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Touch by Claire North

TOUCH Claire North

The electrifying new thriller from the author of The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
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The exhilarating fifth novel in James S. A. Corey’s New York Times bestselling Expanse space opera series.
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(Ed: Karin’s first post on her experiences in Nunavut in the Arctic north may be found here.)

Tuesday, September 12, 2000.

Well isn’t this the perfect page to begin my journals? A compass and I am heading DUE NORTH … It’s 10:45AM right now. I am in the airport—Pearson International … I guess it hasn’t hit me yet that I won’t be returning in a few days or a week or even two weeks…it’s like going off to university or something. Three months is not a long time [I ended up staying nine months] and I will be doing things—teaching, writing… But I know this is a great experience and I am excited about it… Read the rest of this entry »

SFX Summer of SF Reading launch event, Monday 10th May

Orbit authors Michael Cobley, Mike Carey, Philip Palmer and Kate Griffin will be attending the SFXSummer of SF Readinglaunch event at Waterstone’s Piccadilly on Monday 10th May.

It all kicks off with a signing at 5.30pm so do come along to meet our great authors!  There are VIP drinks and a panel event after and SFX are running a competition to win tickets to this.

Even if you can’t make it, why not check out their latest books…

THE ORPHANED WORLDS storms into existence

The Orphaned Worlds is now out and available for just a few earth pounds from a book vendor near you. Or have a taster first with this entirely free extract or perhaps a free Orphaned Worlds wallpaper. But Michael Cobley can tell you more about the masterwork himself, as he will be taking part in the SFX Summer of SF Reading event and signing on 10th May, at Waterstone’s London Piccadilly store. For SFX competition winners (closing date is tomorrow) the open signing will be followed by a VIP party and panel discussing why more fans of SF on TV/in films don’t also read the books, also featuring the talented Mr Cobley. Signed copies of the book will also be available soon from The Forbidden Planet‘s London branch.

So, to go back to the book itself, The Orphaned Worlds is a rip-roaring ride and we’ve had a lot of great review coverage from fans. We’re lucky to count the Guardian, Waterstone’s Books Quarterly and also SFX amongst those fans. Bloggers have also been very supportive and good things have been said by Bookgeeks (win a copy of the Orphaned Worlds comptition currently running) and Walker of Worlds.

So, all in all, hooray for the book!

FROSTBITTEN: The Book Trailer

It’s been a Kelley Armstrong kind of month. Two weeks ago, Kelley shared her first trip across the pond for World Horror Con with us, and we heard about her new books last week.  So, in the balance of thirds, we thought we’d cap it off with a bang.

We’ve got an exciting new book trailer for Frostbitten, out this Thursday in the UK, and while there are book trailers, there are also BOOK TRAILERS!!!! We tend to think that this one falls into the latter category, but we’ll let you be the judges of that, as always. . .

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Commercially Yours

Call me naive if you want, but I don’t think there has to be a conflict between artistic integrity and commercial success.  If anyone should know, it’s probably me because, miracle of miracles, I’ve managed to achieve no small degree of financial stability by writing about vampires, robots, demon ducks, and cannibal witches.  I did believe that it was possible to get paid to write those stories, but I never hoped on being anything more than a guy who wrote obscure fantasy novels.  Even that, I now realize, was ridiculously optimistic.

But here I am. Read the rest of this entry »

TURN COAT and CHANGES by Jim Butcher – free extracts and info

We recently published the hardback of Changes by Jim Butcher, the latest instalment of the eagerly awaited Dresden Files series, and we’ve been blown  away by the response so far. And to see what all the fuss is about, read a few chapters of the book here. Below is just a bit of the early praise this book has received as PI Harry Dresden, the only wizard in the Chicago phonebook, goes from strength to strength.

Fast-paced and compelling … Butcher throws one high-stakes curveball after another at his hero”
Publishers Weekly

Changes is a compelling installment in what continues to be an outstanding series … A can’t-miss entry in one of the best urban-fantasy series currently being published” Booklist (starred review)

“If you’re only going to read one Dresden Files novel, this is the one to read, as it’s got all the aspects that make the series great, with magic thrown around, lots of characters from both the worlds Dresden inhabits and wonderful pacing”

“Changes is yet another excellent instalment in what is arguably the finest urban fantasy series being written at the moment”

“I am always delighted by these books and always taken by surprise but this one. Damn. Really that’s about all I have to say. This is a fantastic series with a brilliant lead and awesome cast of supporting characters” Un:bound blog

“It doesn’t stop til the OH MY GOD moment at the end of the book.  It’s an emotional, engaging, gritty ride that doesn’t really let up apart from the laugh out loud sections that Butcher has such a talent for … Jim Butcher at his very best”

 We also published Turn Coat  just ahead of Changes, this being Harry Dresden’s previous outing. It was out in hardback last year, but SFX had this to say on release of the recent paperback edn “The Dresden Files are the best novels in the supernatural PI subgenre, and Turn Coat is more of the same — and a very welcome return it is too”. Here is a sample extract of this too for your delectation — and Harry Dresden will be back next year with Ghost Story!

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Ten years ago, I went up to Rankin Inlet in 2000 with the hope that I’d get to teach, and I did (at the Adult Learning Center there), but as with most teaching opportunities, when done with the right spirit, you are the one that ends up being taught, and that was certainly the case with me. There have been many times since the great opportunity to work and live up North that I’ve thought about it. I’ve had dreams about it. It’s a place that even ten years later hasn’t left me. I wrote in a paper journal at the time, but documented my thoughts and impressions mostly through emails to my friends and family…

…then my emails were deleted by no fault of my own and I’ve lost those records. Read the rest of this entry »

New Wallpaper: FEED!

Ok how excited are you for this book? To get you even MORE excited, we have wallpapers! Book design by your friendly neighborhood Creative Director (that’s me), now in many formats to adorn all your electronic devices. Enjoy!

Also make sure to check out to feel like you’ve gone inside the world of Georgia Mason and the rising…

1024 x 768 | 1280 x 800 | 1440 x 900 | 1680 x 1050 | 1920 x 1200 | iPhone | iPad | PSP

Cover Launch: Hull Zero Three by GREG BEAR

Welcome back to your Monday morning installment of Orbit Cover Launch. This week I’m very excited to launch the cover of a brand-new book by science fiction great Greg Bear. Orbit is really excited to start publishing Greg Bear and we’re even more excited about starting with Hull Zero Three. It’s a fast-paced space thriller and a real page-turner. It’s definitely of the ilk of Aliens and Event Horizon, and I could totally picture it as a film as I was reading. It’s also a great place to start if you’ve never read Greg Bear before.

This cover was a little tough because although it does happen in space we didn’t want to give it that space opera kind of feel – it’s smart, but also much more immediate and suspenseful than operatic. It’s a much more in your face page-turning thriller, so I kind of tried to design a hybrid of scifi and big thriller book. The texture is SO much better in person, but for now you’ll have to make due with just a screen image. Read the rest of this entry »

When Will You Rise?
FEED has arrived and with it all the zombie noshing, political savvy, and smart-assed badassery you can handle. This isn’t your parent’s zombie story, although we’re pretty sure Mira Grant knows where the bodies are hidden…

The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we had created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED.

Now, twenty years after the Rising, Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives– the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will out, even if it kills them.

Head on over to where you can learn the history of The Wall, find out more about the bloggers who saved the world when the mainstream media fell apart, get a glimpse of the web circa 2040, and read the first chapter! Plus keep an eye on our Twitter feed @orbitbooks for chances to win a copy of the book all day.

After the jump, have a look at some zombieriffic ads from 2040! Read the rest of this entry »

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