- - October 29th, 2013
On Thursday evening, November 7th, at 7:30 PM, three of Orbit’s science fiction authors will be talking space opera, science fiction, and all other subjects under the sun (or out of its orbit) in a space-tacular online event: A Night at the Space Opera: Science Fiction Writers on Our Future in Space!
You doubtless already know James S.A. Corey, author of LEVIATHAN WAKES (US | UK | ANZ) and its sequels in the Expanse series; he will be represented by Daniel Abraham, one half of the Corey writing duo.
Ann Leckie is the author of ANCILLARY JUSTICE (US | UK | ANZ), a debut that came out in October and is already being praised as one of the best science fiction books of the year.
Rachel Bach is the pseudonym of epic fantasy author Rachel Aaron, whose science fiction debut FORTUNE’S PAWN (US | UK | ANZ) will be out on November 5th.
The three of them will be in conversation with Clara Moskowitz, associate editor at Scientific American covering space and physics.
Because this is an online event, fans from all over the world will be able to join in and watch — and ask questions — live. More information is available at the Google+ event page, and we’ll be updating it as the event draws closer.
- - October 1st, 2013
October 1: Kate Locke at New York Review of Science Fiction, New York, NY, 7 PM
October 3: Ann Leckie at Subterranean Books, St. Louis, MO, 6 PM
October 4-6: Mur Lafferty at VCon, Vancouver, British Columbia
October 11-13: Kate Elliott at Sirens, Portland, OR
October 12: Brian McClellan at Books by the Banks, Cincinnati, OH
Marlene Perez at Los Angeles Teen Book Fest, Los Angeles, CA
October 12-13: Michael J. Sullivan at Capclave, Gaithersburg, MD
And, New York Comic Con is October 10-13! Orbit will be there, in booth # 2218; our authors N.K. Jemisin, Michael J. Sullivan, and Kate Locke will also be appearing at the con.
October 20: Trudi Canavan at Forbidden Planet, London UK – 1pm
And World Fantasy Con is in Brighton, UK this year! October 31-November 3. Lots of Orbit authors will be there, including Trudi Canavan, Mike Carey, Charles Stross, Francis Knight, Tim Lebbon and Jon Courtenay Grimwood among others. Check out the full programme and attending members list on the website.