- - May 2nd, 2016
We are pleased to unveil the cover for TAKE BACK THE SKY, the anxiously awaited final book in Greg Bear’s beloved War Dogs trilogy. Cover design by Kirk Benshoff.
Marooned beneath the icy, waxy crust of Saturn’s moon, Titan, Skyrine Michael Venn and his comrades face double danger from Earth and from the Antagonists, both intent on wiping out their growing awareness of what the helpful alien Gurus are really doing in our solar system.
Haunted by their glassy dead and by the ancient archives of our Bug ancestors, the former combatants must now team up with their enemies, forget their indoctrination and their training, and journey far beyond Pluto to the fabled Planet X, the Antagonists’ home world, a Sun-Planet in the comet-generating Kuiper belt. It’s here that Master Sergeant Venn will finally understand his destiny and the destiny of every intelligent being in the solar system — including the enigmatic Gurus.
Praise for the War Dogs series:
“Stuffed with adrenaline-pumping action and mystifying ambiguity, Bear’s series launch is a tempest of rousing SF adventure with a dash of Peckinpah.” — Publishers Weekly
“Packed with adventure and incident…and conveyed with gritty realism.” — Kirkus
“Bear, as a writer, seems almost more at home on the deadly flats of Mars and in the memory-haunted chambers of the eastern Drifter than he does back on planet Earth.” – San Diego Union-Tribune
“Keeps the thrills coming.” — Shelf Awareness
“Readers familiar with Haldeman’s The Forever War, Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, or Scalzi’s Old Man’s War series will feel right at home…a novel of big ideas and philosophical exploration.”— Booklist
- - April 27th, 2016
We’ve acquired two more novels by Lila Bowen, author of WAKE OF VULTURES (US | UK | ANZ). As you know, Wake of Vultures has had a ton of praise — and we’re excited to have a new series look coming this fall.
The new novels will both star Nettie Lonesome, or Rhett which is the name he goes by now. And they’re going to knock your socks off. Don’t believe me?
Check out these reviews!
“A warm-hearted winner.” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Absorbing.” — Kirkus (starred review)
“Awesome.” — B&N.com
“But if one of the things you enjoy about reading fantasy is getting to see different worlds, strange magics, and unique characters, and… well… just generally having new experiences in general. Then yeah. Then you owe it to yourself to read this. Because I’m willing to bet, just like me, you’ve never seen anything like it before….”
— Patrick Rothfuss
“WAKE OF VULTURES is, quite simply, brilliant. A mind-bending mix of history, fantasy and folklore, it’s a wild bronco of a read that’ll leave you breathless for more.”
— Rachel Caine
“Nettie Lonesome is a complex, tough, all-around wonderful protagonist. And Lila Bowen is equally wonderful for bringing us Nettie’s story, set in a magical old west full of harpies and monster-hunters and stolen children and more. I look forward to more of Nettie’s journey.”
— Jim C. Hines
“I don’t care what else you’ve seen in the bookstore today. Buy this book because it’s the thrilling, delightfully written, and important one you’ve always wanted to read.”
— Kevin Hearne
“WAKE OF VULTURES doesn’t just fly — it soars. Delilah S. Dawson brings in a wild fantasy quite unlike anything I’ve ever read, with a voice that’s weird and wonderful. Dawson is truly a talent to watch. Hot damn, is this book good.”
— Chuck Wendig
“Sharp as a silver Bowie and unsentimental as a stray bullet, Lila Bowen’s Nettie Lonesome earns a place among the legends of the Weird West.”
“Wake of Vultures is a ferocious, fascinating take on the magical Old West – creatively and unsentimentally grim, yet rich with hope and heart.”
— Cherie Priest
“Nettie Lonesome kicks major ass. There is something strange and wonderful going on in Lila Bowen’s head. It’s the weird west fantasy that I never knew I’ve always wanted to read. Now I need more!”
Design by Lauren Panepinto
Photos by Arcangel Images
- - April 27th, 2016
We’re elated to report that three Orbit books were nominated for Hugo Awards for Best Novel! Congratulations to Jim Butcher, N. K. Jemisin, and Ann Leckie.
- THE AERONAUTS WINDLASS by Jim Butcher (UK | ANZ)
- THE FIFTH SEASON by N.K. Jemisin (US | UK | ANZ)
- ANCILLARY MERCY by Ann Leckie (US | UK | ANZ)
Congratulations also to John Joseph Adams, who is up for a Hugo Award for Best Editor (Short Form), and who edited our WASTELANDS anthology.
- - 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.