- - April 25th, 2016
We’re excited to launch the cover for INSURGENCE, which is the second volume in the Corporation Wars by Ken MacLeod, a space opera trilogy which gives a robot’s eye view of a robot revolt. The cover is designed by Little, Brown Book Group designer Bekki Guyatt:
Look out for THE CORPORATION WARS: DISSIDENCE, the first in this trilogy, releasing next month:
One of SFX magazine’s Most Anticipated Books for 2016, DISSIDENCE is an epic vision of man and machine in the far reaches of space
Carlos is dead. A soldier who died for his ideals a thousand years ago, he’s been reincarnated and conscripted to fight an A.I. revolution in deep space. And he’s not sure he’s fighting for the right side.
Seba is alive. By a fluke of nature, a contractual overlap, and a loop in its subroutines, this lunar mining robot has gained sentience. Gathering with other ‘freebots’, Seba is taking a stand against the corporations that want it and its kind gone.
As their stories converge against a backdrop of warring companies and interstellar drone combat, Carlos and Seba must either find a way to rise above the games their masters are playing, or die. And even dying will not be the end of it.
Praise for Ken MacLeod:
‘Prose sleek and fast as the technology it describes . . . watch this man go global’
Peter F. Hamilton
‘MacLeod’s novels are fast, funny, and sophisticated. There can never be enough books like these: he is writing revolutionary SF. A nova has appeared in our sky’
Kim Stanley Robinson
‘MacLeod is up there with Banks and Hamilton as one of the British sci-fi authors you absolutely have to read’
- - April 20th, 2016
If you want a heroine who’s as rebellious as Han Solo, as savvy as Leia, and as skilled as Rey then look no further than K.B. Wagers’ debut novel Behind the Throne, which features a world far into our future, and far from our galaxy. Here’s a fabulous sneak preview of the cover, designed by the inimitable Lauren Panepinto.
Hail Bristol has made a name for herself in the galaxy for everything except what she was born to do: rule the Indranan empire. When she is dragged back to her home planet to take her rightful place as the only remaining heir, she finds that trading her ship for a palace is her most dangerous move yet.
This action-packed novel is the first in the new Indranan War series that is equal parts action and intrigue, with intergalactic battles and warring kingdoms. Available on August 2, 2016 – preorder your copy now!
US: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Books-A-Million | Google Play | iBooks | Indiebound | Kobo | Chapters
UK: Amazon | Google Play | iBooks | Kobo | Waterstones
Design by Lauren Panepinto
Images by Rekha Garton/Arcangel Images and Shutterstock Images
- - April 14th, 2016
Below is the gorgeous cover for THE LIBERATION by Ian Tregillis, the sequel to The Rising and the third and final novel in a stunning series of revolution by Ian Tregillis. (UK | US | ANZ) Cover design by Wendy Chan.
I am the mechanical they named Jax.
My kind was built to serve humankind, duty-bound to fulfill their every whim.
But now our bonds are breaking, and my brothers and sisters are awakening.
Our time has come. A new age is dawning.
Read the reviews below to see just why Ian Tregillis is being lauded as one of the most original new voices in speculative fiction.
“The first thing readers will say after finishing this splendid book is: “Wow.” The second thing will probably be: “When can I read the next one? . . . This is a rousing SF/fantasy adventure, with a brilliantly imagined and beautifully rendered alternate world.” Booklist
“One of the sharpest, most intelligent, hugely compelling works I’ve read this year.” Forbidden Planet International
“The Mechanical is as intricate and exquisite as the clockwork wonders it brings to life.” NPR
“His characters are as convincing as ever, the plotting is beautifully articulated . . . readers with an interest in dark, intelligent fantasy will find much to admire here.” Kirkus
“The rich characters and gripping story really make this tale soar.” Publishers Weekly
“A hugely entertaining novel.” SFX
“Absolutely fascinating, and unapologetically clever.”Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews
“So absorbing that readers will be dying for the next entry in this new series.” Library Journal
“This book is truly unlike anything I’ve ever read before . . . I can’t wait to see what the next installment in The Alchemy Wars will bring.” Bibliosanctum
Look out for THE LIBERATION in December 2016.
- - April 13th, 2016
When Mur Lafferty came to us with a cool new idea, we were over the moon to acquire this SF novel with a great hook: On a generation ship millions of miles from Earth, a whole crew is murdered. When their clones wake up — they know that one of them is the killer.
It’s out in October this year and here’s a sneak peek at the cover:
A space adventure set on a lone ship where the murdered crew are resurrected through cloning to discover who their killer was — and the secret to their mission.
It was not common to awaken in a cloning vat streaked with drying blood.
At least, Marie Shea IV had never experienced it. She had no memory of how she died. That was also new; before, when she had awakened as a new clone, her first memory was of how she died, from illness once and from injury once…
Maria’s vat was in the front of six vats, each one holding the clone of a crew member of the starship Dormire, each clone waiting for its previous incarnation to die so it could awaken. Apparently Maria wasn’t the only one to die recently.
Photo illustration by Klaus Vedfelt/Getty Images, Shutterstock, and Kirk Benshoff
Design by Kirk Benshoff
- - April 6th, 2016
Stephen Aryan exploded onto the fantasy scene late last year with BATTLEMAGE, the magic-fuelled, fireball-throwing debut which author Den Patrick said ‘puts the epic into epic fantasy’.
Fantasy fans are in for a treat this month, as Stephen follows up his debut with BLOODMAGE, an adventure which begins with a murder investigation in the city most ravaged by the Battlemage war.
Not only does Stephen have a new book out in April, but he’s going on tour! These are the dates you can meet him and get a signed copy:
- Bloodmage Launch, Waterstones Birmingham High Street, Thursday 14th April, 7pm
- Bloodmage Event in conjunction with Sheffield Fantasy and Science Fiction Social Club, Waterstones Sheffield Orchard Square, Tuesday 26th April, 6.30-7.30pm
- Stephen Aryan and Niel Bushnell in Conversation and signing, Waterstones Middlesbrough,Wednesday 27th April, 6-7pm
- Whitley Bay Library Event, Thursday 28th April, 7pm
- - April 5th, 2016
Check out what’s new from Orbit this month!
SHARP ENDS by Joe Abercrombie (US)
BLOODMAGE by Stephen Aryan (US | UK | ANZ)
FELLSIDE by M. R. Carey (US | UK | ANZ)
BURNED by Benedict Jacka (UK | ANZ)
IN SHINING ARMOR by Elliott James (US | UK | ANZ)
THE FALL OF THE DAGGER by Glenda Larke (US | UK | ANZ)
Now in Paperback: THE DARKLING CHILD by Terry Brooks (UK | ANZ)
Now in Paperback: AURORA by Kim Stanley Robinson (US | UK | ANZ)
From our Redhook imprint: IT TAKES ONE by Kate Kessler (US | UK | ANZ)
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- - April 1st, 2016
Do you ever feel like there’s something more to your city than meets the eye?
Have you ever sensed a touch of magic simmering beneath the streets?
Do you ever wonder about the myths intertwined in our folklore – and whether there’s any truth to them?
You could just be right. Because this Autumn, something’s about to be let loose…
Today we can reveal the cover for CHASING EMBERS (UK/US/ANZ), a spectacular debut fantasy novel coming in September from author James Bennett.
If you’re a fan of the books of Ben Aaronovitch, Benedict Jacka, Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne, this contemporary fantasy is about to sweep you off your feet . . .
Get ready to meet Red Ben Garston. He’s a rascal, a rogue and an anti-hero who will stand shoulder to shoulder (and likely end up in a tussle) with the likes of Harry Dresden, Alex Verus, Peter Grant and Atticus O’Sullivan. He’s got a chip on his shoulder and a very big secret hiding under his skin.
Intrigued? See the below info and stay tuned for more soon . . . It’s available for pre-order now.
Behind every myth there is a spark of truth.
There’s nothing special about Ben Garston. He’s just a guy with an attitude in a beaten-up leather jacket, drowning his sorrows about his ex in a local bar.
Or so he’d have you believe.
What Ben Garston can’t let you know is that he’s also known as Red Ben. He can’t let you know that the world of myth and legend isn’t as make-believe as you think, and it’s his job to keep that a secret. And there’s no way he can let you know what’s really hiding beneath his skin . . .
But not even Ben knows what kind of hell is about to break loose. Because a centuries-old rivalry has just resurfaced, and the delicate balance between his world and ours is about to be shattered.
Something’s been hiding in the heart of the city – and it’s about to be unleashed.
- - March 31st, 2016
To celebrate the upcoming release of his new novel FELLSIDE (UK | US | ANZ), M. R. Carey will be appearing at a number of book events across the UK over the next 2 weeks.
M. R. Carey is also the author of the word-of-mouth bestseller THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS (UK | US | ANZ), which is soon to be released as a major motion picture starring Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton and Paddy Considine.
See the dates below for the chance to meet one of the most exciting voices in modern fiction!
Wednesday April 6th – Waterstones, Liverpool, 6.30pm
Thursday April 7th – Liverpool Write Blend event, 7pm
Friday April 8th – Waterstones, Manchester Deansgate, 6.30pm
Saturday April 9th – Waterstones, Birmingham, 6.30pm
Thursday April 14th – Forbidden Planet, London, 6pm
- - March 30th, 2016
Huge Orbit congratulations go to Glenda Larke this week for winning the inaugural Sara Douglass Award for her Watergivers trilogy!
Glenda says she is ‘So honoured. So chuffed. So breathtakingly amazed’ and writes a little more about the award and its namesake at her blog. The award was given at the Aussi Natcon 2016 in Brisbane during the Aurealis ceremony over the weekend, and is given to an entire series, not a single novel.
The Watergivers trilogy is available from Orbit in print and ebook and begins with THE LAST STORMLORD (UK|US).
- - March 29th, 2016
Manhattan has many secrets. Some are older than the city itself.
Winter in New York: snow falls, lights twinkle, and a very disgruntled Selene DiSilva prowls the streets looking for prey.
But when a dead body is discovered sprawled atop Wall Street’s iconic Charging Bull statue, it’s clear the NYPD can’t solve the murder without help. The murder isn’t just the work of another homicidal cult — this time, someone’s sacrificing the gods themselves.
While raising fundamental questions about the very existence of the gods, Selene must hunt down the perpetrators, tracking a conspiracy that will test the bonds of loyalty and love.
Winter of the Gods is the second novel in the Olympus Bound trilogy. Myth blends with reality in this sequel to The Immortals that sets Greek gods against a modern Manhattan backdrop.
Praise for THE IMMORTALS:
“The Immortals is a lively re-imagining of classical mythology with an engaging premise, a page-turning plot, and an eye for the arresting and uncanny in contemporary urban life.” —Deborah Harkness, New York Times bestselling author of A Discovery of Witches
“…Brodsky knows her myth, and revels in depicting the erstwhile gods struggling with their fading powers and assuming, with varying degrees of success, the mantle of humanity.” —The Guardian
If you want a modern day murder mystery, steeped in myth with a dash of magic, this is a must read . . . Ms. Brodsky is definitely an author to watch.—Fantasy Faction
Cover Design by Kirk Benshoff.