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TOWER LORD by Anthony Ryan

TOWER LORD Anthony Ryan

Following on from 2013′s bestselling epic fantasy debut is the second novel in the Raven’s Shadow series – a powerful epic fantasy from an exciting new British talent.
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VALORJohn Gwynne

War has erupted in the Banished Lands as the race for power intensifies. Sides are chosen and oaths will be fulfilled or broken in a land where hell has broken loose.
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Spore Speak

Walter Jon Williams (author of the forthcoming This is Not a Game) has a post on his blog about his role writing the “science fiction parts” of the dialogue for Spore – the long anticipated and much-hyped new game from Will Wright.

Walter writes:

“When you encounter some fifteen-eyed, twenty-tentacled Purple People Eater lecturing you from the command center of its UFO, you’re talking to me, baby!”

Check it out!


In Their Own Words: Lilith Saintcrow on HUNTER’S PRAYER

Lilith says:

Hunter's Prayer by Lilith Saintcrow, UK paperbackHunter’s Prayer was actually the first-written of the Jill Kismet series. It came about because I was just finished with the Dante Valentine books and I needed a character who wasn’t so ‘broken’. I actually thought nobody would ever want to publish it because of some of the themes – abuse, prostitution, human sacrifice, and the like – so I let myself go and just went to the darkest corners, the places where I usually hold back when I’m writing something with a specific goal in mind. It was a shock to find that my editor wanted it, and wanted it yesterday!

With both my editor and agent so certain I went ahead and sold the book – and I’ve been endlessly glad I did. There’s nothing like stretching out of your comfort level to really challenge a writer.

Hunter’s Prayer – the second of Lilith Saintcrow‘s Jill Kismet novels – is out now in paperback in both the US and UK.

Lilith writes a regularly-updated blog on her website at, which includes frequent items of advice for aspiring writers. You can also read the free Saint City serial novel, Selene at

Deals and Deliveries: Jennifer Rardin

Bitten to DeathOrbit is excited to announce that we’ve bought three more Jaz Parks novels starting with Bite Marks in October 2009.

For those of you who can’t get enough– or just can’t wait that long –don’t forget that Bitten to Death is just out and we’ll have One More Bite in January 09.

And take the facebook quiz to find out what kind of urban fantasy star you really are!

Ian Irvine’s Three Worlds – Destined for Greatness

The Destiny of the Dead by Ian Irvine, UK paperbackWe’ve just had an eagerly-awaited delivery in the form of The Destiny of the Dead, the final volume in Ian Irvine’s fabulous Song of the Tears trilogy, set within Ian’s wider Three Worlds sequence.

This really is a major occasion, as it marks the end of an eleven-book cycle and a huge amount of hard work by the author. At around 2.3 million words this is an epic feat indeed. And you never know, there might be room for a few more Three Worlds books one day, if we’re lucky. But for now, that’s it from Santhenar. Except to say that Ian has topped a million Three Worlds books in print worldwide: hurrah!

All three series can be read alone, but reading more books in the wider cycle adds a real sense of historical depth, and a picture of three worlds at war down the ages.

Here are just some of the great things that have been said about the series:

“A worldbuilding labour of love with some truly original touches”
Locus Magazine on A Shadow on the Glass

“Irvine has brought both a lively intelligence and a keen moral sense to the heroics and spell-play of the modern fantasy novel”
Roz Kaveney on The Way Between the Worlds

“A page-turner of the highest order … Irvine can now consider himself comfortably ranked next to the works of Robert Jordan and David Eddings. Formidable”
SFX Magazine on Geomancer

“Epic, non-stop action adventure”
on The Curse on the Chosen

“Hang on with both hands, because this story waits for no one”
on The Curse on the Chosen

And please read on for book blurbs and more info …
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Ugly is the new Awesome

The Orbit US edition of Orcs is out next week, but the verdict is in on the cover model: UGLY. Which is, of course, exactly what we were going for when we hired the orc on the cover (we interviewed hundreds of orcs before settling on Walter, who had the perfect combination of pathos, anger and ugly.)


Walter’s visage has proven too ugly even for some of the genre’s most prominent critics. Jeff VanderMeer (who, let’s be honest, must have seen an awful lot of ugly covers in his years as an SFF critic) eventually decided he had to pretty up the orc.

Jeff writes:

“Just look at what a few randomly applied stars, flowers, smiley-faces, and the like can do to make a cover more humane! In fact, maybe Orbit should even run a “Beautify Your Orcs” contest. I bet readers would get a kick out of that.”


So inspired by Jeff’s suggestion, we’re asking you to beautify Walter. Here’s a link to a jpg image of the cover – Photoshop it, print it out and draw on it, scribble on it in MS Paint – then post the result to your blog or send us a copy of the image. To sweeten the deal we’ll send a copy of Orcs to the first five people to email their image to .

Where did Walter come from, you ask? Our orc was sculpted by Nimba Creations, an FX firm that has created effects for films including King Kong, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Nightmare on Elm St.

Every wrinkle, scar, and pore on Walter was done by hand. And there are a lot of lovely details that you don’t see on the final cover – Walter’s slightly beseeching eyes and gloriously awful teeth. You can practically smell his breath just looking at him.


Orbit Links for September 5th 2008

Here’s another selection of links to items of interest featuring Orbit authors that we’ve found online during the past week:

As always, if you see any online articles, reviews or interviews that feature an Orbit author, please feel free to drop us a line and let us know! We’ll happily name-check your website or blog with a heads-up credit in return (please remember to provide us with a link…)

Read an extract from HALTING STATE by Charles Stross

Halting State by Charles Stross, UK paperbackThis month we’re publishing the mass-market (regular sized) paperback of Charles Stross‘s near-future novel of crime and computer gaming, Halting State.

A whole bunch of reviewers rather enjoyed it when it first came out last year in the US and we think BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow summed it up pretty darn well in his review:

“Charlie Stross’s latest novel Halting State starts out as a hilarious post-cyberpunk police procedural, turns into a gripping post-cyberpunk technothriller, and escalates into a Big Ideas book about the future of economics, virtual worlds, the nation state and policing, while managing to crack a string of geeky in-jokes, play off a heaping helping of gripping action scenes, and telling a pretty good love story.”

But don’t just take Cory’s word for it (or ours)… you can sample the opening section of the story for yourself, courtesy of this extract from Halting State that we’ve posted elsewhere on the site.

And please feel free to leave your own mini-review of the book (or a link to your review elsewhere) in the comments, below, if you’ve already discovered the joy of Halting State for yourself and want to shout it to the world. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Orbit UK schedule update: November 2008

We’ve just updated the Orbit UK Schedule page with six great new titles that we’ll be bringing to UK readers in November 2008:

Living With the Dead by Kelley Armstrong, UK paperbackA Sword From Red Ice by J.V. Jones, UK paperbackChaos Space by Marianne de Pierres, UK paperback
Earth Ascendant by Sean Williams, UK paperbackShadow's Edge by Brent Weeks, UK paperbackThe Curse on the Chosen by Ian Irvine, UK paperback
  • Living With the Dead by Kelley Armstrong – her brand new Otherworld novel.
  • A Sword From Red Ice by J.V. Jones – book three of the Sword of Shadows saga.
  • Chaos Space by Marianne de Pierres – the second part of Marianne’s Sentients of Orion space opera saga.
  • Earth Ascendant by Sean Williams – part two of Sean’s galaxy-spanning Astropolis series.
  • Shadow’s Edge by Brent Weeks – the second part of Brent’s debut fantasy series about a reformed assassin seeking to escape his violent past.
  • The Curse on the Chosen by Ian Irvine – the second instalment of the epic fantasy saga The Song of the Tears.

Click the titles to read the trailer text over at the schedule page, and start firing up those retailer wish-lists!

Orbit Links for August 29 2008

Welcome to our latest round-up of links to items of interest featuring Orbit authors. Without further ado:

As always, if you see any online articles, reviews or interviews that feature an Orbit author, please feel free to drop us a line and let us know! We’ll happily name-check your website or blog with a heads-up credit in return (please remember to provide us with a link…)

Second Iain [M] Banks Q&A now online

Over at the official Iain [M] Banks website, we’ve just posted the second Iain Banks email Q&A session, in which Iain answers selected questions from his fans and readers.

This time around you can discover Iain’s predictions for the next big UK literary stars, his view of the Minds’ attitude toward the rest of the Culture, a question as to would he / wouldn’t he write an episode of Doctor Who, whether he thinks there will ever be a Culture-based MMORPG, and more…

Head on over to to read the full piece.

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