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Robert Holdstock, 1948 – 2009

The very sad news broke over the weekend that Robert Holdstock, much-loved author of the World Fantasy Award-winner Mythago Wood, among many other works, passed away early Sunday morning. The SFF community has lost a wonderful writer and Rob’s family and friends have lost a wonderful man.  The wild wood seems a little less magical this morning.

I Like These Odds…

Print VS. ts1 = good odds for me!


Orbit Welcomes Kim Stanley Robinson

Photo Credit: Catriona Sparks

Photo Credit: Catriona Sparks

We are very pleased to announce that Orbit has agreed to a three-book deal with internationally bestselling author Kim Stanley Robinson. The first novel, scheduled for publication in 2012, has the working title 2312.

Tim Holman, Orbit VP and Publisher, says: “Kim Stanley Robinson is a writer who can make the future credible, no matter how incredible it might seem. 2312 will be set in our solar system three hundred years from now; a solar system in which mankind has left Earth and found new habitats. This will be a novel for anyone curious to see what our future looks like – a grand science-fictional adventure in every sense – and I’m thrilled that Orbit will be publishing it in both the US and the UK.”

Robinson, best known for his critically acclaimed Mars Trilogy, is a winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Campbell, World Fantasy, and BSFA Awards, and in 2008 was named a Hero of the Environment by Time magazine. He says: “It’s a real pleasure to join Orbit and their ambitious program to extend the reach of science fiction to the entire reading public.”

Stan — welcome aboard!

Author post


I am a funny guy.  I don’t like admitting this, even if it’s true.  Our society has a dismissive view of comedy.  Comedy is silly.  Comedy is slight.  Certainly, comedy is a frivolous, unimportant thing.  Especially compared to tragedy.  Comedy might make you laugh, but it can’t make you feel.  It can’t make you think.

“Balderdash!!” I shout.  I shout it so loudly that it does indeed require two exclamation marks. Read the rest of this entry »

The Week That Was, As it Was

As holiday preparations begin to overwhelm even the most organized of us, let’s take a quick look back over the past seven days before this week’s news gets rolling.

At The New York Book Show, an annual competition held by the Bookbinders’ Guild of New York, Gail Carriger’s Soulless and Nicole Peeler’s Tempest Rising both won for best mass market paperback cover design.

Philip Palmer (Red Claw) had a not-to-be-missed blog entry on the Meaning of Life, and how he knows what it is; and A. Lee Martinez’s new entry on monsters (specifically, the universality of Godzilla) appeared even as io9.com was recommending his book, Monster.

Our Creative Director Lauren Panepinto allowed us to spy on a cover photoshoot for Jennifer Rardin’s forthcoming Bitten in Two; related that Nicole Peeler is considering getting a tattoo of a fabulous vampire heart that appeared in Tempest Rising, and suggests others who should be inked; and directed our attention to Orbit author Jeff Somers’ site and his fresh new video and presented as well the cover for his upcoming The Terminal State.

And last, but far from least, Devi Pillai alerts us to the publication of Pamela Freeman’s Full Circle.

Would you like to work for Orbit?

The Orbit team in London are looking for a new recruit! We want to employ an ambitious, talented marketer to work on marketing campaigns for Orbit UK books and on the digital marketing of titles published by Orbit’s parent company, Little, Brown Book Group.

The right person will be a big science fiction and fantasy fan, will have a marketing or book trade background, a track record for producing innovative and impactful online content, and will have strong technical skills (ideally including accessible XHTML / CSS / WordPress).

If you think this person could be you, and you’re excited by the possibility of working in London for the UK’s market-leading SFF publisher, then please apply in writing with a full CV, covering letter and current salary details to ann.woodhall@littlebrown.co.uk.

Alternatively, hard copies can be sent to:

Ann Woodhall,
HR Director,
Little, Brown Book Group,
100 Victoria Embankment,
London EC4Y 0DY

The closing date for applications is 13th December

New York Book Show 09 Winners!

450_Poster2010The New York Book Show is an annual competition held by the Bookbinders’ Guild of New York, which is a professional publishing organization focusing on design & production of all kinds of trade, academic, and specialty books. It’s one of the few design competitions every year that focuses just on books, and I entered some of our Orbit titles from 2009.

The judging was just completed, and Soulless by Gail Carriger & Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler both won in the mass market paperback cover design category. Thanks to everyone who was involved in the cover designs, especially Donna Ricci, our model for Alexia Tarabotti & mistress of all things Steampunk Fashion, and Sharon Tancredi, the illustrator for Tempest Rising. Go Team!

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I love it when our authors get creative…

I have been too busy designing covers lately, but recently Jeff Somers has been making awesome videos and you should all check them out on his blog. There’s some hilarious peeks into the writing process and general frustrations of being an author.

But here is the most recent and the giant floating covers crack me up. Enjoy!

Now Jeff, when are you getting your tattoo?


ts1Here’s a brand new Avery Cates novel from author Jeff Somers, book #4: Terminal State. I really liked the original trade paperback covers for this series that Jae Lee illustrated, but I have to say I have been really enjoying designing the mass markets in this really graphic monochrome look. The new covers for Electric Church (#1) and Digital Plague (#2) are hitting the stores in November & December, so go check them out in person. Eternal Prison (#3) releases in July and Terminal State in August.

I can’t wait to have all 4 of them lined up on my shelf. Read the rest of this entry »

Author Branding?

Vampire Heart-1Tempest Rising author Nicole Peeler wants to know: Should she get this fabulous vampire heart from her first book tattooed on her? I am sure the illustrator Sharon Tancredi agrees with me: ABSOLUTELY!

But leave room, Nicole! Sharon is designing a special heart for each book. Next you’ll have to get the fire-and-dagger heart from Tracking the Tempest! Read the rest of this entry »

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