- - October 7th, 2014
Please see below for an exciting press release from Orbit UK!
Orbit UK, the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Little, Brown Book Group, has signed a deal with Sunday Times bestselling author Jenny Colgan for two new novels, described as “Bridget Jones meets The Big Bang Theory meets Independence Day”.
Jenny Colgan is the bestselling author of over sixteen novels including Little Beach Street Bakery, Welcome to Rosie Hopkins’ Sweetshop of Dreams and Meet Me at the Cupcake Café. Her last four novels have all been Sunday Times Top Ten paperback bestsellers.
Tim Holman, Publisher at Orbit acquired UK & Commonwealth rights from the Jo Unwin Literary Agency. The first Orbit novel Resistance is Futile will be published in June 2015 under the pseudonym J.T. Colgan, the same name under which Jenny has also written the Doctor Who tie-in novel Dark Horizons and Doctor Who short story Into the Nowhere. The story focusses on the young mathematician Connie, who is recruited to work on a top secret government project along with an oddball bunch of scientists.
Tim Holman said “The whole Orbit team loved RESISTANCE IS FUTILE. How could we not love a novel that blends aliens and romance and jokes about prime numbers? We’re thrilled to be publishing Jenny, and hugely looking forward to introducing her to SF fans and readers keen to get in touch with their inner geek”.
Jenny Colgan said, “Han and Leia. Claire and Henry. Supes and Lois. I have always been an absolute sucker for a sci-fi romance, and the chance to write one for a list as innovative, successful and inclusive as Orbit is a total joy. I’m so excited to get the chance to share Connie and Luke with the world. He totally doesn’t have a tail though.”
- - December 21st, 2012
With the entire Sten Chronicles soon to be available in our Orbit omnibus editions – that’s BATTLECRY (UK|ANZ) containing books 1-3, JUGGERNAUT (UK|ANZ) containing books 4-6 and DEATH MATCH (UK|ANZ) containing books 7-8 – we got thinking about Sten’s humble beginnings and his rise to power.
In his previous guestpost Allan Cole described Sten as a ‘working class hero’ (like the John Lennon song!) and we wondered who else might qualify. We can’t all be heirs to large fortunes like Batman, Harry Potter or Lara Croft, (some of us can barely even make like a Lannister and pay our debts), so here are our top ten good guys who didn’t start off in life with many advantages at all . . .
Commander Vimes (Terry Pratchett’s ‘Discworld’ series)
Commander Vimes grew up in the Shades of Ankh Morpork, describing his family as lucky to live on a street so poor that there just wasn’t very much for the infamous criminal gangs of the Shades to steal.
Since his aristocratic marriage and his successes in running the City Watch, Vimes has been bestowed with many noble titles (including but not limited to “His Grace,” “His Excellency” and “his blackboard-monitorship”). Never has a man resented being part of ‘the gentry’ so much. One would almost think the Patrician was annoying him on purpose.
Rand al’Thor (Robert Jordan’s ‘Wheel of Time’ series)
Rand al’Thor originally lived a simple life as a farmer’s son in the sleepy village of Emond’s Field, where his biggest concern was trying to talk to girls without making a fool of himself. His life changed forever one night when the forces of darkness showed up and showed a keen interest in running him through with a blade.
Turns out that Rand is the Dragon Reborn, the saviour who is prophesied to save the world from the Dark One . . . but destroy it in the process. No pressure there, then.
Han Solo (Star Wars)
He might have married a princess and helped save the galaxy, but Han Solo had a rough start as an orphaned street urchin in a Corellian spaceport. Things were looking up when he became a pilot for the Imperial Navy, but he lost his commission when he defied orders and refused to skin a Wookiee named Chewbacca.
The two won the Millennium Falcon from the smuggler Lando Calrissian in a card game and the rest, as they say, is history.
The Weasley family (Harry Potter)
Draco Malfoy said that ‘all the Weasleys have red hair, freckles, and more children than they can afford.’ They also have a whole lot of courage, room in their hearts to take in the orphaned Harry Potter and the courage to stand up to bullies like the Malfoys and other, richer ‘pureblooded’ wizards during both of Voldemort’s uprisings.
We couldn’t pick a favourite Weasley (who can?), so we decided we’d include the whole lot.
Davos Seaworth, (George R. R. Martin’s ‘A Song of Ice and Fire’)
Born in the Flea Bottom slums of King’s Landing, as a young man Davos captained a notorious smuggling ship. During Robert’s Rebellion he saved many lives by smuggling in food during the siege of Storm’s End castle.
Stannis Baratheon knighted him for this, which got him the nickname ‘the Onion Knight’, but demanded a grisly punishment for Davos’s earlier crimes, the ends of his fingers on one hand! Davos considered this fair, as long as Stannis carried out the punishment himself, and his continued loyalty is shown when he supports Stannis’s claim to the throne.
Rose Tyler (Doctor Who)
Rose grew up on a South London estate, living with her mother Jackie and working at Henrik’s Department Store. When the shop was attacked by aliens disguised as shop mannequins, she was saved by the Doctor and joined him in his travels in the TARDIS – saving his life in return when she worked out the meaning behind the strange words that had been following the duo through time – ‘Bad Wolf’.
Rose has met aliens, travelled backwards and forwards in time as well as visiting other dimensions, but she’s never forgotten her roots – she was the first of the Doctor’s companions to have her mobile phone modified so she could keep in touch with her mum. Read the rest of this entry »